Bargain crafts


Good morning crafty friends! This time of the year can be hard on the pocket book!  But today, the team at May Arts/The Ribbon Resource is sharing some ideas for budget friendly crafts!


I love to give little treats away to my colleagues at work during the Christmas season, but it is important to me that I watch my spending too!  One of the things I realized not too long ago was that by adding a little crafty touch to even the simplest things, little gifts can have a profound effect on how people feel.



At this time of the year, my family loves hot chocolate.  And it is a “safe gift” – no offending the coffee or tea drinkers! :)  Up here in Calgary, these little hot chocolate packages are easily purchased – they are cute too and come in a variety of flavours.  Wrapped in a bit of DCWV paper and topped with a big bold bow made with 3/4″ Black Grosgrain ribbon (QH-4-10), and some 3/8″ mini pompom ribbon in green (SKU: 419-16), this already cute little gift now has a personal touch that I can also use as a card!  And quite frankly, the recipient could also regift the packaging and share the love again!  How’s that for a bargain?  While this gift cost less than $2.00 for me to complete, it would have been even cheaper if I had just used bulk hot chocolate and bagged it myself!  You can even add some marshmallows!



Okay, and just on a side note – this mini pompom ribbon is my new love!  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about it when I first picked it up, but it is finding it’s way on almost all of my Christmas projects this year!   I see more colors in my future!

Alright – I hope this project has inspired you to add a little bit of a personal touch to gift giving this season!  Make sure you check out what all the other ladies have up on their blogs today – we are all on a budget but having a blast!

And as always, Bethney has a give away on the Ribbon Resource blog for you – so get over there and enter!  Thanks for stopping by!


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Fab Friday with Tiddly Inks!

It’s Friday!!  I have been having one of those weeks that seems to drag on and on and on, so I have to admit that I am happy to see the weekend on the horizon!  Oh, and it’s the first weekend of the Christmas craft fair season here in Calgary, so I am EXCITED!!!  Time to go and be inspired!


Speaking of inspiration, I have a bit of birthday inspiration for you today for Tiddly Inks.  This was a really clean and simple card that I created for my little niece who turned one recently.  I used the digi called For the Birds because I loved the fact that I could add more little birds onto the end of the image so I would have just the right number of spaces to include her full name!  This digi comes with some birds that are joined together, but also little single images as well, so you can customize the grouping of birds to suit your message (this reminds me of those personalized Christmas ornaments…in fact, I think I need to make a version for Christmas).  I simply coloured them up with Copics after I printed them, hand lettered the name, and added some Ribbon Resource ribbon. Easy peesie!


Well, besides my first craft fair this weekend, I plan to get a some crafting a new tutorial video done this weekend.  If you are in need of some inspiration as well, make sure you pop on over to the Tiddly Inks challenge blog – Fab Fridays are always so fun because the variety of creations is huge!  There is something for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!


Christmas Hop with DCWV

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Good morning crafters!  I am really excited about today’s post!  This week, two of my favourite companies are teaming up for some Christmas crafting fun, and today is one of my days to share a little project with you!

Every  Christmas for the last three years or so, I have gone on a bit of a chocolate bar wrapper kick!  I love making these little wrappers – not only do they serve as greeting card, but they have a yummy treat inside for the recipient that pulls out in such a fun way!


The ribbon holds everything in place until the recipient is wants to break in!  Not only can you make them in any size you want, but they also won’t break the bank even if you are making a whole bunch!

For this version, I teamed up the Merry Memories DCWV stack with three different ribbons from the Ribbon Resource:


The canvas ribbons are perfect for this project because they are really smooth and slide nicely against the paper.  At 3/4″, they are also just the right size to create a substantial bow that is a good proportion to the treat you have tucked inside!


Oh, and the mini pompom ribbon – I mean come on…how cute is this stuff!  It adds a perfect bit of texture to make the sentiment really stick out.  I think I might be a bit obsessed with this ribbon for the Christmas season!

There are three of us up today for May Arts/Ribbon Resource that have projects to share with you today!

And don’t forget to pop on over to the Ribbon Resource blog as well as over to DCWV’s blog to find out more about this week’s fun and to be entered into the giveaway!  Both companies have multiple chances to win, so make sure you get your name in!  Thanks for stopping by!


Halloween Hopping with Ribbon Resource

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Good morning crafty friends!  It is blog hopping time with The Ribbon Resource and I am excited to share another Halloween project with you this morning.  Half of the Ribbonistas have great projects to share with you today, and then we have a whole new set for tomorrow!  There’s a little cute, there’s a little spook and there is a whole lot of crafty fun!


If you’ve ever stopped by ScrappyCanuck Studios before, you will know that I love to craft with bright and bold colours.  Halloween crafts don’t always fall into this category, but this fun little banner certainly does.  Inspired by candy corn, I simply took a plane white Artful Accents banner that I actually got from May Arts Ribbon (the wholesale sister site to Ribbon Resource) and got out my trusty acrylic paints for the colour blocks (each section is 2″ wide). Once it dried, I cut 4″ pieces of a variety of yellow, orange and white ribbons to tie along the top edge for some texture.  It was that simple!

Candy-Corn-banner-ribbonNow, I have to tell you that critique #1 came from my six year old who feels like the candy corns should have smiley faces on them.  She had her marker in hand and was ready to make the additions as soon as I hung it up (perhaps it is the influence of Shopkins in her life).  I actually think it’s a pretty cute idea – what do you think?

Anyway, if you haven’t had a chance to see all the projects today, make sure you pop on over to the Ribbon Resource blog, and then off to each of the Ribbonistas’ blogs for all the details.  The Ribbon Lady is giving away two gift cards for the store to those of you that have the time to comment – we always love to hear what you think of the projects.  Here is today’s line-up:

Thanks for stopping by today!

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May Arts product used:

Other products:

  • orange and yellow acrylic craft paint