Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Good morning! It's an exciting day here - I've been invited to be part of Taheerah's 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!


Here's my project. I decided to create a Nativity scene with a twist - it's Christmas morning (with a sunrise) rather than the traditional night sky.

The sun was made using one of my first alcohol ink experiments. I am missing the 'official' blending solution and any metallic mixatives, so I used my Delicata Gold re-inker (from AGES ago!)  and some rubbing alcohol and made a 'polished stone' background - it has beautiful golden, sunshiney shimmer! I borrowed an idea from Jessica, to use a camera lens cleaner to 'blow' the ink around on the Yupo paper.

I used stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs (also available at today's sponsor, Seven Hills Crafts!)




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 Seven Hills Crafts 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!


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175 comments:

Laurie Liebich said...

I love the "Morning"! Beautiful card.

bev p said...

I love how you added the sunburst with the nativity border. And the sentiment is perfect. Thank you and Christmas blessings.

Maureen Jones said...

What an inspiration! Why do I always think it has to be night in a Nativity scene? I’m definitely gonna to try a morning scene today.

vinita jain said...

Such a bright and beautiful with Nativity border, Amazing!

Jean said...

What a wonderful card. That border die is amazing!

Nox said...

Wonderful nativity scene - I love the brilliant sun backdrop.

Theresa Robinson said...

Love the sunrise with the nativity scene...beautiful!

Karen B. said...

Beautiful! Love the combination of ink and dies.

Debra Rumpza said...

I love the joy this card projects to me, with the sun's rays. Gorgeous!

Karen Letchworth said...

Your card is so pretty, Ardyth. Thanks for sharing your talents in this special event.
Karen Letchworth

Karthikha said...

That's such a bright beautiful card! Thanks for the video :)

Sabrina said...

Very lovely card!!

Mirella said...

That's such a wonderful design, I really like how you put it all together!

Deborah Kaye said...

Lovely card! Great idea on the morning background and I totally like that nativity die!

Melanie MacKenzie said...

What a glorious Nativity scene. Love it. Cheers.

Avra Williams said...

Love the bright yellow!

Cynthia Cole said...

Wonderful card!

Shelly said...

This is beautiful!

~amy~ said...

How pretty, love that POP of yellow!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the dies you used to create this beautiful card!

Stanlee Runner said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing.

Jayell said...

Great card - I just love this Nativity scene die

Lonya Mathys said...

I love everything with a sunburst! Beautiful.

Betty Keefe said...

fantastic card, Ardyth - a glorious sun background!!

NanW said...

Love the sunrise background.

Lieve said...

What an original idea to make a sunrise-Christmas-card ! It sure works !!

Iris said...

Great card - love the sunrise.

Joy Meadows said...

A very beautiful morning sunrise card, Ardyth! Love it.

donna mikasa said...

I've just jumped on the alcohol inks band wagon! Love your card and thanks for the tips on accessories!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the rays of joy.
The die cut is great.
thanks for sharing a
wonderful card.

pcm said...

what a neat use of that die!

Valerie Breingan said...

I love the use of the air to move the color, beautiful.

Nives K said...

Beautiful card! Thank You for the inspiration.

Jan Clothier said...

The nativity die is great and using a sunrise instead is a clever twist.

Greta said...

You've made me put that Bethlehem die on my wishlist! Absolutely love your unique, beautiful card, Ardyth!

Karen H said...

The Nativity in the morning...GLORIOUS! Beautiful card and thanks for the video.

Andrea Hastilow said...

Haven't seen any nativity cards till now, such a bright, happy modern spin on it, fantastic x

judy said...

I love your beautiful nativity scene!

Char K said...

beautiful, thanks for the video!

JmB said...

Love this sunrise nativity and that you can improvise with alcohol inks. Thank you for sharing.

Cindy said...

Love your beautiful card!

Dana said...

Fabulous card!! Love the sun!!

A Crafty Person said...

Beautiful card!!

