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Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 1: Friends & Family

Hello! Yesterday I announced my month-long Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Today I am back to start Week 1 of the challenge and I hope you can play along!

week 1

Week 1 (November 2 – 8) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with friends and family. This is often the easiest kindness to share, so it is a good place to start.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participating is easy. Simply make and GIVE something to a friend or family member. It can be a card, sweet treat, handwritten note – anything made by the hand, from the heart counts. It is that simple! The more you give, the better. This is all about spreading kindness… especially when it is least expected. That’s it.

And since kindness is contagious, I also encourage you to share whatever you create on your blogs, social media, etc… and even here on my blog. Let’s inspire each other! Here are three options:

  1.  Post a photo of whatever you create on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness.
  2.  Link a project you created to this post using the link-up tool below. (At the end of the post – click “Add a Link.”)
  3.  Leave a comment on this post telling what you created. (This is great if you don’t do social media or have a blog. Easy peasy!)

You are welcome to do none of these, one of these, two of these, or all three! But for each you do, you will be eligible for a prize…

PRIZES

To celebrate this week’s challenge, I have THREE great prizes to give away. (And don’t be surprised if I end up with more!)

week 1 prize

This week’s prizes include:

  1.   A $100 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp
  2.   A $25 Gift Certificate to Lawn Fawn
  3.   A $50 Gift Certificate to Paper Smooches

These three companies were very generous to offer these prizes. Please consider checking out their products – such good people!

I will give one prize to someone who I see participating on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I will give another prize to someone who links their project below. And a third prize will be to someone who leaves a comment on this post letting us know of their participation. All will be randomly picked on 11/9/15. (International folks are eligible, too!)

If for some reason you can’t participate, no worries. I will have other random giveaways throughout the week! Stay tuned.

KIND CAMPAIGN

I’d love if you also check out the Kind Campaign. This is a group of awesome people working to end bullying. Their work is amazing. I will be donating to them throughout the month and hope that you will consider doing the same. (Yesterday I shared about Hero Arts donating a percentage of their profits of some kindness stamps – be sure to check it out!)

BADGE

A few people asked if there was a badge or image they could share on their blog. You can download this one HERE.

SHK blog badge

LINK UP YOUR PROJECT

As I mentioned, you are welcome to link here to share your project to inspire others. This is optional! It is easy – you can watch THIS video if you need some help.

Thank you so much for joining me in this challenge! After years of making and sending cards, I felt a calling to do more. This should be fun! Hugs all around.


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626 thoughts on “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge Week 1: Friends & Family”

  1. I cases Jennifer today & made a set of notecards for my mother in law & a set of 20 thank you cards for my daughter in law to use for my grandsons 1st birthday party gifts. Such a great idea! Thank you Jennifer!

  2. For this week’s challenge, I created a “Giving Thanks” card to send to friends who attended my very first Friendsgiving that I hosted at my home this past weekend! I hope they enjoy it 🙂

  3. I made a “Congratulations” card for my sister. She just bought a new house. It’s posted on my Instagram account @scraps_n_needles.

  4. I love this campaign. My mother had surgery this week so is made dinner for our friends who took the time to drive an hour on a weeknight to see mom in the hospital. They shared kindness with me, and I shared it with them. 🙂

  5. Creat a tag for friends & family to share this message. Since we are tagging the #sharehandmadekindness, I have the idea to write the tag in watercolor my own to share my handmade kindness. I am so excited about the hero arts stamp set I have ordered from SSS!

  6. This is a wonderful way to share kindness. Thank you, Jennifer, for this challenge. I made a card for my Mom to say thank you for all that she does. I can’t wait to see what this coming weeks challenge will be!

  7. I shared handmade kindness in the form of chocolate chip cookies for my teen son’s. They can use an expression of love in the form of yummy calories!

  8. This is such a fabulous initiative you’ve started! Can’t wait to see what else is in store. I am a veteran special education teacher. This school year I have the privilege of being a mentor to two first year special education teachers in my elementary school building. I am so proud of them and all their hard work. I love to make them little surprise gifts every month, just to encourage them and to celebrate their teaching “firsts”. Last week, they held their first ever Parent Teacher Conferences. This weekend, I made them each a little note pad to use at their desk, with each page stamped with a cute little stamp that matches their interests and personalities. I packaged them up with a pen. Can’t wait to leave them for them on their desks in the morning!

  9. For this week’s challenge, I made a label for a handmade jar of grape jelly that I made – I surprised a friend with this at her office!

  10. My mom & I have a friend who is legally blind. The past few months, she has been losing even more sight in her one good eye. Her birthday is this week, and I wanted to make her a card, but was at a loss how to make it enjoyable for her, since her vision is so poor. I finally came up with the idea to make a shaker card,so at least she has the ability to hear the sequins & beads shaking, and make the print on the inside message larger, so hopefully she might be able to read it with her magnifying lens. Hopefully she will enjoy it when it arrives this week! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  11. I made a set of 4 Thanksgiving/Thank you cards for my friend to give away. I thought it would help her to not have to think about buying Thanksgiving cards in this busy season. I hope she will enjoy them and the people she sends them to will also enjoy them. 🙂

  12. I made lunchbox notes for my kids (try to do it every week) and a Thinking of You card for my brother and his family. They are going through a very rough time. It’s been fun to see how much the campaign has inspired people!

  13. I made my first no-line Copic card to say thank you to Grandmama for helping to decorate my baby’s First birthday party autumnal party. Tagged with #sharehandmadekindness on FB.

  14. Thank you so much for your ideas! They are always wonderful! My last card went to my sister-in-law who had a Halloween birthday.

  15. What a great challenge Jennifer! I made a card for my sister. She lives close to me and we see each other every week but I never send her cards and I think she’ll be tickled pink to get one from me! I know it’ll make her day!

  16. Jennifer, for this Act of Kindness I hWe all need a lift. I hae been doing this on the phone and have gotten surprised responses as customer service usually gets complaints not compliments or cheerful goodbyes with a wish for them to have a wonderful day.

  17. I love to see all your card videos, they are awesome, you inspire me to make a cards each time I see a video. I am learning so much from your shared knowledge and videos. I am making some Christmas cards and well wish cards from my family and friends. I am even planning on wrapping some cards up as gifts. I love how you do that. That is a neat idea. Thank you for all you inspiration you give to us crafters.

    Denice from Buffalo New York

  18. I made a Christmas Screen card for my aunt. She is very religious so I heat embossed Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus in gold embossing powder, also the 3 kings and on the other section I also put a shepherd with sheep. The sentiment said Come All Ye Faithful. I put gold stars on it and snowflakes.
    Also made my daughter 5 gift hard holders so she can give them to the special ladies that come to our house that help my grandson ( nurse, therapist, feeding lady and etc)

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