Wednesday, July 10, 2013

May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn Hop

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbon and Lawn Fawn Hop! We started hopping on Monday, so we are half way through.   I know you have enjoyed the projects so far, and I'm sure you will love what is still to come.


I chose the Good Fortune Stamp set, and decided to make a take-out box, and paper fortune cookies - complete with May Arts Ribbon Fortunes.  It was super easy to stamp on the ribbon, and it just really made the project come together.

May Arts:

Now here's your chance to win some goodies of your own!    Post a comment on any stop along the way & enter to win:

3 Spools of Ribbon – Your Choice!
A Lawn Fawn stamp and die set of your choice! 
Good luck and happy hopping, y'all!

Here are the Ribbonistas that are hopping this week:






Guest at Paper Crafter's Library

Hi, I just wanted all of my readers to head over to the Paper Crafter's Library blog today - I've got a tutorial that I am sharing there for May Arts Ribbon.  I will teach you how to make this vintage tag using MA lace and Xyron. I hope you will enjoy it!

Heartfelt Creations New Release - Burst of Splendor

We are pleased to present the Burst of Splendor Collection.
The Classic Leaf die is the perfect botanical addition for every project you create. The Open, Classic and Bold Leaf stamps create depth and variety to your crafty projects. Pick up the Dahlia Cluster, Dahlia Bouquet and Blooming Dahlia stamps to create a stunning floral masterpiece. These background, accent and corner stamps will add a delightful classic touch to every project you create. The Burst of Splendor paper pack is loaded with saturated greens and purples and sprinkled with colorful dahlias and clusters of wildflowers. White and orange dahlias pop out from purple border, bouquet adorned pages. Olive green eggshell patterns, ornate octogans, and wildflower-laden iron gates are splashed with saturated beiges and roasted browns. Brightly colored tags and journaling blocks complement the climbing ivies and plum hues. This paper pack will make your project even more eye-catching. 
Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by July 16th to be eligible to win the entire collection valued at $150.00

Heartfelt Creations Products
Dahlia Bouquet PreCut Set HCPC 3550
Bold Leaf PreCut Set HCPC 3547
Classic Leaf PreCut Set HCPC 3546
Classic Leaf Die HCD 736
Burst of Splendor Paper Pack HCDP1 235
Clearsnap Ink: Artichoke, Blackbird
Copic Markers: YG13, YG17, V05, V09, RV66
May Arts Ribbon - AF47
Xyron Mega Runner, Creatopia

Directions for 6 x 6 Thinking of You Card:
Cut patterned pieces and layer as shown. Tie bow and attach to corner before adhering the patterned paper to the card base.  Stamp the sentiment, on a small rectangle from the paper collection. Stamp the leaves and cut with the coordinating dies. Shape the leaves.  Stamp the Dahlia Bouquet and color with Copics.  Fussy cut the image and apply to the card with foam adhesives.  Layer leaves beneath the flower.

Monday, July 8, 2013

May Sunshine and Laughter Brighten Your Days

This week the DT's from Scor-Pal and Clearsnap have joined forces to bring you some amazing projects.  Be sure to check the Scor-Pal Blog and the Clearsnap Blog everyday for inspiration, and maybe a prize or two!

 It seems like the rain is never going to stop here, so I loved the sentiment that I used for this Upright Z-fold card.  This project uses a couple of different techniques, so I'm going to break them down for you, so you can make your own.

For the background paper, I took a patterned paper, and ran it through my machine with an embossing plate.

I used a brayer to apply Top Boss watermark ink over the top , and sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set the powder. 

I repeated the brayering and embossing two more times to build up a thick layer of embossing powder.

I inked over the surface with the Mix'd Media Inx in Truffle, and then used a paper towel to remove the ink off of the embossed areas. 

I set this to the side, and started the card base by cutting a strip of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11.  I placed the paper with the long side along the top fence of my Scor-Pal, and scored at 5 1/2" and then flipped the paper, and scored at 2 3/4".  Fold the base so that you have a small "tent" to the front of the card.

