Friday, January 12, 2018

Controlled Watercolor with Concord & 9th Hello Lovely + Altenew Winner AND a Giveaway

 Hello Crafters! 

How are you?
Snowed in?
I am.
I haven't had time to craft so it's actually not the worst thing ever.

It's been a minute since I posted. Too much work.
Meh.
Before we get to the card though I do need to announce the winner from the Altenew Year in Cards post. I know it's been a while, please forgive me as I was playing catch up after the holidays.

The winner is

Congratulations Liron! 
Please send an email to contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 01/20/2018 with the subject line Altenew Year In Review Blog Hop Winner from Kelly Latevola's Blog.

Okay now that business is squared away, back to play time.
Which is honestly all I did today.


I had been coveting this stamp set from Concord & 9th for quite awhile but just kept forgetting to pick it up. One of the owners Angie generosity mailed it to me after I mentioned how much I loved it. Talk about sweet right? 

You know what. . . .
Let's pay it forward shall we? 
Impromptu giveaway. 
Angie gave it to me and now I'm giving it away too. 

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite way to participate in random acts of kindness. 
I'll pull a winner for a brand new Hello Lovely set from Concord & 9th from the comments below by Friday January 19th. 

I'm smiling just thinking about it. :)


Anywho. 

I no lined watercolored this beauty. I wanted it to color it period. 
I had assumed it would be with Copics but there was just something that drew me to the watercolors today and I happily went with the flow. 


I stamped it in Antique Linen Distress Ink so the lines would disappear and then got painting. 
For about 2 hours. 
Thankfully the video is only about 20 minutes long :) 


Ahh It's just so Spring. 
Even though the white stuff is stacking up outside my door. 
Isn't being creative fun :) 


Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win. 

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!
See you soon.


Supplies: 

Concord & 9th HELLO LOVELY
Concord & 9th HELLO LOVELY
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Concord & 9th LOVE NOTES
Concord & 9th LOVE NOTES
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Canson XL WATERCOLOR PAPER
Canson XL WATERCOLOR PAPER
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 40 Sheets
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB REAM Smooth Solar White Paper Pack 250 Sheets
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Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
Fiskars PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches
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Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
Tombow MONO MULTI Liquid Glue
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Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
Ranger Inkssentials Non Stick CRAFT SHEET
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER Pack Pad
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit
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Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
Silver BLACK VELVET Brush Size 8 Round
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN
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Tonic MORNING DEW Nuvo Crystal Drops
Tonic MORNING DEW Nuvo Crystal Drops
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE PURPLE
Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE PURPLE
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Daniel Smith SAP GREEN
Daniel Smith SAP GREEN
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE GOLD
Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE GOLD
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Daniel Smith INDIAN YELLOW
Daniel Smith INDIAN YELLOW
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Daniel Smith LUNAR BLACK
Daniel Smith LUNAR BLACK
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Daniel Smith ULTRAMARINE BLUE
Daniel Smith ULTRAMARINE BLUE
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Daniel Smith ULTRAMARINE TURQUOISE
Daniel Smith ULTRAMARINE TURQUOISE
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Daniel Smith TRANSPARENT BROWN
Daniel Smith TRANSPARENT BROWN
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE ROSE
Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE ROSE
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Tim Holtz INK PALETTE
Tim Holtz INK PALETTE
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Wplus9 Nautical Navy Dye Ink
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189 comments:

  1. I like to do simple things, small gestures that say a lot. Something say from someone's day to day life that they wouldn't normally expect someone to do for them, like get the mail, or tidy up, or make them coffee. Something that brightens their day even just a little and took little to no effort on my part!

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  2. One random act that came to my mind, is when I see a military service member, I go up to them & thank them for their service. I don't feel like they get told that enough. My husband also tries to do that as well. Also thank you to all the 1st responders & for all that you do everyday to make our world safer. I don't think any of you get paid nearly enough for your service. :)

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  3. Kelly, would you consider showing us your craft room?

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    1. ditto! even if it's a mess, keep it real...needing input for ideas for my own studio. thanks!!!

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  4. You always make me want the stamps you use, beautiful!

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  5. Oh my goodness. That card is absolutely beautiful Kelly.
    I would love to have this stamp set.
    Carol

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  6. Beautiful watercoloring! I could have watched the full two hours....well maybe not. I love happy accidents like your purple on teal. I have that stamp set and have not done anything with it yet and now I really want to get it out. Thank you so much for your inspiration!

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  7. Love the card and the stamp set...have become a huge fan of your videos..they are so

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  8. We have owned 4 homes including our current. We weren't always able to take our things with us. So we simply blessed someone else with what we had been blessed with. You did a lovely, lovely job on your card, Kelly. Now, I'm going to watch that video and smile. Sincerely, Susie ~

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  9. When someone I know is in need of healing, I say prayers for them, or I send them healing energy when I meditate. Sometimes I do both. Love, love, your color sense.

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  10. I love to send happy mail/snail mail. You never know what people may be going through and sometimes to receive a card in the mail can brighten someone’s day or outlook on things. I LOVE what you did with this stampset. It looks so beautiful <3

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  11. I like to smile and say hello to anyone I come across. It's so easy and I get smiles back! I love this card and your color choices are perfect. Thank you

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  12. Such a beautiful card. This stamp set has been on my radar for awhile now! What I like to do is send a simple text or email with funny images or gifs, letting them know I’m thinnking of them

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  13. Wow! This card is stunning. My favorite random acts are ones no one notices. Wiping up the counter in a restroom, picking up trash, or picking up product that has fallen on the floor at a store. Well, all that plus send cards!!! ☺

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  14. Your card is beautiful!
    I belong to a few groups that post when someone needs some cheering up and I'll make a card to send. It's nice to think of putting a smile on someone's face when they open their mail. I also make and send cards to a group called Cards for Soldiers. The coordinator then sends them to troops so they have cards to send home to their friends and family.

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  15. My weekly RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) happen every Friday when I stop & get my Friday morning Dunkin Donut order and ALWAYS pay for the person’s order behind me. I started doing this when someone did it for me and it made my day so bright & cheerful that now I do it too. I love your You Tube videos, your humor, your style, design, creativity, and talent all combine to make a wonderful watching experience. Thank you!!!

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  16. I like to pay for people's groceries. You can usually tell when someone needs some help while you're behind them in the checkout line. I also like to pay for the person (behind me) Starbuck's order as I cruise through the drive-thru. Your watercoloring is inspiring as usual Kelly :) Thanks so much! xoxo jl

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  17. Hi Kelly, beautiful card, I needed a pick me up tonight and when I saw your video went straight there! I like to do things that people aren't expecting. I don't have a lot of money but I did participate in the Caring Hearts Card Drive for seniors this year, I also made 150 Christmas tags for all my co-volunteers and at Halloween I die cut a bunch of dies and made blank cards for them to decorate. I also made and stamped 40 Christmas tags for my little cousins to color in themselves.

