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Paper Crafting with 5 & Dime!

Day 2 of May Arts / October Afternoon Blog Week!

Paper Crafting with 5 & Dime!

Hi all, Vera’s here from Ling’s Design Studio. My turn again to share some fun projects. When I found out May Arts is teaming up with October Afternoon, I was sooo excited! October Afternoon is one of my favorite companies. I am sure many of you already familiar with their products and if you’re not, you definitely need to check them out. Their collections are yummie-licious.  🙂

I got to play with 5 & Dime collection. Love, love, love the colors on this set. I decided to make a layout and a couple cards. First up is the layout.  Just like my cards, I like to keep my layout clean looking.





How to:

1. Cut the grid patterned paper (Rock Candy) slightly smaller than the page base.
2. Adhere pictures.
3. Wrap the green and yellow twill/stripes ribbon underneath the pics. Cut a couple border strips from the patterned paper and adhere on top of the ribbons.
4. Punch out scallop border from the patterned paper and adhere next to the pic. Add chipboard stickers and all the other stickers to the layout.
5. For some extra details, I added the rub-ons to the bottom left corner of the layout, by the pic, and on the doily sticker on upper right corner.


Next, a couple fun cards. The first card has a bit of vintage look. I simply love the black and cream combo. The ribbon I use is “Organic cotton stripes 385-58-10”.


How to:

1. Cut a panel from October Afternoon patterned paper slightly smaller than the card base.
2. Add ribbon and pleat the ribbon. I just used staple to hold the pleat in place (see pic). The staple is covered by the next pleat, and so on. When you’re done, adhere the panel to card.



3. Punch out scallop border from patterned paper (I used my left over from the layout) and adhere to card.
4. Fussy cut the image from the patterned paper (Wax Bottles) for sentiment, adhere to card. Add the chipboard sticker.


Now, for my second card, I finally took the plunge to make my own flower ribbon embellishments. I am sure many of you already seen a tutorial on how to make this flower embellishment.  I used twill/stripes 382-34-94


How to:

1. Cut panel from patterned paper and adhere to card.
2. Add border sticker to the bottom of the panel. Add rub-ons for details.
3. Add frame sticker & stamp with sentiment.
4. Add ribbon flowers. My ribbon flower starts like this:


I basically cut a small circle, cut an X on the middle, thread the ribbon and glued the end of the ribbon to the bottom of the circle. Then I just start twisting the ribbon and keep going in circle till the ribbon covered the whole circle. To keep the ribbon in place, I used my glue gun and just add a dab of glue here and there. When I get to the very end, I tuck the ribbon to the back of the circle.

I had so much fun working on these projects and I hope you like them. Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day.



Blog post by: Vera Yates


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  1. Becci Manies

    I have made fabric flowers using this technique- but the ribbon is something that I hadn’t thought of before- I love the stripes especially. Adorable, great job! 🙂

  2. Natalie

    Love the ribbon on the card!

  3. Lisa P

    Cute, cute!!

  4. conniemelancon

    more great projects!

  5. Marjorie Barker

    Love the ribbon flower!

  6. Marjorie Barker

    Beautiful projects Vera. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  7. erin t

    Wow, great job Vera, love all the details.

  8. Rebecca Ednie

    I love the stars and stripes card! Lovely!

  9. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    love the flowr and the pleating of ribbon on those cards. The paper goes perfect with the ribbon

  10. Lindsay

    Love these cards! Too cute 🙂

  11. Mandie Wade

    Love that ribbon rose! Gorgeous work!

  12. Glyniss

    I love those stars and stripes as well as the other cute cards!!

  13. Jerry

    Wooooow, we’re sp honored to be featured here!! Super cool, super sweet design! Congrats Ling!

  14. Laura

    I like your fun, clean layout the best — gorgeous!

  15. ellen s

    looooove it!

  16. MandyK

    Fun projects!

  17. angie blom

    beautiful. love the ribbon techniques.

  18. Glenda J

    Fantastic projects!

  19. Jennifer

    The ribbons add just the perfect touch to the cards!

  20. Heather Landry

    That ribbon flower is just gorgeous! It totally makes the card stand out!

  21. Joke Prummel

    Thank you so very much for showing how to use the ribbon. Both techniques are so very lovely and usable, I’m gonna try this tomorrow!

  22. Melinda Wilson

    Love these projects and THANKS for the tutorial about the flower. I have this ribbon in yellow (I won it back several months ago!!!) and I plan to use these flowers on my next project!

  23. Mumsie

    Love these cards and layouts. Definitely am going to try to make the ribbon flower.

  24. sue w.

    pleating ribbon is fun …. i’ve never used staples but have done it with very strong double stick tape. keep up all the great ideas.
    stamping sue

  25. Alice Hancock

    Neat idea for using ribbon!

  26. Amanda J

    These are all lovely! I love that flower!

  27. Pam

    Great cards! Your flower is beautiful.

  28. Helen LeBrett

    Love the ribbon flower, and the paper, the stapled ribbon: your cards are great!!

  29. Sarah

    Love the layout and the blue flower. thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  30. Holly Tolman

    Awesome job, so fresh and clean. i love your pleats.

  31. Sue D

    Great layout and cards–I really like the different ways twill was used.

  32. Denise Bryant

    Great layout and cards! Love the twill ribbon embellishments!

  33. Sav O'G

    I LOVE those ribbons–they match perfectly with these papers:) TOTALLY pulling out my stash!!! TFS:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  34. Cynthia B.

    The October Afternoon papers look awesome, but I have to say the ribbons are what really make these cards stand out! Gorgeous cards – TFS!

  35. Carol B

    Fun cards and great ideas!

    Carol B

  36. Kelly massman

    Love that big blue/white flower! TFS!

  37. Anita A

    Stunning projects!

  38. Charlene


  39. jean marmo

    Just wonderful!! Love that layout! Fabulous cards.

  40. Jennifer H.

    Love your cards and layout! They all go great together, the OA and MA!!!

  41. Sarah

    Nice work combining the beautiful ribbons with some super looking paper.

  42. Laurel Beard

    What an adorable layout! So fun! Love the pictures! And your cards are just fabulous!!!! You really did a great job with the products!

  43. Jenny

    Such pretty projects Vera! Love em!! 😀

  44. b.poteraj

    I just love the 5 & Dime papers, stickers, buttons, etc. They can be used in So many ways….

  45. Sharon Gullikson

    October Afternoon comes up with some of the best designs around. And their employees are the best!

  46. natasha G.P.

    I LOVE 5 and Dime. It’s one of my favorite lines…

  47. Lindy

    The the flower and the pleated ribbon! Beautiful projects!

  48. Jasmine Ford

    Beautiful! Love that flower with the twill/stripes ribbon!

  49. Donna

    That is really cute! I love the flowers.

  50. Emily

    These are fabulous!!!

  51. Carol

    Love all these projects – great use of ribbons! TFS

  52. Karen B.

    Beautiful layout and cards Vera!


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