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Show Us Your Plaid – Challenge Entries!

A big Thank You goes out to everyone who completed their Plaid Challenge projects!  

Here they all are, listed in the order in which they were received. 

**Oh, and if you keep on reading to the end we just might be offering a GiveAway too!  Don't miss it.**


Super easy and fast handmade holiday stocking.  I aged the ribbon (359 – 3/4 – 14) with a Copic marker E25 Chamois. Handed stitched (button hole stitch) the stocking using two different thread colors, black and red. Stocking base is a soy batting from the fabric store.  Hand stitched the ribbon on the stocking using small knots instead of a running stitch.  Made the rosette, added a hanging and button.



  • Entry 2: Pam Loris

I tore strips of fabric and attached it a foam cone. I attached two strips of ribbon on top of the fabric, on the front and side. I then started a loop at the top, and continued down the cone. I repeated this step until the cone was full. I tied a bow around a clay pot, and with the remaining ribbon, I made a topper for the tree, and attached it to the top of the cone. I used sewing pins for attaching everything.


I wanted to highlight the gorgeous May arts ribbon so I made it the focus of my card. All the snowflakes are hand stitched on the Grey card stock with a red embroidery thread and raised on the red card stock with foam dots. I have double tied the plaid ribbon, first on the red card stock and then on the Grey card stock finishing with the knot. As a finishing touch, I added red rhinestones to the stitched snow flakes to make them pop up.


I created an ornament from a chipboard ornament shape.  I primed it with gesso and then painted it with red acrylic paint.  Using the beautiful trims from May Arts, I weaved a plaid pattern.  I added the wire ribbon adorned with pearls at the top to hang the ornament.  I tied a bow using the 1.5" holiday prints/wired trim and adhered it over the hanger trim.  I also added a couple paper poinsettias with pearl centers and some glittered chipboard letters.

**This one comes with a video:


  • Entry #5: Cynthia Miller of Cams Creations

It is a 14" Styrofoam tree, with loops of ribbon (5" strips folded in half to make a loop) pinned and a couple of gold ornaments and gold star to finish it off.  I placed it on a candle holder base for height. Finished height is 24".


  • Entry #6: Darcee Ruble

The snowmen are made from pre-cut acrylic that I purchased and my three children (Justin-8, Marina-3 and Kian-3) made ornaments out of them.  First they ran them through the bigshot with an impression folder, you can see it well on one of them.  (the two made by my three year olds are a little messy :-)).  Then they painted them white with a paint dauber.  Next they put stickles wherever they wanted! Then we used black bling for eyes and nose.  Marina decided hers did not need a face!  With a small stapler I did the scarves from May Arts ribbon.  It was a fun project to do with them.


For the next project it is a picture of my little girl getting ready for Halloween however it was so cute (to me!)  I made a scrapbook page from it.  The paper is basic grey Lemonade which I love and is plaid.  I used the rosettes from May Arts as an accent strip in the middle of the page.  Then I took three more rosettes and trimmed around them and sprayed them with Tattered Angels to change the color and used them as another accent. 


Card 1 Plaid Tree:

Cut three trees using the Cricut Winter, adhere one flat the second one with one layer of foam tape and the front tree with 2 layers of foam tape. Stamp verse attach across the tress and add your bow.


Card 2 Vintage Christmas Brown Trees:

Emboss the center section using the Sizzix embossing folder (trees) Highlight with Distress Wild Honey ink attach the ribbon (RC33) and sew on machine along edges of ribbon and then attach to the card front and sew the long edges of it. Tie bow and attach.

Card 3 Merry Christmas

Using Martha Stewart Present border punch do the top edge of the card mat wrap ribbon at top right under the presents, attach button. Emboss the card base with swiss dots folder attach the card mat. Stamp the sentiment and attach to the lower right corner


Card 4 Plaid Present

Emboss the card base with the Cuttlebug folder. Cut a piece of cardstock 2 1/2 x 3 inches and weave the two ribbons to give the plaid look. Attach to card front using strong adhesive. Thread bakers twine through button, using glue dot attach button to the present. Tie a bow using the coordinating ribbon and place on top of present.


