Top 10 Greeting Cards

Top 10 Greeting Cards

Hi there,

Purchasing greetings cards seems to be a rather common occurrence. Just this past week I had a birthday to buy a greeting card for.

I thought I’d share with you some of my top-selling greetings cards.

All of my greetings cards are environmentally friendly – they are made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified card, and the inks used are all soy or vegetable-based.

All 49 designs are designed, by me, with either my photographs or original art on the front. Each greetings card is blank inside for your own message, making them perfect for any occasion. They come with a white envelope. Size A6.

Price per card: £2.50 (FREE postage and packing within the UK) – please note: the pen is not included.

My Top 10 greeting cards:

1. Waterlily Reflection

Waterlily Reflection Greetings Card

This photo was taken at Robin Hill Country Park while walking through a lowered pathway through a pond. These are my most popular cards, as such, there are only 10 left!

2. Cygnet Sitting

Cygnet Sitting Greetings Card

This photo of a baby cygnet sitting on their parents back is so popular. I took it at a local lake, where I take most of my photographs.

3. Bloom

Bloom Greetings card

This greetings card is very popular for mums. This happens to be one of my mum’s favourites.

4. Hedgehog

Hedgehog Greetings Card

This cute and happy little hedgehog was snapped at my first ever pet photoshoot. I don’t do too many pet photo shoots these days, but am open to more in the future.

5. Cygnet Siblings

Cygnet Siblings Greetings Card

I am thrilled with this photograph because I love how these cygnet siblings are looking at each other. I wonder what they are saying/thinking?

6. Does God have a blueprint?

Does God have a blueprint? Greetings Card

When I was deciding which designs to move forward with I asked my husband for help with choosing the final cut. He suggested I get rid of this one because he wasn’t sure it was saleable. About a month later, I had a stall at Yeldall Manor, for their annual Open Day. It was by far my best seller! 🙂

7. Cross Through Time

Cross Greetings Card - Christian Cards

This was my 2nd ‘prophetic’ painting. I was trying to recreate a painting I had done for my pastor, but God had other ideas and helped me create this painting.

8. Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness Greetings Card

I painted this during a dark point in my life. Jesus has been the light in my darkness and has helped me through the toughest years of my life. I pray this card brings peace, comfort, and hope to you in your darkness (or to those that you buy this for).

9. Steam Train

Steam Train Greetings Card

This greetings card is most popular for males but can be for any gender, and for any occasion. I painted the original in watercolour for my father-in-law (as a commission). He’s a steam train enthusiast.

10. Soft Pastel Seascape

Soft Pastel Seascape Greetings Card

I drew this a while ago, with soft pastels. It very quickly became one of my most popular designs, which is why it features in my top 10.

Which one do you like best? Is there one of my other designs that you think should be in my top 10?

I hope you have enjoyed browsing my top 10 greetings cards.

Yours Faithfully,

Hannah Kirk

Choose To Challenge

Choose To Challenge

Hi there,

It would be a bit difficult not to notice that today is International Women’s Day. When the focus is on one group of people it’s very easy to get critical or defensive and say ‘all lives matter’ for example. While it is most certainly true that ‘all lives matter’, that is not the point. The point is that where there is inequality we need to shine the spotlight on it.

Today, the spotlight is on women.

Until very recently women were not allowed to serve as church leaders; they were not allowed to vote; they were not allowed to work in male-dominant roles, such as as pilots or in the army. There is still a rift between genders in the workplace, and indeed other areas of society such as churches.

As hopefully you have already noticed, I’m extremely passionate about inclusion, justice, and equality. That passion, along with my faith in Jesus, forms the foundation of this company.

My mission statement on my website (https://yours-faithfully-hkirk.co.uk) reads, ‘Hannah has a passion for Jesus and a passion for people. The main ways she connects these two passions is through art, photography, and writing. Even though her faith forms a huge part of who she is, and what she does, she is committed to never force her faith on anyone else. Her mission, which shapes this company, is to develop a life of hope, freedom, and recovery through art, photography, and writing. Hannah’s core belief is that every human being should be valued, accepted, and included – that’s why she has tailored her products and services in such a way that everyone should feel welcome here regardless of age, gender identity, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, etc. She has a heart for the marginalised and broken, perhaps because she fits that herself.’

