May Arts Week: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of May Arts Week on the Paper Crafter’s Library Blog!  We’re so excited to partnering with May Arts to showcase their stunning ribbons. I don’t know about you, but here at Paper Crafter’s Library we’re ribbon lovers – you’ll find ribbon on almost all of our projects – which is why we’re so thrilled to have May Arts as an Invited Sponsor. You haven’t seen ribbon until you’ve seen May Arts Ribbon – they offer a multitude of different colors and styles of ribbon to suit any preference and taste –  and all of it, top quality!

Every day this week we’ll be sharing fantastic projects featuring May Arts ribbons created by both the May Arts Design Team as well as the Paper Crafter’s Library Designers/Educators. At the end of this week, two lucky winners will receive their choice of FOUR rolls of ribbon from the May Arts website. One winner will be drawn from all the comments left either here on the Paper Crafter’s Library blog or the Paper Crafter’s Library Facebook page , and one winner will be drawn from all the comments left either on the May Arts Blog or the May Arts Facebook Page. Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit every day not only for the great project ideas, but also to enter your name into our give-away.

About May Arts

May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler. 

As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order. 

May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.

Where to Buy May Arts Ribbons

The May Arts website is their wholesale site for online and brink and mortar retailers.  We’ve linked to it so that you can easily view their entire product line in one place.  There are numerous places where you can purchase May Arts Ribbons including many local scrapbook stores as well as online stores. Two of the online stores that carry the biggest selections that we are aware of include Amazon, who carry the complete May Arts Ribbon Line (plus you can qualify for free shipping).  Click on the link we provided and it will take you to our May Arts Ribbon Search Results. To find a particular ribbon, go to the May Arts website, find the name of the ribbon and color and then enter that into your Amazon search results.  Please note that through Amazon you’re buying by the roll.  Most other online and local scrapbook stores sell May Arts Ribbon by the yard.  One of the online stores that carries a great selection is Ribbon Carousel.

May Arts Designer Project

Our May Arts Designer today is Leah Farrar-White.  You can see her project below, but before that, here is a little more about Leah:

Leah Day 2 May ArtsHello, I’m Leah.  I recently moved back to my hometown after 20 years. My husband, Howard, is a Senior Pastor for the United Methodist Church –we live right across the street. Absolutely no commute what-so-ever. We have two children, 9 year old Sophie, and 7year old Dow. They are both idea filled and very creative! I have always been an all around artsy person. As a girl my main focus was Drama, Dance and Music. In the past I have worked for Theaters, taught Drama and Speech and creative workshops of all types. I actually met my husband at an audition for a musical. I have participated in or taught many a swing choir class! Yes, soooo Glee!

Then came the Visual Art. Like a lot of people, I didn’t connect to this side of Art until later in life. It started with Sophie’s birth and scrapbooking. It then bloomed to all sorts of creative outlets. I love to quilt, knit, stitch, make cards, scrapbook and alter items. (etc.etc.etc) When I create, I love to use repurposed items and vintage-Antiquey-barginy-finds in my projects. Buttons, paper and fabric? Yes!!! and YES!!! and yes, again!!! oh and Ribbon. It makes me giddy. I have not met a May Arts ribbon that I did not LOVE. I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and videos with you!

Cards Galore

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Let’s make a card…or 2, or 3…

Everybody loves the ease of a card sketch, with the outline of the card in front of you, you can just glue and go! Well today is your lucky day, here is a card sketch along with a few card samples and a video for inspiration.

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This sketch is versatile; adapt anyway you want or keep it as is! Drop everything and go create!!!

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Here is a video to show you how to create the first card….Enjoy!

Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Project

Now, below you can see some projects created by Tracy- Senior Educator/Designer here at Paper Crafter’s Library.

In the card below Tracy used some of the gorgeous May Arts Chevron Patterned Ribbon (called Twill/Stripes) to create an award ribbon as her focal point, on the card shown below.  We’ve filmed a free video tutorial on how to create the card which you can watch below.

Download the pdf handout here.

You can watch a video on how to create this Way To Go card here.

Part 1

Part 2

In the scrapbook page below, Tracy uses May Arts Chevron Patterned Ribbon (called Twill/Stripes) to create the ribbon border on the bottom of her page.

