Worth Checking Out + Giveaways!

Hello! I just wanted to pop in to share some things that are worth checking out – many of which go along with the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Oh, and I have a giveaway!


(1.) Sunshine Boxes – You MUST check this out! My partner-in-sharing-handmade-kindness Heather Ruwe has shared a video that is just spectacular. She put together several “Sunshine Boxes” to send to loved ones. Her video shows lots of ideas (including a box for adults and a box for kids)… and she even has a great crafty box GIVEAWAY. I can’t say enough about how great her projects are! Check them out HERE.

(2.) Holiday Style Online Card Class – The next Online Card Class starts on Monday and it is all about different holiday styles. Julie and Kristina are leading the class… I decided to take a back seat this time due to family stuff, my new website, and my lack of mojo. 🙂 However, I do have a video in the class and an LOVING what the artists did in this class. And, as always, you can take the class anytime – you get lifetime access. For a sneak peek or to sign up, head HERE.

(3.) Laura Bassen – Want to smile? Head over and watch Laura’s video HERE. Not only does she create a gorgeous, happy card, her adorable (and big!) family gets involved in sharing handmade kindness. Perfection.

(4.) MFT Gives Back – My dear friends at My Favorite Things are also working to spread kindness this month! They are hosting MFT Gives Back and will be sharing ideas of how you can give, share, and show compassion to those around you. This week they showed how to create “Blessings Bags” – an incredible way to show compassion to those in need. Please check it out HERE!

(5.) 30 Blanket How-To – Many of you mentioned that you like to also sew. Therefore, I thought I would share this great tutorial that is so simple that even I can do it! Ha. This is another example of how to share handmade kindness with others. Check out the tutorial HERE. (By the way, this is from Tauni Everett’s blog. She is a blogging expert. If you are looking to grow your blog, spend some time there!)

(6.) Altenew – My friend Tasnim created a stunning card using Altenew (her company) and the Hero Arts Act of Kindness stamp set. It is beautiful. It makes me so happy how many stamp companies are embracing this challenge. The Altenew blog is wonderful, by the way, so be sure to look around THERE.

(7.) May Flaum – May created a bunch of colorful cards and a video to go along with the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. This watercolor example is my favorite, but be sure to check them all out HERE. Inspiring and full of kindness!

(8.) Holiday Images To Print – I can’t get over how cute THESE digi images are! All you do is purchase, print, and color. Adorable. They were designed by a great cardmaker named Elena, so they are perfect for cards.

(9.) New Distress Ink – Oooooo la la! I am head over heels for the newest Distress Ink color, Lucky Clover. This one will move fast, so be sure to get yours on reserve. I think it will look great with Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch!

(10.) Dawn Woleslagle’s Instagram – There are a lot of things I don’t know. A lot. But one thing I do know for sure is that everyone *needs* to follow Dawn on Instagram. This girl shares the most magnificent pieces of work – cards, paintings, Copic coloring, and more. She also owns WPlus9 and has a heart the size of Montana. And she’s funny. And kind. And encouraging. And pretty. Yep, she is one of those 🙂 and I am inspired by her daily.

(11.) Winne and Walter – Wow. The newest release from Winnie and Walter is their best yet with something to offer everyone. Be sure to check them out HERE. I am looking forward to getting these stamps inky soon!

I hope these inspire you! (And as always, I share these things because I like them, not because I was asked to share them.) See you soon!


How would you like to win a spot in the upcoming Online Card Classes Holiday Style class? I have THREE spots to give away! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/9/15 telling me if you had a chance to craft this weekend. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

By the way, I will also be giving away spots on Instagram and Facebook soon. You may want to keep an eye out there, too!


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724 thoughts on “Worth Checking Out + Giveaways!”

  1. I did not have a chance to craft this weekend as my hubby and I had to go to a wedding. I do have new stamps and dies on my craft table and I can’t wait to have some time to use them! Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the new Online Card Class!

  2. Very little time for crafting this weekend – I did play a bit with some new markers. Hopefully soon! I really need to make more progress on holiday cards or I’m going to be in trouble. 🙂

  3. Great collection of ways to participate in the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. It is a wonderful idea and lots of fun rolled into one!

  4. I love all the handmade kindness being shared around. I did do a bit of crafting on the weekend putting some finishing touches on some cards.

  5. So many lovely things!! Would love to be able to attend those classes! I lost my mojo a little while ago, but I was able to make 2 cards this weekend. But my mojo still isn’t back.

  6. Weekends are mostly famely moments and running to get THE kids to their activity’s.
    So no, no crafting time for me last weekend, but enjoyed every minute of iT.
    Thx for THE chance

  7. I’m sorry to say I didn’t craft this weekend but I did share my in progress Christmas card with a friend. Since I’ve shown it to her there’s no going back now! I haven’t been able to make our family Christmas Card in several years so I am very motivated.

  8. Hi Jennifer,
    Unfortunally I didn’t get a chance to craft this weekend. November and December are a little busy so I have to cut back. But I selected a few cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive to bring them on there way to the US. Thanks for sharing so much kindness! Watching your videos makes my day. 🙂

  9. I spent all day Yesterday making Christmas cards, and some of Sat so I spent most of the week crafting and enjoyed the break from houswork

  10. I didn’t get a chance to craft this weekend, sadly. Although, Friday I did get some stamping, coloring, and a few cards done. Always nice to have a productive crafting day. 🙂

  11. Luckily I got to spend most of my Sunday, in my craft corner.
    Almost done with this years Christmas Cards 🙂

  12. I did a couple of cards this weekend. I started on my Christmas cards or at least I tried too. The mojo just wasn’t there. Maybe this week. I know this weekend will be better. I am stamping with about 15-20 other ladies so it inspirational.

  13. I didn’t get a chance to craft this weekend. I’m actually in the hospital with an infection. Thanks very much for a chance to win. Michelle t

  14. Greetings from Finland! I had a chance to take part in a graphicart course for the first time in my life during the weekend. And to meet my dear friend. In the evening we crafted and made candles to old coffee cups. It would be so exciting to take part in one of your online courses!!

  15. I am currently working on boxes of cards to give as part of an outreach for the homeless in our community. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and spreading the word about kindness.

  16. Jennifer here is a link to a story in the Nashville Tennessean which demonstrates what effect an act of kindness can have. Hopefully these children won’t have to worry about bullying n their future. ww.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/mt-juliet/2015/11/08/nj-man-adopts-mt-juliet-elementary-after-email-error/74896154/ Thank you for this great idea.
    Sandie Scott

  17. My little one was sick this weekend but during a nap I was able to squeeze in some time to make a card. I’m looking forward to the holidays so I’m experimenting with holiday cards! Thanks for all the great finds and I can’t wait to take one of the online classes!

  18. I love to make and give cards to put a smile on someone’s face. I have been so encouraged and inspired by your blog to up my game! Thank you for all the opportunities you are providing for me to do just that! This weekend I have been busy making cards for the nursing homes drive. Using God’s gifts for His glory!!!

  19. I did have a chance to craft this weekend. I made a card and card set for my Aunt.
    Also I’m learning some new crochet techniques – so I practiced those.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win a spot in the new Holiday Class.
    I do so love taking as many On-Line Card classes from you guys. I’ve enjoyed
    and learned so much in all the ones I’ve been able to take.

  20. You are my favorite blogger and I just love your latest challenge! Just says it all as to the “why” we craft, I think.
    I was able to complete 20 tags for a Christmas gift tag swap this weekend, plus create a birthday card for a visiting friend. Now I’m off to check out your latest “things worth checking out” list as I *always* find something I have to have from your lists! Thanks Jennifer, you rock!

  21. Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays, sooo many this month. Yes, I made a lot of cards and thanks to your videos they turned out beautiful.

  22. I don’t have time to craft this weekend, but need to get back in the craft room soon–5 birthdays coming up next week. Thanks for the chance to join the online class.

  23. I didn’t get to really craft this much this weekend, but I did manage to cut some tags for our Christmas gifts that I’m hoping to stamp and emboss this week! But I did accomplish something photo related…I finished 2 digital photo books for gifts and worked on our Christmas photos!

    And I’m also loving that new color from Tim!

  24. I had a busy crafting weekend. Made an art journal for my self to try all my new to me techniques for card making. Then cut paper to make one sheet wonder cards. I would love to take the class to try new things and get more ideas .

  25. So grateful that you started, “Share Handmade Kindness”. I start each day thinking how I can implement this. Not only making cards, but just in my day to day doings to be more kind and help others. I feel so much better each day looking out for how I can give more. Thanks Jennifer!!
    My daughter and I are prepping for a wedding this coming Saturday. We have been working on lots of projects and are winding down now, sprinting to the finish line. Today’s project is finishing the veil. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  26. Hi, Jennifer. I just finished watching your video on the mini envelopes card. I LOVE that idea. Please enter my name for the drawing. The last card that I mailed out was to a grand daughter. I hand deliver many of my cards though. Thanks for what you do….encourage us to do better.

  27. I got a chance to work on some holiday tags and thank you cards. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in the class.

  28. I haden’t the chance to craft this weekend. I had a cold. But I had the chance to craft last week a few Christmas cards.
    I would love to win a spot in the class.

  29. Exciting chance to win a seat in your holiday card class! I had absolutely no time for crafting this past weekend but have been organizing my craft area! My dies have been organized in the Avery Elle plastic storage pockets and labeled with the P touch Brother label maker you recommended! Loving it! Also hoping to finish up two cards to family tonight!

  30. Unfortunately, i did not have time to craft this weekend. I am still trying to figure out when to craft with a newborn. If anyone has advice, please let me know… 🙂

  31. Thanks so much for all you share! I can’t wait to check out all these links!

    I was blessed to be on a crafty getaway with fabulous friends, food and fall finery (the colors were fantastic!) So I created 2 scrapbook pages and started a third over the course of the weekend.

    Thanks again! I love Online Card Classes and always learn so much!

  32. I’ve been able to spend some time on my Silhouette to have some nice words and little animal cut outs ready to go on some cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Unfortunately, I had no time to craft this weekend. My craft area is a disaster so even if I had any time, it would have been spent cleaning, not crafting. 🙁

  34. I got to craft with a few friends Friday night and Sunday night! Score!!!
    Thanks for inspiring me, Jennifer!

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