Hi SugarPeeps!!  We are all so excited about today’s special release!!

This special release has been almost a year in the making. Vera Yates, Chaitali Narla and I have been busily working behind the scenes putting together a special mini release for this years upcoming Caring Hearts Card Drive. I have really loved working together with these amazing and generous ladies.

This will be the 7th year that Vera (the mastermind behind the card drive) and her team of volunteers will set out to collect handmade cards from October 1st to November 25th to give to those that live in nursing homes across the country.  Vera will have all of the details up on her blog (HERE) starting on October 1st.

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We’re going to kick things off like we do any other release, with one little twist…EVERYTHING is available for purchase in the store NOW!

The first four introductions are part of our SugarPlum Collection designed by Chaitali Narla. Chaitali generously donated her time and talent designing these stamps and dies especially for the Caring Hearts card drive.

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Caring Hearts is a 4×6 stamp set full of versatile images and sentiments making it the perfect set when you want to show friends and family just how much you care.

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Show your love and gratitude with the SugarCuts – Heart Beat die. This unique and fun stand alone border die will make a lovely accent to your any of your paper-crafting projects!

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We think that being kind is always a good idea. Kindness Matters is a 4×6 mix and match sentiment stamp set that is perfect for any spreading a little kindness in the world.  These uplifting sentiments will work nicely on the inside or outside of your next project and were designed to coordinate with the SugarCuts – Kindness word die (sold separately).

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SugarCuts – Kindness will be a welcome addition to your die collection.  The stand alone word die features a chunky and playful font that can be used as a focal point on your card front or paired with a stamped sentiment.

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From our SugarDoodle Collection comes, Caring Critters.  Sharing is caring, and these  adorable critters are are just the thing to help you share a little token of love and friendship in your next paper-crafting project.  These sweet and playful images are so much fun to color and are just right for adding to tags, cards, treats and more!

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SugarCuts – Caring Critters is a 4 piece coordinating die set to our Caring Critters stamp set (sold separately). Use them together to create quick and professional looking packaging and accents.

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There’s so much to love about this release, but I would have to say that what I love the most, is how all SIX products work together so beautifully and effortlessly.  So much so, I had a hard to choosing which ones I wanted to play with.

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  I chose a patterned paper from the Countryside Charm paper pad that I layered on a kraft card base.  I sponged some Scattered Straw distress ink on white cardstock that I then cut with a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle.  The stitched rectangle panel was added to the card front with a layer of SugarPuff underneath to create dimension.  I also cut the Kindness word from a sheet of SugarPuff to add texture and depth.

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 I stamped and colored the moose image from Caring Critters with Copic markers and then cut it out using the coordinating SugarCuts – Caring Critters die.  Before adhering the image to the card front, I added a Mini Action Wobble Spring behind it for a little interactive fun.  To finish things off I stamped a sentiment from the Kindness Matters stamp set in Black Soot under the word die.

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GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the ENTIRE Caring Hearts Special Release?  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling us about a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) that made you pay it forward to someone else? It’s that easy!  You have until October 7th to comment. The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 9th.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

This card drive is so dear to my heart and I am so honored to have played a part in designing these heartwarming stamps and dies. I’m very proud to say that SugarPea Designs will be donating 20% of all proceeds from the sale of the Caring Hearts stamp sets and dies to the Alzheimers Association.

HOP ALONG

Our team along with some VERY special guests, have some amazing creative inspiration for you using the products featured here today. Visit each of them below and be sure to leave a sweet comment for them, giving you an extra entry in our giveaway.

Jennifer McGuire

Vera Yates

Debby Hughes

Chaitali Narla

Amy Kolling

Kathy Racoosin

Lisa Lara

Laura Bassen

Amy Rohl

Taheerah Atchia

Brianna Loeffelbein

Lynn Reloza

Dana Joy

216 thoughts on “Caring Hearts Card Drive | Special Release

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  2. Debbie V

    I was the hostess of a weekly Men’s Breakfast at our home. I was in need of some appliances to prepare the weekly fare, yet finances did not allow. One day when I returned home from some errands, there were 3 appliances on my front porch brand new in the packaging–a large roaster, an electric frying pan, and a waffle maker. I shall never forget that special act of kindness.

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  3. Deepa Lakshman

    My husband does little things to help me out every day, including cooking a meal. That is always special. Now that my parents are here with me, they tend to do a lot of things just do that I can concentrate on the kids.
    I love to pay things forward with my cards. I volunteer on 1/2 day school time for the kindergarten lunch. This makes me happy as I love to see the kids’ faces and their smiles.

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  4. Jen L

    I was very surprised to find a cookie from one of my teachers one morning. You might it’s nothing but it really made my day! I was deep into assignments and I had a horrible night from not enough sleep. She brought a smile to my face on that morning and from there on, I do the same to my students. Thanks Mrs R.

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  5. Kim Richter

    The most recent, and incredibly small gesture, was I was at the grocery store with a coupon for free eggs I wasn’t going to use. I saw a gentleman with eggs in his cart so I handed it to him. This man was so thankful! He said “my wife is going to think I’m a genius!” He even stopped me later in the store and thanked me again. It made me smile and I just laughed…it was only a couple dollar savings but the gesture made his day. I love these – every single one of them. We need to send our circle more cards about kindness and spread the feeling!

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  6. Swapna Patil

    Just a smile will make anyone friendly.. When i was working in an institute away from my home it was hard.. i always tried to greet and smile at the guard at the gate.. One day when i was not well they asked me and told to take care.. It was the effect of JUST ONE SMILE.. they dont need anything just a recognition ..

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  7. Tricia T

    What a great cause! I remember the first time I was RAK’d in the line at Starbucks. I was so dumbfounded that I didn’t pay it forward right then, but I have since and it is so fun!!

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  8. Joyce

    What a great cause!
    I think one of the very first RAK was that a person in front of my daughter in line at Dunkin Donuts paid for our breakfast. It was so sweet we just do it often, but it inspired me to pay better ttention and just not do things for those who can pay for their own breakfast. In the dollar store I saw a very young family shopping for what truly looked like essentials, were talking baby bottles and canned vegetables, so I bought them a gift card and gave it to the cashier for when they checked out. It was right before the holidays last year so I hope it made at least a small difference.

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  9. Jennifer Scull

    I just LOVE the entire set of stamps and dies! plus the idea behind the card drive is amazing! 🙂

    for my RAK idea, when I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer 4 years ago, I received so many beautiful cards from all over the world. I wanted to be able to pass along that wonderful feeling with others in some way, so I set up a box of blank, handmade cards for all sorts of holidays & occasions at my oncologist’s office for others going through chemo to take as they wanted. I made sure to put a sign on the front that let everyone know that the cards were free and they were welcome to take whatever they liked. it was a huge hit and I ended up making another box for their other office. several of my friends sent cards to help keep it replenished.

    once my chemo finished, I continued to take cards by so that the box would always stay filled.

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  10. Jan Elmore

    Fresh bake AND still warm chocolate chip cookies delivered to the ER staff at the hospital to say thanks for their awesome care for my husband at 0 dark thirty one weekend morning!! Their reaction to warm cookies was way more than enough to know they care….alot!

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  11. Teresa Doyle

    Wendy, I have to say, until this summer, I have not realized how few sentiments I have for encouragement cards. My Dad is terminal and I have been trying to send both he and my mother regular encouragement cards to help keep up their spirits. They have been enjoying them but because of this hop, I have gained some awesome ideas.
    These new sets are AMAZING and cudos to you, Vera, Chaitali and everyone else involved in making this happen. Kindness DOES matter to all of us and it is always a good thing when you pass it on!
    Thanks for all that you do to make a difference!

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  12. Donna Z

    What a great cause and I just love your kindness in sharing your care by donating to such a worthwhile cause. The die of the word Kindness is perhaps my favourite along with the kindness matters stamp set, I can see myself using that heaps. For my RAK I had to pay for a 2 hour parking ticket, whilst I was just picking up my new glasses. When I came out it still had 1 hour and 45 minutes left so I gave it to the person waiting to park in my spot when I left. it was an elderly man and he was so chuffed and couldn’t thank me enough. Have fantastic weekend. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

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  13. Jane

    Wow, last but by now means least, this is just gorgeous. Really enjoyed the hope and seeing all the different styles using the new collection. One hell of a fantastic design team love Jane x

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  14. Kara

    Absolutely adorable release!!! And such a great cause. My parents are the most giving people I know.. They are ALWAYS giving meals… Cards.. Gift cards.. And it makes me be a better person. If there were more people like them in this world… My what a wonderful world it would be..

