#ShareHandmadeKindness Cards + GIVEAWAY!

Hello! I have felt a strong calling lately to make more cards to give to people I don’t know. To encourage. To share kindness. And I am hoping that some of you will join me! Nothing fancy. Just #ShareHandmadeKindness.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Over a year ago, I did a Share Handmade Kindness Challenge. Since then, I have kept it up in my own little world, but have felt a strong calling lately to make more cards for folks in my community. I just want to remind as many people as I can – no matter what they do, who they are, etc. – that they matter. So I just decided to make cards… film it… blab a bit… and pray you will join me. (More on that below. First let’s talk about the cards!)

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

For the background on today’s cards, I used Turnabout Stamps from Concord & 9th. (I recently did a video HERE using their Triangle Turnabout.) The first examples feature the Concord & 9th Oh, Hello Turnabout Stamp Set. Such a fun background! You can see the inks and cardstocks I used in the thumbnails at the end of this post.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

The awesome globe is from the Concord & 9th Globe greetings Stamps Set. I used Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder to emboss on Lawn Fawn Mermaid Cardstock… and inked the edges with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. This embossing powder is amazing and picks up the color of the cardstock it is on. Lots of shine! I also silver heat embossed the stand directly on the background. The hearts are from the Concord & 9th All About You Die Set and are covered with Glossy Accents. And last but not least, that amazing sentiment is from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. (More on that below, too.)

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is another sentiment from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set. It is embossed on a vellum banner cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners Die Set.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

I couldn’t get enough of the Concord & 9th Oh, Hello Turnabout Stamp Set and created a few backgrounds in a different color combo.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

For these cards, I used the Waffle Flower Pretty Butterflies Die. I covered the die cut with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder and it immediately looks like an embellishment. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set and I again used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Banners Die Set.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

That shine makes me so happy. So does that sentiment!

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also made a couple cards using the new Concord & 9th Dotty Turnabout Stamp. The “YOU” is from the Concord & 9th All About You Die Set and is covered with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder.

Share Handmade Kindness Video Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment on the card and envelope are again from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set.

#SHAREHANDMADEKINDNESS

Please join me! It is simple: Make cards. Put your heart into them. And give them to anyone! It is all about spreading kindness. And this isn’t some big challenge with an end date. This is just an ongoing push to us all to use our super power of cardmaking to make an impact on someone’s day.

And by sharing on social media with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness, we can get the word out and get more people creating. I will keep my eye out over on Instagram to see what folks are sharing. (And if you aren’t on Instagram, you should join! It is a happy place where many cardmakers share.) I may even give some crafty goodies along the way. Be sure to use the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness.

YOU ARE LOVED STAMP SET

In this video, I used many incredible sentiments from the Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set.

I recently made a bunch of cards for the teachers of a school that was the victim of a hate crime. I wanted to remind the teachers that their community loves and supports them. When doing so, I struggled to find the right sentiments. I contacted Aaron of Hero Arts and asked if he would develop a stamp set of kindness messages and he said yes! We worked together to come up with sentiments that would encourage both family and strangers. They can be used to encourage anyone! Perfect for making cards for folks in our communities. Hero Arts designed the set and is donating a portion of the profits to support the Kind Campaign to put an end to bullying. (I was not paid to help – I just realllllly wanted this set!)

Please join me in creating kindness to share with others. I believe a simple handmade card can make a huge difference. A difference our world needs. xo

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a Hero Arts You Are Loved Stamp Set?  For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/17/17 telling me if you’ve ever made a card for a stranger. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

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417 thoughts on “#ShareHandmadeKindness Cards + GIVEAWAY!”

  1. While I was still working in the ICU, I have a long-term patient who wanted to celebrate something special with his wife. Fortunately, my shift wasn’t busy that night. So using whatever resource I have on hand (construction paper, school glue, pipe cleaner), I created a 3D bouquet of flowers for him to give to his wife. I knew I could have done a better job if I have my tools with me but I was able to pull it through. I may have not been acknowledged for this when his wife sent out a thank you card to our unit, but I think one of the things that make kindness genuine is doing something truly special without expecting anything in return.

