May Arts Week: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 – our final day 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 Designer Today is Vera Wirianta Yates.  You can see her picture below, but first, here is a little more about Vera:

Vera Yates May Arts Day 5Hi, my name is Vera Wirianta Yates. I was born and raised in Indonesia but been calling Texas home for the past 17 years. I am married to a wonderful man who understands & supports my obsession with papers & stamping and I am mommy to 2 spoiled pugs. I fell in love with paper crafting not long after I moved to the States. Started with scrapbooking and branched out to card making soon after. I love teaching scrapbooking and card making classes whenever I get the chance. In the serious world, I work in accounts payable, and in the fun world, you can find me crafting in my room whenever I can. I’ve been very blessed and lucky to have my works published numerous times in Paper Crafts magazine and recently won their 2012 Stamping Royalty. You can check out my works on my blog: Ling’s Design Studio.


Apron Card

Hi everyone. This is Vera from Ling’s Design Studio. I am so excited to be a guest here today to share my project as a May Arts team member.

My project for today is a shaped card and as much as I love using my Silhouette machine to make shaped cards, this time I want to show how you can make a shaped card without using a die-cut machine and using ribbons to dress up the card. Here’s a look at my apron card.

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You can use this card just like this or you can also use the pocket of the apron to tuck in a gift card.

To create this card, here’s the supply list:
– White cardstock
– Patterned paper (I used The Paper Studio Tiny Polka in Yellow & Lime Tonal. I’m sorry, I cannot recall the maker of the green white polka dot paper, as I was grabbing it from my scrap stash).
– Bazzill Basics Clover Leaf Dotted Cardstock
May Arts Sheer Dots Ribbon JD46
May Arts Cotton Stripes Ribbon 385-58-46
– The circle stamp is from Papertrey Ink  Tag Its # 1 Set)

And, here’s the step-by-step instruction:
1. I started with a regular folded card and then I used my oval cutter as a template to draw two curves on the card. You can use a regular oval template or plate as well for the curve.  Cut along the curve line.

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2. Adhere patterned paper to the front of the card and cut following the shape of the card. Note: if you want to add the neck wrap for the apron, adhere the ribbon to card first before adhering the patterned paper to the card.
3. Cut a rectangle from patterned paper measured 3” x 2.75” and cut a curve at one end of the rectangle using a circle cutter. Adhere ribbon to the back and fold the ribbon every quarter of an inch to create the pleat look.

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4. Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere to the top of the card. I cut it where it’s long enough to be tied on the back of the card.
5. Cut a small square measured 1.25” x 1.25”. Corner round the two bottom corner.
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6. Stamp image and adhere ribbon to the back of the square, just like on step 3. Adhere square to card.
7. Punch a strip of patterned paper with scallop punch and adhere to the top of the card.

And that’s it you’re done and you’ll have this apron card. Here’s a pic of the finished card again, this time with a gift card tucked in.

May Art Day 5

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by here and have a blessed day. J


Paper Crafter’s Library Designer Projects 

Today’s free video tutorial once again showcases how much a pretty ribbon can add to a card.  In today’s card I paired the Pink Twill/Stripes Ribbon (Chevron pattern) with the gorgeous Doodle Deux product line from Prima.  The chipboard letters for the greeting were embossed with Black Twinkle Embossing Glitter from Wow! Embossing Powders (next week’s spotlight company).

Download the pdf handout here.

You can watch a video on how Andrea created this Glittery Hi card here.

In addition to the card above, I’ve also created a Paper Crafter’s Library member exclusive mixed-media project – a set of three mixed-media canvases I’ve called the “Bloom Canvas Trio” (original isn’t it? LOL). In the first picture below you can see the three canvases together, the remaining pictures show you a close up of each individual canvas.  The stems of each of the flowers are the May Arts green Leaf Ribbon, while the largest of the flowers come from the May Arts Wired Flower Ribbon, which I either left plain (the cream colored ones) or dyed using dye-based inks and stains. All the papers, flowers and butterflies (both large and small) are Prima Products, the crystal swirls are from Zva Creative and I once again embossed the chipboard letters this time using the Black Glint Embossing Glitter from Wow! Embossing Powders.

