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Sweet Nothings Craft Challenge – Entries!

I have been so excited to post all of the submissions for our Sweet Nothings Craft Challenge!  And what better day to do it then on Valentine's day! 

Please take the time to review them all, because you know how we just love your comments! 


Project #1:

"Steph D. created this "My Love" altered tray with the wonderful assortment of May Arts trims.  She primed the tray with gesso and then painted it with acrylic paint in Antique White. 

She used designer paper, as well as, some of the trims to add texture and color to the panels, including the 7/8" Embroidery Satin in pink and magenta, the 3/4" Lace/Pearl Center, 1.5" Crochet in black, and 1" Sheer/Floral Vine/Pearl Center in ivory.  Pieces of the 1.5" Sheer/Woven Rosettes in Pink were used in the panels, halfback pearls were added to their centers. 

The top and bottom are framed using the 1.5" Satin/Pleats in ivory.  The corners were created with designer paper and edged with the 5/8" Sheer/Looped Trim in pink.  She created a lolli flower with a bling center using the 3/8" Satin/Center Ruffle in Pink trim.

The 3/8" Satin Cutouts Heart in pink and the 1.5" Crochet/Velvet in pink were added horizontally for interest.  Bows were created using the 3/8" Satin/Center in pink and white.

Also, two leaves were cut from the 1" Faux Suede/Leaves in Green and added to a Prima flower.

The words, "My Love," were created using Graphic 45 alphas.  Glossy Accents was added on top for dimension and shine.  The rose image was fussy-cut from the designer paper and Crackle Accents was added for texture and shine.  Various flowers, buttons, and pearls were added as embellishments."


This one comes with a video: 


Project #2:

"Steph D. created this Valentine's 'I Love You' mini album using a chipboard album that she painted with acrylic paint in antique white.  She used some Valentine's themed designer paper and then added beautiful May Arts trims as embellishments.  She tied the 1.5" Crochet in black and 3/8" Satin/Center in white on the binding ring.  Two leaves were cut from the 1" Faux Suede/Leaves in Green and were added under a felt rosette she made. 

Two strips of 7/8" Embroidery Satin in pink were added with one end tied with the pink burlap string.

Two rosettes were cut from the 1 .5" Sheer/Woven Rosettes in pink.  They were layered and a brad was added to the center.

3/8" Satin Cutouts Heart in pink, 3/4" Lace/Pearl Center, 1.5" Satin/Pleats in ivory and in black, 5/8" Sheer/Looped Trim in pink were added throughout."


There was a video for this project too:


  • Peggy Cain submitted these next 4 projects:

Project #1:

Love U Much


  • Ribbon
  • Kraft cardstock (A2 size card), printed paper and red cardstock
  • Sizzix Valentine Embossing folder
  • Border punch and foam tape


  • Emboss card front with Swiss Dots and emboss the red cardstock with the Sizzix “Love U Much” folder
  • Put the printed paper and mat together, wrap ribbon around and tie bow, mount on card front per sample
  • Layer the Love U Much and attach using foam tape


Project #2:

Frog Valentine


  • White card A2 size, frog printed paper
  • Sizzix frog die cut
  • Ribbons and Valentine stamp


  • Cut the frog paper 4 ¼ x 2 ¾, using the tiny heart ribbon run it across the top of this rectangle and then attach to the bottom of the card tie red bow and attach
  • Stamp sentiment
  • Cut frog with die cut and attach to upper right of card


Project #3:

Cupid Card


  • Kraft card A2 size, printed paper
  • Ribbon and Valentine stamp
  • Cricut Expression and Sweet Hearts cartridge to cut cupid
  • Martha Stewart border punch


  • Cut the printed paper 2 ½ x 5 ½ and cut the border with the MS border punch, attach to the card front per sample
  • Using the Namoi knot technique wrap your ribbon and then attach a bow
  • Cut your cupid 2 ½ inch, attach to card front
  • Stamp sentiment


Project #4:

Valentine Kraft Block


  • Glass block
  • Cricut Expression and Sweethearts cartridge
  • Red cardstock, black vinyl, orange line heavy duty tape, candle lite
  • May Arts Ribbon


Using the Cricut cut the Cupid using red card stock and a scrap of glitter paper to accent the heart. Cut the word using the black vinyl. Using heavy-duty tape attach three rows of the ribbon around the bottom, add the red bow along the bottom and attach the Cupid. Then attach the “love”. Place your battery-operated candle inside.


