Sunday, November 1, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness Challenge (& a Giveaway)

Hello friends. Happy November! My sweet friend Jennifer McGuire is hosting a challenge all month long over at her blog HERE. It's about sharing handmade kindness. You can find lots more info. HERE. I had the pleasure of helping her out with this and I'm so very proud of her! 


I wanted to kick off the challenge with a few card shares along with a giveaway

Hero Arts has joined in and is selling THIS stamp set in honor of the challenge. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the KIND campaign. Pretty cool, huh? The stamp set is gorgeous. Jennifer collaborated with graphic designers to create this unique set...
Acts of Kindness Stamp Set by Hero Arts can be found HERE


I created three cards using the set...
The first card...
...was so simple to create. I stamped the line of hearts image several times in different colors of Hero Arts ink (all colors are listed in the supply list at the bottom of this post). I stamped the sentiment using THIS ink and heat embossed it using THIS embossing powder. I used the top of THIS die with an embossing pad to add some faux stitching under the sentiment. I die-cut a heart from the images using THIS die and applied THIS ink to it and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make it pop. I finished off the card by rounding the corners and adhering the panel to a top folding, black note card.

A closer look...

For the next card...
I mounted the heart images together on an acrylic block and stamped in the same colors repeatedly, creating a rainbow background. I cut a section from the top portion of the card and replaced it with a piece of acetate that I stamped a sentiment on using Staz-On ink. I trimmed out the piece with a few tiny strips of black cardstock and finished the card with some gems and rounded the bottom corners.

A closer look...

For the final card...
I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using THIS die. I stamped the adorable envelope image in the same inks and mounted a few of them with foam tape for some added dimension. I heat embossed a sentiment and mounted the panel on a black note card. For a finishing touch, I added glossy accents to a few of the hearts. Clean and simple. 

A closer look...
I also wanted to share that the circle stamp in the set is the perfect size to create an envelope seal....

GIVEAWAY
To celebrate this fun challenge, I'm giving away one of THESE Acts of Kindness Stamp Sets from Hero Arts! Just leave a comment below telling me an act of kindness you're planning to do for the challenge. You have until Friday, November 13th at midnight EST

Now go and spread some kindness because kindness matters. A small act of kindness can have a huge impact! Again, click HERE for all the information on how to enter the challenge. I can't wait to see how you spread kindness. 

Stay tuned for more projects created for this challenge. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

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60 comments:

  1. I fell in love with the one with the envelopes since I am the HUGEST fan of Snail Mail!! 👏🏻 I'm planning on giving away the stamp set, if I win, to a good friend that loves to craft and lost her job a couple of months away! I think it will be encouraging for her! A big THANKS to you and Jennifer for such an AMAZING and WONDERFUL campaingn!!! 👏🏻💜💙💚💛

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  2. I plan on making and giving cards to the students in my class to give out as random acts of kindness. If we teach our children early how making a friend smile is invaluable we will help prevent the bullying that is becoming so prominent. I LOVE this stamp set!!

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  3. I am planning to share hospitality by inviting 1 or 2 couples to dinner each week of the month. First one is Wednesday! Handmade table favors too. Thanks for promoting kindness!

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  4. Making a marble coaster using a stamp set containing the Irish Blessing for a friend who is moving out of the area. Moving is bitter sweet and I hope this will brighten her day

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  5. I'm making holiday cards for a nursing home in my hometown. A lot of the men and women who live there no longer have family in the area and I'm sure getting a card over the holidays will brighten their day!

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  6. Super cute cards, adore the stamp set...love the rainbow colors!!!

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  7. Amazing cards showing us the possibilities of this stamp set, Heather! I love them all. Love all the heart motifs! But what really sold me on this set, which I'd never have thought of on my own, is using that little circle sentiment on envelopes - GENIUS! Thanks so much!

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  8. Amazing cards showing us the possibilities of this stamp set, Heather! I love them all. Love all the heart motifs! But what really sold me on this set, which I'd never have thought of on my own, is using that little circle sentiment on envelopes - GENIUS! Thanks so much!

