Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

YES!  It’s that time of year and once again I am thrilled to be joining in with Taheerah and her Advent Extravaganza alongside Avery Elle who are sponsoring Day 11!
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 to see what special surprises await behind the door!
So today I HAD to play with the three Christmas sets I created for Avery Elle in the Fall release.  The whole release was so special but I couldn’t resist using these sets (narcissistic much Caryn, lol?).
The first card is probably my favourite – I love yintage deer images and ornaments, I have quite a few dotted around my home now!  The papers I’ve used on all three cards are from the Sugar Plum paper pad from My Mind’s Eye (you know when you wish you’d bought like three of them and now you can’t get it anywhere??!!).  The deer are coloured with Copics and the card is finished with a banner from the Merry and Bright set from Simon Says Stamp.
The second card features Retro Ornaments.  Again, I am a total sucker for retro-style Christmas decor and was totally inspired to design these stamps by the ornaments  that used to hang on my Gran’s tree when I was little.  The images are coloured with Copics and fished off with some super sparkly glitter.
 Lastly I have a card featuring Dear Santa.  I’ve used this cat so many times already – she’s one sassy little lady!


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 Technique Tuesday so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to 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 every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!
  1. I love all of these images. Such a great vintage feel. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awww these are all gorgeous, I especially love your festive Bambi card 🙂

  3. Love these! Wonderful colors and detailing, my fave is the third though – the cat image it just perfect for the sentiment XD

  4. I love the soft colors of the background and those sweet deer, but I especially love the fab coloring of that kitty!!

  5. Sooo sweet ! love all three sets! Can’t pick a favorite. Adorbs!

  6. Oooo . . . these three cards are fabulous!! I really love those adorable deer and the sweet little bow on the one.

  7. Lovely selection of cards, and I really like your choice of unusual colours! Fab!

  8. Merry Christmas Caryn. I love the colours in your cards they are beautiful and so inviting!

  9. All three of your card sets rock, Caryn, but that sassy kitty is definitely my favourite and has seen a lot of ink this year. Love seeing how you’ve used hem and those papers are gorgeous!

  10. Wow! These are your designs? Fantastic work. Must go check out the sets. I love your cards.

  11. You know how they say “you’re not paranoid if someone really is chasing you”, well, I’ll say you’re not really narcissistic if you are that good Caryn! 🙂
    These are great & fun sets and your creations are equally fun! TFS!

  12. Wonderful coloring you’ve done for all these cards! The deer are especially adorable.

  13. Oh my goodness ! I love the way you made these with a real vintage feel – makes me really nostalgic.

  14. Great cards! Love the deers! They are so fun and festive. Such pretty colors on all of them!

  15. Christmas at Grandma’s growing up. That is the memory I have when looking at these adorable cards with the retro images. It’s the little deers that bring it back the most.

  16. Love all your cards. The first one with the deer looks so vintage. Great choice of colors on all of them.

  17. Fantastic cards! Love the retro look, especially those ornaments! I am so old that I have some just like them! 🙂

  18. Love all your cards. The coloring is fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  19. So adorable!! I would love to win this prize! Thank you for having this giveaway. 🙂

  20. the paper on the first card has a vintage look
    The ornaments on the second are so crisp and colorful.
    the cat in the third looks so smug and cute.
    they are all fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

  21. The Ornament Card is great. I would never have thought to use that color combination for Christmas but it really is beautiful.

  22. Love the retro look and feel of your cards. Beautiful work.

  23. Fabulous retro style cards!! Love those images and the sentiments too!

  24. Love how soft and vintage these cards are! So impressed with how you colored the deer!!!!! I really thought they were printed until I read your description! GORGEOUS! Thanks for such wonderful inspiration.

  25. Stunning cards! I’m in love with the Avery Elle Christmas stamps!

  26. Your cards are just as pretty as can be! Love the retro look 🙂

  27. I love èverything about every one of these cards! Maybe it’s the whole retro teme that makes me adore them so much but I’m not really sure as there’s so much fabulousness about them that I love!!! ( the colours, the colouring, the layout, the images…)!

  28. All your cards are adorable, but as a Cat person that has to be my favorite. Nice to have a smile with a card. Thanks

  29. I love those background papers, AND I love the color scheme for your ornaments card! Great work!

  30. LOVE your Retro cards! I grew up in the 50’s so I have fond memories of things from that era. Great coloring!

  31. Wonderful projects. I love them all but the pink and green is my favorite. Oh and the cat looks like its up to something sneaky! LOL. Thank you for sharing your creations.

