A Challenge

Today was an awesome mail day. Why? Because I got four handmade cards from friends. It amazed me at how much it lifted my spirits… and was a good motivator for me to make and send more cards.

You don’t need a reason to send a card. I truly believe the unexpected ones are the best. This one is going in the mail Monday to a friend…

Simple. Truly simple.

Stamp. Color. Done.

I used stamps from a new-to-me company – The Craft’s Meow. They have some incredible designs! (And it turns out the owner is really kind, too.) These stitched greetings are marvelous. Simon Says Stamp just started carrying their stamps and here are my favorites:

Sometimes when stamps are designed amazingly well, you don’t need to do much with them. These stamps are perfect examples of this. Sweet and simple.

So… I challenge you to join me. Join me in sending a few cards to a loved one for absolutely no reason. It will make them (and you!) feel good. Who do you plan to surprise?

Take care.


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  1. Love this idea! And that gorgeous card!

  2. Such a fabulous plan! Perhaps my month’s-late thank you’s will fit the bill…(in my defense I really try to make each card unique and especially for the recipient.)

  3. Vivian

    An old school friend that I haven’t seen in a long long time.

  4. Karen G (Cardcrazed)

    I am going to make a card for my kids, and hand deliver/mail them on Monday (Tuesday for the hand delivered one).

  5. Cynthia b.

    Thanks for the reminder that little things make the difference in any friendship! Your card is lovely – thanks for sharing it and your kind idea. :)

  6. bzyPTmom

    Great idea! I’m planning to send a thank you card to my amazing veterinarian, unfortunately my last fur baby passed away just a few months ago, and for years he took care of my “tribe” of critters with most utmost care. As soon as I am done with “wedding” mania, I will be ready to make him a most special thank you card.

  7. Maryann

    You´re absolutely right, and thankls god, I can say, I´m doing that regularly and also get some from wonderful friends now and then, and it really can make your day, if you recieve a beautiful card in the mail, Just Because…..

  8. Good idea! Love your rainbow greeting.

  9. Love your cheery rainbow card Jen – simple but so effective! Your friend will love it I’m sure ;)
    You’ve inspired me to go make a card for someone dear to me. Let’s pass on the love! Thanks for the inspiration, Rx

  10. my son in law is battling cancer and I send him a card every couple weeks and sometimes I buy cards for this dogs to send to him but we should use our cardmaking skills to lift people’s spirits.

    Barb

  11. Unexpected cards are the best. I really like your bold coloring and shading. Very pretty card!

  12. I love to surprise my sister. If fact, I’ve done that 2 weeks in a row. So much fun!

  13. Carmen

    Love your idea of sending a card just for fun! It woke be extra special to send it since this days everything is done over the cyberspace . What a treat to send and receive a handmade card.

  14. Jamie Greene

    This is a sweet and simple card and I love it! I will make some cards for my kids and hubby I think:)

  15. Harriet

    Your card is so happy….I send cards mostly to my sister–but–I am going to enlarge my circle and send to more people. Thanks for reminding me what a lovely surprise a card makes.

  16. sandra m.

    Great post Jennifer and a lovely gentle reminder about what is important in life. I love to make cards, but do not always make the effort to send them. Such an easy thing to do…
    Also thanks for the introduction to the stamps, i had not heard of them, have to go check them out.

  17. Tami B

    What a great thought.

  18. Angela R

    I love the Crafts Meow stamps I think I have six or seven of their stamp sets I just got 4 of them in the mail the other day :-)

  19. Angela R

    I forgot to say my next purchase is the stitched sets ;-)

  20. CC

    Sometimes it’s so hard to just make myself go make a card or two. But, I really need to make cards for my aunt who is 88 years old and also for an elderly friend who was really there for me when I needed her. I’m now over a thousand miles away from both my aunt and my old friend and I don’t keep in touch as much as I should. Thanks for the push to brighten someone’s day. I know even the simplest card would would be welcomed by either of these two ladies.

  21. This is just gorgeous Jennifer! And I’m so happy Simon Says Stamp is now carrying TCM!

  22. barbara lassiter

    I’m making a card for my Dad’s 100th birthday which is an amazing event and I will be making a card for my college roomie and a cousin, whom I haven’t seen in a while! Oh and not to forget to mention, thank you notes for those who recently brought food while I have been recuperating from hip replacement surgery! it’s good to get back into some creativity after all this!!!!

  23. Love your card!Very pretty ,easy mailing,Love sending cards!

  24. Thanks for the reminder – it has been awhile since I sent out a card just to say hello and I love that idea. I’m a firm believer that small acts of kindness are extra important. I have a few friends and a sister that could use a little extra sunshine in their day. (Especially since it snowed here today – yikes!) Love your card, Jennifer. I especially like the sentiment, so I immediately added that stamp set to my cart at SSS. Thanks for drawing these stamp sets to our attention – gorgeous!

  25. Gabby

    Great card! Love the vibrant colors and stitched sentiment. :)

  26. you are so lucky! unexpected cards from friends are the best!! beautiful card and you’ve got some lucky friends, too! =)

  27. Sarah across the sea

    Lovely card, love the sentiments of the stamps.
    You are SO right a card for no reason lifts the spirit…know just who to sent one to…
    Thanks again for all your inspiration.

  28. Julia

    Thanks for featuring this card company! I am always looking for sentiments that include scripture or blessings and still look cool ;) these fit the bill perfectly!

  29. Gee thanks….just added about 10 of their stamp sets to my wish list…lol. They do have really cute sets, like the one you used on this awesome card!!

  30. Susan

    Hi, What a great idea! I think I will make a funny card for my 93 year old father in law who is not feeling well at all. God bless!!!!

  31. I just mailed a card to a friend who has arrived in Denmark from Norway with her Danish husband and two kids. After living together in Norway for 5 years, they have now come to Denmark to live. So I sent her a card to say welcome and let her know that I will do my best to make sure the gets a good start here in little Denmark.

  32. Lisa Hjulberg

    I love, love, love your card, Jennifer! And I agree… it’s always nice to receive a card in the mail, especially in this day and age of electronic everything. Thank you so much for the shout-out for The Craft’s Meow, too! :)

  33. Janet Wilson

    Lovely idea, Jennifer! I have often looked at the CM stamps – they are very charming :)

  34. Linda J

    Happy Birthday to sweet Lila!:)
    Love sending cards to people, this post is giving me a sweet push to send more.:)

  35. I love being the DT Coordinator for The Craft’s Meow & you picked a GREAT company to feature! These stamps are perfect for a ‘stamp, color & send’ challenge! Thanks for the shout out!

  36. Beth Kimbler

    I have been trying to send cards regularly to my aunt in Florida, se always calls and acts surprised I thought of her. I especially like to send Tim’s tag of the month to her, since it seems you just have to buy what ever you don’t have that he uses!

  37. Pat

    Took me forever to carve time out to make a “just because” card…but it’s finally done! This was a great idea! :)

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