Thursday, March 22, 2012

Take Two Week {Day 4}

Wow, can you believe it's already Thursday? I've had so much fun this week creating for Take Two with Lisa Arana and I hope you're enjoying it, too! Today, we've chosen A Simple Christmas (which happens to be on sale right now for only $11.25, down from $25.00 so it's a steal). I bought my set last year when it was released and never inked it up so we decided it needed some love. Today, I used it in a non-holiday way. The banner itself and the postal mark has a couple of holiday-themed images and words but I chose non-traditional holiday colours to transform the stamps. I also used a birthday sentiment from Happily Ever After to make this a masculine birthday card. I have a couple of friends who celebrate their birthdays close to the Christmas holiday so this will be stored in my stash for them! My favourite image in A Simple Christmas is the giant postcard because it's 3.75" x 5.5" and makes a full-size card. The banner is so pretty and you could easily paper piece your favourite patterns from the flags to make a completely unique one. I always love using non-holiday stamps in holiday ways and vice-versa. This set could certainly do that.

Lisa and I are giving away all five stamp sets showcased this week, thanks to the generosity of Angela Magnuson and Unity Stamp Company. Lisa is also giving away two of her incredible watermarks which we both use on our photos. You have until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th to comment on all ten posts this week for your chance to win seven prizes! We will announce the winners on both of our blogs on Monday, March 26, 2012. Thank you for stopping by again and I'll see you tomorrow for the Take Two Finale. Now it's time to hop on over to Lisa's blog for her take on A Simple Christmas!

Sources: SU Natural White cardstock; SU Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss & More Mustard inks; Unity Stamp Co. A Simple Christmas & Happily Ever After; foam tape

43 comments:

Gwen said...

Emily, this is an adorable postcard! Love that banner!

missstamper said...

What a great masculine card - I love the postcard look!

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Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is one of my favorite stamp sets,used it at Christmas...lol
I love what you made and really have enjoyed this week.
Thanks for the inspiration

yyam said...

Looks awesome! I love the banner and the postage stamp! :)

Jay Gee said...

This looks like one of those must have sets! Wonderful card and thanks for showing the versatility of this set :)

Ravengirl said...

Cute! I love the postcard look!

Kary said...

What a cool card, Emily!! Love the postcard front and the birthday wishes in different tones. It's odd that I too have this set and have only used it once - I think I ought to put it to better use. Thanks for the inspiration ;)

walchowDesign said...

Love this postcard design especially with the touch of the banner!

Wendy ten Hove said...

That border is really pretty! Love the postcard idea this way!! Very, very nice!!
Hugs, Wendy

onecraftymama said...

Oh, I love being challenged by you :) Using a holiday set for non-holiday stuff...I have so many Christmas sets I can try this with!

Lynn said...

Love, love, love this card. The banner is awesome!!

Jen W. said...

Awesome! Love how you made it totally non-Christmasy. I like the stamped off sentiment too.

Donna said...

Great way to use a Christmas stamp in a non-tradtional way. I like the idea of personalizing it by adding some different papers to the banner.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Dona

Lisa Arana said...

Hee hee... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! You rocked the CAS out of it. This week has been so much fun Em. I can't wait to see what you have for tomorrow. :)

Mary-Anne V said...

Wow love this postcard themed card...works so well for a guy!

Chris D. said...

Love love love this card! I have to agree with you, that postcard stamp is the best! TFS!

Jessica said...

Truly spectacular. I am SOOOOO happy to be joining all this lovely inspiration this week. It has truly been enjoyable. I love the colors you chose and the faded sentiment is very eye catching!
:O)
Jessica

Annette said...

soooo awesome...

NoraAnne said...

This is SO FUN! I just love it, you and Lisa are inspiring me to break this kit out and make something non-Christmas related! Love it :) :) :)

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Your postcard is super adorable! Love the pennant banner! :)

Houses Built of Cards said...

Just DARLING!!! I LOVE the color combo!!!

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littlen said...

very cute idea. tfs.
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Jen said...

I love how you made this into a masculine card!

Angie said...

I love that little banner AND that you made a non-Christmas card with a Christmas stamp set!!

Meghan said...

A non-Christmas card from a Christmas set. You are just too clever. I LOVE this card!

Angel said...

the border is from unity as well? love the banner and the "stamp"!

Brenda said...

Oh this is just too cool Emily! Love the postcard idea and that gorgeous banner!

Casey said...

Im really loving this banner!! And that green color is perfect!! Great card!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! These colors are FAB and I LOVE your design--you rock! ALWAYS knocking my socks off:) LOVE!

Lynne in NI said...

Oooh love your postcard design and great colour combo too!

canadian_liner said...

Great job with the multiple-generation stamping of the sentiment. The postcard on that set does look versatile, as does the number line. Thanks again for introducing us all to great stamp sets!

Lindsey said...

These colours work so well together! Your off-stamping of the sentiment is perfect, too. You'd never know without looking closely that this would be a Christmas set -- and I have no idea why you and Lisa both left it un-inked for so long!

lostinpaper said...

Great colour combo and CAS design! This is turning out to be such a fun week!

btenn said...

Beautiful card! Love the colours and I had to do a double take - I thought it was a postcard!

donna mikasa said...

You did it again--enabled me to get this stamp set, and I couldn't resist the savings! I hope to use it year round, too. Great card, great colors!

Glenda J said...

The combo of stamps here is fabulous! Love the banner.

AnitaRex said...

Love this post card! :> Such a fun card! I love how you stamped the birthday wishes and love that shade of green!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I love all things postal, great card.

~amy~ said...

such a CUTE design!

Jingle said...

I really like this! I feel like it is different from a lot of what you do. I love it!

Crystal said...

Cute design and love how you used the Christmas set and made a birthday card with it!

Karen L said...

LOVE this!! I would never have noticed the holiday images at all, using non-traditional colors switched it up wonderfully!

Jen said...

Love the banner! Makes me want to try it.