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  9. I love the stamps set! I am giving all 5 of my sisters-in-law sets of 1 dozen handmade notecards so they can also share the handmade kindness!

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  10. Adore this atamps! A must "have" for sure! Very cute cards!

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  11. I am doing some cards, of course, maybe a treat here or there to change it up a bit!!

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  12. I plan to make several cards to give to co workers. I'm a teacher and the climate for being a teacher right now is tough. So, I thought I could boost my own spirits by sharing thoughts of kindness with my fellow teachers.

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  13. Beautiful cards! I will be setting up a corner in the local hospital where people can pick up handmade cards for free to be given to their loved ones.

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  14. This is such a great idea! I love the cards you've made, and I'm inspired to send some " just because" cards.

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  15. Your cards are so fun and I look forward to purchasing this set. I'm planning on sending at least one card out per week this month.

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  16. This challenge is amazing! I will make Chriatmas csrds to donate them to a oncology kids hospital In my country and I am thinking about giving some handmade cards to my students encouraging them to be better everyday!!

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  17. So fun! I LOVE this set and will continue to give cards to unsuspecting people. I do this all the time, and find it's a part of my crafty hobby, to give, share and feel the love of an unsuspecting gift. I'm going to be adding some treasures to my "Give" collection and replenishing my "Just Because" box of goodies. I'll also be making some handmade yummies for my students, and coworkers.

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  18. I love your use of color in all the cards. I plan to make cards to brighten the days of those around me. I can't wait for the challenges.

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  19. a sweet family in our community just lost their mom and beppe (grandmother) and this lady was salt and light to our community and so much more than even that to her family. anyway, one of her 'ministries' was to send cards of encouragement and hope to people within our community/congregation; i am hoping, in some very small way, to try to continue her ministry in whatever way i am able, first by sending cards to her husband, children and grandchildren, and siblings (she was one of about 11 children and mama to 6 herself!). it is a start and i just hope i can muster a tiny bit of her strength to carry it through. thanks so much for the chance to win and thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

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  20. I can't really enter the challenge, I'm not tech savvy and can't share anything, post cards on Instagram or a blog. But I will make some treats for some special service people in my life. Thanks for a chance to win your generous giveaway. Michelle t

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  21. I love these cards! What a great way to send Acts of Kindness to people in your life! I have 4 cards that I need to make right now to send to friends that are in need of kindness and to let them know that I am thinking of them! These cards would be so special to them. Thank you for sharing your creative work!

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  22. Beautiful cards and a great stamp set! I am going to send my hand made cards to friends. Too often they stay at home!

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  23. Love your cards. I will be sending cards to friends and family this month as well as contributing to the Card Drive that Jennifer mentions.

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  24. Awesome cards, awesome card campaign by the always awesome Jennifer McGuire with your invaluable & awesome assistance. And there's so much awesome kindness to spread around. Thanks for doing this, the world needs more of it.

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  25. I will make 1 or more cards this month and mail it right away. This is a great idea and I have always loved snail mail. I regularly mail my handmade cards.

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  26. I love your fun rainbow cards and your decorated envelopes! I am planning a crafty play date this month with some local stampers to make some handmade kindness of our own :)

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  27. Great creations!! I plan on mail more cards these next couple of months :)

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  28. Lovely rainbow cards! I about to go make a card for my brother's family and hope to send lots of Gratitude cards this month.

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  29. Really like your cards. I am going to participate in the caring hearts card drive and send a few cards to out of state friends.

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  30. I love the cards you made using this set!! I plan on sending more cards out this month and also want to make some cards for one of the card drives.

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  31. Adorable cards! I love to make little treats for family and friends.

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  32. Love the colors in your cards. Will be sending a card to an elderly friend of my mother in law who is sick.

