Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia + VIDEO + Extra Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! I'm thrilled to be one of Taheerah's very special guests for her 3rd annual Advent Calendar Extravaganza!



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!


My card and video for today features Catherine Pooler Designs, which is also today's sponsor! More on that below. I'm featuring the very popular Plaid Background, as well as the Tis the Season stamp set, Tis the Season dies and Here We Come A-Caroling from the latest Stamp of Approval Winterhaven Collection. See how my card came together here:


Since this post is already long and my video explains the entire process, I won't write too much about the card. I used Mint To Be and Aquatini inks with a brayer to create the ombre plaid background.


I used Party Dress, Tiki Torch, Aquatini, Mint To Be and Grass Skirt to stamp the elements for the floral arrangement. All of the flowers and foliage are from the Tis the Season stamp set and Tis the Season dies.


The sentiment was double-stamped with Midnight ink on both the poinsettia and plaid background to create a perfect match. The sentiment is from the Here We Go A-Caroling stamp set, a copy of which I'm giving away on my YouTube Channel. :)


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 Catherine Pooler Designs 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! Comments on my YouTube Channel will also qualify you for my personal giveaway of the Here We Come A-Caroling stamp set and those comments will close on Thursday, December 7th at 11:59pm EST so the winner can be announced on Friday, December 8th on my YouTube video for this postYou must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win sponsor prizes! 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 December 31, 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from December 1st through 25th, inclusive, so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Andrea Hastilow said...

Really pretty, delicate colours, great background, great card x

Amy McCue said...

Gorgeous!i love that plaid background.

~amy~ said...

Emily, love this. The contrast between the blooms and plaid is fabulous.

vinita jain said...

Love the winter feel with plaid BG, fab card!

barbara macaskill said...

Stunning plaid background and it is a beautiful way to showcase your lovely poinsettias! TFS!

Jayell said...

Love these colours for a Christmas card!

Ruby N said...

Such a sweet card and great colors!

Jean said...

What a lovely card! Love the advent hop!

cm said...

Your poinsettias are so pretty, and pairing them with the ombre plaid background elevates them to stunning! LOVE your card! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza!
~carol

Gemma said...

I love the colours in this beautiful card

Meg Crawford said...

I like how you softened the plaid background towards the bottom of the card. What a cleaver idea!

Hope said...

Love it!

Betty said...

Pretty card! Love the plaid background and those colors! Thanks for sharing!

Betty Keefe said...

what a great way to make an ombre background, Emily - going to have to remember this - and lovely card!!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

This is gorgeous! Love the color of the plaid, so pretty.
Love all the layers. Just beautiful.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely card, and I love the background you chose.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Beautiful card!!! Love so much your ombre plaid background!!!

Susan White said...

Beautiful Card!! I tried a brayer on a stamp background, now I have something new to try.

Kristie Goulet said...

Very pretty card!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the color combo and dimension! Beautiful card!

StampinLouie said...

Very, very pretty card. Love the braver technique!

Kathy Serrahn said...

Love the color combination

mgpm said...

I love the plaid with the bold flowers! Lovely card!

Nouveau Chef said...

I love that plaid background! Thanks for sharing!

Vivian said...

Beautiful! I really like the brayer technique and am going to try it. I also like your color combination...thanks for sharing your process!

Marianne said...

Gorgeous! I think this may very well be my favourite SOA collection until now. Thanks for the tip on stamping part of the sentiment onto the flower cluster.

donna mikasa said...

LOVE the poinsettias against the turquoise plaid--so pretty!

Ashlyn D'Aoust said...

I love the ombré background- it’s very striking with the poinsettias!

cghundley said...

Terrific job of
stamping and
coloring. Love
all the layers
also.
Carla from Utah

Shelly said...

This is so pretty, Emily!

NinaS said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colours.

Tasha Dawson said...

I adore the blue that you put into the card!

Vickie Buehler said...

This is such a beautiful card, Emily! You've made it look SO easy! Love the colors you've stamped it in.

Dana said...

Fabulous card!! I would love to try out this ink!!

Marj said...

Pretty card!!

Lori Walker said...

LOVE the plaid background stamp!! I need it!

Natalie s said...

Very beautiful card, Emily. I'm off to watch the video!

Purple Princess said...

Beautiful card! Great technique!

Nikki said...

Such a beautiful card. Love the colors.

Melody said...

Your card is beautiful! I love the plaid background and look forward to getting it sometime soon. Your flower arrangement is so gorgeous too!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Such a pretty card! I love the colours you used, so beautiful together.

Daria Z. said...

