Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up byTaheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED 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’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests 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 await behind the door!

Hey all! I’m excited to be behind door #20 and participating again this year in the Advent Calendar–I love advent calendars and it’s such a great idea to have a virtual one!

So excited, I have not one, two, three or four offerings today, but five that feature awesome Pinkfresh collections, and a mini journal that mixes it up with Crate Paper’s Snow & Cocoa.

I love Pinkfresh designs, and their papers are such a joy to work with–they almost create a card by themselves! You can see an earlier collection of Pinkfresh creations I designed here.

First up some fun, simple cards using Oh Joy, Christmas Wishes, Indigo Hills collections from Pinkfresh and ephemera from Snow & Cocoa.

A few puffy stickers and acetate sentiment make a simple, but fun card.

Crate Paper’s acetate deer works perfectly with the clear pieces from Oh Joy! So do the stripes and colors from Indigo Hills base paper.

An easy shaker card can be made from the acetate pieces in the Oh Joy ephemera pack. I stamped the presents from Christmas Wishes and made a little sequin strand to top the card.The bottom features a rubber sticker from Pinkfresh.

I created a repeat background with house stamps from the Christmas Wishes collection, copic colored and added mica flakes. The bear is from the same stamp set, colored and fussy cut. Layered papers and the sentiment are from Oh Joy.

Next up, my mini journal.

I have made quite a few of these layered journals, two of which you can see here and here. I plan to use this one for our trip to Indianapolis with some changes, but here is a way you can make one merging the Snow & Cocoa, Oh Joy, Indigo Hills and Happy Things collections!

When making the 2-layered covers, I always leave openings for tags as a way to close the journal.

Inner flaps have pockets to store tickets, photos, receipts, or journal cards.

Love howthat Crate Paper girl works with the Oh Joy tree paper!

The Indigo Hills blue splattered paper is like a winter snow blast, much like the weather we’ve been having in Indy and across the US.

The inner book here features more Indigo Hills paper with a pocket for ephemera and a wood clip from the same collection to hold a ticket or photo.

Here’s the back  inner cover and below, a small journal I’ve embellished with wood sticker from Happy Things.

The back of the journal with washi from Oh Joy and tag from Snow & Cocoa.

What is different about this journal is that I have created more of a spine so the journal can accommodate more pages, photos and ephemera. Overall spine is 1/2″. The journal is 3.5″ wide by 7″ long.

Hope you found some holiday inspiration here today and before you go, make sure to keep reading. You could win some of the products featured here today!!

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 Pinkfresh so you’ll definitely want to win!

Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to and leave a comment there too!

You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! 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 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

184 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

  1. LOVE your creations – the mini journal is adorable! Pink Fresh is a new company to me – will have to check it out!

  2. Your cards are so creative and adorable. Pink Fresh is a company that is new to me and seem to call out your imaginative side.

  3. OMG, what beautiful designs. I love every one of them. So fresh, retro and fun. Please make a video. Would love to see you work.

  4. I love seeing what you’ve created with these products! I fell in love with the Snow and Cocoa pad and had to have it but haven’t touched it! Fabulous, amazing creations! TFS!

  5. Thank you, Kate. You are a great creator and artist. Such lovely things from PinkFresh and I love your journal. A fun way to celebrate Christmas. The cute pun about texting Santa made me giggle.

  6. What a fabulous modern style you have. Loving those acetate stickers! Great fun having a peek at such a creative persons work.

  7. Great cards and journal–I love the graphic designs in this collection. That bear with the stack of presents cracks me up! Will check out the rest of your blog.

  8. So many inspirational ideas in all of your cards and the journal. I especially like the …all roads lead home card.

  9. Delightful creations! I love the Oh Joy collection, and the Christmas Wishes collection is another favorite!

  10. Your cards and journal are so fun! I really love the sentiment “Be Good or I’ll Text Santa” – so hilarious!

  11. Geesh girl! Eye candy overload. But I have a clear fave, wanna know? Sequin strand. Didn’t know one could top milk and cookies. One can 😉 Hope you’re having a blast in balmy Indy.

  12. Adore this collection of papers, and the darling creations using them, Kate… wish I were just a few hours closer to Indy right now! Merriest Christmas, to you and yours!

  13. What cute and adorable cards and I love the journal, too! The cuteness just brings a smile and i need to check out these stamps!

