New Website!!! (And Information Regarding Your Continued Blog Subscription)

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Hello friends! Sorry we have not posted in a while. Maffrine and I have been focusing our efforts on building our new website, which launched last Friday!

You can check it out by clicking here!!

 

On this new platform, we are able to integrate our blog into our website. This is exciting, because you now have easier navigation between our blog and our shop; and, more importantly, it will be easier for us to keep in touch!

For those of you who subscribed via email, we have already transferred your subscription to the new blog. If you would like to be removed from this subscription list, please contact us through our website. While we would be sad to see you go, we will not hold you hostage. =)

For those of you who subscribed with your WordPress account, we are unable to add your email to our new blog subscription list as you did not provide it to us when you first subscribed. If you would like to keep receiving our blog posts, you have two options.

01. Visit our new blog and subscribe again by entering your email address at the top right of the screen.

02. Contact us directly with your email address either through our website’s Contact Us page or through our email: info@intwinepaperie.com.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring. We do believe that this new website and blog will give our customers and readers a better experience with us. We hope you enjoy this new platform. Please feel free to let us know what you think of it on our Contact Us Page or write a comment on any of our social media platforms!

Maffrine and I look forward to sending out our next blog post through our new website! Please look out for it this week! It will be the first of a few posts on what truly matters during the Christmas season and will include links to some sermons that have impacted us as we designed our new “Sing Praises of His Name” Christmas Card Collection.

We hope to hear from you on our new website soon!

– Ophelia

How God Saved Me – Ophelia’s Testimony of God’s Grace

Me, as an 8-year-old...and, yes, those were my glasses  =)

Me, as an 8-year-old…and, yes, those were my glasses =)

As a child, I was quiet, obedient, respectful – all that a young girl raised in a Chinese home should be.  I don’t think I ever gave my parents very much trouble at all (you can check with them, of course).  I remember being slapped on the hand only once.  That was it, because a piercing look from my mom was enough to get me in line.

I share this not to brag.  In fact, I share this to demonstrate just how hypocritical I was even at a young age.  You see, my obedience wasn’t true obedience – an obedience out of love and respect for my parents and for God who placed them as my authority.  Rather, I only obeyed to avoid punishment and to gain their approval.

I didn’t realize that my outward actions did not match my inward motivations.

Thankfully, God began to change that, starting by putting me in Awana.  Awana is kind of like a Christian girl/boy scouts.  We got a vest with badges that we can put on.  We were rewarded for memorizing Bible verses and winning games.  I got to go with friends each week, so I really liked it.  Plus, I got real good at memorizing the verses (again, wrong motivation…).  =P

Anyway, one night, a teacher spoke to us about Jesus and how He loved us so much that He came to earth to die on the cross so that we may go to heaven someday.  He explained how nothing we can do in and of ourselves would get us to heaven, because we were all sinners; but, if we believed in Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, we would be saved from punishment.

I think I was 8 years old at the time (see above picture…don’t you like my dress?).  I didn’t have a very deep theological comprehension of salvation, but God allowed me to understand the basics: my outward obedience wasn’t good enough; I was going to hell; I needed Jesus to save me from hell.

That night, I raised my little hand when the time came for all of us to bow our heads and pray to God.  One of the counselors took me into the church kitchen and sat me down by the stainless steel table.  I told her that I wanted Jesus to be my Savior, and she patiently asked me a few questions.  I don’t remember what they were, but I’m sure they were to check if I knew what I was asking for.  Then, she helped me pray to God, asking Him to save me.

After Awana was over, my dad came to pick me up.  I distinctly recall my thoughts as I was holding my dad’s hand and walking with him to the car.  I thought, “I need to obey dad differently now – not to avoid punishment, but to please Jesus, who saved me.”

It was God’s grace that He revealed to me that night the basics of my own depravity and His redemptive plan.  As I got older, He gradually built upon my simple understanding of these doctrines.  He has and continues to employ various people and situations in my life to teach me about Himself and His will for me.

It amazes me how rich and deep the gospel can be, but I praise God that the gospel can also be so simple that a little child was able to grasp it!  That little child is now forever grateful.

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” – 1 Jn.4:9

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 Jn.5:11-12

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” – 1 Jn.4:15

A picture I took of God's beautiful creation

A picture I took of God’s beautiful creation

 

I Want to Walk through Fire!