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  15. AJ Bodine

    Wendy, I just love this release and especially the reason behind all the inspiration! I’ve just sat here and taken the hop and enjoyed every stop along the way. Your little moose card is so cute! I’m heading over to the store now 🙂

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  16. Victoria Spragin

    There was a time in my life where i was going through a lot! Money was not avaliable and i was trying to take an exam so they i could get a better job in the field that i wanted my career. An anonymous person (i believe my boss) at the restaurant that i was working at left my a gift with the money to take the test. This meant so much to me and i believe that one reason that im where i am today! This inspires me to help others because you never know where it may lead them!

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  17. Mary Guikema

    I was having a bad day and needed something “greasy”. Ordered a cheesburger through the drive thru – pulled up to pay and was told the person in front of me covered my purchase. It was less than $2.00, but it immediately lifted my spirits more than the greasy burger did. What a wonderful idea. I’ve paid forward twice now and feel better even then I did when I was the recipient. You never know how an act of kindness or a thoughtful word might change someone’s life.

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  18. Jennifer Garvin

    I once went through a Starbucks line and found when it was time to pay, that someone else had already paid my bill. I was touched so much as I wasnt having the best of days that day. So one day I was in the drive through at McDonalds. It was one of those double drive through. I ended up getting ahead of a truck that was actually there in the other lane before me. When I got to the windo to pay, I asked to pay their bill. Come to find out, they were feeding a whole family, so the bill wasnt so small…but it felt good to pay it forward. The girl who took my money was in amazement and even cried. I just told her to remember her turn one day, even a small little gesture could make someone else’s day! My hopes in doing this is that others will see how a little bit of kindness goes a long way, and to encourage them to also share some kindness.

    By the way, I love what you are doing. I use to work at an assisted living, in the memory care unit. That was my most rewarding job and toughest job ever. My heart was with everyone of those families, and I felt as though each one of my patients were also my family. Thank you for sharing your kindness to those who truely do need it!

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  19. Jennifer Maddock

    I am blessed with two healthy children so I make sympathy cards for the nurses to give out to grieving families at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. It’s emotionally difficult to think about people that have lost a child, but it makes me appreciate mine even more. Keep up the great work.

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  20. Sue Martin

    WOW…these stamps and dies would go a long way for making cards for my church and my sons’ school for their anti-bullying campaign.

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  21. Barbra L.

    The other day I was in a rush to our town country fair where I was supposed to be volunteering at a table for our club. On the way there was a little stray puppy running at the side of the road. I stopped the car and picked up the puppy and posted his photo on FB. Within 40 minutes the puppy was home with his family. I felt so happy that I took the time to make sure the puppy was safe. It is all part of trying to do the right thing. The ladies of my club understood that I was late to help out.

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  22. Margo

    Wonderful stamp sets and dies! Love them all!!!! I recall a time when I was in the drive through line at my local Dunkin Donuts and when I went up to the window to pay the employee informed me that the previous car had paid for my coffee! I was so thankful! The next time I went through the drive through I did the same and paid for the car’s coffee order behind me. 🙂 It’s always so wonderful to pass on kindness, certainly the random ones! 😀

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  23. Patty Beers

    My husband and I were eating at a restaurant where we go often. A couple was sitting next to us. When we went to pay for our dinner it had been paid for. We were very surprised and humbled. We try now to pay for a family that is enjoying a dinner out. It feels good.

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  24. liz mca

    My husband is a very generous man. he spends time counseling others and helping in so many ways. Seeing lives change isd the best reward!

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  25. Jami Bova

    What a beautiful release and fabulous cause!! I adore your generous heart! Living in a farming community, kindness abounds. Not a day goes by that I don’t witness a kind gesture, and I’m often on the receiving end. The other day my friend gave me 4 new guineas to add to my flock when she could have sold them. And another friend is giving my sister-in-law a donkey! We try to pay it forward whenever we can – I’m always sending in canned goods, produce, pecans, etc to the office with my hubby to share. We just purchased a table at a farm-to-table dinner for a local charity and invited a bunch of friends to join us. <3

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  26. Robyn W.

    I love the adorable moose. This is such a great card drive. Just a kind word or a smile is enough to want to pay kindness forward.

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  27. Michelle O.

    Love the new products and the card drive! Every week, I bring in the garbage can for my neighbor. Started doing it over the summer, and I just kept at it each week. She has a lot going on with work and an ill husband, so it’s just one small thing to help her out!

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  28. Denise Coulter

    You’re right, the products are all so awesome! And so is your card! I think the sentiment is perfect. I volunteer for three different organizations and I love how helping others makes me feel 🙂 I hope to join your card drive, as well.

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  29. Barbara

    I participated last year while I was recovering from surgery. It helped me get better quicker, take my mind off my problems, and help others all at the same time. I look forward to participating again. I do wish I could win the collection as I love it! Love blog hopping also – you learn so much and it give back even if you aren’t the winner. Thanks so much for all you do!

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  30. Jeannie Boudet

    All the cards on this hop are absolutely amazing! So very KIND of you to share all your talents with us! The stamps are adorable!

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  31. D

    What a fabulous release! And for such a good cause. Your card is just adorable, too! RAK: our house is on the corner which means a LOT of shoveling/snowblowing in the winter. Last winter the neighbor two doors down came over to help me with the corner section of the sidewalk which was three feet of packed snow. So, after we finished, I continued up to the neighbors behind me and did their sidewalk and driveway.

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  32. Heather Clay

    I love this so much!! When I was a struggling college student I was having a very hard time in my Calculus class. I looked into getting a tutor, but couldn’t afford one. A couple from my church came up to me one night and told me they were going to pay for my tutoring. I tried to say no (I was very independent) but they would not accept my refusal. Now that I’m older and things aren’t so tight financially, I always try to be generous in my giving of $ to special causes.

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  33. Randee S

    Love your card and the new release. Two of my friends host a craft-a-thon about once a month at their church. It is a lot of work setting up and taking down but they do it out of the kindness of their heart.. I always make and leave a special treat on their table as a thank you for all they do. Thank you for doing this.

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  34. June

    Beautiful Card! I recently was surprised by a friend who brought me a big box of wood mounted stamps that her neighbor was giving away…..I went through them, cleaned them up, and gave them to my neighbor who is a teacher of challenged kids of all ages…I added in a big supply of cardstock and inks so they could have fun creating cards for parents and teachers….and they are!

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  35. Beth

    My heart goes out to caregivers, so whenever I meet one I try to encourage in some way…recommend a helpful book, pray for them, give help from my experiences with caregiving, etc. I think making cards to encourage elderly people is a great idea!

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  36. Ericka Strange

    Love your card. SO adorable! RAC I received was when a friend dropped over some freezer meals for my family. I try to pay it forward with delivering cookies and other baked goods to friends and neighbors.

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  37. Judy Parker

    I was driving through Dunkin Donuts one day and when I got to the window the girl told me that the gentlemen in front of me paid for my coffee….Being a Gold Star Mother I have a license plate which says that. She told me that he wanted to thank me for my sons sacrifice.
    Now everyday when I go through the Dunkin Donuts Drive Thru I pay for the car behind me no matter what the cost. I am sure it puts a smile on their face. And its never been anyone I know so that makes it even nicer.

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  38. Marty B

    LOVE these kindness stamps/dies & the drive behind it! It’s wonderful that you are donating 20% to the Alzheimer Association which my mom suffered with, such a terrible disease. A friend paid an entrance fee & refused to take repayment, so I am paying it forward to her 11 year old granddaughter who has cancer, via the Send Love Today program. Thank you for the great inspiration & for such a worthy cause!

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  39. Gay

    I love these stamp sets. I have stamps for many years involved in lots of swaps etc. I have had a stamp that says RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS I love it. Nothing greater then sending a card to just let them know you care.

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  40. *Vicki*

    I have really enjoyed this hop along with all of the amazing inspiration found using these products!! What has encouraged me to donate and keep paying it forward is when I heard/read a story about a person actually receiving a handmade card from someone and how it made them feel when they received it. It touched my heart so much that I wanted to be able to make someone feel that way about something I sent to them. People seem to be so impressed with something given to them that was hand-made. I think it shows caring for someone else and that’s always been important for me.

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  41. Judy

    Adorable card! Congratulations on this fabulous release and thank you for teaming up with the Caring Hearts Drive. The world needs more kindness for sure and each small effort adds up to the biggest impact. My dad spent the last 7 years of his life in a nursing home; I plan to make some cards for the drive in his honor.

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  42. Abby

    So many people along the way have taken the time to teach me all sorts of things. I try to fill a need or pass on some tip, trick, or knowledge whenever I can.