So, for International Women’s Day I #ChooseToChallenge – choose to challenge the stigma that many women face surrounding their bodies and emotions; choose to challenge the inequality that still exists; choose to challenge the ways that women are written about by male authors, etc. These are things that I will continue to challenge going foreword – not just today.

I thought you might also like to know which women most inspire us as a family.
* My youngest daughter says, “I’m inspired by Amy Johnson, because I wouldn’t be able to be a piolet when I grow up if it wasn’t for Amy Johnson”.
* My eldest daughter says, “Emma Watson inspires me because she inspired me to become an actress, she fights for Women’s Rights, and she left books for people to find which is a really kind thing to do.”
* My husband says, “Lari Basilio because she is a very good guitarist. Lori stands out for me because when you often thing of guitarists and rock bands it’s usually men, and she inspires me to play guitar more. She’s also a Christian and recently launched a signature guitar.”
* I am inspired by many women. I think that the modern women that inspire me the most are: Michelle Lloyd, Josephine Owusu, and Menekse Stewart (although I could add more to this list). The women artists that inspire me the most are: Jennifer Mazur, Kristin Rawcliffe, and Lotti Rawle (but there are many more I could mention). I also have so many amazing female friends who inspire me every day. Here are just a few (because the list would run into 100!): Patricia, Karrie, Nikki, Rach, Fi, and Lucy.

Do you also #ChooseToChallenge?

Yours Faithfully,
Hannah Kirk

Product Roundup for Valentine’s Day

Product Roundup for Valentine’s Day

I can’t quite believe that we enter February today. Time seems to be going quickly, but also going slowly. Does it feel that way for you?

In just under two weeks’ time it will be Valentine’s Day. Is that something you celebrate, even if just with a card. I know that some people give gifts to their friends, family, or other loved ones to say that they care – it doesn’t have to be a romantic thing.

Here is a roundup of some of the products that seem best suited for Valentine’s Day:

Greetings Cards:

All Greetings Cards are A6 size and are blank inside for your own message and come with a white envelope. Price: £2 including P&P (within the UK). Please note: pen is not included.

1. Love Bursts Forth

Love Bursts Forth Greetings card

2. Love Spirals

Love Spirals A6 Greetings Card

3. Soft Pastel Seascape

Soft Pastel Seascape Greetings Card

4. Elephant Safari at Sunset

Elephant Safari at Sunset Greetings Card

5. Pine Walk, Puerto Pollensa, at Sunset

Pine Walk Puerto Pollensa at Sunset Greetings Card

6. Lake and Tree Reflections

Lake and Tree Reflections Greetings Card

7. Steam Train

Steam Train Greetings Card

8. Bloom

Bloom Greetings card

Photo Products:

1. Faithful Snapshots Photobook

  Faithful Snapshots Photobook with purple linen cover Faithful Snapshots Photobook

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, has a purple linen cover. Inside are 80 of my best (and most popular) photographs. Individually, I charge £12 for these photos, so this book is a bargain. Size: 20cm x 15cm.

This photobook, Faithful Snapshots, showcases my wildlife and nature photographs.

I love taking photos of birds, animals, pets, flowers, landscapes, seascapes, sunsets, and the moon. Photographs in this photobook include: Stag, Doe, Crested Grebe, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Cormorant, Pershore Abbey, Hedgehog, Swans, Cygnets, Kingfisher, Robin, Mallorca, Malvern Hills, the moon, and much more…

All photographs are copyrighted © Hannah Kirk

I hope you enjoy this collection of photographs.

2. Contemplative Robin Coffee Mug

Coffee Mug with a photo of a Robin on the front

 

Paintings:

1. Icy Lake

Icy Lake painting

I painted this as part of a course I attended. I love the calming colours, bright sunset, and glow of the Icy Lake off-set by the snowy landscape. Such a simple scene but so lovely to look at.

This painting was created with landscape and winter-scene lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or would like to gift it to someone,  I’d love for you to purchase it.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size: 30cm x 40cm. Once bought you will receive contact from me and I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

2. Pine Walk, Puerto Pollensa at Sunset

Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa at Sunset - Original Art

I holiday in Mallorca twice a year with my family. In May, during our last holiday there, I went on a romantic evening stroll along the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa with my wonderful husband. It was that walk that inspired this painting. The beautiful sunset, the glorious mountains, and the little boats dotted around the bay. We stood in this spot for a while, enjoying the sunset and each others company before going to have dinner together while the girls were spending time with their grandparents.

