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Best of The Ribbonistas Week – Day 5! {and a winner!}


Welcome to Day 5 of The Best of the Ribbonistas Week!    If you are just joining us, we are highlighting the work of the May Arts Ribbonistas over the past year.  This is a great chance to review some of the best projects we’ve had from this team and maybe even find a few you missed the first time around.  So, let’s be sure to show these ladies some love as the 2012-2013 design team winds down to an end.

If you missed any of the days this week, be sure to check them out too!

We have another 2 very fabulous ladies to celebrate today, so let’s get started!

Sandy Allnock

Hello fellow ribbon lovers! It’s Sandy here once more, and I’m both excited to be sharing with you today – because I just love so many of the projects I’m sharing…but sad too! Because my term as a Prima Ribbonista has come to a close. It’s been so much FUN! The Ribbon Lady is the best to work with – so kind and generous (you should SEE my ribbon stash now!)…and she makes the Ribbonista family such a great thing to be part of. I send my hearty congratulations to the new Ribbonistas – and the returnees who I’ve enjoyed working with! It was hard to choose which projects to share as my favorites! I’m just so enamored with what can be created by any of the May Arts ribbons. For each one of these I’ve included text links to the videos if you’re one of those people who likes to watch something being made…and a link also to the full blog post too. I’ll start with the first official project I created – this little EKG card. I think I love it mostly because it was so hard to figure out how to encase the Sparkly Fluff so it didn’t make a mess – and once I did, the rest of the card totally came together. The Suede String just worked perfectly to create that EKG line. A love card for him videoblog post

Love Card For Him

And this was also an earlier project, but it’s near and dear to my heart—because it’s all about my dog! She was made an honorary Soldier a few years ago, and this great little book by Basically Bare gave me the chance to use a lot of the May Arts patriotic ribbons (including the amazing grosgrain stripes you see here!) to make an album all about the event. Patriotic album videoblog post

Patriotic Mini Album

This card I love for its simplicity. I love making “ribbon candy” by folding ribbon over on itself to create the look – I did it on this card with some pretty satin, and combined it with some marker coloring directly onto the stamps to create this watercolory look. These are also fundraiser stamps, so I always love highlighting products that help give back Watercoloring on stamps videoblog post

SandRibbon Candy Bow

While I’m primarily a cardmaker, my time at May Arts has reminded me how much fun it is to create other projects too! So I had the opportunity to show off some fun bigger items, including this advent calendar – the boxes are all made with dies, and the yummy grosgrain ribbon just tops it off perfectly. Matchbox Advent calendar videoblog post

Advent Calendar

This has to be one of my very favorite Christmas cards I made last year! It’s oversize – and square – so it was hand-delivered to its recipient as a hostess gift! Sometimes you spend enough time on the card, it IS the gift, don’t you think? The twisted burlap on this one made a perfectly braided little wreath. Twisted burlap wreath – videoblog post

Burlap Wreath Card

This card was just too much fun to make. I was working on this during the holidays but had no Lawn Fawn stamps for Christmas…so I decided to use a nonholiday set to create a fun crazy Christmas scene. Hilarious! Gotta love the little dragon with a suede string scarf on! Happy Ever After with Lawn Fawn videoblog post

Happy Christmas Card

  This card shows off three awesome ribbons that are so perfect for valentines or weddings. The embroidered satin is just delicious! And the heart cutouts – which come in all kinds of shapes at May Arts – add a real punch to this simple card. Shaped Satin Cutout ribbon videoblog post

Valentine Card

  Thisis was another of my favorites due to the work it took to figure this out. I had seen cool vintage bottles done with images on them, and was determined to work out how to do that myself. So I figured out how to wrap bottles with ScorTape, add twisted burlap , and stamp and color! Stamped burlap bottle videoblog post

Burlap Wrapped Bottle

And last but not least, a patriotic card. I’ve made a number of them through my year here (I tend to need a lot of patriotic ones as the Exec Director for Operation Write Home, lol) This is one of my favorites….I played around with some Core’dinations papers, then finally worked out how to use some of the thick wide solid/woven stripes ribbons without adding a lot of bulk by tying it with something else. This video, by the way, links to another one showing how to color the Stampendous eagle. Patriotic distressed card videoblog post

Patriotic Card

I had so many more projects that I could have picked…so instead of making them feel left out, I’ve put together a giant retrospective post over on my blog! It includes a photo as well as the videos and blog post links for everything I’ve created for May Arts during my term. Go see it here. Once more,….thank you so much to the Ribbon Lady and everyone I’ve met who works for May Arts, as well as all the lovely and talented Ribbonistas. I’ll never be far away, since I always stalk the May Arts blog as a subscriber!

Virginia Fynes

Ruffled Ribbon Lamp Shade
I created this lamp for the “Light it Up Blue” campaign, it was very popular, pinned thousands of times, and in support of a great cause.

