Dec 16 2013

May Arts Christmas Challenge

I was invited to play along with the May Arts Christmas Challenge — fun for sure!!!  We LOVE our May Arts Ribbon here at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, so I’m just thrilled to be participating in their Christmas Challenge.  There are a total of 20 participants and we were all required to create a Christmas themed project using ribbons picked out by the Ribbon Lady herself, and she also provided an inspiration photo that was absolutely yummy and truly inspiring.  Here’s our inspiration:


Gorgeous, huh?

You can click into the May Arts Blog here to see all the other challenge entries.

Once you click in, you have a chance to win some ribbon — be sure to read about it!

I chose a paper collection that pulled in these colors fairly well and I tried to pull in the dots from the cupcake, the stripes from the ornament and the sparkle from the other ornament.  Here’s my project:


I made a coordinated set of 10 items:  4 cards, 3 Christmas stockings and 3 gift tags.

All projects use the same paper collection by Anna Griffin:  Christmas Kitsch.  I used the paper pad and both of the 3D sticker packages.

One card set does have a stamped sentiment, but other than that it’s just paper, stickers and ribbon.  Can’t beat that for quick and easy!


These 2 cards are my personal favorites from the entire collection.  I really love those lavish ornaments, so I went with a ribbon trim that was a bit more fussy.

I took the 1″ Tinsel Edge Sheer (red) and ran a gathering stitch down the center, just by hand, but you could use a machine, too, if yours is handy.  Once my sheer was gathered, I placed a strip of 1/8″ Scor Tape across my card, then I just worked carefully to lay the ribbon down, making sure the gathers were spaced evenly.  You have to do a bit of pre-planning to know where your sticker is going to be placed.  I didn’t want the bulk of the gathers under my sticker, so I ran the ribbon flat under the sticker area.

Once my gathered sheer was secured, I ran another stretch of 1/8″ Scor Tape across the top of the gathered sheer,  then I ran the Metallic String Ribbon (white) around the card front twice.  It stays in place perfectly as the narrow Scor Tape holds it.

Then I was set to add my 3D stickers.

The sentiment is from Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments by JustRite, stamped in VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

I thought the Joyeux Noel sentiment was just perfect with the style/images on these cards.


Love the fun 1/2″  Jumbo Pom Pom (white) trim here and WOW, was this set quick to make!

Each card has 2 stickers on it and again, the ribbon is adhered with the Scor Tape.

The card on the left is being sent as a thank you note to a local tree farm who so graciously donates a large, beautiful tree to our church each year.


I made these stockings for 3 little Sunday School girls.  I think they’ll love them.

The stockings are craft foam. I haven’t decided yet, but I may add magnets to the backs so these would become frig magnets.  They are about 6″ tall by about 5″ wide.

The stockings were sparkly already so I just added the ribbon and a sticker to each.

The ribbon on the cuff was again applied with Scor Tape.  The ribbon I used is:

1/2″ Jumbo Pom Pom trim – both red and white

Mini Pom Pom Trim – red

3/8″ Solid Stitched Center – White/red

Additionally, for the stocking ties I used:

1″ Tinsel Edge Sheer – white

Baker’s Twine – red/white


These three gift tags were fun!

My basic shape and scallop border were cut with Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles and Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles.

It’s hard to see, but I made a tab topper using an old SU tab punch. I just stapled it on top.

I then added a variety of stickers, my 1/2″ Jumbo Pom Pom trim again, and tucked in a plain little banner so the recipient’s name could be written.

Kaisercraft Rhinestones were also used on this project.

The tag ribbon tails used here are:

3/8″ Solid Stitched Center – White/red

1/4″ Striped Chevron Twill – Red/white

Metallic String Ribbon – White

Baker’s Twine – red/white

And that about does it!  Easy-peasy as they say!


And these are all the May Arts ribbons I used on this project.

From top left to right, clockwise, they are:

3/8″ Solid Stitched Center

1″ Tinsel Sheer (the white in center is the same)

Jumbo Pom Pom Trim (both white and red)

Baker’s Twine

1/4″ Chevron Striped Twill

Metallic String Ribbon

Mini Pom Pom

All items used are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked.


If you like the idea of creating simply with stickers and ribbon, you may be interested in the other Anna Griffin products we have in stock.  There are some Christmas themed collections left as well as her pretty floral themes.

Find all the Anna Griffin Collections in stock here.

And you can find all of our May Arts Ribbon in stock here.

As always, we are happy to supply you with ANY May Arts Ribbon.  If you can’t find what you are looking for in our store, just use the Contact Us link on the lower left sidebar of the store.  We’ll do our best to help you.  Special ordering ribbon is something we do regularly, so just ask!  Not a problem at all!!!

Thank you so much for browsing The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Hope you like what you see!


Thanks so much for stopping in!

As usual, the Stamp Simply Design Team has been super busy.

Just scroll down to catch all their projects.

Have a great evening!

See you real soon!


2 responses so far

2 Responses to “May Arts Christmas Challenge”

  1. Sue D says:

    Wow–what a festive collection you created.

  2. Holly aka Toy says:

    Looks like a winter wonderland! Gorgeous… every bit!

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