Monday, April 7, 2014

May Arts Lawn Fawn Blog Hop

It's time for another May Arts/Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!  The May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn Design Teams have joined forces to bring you a week of stamp and ribbon inspiration.

I love gift packaging especially when it's in the Thrifty Gifting category.  I found a entire package of 12 orange and 12 yellow gift bags at a home decor shop for $1 each.  That's $2 for 24 gift bags!

I used a bright orange bag as the starting point for this sweet thank you gift bag and card tag set.  I covered the front of my bag with a colorful pattern from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine 6 x 6 paper pack.  I love the bright happy colors!

Next, I covered a library pocket with 2 more selections from the Hello Sunshine pack.  I cut a piece of cardstock to fit the pocket, then stamped images from Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm set in fun Tsukineko Neon Pigment inks.

I used May Arts Elastic Plaid Ruffle, and sparkly 4MM String Beads on the pocket.  A hole punched in the top got some May Arts Sheer Ombre Watermelon ribbon that I heated with my heat gun to give some crinkly texture.

A bit of bright orange and pink tissue paper finishes the color theme...brightly!

That's it!  Quick, easy gift packaging for pennies thanks to May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn!  Be sure to scroll down for the rest of the hop list.  You've got the whole week to hop, be inspired and win!

There is an awesome giveaway, of course!  There are 3 sets of prize packs of a roll of ribbon and a stamp set each.  That's 3 winners total.  You have to post on both the May Arts blog and Lawn Fawn sites to win.

Here's the list for the week in case you miss one along the way.  

Charlene Driggs (that's me!)





Thanks for joining us!
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Trash to Treasure Gift Wrap and Card Set

I've got a trash to treasure project for you on the May Arts blog sure to head over to see what I did with these gorgeous ribbons!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

May Arts Autism Awareness Blog Hop

  Research and education have erased many of the misconceptions about autism but it's important to keep the research going and to learn the signs of autism.  For more information, I encourage you to visit  The Autism Research Foundation and Austim Speaks.

The puzzle piece is often used as a symbol for Autism.  I wondered why, so I did a little searching and found this explanation:

"The puzzle represents the ambiguity and mystery around the causes and understanding of Autism. The puzzle piece is often used in graphics for Autism and Autism Treatment.

Many early Autism Awareness campaigns used the slogan

Help Solve the Puzzle (of Autism)”

You also now see the puzzle pieces on the autism ribbons, as a multi-colored puzzle."

The May Arts Autism Awareness Blog Hop is featuring the Puzzle Piece as our inspiration this year You might know, that this is a cause very dear to the heart of the Ribbon Lady.

I traced my cookie cutter onto a piece of lightweight cardboard, covered it with Tombow MonoMulti, then pressed strips of ribbon in the Autism colors onto the shape.  When the glue was dry, I trimmed the ribbons around the puzzle shape.

I made some puzzle piece cookies to go with the theme.

You can see how I made the cookie dough here.  I used my old standby Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe, although any good sugar cookie recipe will work.

Here are the rest of the Ribbonistas on the hop.  Oh and there's a prize for commenting...3 chances to win a roll of your choice of May Arts Ribbon from the blue line!

Charlene Driggs (that's me!)
Valerie Gee 

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Monday, March 10, 2014

May Arts & Penny Black Blog Hop

May Arts and Penny Black are collaborating for  a week of fun and inspirational projects.  Make sure to pop in daily because there will be a PRIZE EACH DAY!  How cool is that?

I'm first up this week with 2 super simple projects.  I used the versatile Penny Black Gratitude Sentiment set. This set has elegant sentiments for nearly every occasion.

First up is a CAS card.  That cute graphic came right on the paper.  I just stamped my sentiment, added May Arts 5/8" Solid Plaid ribbon in a perky little bow, some bling and done!

