Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Two, Growing in Unity & Hippity Hop {Monday}

Take Two week is finally here! I’m so excited because this event has been almost two months in the making. As I was finishing up my guest designer position with Unity Stamp Company in January, I told Lisa Arana that I wish I could design cards the way she does and she said the same thing about my cards! Then I suggested that we swapped design styles for a week but Lisa thought it would be easier to work in our own styles using the same stamps. LOL So Take Two was born and we are super excited to share our two takes with you all week long!

I bet you’re waiting to hear all about the prizes? I won’t delay. Thanks to the generosity of Angela Magnuson and Unity Stamp Company, there will be a total of six Unity prizes to six lucky winners when the week is over!!! Here’s how it’s going to work. Lisa and I will be featuring five different Unity sets all week long and each set will be revealed on that particular day. Five lucky commenters will win one of the five sets that we have selected to showcase. The sixth set is the one I’m giving away as the Growing in Unity Gal this week. Lisa is also giving away two of her fabulous watermarks which I love. I’ve bought several for myself and as gifts for blogland friends! Two winners will select one watermark each. I will be showcasing different watermarks all week long so you can see how amazing they look!!

This means you have a total of ten chances to win one of eight amazing prizes this week if you comment every day on both my blog and Lisa’s blog! This weekend, Lisa will randomly select three commenters from her blog for three of those sets and I will randomly select three commenters from my blog for the other three sets, including the Growing in Unity prize. Lisa and I will also randomly select one commenter from each of our blogs to win one of her watermarks. Eligible entries will close on Friday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. PST (2:59 a.m. EST) and all winners will be announced on Sunday night. How does that sound? Now, let’s get this party started!!!

For those of you who are new to my blog, I was the Guest Designer for Unity Stamp Company in December 2010 and January 2011. I love everything about Unity and their stamps are extremely inspirational to me! Since I had already planned Take Two with Lisa, I thought I should be the Growing in Unity Gal, too. My collection of Unity is always growing. LOL

My husband and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary yesterday and this was the card I made him. We met two weeks before he moved to Italy for work and about three months later, I was in Italy visiting him and having our first date together! We visited many places in Italy, Austria and Switzerland on our two-week date. One of those places was Pisa and this is my leaning tower of cupcakes. There’s one cupcake for each year that we’ve been together. As you may have guessed by now, the first featured set for Take Two is Ippity’s Cuppy Cakes!

For this card, I created a mask from each of the two cupcakes in the set and used them to stack the cupcakes starting from the top down. To insert the heart sentiment tag in the cupcake liner, I used an X-acto knife to make a slit. The 'happy anniversary' sentiment is from To the Moon & Back and I used the same direct-to-paper technique shown in this video tutorial.

For Take Two, head on over to Lisa’s blog to see her take on Ippity’s Cuppy Cakes!

For the Hippity Hop, head on over to Christy‘s blog for more Ippity inspiration!

See you tomorrow for Take Two and Growing in Unity, Day Two!!

Sources: Gina K Designs pure luxury kraft, lipstick red & 120lb pure luxury white cardstock; Ippity Cuppy Cakes; Unity January 2011 Kit of the Month - To the Moon & Back; SU Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue, Lavender Lace & Elegant Eggplant inks; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; EK Success large heart punch; Marvy-Uchida 1/8" long-reach hole punch; The Twinery Charcoal baker's twine; X-acto knife; Pop Up Glue Dots; We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper

72 comments:

Janna said...

Such a fun idea, totally excited! Where do I start now?! Oh my ... :-)
Hugs Janna

Smita said...

This is too cool, Emily! I love the Take Two idea and this card...

My husband and I were engaged on this day (March 21) seven years back and we got married in June :) I love your representation of 7 years through the leaning tower of 'cupcakes':))

Hugs,
Smita

Tejal said...

Wishing you a very happy anniversary! Love that cupcake tower..now if only it had glitter, I would gobble it up! :)
Looking forward to the take two in the coming days!!
you've got me craving for a cupcake now!

Angie Blom said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a fabulous story.. What a date of a life time too! I just adore your card and all it represents!! This will be a great week , I can't wait to see what you two will do tomorrow!! Xx

Mary Friederichsen said...