I usually like traditional colors for Christmas (red & green); however, this lighter version of colors is so beautiful! Wonderful card, Emily!

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL card Emily! Totally love your ombre plaid background...so pretty! And all the layers of your lovely flowers...STUNNING card!! :0)

Priscilla S said...

Thank you for sharing such great techniques!!! Adhering the entire piece then moving the cluster as one unit make life a little easier. Based on the still photo I was impressed the sentiment was stamped on the flower as well as the card. After watching the video it made complete sense.

Deborah Kaye said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing!

Scraplea 1 said...

Beautiful card and thanks so much for your video showing your tips and tricks with the stamping! I always love this event each year!!

Theresa Robinson said...

Love the color combos and layout. Very pretty card!

Margaret said...

Absolutely love the colors you used and the plaid background...thank you for your video showing your process and tips!

Patricia Mello said...

So pretty!

Laura Peddicord said...

The poinsettias on the plaid background is beautiful! Love the colors!!!

Teresa Doyle said...

Love this background stamp and the flower images. This is a great technique Emily I will hve to try this TFS, and for a chance to win.

Lynn Hardy said...

This is such a pretty card - I love everything about it! I think I need to get some of those inks to try as they look so vivid.

Mary-Anne V said...

I love how you paired the poinsettias with the great plaid.

Pennie Glasser said...

I love your card! So much fun and so pretty!

Cindy said...

Love your beautiful card!

Polly said...

Really liked how you did comment and using brayer.

JmB said...

Oooh. That plaid background gets me every time. And, the color combos are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

Lori Kobular said...

Love your pretty red poinsettias against the plaid background!

Aletha J. Williams said...

You have used my favorite color combo, red and turquoise. This is a very elegant card and perfect composition. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Barbara said...

I hadn't thought to use the plaid background with the poinsettas. It looks so pretty. Thanks for the idea!

A Crafty Person said...

Beautiful card! I love the color combo!

craftymom205 said...

Love the card. Great plaid background.

Sue LD said...

Pretty colors, design and love the plaid.

Abby said...

Pretty card!

Melissa Bi. said...

That background stamp is fabulous! I really love the layered die-cut stamped floral arrangement you created - very festive!

Tammy Nyenhuis said...

Nice card. I so love plaid, can't wait to pick that background stamp up!

Irene Grau said...

Hi Emily! Love that background! I hope you have a great holiday season. Hugs to Damian!

Natalie Winterstein said...

Love love love! Fantastic color scheme, plaid, flowers....it's perfection!!

Debbie Selby said...

I like how you managed to smoothly add your sentiment when it encroached on your stamped images. It looks great.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful ombré plaid background and pretty poinsettia flower cluster. Love the tip on using the acetate to stamp on both die cuts and background. Thanks for your generous giveaway and another awesome video too.

Mary W said...

Great tip on using the acetate to make the sentiment look as if it was stamped all at once. I just love the light to dark plaid background.

Sharron said...

Love this gorgeous card--beautiful poinsettia and wonderful plaid background! Thanks also for your great video with tip on stamping the sentiment.

Greta said...

Beautiful, modern card!

reeree62 said...

Beautiful card!! The video was awesome, too! So nice of you to offer a personal prize as well...<3

Bev Karolak said...

Beautiful card! Very colourful too! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

vicenta ghylin said...

Great card. Love the brayer idea on the background stamp. Thank you for making the video and sharing your ideas

Jan Clothier said...

Fabulous plaid background! I love the layout too.

Teresa Cherka said...

Love the inspiration!

Erum Tasneem said...

FABULOUS!

Nives K said...

Thanks for the inspiration. The card design is great and background is fabulous!

Carey Nusbaum said...

I love your card design! I like the way the plaid fades! Clever! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

Susan. w said...

Hi Emily, thank you for your informative technique video. I look forward to trying your beater technique to create an ombre bgd. The colours are beautiful.

CarlavdM said...

Another wonderfull card with lovely colours.
I too like the way the plaid fades out.

Lorie Brunner said...

You made a very pretty card!! Love your videos!

Colleen said...

I love your background, perfect for the lovely cluster of blooms and greenery!

alo said...

Love the background, really makes the poinsettas pop!

Michele K. Henderson said...

I love the pretty combination of the poinsettia petals and the leaves! Gorgeous and festive!

Donna said...

Love the plaid!!!! My absolute favorite pattern. Gorgeous card!

Lagene said...

Beautiful card, that plaid background is awesome!

Lisa Kind said...

I have both of these sets and all her inks, so I can't wait to ink them up! Your card is beautiful and I love the brayered background!

Bobby said...