There is a video tutorial and handout for this project available to our Paper Crafter’s Library members.

So there you have it! Day 2 of our celebration of May Arts! Be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with more great projects and another free video tutorial!

A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library

The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming. After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.

Be sure to sign up for our free email newsletter which features weekly video tutorials. For more information about Paper Crafter’s Library and how we can help you take your paper crafting to the next level, check out the Benefits of Becoming a Member.

May Arts Ribbon Give-Away

To enter to win 4 rolls of May Arts Ribbon of your choice, please leave your comment below. Also, be sure to stop by the May Arts Blog when you see the Paper Crafter’s Library post published for another chance to win, and tell them Paper Crafter’s Library sent you! Winner will be announced on Friday!

103 replies on “May Arts Week: Day 2”

  1. Love today’s projects! I really like seeing all the different takes on the sketch, and I just LOVE the layout and all that chevron twill. Such a great idea!

  2. Fabulous cards and I love the twill wrapped around the title panel on the LO. I had NO idea May Arts was on Amazon! Whoo hoo!

  3. I’m hoping chevrons never go out of style! Love the cards and the scrapbook page even though I don’t scrapbook. You always have lots of ideas that can carry over from one to the other. Thanks!

  4. Just love that chevron ribbon and that card. Who wouldn’t love to get that! Fun to come here everyday and see what is going on. Thanks

  5. My son rides dirt bikes, and might just like for me to make a layout for him. Thanks for the idea. Great job.

  6. What an amazing collection of projects. I love all the creative ways Leah was able to use the same sketch! Tracy, your twill/stripes border on the layout is especially impressive. It really calls attention to the layout. Great embellishments too! They fit the theme so well.

  7. What a lovely cards! I keep getting amazed by the amount off possibilities the world of scrapbooking has to offer. Thank you all for sharing all these inspirational ideas! Greetz Dee

  8. The thick yellow ribbon looks so good on the first one. Don’t you love May Arts Ribbon? Your cards are so pretty and put together in a beautiful way.

  9. I love those cards! I am still collecting the entire line of the chevron ribbon. I used to be able to buy May Arts ribbon by the yards, now I have to have entire rolls all to myself!!!

  10. Beautiful cards and ribbons ,I love them all. Your Videos are easy to follow with clear instructions.
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. This is such a fun week because I am no only learning new ways to use beautiful May Arts ribbons, but learning something about each one of the ladies who is “teaching” us as well. The Chevron ribbon makes that award and I can see that being a cute project for a lot of purposes! Thanks for the videos as well, I am a visual learner and I get so much from them.

    I am hoping to win that beautiful ribbon at the end of the week! Off to May Arts to leave my daily comment. . . . Thanks for the chance!

  12. great projects! love the way to go card. wonderful colors and beautiful ribbons

  13. Leah, thank you for sharing your talent. I like the sketch you provided and your cards are beautiful. Of course, I just love May Arts ribbons.

  14. Chevron’s are big at the moment and love the way you’ve used them here. I especially like the way you wrapped them to use as a background for your page title.

  15. wow what a day. the sketch is great love the ribbons thank you for all your awesome work!

  16. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I particularly like the scrapbook page. Thanks also for the sources for the ribbon, both by the roll and by the yard. I saw that SimonSaysStamp carries some as well 🙂

  17. I never have used a sketch, but I know so many people do. It was nice seeing how many ways you can make a card from just one sketch. As far as the May Arts Ribbons go, they are heaven to me. I love them all!!!! Thank you again for this opportunity to win so of that lovely, gorgous, scrumtous, delicious ribbon!!!! Yum Yum!!!!!

  18. Wow, this is going to be a great week. I love Leah’s card. Seeing her tear that paper instead of trying to get perfectly straight lines was inspirational! l Love the vintage look.

  19. Leah’s sketch is great- will have to remember that one!
    Tracy’s projects are fab! Love the card- the chevron ribbon is gorgeous.

  20. Wow! Both Card are so pretty! And the videos are so simple and explain the “how tos” so well. Thanks!

  21. Thanks so much for all the variations on the sketch. I need that kind of thing to help me along. Also LOVE the way the ribbon was used to make the border on the layout.

