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2014-15 Design Team Call – Finalists Entries! {and a giveaway!}

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I have been so excited to share with you the finalists’ entries from this years design team call!  Everyone has done such an incredible job!  I am truly honored to have these very talented women applying to be a Prima Ribbonista!

Below you will find for each finalists:

  • A brief introduction to their creation
  • Photos of their project
  • A link to the full tutorial on their own blog

Please take the time to review each one, because here’s the fun part!  I want to know who your favorites are!

Now…make no mistake…as always, the May Arts Ribbonistas are chosen by this Ribbon Lady and no one else.  But, I always want to know what you think.  And, in the end, I love a fun excuse for a giveaway!  So, the prize up for grabs is:

3 spools of ribbon from our upcoming New Releases!

That’s right!  You could win 3 full spools of ribbon from our Fall/Winter 2014 New Releases!  All you have to do is post your comment telling me all of your top picks!   The winner will be announced on July 28th 2014, along with the brand new May Arts Ribbon Design Team!

So, without further delay here are the final projects:

 

Written

Debbie Fisher

In my tutorial I share how I made the wreath along with the flowers and banner.  I had so much fun creating this patriotic wreath to hang on the outside of my house right by the door.

Patriotic Wreath

Click Here for the tutorial.

 

Jennifer Davey

This wristlet is all about the fabulous May Arts ribbon all other supplies are secondary. With a little basting and a pull of a string 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon turns into delightful ruffles. Layered and sewn onto a twill base a fun ruffled bag soon appears.

Rainbow Ribbon Wristlet

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Linda Pekrul

In my tutorial, you will be lead step-by-step on how to embellish a shadow box frame with ribbon and paper crafting supplies.  I have also created a mini-tutorial within it, on how to make a beautiful little flower, quickly and easily with ribbon, a heating tool and glue.  Coming to the end of the shadow box tutorial, you will find that you now have a beautiful heirloom piece to be cherished!

Shadow Box Frame

Shadow Box Frame

Shadow Box Frame

Shadow Box Frame

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Melanie Joyce

I wanted to show the diversity of the May Arts range, so this shadow box project is all about a mixture of colours and texture, from bright yellow to olive green and from satin to burlap. I was a little brave and moved slightly out of my comfort zone for this one. I’m a papercrafter at heart and not a sewer, so in the past I’ve found handmade ribbon flowers a little daunting. I know lots of other papercrafters feel the same way, so I wanted to show them that fantastic results are achievable with minimum stitching required. As well as stunning embellishments for a home decor project, these flowers would also look amazing on cards, altered notebooks and scrapbook layouts, or to decorate clothing and accessories for little girls. The subject for this project, however, just has to be my little boy – at 20 months, he’s growing at a dizzying rate!

Shadow Box with Handmade Flower Tutorials

Shadow Box with Handmade Flower Tutorials

Shadow Box with Handmade Flower Tutorials

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Melinda Beltran

I am Melin of MyPaperCrafting.com. My project is an eight page shabby chic, butterfly shaped mini album. Each page features some delicious May Arts Ribbon. Among the several ribbon flowers I made, I created a crushed ribbon flower.

Butterfly Mini Album

Butterfly Mini Album

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Michele Kosciolek

I created a set of child sized t-shirts with 1/2″ wrinkled ribbon woven to form a heart, a moon and a cloud with rainbow.

Ribbon Embellished Kids T-shirts

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Misty Willis

I did a canvas hand bag with a tutorial, a bow and a simple matching tank top all using May Arts Ribbons.  

Altered Canvas Bag with Matching Accesories

Altered Canvas Bag

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Rhea Weigand

Hello!  For those who know me, know I love ribbon, flowers, Copic Markers, and Mixed Media.  Well, this project has it all!  It feels like forever ago that I’ve created a mixed media piece.  I really enjoyed creating this for the May Arts Ribbon round 2 audition for the Ribbonista’s 2014-2015 Team.  I present to you…

“Timeless”

"Timeless" Mixed Media Clock

Tattered Flower Tutorial

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Shellye McDaniel

A fun and inexpensive back-to-school project: make an altered binder with this whimsical technique!  Simply covered a sheet of lightweight chipboard with bands of various May Arts’ ribbon and then accent with monogrammed piece of felt and a string of colorful buttons.  The altered chipboard then slides down into the protective clear covering and your little school-goer has a unique and personalized binder!

Altered Back to School Binder

Altered Back to School Binder

Altered Back to School Binder

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Steph Ackerman

Hi everyone my name is Steph Ackerman and I am thrilled to be submitting my 2nd round project.  I created a portfolio that will hold  4-6 A2 sized cards, along with coordinating cards using lots of amazing May Arts ribbon.  Larger cards do not fit inside the portfolio, but since I do love creating  5″ x 6 1/2″ cards, I made several additional cards.  May Arts has so many amazing ribbons in so many styles, it’s easy to create lovely projects.

Coordinating Card Set

Coordinating Card Set

Coordinating Card Set

 Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Susan M. Brown

These are super quick and easy to make and you only need a couple things: scissors; stash of May Arts ribbons in seasonal colors; Herma Dotto by EK Success adhesive runner {my personal preference for flat ribbon}; a black Sharpie marker; and some holiday spirit! To create – I selected a ribbon and added a stripe of Herma Dotto adhesive to the end to tack in place and began winding the ribbon around the ornament. I continued wrapping, slightly overlapping each previous wrap and continued all the way around. When I reached the beginning, I added another stripe of Dotto adhesive to secure the end. Alternately I also adhered ribbon along the outside edge with the Dotto adhesive for added detail and charm. Easy Peasy!

