Using Envelope Distort for Ribbon Effect

I've created an outline ribbon. I'd like to place another image inside the ribbon and give it the warping blend tool.

I was using envelope distort to try to produce the effect. However, it gives me an error:
The operation cannot be complete because of an unknown error. [3]

I had 8 images that I unlinked and embedded in illustrator so that I could create a symbol with it.
Then I took that symbol and created it into a swatch.
Then I put an envelope distort on my outlined ribbon and I clicked this image with the star on it (my tooltip won't show on hover)
tool
Here is a pic of the symbol I am trying to put into the ribbon outline:
symbol and outline
Here is the finished result I am trying to achieve:

finish
thanks!
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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAsked:
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MereteCommented:
It would be simpler to create the flags as one image first then warp it like a ribbon
Here's a couple tutorials with the ribbon making aspect.
Creating a ribbon in Adobe Illustrator
http://veerle-v2.duoh.com/blog/comments/creating_a_ribbon_in_adobe_illustrator/
Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Colourful Abstract Wavy Ribbon
http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/illustrator-tutorial-create-a-colourful-abstract-wavy-ribbon

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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
thanks for the suggestions. I did complete the project on time by using paintbrushes for the flags.

thanks!
MereteCommented:
That's great to hear  glad it helped thanks
cheers :)
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