I often tell myself how lucky I am to live this life. I’ve got health, I’ve got love, I’ve got smarts, I’ve got clothes and shelter, and I even have a bit of fortune. On a crafty point of view I can also say that I have talent and some great companies to create for. Life is great!
Of course life isn’t great for everybody. If you’ve been with me for the last few you’d know that I love this one place called Kiva. Kiva is basically a microfinancing organization. They are the middle person between me, the lender, and somebody in a developing country, the borrower. With just $25 I can help somebody improve their business and lives. The great thing about Kiva is that the money has a great chance of being paid back which I can then use to loan to another person.
This is my Kiva page. As you can see I’ve been a member for almost three years now and have had 18 loans. My initial investment was $25 and for Christmas hubby gave me $100 more. Each time I have enough money in my account, people sometimes repay early too, I reloan it. Often times I pick a borrower but a few times Miss M helped. Now and then I’d get a note from the borrowers and they always warm my heart.
October is also Kiva’s birthday and they have a special deal. If one can get five new lender Kiva will award $25 to that person — which will be used to loan. So here’s the deal… email me using the contact form on the top right of my blog or comment below and leave me your email address. I’ll then go to my Kiva page and send you an invite. That’s my birthday wish – to get more people to join Kiva (I also secretly wish for long life, no wrinkles and white hair until I am 60, and all my teeth when I die).
Now, the $25 is great but it’s not really what I’m after. It’s just a nice perk. If you do believe in this but don’t want to be invited by me just sign up and contribute. It really is a great program!
This is the card that I made for the WPlus9 release day. I JUST got my sets and they are GORGEOUS! I only used six of the many that came with the two sets I used and the size of the stamps are just perfect.
For the background I used two stamps from the Poinsettia Patterns and everything else came from Season of Thanks. On the pink cardstock I distressed the edges, inked it with brown and pink, and then ran it through my embossing machine. Then I stamped the same Poinsettia Patterns on the pink paper. After that I added the ribbon, scrunched the bow up and sprayed everything with some brown Tattered Angel’s glitter mist. The leaves and acorns I stamped on some scrap white paper. To get the colors that I got I first dabbed the stamp onto yellow ink then orange and then lightly on the edges with brown. On the acorn I did brown after the yellow ink and then orange on the edge of the leaves. It was really easy to do and makes the leaves look more pleasing. After some adhereing with dimensionals I added the sentiment tag.
Martha Stewart seam binding, PTI button, Annie42 at Etsy twine, SU Kraft, PTI white, Tim Holtz embossing folder and SU inks