Halloween Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Halloween Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Tangii Crain

Hey y’all!  Tangii here with my Ribbonista submission.  The packaging of a gift can sometimes, make a HUGE difference.  Today we are going to leave those boring store-bought bags behind and cutesy up a burlap bag that really steps up the appearance of this simple gift!  This bag is nearly a gift in itself!  And because I’m also a Cardmaker at heart, I’ve included a cute little card to complete this set.

Burlap Gift Bag and Card Set

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Tracy McLennon

 I wanted to create a scrapbook layout based around a glitzy and elegant ribbon border. I love the texture that ribbon adds to paper crafting and showing other crafters how easy it is to create with ribbon in a different way.

My entire layout revolves around gold. From the beautiful ribbon itself, to the patterned papers, flower, sequins and even in my photo. It’s a shot from our engagement photo shoot with our instruments (tuba and french horn), the reason why we met in the first place. The whole layout is very special to me.

Layout with a Ribbon Border Tutorial

Layout with a Ribbon Border Tutorial

Layout with a Ribbon Border Tutorial

Layout with a Ribbon Border Tutorial

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Video

Abby Henderson

I love creating journals and mini albums so I wanted to show you a fun way to use your May Arts Ribbons and Trims to not only bind your journal but also as a way to create a unique cover and some additional elements within the project. In this tutorial I will show you how to use the ribbon to create the front and back covers of the journal and how I created the binding using some of the twisted burlap ribbon.

You’ll also see the bookmark, mini tags and a note card box I created as well using some of the same ribbons and trims which ties the two projects together. These are both items that would be great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself.

Handmade Journal and Note Card Box

Handmade Journal and Note Card Box

Handmade Journal and Note Card Box

Handmade Journal and Note Card Box

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

DeeDee Catron

Today I’ve taken and altered some May Arts Burlap and Sequin Heart ribbon in an art journal page! Art journaling is super popular right now, and it was fun to get dirty and grungy with some ribbon to create one. Please watch the video to SEE the process, and visit my blog for a bit more of the written instructions.

Using Ribbon in an Art Journal Page

Using Ribbon in an Art Journal Page

Using Ribbon in an Art Journal Page

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Mallika Kejriwal

I have created an altered banner in shabby chic style using several gorgeous trims from May Arts. I chose to make a banner in order to showcase the many varieties of ribbons May Arts has to offer. The word DREAM on the banner personifies my dream to be a May Arts Design Team member. I used various shades of pink and cream. I loved creating the fairy using beads and May Arts trims. It added a special touch to the project. In the video you will also see me making different kinds of embellishments using a variety trims. For the shabby chic theme I was going for, I felt it best to use products like their sheer ribbons (silky crush being my favorite), some of their beautiful diamond chains, and of course the shabby chic frayed flowers trims. What I love the most about May Arts is the versatility of their products – that they have products for crafters of all styles including paper crafters, seamstresses, floral/ home decor/fashion designers etc.

Shabby Chic Banner

Shabby Chic Banner

Shabby Chic Banner

Shabby Chic Banner

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Mary Brockway

This mini fabric book is what I like to call a ‘needle keeper’.  It’s the perfect place to keep your sewing needles to keep them safe and ready to use.  Not only do I love to stash my needles in this sweet little book, but all manner of sewing stuff from buttons to my favorite May Arts ribbon/trim, as well!

Mini Fabric Book

Mini Fabric Book

Mini Fabric Book

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Valerie Gee

The project I’ve made for Round 2 of the Design Team call is a wonderful wall hanging that I plan on using for organizing and displaying my scraps of ribbon.  The ribbon is displayed looped through one of fifty D-rings, stitched to a canvas covered chipboard pennant with lots of ¾” grosgrain ribbon in a soft rainbow of colors.  The final project is accented with the natural cotton ribbon and beaded lace trim, giving the whole thing a bohemian chic feel!

Ribbon Scrap Organizer

Ribbon Scrap Organizer

Ribbon Scrap Organizer

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Witten / Video

Gini Williams Cagle

Do you think ribbon is just for bows? No way! There are many ways to incorporate ribbon into mixed media pieces, and in this video, you will learn several techniques using beautiful May Arts Ribbons.

Using Ribbon in Mixed Media Projects

Using Ribbon in Mixed Media Projects

Using Ribbon in Mixed Media Projects

Using Ribbon in Mixed Media Projects

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Karen Hanson

If you have any little girls in your life, I know you are familiar with tutus, and the new tulle from May Arts will be your favorite new product for projects. Take a look at this tutu-orial, and learn a really easy knotting technique that you can use to create a faux tutu embellishment for lots of project ideas! 

Easy Tutu Tutorial

Easy Tutu Tutorial

Easy Tutu Tutorial

Easy Tutu Tutorial

Click Here for the full tutorial.

 

Latrice Murphy

Today I’m thrilled to share with you a video tutorial on creating with ribbon from May Arts. I’m up for the new DT and am hoping to stay apart of this awesome team. It truly has been fun to share projects and blog hop with you all. I’m doing something fairly simple, but showing you how you can use one created piece on different project types. Today you’ll see both an accessory and a card. They both use the same handmade ruffled ribbon flower. I love doing things like this so that you can see how versatile ribbon can really be.

