Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello everyone, Effie here! We are so excited to be a part of our dear friend Taheerah’s fabulous Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

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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!

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For my project today, I combined several of our stamps to create a bright and fun Christmas card!

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I started off by heat embossing our Folk Art Florals in a festive silver glitter embossing powder onto some regular white cardstock.  After I heat embossed the panel, I colored in the florals and foliage using zig markers (Carmine Red, Emerald Green and Beige).

Next I stamped the adorable Nutcracker image from our Holiday Ballet set in our Noir Dye Ink on a separate piece of cardstock and then colored him in (Carmine Red, Persian Blue, Flesh, Sugar Almond Pink and Wink of Stella Gold and Clear Glitter). After coloring him in, I used the coordinating die to cut him out. I set him aside to stamp two Holly Branch clusters. For these clusters, I used the following inks: Soft Garden Dye, Bright Fern Dye, Valentine Red Dye, Spiced Chai Dye and Warm Hazelnut Dye. Once I finished stamping, I used the coordinating die to cut out both branches.

Next I stamped our classic Holiday Bows. I used the second smallest bow and used a combination of Valentine Red and Spiced Chai Dye Inks. After I finished stamping the bow, I die cut the image. Then I white heat embossed my sentiment onto black cardstock and cut out the sentiment panel.

Once everything was stamped and die cut, I started assembling my card. I trimmed my floral panel and adhered it onto a red panel which was mounted onto a side folding A2 card base.  Next I popped up my holly branches using foam dots. Then I adhered the nutcracker within the holly clusters. Next I popped up the bow and adhered the sentiment.

Once I assembled the card, I added my finishing touches by embellishing my project using our Glass Slippers Sequins in various sizes.


It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! For today’s prize, we are sponsoring a gift that you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as ours 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.

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!

Thank you all for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed today’s project and video!


184 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

  1. Gail Plaskiewicz says:

    My niece is a dancer with The Orlando Ballet. Right now she is doing the Nutcracker. She’s playing The Snow Queen among other things this year but one year when she was much younger she was The Nutcracker! In fact, I bought her a Nutcracker stamp for Christmas.
    I love how colorful your card is and how nice you’re coloring is too. My niece would love this card! I’ll have to make her one just like it using her stamp! Thanks for showing us your Nutcracker card and for giving us the chance to win something. I love Christmas and your card!


  2. Carrie Erickson says:

    Great card Effie! I have never heard of your company before! It’s so nice to get to see something new. Thanks for being part of this blog.


  3. Karen Letchworth says:

    I just LOVE your cards, Effie. I remember my Mom having these wooden nut crackers on the shelf when I was little. SUPER cute! Thanks for the support of this special event with Taheera. How fun!
    Karen Letchworth


  4. Christy Q says:

    Gorgeous! I love the nutcracker and the beautiful floral background. Such a cool contrast between an unexpected combination that works out beautifully!


  5. Daniela May says:

    OMG – love the little dog/puppy – so cute that he/she wants to watch what mum is doing – cute – and the card is very pretty – great job


  6. Kati Caprara says:

    The red roses and silver embossing provides a gorgeous background for the nutcracker, holly and realistic-looking bow! Just lovely!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!!


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