  22. So easy and quick. You would think spent hours making them. love the colours and textures that a ribbon can bring to a card. sketches are so useful to jog your memory once you start to put the card together. Love the video great as a teaching tool and can work along with you as stop and start. Wonderful site .

  23. these are such great projects and really shows a diversity in the use of the ribbon. I am such a ribbon collector. I try to put them on as many of my projects as I can!! You can never have enough ribbon!

  24. I believe these are the prettiest ribbons I have seen. Thanks for the information on how I can purchase

  25. Fabulous cards! And who doesn’t love ribbon???!! Can I just say that I started drooling when I saw that entire shelving unit filled with all of that gorgeous ribbon at the beginning of this post?!

  26. Love the cards , and the different ribbon gorgeous.
    makes you want to create.

  27. I love all the ideas presented and have a new appreciation for the Chevron Twill ribbon. It so dresses up a card and creates such a focal point. Thanks for the great inspiration. I already loved May Arts ribbon, now I know more/better things to do with it!

  28. I really enjoyed todays projects. Especially the scrapbook layout, as my grandson is into motorcross
    racing, and has been since 6years old, he is now 17years old. He now has sponsers. Thank you for the
    chance to win some of these fabulous ribbons. Take care.

  29. Great projects and I absolutely love May Arts ribbons. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  30. Twill has always been a favorite of mine, since I first started scrapping 10 years ago. To this day, I still keep a supply of different widths, colors, etc. because I use it in all my projects (3-D, cards, scrapping, and much more). And I am always on the look-out for “different” ribbon — aren’t we all??? I can see that May Arts ribbon will be an awesome addition to my collection.

  31. Thanks for all those takes on just one sketch. And thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Wonderful ribbons, I have many in my stash! Love to have MORE\\

  33. I love the sketch idea and will apply that to my card making. I am cleaning out my Mom’s house (she is in a nursing facility) and Mom was a keeper. I found ribbon from flowers that were delivered and today I found a pink ribbon from a store gift so I need to make a baby card and will use it. I am a ribbon gal.

    Thanks for sharing love the cards.

  34. Just cute cards…can’t wait to try them at home. The twill ribbon just sets them off!

  35. Love the card sketch and multiple ideas for using it–fun video! Also love the chevron twill card–unusual colors together but they work beautifully. Thanks for all the inspiration–you’ve even inspired me to check out the May Arts online catalog–Wow! What gorgeous ribbon “candyland”!

  36. Love that Chevron Ribbon, nice card Tracy, think I will make this one !
    Wish I had the right Chevron Ribbon………hello Amazon…..

  37. I love the May Arts Chevron Twill ribbons… the colors are fantastic! I always enjoy cards made with ribbons.
    I found some great ideas this week! Thank you so much.

  38. I love these projects .. the chevron ribbon in so versatile. Thank you for the great ideas and the chance to win some fabulous ribbon

  39. Twill/Stripes is one of my very favorites and Tracy really showed them off on her projects. Leah did a fun sketch and showed a variety of ways to change it up a bit, and different ribbons really pop. Thanks so much for the chance to win May Arts ribbons!

  40. Great projects! It’s always so helpful to find more new ways to use our many materials & embellishments , especially beautiful & fun ribbons! Thanks!

  41. I’m getting excited to pick & buy some M A Ribbon. It’s all so scrumptious!

  42. I appreciate seeing the sketch and all the different card ideas. What beautiful ribbon and colors.

  43. Such a great video….loved watching the card being made. I thought it was fascinating that she did the card base last. That’s usually the first thing I do!

  44. Card Sketch is such an amazing idea, I have not seen it before. and who doesn’t love ribbon!

  45. I loved the first card. It’s fantastic to see the variations on the sketch. It shows how individual we all are and how we intrepret things according to our tastes in design. I just love how card making brings out our creativity. The colors of the ribbons are awesome. So bright and “happy”.


  46. Ribbon is my favorite thing to add to a card. I love ribbon. Thanks so much for sharing the great ideas.

  47. I love all the different colors and textures of ribbons that May Arts has and I really enjoyed the Way To Go video! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Beautiful! Thanks for letting me know that May Arts ribbn is on Amazon. It is one of my favorite places to shopl. Also thanks for the chance to win.

  49. So many gorgeous ribbons and projects using them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  50. WOW! Always need ideas for left-over ribbon snips! Great cards! TFS

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