Saturday, December 24, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


Hello and welcome! 


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!

I made a Christmas card using Clearly Besotted Stamps. This stamp set is called Joy to the World. This is an older stamp set but one of my favourite Christmas stamp set.

Joy to the world

I stamped the background of the card with the trees from the stamp set using Soft Leaf dye ink from Hero Arts. This is a beautiful muted green. Perfect for background. Soft and subtle.

Joy to the World closeup

For the focal point, I stamped the wreath from the stamp set using green pigment ink and red details on the wreath using red pigment ink. The pigment inks are from Mama Elephant and Avery Elle. I similarly stamped the bow, die cut both of them out using the coordinating dies. I adhered them on a vellum panel using foam adhesive for dimension. I also edged the vellum with gold pigment ink. Then I adhered this vellum panel on the card front using foam adhesives hidden behind the wreath and bow. The sentiment is white heat embossed on black strip of cardstock and adhered again using foam adhesive. Then I added 4mm gold sequins on the wreath as embellishments. Thats all! Simple and easy to make.

Joy to the world flat

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 Clearly Besotted 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!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Merry Christmas to you all!
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Kimberly Rendino said...

Lovely card! The sequins are a great touch!

Linda Droege said...

I love the focal points raised up to pop right off the gentle background. The curly bow matches the curly font of the sentiment perfectly. Great card.

Sabrina said...

Very beautiful card!!

Teri W said...

Elegant card! The background is great!

Laurie Liebich said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the colors!

CathyL said...

Your card is lovely!

Eva Jura said...

Beautiful card, I love Clearly Besotted stamps.

Teresa Doyle said...

Gayatri, your card is beautiful. The background looks amazing behind the vellum and the focal image is really lovely! Great job!

Annette:) said...

The slight gold detail on the vellum is beautiful. Well done!

Chris Handy said...

Lovely card, beautiful layers

Cindy said...

Lovely card!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love the background and vellum. Trying to pin it, but I can't.

Patricia Mello said...

Beautiful card.

Sabine Edelmannn said...

Lovely card! Merry Christmas!

TLady said...

SO PRETTY!!! ;)

Jackie Parkins said...

Beautiful! I can see why it's your favorite set.

Betty Keefe said...

such a pretty card in the lovely soft colors, Gayatri!

Debra Rumpza said...

Gorgeous !!!

Cynthia Cole said...

Super cute card!

Melissa Bi. said...

Beautiful card. The vellum is a nice touch. Looks like a frosted window.

Sandra Carroll said...

Pretty card! Love the vellum layer to add softness. Thanks for sharing!

Sissyc said...

Pretty card. Love the use of vellum.

joy said...

Nice background and the vellum is so soft and pretty, too.

joybird1223(at)gmail(dot)com

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Beautiful card. I adore that sentiment font. Cheers.

Laura Peddicord said...

Very pretty card. It's colorful and bright. My favorite part is the message. I love how it's written. Thank you for sharing.

barbara macaskill said...

Love the pretty background and your colors! VEry pretty card! Merry Christmas and tfs!

Scraplea 1 said...

Great card and fun ideas to make something alittle different! Thanks for sharing on this fun extravaganza!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Beautiful.
Vellum always gives a hint of mystery
when it is placed over a bold design.
The wreath is so pretty.
thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Barb said...

The card has a real contemporary flair! Love it!

Abby said...

Nice card!

Martha Harris said...

Great card--so unique with an open wreath. Lovely background and I like the red speckles added to the greenery.

NanW said...

Beautiful card. I love the gold edge detail on the vellum - nice touch.

Barbara said...

Beautiful card with great design. Love the vellum and the sequins...all the elements just came together perfectly.

Greta said...

Beautiful card, Gayatri--just the style I love! That sentiment is fabulous--gotta try & get it!

Lisa Petrella said...

Gorgeous card! The focal point is so stunning and I love the font of the sentiment!

Margaret said...

Such a lovely card! The vellum and the black and white sentiment really make it stand out!

Dana & Glen said...

Beautiful and elegant card! I can see why "Joy to the World" is one of your favorite stamp sets.

Anita in France said...