  • Entry #7b: Kathy Skerven

I purchased a red kitchen towel from Home Goods and altered an angel pattern that I found in a Leisure Arts book.

Using the white satin 1 1/2" ribbon I looped the ribbon and pinched a pleat to make the wings and then made several pleats using the same ribbon for the angel's slip. I stitched the 3/4"  white ribbon for the band near the bottom of the towel.


  • Entry #8: Denise Bryant

This is the interior of a pop-up card with Christmas stockings and bow satin cutout embellishments. The paper used to create the scene's wallpaper has a plaid design.


The first card has an embossed background, then the candycane was stamped and cut out. I embellished it with a sprig of satin cutout holly, then tied it with a red and white plaid ribbon. It was mounted onto the card with pop dots to give it a bit of dimension. The second card is made of strips of metallic velvet ribbons in a cut-out circle to form an ornament, mounted on a plaid paper background. The ornament top is from a QuicKutz die, and the pine branches are stamped.


The gift bag is decorated with a square of plaid paper that has been trimmed with a border punched edge, and layered over with another square of paper that has the corners punched. I trimmed holly leaves and a bow for the satin cutout trims, and glued the leaves in a circle to make a wreath. The bag handle is trimmed with some of the satin holly and a red and white bow.


  • Entry #9: Sau Wei Ma


A simple project that looks elegant but is easy to make, this gift box features varying widths of satin ribbon.  Start with a simple box lid made from a shimmer heavyweight cardstock.  Lay several pieces of wide ribbon side by side in one direction and secure in place on the side edges.  Weave narrow ribbon in the opposite direction to create the plaid.  Tuck the loose ends around the sides of the lid and secure on the inside.  Cut a matching or decorative piece of cardstock to fit inside the lid to cover the loose ends and you are ready to fill your plaid ribbon gift box with matching note cards.

I made a bread cozy! I started by cutting a piece of felt to 2 1/2-3 inches wide and double stitched the edges with the string. I attached a handmade plaid button to one end and cut an opening on the other. To go with my bread cozy, I made tied a handmade tag with the string in a big bow and to identify what kind of bread it is. My card features the same plaid paper wrapped with the red string. My intention was to have three different kinds of breads to give to people, however my family enjoyed the cranberry orange bread before I could wrap them and give them away!


  • Entry #12: Rosemary Dennis


  • Entry #13: Jennie Posthumus

I made a neat little "nest" using the following ribbons: AKN45 for the "nest", MX45 for the handle and bow, and MR25 for the rose beside the bird that I made using a pattern found online and scrap fabric. 

The nest itself was made by wrapping plastic wrap around a small serving bowl and coating the plastic wrap with newspaper ads dipped in a sort of plaster made from flour, water, and a little salt (as a preservative).  After it dried, I trimmed it up and measured out the AKN45 ribbon and cut enough strips to cover the "nest".  I criss-crossed strips of AKN45 and sewed them together at the base before glueing them to the bowl/nest, folding the edges of the strips into the bowl.  I measured a piece of the MX45 ribbon for the handle, cut and sewed the edges together before glueing that to the bowl/nest.  I fluffed up some stuffing/batting, put it into the nest, added the bird and rose as a finishing touch. 

You could use the bowl as for wrapped candies/cookies/treats of any sort if you painted the inside or layered it with more ribbon inside.  Or even put decorations inside it. 

The bells were made using AKN45 and RX45 hot glued to plastic shot glasses found at a local discount store/salvage mart.  Since they were wire edge ribbon, I just scrunched up on edge to make the "bell".


  • Entry #14: Pam Nichols

Ribbons – #382-24-19 – 3/4 Twill Stripe, #347-15-47 Sheer Ribbon 7/8", #EB25 1"

I used my Cricut Expression to cute the window for the stain glass card @ 4"   the ornament @ 2" from the Christmas Solutions Cartridge..Used a Christmas stamp for the greeting… and extra ribbon for the stripe & bow……….


Ribbons –  330-94 Augua Rick-Rack 1", 350-58-94 5/8" Sheer Ruffle Edge, 357-24-04 Cord. Velvet 3/4", BD66 Metallic Chain 1/4"

Used the Christmas Solution Card to cut the Christmas ornaments, wove the riboon in a square, making a plaid square, cut the ornaments, glue them to the ribbon, used Glossy Accents to stiffen the ornaments for a glass look, used glue arts square to attach to cards, used other misc. items to finish card, Attached the ribbons ina plaid pattern to the card.


  • Entry #15: Lisa Hawkes of Pink Hollybush Designs

The final project is a 10 inch Styrofoam wreath covered with cream grosgrain ribbon to hide the Styrofoam, and then covered with matte gold fabric leaves.  Coffee dyed crochet ribbon is wrapped around the wreath and used to make rosettes.  Antique buttons are added to the center of the rosettes. The crochet ribbon and the red and cream plaid ribbon is used to make a bow to complete the wreath.


  • Entry #16: Lynn Ochs

This festive necklace was made using both May Arts Plaid Ribbon KB45 and Ribbon Yarn.  Using a “J” size hook I crocheted 3 lengths of ribbon and yarn about 60 chains leaving about a 12 inch tail at each end.  At each end of the chains all three strands were knotted together.  Next all 6 tail ends were threaded  through a large hole coordinating bead.  The 6 tails were then knotted together at  the end and trimmed.  The bead acts as a slider to adjust the length of the finished necklace. 

 To make the earrings I used a couple of glass floral pebbles and snippets of KB45 ribbon.  The bits of ribbon were glued to the flat surface of the glass pebbles.  When the glue was dry, ribbon was trimmed and the gold posts were glued.  The set is now ready to wear, perhaps against a black or green turtleneck…..perfect for a casual Christmas gathering.


A fun fast project!  A giant Hershey chocolate bar, a free wrapper from, a crocheted hat and two pieces of May Arts KB45 a beautiful plaid ribbon were the materials needed to make this darling snowman candy wrapper.  

Step 1:  Print  the candy bar wrapper, scored it at 3 ½” and 4” then at 7 ½”  and 8”, and attached it around the candy bar.

Step 2:  Crochet Hat –  Using an H crochet hook and a bit of red yarn   Chain  18 stitches, then  double crochet  in the 4th chain from the hook.  Double crochet to the end.  Chain 3, turn,  and double crochet across.  Repeat  for 13 rows.  End off  and sew up seam. 

Step 3:  Thread ribbon though hat and tie in a bow.  Tie ribbon around to make the Snowman’s Scarf.


This festive Christmas wreath was made using May Arts Ribbon FF15 and  Bows made with KB45.

A  5” diameter brass ring was covered with about 75 pieces of FF15 Glittery Green ribbon.   I cut the ribbon in 4” pieces on the diagonal following the line of glitter dots.  Each piece was individually tied to the brass ring.    A 7” piece of ribbon was looped to create the hanger tied on top with a knot.  Pieces of KB45  plaid ribbon were used to fashion accent bows and the wreath was decorated with red beads and baubles.  Perfect in a Powder Room!


Here is a crocheted choker necklace I created using May Arts Ribbon.  I think this will be a lovely necklace to wear this holiday season!

I used:1 yd KB45 Red Plaid, 3 yds C54 Red Sheer, Seed Pearls, Necklace Metal Ends

With a “Q” Crochet hook leaving a few inches at each end, I chained a length (long enough to wrap around my neck) using C54.  Woven through the the sheer chain was a length of KB45.

The ends were secured in the metal jewelry necklace endings and seed pearls were attached sporadically to the ribbons. 


Merry and Bright Card

Plaid reindeer and a swirl cut with Spellbinders on Graphic 45 paper coordinated perfectly with the reverse  side of the Graphic 45 Christmas paper.  A perfect bow is made with May Arts silk ribbon  SK14.Gold cardstock is cut out with a Spellbinders Label and stamped with Just Rite's Merry and Bright from the Christmas Nested Sentiments collection.  With a sprinkle of faux pearls (swirl), genuine Swarovski crystals (reindeer noses and label), and Stickles gold (antlers) this festive Christmas Card is ready to share.

Plaid Package

I made this card using a piece of plaid paper which I "tied up" with May Arts ribbon QA25  like a present waiting to be opened..  I used my computer to print the "to/from" tag and mounted it with Diamond Glaze on the back of a Tim Holtz Ideology fragment

Ornamentally Plaid

Plaid KB45 and green silk SK15 ribbon from May Arts, Just Rite stamps from Christmas Ornamanets and Whimsical Christmas Set, Art Institute glitter, Swarovski crystals, plaid paper, gold cardstock, and distressed pink paper combined to create this card.  The ornament was stamped on acetate with Stazon ink.  Glitter was applied, then the ornament was cut out and mounted on the distressed pink paper..


You can see the tutorial for this one on her Blog! 


You'll see attached my favorite (I made 2) door plaque which has a weathered wood base that was painted with a crackle finish and antiqued in shades of purple & weathered white.  I used my Cricut to diecut several layers of chipboard & cardstock to make Alison's initials in colors to coordinate with the plaid ribbon I chose.  A few lavendar button embellishments were added to complete the look.


I wanted to create a "Collection of memories". A piece that could serve as door decor, or even in-doors. The purpose could be to display pictures of family achievements throughout 2010 or perhaps phrases that got you through the year…memories in general. In my case I was going to do the traditional "Peace, Faith, Love" words but my precious Princess (cat) passed away a couple weeks ago (17 yr old) and I just wanted to have a way to still incorporate her presence through the holidays so I removed the top word "peace" and included her picture instead. Which got me to think that this could also collect photos of family members that have passed on and be brought out during the holidays for display.


  • Entry #20: Joan Neitz

For the wreath I used  384, MX44, MX45, 337-14, 350-15-14, CM16, and D16.


For the centerpiece I used May Arts MX45 with fresh fir cuttings and silk flowers.

  • Entry #21: Jennifer Hadder

First is a couple of different styles of bows that I made for my daughter's hair with the green and red plaid ribbon. Used hot glue to keep it all attached. The center of the largest bow is a stitched "flower" in the center. I say "flower" because when I made it, it kept twisting on itself and didn't make a true flower. Thought it was a cute twisty flower so I used it. Also when I went to photograph them, I used the flash and the bows have some gold shimmer in the ribbon. It really is pretty and this picture doesn't do the ribbon justice!


Second is a non-traditional tree made with different shades of blue. I punched out the large flowers, used my bone folder to break up the fibers, and then peeled the two layers apart. This makes it look like faux suede.

The pearls are stick pins I found in the floral section to hold the flowers to the Styrofoam base. I alternated the layers of flowers with the blue plaid ribbon. Do you see it peaking through? I also went back and where you could see some of the Styrofoam, I put a pearl stick pin to cover it up.

Finish it off with a blue plaid bow on the top with more pearls.

Click here for details on our GiveAway, if you are interested in getting a little plaid for your own stash! 

  1. terry a.

    Love all the plaid projects! My favorite is #10, the cute little box for notecards. Another cute idea for use of ribbon!

  2. Joan

    awesome and talented submissions. So hard to really pick one, but coming down to elimination, I would like to pick #4. Thanks for sharing

  3. Vicky

    my favorite is #10 they arre all nice.

  4. Mike Strong

    Love #1 – Lisa’s little stocking is too cute!

  5. Judy

    #10 – the box is very cute and clever and the cards are an added touch.

  6. Karen

    Lots of creativity here – hard to pick just one – but with Christmas and wrapping presents upon us – I like #10 – great for putting a gift card in that will make it look like a special surprise.