Next up is sweet little gift jar.  It can hold anything from ribbons or buttons to jam and takes just minutes to put together.  I think it's nice to have some little gifts on hand for saying thank you, happy birthday or a quick get well. and this Penny Black Gratitude set has it all covered.  

I hot glued May Arts  1.5" Net Ribbon around the jar.  Ribbon is so much easier to fit around odd shapes than paper is.  Once my net ribbon was secure, I added some fun May Arts  1/2" Pom Pom String over the net ribbon.

Next, I stamped the Penny Black sentiment on a paper doily.  I cut a ring from some DCWV Dear Jane paper stack and Spellbinders Scalloped Circle dies and glued it over the sentiment on the doily.  A little bling from my stash finished of the top.  

I hot glued May Arts 1/2" Woven Burlap around the top of the lid, then added May Arts Mini Pom Poms over the burlap.  That ruffled edge on the doily was created by cutting off the edge with scissors.

That's it for up is Ribbonista Courtney Lee!  Be sure to head over the Penny Black Blog as well for even more inspiration and chances to win!

Here's the list for the week:






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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

May Arts Retro Challenge Project - It's all about the Package! Giveaway Alert!

 Here's my inspiration project for the May Arts Ribbon Retro Color Challenge this month.  It's all about the package, right?  I think these colors would work for everything from babies to Mother's Day to friends to....well, you get it, everything...except those manly men in our lives.

I cut the paper corded handles off, punched holes, added grommets, then tied on that gorgeous May Arts Grosgrain with Scalloped edge.  Isn't it fun?!

I used a combination of Scor-Tape and hot glue to attach the ribbons to the bag.  The Scor-tape is mainly to hold the ribbon in place until the hot glue sets.

Yummy, yes!   Here's the inspiration photo for the challenge.

Do you want to play along?  Just head to the May Arts Blog and follow the Ribbon Lady's instructions.  She'll even send you the ribbon to play with!  How cool is that?

And..I had some of these yummy ribbons left over...enough to make any of the projects on the May Arts blog, including my gift bag.

So leave me a comment and when the Ribbon Lady announces the participants on the MA blog, I'll pick a winner from my blog.  So you can win either way!!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Time for the May Arts Monthly Ribbon Challenge! We're going Retro!

The Ribbon Lady is taking us retro this month for the May Arts Monthly Color Challenge.

Aren't they gorgeous?!  The Design Team will be sharing some yummy inspiration projects for you but if you want to play, hurry over to the May Arts Blog for the details.  The Ribbon Lady will even send you the ribbon.

See you for yummy inspiration soon!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Chapped Lips?

It's nice and warm where I am (come on down!) but dry air, frigid weather and the inevitable chapped lips are still plaguing much of the country.

I've got a quick and easy post on the May Arts blog for keeping your chapstick close at hand.  These would be great for the kids backpacks as well.

Thanks for popping and be sure to head over the MA blog for more pictures and a link to the tutorial.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

May Arts/Stampendous Blog Week & 3 Giveaways

It's my turn to share the fun using beautiful May Arts Ribbon and Stampendous products.

I decided to make a giant tag that can double as a card.  This was so fun to do.  I simply covered both sides of an extra large shipping tag with designer paper then added ribbon and that adorable Stampendous House Mouse image called Big Yawn.

This is a great project for small pieces of leftover ribbon.  :-)  There is space on the back for a message and I think that this can be used as a decorative piece in a child's room as well.

Here's the supply list:

Other: - Scor-Tape; Spellbinders Heart die; Designer paper - Heidi Grace Daydream; foam squares; XL Tag; Papertrey Ink cardstock; Ink - Amuse; Copic markers

Thanks for joining us and don't forget...there will be 3 big winners of a spool of May Arts Ribbon (your choice and a Stampendous stamp and handle!

Here's the May Arts Design Team list in case you missed someone this week and be sure so pop over to the Stampendous blog for more chances to win!





Charlene Driggs (that's me!)

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Monday, February 17, 2014

May Arts/Stampendous Blog Week and 3 big Giveaways!

