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6.26.2009

Card Creations 7 Blog Tour



Happy Friday Everyone! This is not a typical Fast Friday Card post, but I'm sure you're still going to like it! The anniversary card I gave McArthur last year is pictured above. It is featured in Paper Crafts Card Creations 7 magazine (which was released Tuesday, June 23rd).

My Inspiration
I'm not sure about everyone else, but wedding keepsakes are important to me; however, they are all stashed away in a drawer. I was determined to use some of my own wedding keepsakes for an anniversary card. To make this card, I started with an A7 (or 5" x 7") card. I found a sentimental picture, then adhered it to the card front. Next, I grabbed some leftover satin ribbon that I used at the reception.

A Bit About the Ribbon
One of our wedding favors was a DVD copy of the Perfect Proposal (a TLC show that aired a few years ago featuring McArthur proposing to me). To package the DVD, we placed them in a bag and secured the bag with satin ribbon and a tag with the guests name and their table name. We purchased lots of ribbon for fear that we would run out, so I ended up with a great amount of ribbon leftover. I tied the ribbon around the card front (cutting a slit on the fold of the card) and used an antique metal ribbon charm to dress the card up a bit. To add some texture, I stitched around the card using a sewing machine. And the final touch was to add a sentiment. Last, I inked the edges of the sentiment and the card to add a vintage touch.

Feel free to read more about our story here.

The Giveaway Details
So, do you want to see my other cards in the magazine or better yet, over 290 inspiring card designs? Well, you can win a copy of the magazine by leaving a comment here today! You can also win one of 10 prizes offered by Paper Crafts Connections and Moxie Fab World blogs too! Please leave a comment. Feel free to share how to use wedding keepsakes in creative ways or comment about anything else! We all want to know how to get those special items out of the drawer!

After leaving a comment here, please hop along to 14 other amazing card designers' blogs to increase your chances of winning Card Creations 7 magazine (and also get a peek of one of their cards) and one of the 10 prize packages offered by Paper Crafts Connections and Moxie Fab World blogs

o Charlene Austin

o Beatriz Jennings

o Teri Anderson

o Kim Hughes

o Carla Peicheff

o Dawn McVey

o Betsy Veldman

o Kim Kesti

o Alli Miles

o Maren Benedict

o Melissa Phillips

o Sherry Wright

o Debbie Olsen

o Layle Koncar



Thanks for stopping by today! I hope each of you enjoy blog hopping. Have a fantastic weekend and good luck!

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Sharnee Torrents said...

Your cards are always so stunning and gorgeous, you have a very special gift and I'm pleased to hear that more of the creating world will now see them thanks to you being in this fab mag!! Well done! :0)

Erika said...

I love the elegance. So pretty! We framed our wedding invite so it's on prominent display in our house! We also made did the sand ceremony so we have that displayed with an arrangement of shells we got off the beach the day of our wedding.

Debbie Nelson said...

Love your card...so beautiful! One way that you could use your wedding momentos is to make a shadow box! This way it would always be displayed for you and others to enjoy!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Congrats on being in Card Creations you have some amzing creations in there!!

linda said...

Just stunning!

Col said...

I second the shadow box idea. Someone framed my wedding invitation for me and I have done this a couple of times as a gift for others.

Indigo Wings said...

Beautiful card--I like the idea for framing your wedding invite. Congrats on your publications!

StampinCathy said...

This is just priceless and so inspiring. I just love the layout and colors. Lovin the sneak peeks on this blog tour. Congrats!

Debbie said...

what a wonderful cards celebrating your marriage!

Cass said...

I was only looking at my excess wedding invitations yesterday and thinking I should use one as the journaling on a layout.

Sue said...

I'm just looking at your blog a little bit and your cards are lovely. I'll have to check you out more often now that I've found you. Oh, and thank you for a chance to win a copy of this card magazine.

katrynka said...

I don't have anything to offer on the wedding keepsakes idea, as I had a TINY wedding, and no favors, gift etc. But I have great photos and memories, and that is the most important to me!!