  2. I have not ever given a stranger a card, but I am going to before this year is over. I love the new Hero Arts stamp set you used and I am going to get it. Thanks

  3. Yes, I have made cards that were given to people I do not know. It is a great feeling that maybe something you made brightened someone’s day ! I love this Hero Arts stamp set – thanks for a chance to win !

    1. It is great how God answers prayers in His own personal way. As I write to you I’d like to share that i have been wanting to find a way to spread kindness and support to children that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as my Daughter was 4 months ago. When I read this post this motivated my daughter and I to take this on and work on making cards to families that are going through this tough time in their lives with a life changing unexpected disease that affects the entire family. It took a stranger to give me the words I needed to give my daughter her first shot of insulin. I want to do the same for others in the same situation. We can’t wait to start ! Thank u for the inspiration to do this

  4. I love this stamp set and think this is a wonderful idea! I have never made a card for a stranger (I am new at making cards) but I would love to start. I’ve just learned how to knit so that I can make scarves this holiday season for the Rescue Mission in our city. You just gave me the idea to attach a little handmade card to each scarf.

  5. I have never given a stranger a card before, however I think this new stamp set is perfect. I find a lot of sentiments a bit too personal sometimes.

  6. Yes, I have sent in cards for the Christmas card drives for a few years now. This year, I branched out into a different one: the ‘hug a heart’ card drive organised by Christina Hor earlier in the year.

  7. Sort of…I send cards to people from 3 stamping groups…people I’ve never met in person.

  8. Yes, I have given cards to strangers. It is fun when the cards are a happy surprise from “anonymous”. I have even sent cards to homes with Christmas lights just to thank them for making the season brighter

    I love your initiative to share kindness.

  9. YES! I’ve made thousands of cards for strangers. For the military mainly but also nursing homes, elders at Christmas, folks with some sort of tragedy, sick kids.. I’ve even on admittedly rare cases just handed on to somebody I was passing in the street or in line at the grocery. I wonder why that’s rare to share the kindness close to home. Maybe I’m afraid that they won’t like it or I’ll see them throw it out, who knows. Anyhow that is a TOTALLY awesome stamp set. Would dearly love to own it. Thanks for chance and for all you do!

  10. Of course, I’ve made cards for strangers. At one time, I sold them.
    I love these sentiments! They are perfect for, oh, so many occasions.
    TY!!!

  11. I made several cards as one of birthday gifts to my friend, so that she could send those cards to her friends, who are strangers to me… does this count??! 🙂

  12. Fabulous cards!! I used to make cards for Operation Write Home. You give me ideas of plenty of opportunities within my community!

  13. Yes, I have made a card for a stranger or visitor. I mail out thank you cards to the visitors who have attended our services. I have received comments from members that the person was so happy and surprised to receive a handmade card. It brighten their day and mine. Also, I sent cards for the OWH.
    Lastly, I thank you Jennifer. You are always looking for opportunities to support others in this world. We need more of people like you who not just talk about being kind but show kindness to others. You are such an inspiration for me and others. God has given you such a great spirit and His glory shine through you. Thanks, so much we can’t have enough kindness and respect for one another.
    Kind Regards,
    Custom crafty lady (Erica K.)

  14. Couple of years ago, volunteering at Susan G Komen race, there was a booth named Girls Love Mail. They sent encouraging letters to people struggling with cancer. See link for more infirmation http://www.girlslovemail.com/

    Hero Arts Are loved stamps bring a lot of encouraging messages. The Concord & 9th seems fantastic. Thanks Jennifer to explain how to use it.

  15. I wrote letters for Operation Gratitude. We are sponsoring an event at work to try to get every employee to write a letter. I’m using Cricut cartridges to cut out images to make cards or to be included in letters. I’ve never heard of this stamp set and think it would be a great addition to Operation Gratritude cards. Thank you for all of the inspiration that you give!!