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  18. Love this. Gorgeous watercoloring and I loved how you made the navy and the leaves! Beautiful job and love the video.

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  19. I’m a huge believer in handmade kindness so I send out stacks of my handmade cards to friends and family so that they can pay it forward and keep the happy mail bus rolling.

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  20. Just gorgeous! I love to do things for my elderly neighbors such as shoveling the snow from their driveway like I did earlier this evening or putting up their trash bin. Also love picking up the tab for cars behind me in drive thrus.

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  21. I like to bake cookies and drop them off with a neighbor or another thing I try to do fairly often is to let someone behind me in line at the grocery store go in front of me.

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  22. Simply fabulous card, Kelly! Our local supermarket requires a dollar to unlock a shopping cart. Whenever I see someone struggling to find a loonie (Canadian $1 coin), I offer them one of mine.

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  23. Gorgeous card! Love the beautiful stamp design and your coloring!
    I often show kindnesses in small ways, like offering to return the cart in the grocery store parking lot for an older person who is finished with it.

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  24. Up until a couple of years ago i was really struggling, so every cent counted. There was times that i would be short by a few cents and would have to put an item back at the register, so now when i see someone a bit short at the register i alway just hand what is needed to the assistant, and tell the person to pay it forward when they can. I love to see the relief on the persons face especially when they have children with them...

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  25. Kelly......you can do it. Quin. Ac. Rid own. Quidacridone
    I know I am probably being a bossy ex teacher but one of the things I love doing is helping people over hurdles. Big or small.

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  26. Oh my gosh your painting is beautiful. You're so on on the colors. I love the no line coloring. For my RAK I love sending out cards for "just because" and other things I have done is in my bible study class one of the girls was getting into stamping. So I invited her over to my house and have been teaching her different techniques and I went through my unused - gently used and just not my style anymore products and gave them to her. I have done this with a few people. It makes me feel great helping someone get started in this awesome paper craft world. Thanks for your videos. You always inspire me.

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  27. WOW!!! That is so beautiful water colored that way, makes me fill inspired! I love to pay it forward from a cup of coffee to a whole meal. Makes me fill good about the human race!!!

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  28. I try to be helpful whenever I can. I used to be a checker and if someone was short I would give them so money to cover it. Love the card.

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  29. Hey Kelly!! What I love to do is when I’m see a military person, a police officer or first responders I tell them THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!! They don’t hear that enough! And I will pray for anyone in need of prayers...especially for those who have been diagnosed with cancer...I’m a cancer survivor myself and praying is what got me through it. It will be 11years this June that I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer...I really appreciate all the prayers I received and I’m positive that’s why I’m still here today!! Btw Kelly I love your creativity and inspiration you give me when I watch your videos!! Thank you!!

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  30. Kelly your card is simply stunning! My favorite RAK is the small things, a cup of coffee for someone who needs it, a smile, a compliment, a hug and even a thank you when it isn't expected. Small things can break someone, but even smaller things can make someone.

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  32. For grieving parents I make book markers for Memorial Day, thinking of you birthday cards and my close friends that I've gotten a known over the last 5 years. I make them thinking of you on their child's Angelverary. I want the patents know that someone remembered. My son's Angelverary is Feb 5, 2013 car accident. I needed something good to come out of his death

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  33. Love the flowers and the color combination you used. It is absolutly beautiful

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  34. Fourth time trying to post a comment. I feel like the ceo of doopty-doop Corp. Geez. I blame Google. I'm so tired of typing how I love watching people's reactions when I pay for their items in a drive thru, I feel cranky and in need of sleep. Maybe karma will pay for my next chocolate shake. Thanks for the beautiful coloring!

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  35. I try to spread a little kindness often in little ways. I'll thank my cashier at a store, I'll give a co-worker a piece of chocolate just because, and I will make a "You go girl" card for someone just because it's Hump Day. (BTW - I absolutely love your card.)

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  36. This is probably going to sound stupid to some of you, but it is something that I had done for me one time and it absolutely made my day, so I've decided to do it whenever I am able to now. It's simple, but kind. Whenever I go through a drive thru, (let's face it I'm no world star chef so it's pretty often) I simply pay for the person behind me as well. I have no idea who the person is or what is going on in their lives at the moment, and something that simple could just turn their whole day around. That was the case when it happened to me. I was having a horrible day and felt so defeated that day, but when the worker told me what they had done, I couldn't help but smile and feel cared for in that moment. I love knowing that I might possibly be doing that for someone else. Anyway!! Absolutely stunning card Kelly!!! Thanks for everything. Big Hugs!!!

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  37. This card is so incredibly beautiful!! I wish I could create a card like this! I think I will start practicing!! I love all the cards you create and story time is always the best. You're one of my favorite card makers.(:

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  38. Gorgeous card! I love your non standard leaves colors... I need to remember to try that next time I watercolor...

    For random acts of kindness, when I'm shopping, I try to notice if someone needs help reaching for something, or finding something, and I'll try to help them as best I can. Sometimes, it's as simple as talking to someone while in line to pay for something. These folks have such interesting stories, or something interesting about themselves to tell.

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  39. Saw the preview shot of a pink bloom... Then the IG shot of the card. And thought "man I'd love to see her create this". And then I saw the word "video". Yay. And thanks. Off to learn something new today! As for RAK guess what I'm known for is bringing a casserole to a family in mourning. Not very fun, eh? But it's not common practice here in Germany.

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  40. Kelly I love watching you paint... and for me 2hours to watch you would be time well spent. I support local charities as much as I am able.... by baking ,crafting and general helping. I also help the elderly by popping in to have a chat and cup of tea, sometimes you are the only person that they have seen for days. But most of all I would love to come to your house and completely organise your craft room, I am a bit obsessed about organising and I love it. Jennifer Maguire has taught me well...lol xx

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  41. Your card is so pretty and amazing. Love the no line water coloring. Your photography is so striking as well. For the RAK, it is usually spontaneous. Usually I send an unexpected card, or help someone out at a store. The last time that I reached for something when a lady needed help, she saw me in the parking lot and yelled out, "Have a nice day."

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  42. Your card is so pretty! I give people cards at the grocery, at the library, at the car wash...anywhere. They’re always so surprised. Even the guys!

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  43. I love watching your videos. I learn so much and then I try different ways to color. I’m a control freak too when it comes to crafting. Keep on making those videos ❤️.

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  44. Kelly, your card is gorgeous!! I create small watercolor cards with encouraging sentiments on them and carry the cards in my purse. When I see someone having a tough time or a rough moment, I give them one of the cards. It always seems to brighten the recipient's day.

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  45. When I see a child suffering with cancer, I send a get well card...then try to keep sending them every month. (and don't forget the siblings)I also send encouragement and praying for you cards to the parents. After the children pass, I continue to send random cards to the family...it is almost like they have become my family too.

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  46. Yet another beautiful card. I tend to live life with the mentality that you help whenever you can, wether it be by giving some time to help a friend/co-worker or family to making someone smile at the coffee shop drive thru by paying for their coffee!

    Thank you for making these videos, I have learned plenty by watching them and look forward to the next!

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  47. Really beautiful card ! Love the way you colored it. I like to give my.best friends gifts: homemade decorations, cakes, earrings and I love to give good books !

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  48. Great card once again. Your skills AHHHMAZE ME. I enjoy doing anything for the elderly and children, and disabled (I guess mostly the ones that can't defend themselves) It doesn't matter if it's donating to toys for tots,volunteering my time there or at an older folks home with those who have no families or helping a disabled person with whatever they need help with or even just making them laugh by a corny joke of mine. It doesn't matter I just gravitate to that kinda stuff always.TFS hugs from Mpls,Mn Sheila

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  49. WOWZERS Kelly, this is STUNNING! PINNED it for inspiration and reference. Thank you!
    I just spent a week cleaning and reorganizing my craft room. As we all know this job with so many items is no small task. However, my sister's and friends call me the organizational queen and say I missed my calling...I love doing it what can I say. I would love to do yours, LOL!
    What I like to do as a random act of kindness is very different. After a big snow storm and we get cleaned out, my husband and I like to go for a drive to see how bad it is in different areas. We take his truck and shovels and when we come across an older man/woman who is struggling to shovel their driveway by themselves, we pull over and help them finish it. This is totally random and folks are shocked that someone would do this. When they offer to pay us we just hop back in the truck and say pass it on. It's really fun to do something that is so appreciated.

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  50. I have just started to practice watercolouring and your instructions have helped me so much!!

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  51. Your card is beautiful! As many have said, I too use my cards as RAKs - to send a smile to brighten someone's day. Reading this post reminds me that I don't do it near often enough and it inspires me to stock up on postage stamps! Thank you for ALL the inspiration you give!

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  52. I love your watercolor flowers.....even the navy leaves! I was doubting that choice at first but it turned out fantastic! You make it look so easy I think I might be able to do it too! I’m going to try that technique later today.....keep your fingers crossed!!
    Thank you for all you do in sharing your talents. I love your videos!!

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  53. Beautiful! I try to be aware of my situation, example, someone in front of me digging for enough money to pay at register, paying for next person in line is fun too. Just on the lookout to show kindness each day then acting on it makes a difference in the world.

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  54. Love all those flowers, and you're watercoloring is just gorgeous! Beautiful card! Sending cards is a great way to be thoughtful, and just let people know your thinking of them. Little things mean a lot. I really want to get more cards out this year, and have a stash ready to go when I need them.

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  55. My random act of kindness is to help when a friend or neighbor needs some help with a task. Also to smile and be kind to strangers when I am out shopping. Your card is lovely.

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  56. Beautiful card! I try and use RAK's to brighten other's day. Sometimes a card, sometimes a hand and sometimes I pay for their coffee/lunch Love it!

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  57. Love this no line coloring card! So pretty. Sending cards to friends, neighbors and church family is one thing I like to do as an RAK. I also make bookmarks and leave them in library books that I return. Perhaps they will still be in the book when the next person checks them out.

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  58. Love to help a person in line in front of me that's short of cash for their purchases. It makes their day.

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  60. This card is so beautiful. I love this set and it is one I want to add to my collection. The crazy part is I am not a person that likes flowers a whole lot until recently.

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  61. your card is so pretty in those soft colors - that truly is a lovely stamp set - i think one of the best RAK things one can do is to smile at clerks in stores, thank them and say something nice - they stand on their feet all day and i'm sure often meet grumpy people.

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  62. This card is absolutely stunning! I like to pay for the person behind me in drive thru lines, for coffee or fast food...especially when its a mom with kids! I always help the elderly load up their groceries in their car, if I see they might need assistance. I'm not out there stalking them but I will help if I see it. :)

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  63. Kelly, this no line watercolor card is stunning. Love the colors you chose. Thanks for another chance to win a giveaway!

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  64. I want to say this card is absolutely lovely. I have once in awhile homeless that sit outside of our 711 and I buy them lunch.

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  65. Beautiful card!
    As for the question, small gestures go a long way, making a card is one of them.

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  66. Love your card! Sometimes I create a homemade paper box with a pysanky egg inside and leave it in a public place with a note saying, "Take me home, I'm yours, I'm a free gift to you"

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  67. You have no idea how much I enjoy your videos Kelly. They are instructional but personal at the same time. It's like getting to know someone slowly. I practice a variety of RAK. From something as simple as smiling at people on the street & saying hello as I pass them, telling a stranger in a store they look great in what they are wearing, (men & women both), assisting someone in need of a helping hand, sending a card "just because", I try to make people I meet feel like I'm interested in them & I am. Everyone needs to feel recognized for something. I could list more, but you get the idea I hope.

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  68. Hi Kelly, Hubby and I like to pay for the person behind us in line at Duckin don. or fast food places, or if we see a Military person we always pick up their check and I also do the Caring Heart card drive. It is a feeling like no other when you do something nice for someone else especially when they don't know who did it. Thanks.

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  69. I love your no line watercolor! It makes such a soft and beautiful card. I agree this is a wonderful stamp from Concord and Ninth! I participate in a card ministry at church. We are just 5 women, but we make about 3000 cards per year - some doing stamping and some just recycling used cards. We give these away to be used for encouraging others in many ways. Each card contains a Bible verse which we hope will be an encouragement to someone. The stories we hear back from those who receive the cards are so encouraging to us and that keeps us going. We have been doing this for a little more than 10 years. I have loved reading in the comments all the acts of kindness people are doing!

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  70. Hi Kelly! STUNNING coloring/colors used!!! As RAK, I do things that help others feel loved & cared for. Whether it’s spending time and/or money. Giving a heartfelt compliment, praying for people, sharing cards...Thanks so much for sharing your time & talent with all of us, it’s very kind of you to do that & I appreciate it. Dry much!!! I look forward to your next video, blessings to you & yours. Sending prayers, stay safe & warm!!!🤗💖💐

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  71. 😳 That is gorgeous! Yes, I do the same thing, new stamp come out so quickly, I can’t possibly buy them all. Although, I do try... ask my husband!