Tracey said...

What a gorgeous card!!

jaymack said...

I dried and framed my wedding flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan said...

Congrats to you - great wedding ideas!

JudyT said...

Cool ideas. My mom made my wedding gown and then she used scraps of fabric from the gown to cover my photo album. Priceless!

Laurie said...

I would create a shadow box scrapbook page to put on the wall
Laurie VF

isa dona said...

love the style of your card !!!

la zaz said...

great card, love your beautiful blog
thanks for sharing

the mustik said...

cute card, love the vintage touch
thanks for the chance

isabel scrap said...

your cards are always amazing, love to see your blog

Gracie Ann Tan said...

Oh how elegant! Very well deserving to be in that mag. :)

Carolyn Mcavoy said...

Super Job Well Done!!!...I love what you did with this card... I love the ribbon w/buckel Beautiful...I love ribbon...

Betty-Ann said...

That is a great card...what a perfect photo with that chandelier! Have a great weekend!!!

Gabriela said...

I'm sure enjoying your blog and all your exquisite creations. I framed my wedding invitation and keep it on the piano. I also adhered an organdy ribbon to pne corner of the frame.

Anonymous said...

What a nice way to make a keepsake of your wedding. I especially like the ribbon!

snazzykc said...

I think a collage of things from the wedding would be fun to hang.

Jackie said...

What a lovely anniversary keepsake! Ribbon and pressed flowers from the bouquet made for lovely embellishments on a wedding layout.

janice said...

so romantic...

Ramona said...

Your card is sooo elegant. I really really like it. Thanks for sharing.

scrappypug said...

gorgeous indeed! I created a layout with our invitation and bits and pieces of things... its framed and on our wall in the living room.

bethpuckett said...

We used one of those 2-photo frames and framed a copy of the wedding announcement next to our wedding pic. It is such a pretty way to enjoy that moment!

Kataroo said...

Stunning, a piece of art!

squealmartin@yahoo.com said...

Congrats -- great card.

LisaW said...

Breath taking and simply stunning!

Patti Gingrich said...

What a lovely idea! I did something similar on a card for my husband last year. I came across a vintage postcard of the church we were married in and used it on the front of his anniversary card. He was so surprised. Your card is just beautiful!

Jeni said...

What a beautiful card! I may have to use this idea for our 10th Anniversary coming up in September. I used some of our wedding keepsakes to make an according book that I have setting out on the sofa table.

Amber said...

I'm a big fan of mini books and shadow boxes! (We have a lot of those in this house! =))

Sara-Jane said...

Nice idea. I used the fabric squares from the center of my tables as curtains in my kitchen! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing

Bethany Paull said...

That's amazing! I love the little "I love you" tucked into the ribbon.

Anya said...

What a fantastic way to turn 'just a photo' into so much more! I love the touch of the ribbon - what a great color! :)

Sara P said...

Amazing card, I love the ribbon and picture together.

Ginger said...

Well I have never married and to be honest not many of my friends are married, so I don't have a clue as to using wedding stuff on pages or cards.

Lisa said...

it's beautiful - love that you used the photo on the card - my wedding stuff is all just stuck in a box - what a fun way to use it!!

Lesly said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and congrats on being published.

Brenda said...

beautiful card. What a great idea to use wedding things on your cards. I would have never thought to do that.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Congrats - and what an amazing card! That photo is stunning. As far as creative ways to use keepsakes...for my SIL, I ran around picking things up after her on the wedding day, to incorporate into a scrapbook...pearls that came off of her dress, the cork out of the first champange bottle, etc. I strung a few of the pearls onto some ribbon, and then drilled a tiny hole down the center of the cork...threaded that onto the ribbon...then a few more pearls...this became the 'bookmark' for the scrapbook...

patty w said...

What sweet memories!

Lillian Child said...

What a gorgeous photo card ... just love it! I have recently begun scrapping "on the walls" and have taken my grandparents, my parents, mine and my two childrens' wedding photos and did a heritage wedding collage ... plan on giving it to my folks on their 60th wedding anniversary this year

louk said...