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  43. Teri Ann

    My aunt put it in her will to give me some equipment that would make day-to-day life better for me. That is a WONDERFUL example of what is, really, important to do! “Do unto others……….”, if you will!

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  44. Debbie Barba

    What a wonderful cause and blog hop! I lost my grandmother to this terrible disease, and when I think of how happy it would have made her to receive a card from one of these giving people in this community, tears come to my eyes. I don’t really have a ‘paying it forward’ story to share here, but I just want to say “Thank You” for doing this. I can’t wait to get my order from Sugar Pea Designs and get started! Thank you for all of your inspiration and the wonderful things that you are doing for others.

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  45. Donna Dacy

    Such a great cause. I have loved this blog hop…so many wonderful ideas. I love your card…that moose with the wonderful saying is adorable. Thank you for having this blog hop. Thank you too for your great designs on the stamps and dies. TFS

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  46. Pat McCleary

    Wonderful release- must have Kindness Matters asap. My RAK will be to make cards for this card drive (last year I only thought about it). I have been overwhelmed by kindness since my husband of 42 years died 3 weeks ago. Have been moved to tears so often, I really MUST pay it forward. Bless you all for your kindness as well.

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  47. Carla Hundley

    These new items are
    so adorable and sweet!
    Cute card. A few years
    ago, my LSS hosted a
    card making day for
    cards to send to a
    group. I spent about
    five hours there and
    made over 300 cards!
    Had a fun time and
    loved the feeling it
    gave me to be helping.
    Carla from Utah

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  48. Nancy Lynn Kenny Monahan

    All I can think about when you ask about a RAK that made me pay it forward was my Mom, who sadly passed away unexpectedly when she was 57 yrs old. I would have to say without a doubt that it was my Mom who always reinforced to me that the only thing that can heal anyone from inner pain is through kindness. She taught me to always respect my elders and through her I have passed this onto my children. I do try to make a conscious effort to live by this rule because sometimes we can just get caught up in our own lives.

    Thank you so much for your generosity in this very important cause SP! And for your inspiration – your card is adorable!

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  49. carol

    Back when I first started crafting, I was visiting my mom and together, we took some my cards (that looking back were not that jazzy whatsoever as I was so much a beginner!) over to the seniors’ residence where she’s been a volunteer for 36 years. The volunteer,responsible for birthday cards had run out (realized that when she arrived at the little gift shop kiosk) and needed a couple cards that day. Mom showed her mine and her positive, encouraging, appreciative response blew me away! To this day, nearly 60% of my cards go to the residence, where they’re sold (low cost for the residents and care-givers). The money, in turn, remains with my mom’s volunteer group who uses the money for special purchases for the residents. For the past three years, I’ve also made Christmas cards to be sold at their annual Christmas Bazaar, with the money remaining with the volunteers. My sister-in-law receives at least 30% of my cards (tags, etc.) which she shares with my niece and nephew’s classmates, teachers and educational aides, as well as her staff and friends. Of the remaining 10%: each month, I send one (at least…) to each of my niece and nephew, as well as to other family and friends. That first RAK – or rather, random act of enthusiasm – has paved the way for me to continue to pursue this passion. I don’t need to make money selling my cards; my reward comes from knowing their bringing smiles to peoples’ faces and joy to their day. That’s really all that matters…Thank you for reminding us that kindness really does matter! Love this release!
    ~carol

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  50. Isabelle

    This blog hop is awesome and very inspiring. It’s true that starting with your incredible stamps and dies sets is a great start….
    It’s really generous of you to give time, energy and work to collect some money for a good cause.

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  51. Linda Kennedy

    Your card is adorable! And love the release for such a wonderful cause. My grand daughters have shared my love crafting with my two grand daughters since they were born and one day I was explaining to them about random acts of kindness and how one of my friends went out one day and did 10 random acts of kindness to strangers. My youngest grand daughter was about to have your 6th b’day and when I asked for her b’day list, she told me the only thing she wanted was for me to make up 6 random acts she could do with her parents for strangers. I was very touched and that is what I did, and she and her parents went out and had a very blessed day doing for others on her b’day. The next month was her sister’s b’day and she asked for the same. To this day that is a very special memory for me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for creating these wonderful stamps. Have a blessed day!

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  52. Kathleen Curry

    How very cute! Love the stamps and the card, will definitely be ordering these.

    One RAK that stands out in my mind, was simply a kind word from a stranger. I was in Target with my oldest son, he was around 2 and throwing a horrible tantrum (over fruit snacks, lol). I was getting upset and near tears. An older woman came over and told me to not worry, everyone goes through this kind of thing. It really made a difference to me that day! And now, I always try to have a kind word for someone who looks like they need it.

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  53. Bobbie

    A soldier was in Iraq with my husband and while there his wife ran off with someone, abandoned his 2 girls and destroyed his home. All at Christmas time. I took it upon myself to fix this problem. With help from some of his relatives, our town through donations I was able to give this soldier a home instead of a messed up house to come home to, gave his beautiful Christmas in February (they missed Christmas due to mother leaving them with a stranger) and found out from the soldier that my act of kindness also brought his entire family back together. They weren’t speaking prior to this. Seeing the smiles on his daughters and the soldier upon returning home is all I needed. Years later after we were struck by a tornado and going through repairs one of our contractor’s and his crew wanted to thank myself and my husband for our service to our country and presented us with 2 medal plaque’s one reading U.S. Air Force for me and U.S. Army for my husband to apply to our new beautiful rod iron fence in the front of our home. I cried because I had never had anyone do anything so thoughtful before. So an act of kindness does go along way and it might not be today, next month or next year but eventually it makes a full circle.

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  54. Linda Schulte

    Thankyou. What wonderful stamp sets and fabulous cause. My RAK. I let my niece cut off my pony tale. She was scared to have her hair cut. She spend a lot of time I hospital and it was getting to long to manage. To encourage her I let her cut mine first. I was telling this to my hair dresser as I had to cut straight. When I went to pay for the hair cut she told me the lady who was in the chair next to me had already paid for my cut and left. I felt so blessed and happy. I couldn’t even thank her but went back and left a card for her when she came in next time. I then went for coffee and felt so elated I paid for the coffee of the person behind me in the line. Hoping they would have that same feeling. They did. The lady came and told me she paid for the next persons. I went all through the week smiling. And hoping the coffee RAK went on all day.

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  55. Karen B.

    What beautiful sets for an amazing cause. I can’t wait to contribute! I once received cleats for my child from a family who saw that I was struggling at that time as a single mother to obtain all necessary baseball items. I have never forgotten that so now that I am up and running, for the past two years I buy two sets of cleats and give one to a boy that needs a new pair.

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  56. Sandra M

    It is wonderful to see all the stamp sets with sentiments that engender Kindness. My mother always loved cards and acknowledged everyone’s birthday…until her Alzheimer’s disease took her memory. I was touched by the many people who appreciated that about her and sent her beautiful cards to brighten her day when she was in the assisted living facility.
    I plan to order the Kindness Matters stamp set to use in my seniors art class at the community center.

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  57. Leanne in Cali

    Nice that such a good cause is benefiting from this! Love that. My husband and I were out to breakfast at a small place in our town when someone paid for our breakfast. We were so surprised but it was such a nice thing, so we’ve done that for others as well. Feels great to pay it forward and think of others.

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  58. Kathy Thisted

    the first Rak I was a recipient of was when just 5 years old. My family moved to Germany with the army, arriving at the new base on Christmas eve.When we got the our new apt in base housing, after traveling by car all day, some kind stranger had put up a Christmas tree in our apt- decorated and with a few gifts under it. My mother commented for years afterward that she never found out who did it- it wasn’t done by the military. She had been so bummed that my 3 yr old brother and I would wake up on Christmas with no decorations and just one gift each that she had been able to carry on the plane. We were asleep when we arrived so Christmas morning we awoke in a new place with a gorgeous christmas waiting in the livingroom. I will never forget the lasting joy this unknown person gave my family.

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  59. Nichole

    As a mom of two I always like it when someone I do know offers encouragement or just lets me know they understand. Especially in a tough situation. So I try to make a point of exchanging a knowing smile or little quip with other parents that seem to be having one of those days. Just yesterday a single dad with two girls and having to take them two places in the morning because one is not old enough for preschool. I said it is a great day when you get one drop off/ pick up and even better when they are both at school! He smiled.

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  60. Nicki

    One Valentines Day my daughter, her two small sons and I did Random Acts of Kindness all over the valley. We took a plate of homemade cookies to the local fire department, left cup cakes for the nurses on the delivery floor where my grandson were born, gave a bag of sweet treats to a waitress that would be working on Valentines Day, secretly paid for a young couple’s dinner and left money at a gas station to help pay the next person’s gas bill. It was exciting to teach our little ones to show kindness and gratefulness to those you don’t even know but who give their services to us daily.

