Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

advent-calenda-extravaganzaHi! I’m super happy to participating in my dear friend Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza by contributing a card (made by me…of course).


Here’s a little bit more about this event from Taheerah herself: 

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!”

Now onto the creativity! I am designing with a stamp set designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, LLC today. I am so very fortunate to be a member of this wonderful team of creative women. The stamp set I’m using today for my entire project is Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Brushstroke Christmas, by Julie Ebersole.


This card is created by embossing the “Peace on Earth” first and then doing the watercoloring. And additional stamping is done after so it is more subtle, but still seen. The white dots were stamped, but weren’t bright enough. I didn’t want them heat embossed so I just went over them with a white gel pen. (Some have a white pearl on top as an added embellishment.)

When completing the card and adding embellishments, sequins and rhinestones are used to keep the effect rather ethereal.

Here is a close up for you:


And one more look of the finished card:


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 Ellen  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 the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheera Atchia runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

*edit – Thank you to everyone who has commented that thinks I should do a video!! I have been in the process of a move. Once I am completely unpacked a video of my watercolor backgrounds will be done. :) *

Below are listed all of the supplies I utilized to make my card. These are affiliate links from which I do make a small percentage from any purchase. Thank you. xo

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202 Responses to 'Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia'

  1. ambecoming says:

    I never get tired of a watercolor background, and you picked my favorite colors. I haven’t tried doing it over embossed sentiments…yet! There’s nothing like a beautiful watercolor blend with a pop of glittery, golden (or silver), shimmery magic! Thanks so much.

  2. Oh my goodness that is beautiful – I love the golden edges on the galaxy /clouds !!

  3. CathyL says:

    Very pretty card! Love the watercoloring!

  4. Kathy says:

    Beautiful, my favorite colors, too! TFS such a gorgeous card.

  5. Oh now that is gorgeous! I love all that purple – it’s my favorite color!

  6. Shelly says:

    This is gorgeous! Looove the colors!

  7. What a perfectly done card…the colours and effect remind me of a far away galaxy. Just beautiful. Cheers.

  8. Oh wow! I just love your card. Your back ground is fantastic!

  9. Beautiful watercoloring. I love the colors and the shimmer…

  10. Sabine Edelmann says:

    Love this beautiful watercolour background! Stunning!

  11. Abby says:

    Great colors!

  12. DebbieC says:

    Nice Card. Great stamp set. Glitter tape is something new I need to check out.

  13. Cheryl says:


  14. Jenny D says:

    Beautiful card! Love the watercolour!

  15. Jackie Parkins says:

    Wow! That background is amazing, I love it!

  16. joy meadows says:

    Gorgeous card!

  17. Liz mcallister says:

    That background. Would love to see a video!

  18. Carol g says:

    Oh I just love this background. I just ordered some wtercolors and can’t wait to play

  19. Beautiful watercoloring!! I love the purple colors and the pop of gold!!

  20. Becca Yahrling says:

    Oh my, what beautiful, beautiful colors in your awesome background. And the gold makes it so elegant. “Peace” is my favorite word, so I just love this beauty!

  21. Leanne in Cali says:

    Oh beautiful! Love your background and the embossing of your sentiment! Thanks for sharing on this fun extravaganza!!

  22. Valerie Breingan says:

    Gorgeous watercolor. I love the colors you chose.This looks fantastic.

  23. Linda says:

    This is stunning. Love all the texture and your colors are indeed ethereal.

  24. Sherrol says:

    Wow! What a beautiful card. Love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Ingrid says:

    That’s one beautiful card! It has just the right amount of sparkle for my taste. Just lovely.

  26. Mary Holshouser says:

    I love the watercoloring. I’m getting into
    using that technique more all the time.
    It’s fun, it’s faster than trying to bbe exact,
    and you come up with such wonderful
    color combinations.
    I’d be thrilled to have this card come to
    my house.
    thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  27. Janet says:

    Beautiful colors and I love the gold shimmer that is on the card!

  28. Heather Lynn says:

    Beautiful watercolor galaxy background. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Lovely card with gorgeous colors!

  30. Julie says:

    Stunning background. I love this card!

  31. Nancy Wilcox says:

    Gorgeous background!

  32. betty lou says:

    Beautiful! Love the colors and the shine!!

  33. fragkopouloukhotmailcom says:

    Lovely color combination!Stunning background :)

  34. All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! I love the background and your choice of layers is perfect! TFS!

  35. Lynda says:

    Stunning background on the card!!!

  36. Natalie Winterstein says:

    So pretty! Love the background.

  37. Andrea A says:

    This is a beautiful card. I wish you had a video of your process!

  38. Colleen F says:

    Beautiful colors in this card! Love the added gold.

  39. Lisa A creations says:

    I like how you used different colors for this holiday card.

  40. Barb B. says:

    Love that watercolor background!

  41. aileene2016 says:

    The color choices for the background is simply stunning. The overall design is beautiful.

  42. mjmarmo says:

    Such a beautiful card!!!

  43. merryf says:

    wow this is spectacular!

