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

  1. I offered to babysit for my grandson and his little brother. My grandson’s mother and her husband do not have any family to help them out so my son and I often watch her other son along with my grandson. We all need to help each other to get along in the world. Love the Kindness campaign.

  2. Oh, this is amazing! TYVM for doing this–I LOVE to give, give back, whatever!! I made a card in a box (?) for my bestie’s birthday!! She is a wonderful friend and she deserves it all!! Thanks again!

  3. This challenge is great! I have sent four cards to my friends this week and I have just made one for a cardmaker. She had a baby a year ago and since then, she stopped crafting, the blog… I think she believes we don’t miss her but we really do! 🙂 Hugs!

  4. I love making cards for family and friends but I did a little something different and made book marks for my grandchildren. They love to read and its my little way to be right along with them as they go through their book adventures!

  5. What an AMAZING thing you are doing here! I made a set of cards for a new friend in our new neighborhood to give to her when we go out to lunch! You will touch a lot of people with this campaign!

  6. Last night, I made a handmade Card for my mum. She lives more than 1000 miles from me, and i havent seen her in almost two years ( not that we didn´t want to, but the distance is a problem.) I used a new stamp set with Hearts, and found my inspiration from Kristina Werner….. Fist i stamped the Hearts ind White pigment ink, and once the pigment ink dried, i stamped the hearts Again in red and green dye ink. I topped it of with a tag, sayng ” i love you so much more than Words can ever describe.” I will send it to her tomorrow 🙂

  7. I have linked a card I made for my best friend since 7th grade~41 years of friendship. We now live far apart, she in Maryland and I am in Florida, but I want to share this handmade kindness with her to say, “Welcome my friend! My door is always open to you!” Thank you for such a wonderful idea!

  8. I made & sent a card with a cute french bulldog stamp for my sister, who just started a new job this week so I wanted to send her some encouragement!

  9. What a wonderful idea, I was in my sons highschool office picking him up and the receptionist was sharing a homemade potholder & card someone had made her, and she said That there was a note saying
    “Share homemade kindness” I was absolutely tickled that this has spread!
    It took me a while this week to pump out my cards because I had 3 sick family members, but I finally got them done! I love this idea, and it’s the reason I send out so many cards each week, bringing happiness within a home made card is the best love u can share! I hope u keep this going year after year!
    Thanks so much Jennifer! Ur such a inspiration!
    Send u love from dallas!
    Your crafty friend, Ro Love?

  10. What a wonderful challenge. You are so, so awesome Jennifer!! I went to see my aunt who’s recovering from a surgery. I made her a flowery get well card 🙂

  11. What a wonderful campaign! This week, I made a get well card for a friend of the family who is recovering from a recent surgery. Thank you for doing what you do and for being an inspiration to all of us!

  12. My sweet 7-year friend just got braces and is having a hard time getting used to them. I used my Cricut and all sorts of glitter paper and bling to create a large card with the Cheshire Cat wearing braces with colored rubber bands to send to her. I also used it as an excuse to try a diecut glitter technique that I saw on one of your videos. The card turned out fabulous and I hope it brightens her day!

  13. This week was my Brother’s Birthday so my kids and I put together a package for him. They painted pictures, we baked him cookies and I sent him a jar of homemade pasta sauce. We had a putting a package together! Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. I sent a “HUGS” card to my niece who is struggling with balancing her last semester of nursing school and an “active” three-year-old!

  15. Hi! I have a 7 year old student of mine having surgery on Monday 11/9. I sent him a card to receive tomorrow, Saturday, with a “you can do it” theme. On Monday, I’m going to ask all of my other 22 students to create “Get Well” cards for him. I may even be brave enough to share some of my own inks and stamps to use as a choice.

  16. Love this idea. I’m always have ideas in my head and this is a great way to inspire me to do it and send it. I sent a hand made thank you card to a special lady in our church who is always doing things for others.

  17. Today I mailed a pretty handmade card and letter to support a special needs woman I know, who lost her mom 2 weeks ago in a freak indoor sporting accident. Her life will be forever changed, as they lived together, were best friends, and travelled and led a big, happy wonderful life full of fun together. I stamped Stamping Bella’s Flower Garden image and coloured each flower in beautiful bright tones of copics (reds, blue/violets, purples, yellows, greens for leaves), and added some matching fine glitter to largest flower. I added black polka dot sheer washi tape across the bottom, backed onto a black panel, and did the background of the card in a light grey harlequin stamp, with black twine cord on the left side. Her mom was so cheerful and colourful and strong, that I wanted to honour her mom by being cheerful along with a letter of support. (I’m sorry my computer is not working well and I cannot scan and upload at present).

  18. My boss will be celebrating a milestone birthday next week and I made a birthday card for the team to sign for her. Also made some cards for the busy moms in my life.

  19. I’ve made a set of cards for the sister of a dear friend to write out for family & loved ones. Jen has terminal cancer and wants to leave notes for her family members and close friends letting them know how much she has appreciated their love and support through this difficult time.

  20. I made a set of 4 cards for a care package my coworkers are sending to a friend in the military. They’re sure to brighten his day and those he sends them to!!!

  21. This is such an incredible challenge. I’m very excited about this. I believe that every act of giving is special and I love to make people smile. This week I made two dozen
    chocolate gluten free cupcakes that I filled with chocolate mousse and frosted with chocolate butter cream frosting. It isn’t easy for people who are gluten free so I’m hoping that these triple chocolate cupcakes make these people smile.

  22. I made a card this week to send to 4 friends/family member to tell them to keep their head up and keep on going strong! 🙂

  23. So glad to participate in this Kindness Challenge Jennifer! I made a Halloween themed birthday card for my cousin who loves Halloween and her birthday is in early November. I colored a stamped image of an adorable girl in a superhero costume to look like my cousin, cause she is definitely a Super Woman!

  24. made a very special card for my second youngest granddaughter + took her lunch to celebrate! you only turn 7 ONCE!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Today I made a card for a friend who is recovering from surgery! It will go out in tomorrow’s mail and I am hoping that she likes it. She works for a craft company so I used all products from their site to make the card!!

  26. This challenge is soo awesome. I guess we all love the creating process but sometimes we forget to pass the things on and make people smile.
    I made an encouragement card for a friend who experiences a very stressful and challenging time at the moment.

    thank you for this callenge!!!

  27. Last week, my boyfriend made some jars of quince jelly and I decorated them this week with stamped paper labels and twine. We gave one to his granny yesterday. 🙂

  28. What a super challenge to kickstart sharing some more handmade kindness ! Thank you so much for this motivational challenge Jennifer ! I’m sending a “just because” card to some dear friends who are having a really tough time at the moment. I hope it brightens their day a little x

  29. I’m loving this! I usually send the cards out to friends and family so I decided to give this card to my mother and let her send it to whoever she wants: let’s spread the kindness!
    Thanks for being such an inspiration.

  30. My cousin recently lost her husband and I was unable to attend the services, so I thought a handmade card could carry my condolences and prayers to her. Love this challenge Jennifer! I think I’m going to need to buy more postage stamps!

  31. I enjoy making cards. This week I sent a card to my best friend’s daughter in college. I remember how wonderful it was to receive a piece of mail from home way back when I was in college, so I just wanted to let her know I was thinking about her! She is a wonderful young lady!!

  32. I made a beautiful gold embossed feather card for my friend Gail. The background was a musical note background stamp also embossed in gold. She is really funny so I used the sentiment “Feeling Tickled”.

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