    Sammibug in Ohio

  32. such an adorable trio of cards! loooove the vintage feel! and that cat! ha ha!! so cute!

  33. Very cute cards! I love the deer and ornaments. They look very vintage.

  34. I love all three of your cards–but the little deer one is my favorite! Actually, both of the vintage style cards are great! I, too, am a sucker for a vintage look–especially at Christmas and both of those cards are just fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Such fun cards…you showcased these great stamp sets beautifully. Love the cat card!!!

  36. Oh man, I need to not scroll! I liked the first card. Then got to the second one and yep, liked it more. Then I got to the kitty! Wowza (I’m totally a cat person)! Awesome cards!

  37. Such purrfect coloring on all three of your retro festive cards!!!

  38. Fabulous cards! You have an amazing talent in pairing patterned paper with images that work together harmoniously and let the image remain star of the show.

  39. I love the tinsel in a tangle stamp. The cards are adorable! Great color choices!

  40. I’m a fan of the retro Christmas ornaments. Plus I really like the designed paper behind. Great cards! Even the font seems “retro”!

  41. Love your beautiful cards! Love the retro images, and your coloring is fabulous!

  42. These cards are absolutely gorgeous. i really love your choices of colour. Thank you so much for sharing.

  43. These are just fabulous and those two deer about the cutest I have seen this season!! I think I need this stamp set!! Love your ornaments too!

  44. Love the retro style and colors. These sets are adding to my growing wish list

  45. These are all so gorgeous! Adorable images and really festive colors too!
    Holiday Hugs!

  46. Love how all of the cards have a vintage feel to them. Super cute!

  47. I love old vintage Christmas cards and yours remind me of those wonderful old images. Terrific job. Cheers.

  48. You’re pastel cards are very good and the background paper speaks volumes! And on top of that your coloring is wonderful!

  49. Love your Bambi rendition card. Really love all of your projects today. Thank you for sharing.

  50. Congrats on these three awesome stamp sets! Who better to get inspiration from than the talented designer herself?!? I remember very well those retro ornaments hanging on our tree. Thanks for sharing your fabulous cards and for sending me down memory lane 🙂

  51. Love the stamps you designed! I like how you used patterned paper with your stamped images without making it too busy. All gorgeous especially your kitty!

  52. Fabulous retro looks. Two of them look even a little antique. SOOOOO lovely.

  53. Thank you, Caryn. I love your creations using vintage images. Such a personal style. Love it.

  54. Such fabulous images and I love what you did with them! Beautiful cards and I can’t get over how these bring back memories, especially the retro ornaments. Thanks for sharing on this fun extravaganza!!

  55. Your cards are so beautiful. Love all the colors. Thank you for sharing

  56. I really love the retro feel to these stamps! Beautiful collection of cards.

  57. great cards and color combinations. thanks so much for sharing.

  58. Oh my goodness Caryn, your cards are so wonderful. Just awesome! These are way too sweet!

    • Oops. I had trouble commenting and now I see there are two entries as I couldn’t post the first one. Sorry about that.

  59. 3 great projects! The last one is so funny: don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

  60. I enjoyed all of your creations! Thank you for the inspiration!

  61. Simply beautiful! I just love the retro deer and ornaments! Thanks for sharing

  62. I love all of the soft colors! The reindeer remind me of the Rudolph Christmas cartoon from years ago!

  63. All of your projects are smashing! Love the deer card the best (probably because that’s my favorite of all of the retro sets, even though I love them all and they are on my wish list). The colors are just wonderful and the patterned paper is so perfect!

  64. All three cards are special. But the second card is my favorite. I like memories and the feeling inspired by the colors.

  65. Those retro ornaments hung on MY tree when I was a child and that card brought back memories. Thank you for that. The deer are adorable and the cat is great.

  66. They are all great cards but my favorite is the funny cat card. Love the background.

  67. Love, Love, Love all of your cards. Would also love to win your prize! You have great ideas. So cute!

  68. Love, Love, Love all of your cards. Would love to win your prize!
    Kathy Wegmann

  69. Love the retro/vintage!! But your colors and coloring are even more beautiful!!!!!

  70. Great cards all around, but I’m really drawn to the retro look of the ornaments.

  71. What fun vintage inspired card! I think I like the vintage deer the best! Thanks for sharing!

  72. Oh love these cards! Your coloring is wonderful! I’ve always loved AVERY ELLE…you’ve done them artistic justice for sure!

