May Arts Week: Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 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 Jen Shears.  You can see her project below but for now, here is a little more about Jen:

Jen ShearsMy name is Jen Shears and I’m thrilled to be a Prima Ribbonista on the May Arts blog team!!! Working on the May Arts blog has been an amazing experience! I’ve been ‘crafty’ as long as I can remember- card making, scrapbooking, sewing- a little bit of everything! I’m married to a wonderfully supportive man, Cory, who encourages me in my creative outlets. I have a 7 year old daughter, Hadley, who enjoys creating right alongside me! I am mainly a stay-at-home-mom; although I do work one day/week as a dental hygienist.   Besides crafting I enjoy gardening, photography, boating and anything resembling play!

Scrapbook Page

Jen here from May Arts and I’m excited to share a couple of projects with you today! My first project is a scrapbook page- and a current one at that!

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I started with Core’dinations cardstock (the Jenni Bowlin red & black line) as my base. I sanded it to reveal the big polka dots & then picked out a rainbow of ribbon! I’ve used the following May Art ribbons (from left to right):

sheer box pleat in red
1/2” solid/wrinkle in red
3/8” grosgrain in red
5/8” sheer ruffle edge in orange
1/2” solid/wrinkle in orange
-1/2” woven burlap in yellow
3/8” double faced satin in yellow
3/4” twill stripes in yellow
1/2” solid/wrinkle in parrot green
5/8” satin scallop edge in parrot green
1” satin grosgrain edge in olive
1/2” solid/wrinkle in olive
3/4” twill stripes in light blue
1/2” solid/wrinkle in light blue
1/2” woven burlap in navy
5/8” sheer ruffle edge in navy
5/8” textured lines in lavender/light blue
1/8” velvet in purple

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For my title I used American Craft Thickers- and that bit of rainbow paper is from the Core’dinations paper stack cover!  The stamp is from Pink Paislee with grey ink. I’ve also used some of the new DCWV chalkboard paper for my journaling area. Using a light colored prisma pencil, it really looks like a chalkboard! I tied some ivory burlap string around the whole strip.

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I started with a little over 6” of each, ran a bit of adhesive across my page to lightly tack them down, and then followed with machine stitching. For some added detail & security I machine stitched around the whole border.

After I trimmed my ribbon off the bottom of the page I had a rainbow of scraps, so I put those to work for a quick card!

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I didn’t have room for all of them on the card base, so I chose enough for a fun rainbow. I machine stitched them in place & tied some black burlap string around the panel. A stamped sentiment finishes it off!

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Thank you to Papercrafter’s Library for inviting us today! And thank you for your time!  I hope you’ve been inspired!

Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects

Now you can see a few projects created by Tracy here at Paper Crafter’s Library.  First off we have a video tutorial for a beautiful ribbon key chain Tracy created using May Arts Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon.  With the simple addition of a ribbon clasp and some charms and crystals you have a quick, easy but gorgeous little gift you can give someone.

Download the pdf handout here.

You can view a video on how to create this ribbon key chain here.

We also have a video tutorial on this adorable pair of dollar store flip flops which Tracy turned from ordinary to extraordinary using May Arts Ruffled Ribbon and Wired Flower Ribbon.  Such an easy way to dress up a plain pair of flip flops for that special little girl.

Download the pdf handout here.

You can watch a video on how Tracy created the embellished flip flops here.

Our last project – a Paper Crafter’s Library Member exclusive is this stunning Embellished Throw Pillow shown below.  Tracy embellished a simple white pillow using the May Arts brown Leaf Ribbon to create the vines, and then an assortment of Prima Flowers in earth tones on the vines.  

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

So there you have it! Day 4 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!




92 replies on “May Arts Week: Day 4”

  1. Love the keychain idea! I think I’ll make several for family and friends (even some guys)!

  2. What a wonderful idea. I can customize for each family member. Will look for the ribbon clamps first.

  3. I’m loving the projects shown and will be getting some of your ribbon soon. I can’t wait to create with it. My girls will love a pair of those flip flops! Thanks for sharing these lovely ideas with us. :0)

  4. Love the flip flop idea…I’ve been wanting to do something like that for myself…thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Another great day! Love Jen’s rainbow projects! Love how the colors contrast with the black and white photo in the layout and how simple the card is, and that pillow is just BEAUTIFUL! Looks like you want to Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel and spent a ton on it. Great work!

  6. The layout and card are great. I like the card because it’s simple yet colorful.

  7. I really like the ribbon key chain idea. What a great “little gift”.

  8. Awesome projects and colorful ribbons.Great way to use the ribbon scraps to.

  9. I am a ribbon horder!!! I love this keychain as a way to use and showoff such beautiful ribbon and embelishments. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  10. A little bit of something today for everyone — men, women, children. A trifecta! Great projects. Love the layout and card by Jen. I don’t scrapbook, but certainly have a stash of ribbons that I’ll use like she did. Lovely — all the way around.

  11. That keychain is adorable! I have tons of charms and haven’t really used many yet! Plan on making a personalized one for each and every friend! Thanks for all of today’s ideas!

