Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

December 5, 2016

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Good morning everyone!  I’m excited to be joining a large group of talented crafters for the 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!

For my project, I decided to do a very simple one layer postcard that would be very mail-friendly. I love going back to postcards nowadays, complete with those vintage stamps and a simple handlettered message.

I started by stamping the buildings from one of Mama Elephant’s October release set – City Sidewalks. I masked off the buildings to blend the distress inks in. I flicked some opaque paint and water to the ink to give it the effect of snow.


On the back, I stamped a few lines for where I would put the mailing address. Remember how all the postcards have a line in the middle separating the address from the message? Well, I decided to imitate that using the dotted die from Fine Trimmings!


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 [sponsor’s name] 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!


221 Responses to “Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia”

  1. tsurutadesigns1 Says:

    such a great postcard! Love the scenery!

  2. kimrendino Says:

    Adorable scene!!!! Love that sky….wow!

  3. Kristie Says:

    Very pretty postcard!!!

  4. Jenny D Says:

    A postcard is such a good idea! I love the background colours.

  5. Colleen F Says:

    Love the postcard idea, and this is a wonderful scene, the background is so pretty and really does look like snow falling!

  6. ambecoming Says:

    I really love the idea of sending postcards to those people who get a mailed card. Most of mine are hand delivered, so I forget that this is an option. I always think it’s a win if I don’t have to pay extra postage, but to pay less…WOW that rocks my frugal soul! Thanks so much!

  7. jillhq Says:

    Charming card! You used great colors with City Sidewalks and the background. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Sue Martin Says:

    Brilliant idea! So pretty!

  9. sabi8 Says:

    Love the postcard idea! Awesome card!

  10. What an amazing background! I love the city you have created and making a postcard is a wonderful idea!! TFS!

  11. Linda Trzos Says:

    That’s beautiful! And I like the idea of making postcards!

  12. Betty Says:

    your postcard is a great idea – of course the front of it fantastic!!

  13. Shelly Says:

    This is so cute!

  14. Nikki Winters Says:

    Love the postcard idea. Beautiful. Nikki

  15. Robin Says:

    What great idea! Really nice technique.

  16. Awesome idea. Love how you created this card.

  17. Liz Says:

    Love the post card idea.

  18. mjmarmo Says:

    Just delightful!

  19. Cynthia Cole Says:

    Love your card and the building stamps!

  20. lynnhardy56 Says:

    I love your snowy post card! That background is gorgeous.

  21. Linda Says:

    Such a clever idea! The background is a perfect foil for the cityscape.

  22. Abby Says:

    Very cute. Love the buildings.

  23. Natalie Winterstein Says:

    Eek! So cute! I am obsessed with cityscape cards, so this is speaking to me! 🙂

  24. Liz McAllister Says:

    HOw cute! Love a postcard

  25. Such a cute idea to do a postcard! Love the coloring as well.

  26. Bette Says:

    Your coloring of the buildings is so fun against the blue evening sky! Love the idea of postcards….

  27. Kristine Vencel Says:

    Darling post card design!

  28. Janet Sisk Says:

    what a fabulous idea! love the postcard. thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. 😀

  29. annheidel Says:

    Darling postcard! It has a fun retro vibe.

  30. betty lou Says:

    Love postcards! Yours is so pretty! Thanks for the snow tip!

  31. Debbie Says:

    Lovely postcard idea!

  32. Leanne in Cali Says:

    Fun card! The houses/city scene just pops with that wonderful background. Thanks for sharing on this great extravaganza!!

  33. Mary-Anne V. Says:

    Great idea to create a post card…love the images.

  34. Sabrina Radican Says:

    Very pretty!! I love the background and the idea of the postcard!!

  35. Joyce Casaldi Says:

    Love the post card!

  36. Vivian Says:

    I never thought of a post card! How clever!

  37. barbara lassiter Says:

    The postcard idea is great and I love your design. It’s a beautiful little village, perfect for Christmas.