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  61. Maria Giselle B.

    I feel very blessed this year…getting into my first DT gig (after so many years of working hard) and also finally getting a low key job in the same company I’ve been working for 15 years now. I thought that I was stuck with my old job forever. Not that I don’t love what I have been doing but given a choice, I would choose the current job I have. One day, at church, while I was attending my son’s bible distribution mass, I saw the school’s wish auction basket. One of the wishes written on a flower says ‘handmade cards.’ I can definitely provide that since I do have plenty, from all the cards I create for blog challenges and my current DT requirements. So, I donated my cards, made some custom sized envelopes, and also created a packaging that will hopefully encourage the buyers to bid on it. And help the school earn some money in my own little creative way.

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  62. Terry Wasson

    Being single and caring for a disabled sister money is always a little tight and car repairs are right of the top of my “OMG!” list. One hot sultry day my air conditioner of the car started blowing out hot air. I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach before I even went to my local repair shop. The gentlemen working there were fantastic. They looked at the part, checked the warranty before replacing it and broke the repair down into terms I could understand and appreciate. I still had to pay the repair but I feel like they went the extra mile. So the next week I made them caramel corn. Boy were they surprised! When I explained how much I appreciated the extra time they took they said, “We’ve never had positive reinforcement before!” That made me feel good and they loved the caramel corn. All people, in all types of jobs, need to know they are appreciated!

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  63. Julie H in MN

    These stories brought tears to my eyes. I was out sick from work on a Monday and when I arrived on Tuesday I had a beautiful handmade floral bouquet on my desk. My niece, who I work with, made it for me over the weekend. I was so thrilled for receiving this random gift, that I am making a few of these flower bouquets for some more of my co-workers. Love your sets of stamps and that heart beat die is a must have for me!!

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  64. Carolyn Hargrave

    I love your card and totally fell in love with that adorable moose!! I have to get this set and will be thrilled to help out with the card drive.
    One of my friends randomly sent me a “hello” card a few weeks back and included in it a wonderful set of stamps she wanted to share with me. Because of her kindness, it prompted me to give some thought to the idea. Last week I sent out three (“just because”) cards and each one included some “goodies” that I knew the recipient would enjoy and utilize. Hoping this will grow as those three will continue to do the same in the future.
    It feels really good to do something special and unexpected for another person!!

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  65. kReN K

    What wonderful products you have! Your new release is so wonderful!

    We received a wonderful RAK when we had only been married a few weeks. We had both just gotten our teaching positions, and, while the work was so gratifying, the salary was very low. We had skipped a honeymoon and couldn’t afford a tree for our first Christmas. New friends in our apartment building bought a tiny “Charlie Brown” tree and decorated it with cut out images from holiday cards they had received. Tears, smiles, and the holiday spirit of giving filled our tiny apartment. Now we make Santas with trees and nativities to bring smiles to faces and to pass along the kind gesture our neighbors shared with us!

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  66. Mona spark

    Wow, thisrealse is my favorite , and its must to have for every crafter.
    It really touch me and some of these card makes me cry. I love to make appreciation card and thanks for your kindness with some treat and put them in my purse and give it to any one make my a favor. Some time I can not find the perfect word or sentement, but this one is totally having all what I need. I hope I can win all these set. I really need it in my life.

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  67. Patty Eifert

    Love that moose, and love your card!! That patterned paper is awesome!! I can’t think of any specific RAK toward me that happened, but I love the idea & first got excited about it when I saw Jennifer’s kindness campaign this last year! I purchased her kindness cars & taped them to random cars in my parking garage before work. I just hope they brought a smile to the recipients whether they were just having a bad day or going through a rough patch…I know it would make me smile & feel better!

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  68. Beth B.

    My mom, who recently passed this summer, was living in a Independent/Assisted Living Facility for several years. Always seeing so many of the ‘residents’ smiling and being kind to all who visited. I had seen many residents going to their mail boxes, opening them and finding nothing…and the look of disappointment, saddened me. So, I decided to do something to return a smile to them. I decided that I would make the residents cards for them to enjoy. I make them cards just because everyone deserves a little ‘happy mail’. I enjoy doing this, knowing that they are getting a card and hopefully feel the love that goes into every card I send them. Everyone deserves a smile and know that they are being thought of. I will continue this tradition, because it makes me smile too.

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  69. Dee Earnshaw

    Gorgeous new sets – love the sentiments and cute designs:)
    For my RAK, I alerted an elderly lady in front of me who had just finished checking out her purchases, that she had dropped her credit card. Someone else would have noticed a lost card on the ground but the card had actually slid under the counter and out of sight!!

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  70. Naama

    A few years back when I was traveling in Japan I got lost and stopped a man to ask for directions. He didn’t have very good English but tried to help finding the museum I was going to on my map. After a moment he took out his phone, made a short call and asked me to follow him. He led me to an office building near by – apparently his place of work – where a young woman that worked with him waited. While he ran along to his meeting she took me a few streets away and pointed out the museum to me. I never forgot their kindness and willingness to help, I think of them every time someone asks me for directions and wish I had a way to thank them.
    I love the idea of this card drive, and love this special release – it has such a great message!
    Sending out smiles will send smiles your way 🙂
    xx

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  71. Parker

    My young daughter was in the hospital recently for brain surgery, and since it is just she and I, I watched for her needs and met them throughout her recovery. One of the nurses brought me a china cup–not a paper/styrofoam cup–filled with hot water and a few packets of special teas. I began to cry… .. … .. The three new sets, I love each of them. Good job.

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  72. Mary Holshouser

    I don’t know where to start. Since I’m a widow my son helps with the
    yard work. My daughter takes care of the pool for me. (both are
    grown and gone). My granddaughter is always ready to help me
    with this blasted computer – I’m not very ‘puter-savy. I try to
    pay that forward to my friends who have tasks that I can do for them.
    I love the stamps – especaily that EKG line – so different and a wonderful
    idea.
    thanks for having the hop.

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  73. bev p

    S-w-e-e-t! I really like the look of the limited one-color background. It really brings the attention right to the darling little moose. Just the right amount of dimension, too. (I know you didn’t use it on this card, but I immediately fell in like with the cardiac rhythm strip with the little hearts. Is it too “nursy” or just fun??? I can’t even begin to pick out just one example of a sweet deed prompting a “pay it forward” deed. Too many to count. But my favorite is still a smile. It’s amazing how a kind word, or a smile, or a gentle pat can turn me around when I am in one of ‘those’ moods, and how easy it is to pass it on afterwards. Thanks for reminding me.

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  74. Cynthia Cole

    About two years ago I lived in an apartment building with many residents. I noticed one lady who always seemed to be sad and lived alone. So I made her a Pysanky egg and put it in a homemade box and card and left it at her door. The next day I saw her in the lobby and she had a smile on her face. It made my day!

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  75. Danni

    I just love this release and the reason behind it and that a portion of the proceeds is going to an organization.

    I’ve always been a big believer in random acts of kindness and paying it forward. Last year our whole family designated it to be a year of giving and that’s just what we did. We donated to charities, I always bought coffee for the folks behind me, we bought several dinners for families while we were dining out, etc.

    It’s always more fun to give than receive so we never expect anything in return although I have been very blessed to have some friends surprise me with sweet gifts or surprise lunches, etc.

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  76. Jo Ann F.

    Years ago my daughter had sinus surgery, and I put her on the prayer network at my church. A senior citizen lady sent her a get well card. Last year the lady wanted me to make a wedding card and candle, which she paid me for. Since then I have giving her hand-stamped get well, thinking of you and kindness cards for her to send at no charge.

    I love all your designs and I want to thank you for supporting this great cause.

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  77. Rosemary D

    there was a gentleman who used to frequent the Starbucks that I go to and he would always leave a dollar for the next person in line to be used toward their purchase. I loved the idea and decided to do the same thing. So whenever I have a spare dollar I leave it for the next person.

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  78. Judyt28

    Simply amazing release and your lovely gift of some of the procees to the Alzheimer’s Association. Just acknowledging someone’s kindness by giving them a box of chocolates or sending a gift card to show your appreciation to them.

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  79. Jeanne Jordan

    I belong to a card making facebook group. We exchange cards once a month. lots of fun. But a few months ago one of the gals in the group sent me a package of stamping supplies and little extras – totally random – and it took me by surprise! SO, I then paid forward the kindness by sending ANOTHER gal in the group a package of goodies. It felt SO good!! I think several people in this group have copied us and send extras to other members just out of the kindness of their hearts. It’s heartwarming and uplifting. Thanks for your efforts to a great cause and for contributing some of your profits to Alzheimers.

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  80. Nicki B

    I was in desperate search of a retired stamp and put an ISO out on a Facebook site I am a member of when a lovely lady responded saying she had the stamp and would be happy to part with it. She asked for my address details and I asked her how to go about payment. She said just to wait until the stamp arrived safely which I thought was a lovely gesture all on its own. When the stamp arrived there was a lovely RAK note inside just suggesting that I pay it forward to someone else. And I was so excited (and thankful) that I found someone who was looking for cat related stamps for her autistic son that I paid it forward with one that I had. It totally love the whole pay it forward concept (and love the movie too although a tear jerker).

    Thank you for acknowledging how many lives Alzheimers affects … my Dad has the onset of it from a benign brain tumour and its devastating knowing that one day he won’t remember his own family. For anyone else in the same position, don’t give up hope that there are cures out there.

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  81. Lindar C

    Many years ago my kids were very young and I was a single parent. I worked part time at their school. So during Christmas break I didn’t have any income. Christmas was a couple days away and I didn’t have extra money for a turkey and trimmings. A neighbor told me the Salvation Army was giving out turkeys and groceries to make Christmas dinner. I headed over with the kids, only to be turned away being told I didn’t “qualify”. We got home and the neighbor asked what did we get, I told her we didn’t qualify. The next morning my doorbell rang. When I opened the door, no one was there, but there was 3 bags of groceries and a turkey. I donate to food drives in stores, restaurants, and postal service (every May)

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  82. Lorna S

    Every few months I sort through my art and craft supplies and pull out items that I have not used in a while and donate them to one of several non-profit organizations that provide programs that could use the goods – Hospice, Girls & Boys Clubs, County Children’s agency, etc. And every once in a while, I receive the most beautiful thank you note made by the children with all their names written in. Giving, feeds my soul for a few weeks, but receiving those notes feeds my soul for a lifetime.

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  83. Lisa

    These are such wonderful stamp sets for giving cards.
    The biggest act of kindness for me hasn’t actually happened yet! My wedding is coming up shortly and my mum, my fiancé’s mum and our friends mums have gotten together and decided they will be making all the desserts for our reception. This is such a fantastic gift! One of them has even said that we can use their holiday house for our honeymoon free of charge (even though it costs them). Everyone has been so fantastic so I will need to make a lot of thankyou cards!

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  84. Patricia Ladd

    These are wonderful stamp and die sets. The Kindness one is my favorite. Thank you for making a donation to Alzheimer’s also. This disease took my mother and I fear that it will be growing in leaps and bounds if more research is not funded.

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  85. Lyann Lloyd

    After my grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes one year ago, I sort of lost my way with stamping. I felt uninspired and couldn’t find an ounce of creativity. Last week I stopped at a garage sale and purchased a whole desk set, shelving, file cabinets, the works, which I knew if I could update my stamp room, I might just catch the stamping bug again. When I went back to pick it up, she asked me to sit with her and shared with me that she is easily exhausted since she has Lupus. I also know how painful and fatiguing Lupus can make you feel since my daughter has this disease. After talking further, I found out she is a single Mom with a daughter who has Type 1 Diabetes also. Since she had to be completely moved in 4 days, I offered to help her. I brought back my brother and husband and in 2 hours we had her packed up and she was ready for the cleaning service to come in. I feel our paths crossed for a reason. Being able to help her filled my heart. But, I also feel that she helped me..my stamp room is setup, I just found your site, and I’m ready to make some beautiful cards and send some smiles through the mail!

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  86. Laurie

    Such wonderful sentiments. My RAK happens at work. I am a nurse at the local hospital and go to the cafeteria to get my lunch. From time to time, there are patient’s families who are also getting their lunch and the cost surprises them. I will either pay for them or pay for the difference. The relief of their faces is a wonderful payment for this.

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  87. Linda Whitaker

    Wendy, first of all thank you for supporting “the Act of Kindness” program. You and your team sure have shown with all the lovely, cute and love you’ve given.

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  88. Lynne Ingram

    You are to be commended for supporting such a wonderful cause. I make cards all year long for our local nursing homes. I choose those that my friends have family there but the cards go to the general patient, many who can not afford to purchase their own.

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  89. Cheryl L

    Love those critters! What a great cause!
    I had someone in front of me pay for my order at the drive through. I decided to do that myself for others!

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  90. Marty Harris

    Several years ago, my refrigerator unexpectedly stopped working. Among co-workers, I was bemoaning the fact that this would be an unanticipated expense. The next day I received an envelope with considerable cash from one of them. Several weeks later I was able to pass on the assistance to a mother we all knew who was having trouble meeting her rent. It is always wonderful to pass on kindness!

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  91. Houston

    When my son was born we were young and had limited funds. One day I received an enormous box of gently used boys clothing in the mail from my hairdresser back home. I cannot even begin to imagine how expensive that must have been to ship! Her kindness has led me to freely pass on gently used items from my kiddos to other families that could use them. It isn’t huge but hopefully it helps ease the minds of fellow Mamas 🙂

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  92. Jean Bullock

    I am a teacher and one of our student’s mom was working in the school kitchen. She didn’t like the idea of us teachers having to buy coffee in the morning, so she started making a pot of it every morning at her own expense. Later that year, my colleague and I pitched in to buy her a gift card and I made a really beautiful pop up coffee card themed thank you card to go with it. She was so happy she had tears in her eyes.

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  93. Sandy Small

    Great stamp release for a great cause! I do my best to say kind things, or nothing. To pass it on, I purchase food for donation, toys for tots programs, and participate in habitat for humanity home building.

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  94. Kathy s

    Such generosity is astounding and greatly appreciated I love these sets and am amazed at the inspiration your team of ladies has shown . What a great hop and such talent is fun and great. Thank you for sharing and chance to win.

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  95. Lauri Bacalzo

    Your card is just adorable!
    I have been lucky enough to have been a recepient of a few random acts of kindness over the year!
    And have found various ways to pay it forward.
    Thank you for sponsoring such a wonderful hop!

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  96. Lynne.R

    This release and your support of two great causes is absolutely fantastic! Thank you.

    Years ago several times after having survived breast cancer when I was back for scheduled checkups, I spent some time talking with other women/husband who were just starting their chemo treatments. I hope that the time I spent with them helped give them some support and made what they were going through easier.

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  97. Janelle H.

    Driving….people who ‘let me in’ are much kinder than I am and reminds me that everyone who is driving needs a favor now and then. Love your Kindness creations. Thanks for inspiring us.

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  98. Laura Buehler

    It was the day before Easter and my car broke down about 100 miles from home. I had my 90 pound german shepherd with me. I managed to “limp” into a shop that was getting ready to close for the day. They took a look at my car, but it was beyond their scope. They didn’t charge me for looking at the car & they stayed open and waited with me until a tow truck could come to get me. They found a bowl somewhere and gave my dog some water because it was really hot that day. Then, the tow truck driver took me 100 miles home & even lifted my elderly dog in and out of the truck cab. He held her leash & walked her as I wrote a note to the local auto repair shop about my car & then he took me home. Both the people at the garage & the tow truck driver were absolutely wonderful to me that day. Kindness does matter.

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  99. Jude Unnone

    I’m a stroke survivor so I have difficulty with lots of things but I experience random acts of kindness daily from my family. It started first with the stroke changing my mindset about life – when you survive that then everything is brighter and beautiful and better (after you get through the shock and depression initially) and you realize that the first person who needs to do random acts of kindness for you is YOU. We women don’t do that enough. I didn’t and I had a stroke. The next thing I realized was to try to see people’s hearts and their intentions and know they are all going through stuff. Changed my entire attitude. Then all of sudden random acts were happening all around me. Awesome!! Yes, the things my hubby and four grown kids (teenagers at the time) did and do for me is awesome – and my doggies too!!! But it’s also how I received it all and looked at it and I changed that made a difference. The kindness definitely matters – to ourselves, toward others, to receive it, towards animals, towards life. It makes the world better.

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  100. Ulrike Vanover

    What a great cause. I did partake in a Valentine card collection for our local convelesent home. The ladies there enjoyed the cards very much. I love your new stamps and dies!

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  101. Alma D

    The brother day at work, someone was having a rough day. Then she went to the coffee perk for a cup and found it empty. She was very frustrated. I gave her a K cup for the Keurig and she was so grateful. I think it started to turn her day around.