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Every now and then, if I don’t have a particular topic to study, I like to read through a book of the Bible that I haven’t read in a long time.  Usually, that means one of the minor prophets.  So, a few weeks ago, I decided to flip to the book of Daniel.

It is no wonder that children and adults alike are fascinated by the stories of Daniel.  Captivity.  Government conspiracies.  Political controversy.  Interpretation of dreams.  And even hungry lions!  Oh my!

But as exciting as these things are, Daniel wasn’t the man who made the most impact on me when I last read through his book.  Sure, he definitely was a man we should all emulate – a man of discipline, conviction, courage, wisdom, and, most of all, faith.  However, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were the men that “caught my eye” this time around.

Sort of portrayed as Daniel’s three little sidekicks in many children’s books, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are far from being any less heroic.  I am sure you know the story well.

King Nebuchadnezzar builds a monstrosity of a golden image of himself for everyone in his kingdom to worship.  He decrees that those who refuse to worship it would be sentenced to death by fire.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in obedience to the true God, do not bow down to this idol.  They are brought before the king, who gives them a second chance.

Now, if I were in their shoes, I think I would seriously consider taking this second chance.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, on the other hand, knowing their sure fate, still replies:

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)

OH MY WORD!

First, consider to whom they were speaking to – the ruler of…THE KNOWN WORLD at the time!

There was no man more powerful, more intimidating than the king of Babylon.

Second, consider their sentence – death by FIERY FURNACE!

To me, I can imagine no other death that is more painful.  Can you?  Not being able to breathe.  The heat being unbearable even before the flames touch your skin.  Extremely hot smoke, not only choking you, but burning your eyes, the inside of your nose, the inside of your esophagus.  If you haven’t passed out by then, you get to experience the excruciating pain of being on fire.

Now, third, consider that they didn’t even know whether or not God would actually save them.

They understood very well that God could very possibly choose to let them slowly burn to death, but that didn’t make God any less worthy to be the only object of their worship.

These were the three things that went through my head as I read Daniel’s account of the event.  In light of all that is happening in the Middle East today, I had to ask myself,

“Would I withstand the most powerful men on earth for God?”;

“Would I walk into certain pain and death for God?”;  and

“Would I obey and worship God despite life-changing consequences?”.

These questions are not so far-fetched, are they?  Many Christians around the world have to ask themselves these questions everyday.  They, too, are heroes like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, because they refuse to deny Christ when it is so easy to do so.

Now, I probably will not have to ask myself whether or not I would walk through fire.  I probably will not have to decide whether or not to verbally deny God in front of a dictator or prison guard.  But I do have to decide not to deny God through disobedience every time I am tempted to sin.  In a sense, that is walking through fire, because it can be so difficult to do!  Some temptations are so hard to resist!

But praise be to God, because even when I fail,

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom.8:35-39)


Dear God, I thank you that you are worthy to be worshipped.  I thank you that I am more than a conqueror through Christ, who saved me.  I pray for my brothers and sisters around the world, who must face similar situations as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.  Please strengthen their faith.  Remind them of Romans 8, that NOTHING can separate them from your love.  If it is your will, may you protect them and their families.  Please also strengthen my faith that I would obey you moment by moment, for it is often in the smaller things that obedience is most difficult to find.  In your Son’s most precious name, I pray.  Amen.

– Ophelia

Day By Day – A Prayer

Maffrine's husband Tony reading to their daughter Joelle.  So cute!

My husband Tony reading to our daughter Joelle. So sweet!

My first ever blog post on Intwine Paperie blog! I certainly go out of my way to make it clear to people around me that I DO NOT LIKE TO WRITE. Ask Ophy, she will tell you that.  I avoid it as much as possible for many reasons (or with many excuses). All the amazing posts you have read in our blog thus far were the results of Ophy’s talents.  I hope you are not too spoiled by all the good writings that you can’t show grace to some mediocre ones from me once in a while. I promise, I will keep the torture short. Ready? Here we go!

Every night, my husband looks forward to tucking in our 17-month-old daughter Joelle to bed with stories.  I love hearing those cute giggles coming from her bedroom.  I reserve that special moment for daddy and daughter while I take a break or finish washing the dishes.

Recently, my husband requested that I sing hymns after the stories so that our daughter would be spared from the horror of highly imperfect pitch at the end of the day.
Yesterday night, I wanted to pick a really short one to sing so that we could put Joelle down quickly (she did not take any naps that day, and we were eager to spend the evening together watching Captain America 2!).  As I was flipping through the hymnal, I saw a short one that I had not sung before.  So, I decided to give it a try!  It was “Day by Day- A Prayer”.  The lyrics go like this:
“Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
Day by day.”