I adhered the embossed paper to the back panel of the card with Scor-tape.   I took a strip of gold paper 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" and used the City Girl Edger to cut decorative borders on each side.  A added a scrap of the embossed paper to the center of this panel and adhered to the bottom of the card. 

For my image panel, I cut brown cardstock 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" and covered it with the French Lattice Small.  I used the Coved Rectangle and Coved Rectangle Stitching Tool for my sentiment.  The stitching tool allows me to make perfect stitches around my border. I adhered the bottom of this whole panel to the base of the card.

The original directions for making this type of card relied on a tab on the back panel to tuck the front panel behind, to make it stand up, but I created a different method.  I glued a lace Corner to the back of my brown panel, and sat my card on the table, and used a Crop-a-dile to punch holes to line up with the opening in my fancy corner die.  I then ran ribbon through the holes in the card and laced it through the die cut and tied my bow.  This keeps the card standing upright, and can be untied to flatten the card for mailing. 

For the flowers, I used the Shasta Daisy Strip.  I inked the edges with Mix'd Media Chox in Butternut.  
  Then, I cut a small circle into a scrap of paper to make a template, and placed it over each flower, lining up with the center.

I spritzed into the opening with the Stephanie Barnard Tangerine Spray.  This kept the splatters just to the center of my flower.

I assembled the flowers and added some greenery to finish the card.

Verve Stamp Set - Brighter Days

Sunday, July 7, 2013

May Arts Ribbon Design Team Round 2

I am so excited to share this project with you! It was one of those things that just kept getting a little bit more over the top at every turn. But that's what happens when I use my May Arts Ribbon - a little bit just isn't enough. I originally was working on a different project for Round 2, but after I finished this, I knew I had to use this one.

 I wanted to create a basket, and went to the craft store in hopes of finding one that I could embellish, but they just didn't have what I wanted, so I created this one entirely from cardstock and ribbon. I'm not going to go into all of the details for the base of the basket, but instead want to focus on the basket embellishments.

After the base was complete, I wove four panels of ribbon using the  Frameability Scalloped Edge Frame. I would love to say that I figured out the schematics for this all on my own, but it was from a tutorial from the very talented Bekka Feeken.  I laced the four panels together, around the circumference of the basket, and that way I could adjust the size to make them fit perfectly. 

On the inside of the basket, I added a length of our eyelet ribbon, that I had sprayed with Glimmer Mist to match the papers.  I also put a strip of the Faux Canvas/Lightweight along the base of the eyelet to create a neat edge.

Now for the flowers - these are so easy, and so addictive.  I know you are going to want to make some for yourself.  I used a Clover Flower Loom, but you could use any type of flower loom, or even make your own.  I liked this one though, because it was sturdy for wrapping wide ribbon.

To make it a little easier to see what I'm doing, I am going to use some May Arts Twine, instead of the actual ribbon that I used.

Tie the ribbon off at the bottom slot, go to the left of peg one, up to the left of peg 2, down to the right of peg 2, down to the right of peg 1,back up to the left of peg 3, down to the right of peg 3, down to the right of peg 4, up to the left of peg 4, up to the right of peg 5, etc.  Basically, you are wrapping around diagonally opposite pegs, making sure you are always moving clockwise.

With the wider ribbon, it is a little bit trickier, but just keep pushing the ribbon down next to the loom base (and you can twist the ribbon some if you want to make it more narrow, while you are working.
When you have gone all the way around, thread the ribbon through a large darning needle, and take the end to the back, and tie a knot with the starter end.  Use embroidery floss, and backstitch around the center of the flower.  This will compress the flower as you go.  Tie the ends of the floss on the backside as well.

Remove the flower from the loom. 

You could leave the flower flat like this, but I prefer to fluff the petals. Each of these flowers are 3 inches across, but the looms come in different sizes, so you can make the smaller.

  I added a little bling to the centers and hot glued them to the basket.

Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my project.  I have enjoyed being on the May Arts Ribbon Design Team so much over the past year, and wish to thank Bethney, the Ribbon Lady, for such a great experience.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another term.

May Arts Ribbons Used