“Safari Time” with May Arts & Basically Bare

Hi there, Roxanne here! Welcome to the 1st day of the Art Anthology/Basically Bare/May Arts Ribbon Project Inspiration Blog Hop!!!  We’ve joined forces this week to offer you lots of inspiration using products from Art Anthology, Basically Bare, and May Arts Ribbon.

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IMG_5342When I received my package with all the fabulous May Arts Ribbons in it it felt like Christmas!

IMG_9408 I was so excited and I sat there and examined each ribbon and pretty much had a plan for every single one of those ribbons. There was this one particular ribbon that caught my eye right away but I could not figure out what to do with it. It was a 2″ Webbed Weave Ribbon in White in Ivory.IMG_5148So, I cut a little piece and decided to play around with my Art Anthology goodies and this ribbon.

I started to mist the ribbon with Colorations to see how it would absorb the mist. But when I saw the pattern it was leaving on my Art Anthology mat I decided to use them as a stencil as to not wart any mist at all. So I grabbed a 12 x 12 piece of watercolor paper and started to mist!!!Fotor0527212934

So now this design reminded me of crocodile skin or Giraffes (which reminded me that I had some really cute pictures of my kiddo petting a giraffe at a school field trip…perfect background!!!) So I chose a color scheme and a few more ribbons to go with the layout. IMG_5327IMG_5273



My next step was to use the ribbons again, as a template, but this time using Art Anthology’s Sorbet in Kenyan Cooper and a palette knife to apply it. Fotor0527214250I was sooooo happy with the results. Who new I could use a ribbon as a Template????


While the paint was wet I sprinkled a few Mica fragments all over to give it a little sparkle.



While all of that was drying I started working with other ribbons. I wanted to make flowers and embellish with other ribbons.

With the ribbon pictured below (which is like a 1.5″ burlap wired ribbon)  all I did was cut a few pieces and scrunch them. To make them a little darker I used Colorations in Salted Caramel. Fotor0527215435


This  green ribbon is wired and so easy to mold into the shape desired.  The flowers turned out great!



I started to glue the painted ribbon onto the card stock and I decided it needed a little oomph.IMG_5283


So I took the two burlap cord ribbons and laced them in and out of the painted ribbon.Fotor0527215823


Now I think I am ready to put it all together. Starting with the green flowers. IMG_5297

And then I used the little pieces of the misted ribbon. I added a dot of hot glue on the page and scrunched the ribbon on the glue. Fotor0527215935 and this is what it looks like after you add several pieces together.IMG_5312I also added some jewels and brads to them to make them stand out.


And here is my layout…IMG_5342

I want to show you some close ups too!!! So you can see how amazing the details are. IMG_5316 IMG_5315 IMG_5320

Art Anthology Products used: Colorations in Salted Caramel and Sorbets in Kenyan Cooper and Tigers Eye.

Check back with us every day this week for more inspirational projects! We have an Art Anthology Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters!  Make sure you also stop and visit our friends over at Basically Bare for a chance to win a $25 Prize Pack & May Arts for a chance to win a Roll of Ribbon!  And don’t forget to visit the Basically Bare & May Arts Facebook Pages and tell them Art Anthology sent you!


Don’t forget to follow all 3 companies on Pinterest for more inspiration!

Basically Bare:  http://pinterest.com/basicallybare/
Art Anthology:  http://www.pinterest.com/artanthology/
May Arts: http://www.pinterest.com/TheRibbonLady/




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21 thoughts on ““Safari Time” with May Arts & Basically Bare

  1. Lyn Kaufmann

    Yowzah! Your layout is fantastic! Love the way you used the ribbon to create a background and the ribbon is to die for. Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial as well.

  2. kath White

    I have some of these ribbons! Now I have learned new tricks on how to use them as a mask. Awesome! Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Carla Hundley

    Wowza! This is so fun
    and beautiful! Love
    the techniques used
    and all the items added
    on it.
    Carla from Utah

  4. Robin Buchholz

    Wow, wow, wow this layout is stunning!! I love the layering and colors, thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B

    Wow! Lots of great techniques and textures! Thanks for showing us how to use our ribbon in another way!

  6. Jennifer Essad

    amazing crafters in this blog. Learning different techniques and designing is awesome – seeing how you used the ribbons for texture

  7. marylouh

    I was lucky enough to be in Africa a couple years ago. I have pictures of my daughter feeding the giraffe’s at the compound. Your layout brings back so many great memories. the page is beautiful and really reflects the colors of Africa. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. TracyM #6773

    WOW wow WOW
    LOVE the colours, layers & textures, LOVE how you have used so many different ribbons & trims to CREATE your BOLD & BEAUTIFUL design!!! I would never have thought of using the webbed weave ribbon as a stencil and it was amazing watching you mist through it, then using it to create the delicious texture!!! Fabulous flowers too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial and AMAZING, CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂


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