May Arts sells some of the most beautiful ribbon ever!! My favorite is their silk ribbon (which can be tricky to find even on-line). So, when they came up with a challenge where they would actually send you the ribbon to do their challenge, I was right on it!!
You had to send them a written proposal of what you would make and, if they liked your idea, they would send you 2-yard-lengths of your choice of 4 different silk ribbons. The number of challengers would be limited to 25.
Lo and behold, I got a package with silk ribbon in it a week or so later and wondered when in the world I had ordered it. I couldn’t find an invoice and was still puzzled when it finally dawned on me that my idea had been one of those chosen and here were the ribbons for it!!!
The card above was my entry and you can see all the entrys at: http://www.mayarts.com/blog/silk-indulgence-craft-challenge-entries-and-a-giveaway/ Please take a look, some of them are so gorgeous!
As you can see, my idea was to make an umbrella with stripes of the narrow pink, blue and white silk ribbon and then use the wider cream ribbon for a bow on the handle. Other than the Graphic 45 Little Darlings papers, some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a couple of other trims, that was it. (Well, I almost forgot that I did have to use Alcohol Ink on the big pearl to get it close to the creamy yellow of the bow on handle.)
Each panel of the umbrella is cut out and the ribbon bits glued to the back so that, in person, it has a sheer, see-through look. Trimming that ribbon so it didn’t show past the spokes of the umbrella in the light was no easy task! I got my umbrella shape from the free images google has on-line.
I would be so excited to win a couple of whole spools of that sheer, silk ribbon!!! It makes the most gorgeous bows… such a wonderful drape and sooooo soft. Wish me luck!