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February10

Let's All Bring Birthdays Back

By Shannon West, Demonstrator Training Manager

It started one Saturday in January. I was kicking myself for not sending out my Christmas cards, but I also noticed that many friends had simply posted their Christmas cards on Facebook rather than sending them in the mail. For years I’ve complained about Facebook ruining birthday cards and now it would seem the same was happening to Christmas cards. A handmade, handwritten card in the mailbox seemed to be nearly extinct—and I was contributing to the problem! I wanted to do something drastic and immediate to stop this neglect and hold myself accountable.

So that Saturday in January, I made a decision: I posted on Facebook that I would send a birthday card to any of my friends that wanted one. I didn’t think about the possibilities or consequences…I just posted and was astonished when the responses started rolling in.

After 24 hours, I had over 300 responses…far more than I had ever received on a previous post. I started a spreadsheet to keep track and went to work making and sending birthday cards. 

Two days later, I posted a photo of my first set of cards that I was sending. At this point, my posts started to be shared and others started posting that they were also sending cards to their friends. These results were an absolute surprise!

As my friends began receiving their cards, they posted photos of them on social media to thank me. This sparked another idea: there needed to be a way to easily see all the cards—my cards and others’ cards too—so that we could see all the different ideas to CASE (Copy And Share Everything). Playing on the lyrics of a Justin Timberlake song, the hashtag #imbringingbirthdaysback was born! I wanted to stamp it on each card so that the receiver would know to use the hashtag if they posted the card, so I carved my very own #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp.

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As my spreadsheet of birthdays grew (it’s currently 1,327 names strong!), the sharing grew. There is something special about a birthday. It’s your special day—you get to dictate what happens that day and it’s yours to own and craft. And EVERYONE has one. It seems this unexpectedly played into the development of this movement. And it wasn’t difficult to sense the happiness and excitement that one feels when simply sending cards…that was a factor in the excitement that built around the movement too, of course.

After a few weeks, Sara approached me and asked how Stampin’ up! could support the movement—after all, making and sending cards is what Stampin’ Up! has always been focused on (Shelli still sends every single employee a birthday card each year!).  I also got to share my story on a local news program: Good Things Utah. (You can watch the host make a birthday card below.)

Ultimately, Sara and I decided that Stampin’ Up! would manufacture a #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp, as the stamp is what ties all the cards together into one giant-sized birthday party! In fact, Stampin’ Up! took my carved design and is making a single wood-mount stamp, which will be available globally while supplies last.

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Keep tabs on Stampin’ Up!’s social media feeds or check back here for the exact availability date. But you don’t need to wait for the stamp to join in the movement. Start creating and sending your own birthday cards to friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and more. Let’s bring birthdays back together!

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  • Anne Lyons

    Aug 17

    Love this hashtag idea!!!!!!

  • Martha Brooks

    Aug 17

    This is a great idea. Sounds kind of sad that i got out of the habit of sending an actual card. It is always nice to get real mail in the mailbox - and I don't mean on the computer. I can't wait to view the cards that others have made. Thanks, Martha

  • Gizelle Jacobs

    Aug 17

    I got my #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp today! So excited to be part of the movement.

  • SD Hancock

    Aug 17

    This is such a great idea! Cake and happy cards for everyone! #imbringingbirthdaysback

  • Bridget Willis

    Aug 17

    What a wonderful idea. We need to be sending more actual "cards" in the mail, the Internet has taken the specialty out of the sending of cards. With hand made cards it shows the person that you really took time and care to recognize the "birthday/ occasion" whatever it may be to send them a heartfelt card. I know I will always be making cards and sending them for as long as I can. I just hope those who recieve my cards understand what it took to make it for them.

  • Kathy Ganas

    Aug 17

    I have been sending handmade cards for about 8 years and many say they save them. How special is that!

  • Yvonne Keenan

    Aug 17

    I love this set and I have it to use it for birthdays in my family and my friends! it is a great set!

  • Debra J. Henault

    Aug 17

    count me in! great idea. I planned to bring letters/notes by snail mail back as my New Years' resolution. I feel that it is my calling, so joined SU.

  • Sandra Christman

    Aug 17

    I would use this stamp often.

  • Pam Schaefer

    Aug 17

    Absolutely, birthday are very important and need to be celebrated. What better way then sending a card. Enjoy!!

  • Mary Katherine

    Aug 17

    Making and receiving a birthday card is so much more personal and thoughtful. Thank you , I love to do Stampin Up cards!

  • Janie

    Aug 17

    I definitely want the stamp!!!

  • Kathy Eide

    Aug 17

    This is a great idea. I started last year after I retired making and sending birthday, anniversary, get well, thank you cards. Everyone seems to love them. My niece always responds when she gets one and said she saves all of them.

  • Christy D

    Aug 17

    What a wonderful idea. It is about time. Love it.

  • Lisa Spacek

    Aug 17

    This is awesome!