This is my prayer:

God, you have shown me in many occasions that my heart is prone to wander.  When my life being a mother and wife gets busy, I oftentimes begin my day without drawing near to You first and end my day carrying all the weariness of the day to bed with me.  But You are so faithful to convict my heart of needing to first love You and to walk with You closely so that I may depend on You in everything I do – day by day.

– Maffrine

“God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility”

I highly recommend this book!

I highly recommend this book!

Last week, Maffrine and I had a serious talk about the direction of our business and our responsibilities as partners.  I was convicted of the fact that I was not doing all that I could for Intwine Paperie.  It was a very humbling conversation, and I felt, frankly, quite inadequate and extremely sad afterwards.  I felt that I was not up for the task of doing this greeting card business; and given that we consider our business as a ministry, I realized that I was not only disappointing my business partner but my God as well.

Thankfully, God already knew what I needed to hear after that conversation.  That very same night, my church’s women’s Bible study met in my living room.  We have been studying Jerry Bridges’ Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts.  Our chapter for that night was titled “God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility”.

God was showing me (in more than one area in my life) that I have been using my knowledge of God’s sovereignty as an excuse in one degree or another to not always be responsible.  He was also showing me that I was lacking trust in His power to prosper our business despite my inadequacies.  Do you ever do either or both of these things?

In his book, Jerry Bridges provides two ways that we, as Christians, are to practically combine God’s sovereignty and our responsibility in our lives.  He writes:

“Knowledge of His sovereignty is meant to be an encouragement to pray, not an excuse to lapse into a sort of pious fatalism.  Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God.  If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers.  God’s sovereignty, along with His wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him; prayer is the expression of that trust.  God’s sovereignty does not negate our responsibility to pray, but rather makes it possible to pray with confidence.

God’s sovereignty also does not negate our responsibility to act prudently. To act prudently means to use all legitimate, biblical means at our disposal to avoid harm to ourselves or others and to bring about what we believe to be the right course of events.”

In other words, trusting in God’s sovereignty while being responsible looks like prayer and prudence.

One of the study questions involved reading Psalm 127:1.  It says,

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”

That study question then asked,

“Are you currently building anything? 

If so, what is it? 

How is the Lord involved in your building? 

In what area of your life are you like a watchman guarding a city?”.

The first thing that came to my mind was Intwine Paperie.  I thank God that He has been providing us with new and different opportunities for our business.  Without His blessing, all our work would be for naught.  Therefore, I need to seek that blessing through prayer.  However, like the builder and the watchman, Maffrine and I are still responsible to work hard and to do all that prudence calls us to do.

What are you building in your life?  Are you manifesting trust in God’s sovereignty through prayer?  And are you, simultaneously, acting prudently to bring about God’s will in this endeavor?

Many tears and a few days later, I was finally able to have peace about that conversation I had with Maffrine.  I am grateful for my sister in Christ and business partner who so lovingly pointed out where I can grow, specifically in my trust in God’s sovereignty and in my responsibility.

Please pray for us as we seek to build Intwine Paperie for the glory of God.  Please pray for faithfulness to express our trust through prayer and wisdom in all that we do.

Please also let us know what you are building in your own life that we may pray for you as well.  We consider you as part of our Intwine Paperie family, so it would be a blessing for us to be able to serve you in this way.

– Ophelia

May I Grow in Thy Love and Manifest It to Mankind

The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions.  It has been a great source of encouragement, strength, and even conviction for me and Maffrine as well.  However, it has been sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust up till now.  It wasn’t until Maffrine brought this book up in a recent conversation that I was reminded of what a rich resource this is for Christians.

The Puritans who wrote these prayers and devotions had a humility and love for Christ such that is not often seen today.  So, for this post, I am simply quoting one of these prayers that we may learn from its author and seek to imitate his Christlike attitude.

I chose the following prayer because of how it aligns with Intwine Paperie’s own mission to spread the love of Christ.  May we pray this prayer and seek to grow in God’s love and manifest it to mankind.

– Ophelia

 

Christian Love

O Lover of the loveless,

It is thy will that I should love thee with heart, soul, mind, strength, and my neighbour as myself.

But I am not sufficient for these things.

