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 taheerah-atchia.com 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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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).

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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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 taheerah-atchia.com 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!

THD Challenge 15!!

Hey everyone! 

You’re going to love this month’s challenge!

Some of my favorite colors happening here!!


I’m vacationing this week in sunny California (well, sunny that is after the fog burns off, as I’m in Central CA!) and these colors scream Santa Cruz boardwalk, so I brought my finished card along for a photo op here! Here the narwhal is overlooking Santa Cruz wharf and the freaking majestic Monterey Bay!

You can find the Neighborly Narwhal at the Heart Desires store, along with the Gina Marie cross-stitch circle/rectangle dies and WeRMemory Keepers Next Level embossing folder! Everything is layered on a gold cardstock base!

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Photo by Kate Lorenzini 

Hope you’ll play along with us this month!

THD Challenge & Celebration

Hello Everyone and welcome to a special THD Challenge for July!

We just celebrated Toni’s birthday and the 4th of July, and now we’re celebrating the first anniversary of The Heart Desires Store with a sale and a new THD Challenge this month with a hop where you could be a winner! 

Here’s our current inspiration!

This month’s Hop Rules

There are up to 3 opportunities to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.

  • Leave a comment on the challenge post on the blog, on IG, and/or FB. You must be a follower of each platform you comment on for your vote to count.
  • Enter the July challenge for an additional chance to win a $10 gift certificate. Don’t forget to link back to the challenge in your personal post.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from the eligible entries and announced August 2 so you have plenty of time to comment and enter.

Challenge Rules

  • NEW:  A randomly selected participant each month will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store. Who doesn’t like an excuse to shop?!
  • NEW:  If you would like to be a guest designer on the blog, please add GD next to your name when you enter.
  • Don’t worry. We’ll still be choosing our favorites and offering the opportunity for the winner to guest design for the challenge.
  • Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last day of each month.
  • Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours.
  • Include the challenge inspiration pic or link in your post.
  • The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer.
  • Most importantly, have fun!!!!

When you post your entries, feel free to tag us on social media!

#thdchallenge, #theheartdesiresstore

Oh, and did we mention a sale?

And now for how I was inspired by our challenge graphic!

 

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I pulled together some things old, some things new for this one!  I had a few leftover Waffle Flower floral die cuts that had been colored with Brushos from my card in the April challenge. While I was playing around with them, I realized they could double as both fireworks and anemones!  Here they are playing the role of the latter!

I love how they look with the Memory Box underwater collage dies.  The inner panel was cut from hand-colored alcohol inked glossy paper; the outer from the Gina Marie cross-stitch die. The top one is adhered with a cute clip from Michael’s mermaid line!

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The inner panel was colored with Distress inks and then sprayed with Heidi Swap Color Shine.  I then stamped a sentiment from Waffle Flower’s Flora Cat Play.

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I put a clear dot from Tear Drops and Clear dots in the flower’s center.

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Finally, I added one of my sequin strands that uses a variety of sequins, including Hero Arts Ombre sequins and some anchor washi from Target on the inside!  The base paper is from an old collection from Glitz Design.

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Thanks for celebrating with us! I look forward to seeing what you create this month! Click on any of the links below to purchase items used in my card for 20% off!

Supplies from THD Store:

Memory Box Seaweed Collage and Underwater Collage Dies; Waffleflower Flora Cat Play sentiment; Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle die; Distress Ink Tumbled Glass Mermaid Lagoon; Ranger Mini Ink Blending tool; Ranger Watercolor paper; Brushos Ultramarine; Hero Arts Ombre Sequins

 

PNW Birthday Celebration 

It’s Toni’s birthday today, and we’re hopping in her honor! As the hostess of the celebration, I put together a festive mood board, a mix of fire-crackin’, jewel-toned glitz, glam, boho-chic, and retro vibes!

I had so many ideas… I mean look at this board! But the main image that kept popping out initially was the red & blue high rise, so I started there, stenciling a dotted background with MFT Persimmon hybrid ink and blue Distress ink using Dot Fade from Tim Holtz.

Thinking of Toni, and her love of mermaids and sea-focused designs, I proceeded with Hero Arts Layering whale. I love that it’s a humpback because we had one visit us in early June and it was so exciting because we don’t have them pass through all that often. He was literally in my backyard! So that makes this PNW Birthday card even more PNW!!

The stenciled background was much more interesting cut & reassembled from Avery Elle’s Petal frame. The flower of the petals echo water droplets and the blue/white/black dress in mood board.

The mermaid was stamped with teal pigment ink and then hest embossed with Ranger verdigris powder, so it echos the teal room and gilded necklaces.

The whale’s party hat is blue and a red/orange combo. I love how it reflects the smaller dots and the colors of the 70s model. I worked in the stars on her hat in my sequin strand.

The sequin strand is also inspired by the necklaces in the mood board.

My lighting conditions were about as low visiblity as the ocean deep, so it was difficult to capure the inner card, but I finished it off with some blue waves washi.

Well, Toni I hope your day goes swimmingly and you’re feeling whaley loved (sorry, had to)! Wishing you an ocean if inspiration and good times this year!

Please join in the fun, and hop along with the rest of my friends. Here’s the full line up! And don’t forget to wish Toni a happy day!

Amy

Laura

Kimberly

Toni—– Birthday Girl 

Tonya

Lisa

Kate—— You’re here!


No Drama, Llama! It’s THD Challenge 13!

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Well, there are no llamas in this month’s inspiration photo, but there are some pretty fantastic images, and to say nothing of the color scheme.  I love the citron, red and grey combo– so unexpected and not a combo I would usually work with, which makes creating even more exciting. I hope you’ll feel the same way because we want you to help us celebrate a whole year of The Heart Desires’ challenges!

Here’s some more inspiration to get you started~

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First up, No Drama Llama!

Flora and Fauna’s newly launched products are fabulous and Tonya has most of them in the store!

I love the llama die cut, and here I have cut it once from card stock, once from fun foam/Stick it, and then stamped it using one of the cats from Waffle Flower’s Flora Cat set!

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The back of the cat created a curved line that worked perfectly with the lines of the llama.

I’ve also covered the rest of the llama with Flower Soft and inlaid glossy black cardstock into the reins.

I have also used Waffle Flower’s Hey, Hello, Hi die cut for the sentiment.

Inside, I used Concord and 9th’s Sophisticated Script letters to create some of the sentiment.

I created another card using the grey, black, citron and red scheme.

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First I stamped a Concord & 9th Tree Ring in Unicorn White ink, heat set, and water colored with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks.  Tonya has many of the Distress Inks and new Oxide Distress Inks in store!

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I used the Distress Inks to splatter a background on to Ranger Watercolor paper.
I layered the rest of the elements and finished with the Waffle Flower sentiment.

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Here’s how it all wrapped up!  Taking my cue from the green and bamboo plates in the inspiration photo!

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So how will you help us celebrate our anniversary this month? In what ways might you stretch your stamps and supplies that will surprise you? I cannot wait to see how we’ve inspired you!

Thanks for playing along with us for the past year– here’s to this month and the next eleven!

PNW Birthday Buddies: Part Deux

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Bold! Beautiful! Bright!

These words come to mind when I think of Ms. Kimberly Weiner! She is a bundle of fun energy and we have some great talks and laughs, especially when we carpool and craft! She is super supportive and someone you can reach out to when in need!  I am glad to call her a friend!

Of course, today is her birthday and we’re hopping here in the PNW!  Lisa is our hostess, and you can head over to her site for the full hop listing!

A couple weeks ago, Kimberly taught her class at Impress Cards and Crafts and a few of us joined in the fun. Of course, who can leave that store empty-handed?

I scored some great new offerings, among which is the Flora and Fauna Llama birthday die! Their dies and stamps are really cool; a fun addition to the quirky Savvy line.
So we were supposed to CASE one of Kimberly’s cards as part of our hop, and I couldn’t believe she had just posted one to IG featuring the Llama stamp set by Flora & Fauna. Great, creative minds, synchronicity, and all that! Go check it out at her IG, as it’s not on her blog.

This was one of her cards I had in mind, though, in addition to the Llama!

And here’s my card for her!

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Kimberly had just been talking about this flag die the other week, so I knew I wanted to use it as the backdrop.  It’s Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader, which reminds me of the Mexican folk art papel picado banners.  I have used them to frame my sugar skulls dies for Dia de los Muertos.

Anyway, I cut two of the banners and adhered their wrong sides, so I can write on the back, like a postcard.

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The llama was cut from both Fun Foam/Stick-It Adhesive and #100 Ellen Huston linen paper.  I don’t use my Flower Soft much (and as a result, I don’t use the special glue for the Flower Soft, so the glue was all dried up!).  I improvised with Diamond Glaze, but it didn’t give the tacky dimension that the other glue does.  So I layered up the fine white and pink Flower Soft.

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The yellow cording has wire inside, so it creates a really fun 3-D balloon string, and can be shaped a million and one ways!  I cut the balloon from hand-colored watercolored paper and the Stick-it/Fun Foam.  I embellished with some blue Stickles and then pieces of the ribbon tie had come off when cutting the ribbon, and I thought they looked awesome, so I let them fall and dry on the balloon.