Handmade Ruffled Ribbon Flower

Handmade Ruffled Ribbon Flower

Handmade Ruffled Ribbon Flower

Click Here for the full tutorial. 

 

Phew!  Now how’s that for some ribbony inspiration?   Remember to post those comments for a chance to win 3 full spools of ribbon from our fall/winter 2014 new releases!  And be sure to check back on July 28, 2014 to find out who will be chosen to be the new May Arts Ribbonistas!

Good luck y’all!

 

TRL

 

 

  1. Tracey Gregory

    These are amazing but my fave is Linda Pekrul’s stunning frame project!

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  2. Dee Armstead

    I don’t see my comment from the other day. My vote is for Mallika. Her banner was created outside the box with the shelf on the banner and the beautifully handmade angel hanging off the banner. It is breathe taking. I love how she made her own bling center and then the hand made glower out of wire ribbon the way she did. Inspiring!

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  3. Brenda

    I love all the projects here. I’ve gone to everyone’s blog to check their full pages and I’m voting for Susan Brown for the holidays! Great job to all!

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  4. Michele (by belle)

    There is a lot of talent gracing this post!! Good luck all!!

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  5. Sue P.

    All beautiful projects! My very favorite is Melinda Beltran’s butterfly mini album!!! Each page is a work of art! Just amazing!

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  6. Mary Vogel Lozinak

    OOOOOHHHH! they’re all so beautiful, but if I have to just pick two it would be DeeDee Catron’s and Mallika Kejriwal.

    They’re all so beautiful and the ribbons are gorgeous.

    Mary

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  7. Mary Vogel Lozinak

    OOOOOOOHH! They’re all so beautiful, but if I have to just pick two, my favorites are DeeDee Catron’s and Mallika Kejriwal.

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  8. Peggy Giovanetti

    So many beautiful project and ways to use ribbon!!!
    My favorites are Linda and Gini; fantastic projects and great tutorials from both!

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  9. Yolanda

    Melinda Beltran used the ribbons in a beautiful way. Perfect combination of paper and ribbon.
    Shellye McDaniel- her binder cover is so clever and showcases the ribbon in such a pretty way.
    Tracy Mc Lennon – Very elegant layout ..the ribbon looks so good.

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  10. Vicki Gardiner

    Melinda Beltran, Mallika Kejriwal and Gini Williams Cagle are my three picks. Fantastic work from all of them!

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  11. Kim Bierbaum

    My favorite is Melinda’s butterfly album!

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  12. Karen McNamara

    Wow, wonderful projects. One of my favorite was Steph Ackerman’s portfolio for cards. Great idea!

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  13. Lynda

    Wow…wow…wow…what creativity…I think my favorite is Linda’s shadow box…the details are just out of this world on that project!

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  14. Janelle S

    Amazing projects!

    Rhea, Malika and Ksten Hansen are some of my favorites. All the projects were great though.

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  15. Jill

    So many favorites! Here are my top 5.

    Michele Kosciolek
    Melanie Joyce
    Shellye McDaniel
    Mallika Kejriwal
    Karen Hanson

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  16. Liz O.

    Oh my, so much talent!!! I found it difficult to pick favorites, every project is beautiful 🙂 I have to say I love Jeniffer D, Lattrice’s and Rhea’s projects TFS and for the chance to win!
    have a wonderful day!

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  17. Jamie Martin

    So many beautiful things! My 3 favorites are Rhea, Melinda and Steph.

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  18. Shelly

    Everything is gorgeous!!! And talk about talent!..WOW! I will say, I do like Latrice’s work because it’s very ‘friendly’ for others to make. Which is always nice. 😉 And Shellye’s work is amazing! Really though, I don’t know how one could narrow it down?!… I’ll I can say, is best of luck to all!!!

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  19. Becci

    My top two would be Michele and Jennifer D, I love their bright and fun style! 🙂 a lot of GREAT projects!!!

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  20. Lisa p

    I love Michele Kosciolek’s fun t shirts! My second would be Shellye McDaniel’s binder because I want to go make one for my recipes right now! My last is Dee Dee Cantron. Absolutely beautiful creation and great video.

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  21. Peeseeg D

    These projects are all wonderful My top 2 are
    Mallika Kejriwal
    Linda Pekrul

    Good luck all and thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. Sandra

    I love everyone’s work. Extremely difficult to choose.
    My favorite would be Melinda’s butterfly Album and Mallika’s Banner.
    I love shabby colors so they steal my eye !

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  23. Kathi

    There are so many gorgeous projects but I think Linda Perkul’s is my favorite

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  24. Angelica

    All so lovely! My vote is for Linda!

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  25. Angelica

    All so lovely!! But my fav is Linda!

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  26. Lynda Dexter

    Wow they are all so beautiful and the choice can not be easy for you to make. My favorite would have to be the banner by Mallika Kejriwal. It has gorgeous colors, textures and layers. It is simply stunning. Hugz~Lynda

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  27. Karen Schroeder

    All of the projects are fabulous! My absolute favorite is Linda Pekrul’s stunning work of art!

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  28. Nupur Patel

    OMG…amazing projects everyone..I loved everyones creations…..Extremely difficult to pick…but my fav are :
    Dee Dee , Mallika and Rhea…good luck everyone….xx

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  29. Kimberly

    Wow! What gorgeous projects, all of them! My favorite is Linda Prekul’s beautiful frame!

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  30. Jeanne Kelly

    Tracy’s is my second fave!

    My e-mail was incorrect in my first note!