  16. I have not yet made a card for a stranger, but you have certainly inspired me! I just ordered Ellen Hutson’s BCRF stamp and die set and plan to make a bunch of cards and leave them at the University of Kansas Cancer Center when I go for my visit in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to start sharing with strangers. I will post pics to instagram when I get started. #ShareHandmadeKindness

  17. Yes, I have made cards for strangers before, but not many. I often give cards to coworkers to remind them that they are valued (especially the mean coworkers). I even have the phrase “Celebrate Kindness” written on my dry erase board at work. The Hero Arts stamp set is so perfect for making cards for strangers, acquaintances, and close family and friends. Thank you and Hero arts for making the stamp set.

  18. I have sent many cards to strangers. Kids with cancer, Valentines for kids, cards for nursing homes, you get the idea. Love the stamps. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Thank you for the encouragement to share cards with strangers. The only way I’ve done this is through giving sets of cards as gifts to friends and family and not knowing to whom they were given. But I really appreciate your efforts to encourage strangers. Thank you for all the great instructional videos!

  20. With your inspiration, I am going to dedicate some time to make some cards for people I do not know!
    Thank you for encouraging me to share my talents with others. JOY is a wonderful thing to share!

  21. Yes, I have made cards for strangers before. I make some for church that go to people I don’t know. Also, when my kids were younger we would make some cards and put random kindness/encouragement quotes in them. Then we would drive around the neighborhood and pick random houses to put the cards in their mailboxes. My girls loved that and I also hope that some of them were meant to be given exactly when we did it. Thanks for a chance to win a great stamp set, too. 😀

  22. Hi!
    I have required my students to write thank you cards to people in their lives who they think don’t get thanked for what they do. It isn’t exactly giving a card to someone you don’t know, but for many of these people, the kids didn’t know them very well. Many of them wrote thank you notes to the custodian who cleaned my room, who they didn’t really know, or the lunch lady who serves them lunch. Some of them also wrote to their guidance counselor, the principal, etc, who they definitely knew. The idea was to get them to think about gratitude and who should be shown that gratitude and often weren’t. I love this idea of making cards for those in my life I don’t really know but couldn’t function without, so I am definitely going to do that.

  23. Sad to say I have not made cards for strangers as I have limited time to make cards. However I did bring all the teacher at my daughters school K-8 sweets and hand delivered them with my kids. We Had a cart, dressed it up with a table cloth and flowers, wanted to make it special. (Wanted to have cards for all of them but life happens and will have that goal for next year) Thanks for all the videos and giveaways.

  24. I’ve never made a card to give to a stranger but it would be a nice way to brighten someone’s day.

  25. I’ve made cards and left them in public places so “strangers” would find them, so I guess that counts!

  26. Last year I made over 100 cards for a card drive, so hopefully 100+ strangers enjoyed receiving a card from me. :o) I absolutely love the stamp set with all the sentiments of kindness – so many perfect ways to spread a little love around!

  27. Wow, did I have a hard time getting on your site tonight! First for about 3 times it wouldn’t load, then it said there was an error, then it wouldn’t load again so I tried something else. I got on but not on this page so I tried something else and finally after about 5-10 min or so I got on! Wow, your lucky I am such a patient person! LOL
    Have I ever given a card to a stranger? I thought about it and I thought no I didn’t. Then I realized yes I did but I didn’t give it to them. Let me explain. When I did craft fairs, I sold greeting cards among other things. While some of my friends bought cards, most of the people I sold to I didn’t know at all, so they were strangers. However, I didn’t give them a card they had to buy it but it was handmade and cheaper then Hallmark and better looking! LOL
    I’m not sure how to go about doing that, giving a card to a stranger. Do I carry greeting cards around in my purse so when someone does something nice for me I hand them a card? I think it’s important that with what’s going on in this world and the hate you hear spewing everywhere, that we bring some happiness to somebody somewhere. I’m all for that. God gave me a talent and if I don’t use it, I will loose it. I just don’t know how to go about doing that. One thing that I want to do and I have to talk to my aunt about that is we have a center that my church sponsors for woman who are pregnant and thinking about abortion. It helps them to not have an abortion and have their babies. I was thinking of rubber stamping on onesies for the babies, and letting them take them home. Now that you talk about this, I wonder if I could also make baby cards? I guess if they took a onesie, they could get a congratulations on your new baby card too? What do you think of all this? My aunt is more involved with our church then I am because of my care giving my parents and now just my mom so she would know if this is even a possibility. I’m liking this idea though and seeing all these cute little babies in my onesies and getting a card. I’d like to hear some opinions on this from anybody but since it’s your blog, then from you!