  7. ramseyda

    My favorite is #10, I love the personalized gift cards that can be tucked into the elegant gift box. What a great way to wrap gifts and have a keepsake box to brighten any room as well! The simplicity of this project lends itself to younger crafters.

  8. Elia

    Great projects, my favorite is Entry #19! It’s versatile, personal and fabulous! i love it!!!

  9. Ujjwal

    all gorgeous entires!!

    I loved using May Arts Ribbon in entry #3. It was lot of work but I am happy with the end result.

    Thanks to all for appreciating πŸ™‚

  10. Ujjwal

    I loved creating using May Arts Ribbon (Entry #3) It was so much fun.

    All the projects are absolutely gorgeous and stunning!!

    Thanks for appreciating my work!!

  11. Sophie

    Like the simplicity of #1

  12. terriavidreader

    β€’Entry #7a: Peggy Cain of Create With Bubbe

    is my favorite, but all of them are quite FAB!

  13. MelissaR

    My vote goes to #16 – Lynn. Absolutely beautiful projects; love the different uses of the ribbons!

  14. Diana Kempf

    Loved all the uses of the ribbon, especially liked #10 and the way the ribbon was used on the box.

  15. Linda

    Lots of creative entries, but I especially liked #10, the plaid box with cards inside.

  16. Theresa

    These are all wonderful projects. I really like # 10, but I think my favorite is # 19.

  17. Sue

    Wow what a hard choice this is… but I love the bright simplicity of #7a. The three cards are just Merry and Bright and perfect for Christmas.
    If you have a tie, my second choice has to be that gorgeous Christmas Choker in entry #16.

  18. Toni Armstrong

    My vote is for #1! love the aging w/the Copic marker πŸ™‚

  19. rose

    #1 has my vote!

  20. Natasha G.P.

    I like the 3rd one. I like the design, colors, thread detail….

  21. Sharon Gullikson

    #1 is adorable. I’m a sucker for felt!

  22. Brian Poteraj

    #3 is my favorite. It took a lot of effort, but it paid off big time. It’s very nice!

  23. Linda Carson

    Whoa! That was a hard decision but I’m going w/#19. Gorgeous projects ladies!

  24. Tanndra

    I really like the little stocking best. Looks so cute and cozy! (#1)

  25. jen shears

    Wow! So many amazing plaid entries!!! that #1 stocking is so fun, and the angel towel- and who doesn’t love a bread cozy?! Good luck to all- all the entries are GREAT!!

  26. Margaret

    I like Entry 1 the best!

  27. Mary Jo

    I vote for Lynn No. 16. What a variety in the way ribbon can be used. Very creative.

  28. Anita A

    They all are amazing! My favorite is #4.

  29. carrie

    Some neat projects with ribbon! My vote is for #1 with the ribbon rosette. My second choice is #10 ….. really like the woven ribbon for the gift box.

  30. Beth W

    They are all lovely but #4 stole my heart.

  31. Rocio

    I loved #1 by Lisa I. Loved that little stocking and the ribbon rosette.

  32. DeniseB

    I love the ribbon wreath on #16. Very hard to choose just one project though, and I think they are all great!
    I made the cards and gift bag in #8.

  33. Lisa Itatani

    Well of course I like what I made (number 1, mini Chritmas Stocking) but I also love # 7 and #11, being a card maker too.

    Loved all the idea people had using plaid.

  34. Diana McLean

    #17 is extrordinary!! They remind of tussy mussies. Very unique use of ribbon – LOVE IT!

  35. Wendy Crowe

    I LOVE entry #4 by Steph D!! So adorable!! the plaid just looks so great and really has a Christmasy feel to it! Great job!

  36. Carol B

    All the entries are so clever and cute but my vote goes to #3.

    Carol B

  37. karenladd

    They are all wonderful but I especially like # 1 and #2. That hand stitched felt stocking is just so sweet, and I really love the looped ribbon topiary!

  38. jean marmo

    All are amazing. I love the green ribbon wreath! by Lynn. Simple yet so elegant!