Project #1:



Project #2:


  • Roxanne Furlong:

"Here is my project, a cute, ribbon tied dog collar … Real men CAN wear pink! I included foam hearts with Kiss Me, Cupid, Cutie Pie and Love!"


  • Pamela Loris

"I painted an unfinished wood picture frame with off-white acrylic paint. I used my Sizzix letterpress plate to make the Love background in red. And I made another in black, cut it out, and used pop dots to raise it off the paper. I cut lengths of this gorgeous ribbon, and attached with Glue Arts perma tac to each front side of the frame. I then started cutting each rosette from the ribbon, and attched them randomly until I was satisfied. I put my background into the frame, and left out the glass. This rosette ribbon makes for a pretty frame! I can see doing one for a wedding picture in white!"

"Ribbon is one of my favorite embellishments of all times and I used it to fullest on this card. I started by making the background with stripes of gorgeous May Arts Ribbon coloring each stripe a shade darker in descending order. The gorgeous flower is handmade with the same ribbon finished with a Jenni Bowlin vintage button and hand cut and glittered swirls. The sentiment frame is Hero Arts and the sentiment is Mark's Finest Papers inked with Momento Ink."


  • Darcee Ruble:

"I used a tray from seven gypsies and My Minds Eye Flower Girl Just Dreamy paper pack.  I cut and decorated each of the squares using four of your ribbons as accents.  The pink and green soft squares were perfect and the leaf ribbon gave some nice contrast and texture as well.  I also added 7 gypsies dangles for movement and the heart ribbon from May Arts on the outside for extra dimension.  I then used the pictaboo program to create collage pictures so that I could cut the smaller ones.  All the pics are matted and pop dotted."


  • Ryann Salamon:


  • Jane Gese:

"My submission is a cuff bracelet.  I made all of the tiny rose buds using the silk ribbon and mounted it on the white velvet you sent me.  I incorporated puffy leaves and a larger rose (centered with your silk ribbon) made with vintage wired ribbon, vintage lace and three tiny heart shaped charms that have the following messages on them:

I'm Yours

Love You

Crazy 4 You

The entire cuff was sewn by hand, I added crimp ends and a lobster clasp to finish it off. "


  • Henva Bhola sent in 3 projects:

Project #1:


Project #2:


Project #3:

"I'm going to give him ME for Valentine's Day!  This started off as an ordinary binder clip until I covered it with printed paper, decoupaged it, added ME as well as some cute little embellishments and added some gorgeous May Arts Ribbon around it.  Functional and clever, you can use this "holder" for pictures or a sweet love note."


  • Karen Baker

"I wanted to showcase the natural and white silk ribbon that I altered with Pink Glimmer Mist to make my own shabby wrinkle ribbon. So easy to do, and I love the wide width of it. I also liked the flexibility of being able to control how many creases your ribbon took on during the process, as well as the different tones the saturation of ink on the ribbon produced. I took an empty and clean cappuccino tin, covered it with paper, sprayed the lid with paint and wrapped it with ribbon and natural burlap string. Inside holds some "little notes of love". I also made a matching card that has some of the same altered silk ribbon and sentiment."


  • Jennie Posthumus:


"A Valentine's Day card!  I used MR25 for the border and I drew the celtic rose, used a black pen to do the edges and colored it in with a pink sharpie permanent marker.  I found the "blessing" at a Celtic site and did that and the other side in Photoshop.  The card itself was done using half a sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper. "


  • Hilarie Cortes sent us 2 projects:

Project #1:

"The May Arts scalloped trim was perfect for stringing the banner, it added just the right touch. In the past I have just used hemp or twine to hang banners but never again can I go back to such a plain look. The banner was crafted from Valentine themed scrapbook paper, the shapes were cut with a die cutting machine and I used some foam squares and embellishments to give it some dimension. After hanging the banner, I realized I needed to add some red to the mantel but didn't want to buy new candles. A little card stock, embellishments and the May Arts diamond stitch ribbon tied into bows helped cover the old candles."


