‘Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Well, hello and welcome to…

Advent Calenda Extravaganza

Are you excited, and enjoying this hop so far? I know I am, and I am very happy to be waiting for you behind door #22!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza


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’!

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 taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!


Since today’s sponsor is Unity Stamps, and I am a member of their Stamp of the Week club, I figured it was high time to put some of their adorable, festive stamps to use.  One aspect of Unity that I really like are their sentiments–they are witty, funny, and have some great fonts!

Today I have two cards for you; one was designed with the solstice in mind, as I created it yesterday on the shortest day of the year.  The other I envisioned for a possible New Years card (for the coffee or tea lover, of course!), as the sentiment is fitting, and I had the recent Coffee Lovers hop on my mind!

First up, Rudolph!

front rudolph

Disclaimer: It being the darkest day of the year, and my having only been able to pull this brewing idea together in about 3 hours, the photos are a bit grey, and there are a few things I would change about this card, but overall I think it’s a pretty fun first attempt!

For this card, I used the Magical Holiday set from Unity.

WIB-891-MAGICAL-HOLIDAY I stamped Rudolph with Versafine Champagne ink, then embossed with sticky embossing powder and covered with Stampendous glitter.  After allowing it to set, I fussy cut him out.





If I recreate this, I will likely make the twinkling part of the nose silver, red, or possibly cut off the twinkling part altogether.


The idea for my background came from a digital paper that was part of a Lilypad pack I purchased, Autumn Nights.  I loved the ombre light grey to midnight blue flecked with white, and immediately thought of using it with my Lil’ Inker Designs Faceted die, and using a previous 3-D design of mine, one example found here.  I cut the paper twice from the paper so I had light and dark triangles; however, those pesky triangles got away from me– hence, the background isn’t as ombre as I’d planned, and there is a darker triangle lower in the mix than there should be!!


After locating and adhering the frame and triangles to some #110 Ellen Hutson Woodgrain paper, I placed Rudolph and created a string of stars on my favorite wax twine, and added a Prima wood banner.


I didn’t like how the bottom of the card looked, so some quick thinking brought me to a candy cane mound cut with Paper Smooches border die and embellished with curved stitched line, which is also popped up to provide an interesting 3-D curve.


And finally, the inside.  I love the sentiment that accompanies this card.  I stamped in Ranger Archival ink, my favorite black, and finished the bottom with some paper from Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry line, embellished with a stitched line.  I decided on the green so it would echo the green of the wood banner on the front.


Next up, Sparkly Cups!


This card is a bit of an homage to Jocelyn Olson, as I really like her little corner punch and string embellishment.  And I was just talking with my crafting group at our December gathering about using the threaded sequins.  I just haven’t been able to make it work on my cards, though Keren Baker makes it look so easy!

I considered wax twine, but grabbed the sequin instead, and I like how it worked!


The white panel was embossed with the PTI linen plate, stamped with the sentiment and cut, so I could create the mid-section.  The patterned papers are from Basic Grey’s B-side.


For the cups, I used a technique I tried previously here.  The cups are from Unity’s Always Today set.  I stamped them and then Copic colored each cup.  Then covered with Versamark Champagne ink, sticky embossing powder, and Stampendous glitter.




I fussy cut and popped them up, along with the top panel for some visual interest.


But wait, there’s more!

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 Unity Stamps, so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com 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!

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

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday season is calm and bright!

149 thoughts on “‘Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

  1. Two very different cards, but both gorgeous! Love the triangular background on the first, and the glittery cups on the second! Thank you so much for being a special part of my event! xoxo

  2. OMGEE the dimension and interest on your cards is simply amazing! I have so much to learn about paper crafting and you have totally jazzed me up with your inspiring cards! Thanks so much for sharing! Big hugs, Kristina

  3. I love both your cards! The background die on the first one… that’s cool! The way you used it is clever! The second card with the layers and glitter on the focal image is great! I gotta check out that corner punch too!

  4. Both your cards are wonderfully festive and ever so pretty! Rudolph, a stack of lovely teacups and a whole lot of shimmer…you’ve definitely shared a few of my favourite things in grand style! Thank you for being part of Taheerah’s Advent series!

  5. wow… that first card is absolutely gorgeous!! love the way you combined all the elements… the second one is pretty darn fabulous, too!!

  6. Great cards! I love the faceted background and the candy-cane stripe mound on the first one…and the sparkle cuts. It’s amazing how some inspiration from others (homage to Joselyn Olson and Keren Baker) helps make our ideas come to life! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation.

  7. Beautiful cards, love the glittery reindeer on that fabulous die cut triangle background and the ombré look makes it over the top stunning! Love the stacked cups all beautifully colored and glittered up too!

  8. Stunning projects! I love Unity stamps – I have more Unity than any other co. I love the design of your first card – so unique & creative! And I love coffee – so your second card is perfect – great coloring on those cups! And love the sparkle of the glitter on both.

  9. Like the dimension of the Reindeer card. I also made a Reindeer card posted to my blog today. Please stop by & ck it out. Like the sparkle of the cups card.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  10. Incredible deer card…seriously, don’t know why you’d change a thing. And those cups…looks like they’ve been dusted with sugar, how appropriate. Happy Holidays.

  11. Wow,amazing cards,each one is unique,special and fabulous.Love the glitter,the bright red nose and the pile of cups,they look cute!

  12. I love how you manage to pull together the many elements in your Rudolph card and make it work. I also really love the simple yet gorgeous design of your teacup card. You’re amazingly talented, Kate!:))

  13. I call it ‘sugar cups’ but you call it ‘sparkly cups’ but either way it is a cute card …and so is Rudolph!

  14. I was so amazed at the 3-D background on the first card, but as I read through your description of both I was impressed with ALL of the amazing details on each card! Both are very different from one another, but each equally stunning. I really like the idea of a New Year’s card based on tea or coffee ;-). Thanks for participating in this hop and for sharing your talent with us. Thanks to Unity for their generous sponsorship of the hop as well.

  15. These two cards are very well done and have a lot of detail. The background on the deer card is amazing, and I really like the way you did the cups on the second card. I also like the paper strip in the center background of that card. Thank you for taking your time and talent to participate in this hop. Merry Christmas!!

    LOVE your EXCITING designs, you DELICATE die cut layers and SPARKLE are DELIGHTFUL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂

  17. Oh, my……what a Christmas feast for the eyes in your two cards!!! Fabulous work!! I am enthralled with that first card and the interesting way of using the negative of the mosaic die cut. The 3D effect gives it such an AWESOME look!!! WOW. Creative, ingenious, amazing!!! Your sparkly cup card is just totally delightful. Love that card, too. What a fun way to use the stringed sequins!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful art with us.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. Love the great dimension from the background in the first card and all the wonderful sparkle on the image in the second!

  19. CUTE sparkly reindeer…but my favorite element is the way you strung those stars! And the sparkly stack of tea cups….well….I guess sparkly is my word of the day since I just used it AGAIN! LOVE THE SPARKLE!

  20. I like the addition of the candy cane paper on the Rudolph card. Added glitter to both cards made them special. Thanks.

  21. You are clearly a master! Thanks for sharing your skill and your process. It is so helpful for us beginners. I am just a year into this and loving it, but nowhere near your skill level!

  22. Wow, both are gorgeous! Love all the dimension of your first card – I looked at it for a long time – love your design! Your sparkly teacups are gorgeous too! I have enjoyed visiting your blog today!

  23. Lovely cards, the first one is so trendy and the second one is so sparkly, lo ve them both.
    TFS, Have a wonderful day!

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