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  102. Charity Chamberlain

    What a magnificent special release! I am loving it all, especially the kindness stamp set and those adorable critters! A random act of kindness that made me then pay it forward was one Christmas our church was holding a concert and dinner that my husband and I wanted to go to but couldn’t afford, then one day I got a call from the church saying they had some tickets in my name that needed to be picked up for the event. I of course explained I didn’t buy them and the lady said “well someone bought tickets for you”. Who ever it was that purchase those tickets we’re truly very kind and did such a generous kind act because not only were they expensive but we truly had wanted to attend that event. Then one day we paid it forward when someone we knew wanted to attend an event that they couldn’t afford but it just so happened we could afford it for them so we purchase tickets for them. So now, we continue to pay it forward wether it be a small gesture or large we learned first hand that a little bit of kindness can mean the world to someone.

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  103. Marsha D

    Fantastic hop. Just love the new release.
    A simple RAK of someone handing me money for my latte. It was fun to do the same for someone else later.

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  104. Gwen

    Great release and adorable card! Love your post! This time of year my garden is over producing so I give away the extra to those who can use it.

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  105. Toni C

    Its great to see stamps and dies that can be used for so much more than the usual occasions. Not sure if this qualifies as a random act of kindness, though I guess it is kindness to the environment – I pick up rubbish on my walk to and from the train station. I do need to get myself a rubbish pick or grabbing stick though 🙂

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  106. Cheri Hochstettler

    A group of us meet weekly to make cards for our local Ronald McDonald House and for our Veterans Center. The designs in this hop will provide fun new stamps and inspiration. Once a month we do a make-and-take at RMH and I know the critters and sentiments will be popular. Thanks to everyone for some great ideas!

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  107. Kristie Maynard

    What a wonderful hop and fabulous product release! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful goodies and inspiration with us. I think, appropriately, one RAK is that for the last 2 years I have helped to distribute the cards from the Caring Hearts Drive. All the kindness the people have shown by donating cards has been passed on to the people in the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home and Rehab Center and The Sacred Heart Adult Home, where my Mom lives. Each year Mom is excited to show me what she receives and tell me where it’s came from. Although Mom is lucky and has family and friends that visit and send cards, many of the people don’t and I can’t tell you how much they appreciate the cards that are delivered to them each year. Hopefully I will be able to distribute them again this year.
    Thanks again for this fabulous hop and helping with the card drive.

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  108. Rebekah

    Honestly, every time someone randomly sends me a card in the mail, I’m reminded of how good it feels and it encourages me to do the same ASAP! My mom had early onset dementia, so thank you for donating to such a worthy cause (both the association and nursing homes)

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  109. Ann Kulseth

    My daughter and her husband have received numerous hand-me-downs for their children from friends, including baby furniture, toys, clothing, etc. It has saved them a bundle!!! We will be donating or giving away our crib and various toys when the grandkids are done with them. It’s the best way to recycle or repurpose!!

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  110. Vicenta Ghylin

    Awesome new release and the sentiments will make you smile while you make the cards, knowing you are sharing a small part of yourself with another. Thank you for sharing your kindness with all of the people who will receive the cards.

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  111. Winnie Peck

    Just wanna say thank you for the awesome campaign! This is my first year but i will surely be contributing some cards to this meaningful Caring Hearts campaign(: Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to share kindness and care to another! I believe everyday someone by my side always gives little acts of kindness and i hope i have passed them on. Sharing and caring is always wonderful. Yesterday, it may not be much to someone else but just a little hand in helping me out in climbing warmed my heart greatly. Today while i was volunteering, i managed to help out another in the same way and gave her a hand. Thank you for sharing kindness!

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  112. Faith

    For someone who is not really an animal person, I fell in love with the Caring Critters. I like their personalities!

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  113. Jayne

    Hi Wendy, love your card design. Thank you for sharing. I’m loving Sugarpea’s Designs and those caring critters and sentiments would bring joy to anyone’s day. This is such a wonderful initiative that Vera and you ladies are doing and also a wonderful thing for Sugarpea Designs to do by helping Alzheimers. I thought about my own random acts of kindness and they all seem so trivial compared to this. What this great initiative has made me do is think about my own acts of kindness, so I’ve sent messages of love to all of our family and friends today whilst blog hopping. It’s a start. In the past I’ve donated clothes and items to various groups in need and whenever I can, I donate to people in need, including giving away breakfast boxes to the homeless. It doesn’t seem enough so I will rethink on how I can do more. Thank you for this blog hop and for making me become a better person. I shall be purchasing this set so I know I’m helping in some small way. Happy days and weekend to you all.

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  114. Kirsty Vittetoe

    Such lovely collection, it looks like lots of fun too!
    I work at a school for their after school care programe, every end of the school term, I would bring all the handmade cards I have at home and give them to the teachers and whoever work at school that would need a card or two!

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  115. Trina P.

    These stamps and dies are awesome, especially the Caring Critters. Great cause and you are so generous to donate a portion of the sales too.
    My RAK story:
    My cc company cancelled my cc when they accidentally flagged a purchase I made a couple hours before as fraudulent. Not knowing this, I had gone out to get some groceries, and to my surprise, my card was declined. I was all ready to walk away when the person behind me offered to pay for it. I was shocked and said I can’t accept, but he insisted. Since then I would randomly buy strangers their lunch or coffee or whatever whenever I feel like it.

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  116. Laura Peddicord

    When my our first child was born 18 years ago, I knew he was not like any babies I had ever babysat. He would power-nap when he was an infant and was fussy all of the time. He walked at 6 and would barely play or do something for a couple of minutes before he would start fussing again. I had my suspicions that he could be one of those ADHD kids who can’t pay attention or sit still. I didn’t think it was too much of a problem until he began having meltdowns. We would quickly learn that ADHD wasn’t always just a distracted kid moving all the time. After being kicked out of our church’s preschool at the age of 3, his therapist (yes, things were so bad we were taking him to a child psychologist already) told us he needed to go to a therapeutic school. We were devastated. Things just keep getting worse. By this time we had another son and a daughter. When he started public school, we began to deal with his educational needs and his behavior through special education. It wasn’t long before we learned that ADHD can also include learning challenges and any number of other problems. We quickly became lost in the school district’s wonderland of special education. There was so much we didn’t know about his diagnosis and especially the ins and outs of special ed. My husband and I began attending an ADHD parent support group about 45 minutes from our house. I listened, I asked questions, and I learned everything I could about what was going on in his ADHD brain. Trying to work with the school district to get special education services for our son, it became apparent that I had to also learn about the law. My husband and I searched the Internet looking for a training on the law and dealing with the school. Within a month I was on a flight to Toledo to attend a well-known two day training. Reflecting on my weekend on the flight home, I realized I knew so much, but still had more to learn. So I kept attending trainings and conferences wherever and whenever I could. Not long after my return from Toledo, I agreed to start a parent support group meeting in our suburb of West Houston. For more 10 years I have been coordinating and moderating the support group in the west Houston area. It had become time for me to help others who were as lost and scared as we were when we began our ADHD journey with our son’s challenges so it’s my turn to give to others. So now I am the one speaking at trainings and the resource for parents who call me for help about their child’s ADHD issues, comorbid conditions, learning problems, behavior, having no friends, and so on. When parents have an IEP meeting, I will go in order to help them get what they need for their child, to show them how an IEP meeting works, and to explain what their rights are on behalf of their child. But the most important thing I can do for a parent of an ADHD child is to listen to them, reassure them when they’re crying and/or scared, and tell them that I understand how isolating, lonely, and frightening having a child with a challenge can be. I know. I’ve been there, and I still am.

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  117. Elvira Anadón

    My RAK moment: a man, I didn’t know, gave me money to buy a ticket to come back home when someone had stolen my hand bag and I had no way to communicate with my family.

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  118. Nicole

    Such a beautiful card! A RAK I experienced was when I was in hospital and the food was pretty poor standard, especially as I am vegetarian, a friend made me a meal every day and took the time to come in and bring it to me and lots of healthy snacks too. It made my stay that bit more tolorable!

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  119. Sandy Lane

    I have been donating bookmarks for a local library probably 1000++ for the past year I also shared quilling techniques to a volunteer group of women.
    I also am so excited to find this project in honor of my mother in law who had demencia.
    My husband saw me watching Jennifers video. & said what is that about so he let me order the stamps & dies for this project

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  120. Mary-Anne V.

    This is a heartwarming release. We really need more kindness in the world and zi love how these priducts can give that reminder. One RAK I like to do is simply surprise our school bus driver or mailperson with baked goodies. It always brings a smile to their faces.

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  121. Carol

    I Work at a University and we have many student workers that are far from home, so for birthdays, holidays and just because I will make gift bags, bake and make cards for the students, which they are so appreciative of. This makes my day, as many of the students we become family to help guide them.

