Friday, October 17, 2014

May Arts Handmade Christmas Card Blog Hop

I have a confession to make.  Ready?  Seriously, you better sit down first.

 I don't make my Christmas cards.  GASP!!

I used to...really I did. but life has become a whirlwind of things to do and something had to go.  I do, however, make a few special ones to send to family so I was thrilled when the Ribbon Lady challenged us to a Christmas card hop.  I miss my paper and ink.

I decided to go elegant in ivory and gold for this one.  Super simple, super easy.  My card base is 5" square ivory card stock, corners rounded and the front spritzed with ImagineCRAFTS Pssst! Sheer Shimmer Gold Spritz.  I think I'm in love.  I sponged the edges with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz.

I created the wreath by first cutting a circle with a Spellbinders Circle die then glued May Arts XL30 Gold Leaves.  The wreath circle is popped up with foam tape.

The paper flowers were sponged with gold ink  and pearl swirl was muted with some Versafine Sepia ink so they wouldn't be so white against the ivory card stock both came from my stock.  I stamped the sentiment with the same gold ink.

Inside, I spritzed more gold shimmer then pulled a string on a single gold leaf to create some texture.  A stick on pearl tops finishes it off. Christmas card completed!

You know the Ribbon Lady loves to give away ribbon so here we go -   2 spools of ribbon EACH day from the May Arts Christmas Section!  That's 21 pages of choices!!  Just comment to win!

Here's the hop line up in case you missed someone along the way:

        Virginia Fynes
       Tracy McLennon
       Rhea Weigand
       Mary Brockway
       Mallika Kejriwal  
       Lalo IK 
       Karen Hanson

       Karen Baker
      Jennifer Davey
      Jenifer Cowles
      Jen Shears
      Emily Lanham
      Charlene Driggs - that's me!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness - Fight Like a Girl Giveaway

In honor of the women I know fighting breast cancer, I'm having a Fight Like a Girl giveaway!

You'll receive Amuse Studio's fight like a girl stamp set, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Radiant Neon Electric Pink ink pad and all the May Arts pink ribbons from my scrap basket.  Most are long, some are short, all are beautiful. 

What do you need to do?  Just leave me a comment and tell me about a special woman in your life who has battled or is surviving breast cancer.

I'll draw a winner on Saturday, October 18th.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Decorate Your Fall Pumpkins

I've got a fun, quick and easy Fall project up on the May Arts blog today.   Be sure to pop over to see the whole project and get your creative juices flowing.

Happy Fall Y'all!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

May Arts/Authentique/Imagine Crafts Blog Hop

It's time for another fun May Arts blog hop!  This time we're combining our gorgeous ribbons with beautiful Authentique papers and Imagine Crafts inks and sprays.

Just because summer is over, there's no reason to put away your summer papers and bright ribbons. Here's a way to bring a little sunshine into your family's lives on those dreary winter days.

I have some old  (I mean, they were on the clearance aisle to start with and have been sitting in my office for about 3 years old!) Martha Stewart boxes that were craving a make over.  So, for my project, I pulled one of the boxes out of the dungeon and decided to give it a paper and ribbon face lift.

See what I mean...yes, it looked that bad!

Now, thanks to May Arts Ribbon, Authentique's pretty papers and Imagine Crafts Shimmer sprays, and a little adhesive;  I've created a"Happy Box" and cheerful tags to tuck into backpacks, lunch boxes and even your spouse's car to brighten their day.  Having a supply of tags handy makes writing a little note of encouragement to brighten their day stress free and fun.

Much improved...yes?  Loving those happy ribbons!

Even the inside got the ribbon and pretty paper treatment.  And those tags were so much fun to create!

The box can be refilled or re-purposed for as a treasure box or keepsake.  The supply list is at the bottom

Here's the line up for the week: be sure to check in to each Ribbonistas blog daily for your chance to win one of 3 awesome prize packs full of May Arts ribbony goodness, pretty Authentique papers and Imagine Crafts surprises.

Charlene Driggs (that's me!)




Thanks for joining us and be sure to comment to win!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Crochet Pony Tail Holders

Want a fun and easy project?  Need a fundraising project for cheerleaders or inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers?  Maybe you just want to match an outfit?

Head over the May Arts blog today for the easy tutorial!

Have fun!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Burrito Pillowcase - May Arts Style

I've got a quick and easy tutorial for you on the May Arts blog today...We're adding fun and funky May Arts ribbon to fabric to create quick and easy gifts and slumber party fun!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

May Arts Meet the Team Week & Giveaway

It's that time again...Time to say a fond farewell to the departing team members and a warm welcome to the new team for the May Arts Blog.

The Ribbon Lady is celebrating by giving away 3 chances to win May Arts New Releases.  What do you have to do?  Just stop by the May Arts blog and say Hello!





        Virginia Fynes

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

May Arts Second Chance Giveaway

My blog candy winner didn't make contact so I've chosen another lucky winner:

Sherry Butcher said...
I love all your nautical projects. I use Xyron X cube & Tombow as well. as May Arts. Love your new ideas. TFS.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Just "Coasting" along May Arts Style & a Blog Candy Winner

I've got a tutorial for you on the May Arts Blog today.   Holiday gift giving time will soon be upon us so now is the perfect time to get started on some easy and practical gifts.

Here's a sneak peek at the supplies I used fort my project:

Hop over to the May Arts blog to see what I made and thanks for joining us!

I promised to give away a yard EACH of this gorgeous ribbon

at the end of the MA New Release Blog Hop and here she is:

Blogger cghundley said...
Wonderful new ribbons
and these are so cute
and would be fun to
use on some cards!
Carla from Utah
August 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM


Congratulations, have one week to contact me with your mailing information.  
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Monday, August 4, 2014

May Arts New Release Blog Hop

It's the most exciting time of the year!  May Arts has released their new line of ribbons and they're something to behold!  Each day this week, the Ribbonistas will be showcasing one of the new ribbons with various ways to use it.

I'm first up this week so here we go!  I got to play with May Arts new Nautical Satin Cut Outs.  They're especially exciting because they were designed by student, Helga Gardner in a design collaboration with the Moore College of Art & Design.

I decided to highlight the various ways these fun designs could be used by simply changing the adhesive used for application.

Here are the adhesives I used:  Xyron X cube, Tombow Mono-Multi, Tsukineko Glaz On, and Fabric Glue.

These pretty gold compasses were attached to some shot glasses I got on clearance.  I attached the ribbon with Tsukineko Glaz On.  Perfect for use on a variety of surfaces including glass.

I replaced the cord in this burlap bag with May Arts 3/8" Anchor and Star Grosgrain.  I cut apart the cute anchors and sailboats then attached them with fabric glue.

A gift card holder gets the nautical treatment with Tombow Mono Multi.

And finally, I ran a length of these anchors through my Xyron X Cube for easy attachment on this birthday card.

You know the Ribbon Lady loves to give away ribbon and this is no exception.  If you'd like to win some of the new releases for your very own, just be sure to comment on May Arts blog and on each Ribbonista blog this week.  

To make things even more fun, I'll be giving away 1 yard of each of the Nautical Satin Cut Outs to one lucky commenter on MY BLOG.  Just tell me how you'd like to use it.  I'll pick one winner on Saturday at the end of the hop.

Here is the hop list:






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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Emboss on Velvet Ribbon

I've got a fast, easy tutorial for you on the May Arts blog today.   Grab your iron (well, you might as well use it for something, right?) some gorgeous May Arts Velvet and follow the tutorial to create this:

Have fun!!

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Let's make Danny's wish come true

This is Danny.  Danny has an inoperable brain tumor.  He will be will be 5 yrs. old on July 25th.   Sweet Amy Tsuruta linked this article about Danny yesterday.  All he wants for his birthday are cards with his name on them.

 We can do this!!

Here's my card for Danny.  Felt so good to put ink to paper again!  I used May Arts BRAND NEW Nautical Satin Cutouts (ran them through my Xyron) Papertrey Ink Designer papers and Avery Elle's Knotty stamp set.

There's still time to make this precious little boy's birthday special.  Here's his address and it's also in the article above:

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

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Friday, July 18, 2014

May Arts, Simple Stories, Xyron Blog Hop - Day 5!

It's Day 5 of the May Arts/Simple Stories/Xyron Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from Courtney Lee's blog, you're in the right place.

I chose to work with "the story of US".  I knew it would be perfect for a newly wed couple to journal to each other.   I used 8 May Arts ribbons on the front!  After I cut the designer paper to fit the front/back covers, I ran them through my Xyron 9" Creative Station.  No glue, no tape, no mess and instant adhesion.  Gotta love that!

More Simple Stories and May Arts Ribbon on the inside to keep things interesting. I can't show you all the pages but here are a few.

Perfect back cover!

May Arts Ribbon used:

Here's today's line up:


If you missed anyone during the week, here's the full May Arts line up.  





Don't forget to check out the Simple Stories and Xyron blogs for more inspiration and chances to win.

You know there are always awesome prizes up for grabs so here goes:

Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Kit
a spool of May Arts ribbon (winners choice)
Xyron 2.5" Create a Sticker

Just hop and comment to win!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 3 - May Arts, Simple Stories, Xyron Blog Hop

Day 3 is here!  Here's your May Arts line up for today:

      Jenifer Cowles

and Days 1 & 2 in case you missed them:



Don't forget to visit the Simple Stories and Xyron blogs too!

Prizes..of course! Just comment to win!

Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine Kit
a spool of May Arts ribbon (winners choice)
Xyron 2.5" Create a Sticker

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