Got a Card Pile-Up? Share What You Love: Ideas for Using Cards

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My biggest crafting passion is, of course, papercrafting. Cards, little gifts, boxes and packaging…which is why I’m a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and why I share projects here with you! But I’m also a closet sewist and I love stitching and fabrics, too. (I know, weird word, but “sewer” doesn’t really convey the right image – lol.)

The problem is that I have loads of pretty fabrics, and usually not enough ‘needs’ on things to do with them. Until masks, of course. Since March, my kids have helped me sew over 1200 fabric face masks to donate through local organizations, schools and for neighbors and friends. 

Without a specific need though, I have trouble getting out my sewing machine. So many pretty fabrics, and not enough ideas on ‘useful’ things to make. 

  • Do you have the same problem with your cards?
  • Love to make cards, but not enough ‘useful’ places to put them?

Believe it or not, I hear you! But fortunately, I’ve got some ideas for you. The world can ALWAYS use more hand-made cards. Sometimes it just takes a little connection idea to get them sent to the right place. So here are my helpful tips on where you can send cards

Ideas for Sharing Your Hand-made Cards

  • Give cards as gifts to friends and family: Package them up with a ribbon or in a cute box with envelopes for a ready-to-send present.
  • Local Assisted Living Communities: There are two ways to reach residents. One is to write notes in cards – ’thinking of you’ is always a great sentiment. The other option is to deliver cards and envelopes that residents can use to mail for their own card-sending occasions. My suggestion is to phone your local assisted living community and ask which they’d prefer and how many residents/cards they would like.
  • Churches: Many churches send cards to shut-ins or to those with health concerns. Some churches also send birthday and anniversary cards. Reach out to local churches and ask if they’d like cards and envelopes donated.
  • Civic, church and school organizations: Need a fundraiser? Package cards 3-4 in a pack with envelopes and groups can sell card packs as a fundraiser. I often group cards for this purpose (ie birthday pack, thank you pack, thinking of you pack). Pricing can vary depending on the purpose and area and complexity of cards, but a good starting point is $10-12 for 3 cards.
  • Thank You cards for first responders, military, veterans, teachers and civic workers: Write a note and drop a card in the mail to people who serve in your community. Everyone loves to be appreciated. 
  • Card for the Troops: There isn’t often a greeting card store available for military members serving overseas. Look up an organization in your area that specializes in sending boxes of greeting cards to bases overseas for soldiers to use in sending messages back home. 

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