What a beautiful card. I may just dig out all my proofs from my wedding (won't tell you how many years ago!) and start using them on cards for my husband and family. Thanks for the idea!! You have beautiful cards and I'll be returning to your blog a lot!

Laurel said...

Beautiful! My parents are very important to me. My mom is my absolute best friend. I found a picture pose that they had taken at their wedding (looking into each others eyes while holding hands with the unity candle in the background)and did the same pose for our wedding and we have the pictures side by side in a frame. It is a great memory for me and a tribute to just how much I love my parents at the same time!

Batta Family said...

Wow. What a beautiful photo on your card. Love it.

Chandra Hough said...

What a romantic story! I love your anniversary card!

CraftyFoody said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. We were married at Christmas, so I was able to cut out portion of the cards we received as ornaments on our first tree. I also used the ribbon that had our names and date of our wedding in our wedding album. We had a lot left over as well, so I used it as a theme throughout the album. Wendy Gorton

Heather said...

Beautiful card! This is my first time on your blog and after looking through it I had to bookmark it!

akagreenhouse said...

Lovely card and a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us!

carpediem said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog to see your creations! laura j

The McCullough Family said...

What a great idea. I have some of mine in a shadow box hanging in our guest room.

Debbie said...

I adore your anniversary card. I have bookmarked your site to come back and check it out more slowly.

Thanks for sharing

debbie peysen

Belinda said...

Great idea! I have some of mine and photos of mine in a shadow box. :) Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous card!! I love that you used a real picture on the card, awesome idea!

Lynn Ghahary said...

What a beautiful card! And I just have to say I used to LOVE that show on TLC! LOL I haven't done much with my wedding keepsakes other than keep them in a safe place. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the chance to win! Lynn :)

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Congrats on your beautiful card in the pub!!!
My wedding keepsakes are still boxed up from our move 10 years ago! Bad, I know... One of my friends framed my wedding invite with dried flowers... It is gorgeous! I need to find that baby and hang it up!

jpitta said...

What a beautiful card... and a beautiful reminder of your big day!
I think some of the other ladies have said this, but my first thought for using up wedding memorabilia is to make a shadow box... I may just have to try that!

Thespa said...

How pretty! It's a gorgeous card and photograph.

Kristin Y (jinchris2003@yahoo.com) said...

I enjoy browsing through your lovely creations. Thanks for sharing!

Alexis said...

Your card is great!!!

Scrapycandy said...

This is a wonderful card! We had our 25th anniversary and this idea is perfect for that! I need to put together a collage for the wall and include what was on our cake as a topper. Then we can celebrate all year and remember.

Lynn M. aka lynner22 said...

Totally gorgeous! Love the vintage feel of this card.

Monique said...

I just love the use of a photo in your card design! Thanks for sharing!

Theresa Grdina said...

What a fantastic way to highlight a wedding photo! I love this idea!!!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful & heart touching card. Thanks for the chance to win.

Rona said...

What a beautiful card! Your wedding (and the proposal) must have been amazing!! I love the idea although I don't have a picture quite that amazing I would love to do that! My anniversary is July 5th and we have been married 23 years. (it's probably about time to get those pictures out and use it for something!!) THANKS for the inspiration!!!

Karen said...

What a great idea for your Anniversary card. I might have to borrow it, our 30th Anniversary is this year.

Anonymous said...

So many talented ladies. I'm just having fun hoppin' around looking at all the inpsirational blogs.
Thanks

Scrapping Julie said...

what a grand place to get married. and what a privlige to be on tlc. i love your work, thanks for the chance to win.

carol h said...

What a gorgeous and elegant card. I am sure your husband enjoyed his anniversary card. Don't have any ideas on using wedding keepsakes--mine are antiques at this point lol.

Vicki Sopcak said...

Love the card, it is a great inspiration!!!

Amy Noblitt said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card. I haven't thought to use a photo on my cards yet, will definately have to try that.