Betty said...

Love the sunrise scene! Perfect for The Light! Thanks for sharing!

justasiam said...

I find this an interesting Christmas card!

Barbara said...

This is a beautiful card and I love the extra meaning it gives to the Christmas story!

My Kraft Kloset.Kim Klinkovsky said...

Just stunning! I love your design and the gold is awesome! Just lovely. Happy Holidays!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Absolutely gorgeous card! Love how the sun turned out.

Mrsfish02 said...

The detail in that scene is so wonderful. Plus the beautiful sun.Nicely done.

Polly said...

Clever use of inks and dies.

Sandy M said...

I love to make my Christmas Cards with a religious theme. After all, it is the day of Christ's birth. Your card is beautiful.

Kim Marie said...

Wow. So often we see this scene with a moon ,but I love the SONSHINE! :)
Kim Marie

Linda Droege said...

Such an unexpected and dramatic design. TFS

mandalj said...

Love your nativity scene - so beautiful!

Meg Crawford said...

I love it when someone figures out a different way to use a paper crafting supply. Great idea!

Patricia Mello said...

Nice card.

Jeanne H said...

Your bright and sunny card to welcome Him is just perfect. A lovely nativity scene.

CarlavdM said...

I tooo like your take on the Nativity scene with the Sun rising.

Laura Turcotte said...

wow--absolutely gorgeous!

S. B. said...

Great idea to go for a morning card! I think it really worked well.

Natalie Winterstein said...

Gorgeous card! I adore it.

Vivian said...

Beautiful “burst of light”. Such a good choice for the background.

Mary W said...

Really love that background but I sure would have had a hard time cutting into it. Alcohol inks just rock!

Scraplea 1 said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing your quick video and for participating in this fun event!!

Isabel Z said...

What a stunning card!

Teresa Doyle said...

Your background is beautiful for your sun Ardyth, such a cool die and your scene looks awesome, nice job.

Christy Q said...

What a great card, Ardyth! The technique looks like it is so fun to do. Thank you for showing how easy it is to do and inspiring me!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Simply amazing!

cghundley said...

Heavenly sunrise!
Looks lovely and
wonderful.
Carla from Utah

Amy C. said...

Beautiful card to celebrate the meaning of the season!

barbara macaskill said...

The sunburst in the background is a wonderful way to showcase the front images! TFS!

Sue LD said...

Great idea to make a sunrise scene of the Nativity.

Pennie Glasser said...

So much fun!

QuilterLaura said...

Wow, beautiful card!

Laurie said...

Beautiful card! I love the sunrise.

Trina P. said...

Awesome card. Love the sunburst background.

cm said...

Your sunny morning Nativity scene is gorgeous, Ardyth; exactly as I would imagine the day to dawn following Jesus' birth! Beautiful and heart-warming! So thrilled to see you sharing your amazing creativity at Taheerah's Advent Extravaganza!
Hugs~c

Abby said...

Nice card!

Helen F. said...

Your card is stunning, Ardyth! Beautiful sunburst

Francine D said...

It was fun to watch you make this background. Love the finished card..

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful sunrise nativity scene, the yellow background is just gorgeous!

Laura Peddicord said...

I was intrigued by your camera lens cleaner. I must have missed Jessica's video when she did it. So glad I could see what you did send and how it worked. Thank you! I like the idea of your cards having the morning sun. It's a unique twist but makes much sense. .

Jeanne Beam said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing...

Annalisa Young said...

Oh I love this idea! It reminds me of the line from "O Come All Ye Faithful" that says, "Yea, Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning." You're right; we do forget there was a morning involved in this too! But anyway, aside from just the whole concept, it is a beautiful card; those alcohol inks make for a gorgeous, bright sun. The white silhouette in front of it is also quite striking. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas and inspiration (and a whole new set of stamps and dies I hadn't seen before)!

Bev Karolak said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

Rose said...

Love your card. So good to see one with the true meaning of Christmas.

Mary-Anne V said...

Saw your quick video on IG, such a fun way to create this vibrant sun!

Tracey M said...

What a STUNNING and unique card, I love it. Thanks for sharing. Tracey Magner

Kristie Goulet said...

I LOVE how this turned out, Ardyth!! So perfect!!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Oh my ! I love that sunburst in the background ! margessw@icloud.com

Michele K. Henderson said...

This nativity scene is really amazing! I love the tiny detail!

Sarah M said...

Cute card - love the gold/yellow!

phlower said...

A stunning design! Love the morning starburst and the simplicity of the design.

Lagene said...

Awesome card! Thanks for the canned air tip to blow colors around!

Lisa A creations said...

Very cute Nativity scene. I think I had never heard of this company before.

Sam B said...

Great card - love the idea of the Christmas sunrise!

Beastybunny said...

Such a beautiful card!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

refreshing new look with your bright sunrise!

Patty said...

Love the nativity scene die. Your card is a cool twist on a traditional scene

Beverly S. said...

I am enjoying so much seeing everyone's creative works. Your card is
simply beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays!

NinaS said...

Beautiful card. Love the sunburst background.

mgpm said...

Lovely! I like the morning....a NEW DAY DAWNS for humanity!

Kristen Olsen said...

Well of course Jesus was still there in the morning! Beautiful card representing the REASON FOR THE SEASON! Thank you for the inspiration!

Daria Z. said...

Ardyth, what a fabulous way to use the NativityScape die! Might have to try something similar.

Lynne in NI said...

What a beautiful nativity scene, your sunburst looks fab!

Rae Moan said...

What a unique beautiful card.

Megan said...

I have to try out the Yupo paper! The alcohol inks really move on it!

Tracy said...

Great card, love the bright star in the background of the nativity scene.

Vickie Buehler said...

Beautiful card! Love the bright colors!

Bobby said...

The sunrise over the nativity looks wonderful, Ardyth.

Eliz Stewart said...

I just love your little videos!! The blowy thing is fabulous... so much easier than a straw.

StampinLouie said...

Love your idea and substitutions! Great card.

Margaret said...

I love cards with Nativity scenes and this one is beautiful with the sun rays behind it!

Teresa L said...

Oh my how wonderful is your card. I think it is a great idea for it to be sunrise & what a glorious sunrise you have provided.

vicenta ghylin said...

Such a great card. Thank you for sharing.

Gerrina said...

Great to see you taking part! And what a great graphical design! Hugs, Gerrina

Shanna said...

I love your ideas!

Chris mason said...

What a great idea and such a pretty card.

Kim Salito said...

Wonderful card, thanks for sharing.

Oliev said...

Beautiful card!

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fabulous card! Love the sun rays!

Karen Tomisato Kanda said...

Nice Happy, Sunshine Yellow background with Glorious Sun Rays. Nice job!

Andrea Shell said...

Fabulous card! I really love that sun (totally makes me want to buy some alcohol inks and Yupo paper)!

nancy y said...

what a great unexpected take on a Christmas card!

Roberta said...

I thinks is my favorite card so far in this event. Love the background. Thank you for sharing.

Ruby N said...

what a lovely card!

Lyn Roberds said...

Neat idea to use a sunrise instead of a night scene.

Christa said...

Great idea with sunburst...love the nativity!

TinyCrafter said...

Oh my gosh, talk about thinking out of the box! There had to be a beautiful sunrise the morning after our Lord's birth and you used my favorite color in the whole wide world, yellow and for that I give you 100 points! LOL I love how you embossed the Scripture too. I am loving this card so much even if you didn't do it bright, sunny yellow. It's so hard to find Christian stamps and cards although I am beginning to see more stamps lately and for that I am so thankful. Can you tell I am Catholic? I'll bet God is smiling when he sees this card although I know he loves everyone's talent.
Thank you for showing us your sunny yellow card and for giving us the chance to win something. When I win I am going to shop till I drop!