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  31. Jeanne Kelly

    Rhea’s project is my favorite!!

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  32. L. Akins

    Amazing projects! Congratulations to all the finalists!

    My favorite projects are Linda Pekrul shadow box,
    Rhea Weigand grunge clock and flower tutorial, and Latrice Murphy headband

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  33. Sue Kendrick

    All the projects are awesome, but my favorite is Linda Pekrul’s clock. That is so cool, and I love the colors.

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  34. Lucy E.

    These are all Beautiful and creative projects. I love them all! My favorites are Valerie’s Hanging Ribbon wall Storage, Jennifer Davey’s colorful Wristlet, Gini’s Mixed Media piece, DeeDee’s Art Journal, Michele’s T-shirts & Karen H.’s Tutus.
    Best of luck to all 🙂

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  35. Veronica Perez

    Oh my so many gorgeous projects but I think Mallika Kejriwal, took the cake to the next level with her so shabby and beautiful banner. Definitely my favorite! Good luck to all!!

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  36. Stephanie

    Wow all of these projects are beautiful but I’d have to say that Linda Pekrul’s frame is my favorite. The stripped ribbon around the frame with the tiny black bows just make this frame perfect!

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  37. Paula Calvanico

    Not an easy task to choose a dt! Lovely entries. My choices –

    Linda
    Rhea
    Melinda Beltran

    Love May Arts ribbon!

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  38. Katyoparty

    All the projects are beyond gorgeous but my fav is Linda Prekul’s fantastic frame!

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  39. Jenny H

    I liked Valerie Gee, Jennifer Davey and Michelle Kosciolek. Nice to see such creative ideas other than standard scrapbook pages. Love to see ribbon being used in new / different ways!

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  40. regina

    OH MY WORD, SUCH AMAZING STUFF…..I love Debbie Fisher’s project and Karen Hansen…and and and…oh my they are all so STINKIN CUTE

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  41. Janis in ID

    Oh, my goodness……how does one even begin to choose??????

    Here are my favorites, not in any order, among all the gorgeous, creative, and beautiful projects:

    1. Melanie Joyce’s amazing project. Those ribbon flowers are wonderful!!!
    2. Melinda Beltram’s exquisite mini-album. I am in love with those delicious pastels!
    3. Tracy McLennon’s rich LO. Those colors and her use of ribbon are beyond elegant!
    4. Mallika Kejriwal’s lovely banner is so full of sweet and intricate details!!! LOVE it.

    Thanks to all the 2nd rounders for sharing amazing projects and inspiration!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  42. Vanessa H

    Great work Ladies! I loved looking at all the beautiful creations. I think my favorite is Valerie Gee’s ribbon organizer! What a great idea and now I can think of a dozen different ways of color coordinating it and/or using it to hold even more things like charger cables on an office wall or Christmas cards. The list goes on and on!!! I also loved the multi media work by Gini Cagel. Who knew you could make such beautiful flowers with ribbons! Bethany, I don’t envy your job when it’s time to make the final decisions!

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  43. Su K

    My favorites were made by
    Mary Brockway,
    Melanie Joyce
    Melinda Beltran

    Vintage is my favorites. Great imagination here.

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  44. Ange

    There are a LOT of amazing projects here! Glad I’m not the one picking!
    I based my choices on projects I could see myself doing. So my top choice is:
    Melanie Joyce- Absolutely beautiful and creative! I love making pages and would totally scrap lift this. Well done!

    My 2nd choice is:
    Tracy McLennon- again a design I could see myself doing. The layout is just amazing!

    My 3rd choice is:
    Misty Willis- I’m normally a scrapbooker but this canvas bag is super cute and her project makes me want to make one. Super fun!

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  45. Sherri

    Love, Love Linda Pekrul’s Prima frame.

    Projects by Rhea Weigand and Melinda Beltram beautiful.

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  46. Cheryl Merrihew

    I absolutely love Linda Pekrul’s shadow box frame! I love how she used the ribbon trim on the outside of the frame! Rhea Weigand’s and Mallika Kejriwal’s projects are also amazing!

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  47. Rae

    Oh my!!!!!! What a fabulous bunch of products! I LOVE Linda Pekrul’s project! FANTASTIC, and the tutorial is awesome. I also love Rhea and Mallika’s projects as well! Good luck, ladies!

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  48. Kim

    I love the way Linda used the ribbon on her shadowbox frame. It is my favorite.

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  49. barbara macaskill

    My top three are Rhea Weigand, Linda Pekrul and Melinda Beltram!! Such gorgeous creations! I had a hard time choosing just three favorites but I did it!!! Good luck to all of them and I look forward to seeing what they create in the future!

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  50. Lanette

    Such amazing ideas!! I may
    never look at ribbon the mame way again!

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  51. Maggi Harding

    Wow there are so many gorgeous projects here that it is really tough to decide on favorites! However, my eye was repeatedly drawn to two different projects and I have chosen these as my very favorites.

    The first is from Linda Pekrul, I adore the Prima frame that she has enhanced with that gorgeous striped ribbon and I love how it is gathered in places all around the outside of the frame. It is perfect for her framed photos!

    My other favorite is from Gini Cagle. She has created a masterpiece LO with ribbon. The flowers are incredible and I am just wowed at how she used french knots on the LO. Then there is that gorgeous bow that perfectly sets of this beautiful layout!

    Best of luck to everyone!

