We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: May ArtsIn today’s spotlight you’ll learn more about May Arts, see a fantastic project by Karen Hanson and have the opportunity to win a “winners choice” of 2 spools of Ribbon from May Arts. (details at the end of this post). Please note that this give-away is only open to residents of Canada and the USA.

May Arts Ribbon

May Arts Designer – Karen Hanson

Today we welcome Karen Hanson. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Karen’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:


Karen Hanson is a wife, mom, blogger, and proud member of the May Arts design team, working out of the beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta.

She originally started crafting after receiving a Cricut for her first Mother’s Day, and has not really looked back.

While Karen works on all types of projects from cards, to home decor, to scrapbooking, ribbon finds it’s way onto almost everything she creates!

Celebrate Spring Banner

Spring in Calgary, Canada can be a bit of a strange thing – slow to start, with hints here and there that change is on the way.

Most of spring is actually spent thawing out, surrounded by cracking bark and hints of fresh green popping up ever so slowly.  In fact, the real colour of spring here in Calgary comes from the sky; a big, bright prairie sky as far as the eye can see.

It is these blue and teal skies that we see most days during the coming season, with only a few grey days here and there.  It was the Calgary spring skies that inspired this banner!

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May Arts recently released the most beautiful collection of doubles-faced satin ribbon (HA-78), a collection of blues and greens and teals and turquoise .  The collection is so beautiful together that you will want them all!

I decided to use each colour of the 7/8″ ribbon to add a bit of texture to a simple banner, simply tying and knotting each across the streamer line that held each banner piece together.

The banner pieces themselves were cut from paper from DCWV (each banner piece was simply cut to 5″x 6″ – a favourite dimension of mine for banners).  I went with rustic wood grains to mimic much of what I see around me right now in my backyard, and what I will continue to see for much of the rest of spring.

Each banner piece was topped off with a letter cut with the Cricut Cartridge Don Juan, and topped off with a paper rose taken from DCWV’s Paper Rose Project stack.

I love that this banner celebrates the beauty of this season, even if that beauty isn’t what we typically think of for spring.  I think I am actually going to have a hard time taking this one down!


May Arts Ribbon – 7/8 Inch Double Faced Satin (HA-78)
DCWV Paper – Gilded Stack and Project Stack (Paper Roses)
Adhesive Rhinestones
Glue Gun
Cricut Cartridge – Don Juan

We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Karen Hanson for her fabulous project and May Arts Ribbon for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit May Arts to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration! You can find them also on facebook, pinterest, twitter, instagram and youtube.

In order to enter the give-away to win your choice of any two spools of May Arts Ribbon, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday. Please note that this give-away is only open to residents of Canada and the USA.

Happy Crafting!

40 replies on “Featured Company: May Arts 03 11 2015”

  1. What a gorgeous banner! LOVE those big flowers! Today’s weather gives me hope that Spring just might be springing into action! Lots of dripping action going on and the birds are singing quite loudly! YAY!!
    May Arts is the ONLY ribbon that graces my projects! I just love the variety and quality of their products! Would love to be able to add two more spools to my small but growing stash! Thank you and May Arts for the chance to!

  2. Fab banner, Karen… I love blues, teals and turquoise! I’ve had May Arts’ butterfly ribbon on my wishlist for ages… would be fun to win some… thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

  3. This is such a gorgeous banner! Beautiful job in creating this! Love May Arts ribbons and trims… always a favorite!

  4. Really cute project. I love May Arts ribbon and I have quite a few and they are so versatile and beautiful.

  5. Wow… as a fellow Canadian, (Hi Karen) I can attest that these are truly the colours of spring and they are so very welcome after the long winters. I love this banner, it is stunning! Honestly I would never put it outside, I would be terrified of ruining it by getting it wet, but it would be have a place of honour on my mantel. Just gorgeous.

  6. So beautiful, especially those flowers. I’m ready for spring and what a great way to celebrate it.

  7. This is a great banner. Actually I love all of the elements. The flowers are awesome with the little ribbons tied on them. Super cute. Gives me promise that spring & summer really might come. LOL

  8. It’s a lovely project. The banner is so pretty, without being overly girlie. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Banner fanatic right here!!:) Love using ribbons and fibers to put my banners together and really love the jumbo flowers with all the beautiful ribbon surrounding each 🙂 Thank you for creating such a beautiful spring banner and great giveaway !!!!

  10. Gorgeous banner! I just saw the new May Arts collection on their blog and I was blown away! Hoping to win some wonderful May Arts ribbon! Thank you!

  11. Soooo pretty! Love those ribbons, the colors are amazing! Banner looks great, love the flower too!

  12. Gorgeous banner. Love your flowers; so perfectly made. Awesome choice of ribbon colors.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  13. What a beautiful banner! I love Karen’s
    creations! Her style, paired with May Arts
    ribbon is a win-win combo!
    I love every spool of May Arts I own 🙂

  14. The ribbons are always beautiful and fun. So many everyday items are featured in ribbon – anchors, hearts,
    thanks for the chance to win some pretty ribbon.

  15. Oh, I just love the way you used those wide ribbons with a fishtail end on this banner! Gives a fun new look to the flowers!

  16. That banner would be so fun for a springtime party! I really love May Arts ribbons…and ribbons in general if I’m being honest! Thanks for the great craft idea!

  17. OOOOOHHHHHH … I’m loving this banner, and I am definitely definitely definitely going to put it in my list of items to scraplift! Love those colors of ribbon as well!

  18. I love this banner, beautiful colours. May Arts ribbon is amazing, only ribbon I use!

  19. I LOVE this banner! I must admit I have never been a fan of banners before but they are definitely growing on me and I think I must make one like this! Thanks so much for sharing this Karen! Of course, the May Arts ribbon makes it even better! I adore May Arts ribbons – all of them! Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful ribbon for my ever-growing stash!

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