native Sylvia Dean Stephens-D'Angelo invents greeting cards
equipped with scripture readings.
Register & Bee staff writer
Va. - Chatham native Sylvia Dean Stephens-D’Angelo is
the inventor of Angel Express, “a scripture talking
Stephens-D’Angelo, who now lives in Newport News, came
up with the idea for the unique greeting card in 2001.
“I say I invented the card, but it was a gift from God,”
she said. “God spoke to me and said ‘wouldn’t
it be great to have a scripture talking card that would talk
The inside of the card contains biblical scripture and a small
pouch. When the pouch is opened, listeners can hear the scripture
The cover of the card includes a picture of a young angel
with an Angel Express pouch riding a horse through the clouds.
“The face on the angel is my son when he was 3 years
old,” Stephens-D’Angelo said.
Stephens-D’Angelo, who has won an international designer
award for her creation, said her goal is to make the card
available to everyone.
Ross D’Angelo, Sylvia’s husband, said he does
not want to sell the concept to a large greeting card company
such as Hallmark.
“You have to give up all rights to creativity,”
Ross D’Angelo said.
Sylvia echoed her husband’s remarks.
“We wanted to keep it pure,” she said, noting
the design of the card received a patent in March 2002.
The Angel Express name also is trademarked.
Stephens-D’Angelo and her husband have set up an interactive
Web site for people interested in learning more about the
company or about how to design their own Angel Express card.
The Web site’s address is www.angelexpress.com.
“Maybe this would seem small to a lot of people, but
it is big to me,” Stephens-D’Angelo said.
Contact Darren Sweeney at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (434) 793-2311, Ext. 3039.
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