Thursday, December 20, 2012

May Arts Ribbonista Christmas Hop

Hello and thanks for hopping to my blog. Today is the final day of this holiday-project filled hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.  My project is a Mini Christmas tree.  I love trees of all sizes and love that small trees are easily found at so many stores these days.  I wanted a bit of decoration in my studio and this size Christmas tree is perfect!  So here is my...

Recipe for a Simple Sweet Little  Button and Bows Christmas Tree.

Ingredients: mini Christmas tree, colorful buttons, thin May Arts Ribbons!

Step 1. Fluff your tree while listening to Christmas carols!
Step 2. Thread button with ribbon and tie on to tree.  Add 2 ribbons together if you wish.
Step 3. Repeat step 2 over and over again, filling your tree with buttons and bows!
Step 4. Create a tree topper by tying buttons in a cluster at the top of the tree.
Step 5. Sit back, smile and enjoy your sweet little tree!

May Arts has a wonderful resource where you can browse by width.  all the ribbons used were 1/4 or 1/8 inch wide.

May Arts is so generous with prizes...We have a giveaway for this hop.  Leave a comment along the way of the hop and you could win some scrumptious ribbons!

Please visit the other blogs on today's hop.

Thanks for stopping by! I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Friday, December 7, 2012

May Arts Trees

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Tis the season for trees. Trees and ribbon that is!  The two make a perfect pairing this time of year.  Lucky me, I had the opportunity to decorate quite a few trees this holiday.  The first tree was for our town’s festival of trees.  My sister needed a little help decorating a CHICAGO CUBS themed tree.  She had the ornaments, cracker jack and baseball cards, and asked me for assistance with the ribbon.  So I showed up and added LOTS of May Arts ribbon. The 380-15-14 ribbon is perfect for any baseball themed tree, weather you are a cubs fan or not!

May Arts used: 380-15-14, SE14, 377-38-14

This year I have 2 trees in my home.  I have a pencil tree in my living room decorated in burgundy and gold.  When planning this tree I knew that 428-15-25 the satin reversible metallic would be the perfect ribbon for my tree. One side is gold, the other burgundy it looks fabulous on the tree…as well as the presents!  I decided to tie up my presents with the same ribbon I used on the tree.

May Arts used: 428-15-25, SE--, 340-30, AG09

My third tree, located in the basement family room,  is my FUN tree all decked out in lime and black and red.  The diamond ribbon 341-10 is predominant, however if you look closely you will find about 10 different May Arts ribbons on this tree!  I was beyond thrilled to find wrapping paper that matched my ribbon, how cool is that!?! I am into coordination of the tree and presents this year!

May Arts used:FD14, SK, TB14X, 350-58-46, 377, KB10, JD46, SE14, 341-10, EH10, 

Monday, November 19, 2012

May Arts Helmar Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Alabaster Owl.   I hope you are enjoying all the creative ideas on the hop!

My projects using  Helmar and May Arts are tags that stand alone or you can add the tag to a card base for a lovely greeting card.   I used the Spellbinders die mix'd media to create the die cut collage on the tag.  I glued all the elements with quick dry or added dimension with zap dots.  The ribbon that frames the die cut is glued with quick dry and ribbon is simply tied to the top of the tags to really give the tag that extra something!

The mix'd media dies lend themselves to all holidays, not just Christmas.  I had so much fun making these tags, I made a few more!

Authentique, crate paper, DCWV, prima paper
kraft cardstock
helmar 450 quick dry glue
helmar zapdots
vintage buttons
authentique stickers
may arts:
EH10. 340-44, SM, 385-58-14, TS10

Thanks for visiting have fun on the rest of the hop!

Day 1 – November 19th 
Day 2 – November 20th

Friday, July 13, 2012

May Arts Design Team

I have had the opportunity to blog for MAY ARTS RIBBON for quite awhile now.  I have enjoyed working with all the amazing ribbons and trims.  I am applying again for the Design Team and hope to  continue working for this great company!  For my post I am showing a pendant I have made and linking a video of how to make it!  It uses the beautiful silk ribbons.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012


I made this card for the Embellish Magazine challenge.

love my tapes

I made the above card  based on the sketch below from love my tapes! fun sketch, fun store!


FOR THE GIVEAWAY WINNER, Please scroll down!

I loved working with the colors. It was a different combo, glad I played along!

Freshly Made Sketches

This is my take on the sketch below!  Had fun making this from the FRESHLY Made sketch site!

CASE study challenge #96

This is my take on the beautiful card for this week's challenge!  TFL!

Runway Inspired Challenge

 This is my teeny 2x2 inch square gift tag that was inspired by the RUNWAY challenge!


here is my take on the sketch for Pals Paper Arts Challenge!

