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’d like to say THANKS! Thanks to the share handmade kindness campaign I sent out 10 cards to unsuspecting family and friends, some fellow crafters and some just for fun.

    I’ve shared this campaign and your link and video on both my blogs and hope that together we can fill the world with kindness.

  2. Love this challenge. Sending out two handmade thank you cards to two women who work tiredlessly to make the life of all the kids in our school district better! With their help we just passed a big bond to improve our schools! They are a amazing leaders in our community.

  3. just finished making homemade pumpkin bread and cowboy candy for my husband who is returning from a camping trip. I can’t wait for him to come home where I can surprise him!

  4. This is so much fun making homemade items to give to people that you know will enjoy them. I made this coffee cup card to send to the artist. I have used three of his images this week and since he lives in Indonesia, I would like him to have a card I made with his drawing.

  5. I am sharing handmade kindness with friends and family this week. I sent a card to my in-laws to let them know I am thinking of them. I loved using my Minc for the flower and sentiment. While making some dirt pudding for a friend’s birthday, I also made an extra batch for my hubby to let him know I think he’s special, too. This is so much fun!

  6. I have sent 2 cards: sending big hugs and hello. My family enjoys getting the homemade cards. Fun challenge.

  7. I made a cute a Love You card to share here
    I like to make pillowcases and recently made
    a cute little shirt for my two year old nephew.
    These were made before the challenge but are
    totally sharing handmade kindness.
    Thanks for doing this!

  8. I’m loving this challenge. I made homemade sugar cookies – mini apples and one large apple. I put the mini’s in a mason jar and attached the big apples. I also make a handmade card with MFT’s new stamp set Merry Christmoose, they have a stamp that says Sending Warm Hugs which I thought was perfect.

  9. I love making cards for co-workers birthdays, but before I left my last job a friend loved getting them for over 5 years and was sad I would not be here to get one this year; so I am surprising here with a handmade birthday card 🙂

  10. Such a great idea! I painted an image of a girl holding a cake using distress inks, and I’ll give that to my mom – made it on my birthday! Grateful for such a wonderful mom. Also made a card for my dad for Veteran’s Day.

  11. I spent some time making 3 cards today, one for my parents and two for friends. They went into the mail today! Lots of fun!

  12. I mailed 3 cards today.
    Happy everything! to my Aunt
    Your on my mind, to a friend who is grieving her 3rd pet loss in a year
    Wishing you well, to two bicycle riders who were recently hit by a car while on a bike vacation

  13. I made a floral inspired card for my friend, Shinnell. She has been supportive and encouraging with my crafting. I enjoyed playing with some new-to-me stamps and the new distress inks. It’s like two gifts in one…the card for my friend, and playing with all my crafty supplies for me!

  14. I’ve made a card for my Aunty who needs a hug and another for a friend who has made a tree-change and moved away but was feeling a little nervous about it in the last week or so.

  15. I am making a card for my new coworker who was so kind to offer encouragement as I am training for my new job. I had gotten flustered during a phone call and she drew me a cute cartoon as told me I was doing a good job. So I want to share that kindness back to her. I also plan to make a card to encourage someone else to “pay it forward.” It takes so little to change someone’s day. Now when I have a phone call I remind myself of my new friend’s note and I smile and my calls go much better!

  16. After you put up this challenge, I realised that I just don’t send out enough cards! So I made 15 Diwali cards to give to family and friends. Diwali is a big celebration in India, and people are always sending goodies, but I think a nice handmade card is a little more special!

  17. I have made a card for a friend to whom I have never sent a card before! She’s going to be so surprised! I am really bad at sending out cards, so this is a great challenge for me.

  18. I made a bunch of cards for Diwali, which is happening this week. Hope my cards bring a smile on people’s faces. I think people appreciate a handmade card even more in this era of email, Facebook & WhatsApp!

  19. What a wonderful challenge! For this week’s challenge, I made a baby mini album for my cousin and his lovely wife who had their first baby about six months ago.

  20. My husband and I went out of town this weekend to visit his family and I brought homemade cookies and snacks for them. I love this challenge!

  21. The card I linked was actually made a few weeks ago in the second watercolor Online Card Class. I had my daughter-in-law in mind when I made it, and it’s addressed and ready to mail for her birthday next week.

    Thank you for this kindness campaign — I can’t wait to see the next challenge!

  22. Well, InLinkz is timing out and not letting me link up, but I can comment here… I had a tea party for my aunt, uncle and cousins and gave each of the ladies scarves I had knitted. What fun we had!

  23. I don’t use social media so I can’t post a link. I love looking at all the above samples, esp the one with the mermaid and shells. I love the sea!! The week of Halloween, our water aerobics instructor named us the water witches, so when we had a luncheon last week, I made everyone cards with witchy skirts and legs, spiders and pumpkins. The ladies all loved them.
    Each month when I go to the symphony, I always make a little gift for the ladies who sit near me and for those who stamp our check in cards–sometimes it is a card or an ornament, etc. They are always so appreciative. It is fun to see the expression on someone’s face when you give them a “just because” gift.

  24. Im making cookies today for my neighbors. I have tags already made to say i appreciate you. There will be some for hubby too.

  25. So many beautiful cards! I made a card for my ‘niece’ (my best friend’s daughter). Her apartment was burglarized and I am going to send her a card with a monetary gift. Thank you for organizing this Jennifer. I will also participate in the Caring Hearts card drive.

  26. Lovely challenge! I´ve shared handmade kindness by sending a handmade card to a friend inviting her to have homemade dinner with me next week!

  27. I’ve made a FUN Fall Shaker Card for my Mom as a HUGE THANKS for ALL that she has done lately for me!! Taking me to Dr. Apts ect.!! I LOVE her SO MUCH and am SO BLESSED to have her there for me!! THANKS for the FUN CHallenge and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  28. Wow, great challenge! I was convicted with the whole actually mail them out 🙂 I am making a list of more that I want to send some love to in the coming weeks.

  29. This is a most wonderful project that you are doing!!! I make cards for a lot of people, but very few for my husband or daughter. With this challenge I made a card for my daughter today. Thank you for the nudge to share with those that are closest to me.

  30. I made a card to wish a friend both happy birthday and Bon voyage. Since I am a noobie when I am able to get ideas from people like you and all the fabulous crafters and actually execute I am so excited. This time it was a napkin fold card. My friend was surprised because I had already sent her a present. Already creating things to send next week.

  31. What a fun hop! I think it is so important to share our talents. chemoangels.com is an organization where you can support a person going through cancer as a card angel or a gift angel. You send a weekly card or gift while they are going through chemo to make their journey a bit easier. I’ve been doing this for three years and wanted to pass this on in case anyone is interested, there is always a demand for angels. Thank you.

  32. I made a whole set of notecards in four different designs to send to family & friends randomly. Some will go in letters that I am writing too and will be a little extra surprise in that whilst others will just be sent randomly to those I care about 🙂 An amazing challenge – thank you for this!

    More information with pictures are available on my blog at http://www.aumsome.co.uk

    Thank you!! 🙂

    R x

  33. Love this idea of sharing the handmade cards, I never gave store bought cards, no matter how humble my handmade card looks at times, I always make and give cards. It shows the sincerity of the person, when they give something handmade. Thank you Jennifer for organizing this.

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