Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

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Merry Christmas crafty friends! I am so happy to celebrate Christmas this year with Taheerah’s 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 taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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Today is the glorious Christmas day, when Jesus was born and presents are opened. The happy spirit of the day inspired my card today. Here is what I come up with.

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First, I white heat embossed MFT Simply Snowflakes onto a panel of watercolor paper. I have used the MISTI Stamping Tool to get the exact placement that I wanted. Then, I watercolored the panel using my Schmincke Watercolor Palette. I have used Madder Red Dark, Translucent Orange, Translucent Yellow, May Green, Permanent Green Olive and Prussian Blue.

After that, I added in some shadows to make the snowflakes more dimensional. Of course I had to add splatters of colors and Perfect Pearl solution to add even more texture to the piece. I really LOVE water texture!!!

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When the panel was fully dried, I die cut it with SSS Stitched Rectangles Die and then mounted it with foam tape on a SSS Fog card base. The sentiment is from MFT Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set.

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To finish with a blast, I embellished my card with a lot of Pretty Pink Posh sequins – Holiday Shimmer Mix, Winter Sparkle MixSparkling Clear Mix, Metallic Rose Gold 6mmLavender Moon 4mm, Sunshine Glow 4mm, Strawberry Burst 4mm and Ballerina Pink 4mm. I went a little crazy on sequins but it’s Christmas!! It actually sparkles so much more in person!

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Giveaway:

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 My Sweet Petunia 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.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your Christmas! I wish you and your family a warm and cozy holiday! BIG HUGS TO YOU!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Joyous Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  3. MISTI Stamping Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set: Simon Says Stamp
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Simon Says Stamp Fog Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  7. Schmincke Horadam 48 Half Pan Watercolor Set: Blick Art // Amazon
  8. Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark: Blick Art // Amazon
  9. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Orange: Blick Art // Amazon
  10. Schmincke Horadam Translucent Yellow: Blick Art // Amazon
  11. Schmincke Horadam May Green: Blick Art // Amazon
  12. Schmincke Horadam Permanent Green Olive: Blick Art // Amazon
  13. Schmincke Horadam Prussian Blue: Blick Art // Amazon
  14. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Winter Sparkle Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Rose Gold 6mm Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Pretty Pink Posh Lavender Moon 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  19. Pretty Pink Posh Sunshine Glow 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh Strawberry Burst 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh Ballerina Pink 4mm Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  22. Ranger Perfect Pearl Powder: Simon Says Stamp
  23. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Ranger Clear Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  29. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  31. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh – Birdies in Stocking

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing my last card for Pretty Pink Posh this year. I am very into drawing lately so I figured why not combine drawing with stamping?! To start, I picked something relatively easy to draw i.e. Christmas stocking and I stuffed some birdies into it  🙂

Here is a close-up of my card. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Birdie Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Copic Multiliner SP 0.3 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Copic Multiliner SP 0.03 Black Ink Marker: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. EK Success Honey Bee Non-Stick Scissors: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Card Design & Black Friday Sales

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Hello sweet friends! I hope you are having a fantastic Thankgsiving! My hubby and I are spending the holidays in Vancouver this year because I was too lazy to cook. Seriously… The two of us could never finish a whole turkey! So, we are currently escaping our national holiday by fleeing the country LOL!!

For me, the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a wake up call to really speed up my Christmas cardmaking. I did start early this year (like September) but I still don’t have enough cards. Talk about efficiency lol. In order to catch up, my plan is to have one design then mass produce it until I meet my goal  🙂

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Here is my design this year. I have mixed supplies from two of my favorite companies – My Favorite Things and Mama Elephant. I have incorporated so many techniques in this card – shaker, die cut inlay, die cut surgery, ink blending, Copic coloring, heat embossing… Basically I included everything I love about cardmaking on this design and I love it!

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  1. Stamp images from Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set in black. Color with Copic markers. Add highlight details with white gel pen
  2. Die cut a watercolor paper with MFT Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up. Trim away some of the top slopes to free up a big space for our shaker. Ink blend on the two bottom slope panels with Altenew Frayed Leaf and Coral Berry ink
  3. For the background, I blended with Altenew Mango Smoothie ink and white heat emboss some snowflakes from MFT Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set
  4. Assemble the shaker by adhering the frame onto an acetate sheet, inlay the bottom 2 slope panels. Fill up the shaker with Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins and PPP 3mm Sparkling Clear sequins. Seal with foam tape
  5. Mount the sheep with foam tape and add some snowflake die cuts from MFT Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes to finish

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What do you think of my card? I think it is very important to have a design that I love very much because I am going to make the same card for 20-30 times without hating it, right? If you are looking for more holiday card inspirations, click here to see my earlier designs this year.

Many crafting companies are having amazing sales RIGHT NOW until Monday! Below are some deals from two of my favorite stores:
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Simon Says Stamp is having a site-wide sale today (Nov 24) through tomorrow (Nov 25). All products are 15% off with the code SSSBFS.

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Ellen Hutson is celebrating their 10th anniversary and they are having a huge sale between Nov 25 (Friday) and Nov 28 (Monday). Now would be a great time to do some Christmas crafty shopping and to purchase the things you have always wanted! The discount code early2016 is valid 12:00-9:00am PST!