Project #2:

I also had enough May Arts ribbon left over to accent a cupcake liner wreath I made for my front door (have to give credit to the blog I got the idea from


  • Sau Wei Ma created 2 projects:

Project #1:

"Ribbons used:
other materials used:
air dry clay
3 tiers paper mache box
fabric glue and glitter paints

This is a three tiers paper mache  box covered with 6 different kinds of May
Art ribbons.  I chose XF17 and XF01 because they give out a distinguish
textured look on the cake.  I even used the left over ribbon to make
impression on the air dry clay."


Project #2:

"Ribbons I used for this painting are:
363-10 for man hair
360-38-32 for woman hair
35734-10 man suit and pant
WQ66 Grass
XF17 Pink flower field
TR22 woman's long skirt and part of the upper shirt
342-15-22 shoulder skirt
334-09  for the skin.
374-1-09 woman's hat
One 8" x 10"  canvas
Acryllic paints"


"My project is a 12×12 layout.  It actually started out as a mini album if you can believe it!  I took a chipboard heart that I had and covered it with patterned paper.  After sanding the edges and inking/painting them, I added a stamped saying from Ali Edwards and then started attaching the ribbon.  I started to just lay it across the heart but it looked a little flat so instead I put down a strip of adhesive and started bunching it along.  I just LOVE how it looks now!

Once I was done with the heart, I remembered this amazing picture of my family that I’ve been wanting to scrap and realized they would work perfectly together on a layout."


  • Joy Hager:

"Ribbon necklaces with May Arts ribbons are oh so adorable! Crimp ribbon clamps on the ends, add a lobster claw clasp, add a chain for extension, and embellish. For my embellishments I used charms from A Charming Place and a felt flower from Epiphany Crafts, I used the Button Studio to make a matching button for the center. Thanks so much for letting me join the challenge, Joy Hager
May Arts Ribbons:
371 3/8" SATIN CUTOUTS 371-38-17
Ribbon Crimps
Epiphany Crafts Button Studio and Button Heart
Felt Frayed Flower Epiphany Crafts
jump rings
lobster claw clasp



  • Lynn Ochs created 3 projects:

Project #1:


"Ribbon used:  JF17 1.5”

Small white paper roses

Multi-colored glass pins

I took a straw wreath form and covered it with Spanish moss and very tiny dried flowers.  With the hot glue gun in hand I proceeded to make the “roses” from the pink plaid ribbon.  To make the roses, I first tied a tight knot at one end of the length of ribbon.  I then gathered the ribbon along one  of the wired edges.  Once gathered, the ribbon was formed around the knot to form the rose.  The closeup picture shows the finished roses.  Each rose was then placed on the wreath using pins.  The bow is a double looped one that shows the color and design of the ribbon before its being made into a rose."

Project #2:


"Doily Card

Ribbon used: CH22 and  EA17 ½” pink

Black and Pink cardstock


Swarovski Crystals

Love Rubber Stamp

Black Stickles

CH22 was transformed into a rose bud and placed on a bow made from EA17.  The doily was mounted on pink cardstock which was then offset on black cardstock which was then mounted on a pink card.  Swarovski crystals were affixed to the doily.  The Love sentiment was stamped in the lower right hand corner and traced with Stickles.

Inside the card a piece of CH22 was placed across.  A small bow of CH22 was made and glued to the upper corner of the ribbon.  Two hearts were placed; one was stamped with a sentiment, the other left blank for a signature."