  • Anne Pietsch

    Aug 17

    Bravo! It's one of the main reasons I joined Stampin' Up! so I could afford to send my 100 plus cards a year. (Australia's postal system is a little expensive.) But the comments and the joy cards bring is worth every cent. I never expected all the enjoyment card making and sending brings me and my card making group. I call it my Ministry of Cards.

  • SANDY HOLLEMAN

    Aug 17

    I WANT IT SOON.

  • Cyndi Webster

    Aug 17

    Yes I do it at work and with my family and friends love it

  • Janet Mattern

    Aug 17

    I love this idea. I try to send Birthday cards to all my family and friends. So this is even a greater outreach. Love it!! I am starting today!

  • Sue Mac Donald

    Aug 17

    this has to be one of the best ideas that I've read in some time.

  • suemacdon@bellaliant.net

    Aug 17

    Thank you to Shannon for getting this idea moving; wonderful idea!!!

  • Chris Lauth

    Aug 17

    I love sending birthday cards and try to keep up with family and friend's birthdays!

  • Diana Lubienski

    Aug 17

    Great idea I'm going to bring birthdays back too!!!

  • Pat Chastain

    Aug 17

    8/21

  • Deborah oberg

    Aug 17

    Awesome Shannon! Soon you'll be World Famous! My late husband always said, "we have hundreds (slight exaggeration!) of cards around here, yet you don't send them out." It wasn't ENTIRELY true, but it did make me think. So I'm on board, Shannon, and I'm going to make it a point to send out not only birthday cards, but others as well. I have a dear young friend who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I've been sending her not only get well cards and other appropriate messages, but inappropriate ones as well, including congrats on your pregnancy, and happy Thanksgiving cards and such. Because we know each other, they make her laugh, and as we all know, it's the best medicine. So thanks for the inspiration Shannon. We all need to take a page from your playbook.

  • Dawn

    Aug 17

    Very excited

  • Kim Duell

    Aug 17

    This is a totally awesome idea! I want to implement into my life,,,,

  • Mary C Ronnerman

    Aug 17

    This is a wonderful ideat, Love it

  • Eve Mattiace

    Aug 17

    What a fabulous idea. I am getting back into sending birthday cards out to friends and family. I think getting a card in the mail is so personal so why not spread the joy.

  • Holly

    Aug 17

    I love this idea!!!! Way to go!!!!

  • Myrna McLachlan

    Aug 17

    I think this is a great idea.

  • Darla Weaver

    Aug 17

    Being new to the Stampin Up Family I love it!!!!

  • Lisa

    Aug 17

    I have been making my own birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards for a few years now. Each birthday card is unique as I try to not reuse an idea.

  • Nanc

    Aug 17

    I brought birthdays and sympathy/get well/thinking of you cards back to my life this past year. My kids have always gotten handmade bday cards from me, but having surgery, developing a life-threatening infection and still being unable to drive, go to church (!), I had to do SOMETHING to minister to others, so I started a card ministry. This is a GREAT idea - and I am SO excited about this stamp!!!!!

  • Paige Caperton

    Aug 17

    When will the #imbringingbirthdaysback wood stamp be ready for purchase--so stinkin' adorable!!! :o)

  • Connie Nikkel

    Aug 17

    hi

  • Denise Sanders

    Aug 17

    Awesome it's so thoughtful!

  • Dianne Bryant

    Aug 17

    Dec 2 I make birthday cards for the seniors in my town and they love it. For some it is their only card.

  • Sandy Meyers aka "redstampinsam"

    Aug 17

    This needs to be my personal motto for the year. I have so much invested in this wonderful endeavor but can't manage to get cards out to my wonderful family and friends! I need to put my good intentions down on paper and get them out in the mail. I would be a much happier camper if i would just do it instead of simply thinking about it. count me in!

  • Dora

    Aug 17

    I totally agree we need to keep mailing out cards!!

  • Margo McGann

    Aug 17

    I'm ordering one for each of my Card Club people as a thank you. I only have 13 members so I thought it would be a great gift for our last one.

  • Sandi Dailey

    Aug 17

    I am thrilled that the Bring Back Birthdays will continue to be available -- thank you so much!!

  • Christine Jannetto

    Aug 17

    Shannon - This is so awesome! Reading your words are like reading my very own thoughts too. This year was the first year ever that I didn't make and send out Xmas cards and saw too that a lot of people posted them on Facebook or a collage they made instead and thought it was a sad transition to being more disconnected in this wonderful world we live in. I've been looking for inspiration to begin crafting again since we've moved & finally are settled and this I have to tell you is it! I love this movement and stamp set and can't wait to order and begin using it. I'm hoping this lends itself to bringing Xmas cards back too. :) Thank you for this and for putting it out there for everyone to join in!

  • Linda Mucci

    Aug 17

    #ilovethisstamp!

