Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Welcome to a very special event!
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!

I decided to make two cards, with VERY different looks! They both use stamps from Winnie and Walter, as well as Hero Arts

For my first card, I stamped the sentiment in black from Winnie and Walter's "The Big, the Bold and the Merry", and added the apostrophe before the word 'twas. To stamp the mouse (from Hero Arts "Playful Animals" set), I needed to stamp the Santa hat from Lawn Fawn's "Toboggan Together" first, then mask it. (I was amazed and delighted at the perfect fit of this hat!) Once the stamping was done, I coloured the image with some Copic markers, then added some white gel pen dots to his eyes.  I finished with some patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's "Let's Bokeh In the Snow" 6x6 pad.
My second card is completely different!
I wanted some non-traditional colours. I stamped onto watercolour cardstock in Versamark and white embossed three baubles from Hero Arts "Stamp & Cut Ornament", and then stamped the sentiment from Winnie and Walter's "The Big, the Bold and the Merry" in Versamark, and embossed in Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  I coloured the images and the background using Distress Inks in Pistachio, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Scattered Straw, with heaps of water. I cut the panel down and adhered it to a hot pink card base from my stash. Some faux stitching lines in white gel pen, some Wink of Stella on the ornaments, and some sequins from Simon Says Stamp finished it off.
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 Winnie and Walter, (a $30 gift certificate - YAY!) 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, and thanks for visiting :)

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Lynn Hardy said...

I love both of your cards, especially that cute mouse in his Christmas hat!

Michelle said...

Love your cute little mouse, and those colours on your second card are out-of-this-world-gorgeous! Beautiful work, Michelle!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

This hop is so fun! I. Like that second card. So soft and pretty

Marcie Sharp said...

What a sweet little mouse on the first card, and such a pretty, dreamy background in the second!

~amy~ said...

michelle, these are fabulous. Love how sweet the first one is and your inkiness on the 2nd one is wow.

Sue D said...

Adorable mouse card and love the background for the pretty ornaments.

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful cards, the first is so cute and I love the soft background on the second!

Erum said...

absolutely fantabulous cards!!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very nice cards, Michelle! Love the colors on the second card.

vinita jain said...

So pretty and cool creations with bold sentiments!

cm said...

Michelle, you've created two magical cards with these W&W products! Your 'Twas the Night Before" card, with the wee mouse, is darling; your ornament, so eye-catching. Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series; your creativity is such a joy...
~c (carol)

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Lovely cards. That wee mouse is just the cutest. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

paperpapier said...

absolutely gorgeous cards, the mouse is so cute and the watercolour effect is awesome!

Christine Traversa said...

Lovely projects!

Oliev said...

The mouse is so cute:-) And I love the colours on second card, thanks for inspiration!

BethieJ said...

Both cards are FABULOUS! I really love the water color look on the 2nd one!!!

Kathy said...

So cute, thank you so much for making this event so fun!

merryf said...

These are sweet. I love the vintage, soft look of the ornament card.

Becca Cruger said...

That mousey is SOOO fleepin' cute! Just love his big ol' face! And the pastel washes you did in the second card are so soft and serene. Lovely!

Ruby N said...

First card is so adorable! Second card has pretty colors!! <3

Shelly said...

Two fabulous cards!! Your first one is absolutely, ADORABLE!! And your second card...BEAUTIFUL!!

Jennifer Greco said...

Oh my goodness. How adorable!! I love the white embossing/sponging look to the second card and the first one....SO cute and love that sentiment! CAS and amazing!

Natalie Winterstein said...

So cute! Both cards are adorable - I love the cute mouse on the first card and the soft colors on the second card are so beautiful! :)

Scraplea 1 said...

I really love these cards! The mouse is cute and the ornament card is very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing.

Scrapthat said...

How sweet! TFS your pretty cards :D

Michele Henderson said...

Adorable cards! I love that beautiful embossing!
Take care!
Michele

Sabrina said...

Your first card is so stinkin' cute and your second card is so beautiful!!! I love all the soft pastel colors that you used!!

Maureen Hayes said...

I love both cards, I am a sucker for cute critters, so the first one grabbed means then the beautiful colors and delicate look of your second card blew me away. The sentiments from Winnie and Walter really made both cards shine! Thanks so much for participating in the hop, it really is fun getting the see the surprises beyond the door each day.

Janis said...

Awww.... the little mouse is so adorable! LOVE the watercolor effect on the second card.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden/.blogspot.com

cghundley said...

Your first card is so
cute and I love the
colors and design
of the second!
Carla from Utah

conil said...

Oooh, fun. A twofer...and both so beautifully colored.

Dana said...

Sweet cards!! Love how you did the first card with the sentiment!

Barbara said...

