Monday, July 22, 2013


It's time once again to take a walk down the Ribbonista Memory Lane.  This week is a time to celebrate a year of beautiful ribbon inspiration. 

Each day this week, the Ribbon Lady will bring you the "Best of the Ribbonistas".  Be sure to head over the May Arts blog each day to see a few of the fabulous projects brought to you by this year's team. 

You'll find each day's schedule below.  Be sure to visit the May Arts Blog each day for the tour of projects and be sure to comment.  Of course...there will be prizes.   Enjoy! 


Best of The Ribbonistas Schedule

Sandy Allnock
Virginia Fynes

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Friday, July 19, 2013

May Arts Ribbon/Splash of Color & a Giveaway!

May Arts Ribbon and Splash of Color have teamed up to bring you some fun and inspirational splashes of color featuring our eyelet ribbons and the fabulous H20 Twinkling Colors

I chose to use the Springtime Shimmering Watercolor H20's and since I couldn't decide which fabulous May Arts Eyelet Ribbons to use...I used them all!

Using things I found in my stash, I created this "sweet" little gift set.  I'll show you why it's double sweet in a second.  What you can't see in this picture is the amazing sparkle so I've got some close ups for you. 
I like to keep a supply of all kinds of containers in my stash because I just never know when I'll need a little gift and with my May Arts Ribbon handy, inspiration is never a problem!

Here's what I did:

Paint a small clay pot first with white acrylic paint, then pink acrylic, then lightly sand it and give it a coat of Chiffon Pink Twinkling H20's.  Hot glue a piece of May Arts eyelet around the top edge. Insert a piece of florist foam. Set aside.
Take one yard each May Arts Eyelet Ribbons, thoroughly wet with paint brush/water or spray bottle/water.  Paint with your choice of Springtime Twinkling H20's. Let dry, then stitch with a sewing machine running stitch (you may also do this by hand).  Pull up the stitching so the ribbon gathers.  Layer to form flower shapes and add a bit of hot glue to hold.  Stitch or hot glue buttons to the center.
 See the twinkle?
I have to say that this next step was my favorite.  I followed Marah Johnson's Kosher Salt tutorial to create several tags.  I used all the colors in the Springtime Set and painted away so that I have tags for other projects.  Look at that beautiful sparkle!  I attached strips of May Arts 3/8" Eyelet with Scor-Tape.

Now here's the "sweet" secret.  I painted balsa wood sticks with green acrylic paint, then taped organic lollipops to the sticks!  Tape your pretty May Arts Twinkling Eyelet Flowers to lollipops.
Add May Arts Jumbo Leaves to the sticks using hot glue, then push the sticks into the floral foam.  Add a bit hot glue to make sure they stay put.  Add excelsior to finish.
I thought this would make a "sweet" get well, office or teacher gift. 
Thanks for joining us!  We hope we've inspired you to create and paint your ribbon with a Splash of Color! 
Now you know we love to see you get crafty with May Arts Ribbon and Splash of Color so if you pop over the May Arts and Splash of Color Blogs, you can have a chance to win all 3 of these awesome eyelet ribbons AND a 6 pack of Petite H20's.

May Arts Ribbons Used:

                  447 Eyelet - 1", 5/8" and 3/8"

               448 Jumbo Leaves (not included in giveaway)


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Clean and Simple Monday

Do you ever feel like time is just flying by and you're running as fast as you can to catch it?  That is the case with our son's anniversary.  It crept up before I knew it so I had to make a card...FAST!

I just got some awesome Webster's Pages goodies in their warehouse sale so decided to put some of them to use on this fast card.

Aren't these embroidered shapes from the designer Threads pack sweet?  I just layered 3 of the designs, added some scoring...sorry it doesn't show up better (already mailed it so no re-takes!).

I started with the CAS(e) this Sketch #36 but couldn't make the sentiment panel work so won't be entering it. 

Be sure to pop over to the May Arts Blog.  The Ribbon Lady is previewing the finalists for the new Prima Design Team.  Tell her your favorite (s)  and you could win some ribbon for yourself!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

May Arts / Lawn Fawn Blog Hop

May Arts and Lawn Fawn are celebrating another week of fun inspiration and giveaways.

Summer's in full swing but it will be back to school time before we know it!

I started thinking ahead with a cute pencil box for those brand new pencils.  Going back to school is much more fun when the munchkins have fun things to take to school with them.

Isn't this fun?  I think I'm addicted to this May Arts Orange Wired Chevron.  I just love the bright color and how easy it is to work with.   I used a cut file from the Cutting Café (it comes in PDF form if you don't have an electronic cutter) for the box. 

After that, it was all fun with pretty papers from Lawn Fawn's Dewey Decimal Collection and Lucky Stars Stamp set.

The paper didn't have any stars on it, so I just grabbed my favorite Hero Arts Chalk Ink pads and added some using the star stamps in the Lucky Stars set.