  38. Carla Hundley Says:

    Wonderful looking postcard.
    Love the inking and coloring.
    Carla from Utah

  39. Denise Bryant Says:

    Fabulous coloring on your delightful card! You created a beautiful scene!

  40. Candy B. Says:

    Great idea… could even have reindeer going overhead! Thanks for inspiring!

  41. DebbieC Says:

    I haven’t seen a postcard for awhile….great idea to make it into a Christmas one. Love the stamp and all your great colours.

  42. janclothier Says:

    Love the idea of a Christmas postcard! Great blended sky.

  43. I really like your back ground colors. Great idea using a postcard.

  44. Leanne S Says:

    Beautiful postcard!

  45. Bunny Says:

    I love the buildings. They are so pretty. The idea of a postcard is grand.

  46. Barb B. Says:

    Post cards are less expensive to send than a card. Great idea!

  47. vicdd Says:

    very pretty
    {vicki} in ga

  48. cmayne Says:

    I’d love to step inside that pretty, inviting destination you’ve created and send a postcard from there! Innovative and charming! Thank you for taking part in Taheerah’s Extravaganza; you’ve sent my festive spirit soaring…

  49. Lynette Says:

    That is really pretty! The colors you used are so cheerful. I love the idea of a postcard also. One layer, and quick (and cheaper to send) is brilliant!

  50. Patt H. Says:

    LOVE the postcard idea & your City scape is awesome! Beautiful coloring!

  51. Memoriesbymanda Says:

    What a cool idea!

  52. Such a sweet scene, Pamela … a cosy, welcoming neighbourhood … who wouldn’t want to live there! Anita 🙂

  53. GrammyP Says:

    I really like your idea of stamping and coloring a postcard! It is really beautiful. Thanks for shariang!

  54. Lindsay S Says:

    Such a cute idea! Postcards don’t often get the credit they deserve!

  55. graham brand Says:

    Lovely, colourful scene, on a postcard too! Great idea!

  56. Heather Lynn Says:

    Love the City sidewalks stamp set! Cute idea for a postcard. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Nives K Says:

    Great postcard!

  58. Melissa Friedrich Says:

    Love the postcard scene, so pretty!

  59. Maureen Reiss Says:

    Really cute!!! Great idea!!!

  60. Daria Z. Says:

    You’ve created a wonderful postcard! I love the bright, fun colors.

  61. JBrady Says:

    Love this postcard, and that dotted die – so fun!!

  62. Jen W. Says:

    As always your masking is perfect and your inking is gorgeous! I love this sweet little scene!

  63. Dee Earnshaw Says:

    Love this postcard idea – thanks for the inspiration:)

  64. tomandmiriam Says:

    I love this set!! What a gorgeous scene you created!!! Love the post card look!!!!!

  65. madtyper2015 Says:

    Thank you for the card. I think the buildings are very festive. The night sky with Distress inks is gorgeous. I appreciate your work.

  66. Kristina Mullen Says:

    Your postcard is darling! I love that it’s one layer so you can mail it and not worry about extra postage.

  67. CathyL Says:

    Adorable postcard! Love the sky background!

  68. Karen K. Says:

    Neat idea for a postcard!

  69. Angie Person Says:

    Very fun postcard!

  70. Pai Meng Says:

    great post card!

  71. This is so cute! I love these colorful houses and all this great color!
    Holiday Hugs!

  72. mandalj Says:

    Love your card – the pretty city against the beautiful sky!

  73. Zina Says:

    Really like your postcard nice scenery beautiful colors

  74. papabric Says:

    Just a cute postcard, love the buildings and dotted separation line, that’s a fun idea!

  75. Lori Kobular Says:

    I love the scene you created on your lovely postcard! The sky looks amazing!

  76. ahappyscramper Says:

    Sweet postcard inspiration

  77. Isabelle Says:

    This is an awesome creation. I’d love to live in such an happy city with plenty colorful buildings (exactly the opposite of my home city, unfortunately !!!!).

  78. Trina P. Says:

    Beautiful postcard. Nothing defines one layer more than a postcard..

