Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello!

When Taheerah asked whether we were interested in an idea she had come up with for Christmas, I knew it would be something special, so I just had to answer with a great big YES! When I found out that we were going to be a big AMAZING crafting advent calendar, I was so excited and so pleased I'd let my curiosity lead the way!
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!


When I found out that the sponsor on my advent calendar day was Wplus9 I was keen to use some of my Wplus9 stamps (because I love them so). I wanted to make a Christmas card, but I had no Christmas stamps (how did that happen?) and definitely not enough shipping time to get some to Australia before my day, so I used an old favourite - Fresh Cut Florals - to create a wreath. Oh, how I love that set, it's so versatile!
While I was wreath making, I made a second one using Papertrey Ink Spruce and Sprigs stamps.

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 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!


I've so enjoyed visiting everyone along the way on this Advent Calendar adventure. It's been so much fun!

Thanks for visiting me! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Michelle 
xxx

159 comments:

Suchi said...

Beautiful cards!! :)
Suchi xx

Lynn said...

Two absolute beauties Michelle!

Kari D said...

Love your wreathes. Perfect for the holidays... And an added bonus, oh so mailable. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sherisse Ang said...

I love how you used your stretched your stamps and used them to make a wreath. I really love the simple designs of your cards. Gorgeous cards, Michelle!:))

~amy~ said...

These are wonderful Michelle!

Linda Droege said...

Inspired use of your stamps, whether exactly "Christmas" or not. The wreaths are perfect.TFS

Anita in France said...

Simply beautiful, Michelle ... both of them! Hugs, Anita :)

Oliev said...

Lovely wreaths!

Patricia Gentilini said...

Beautiful cards and a great idea :-)

Patricia Gentilini said...

Beautiful cards and a great idea :-)

Judy Rice said...

Love that you used your Fresh Cut Floral stamps for these wreaths. They are beautiful.

pcm said...

love those wreaths. especially the second one!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your cards are the perfect Christmas card. A wreath is so traditional. Love them both!

Houses Built of Cards said...

So beautiful! LOVE that they are flat, but still have beautiful dimension!!!

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Sabine Edelmannn said...

Love how you made the wreaths! Love both cards. Thanks for sharing!

cm said...

Adding my applause to the others in celebrating the beauty of your wreaths. Stunning in their simplicity...love them! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series!
~carol

scrappin_in_AK said...

beautiful cards - simple but striking

Natalie Winterstein said...

These are both so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Oh YeAh! I love it when I have a stamp set and someone makes a card I love. The first wreath is gorgeous!

CraftyPaws said...

Beautiful wreath cards! I love your CAS style!

merryf said...

what a great idea to use Fresh Cut Florals as a wreath! Both of these are lovely!

Loly Borda said...

I love both wreaths! And the sentiment on the first one.Beautiful cards! TFS

Skrater said...

These are so inspiring! I must get crafty today!!

vinita jain said...

Both are beautiful wreaths, so perfect for this festive season!

Lisa Petrella said...

Both of these wreaths are gorgeous, Michelle!! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holidays!

Rosemary said...

both cards are absolutely gorgeous!!

A Crafty Person said...

These are both lovely Christmas cards. I like both wreath designs.

Flo said...

Your cards are so pretty. I am crazy over wreath cards and stamp sets.

Dana & Glen said...

Gorgeous cards Michelle! So wonderfully crisp and CAS. Stunning!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the wreath framing of the sentiments.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful wreath cards! Love the colors and the pretty sentiments!

patrap777 said...

The wreaths are just beautiful!!

Irene said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the way that you created the wreath without a Christmas stamp!!!

Scraplea 1 said...

Nice wreath cards! Thanks so much for sharing.

cghundley said...

Great cards, love
the different wreaths!
Carla from Utah

Kristie Goulet said...

Gorgeous wreaths!!!

theCook said...

Lovely wreaths!

Danielle said...

these are beautiful!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

I love wreath cards.... these are terrific. Cheers.

Mary Holshouser said...

the wreaths are so pretty.
They would lend themselves to other occasions also.
thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas

Jan Clothier said...

Lovely! The second card is my favourite.

Laura Miller said...

Clean and simple and wonderful images for a stamp-a-Stack of Christmas cards.

Sweet April said...

Fabulous wreath cards,they are so gorgeous,simple and elegant!

Sabrina said...

Very beautiful and lovely cards!!

Sue McRae said...

Love the simple and festive feel to your wreaths! You used a great combination of stamps!

Rose said...

Both are beautiful CAS cards!

Dana said...

