Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Amy James. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Amy, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. When did you first know you wanted to pursue a creative/artistic path professionally?
At the beginning, I had no intention of pursuing my creative path professionally, in fact, I did not realize I had a creative side to me. I am an Accountant by profession so creating greeting cards that made others happy was enough for me. However, as I continued making greeting cards for my friends and co-workers I began to get better as time went on and my friends and co-workers wanted to start paying me for the cards I gave them and I asked them why and they said because they were unique and one of a kind. As time passed, my friends and co-workers encouraged my to start my own business. In the meantime, a company I used to work for was having a craft fair for its employees and one of my co-workers asked if I wanted to sell my cards there for the very first time and I immediately said yes! Within 3 hours of the event I made $400 and sold all of my cards! My co-workers once again encouraged me to create my own business. I thought about it and I realized that I could bring joy to even more people with my special greeting cards if I started my own business.
Therefore, I soon created my company called Amy’s Social Butterfly at the same time I remained an Accountant to help my business get started and be able to purchase the supplies I needed for my greeting cards.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
I am from Dallas, Texas born and raised here. I enjoy making people smile and bringing joy to their lives and I have always been this way since I was a little girl. Therefore, once I completed college and I started my career as an Accountant, I wanted to do something fun so I began by learning how to do scrapbooking which soon led me to making greeting cards. I started by making simple flat greeting cards and eventually started making 3D greeting cards which are all made by hand.
My cards are very delicate therefore when they are shipped they can become damaged, therefore, once I am contacted by the customer I immediately replace it for them and ship it out immediately to correct the situation.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my passion for making others happy and with every card I make I always put my heart and everything I have into it so it will be special for the person who is receiving my special one of a kind greeting card.
I am most proud of having the opportunity to show the world at the Secret Room Events Oscar Pre-Party 88th Annual Academy Awards Gifting Suite which in turn led to many other great once in a lifetime opportunities.
I would like potential clients, followers, and fans to know that I genuinely have a great passion for bringing joy and happiness to others, therefore, my special greeting cards will always capture that passion and I only use quality products when creating my greeting cards and I always guarantee my work and remedy any problem that may incur with my product. You see, I want your card to be exactly as you imagined. to not only make you smile but the person who receives this greeting card to be just as happy with this special gift coming from your heart.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of creating my greeting cards is to see people smile or cry happy tears because the card touched their hearts in a very special way, this is what means most to me and in turn makes me happy knowing I could bring joy to so many people with my greeting cards.
: Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?
As, I have previously stated that I enjoy making others happy and especially in the world of today we need to be able to share happiness and I believe my cards are a special way of doing this.