    1. I just realized that I did make some cards for strangers and reading one of the posts on this page is what made me realize that I did. On another stamp site and I don’t remember which one right now, I made Christmas cards for people in nursing homes and the girls on the site were going to deliver them. I remember saying I would love to see the looks on those people’s faces when they got a card from me, so I really did do it!

  28. I made about 25 elaborate cards last December and donated them to those in need. I was inspired by your card drives and wanted to contribute in my community.

  29. Wow! Love your cards, Jennifer!
    No, I have never made cards for strangers but I think I’ll do for next Christmas.

  30. Several years ago I started to make card for military families to give their children. For whatever reason they have been sitting under my desk collecting desk. I really need to fill the box and find them a home.

  31. Yes Jennifer, I have made cards for strangers. Several as a matter of fact. I try to find out little bits and pieces about them and then customize the card to them. This looks like an awesome idea to lift peoples spirits. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. I believe the only cards I have ever given to strangers were for the military, but I love the idea of spreading kindness. Most of us are far more blessed than we realize. I love giving cards to people and am learning so many great tips on from you. I really like that you take the time to list all the products and tools you use. That is so helpful! Thank you and my God continue to bless you and your family.

  33. I haven’t given as many cards as I would like but I enjoy making cards for everyone and anyone. Most recently I made a card for my mother’s coworker who was expecting. I notice I think about the person the entire time I’m making a card. I think that’s why it is hard for me to sit down and make random cards for my stash. I use the individual as inspiration. Here’s to more card making!

  34. I just sent a card to a stranger last week. I made a card with a Stampendous kitten on the front. Inside I included enough heads and bodies so she could put together 3 different puppies.

  35. I have never left a card for a stranger but think it’s a great idea and way to teach my kids kindness and think I will do this over the summer.

  36. I have given strangers cards before through various card drives. Thanks for sharing your talent and passion. Thanks to HERO ARTS for creating this amazing stamp set. Together we can end bullying.

  37. I have made cards for strangers, but it’s been a while since I’ve sent any out into the world. Guess this is my kick in the pants to get back to it. Thanks for the push!

  38. I am inspired by the idea. I was wanting to do something for the mailman and trash collectors. This might just be the stamp set to do that. I love the sayings. PERFECT

  39. I have made many cards for Operation Write Home & Caring Hearts. Love making them, love giving them.

  40. Hmmm Half way stranger? I made thank you card to people that work in libraries, museums etc. that helped me in my uni work. I didn’t know any of them before, and they were so great I really put it all in my cards (hope they liked them! haha). And I made cards for the caring hearts card drive last year, will do it again this year – it’s such fun! 🙂
    Really love the You Are Loved stamp set! It makes me want to go on a “happy-ism” (tried to go for the opposite of terrorism XD) rampage, just leave cards in offices etc. One smile a day 😉

  41. Beautiful cards–and a beautiful idea. I will definitely be sharing card hugs in the future. (I was wondering how you lined up the Hello’s so well. Looks like there’s another stamp set to add to my wish list.)

  42. Please don’t include me in the drawing; I already received this set at Simon Says Create. I wanted to tell you what a wonderful initiative this is. Sharing kindness with strangers is so gratifying and goes a long way to making the world a better place!

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