  • Bobbie Tate

    Aug 17

    In honor or my wonderful sister, who passed away in 2001, made sure everyone in her family (there are five children and at least 18 grandchildren) made a joyous occasion of each one of their birthdays! Happy Birthday, Connie!

  • Darla Rice

    Aug 17

    i think we need a #bringingsnailmailback and include a cute snail. The art of card sending is becoming a lost art for many especially the youth.

  • Stephanie Maas

    Aug 17

    What A Wonderful Idea. People Are Just Getting Lazy with Social Media. Who Doesn't Love A Card In The Mail?

  • Gail Spence

    Aug 17

    I send out many homemade cards. I cannot imagine making over 1000 of them, but applaud you! It is so wonderful to receive a homemade card for any occasion and it feels as good to send one.

  • Marie Morgan

    Aug 17

    I think this a wonderful idea! I am guilty of neglecting birthdays lately. I am going to make an effort to bring birthdays back!

  • Marilyn Ann Diamond

    Aug 17

    Love this idea. We do this for our Sunday school class.

  • Deena Havens

    Aug 17

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. How do we order the stamp?

  • Barbara Blum

    Aug 17

    Love it. I send out handmade cards for every occasion. I am old school and we need to bring birthday and all occasions back

  • Jean Kyhos

    Aug 17

    How sweet

  • Cindi Thurmond

    Aug 17

    When is your birthday Shannon? Mine is Jan 21

  • Lori Martin

    Aug 17

    Love it

  • Priscilla Miller

    Aug 17

    I am in favor of bringing birthdays back. I am on the band wagon and will be sending lots of birthday cards. So love Stampin Up!!!

  • Di Ann Knieling

    Aug 17

    Cute idea!

  • Faye Molsberry

    Aug 17

    Join me!

  • Carolyn Bean

    Aug 17

    What a great idea!! Now maybe I will get my cards to folks on time.

  • Betty Welton

    Aug 17

    Great idea.

  • marilyn schlueter

    Aug 17

    How cool is that! Yea for you! Love the movement and thank you.

  • Margie Anderson

    Aug 17

    I agree and I am in!!! Sending handmade cards for any occasion is like reaching out and 'touching' someone's heart & soul. Such a beautiful thing to do!

  • Cynthia McLachlan

    Aug 17

    Way to go Shannon!!! There really is something special especially these days about receiving a card in the mail! I'm so glad I stopped to read this article. Even a bit of a turn around in this techno crazy world sounds wonderful to me!!!Thanks for sharing!

  • Judy Evans

    Aug 17

    I spent the weekend in Ocean City Maryland at a "crop". I spent the entire weekend making beautiful Stampin' Up! cards for my family and friends for the coming year of birthday (didn't get them all made, but got a great start). I love sending handmade cards to people and will be working on this during my free craft time....

  • Aynie Bradley

    Aug 17

    I love this idea. And as for Christmas cards I feel the same way. Send them to all your family and friends.

  • Vicki R

    Aug 17

    I make, send at least 60 birthday cards every year for family and friends. Then also another dozen and a half anniversary cards and around 70-80 Christmas cards each year. Glad to hear of your bringing them back more yet.

  • Sharon Berry

    Aug 17

    I make and send cards continuously. I am a member of a Red Hat group and also a book club. Every member of both groups gets a handmade card from me. Of course, there is also my craft group and friends. I love making and send my SU cards. Love the # stamp and think it will make a great "signature". Thank you

  • Merci DeVries

    Aug 17

    I make cards for all 91 people living here at our senior building. They cherish the fact that they have a handmade card. They won't throw them out and always have them on display. Sending cards is my retirement ministry.

  • Ann McGuire

    Aug 17

    Wonderful idea!!!! I love, love, love it!! It is enjoyable to send cards, and also so nice to receive them.

  • Amy J

    Aug 17

    I ordered mine today and can't wait to begin using it!

  • Sondra Froelich

    Aug 17

    Love sending Birthday cards

  • Jackie Warcholl

    Aug 17

    Thiis a wonderful idea

  • Brenda anderson

    Aug 17

    I never got my card this year

  • Mary Tiede

    Aug 17

    This modern day world of automation is a great thing but there seems to be a "special thing" about sending AND receiving a birthday card. Especially when it is handmade especially for you!

  • June Lihrman

    Aug 17

    I always try to send handmade cards to my family and friends and they love them. This is a fabulous idea to have a stamp that says it.

  • Pam Truitt

    Aug 17

    This idea is absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Mary Jo Morse

    Aug 17

    I`m loving this idea, bringing Birthdays back. I`m for that~

  • Pat Turner

    Aug 17

    I always mail a Birthday card to family and friends.

  • Pat Turner

    Aug 17

    I have tried to order this stamp several times when it says it is up for sale and they say it isn't available. I would like to support your cause but HELP!

