Tuesday, November 30, 2010

gratitude - day 30

All I have to say is that I am grateful for YOU!

A special thank you for all that stopped by and those who participated...
A VERY special thanks to Sherry... she posted EACH day! Even if we didn't!
I can not WAIT to see an album from you Sherry! :)
BIG surprise her name was picked from the drawing for the i-rock!
Sherry, I will include the i-rock AND a big pack of jewels to get ya started!

Those of you stopping by, but who haven't signed up for a kit... WHAT are you waiting for! LOL!

You get a kit... right now you can try us out for $19.99 (plus s&h).
(refund through pay pal given after payment received.)
Buying your first kit guarrantees you kit for the next month... if you see the sneak peeks and decide against it, then you can cancel by the 25th! You have 10 days! So really, you can get one month for the same as staying with us a year! No extra, and no penalties for canceling! No paying extra for one months kit...

Weekly challenges, great designers, easy cancellation, awesome inspiration...
Give us a try today!

And again-THANK YOU to all the fans and customers of The Story Matters.
We started this because YOUR story matters, and we want to help you tell that story more easily!

Monday, November 29, 2010

This week's challenge!

This submission below from Megan, was too good to wait for! So mine will come next...

This weeks challenge: Stamp Ideas... try a new technique, use a stamps set you haven't yet, or use an old favorite in a whole new way! We want to see what YOU come up with. OR, if you use any of the techniques you see this week, link us up! And be sure to upload to our gallery!
We would like to see come traffic! Remember! Each Tuesday is Author's pick! We pick a layout to be featured on our blog each week!

I will also be showcasing some of the stamped layouts from previous kits from our design team!

From Megan:

Sometimes, I just need to get messy with my scrap supplies. I need to go beyond my norm & just throw it out there...literally.
I pulled all of my past {The Story Matters} kits together and started playing.

First I added some gesso & pressed it with the star stamp from the July kit...

I used the blow dryer to dry it quicker cause I'm not one to wait, which made it crackle...love that.
Sprayed it with a good amount of mist...

And then wiped off the extra mist with a papertowel...

Layered a few more stamped gesso stars on top...

And started layering, glueing, & sewing...

This was such a fun layout to create. I encourage you to let your creative side loose & throw a bit of paint & gesso around!

I don't often take a weekend away with the girls & I was feeling really guilty about leaving ella. But I'm so glad I tagged along to CHA Chicago.


30 Days of Gratitude - Day 29

Just one more day left! So what cha got?
It's SOOOO simple! Just link us up to your blog or gallery a post you did about what you are grateful/thankful for! Each entry is a chance to win an i-rock!! So what'cha waiting for!
Tell your story!

{penny... beautiful reminders that I am not in control.}

Sunday, November 28, 2010

gratitude #28...

{megan...grateful for the holiday spirit...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

gratitude - day 27

Be sure to blog hop the designers! Many are participating in the "30 days" regularly!
(links in the sidebar!)
{penny... scrap space}

-I am in the middle of reorganizing said scrap space! :) I took this picture after I added this vintage workbench that was my Christmas present last year!

What are YOU doing today? Shopping? Scrapping? Putting up your tree?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble, Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Story Matters!

We are still doing the 30 days of gratitude, so be sure to count your blessings, and link us up for a chance at a prize! You can find the details HERE.

I am thankful for having the opportunity to live in this great nation, a place where I have choices, where I can travel freely, join my family in a celebration of life, and reflect on all the things that I am grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be sure to hop on over to our designers websites-many are doing "30 Days of Gratitude" regularly, AND the INSPIRATION of these girls! AWEsome!

gratitude day 25
{penny... abundance.}

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Card Day with Bree!

Are you finished your Christmas cards yet?
Are you still working on them (like me)?

I thought I could share with you some Holiday Card Ideas.

How about Gift Tags?
I love making handmade gift tags, it just adds that something special to each gift.

( this one is courtesy of India my 9 yr. old)

Have you started your Christmas list.
I love making things for my friends and family.
Maybe these little gifts might spark you to create something for your list!

(record cuff bracelet)
(homemade peppermint bark)

(dipped candy canes)
(a beaded necklace witha rub on decal)
(flannel coffe cup cozy)

(a home decor project)

(recycled vintage book into Travel journal)

(decorated monogram dollar store frame)

or what about an altered floppy disk notebook,
It;s the perfect size for your purse.
( I used the November kit to decorate this beauty)

So have I got you ready to get crafting for Christmas?
I hope so.

For more ideas, and project instructions.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Author's Choice

Its that time again, for showcasing our favorite projects from the gallery! I just adore this layout by ckmom78. To start off, that is an amazing family photo, I love all the leaves and the trees in the background. The clean and simple design really lets you focus on that fabulous photo, and the colors of the November kit are just perfect!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful work, ckmom78!
We would love to see more of our readers and subscribers work in our gallery! Upload your layouts, and link us up! We want to see what you are creating! :)

gratitude day 24
{penny... good friends}

Monday, November 22, 2010

What are you wishing for?

So, tell us, what are you wishing for this holiday season? Peace on earth? A new camera? An iPad? A million dollars? A vacation from all the hustle and bustle? We want to know!

Megan did a layout for us. Isn't it gorgeous!?!

I had a different approach to this. I thought it would be fun to save a handwritten list of wishes from the family members to look back on in the years to come.

I took a manilla file folder, opened it up and folded the bottom up, creating a pocket, then accordion folded it in fourths, to create little pockets. I used my November kit and LOTS of Glimmer Mist, some October Afternoon stickers from my stash, my handy dandy Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and some baker's twine to top it off with a sweet bow.

We would love to see your "Holiday wishes" projects, so please link us up!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

gratitude - day 21

{penny... hot chocolate on a chilly day.}

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's beginning to look alot like...

...december sneaks!


Friday, November 19, 2010

gratitude - day 19

Thanks for those who have been hanging with us!

I have to say, even though I haven't had the chance to post each day, the challenge has made me THINK about what I am grateful for each day! And that's a start!

{penny... a peaceful community (as long as it lasts each time!) }


{megan...moments like these...getting caught reading books in bed when they're supposed to be sleeping.