Silver Corvette said...

What a great celebration for your card- the SUN on Christmas morning, shining on the SON!

Lori Walker said...

I love this - why do I always think the manger scene should be at night?! What a great idea and a great card!

Laura Miller said...

Thanks for the technique video. And thanks for the twist on the manger scene. I don't know that I'd break out of the box and think morning sunrise. Nice!

Kati Caprara said...

This is such a unique card. I love the whole theme of it and the sun rays are just beautiful behind the nativity scene! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

Dena Barrios said...

The card is great, I would have never thought to use the die in that way.

Debra Wood said...

I love how you used the sun with the nativity scene, I never have thought about the day time. In all the cards I have made with the Nativity, I have made it as night, something different is good.

Ericka Strange said...

Love the bright yellow from the alcohol ink. So pretty.

Heather M said...

Love your bright beautiful sun with the nativity!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Gorgeous scene and love the sunburst die!

Irene Grau said...

I love SPD! Great card.

Arianna Barbara said...

Awww!!! Simply adorable!!!

Dana M said...

Gorgeous card! I love the sunrise, fabulous twist.

Susie Sonnier said...

Just lovely

Debbie Selby said...

love the sun die and the use of alcohol inks for brilliance.

Carrie said...

Such a lovely card! I love the bright yellow on this card with the white die cut is very striking!

sammi said...

Striking effect. The perfect nativity scene

Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

Tammy Nyenhuis said...

Oh what a pretty card! I have all of the supplies to do the alcohol ink technique, but I have to wait for Christmas :(

D.Ann C said...

So neat to use the sun as a backdrop for the scene!

Kim Faucher said...

Such a great card using all your supplies!!

Viki Banaszak said...

This is gorgeous! I love these dies.

Margery C said...

Fun technique with alcohol markers for the background. Love the Sugarpea designs stamp and dies. Such a cute card.

Bagheera said...

Nice use of dies - love the sentiment as well

Michelle H said...

Great improvise on the background. Beautiful card.

Janet S said...

I just LOVE your card. I love making nativity scene cards for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Leslie Gladney said...

Oh yay fun new technique to try out, thank you!

Sindhu said...

Lovely card...great inspiration...

Laura Turcotte said...

That is so ptetty

Tommie said...

Love the sunburst, the colors are amazing.

Judie said...

Beautiful card! I really need to try out the alcohol inks!

Heather DePasquale said...

Such an amazing combination of die cuts. Very effective. Thanks for sharing!

Nandini said...

Very beautiful. Perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas.

Lindsay S said...

Lovely bright colors.

Ceal said...

Gorgeous card that tells the true meaning of Christmas, thanks for sharing!

Birgit said...

This is so adorable! I adore SPD products!

F. Andre said...

Lovely card with a twist. That is a stunning yellow. Thanks for sharing the technique video.

Debbie A Smith said...

You have created a wonderful card and love the meaning behind

Tina Miceli said...

I really like your card. Merry Christmas!

Alaska .Kris said...

Simple and lovely!

Denise Gutshall said...

What a beautiful and unexpected card! Such a creative idea to use the sun burst background with the wonderful Sweet Peas landscape die! Thanks so much for the inspiration to look outside the box!

Flo said...

Wow the sun burst is very colorful, not what you’d expect in a nativity scene. Very nice.

Monica K said...

A very unique card!

Irene said...

Great idea to pair the sunburst with the nativity scene! Beautiful card!!

Larissa Heskett said...

SQUEAL!! Just AMAZING!! I just ADORE the Design!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and INSPIRING!! Have a FABULOUS New Year!! =)

Kathy Johnson said...

Beautiful Card!

mtscrapgal said...

How special that you gave us the sunshine of the day after His birth. Sucha uplifting card. Thanks

Lynn Hardy said...

What a lovely idea for a card! I love that die too (I also have it) :)