  • Chris Gumm

    Aug 17

    I get lots of monthly planners in the fall for the next year and I immediately write in all the family and friend birthdays. Then I make cards to mail the month before each birthday. They get mailed 4 or 5 days before ones special day and it has worked for me for many years now. So many people have said they have every card they have received and I feel blessed by their replies. I'm just happy so many will jump on the opportunity to expand their chance to let more see how beautiful a little card and note can be.

  • Waneeta Loomis

    Aug 17

    this is awesome I love making cards and also love to send this is an awesome stamp would love one how do we get it thanks and keeponsendingBDcards!

  • Janet Evans (Jan)

    Aug 17

    I want the stamp when its available.. I have many birthday cards to sent already.. And I like the idea of not using face book for your special day..

  • Ellen Barner

    Aug 17

    I love that you are bringing birthdays back and the stamp that you created! I'm behind already this year in sending cards to friends and family! Committed to starting again.

  • Carol Busby

    Aug 17

    My birthday is April 18th. I love your idea. I have been "trying" to do this monthly, but yours is OVER THE TOP!

  • Magie O'Meara

    Aug 17

    Have been doing it for years, in fact I hand write about 15 letters every month and snail mail them.

  • Sheila Locke

    Aug 17

    I thin it is a great idea. I love sending and receiving cards.

  • Derenda Muller

    Aug 17

    Let me know when available

  • Sue Geiss

    Aug 17

    Hooray for you! There is something special about a card in your mail box to celebrate birthdays!

  • Diana Greer

    Aug 17

    I am so happy about this stamp. I am so guilty of not sending out cards like I use to and this brought back to memory how excited people were to get that card in the mail. Thanks!

  • Jennifer G

    Aug 17

    I think this is an AWESOME idea! I really don't like that it seems everything is done over social media these days. I enjoy getting things in the mail and I remember when I was a child, getting birthday cards from my Grandparents or graduation cards and wedding announcements and such. This could be a lot of fun! I'm thinking about joining in! :)

  • Colleen

    Aug 17

    Thank you! I totally agree with you not just for Birthdays but any occasion or just because....a card is so much more personal and to hold a handmade card is extra special! It really does make people pause and consider the thoughtfulness of the sender!

  • Cathy Gamble

    Aug 17

    Fantastically thoughtful!!!

  • Bonnie rodriguez

    Aug 17

    I just went a post with this information on my FB page. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Robin Faris

    Aug 17

    Yes Yes Yes!! We all need to Bring Back Birthdays!!

  • Robin Faris Demonstrator

    Aug 17

    I would love a Birthday card Shannon! And when is your Birthday??!!!

  • Jacque Coombs

    Aug 17

    I recently heard about this idea - after I had already decided that I was going to send out birthday and anniversary cards to all my family members as well as old friends and my friends at church (our monthly newsletter has a list of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries). I saw a post by 2 demonstrators on how they organized their cards. I had to change it up a bit since I had way more cards - I have one shoe box with dividers - Birthday, Masculine Birthday, Sympathy/Get Well, Thanks, Just Because, Anniversary/New baby and in my 2nd shoe box I have dividers for the months of the year and attached to the front of each month are all the birthdays/anniversaries for that month. I also keep envelopes and dividers for holidays in that box as there is plenty of room (the first box is crammed full). I also put my return labels and postage stamps in that box. My addresses are stored on my computer. At the end of the month, I move cards from my card box to my month box appropriate to who they are going to. I write in pencil the date where the stamp will eventually cover it, and I address everything. I'm doing well keeping up with the process this way and I'm not stressed about getting cards out late or forgetting altogether. My family and friends are loving receiving handmade cards and I feel great that I'm remembering them in a special way.

  • Nancy B

    Aug 17

    I think this is what we should all do however I can relate to times I don't even have time and send email messages or call the celebrant on their birthdays. Let's just be understanding and try our hardest to send cards; simple or elaborate!

  • Ruth Koehler

    Aug 17

    The stamp looks like a good idea. I'm tired of seeing people saying happy birthday on FB including myself saying it. I like to make and send cards to my friends and family

  • Erika Hayes

    Aug 17

    I love this! Completely-- I was going to let my demo ship go-- I am just so overwhelmed by all the changes and I can't keep up seems like everyone wants to be a star and no one just wants to make pretty stuff anymore... SO I have decided to maintain my Demoship and help with this movement! BUT not just birthdays but anniversaries and thinking of you -- I think it should be a #benice movement... and lets see how many lives we can change with just a card and a sweet thought!

  • Sharon Daniel

    Aug 17

    I love this stamp!! My friends and I have always made handmade cards for each other. Unfortunately, we have been doing this for so long that the stress of outdoing the last one and our busy schedules, we are sometimes as much as 3 to 6 months behind in getting them to each other. They are always a work of art and I still have every one I have received.