Just lovely, Gayatri ... the soft vellum is fabulous with that gorgeous wreath in traditional Christmas colours! Anita :)

Betty said...

So pretty! Love how the sentiment and ribbon are both wavy!

M R Leech said...

Just beautiful!!!! A lovely background and wreath!!

Unknown said...

A lovely card that makes me feel peaceful.

Ingrid

judy said...

Lovely card!

Debbie Vasel said...

No better sentiment for the season. Oh how I love Christmas carols. Your car is really beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Glenna said...

Merry Christmas Gayatri I really like your card the image pops off the page! Love it

~amy~ said...

oh my! This is gorgeous...love how it POPS.

Sue LD said...

Very pretty. I like the addition of the vellum.

Sharron said...

Beautiful card, love your background! This looks like such a versatile set and so perfect for Christmas. Your sequined wreath is gorgeous!

Barb said...

Love the font of the sentiment! Great card.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love the simple elegance of this card. Thanks for sharing:)

Colleen said...

Terrific card...love your background and the added vellum!

NinaS said...

Lovely card.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful card! Love the vellum layer and wreath! Pretty details!

Tracy said...

Great holiday card!

Jean Bullock said...

Very pretty and that sentiment is beautiful. Great choices!

Daria Z. said...

What a beautiful card! Love the vellum panel.

Irene Grau said...

I really like this layout. Lovely!

A Crafty Person said...

Lovely Christmas card!

Jean said...

Just delightful!!

Heather DePasquale said...

So crisp and love the dimension. Thanks for sharing!

Memories by Manda said...

Lovely card! The vellum works well and that joined sentiment stamp is just my style!

Zina said...

Great card I love wreaths and these stamps are perfect love the font for joy to the world

Samantha Mann said...

this is absolutely stunning and SO beautiful! i love the traditional greens and reds! and that vellum is a perfect touch!

Natalie Winterstein said...

Lovely card! Merry Christmas!

Brithzi said...

Fabulous card! Merry Christmas!

craftymom205 said...

Love the card.

Flo said...

Lovely card. I love the back ground and how it is partly diffused by the vellum.

cghundley said...

Fabulous stamping
on the background.
Lovely design and
the wreath is awesome.
Carla from Utah

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Very pretty! I can see why it's a favorite set. That bow is especially lovely.

Denise Gutshall said...

What a lovely card! Wonderful background and sentiment and I love the little touch of gold around the vellum! The red berries of the wreath is such a nice touch!

Shelly said...

This is beautiful, Gayatri!
Merry Christmas!

Joyce said...

Simple and beautiful!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Just beautiful!! Love the vellum - I always forget how lovely vellum looks. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

mandalj said...

Beautiful card - love the layers!

Patt H. said...

How pretty! Love the soft background & the vellum!

Debbie A Smith said...

Love your background

Ericka Strange said...

Such a pretty card. Love the background paper and the vellum makes the wreath pop. Great job.

Betty Sue said...

Merry Christmas!! Your wreath is lovely!!!

Char K said...

so pretty! love the dimension!

Isabel Z said...

I love what you created--so very pretty.

Rema said...

Fabulous card!

Nox said...

Very elegant card- love the vellum overlay!

Joni said...

Gayatri - this is a lovely card - I always forget to use vellum, and it is so pretty as you have used it both to soften the stamped background and as a background for your focal point. I really like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Wonderful card with subtle colors and love the touch of sequins. Superb!

Rose W said...

A beautiful card with soft yet vibrant colors. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Selby said...

Vellum always adds elegance to a card.

Cheryl B said...

Beautiful Christmas card! Great colors!

Aileene Fitzpatrick said...

Unique card design, simplicity at its best. Beautiful card.

Barbie said...

Gayatri, your card is so lovely and elegant. I love the sentiment "joy to the world" it works for everyone. Peace and happiness to all

Janelle said...

Wonderfully contemporary and elegant. Love how you put all the elements together!

Anna C said...

Love the wreath and sentiment!!

Roberta said...

I like the dimensional look of this card.

Mary Alice Varallo said...

Beautiful card

Carissa said...

Very classy. I love the simplicity of it. And the font that joy to the world is in, is awesome.

Shanna said...

Cool card!

Indy's Designs said...

A wonderfully designed card!

Natalie Godfrey said...

Such a cute card. Great job.
natgodfrey4@gmail.com

Jan Clothier said...

I love the sentiment from the style of the font to the white on black presentation. The vellum rectangle is a perfect touch too.

Nives K said...

Great card.

Me said...

Very nice design!

Marina said...

Beautiful card! Thank you so much for sharing.

luvhymns said...

The wreath reminds me of the Roman head dress for winners and that bow is exquisite! The card is a WINNER!

Kulbir Kirkland said...

Very pretty card. Thank you so much for sharing

Wanda Reynolds said...

Beautiful and unique. Fabulous holiday card!

patti said...

Your card is simple but oh so beautiful. Just my style!

Kathy said...

Very beautiful! A perfect card for those who live in tropical areas. Happy Holidays, Gayatri!

richardbreaks said...

Such an elegant card! You worked the vellum just perfectly. Love the sparkle, too!

QuilterLaura said...

Just lovely, very classy. I really love your card!

madhatter said...

What a fabulous card and very different. Something I think I will have to have a go at. Very elegant. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and I have a new blog to follow for 2017.
Tracey.xx

Wilma said...

So pretty. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Anna Natalia said...

Beautiful card!

Kleri F said...

Very nice card!Thank you for sharing

Kathy Thisted said...

Lovely card fantastic sentiment

KimS said...

Love just about anytime vellum is added :)

Beastybunny said...

Lovely! The colors are so soft and calm.

cm said...

From the soft sprigs background to the vellum to the lovely wreath, your card is an elegant work of art! Stunning! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Extravaganza; you've sent my festive spirit soaring!
~carol

Helen F. said...

Beautiful card, love the wreath and pretty sequins :)

Laraine R said...

Beautiful card!

Nandini said...

Very beautiful and elegant. Love the soft background and the sentiment is so elegant and stylish.

Trina said...

Pretty card.

Carol said...

Beautiful Card.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful!

Super Stick Chick said...

Your wreath is so festive, love the vellum.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Beautiful card!

Mary W said...

Really like this "wreath" since it is different and joyful, too.

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

Your background is so elegant! Thank you so much for sharing!

Mirella said...

Such a beautiful and elegant design - really like it! It's good to think outside the box sometimes and make something different :-)

Rae Dalphine said...

Love the sentiment! Beautiful card!

Judy Rice said...

Love your card!

Tracy Lustick said...

What a great eye !

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning design! A perfect card for an Australian summer or a Northern winter! Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you had a wonderful day!

Linda Rubarski said...

Love your card.

StampinLouie said...

Beautiful Christmas card!

Marianne B in AZ said...

I love the red detail on the wreath and I am a big fan of vellum, but I always forget to use it on my own cards =)

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas, Gayatri! Your card is beautiful! I love your use of vellum over the stamped background, a technique I've borrowed from you before! :-)

Lori Kobular said...

Love the background you created with that soft green! The wreath looks amazing on the vellum!

Christine Canfield said...

CAS at its finest!

Margaret said...

Love your card!

Rowena Miniaci said...

So elegant and pretty! !!

Sharon Klumph said...

Thank you, Gayatri for this card. I really love the raised vellum element and the script is beautiful also.

Amy C. said...

Beautiful with the vellum overlay and sparkly accents!

Amy Ames said...

Beautiful card!! I love the sentiment. Your card is simple and elegant.

Lisa A creations said...

Nice card! I like how the vellum looks with the background.

Rose said...

I love the soft green background stamping. Your wreath is lovely with the gold sequins.

cheryltownley said...

I love vellum, and this card reminds me why I love it so much:)

Beatrice Lawson said...

Lovely card - soft vellum, that gorgeous stamped and die cut wreath - perfect!

Irene said...

Great card! The vellum is such a great addition!

nic_003_5 said...

love the vellum and sequins

sammi said...

Such a fun card! Love the way you incorporated Vellum into your design. The sequins are a nice touch.

Sammibug in Ohio

Oliev said...

Gorgeous card, love it!

Jenny Colacicco said...

So perfect ! Love the mix of pigment and dye ink and the vellum is a great touch.

JimandPeg Zeleznik said...

Really love the background on your card! Very elegant! Thank you so much for sharing! (Peg)

mgpm said...

Lovely card...the softness of the background and the pop of the wreath with a bit of bling! Merry Christmas!

Judie said...

Beautiful card! Love the stamped vellum!!!

FamilyDreamLab said...

Really, really nice

Naama said...

Beautiful card! I love colors and the vellum layer adds so much! Thank you ^_^

Alma Dirpaul said...

Very pretty card.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

how beautiful! I love that wreath!

Deb said...

Very pretty card. I really like the background.

Kristen Olsen said...

I love wreaths and yours is beautiful !

Dana said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the background with the vellum on top! The wreath is fabulous with the gold sequins!!

Jackie said...

A lovely card! I love the background you created and how you put the wreath on vellum and popped it.

vicenta ghylin said...

Awesome card. Thank you for sharing.

Annheidel said...

I like your simple Christmas card!

Michelle Lupton said...

I so need that sentiment! I love your background in muted green, and then the bold pop of red on the bow.

Laura Miller said...

Great job. Love the vellum layer - - I need to remember to use vellum.

Marianne said...

Gorgeous! Love the vellum layer on top of that soft, muted background.

Maryjo Monterosso said...

So lovely and elegant. Thanks for sharing.

StarSpry said...

This is such a pretty card!

Carey Nusbaum said...

Gorgeous card Gayatri! I love that sentiment stamp!

cropmom66 said...

Love the background and the vellum!

Jenny D said...

Beautiful card. Love the sentiment.

CORNISH said...

Pretty card. I like the leafy ink colour on your background and the scripted sentiment goes perfect on the card.
DebbieC

Michele K. Henderson said...

I LOVE this beautiful wreath!

Marcia said...

Lovely card!! So soft and pretty!!

Lindsay S said...

Love the idea of a not complete wreath!

Shameless Sweets said...

Thanks for sharing your card. I feel like I could reqch out and touch the velvet on the ribbon.

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Awesome card. I like the pop of color.

D.Ann C said...

I like the pretty leaf background and the fab use of vellum!

LC Lamothe said...

Beautifully done! I love the vellum and the gold you added to its edges. Such a lovely touch!

Arianna Barbara said...

Absolutely stunning!!! Happy New Year!!!

Jen W. said...

Gorgeous! The red dots and sequins really make that gorgeous wreath pop!

Christy Q said...

This is just stunning, Gayatri!! I love the use of the vellum to mute the background slightly and the use of the bright red and the sequins as they truly make your card POP!

CraftyPaws said...

Beautifully CAS! Love the design and the way you used the vellum

Hannah said...

Love it! So pretty and elegant.

Love2papercraft said...

What a beautiful & elegant card you've created & shared with us! Thank you so very much :) it's quite lovely!

Lynn Hardy said...

What a lovely, classy card! I love Clearly Besotted stamps!

Robin Platt said...

Beautiful card. I am learning about so many different stamps from the different companies. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Lisa Gross said...

Beautiful card.

Bev Karolak said...

Gorgeous card! Beautiful wreath! 🙂

Lynne in NI said...

Beautiful card, your background stamping is so pretty

Laurie said...

Beautiful card! Love the sentiment.

mtscrapgal said...

I like how the vellum spotlights the wreath.Thanks

Anita said...

I love the layers in this card.

Kelly said...

Very nice card and the little details are perfect!

Andrea A said...

Your card is pretty and I really like the background stamping!

Preety said...

Gorgeous card.Thanks for sharing :)
Cheers and happy new year
preety

Karen B. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the little details you've done.

Maye M.L said...

Whilst this card is astonishing, I must say that the little detail of edging the vellum with the thin gold border is the star of the show. Lovely ensemble. Cheers

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful card. Love that sentiment. Very pretty!!

trishden said...

Lovely card, love your use of vellum, gives it a nice touch. Thanks for sharing!

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