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Welcome to the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge! (And Giveaway!)

Welcome. Today is the first day of my Share Handmade Kindness Challenge!

SHK Badge to Share

Since January, I have been brainstorming and developing this challenge and I am so glad it is finally here. I think many of you will enjoy the idea and I hope you participate! Here is a bit more about it…

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ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

I think every one of us can agree that we love to create — cards, scrapbook pages, treats, and more. Making things by hand makes us happy. And when we share these creations with others, we also share that happiness. There’s nothing better! It’s a simple act of kindness that can brighten someone’s day and leave a lasting impression… and our world needs more kindness.

So, wouldn’t it be fun to encourage each other to turn the joy of creating into the kindness of giving? I hope you will join me here during the month of November for a “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge.” Each week throughout the month, we’ll challenge each other to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Any act of kindness made with the hands from the heart counts! We’ll support each other in sharing these acts of handmade kindness with friends and family, children facing challenges, those who work in our communities (nurses, teachers, etc.), and complete strangers who may need a smile.

Oh, and by the way, throughout the month, I will be encouraging everyone to consider supporting The Kind Campaign, an awesome organization that is working to end bullying. I will be making donations, too!

To participate, stop by any time during the month of November. I will offer simple challenges and make it easy to be involved. You are welcome to spread the word with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I hope you’ll join me in turning our joy of creating into the kindness of giving!

THE LOGISTICS

Each Monday of the month (starting tomorrow!), I will present you with a challenge. The challenge will involve creating and giving a handmade card (or anything handmade) to a particular person/people. By participating, you will be eligible to win some great prizes, too!

WEEK 1 (November 2 – 8) – Share handmade kindness with friends and family members – More info HERE.

WEEK 2 (November 9 – 15) – Share handmade kindness with those who work in our community – More info HERE.

WEEK 3 (November 16 – 22) – Share handmade kindness with kids – More info HERE.

WEEK 4 (November 23 – 29) – Share handmade kindness with strangers – More info HERE.

SPREAD THE WORD

It would be wonderful if you shared this challenge with any of your crafty friends. You can send folks to sharehandmadekindness.com – the “hub” of this project. However, once you’re ready to get involved, you can just head straight here to my blog all month long. This blog is where the challenge, prizes, guests and more will be presented.

Again, please use the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness on social media to spread the word!

KINDNESS STAMPS

To support the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge, Hero Arts has created two stamps with messages of kindness. They are donating 25% of the profits to the Kind Campaign to help end bullying. Isn’t that fabulous?! I helped “curate” these sets, but I was not paid to do so. Instead, Hero Arts is generously donating to the Kind Campaign per my request. What a fun way to make a difference.

These stamps will start showing up in stores today. You can find them at Simon Says Stamp (clear and wood), Ellen Hutson (clear and wood), and other stamp stores.

Stamps

THANK YOU

First, I want to thank you for all your kind words about my new blog. We put our heart and soul into it and are glad you like it! If you are having trouble registering, just email me. I can help you.

Finally I want to give a big thank you to Heather Ruwe. Heather is a dear friend of mine who started working with me this summer. Her ideas and help with this challenge have been incredible. Thank you, Heather!

GIVEAWAY

Let’s kick off this challenge with THREE giveaways! THREE lucky winners will get the two Hero Arts stamp sets above! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/6/15 telling me your favorite type of handmade kindness to share – cards, sweet treats, etc. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

See you tomorrow. I hope you are ready to participate!

 

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