Project #3:

"Candy Bar Wrapper

Ribbon used: BR17 1.5” two tone pink and a bit of JF17 1.5”

Coordinating scrapbook paper (Karen Foster)

7 oz Hershey Candy Bar

String of pearls

Be Mine rubber stamp

Scalloped heart Spellbinders

I made a triple loop bow from the BR17 1.5” two tone pink ribbon (doesn’t it look elegant), then used a bit of JF17 1.5” to create a tiny ribbon rose which was then affixed in the middle of the bow.  The candy bar was wrapped in a piece of scrapbook paper, then decorated using the bow.  A tag was made using a coordinating piece of paper cut with a scalloped heart Spellbinder nestability and stamped with a Be Mine rubber stamp; black ink.  The tag was affixed using a loop of pearls"


  • Elizabeth Sammarco:


"My Carrier Doves are little birds that carry messages just like the Carrier Pigeons used to do.  They can be hung from string, tied onto packages, or hung in a bird cage as I did.

I used 2 different types of May Arts ribbon in the project:

1-1/2 inch sheer/ruffle edge in red

1-1/2 inch sheer woven rosettes in red

The ribbons form their pretty, delicate wings."


  • Rosemary Dennis:

"I used a little acrylic pail i had, pearl/lace ribbon, pleated ribbon & ivory crinkle ribbon.  the stamps are from hero arts.  the little charm says "fall in love"."


  • Jenifer Cowles:


  • Denise Bryant sent us 3 projects:

Project #1:

"The first picture is of a group of tiny treat boxes that I made. Each box holds a Valentine Hershey's kiss and is embellished with an assortment of ribbons and a tiny tag. Some of the ribbons and trims I used were the lace with pearl center, red metallic velvet, the faux suede with ruffle edge, and the satin cutout hearts."


Project #2:

"The second picture is a Be Mine card I made using the satin cutout heart trim to embellish the ribbon ruffle, made from the faux suede ruffle edge ribbon."


Project #3:

"The third picture features a tiny bottle decorated with some ribbon and trim, topped with a beaded jewel crown. Inside the bottle is a text message along with some confetti and German glass glitter for added sparkle. It also shows a closeup of one of the treat boxes."


  • Alonda Williams sent us 2 projects:

Project #1:

"Card:  Love, Hugs and Kisses                                                          


White Card

Red, Black & White Card Stock



Design paper trimmer or design scissors

Heart and flower embellishments

Cuttlebug Machine

Cuttlebug Dot Embossed Plate

Cricut Machine

Tie the Knot Cartridge

Be Mine Stamp

Pink Color Ink Stamp

1       Trim a design around the edge of the card.

2       Trim a piece of card stock, emboss it with the cuttlebug dot plate and glue it to the card.

3       Use the Be Mine Stamp and stamp around the card stock with light pink ink pad.

4       Add the ribbons to the top and bottom of the card.

5       Use the Cricut and cut the Lips, Love U, and XOXO from the Tie the Knot Cartridge and glue them to the card.

6       Finish the card with the heart and flower embellishments.

Credits:  Dream Street Papers;  Joanns Craft  Store; May Arts; Provocraft; Glitz It Now; Colorbox"


Project #2:

"Gift Baskets:  Hugs and Kisses


Floral Pad

Gift Box

White Shred


Hearts Picks and Lollipops

Flower and Heart embellishments

Cricut Machine

Tie the Knot Cartridge

1       Place a floral pad inside the box.  Make sure it’s a perfect fit or use filler paper if needed.

2       Insert Hearts Pick into the floral pads and place lollipops in front of the Heart Picks.

3       Add the shredded paper to cover up the floral pad.

4       Add the ribbon around the box.

5       Use the Cricut and cut the XOXO & Love U from the Tie the Knot Cartridge.

6       Glue the flower, heart and the Love U to one of the Heart Picks.

7       Glue the XOXO to the box.

Credits:  Dollar Store; Nashville Wraps; May Arts; Provocraft"


"My concept for this challenge was "love makes the world go 'round". With Mayart's generosity on providing the ribbon, I wanted to pay it forward and make this challenge a giveaway as well. I created wonderful brooches that I then mailed to friends I have across the states and over seas. My close friend from Japan received hers and was very happy with her Valentine's Day gift. I have also posted details of how to make them on my blog. So please, if anyone is interested on instructions and a FREE brooch, visit my blog at The "wording" part of the challenge was with the card I illustrated and wrote across to give away with the brooch. Again, none of this would be possible without MayArts generosity so I'm sending you a hand-drawn illustration I created for my theme, but with May Arts Ribbons written across it."