To create my shooting stars, I stapled three pieces of May Arts Wired Chevron together, then wound them around a pencil.  I die cut some stars with Spellbinders dies then covered them with Stickles.  A bit hot glue holds them securely to the ribbon.
A strip of the May Arts Wired Chevron atttached with Scor-Tape adds bold color and texture to the box sides and top.

I hope you've enjoyed my project. 


May Arts Ribbon - Wired Chevron 443-58-28
Lawn Fawn - Dewey Decimal Paper Collection and Lucky Stars Stamps

Partners in Craft - Hero Arts Chalk Ink; Spellbinders Stars dies; Scor-Tape

Other - Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; Stampin'Up, The Cutting Café (pencil box cut file)

There will be 2 Giveaways for this between Monday and Friday and another between Friday - Monday.

Each giveaway will be for 3 spools of  May Arts ribbon (your choice) and a Lawn Fawn stamp and die set!!  Now that's worth hopping for!!

Be sure to hop each day to be eligible.   I have a full list below in case you missed someone along the way. 






Charlene Driggs  (That's Me!)

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

WOYWW214, Blog Hops, Giveaways and Burlap Bags

It's Wednesday and that means we get to peek at workdesks around the world to see all the amazing spaces and projects being created.  Just head on over to Julia's Stamping Ground for all the fun.

 I finally got a chance to snap a quick photo of my new workspace.  This is just a tiny bit of it as I can't get the entire room in the photo.  

For those who don't know, my DH graciously gave up his office space and his big desk so that I could move into the larger room.  Now, the computer, and my workspace are all together. The built in shelving has a counterpart on the opposite wall with windows in between.  More on that later. 

I also have a quick way to transform a simple burlap bag using only May Arts Ribbon and Scor-Tape.

Scor-Tape sticks to the burlap like a magnet!
Two rows of gorgeous May Arts Crochet Lace.
Beautiful, yes?  I added May Arts Lace with Pearl Center over the Crochet lace. More Scor-Tape holds down the beautiful Jumbo Leaves and that awesome Shabby Flower.
Don't forget you can win your choice of May Arts Ribbons and Lawn Fawn Stamps/dies in the Blog Hop this week.  Yep, you can choose any ribbons you want...even these beauties.
Pop over to the May Arts and Lawn Fawn Blogs all week...there are 2 giveaways so you have more chances to win and be inspired by all the wonderful projects.
My project day is Friday...see you then!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

May Arts/Lawn Fawn Blog Hop and Giveaway!

It's Blog Hop time on the May Arts Blog again.  Be sure to pop over for great inspiration and hop to win.  2 big prizes this week!   Don't forget to hop over to the Lawn Fawn Blog as well for more stamp and ribbon inspiration and prizes!!

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Foodie Friday - Tomato Basil Pie


I've missed you Foodie's not like I haven't been cooking, or baking, it's just that most times, whatever is yummy is devoured before I smack myself in the head and say, "I should have taken a picture of that!"

Since I've had a few emails saying you missed Foodie Friday too, I shall try harder to smack myself sooner and grab the camera.

It's summer and that means fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil are in abundance.

I wish you could smell this pie or better yet taste that yummy cheesy filling fragrant with garlic and basil and fresh, ripe tomatoes.   Whip up a quick salad and you've got dinner.  If you have a carnivore in the family, a lovely grilled chicken breast is a nice accompaniment but totally unnecessary.

You can find a printable recipe here for the pie and that amazing crispy, flaky crust...sorry Dough Boy but this one's got it all over you.


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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Christ Fellowship Worship Leaders sing the Star Spangled Banner

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ” (Benjamin Franklin)

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Simon and Garfunkel

Are you going to Scarborough Fair,
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme?
Remember me to one who lives there,
She once was a true of mine.

Yearning for a simpler time...hands in the soil of my garden...inspired by ribbons and a song.

Head over to the May Arts blog today to see  how to put together this lovely bouquet and what I created to go in the wedding book with the pressed herbs.
Ribbon used:May Arts Faux Canvas

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Clean and Simple Monday

I've had a few emails asking where I've been.  In addition to being just plain busy with work, DH has graciously given up his office so that I could move into it.  We both said moving to a new house would have been simpler! 

I'm hoping to get back to a somewhat regular schedule (although wedding season keeps me hopping) and start creating again. 

It's still thought I'd grab a few minutes to play with a couple of challenges. 

The SCS CAS Challenge (CAS227) is a Theme Challenge - Summer Fun.  I combined the challenge with the sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch (CTS#34)  to come up with my favorite Summer Fun holiday...the 4th of July.  I love everything about it!  This year, though, we're concentrating more on the meaning behind the holiday and it's real name, Independence Day.  

Here's the sketch:

and here's my take on it:



Cardstock - Neenah Solar White
Stamps - Papertrey Ink 1776
Ink - Hero Arts
Ribbon - May Arts Glitter Velvet (I seriously LOVE this ribbon!)
Other -  Cuttlebug Star EF; Xyron Create a Sticker; acrylic star

Thanks for hanging in there...I've got a giveaway coming up  soon as welll as a peek at my new space.

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