  73. Gorgeous, gorgeous cards! Your coloring is amazing.
    Love all these sets you’ve used.

  74. I could not even begin to say which one is my favorite card. I love the cute reindeer on the beautiful background because I love animals on cards. Then the ornaments are breathtaking in such soft colors when most things during the holidays are so bold. Then my daughter and I were just talking about a cat looking sassy but yours by far passed it, especially with the sassy wording with the cat. OMG! So glad I don’t have to select a favorite. Thank you for sharing! I love Avery Elle. I know that in the future there will be many more of its products in my supply.

  75. WOW! What awesome cards you made. Great job they are so adorable.

  76. Great cards. Love the one with the ornaments. My mom used to have ornaments like those for our tree.

  77. All three cards are just beautiful. I love the stamping, coloring and the perfectly matched printed papers!

  78. These are such sweet images! I really love the papers you chose too!

  79. Beautiful cards, love the soft color combos, my fave is the retro ornaments card because it sweetly reminds me of my grandmother’s home.

  80. Three AWESOME cards, perfect colours and colouring! My favourite is the cat – preening!

  81. Caryn your cards are so adorable!!! The colors are all so pretty. I love the one with the two little deer. Too sweet 😊

  82. Love the retro vibe of these cards. I have all three of these sets so I really appreciate the inspiration.

  83. Beautiful retro style stamps! I love how fresh the retro ornaments are in non-traditional colours.

  84. Wonderful set of cards. Love the retro ornaments. My mom had many of those.

  85. That patterned paper is just what I need! I love the retro colors and design of the ornaments and darling retro deer cards.

  86. Thanks for sharing your beautiful projects! They are all so lovely!

  87. I love all three of these sets that you created! The cat is my favorite because it reminds me of a cat we used to have, but the ornaments and deer are just as great, if not more so! I love the retro/vintage feel they all three have. You have an amazing gift and I am so thankful to see it in the Avery Elle products you create!

  88. Love that you colored the kitty Siamese-style! I had a ceramic figurine of a Siamese cat many years ago! Reminds me of that! Fabulous cards in a fun retro style!

  89. I am crazy for the retro reindeer and ornaments! Love all your cards. Thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  90. Fabulous cards! I love the softness of the background of the deer card.

  91. I love the retro ornaments stamp and the background is perfect on the card.

  92. Wow…. these are all gorgeous cards. Love the retro ornament stamp and the deers and santa kitty are so adorable.

  93. Your cards are fabulous! I especially like the ornament one. The colors are awesome!

  94. Bedazzled by the trio of delights you’ve shared with us and, like many of those who’ve commented, memories of Christmas past have been sparked. Your deer are gorgeous; my grandma had a pair like this, which now resides at my sister’s. The ornaments are almost identical to a set my mom has and oh, how I love them! They’ve decorated the tree for as long as I can remember. As for your kitten: she is quite the pretty princess! Thank you for joining Taheerah’s Extravaganza; you’ve sent my festive spirit soaring!

  95. Lovely and cute cards. I’ve got also the “Dear Santa” set and I love it.
    Merry Christmas to you !

  96. Your cards are absolutely adorable!!! My favorite is the first one! The deer are so adorable and colored beautifully! TFS!

  97. These are such beautiful cards! I love the background on the deer card – perfect match! 🙂

  98. Beautiful cards – love those vintage looking ornaments and the deer are too sweet!

  99. These images are just the best, and you have done them proud! I remember these ornaments from my own childhood, and my mom still has a few! Thanks for the memories AND the inspiration.

  100. Your cards took me back to Christmasses past, Caryn … my grandparents also had babycham deer and baubles just like these! A fabulous trio of retro sets … and cards! Anita 🙂

  101. Your stamp designs are fabulous! Spot on with the things I remember my father having in his Christmas things passed down in his family! What great images to play with. Fabulous cards!

  102. Great cards… I love the colors you chose to pair with the vintage feel.

  103. Fabulous design on these stamps. Perfectly retro! Thanks for the generous support of Taheerah’s Hop.

  104. Three terrific Christmas cards! The deer card reminds me of watching Rudolph on tv every Christmas! The ornaments look like the ornaments that hung on my Nana’s Christmas tree! That cat is just the cats meow! Looks so naughty and yet still sweet!

  105. Wow so impressive that you designed these wonderful stamps. I think my fav. Is the deer, but we had ornaments like those too!

  106. okay, these are all amazing and sweet! Thank you for the awesome inspiration!!

  107. Great job Caryn – both with designing those awesome stamps and your pretty cards! The deer are my favourites but they are all lovely.

  108. All your cards are just fabulous. I love the second one the most. Your coloring is so amazing. Thanks for sharing.