Winter Wonderland Card

I created many cards throughout this years term and just as many flowers. This card combines both and I love how it came together, classic wonderland look.

Fall Decor with Ribbon

This was by far my #1 loved post for this past year. Adding bows to my fall decor was such a simple concept but really upped they wow factor, I hope I can recreate it this year!

Altered Notebooks

I’m always on the look out at the dollar store for items to recreate. These little memory books turned out perfect and rang in at less than 50 cents a piece!

Keep posting those comments for a chance to win 3 rolls of May Arts Ribbonyour choice!

The Ribbon Lady


We have a winner!  Congratulations to:

Lisa Petrella
Oh my goodness!!! These ladies are so super talented!!! I love all of these creations—-especially Candy’s dress form, Charlene’s ribbon plates, Jen’s Santa pillow, and Karen’s acorn!!! Totally fabulous!!!

Lisa, email me at [email protected] with your shipping address to claim your prize!

**all winners have 2 weeks to claim their prize**

**when emailing, please note which giveaway/prize you are claiming*


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  2. cdebbie672

    All the projects are beautiful. I love using ribbons of all kinds.

  3. Jessica Kephart

    Love these! The Fall Pumpkin! OH MY So simple, elgant and adorable! I love that it can easily be recreated too!

  4. Chrissy

    Congratulations Lisa!

    All of these are such awesome projects.  It has been amazing to work with these talented women for the last year. 

  5. Sybrina K

    All the ribbonistas are amazing, but as an OWHer, Sandy's work has a special place in my heart. Her cards are so fabulous that it's hard to pick a favorite technique. If forced to choose, I think I would go with the way the ribbon flows off the tree and along the length of the card in happy Christmas.

  6. Beverly Jordan

    Sandy has gorgeous pieces of art! Love the lampshade and the eagle card which is stunning!!! She is remarkably talented!!

  7. Helen S

    It's hard to say which one I liked the best – each one I learned a little bit more.  I did like the brad one that held the ribbon to the card.  We need you to surface again — we'd miss your talent, ideas and infectious personality!

  8. Helen S

    It's hard to say which one I liked the best – I learned a little bit more in each one.   I do like the brad anchoring the ribbon to the card.  You better come back somewhere – we need you, your ideas and your infectious personality !

  9. Janis in ID

    The projects are over-the-top amazing.  Some of the real standouts are:  the matchbox advent calendar and the blue ribbon lamp.  Wow.

    <3 J

  10. Lucy E.

    These are all so scrumptious! I could look at these projects all day 🙂

  11. Carla Hundley

    Still soaking up all the

    great ideas coming from

    your blog hop. Thanks!

    Carla from Utah

  12. Shannon Stewart

    Absolutely love the burlap covered bottles! and the lampshade is one of my favorites of all time (and my very favorite color!)

  13. Carmen

    I love the Advent calendar and those satin hearts!

  14. Rebecca Price

    Ooh I love the ribbon wrapped pumpkin!

  15. kathy/NorthCarolina

    I love the work of both these fabulous Ribbonistas!  Thanks for filling our worlds with beauty, creativity and inspiration!

  16. by belle

    Beautiful projects!!!  I just LOVE that blue lampshade!!

  17. Aunt Dee

    Loved Sandy's non-traditional turned Christmas Card. So clever in making everything work for christmas. All the projects today were wonderful and fun.   AGreat job!

  18. Cathy Homan

    I have learned that even a smaller piece of ribbon can FINISH a project.  Thank you for sharing your ideas.  I think the Winter Wonderland might be my favorite of your examples. 

  19. Jennifer Scull

    I just have to say that I am completely blown away by every single project Sandy has shared. I've been following her blog for a while now, but it is true bliss to see these fabulous projects all grouped together in one happy place. what a very very talented lady. May Arts is blessed to have her on the team. 🙂

  20. Vera W. Yates

    Sandy's works are awesome! I espeically lobe the wrapped bottle idea. Loving all the inspirations.

  21. Melin

    Wonderful projects! TONS of inspiration! Love them all but I think the lampshade is a fave!!!!


  22. Melissa T.

    What an amazing group of ribbon projects! My favorite is the lampshade covered in ribbon, so cute! Thank you for all the ribbon inspiration! 🙂

  23. Mary Schreiber

    Sandy did a lot of great projects and cards, showed me many ways to use ribbon. Thank you Sandy. 

  24. Tami B

    Sandy is who introduced me to May Arts, love her work! 

  25. Caryn S

    Again I am blown away. These projects are stunning and I am always amazed at what can be accomplished with a little ribbon!

  26. Brenda B.

    Great showcase of projects. The ribbons finish these projects with just the right touch of elegance. 

  27. Cathi O'Neill

    As always, some great inspiration!! I love all the different ways ribbon can be used!

  28. Virginia Fynes

    That heart skips a beat card is one of my fav's too Sandy- great projects!


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