  • Evelyn

    Aug 17

    I'm excited this movement is gaining traction and the stamp will be available long-term. However, it is HUGE! Is there any chance we can have a smaller (2-3 inches wide) stamp suitable for stamping in the left-hand corner of the front of an envelope? This is where I stamp a coordinating image or greeting on the cards I send. Thanks!

  • Laura

    Aug 17

    Cute

  • mycreativepad

    Aug 17

    Wow Shannon! I've had years when i just didn't get my Christmas cards sent, but the only thing I did was feel guilty! Way to go in making a difference and starting a giant revolution. #yourock :)

  • Jean Muncrief

    Aug 17

    Thanks Shannon, I've heard you talk somewhat about birthdays at many conventions and SU classes so I know you love them.

  • Judy Szugda

    Aug 17

    We are having a Relief Society Birthday celebration and I'm handing out blank (front is done) cards to people so they can send them to their Visiting Teachers or companions

  • Christy Carpenter

    Aug 17

    So awesome

  • Gay Ferland

    Aug 17

    Shannon, you rock!! You are so giving!!! Thank you!!

  • Rene' McCreary

    Aug 17

    I'm so excited!!!

  • Martha Coronado

    Aug 17

    I love birthdays and think this is a great idea. I always send birthday cards to friends and family.

  • Ruth Canapa

    Aug 17

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  • Ruth Canapa

    Aug 17

    I think this is a wonderful thing to do

  • Sarah Kendrick

    Aug 17

    Thanks! Great Idea!!

  • Annie Godlewski

    Aug 17

    What a wonderful idea!! Thanks Shannon for beginning to bring birthdays back!!

  • Wendy Tikk

    Aug 17

    That is such a wonderful idea!

  • Susan Maac Donald

    Aug 17

    wonderful ideas & thank u for sharing

  • Jan Staebell

    Aug 17

    Well done Shannon!

  • Patty Murphy

    Aug 17

    I love the idea.... I love sending out cards... I have to tell you I do not post to social media.... because I love mailing cards.

  • Gloria Pollack

    Aug 17

    What a fantastic idea! I've sent birthday cards for years that I have made, but, now I don't feel so alone!

  • Shannon Bedingfield

    Aug 17

    Shannon, I was told about this by some fellow SU! demos and had not yet found your post. How wonderful! I am in! Please add me to your list - July 11th and may I add you to mine?

  • Mary Lloyds

    Aug 17

    I've always sent birthday cards and am now trying to stock up because I have several in April

  • bvillegma@gmail.com

    Aug 17

    Great idea and what a wonderful response. Social media will never replace the USPS and personal cards - I HOPE!

  • Marsha Hosner

    Aug 17

    I make and mail birthday cards to everyone on the birthday list at church - and give them to my immediate coworkers, too! I think EVERYONE likes a birthday card!

  • Nona Wylie

    Aug 17

    Best idea ever. I make all my cards. Never buy a single card.

  • Trish Gold

    Aug 17

    Glad your idea is being shared globally, I always

  • bobbie weaver

    Aug 17

    I love getting a card or note in the mail, I am not crazy about social media, don't use it alot

  • Kim Tolton

    Aug 17

    excellent idea!! I'm on board for sure, I will get working on my own designs to send out to friends and customers

  • Laura Leuenberger

    Aug 17

    I love the idea and the stamp. Will we be able to get more?

  • June Keogh

    Aug 17

    I never stopped sending birthday cards by mail to all my friends????

  • Debbie Richards

    Aug 17

    I cannot wait to get my new stamp and I bought two to share as gifts to a couple of my stamp'in friends!! thank you for the inspiration. I am excited to put a smile on all my friends faces in the months ahead!

  • Dori Saltow

    Aug 17

    I " love " your idea! ! ! ! Now I can't wait for more stamps to get made so I can order one before they are gone again! ! ! Thank You for sharing.

  • R. Lynn Clarke

    Aug 17

    WooHoo! I love this!

  • Loree Gillett

    Aug 17

    Love the idea and it can go worldwide! My dear father frames the cards I make for mom and him!

  • Beth Luker

    Aug 17

    I already send lots of birthday cards as well as get well cards, etc. But, I love the hash tag stamp. I want one as soon as they are available again.

  • Karen Halterman

    Aug 17

    I love this idea!!!! Being in a nationwide stamping group who sends bday cards to each other, I definitely want this stamp in my collection of SU stamps!! Can't wait for it to be available!! How cool!!!

  • Frona

    Aug 17

    I want one...hope it is available SOON.

  • Sharon

    Aug 17

    Love it.

  • Carolanne ladd

    Aug 17

    Where do I order this stamp? Please contact me at mopsie45@ hotmail.com

  • KERRY HANSING

    Aug 17

    SHANNON I loved the show segment. I'm bringing birthdays back too. Sorry I missed the stamp. I know it isn't over yet. I'd love a card from you too. May 26th. For once they didn't just make an announcement and push on to something ele. They treated you right on the show. Congratulations.

