A Sweet Little Gift


Presentation and personalization can make a gift turn from ordinary into extraordinary. With the help of May Arts Ribbon and Sweet Stamp Shop, I transformed a small gift of gum balls and a thank you card into a grand affair.

First I’ll show you the gift. I purchased two bags of gum balls at the local super store for just a dollar a piece and filled a clear package to the brim with the colorful balls.

Next, I cut about 3 feet of May Arts 1.5 inch Faux Linen Ribbon in White (length will depend on the width, length and depth of your package, pre-measure before cutting!) and in the center adhered some large letter stickers.
I then did a simple stitch through the letters and ribbon. The faux linen ribbon is wonderful for this application as the stitching doesn’t pull and scrunch at the thread line. 

Finally, I wrapped the ribbon around the box and tied a big, beautiful bow on top. I really like the linen ribbon for big bows too, because it is thin enough to tie easily but still strong enough to keep the bow shape!

And I can’t give a gift without a card! I chose the sweet gumball machine image from Sweet Stamp Shop’s Sweet Tooth Set, stamped it onto white cardstock, colored it with markers and then for a cute touch, added some beads and glossy accents to the glass part. Isn’t that such a cute way to bring in color, texture and realism to a stamped image? I trimmed out the focal image after stamping a sentiment from Scootin’ By and then adhered it to the card base with foam adhesive. However, I decided that the card needed a bit more, so I added a scrap piece of May Art’s delicious candy striped pink ribbon! (RG17)

I only had about three inches left of the ribbon so after cutting about two inches from the length at an angle, I looped it and stapled the loop. I then tucked it under the focal image on the card and adhered it with a glue dot. I used the last one inch length of ribbon as a tail to the loop, and adhered that to the card base as well. A neat little trick to use up scrap ribbon!

Blog post by: Karen Baker


  1. AliceW.

    fab way to secure the letters to the ribbon and love how you "faked" the ribbon tab on your card. so clever! thanks so much for the fun project, Karen!

  2. Savannah O'Gwynn

    OH MY OH MY! I just love this project and card–FAB idea for the ribbon around the treat!! 

  3. Kelley Wrye Eubanks

    These are so cute Karen! I love how you used added stickers and sewing to the faux linen. I have white, purple and pink faux linen… love that stuff!

  4. Jen W.

    Brilliant idea with the striped ribbon and I love the touch of Glossy Accents on the gumball machine.  The stitching on the letter stickers is such a fun touch too.  Such a sweet gift set!  

  5. Lucy

    The project is really nice, but I LOVE the plain ribbon with the stitched on letter stickers.  Will have to check that out.  Nice tip on using up ribbon scraps (and making the supply of them stretch a bit).

  6. alice hancock

    That sewing across the ribbon is a neat idea.

  7. Jingle

    Very cute!

  8. Jenny M

    Such a simple idea but it makes the world of difference to a lovely gift. I love the stitching through the letters :0)
    jenny x

  9. Mrs. Hill

    I love this idea of using up scraps. I have some in my stash here… Hmm… gotta go, ribbon is calling my name!

  10. Kelly Bertram

    Love the use of scrap ribbon and the image is adorable.  The beads are a perfect touch with the gloss!  Great gift idea, Karen!!

  11. Laurel Beard

    oh wow. How talented you are! My goodness………..  I love your gumball card! It's fantastic!

  12. Sherry Eckblad

    Oh this is such a cute set and I love and need some of that ribbon!

  13. sue wisniewski

    clever use of ribbon on your card with small piece of ribbon.
    stamping sue

  14. rush

    love your go-together projects.  the ribbon turned out nicely.  thank you for sharing.

  15. Sue McRae

    What a fun and colourful gift and card!

  16. B. Poteraj

    The bubble gum machine is perfect. I like the little bubble gum pieces, and the coloring of the machine is great. You have been practicing with your coloring.

  17. sharon gullikson

    The little beads for candy is SO cute. I love it, and will use it.

  18. DebbieC.

    A fun gift package and a great card.  Love the gumball stamp and the faux linen ribbon.  I bet the ribbon could even be inked along with the letters and sewing idea.

  19. Kristie Maynard

    How cute.  I love the connection of the gum balls and the machine on the card.  This would make a cute little "goodie bag" gift for a party or what kid (big or small) wouldn't love to have a bag of gum balls on the front of a gift.  Very cute and versatile!

  20. Sue D

    Very fun and colorful gift idea!  I like the beads and glossy accents on the card and both types of ribbon.

  21. Natasha G.P.

    The tiny addition of ribbon makes it sooooo cute.

  22. Lyn Gill

    I'm just speachless at the creative talent here! So stinkin cute! TFS Lyn

  23. Charlene

    This is just…."so sweet" !

  24. Ashley N Newell

    Super cute!

  25. Michele D

    The ribbons really make the gift box and card stand out, nice!

  26. NWFlamingo

    Great idea.  You will make someone very happy with this one.

  27. erin

    Super sweet (pun intended), great way to use the scraps of ribbon and the packaging is fabulous.

  28. conniemelancon

    This is so colorful and pretty! love how you used the pieces of ribbon and hide them! Great tip.

  29. Chelsea R

    I love how you incorporated ribbon into the gumball card.  It's simple, but so effective.

  30. Miriam Prantner

    What an adorable little ensemble!  I just love that you used little beads for the gumballs and stitching the letters on the ribbon looks great!

  31. Kathy P

    Great gift, so bright and colorful, and fun!  Love that gumball stamp, and of course, the May Arts ribbons are yummy too!

  32. Dawn Burnworth

    These are both fabulous Karen. You did a great job with that ribbon. I love this idea.  The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Amy Jones

    Both are very cute.  I love the ribbon you used and how you used it.  Thanks for sharing.


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