Love these. the little mouse is so cute and the Merry Christmas card is elegant. Love the subtle watercolor background.

Chark said...

sweet mouse card and love the softness of the ornament card--beautiful work!

Helen F. said...

Festive and fun Christmas cards, Michelle~great coloring inspiration!

LauraJane:) said...

Your pastel card is Dreamy!

Taheerah said...

Two stunning cards Michelle! My favourite is the second, just love that soft colour palette and those ornaments! Thanks so much for being a special part of my event!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

These are both gorgeous! I love that you used both traditional and non-traditional colors!

Colleen said...

Amazing cards! How great that the hat from one company fit on the head of the mouse from another company! Love all your cards!

Winnie Walter said...

Really love the two different, but equally pleasing styles of both your cards. Fabulous job!

Sabine Edelmannn said...

Sweet cards! Specially love this sweet mouse card.

Harriet Skelly said...

I love both of these cards! Shows what a fabulous stamper you are - you can make beautiful cards in several different styles!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the style of the cards from the cute mouse to the pretty ornaments.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Unknown said...

Love the soft colors of the ornaments! I am really enjoying the trend to stray from the traditional red and green for the season. So colorful!
Lu C

Barb Ghig said...

Two fabulous cards! The mouse is so sweet and your ornaments are stunning!

JeanFB said...

Love the watercolor look on your cards!

Debbie Peysen said...

Both cards are delightful. The second card is my favorite. I love the colors.Thanks

Aileen (mum) said...

Michelle both of these are great. Love the mouse and the ornament card looks so pretty and soft. Given me a couple of ideas too when looking at the sentiments, I have the die 'Christmas' and have struggled to use it due to its size. Sometimes you just get stuck and then someone does something and it just clicks, thanks.

Rose said...

Such a cute mouse card & the watercolouring on the ornament card is so soft & lovely.

Super Stick Chick said...

Beautiful colors and fun designs!

StampingbugKerry said...

Both cards are fabulous. I love the watercolor background in the second card, the adorable mouse in the first card and the repeat of the horizontal stripe in the layouts of each card.

Rahmat said...

Both your cards are fabulous, the first one with the mouse has some great inking, and gorgeous embossing in the second one.

jintyoo7 said...

Oh, how adorable is this wee mouse :-)
Two very fabulous cards!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such pretty cards Michelle. Love the sweet image on the first one and the paper strips on the bottom. The heat embossed ornaments look wonderful with the soft sponging!

Brandi R said...

Love both of these! The first one....that mouse is darling. The second.....just beautiful. Love the embossing and the gorgeous background ♥

Mary-Anne V said...

Adorable first card with the cute Santa mouse and love the soft look achieved on the last.

Kathy BM said...

Both cards are great, especially the one with the mouse. Thanks for sharing.

StampinLouie said...

Both cards are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Nandini said...

The mouse is so adorable! Totally in love with the second card. It is absolutely gorgeous!

Alexandra Madison said...

Your cards are so well made! You work beautifully with distress inks. I love the light blue aura around the mouse :)

Sharron said...

Love both designs! That mouse is so adorable and the pastel watercolor look is gorgeous!

Berina RGA said...

Both cards are very beautiful!! Love them!! The ornament card colors are so soft!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Anna Natalia said...

Love the mouse!

Wanda Reynolds said...

Love that you made two card that are very different. They are both fabulous!

Greta said...

You're so talented! Love both the cards, especially the beautiful ornaments!

Jeanie said...

I love both cards -- so very different and the little mouse is so precious! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bobbie Bluegill said...

Your pastel watercolor is beautiful and I love the faux stitching to make everything pop.

Flo said...

Love the pastel ornament card and the other is so cute. Thanks.

Anita in France said...

What a cute little mouse, Michelle ... and such a gorgeous, dreamy background to those delicate ornaments! Anita :)

Bente Sørflaten said...

Wonderful cards!
Love the soft colors on the last one :))

Lisa InkyWings said...

Oh cutie little mouse card! Both are beautiful.

I Card Everyone said...

A mouse this cute would be welcomed in my house, Michelle!! Both darling!!!
=]

Kathy Mc said...

Your first card with the mouse and Santa hat is so cute, but I especially like the softness of your second card. Great job and fun event!

emma sleppy said...

Don't like mice, but that card is cute!

Barb said...

Love your cards! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

My fav is the second card. It makes me think of sherbet ice cream and cotton candy. So fun and colorful!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Both cards are truly wonderful!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Both cards are really beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Lisa Petrella said...

That little mouse is SO ADORABLE!!! He melts my heart! And I love the beautiful colors in your second card! So dreamy!!

Daria Z. said...

That mouse is super sweet - love the pp at the bottom of the card. Your second card is so soft and lovely!

Amy C. said...