Love the wreaths!! Gorgeous cards!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

What GORGEOUS cards! Thanks for sharing!

Michele Henderson said...

These wreaths are GORGEOUS! I love how bright and colorful they are! Really festive too!
Holiday Hugs!
Michele

Teresa Doyle said...

These are really great cards. Very inspirational. I can't wait to have time to try some of these. Pinners for sure! Merry Christmas

Jayell said...

Beautiful - I love both of these cards

Dawn E said...

really like the noel card!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Both wreaths are just fabulous!! Thanks so much for the inspiration...I so struggle with one layer-type cards!

AZ Lyn said...

Very nice cards!

StampinLouie said...

Love the wreath cards. That is going to be my next year cards.

Daria Z. said...

Both wreaths are beautiful, but I really love the first one.

Amy C. said...

Beautiful wreath designs!

Megan said...

Way to stretch your stamps! Love how both wreaths turned out.

Angeline Choo said...

Love both your cards!! Beautiful wreaths

Linda Rubarski said...

Love your cards.

Memories by Manda said...

Two great wreath cards.

Barbara said...

Simple and elegant. Both cards are beautiful!

Maureen Hayes said...

I love how creative you got with the WPlus9 set you had and made it work for a Christmas card! It's another great lesson in making our stamps stretch, which I always love seeing because I don't do it often bough myself. I also love the second card you created using PTI stamps as well. Thanks for participating in this hop, I am having a blast learning from each and every person along the way. Thanks also to WPlus9 for their generous sponsorship today.

Irene Grau said...

Great wreath cards!

M R Leech said...

The wreaths are lovely!!! Merry Christmas!!

paperpapier said...

Lovely card indeed, love the pop of colour of the wreath!

Crafty Math Chick said...

This is so pretty, I am going to have to get that Spruce & Sprigs set!

Super Stick Chick said...

Love your elegant, flowing look.

D- said...

Love your terrific cards. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Jeanie said...

Love both your cards -- and I love how you used non-Christmas stamps to create a Christmas wreath! Way to multitask your stamps! Thanks for the inspiration!

Greta said...

2 great cards & you've made me put Fresh Cut Florals on my wishlist!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Such beautiful wreath inspirations! So diverse and different from each other yet so similar. Love this to introduce us to different designers and am so pleased to have found you!

Lagene said...

Beautiful cards! I especially loved the one with the pine bows!

Robin said...

I like both of your cards. I never think of over-stamping, and seeing it used on your wreaths will hopefully keep it in my mind long enough to give it a try. It gives your images extra depth and texture. Thank you so much for taking part in Taheerah's hop, and thanks for sharing your lovely work with us. Merry Christmas!!

Ericka Strange said...

Great cards. Love the 2nd wreath.

StampingbugKerry said...

I don't have any W Plus 9 stamps yet but I LOVE the piney branches and how you've arranged them into a wreath formation. SO perfectly perfect! :)

Me said...

Such nicely done wreath cards!

TracyM #6773 said...

BEAUTIFUL cards Michelle!!!
LOVE your repeat stamping to create the wreaths, such PRETTY colours and ELEGANT design!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INKY INSPIRATION :)

Christine said...

Love both the cards!

Donna Cala said...

Beautiful! I love wreaths. I once made a wreath out of a doily stamp and cut a circle out of the middle and the outer ring looked great. I added a 3D poinsettia sticker and voila, a wreath.

Nathalie Paquette said...

Love your 2 cards a lot ! Love C & S cards.

Taheerah said...

Two wonderful wreath cards that really make a statement thanks to perfect placement of your elements and colours! And thank you so much for the wonderful intro too, I'm so touched! Thank you so much for being a special part of my event! xoxo

Melissa Friedrich said...

Love your pretty wreath cards, such a clever way to stretch your stamps!

Janis said...

What wonderful wreath cards!!! I just love the traditional, but homey look they have.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

each card is SO PRETTY!

Sharron said...

Both are so beautiful, Michelle! Love how you used Fresh Florals for you first wreath!

Kim Potts said...

Two beautiful wreaths. I love how you used the stamps that you had on hand to create something new with them... so creative!

Helen F. said...

Two amazing wreath cards, Michelle! Beautiful work!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful CAS card. I love the wreath!

Alma Dirpaul said...

Thanks for the beautiful wreath cards. Love them.

Erum said...

Love both these cards, super CAS but gorgeous!

CraftyTorte said...

Your wreaths are lovely! I must say, this brand is a good new discovery for me!

hthole said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy J said...

The cards turned out awesome. I love the colors.

D.Ann C said...

