I’m Kim, Welcome to Kim’s Handcrafted Cards! For years, I didn’t think I could actually call myself an “artist” because I don’t have formal art training.
My background began in business and secretarial studies. I learned to type early and that skill earned me many jobs but I was never fully happy. Something was missing but I wasn’t quite sure what it was. All I knew at the time was I wanted to do something creative and work with my hands. My career spanned from word processing to network administration and I found that I liked computers a lot so I moved into software and hardware repair. When my first husband passed away, my world turned upside down.
For about 11 years, I was lost. I moved to Florida to start again and it was working as a word processor that things turned. I learned graphic design on the job and I loved it. The two things I was good at came together: creating graphics and working on computers. That transitioned me into web design and I created websites for several years using WordPress. Though I enjoyed creating graphics, that craving to create with my hands was still strong as ever. I prayed for a few years what to do. As time passed, I was able to move on again with my life and I owe it all to Jesus, my Savior.
I married again in 2001, to my wonderful husband Ken, and then in 2012, we I moved to Oregon. We both love the place The Lord has brought us in our life since moving from Florida. If you want to know more about our faith, you can read it about here.
This is where I started crafting with yarn. I’ve made hundreds of items from 2012 to 2018 but because of health concerns, I quit fiber arts to save my hands and shoulders. Crafting is such a part of me so there was no way I would quit the industry entirely. I started getting interested in cardmaking and I began following a few cardmakers on YouTube and soon I was hooked! Now I’m making cards for our Etsy shop and I love being a card designer. Hubby is a professional photographer and so he sells photo cards in our shop of the beautiful Oregon coast and surrounding areas.
Being in a business together is a huge answer to prayer and I love working together with him to grow our Etsy shop. We also promote affiliate products here on the blog that are all crafty! These are recommendations of items we use and places we shop from through affiliate links (meaning when you make purchases using these links, your orders allows us to make a small commission that helps support our small business. And, there’s no additional cost to you.) If you’re interested, visit our pages here and here! And don’t forget to visit our Etsy shop! You’ll like it there!
Kim is also the creator, writer and designer of “Growing Up in Grace“, a devotional-type blog meant for inspirational writings to help others grow in their faith in God and the designer behind “Beautiful Food” where she showcases her love for food photos with pics from photographers all over the world.