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  122. Pam

    This release is ADORABLE,
    My RAK is always thanking our service men when I see them -retired or not. they are easy to spot because they usually have a baseball hat or t-shirt with the service logo or name of the branch of service they were in. I think it is SOOOOOO very important to recognize them for keeping us safe, whether it was years ago or now. Without them we could so easily be like the other countries we see in the news being bombed or without food. I do not think they are appreciated by our own country or our general population enough.

    Everyone, please thank a vet or active serviceman when you see one, it takes no effort and very little time but is so rewarding to them You will be surprised and pleased to see the smile light their faces by just saying thank you!

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  123. Chris

    This is such a great cause and a wonderful release. My RAK is paying for people’s food in the drive thru, especially if the car behind me looks like they are having a bad day. I also like to leave anonymous encouraging words on people’s white boards at work. We can all use some encouragement, right?

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  124. Tracy Freeman

    I couldn’t love this release anymore and the idea behind it, and your kindness has really touched my heart…thank you ❤️
    Rak wise I was going through a tough time health wise and then my dog….who is my baby…got poorly and insurance wouldn’t cover it. I was selling my craft supplies to cover the vet bills and a group of crafter friends got together and sent me a cheque from money they had raised selling their cards and creations…I cried and cried at their kindness, they said they couldn’t bare seeing me part with my crafting supplies, such an amazing book community ❤️
    When life was back on track one of the ladies who helped me shared a post about a rescue she volunteers for has been hit by floods and needed help, so we donated some money and got some blankets, food and various items sent to them. It wasn’t much but hopefully it helped at least one dog.

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  125. Ann V

    One that comes to mind is when the car in front of us at a drive through paid for our dinner. It was so touching. We repaid the kindness at a later time by paying for someone else’s dinner. It is very touching to be the recipient but even more fulfilling to be the giver.

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  126. Lisa

    I read a story about people treated servers at drive-through, restaurants, etc. as if they were sort of invisible. So I try to always say thanks and make eye contact as we make the transaction. It may not make much difference to most of them, but to some it may and I am reminded that everyone deserves to to be treated with dignity.
    This is a great set with a great cause and good design

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  127. Barbara Rademacher

    Thank you so, so, so much for designing such beautiful stamps and dies. Of all the characters, I like the moose the best; he is such a sweety. I am also very fond of the lion hugging the heart. However, the thoughts that are expressed are phenomenal in their warmth and simplicity.

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  128. Maryjo L Monterosso

    I was driving to my parents house one night when I saw a car broken down on the highway with two girls standing outside the car. I got off the highway and turned around to get to the other side of the highway to see if I could help them. They said if I could drive them to their house which wasn’t too far from mine, they would get their brother to help them with the car. I put them in my car and drove them home and they tried to pay me for the ride. I told them to just pay it forward to someone else they see in need one day and that would be my payment. Since that day I have had so many RAC’s in my life given to me. It just proves what you put out into the universe is repaid 100 fold.

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  129. Jennifer k

    This has been such a awesome blog hop and really for a wonderful cause. I love all the different kindness messages. I experienced a RAK recently when I was ordering a tea (in a drive through), when I went to pay the person in front of me had already paid for my order so I paid for the person behind me’s order in return, a small gesture but nonetheless so very kind and put a smile on my face.

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  130. Michele K. Henderson

    I absolutely LOVE this release, and would love to use it to make some of my cards this year, too! One year, about a month before Christmas, the clutch in our car up and quit. We were stopped at a red light, right in front of the most busiest intersection in the city, on a late Saturday afternoon, just as the city was scrambling to get to the Alabama football game. The city is always in complete commotion right before a game. We had decided that all we could do was just push the car across the intersection as fast as we could when the light turned green, and pray that we made it. The light changed, my husband my pushing, and I was in the driver’s seat as person after person had passed us, shouting things out their open windows. But they were shouting, “We’re sorry we can’t help you, but we can’t stop in this traffic!” Or, “we wish we could help you!” We were inching forward very slowly across 8 lanes of traffic when all of a sudden I heard a loud thump on the back of the car and looked in the rearview mirror. A HUGE man, big and tall, had joined my husband and they were pushing together, and the car sped forward at an amazing pace. It was picking up momentum and we crested over a slight hill and then picked up speed. I was able to steer the car into the Chinese restaurant parking lot, turn the corner, and pull into the spot before breaking. Before we got going, my husband and the man, who was black, had pushed me forward and then I outpaced them, and they were in the middle of the street, bent over and out of breath. Amazingly, the traffic had cleared behind them too. When I got out of the car, I wanted to thank the man and offer to buy him a beverage at the restaurant, but he had disappeared as quickly as he had appeared. My husband said he came out of nowhere and disappeared just as quickly. This was right after the incidents in Ferguson, and tensions were high across the country. But here, in our Southern community, people were still coming through for each other. Maybe it was because a tornado had destroyed a large part of our city and our community had already learned how important it was to come together. After that, I became committed to helping out whoever I could, wherever they were, even if it was hard or inconvenient.

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  131. Becca Yahrling

    Unfortunately, we have a lot of homeless people in our area and they are on every street corner every day. Some come in to my store to buy beer & cigarettes rather than food. But you just have to look past that and know that they’re just trying to survive a day in their life. So I give them what I can, when I can. you just never know how or why someone ended up being homeless.

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    1. Aga

      Wonderful couse…and cards and relase…Unfortunately I know how Alzheimer disease looks from closely… care for the person isnt easy…but many, many times I helped strange people and families prompt them how to deal with Alzheimers. Thank you!!!

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  132. Pai Meng

    Of course, i’m blanking right now on receiving stories but i have lots of giving stories. One, where I stopped to help a woman who had pulled out of the grocery store parking lot with her hatch still open and all her groceries tumbled out, came full circle when I didn’t realize it had been witnessed by someone I know. Thanks so much for supporting such great causes. and lovely card! happy WCMD!

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  133. Sandi Pressley

    I just had breast cancer surgery yesterday and have been showered with prayers, warm wishes, cards and flowers. I am paying it forward by raising funds and walking in a Breast Cancer Research fund raiser the end of the month. These new sets are amazing and I could really put them to good use.

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  134. Susan R K

    Love these stamp and die sets. Great idea for passing on the little kindnesses that brighten all our lives. During a trying day at work, but I had to smile when I found a sticky note ‘smiley’ face and candy kiss on my desk. This small kindness brighten my day. Will try to pass it on.

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  135. Gretchen Wilson

    First of all thank you for sharing 20% of your profits of the stamps to Alzheimers, this is near and dear to my heart as my hubby has ALZ and we are learning a new roll everyday, it’s ups and downs! I have been a scrapbooker first and then a cardmaker next and still do both. Vera cause is wonderful and I plan on joining in this year as so many people need some kindness everyday, one way or another. It is small thing to do and can mean so much to the receiver. Over the years I have received many blessing from prayers from people I don’t know, but they were there and I thank God that they like to pray. I know my prayer list each day grows and grows and I don’t mind adding one more prayer for someone that needs them. Now I also know that people like to smile and I think that with this card making, many, many people will have those smiles on their faces. Thanks so much for doing your part in this this cause,

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  136. Claire Broadwater

    You know how much I LOVE SugarPea Designs! This new release is fabulous and the theme is perfect! My Daddy died of Alzheimer’s 5 years ago. He fought the battle for 10 longgggg years. When I saw that you were donating to to cause it warmed my heart! THANK YOU, Wendy!

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  137. Linda M

    Love these stamps and dies especially the critters! My daughter is a teacher and doesn’t make very much money. Notwithstanding her income, she loves to do special things for her students. To help her out, I make cards, holiday treat bags and other little gifts for her to give to her students.

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  138. Tejal

    When I was new to crafting, a wonderful lady whose blog I used to visit, send me a huge box of stamping goodies and that too from overseas. I was so overwhelmed that I had decided to pay it forward someday. I finally was able to send a huge box of crafting goodies to my fellow newbie crafter and it felt really good. I plan to send one box every 6 months now
    I love love the new sets.. for sure buying some for me.

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  139. Manda

    Lovely card! Not so random but when I couldn’t get after school care for my daughter, my neighbour picked her up with her daughter one day a week for a whole year.

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  140. Arianna Barbara

    Wow!!! This is a great cause!!! Thank you for all you, Jennifer and Vera are doing! You’re so kindness and amazing!!!
    I love your card!!! It’s absolutely adorable!!!