During Black Friday, I like to order big ticket items or items that are usually not on sale. Here are some of my personal favorite picks! They would make amazing Christmas gifts for yourself or your loved ones  🙂

1_305864_zm1. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor, 36 Color Set – My personal favorite watercolor set. The paints are absolutely beautiful and creamy. I highly recommend it. See here, here and here for some of my card samples using this watercolor set. Available on sale at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

2. Copic Marker Florals 2 Kit & Copic Marker Pale Pastel Kit – You guys know I love Copic markers and my favorite ones are the pastel ones. With the Copic shortage still going on, it is really hard to purchase those colors alone. So purchasing a set now when it is on sale would be a good time. See here, here and here for my cards using Copic. These two sets are available at here and here.

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3. Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads – Distress inks are my favorite inks for ink blending and various other techniques e.g. watercoloring, faux watercoloring, ink smooching, etc. Card samples herehere and here. Full set available at Simon Says Stamp. Individual sets available at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

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4. Distress Marker Set – If you love watercoloring with distress inks and want to upgrade your collection, I’d recommend looking at the distress markers. Apply the marker directly on your image first, then dilute with a water brush. This would create a more intense look but still have a watercolor look. Full set available here.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy holidays!

Supplies:

  1. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. My Favorite Things Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes: My Favorite Things
  6. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Altenew Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Altenew Mango Smoothie Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 3mm Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  22. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  24. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Caring Hearts Blog Hop 2016

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop! Our purpose is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes around the world. Since 2010, we have been spreading holiday cheer to many nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia, and this year, we are branching out to the UK!

It truly makes me happy that I can bring a little joy to folks by doing my favorite thing – making cards! My grandfather used to live in a nursing home before he passed away. So, I have special feelings about nursing home and the elderly who live there. We really hope you will join us in supporting this meaningful cause! For those of you who wants to participate, we have prepared a lot of prizes for many winners. All you have to do is send us your handmade cards with a message inside. For details of entry and prizes, please refer to Vera Yates’ Blog and Jennifer McGuire’s Blog.

OK! Now, let’s move onto my card! I used the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up to frame the snowflakes, just like looking at the snow outside the window. I can’t seem to steer away from the warm color scheme 😛

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a piece of watercolor paper with the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up. Use masking tape to mask the lower half of the panel, blend Festive Berries on the top part. Do the same to the bottom part with Wild Honey
  2. On another piece of watercolor paper, blend the same inks as background
  3. Stamp the snowflakes with MFT hybrid inks (Red Hot, Pineapple, Latte). Die cut out with Die-namics Simply Snowflakes. Stamp some small snowflakes with hybrid inks (Paver Red, Orange Zest)
  4. White heat emboss the sentiment on black card stock
  5. Mount everything as shown in place with foam tape. Add water droplets. Embellish with some PPP sequins (4mm Lavender Moon, 4mm Clear Droplets, 4mm Strawberry Burst, 4mm Sunshine Glow, 6mm Metallic Rose Gold). Again, I used a lot of colored sequins :))

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Giveaway:

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No hop is complete without some fun giveaway, right? Simon Says Stamp has generously offered a $150 gift card for this hop. All you need to do is visit and leave comment on each designer’s blog post. A winner will be randomly selected from one of the participant blogs. You will have till midnight Thurday, 11/17/2016 to leave comment. The winner will be announced on Vera’s blog on Friday, 11/18/2016.

Here is the lineup of today’s amazing designers:

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That is all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting! 🙂

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Black Card Stock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  8. Painter’s Blue Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Festive Berries Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Wild Honey Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  11. My Favorite Things Red Hot Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  12. My Favorite Things Pineapple Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  13. My Favorite Things Latte Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  14. My Favorite Things Paver Red Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  15. My Favorite Things Orange Zest Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  16. Ranger Distress Sprayer Water Bottle: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Lavender Moon Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Metallic Rose Gold Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Strawberry Burst Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  24. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sunshine Glow Sequins: Simon Says Stamp

My Favorite Things – I’m Yeti for Christmas

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Hello friends! Today I’d like to share with you my yeti card. I finally have time to play with the BB Beast Friends Stamp Set designed by Torico! I’m telling you, this set has to be the best holiday stamp set this year! OMG I can’t even!!!

Today’s card has a lot of white on it. I figured I haven’t made such a card for a long time. I went for a traditional Christmas color scheme, but jazzed it up with the big shaker and lots of sequins 🙂

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a watercolor paper with Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces. Stamp some Christmas trees with Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen dye inks. Add white watercolor splatters and Perfect Pearl solution all over the trees
  2. Assemble the shaker portion with Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock, acetate, foam tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I have used Gold Star Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix and Holiday Shimmer Mix. I added a lot of sequins because the shaker is quite big
  3. Stamp the yeti with Copic friendly ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color with Copic markers. Die out out using the coordinating die. Mount onto the card front with foam tape
  4. Finally, embellish with some PPP sequins (Gold Star sequins, Holiday Shimmer Mix and Iridescent Mini Star Confetti

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I haven’t crafted for a long time so I felt awesome after making this card today. Crafting does solve all the problems in the world lol! Thanks for stopping by! I will see you next time!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Oh Christmas Trees Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  5. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Altenew Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Altenew Evergreen Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes – Green Fields: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Pretty Pink Posh Gold Star Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Mini Star Confetti: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  15. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  21. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  23. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp