Hello! Welcome to a fun and festive blog advent calendar post! I’m so excited to be part of this special celebration that’s now the second year in the making! Keep reading and enjoy the holiday inspiration.
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!
Finished your holiday cards yet? If not, no worries! I’m still making them and I just can’t stop! I love my Christmas cards the same way I like my Christmas…with lots of goodies! Like many of my projects, I get so much joy putting things together to create a wealth of texture and detail. And like most of my projects, I honestly don’t start with much of a plan. My joy is in the creative journey and I’m never quite sure where that will lead.
To start off with I knew I wanted to feature a Neat & Tangled die that I absolutely adore. You’ll find out more why as we go along but the Neat & Tangled Hoop Die is truly one I turn to time and time again. There is NO way I’m parting with this one! I’ve die-cut it from gold glitter card stock to really glam it up for a holiday card. And while I’m talking glitz and glam, check out the foil music print! It’s an amazing adhesive rub-on from Prima (check out the supplies at the end of the post) and you just rub it onto the cardstock. THEN, add some gold foil and rub that over top with the gold shiny side up. I like to use a bone folder for this. Remove the foil and voila! You have a beautiful and stunning and shiny background. Love it! And just in case you didn’t pick it up…you don’t need a special heat foil tool!
I’m an embellishment girl and one of my favorite embellishments ever has to be this sweet resin deer from Maya Road. He can be used all year round but he’s especially sweet on a holiday card. To add texture to the card I added in a sweet die-cut felt star behind the hoop and then added some pretty flowers, a vintage button and a tassel to accent the main focal point. I’ve layered it all together over some great layers die-cut from lots of different dies and pretty patterned paper. It’s just some paper from my stash and not a holiday line at all!
Quick Tip: No holiday paper? No problem!!! This design doesn’t use any. Just go through your stash for sweet prints in reds and greens and you have an instant holiday look!
Finally here’s a look at just how gold and glam the foil looks as you turn it into the light. I am always amazed at how lovely gold foil looks…just like magic. To finish off the card with Christmas wishes, I’ve used the Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright die set. I adore this set and love how pretty and delicate the words are. Looking back after the fact, I’ve discovered I used this same set last year for the Advent Calendar Extravaganza, but with different words which really does show how much I love it!
But don’t go yet! There’s a prize up for grabs from a special sponsor! Today Neat & Tangled is the sponsor of the day and I couldn’t be more excited. I adore Neat & Tangled along their fresh and unique style of their stamps and dies. Leave a comment on each and every blog stop along the way to maximize your chances of winning. Please use the following text for this part (remembering to substitute in the sponsor’s name!):
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 [sponsor’s name] 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 to you and yours!