That second card looks like there's a real 3d sprig on there! Super!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

Awesome card and design

Dorothy Kovak said...

Lovely wreath cards! Very nicely done. TFS

Carolyn Burch said...

such pretty wreath cards....love the sentiment on the first, love the lacy pine needles on the second

Granny D said...

Now those are some really nice wreaths you have here. It is wonderful inspiration for next years cards. Thanks so much.

MTPatB said...

Wreath cards are definitely a favorite for Christmas. I especially like the green leaves and berry wreath.

Elizabeth said...

Terrific out of the box use of your stamps, very creative thinking. TFS

Patty said...

Love both of your wreath cards!! So creative using the tree bough stamps!!

barbara macaskill said...

Both of your cards are pretty but I especially love the Noel card!!! Merry Christmas!!

sandie said...

really nice cards

robiw said...

I love the way you created your wreaths! Beautifully done.

Colleen said...

Awesome one layer cards...I am always on the lookout for those quick and easy to mail cards...you have done WPlus 9 proud!!

Mary Anne Moeller said...

Pretty cards, like the different wreath designs. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay Weber said...

Pretty!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards! Love those wreaths ♥

Debbie A said...

Great cards. I love wreaths.

Leanne said...

Beautifully made cards.

Some Lucky Dog said...

Love all the beautiful wreaths I'm seeing on the cards in this hop. Yours are no exception!

Lucinde said...

Beautiful! Love your wreaths

Mary-Anne V said...

Beautiful wreaths made with non-Christmasy stamps.

Kim Faucher said...

Two great card ideas... May have to do a few like these to tuck away for next season!

mtscrapgal said...

Love both your wreath cards. Each stamp company seems to give wonderful wreath images each Christmas. I'm so glad because they are my favorite images.Thanks

Tami said...

Love the wreaths!! Great job

zgagi said...

Fabulous CAS cards.

LauraJane:) said...

Both wreaths are fresh and Lovely!!

Christy Q said...

How lovely are your cards! I love how you used non-traditional stamps to make Christmas inspired cards!

Ria Montefalcon said...

Love both cards, I love wreaths in any way of stamping, just feels so festive

rscholz said...

Pretty CAS cards. Love the wreaths. TFS

Fe Orot Mejia said...

I love wreath cards but find them difficult to like the finished result. I love yours.

Maureen Chandler said...

Wreath cards are just lovely - thanks so much!

bev p said...

Both are lovely. I love doing wreaths for Christmas, and a card wreath is way more manageable than geo-mesh! Thanks for two beautiful designs.

Jessica Gerstner said...

These are so pretty!

Leonor said...

great cards

Shelly said...

Both cards are sooo pretty!!

Katherine Barnes said...

Great cards - I love the wreaths!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Pretty cards! I love the stamped wreaths!

Cheryl L. said...

These are great! So bright and crisp!

Beastybunny said...

Fabulous! Love the two different wreath styles!

Lisa Gross said...

Love the wreaths. cute cards.

Michelle Lupton said...

Love your wreaths, Michelle!

Karen H said...

Both these wreaths turned out really beautifully, very nicely done!

Dodie said...

Lovely cards!

Michele Henderson said...

Beautiful wreath cards! Perfect for Christmas!
Holiday Hugs,
Michele

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love both wreaths!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Karen R said...

I so love wreaths and both of your's are just beautiful. And easy to mail...bonus!

Liz O. said...

Beautiful cards! Love the CAS designs. TFS Michelle, have a wonderful day!

Rahmat said...

2 lovely wreaths, fab caslicious fun cards.

kiwi.koncepts said...

Love both of these cards!!

stempelwelt said...

Beautiful cards!

Anna Natalia said...

Pretty wreaths!

StampinLouie said...

Great idea! I have that wonderful set so I think I will make myself a wreath card. Thanks for the idea.

Tracy said...

Awesome wreath cards!

hilhashi said...

Two classic cards! Thank you for the inspiration.

Kim Heggins said...

Just so beautiful...love your sweet wreath. Happy New Year!

clavell said...

Love the wreaths!

Bev Karolak said...

Beautiful wreath cards! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Arianna Barbara said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love these cards!

Nikki said...

These are really beautiful cards.

Christine Canfield said...
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Christine Canfield said...

so simple, but so intricate!

Joyce said...

Nice card. Clean and Simple.

Sue D said...

Very pretty wreath cards you created.

Lynn Hardy said...

Two really lovely cards today!

Lanae said...

Wow, these cards turned out so lovely! I wouldn't have known they aren't from "Christmas" stamps! So creative!

Sandy Griffin said...

Sweet cards.