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  72. I snowblow fir my neighbors who dont have a snowblower when it gets to deep to shovel

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  73. Kelly, what a lovely, stunning card you've painted! I love it and so had to share it on my FB group page, Roberta's Artistic Adventures. I know my friends who visit my page will appreciate your sharing your knowledge and skills in this tutorial video so they too can paint gorgeous images for their cards!

    Easy tip to pronounce the color "quinacridone" is to break it down to syllables.
    quin-ack-rah-dohn
    This is what I do to learn how to pronounce those difficult words I struggle with.
    Thank you for making the time to not only create such gorgeous cards but also to make the time to create your wonderful videos! God bless you!

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  74. I love this! I regularly pay for the meal behind me in drive through. I also just hand out cards of encouragement randomly. Who doesn't love that?!

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  75. I am not really good about doing it but you inspired me to start—thank you!

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  76. Kelly your card is beautiful. I am trying to muster the courage to watercolour. I am worried my results will be awful. I guess I just need to try.
    As for my random acts of kindness. I try to do them whenever I can. I used to carry spare quarters and fill expired parking meters so the car owner wouldn't get a ticket. Now I try to donate to a food bank monthly, they need support all year long. But that is more planned than random. This year I hope to send more cards randomly to people without occasion, just to brighten their day. .

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  77. Beautiful!!! I could watch you colour/paint all day.
    Lately my RAK have been crafty.. I have a lot of crafty stuff I don't use...when I see someone who needs something I have.. I send it to them...

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  78. Beautiful painting! I think driving carefully but with generosity toward fellow drivers can be a random act of kindness. This can new hard for me- especially when I'm in a hurry!

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  79. One way I like to be randomly kind is to pay the toll for the car behind me on a toll road. Another opportunity presented itself at Wal-Mart one day. A young mother with a toddler and a baby didn’t have enough money to pay for all of her items. She had to pick and choose which items to delete from her purchase. She left and I saw all of the discarded items laying near the cash register; little socks, baby wipes, things like that. It broke my heart so I told the cashier that I wanted to buy those remaining items for that family. I had to run after them to catch them before they got away to give them their stuff. Damn if that didn’t feel so good!. Ha ha.

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  80. Love the colors together! I have a coworker who doesn't have a lot of money her husband is disabled
    they have 2 teenage daughters, so with clothes, hand lotions, shower gels I no longer want it give it to them!

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  81. Beautiful card as always Kelly. My random act of kindness....i left brand new dresses my daughter never wore (tags on) at a neighborhood house where I knew the little girl needed clothes. I left them at their front door at night.

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  82. I love this set! I always make sure I compliment a stranger on their jewellery or an item of clothing. Or if someone is trying something on in the changing rooms and I am there I always make the effort to say if it suits them. I want people to feel good about themselves. Nothing better than hearing it from a stranger! I love making and sending encouragement cards too x

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  83. Just a beautiful card. Love that you use a variety of colours for the leaves. Probably intuitive to a card maker, but I make cards for random people just to put a ray of sunshine into their day. I have a card project for my mom's best friend I've been putting time into (she has stage 4 lung cancer). I haven't seen her in decades but she's my mom's best friend so it's obvious to send her (many) unsuspecting cards to show that I care. It feels cheesy but it's amazing how it feels to receive a handmade card in the mail (FYI: I always watch Miss Congeniality when it's on tv. Just how it is).

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  84. LOVE this card! I try to do things for others when a hard ship has been revealed to me, for example I was at the vet and the people on front of were talking about the money it was going to take to save their dog. After they left I asked the attendant to put money on their account and to please not tell them who donated the money. I've also left grocery on door steps when I know someone is struggling, anonymously of course.
    Anyway thank you for the videos I've learned so much from you.

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  85. I love watching your videos. I always learn so much and your sense of humor is delightful. You always make me laugh, which, in and of itself, is a random act of kindness! I like to leave large tips for service at restaurants. I also like holding doors open for people or helping them when their hands are full, etc.

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  86. First, what a lovely card. I can see why you were yearning for the stamps. I write notes for good service I receive and reviews on good books I read. I think it's important to acknowledge the hard work of others and love to see a manager or author smile when they or their employees are recognized.

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  87. Kelly this card is simply beautiful! I would love to try the no line water coloring with this. When I hear someone is under the weather, I like to visit them with a pot of homemade chicken soup and some type of baked goods. It always makes me feel better when I'm down, so I like to pass that feeling along,

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  88. I love the card. I'm a pretty avid Starbucks coffee drinker. Every 6 weeks or so when I use the drive through, I pay for the order in the car behind me.

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  89. As always, such a beautiful card! My small random act of kindness is donating cards, all year long, to Cards for Hospitalized Kids. I hope to give a smile to children during a difficult time for them.

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  90. Kelly, it is so mesmerizing to watch you watercolor! Thank you for the dose of spring on this cold winter day! I try to pass kindness along when I'm on the subway and let other folks out the door first or up the stairs ahead of me. I also like to send cards for no particular reason to friends and family.

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  91. I like to send encouragement cards to people. Love your coloring.

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  92. Acts of kindness.....one I'm doing now...is someone who is recovering from a health issue asked to have a card sent to him during he 2 month recovery. I don't know him, but I have been sending him a card every week, hopefully to cheer him up. He posted this on facebook and a friend of a friend sent it to me.....makes me feel wonderful just creating them of him.

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  93. Also just sent 100 valentine cards out for the troops.......

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  94. I like to leave little anonymous gifts on people's desks at work

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  95. I love this stamp set too--I am drawn to florals more than any other images. Love to color them and I have been having a ball discovering watercolor. Yours is beautiful. I like to keep my eyes open for those people standing in line who look like they need a break. If I can let them move in front of me, I may have just made their day. And for the staff in the stores, I will just about kill myself to return a cart to where it actually belongs. It really irritates me to see others leave a mess for the staff to tend to, when it only takes a second to actually push the buggy into the one in front of it. The other thing I like to do is to leave a Wawa gift card in the mailbox for my mail carrier on occasion. Especially this time of year when it's cold and damp. (like today!) Thank you for your beautiful work, encouraging words, and even your rambly chat--it makes you seem like a 'real' person!!!

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  96. Your card is GORGEOUS!!!! Always love your creations and videos:) I really enjoy putting little treats in my co workers staff room boxes to make them smile;) We all need to do little random acts of kindness every day!!

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  97. Love your videos, Kelly! Keep them coming!!
    So many great comments and RAKs!! I've had numerous compliments on my hairstyle.. in fact being mistaken for a sales clerk when I'm just another shopper. So I make a point of complimenting beautiful hair. I also do many of those mentioned here.
    My latest RAK was in my Post Office. An elderly woman with a walker was returning an item. She had left the small box open for inspection. The PO worker snapped at her several times that she didn't have tape, and the woman would need to take it and get it taped. But there was a display right next to her, and she could buy a roll for $3.49. The woman was silent, maybe couldn't afford it or didn't need it. I realized that I needed a new roll myself. I excused myself past the woman in line ahead of me, marched up to the window and loudly said "I'd like to buy this roll of tape. The clerk was speechless while she took my money. I put it in front of the woman and gently said "now you can tape your box." i returned to my place in line and saw the clerk taping the box for her. After I'd completed my purchase, i went by the other window, picked up my tape, touched the elderly woman on the shoulder and said "Happy New Year!" Boy, did it feel good! "

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  98. Love your videos, Kelly! Keep them coming!!
    So many great comments and RAKs!! I've had numerous compliments on my hairstyle.. in fact being mistaken for a sales clerk when I'm just another shopper. So I make a point of complimenting beautiful hair. I also do many of those mentioned here.
    My latest RAK was in my Post Office. An elderly woman with a walker was returning an item. She had left the small box open for inspection. The PO worker snapped at her several times that she didn't have tape, and the woman would need to take it and get it taped. But there was a display right next to her, and she could buy a roll for $3.49. The woman was silent, maybe couldn't afford it or didn't need it. I realized that I needed a new roll myself. I excused myself past the woman in line ahead of me, marched up to the window and loudly said "I'd like to buy this roll of tape. The clerk was speechless while she took my money. I put it in front of the woman and gently said "now you can tape your box." i returned to my place in line and saw the clerk taping the box for her. After I'd completed my purchase, i went by the other window, picked up my tape, touched the elderly woman on the shoulder and said "Happy New Year!" Boy, did it feel good! "

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  99. Love your videos, Kelly! Keep them coming!!
    So many great comments and RAKs!! I've had numerous compliments on my hairstyle.. in fact being mistaken for a sales clerk when I'm just another shopper. So I make a point of complimenting beautiful hair. I also do many of those mentioned here.
    My latest RAK was in my Post Office. An elderly woman with a walker was returning an item. She had left the small box open for inspection. The PO worker snapped at her several times that she didn't have tape, and the woman would need to take it and get it taped. But there was a display right next to her, and she could buy a roll for $3.49. The woman was silent, maybe couldn't afford it or didn't need it. I realized that I needed a new roll myself. I excused myself past the woman in line ahead of me, marched up to the window and loudly said "I'd like to buy this roll of tape. The clerk was speechless while she took my money. I put it in front of the woman and gently said "now you can tape your box." i returned to my place in line and saw the clerk taping the box for her. After I'd completed my purchase, i went by the other window, picked up my tape, touched the elderly woman on the shoulder and said "Happy New Year!" Boy, did it feel good! "

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  100. I love the technique here and the color combos are amazing. Navy leaves! Omg, I do have to do that now. TFS! My random acts of kindness varies, depending on the time of year. During the winter, I pay for the person behind me coffee drink. Sometimes when I'm out for dinner, we pay for another table's meal. We also buy sport wear for a child in need on my son's teams when we can.

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  101. I make cards for my entire office for all the Holidays. Some are younger girls and some are older but they all get excited when I hand them their card. I love this because it’s something I love and it in turn makes someone smile. I have also done the pay for the car behind me in the drive through. Thank you for the chance I love this set and I LOVE watching your videos.

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  102. What a fun technique, Kelly! Love the results! Keep on artin!

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  103. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing and thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  104. Your coloring is stunning! I pass on art supplies mostly to kids and schools.

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  105. Your card is so gorgeous. I usually give through my church for disaster relief or missions. I joined in making cards to send to the troops through a Facebook group I am in. It was so much fun to know someone would receive one of my cards that I didn't even know. Hopefully it helped them through the holiday.

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  106. I like to send Birthday cards to people I hardly know, with a word of encouragement. Also, thanking people for doing a good job...store stockers, checkers, delivery men, doctors, nurses...Any one. They are always surprised.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with this beautiful card.

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  107. My last RAK was to a family that kept getting sick. If it wasn't one thing, it was another :-( I made a batch of elderberry syrup and took it to them, in hopes that it could help them break the cycle. They are better now but I don't know that they used the syrup. I'm just happy they are all feeling better.

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  108. My most recent act of kindness was helping a lady at the doctor office who came without funds to pay her copay and it was not convenient to go 20 miles home to get money and come back and she needed the visit to get her meds. She did not know me, nor I her, but I knew I could help and did. She got her meds and all is well with the world.

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  109. Stunning card...as usual!
    I make bookmarks for the Cincinnati Friends Of The Library Warehouse. It's great to see the look on the faces of children as well as adults when they see a bookmark that speaks to them. It's even better when they find out they're free!

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  110. This is an amazing card! And it took a lot of work! Thank you for the instruction and the usual entertaining stories! For me my RAK are always anonymous. It is so fun! Thanks, Julie

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  111. One of the things we do when we go eat downtown or go to sproting events, is stop at a certain bakery for pastries. We buy extras and package separately and find a homeless person on the way back to the car and give it to them. I started a card ministry at our church this year. Anyone can email me and give me the details for someone that needs a card, and I make one and send it to them. I've already made 4 since the beginning of January - it is so rewarding.

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  112. I love your card and want to try the no line watercolor technique! When I am out running errands, I like to give a compliment to the person helping me or the cashier. I make sure to look them in the eye and say something positive about them. Most smile real big and their eyes will smile too.

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  113. I already commented but I didn't put my act of kindness. I saw this idea on Pinterest years ago and so I started doing this myself. I gather materials from my local Dollar Store add a pocket Bible to each plastic bag and create "Blessig Bags". If I happen to see a homeless man or woman on the street or pass by me I will give them one. It's something small that no one knows I do and it's just something between me and God.

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  114. I like to do the small things that I feel have gotten lost.. hold a door open, let someone else ahead of you in line, pay for the coffee for the next person in line.. sometimes people just need a small act of kindness to make their day. I'm glad to do it. ♡

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  115. I try to do a couple of RAKs a week, shoveling for a neighbor, paying for the person behind me in line, running to the store for my elderly neighbor.I also send about 90% of my cards to operation gratitude, knowing where my cards are going just makes the cards that much more fun to make.

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  116. Your coloring is beautiful! I could watch your videos all day, the results are always "feel good" lovely. I don't necessarily "do" RAKs, I just try to be kind always....volunteer, lend a hand, offer my help, smile...treat others as I wish to be treated.

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  117. First off, I wanna color like you when I grow up, of course that involves growing up which I am not doing anymore cause adulting is so overrated!!! I, like you pay for the car behind me, especially at Starbucks. I’m always trying to make something for someone. I live in Virginia now because we retired here from the navy, I’m 45 btw, but I’m born and bred Louisiana girl, so food makes everything better. If I can’t cook it for you I’m sending you something easy to cook or a gift card to just go out!!! I’ve been making donation cards for the last couple of years, which I make all year and send when they are needed...

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  118. Beautiful card! My favorite RAK is to pay for the person behind me in the drive thru or to surprise one of my coworkers with something small on their desk to brighten their day.

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  119. What a beautiful card. I love the unusual color of the leaves. I enjoy your stories while you work. One of my random act of kindness is to knit finger puppets for my doctor to give to his young patients for when he gives them a needle or something else that hurts.

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  120. love the card, the chat "go home mother nature you're DRUNK" and oh yes the craft room is always a lovely mess lol!! totally agree. I love this stamp set!!

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  121. Your card is a stunner and may I thank you for lots of hints of the best way to do this as you went along. Off the card topic, I have OCD and tidying and neatness is a thing I drive my family and friends nuts with so if you struggle with your craft room in the future just let me at it lol. RAK's, I was the first one in my group of girlfriends to have a baby and as it was novelty quite often one of the girls would just come over and look after my daughter so I could have an hour to myself again in the early days, so as they started to have children I would make a point in the early days of popping in and having baby for a couple of hours or washing up pots etc, or taking a pile of washing home to wash and iron and return that day. Just to give back, now as all our kids are older we take turns in springing for a coffee and cake.

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  122. I really love sending cards and stash items.

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  123. Hi love your cards, just subscribed to your channel. I like to pay it forward with making birthday cards and other types of cards to give to friends, family and others. Where I work it took me 8 1/2 years to get on day shift. I started to make mini albums form scratch for gifts and when someone retired or having a bad day or just because I wanted to give them an album. I have made about 100 albums and only have 2 for myself. In 2016 and 2017 I made christmas cards for the nursing home that my aunt and uncle were in when they passed away. I made 160 cards for 2 nursing homes. I made cards to send to people in card drives so I decided to make them for my own little town because it is so sad that some people don't have any friends or family to visit them. I make cards for my 2nd cousin who is 88 years old so that she can give them to her friends. I am hoping to be able to make Easter cards for the nursing home this year. So that is my way to pay it forward and share handmade kindness.

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    1. You just gave me an awesome idea! I too make cards for local nursing homes etc. I just thought wouldn't it be great if "Meals on Wheels" let us make cards for them to share? That would be wonderful!!

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  124. Love your cards and commentary. You always make me smile, I love showing kindness to others with simple gestures, whether it’s giving an expected monetary tip to those workers who help me search for items in a grocery store or putting away trash cans for neighbors who are sick and shut in, even passing on a verbal thanks to those who show random acts of kindness to me. A little catches on until the little becomes a lot.

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  125. Love your cards and commentary. You always make me smile, I love showing kindness to others with simple gestures, whether it’s giving an expected monetary tip to those workers who help me search for items in a grocery store or putting away trash cans for neighbors who are sick and shut in, even passing on a verbal thanks to those who show random acts of kindness to me. A little catches on until the little becomes a lot.

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  126. Yeah! love when you post a new video!
    I belong to a group called Little warriors.
    "making kids smile, one card at a time"
    I sent cards to kiddos with chronic physical and emotional issues. It's a monthly sending and one of my girls is really into crafting now and it has helped her alot with her anxiety and stress.
    Keep the cards and videos coming & stay safe and warm!
    Hugs

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    1. Oh wow! This is something I'd like to start doing! I send cards to nursing homes, soldiers, and Children's hospitals but this sounds very interesting to me. Thank you for sharing this info!! Wish this town I live in (50,000) had crafty groups or something. No one around here even does crops anymore... very sad.

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  127. I'm not very original in my random acts of kindness, I'm afraid. I like to make cards and leave them in library books. At work, I like to leave Hershey's kisses on my coworkers' desks. When they come in for work, they have a nice chocolatey surprise waiting.

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  128. Oh my gosh, your card is gorgeous! As to acts of kindness, my daughter teaches at a school where most of the kids are underprivileged. For the past couple of years, I’ve made holiday goodie bags, bookmarks and other gifts for the kids. I enjoy making these little things and the kids really appreciate them.

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  129. Love the card! You make it look so easy. I truly love listening to your stories and will watch you make the same card over and over just to listen to you. I love doing random acts of kindness because so few people expect it. I will snowblower my neighbors sidewalks and drive ways. I also enjoy asking people to join my table in a busy restaurant. I get the added bonus of meeting someone new and learning about them. But my favorite thing to do is to just smile at people, you can make someone's day with just a smile.

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  130. Gorgeous card! I'm always intimidated by no line watercoloring but you make it look so easy

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  131. Beautiful job! Will definitely try this with one of my stamp sets. With a limited income I send a smile and word of thanks or kindness to those I encounter. Just a simple act of kindness really makes a difference. TFS

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  132. I love watching g your videos. They inspire me to keep trying to watercolor. I like to tell people how nice they look or what they have on is very pretty, and try to smile and say hello, even if they don't. Today I felt I needed to take a plate of food to a neighbor.

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  133. Gorgeous card! You make me want to color all the things. The random acts of kindness that I used to do, and since I moved haven't done, and really need to start doing again, is keeping $5 gift cards for fast food restaurants in my car and when I see a homeless person, stopping and giving them one that's closest to wherever ever they are, so if they're standing down the street from McDonald's, for example, I give them the $5 McDonalds card.$5 used to go a lot further than it does these days. Might have to bump it up to 10.
    Thanks as always Kelly! I'm going to attempt to draw and watercolor a female cardinal tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  134. Hi Kelly and all, I am part of a group of ladies who make tactile images in the braille books at the school for the vision impaired, it makes learning to read more interesting for the children as they are able to feel the illustrations. I love getting inspiration from all the videos you and other crafters produce, so thanks for producing them. Sandie.

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  135. Your card is amazing!!! I really want to try the no-lines watercolour technique and your video is so helpful and inspiring! Regarding the RAKs, I like to create things for my friends and colleagues or their kids that they don't expect them just to make them smile and make their day, and I always like to help people in whatever way I can just to take a bit of their burden away.

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  136. I make about 250 cards for residents of nursing homes, our soldiers, and children's hospitals a year. I'm disabled at 48 and have chronic pain. I also have an immune disorder so I can't be around people. These things with my other problems led to a very lonely life. I found purpose again making cards & sharing handmade kindness. It has helped me in so many ways. Just wish I had more to share!

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  137. Hi Kelly, this is such a generous offer to give away this beautiful stamp set. I mainly watercolor images (primarily with ink but planning to work more with real wc paints) so I love seeing your videos that highlight your beautiful watercoloring. One of my crafty random acts of kindness is to donate bunches of cards I've made to the local senior center for them to sell in their store or give away, plus I love to create packets of cards to give to friends or relatives. But mostly on a day to day basis I try to be kind to those I encounter in public, because maybe a smile or kind word or gesture will help them have a better day, as I know it has done so for me in the past.

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  138. Oh Kelly I'm soo very happy you asked about RAK's! I'm reading through all of these comments and finding all kinds of new places to donate cards to! I'm happy as a clam right now!

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  139. My problem with painting is lack of patience! You made it look so easy and I may tackle it again. Thank you for this part on your blog!

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  140. I’m about to watch your video but sometimes it takes a full day to watch as I’m like any woman that has a million things going on! I feel like I need to up my game with doing random acts of kindness for strangers. 2 years ago I married a fantastic man who has 3 children and I came with one of my own. I struggle daily with learning how to balance being a great wife and mom/stepmom and being of service to my family AND being a good citizen and being of service to strangers. For today at least, my acts of kindness are only to those I know. But there’s always tomorrow and always room to grow, right?

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  141. I love your card as usual! Gorgeous! My acts of kindness aren’t really random but I like to gift dinner to a neighbor or coworker who is sick or dealing with a sick loved one. I send a handmade card to people who may need a little support to let them know I am here and available how ever they need.

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  142. My favorite act of kindness is reaching out to new moms and let them know that they are OK, and that soon everything will be a lot easier.
    I really needed someone to do that for me, so I make sure to do that for others

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  143. My favorite act of kindness is when I’m in hospital (because I’m sick) and I can actually help another person. A couple years ago, the TV in the hospital wasn’t working for two weeks, that’s a VERY LONG time when you’re in hospital !! And a cousin of mine, who turns out to be an informaticien engineer was able to find a trick so I can have at least a few channels. I was so thrilled to pass the trick along to other sick people ! Even more to those who couldn’t get out of their room. And the best part was that, it was free TV ! Of course, when the hospital fixed their system, everybody turned back to their VERY expensive TV. I hope there are not too many English mistakes so you could, at least, have an idea of what I’m trying to say here.... Love from France, Marjorie
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  144. Gorgeous no-line watercoloring, love this color combo especially with the blue leaves. My most common random acts of kindness are sending a gift pack of handmade cards to someone as a surprise, and paying for the coffee of the person behind me at the drive thru line at my local coffee shop. Thanks for paying it forward with this beautiful stamp set.

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  145. WOW, WOW, WOW!! Absolutely beautiful!
    I help out at a home for un-wed and expectant mothers by taking my favorite pass time to them, card making. We make cards for fundraising events and just so they have some for friends and family. Super fun and rewarding!!

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  146. I like scooping snow for others....Also long live snail mail!!! :0)

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  147. This card is just so beautiful Kelly, I adore this stamp set and it's on my wish list.
    For me I love to smile and saying good morning to people I meet when out and about. I also take the time to actually sit and really talk to the homeless people I purchase food for. It amazes me and saddens me how people without homes are treat by the public as it could easily happen to anyone of us.

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  148. I just like to help where I see a need even at a moments notice For example when a thought comes to mind. Maybe paying for someone else or recently I found a person in line and gave them the free drink on my Starbucks buy one get one free. So fun!

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  149. Saw your card on instagram and had to pop over and watch the video ... so gorgeous!!
    Random acts of kindness ... grabbing someone's shopping cart in the parking lot at Costco so they don't have to drag it to the cart corral ... Hey it's -15 here! Brrrr

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  150. I have this stamp set and haven't used it yet so this post is timely to use what I have already! thanks! I tend to buy up sets and organize them and then have no time to actually DO a card. You're inspirational with your watercoloring. I WILL get to doing this for a beautiful card. Goal set. GO!

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  151. I try to give every day some one a smil on his or here face. I don't have much money and a smile is for free. I do that by giving a compliment or just to say something nice.
    Thanks for your great video tutorial, I am also a control person and I learned a lot from this. I love the way your watercolor flowers where growing. Great idea to put te purple in to the teal, its makes theme realistic.

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  152. What a lovely work of art! It's simply stunning. I don't have a favourite way of being kind. I try to live by something I was taught as a child - do a good deed every day. Kindness need not cost a penny.

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  153. I love to give cards to girls at work. Sometimes with coffee cards for free coffee.usually on holidays with a treat bag

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  154. I love to bake cookies and give in a treat bag along with a handmade card of mine for friends or family that I know are going through a rough time.This stamp set would really makes some sad faces smile. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your gorgeous creations!

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  155. What a beautiful stamp set! Lovely water colouring! I just love watching you craft, and you always make my day with your funny stories. Thanks so much for sharing and for the opportunity to try to win this great stamp set.

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  156. I don't know that I would actually call it a random act of kindness...but...my Sheltie is a certified Therapy Dog. Meaning...he has a wonderful personality...loves people...loves attention and loves giving attention and love to others. (Makes it very easy for me). When he was a tiny puppy...our vet suggested this route for him because he had SO much energy...the vet said they are "working breeds"...he needs a purpose. We went through several training sessions (basically teaching him indoor manners, etc.), he passed with flying colors. We started out visiting schools and libraries where kids would read to him. Eventually we changed direction and now we visit nursing homes and assisted living centers. He loves to visit the residents...he goes from one to the other and just sits and lets them pet him (he's a big Sheltie...more like a Collie)...so it works perfectly for people in wheelchairs, etc. I was unsure at first of what to talk about etc., but...I didn't have to worry...he makes it easy. While they pet him...they just start talking. The ones who have a hard time communicating are happy to just sit and pet him and smile at me. I get so much more out of this than they do. We've been volunteering for 6 years and hopefully can continue for many more to come. My other very small act is whenever I park in our downtown, I put money in the meters in the row I'm parked in. Meters are new to our downtown and a lot of people forget to put money in...very small but I hope it might save someone a ticket! Thanks for all you do!!!

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  157. My random act of kindness is what I call Kindness Cards. They are business size cards with one of my photos (hydrangeas - I love them) on the front and this message on the back: “THANK YOU! Your kindness was noticed and appreciated.” I hand them out to anyone who is kind: baristas, wait staff, nurses/doctors, receptionists, grocery clerk, etc. Some recipients have burst into tears because their day and been terrible and this one simple acknowledgement touched them. As a society we are so quick to complain and slow to compliment. I receive so much joy seeing the reactions of the recipients.

