It was at a party when Faith Saunders first came into contact with make-your-own greeting cards, reports My Central Jersey.

“I got bored with what they were doing, so I just started making my own stuff,” Saunders said.

Saunders said people had always told her she was creative, but she never really felt in touch with her creativity. But once she began making cards, she was struck by inspiration constantly. She loved turning images from nature, such as butterflies, trees or flowers, into designs for her handmade greeting cards.

“I didn’t have any intention of selling it,” she said. “I was just making cards and giving them away to people. Then people asked me if they could purchase the cards.”

In March 2007, Keepsakes by Faith was born. Saunders sells greeting cards, invitations and other novelties to individuals, corporate clients and charities. She also sells via her Web site: www.keepsakesbyfaith.com.

The business is still a part-time job for Saunders, though she is hoping to one day work full-time on her cards. For now, she gets up at 3:30 a.m. each day to work on the cards, then heads off for her day job working in human services.

Saunders is also a single mother of two. She said her kids chime in with their own ideas.

“My kids are very creative too,” she said. “They’re my consultants.”

Photos from Keepsakes By Faith

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