- Associated Press - Sunday, November 15, 2015

OSCEOLA, Ark. (AP) - In a world filled with social media and texting, one Osceola women is putting love into every message.

Faye Hill has been making her own greeting cards for a couple of years now. Cards have always been a part of Hill’s life.

“I love to send cards to people,” Hill said “I was never good at making phone calls and doing one-on-ones. Cards were the way I showed I cared. Card making has become sort of a lost art in today’s world.”

Hill has been a resident of Osceola for most of her life.

“I have been in Osceola since 1960,” she said. “I graduated from Osceola High School. I was a banker here for 31 and half years. I worked for the Osceola School District from 2005 until I retired in 2013.”

The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1SmgsEB ) reports that when Hill retired she decided to pick up card making.

“I subscribed online to a major card company,” she said. “I would print out their cards and add my own stuff to the cards.”

After a little while Hill decided to start making her own cards.

“I started looking online on how to make my own cards,” she said. “I started watching YouTube videos and looking through Pinterest. Then I bought a cutting machine and embellishments and went to work.”

It wasn’t easy in the beginning.

“Card making takes a lot of precise cutting,” Hill said. “It was not an easy endeavor. When you start out it’s pretty difficult. I wasted a lot of paper in the beginning.”

Eventually she got the hang of it and never looked back.

“I have so many supplies,” Hill said. “I have a whole room dedicated to them.”

Hill’s cards are sold at the Osceola museum.

“The president of the museum asked me if I wanted to display my cards at the museum,” Hill said. “The museum gives me a place to sell my cards, and the museum receives 10 percent of the profit. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

The cards are a hot commodity around the community, Osceola resident Mary Ann Wilson said.

“I am so proud of her,” Wilson said. “She used to bring her cards to Sunday school, and everybody would be enthralled with them. Everybody who comes into the museum looks at the cards because they are so unique.”

Hill credits her old-fashioned touch for her cards’ popularity.

“They’re homemade,” Hill said. “I make them with love. Every one is unique, and they are reasonably priced.”

Hill has a card and embellishment for every occasion.

“I have happy birthday cards, wedding cards, get well cards and more,” she said. “I even got requests for some masculine cards so I have those, too.”

Hill’s wedding cards are a great gift.

“A lot of people buy them to put on their wedding gifts,” Wilson said.

Hill loves all of her cards, but the box card is her favorite.

“The box cards can be folded and set up right next to a person’s bed,” Hill said. “They are my favorite card to make.”

Hill can do about 10 cards a week.

“I usually make four cards at a time, depending on my schedule,” she said. “It will take about 30 to 40 minutes to complete a normal card and about three hours to do a box card. I will get started on one and keep on adding stuff to it. You can never have too much.”

For Hill card making is a hobby not a business.

“I don’t do this every day,” she said. “There are days where I don’t do it all. I don’t want to burn out.”

The big card companies have nothing to worry about from Hill.

“I like to keep it local,” she said. “I don’t want to travel around with booths and stuff like that. I am fine with what I am doing right here. I don’t want it to be a job.”

Hill won’t stop making cards anytime soon.

“I plan on doing this forever,” she said. “I don’t plan on stopping.”


Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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