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Three Ways to use it

Entry #17 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge was sent to us from Latrice Murphy:

Three Ways to use it

Hello May Arts Bloggers. I’m Latrice Murphy from Aurora, Illinois. I’m so excited to share with you even more ways to use May Arts ribbon in your crafty projects.

These days we are all trying to stretch things we buy. We are also all trying to make them last longer or more useful. Well today I want to show you how to get the most out of your ribbon. May Arts has some amazing styles that cannot be found anywhere else and are perfect for any kind of craft. I just so happen to be one of those crafters that has my hand in it all. I’m a jewelry maker, scrapbooker and card maker. In my stash you will probably find 75% May Arts yumminess. How can you stretch your ribbon? A great tip for paper crafters is don’t toss anything. I always make a card from my left over paper, ribbon and embellishments.

The first of my three projects is for the jewelry makers out there. This fun necklace was made with The May Arts 1” Satin reversible ribbon with stitched edge. You can find the green/teal and the pink/orange here. This necklace is super easy to make with just the following materials.

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  • Two ribbon clasps (Find at Jo-Anns or Michaels)
  • Two jump rings
  • Lobster clasp
  • Jewelry making tools
  • 30 minutes
  • Your hands

You simply know the ribbon creating even spaces and also alternating the tie so that you get a pattern in the knot colors. Cut them to the length you like and close the ends in the ribbon clasp with jewelry pliers and a small craft hammer. Loop your jump rings and lobster clasp and DONE! It seriously is super easy. You can see more of ribbon necklaces here on my Etsy shop. I have to tell you, I wore this to CHA this week and wowsers got a TON of compliments!

Project number two is for my scrapbookers. I’m pretty much obsessed with ribbon so there is hardly a layout that doesn’t have some on it. For this page I used that same ribbon from above, but added the new and fabulous twisted burlap string. You can find it here. It comes in a great variety of colors and works amazing for just about anything! Here is the layout I created using this fun ribbon and string.

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Here you can see how I create those same knots from the necklace, but used it as embellishment on this fun summer layout. I also used that twisted burlap to create a swirl that travels across the page. The best adhesive for using these thing strings from May Arts is Glossy Accents by Ranger.

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I sketch my swirl first with pencil, then go over it with glossy accents and then add the string. Very easy to do and the glossy accents dries fast and holds that string tight.


  • Paper: Echo Park and Bazzill
  • 12” of May Arts ribbon 354-28 and 354-34
  • 1 yard of orange twisted burlap string 363-38
  • Gemstones: Mark Richards
  • Letter stickers: American Crafts
  • Other: Stitching by machine and sharpie pen in black

Project number three is….you guessed it, a card! Here is my card using scraps from my layout and more of that double sided satin ribbon. All you need is some ribbon and scissors to make the fun fringe here. You can also use it for a hula skirt or turn it around and you’ve got grass!

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  • Paper: Echo Park and Bazzill
  • Ribbon: May Arts ribbon 354-28 and 354-34
  • Gemstones: Mark Richards
  • Stickers: Echo Park
  • Copic Markers: R22, R27, B32, B34, YR12, Y02, Y08, E00, G24, Spica16
  • Other: Stitching by machine

Wasn’t that fun? I would love to see some of your ribbon creations too! I hope that I have inspired you to get out your box, bin, or container or ribbon and create something unique for yourself. Use it up already so you can buy more!

Thanks for blogging with me today. This was really fun. Hope to be doing it more.


  1. Rachel

    I LOVE that necklace-gorgeous! Thanks so much for the details, I’ll be linking.

  2. Libby

    Gorgeous work Latrice – LOVE that necklace!

  3. Virginia L.

    FANTASTIC work, Latrice! Love the colors of the assorted ribbons and lovely projects. Congrats on the Hero Arts Twitter!

  4. sandi

    Wow…love how you used these lovely ribbons. Perfect and eye catching:) I will be looking for more of your designs soon, not to mention the lovely ribbon:)

    Sandi N.

  5. Sarah M

    Fabulous projects! Love how you’ve used the ribbon!

  6. judean

    That necklace is fab–I bet it would rock as a choker too!


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