  79. Wanda Reynolds Says:

    Colorful city!! Love it!! ❤️

  80. Rae Dalphine Says:

    Beautiful post card!

  81. Isabel Z Says:

    Love your postcard–how clever.

  82. Christy Q Says:

    Just gorgeous!! Love the postcard idea and how you masked the buildings to add the snow effect – beautiful!

  83. Katherine Says:

    Beautiful postcard!!

  84. Becca Yahrling Says:

    Very pretty postcard!

  85. fragkopouloukhotmailcom Says:

    Very creative!Thank you for sharing your idea

  86. BunnyD Says:

    A Christmas postcard is a really creative idea!

  87. Laraine R Says:

    Great postcard!

  88. Kim Strating Says:

    Pretty postcard! Great idea.:)

  89. Roberta S. Says:

    I love this postcard idea. Love the snow effects. Thank you for sharing how you did this.

  90. Teresa Doyle Says:

    Very well done. I am a lover of post cards as well as Distressed backgrounds and this is amazing!

  91. melissa b. Says:

    beautiful! love the background.

  92. Betty Sue Says:

    Great idea! I love this city scene!

  93. Cheryl B Says:

    Love this practical idea of a postcard!

  94. Patricia Mello Says:

    I love all the colors in the postcard. It is beautiful.

  95. Sue Townsend Says:

    Beautiful background for “City Lights”. Thank you for sharing.

  96. Janis in ID Says:

    The postcard is a brilliant idea! This is so fun and wonderful.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  97. Love the postcard so neat and the background is so pretty. Great job!

  98. Rose Wallace Says:

    Wonderfully imaginative. This card is unique and yet has a hint of the traditional.

  99. shona16 Says:

    What a great city scape and using a postcard saves so much money. Thoughtful and clever.

  100. Theresa Petermann Says:

    nice coloring job. thanks as always for sharing.

  101. Laura Peddicord Says:

    My kids have never sent it received postcards. What a great way to get them to participate sending out our Christmas cards which would then be Christmas postcards! Love it!!!

  102. Laurie Says:

    Very cute postcard. Took me a minute to figure out what the dots down the middle were. Looks good, though.

  103. Trina Chaska Says:

    What a cute idea.

  104. Michel E Says:

    Great postcard.

  105. Such a sweet scene for your postcard! Love the sky!

  106. Rose Says:

    Love your postcard! What a great idea! The colouring is gorgeous, so pretty & bright.

  107. Amy Cooley Says:

    I like the little colorful village!

  108. memalagene Says:

    AWESOME post card! I love those bright colors!

  109. Helen F. Says:

    What a fun idea! Love the postcard and that sweet city scene 🙂

  110. joniworx Says:

    I love postcards! This one is lovely and lots of fun! TFS!

  111. Sue LD Says:

    Very pretty and colorful city scene.

  112. Mary Holshouser Says:

    The row of houses is so pretty. The various colors
    are great. The skyline is beautiful. fun idea to
    add the center line. Love this card.
    thanks for sharing.

  113. TK Says:

    What a cute project! great postcard

  114. FeM Says:

    I like the postcard idea. I also like the background (I have a lot of practicing to do).

  115. Dana M Says:

    Just fabulous! Love the vibrant colors and fun to make as a post card.

  116. Lisa Gross Says:

    Great background, nice idea with the postcard.

  117. irene grau Says:

    So lovely! I’ve toyed with the idea of a postcard as well. I’ll have to think on it more now that I’ve seen yours!

  118. Andrea Says:

    Very nice coloring!!

  119. Teri W Says:

    Sweet post card

  120. Jamie Says:

    A postcard is such a neat idea!

  121. Barb A in AZ Says:

    Lovely. I really like Mama Elephant stamps

  122. Great postcard…what a brilliant idea! Cheers.

  123. Ingrid Says:

    Love that adorable village and the postcard idea.

  124. Jackie P. Says:

    Love the postcard idea as well as the little houses and buildings on the front!