There is by nature no pure love in my soul;

Every affection in me is turned from thee;

I am bound, as slave to lust,

I cannot love thee, lovely as thou art, until thou dost set me free.

By grace I am thy freeman and would serve thee, for I believe thou art my God in Jesus, and that through him I am redeemed, and my sins are forgiven.

With this freedom I would always obey thee, but I cannot walk in liberty, any more than I could first attain it, of myself.

May thy Spirit draw me nearer to thee and thy ways.

Thou art the end of all means, for if they lead me not to thee, I go away empty.

Order all my ways by thy holy Word and make thy commandments the joy of my heart, that by them I may have happy converse with thee.

May I grow in thy love and manifest it to mankind.

Spirit of love, make me like the loving Jesus; give me his benevolent temper, his beneficent actions, that I may shine before men to thy glory.

The more thou doest in love in me and by me, humble me the more; keep me meek, lowly, and always ready to give thee honour.

(Emphasis added)

 

Our New Art Prints!

"Finding the Perfect Pair" 8"x10" Art Print

“Finding the Perfect Pair” 8″x10″ Art Print

 

"It is time" 8"x10" Art Print

“It is time” 8″x10″ Art Print

 

Our "It is Time" Art Print in just a few of our available colors

Our “It is Time” Art Print in just a few of our available colors

 

We are excited to announce that we have officially launched our line of art prints!  We love our two wedding card designs so much that we have selected them to be our first art prints.

These 8″x10″ prints fit in any standard 8″x10″ frame (Hint: It looks even better if matted).  You can give them to your spouse as an anniversary gift, or your friends as a wedding gift, or you can just give it to yourself!

Our “Finding the Perfect Pair” design would be perfect for a bridal shower decoration, since it can also serve as a game; and our “It is Time” design is customizable with your very own wedding color, name, and wedding date!  To see the 12 colors we have for you and to learn more, visit our shop!

The Big & Small: What TRULY Matters at a Wedding

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Julie & Kurt Gebhards on their wedding day!

 

Our "Finding the Perfect Pair" Wedding Card

Our “Finding the Perfect Pair” Wedding Card

When we formed the concept of our new “Finding the Perfect Pair” wedding card, one couple came to mind – Kurt and Julie Gebhards.  Kurt was our pastor many years ago when both Maffrine and I were single.  Having observed their marriage on a week to week basis and having had the privilege of spending a little time with them in their home,  it was evident to us that Julie and Kurt were not only down-to-earth and fun, they were a godly couple that put Jesus Christ first in their marriage.

This is why, as an introduction to “Finding the Perfect Pair” wedding card, I have asked Julie (who so graciously accepted!) to write a guest post about her wedding day – a perfect example of having all the fun while focusing on who truly matters, the God who creates “the perfect pair”.


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They look so happy!

When we hopped out the door the day before our wedding to go to Kinko’s Copies (do they even exist anymore?) to write our wedding program, my mom wasn’t amused.  I’m sure little alarms were going off inside her head wondering what else we might have forgotten.  My fiancé and I were immune to the anxiety.

We giggled our way through that hour at Kinko’s (or two or three…) including when we inserted “The Big Smooch” into the program.  We sat there at that Kinko’s table, intoxicated with the thought of being just one day away from the most exciting day of our lives.  We contemplated the right words to honor each of the participants in our wedding.  “Fun” was the rule we followed that day.

By God’s grace (and a little bit of blissful ignorance), we hadn’t stressed (or really concerned ourselves at all) over preparations for the day ahead.  Maybe it was naivete.  Maybe it was trust in my mom’s ability to pull off a major event without a hitch (and she did, by the way).  Maybe we were just too consumed and excited by what was ahead of us to care about details.  Details like centerpieces.  I didn’t pick centerpieces.  Or flowers.  I didn’t plan the decorations at all.   We didn’t even discuss how we would feed cake to each other (my mistake)!  And I didn’t offer my thoughts about the buffet that my mother herself catered.  Oh.my.word.  My mother catered my wedding with 250 guests.  I owe her at least one more thank you.  And you know what else?  I didn’t have a manicure.  I painted cheap clear polish on my nails the morning of my wedding, because I hadn’t thought about a manicure.

Guess what?   Someone told me they thought our wedding was the most beautiful wedding they had been to.   But what they mentioned in their praise wasn’t about the decorations.  Or the centerpieces.  Or my dress  (Maybe that’s because it wasn’t all that pretty).