Oh this is such a cute idea Emily!!
So adorable!
Can't wait to see all the unity goodness and inspiration this week! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this with Lisa!!

Blessings and Hugs,
Mary

Angela said...

Leaning tower of cupcakes. Perfect! Hope you guys had a great anniversary -- you certainly made a great card for it!

Have a fun (busy!) week!!

kasia c. said...

A rainbow of fruit flavours! Fabulous! I am so excited for this week as you are both AMAZING designers. :)

Happy Anniversary!

lynn said...

happy anniversary, emily--love your sweet italy story, too!

your cupcake design is so creative--love the colors, and the leaning:)

Julie E said...

Fun, fun, fun! Your card is adorable - what a great idea, that leaning tower is so cute! Next, I am off to check out the 2nd half of the creations - can't wait to see how her style differs :>)

Karen B. said...

What a super cute and creative idea for an anniversary card!

Jen W. said...

Take Two Week is such a fun idea! It's always fun to see how such different cards can spring from the same stamp set.
This card is awesome - totally original and personal to you guys. I'd love to visit the Leaning Tower of Cupcakes one day! LOL!
Happy anniversary to you both and here's to many more cupcakes to add to the tower!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Emily!

What a delicious pile of cupcakes this is!! Really nice and love the tall shape of the card!

Hugs, Wendy

dahlhousedesigns said...

LOVE your tower of cupcakes!!! What a fabulous love story and no better way to celebrate than with cupcakes. Ha. Fabulous job my girl, I knew you'd ROCK IT! So excited to share this week with you!!!

hugs,
lisa a.

BabyBokChoy said...

Gimme those cupcakes!!! Oh seriously adorable, love the stack :) happy 7th anniversary, too cute!! :)

Ravengirl said...

So cute! I love your rainbow tower of cupcakes! And the meaning behind it is very sweet! Happy Anniversary!

Shauna K said...

such a fun idea- can't wait to see everything this week :D super loving that stack of cupcakes!! and the sentiment tag is adorable :D

jackie 4124 said...

Love your leaning tower of cupcakes.
Happy 7th Anniversary

~amy~ said...

::thud::

Wow girl...this is amazing...that's some fine masking skillz...and how romantic about your first date{s} with your hubby!!!

Rachel B said...

I love the fabulous the leaning tower of cupcakes. Very cute. Congrats on 7 years together.

Jennifer Roach said...

Great idea! I love seeing Unity in action :) Great card!!

Jessica said...

this is so fun! love your great creation!! would love to win this cute set! :)

Gardner's Basket said...

What a fun card! I love the way you stacked those cupcakes. Nice job.

Lynn said...

Love the cupcake tower...so clever! Can't wait to check back in and see what you two gals create. TFS

Karin said...

Love your leaning tower of cupcakes! So creative and appropriate for your personal anniversary! Love :)

Rona said...

Oh my goodness this is so clever and ADORABLE!!

Sarah said...

The card is so cute, but your story is even better!

AnitaRex said...

What a perfect card for your anniversary! :>

wearestampers said...

How cute! Great idea stacking the cupcakes!! Our wedding anniversary was yesterday too! 4 years! :)
Pam

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Love love love this card--it is super cute! I love the stacked cupcakes--soooooooooo fun! And I love this idea of the two of you sharing your creations all week! So want in on this:) You know I LOVE my Unity--you rock each stamp you use! LOVE IT:) TFS!!

Erin said...

Not only is your card cute the story that inspired it is super cute! I love it! I stayed in Innsbruck, Austria in high school as an exchange student so you brought me back...

Lone Pine Designs said...

This card is fantastic! What a great use of the cupcake stamp!

Sunghee said...

Congrats! I mean Happy Anniversary! Love love cupcake tower card. Love how you put the heart. So creative!!!
What a fabulous idea, this take two week! Fun!!!

Susan B. said...

Emily, you make the most adorable cards! Love how you used this stamp set, so cute and creative!

Scrapacat said...

Gorgeous! That indeed is a stairway to heaven. Congrats on your anniversary. ♥ky

Vicky Hayes said...

What a romance and I love your leaning tower of cupcakes! The colours you've done them in are great and it's a nice touch to have the sentiment tags mirror the colours they're near like a chameleon!

Laura /sandytoz art said...

happy anniversary!! Love the leaning tower of cupcakes!

Christine said...

Oh, this is fun!
The rainbow is a wonderful and creative idea. Love the shape. Great card!

Deborah said...

Love the tower of cupcakes - so cute, what a great idea. thanks for the inspiration too.

Lindsey said...

Happy anniversary to the two of you! What a fabulous card. Perfect masking and great colours. I notice your new corner chomper got a little more work, too! ;) Off to check out Lisa's blog now...

Lynne in NI said...

Cool card! What a fab idea to have your little leaning tower!

stampjourney said...

I love your creative card--especially with that sweet story behind it! And what a fabulous idea for you and Lisa to showcase your fabulous ideas--y'all are both so talented! Can't wait to see what's in store the rest of the week!

mustavcoffee said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Mr Liephart, 7 years, well done:0) Great card Emily!
Have fun with this lovey venture:0) xxx

Alice Wertz said...

eeek! this is so super cute and fun, Emily!! fabulous design and LOVE your rainbow colored cupcakes!! mmm.... i think i need one NOW!! =) LOVE this!

Scrapcollectr said...

Cute cupcake tower! Happy Anniversary, too.
*smile*

Denise said...

Love your tower of cupcakes! Very clever!
Now, I was married in 1977.... ( I like to say that I was only 12 when I got married.. hahaha). That would be one TALLLL card!
DeniseB

Emily Keaton said...

Take Two is such a great idea! I'm heading over to Lisa's blog next to check out her take on this set. I just became a follower--don't want to miss out on all the fun this week (and beyond). Your leaning tower of cupcakes is such a sweet idea--love it. :)

Roslyn said...

I love how you so creatively used the cupcake stamps! What a great card. Happy anniversary!

Chris said...

this is adorable!! love all the stacked cupcakes!

Meg said...

What a fantastic card! I love how it has extra special meaning for the both of you! I hope you two had a FABULOUS anniversary! Can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings!

Sheri Twing said...

Cute cards! Love your blog!

creative patti said...

Wow, so different , but both of you did a great job! Now I really want this set!! TFS.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Okay so I love the card, but the story of the leaning tower of pisa and the cupcakes totally tops it... super cute. Can't wait to see what else you two come up with.

Eva said...

Emily, this is such a CUTE card...love your pile of cupcakes! And I just love that you and Lisa teamed up!!

Ida said...

How clever to have a leaning tower of cupcakes signifying the beginning of your relationship...I love it!

Jan Larson said...

I love your tower of cupcakes -- it's so deliciously creative!!! Congratulations on seven blissful years of marriage!

Sandy Ang said...

Emily, I'm so looking forward to the daily reveals of Take Two. This might just be the inspiration I need to take up stamping.

Leslie30 said...

I love seeing how a set can be used in such different ways. You did a wonderful job.

StampinCathy said...

Happy Anniversary! I just love those cupcakes. Thanks for the inspiration and can't wait to see all the MOJO this week!

Anne said...

Awesome card! What a great idea to stack up the cupcakes to go with the year of your anniversary!

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

Omg this is adorable love the stacked cupcakes so fun!!!!!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is an absolutely adorable anniversary card, Em! Love it! :)

Lisa H. said...

no way! your love story is GREAT! and so is this card...delightful!

Julie Hoffman said...

Awww Happy Anniversary Emily! I love your tower of cupcakes! This take two idea is brilliant - heading over to check out the other card now!

Gwen said...

Love your card! What an awesome idea, I love the symbolism of the number of years and the Leaning Tower of Cuppy Cakes!

Carisa said...

omgosh, this is so cute!!! i bet your hubby just loved it. i love this idea and am looking forward to the rest of the week! off to check out Lisa's blog. :D

NoraAnne said...

OH Emily, this is just too clever! I love the way you used this stamp :) I'm smiling from ear to ear looking at this fun card!

marilyn said...

This is so cute--love the stacked cupcakes.

sharon g said...

If any of those cupcakes fall, I get one! It's so cute...

Carol said...

Such a "sweet" card! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer said...

OMGosh!!! LOVE this fun and adorable card!!! I need to get me some cupcakes!!! (=

Jillisgram said...

Hope you had a Happy Anniversary --- cute card!

Patricia said...

I LOVE what you have done with the cupcakes!!! AWESOME!!