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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 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.
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!


  1. Kris in Alaska says:

    Those look very vintage! Soft and sweet!

  2. Trish F says:

    I love all of these images. Such a great vintage feel. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lynne Jardine says:

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

  4. Angie Hall says:

    Thanks for sharing 3 wonderful cards with us.

  5. Hannah says:

    I love your coloring. So so beautiful. Thank you!

  6. Naama E says:

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

  7. Anita says:

    Beautiful work

  8. Felicity says:

    I really love this! Good job!

  9. Marcia says:

    So sweet and cute!! Very nostalgic!!

  10. Carey Nusbaum says:

    Cute projects! I love your coloring!

  11. D.Ann C says:

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

  12. Oliev says:

    Amazing cards!

  13. Gail Alcorn says:

    Cute cards!

  14. Tracy Lustick says:

    Love , Love LOVE !

  15. Alma D says:

    Thanks for sharing your amazing cards.

  16. Kristina Song says:

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

  17. Heather Mills says:

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

  18. Rae Dalphine says:

    Great cards. Love the retro look!

  19. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Fabulous cards!

  20. Anna Natalia says:

    Beautiful card.

  21. Mirella ROGAN says:

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

  22. Love your great cards!

  23. Glenna says:

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

  24. Jen W. says:

    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!

  25. Oops forget to include my name , but these are truly beautiful.

  26. Anonymous says:

    These are beautiful! I love the Vintage look.

  27. maria f. says:

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

  28. Shanna says:

    Love the card!

  29. Rebecca says:

    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!

  30. Cynthia Baldwin says:

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

  31. Jenny Colacicco says:

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

  32. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Beautiful and adorable cards. That cat is sassy!

  33. Ericka Strange says:

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

  34. JoAnneR says:

    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.

  35. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Really wonderful cards. I love the Retro look on each of them.

  36. Laurie says:

    Adorable cards! I love the ornament one! So retro! So cool!

  37. These are amazing! Just love those deer!

  38. Bobby says:

    The coloring on your cards is magnificent.

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

  40. Tracy says:

    These are awesome! Love the reindeer.

  41. Dana W says:

    Gorgeous cards!! I love the retro deer!!

  42. Patt H. says:

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

  43. Vicenta Ghylin says:

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

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

  45. Mary Holshouser says:

    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.

  46. Rosemary Breininger says:

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

  47. Cris G. says:

    So sweet and beautiful!

  48. Aileene Y. Fitzpatrick says:

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

  49. Your retro styling is terrific! Love each and every one!

  50. Lisa Petrella says:

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

  51. Kari D says:

    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.

  52. Chris Baker Cox says:

    Loving the vintage feel of these and your coloring is spot on!

  53. Sue LD says:

    Very sweet cards. I like the muted colors.

  54. Jenny Martin says:

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

  55. Kathy Schweinfurth says:

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

  56. Jackie P. says:

    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…)!

  57. Shona Austin says:

    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

  58. Vikki H says:

    Pretty cards, especially like the vintage ornaments! Thanks.

  59. Thanks for sharing your cute cards

  60. Loving the retro look of these cards.

  61. clara callon says:

    so nice, love the ornaments

  62. Justin Brady-Joyner says:

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

  63. Janelle H. says:

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

  64. Christine Canfield says:

    your coloring is FLAWLESS!

  65. Gabriela says:

    Very cute cards

  66. Samantha Houp says:

    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

  67. Samantha Mann says:

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

  68. Lisa A creations says:

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

  69. Leanne S says:

    Lovely cards!

  70. Lagene says:

    Super CUTE cards, I love the vintage feel of the little deer!

  71. GrammyP says:

    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!

  72. Gorgeous cards, especially the one with the elegant cat!

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

  74. irene Grau says:

    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!

  75. Bev Karolak says:

    Beautiful cards! Gorgeous colouring! 🙂

  76. Beverly Jordan says:

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

  77. Very nice! Live that vintage deer card and the cat is lovely.

  78. Dana M says:

    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.

  79. Joyce says:

    Love love your designs, they are just so precious!!!

  80. Megan says:

    You’ve been busy! Great trio of cards. Love that font!

  81. chark says:

    love your colors!

  82. Teri W says:

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

  83. Laura Miller says:

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

  84. Lindsay S says:

    Love the retro designs!

  85. betty lou says:

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

  86. Maryjo Monterosso says:

    Beautiful cards and I love the cat.

  87. Andrea A says:

    Great retro designs! Beautiful cards. Thank you!

  88. Deb Vasel says:

    Beautiful cards.
    Love the deer card.

  89. annheidel says:

    Your cards are darling! 🙂

  90. Cheryl says:

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

  91. Arianna Barbara says:

    Oh wow! Such adorable cards !!! <3

  92. Colleen F says:

    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!

  93. Robin says:

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

  94. Michele K. Henderson says:

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

  95. Jennifer Schuler says:

    Fantastic cards! I am really loving the retro look of these.

  96. Stephanie Savidge says:

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

  97. Melanie Ann MacKenzie says:

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

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

  99. Nives K says:

    Nice vintage cards.

  100. Roberta S. says:

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

  101. Andrea says:

    Such pretty cards! And the reindeers are adorable!

  102. 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 🙂

  103. 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!