  • Jennifer Hadder sent us 4 projects:

Project #1:

"First is a photo holder. It is a junk CD that came in the mail advertising for tax preparation, I believe. I covered the front and back with plain and patterned paper. I put some matching paper on the binder clips that will be used as the “feet.” And of course I cut 3 puffy hearts from AX09."


Project #2:

"Next are some cards. I love the one with the heart shaped knot that I made out of the satin ribbon."


Project #3:

"Next is a card organizer made all out of paper. It has 6 slots for cards, so you can place two months of cards per slot."


Project #4:

"And finally is a small album. The pockets have pullouts where you can list reasons to your loved one why you love them."







  • Iwona Jung:

"This is my project – Reto Valentine's gift box. I used scrapbooking paper to cover the box. I made the box top by my self. I used also Tim Holtz, Tattered Angels, Kaiser Craft elements."


  • Sheryl Parsons:


  • Kathy Skerven

"I made round coasters using fushcia fabric for the base and backing and light pink for the freehand appliques. The inside of the coaster is Warm and Natural batting.The letters and symbol and number were fused on and appliqued around. I hand stitched the satin center ruffled pink ribbon on (BA17) for the accent around the edges. The ribbon was easy to attach because of the elastic center."

  1. Fleur de Lo

    Good luck May Arts in choosing a winner! They are all exceptional! I can’t believe the time and creativity demonstrated here. I have to say, though, I love the fancy doggie collar. πŸ™‚ It would drive my little one crazy, but I think it would be adorable on her.

  2. Veronica Marquez

    All are great projects but one caught my eye the most…Ms. Lucero Arechiga’s Brooches.Very nicely done!

  3. Buffie

    Ronda’s banner and card are just so cute! Great job Ronda and great job everyone else! You are ALL very talented!!!!

    Hugs! Buffie

  4. Ramona

    I like Iwona’s Retro Valentine’s box it’s gorgeous ! Especially the cover, lots of great ideas !

  5. Frances

    Love Rhonda’s banner and card, beautiful color combination and great embellishments. Hugs, Frances.

  6. Pam

    I love jenifers t-shirt I wish there was a tutorial for it so many possiblities with this one.
    Great job everyone

  7. Maribel Gonzalez

    I love Ronda’s Love Banner and also her card. It’s plenty of great details and colors are perfect.

  8. Aga

    I really like the work of Iwona Jung…
    beautifully crafted box vintage πŸ™‚

  9. Teresa Ernest

    I just love Ronda’s LOVE banner and card. the black, white and red are striking. hugs, Teresa

  10. Lisa

    Some really great projects!

    I vote for Jane Gese cuff and Elizabeth Sammard birds.

  11. Melanie N. Fuentes

    So many great projects! But I am in LOVE with Rondas Banner! And her card is just as great! Great job hun!

  12. Melanie N. Fuentes

    So many wonderful projects! Great job!

  13. amber

    they are all gorgeous! Ellen’s is my favorite though…i love the b+w stripe and polka dots with the pops of red! absolutely stunning and creative!!!

  14. Elia

    I vote for Lucero Arechiga of House of Hemmingway, I would like to get the giveaway from her blog!

  15. Amy

    I love Jenifers Tshirt what a great Idea, and it goes beyond the holiday

  16. Tanya Tahir

    I love Ellen’s project – so cute!!

  17. Anna

    “I vote for Iwona’s Jung box. This is very beauty work!

  18. Cindy Holshouser

    My vote is for Ryann’s house. I love how she used the ruffle ribbon on the room.

  19. Donata Pfisterer

    I love Jane Gese and also Karen Baker

  20. kathy s

    wow what a talented lot of crafters its so hard to pick one in particular but I think I’ll vote for Lynn Ochs projects- that wreath with the roses so sweet and how about that card and candy wrapper wow great use of ribbon

  21. Zuzanna

    I vote for Iwona’s Jung box. I love such kind of stuff.

  22. Arnoldo

    Arechiga’s work seems to strike a very nice note. The colors work very well. they seem to fall together.

  23. shalia

    I love the cute little heart wreath. It is beautiful and so well done!

