Hey Everybody! Welcome back today for my contribution to the Papertrey Ink's June Countdown activities. I've been giving the duty and the privilege of showing you some projects with Melissa's Floral Fusion #5 and Alli's Communique Curves Think Big Favorites #5. I found both sets had a surprisingly huge amount of "play" in them. In fact, I didn't use a single Think Big Favorites sentiment as it was intended at face value. Pretty pleased with some of the stuff I discovered. Hopefully you'll agree that this little $5 set is a real bargain and fun to play with as well.
First of all, I don't have the Communique Curves stamp and sentiment stamps, so this was a real delight for me to work with something new. Of course, I think they'll both be coming home to me here some time soon. :) The Think Big Favorites #5 has two sentiments from the original set (congrats and thank you), blown up big to become more of a focal point for your projects.
Let's start out with a thank you project. The elegance of the font used reminded me of Fancy Flourishes. Could the two be used together? You bet. I just stamped a florish to extend the loop of the "y" in "you". You'd never know it was more than one stamp. Just FYI if you are going to do this on your own, the "y" has a little hook that would interfere with the flow of the flourish. Just ink up the sentiment and use your pinky finger to remove that little extra tail. Then add the flourish in the right spot for a seamless melding of the two.
I also used Floral Fusion #5 on this card. I found it fits nicely inside stamps and dies from Beautiful Blooms II. I've taken note and jotted this combination in my idea file. Will be doing it again.
Moving on to the other sentiment "Congrats". I selectively inked the "C" to be slightly more spaced away from the "grats". My "o" is now a button which just happens to be the center of the flower from a Blooming Button Bits stamp.
I choose to make the "o" an actual button. The other "buttons" on my card are die cut and stamped in a gingham pattern. This little design decision adds interest to the card, but gives focus to the actual sentiment. Your eyes are naturally drawn to it. And I always love how the sentiments from Floral Fusions seem to team up with the Think Big Favorites. This month is not the exception. "You're the best" works well here underneath the big bold "congrats".
And lastly, how about joining the two sentiments to make a third? Tricky, tricky. Selectively ink up the "thank" from "thank you" and stamp. Next just ink up the "s" from the end of "congrats". Combine them for a more casual "thanks".
The lines in the sentiment from the new Floral Fusion #5 set (it's the little things you do that mean so much!) seemed to curve down in justification. That little hint lead me down the path to stamping it on the Limitless Layers 2.5" dies. Love it when it works out that way.
Thanks for swinging by. More projects coming. And be sure to check out new projects from Nichole, Melissa, Dawn, Heather, and Maile tonight as well.
Thank You Card
Cardstock: Soft Blush, Soft Stone, Vintage Cream, Smokey Shadow
Stamps: Think Big Favorites #5, Floral Fusion #5, Journaling Lines, Fancy Flourishes, Beautiful Blooms
Ink: PTI's Scarlett Jewel and Memento's London Fog
Dies: Floral Fusion #5, Beautiful Blooms #2
Vintage Buttons: Sweet Blush and Scarlett Jewel
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst
Stamps: Think Big Favorites #5, Floral Fusion #5, Bitty Backgrounds, and Blooming Button Bits
Ink: Hibiscus Burst and True Black
Vintage Buttons: True Black
Cardstock: Kraft, Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening
Stamps: Think Big Favorites #5, Floral Fusion #5, Turning a New Left, Faux Ribbon
Dies: Turning a New Leaf, 2.5" Limitless Layers
Ribbon and buttons: Enchanted Evening
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado, and Vintage Cream