  104. Carla Hundley says:

    Oh too pretty and
    love the second card.
    Carla from Utah

  105. Awesome cards. I like the colors you chose.

  106. Janet Ingraham says:

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

  107. Sharon Klumph says:

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

  108. Leanne in Cali says:

    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!!

  109. Helen F. says:

    In love with these sweet images, Caryn. Beautiful cards!

  110. Karen B. says:

    Love the fun retro designs that you’ve captured in your cards!

  111. Carol K says:

    beautiful holiday cards. . .

  112. Lisa Gross says:

    There all wonderful.

  113. Great cards!

  114. Cheryl Bennett says:

    The deer card is my favorite, how precious!

  115. Anna C says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  116. Heather Lynn says:

    So vintage. Love the soft colors! Thanks for sharing!

  117. Kulbir K says:

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

  118. Debbie A Smith says:

    All three of your cards are fantastic!

  119. Amy Cooley says:

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

  120. Dee Earnshaw says:

    love these cards:)

  121. Dee Earnshaw says:

    love these cads – the colors and designs are awesome:)

  122. Theresa Petermann says:

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

  123. Anonymous says:

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

  124. Kathy says:

    All are so retro and fun! Must have been so much fun to make.

  125. Jenny D says:

    All of these are great! The bambis are so cute.

  126. Betty Sue says:

    I love these fun retro cards!

  127. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Great cards: love the tinsel tangle one.

    • Memoriesbymanda says:

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

  128. Memoriesbymanda says:

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

  129. Wanda Reynolda says:

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

  130. Mary Alice says:

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

  131. Valerie Breingan says:

    A fantastic display of beautiful stamps.I love Avery Elle.

  132. Kleri F says:

    Lovely retro-looking cards!Great ideas!

  133. Janet says:

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

  134. Christy Q says:

    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!

  135. Rose W says:

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

  136. Ingrid says:

    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.

  137. Mary W says:

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

  138. Kathy B Wegmann says:

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

  139. Isabel Z says:

    I LOVE what you created. Thank you for inspiring me!

  140. Kathy B Wegmann says:

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

  141. Linda Trzos says:

    Such beautiful work! I LOVE these stamps!!!!

  142. Margaret B says:

    Love these cute cards!

  143. Lindarub says:

    Love your cards.

  144. Miriam Leech says:

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

  145. Karen P says:

    Love all the cards. The cat is too cute!

  146. joy meadows says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love the ornaments and that cat is awesome!

  147. Very beautiful! Love the retro theme!

  148. merryf says:

    lovely and so perfectly retro!

  149. Daria Zender says:

    Such lovely cards! Love the retro look.

  150. Rachel says:

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

  151. Denise Gutshall says:

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

  152. Kristen says:

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

  153. Becca Yahrling says:

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

  154. Pai Meng says:

    awesomely retro!

  155. Laura Peddicord says:

    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.

  156. Natalie Godfrey says:

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

  157. Di Di W says:

    These are all wonderful. I love the colors and retro style.

  158. super stick chick says:

    Your cards are wonderful, each one so adorable.

  159. Michel E says:

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

  160. barbara lassiter says:

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

  161. lisascreativeniche says:

    love the antique look you’ve given all 3

  162. Miriam Prantner says:

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

  163. Melissa Friedrich says:

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

  164. Janet Swanlady21 says:

    Three wonderful cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

  165. sharon brand says:

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

  166. Amy ames says:

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

  167. Melissa Bi. says:

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

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

  169. Nikki Anderberg says:

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

  170. Greta H says:

    You have a wonderful style–LOVE these!

  171. Jean Bullock says:

    Nice layouts and I love the subtle coloring. Well done.

  172. Julie says:

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

  173. Sabine Edelmann says:

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

  174. Angela W says:

    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!

  175. Denise Bryant says:

    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!

  176. Laraine R says:

    Fabulous cards!

  177. Janet Sisk says:

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

  178. Sharron Gregory says:

    Gorgeous cards! Love all these fabulous images!!

  179. Barb B. says:

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

  180. Debbie Selby says:

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

  181. DebbieC says:

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

  182. Betty says:

    wonderful cards, Caryn – love all the soft colors!

  183. Angie Person says:

    Fabulous cards! The retro ornaments and deer re so lovely.

  184. Deborah Kaye says:

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

  185. Shelly says:

    These are so pretty!

  186. Cheryl says:

    So cute

  187. Trina Chaska says:

    I love these cards. They are so pretty the way you colored them.

  188. carol says:

    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!

  189. Karen Groff says:

    Super cute Cards

  190. Isabelle says:

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

  191. barb macaskill says:

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

  192. Natalie Winterstein says:

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

  193. Bonnie E says:

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

  194. bev p says:

    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.

  195. Barb A in AZ says:

    Super cute and whimsical cards

  196. 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 🙂

  197. Nikki Winters says:

    Lovely cards, am so loving those stamps. Nikki

  198. BunnyD says:

    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!

  199. Anonymous says:

    Lovely cards, am so loving those stamps. Nikki

  200. Debbie says:

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

  201. jean marmo says:

    Absolutely delightful cards! Gorgeous coloring!

  202. Sabrina radican says:

    Very adorable cards!!

  203. Cynthia Cole says:

    Love all of your cards and the deer is my favorite!

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

  205. Lori Kobular says:

    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!

  206. Liz mca says:

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

  207. I love all your cards!

  208. CathyL says:

    Very sweet cards!

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

  210. Lynn Hardy says:

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

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

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