Fun wrapping ideas with May Arts

Okay, I have to admit that I am not finished Christmas shopping yet, but it’s never to early to think about wrapping ideas, right?

Gift Wrap

Today, we are looking forward to those last few minutes before Christmas when I will be madly wrapping goodies for under the tree! ;) I know you will be done long before I will be!




For my wrapping idea, I decided to team up some of the beautiful black ribbons available at May Arts with some krafty paper for wrapping, some chalkboard paper for a tag, and some fun metallic stars to create a wreath.  The best part is that the tags are reusable – simply wipe clean and use them again.  Switch the little coloured bow out and you could use them for birthday presents or other occasions too!


To create the wreath, I simply cut out a circle (no fancy cutting machines needed – just trace a circe and cut – mine is about 2″ in diameter), and then layer your stars.  I used hot glue to adhere each, but glue dots would work well too!

Ribbons used:

So, there you have it!  A simple wrapping idea for all you kraft paper lovers!  Make sure you check out what all of the ladies have for you in terms of inspiration if you haven’t already!

And make sure to leave some comments along the way because the Ribbon Lady is giving away 2 prize packs of 1 roll of Xmas ribbon (including the new releases) and 1 artful accent. It’s well worth the time to leave some love!  Oh, and make sure you go and check out May Arts new online retail store – the Ribbon Resource (although you might want to wait until after the Christmas bills are paid ;)

Thanks for stopping by!



Christmas Sweets

Sweets-hop-fullI have a bit of a weakness for two things – sweets and puns!  So when I can put the two together, I am in heaven!  Today, I thought I would share a little holiday treat all dolled up with some vintage inspired ribbons – the 2.5″  Cotton Blend Vintage Inspired Holiday Snowflakes (468-25-14),  1″ Eyelet Trim 447-1-01 White3/8″ Velvet/Gold Dots 456-38-25 Burgundy.  I think these ribbons are perfect to give a rustic, but polished look to canned goods. I wrapped each in layers around two different typed of preserves – canned peaches and an all time favourite – peach rum sauce (amazing over top of vanilla ice cream). Together, they are perfect for wishing someone a very “peach-ful” holiday season!  Having said that, they are so pretty, that I might just keep them on my kitchen counter for the holiday season.



To tie the colours together a bit, I did add a small peach coloured adhesive jewel onto the snowflake ribbon.  I like how it works with the gold dots on the velvet ribbon, but also pulls out a bit of colour from the peach juice in the actual jar.  The velvet dot ribbon is also available in a more classic red and even in green to really play up the Christmas colours.

Now, I have to admit that I don’t have a secret recipe for the canned peaches, but I will share a link for the peach rum sauce (it’s not really a secret either, but probably one you don’t come across regularly).  It really is a unique taste, and well worth the effort!

Make sure you pop on over to the May Arts blog today for more Holiday Sweet inspiration! The best part is that they are all cavity and calorie free, as long as you only window shop!

And speaking of shopping, May Arts has actually opened up an online retail branch of their company, so it is even easier to get your hands on these beauties.  Make sure you check out the Ribbon Resource.

May Arts Ribbon used:

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Wintery fun with Faber Castell and DCWV

Good wintery morning to you!  I am excited to be sharing a project with you today featuring some great products from DCWV and Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®! We are having our winter blog hop, and not only have we had a couple of great days of projects already, but we have more to come.

I decided to team up the Winter in the Woods stack with a fun teal coloured Faber-Castell Double Scoop Gelato in “Snow Cone” and an awesome PITT artist pen in silver 251 to create a winter -themed banner.



This banner was a lot of fun to make.  I really loved the colours in this stack – the muted greys and creams together with the brighter teams and the green!  There is so much going on, and yet there is a cool, peaceful feel to the papers and patterns.  BaNNER-E

The Faber-Castell products were a great compliment to the papers.  I actually used the Gelato much like I have used distress inks in the past – I ran it along the edges of the banner pieces, and then rubbed it in with my fingers.  It’s a great way to pull all the pieces together and also to help them stand out a bit from the background paper.  Oh, and the PITT pen was used for some doodling – the think ink running smoothly over even the textured paper.  Man, I love this pen! Oh, and that ribbon happens to be from one of our other partner companies – May Arts (you know I love my 3/4″ Chevron Twill)!

Banner-WSo, that’s it for my new winter banner! Make sure you also pop on over to see Jessica’s project today!  Oh, and Karen has a pretty card for you too!

Make sure you  leave a comment at the DCWV blog and on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®  blog to be eligible to win this weeks prizes! DCWV is giving away THREE prizes; $50.00 worth of scrapbooking supplies for each person! We will be announcing the winner Monday the 15th on Facebook so be sure you are following us.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wintery Blues

On of the things that I love about Calgary is that we have a big blue sky for most of the winter.  While the snow does roll in every now and again, and the temperatures can make your toes curl, we are one of the sunniest cities in North America.  And in the depths of winter, that can be some welcome sunshine!


Blue-closeupSo today’s Tiddly Ink challenge, called “Wintery Blues” was perfect!  Winter can definitely be a time to be blue, but being blue doesn’t have to be a bad thing as you will see in all the inspiration cards from the design team today! I decided to work with Wryn in the Fall, a very cheerful and happy looking little gal.  I worked with differenet blue combinations – B12, B14 and B18 for her coat; B41 and B45 for her dress, and B39 and B18 for her scarf.  Blue is not usually a “go-to” colour for me, so this was a lot of fun!

I hope you will consider joining us for our challenge.  You have two weeks to get crafty, and then to link up.  We always love seeing what you have been up to on Facebook.  Oh, and because of the holidays, we won’t have as many challenges as usual so get in on this one while you can!

Have a great day, and thanks for topping by!