  • Lori Prince

    Aug 17

    Love this idea! I've already made a birthday card for every alumna member of an organization to which I belong. So far, the response has been fantastic as these wonderful ladies love their handmade card, handwritten sentiment, and receiving it in the mail rather than through email. It really brightened their day and they appreciated the effort I took to handcraft their card.

  • Sue Dillon

    Aug 17

    Shannon! I'd love a birthday card from you!! My birthday is May 13th. Thanks!!

  • Janna Rice

    Aug 17

    Brilliant.

  • Sandy

    Aug 17

    I send Birthday cards to family,friends and my Sunday school class. I agree need to start sending cards again people really enjoy getting them. Face book is nice but so Inpersonal for Birthday cards or any occasion .

  • Karen Ferguson

    Aug 17

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  • Sonja Gortzak-Hughes

    Aug 17

    What a fabulous idea with the hash tag stamp! I am committed to sending all my friends and family a birthday card and have sent out 120 handmade Christmas cards last Christmas:-) Can't wait to have the stamp in The Netherlands. Very excited!

  • Debra White

    Aug 17

    I am sorry I entered this twice:-(

  • Debra White

    Aug 17

    June 18

  • Debra White

    Aug 17

    June 18

  • Cynthia A Morgan

    Aug 17

    I love the idea. I have been sending birthday cards for years and each time I learn of a new birthday I add them to my list.

  • Stephanie Wallin

    Aug 17

    November 26!!

  • Michelle Silva

    Aug 17

    I think it is wonderful that we take the time to show people we care! Wonderful idea!!!

  • Ruthannm546@gmail. Com

    Aug 17

    I love this idea. It is someone's special day. Let's make it even more special

  • Connie Cox

    Aug 17

    April 23

  • Kay

    Aug 17

    Great idea. I do send birthday cards to family, friends and customers...fun for me and for them.

  • Connie Cox

    Aug 17

    Shannon, I did not get Christmas cards out, either! Now am in the midst of sending Hello cards to everyone on my Christmas list - using the HELLO Stamp Set from SAB. so far so good with hand made birthday cards, too!

  • Yvonne Pree

    Aug 17

    What a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing. WIll join the movement today !!! Can't wait for the stamp to be avail in the South Pacific.

  • Sandy Van Dam

    Aug 17

    Way to go in sending out birthday cards! I use to work at a nursing home and you wouldn't believe how much joy a birthday card can bring them. Thanks

  • Mary DuBois

    Aug 17

    That was my year resolution. To make and Send birthday cards to all my family and friends. Great idea !!

  • Genice Banning

    Aug 17

    Shannon, what a wonderful idea. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I've refused to give up sending cards to family and friends and even make them as gifts for others to "guilt" them into sending them. I'm excited about your movement, not just for birthdays, but for the wonderful gift of giving to others.

  • Carol Belangia

    Aug 17

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  • Robin Messenheimer

    Aug 17

    I just ordered mine! I can hardly wait to get it, though I have a bunch of cards to send out before then.

  • Teresa Apperson

    Aug 17

    Thanks Shannon for sharing this wonderful idea. Way to go!! Let's all bring birthdays back

  • Vicki Bibeau

    Aug 17

    I love this idea. I did get my Christmas cards out. However, I have been

  • Vicki Bibeau

    Aug 17

    I got my Christmas cards out. However, have been bad about getting my birthday cards out.

  • Phyllis Morais Walker

    Aug 17

    Shannon, you are my hero. I've always felt birthdays are special. I have done my best to celebrate family, friends and co-workers' birthdays. I call and sing. I give cards. Now you have inspired all of us to mail cards. Thank you.

  • Jenny Drewitt

    Aug 17

    lt is such a wonderful feeling knowing that someone has taken the time to make a hand made card and posted it rather than a facebook message or email. Bring it on imbringingbirthdaysback

  • Ruth Hatch

    Aug 17

    Awesome idea, Shannon! I'm in! (BTW - I didn't get my Christmas cards out, either)

  • Gina

    Aug 17

    You rock Shannon....thanks for Inspiring, Creating and Sharing your idea!

  • LINDA WOODWARD 48800

    Aug 17

    WHAT A GREAT IDEA! I WILL ALSO MAKE A GREATER EFFORT TO SEND OUT MANY MORE BIRTHDAY CARDS. BY THE WAY ... MY BIRTHDAY IS MAY 11

  • Maureen

    Aug 17

    I just love this idea. I send out lots of cards to family and friends and I get so many compliments from them. I really enjoy making cards and let family and friends that I truly care.. Can't wait until this stamp comes out.

  • Joy McKee

    Aug 17

    A friend and I volunteer for a local chapter of Gilda's Club. We, along with a few other volunteers, make cards every month to send out to members on their birthdays. We get many comments about how nice it is to receive one. Keep up the great work on making people smile.

  • Barbara Rathmell

    Aug 17

    Great idea but not everyone is on FB, and disappointed that once again, poor planning and they are already gone!

