Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello Advent and paper crafting fans!  I’m excited to be part of Taheerah’s grand event for the third year, and thrilled to have found a new stamp company as a result! If you’ve been following along this season, or the last few years, you know that each day there are sponsors and gifts to be had, and it is the season for giving! So on with the show!

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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 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!

Our sponsor today is The Stamp Market, a company that speaks to my modern and graphic heart!  I’ve used three of their products for today’s pieces and will soon feature more holiday and packaging goodnesss from them, so check out my instagram for updates!


First up, a dynamic duo with one with alternative holiday colors– perfect for someone who lives in Hawaii or is having a tropical Christmas.  I stamped so many of these flowers from the Botanicals Stamp & Cut set, playing with a variety of pinks and reds, so it became the focal point of all my designs.


My card also features the large Stemmed Leaves Die  cut from gorgeous green bokeh paper.  This die mirrors the stamped leaves in the Botanicals set.


Finally, the sentiment is part of the Holiday Hellos set, which is a fabulous mix of graphic lettering and sentiments for many occasions.  Here I stamped the Merry on thick linen vellum and heat embossed, then fussy cut.

Since it is an advent extravaganza after all, I decided to wrap these cards up in Neat & Tangled’s lacy envelope die which takes any card to the next level.  What’s behind door number two?


This version features more traditional colors and a bit of a retro feel.


The Botanicals set comes with a die to cut the flower, so I added a vellum layer over the stamped image.  Again I’ve included the large Stemmed Leaves die cut.


I included this close-up so you could see the gorgeous shimmer of the red paper on which I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Julie Ebersole’s Modern Christmas, available through Ellen Hutson (as is the #110 Woodgrain Cardstock I feature in many of my pieces here).


For my final two pieces, I created some wine tags, as I recently had booths at an art show and night market here in Seattle. Holidays are a time for bubbly and fine festive drinks, alcoholic or not, so why not adorn a bottle at your table or as a gift!  I love this wine tag die which is quite old and no longer available.

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Thank so much for stopping by to see what was behind the door today!

But before you go– remember to comment!

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 The Stamp Market so you’ll definitely want to win! How to win?

  • Simply leave a comment on my 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 2017 to enter.

The 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!

A merry season to all who celebrate a variety of holidays or in various ways this time of year– wishing you a peaceful, reflective and artful time!  And a Happy New Year, too!

174 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

  1. Oh my!! Each of these projects is stunning. I love the idea of wine tags as adornment to bottles on the table, not for gifting. Beautiful designs all around.

  2. STUNNING, WOW, OMG, I can’t think of anymore words, your cards really were just amazing, the papers, the colors, everything, I was just blown away how beautiful they were, thanks so much for sharing these beautiful cards with us.

  3. These botanicals are lovely; my favorite is the vellum layered one. I think with different colors, they will be great for all occasions.

  4. Your showcases of the Botanicals and Stemmed Leaves set has launched them to top positions on my The Stamp Market wish list! Stunning cards and lovely wine bottle tag! WOW! So thrilled to see you sharing your amazing creativity at Taheerah’s Advent Extravaganza!

  5. These are amazing! The envelope is like a blanket for the card. That’s so cool. Thank you for inspiring me to try this beautiful technique. Happy holidays.

  6. All of these are beautiful but he black and white polka dotted background card is breathtakingly beautiful! Totally in love with it! The flower, leaves and berry branch really shine against the beautiful background! TFS!

  7. I love your cards, that lacy wrap is so pretty and special looking! And the wine tags are a great idea for gift giving or just for your own table.

  8. As usual your creations always inspire! Wishing you a wonderful festive season and may those wine tags be put to good use (thanks for those as today it was on my list to make 12 lol).Hugs x

  9. Beautiful cards, with lots of details to discover (as in the Calendar, hidden behind a door); and your wine tags are great as well !

  10. Beautiful and great pictures showing up close details! Thanks for participating in Taheerah’s fun event!!

  11. I love the example of using patterned paper with a die cut! I wouldn’t ever have thought to use it with an intricate die and it’s beautiful!!!!

  12. Super Wow! Words cannot express how gorgeous this set is! Absolutely beautiful!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

  13. Your cards are just gorgeous! I love the colors and the large flower; the one with vellum; the red berries and the white ones!! I can’t decide which I prefer! Where did you get that darling little bird? The lacy wrap is a gorgeous card in and of itself! The white woodgrain cardstock is so elegant! You have given me all kinds of inspiration! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  14. Wow, you really did go all out for these cards! I love all the different ways you’ve managed to use the botanicals to create different flavors of cards and tags. Plus, that lacy wrapping is just gorgeous; I would be afraid my card wouldn’t live up to the wrapping, but you definitely did it! My favorite is the more traditional 2nd card. I love the vellum overlay and the beautiful bird and the woodgrain background and even how you die cut the berries out of patterned paper. I would never have thought to do that! Thanks for sharing your creativity in all its many forms with us.

  15. Beautiful cards, very effective with that wrap fronts, very delicate but elegant. Like the vellum included, & you tease us with a no longer available die, even if it is beautiful x

  16. Loveliness everywhere! I think my favorite element is the vellum layer on the flower, There is just too much here to comment on it all, but it certainly looks like you had a ball pulling it all together. Well done!!! Thank you.

  17. I love the more tropical look of these cards and tag, I have so many friends living in places liek Australia where Christmas is not anyhere near snowy!

  18. Such beautiful cards and wine tags.I am partial to your card with the lacey envelope, just gorgeous. All of your wine tags are very pretty as well.

  19. What a cool idea to use a die to put the card into, so that the recipient can open this before opening the actual card – ingenious. Love, love the wine tags. :O)

  20. WOW ! Your cards are incredible ! Such a fabulous idea to wrap-up the card, it’s really beautiful ! And the design of the cards are gorgeous. Your tags are also awesome.

  21. What can I possibly say – – anyone who gets these cards and wrapper have quite a special treat. REALLY CUTE – Gorgeous embellishments and techniques.

  22. These cards are amazing! l love the dies, the colors, the backgrounds and the sentiments. Love, Love, Love! Thanks for sharing!

  23. wow these cards are definitely diffeent – love the style and the fact that even though there are a lot of elements on the card they don’t look overcrowded. Beautiful work

  24. We just came back from a 3 day vacation to Longwood Gardens in Pa. I live in CT. It was absolutely amazing and Christmas was everywhere there. Your cards remind me of there and yes, one of your cards is very retro. I love them both and I love the colors. Thanks for showing us your pretty cards and for giving us the chance to win something. I wish I had a die cutter so I could do some of what you did, but alas and alack, I can’t. I can however move on to the next person on this very different blog hop. Oh yeah, my eyes weren’t to tired from the trip like I thought at first but it’s snowing on your cards! I had to look a few times and then go back to make sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. That is one very cool trick!

  25. Just amazing!!! Love that Botanical flower and all the varied ways your cards showcased them!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

  26. All of your cards are so elegant. Thank you for sharing you talent. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  27. These are beautiful! I am especially loving that greenery die! And love that you created the envelope wraps for them!

  28. The cards are lovely, the tags are out of this world and who doesn’t love the lacy envelopes. What a large treasure of designs you gave us.

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