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  52. Mitra Pratt

    Debbi’s wreath is stunning, I love the banner by Millika, and the mixed media music piece by Gini! Rock on girls you are all stars!

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  53. Mitra Pratt

    Extremely difficult to choose! I like Debbie’s wreath, the banner by Millika, and the music mixed media piece by Gini! Lots of luck girls, you are one talented bunch!

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  54. Lauren Wiebe

    Given then I’m a lover of May Arts ribbon because the silk ribbons are absolutely perfect in wedding bouquets, I loved Valerie Gee’s (because the ribbons are in their full glory) and Karen Hanson’s (because those little tutus are just impossible to resist!).

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  55. Laura Strack

    I do not envy your decision making, not at all! Every single one of theses ladies are so talented. Maybe you can choose a design team and then invite all the others to be guest on occasion. I do love Mary Brockway’s Mini Fabric Album — so cute! But I admire all the ladies who made Flowers from their ribbon stash – so many amazing flowers. Especially love Gini Williams Cagle’s flowers. That’s true creativity, to me. Good luck to all the talented ladies.

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  56. Judy Jung

    This much beauty and creativity in one place is just overwhelming!! But Latrice Murphy’s beautiful ribbon flower is my favorite; Rhea’s work is always stunning.

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  57. ~* steph d. aka sweetcraftychick *~

    my faves are Linda Pekrul and Rhea Weigand 🙂 best wishes to all!

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  58. Nancy

    I am totally blown away by Mallika’s banner,Rhea’s flowers and Linda Perkul’s altered frame.
    I would definitely love to see these ladies on the team.

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  59. Pam Hornschu

    My favorite is Rhea Weigand’s “Timeless” piece. Her project seems so professional, artistic, and creative, and the same can be said for her tutorial and supply photo. I definitely want to follow her tutorial for that ribbon flower! I’m also crazy for Linda Pekful’s shadow box TV, as it gave me so much inspiration for decorating the one that I just bought recently. Finally, love Karen Hansen’s project as it is “TuTu” cute! It seems simple compared to many of the projects shown, but sometimes simple is the best! Good luck choosing!

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  60. Sue D

    Fabulous projects. My top picks are Debbie’s patriotic wreath, Jennifer’s wristlet, and Latrice’s ruffled flowers.

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  61. Karen G (cardcrazed)

    For the written Ribbonista, I’d vote for Shellye McDaniel, and for the video Ribbonista, I’d vote for Latrice Murphy. Both ladies made simple projects that can be customized to suit your fancy, and while both projects took time, they look DO ABLE to someone who isn’t an advanced crafter/sewer. AND their explanations were clear, concise, and very understandable. Some of the projects submitted are absolutely gorgeous, but I can’t vote for them, simply because, for me, they are too intimidating and look way too time consuming, and many just aren’t practical.. they’re pretty, but not practical.

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  62. Robin Buchholz

    Wow, all of these projects are fantastic and everyone is talented. I really like Melanie’s shadow box, Melinda’s butterfly album, Shellye’s binder and Tracy’s layout.

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  63. maria soto

    wow, some really great projects here, best of luck to everyone

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  64. Sylvana Collins

    Selecting is very hard to do on all these beauties. Everyone should be complimented on such wonderful and beautiful creations! If I had to pick my favs I would have to say Tangii Crain and Karen Hansen! Love the pink tutu!! A fantastic idea and so pretty. I would love to receive the burlap tote and card! What a nice gift that combo makes to brighten anyones’ day! Great job to all involved! Ribbons are beautiful!!!!

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  65. Cynthia B.

    These are ALL fabulous! I Melanie Joyce and Misty Willis created my favorite projects – things that I would love to make or use in my own home. Melanie’s shadow box is lovely and oh! how pretty is all that ribbon. And Misty’s project is so creative – love how the bag and the top match!

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  66. Kathy Grigas

    All of these projects are FANTASTIC. My favorite is Rhea’s clock. Love everything she makes. So glad she did the flower tutorial.

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  67. Sandy Young

    Wow, they are all so good. My favorites were Tracy McLennon and Mary Brockway.

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  68. diana fernandez

    I love love love mary’s video tut! Awesome sauce! Also I love rheas creation as well! Good luck to all the finalists!

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  69. Jill Woodfork

    My favorite designs are Valerie Gee’s ribbon organizer and Jennifer Davey’s clutch. Both are sooo cute and original! I want to make both using all types of ribbons, my crafting mind is on overload!

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  70. Andrea

    As i am a quilter. My favorite is by Mary Brockway.

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  71. Holly Moore

    Mary Brockway’s tutorial is “sew” darn cute! I want to make one now!!!

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  72. Mallika

    I am super excited and happy to be one of the finalist.
    Good luck to all my fellow crafters.
    My favorite after mine of-course is Rhea !
    Her project is so so balanced and well explained.

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  73. L. Oleman

    I loved seeing the diversity of all the creations! What talent! My favorites among them are: Mallika Kejriwal and Rhea Weigand. Love the styles of mixed media with a softness of vintage. Just beautiful!!

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  74. Jean Bullock

    I tried to do this yesterday but got very frustrated. Every one of the designers is a worthy candidate and it made me feel kind of bad not to vote for them all. So I went to their websites and checked out their versatility and creativity, writing style etc and if they do the sorts of things that I enjoy the most and can be inspired by. So this is all based on my personal taste, my apologies to those whose names I did not mention. Please remember that this is just my personal taste and no reflection on your creativity and skill.