Despite so much inattention to details, my parents’ long time friends said that they were blessed by the ceremony, and the words that were shared by the pastor, who exalted Christ as the author of marriage. He also taught beautifully about the God-given roles of husband and wife.   Maybe they liked that we sang a hymn because we wanted to exalt God’s faithfulness to us.  They were blessed.  And we were able to enjoy our day and still laugh that I repeated the words of the officiant to “take Kurt as my lawfully wedded wife”.  We didn’t particularly care (or notice) if something didn’t go just as planned (well, my mom’s plan).

Buried somewhere in Kurt’s and my youthful exuberance and irresponsibility was a kernel of something noble.  Both Kurt and I had minds and hearts centered on something more significant than the external beauty of the day.  We wanted most of all to exalt Christ and make Him known.  I think, in part, we accomplished that, while we can’t exactly take any credit for it.

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There’s the cake smashing!

I am so thankful that I didn’t miss the fun of having cake smashed into my perfectly made-up face (and hair and eyebrows, thank you Kurt).  I’m so glad that I didn’t get so caught up in the details of the program that I couldn’t have a sense of humor when the pastor messed up the vows.   I am grateful too that when I almost burned down the church when my dress caught on the base of the candlestick while exiting down the aisle- we all just laughed while my grandpa caught the stick, and someone “unstuck” my dress.  And we lived.  And we got married.  And we are still married, 17 years and six kids later.  God is good.

My Trip Home & Some Reflections on Our Business

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We are back!…Well, I am back!  Maffrine never left.  Sorry that I have been MIA the past two weeks.  I went home to LA to be with my sister, who is on bed rest.  I thought I would be able to keep up with writing because my impression was that we would be watching movies and TV shows all day.  You know, since she isn’t suppose to move around so much.

Buuut….I get there, and it turned out that my unable-to-sit-still sister decided that we would purge my parents house of 18 YEARS of clutter!!  That’s right, 1-8. We donated over 2 van-fulls of items.  Who knew we had a fireplace behind all those boxes?!  Oh, and did I mention that my parents were away on vacation and were clueless of what we were doing?  Needless to say, we gave them a “Surprise!” moment when they returned.  Thankfully, they were grateful and not mad.  And we had some fun along the way.  ;D

In the midst of the busyness, I found one day to work on our business with Maffrine…and I mean IN THE SAME PHYSICAL ROOM!  Yay!  For those of you who don’t know, Maffrine and I live on opposite ends of the country.  We normally conduct business over Skype each week.  However, during my stay in LA last week, I got to visit her and baby Joelle.

Maffrine blessed me with her amazing cooking skills by making curry and chicken katsu for lunch.  Yum yum yum!  I changed the baby’s diaper a few times.  Then, we started working.

I got to touch our hardcore printer and learn how to hand-cut, -score, and -fold our cards.  The two of us collaborated on our second wedding card as well as on a new line of products (Coming soon!  We promise!).

We also took the opportunity to discuss future opportunities for Intwine Paperie.  You see, we have officially concluded our first quarter.  It has been 3 months since we opened our Etsy shop.  The following are just a few thoughts we had as we looked back on those 3 months.

1. We are extremely encouraged by the support of our friends and customers.

We thank you for your business, your words of kindness, your enthusiasm for our mission, and, most importantly, your prayers.  We CANNOT do any of this without you!

2. Working with each other has been beyond expectations!

We truly enjoy being partners.  Not only do our talents complement each other, we strengthen and sharpen one another spiritually, emotionally, and artistically.  We praise God for bringing us together!

3. Balancing priorities is hard but worth it.

At the onset, we have dedicated ourselves to keep our families as priority over our business.  As a result, our design process has been slow.  We have had to learn patience and discipline, and our business has definitely been put on hold many times.  However, we see the benefits of keeping the first things first each time our husbands come home from work and baby Joelle bursts in giggles.

4. This is God’s ministry.

Maffrine and I, from the beginning, wanted Intwine Paperie to be a ministry of encouragement – from our designs, to our blog, to our mission of spurring others to love one another more, to the actual act of giving one of our cards to someone.  We realize, though, this ministry is not about us or even about you.  It’s about God, and He will work through this ministry as He sees fit even if its reach does not seem to stretch very far at the moment.

5. While business has not been as busy as we had hoped, we understand that Intwine is still a baby, and we will continue to nurture it and trust in God’s timing.