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  141. Tosha

    Many years ago when we first moved to Missouri and living paycheck to paycheck, we had our home broke into. The thief must have been worse off than we, he only took our food. We had two small children and now an empty cupboard and payday was not until another 8 days. One of our neighbors now a dear friend went to the grocery and bought us enough food to last until payday after getting wind of what had happened.
    We counted our blessing then and count her as one every day. We think often of the thief and wish for him a friend like ours. We try to pay forward by collecting weekly during the Holiday season for our area food pantry by playing our instruments and singing carols at one of the store locations that allow, a holiday tradition.

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  142. D.Ann C

    What a precious release and cause! My fav is the heartbeat!! Your card is adorably sweet!
    The most recent RAK was in the Starbucks drive through last week I was told my frap was paid for by the lady in front of me because someone had paid for hers the day before. I tried catching up to her to thank her, but she was long gone. Truly anonymous and sweet! Another day I was able to pass it on to the person behind me.

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  143. Cynthia O.

    What a fabulous release and for a wonderful cause. Living in Alaska, I think my favorite from the new release is Caring Critters set and matching die. The moose is adorable and your card is so sweet.

    A few years ago I was part of a stamping group and one of the member was so sweet to send me a birthday card. We had never met and I was so touched. Now I send birthday cards to my team mates on a current design team. I hope it brightens their day as much as her card did for me.

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  144. Tina V

    I love the critters stamp set (especially the monkey and moose) and the whole catalyst behind it. Spreading kindness, something that is always uplifting. A small thing I do, and has happened to me, that always reminds me to spread happiness and kindness is sharing my cart at Aldi grocery store. I don’t collect my quarter deposit for the cart, instead I pass it on to someone in the parking lot just arriving and ask them to pay it forward with a helpful gesture to a stranger.

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  145. Tracy Ross

    I love your card. The stamps/dies are beautiful and deliver such a powerful message. All for a good cause too. Thanks so much for creating these beautiful stamps and for your generosity. This is my third year participating in the Caring Hearts Card Drive and I really can’t wait to get started.

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  146. Sandy D

    This is a terrific release and two great causes – Card Drive and the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Thank you for your generosity and wonderful designs!

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  147. Mary H

    The movie Pay It Forward touched and moved me that I started consciously to RAK in 2000. It’s important for me to acknowledge special occasions for all of my friends/work family/church members/etc. It’s uncomfortable to share the things I do as it gives me greater joy to do for them. Thank you all for the beautiful stamps and dies.

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  148. Jona

    Every time I am in a store and have any coupons that I can’t use I always like to pass them along to other people – it always brings a smile to their faces!

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  149. Erin Piehl

    I enjoyed getting a gift card from a company that has a very wide variety of merchandise and got some things our family needed. Then I ordered some KMR for kittens at The Cat House on the Kings,( an animal Rescue) and another smaller Animal Sanctuary that I follow online. It was so fun to share with people helping animals!

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  150. Cynthia Clark

    One of the more ‘popular’ cardmakers in blog land and YouTube was kind enough to send a friend of mine an encouragement card after my friend’s double mastectomy. I have started doing the same when given the chance. My friend passed away, but the cardmaker’s kindness meant so much to her and me.

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  151. Teresa

    Random act of kindness…hum. I asked my husband to refresh my memory. He said you are a nurse, you do that everyday at your work. I don’t know if that counts. I can’t give details I just yesterday, I gave extra TLC to a sweet lady who was very ill in the clinic yesterday. The stamps and dyes are wonderful. Thank you for sharing the cards for a cause.

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  152. Lynne in NI

    Wow, I love the new release!
    My latest pay it forward was last week on holiday in Portugal …. one of the other holiday makers in our complex was heading home and gave us a bottle of whisky. We only had a few out of it, so re-gifted it to a couple who arrived on the day we were going home. A daft RAK I know, but the couple were all delighted 😉

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  153. Jeanne-Marie

    Your moose is just darling and your background color splash is so vibrant and smooth. I love this card! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  154. Jeanne-Marie

    My random act of kindness was just a small gesture but it was nice to see it magnify. An older gentleman held the door open for me and that put me in a happy mood which later I found myself letting a person with less groceries than I go before me in line. On the way out of the store I saw that same person who had been in a hurry stop and pick up an item for a toddler who had dropped their toy out of their shopping cart. I think when we are kind to someone it causes us to stop our normal hectic day to find a way to pass it on! I love that!

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  155. Teresa Godines

    One of my co-workers brought me in a sweet little plant one day after I was having a rough week. So the next week I returned from a trip with a little gift for that co-worker and another that had been helping me get through some of my workload. I can’t wait to get started on my cards for the drive…. but got to finish the Halloween ones first…LOL

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  156. Judie Attard

    My favourite random act of kindness was from my boyfriend! I was having a rough time at work and he surprised me with a cuttlebug! I was thrilled! <3 He got many thank you cards in return haha 🙂

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  157. Hildy Peterson

    Super nice cards. The moose is adorable and I love it with the plaid paper! I really like the kindness one too- it’s my favorite color!!! TFS.

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  158. Sue D

    Adorable card. I like the simple RAKs like when someone lets you use their shopping cart without paying the quarter and you do the same to the next person.

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  159. Laura Litzinger

    This past year has been one of the hardest of my life. My dad broke his hip and coupled with his Alzheimer’s disease he had to go to a memory care unit. While in the unit I noticed that some residents got very few visitors. I made it my mission, starting with Halloween last year to make cards for all 30 of them. My only wish was to get one of them to smile. It worked so well that I did Christmas, Spring cards, and the 4th of July cards (which got the best reviews to date – I must be getting better). Sadly dad came out of remission from cancer and we just lost him (his service was just Oct 1). The day before dad left the facility for the hospital and then hospice, I started a card box so that residents could have access to cards to give to their loved ones. I will try to make cards for Vera’s project. What a wonderful thing to do. I love your stamp sets and LOVE that you are donating to the Alzheimer’s association. Keep spreading smiles.

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  160. sherry butcher

    I just LOVE the entire set of stamps and dies!
    RAC I was in the line to pay for my food when the man in front of me had me step ahead. Now I do the same esp. when it’s mom’s with kids. thanks for sharing the hop.

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  161. Izzy Scrap

    I love your gorgeous special release ! Those stamps and dies are so gorgeous ! I think that kindness is in everyday life : smiling to someone, saying hello and goodbye when entering or leaving a place, helping elderly people to seat in the bus, giving your seat….there’s so many ways to give Kindness, like this wonderful card drive ! It is such an noble cause !
    Thanks to all the DT for those beauties.

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  162. maye m.l.

    Life is certainly full of challenges. Amidst them, there have been plenty RAK given to me. I pay it forward in the best way I can, through education and lending a helping hand to new students.
    Thank you for such act of generosity and commitment with improving the lives of others. May your health be plentiful and your inspiration endless. Cheers

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  163. Ann

    A new friend that I recently met at our local stamp store texted me and asked for my mailing address because she had made me a super cute card. It was so unexpected and I loved the treat as I am usually the one making cards for others. Receiving the card was such a wonderful treat and act of kindness.

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  164. Patty

    Oh my! Love this cute release. My son recently started a new school and some of his peers have been so kind to him to include him despite his learning disabilities. This is truly an act of kindness. In return, I have always tried to never judge a person and to accept everyone as all people are special and deserve to be treated equally and loved.

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  165. Krissie

    Love the concept of doing random acts of kindness everyday. The other day a friend just wanted to treat me out to a cup of tea and I will do the same for another friend in the coming week. A little kindness will always brighten someone’s day.

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  166. Pat from sd

    Recently another mom that I met at school gave me a little gift. It was so unexpected as I had just met her. In return, I made her a card and attached a gift card to it. Your new products are also adorable.

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  167. Becca Yahrling

    Love the sweet caring critters! So cute. Your card is gorgeous!
    I had given a co-worker a couple of rides home over the past couple months and so unexpectedly, she gave me a GC to Dunkin’ Donuts as a thank you (she knows I go there whenever I have to close). So of course I had to make her a thank you card.

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  168. Debbie Anemaet

    Thank you so much for this fabulous hop and giveaway! It is for such a great cause! I can’t think of a RAK that caused me to pay it forward, except that I have been so blessed in so many ways. I do card workshops and recently when I was announcing my next workshop in our class at church, I felt led to give all the proceeds from my workshops to our class benevolent fund to help people with serious financial needs. Now I don’t feel selfish promoting the workshops. It’s great to be able to help others in need. And many smiles are generated by all the cards the ladies make and give away.

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  169. GrammyP

    All of the cards in this blog hop were wonderful! Thank you for bringing such wonderful card makers together and putting together this hop! The cards were all so inspirational as is the cause! I found this hop at the very last minute as I was trying to catch up on all of this weeks emails and found the blog hop on Jennifer McGuire’s Blog. Thank you again!

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