Working from a very short shopping list of items to purchase prior to Christmas, I encountered three fantastic people that I gave H.U.G. cards to this morning 🙂
The H.U.G. card for today was given to a shopper that just smiled at me as we were passing each other.
Another trip to Michaels Arts & Craft store. I gave a H.U.G. card to the lovely cashier who checked me out 🙂
Another trip to Michaels Arts & Crafts store to pick up a storage box. I gave a H.U.G. card to yet another one of my favorite employees. If it sounds like I have a lot of favorite employees at the Michaels store, it is because I do!! I have been a very frequent shopper at this store for many years and find this store to have the best, most helpful, and friendly employees of any store I’ve ever shopped in.
It was also grocery shopping day for me so I headed to Walmart. I passed out a second H.U.G. card to the sweetest young cashier. She was just delightful and because of her engaging demeanor I truly enjoyed the checking out process 🙂
While out shopping today, I encountered a cashier who seemed to have a sour disposition. I knew I must give her the H.U.G. card for today. I handed the card to the cashier after my transaction was complete. She looked at me with a wary expression on her face. I explained the purpose of the card and had her turn the card over and read the message on the back. As I was explaining the reason for the H.U.G. card, I started to see some brightness coming into her eyes and the tiniest start of a smile on her lips. By the time we were finished talking she was flashing a big and beautiful smile 🙂
Today’s H.U.G. card was given to a cashier at my local grocery store. I have been going to this store for many years and this particular employee has waited on me several times. He has always been pleasant and has an amazing smile. Today he seemed a bit frustrated. I handed him the H.U.G. card and told him that the explanation for the card was written on the back. He turned the card over, read it, and gave me that amazing smile 🙂
Three H.U.G. cards were given out today at Walmart. The first H.U.G. card was given to a Deli worker. I felt so bad for her because she was the only employee in the Deli and was overloaded with many customers waiting for her to help them. As I waited for my turn, I observed that she just kept working diligently and was pleasant to each and every customer.
The second card was given to a man I chatted with while we waited for our turn to order at the Deli. When I gave him the card and explained what it was all about, he said ‘Excuse me’ and bent down and gave me a hug and said, ‘God Bless You’.
And the third card was given to the most pleasant Walmart cashier I’ve ever encountered. She was sweet and jolly to each of her customers. When it was my turn she had me laughing and I made sure to thank her for being so pleasant.
My plan was to given out one H.U.G. card daily between December 1st and December 24th, but sometimes you just run into more people that you want to give and card to and that is why I made extra H.U.G. cards!!
I made a trip to the grocery store for bread and milk this afternoon. While I was there I decided to browse to see if there was anything else I might want. I thought I might like some soda pop. I went down the aisle to look for the only kind of soda I drink (Diet Dr. Pepper – Cherry). The Dr. Pepper brand is located on the top shelf in the soda aisle. Being only 5-foot tall, getting anything from the top shelf is a challenge for me. As I was looking for my flavor of soda pop (way up high), I heard a voice from behind me asking if I needed help reaching something. I turned around and was facing a female customer. We had a discussion about my flavor not being on the shelf. She was ever so pleasant. I gave her a H.U.G. card for her kindness. She was a bit stunned and gave me a huge smile and said thank you!!
As I was checking out at the register, I enjoyed my encounter with the cashier. After I paid my bill, I gave her a H.U.G. card. She looked at the front of the card and then turned it over and read what I had written on the back of the card. She placed it where she could see it and said if things got rough, she would just look at the card and that would get her through
To create this card I watercolored a border around the card edges with Distress Inks. Using the same colors of Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, and Forest Moss), I stamped the pine branches on top of the border.
- Distress Watercolor Cardstock (for card front panel)
- Neenah Classic Crest 110 pound Smooth Solar White Card Stock (for card base)
- Distress Ink used as watercolors and for stamping
- Lawn Fawn: Deck the Halls stamp set
- Inkadinkado: Branches stamp set
- Stampendous: Nativity Christmas stamp set (sentiment)
- Heidi Swapp: Color Shine (gold)
With the holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve manged to make several gift card holders. These are fun and easy to make. I used a wonderful die to cut out the gift cards. All of the gift cards were either watercolored and/or sponge blended with Distress Inks or Markers. Glitter and the Wink of Stella Glitter pen add that special shimmer and shine!
- Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper (die cut into gift card holder shape)
- Distress Ink used as watercolors and for sponging
- Distress Markers used as watercolors
- Simon Says Stamp: Gift Card Envelope Die
- Stampendous: Silent Night stamp
- Stampendous: Nativity Christmas stamp set
- Inkadinkado: Holiday Silhouette stamp set (link unavailable)
- Hero Arts: Pen & Ink Christmas Tree stamp
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Ornaments and Lamps (965) – Peel-Off Stickers
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Poinsettia (0380) – Peel-Off Stickers
- Zig Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush