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The Hum of Sweet Nothings
Traditionally painted cards that depict fantastical narrative illustrations full of characters is what I love to create, and the dreamy, vibrant tones of watercolor painting is my favorite medium. I design each of my card sets with a theme and matching pattern and - as I'm starting out - have the paintings printed in bulk by an online printing supplier. After the printing, though, I personally put every order together and send them off safely to you.
So far, the road to growing Happily Hummingbee as a business has been a mighty mountain to climb, but at least I've reached the first peak. For that, I am elated. Challenged with finding my place in a niche market, I turned to the Etsy platform clinging to the dream of being able to create whimsical cards. My goal is to brighten faces with a story or at least help someone spark up a friendly conversation.
Why greeting cards?
From a young age, I discovered the sweet delight in giving friends and loved ones handmade gifts. From the early glitter and glue valentines to knick-knacks like painted wooden boxes and Shrinky Dink keychains for birthdays, I was the kind of person who showed love through the time and effort put towards creating something material.
One year, my elementary school began a school-wide mailing project where we could write letters to anyone in the school through a student-run post office. Meant to teach us how to properly write letters, I learned that I could speak with anyone in a conversation built for two. I wrote friends and teachers and even the principal, and they all wrote back. Around then, I began collecting letters and cards, thankful of every word other people would share with me. Much of my collection was from my Polish grandmother, who often sent little 3.5x4.5 inch cards. They would only read a line or two wishing me well and that she and my grandfather were thinking of me, but they always signed off with "With love, always." Words became powerful tools to communicate, and I delve into the creative arts of poetry and literature.
Maybe amazement and praise fueled my direction towards becoming an illustrator, or maybe it was a sense of communication that both words and images could capture. Either way, I saw, firsthand, the effect my art and efforts had on people, and with that I knew precisely what I was meant to do in life. I've always been fond of the fantasy genre, with stories of fairies, dragons, and other mythological creatures broadening my horizons of the unreal to the endless fields of the imaginable. There's something wonderful about trying to capture whimsy with paints and pencils and being able to show others what I see.
So please allow me to be the front to break some conversational ice for you and let my cards set the scene for you to say something, or nothing at all. Send then to family, friends, acquaintances, strangers, or treasure them for yourself. Just remember to stop a moment,
appreciate the grand little things in life,
and happily be!
My name is Pam Kimball, an illustrator with her heart set on creating cards. I am the proud meowmy of two long-tailed cat children: a talkative, black and white boy named Fado and his piebald, ladylike sister named Saria.
GotPrint provides large quantity printing services, of which I use to print my greeting cards.
Van Nuys, CA
UPrinting provides large quantity printing, of which I use to create the stickers with my brand that I use for packaging.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and cancellations
I don't accept exchanges
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I accept returns I do not accept returns
I accept exchanges I do not accept exchanges
I accept cancellations I do not accept cancellations
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for: