Monday, November 26, 2012

Mondays with May: Holiday Edition: Week 4!

Happy Holidays! There's no denying it - we're fully in the holiday season now! May Flaum here, and I'm back with my fourth and final week of special holiday exclusive projects for the Simon Says Stamp blog. What could we tie this series up with? Well, I think it is the perfect time to talk ribbon. Specifically, how to get some of that beautiful crafting stash you've got into play on holiday projects.

The most obvious use of ribbon in my mind, is to tie packages together. Of course I also like to use it as accents on cards, to top tags, to create 'tails' for rosette accents, and any other way I can think to use them. From twine to glittered, thick to thin - I do love my ribbon. I'm sharing two simple projects with you today that I think could be applied to any number of gifts and recipients.

First up, I've created a custom card for my adorable Target gift card that is now just a little extra special.  I traced the gift card, then cut out the front of the card enough so that the hole was just slightly larger than the gift card, then I adhered the paper backing of the gift card to the inside of the card so that it would sit just so and show through.

The front of the card is colored with festive berries distress ink and a generous application of Sunflower Sparkle pearl mist. I edged the cut-out portion of the front of my card with black ink just to add a bit of pop and contrast - and of course my card wouldn't be complete without my beloved American Crafts ribbon to tie it all together.
Speaking of tying it together, I've taken my ribbon and a festive brad and tied up this sweet little package. 

The trick here, is that I created three loops of ribbon, secured them with double sided tape, and then taped them all together in the very center to create my bow for this package. While my brad appears to be stuck into that bow, it is actually just taped on. Much easier than breaking through all those layers of ribbon.

My favorite thing about this technique is that it is much easier to get even loops on your bow, plus it doesn't take much time at all.

I hope you've enjoyed the projects that I've shared this month here at the Simon Says Stamp blog! If you'd like to see more of my creations this holiday season I invite you to hop on over to my blog.

I wish you very happy holiday crafting!

Supplies used today:

Head on over to May Flaum's blog for a special coupon you'll only find there!!
If you enjoyed this series be sure to visit May’s blog starting November 30th for 10 days of holiday crafting tutorials, ideas, and more fun! We’re excited to announce that she’s hosting a special edition of Camp Scrap: Holiday Edition and Simon Says Stamp is the sponsor! She’s got a special discount code too – so be sure to pop on over and check it out! 

Congrats weekend blog candy winners!
From: Patchwork Pandemonium with Tim Holtz: Sue!
From: Holiday Gift Projects Bundle Class: theCook!

Please email with your address and the name of the blog you won from to claim your prize!

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  1. Great idea for the gift card, and love your bow on the candies!!

  2. Love the ribbon trick of making loops -- I like pretty packages, but don't have a lot of talent for making them so. :)
    ~ Laura

  3. What a clever gift card vehicle! Sure to make the recipient smile! And thanks for the bow tip...always good to have a new trick in the old repertoire!

  4. Love May. She's so inspiring.

  5. What pretty ribbon tied up into a gorgeous bow! So festive!

  6. Loved all of your projects this month! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  13. great and festive projects...thanks for sharing.

  14. Thanks for picking me as a winner for the online class... I've sent the mail to steph.


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