  • Pam Wheeler

    Aug 17

    I want to order that stamp when it's available. I always send out birthday cards and they are so appreciated. Thank you for sharing.

  • Sarah

    Aug 17

    Can't believe they are already unavailable! Sold out in less than 8 hours?!

  • A J Snare

    Aug 17

    I always send a Stampin Up birthday card to my friends and family.

  • Mary Muhlenkamp

    Aug 17

    I love this! What adorable stamp you carved! My inlaws recently went to a bday party for a friend turning 100 years old. She asked me to make a card, because how many choices would you have from the store? She was afraid that everyone at the party would give him the same card. He loved the special card I made! I agree that birthdays are special; you shouldn't have to turn 100 to get a special card.

  • Sandra J.

    Aug 17

    I sure hope you (SU!) are making thousands and thousands of these stamps. I have a feeling they will be flying out of the warehouse! Great and fun idea.

  • Charm

    Aug 17

    great idea

  • Rubie

    Aug 17

    I would love the how-tos of making Birthday cards to family & friends!!! It's a forgotten special things of the past like writing letters etc!!!! Inbox me plz Very interested!

  • Jo

    Aug 17

    I definitely want one!

  • Betty Smith

    Aug 17

    birthday June 28

  • barb hendrickson

    Aug 17

    This was the most exciting thing I've seen this year. I cannot wait to buy this stamp!! Thanks to Shannon, #Imbringingbirthdaysback too!!

  • Jane Bosi

    Aug 17

    #imbringingbirthdaysback too!

  • Janet Johnson

    Aug 17

    You are right this is a lost thing these days. People still love getting cards in the mail. I am a pastors wife who is using my gift to cheer others. I also make cards for our secret sisters program so no one has to purchase cards for their secret sister. Thank you for bringing birthdays back.

  • Alma Casiano

    Aug 17

    This is a great idea !

  • Marisa Kenney

    Aug 17

    When will the stamp be available and where can it be purchased?

  • Nancy Maxim

    Aug 17

    What a great ideal....I agree about Facebook and birthdays...so impersonal. Great ideal, and want to do this. Love,love, love Stampin-up, and my demonstrator Daniell George

  • Lynne Brandt

    Aug 17

    Love this!!!

  • Tena Lynch

    Aug 17

    Shannon, Sara and the Stampin Up team. This is an awesome adventure and I am excited to be a part of it. Can't wait to get my stamp #imbringingbirthdaysback!

  • Donna Faye

    Aug 17

    Great movement! Facebook and other 'social media' sites are probably the biggest reason I started making my own cards. Online greetings seem cold to me, please take the time and effort to put a stamp on a bought card, at least!

  • Rhonda J

    Aug 17

    I'm so excited about your effort to bring birthday cards back! My 10 year old and I started sending our church friends (about 30 a month) a birthday card. It is difficult to keep up...but so much fun and gives us such a great feeling :)

  • Bonnie

    Aug 17

    My sister has and still is sending birthday cards every year and she also sends holiday cards.

  • caroline king

    Aug 17

    would love to get one of these stamps.......keep us updated when it is available....

  • Patti lee

    Aug 17

    when I know that the card will not be saved I send a pass it forward card. I make the card for the occasion with appropriate saying inside but I don't sign I put a sticky note where signature would be saying to pass it on and include an envelope.

  • Lynn Gauthier

    Aug 17

    Love that you are promoting bringing birthdays back. Awesome concept. I can't wait for the stamp too!

  • CAROLE BISSON

    Aug 17

    AWESOME IDEA I ALWAYS SENT OR TOOK CARDS

  • CAROLE BISSON

    Aug 17

    I MUST ADD YOU AS A FRIEND ON FB

  • Mary Ryan

    Aug 17

    Awesome, I love sending and receiving cards.

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    Aug 17

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  • Kim

    Aug 17

    Love the idea! Can't wait for the stamp.

  • Virginia(Ginnie) Rueber

    Aug 17

    It says in the above comment that Shelli personally send each Demonstrator a birthday card on their birthday. I'm a Demo for 6 years, I never got a birthday card from Shelli or Stampin Up.

  • Jason Wright

    Aug 17

    Brilliant! I know a guy who speaks about this same theme from time to time :)

  • Michele Zygmunt

    Aug 17

    I can't wait to purchase this stamp, Shannon! I love your movement and pledge to join in this year. I routinely send birthday cards, though not always handmade unfortunately, and am sad that many times I or my family members don't receive cards in the mail. Let's hope this spreads like wildfire across the globe!

  • Heather Fishel

    Aug 17

    I've been sending about 250 cards a year for past ten plus years - to family and friends and now children of my friends as well. I agree it's a great gesture! Excited to get this stamp to add to my cards!

  • Patty coone

    Aug 17

    What an amazing idea! Shannon I can't wait to get my stamp. You go girl!!