  125. Vikki H Says:

    Fun and really like your colors!

  126. macimbalo Says:

    Love that postcard!!!

  127. Anna C Says:

    Such a cute idea! I used to love getting postcards from family when they were traveling!

  128. Greta H Says:

    Love the bright colors & wonderful snowy background!

  129. lisascreativeniche Says:

    This is so fun! Love the sky!

  130. swanlady21 Says:

    What a fun colourful postcard. Love the idea of post cards too.

  131. Berina Febin Says:

    I love this idea of postcards. Very beautiful.

  132. Fun idea – great winter scene

  133. Carol g Says:

    Very unique postcard idea!

  134. Maryjo Monterosso Says:

    Love the houses and the post card idea is great.

  135. Jacki Says:

    I like the postcard idea, TFS.

  136. Rema DeLeeuw Says:

    Love this!

  137. Nancy Wilcox Says:

    Cute little scene with a beautiful background. I love the idea of a post card!

  138. Miriam Prantner Says:

    What a sweet postcard! I love the masked background!

  139. Susi Says:

    Love how your colouring of the houses pops against that gorgeous sky BG!

  140. Karen P. Says:

    Nice postcard. Lie the idea of mailing for less postage.

  141. Love the postcard idea! Thanks for sharing1

  142. Tasha Dawson Says:

    So pretty.

  143. What a great idea to do a postcard! I love your cityscape against that gorgeous background! Thanks for sharing!

  144. I love the colors on this. Your background is gorgeous.

  145. Joyce M Says:

    I love all the colors on this postcard! Wish I could blend this well!

  146. Vicenta Ghylin Says:

    Love the postcard idea. Awesome colors. Thank you for sharing.

  147. Oliev Says:

    Amazing postcard!

  148. Linda F Says:

    Fantastic postcard. I love your gorgeous glowing sky.

  149. Marianne Says:

    Such a pretty scene. Also love the background blending.

  150. karine boivin Says:

    It is such a great idea to make a postcard. Love all the beautiful colors!

  151. Lisa A creations Says:

    Nice postcard! Thanks for sharing!

  152. Hannah Says:

    Absolutely love this postcard! And the vintage stamp as well.

  153. margabriela Says:

    Beautiful postcard, i love that city scene

  154. Julie Says:

    Love your festive city scene.

  155. Donna Z Says:

    What a gorgeous idea an Christmas postcard, love it. I just love any Christmas card with town or building scenes they are just so cute. Have a lovely day. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  156. Janet Says:

    Really cute, I love the color choices!

  157. Valerie Breingan Says:

    Oh Fantastic. I love,love

  158. Lindarub Says:

    Great idea to do a postcard.

  159. Kelly Clark Says:

    Great card! TFS

  160. Jean Bullock Says:

    Darling winter cityscape. Cool how you made it look like a real postcard on the back. I have a question about the postcard. Do you spray it with fixative before you mail it.

  161. LC Says:

    What a clever design! Such a beautiful scene! I love that you added a vintage stamp. So fun!

  162. Carol K Says:

    very colorful and fun. . .

  163. Rebecca Says:

    Pretty! I really like your night sky – it looks like the city is lighting up the sky a bit!

  164. donnahitz Says:

    Love your dots from fine trimmings to make the post card look!

  165. Deborah Kaye Says:

    I really like the postcard! I must be trying some soon!

  166. Dana W Says:

    Wow!! What an awesome post card!! Anyone would love to receive it!!

  167. beatrice lawson Says:

    How original and lovely! Your snowy sky is the best!

  168. Karen Groff Says:

    Very creative and cute!

  169. Bonnie E Says:

    Very sweet, colourful village – love the blending of the sky!

  170. Fabulous postcard !! You coloured it so brightly, it makes a real impact. A truly merry christmas card.

  171. Bobby Says:

    What a great idea to make your own postcard.

  172. Eileen M. Mackin Says:

    Again, love the blended background.

  173. Laura Greig Says:

    Love the postcard, fabulous!