Anonymous said...

Lovely card! Great idea to use a photo, you don't see that often, makes it a sentimental piece for the receiver.

Thanks!
TishSCh

mom said...

Congratulations on your publications.
I like the elegant look of this card.

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

I am gobsmacked!! That is so gorgeous!! I think I am going to use something like this for my parents or sister's anniversary this next year!!

DonnaMundinger said...

Beautiful card (and bride and groom!). It's been almost 34 years but I still have the topper to my wedding cake (and my mom and dad's) and put them in the hutch for display for our anniversary.

Justine said...

Very clever! I bet I've got extra stuff from years ago. That's very personalized too. Love it.

Yvonne said...

What a beautiful card! I have our wedding invitation, some of our pictures and some of our wedding flowers in a shadowbox sort of wall hanging! I love to walk by and look at the pictures every once in a while!

elana k said...

What a great card (and story)!! I have lots of wedding pictures around the house, but no momentos out...maybe I will now!

Krissa Brown said...

what a great way to personalize an anniversary card! I will definitely have to keep that in mind...our 15th anniversary is coming up and our wedding things are still in a drawer as well. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley Harris said...

What a stunning card! Love it!

Jayne said...

I like what you did with your picture. It made a very nice frame. It's hard to use stuff that's been put away. Sometimes I just try to go through my stuff and pull one or two things that set off ideas.

Char Griffith said...

It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Lupe Rocamora said...

Great card. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

luperocamora@cox.net

Jen D (tjdel@sasktel.net) said...

Wow, what a gorgeous idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

Bernice said...

That's such a beautiful card. I especially love the stitching around the sides! Makes me really want to give this technique a try but I don't have a sewing machine :(

Lisa Brown said...

What a wonderful card...awesome!

~amy~ said...

absolutely gorgeous card!!

Lacey said...

After seeing so many bird-related cards, yours took my breath away. What a gorgeous card to give or receive. I think I might have to borrow this great idea. It's so simple and very, very elegant. Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Smith said...

The card is just so elegant the browns in the card just give it that feel. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sarah W. said...

Love this card. The ribbon and stitching around the edge of the card really make it look elegant.

Tammy said...

Great creation! Gorgeous! Congrats on making the mag!

Celeste said...

What a great card!! Thanks for the chance to win! Love seeing all your ideas!

Linda said...

Love your creations in your blog.

SusieScrapper said...

Beautiful card, thank you so much for sharing!

Tracy said...

Wow - beautiful card!

Jewls said...

What a beautiful & meaningful anniversary card, Ashley.

TraceyT said...

I just LOVE this!!!

Mary Duffek said...

Love your blog and creations...and a cool story....

t-bair said...

I love weddings! what a beautiful tribute.

Sue Pardue said...

What a beautiful card Ashley! We got married by the Justice of the Peace so no wedding keepsakes for me unfortunately. Maybe one day we'll renew our vows and I'll have great photos from that!

Axes DesigNs said...

Your card is so pretty! congratulations in your publication!

Shellie Hartsock said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sally said...

How romantic! Thanks for sharing!

Chrissy said...

I love this card! I would have never thought to use a photo on a card - my anniversary is coming up soon ... maybe I will give it a whirl!
Thanks for sharing!

GabrielaD said...

Love it!!! so pretty and romantic. TFS!

Kay said...

What a romantic story- and a beautifully elegant card!

Kelly said...

Beautiful cards! I so enjoyed looking at your pix today! TFS!

L.A. said...

What an elegant card! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Helen F. said...

OHHHH how beautiful and elegant your card is! And such a romantic story.

susan opel said...

It doesn't hurt that you and your hubby are such a gorgeous couple! ;) The card is BREATHTAKING!

Alyssa said...

Stunning card! This is going to be a fabulous issue!

Pat S. said...

Your wedding card is simply stunning...thanks for sharing the story about the ribbon :)

kika said...

what a beautiful card and such a sweet idea.

Liane said...