Reach Canvas Close Up From Bloom Canvas Trio by Andrea Walford

Bloom Canvas From Bloom Canvas Trio by Andrea Walford

Bloom Canvas Close Up From Bloom Canvas Trio by Andrea Walford

Grow Canvas From Bloom Canvas Trio by Andrea Walford

Grow Canvas From Close Up Bloom Canvas Trio by Andrea Walford

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

So there you have it! Day 5 of our celebration of May Arts! I hope you have enjoyed all the projects that our design team and May Arts design team have created for you.

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 today at 4pm EST!

94 replies on “May Arts Week: Day 5”

  1. Love the apron card – it’s getting my brain thinking about a BBQ apron card for Father’s Day (without the lace!)

  2. Wow! The cards and canvases are really beautiful. I love the apron card. That would make a great card for many occasions. Thanks for sharing that wonderful tutorial. And thanks for showing us the canvases–they are inspiring!

  3. All of the projects have been great. Ribbon can’t get much prettier than May Arts ribbon

  4. What a way to end the week. More beautiful projects. I especially like the canvas creations!

  5. Just love the “Apron” card and you can never have enough ribbon. Thanks for the chance of winning some gorgeous ribbon and for sharing your beautiful work!

  6. I love that you showed us how to create the apron card without having to use a die cut machine. It is so cute, and the May arts ribbon really makes it special. I also liked Andrea’s tutorial on her card, I always pick up tips from her on how to do things differently or in a way I have never tried! I have enjoyed this week so much and learned a lot. Thanks to Paper Crafters Library and May Arts Ribbon for hosting it. I will be back at 4 pm Eastern and will be hoping to see my name for some of this beautiful ribbon!

  7. Vera, your apron card is adorable! Why didn’t I think of using oval templates to make the apron top even on both sides? Thanks for the great tutorial. Andrea, your card is just stunning and love the way you used such gorgeous ribbon ~ great video. Thanks for yet another chance to win May Arts ribbon!

  8. I will try making the apron card, it is very cute. Would love to win the ribbon it would be nice to use on my apron card.

  9. LOVE Vera’s apron card. Just so cute, and that Bloom canvas is wonderful! Love the flowers!

  10. I absolutely love working with ribbon and cards! These project have inspired me to continue to “play” !! Thank you!

  11. I love every project featured today. The apron card is perfect for my daughter, the Hi card can be easily adapted to any occasion (LOVE that chevron ribbon), and the mixed media canvas project is a great idea for my shabby chic decorator aunt. Thanks, PCL and May Arts!

  12. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspirational projects–you have so many good ideas!

  13. WOW! What a wonderful week! I absolutely love the canvas project! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Sue O

  14. Beautiful, gorgeous card. Love the apron card. Thanks for the projects, and tutorials that you share with us. Learned something today, I never thought to use embossing powder to cover my letters. Thanks

  15. Awesome projects, you have such neat ideas, love your canvas project so pretty!

  16. The ribbons are beautiful. I am always impressed by the large variety of designs and colors. I love to see how they are used in the videos. It is such an inspiration.

  17. Amazing projects this week. I couldn’t pick a favorite. You showed so many different and unique ways to use Maya Ribbons. Thanks so much.

  18. How cute is that apron card???????? And, of course, Andrea (along with the rest of the team) never fails to inspire me. Thank you for hosting such a fun week. I sure got lots of ideas out of it. I think my bookmarks are full.

  19. all of the projects are wonderful. thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

  20. The apron card is adorable but the canvas trio… it!!! Think I might make on this weekend (that is if I win some wonderful ribbon to add to them) to put in my craft room or my living room as soon as I get all my furniture moved around. My Husband say the three words he hates to hear from me are “lets move furniture”. At least it’s not, I ordered again!!!!!!

  21. I love the “hi” card and the apron card. They are fabulous! I would love to win the ribbon!

  22. I liked apron card and tutorial. If change the paper and embellishment it makes a masculine card just in time for Father’s Day.
    Other projects are nice too. The set of plaques could be a nice hand made gift.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Aaah like the apron… I do a similar one, thery are so fun !
    Love the flowers and the colors on the canvas pieces so very creative !