  174. Angela W Says:

    I love this set from Mama Elephant that makes it so easy to create your own towns and villages. Great idea to make your own postcard. Those would be unexpected these days!!

  175. ireneaddison Says:

    Beautiful scene…the sky is lovely!

  176. Kulbir Kirkland Says:

    Love the postcard idea. Your card is beautfiul.I always forget about it. Thank you so much for sharing

  177. Cheryl Says:

    Love this idea

  178. Clara Callon Says:

    cuuuute, love the background colour

  179. Tracy Says:

    Love your card, and I love The Ton, I have a long wish list there, so thanks for the chance to win.

  180. Lynda Says:

    Great card!!!

  181. Alo Says:

    So pretty! Love the snow created technique! Will try soon!

  182. Amy Ames Says:

    Wow! I love your postcard!! I always forget about postcards. Yours is pretty and fun 😊 Thanks for the inspiration!

  183. super stick chick Says:

    Your background is amazing.

  184. D.Ann C Says:

    What a fabulous snowy sky on your cool postcard!

  185. Roselilac Says:

    Gorgeous card! Love the night background.

  186. christine Says:

    gorgeous colors, as always!

  187. Kari D Says:

    Woo hoo! What a cute idea! So many little details on this post card really take this card over the top! Thanks for the inspiration.

  188. deckle57 Says:

    Awesome concept! Beautiful skyline! 🙂

  189. Samantha M Says:

    WOW!! such an AWESOME postcard!! wow!!! I am totally feeling the ‘city scapes’ for holiday cards this year and this is THE BEST! wow!

  190. I love your postcard!!! Such a festive wintery city scene!!!

  191. Troy Louise Says:

    Love your postcard – so sweet & your background is beautiful.

  192. Richard Says:

    I totally dig anything architectural. Love this postcard!

  193. Christine Cox Says:

    This is really cute! Great coloring!

  194. Beautiful design! And I love the idea of a postcard – I paid so much extra postage this year for the heavier and more dimensional projects – I’ll need to remember to make postcards next year – I’ll be able to spread more cheer for the same price! 😉

  195. Cute postcard. Love the winter scene

    Sammibug in Ohio

  196. Indy Says:

    Wonderful postcards! Love your night scene!

  197. Brithzi Sandy Says:

    Cute postcard. Great idea!

  198. Lynne in NI Says:

    Oh wow I love this! Christmas postcards are a great idea 🙂

  199. Shanna Says:

    Love this card!

  200. Jane Says:

    Love your charming postcard!

  201. Glenna Says:

    I love this card it reminds me of the colours used by one of my favorite Canadian artists depicting northern images! your card is beautiful!!! Merry Christmas

  202. maria f. Says:

    Fun project. I’ve received a couple Christmas postcards this year.

  203. WOW… great and beautiful postcards! LOVE it!

  204. Kathleen Reilly Says:

    Beautiful card


  205. Margaret Says:

    What a great idea – postcards! Thinking maybe I’ll do that instead of cards next Christmas – thanks for the inspiration!

  206. Adorable and great post card idea!

  207. Alma D Says:

    I love postcards. Thank you for the great idea!

  208. Angie Hall Says:

    Great idea for a postcard. Great coloring too. Thnks

  209. Marcia K Designs Says:

    Great idea to create postcards!!

  210. Carey Nusbaum Says:

    I have never made my own postcards, but thanks to you I am going to! Thanks for the inspiration!

  211. Laura Miller Says:

    Fabulous idea to make a post card. And you did a lovely job creating a snowy city scape!

  212. Margaret B. Says:

    Great idea to make postcards!

  213. Naama E Says:

    Beautiful! I really love the postcard design idea 🙂

  214. Laurie Says:

    Such a cleaver idea! Your card is so pretty.

  215. Anita Says:

    Great postcard I would never think to do that!

  216. Preety Says:

    wow! Lovely postcard

  217. Trish F Says:

    Love the stamp of the city scape and how it was colored, very nice and postcards are more economical to send. Thanks!

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