    I settled on these designers:

    Jennifer Davey
    Linda Pekrul
    Melinda Beltran
    Reah Weigand
    Shellye McDaniel
    Tracy McLennon
    Mallika Kejriwal
    Gini Williams Cagle
    Karen Hanson

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  75. Linda Pekrul

    I have spent a WONDERFUL morning, going to each of the blogs and enjoying the tutorials and projects on all. Such amazing projects! I feel very blessed to be in the company of such great crafters! Good luck to my fellow applicants!

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  76. Georgia Cressman

    What wonderful, creative projects! The four I liked the best were made by artists Melani Joyce, Melin Bertrand, Tangii Crain, and Steph Ackerman.

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  77. Tabithah Dromiack

    Rhea’s tutorial is awesome! So professional! Rhea! Rhea! Rhea!

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  78. Liza C.

    I love Mallika Kejriwal’s video, she has a very unique style that surpasses all others. She would be a wonderful asset to the May Arts Design Team.

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  79. Deborah Deruyck

    Omg!! This is so hard to choose! So many beautiful tutorials, those ladies are really talented!!
    My first vote is for Tangii, I just love that bag and the card!
    2nd is for Karen!! Isn’t that tutu cute?!?!
    And last but not least, I adore what Melinda Betran made! It looks like a fairytale!
    Good luck everyone!!!

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  80. sheriwillshire

    My top three are:
    Tangii Crane
    Karen Hanson
    Rhea Weigand
    🙂

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  81. Laura Weed

    How will you ever possibly choose from these fantastic artisans? Always partial to paper arts I love Rhea Weigand and Mallika Kejriwal. Jennifer Davey’s purse is incredible, Linda Pekrul’s altered clock is breathtaking! Bethney, you’ve got your work cut out for you here!

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  82. Angeline Choo

    Wow!! I am truly inspired by all these fantastic entries! They are unique and definitely beautiful in each own way. It’s tough to pick but if I had to pick my top 3 it would be
    1. Linda Pekrul coz she used the ribbons in such a unique way and incorporated all so well
    2. Mallika Kejriwal coz I love her banners!! Such sweet colors and creativity
    3. Valerie Gill coz who knew that ribbons can store ribbons? It’s just genius!

    I also like Debbie’s wreath, Melinda’s lovely mini album and Karen’s cute pinky tutus !

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  83. Linsey R

    They are ALL truly beautiful projects and all the ladies are super talented and should be very proud to have come this far! Great job everyone! My top 3 are:
    Melinda Beltran
    Rhea Weigand
    Shellye McDaniel

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  84. Lea Kimmel

    Oh my! I do not envy you for having to pick from this group of talented ladies! Each project is amazing in it’s own way. My favorite of all is Rhea’s “Timeless” piece. Wow! What an amazing work of art! I am blown away by her creativity. I love her tattered flowers and can’t wait to make my own! My second fav is Mallika’s banner. I’m a fan a shabby chic and her piece would be lovely in my granddaughter’s bedroom! My third fav is Gini’s canvas. I love creating mixed media pieces and this one is fantastic. I’ve embedded ribbon in modeling paste before and I do love the texture it adds. I know you asked for our top three favs but I wanted to add that I also love Karen’s tutu birthday party embellishments. What a brilliantly easy way to add that extra “wow” to a little girl’s birthday party, a baby shower or wedding shower. Thank you for the chance to win more of your yummy ribbons, they are my all-time favorite to use for my own creations!

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  85. Teresa ankeney-Mackenzie

    Loved them all but my fav is Rhea Weingand hands down the best colorist I have seen for a while and very approachable and willing to offer help and tips.

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  86. Anita Braddock

    Everyone is my Favorite, since I need to make a choice it would be
    Melinda Beltran Mallika Kejriwal, thanks for the chance to win. I would like to say thanks for bringing us so many Amazing projects and your Team is Awesome.

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  87. Alexia M.

    All projects are stunning but if I had to choose one I think I will go with the wristlet by Jennifer Davey, Love the colors and it’s unique.

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  88. Christy

    I love Rhea’s creation and that pink elephant tutu…both are amazing!

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  89. Toni Storie

    I don’t know how you will chose! These projects are super cute! I really love Shellye’s altered binder, Gini’s mixed media piece, Karen’s tutus and Mary’s needlekeeper! Good luck to all of the deserving candidates!

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  90. Kim Reid

    I’m SO glad it’s YOUR job to pick the winners and not mine! But I’d be happy to share my top three faves!!! Hands down KAREN HANSON is my fave….because I love pink and I love tutus plus it’s such a unique craft idea! I also love the idea by TANGII CRAIN because it’s SO useful and we ALL need cards and gift bags and that burlap bag is so dressed up and beautiful, it’s totally a gift in and of itself! Lastly, I love RHEA’s art piece! It’s just stunning!! Good luck to everyone!!

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  91. Krissy

    Oh my goodness! RHEA!!!! Her Timeless project blew me away! It is my winner HANDS DOWN! She is fabulously talented and would create beautiful inspiration for your team!

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  92. Deborah Johnson

    WOW!!! Lots of inspiration, tutorials, and videos. I would have a very difficult time trying to decide amongst all of these designers. I love the clean style of Latrice Murphy.

    Have a great day!

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  93. Amante del Papel

    oh my godness what a beautiful projects, all are stunning and so beautiful!, my fav was the butterfly mini is so feminine and delicate!