May Arts has joined forces with Stampendous to bring you a full week of fun and inspirational projects as well as a chance to be one of  3 winners of 1 spool of May Arts ribbon of your choice and a jumbo cling set and handle from Stampendous. 

All you have to do to have a chance to win is leave some comment love on the designer's easy is that?

Here's the May Arts line up for the week so you can pop back in here and  jump to the blogs easily and don't forget to go to the Stampendous blog for even more chances to win!





Charlene Driggs (that's me!)

Have fun and I'll see you on Friday!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

May Arts & Paper Crafter's Library

Have you seen my post on Paper Crafter's Library yet?  I've got a picture tutorial showing you what I did with these bits and pieces of May Arts Ribbon,some findings from my stash

and a brown paper bag.  :-)

See you there for the transformation.  Leave a comment on the PCL blog and you could win 2 full rolls of May Arts Ribbon!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Burlap Hearts

Ah, romance...come see how we celebrate it with burlap and May Arts ribbon.

Yes, there's a tutorial plus links to the tutorial for the handmade paper tag and that gorgeous silk rose in case you missed them.

Thanks for popping in!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

May Arts Ribbon New Release Week Day 3 Giveaway!

It’s New Release Week on the May Arts Ribbon Blog!   That means all week long we are inspiring you to create with our awesome new ribbons. That also means you have two chances to win some of your own! Our first giveaway is our Spring Release Giveaway, showing you all our upcoming releases.   And for another chance to win, you just have to comment on any post this week! 

It's my turn to showcase some of the new May Arts Ribbons.  Head over to the blog to see what I've done with some of the new glittery, sparkly, and elegant ribbons!

Here's a sneak peek...

Thanks for stopping in here.  I'll see you over there!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

May Arts Ribbon Release Week and Giveaway!

It's the time of year when May Arts Ribbon begins the release of all the fabulous new ribbons for the year. It's a jam packed week of gorgeous ribbons and projects sure to inspire you to use them in your crafting, sewing, scrapbooking and mixed media projects.

Be prepared to be wowed!

Here's a peek at some of the new ribbons and the giveaway announcement and here's a project using some of the new ADHESIVE ribbons by Ribbonista Jenifer Cowles.   Gini Williams Cagle used the new Burlap and that ribbon!

Be sure to leave lots of comments for your chance to win some of these awesome new ribbons of your own!

Thanks for joining us for this fun and inspiring week!
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cross Stitch your Burlap...why yes, I think I will!

Need a quick and easy Valentine or anniversary gift box?  Head over the May Arts blog to see how I cross-stitched my burlap with twine.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014, it's ccc..cold outside!

Yes, even here in the sub-tropics we're shiverin' and shakin'.   It's just downright cold everywhere!

We're got a cute and simple way to warm up those freezing fingers on the May Arts Blog.  They're easy to whip up and would make a "sweet", inexpensive and welcome gift.

There's a full tutorial on the Blog so grab your May Arts ribbon and let's get those finger toasty warm.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

I give you my heart - Kid Craft

I's been awhile.  I've been doing some much need  major re-organizing of my work space.  Still a bit more to go but I can walk in here now.  :-)  Yes, it was THAT bad.  Just ask my husband.  (roll eyes)

I know, it's been awhile since I've posted.  I've been doing some major re-organizing in the craft room.  I can actually walk in here now...yes, it was THAT bad!  DH can attest to that.

I do have a fun craft that you can do with your kids for Valentine's Day.  Head on over to the May Arts blog for the instructions.

No, you can't eat these.  Yes, they do last almost forever, even the littlest ones can help and they smell AMAZING!  They're also a great alternative to paper Valentines.

Thanks for popping in!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

In the meadow we can build a snowman...

We're building snowmen...and women :-) on the May Arts blog today!  Perfect with all the snowy weather up north....brrrrr.  Grab your hot chocolate and build our snowmen and women beside a warm fire!

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