Plaid and poinsettias. My favorite Christmas combination.

Christy Bray said...

Love this! Poinsettias are gorgeous! Love the ombré background too.

laurelbeard said...

I. LOVE. THIS!

Theresa Knopf said...

Love the plaid background with the florals.

Cris said...

Love the non-traditional colors!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the plaid background - it fades
away so nicely.
The bouquet of flowers at top
is a great idea.
thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Cole said...

Such a lovely card!

Kim Salito said...

Love the plaid background

Sarah M said...

Love the colors on your card. Also love that cute poinsettia!

Stanlee Runner said...

Beautiful card.

Megan said...

Way to help kick off the fun event! Her ink color names crack me up :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

stunning card and love how you created the plaid:)

Sue McRae said...

The plaid background is perfect for showing off the lovely poinsettias!

NanW said...

The background is stunning and really shows off the flowers.

Memories by Manda said...

I love how your plaid background fades out - very cool.

Sandy M said...

I can see that I must have the plaid stamp. Not just for Christmas but for my use all year long. Your card is beautiful.

Annheidel said...

I love your ombre plaid background! Pretty flowers too.

Di said...


Love your card with the lovely ombre plaid background. Beautiful poinsettias.
Di.

Michelle said...

Emily, I love the ombre plaid background on your pretty card!

Janelle said...

Wonderful Retro color combo. I'm in love with that plaid!

Karen B. said...

I adore your color choices and top heavy layout here, so fresh!

Roberta said...

Very cute card loving the plaid backgrounds this year. Thank you for sharing.

CatherineD said...

I absolutely love that plaid background stamp, it is a wonderful touch to your lovely card.

Deeps said...

Oh my, love how you did the plaid background. Now I want to try it. These ink colors are yummy.

pcm said...

love your fading ombre plaid background!

Barbara said...

Love the background and the beautiful colors paired with it. Gorgeous card!

Trina P. said...

Beautiful.. love the plaid background and the colours.

Tracey M said...

What a Beautiful card, my eyes were immediately drawn to that pretty ombre background, I love that. What a awesome Christmas card. Tracey Magner

Char K said...

gorgeous card, off to view the video--love all your videos!

Kristen Olsen said...

LOVE THESE POINSETTIAS. THE PLAID BACKGROUND LOOKS GREAT WITH THEM TOO!

Stacey Palmer said...

Love this card, the colors are fabulous.

Lindsey said...

Gorgeous card! I love that plaid background... and the stamp! (So many plaids are vertical/horizontal, I like the diagonal plaid so much better.) Beautiful colours and design!

Dana M said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors and the ombre plaid background.

Heather said...

Beautiful!! I love that fabulous, plaid background!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the faded plaid. So pretty.

Betty Sue said...

Beautiful card! Love the plaid!!

Annalisa Young said...

I love the fadeaway of the background. It's very striking. Thanks for the idea!

Dawn Turley said...

What a stunner. I would never have thought to use the brayer on the plaid background. Will be trying that, thanks. Aren't the inks and stamps from Catherine just devine.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Total Fabulous!!!

Christine said...

Great color and pattern in this card.

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

So pretty and fabulous!

lrzepeda said...

Beautiful cards love the color combo!

Mirella said...

Beautiful design with lovely colour combo!

mandalj said...

I really like the plaid background of your card!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

Really pretty...I like the colours you have chosen to use. Cheers.

Henriëtte said...

Love your card, especially the gorgeous background and the video you made how to do this card. Thank you.

Nox said...

Love this card - the faded patterned background is a brilliant idea and love the dynamic placement of the die cut elements!

Diane Stricker said...

So pretty, love the plaid background.

Michelle H said...

I love the warmth that a plaid pattern brings to a Christmas card. This card just makes me feel cozy. Great desIGN.

Leanne said...

Beautiful!! Love the plaid background.

Gerrina said...

So different; love the combination of the platebackground and big flower!

phlower said...

Love the colors that you chose for this card! It is a fun, modern look.

Bagheera said...

Lovely colors

Dean Inman said...

Thank you for your beautiful card. It has really inspired me.

Tess

Debbie said...

Love the plaid background and fade. Watching the video next so I can make. Thanks

Joy Meadows said...

Love the colors and the plaid background! The stamps are so pretty, too, and your arrangement of the flowers is perfect.

Debra Rumpza said...

Very pretty card, Emily! I love the poinsettias.

Sissyc said...

Great Colors. Love the ombré effect.

lritchie said...

Beautiful card, love the ombre plaid background and a fun hop to participate in!

Laurie said...

Very pretty card. Love the background!

Patty said...