Pretty holiday cards! Love that little mouse.

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh my goodness these cards are BEAUTIFUL! What lovely work!

Teresa Doyle said...

These are amazing. Just beautiful!

Denise Fonda said...

Love your use of non traditional colors, very pretty ornament card !

Katy said...

Love both cards. Love the sentiment stamps. Stay blessed!

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

eeeeeekkk!!! MICHELLE!!! Your mouse card won my heart, i LOVE IT!!!!

lorrayneingram said...

I love your non traditional ornaments cards. I like the soft colors

Helen Gullett said...

They are lovely! I love the ornament card a lot and the mouse is super cute!

Mary Holshouser said...

The little mouse is darling. Love his hat.
the ornament card is so soft and pastel, and pretty.
thanks for sharing.

Lisa Gross said...

cute mouse and love the colors in your second card.

Lagene said...

I love your cards, Especially the pastel Christmas baubbles! I love this Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

Shona Chambers said...

Your mouse card is so adorable!! Your second card just blew me away, the colours are gorgeous!!!!

Dorothy Kovak said...

2 great cards: one adorable and one lovely. TFS

pcm said...

they are both great. cute mouse and gorgeous ornaments!

Robin said...

Great cards! That little mouse is sooo cute, I may just have to buy him myself. Love your work!

Linda Droege said...

Thanks for generously sharing your talents with us all. Super sweet cards. Love the details on the ornament card like the faux stitching. Really takes it up a notch.

TracyM #6773 said...

DELIGHTFUL cards Michelle!!!
LOVE your CUTE little mouse, LOVE your ELEGANT ornaments too, the colours & design MAGICAL!!!
THANK YOU for sharing :)

Pam Young said...

Darling cards!! Amazing details and design and color!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

That bottom card makes me swoon! I'm head over head about it!

Cynthia Daugherty said...

great cards, both special; each of their own design!

Frozenstamper said...

I'm dying over that little mouse! Adorable. Cute cards!

Toni C said...

I love the background of your second card, so soft and whimsical.

Christine said...

Love the non-traditional colors of your second card. Love them both!

Cathy Homan said...

Wonderful cards! I love the watercoloring of the 2nd card, but the 1st card is just so FUN! Thanks for sharing.

jan metcalf said...

Such a pretty water color look!

Kimberly Rendino said...

Oh that mouse is so adorable! I love BOTH cards!

Melissa H. said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that second card!

Debbie Vasel said...

Love the soft colors of the background of the ornament card.
And, oh my, what a sweet mouse!

Rosemary said...

beautiful set of cards!!

Angeline Choo said...

Awww how cute!! And I love your distressed background -- such fun colors!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

I have been making ornament cards too recently and love the multicolored look on yours
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Henriëtte said...

Both cards are lovely! The mouse made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

Charlene said...

Beautiful! Love the soft background and the sweet mouse!

Dana & Glen said...

Lovely cards! They are just so sweet. The mouse is too cute and the ornament card reminds me of cotton candy and happy childhoods.

Asha said...

Eeeek! Waaaay too adorable!

Joanne Simpson said...

Isn't he just the cutest? I love the soft colors of your second card. It is so nice to see something out of the ordinary. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Rubarski said...

Love both cards can't pick a favorite.

Leigh Ann Harris said...

Love both of your cards. The little mouse is so sweet!

Carol McCready said...

Fabulous card. Love the background on the 2nd one.

Irene said...

Great cards!!! Love the soft colors used with the ornaments!

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

Eeek! The first card is so totally adorable, and the second one is so gorgeous!

hthole said...

Great cards. Lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.

scrappin_in_AK said...

great cards - love the watercolor effects on the second

Sherisse Ang said...

I really love the soft colours of your second card. How gorgeous!:)

AZ Lyn said...

Love your cute little mouse, and those colours on your second card are out-of-this-world-gorgeous!

M R Leech said...

I just love the ornament card!!

Janet Zeppa said...

I love the colours you chose for your cards!

Megan said...

Great assortment. That's one thing I love about W&W's sets - they go with practically any style card!

CraftyPaws said...

Oooh both so sweet! I love that little mouse! Adorbs!

Danielle Dietz said...

That mouse is too stinkin cute! Love the soft dreamy colors of the second card!

Suchi said...

The mouse is so cuteeee!! Love both of your cards! :)
Suchi xx

Memories by Manda said...

Pretty cards! Love the pastels.

rscowtown said...

oooh the mouse and snowflake/ornaments are sweet!!!

KimS said...

Love, love the ornament card! Nontraditional colors always grab my attention.

Bernice P. said...

Beautiful card! Cute!

Ericka Strange said...

Great cards love the mouse so cute and such a fun Christmas card.

Patricia Gentilini said...

The little mouse is soooooo cute!