I used my own reference photograph for this painting. As I have so many photos of Mallorca – and in particular the Pine Walk in Puerto Pollensa – this is the first in a large collection of paintings. I can’t wait to paint the rest of them. If you’d like to be kept up to date with all of my latest paintings please join my mailing list.

This painting was created with Puerto Pollensa lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or you would like to gift it, I’d love for you to purchase it.

Painted in Acrylics on Stretched Canvas. Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size 30cm x 40cm. Once bought I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

3. Elephant Safari at Sunset

Elephant Safari at Sunset

I’m did a course in 2019 at the School of Acrylic Painting in Gloucestershire. The lessons were once a month and after 12 lessons I’ll complete Level 1. This was painted for my 10th lesson, in October. I love animals and landscapes so this was a perfect lesson for me. I had great fun doing the background and the trees. The shape of the elephants was trickier, and getting the shading right was a challenge. I’ve always wanted to go on safari and see elephants in the wild. I love how the baby elephant is following its dad. It makes it quite spiritual for me because it reminds me that I’m Abba’s child and that I am following Him with my art and writing.

I love watching the sun set. I often watch at a lake in Hampshire that I’m fond of, but also love it wherever I am. I can only imagine how spectacular it would be to see the sunset while on safari! What an awesome thought. I hope I’ve captured its beauty without ever seeing it – it flowed out of my inmost being and my imagination.

I see this painting hung above a mantle-piece, so that the owner can enjoy a beautiful safari sunset without leaving their front door. This painting was created with animal lovers in mind. If you have a special place in your home for this painting, or you’d like to gift it, I’d love for you to purchase it.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Size 30cm x 40cm. Once bought I will arrange prompt shipping of this painting.

4. Purple Hills at Dusk

Purple Hills at Dusk - Original Art

I painted this scene ‘Purple Hills at Dusk’ at the art class I attended – School Of Acrylic Painting . I knew the theme for that class and noticed rolling hills on my journey to Gloucester. So, although I painted from my imagination it was based on a view I’d glimpsed on my drive.

I decided to paint the scene at dusk and so I’ve put lights in the valley. This painting has received a lot of positive comments.

This painting was created with landscape lovers in mind. If you would like it hanging on a wall in your house, or you’d like to gift it to someone, then I’d love for you to purchase this beautiful and original piece of artwork.

Price: £50 (FREE p&p) Once bought I will arrange the prompt shipping of this painting.

 

This is just an overview of my products. There are many other items to choose from. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this product roundup.

Yours Faithfully, 

Hannah Kirk

Christmas Hope?

Christmas Hope?

Hi,

I’m based in Berkshire, England, and we are in Tier 4 which essentially means that all of our plans for Christmas were cancelled on Saturday. I have cried tears, and so have my children. But, this Christmas is not without hope.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)

This is a very familiar verse to many. In other translations, the words alter slightly and it reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NIV)

From my perspective, which I’m sure is shared widely, we have had one disaster after another this year. What then can we make of this verse that claims that the LORD plans good and not disaster. I’ve asked myself that question a lot over the years. I’m not sure I’ve settled on a answer. But, what I do believe wholeheartedly is that we have both a hope and a future found in Jesus. Jesus is the reason that we have Christmas, isn’t it? His birth, life, death, and resurrection give us a hope and a future.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:25 (NIV) This is the hope we have in Jesus. This is the future that is available freely to us and that future starts now.

We have the first ‘Christmas star’ in 800 years this evening – when Jupiter and Saturn line up in the sky. I’m hoping that the sky clears sufficiently for us to be able to see it.

However, whether I see the star or not, and during  this Christmastime, along with every other day, I can rejoice and worship Jesus – for the hope and future he has given us – just as the wise people did at the time of His birth:

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11 NKJV)

I pray you find some level of peace and comfort over the Christmas period, even if your plans have had to be changed. I also pray for you as you reflect on what has likely been a very challenging and painful year.

Yours Faithfully,

Hannah Kirk