  24. Giovanni

    I vote for Lucero Arechiga of House of Hemmingway… Great stuff

  25. truski

    Beautiful works, my favorite Iwona Jung πŸ™‚

  26. Mrude

    Wow Iwona’s box is amazing. I love it.

  27. Lucero Arechiga

    Thanks for the votes, if you want a cute little brooch, come to my blog!

  28. anita22

    Beautiful works, stark choice, but the most I like Iwona’s Jung box

  29. nowalinka

    My favorite is retro box from Iwona Jung πŸ™‚ very beautiful work! πŸ™‚

  30. Iwona Jung

    OOOO.. each project is beautiful, it is so hard to pick just one. hmmm?? I like Ellen Sosnoski’s project, it is very unique πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for everyone who likes my Retro Box. Only ribbons inspired me. Ribbons are gorgeous. Thank you so much.

  31. Connie Mercer

    I have several fave’s~ such talent, but for voting I’m going with Ellen Sosnoski~ ” A Little of This” I love how she came up with this~used what she had, so clever and beautiful!!!

  32. {vicki}

    my fave is

    Iwona Jung’s keepsake box—-LOVE IT!
    just beautiful

  33. Mary Lou Cano

    Lucero Arechiga’s brooches really stand out!!! Great job – I want one….

  34. Madison

    I love Jenifers T-shirt how cute is that for any age. Great use of the ribbons πŸ™‚

  35. Kalle

    I love the mantle garland from hilarie cortes, and i really love the heart wreath! So cute!

  36. Stacie

    WOW! Tough choice! Great inspiration everyone!! Since I can only pick one I will go with Ronda Archangelo. Both the banner and card were stunning! The colors, papers, design, texture…..WOW! Just perfect! Heck, I would LOVE to have that banner at my house!! πŸ™‚

  37. Karen Goulet

    The projects are amazing! My favourite is Rhonda’s Love Banner. Thanks to everyone for sharing!

  38. Charlene

    Oh, my goodness!! So much eye candy from elegance to fun. Great job everyone!! Each one is unique and beautiful.

  39. Kathy Skerven

    There are so many talented crafters out there! My favorite is Karen Baker”s tin and card. I always like repurposing things…you would never know it’s a capuccino tin. Love the dyed ribbon. I also like the candy bar wrapper– too pretty to find out what’s inside!

  40. steph

    fabulous projects by everyone! thanks for the chance to work with your gorgeous trims :)! happy Valentine’s day :)! *hugs* steph πŸ™‚

  41. Donna Przybylowski

    I think all the projects are awesome, but my two favorites are one, The very nicely done, bird cage by β€’Elizabeth Sammarco:
    I love pretty things, but not too frilly looking, like pretty but also like practical.
    Second choice or other choice is the lovely box by Iwona Jung, very vintage, but not over the top, both very well and tasetefully done projects for my tatstes!!

    But hats off to everyone, and to May Arts for all the wonderful product!!


  42. Leslie avila

    All are lovely! My vote is for Ronda’s awesome banner. So cute!

  43. Mary Jo

    So many very nice projects. I really like the wreath that Lynn Ochs made. That ribbon is so pretty made into those flowers

  44. Lisa - papergrace

    These are all so beautiful! All such creative uses of the ribbon, Well done by everyone. But…that cuff bracelet by Jane Gese!? WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! That is a true piece piece of art.

  45. leslie (crookedstamper)

    Wow, such pretty submissions! My favorite is Jane Gese’s cuff bracelet! Amazing work, ladies!

  46. Mary Dawn

    jane gese’s cuff is stunning, absolutely stunning

  47. Pam Loris

    My fav is Iwona’s box!!!Just beautiful!

  48. Erika Seever

    GORGEOUS projects..

  49. Jessica S.

    WOw…I like them all. I think I am torn between Joy’s necklaces, and Jenifer’s t-shirt as my favorites.

  50. pam Bray

    Love the projects. They are all beautiful. Love, Love May Arts and would love for you come visit my blog at
    [email protected]/

  51. viji

    wow! so many beautiful projects!thanks for sharing!


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