  12. GREAT stuff today! Love the simplicity of the card and layout and I’m going to have to try making one of those keyfobs! And that pillow… gorgeous!!!

  13. WOW great projects! thanks so much for sharing. thank you
    for a chance to win as well.

  14. These are some great ideas! I’m going to go back and watch the videos. I love the keychain and pillow.

  15. May Arts has the prettiest ribbons, and best selection, I’m convinced. Anyway, The rainbow card is really pretty. I wonder what else I could do with a rainbow of their ribbons…A Noah’s ark decoration maybe? Very cute.

  16. As always so many gorgeous and inspiring projects! Love Jen’s beautiful ribbon layout and card and the keychain idea is a definate! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Wow, such great ideas today with beautiful ribbon. First that rainbow card was delightful. Then I loved the key chain and flip flops. My head is spinning with creative ideas for gifts for my family. Thank you. I have to find some of that ribbon with those big flowers, how beautiful.

  18. love all the new ideas today what an awesome rainbow of ribbons keep up the wicked job. thanks

  19. Great projects… love the rainbow ideas, and the keychain! That pillow is absolutely gorgeous! I want one! Thanks for sharing all the fun ideas this week….

  20. Love the keychain! Would make great Christmas gifts and with the wealth of charms out in the world you could really personalize it.

  21. I really love the keychain! I think it would make a great additional gift on a mini album. Thank you for the great idea, I can’t wait to give it a go! Hugs, Brenda

  22. Such fun ideas for use of the ribbons…especially like the key chain and the flip flops !!

  23. Such inspiration! I like the creative use of the rainbow page using ribbon. I save all pieces of ribbon over 1 inch long!

  24. I love how you are showing us so many different uses for ribbons!! I have learned so much through this week that I can apply and use in all my crafting and for gifts!! Thanks for the chance to win some of May Arts beautiful ribbons to use in my crafting!

  25. I am so impressed with all the cute projects you girls have created with May Arts ribbon! I can’t wait to try the embellished flip-flops with my 5 yr old granddaughter! Thanks so much for all your ideas!!!

  26. Trying not to drool on the key board, all those gorgeous ribbons, beautiful colors…oh my

  27. I love this ribbon and that keychain is just so great and easy to make as gifts …TYFS

  28. Ribbons in beautiful colors and patterns, cute cards, fun and easy projects and a chance to win some ribbon…I have really been enjoying this week of May Arts!

  29. love jen’s layout and card. great use of ribbons! thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

  30. Jen, the picture of you and your daughter is adorable! Great layout and card too!

  31. The layout, card and projects are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing them and inspiring us to try our own ribbon projects.

  32. Ribbon is so versatile and adds such a nice touch to projects. Love what you showcased.

  33. Once again, you have provided so many ideas not only to make but also to start off my own creative process….Thank you Andrea and Paper Crafts team!!

  34. Once again, you have provided us with another project that I can teach the kids!! They will love
    both ideas!! Thanks for being so creative – but mostly being able to share your ideas with us
    Thanks again…..

  35. Thanks for all you do! I’m inspired by your posts! I’m spending the long weekend scrapping!

  36. So many different uses for beautiful ribbon! Love to see all the different projects. Great job showcasing ribbon on a card, key chain, flip flops and pillow. Thanks for all the inspiration and chance to win May Arts ribbon!

  37. Thanks for the wonderful ideas using these beautiful ribbons. Very inspirational, as are all the projects you showcase on your website.

  38. You all just keep topping yourselves week after week!! What can I say other than I can’t stay away!!!

  39. I loved all the projects.What wonderful ideas for the gorgeous ribbons.Thanks for sharing.

  40. Just looking at the wall of ribbon is enticing enough. I like the keychain video, so easy.

  41. Each project is so neat! Love the flip flops. Great ideas, love the pillow.

  42. Love the pillow, just beautiful. Key chain great idea, love the ribbons used. Thanks for sharing. (Can u make me a pillow ? Just kidding I really do love it)

  43. Beautiful layout with all the pretty ribbons. Love the pillow and key chain idea also. TFS

  44. so many great projects today. all of them are wonderful, but my favorite is the pillow love the brown leaf ribbon gorgeous

  45. Love your tutorials so helpful. I have lots of scrap ribbon, cant wait to do a few. Key chain & flip flops are cool & even I a senior will have one. Thanks I sure could use more ribbon?? hint!!

  46. Without a doubt, the key chain is my favorite, but really appreciate the other projects. I’m inspired to start using my vast array of ribbons. Thank you for the videos..very helpful.

  47. What cute projects featuring the wonderful ribbons. I sure hope I win, but never do!
    Thanks for sharing

  48. The Flip Flops are darling ! What a cute idea for all those graduates. Beautiful colors!

  49. Wow, beautiful card, flip flops and keyring chain!! What great ideas, want to make them, mostly the keyring chain and the beautiful card! Off to read the rest of the blog! Thanks for the sharing these great ideas with us all.
    Bhavana xx

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