Love the background. Very pretty card.

Marg said...

I love how you faded the background plaid towards the bottom of the card. Just perfect!

Amanda Osborne said...

Beautiful!

Marianne B in AZ said...

It is no surprise to me that I found such a stunning card when your blog opened! Your color choices and design are both spot on! Thank you for sharing your talent and a chance to win a prize you are providing.

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Love the nontraditional colors, the bold blooms with the plaid, and all the fabulous inks from Catherine Pooler!! Stunning card and am loving it!

Franka M. said...

Beautiful florals and inks on your card. Thanks for sharing.

Daria Z. said...

Love the ombre plaid background and those beautiful flowers! Gorgeous color combo, too.

Lynne in NI said...

So pretty! Love your plaid background and pretty poinsettias too :)

Cynthia Koop said...

I love your card! The plaid background came out awesome! That is such a fantastic stamp set.

Lieve said...

Beautiful card, and a very clear video -- thank you !

Iris said...

Such a pretty card - love the poinsettias on the plaid background.

Judie said...

What a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!

justasiam said...

I am such a fan of plaid so I was so drawn to that beautiful background!

Kati Caprara said...

The cute poinsettias against the fun turquoise background make this such a “non-traditional” card and the cute sentiment ties all the fun together! Great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Patt H. said...

Love this gorgeous card & especially the beautiful ombre plaid!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful design. Love the plaid!

Linda Rubarski said...

love your background and flowers.

emagine said...

I have had my eye on that plaid background. You made a beautiful card love the flowers against the plaid

Flo said...

Pretty card. Catherine’s ink colors are so vibrant. Thanks for the giveaway too.

Dawn Kloman said...

These colors are awesome. Love the background.

Nandini said...

Love the card. The plaid background is gorgeous. And I love how the flowers pop against it. Thanks also for the great video.

Alaska .Kris said...

Ombre plaid... I love it!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Gorgeous design and adore the soft colors you used!!

Katie Baird said...

Beautiful card! I really enjoyed the video and seeing your technique for the ombré background. Thanks for the xtra giveaway!

Nikki said...

Lovely card. Beautiful colors.

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

That’s a really lovely card ! margessw@icloud.com

Karthikha said...

What a beautiful card! Love the ombre plaid background and the pretty blooms!!

Barbara Rokke said...

Very pretty with the plaid background and the layering!

Linda Droege said...

I am addicted to this plaid background stamp. Love the contrast with the beautiful blooms.

Rae Moan said...

I love this card! The colors are so pretty and Inlike the tip on stamping the sentiment.

Oliev said...

Such a gorgeous card!

canadian_liner said...

The colour choices on this card are gorgeous. Love the subtle ombre effect you achieved on the background.
Happy Christmas crafting!
Caroline

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful card! Love the blue background and the poinsettias are so pretty!

My Kraft Kloset.Kim Klinkovsky said...

Just stunning! Love those soft colors together, the pattern you created, overall design, and those stamps/inks are amazing. Love it!

Avra Williams said...

Very pretty card! Love the colors!

Teri Smith said...

I really like the faded plaid background you've created & the red poinsettias really pop.

Sabrina said...

Very pretty card!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Very pretty card. Thanks for sharing...

judy said...

Beautiful card!

Laura Miller said...

Really love your non-traditional colors - especially with that plaid background stamp. And die cutting out all the images -- makes for a full card, making you want to reach out and touch!

Debbie A Smith said...

Oh my! I am totally in love with your card. It is so beautiful and festive.

Isabel Z said...

I love what you created!

Christy Q said...

Such a lovely color combination and I love the double stamping you did on the plaid background and the poinsettia!

D.Ann C said...

Whoa! An ombre DIY plaid background!! Wow! It's perfect to set off those pretty poinsettia!

Sharon Nez said...

WOW!! Emily, this card is so beautiful!! And thank you for the great tips! I love how you stamped the sentiment....and that background stamp looks gorgeous with that ombre effect!! Thank you for sharing!! ☺

Angie McKee said...

I love the plaid background! Happy Holidays! 🧚‍♀️🎄🧚‍♂️

sunnee63 said...

your background is the perfect finishing touch! so pretty!

Kimberly Rendino said...

I'm loving the awesome colors you chose to use! Very pretty!

Helen F. said...

Stunning card, Emily! LOVE the pretty plaid background and your color scheme here.

Beverly S. said...

Pretty card! Thank you too for the video! Especially the tip for how you stamped the sentiment using the acetate! I was wondering how you accomplished that....I will be trying that in the future. So a big thank you for the tip! Happy holidays!

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