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  158. My small RAK. Both my grandparents are gone, so I " adopted" a wonderful woman at a nursing home and send her a hand made card once a month. I know she doesn't get any Fun mail and I miss sending my grandparents fun mail so it's a win,win.
    My mother and I also Thank a Vet when we see them. They don't hear it enough. ( My whole family is military) so we know the
    sacrifice.

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  159. This is a gorgeous card. Not sure I could do the no line watercolor.

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  160. My favourite random act of kindness is to do it anonymously - if I'm doing something, I want to do it to just feel good, not to get a thank you. Another favourite is to reciprocate a random act of kindness - something I did over Christmas as a friend who teaches card-making provided a class for free to me because my husband was just losing his job. He's still out of work, but has a good chance of being employed over the next couple of weeks, so I sent my friend a giftcard to one of her favourite craft stores.

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  161. So pretty, Love the watercolor, sometimes I see these detailed busy stamps and think, no. Then I see this video and think wow. Thank you so much for the share

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  162. I will always hold open the door for the person behind me, I always thank the person that bags my groceries (who most customers don't acknowledge). I should do more RAK, everyone here does wonderful things that I will take inspiration from.

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  163. I've tried to type up this comment at least 10 times now, but I keep devolving into my theories of kindness and how it basically just comes down to acknowledgement of other people as they are, not their roles or their situation or what we see of them, but that they all have rich vibrant lives of their own and are deserving of being known. Which basically boils down to be nice to everyone: smile, be patient, give specific compliments. Actually, that's a thing I like to do; when I give compliments (or in internet terms, make comments on posts or videos), I try to mention a specific thing that I like, so that person knows that I saw their work in particular. I don't always succeed, but my ideal would be that a comment I made would never work as a copy-paste into a different situation; it's specific to that time and person and outfit/art/service/whatever. I know it always makes me feel on top of the world when other people give me compliments like that.

    But as far as more concrete things: I volunteer at a local hospital in a long-term stay guest house, so I'm often just listening to what people need to talk about. Also, because I have chronic health problems and no job, I'm often the recipient of other people's kindness, so I try to be really good about thank you notes. I never want to take people's generosity for granted, so I try to let them know how much those seemingly little things mean to me.

    This has been a really lovely post to read the comments of. So many great ideas and ways that we can just be better to each other.

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  164. Your work is stunning, I would love to be able to give a card like this to some unexpected person along my daily duties. Thanks for sharing with us!! I love Concord and 9th - so exquisite!!

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  165. I like sending random, anonymous cards to people who need to be uplifted.

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  166. Those flowers look like plumerias, and remind me of our time in Hawaii. My favorite RAK is to send a note of encouragement or thanks to someone who might feel a little lighter to know someone is thinking of them. And of course, I get the joy of making and sending it.

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  167. Your painting is amazing! there are so many opportunities for RAK, if just take the time. Like the Bible says to count our blessings, when we look inward and see how blessed we are, we want to spread that love and happiness around. I am a pastor's wife how has been bedridden for 2 years now. I have received RAK from people all around the world. God is so GOOD! His People are, too. I try to do something unexpected for others, letting them know they are not alone!

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  168. Such beautiful card with pretty colors!
    I like to bake and share my bake goods with friends, whenever there is a gathering, a small group class in our community, I always bring them something!

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  169. Oh, heavens, I’m fortunate to have discovered your site! Just watched this video start to finish, as it’s just the technique I’ve been experimenting with. Thank you for all the information and demonstrations. I love to commit RAKs and do many. I’ll carry some larger-denomination bills with me and, when in line at the checkout with an obviously needy senior or mom behind me, leave a bill as their payment and take off. Once my daughter and I made numerous peace cranes (origami) and strung them as ornaments with personal wishes to the finder. We left them all over town in trees and bushes, on parking meters, etc. We don’t actually have a great deal of extra money or time, so the acts become even more special. Thanks.

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  170. Gorgeous card! Love this technique!

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  171. So here's my random acts of kindness story. I am a cancer survivor. I'm officially 3yrs in remission but I still take a daily low dose chemo to make sure the cancer doesn't return. I have met so many wonderful people; lovely patients, care givers, doctors and nurses. I really just want to show everyone I encounter on my cancer journey how much they are appreciated so I keep little books where I've written out encouraging bible verses and just hand them out to random people who I feel like need reminding they are loved. I realize not everyone is a believer but we all need reminding we are loved and appreciated. I am working on partnering with my oncologist office and the local hospital where I received my cancer treatment to give out chemo care bags to cancer patients. There are so many things that you don't realize you need as a cancer patient, like Claritin allergy med to relieve bone pain from chemo, so I want to provide a bag with these as well as other items so that patients don't have to worry about it. I've given out a few already and am making more. Cancer took away a lot but there were so many random strangers and doctors and nurses who poured out so much more into me even when I didn't realize I needed it and I just want to give back as much as possible. Cancer sucks but it will not win.

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  172. My random act of kindness is to put toothpaste on my husband's toothbrush. I know he can do it himself but he works long hours and it's a small way for me to tell him that i'm thinking about him.

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  173. My random acts of kindness are usually when in line at a store or getting food I will pay for a food order...for military ( I am ex military too) EMT/Paramedics, Police..I've been known to buy food for someone homeless or buy dog food for their pup. or just buy a cup of coffee for a car behind me in line at McDonald's. When I have extra money of course. Even the littler things (littler is that a word? lol it is now!!!) things like reaching something for a senior that is on the top shelf.It only takes a moment to be kind.

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  174. I couldn't you my favorite random act of kindness, because they are totally random. I really love giving cards or handmade jewelry or whatever strikes my fancy.

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  175. Love your water coloring! I am learning so much from you. Thanks for giving a more detailed explanation on how much water to use and wiping the base of the brush. Keep telling your stories Kelly. You are so fun!

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  176. I forgot to tell you my RAK. I make cards for a group at church that helps seniors in need. They send the cards to these seniors for all the holidays plus birthday etc. I also give out candy. I always take Lindor truffles when I am going to the post office or to a store to give to the cashier. When I go to the supermarket I just pick one up near the register and pay for it so there is no question about where I got it. They are always so surprised and appreciative. I figure it doesn't take much to brighten someone's day.

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  177. Love this card and your watercoloring! This set is on my wishlist and I too keep forgetting to add it to my cart when I place my C9 order! ugh! Tahnks for sharing!

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  178. Kelly, your work is stunning! I love how you mix mediums... I try hard to keep my mind open to hear God's request to help others -- whether it's a phone call, donation, purchasing a lunch, helping, or sending them a card! Thanks for your instructions, I thoroughly enjoy watching your videos!

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