Amazing card!

Vicki said...

Wow cool cards! Thanks for the chance to win too!

Heather said...

What a great idea!! Your wedding looks simply beautiful-- I bet it was a wonderful day!

.................... said...

Lovely card!

Carol Weimer said...

I'd be happy to take some of that ribbon over-flow off your hands for you! :D

mspiggy7 said...

Beautiful card & great use of a lovely photo.

Ink, paper and BLING! said...

Simple, and ellegant, I love this card!
R

Maureen L. said...

What a lovely card. Its cool how you used ribbon fromt eh erception too - quite a momento!

Jenn said...

oh my, so elegant! BEAUTIFUL WORK!

Patricia said...

Beautiful! Such a pretty card and such a wonderful idea.

Meredith said...

Congratulations on being published! How exciting!

resmith said...

Beautiful!!

Marge said...

Oh, great Anniversary card!!! I'd love to have lots of that great ribbon!!! Can't WAIT to get my hands on CC7!!!

Donna V said...

I would love to get the stuff out of the drawer too...

Jingle said...

This is a beautiful card! The stitching really finishes it beautifully!

Julie O. said...

What a beautiful and very unique card. Gorgeous!!

nina said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card. I didn't even realize that it was a card at first until I read the description! Our wedding keepsakes are tucked away in a photobox... at least the box is 'out' on the mantel! ;-)

Mama Tuttle said...

What an awesome card!! It's so beautiful! Congrats!

lana said...

breathtaking cards

V said...

Your card is breathtakingly beautiful! I hope he appreciated such a fabulous card! :)

Ashley said...

what a gorgeous and stunning card!!! And a great idea for an anniversary card!!!

Kim L. said...

I remember watching that TLC episode when you first posted about it on this blog! I continue to be a big fan of your work! COngrats on being featured in the magazine.

jan farnworth said...

your cards are stunning you did a great job congrats on being in this great issue.

lynn said...

love the stitching on your card--and that bride pic on your story page--beautiful!

Susan McRae said...

Lovely card!

cjs said...

What a great idea for an anniversary card! (looks like you had a beautiful wedding!)

sarahmartina said...

What a GORGEOUS photo! And you showcased it so well!

Ummm... I WISH I had some ideas of how to preserve and showcase my wedding keepsakes! I too have a box of things I refuse to let go of.

jen said...

So stunning! Congrats on being featured!

MBelles said...

What a beautiful card and a gorgeous wedding photo!!!

Karla K said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Janet L. said...

Great card. I've incorporated the wedding invitations into the wedding gift card. The bride liked it alot and commented in her thank you.

lrw said...

Beautiful card!

Anthonette said...

Hi Ashley, I remember that wedding photo! Congrats on the publication and this blog hop!!! Hope you have a great day.

mcgeechs said...

My wedding flowers were preserved in a glass globe thing. I still have them and they are still looking as beautiful as the day I got them.

Ally said...

What a sweet story!! I love how you were able to incorporate the ribbon too!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a pretty card! Love the aged look and the sewing! TFS!

hf52771 said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing!
~Heather

{pam} said...

wow . . . your card is simply gorgeous!!!! i love that you included a wedding pic and a piece of ribbon from your reception!!!

Vera Ling said...

I use my wedding invitation as Christmas ornament as well. My brother designed my wedding invite made from light metal and engraved with our wedding details, in the shape of starfish as we have beach wedding. The whole purpose so our family & friends can use it as tree decoration as well.:)

soccerboyzmom said...

I made mini albums for my relative featuring some favorite shots from the wedding day using scraps of the leftovers I had.

Phoebe said...

What a beautiful and elegant card!! And a wonderful way to use the wedding mementos! I framed an invitation and wedding photo as a gift for a friend but I haven't used my own wedding mementos yet...and I've been married for 13 years!! LOL! :) Congrats on being featured!!

Nancy said...

Sooo elegant and what a great picture.

Shawnna Samples said...

I love this idea. I struggle with finding creative ways to use these items as well.