D.Ann C said...

What lovely pastel colors!

Denise Gutshall said...

What wonderful use of the big bold sentiments! The mouse is adorable and your pastel watercolor background is lovely!

Carolyn Burch said...

both are so sweet, the first with that sweet little mouse....and then the sweet candy like colors on the second....nice cards

Aliya Rose said...

I like the non traditional card, especially the watercolored pastel background.

Jingle said...

These are both SO cute! I love that mouse card so much!

A Crafty Person said...

I like the pastel colors on the second card. The little mouse is adorable too.

Phyllis Rodriguez said...

love the little dog card , but really love the backgriund colores you used on your other card so pretty

Laura Miller said...

Wow - I really like both your projects. Though I think I'm gonna CASE your second one with the non-traditional watercoloring around embossed images. Thanks for the idea.

Kari D said...

Love it when hats from one stamp fit another! Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for sharing!

Gaylynn said...

Both are awesome but I think I like the top one best. So adorable. Happy Holidays. :)

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful cards, love the cute mouse in the Santa hat, so clever to piece together parts from different stamp sets! Love the soft non traditional colored ornaments of second card, really pretty too!

theCook said...

Love the second card!

Peggy Joyce said...

Love that mouse.

Danielle said...

beautiful!! love the watercolor background

D- said...

Your cards are adorable. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Debra said...

Great use of the products and design!

Maureen Chandler said...

Both cards are just lovely - thanks so much!

Me said...

Love the cute mouse and the shine on the ornaments!

Lanae said...

Very cute! I especially like the mouse!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Both lovely cards. I really like the style of that 'merry' font!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Love the colors of your second card.

Lucinde said...

Love the cute mouse

Gina said...

I love both of your cards.

Elizabeth said...

Totally in love with the second card! Great color combo

sandie said...

loving how you did this

Jana Bolster said...

What a cute little mouse!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Oh, these are lovely. Great design and festive inspiration:)

Dodie said...

Michelle, these are both beautiful cards. I have to say, though, that the second one is my favorite.

BunnyD said...

Heehee! Love that cute little mouse. The ornament card is lovely.

Mary Anne Moeller said...

Both of your cards are sweet. Love the color choices and the stamp sets.

bev p said...

Both color combinations really work! I tend to be more traditional, but I love your use of the softer colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

joy said...

Very nice cards; I especially like the ornaments!!

Crafting Circle said...

very pretty cards:)

Zuby said...

I love the dreamy feel of the ornament card.

Lynne said...

Delightful

Lindsay Weber said...

I bet these are more beautiful in person!

Debbie A said...

Both very cute cards. I especially like the pastel ornaments.

Diana Jack said...

Wow! Two completely different cards, but both are amazing!

MaryV said...

Beautiful cards, especially the first one. So sweet!
Hugs

Some Lucky Dog said...

Love the soft colors on the ornament card!

Bev Karolak said...

Amazing cards! Thanks for the chance to win. :-)

Tami said...

OMG the mouse is so cute and the ornament card so elegant Thanks for sharing

zgagi said...

Fabulous cards. Thanks for the inpiration and a chance to win.

Nicki Wong said...

Lovely cards.

Ria Montefalcon said...

Love your card creations, so cute and fun.

Patty said...

Oh My!! Both so different & I love them both!! The first is so adorable & the second so beautiful!!

Daria said...

I like the non-traditional colors and the hint of bokeh on that second card, and the first card is just too cute. Thank you.

barbara macaskill said...

Both of these are beautiful but the second one has stolen my heart! LOVE the softness of the colors! TFS!

Donna Hendrick said...

such creative and colorful cards! love them both!

Leonor said...

great colours

Joyce said...

Both of your cards were really nice. The mouse one was really cute. The Hero Arts one was well done with Winnie And Walter saying stamp set.

Nikki said...

I love the second card the best. Just wonderful. Love the colors.

Chris mason said...

Love both cards....cute and beautiful.

Kim Faucher said...

Love how you combined the stamps!!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful cards! I especially love the first one - so cute!

Karen R said...

A card for everyone, from cute to elegant. Both cards are just wonderful

MTPatB said...

Both you cards are so nice. Nice how you thought to use the Santa hat from a different stamp set. Vellum always makes a card interesting.

Angela said...

Both of these cards are so sweet! I love the cute little mouse!

livingonair said...

Both cards are delightful! I have to admit though... I'm partial to the 2nd one.

Marcie Lovett said...

The second card is truly beautiful.

Liz O. said...

Lovely cards, TFS,
Have a wonderful day!

Buttarcrafts said...

Cute cards. I especially like the 'merry' card

mtscrapgal said...

Thanks for showing 2 sides of your creativity. I like both cards. Excellent color choice and techniques. Thanks

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