Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello all, today I'm participating in the Advent Calendar Extravaganza - thanks for joining me!


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!


Today's cards are pretty quick and easy Christmas cards, since it's only twenty days till Christmas, so, who really has much time to do anything fancy right now?! ;)

The beautiful Hero Arts Holiday Floral Background makes for some quick card making. I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed in White.

The sentiment, from The Project Bin Stamps Joyful Song, was inked with Versamark and Aquatic. Inking with the Versmark first, and then Aquatic gives the stickiness necessary to heat emboss the sentiment with clear Sparkle powder without having to stamp each separately.

The panel was die cut using the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, and then popped on an A2 card base. Some pretty gems top it off.

I did another quick card on some orange-redish cardstock, by again stamping and heat embossing the Holiday Floral Background.

This sentiment is also from Joyful Song, and was inked with Versamark and Red Royal.


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 Pretty Pink Posh 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 2017 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!


Cardstock: stash
Stamps: Hero Arts Holiday Floral Background, The Project Bin Stamps Joyful Song
Ink: Hero Arts Red Royal and AquaticVersamark
Other: Hero Arts White powder, clear Sparkle powder, and Teal gemstones

Tools: Cuttlebug, embossing gun, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies


Quick Ombre Notecards

Hello all! Today I'm participating in the Hero Arts December 2017 My Monthly Hero Arts blog hop - last MMH of the year, folks! ;)

There's tons of awesome goodies in the main kit and the add-ons, but I kinda ran away with one particular add-on - the beautiful Henna Flower Pattern stamp.

These cards are so flippin' fast and pretty, it's ridiculous! The beautiful Hero Arts Ombre inks make these cards a cinch!

My first card was stamped with Peach, Orange and Pink Ombre inks, and the sentiment is from the classic Thanks Stamp and Cut.

The next card was stamped with PurpleHydrangea and Pink Ombre.

The sentiment is from the Congrats Stamp and Cut - I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in White powder on Black cardstock. I then die cut the top sentiment from black foam that had adhesive on one side already and adhered it on top.

If you don't have craft foam and you still wanted the sentiment to have some dimension, you could die cut the sentiment several times from black cardstock and adhere the layers together.

The final card was stamped in Mermaid, Hydrangea, and Mint Ombre, with a sentiment from Happy Stamp and Cut.

Each card has a few pearls to top off the mandala.

While it was easy and quick enough to stamp each front individual, you could easily mass-produce them by stamping the Henna Flower Pattern all over a piece of letter - or 8.5x11in - cardstock and then cut out four card fronts in one go!

If you're already subscribed, or you're going to purchase the kit, you can add this stamp (and any other stamps!) to your order without any extra shipping fee!


This month's kit includes:
  • 6 x 8" Clear Stamp Set
  • 12 Coordinating Frame Cuts Dies
  • 1 Fancy Window Die
  • 5 ink cubes (Exclusive colors only available in this kit - Sapphire, Teal Topaz, Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Tiger's Eye)
  • 5.25" x 6.5" Stencil
  • Assortment of glitter stickers
The value of the kit is $80, but it is sold at $34.99.

The kit is available for a limited time only - once it's gone, it's gone. However, you can now subscribe to receive the kit monthly and never miss one!


For lots of inspiration and a chance to win the giveaway (see below), follow along with this hop:

For inspiration and a chance to win this month's kit, hop along with us!


Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. (Hero Arts will reimburse them if they have already bought the kit) Giveaway closes Sunday, December 10th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week.


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts Henna Flower PatternCongrats Stamp and CutHappy Stamp and Cut and Thanks Stamp and Cut
Ink: Hero Arts PeachOrangePinkPurpleMermaidHydrangea, and Mint; Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun, Hero Arts Congrats Stamp and CutHappy Stamp and Cut and Thanks Stamp and Cut dies


Custom Colored Background

I'm over the Hero Arts blog today, as we count down to the December My Monthly Hero...

Head on over to the blog for more details, and thanks for stopping in!

Behold Him

Hi all! Today I'm participating in a blog with CardMaker Magazine and The Project Bin!

Today's card is a fun, glittery number, featuring the Joyful Song stamp set.

I started by stamping the angel in Versamark on white cardstock, then heat embossing with some beautiful WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder. The panel was die cut with the Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies, and then adhered to the card base.

I then stamped the sentiment on Licorice Twist cardstock with Versamark, and heat embossed it in the same powder. After embossing, I cut the bottom edge into a ribbon shape.

The black sentiment was layered on a piece of vellum, also cut to a ribbon edge on the bottom. Once I had all the elements together, I lightly adhered them together, and then sewed the top edge.

I haven't done sewing in FOREVER, so this was a fun one to pull out the sewing machine for.

Pretty simple card, but that powder really makes it shine - literally! ha! ;)


Clare Prezzia - you're here!


I'm having a little destash over on THIS page, with all proceeds going straight to charity. Be sure to check it out - I only have a couple envelopes left!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Bazzil Licorice Twist
Stamps: The Project Bin Joyful Song
Ink: Versamark
Other: WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder, vellum (similar)

Tools: sewing machine, heat gun, Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies


Stamp and Die Cut Layering

The countdown for the December My Monthly Hero might just have started, but I wanted to share one last project using the November MMH.

I stamped the star image in Celestial Copper three times around the card base, and then stamped it three times on separate cardstock in Ombre Purple. After die cutting the stars, I adhered them to the card base and trimmed off any excess.

The card is finished off with a sentiment from Color Layering Holly (a beautiful stamp set in it's own right) heat embossed in White on Black cardstock.

Super easy and simple!


If you haven't heard of this kit before, the website HERE does a great job explaining it. The actual kits are often sold-out, so subscribing guarantees you can get the main kit.

However, Hero Arts releases similarly themed stamps to the main kit (August was space themed), that can be purchased separately. If you order them along with the main kit, there is no additional shipping charge, but if that's not your thing, you can totally buy them later! Either way, it's great to check in every month, even if you're not a subscriber, and see what new add-ons there are.

If you have any questions about the kit, feel free to message me, but again, the website really does a good job explaining all the ins and outs - it's not too complicated, so no worries there. ;)

Hero Arts is sneaking their December kit now, so be sure to check out the website these next couple days until the reveal on Monday!


Cardstock: Michaels white, Hero Arts Black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts November My Monthly Hero and Color Layering Holly
Ink: Celestial Copper, Hero Arts Ombre Purple, Versamark
Other: Hero Arts White embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, heat gun