The Play Date Cafe.

This week's challenge was fun!  
 Here is what I came up with...


Thanks for all the blog love, folks!  Kathy, who wrote... 

Kathy: Whoo hoo, that's one sweet goodie pack! Thanks for giving us a chance to win it here!

send me your address and I will ship this out today!

Friday, June 22, 2012

May Arts and Graphic 45

May Arts has teamed up with Graphic 45 for a creative week of inspiration-with today being the final day of the blog hop.  I am honored to be a part of this and thank you all for taking a look at my projects.

I created a keepsake box and Artistic Trading Cards-displayed on velvet ribbon-that can fit in the box.

To create the wooden box I decapodged old dictionary paper along the side of the box and painted the top, bottom and inside with acrylic paints.  I glued green velvet trim and topped the box with an ATC made from the G45 kraft reflections paper.  I embellished the card with sewn ribbons, chip tag, metal butterfly, holes punched and lots of ribbon knots.

I love the size,shape and feel of a playing card and often use them as a base for projects. Inspired by the G45 All Decked Out  paper I went ahead and used some playing cards as bases for my ATC’s and  also threw in some plain cards with only  holes punched for variety. Each ATC has ribbon, holes, paint and the G45 QUOTE...UNQUOTE paper for continuity.For the quotes,  I picked the sayings that meant the most to me. I then knotted, clipped, threaded cards on the velvet ribbon to put them on display.

May Arts ribbon 389-18-46, 3899-18-34, 392-58-09,SM09,340-32
G45 Kraft reflections paper
G45 metal butterflies
G45 Tropic Travelogue collection stickers and chipboard taag
Old dictionary pages
Playing cards
Acrylic Paint
Sewing machine

For a personal giveaway from me, scroll down to post below!

Here is a recap of the week, in case you missed any posts!
Monday, June 18th:
Alberto Juárez
Gloria Stengel :
Nicole Eccles

Tuesday, June 19th:
Arlene Cuevas
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter
Betto Cesare

Wednesday, June 20th:
Clare Charvill
Kristin Wilson
Sharon Ngoo

Thursday, June 21st:
Denise Hahn
Laura Denison
Susan Lui

Friday, June 22nd:
Jane Tregenza
Maiko Miwa
Tara Orr

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Sort of like a grand opening!  My blog, Alabaster Owl, is pretty new and with the Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop traffic visiting, I decided to GIVEAWAY something!  yes, that's right a bloggie newbie with a prize! The winner will receive a spool of...(wait, did she type spool?)

THE GOODS included in the VINTAGE-Y EMBELLISHMENT-packed prize
- WHOLE SPOOL of May Arts gray velvet ribbon (389-18-31) that is 50 yards folks! along with
-3 vintage wooden spools all wrapped up in
-6 yards total May Arts silk ribbon. in olive, light blue and navy silk (sigh.)
-31vintage buttons in bluish-bluesy colors.
-3 old dictionary pages
-3 playing cards and
-4 flash cards.
-a bundle of tags, 5total
-2 yards of organic cotton stripe on a
-vintage ribbon slide in a peachy orange color.
-3 mini white clothes pins

Soooo, if you are interested in winning a this vintage-y embellishment-packed prize, simply comment on this post!  I will randomly select a winner Saturday, June 23 and post the name here on my blog.  Just check back on Saturday to see if you have won.  Thank so much for reading and hope you have a fabulous day! -Leah

a view from my desk

part of desk lamp, knitting needle on ceramic dish, recently completed cards, curtain made w/ raw edges showing of favorite joel dewberry print, printers tray with wooden spools, may arts twine on 50cent towel holder in mustard yellow, antique jars holding flowers and buttons, favorite jade colored lamp, lots of ribbons on spools, antique wooden box, fat quarters, lots of unfinished fabric-projects, fabric in hoops and kona color chart on walls.  that is what I see from my desk.

memories tiny card

 this tiny 3x3 inch card was inspired by the play date cafe challenge.  I used fabric on top of a playing card for the patterns on the card front.  It was fun to play with the idea of sewing fabric on cards.


I took a 25 cent necklace that I found at a sale and repurposed it into some jewelry that I will actually wear! FUN and FRUGAL! go me! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012


I pulled out some buttons and jewelry making stuff and began to play. Thought I would share this eye candy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

Today I have done a little creative menu planning and grocery list making.  Tweaked a few upcoming projects, started a few projects and done a mountain of laundry! not as creative as I would like to be, but ideas are flowing

Dessert for this evening: brownies topped with vanilla ice cream, raspberries and blackberries, raspberry sauce and whipped cream. yummmmm...happy Tuesday!