Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Happy Monday everyone! I’m so thrilled and excited to be part of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza, hosted and created by my sweet friend Taheerah Atchia!

Advent Calenda Extravaganza

When Taheerah came up with this idea, she asked a bunch of her crafty friends if they would be interested in partaking in the event… of course we all said YES!!! The idea of having a surprise everyday – just like a true advent calendar – was such a fun concept and we all couldn’t wait for the event to begin!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

So, I’m sure you’re now wondering what I’ve created for this very special event. Well, here it is…!

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I love playing with distress inks and I used them in this card to create a wintry backdrop to my sentiment and snowflakes! I used an ink smooshing technique to apply my distress ink colors to the background; the colors I used were Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves. To add shimmer to my background, I used water that was mixed with Perfect Pearls to mist my inks with, instead of plain water.

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My sentiments are die cut from the Merry Die-namics die from My Favorite Things (cut from silver glitter paper), and the Joyous Wishes die set from Penny Black Inc. (cut from white cardstock).

I also die cut snowflakes from the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Flakes die set and scattered them around the background along with sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (Ballerina Pink, Suger Plum mix, Holly Jolly mix and Sparkling Clear mix.

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Isn’t this color combo so much fun?? I love how pretty it is… the cool tones of the background are perfect for winter and by simply changing up the sentiment, you could use this design all winter, or even year round!



I hope today’s card has inspired you in creating your holiday projects! Be sure to hop on over to Taheerah’s blog to check out the rest of today’s surprise destinations… I hope you’ll be joining us for the rest of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza… it is sure to be loads of fun!!

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Newton’s Nook Designs so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments!

Speaking of distress inks… did you see the newest color that came out for December??? CANDIED APPLE! Definitely a must-have red for your distress ink collection!


Also, Simon Says Stamp just released their annual Die-cember collection! You can see the entire collection here, and these are my favorites from the release:

[one_fourth padding=”5px 5px 5px 5px”]Simon Says Stamp PAINTED THANKS Wafer Die SSSD111546 DieCember[/one_fourth] [one_fourth padding=”5px 5px 5px 5px”]Simon Says Stamp STACKED HEARTS Wafer Die SSSD111540 DieCember[/one_fourth] [one_fourth padding=”5px 5px 5px 5px”]Simon Says Stamp HEART OF ROSES Wafer Die SSSD111542 DieCember[/one_fourth][one_fourth_last padding=”5px 5px 5px 5px”]Simon Says Stamp SINGLE ROSES Wafer Die SSSD111543 DieCember[/one_fourth_last]



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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches
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My Favorite Things MERRY Die-Namics MFT MFT543
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Penny Black JOYOUS WISHES Thin Metal Creative Dies 51-058
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED FLAKES Wafer Die s329 Create Joy
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM SUGAR PLUM MIX Cuped Sequins

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Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX Cupped Sequins PPP120
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPUN SUGAR Ranger TIM27164
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger Spring TIM34933
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SEEDLESS PRESERVES Ranger Fall TIM32847
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320

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US Artquest MATTE Perfect Paper Adhesive
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR PAPER PAD 9×12 Bound 360109
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 GLITZY GLITTER Paper Stack Matstack MS-019-00052


133 Responses

  1. Karen Hayes says:

    I love this card! I’ve been especially drawn to untraditional Xmas colors this year, this is fabulous !

  2. Sandy Griffin says:

    What a beautiful background.

  3. christine says:

    OBSESSED with ink smooshing!

  4. Gorgeous!!!! I love this project!

  5. Shelley C says:

    Love the color combo!!

  6. maureenchandler says:

    Beautiful card – background is gorgeous! I love it and distress inks too!

  7. Melitta Ball says:

    Such a breath-taking background and card! Love it! Blessings, Melitta

  8. Dawn~DesignsByDragonfly says:

    Love your watercolors. Thanks for sharing your wonderful card.
    Crafty hugs,

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