  • Jeanne Ciolli - Birthday, August 2nd!

    Aug 17

    LOVE this! What an awesome idea. I'm joining the movement. Thanks Shannon. I'm inspired! When's your birthday Shannon?

  • Dona S.

    Aug 17

    How do we get the stamp???

  • Carole Anne Patterson

    Aug 17

    Love this idea...when will the stamp be available??? I want one 😊💗

  • Cindy Beardsley Prudhomme

    Aug 17

    Great to idea. Can't wait to get my stamp

  • Deborah Ramos

    Aug 17

    Love this idea. I had a similar revelation at the end of last year when I realized I was spending so much on the products and not really using them. I just knew I had them just in case. So I decided to start small with my co-workers. Each one of them will receive a birthday card during the staff meeting of their birthday month. I only have to remember one date a month and of course who has a birthday that month. For January there were 5 birthdays. It is a small start but it is a start. Now on to my family.

  • Jan DeLay Hoyt

    Aug 17

    I'm in....can't wait for the new stamp to become available!

  • Christine Anne Matias

    Aug 17

    Congratulations Shannon, I always think a card especially handmade is the best thing someone can receive for their birthday, as it takes time and lots of love goes into designing and making it. Wow to think SU has made your stamp for us to purchase and use, what a buzz for you, I hope you are very proud of yourself for this to happen. SU is such a wonderful company and I am so happy and honoured to be a part of it as a Demonstrator myself. I hope that I am able to purchase this stamp Hopefully SU can make a Stamp Set with # imbringing******back. 4013216 Demonstrator Dapto NSW Australia

  • Barbara Forbes

    Aug 17

    Love the idea! I too believe that birthdays are very special! Can't wait to get the stamp!

  • Jen B

    Aug 17

    This is such a great idea! It is true that social media has changed our habits of sending out cards for birthdays, Christmas etc. I have posted this challenge on Facebook and plan on creating a class out of this idea and the supplies you shared on your video. I can't wait to get started on this challenge and get my hands on your new stamp you created! Thanks for inspiring us to make birthdays special and to get stamping to make a difference in someone's day!

  • Amy B

    Aug 17

    Trying to do this too, Shannon. I had gotten a little lazy in this area. Can't wait to get your stamp!

  • Jane Stull

    Aug 17

    Wonderful idea, I'm going to start sending birthday cards to help continue bringing birthdays back.

  • Eveline van Heijst

    Aug 17

    I love this! Such a great idea. Thanks Shannon. I'be one of the last to receive my Card this year (12/31) but I'm already looking forward to it.

  • Linda Borgwardt

    Aug 17

    I will try to do better a sending birthday cards love it

  • Phyllis Strickland

    Aug 17

    What an awesome idea! Like so many people I post on the birthday person's Facebook and have become lax (OK, lazy) about sending cards. I love it that they are making a stamp and I'll be watching for it. I sure do hope they make enough stamps for everyone who wants one.

  • Sue McNeill

    Aug 17

    Great idea! For the 40 days of Lent, beginning today, I will be sending out one card per day "just because." Last year my 40 days turned into 61 days because it was so much fun. Thanks Shannon for the birthday card you sent me! I'm looking forward to buying your stamp!

  • Teresa Saathoff

    Aug 17

    Lovely idea. I am looking forward to the stamp!

  • Deborah Fox

    Aug 17

    I'm thrilled with this idea - I also have a spreadsheet, of sorts, to organize my needed cards! Please let me know when the #imbringbirthdaysback stamp becomes available! I'm all over that!! LOVE Stampin' Up!!

  • Marie

    Aug 17

    Yay for Shannon!

  • Kay Vander Zand

    Aug 17

    I have been sending cards to family, friends church family for sometime. I love sending them and people love receiving them. Doing the facebook thing is find but impersonal. So, you have an awesome idea.

  • Donna Kurtz

    Aug 17

    I haven't purchased a card for at least the last 10 years. . .I prefer to send a little piece of myself by making cards for those I care about. Can't wait to get my hands on this stamp!!

  • Karen Anderson

    Aug 17

    Great idea!

  • Lori Souter

    Aug 17

    Shannon, so the same thing happened to me regarding my Christmas cards..I was sitting at my kitchen table and I was upset that I didn't get my Christmas cards completed or mailed out. I was thinking, am I the only one that feels this way? So I decided at that moment that I was putting together a "Get It Done" Christmas Card class! I reached out to my customers telling them about my thoughts and what I wanted to do to make sure this didn't happen to me this year. I had 10 ladies join! I am NOT the only one that this happened too! So each month Jan-Nov of this year, I am holding a class to "Get It Done!"

  • Debbie Rodriguez

    Aug 17

    What's the order# I will order it today!!

  • Cindy Ehlers

    Aug 17

    I send alot of birthday cards but also thinking of you card which work great for Sympathy and Get Well. I get alot of thank you for doing this simple gesture.