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  94. TracyM #6773

    You really do have a challenge ahead of you Bethney, I certainly don’t envy your task – LOVE the projects submitted by all very talented crafters vying to become Ribbonistas!!!
    Sorry that I can’t choose just one, my shortlist is down to three:
    – Tracy McLennon with glamorous layout with golden flowers, ribbons and trims – LOVE her STYLE!!!
    – Melinda Beltran with her GORGEOUS butterfly album, the flowers she created and combined with other ribbons and trims are DELIGHTFUL!!!
    – Shellye McDaniel – her binder is BEAUTIFUL, LOVE how she has combined clever and classic techniques to create a pretty, practical, neat and sturdy finish.

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  95. Mary Mac

    Bethney, I am so glad you are the one to choose. I couldn’t narrow it down to one. What women would love to have Jennifer’s ribbon wristlet. Mallika’s project showed themany varieties of mayarts beautiful ribbon. Mary’s needle keeper is supper sweet and would make a wonderful gift to all my sewing friend and quilters and Valeries ribbon wall hanging was quite unique. Good luck to every one and to you Bethney.

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  96. SuZeQ

    Everybody’s work was great but Linda Pekrul’s clock is exemplary. Great job. Thanks May Arts for great products.

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  97. Jennifer dove

    Rhea and Karen. Karen because her creative outside of the box thinking and beautiful representation. Rhea because the whole project is so perfect. The ribbon is the focal point, but overall the project is so equal to the talent. I can’t wait to make the flower!!!

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  98. Christa

    Wow they are all gorgeous… I do not envy anyone having to choose…but since this is for fun, my top three would be Shellye McDaniel – the ribbon covered binder is unusual and practical and it would be fabulous to use something like that every day… Dee Dee Catron – an on trend twist using ribbon with art journalling to make something beautiful …. Valerie Gee – a ribbon display holder made from ribbons is gorgeous, practical and pure genius (and I want one of those)

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  99. StaC J.

    Awesome submissions using May Arts beautiful products!
    My faves are Linda, Melinda, Tracy, Mallika, Shellye, Karen, but in love with Rhea’s “Timeless”…hope she’s a winner!

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  100. stamping sue

    wow! you have a tough decision to make for your team.
    my choices are Jennifer Davey – wristlet bag, Melinda Belotran – butterfly mini album, Rhea Weigand – mixed media project with those fabulous tattered flowers. good luck to all of you.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  101. Jean Marmo

    All are wonderful! I love Valerie’s! THis is so different.

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  102. Wendy p

    I was blown away with the attention to detail on Rhea and mallika’s projects. Absolutely gorgeous! Karen’s cake tutu was so stinkin cute! I never would have thought to use ribbon to embellish baked treats!

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  103. Pam

    My favorite is Rhea’s “Timeless” piece. Wow, she has it all in this fabulous project! Plus, a tutorial. Stunning!

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  104. Sassu

    WOW! As I started going through each submission I realized I had all the projects on my list with notes behind each as to what I loved. Narrowing the list down to my top 5 was hard so I sure don’t envy you at all. Linda Pekrul’s shadowbox frame – Gorgeous – WOW!; Melinda Beltran’s butterfly album – dreamy, beautiful colors; ABBY’s journal and note cardbox – fantastic, great gift, amazing use of MA ribbon and tieing it all together; DeeDee Catron – love, love, love the art journal page; and Valerie Gee – ribbon organizer – GENIUS!

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  105. Laura Turcotte

    This is a tough call! I really like Linda’s, Karen’s and DeeDee’s projects!

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  106. Angie

    Oh my gosh they are all so beautiful, all of them. I love love love Mary Brockway the best though. Love how dainty the little book looks and it’s a perfect spot to stash needles. Love love love this. She’s so creative!

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  107. diana helquist

    beautiful projects…mary brockway needle keeper is an awesome idea…luv it…good luck ladies

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  108. diana helquist

    beautiful projects…mary brockway needle keeper is a awesome idea…luv it…good luck ladies

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  109. Sue K

    Linda’s is the best, love her colors, elements and finished project. She is very creative.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  110. Dee Armstead

    I think Mallika is the one that stands out the most. Her project is outside the box with that adorable shelf on the banner. I have never seen anyone do that before and then with a handmade angel hanging from the center of the banner. It is just stunning!

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  111. Taunya Butler

    My 3 are Shellye McDaniel, Valerie Gee, and Steph Ackerman

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  112. Amy Cooley

    My top three picks are Melanie Joyce, Karen Hanson & Latrice Murphy.

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  113. Kameka Touch

    All of the projects were amazing. The one that I love is Mallika’s banner. It is so gorgeous and shabby. I love the way she used the ribbons on the banner as well as make flowers out of them. She did an amazing job. I wish them all luck on their journey because they did a good job.

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  114. Susan M. Brown {sbartist}

    I’m so proud to be part of this group of wonderfully creative ladies… so many fabulous creations to see. My favs {though I am partial to my own hehe} are the super adorable Tulle tutus; the D-ring ribbon organizer {GENIUS} and Michelle’s baby shirts {I will so have to make these for my baby sisters’ wee one on the way}. Good Luck Everyone!!!

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  115. Sue McRae

    I really like Shellye McDaniel’s Altered Binder. Love how she managed to use so much ribbon yet have a clean design and professional look to her project.

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  116. Denise Bryant

    That is going to be a tough decision!
    I have a few favorites! They are Jennifer’s wristlet, Michele’s T-shirts, Rhea’s tattered flower, Susan’s fall ornaments, and Mary’s needle keeper! All the projects are fabulous, ladies! You did a fantastic job!