  14. The journal is amazing – full of wonderful things! I really like the little parcel stamps you’ve used in the cards too.

  15. Wow, I’m amazed at how many gorgeous creations you’ve put together. What is your secret other than talent and no sleep?

  16. Wow!! I love the pen and ink look and the use of white space. Everything is so fresh and different than I’ve seen these past 20 days. Love it all.

  17. So many wonderful projects. Love the simple line stamping.
    The little journal is darling. The page with the kid throwing
    the snowball is really cute.
    thanks for sharing so many great ideas.
    Merry Christmas and happy New Year

  18. OMG – – how do you find the time to do the mini journal I really like the card with the houses with the mica flakes. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Someone has been a good little girl, busy getting ready for Christmas – WOW! Your journal looks like fun to fill up.

  20. That’s A presentation ! So many beautiful creations….. Awesome. I love the sentiment of the Bear’s card, really great !

  21. So many really neat things you have shared. Some are really pretty, some using really great ideas, but all show your fabulous artistic talent. Thank you for sharing all of it with us.

  22. Cuteness overload! I don’t know where to start, I love all of these projects. The combination of stamps, ephemera, and paper is perfect!!!

  23. You’ve been busy! The cards are really hip and on trend. I couldn’t help but laugh at the “I’ll text Santa” sentiment. That will scare today’s youngsters!

  24. Your cards are packed with so much fun. Your journal even said that. You much have had a ton of patience to set the text on them. Great job….

  25. WOW.. Love your projects. I really like the Be Good or I’ll Text Santa sentiment and your mini journal. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  26. All of your projects are just so much fun. One of the ideas that really intrigued me was how you changed up layers by selectively rounding corners. It makes a really interesting look! Thank you. (Love the Brrrrr paper flag in the journal–just perfect on that page!!!)

  27. Wow!! What an amazing collection of projects!! Love the reindeer acetate card especially! Pinkfresh is definitely with the times based on their contemporary and modern designs!

  28. WOW! Very cool, modern cards and love, love, love the journal! Thank you for taking time, during this the most busy time of the year, to share your really wonderful creations! Merry Christmas!

  29. Blown away by the assortment of projects you’ve showcased here! Mega-watt smiling! Especially love the ‘Be good or I’ll text Santa” card…and your journals! Need to invite some Pinkfresh into my collection! Thank you for joining Taheerah’s Extravaganza; you’ve sent my festive spirit soaring!

  30. Wow, some fabulous festive cards here!! I love them all but my favourite is the shaker card. Looks like Pinkfresh has some awesome coordinating collections. I’ll have to check them out in the new year. I love your journal as well.

  31. Wow! You went all out! Love all the elements to your cards and projects. They are so much fun. I enjoyed just looking at all the details. Like a contemporary painting! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Crisp, contemporary and stylish, Kate … and so much fun! These cards and your journal are all fabulous … I’m especially taken with the Be Good little bear carrying the stack of gifts … love the tiny pops of green and red among all the monochrome! Hugs, Anita 🙂

  33. Wow!!! I don’t even know where to begin!! These are all just stunning!! I love how adorable all your cards are. But your mini journal is just amazing 😊

  34. Fabulous projects! I absolutely love all of the whimsical and playful images!!! And the colors, fonts of the sentiments, and patterns are all so fantastic!! I especially love that bear with the stacked gifts—-sooooo adorable!!

  35. Wow! What what a collection of projects and wonderful ideas! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the cardstock and the Pink Fresh embellishments! My favorite card it the one with the houses in the background with mica on the roof (what a great idea) and the adorable bear! Love the sentiment that connects a traditional holiday with modern technology!

  36. Pinkfresh is one of my very favorite companies, and your cards and journal use them wonderfully! I, too, like to combine collections – they all go together so well!

  37. Wow! You have been busy! Your cards and projects are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  38. So many fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing your incredible creativity with all of us! Wonderful inspirations!

  39. What cute cards & journals you have made! I love it when the paper jump starts the whole process- love the way you took over and completed them all!

  40. You know how to combine papers so well to create the cute cards and the fabulous journals. Thanks for all the projects.

  41. I just found your blog through your kind comment on mine, and am excited to see all your wonderful creations. I love how you utilize pattern papers as a design element. Love the cards on this post and on the previous one!

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