Meanwhile, we asked ourselves, “What are some ways that we can continue to build our business?”  Continue to design cards.  Create other kinds of novelty goods.  Branch out to other types of social media.  Reach out to retail stores.

As we reflect on the past 3 months and plan for the future, I am reminded of Proverbs 16:9.

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Please pray with us as we continually submit Intwine Paperie to God’s will and eagerly await to see how He will use it for His glory.

M-A-F-F-R-I-N-E & O-P-H-E-L-I-A

Since starting Intwine Paperie, our friends and family have been asking us about our individual roles in the business.  Then, we thought that if they wanted to know what we each do here, you might want to know as well!  So, I decided that it would be entertaining to provide you with acrostic breakdowns of our roles.   The following job titles are all in fun, but they do help to generate a better picture of how Maffrine and I work together to create our cards and to run our business.


With no further ado…THIS is what my beautiful and extremely talented business partner and friend does each week:

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Before starting Intwine Paperie, Maffrine and I committed to keeping God and family as priority over our business.  That is why, during our Skype meetings or her designing, Maffrine will take the time to feed her baby girl or change her diaper.  I also get the privilege of being Auntie and playing peek-a-boo over Skype!  In a way, baby Joelle runs our business meetings!  Haha!

A – Art Director/Lead Designer

Once we have figured out the conceptual design of a product, Maffrine is responsible for taking the design from concept to completion.  This involves anything from research, sketching, collaging, illustrating, etc.

F – Financial Analyst

As the financial analyst, Maffrine evaluates our expenses and revenues.  Based on her analysis, we determine our budget, prices, fees, financial goals, etc.

 F – Fotographer

Yes, I know photographer is not spelled with an “F”, but acrostics are difficult.  ;D  Maffrine is our product photographer.  Her innate talent allows us to view our products through her artistic eye.

 R – Researcher

After we have selected an inspiration Bible verse or passage, both Maffrine and I study it in order to understand it as much as we can.  We look into its historical context, literary context, word definitions, etc.  We want to be able to communicate through our art the intended meaning of God’s Word.

 I – Illustrator

As illustrator, Maffrine utilizes not only software programs, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and AutoCad, but also pencils and markers to put our ideas onto paper.

N – Neat freak (a.k.a. Production Worker, Quality Control) 

When the artwork is done, Maffrine is responsible for producing and packaging each card.  This involves printing, cutting, scoring, folding, stuffing, and shipping!  Phew!  When you buy or receive a card from us, you will be able to tell just how much care she puts into this process.  Boy, I am so grateful for her!

E – Editor of Literature

While Maffrine would say that she hates writing and that her English is not very good, she (and sometimes her husband Tony!  Thanks, Tony!) does a great job editing all that I write.  She makes sure that all that we put out there in the worldwide web serves our purpose, encourages you, and, most importantly, honors our God.


Now, on my end of the business, I act as:

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 O – Operations/Shop Manager

This part of my job requires me to maintain our Etsy shop, which includes creating listings for our products, processing orders, and conducting business with Etsy.

 P – Publicist

As publicist, I have the fun tasks of blogging and keeping up with social media.  In other words, I get to interact with all you lovely people!  =D

H – Help Desk/Customer Service Provider

Somewhat related to my previous job description, I also communicate with all our customers, making sure that they receive exactly what they ordered.  I always enjoy this part of my job, because, while we seek to encourage others, I am the one usually being encouraged by our customers!

E – Editor of Design

The advantage of working with another person is that we can edit each other’s work.  So, while Maffrine edits my writing, I get to edit her design, pointing out elements that work well or could be improved upon.  Our collaboration is what paves the way to a great art piece!

L – Literary Composer 

This is just a fancy title for writer.  All the writing that you see, from product descriptions to Facebook posts to blog posts, are done by yours truly.  The funny thing is that English composition was my least favorite high school subject, second only to PE (my grades can prove this).  Now, I love writing!

I – Ideas Person (a.k.a. Conceptual Designer, Researcher)

As the ideas person, I search the Bible for verses that we may use for any and all our future projects.  When I discover a verse/passage that might work, I brainstorm and massage ideas until a strong concept emerges.

A – Accountant

In this role, I record all transactions with customers and vendors, making sure that we are prepared for tax season and any scary audits!


I hope that this provides you with a better understanding of what we do exactly at Intwine Paperie.  We love each aspect of our job and am so very thankful to be a part of what we pray would be a great ministry to you and others.