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    1. Susan M. Brown {sbartist}

      Thanks so much Denise 🙂

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  117. Joan Liddle

    My top three picks are:
    Steph Ackerman
    Tracy McLennon
    Mary Brockway

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  118. Bonnie

    It sure was hard to pick a favorite. All of these projects were beautiful in their own special way. Melinda Beltran’s butterfly album, Linda Pekrual’s shadow frame and Karen Hanson’s Minnie tulle project were great!

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  119. Virginia Fynes

    Wow! What a great collection of projects! I’m glad you’re making this decision, great inspiration. Can’t wait for the new ladies to join the team!

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  120. Margaret miller

    I love Tracy MacLennon. Her designs are crisp and clean. Something I would be happy to hang in my home or give as a gift to a cherished friend.

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  121. Carla Hundley

    Wow, what a bunch of
    lovely creations! These
    caught my eye:
    Mallika Kejriwal,
    DeeDee Catron and
    Mary Brockway.
    Love them all!!
    Carla from Utah

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  122. Melinda Wilson

    First, all of these projects are amazing and beautiful. There was much thought and talent that went into every one of these creations and appreciate the time it took to completed them.
    My favorite designers were Rhea Weigand, Tracy McLennon and Gina Williams Cagle.

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  123. Shari C

    After looking at each DT finalist’s blog, I tried to rate them by uniqueness of their design, their ability to write a good blog post, and the quality of their tutorial. I picked my favorite 6, in order of fantastic-ness:
    1. Melin B. at MyPaperCrafting.com
    2. Gini C. at ginicagle.blogspot.com
    3. Tracy W. at http://scrappychick101.blogspot.ca/
    4. DeeDee C. at deedeecatron.blogspot.com
    5. Mallikake J. at http://aolahandmadecardsindia.blogspot.com/
    6. Abby H. at http://scrappin-abby.blogspot.com/

    There were several good ones and a few that fell a little short.

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  124. Christine Mason

    I vote for Tracy McLennon!

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  125. Allie

    My top three are Mallika Kejriwal, Rhea Weigand, Tracy McLennon but wow what a tough decision. All the finalists do amazing work.

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  126. Cindy S.

    I like the headbands by Latrice Murphy

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  127. Lyn Kaufmann

    I’ve never seen so many wonderful, creative ideas all done with ribbon before. Brava ladies!

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  128. kailash

    Stunning projects, so creative and beautifully crafted. Love Melinda”s sweet project, Linda Pekrul and Karen’s beautiful work!!

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  129. Kameka Touch

    All of these ladies did an amazing job. Mallika just blew me away with that banner. Its so gorgeous and shabby chic. I love how she used the May Arts Ribbons in so many ways. Good luck to all the ladies, can’t wait to see the new DT.

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  130. Beatrice Lawson

    Wow… Melinda Beltran blew me away with her mini album – so soft, pretty and luxurious, it is to die for. Mallika’s banner is dreamy, original and such a great way to have a beautiful objet decor in your home that showcases your creativity and gorgeous ribbons. Love! Rhea’s tattered flower was just amazing. What talent!! Please please please make sure she is on the team, we need to learn from her! Tracy did a great job showing that you can have a clean and (relatively) simple LO with beautiful ribbons, and I would love to see more of that. Most DT work seems to be so complex nowadays that it really makes me glad to see something a “regular” scrapper can do!

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  131. Karen N

    Favorites? Are you kidding – these are some PHENOM entries! Gotta say I love my gals, Michele, DeeDee, Abby and Karen H…..good luck gals!

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  132. Cathy A

    Wow I don’t envy you having to pick from all the amazing talent here! I really love the projects with tule, and Like the tutorial using tule and canvas ribbon to create the flowers, the tutus were cute too! They were all amazing don’t know how you are going to choose!

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  133. Heather Thompson

    Well……….this was really hard. Just amazing group of entries. I had a hard time narrowing it down but I pick three favorites. Gotta love Rhea. She’s my kinda gal. Linda and Melinda where pretty awesome too!!!! These were all great projects, Thank you for sharing all these creations.

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  134. Sharon Gullikson

    Linda Pekrul’s shadow box might be my favorite. But there were several that I thought were really, really good….

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  135. Candy Spiegel

    Wow! Such great projects! My favorite is Mallika’s, but I also love Melinda, Rhea and Gini’s projects.

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  136. Sue

    First pick for me is the tututorial , 2nd to
    Timeless and 3rd the shadow box piece all entries showed thinking outside the box uses for beautiful ribbon bravo!

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  137. Sheri

    Congrats and good luck to everyone who made it to round 2!

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  138. Chrissy Cancel

    I love these: Linda Pekrual, Shellye McDaniel, Tanjii Crain, and Deedee Catron! Awesome job to everyone! It was so hard to choose!

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  139. Denise Luscan

    Wow! Everyone has created beautiful projects…hard to choose. My top picks would be Linda, Melinda, Misty, Rhea, Tracy, Abby, DeeDee, Mallika, and Latrice. You have a very hard job!! Good luck Ladies!!

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  140. Christi Hicks

    Well I had to go through them three times to whittle it down to one, but my absolute favorite was Melinda Beltrans pink butterfly mini. I absolutely adore it and want it for my very own badly lol. All the projects are so wonderful and I am off to check out more of the tutorials to get some ideas of my own. Great job everyone.

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