Monday, June 15, 2009

Dude, i love you...

Well, since Father's Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd show a card for Dad with a fun technique that can be used in lots of different ways!

1} Start off by creating your card with 1/2 sheet of cardstock and use pattern paper for the background.
2} Next take a stamp of your choice {a solid image works best for this} and stamp on pattern paper with versamark ink...

3} Cover with clear embossing powder...

4} Heat set with heat tool and it will look like this...

5} Next, take a sponge and a dark classic {water-based ink pad} I used Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up! and rub ink over top the embossed image...

6} do this same technique overtop of a rubon... {This works especially great with white rubons!}

7} Add stitching with the Xyron Design Runner...

8} Trim pieces to desired size and add to card, add rubon to a wooden button and your card is complete...

Supplies I used:
Stampin' Up!: cardstock, stamps, versamark ink, clear embossing powder, chocolate chip ink, & sponge
Cosmo Cricket: pattern paper & rubons
Xyron: design runner stitching and adhesive

Here are a few other samples I did using this technique:
over a rub-on...

over an embossed image...

And one more quick & easy tip:
I always staple my rub-on sheets at the top before I start cutting the images away to help keep the back sheet in place...

I hope everyone enjoys trying out this fun technique and I'd like to thank you for checking out The Story Matters! Don't forget to leave us a comment HERE with a link to your "favorite summer memory" page and a chance to win prize. {deadline...June 30th}

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Geez! Ya think I could announce a WINNER!

THANK you ladies, for your inspiring layouts/projects! (Women In Our Lives)
There is SO much inspiration to be had each challenge!

We have decided to not "judge" your layouts based on our perspective. Each one is a treasure, so each one submitted has just as much right to a prize as the next... if you do not prefer us picking a prize randomly, PLEASE, let us know! If you RATHER be judged by our designers based on journaling and design, we can reconsider! So speak up! :)
We can also do a bit of both... GIVE US YOUR INPUT! :)

I numbered the entries from first to last submitted... and the winner is AUTUMN!

Leave a comment her for Sophia, so she can get your prize right out to you!!!

Here are the beautiful submissions!
(If you will notice, one has the blog address on it when you scroll over the picture... there were SO many great pictures to this submission, I wanted to point out the blog address! To read journaling, just visit the comments section of the challenge!)

Monday, June 1, 2009

June Challenge...

It's challenge time here again at The Story Matters and I {Megan} am so excited to be hosting this month!
This is my third month here @ The Story Matters and I am so excited to be a part of the team! I am mommy to 2 boys, married to my highschool sweetheart and live in Aledo, IL. I began scrapbooking in 2002 when I was pregnant with my oldest son and have been addicated ever since! I love the idea of preserving our family photos and leaving those stories for future generations.

This months challenge is:
{share your favorite summer memory}.

Whether you have a traditional place you go every summer or there's that one summer memory you never want to forget; scrap those memories and share your story with us! Leave a comment with your link for your chance at this months prize!

Here are the stories from our TSM authors:

Title: A week of adventures and memories to last a lifetime.
One of my favorite summer memories is taking my boys camping in Indiana @ Turkey Run State Park. It was such a fun week because it was a group of just moms & our kids. Even though it rained most of the time & we had racoons that invaded our camp, thunderstorms that knocked a tree limb onto our tent, & we got lost on our hike, it was a memorable trip. Hopefully one that my boys will remember for a long time. I realize that time with my boys as a "cool mom" is limited, so I'll take as many of these moments as I can get!

Title: Swimming and Summer Fun
Journalling: It was Christmas Day (in Perth) & we were over at GrandAunt Cindy's friend's place for a swim & dinner. Uncle Tim & Aunt Gracia had a fun time with you.

Title: Good times
With you being “hot” all the time, our summer vacation happens in the fall. October & November are good months for you. Our trip to the US has been our best EVER!
San Francisco 10/07 – under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Title: Our Fun Day
I believe our best summer days were
Spent overseas. So much to see and do
So many things to experience. One of
Our favorite trips was going to Thailand,
Hawaii, Tokyo Disney and China …
So many memories for our children.

Title: Her story as told by him
I was so happy to see you finally arrive on October 30th, 2007...I had been (patiently, not!) waiting for over six months to meet you. Every time mommy had her morning (all-day) sickness, I asked if you were coming because I knew you were in mommy’s stomach and thought vomitting might be the way you got out of there. When you arrived, I got to see you have your first bath, and I introduced you to Shobhatta as “my baby sister Maia”, just in case she didn’t know! You weren’t very much fun at first...just alot of crying and sleeping and eating...but I did really enjoy holding you. I also liked all the new stuffed animals you got...and quickly adopted them as my own as you couldn’t really take care of them yet. I could always make you were such a giggly baby! I loved how you wanted to watch me all the time and do whatever I did, even if you were too small. Your first word was, “dede”, which Daddy tried to say was “dada”, but I know you meant “Devon”. When we went to India when you were 9 months old, for Tataiah’s 75th birthday, I couldn’t understand why you were getting all the attention...when I came when I was 1, I got all the attention...I guess it was because you are the only girl grandbaby on Daddy’s side-7 grandboys and 1 grandgirl-YOU...I guess I’ll just have to get used to that!

Title: Halsey's Camping Out
this was the first yr we have camped as a family. Summer's first time ever, she loved it as much as we did. It's a great way for us to bond and grow closer as a family. A get away from the distractions of everyday life.
so much has changed out here at the cabin. James has built a pull barn and has rebuilt the cabin, the whole outside is now complete. Hopefully next yr we can stay in the cabin we cant wait. But for now we are still enjoying pitching the tent.


Be sure to check back on the 15th for this months tutorial!