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The sentiment, which I didn’t anticipate ahead of time, ended up fitting perfectly on the banner!  I knew I wanted to use one of the Kaisercraft bold subway sentiments, and this was absolutely fitting!

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Finally, Neat and Tangled has a new Envelope/doily die that is only available from their site (not sold in other stores/online stores).  I love it’s design and versatility, and it works well with the Mexican vibe of this card.  It was cut from vellum and then wrapped with some fringe ribbon (from Target!).

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Alright, Kimberly!  You better have a smashing birthday (this llama could serve as a pinata as well!).  And the rest of you better hip-hop to the next stop, which is Kimberly’s blog, and make sure to wish her a fabulous year ahead and check out her amazing work! Want to hop back to the beginning? Start here.

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THD Challenge 11: All Things Spring

Hey there little lambs, is April off to a good start?

Either way, here’s something to put a spring in your step!

The Heart Desires Challenge #11!

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Just screams sweetness, doesn’t it? (A little oxymoron for you… I’ve been teaching Shakespeare for the last couple of weeks, and it is National Poetry Month, after all!)

For my offering, I honed in on the chalkboard (possibly passe as far as trends go, but I really wanted some contrasting black with the pastels), and the florals.  I didn’t have a lamb, so you’ll note I’ve substituted a hedgehog.  Nothing says spring like a hedgie, right?

Nearly all products used are available in The Heart Desires Store!

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My sentiment is deliberately mottled, imperfect and smudged, and that being said, it’s killing me!  But you know, chalkboard!  I achieved the smudged, off-set effect by stamping once in Unicorn White ink, then heat-embossing with Detail White powder.

Once cool, I stamped again over it, just a bit off to the side, then rubbed the wet ink from the embossed letters.  The little dancing white specks of embossing powder really goad me, but it’s hard to get a clean finish even after prepping with the Embossing Magic buddy.

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So this is how my card began; it is a tri-fold construction, created from just an 8.5×11″ piece of cardstock.  I cut a diagonal and adhered the coverplate die (thanks Kimberly!).  I wanted you to be able to see the patterned paper peeking through, thus the diagonal cut.

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The inside paper is from Maggie Holmes’ Bloom collection, available in the THD store.

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After getting those pieces adhered, I assembled my centerpiece.  The chalkboard is cut from Gina Marie Cross-stitched rectangle die.  The amazing new collection from Waffle Flower Crafts includes this Floral Border Die, which was cut from Ranger Watercolor paper and then colored with Brushos (Emerald and Marine Blue) and Distress Inks.

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Here’s a bit of a close-up of the coloring.  And that HEDGEHOG!!  Love that little guy. He fits perfectly in the scene.  Tonya has many dies from Gina Marie, not to be found many other places, and I couldn’t resist this little critter.

The inside is finished with some washi, of course!

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Finally, I bound the card together with my favorite wax string.

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Here’s the back view:

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Okay, hop to it and submit your creations by 4/30!  I can’t wait to see how you are inspired!

Happy Spring and happy creativity!

Mix-It Up!

Hi Everyone!

Just popping in with a few cards for the Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge that unites Avery Elle and Essentials by Ellen products.

It’s a new year, so time to break into some new goods and put together a card that represents the freshness of the new year.

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I wanted a lot of white, airy space with pops of fresh color– the spots of aqua glitter paper reflect the icy blue of January, but the Gather papers from Crate Paper move us closer to Spring– and who doesn’t want to move in that direction?  I don’t know about you, but once I get past the holidays, I am pretty much done with snow and winter fun– easier for me since I live in the PNW, where spring typically comes as early as mid-February!

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The Avery Elle Petal Plate Die was cut from white linen 100 pound card stock and elevated to create some dimension. I used two types of vellum silver and white to create my leafy border which uses the berries from wild garden. The sentiment is by Julie Ebersole cut from cherry wood veneer.

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The inside is finished with a strip of featherly aqua blue washi along the bottom.

The next card features Wild Garden layered flowers atop a halved Avert Elle Petal Plate.

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The Gather paper collection was also used for all die cuts here.

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Finally, a simple blue layered piece with vellum floral spray of Wild Garden and topped with Avery Elle die cut sentiment from the Just a Note set.

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The inside features patterned paper a la Kelly Griglione of Notable Nest!

Again, I used a combo of silver and white vellum.

Hope you found some inspiration today if you need some post-holiday thank you’s or a bright greeting for someone still knee-deep in winter!

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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!