  39. Sue from Oregon

    I love #10…that ribbon decorated box is lovely! I want her to wrap my presents!

  40. Carolyn

    The necklace in #16 awesome, but I like all of the designs.

  41. Arnoldo

    go #19!

  42. lynn

    i vote for # 11-karen baker! great job everyone!

  43. Vicki

    Love #2 entry for the use of so much ribbon.

  44. Courtney Lee

    Entries 1, 3, 7 (Peggy – since there are two 7’s) and 20!!!

  45. Gigi

    I love all of the entries, but my absolute favorite is the card, #11 by Karen Baker. It is so simple, yet striking. Way to go Karen!

  46. Joy

    You have a tough decision-all the entries are great. I didn’t know how cute plaid could be. I think the entry 7 (the first 7) by Peggy Cain has so many adorable ideas that it is my favorite.

  47. Rosemary D

    wow, wow, WOW!! my mouth literally fell open when i saw the wreath made with FF15/KB45 ribbons (i don’t know what project entry # it is). it is GORGEOUS!!

  48. steph

    love everyone’s projects! i had a lot of fun playing. thanks may arts for letting me play with your awesome trims :)!!! have a great day! *hugs* steph πŸ™‚

  49. Kalina Hitt

    Wow! I love the classy use of all those beautiful ribbons in #19! I would display it all year long!

  50. S. Smith

    Number 19 is awesome!

  51. Anita Y.

    I love the snowman candy bar wrapper – he is just too cute πŸ™‚

  52. Amy Serbaroli

    They are all very lovely projects, but I’d have to say that my top 3 are:
    #19 – Lucero Archiga’s “Collection of Memories”
    #1 – Lisa Itatani’s Handmade Stocking
    #4 – Steph D’s Decorative Ornament (for it’s great use of ribbon)
    Good luck to all the entrants and to May Arts for having to pick!

  53. Pam Loris

    Wonderful projects by everyone! I really enjoyed working with May Arts ribbon! Thank you for the generous opportunity!!

  54. anne

    I like the simplicity of number 1.

  55. Karen Baker

    Ooh, love that towel! And the cute little stocking as well. So many talented entries!

  56. Charlene

    Wow…glad I don’t have to pick a favorite because I don’t think I could.

  57. Kathy Skerven

    There are so many talented entries here! It’s hard to have a favorite but if I have to pick one I think I’d pick entry # 11. I like the handmade button! I like the red necklace in entry # 16 too.

  58. Karen K

    Is entry 16 several projects by one person? I like the necklaces because they are a different type of thing. I also like the wreath in this group. Entry number 4 is to me the best use of plaid, a cute ornament.

  59. erin

    Great projects! Great fun to get into the spirit.

  60. Donna Przybylowski

    You sure do have your work cut out for you, they are all so pretty, but for my tastes I like number 2 and number 8 the best.

    Congrats in advance to the winner, like I always say, great product begets great creations!!

    This ribbon is so gorgeous how could you not create something beautiful!!

    Happy Holidays to you ALL!!


  61. Hilarie

    Wow, so many great projects! My favorites are #7 and #4.

  62. Jennie

    Love Entry 13 & 17. Different and cute!

  63. Karen B.

    Oohh, love that towel! Wings and a band, how cool.

  64. Mandie W

    I love entry #9 that tree is so pretty and I love the little details! All of the entries are so pretty, it’s really hard to pick a favorite πŸ™‚

  65. Mandie W

    Wow! LOVE al the entries! There are too many beautiful ones!!! Great job everyone!!!

  66. Angie DiMeglio

    My favorite is entry #1 — I love the little stocking.

  67. Pam Nichols

    Thanks for the great challenge, loats of fun, lots of great entries…

  68. samantha sibbet

    Amazing entries, way to go ladies!

  69. Suzy

    Wow… Awesome projects everyone! all of them look pretty! my favorite one is Entry #4 by Steph D. Ornament from chipboard.


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