Cindy Vernon said...

Lovely card, enjoying the hop!

Celeste said...

What a great way to incorporate more of my photos. Thanks for sharing!

Heather Garl said...

Your card is great! That was great idea to personlize the card with your actual wedding photo. My idea was already mentioned (many times - lol) I would make a shadow box to display photos and invitation.

rae said...

oh WOW... what a fabulous card! would love to see this issue :)
~rae

Pamela Gibson said...

adorable

Sherri Thompson said...

Hi, Ashley! So glad to have this chance to check out your blog-and your card is so elegant! Can't wait to get my hands on a my very own copy of this issue so I can see your other projects. Have a great weekend!

Tiffany Heilman said...

What a great way to use keepsakes!

Ravengirl said...

Oh, I wish I knew how to use my wedding keepsakes! I have found that I have used the ribbon that I tied up the favors with on my cards. I think I have about 6 inches of it left! Beautiful card!!! I'm sure you hubby loved it!

Tanya said...

stunning!

Maria said...

Gorgeous cards~

~kelly marie~ said...

Gorgeous! Such a good idea to use wedding keepsakes for an anniversary card! I love it!

Darsi said...

Great job on the card!!

Berrett's said...

very classy and elegant card...love the vintage look of it!!

tina

Sandra said...

that was a cleaver idea! Very nice!
Sandra

Christina said...

What a beautiful card with so much meaning behind it. I love the pretty red ribbon to accent the whole card!

Debbi said...

Great idea. This is just the idea I needed for an upcoming card. Thanks for sharing.

Shay said...

I am so glad to be introduced to your work and blog...your card is lovely!

Daniela said...

This is awesome! Congrats on the pub!!!

Susan said...

Ashley- my eye was so drawn to your cards in CC7! Such beautiful work!

Nicole said...

Your anniversary card is beautiful. I read your story about the purposal its so sweet and you look gorgeous in that dress. I'm getting married this August and u gave me an idea for a card I can make him. Thanks

I'll have to stop by again soon

One4Joy said...

what a gorgeous, gorgeous card, Ashley!

For our 20th, I found a heart shaped childrens' board book and ripped it down to the boards and then began to create a 'memory' walk through 20 years of wedded bliss. Since it was a children's book, the amount of pages was manageable and I even finished it on time.

Other people saw it and asked now is your husband even going to appreciate it. His response, it makes me feel so loved!

Krista said...

What a great card and a beautiful memory all wrapped up in one pretty ribbon!

Laura said...

What a very timeless, classy card.

Amy Garigan said...

I'll be copying this card. I love it.

ShellyJ said...

simply lovely!

wendipooh13 said...

what a lovely and elegent card, great stitching

Samantha T. said...

Wonderful card!

Hanne said...

What a beautiful card! I am not married, and I am not going to, but I made favours for our 5-year-anniversary using some pictures I had in a drawer...

Thanks for the chance to win!

mystyle said...

WOW! Amazing photo and LOVE the vintage metal ribbon slide! I have alot of old vintage items that I have saved over the years. Due to the value of some of the items I take photo copies of them to use on my projects.

Kelly in Canada said...

My wedding was 15 years ago and I wasn't too much into crafting back then so I didn't save a lot of keepsakes. I did, however, stamp my own place cards with a simple heart stamp (almost everything i collect has something to do with hearts). I still use that heart stamp every year for my husband's Valentine's Day and anniversary cards.

missbliss said...

What a great way to personalize the cards you give. I have tons of pics of my children to send to there grandma who lives far away. Will have to do this for her.

PS
That’s a great photo with just the right touches of embellishments.

syrant said...

Sandi Holt - so elegant! Love the favors!

joy said...

Thank you for inspiring us to create beautiful art.

Donna K said...

what an interesting idea for an anniversary card. the ribbon is beautiful and a very sentimental idea.

amy_wise said...

Love it! You do great work!

Laurie said...

Love the antique feel to the card. I am new to cards so lots of different examples are great! Thanks

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