Name: Jill Kerly
Business: J.K. Crafts
Describe yourself in three words: Chocolate crazy crafter.
What else should we know about you?I’m a busy mother of two teenage boys,living in a rural area of Co. Cork, Ireland.
What do you do? I create handmade greetings cards for any occasion.
Why do you love it? I love the challenge of creating a card that is more than just a card, that is completely relevant to the person for whom it has been made.
Where do you get your inspiration? I get my inspiration from the recipient themselves. When someone orders a card for a special occasion, I make sure that I get as much information about the recipient of the card, and the occasion for which the card is being made. I incorporate as many details as I possibly can into the card for a totally unique gift that they will treasure forever.
Who has been one of your biggest influences? A wonderful lady by the name of Joanna Sheen, who creates the most visually stunning cards I have ever seen. I use her products in almost all of my cards, and can only hope that one day I will make cards that are so beautiful, they take your breath away.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things could you not live without? : I’m tempted to say my husband and two sons, but actually, I think I could live without them!! It would have to be chocolate (of course, goes without saying!), my watch (I simply cannot bear not knowing what time it is!) and a never ending supply of craft items.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? In ten years, I see myself doing more or less the same as I do now, but hopefully on a wider scale. I really can’t imagine ever tiring of seeing the look of wonder and joy on people’s faces when they see their card for the first time.
Anything else you just *have* to say? I can’t really think of anything else I “have” to say, except that these questions were surprisingly difficult to answer! I think I’m going to end up being one of your more mundane features, but hopefully, you’ll have enough to work with.