I Love Barely Banana!

I did the Featured Stamper Challenge on Sunday, and spent some serious quality time drooling over Kharmagirl’s gallery. I mean – wow!! Her stuff is amamazing!

I eventually settled on this card, after adding more than a few to my personal favs gallery. She went with River Rock, which I totally love. I had a specific purpose for making a card on Sunday, and this really worked well for it. I sponsor a woman through Women for Women International, and this week I was given a new *sister*. So I’m writing my intro letter to her, and sending it in this card. The organization asks that packages remain as flat as possible, so on my version I left off the hardware. If you have a minute, click on the link to their site and learn a little more about this organization. I’ll share this about them, from their “What We Do” page:

Women for Women International mobilizes women to change their lives by bringing a holistic approach to addressing the unique needs of women in conflict and post-conflict environments.

We begin by working with women who may have lost everything in conflict and often have nowhere else to turn. Participation in our one-year program launches women on a journey from victim to survivor to active citizen. We identify services to support graduates of the program as they continue to strive for greater social, economic and political participation in their communities.

Women begin in our Sponsorship Program where direct financial aid from a sponsor helps them deal with the immediate effects of war and conflict such as lack of food, water, medicine and other necessities. Exchanging letters with sponsors provides women with an emotional lifeline and a chance to tell their stories —maybe for the first time. As their situations begin to stabilize, women in our program begin building a foundation for their lives as survivors.

Women for Women International believes that establishing a means to earn a sustainable living is critical to being fully active in the life of a family, community and country. To help women transform their new skills into financial independence and sustainability, we offer job skills trainings to strengthen women’s existing skills and to introduce new skills in traditional and non-traditional fields so women can access future employment opportunities.

Building on the skills training program, we offer comprehensive business services designed to help women start and manage their own micro-enterprises. We give them access to capital and operate microcredit programs in Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina with an overall repayment rate of 98 percent. We give women access to markets by facilitating product sales through outside retailers and our online Virtual Bazaar. We provide expertise such as product design, production assistance and business development workshops. We also help women form micro-enterprises such as production facilities and cooperative stores to sell the goods women produce.

Ok, back to the card! Other changes I made on my version were: the ribbon, the color, the stamp set, and I added Primas with Stickles for centers. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out!

I think I am the only person who does not have the photo corner punch, lol. To make mine, I used a square punch, cut the square in half diagonally, and then used the square ounch again to punch a bit out of the center.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Barely Banana
Ink: Barely Banana, Versamark
Accessories: Clear EP, Sponge, Word Window Punch, Oval Punches, Sqaure Punch, Primas, Stickles
Techniques: Sponging

I hope you have a terrific day!


2 Responses

  1. This is beautiful! I love the softness and layout!!

  2. This is gorgeous! I sure love that layout and color combo!

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