Inspired by Jennifer McGuire & Share Handmade Kindness Facebook Group

Hello there, crafty friends. Today’s post is a bit different. I’m going to be sharing a project as usual, but I have a few other things to share as well so make sure to read on.

First, I want to share a couple of card projects inspired by Jennifer McGuire. If you haven’t seen her video HERE, I highly suggest checking it out. It’s so fun and I loved the idea of a mini note card set so I created one too…

The white mini card bases measures 2 3/4 x 3 3/4. I stamped THIS scribble image on top using a rainbow of Distress Oxide Inks. I die-cut several crayons from THIS die and adhered the matching color on top of the scribble.

I die-cut THIS mini envelope from patterned paper for each card and die-cut THIS box to place them inside.

I used more crayon die-cuts to decorate the front of the box as well as a sentiment from THIS stamp set.

I plan on gifting these to my son’s teacher.

I also have a bonus card to share…

I die-cut THIS box card die and adhered the piece to a 3 1/2 x 4 1/4 back piece panel that I rounded the top two corners of to resemble a crayon box. After die-cutting and adhering the insert inside, I adhered more of the die-cut crayons.

I white heat embossed a sentiment from the same stamp set on a die-cut heart and adhered it to the front of the card.

I highly recommend the box card die because it is so simple to put together. I will be using it a lot more in the future. I also like that the card folds completely flat…

…to fit inside a standard A2 envelope…

A big thank you to Jennifer for the inspiration. Speaking of Jennifer, I thought I’d share a little bit of our friendship story because without her, I would not have the privilege of doing what I love to do every single day…

Her and I have been friends for over ten years. We live close to each other and I was shopping at a local scrapbook store where I saw scrapbook pages hanging up everywhere that were absolutely stunning. I mostly did scrapbooking back then and I had never seen such inspiring work before. I’m an introvert so I keep to myself but I had to ask the owner who made all these pages. She told me it was Jennifer and that gave me a schedule of her classes that she was teaching. I immediately signed up. This was before she hit all the scrapbook magazines so I didn’t know of her, I just knew I wanted to learn from her.

After a few classes, I invited her to a retreat house in Indiana where a few friends and I were going to craft for the weekend. She agreed to come and brought along her friend Jana, who is now one of my best friends. Another gift Jennifer gave to me. After some time, she hired me to come over and do organizational work for her like labeling stamps and organizing products. Besides having so much fun just chatting and getting to know each other more, I learned so much. She is one of the hardest working people I know and during that time with her (it may sound cheesy), but it inspired me to be do better and work harder. We went on several more retreats where she introduced me to Heidi Crowl (owner of Simon Says Stamp) and who I work for now for over six years. Jennifer has been like a crafty fairy Godmother to me. Again, I get to do what I love every single day because of Jennifer. She has gotten me through a lot of hard days and I respect and appreciate her so very much. Just as you probably imagine, she is amazing.

So why am I sharing this story about Jennifer? Because I’ve been touched by her kindness and it has been such a blessing to me. She wants this industry to be united and work together and have people connect. She is starting a Facebook group where we can do just that and I’m so excited….

The Share Handmade Kindness Facebook Group is a crafty happy space…inspiring the joy of creating and kindness of sharing handmade cards. I hope you will check it out HERE and join. I can’t wait to see you there.

Thanks for visiting today. I appreciate the time you spend here. Happy crafting!

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