  24. I love the canvas piece and what a beautiful way to add some wonderful decoration to a home using some beautiful ribbons!!!

  25. I’ve never thought of using ribbon to make a bunch (no pun intended) of flowers. SO pretty/cute.

  26. Another great project. I love May Arts ribbon. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Love the canvas pieces, they are stunning. The apron card is just perfect for all the cooks in the family.
    These ribbons are so versatile for all projects.

  28. I’ve just loved seeing all the projects you’ve made using May Arts this week. They’ve been gorgeous! Because I cannot seem to find them locally, I e-mailed May Arts and they told me to look on for a big selection of their products. So for those of you who cannot purchase them locally maybe this will help.

  29. So happy that May Arts sent me here! Loving all the wonderful projects. so glad to found this blog!

  30. Love the polka dot key chain tutorial, very simple project that would be perfect for mass gift giving. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Yourcanvas trio is gorgeous! Would look great in a little girls. room. So sweet.

  32. Gorgeous projects. Love all the pretty May Arts Ribbons. Thanks for the video tutorials.

  33. The projects shown this week using May Arts are so cool! I am going to place my order for May Arts right now so I can make these projects. I especially like the flip flops! So cool!

  34. the apron card is so cute, I think I could even do this with your instructions. thanks for this week is has been a blast love your tutorials

  35. What a week of crafting wit May Arts ribbon love the hi card today and really want the wired frayed flower ribbon use twice this week. have an awesome weekend PCL!

  36. I LOVE the Ribbon, Swirl Stones Accent, and Flowers on this card, along with all the other ideas on the other card samples shown after the video. So many wonderful ideas this week.

    Carole Miller

  37. I’m not quite sure how I missed this post yesterday, but I’m glad I caught it today. The green ruffled ribbon on the apron card is a beautiful touch, and I LOVE all of the flowers! Thanks again for the inspiration 🙂

  38. Thank you for sharing these fun cards and beautiful canvases! I enjoyed each episode this week, there are so many ideas that have come to mind using ribbons.

  39. I think the apron card is perfect to send for a housewarming. Tuck in a grocery store gift card and it’s easy to mail! So cute Thank you!

  40. Thank you for sharing these projects!! I feel that I been inspired to do more projects and I truly believe that there never is enough ribbon to be had.

    Thanks again!

  41. These pretty cards will definitely make some one’s day. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas!

  42. I have enjoyed these tutorials this week and all of the inspiration shared. The ribbons are all so
    beautiful. Thank you again for this opportunity to win some of this great ribbon. Take care.

  43. Fabulous apron card! This is so creative!! I love those flower embellishments!

  44. It’s been a great week, full of cute projects and products.
    Thanks for the chance to win
    Loly Borda

  45. Can’t tell you enough how much I love May Arts ribbons. Have been buying them for years. Cute apron card, just might have to make one of those.
    Thanks Becky

  46. The cards are beautiful. I love Vera’s apron card. It would be so sweet for a bridal shower, housewarming, kitchen shower or as a gift for Mom. I think it could be easily transformed for the bbq expert in the family too. What a great idea.

  47. luv each and every card!!!! fabulous designs…… and thanks for the chance at winning a taste of these gorgeous ribbons….

  48. All the ideas are helping me rekindle by mojo. I have been in a rut and now will dig out some supplies I have on hand to create fresh new projects.

  49. What beautiful cards! they are now in my sketch library! TFS these fabulous techniques. I love the addition of different elements to create texture and eye candy to projects!

  50. Wow again, love the canvas, card and the apron card! Very talented people that share such beautiful projects, for all the world to see! Thank you for sharing it with us all!
    Bhavana xx

  51. The apron is a super cute gift card holder and good way to use up some of my cool scraps. Love all the bling on the “hi” card. Great idea for those who don’t care to stamp, beautiful embellished card anyone would love.
    Thanks – I’m inspired!

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