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  33. I absolutely LOVE these cards! I'm a big fan of the rainbow color type cards, and these are awesome! I really like this kindness set of stamps. ~Amy

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  34. I belong to a non-profit group called Iowa Cookie Crumbs which is a off-shoot of Treat The Troops. It's a Military website run much like the former Operation Write Home. Not only do we send handmade cards to the troops, each month we send a care package of 12 dozen homemade cookies. Along with those treats, we include comfort care items. Plus letters from home. The troops receive a package every month. In December, they receive two pkgs. one full of cookies and one of comfort care items filled to the brim. Just a little something from home. Next week I plan on baking my 12 dozen pkgs of cookies. I feel really good knowing I brightened someone's day. They love our boxes and tell us how they share them.

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  35. I plan on sending uplifting cards :)
    I love your cards!

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  36. Your cards are just so bright and cheerful ! I'm planning on sending cards out to family and friends.I have also offered my cards to non-crafty friends who want to join in this challenge.

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  37. Your cards are just so bright and cheerful ! I'm planning on sending cards out to family and friends.I have also offered my cards to non-crafty friends who want to join in this challenge.

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  38. Love your cards!!!! I plan to send several random encouragement cards to people I know are going through a challenging time and I may add in a few "just becauses".

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  39. Definitely sending cards, encouragement, hugs, thinking of you...just love this idea. The Hero Arts set is wonderful!

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  40. I plan on making stationary boxes (this will include cards, stamps, envelopes, and a pen) for the local nursing home.

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  41. Beautiful cards!! I plan on making some "thinking of you" cards with a little treat.

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  42. Very pretty!! I'll be making some journals to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

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  43. I am loving your cards! I am planning making and sending lots of cards for no reason just because.

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  44. I am loving your cards! I am planning making and sending lots of cards for no reason just because.

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  45. I am taking a 15 yr old that has recently undergone brain surgery, to her favorite restaurant. Also, she likes to stamp, so we may do some of that together.

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  46. I am making Thanksgiving and Christmas cards for family & friends. Also I sent some cards for the caring hearts. If I hear someone is sick or down or birthday I send a card.

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  47. Thanks for sharing these very happy cards...I love rainbow and your design are great. I plan to send 2 cards to 2 people I know who are deal with health issues.

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  48. wow your cards are just amazing.. you rocked this awesome stamp set. My act of kindness will be for my MIL who just came to visit. She is so kind and I am going to express to her how much we love her. :) thanks for sharing

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  49. Sure do love your cards! This stamp set is just perfect! I am giving sets of cards away that I have been making all year and so excited about it!

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  50. Ahhhhg! I love these cards and that stamp set! Would love to win it!

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  51. You are very creative. Thanks for the ideas ! :)

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  52. Love your cards and envelopes. The colors are spectacular!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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  53. I am sending a lot of 'just because' cards. I also plan to send out Thanksgiving cards this year to my family and friends to tell them that I am thankful for the blessing of having them in my life. Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas!

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  54. Great encouraging comments here to read how people are sharing some kindness and love and kudos to you for initiating this wonderful cause of spreading some kindness! I am now inspired to share some kindness to my daughters husband (as of yesterday) who is a 1st Lieutenant in the army and is training to be a special ops and he oversees a large platoon of fine brave soldiers!

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  55. You have inspired me to make a kindness box for my friend in Houston who is going through a tough time. Such a perfect idea!

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  56. My BFF has been going through AA recovery and is trying to get back on track after making some very poor choices over the past couple of years. I I have been sending her little reminders for encouragement telling her how much she is loved.

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  57. I made a baby mini album for my cousin and his wife to celebrate the birth of their first child.

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  58. These are great - such a great little stamp set too!

    I'm thinking I plan to make cupcakes for the awesome workers at the Dunkin I stop at for coffee every morning. They're all so wonderful and kind and, I know they work around all those tasty donuts, but I was thinking it would make them feel good to get a treat and card that says that they make a difference. Working on it tomorrow.

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  59. These are great - such a great little stamp set too!

    I'm thinking I plan to make cupcakes for the awesome workers at the Dunkin I stop at for coffee every morning. They're all so wonderful and kind and, I know they work around all those tasty donuts, but I was thinking it would make them feel good to get a treat and card that says that they make a difference. Working on it tomorrow.

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