  44. Dana M says:

    Just gorgeous! Fabulous watercoloring, shimmer and shine!

  45. Gorgeous watercolor card! I love the beautiful starry night.

  46. janclothier says:

    I love the richness of the colours in your ethereal and extremely beautiful background.

  47. Kristen says:

    Beautiful card! Love your colors and composition! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  48. Judy says:

    I love the beautiful watercolored background on this elegant card!!

  49. Greta H says:

    Love your gorgeous, elegant watercolor–mine doesn’t come out like this–haha! Wonderful card!

  50. barbara lassiter says:

    Wow! This is stunning. Love watercolor backgrounds and they are perfect for all seasons and occasions!

  51. annheidel says:

    What a gorgeous background!

  52. Wow! What a background!!!!!

  53. Chris Baker Cox says:

    So pretty…ethereal!! Love it!

  54. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Amazing water colour card – the gold embossing and sequins really pop on your lovely background.

  55. Cynthia Cole says:

    Sweet watercolor card!

  56. carol says:

    You’ve created a gorgeous canvas for your pretty sentiment; it reminds me of the swirls and colours that appear in photos of the earth taken from space! Thank you for joining Taheerah’s Extravaganza; you’ve sent my festive spirit soaring!

  57. Terri (Blindstamper) says:

    Your watercoloring is divine! Love the color choices!

  58. Christy Q says:

    So pretty! I love the celestial look of your card, so perfect for the sentiment.

  59. christine says:

    simply stunning!

  60. beatrice lawson says:

    Gorgeous background, I love it!

  61. Lindarub says:

    Love your background.

  62. Mary W says:

    Ethereal is exactly how I would describe this beautiful card.

  63. Margaret Bridges says:

    Such a pretty card…love the colors and the sentiment!

  64. Barbara says:

    I love the background, it looks like a real pic of outer space.

  65. Sue LD says:

    Very cool background and I like the gold embossing.

  66. BunnyD says:

    What a beautiful watercolour effect! Absolutely stunning.

  67. Michel E says:

    Great card.

  68. Isabel Z says:

    Stunning background.

  69. Rosemary D says:

    really lovely card!

  70. WHOA, LISA! This is beautiful! Totally ♥ this!

  71. jlingraham says:

    Oh my goodness I’ve never seen such a beautiful marble look of yummy colors. Have no idea how you did that.

  72. Teri W says:

    Oh this card is gorgeous! Love love love the colors!

  73. Chris Handy says:

    Love th watercoloring. It makes a stunning card

  74. Dana W says:

    Gorgeous card!! LOVE the watercoloring!!

  75. Patricia Mello says:

    I really love the watercolor effect and the colors you used. Very beautiful.

  76. rdh95 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  77. joniworx says:

    Amazing watercoloring – and you nailed the ethereal aspect I think! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  78. Mary Alice says:

    iGreat card. really like the colors you selected for the background.

  79. Janet Sisk says:

    Gorgeous card! Just love that watercolor effect. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  80. Lisa Gross says:

    Beautiful card.

  81. lynnhardy56 says:

    Oh that’s really pretty!

  82. Karen P. says:

    Love the colors in y9ur card. Thanks for sharing

  83. I love the water colored background on your card, simply gorgeous!

  84. Zina says:

    Beautiful watercolor card

  85. Oh, so gorgeous! The watercolor effect is awesome!

  86. Bonnie E says:

    This is a very peaceful card – the watercolouring is just heavenly on it. Beautiful!

  87. Deborah Kaye says:

    What an incredible card! Your background is GORGEOUS!

  88. lisascreativeniche says:

    Such a dreamy background!!! Beautiful work!

  89. Beautiful watercolor card, love the embossed sentiment and the color combo!

  90. Wanda Reynolds says:

    Beautiful and sparkling! Love it!

  91. Rose W says:

    Watercolor backgrounds are eye catchers. I really like to look and look again at the colors. It feels surreal. A+on this card.

  92. Helen F. says:

    LOVE the background and all that glitter ‘n gold :-)

  93. Trina Chaska says:

    I love the colors you used on your card.

  94. irene Grau says:


  95. What stunning watercolouring on the background. Love it!

  96. Rowena M. says:

    This absolutely fantastic!!! The coloring is lovely

  97. Lauren Thacher says:

    Beautiful watercolor!! That background is just amazing!!

  98. Rose says:

    Beautiful! I love this as it is my favourite colours & it looks so gorgeous with the touches of gold!

  99. Nives K says:

    Great card.

  100. Lisa this card is stunning! The background is amazing, with the rich colors and the touches of gold are brilliant!

    Sammibug in Ohio

  101. Isabelle says:

    Wow, your watercolor coloring is gorgeous !

  102. Marianne says:

    Gorgeous! Also love the subtle streaks of gold in the watercoloured background.

  103. Roberta S. says:

    Love the colors of the watercolor background. I like all of it. The style of the word peace will have to grow on me. The richness of the colors of this card to me needs a more elegant font for peace sentiment.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Roberta — the style of font for the word “Peace” in MY mind does not need to be more elegant. Simplicity is always best, and forces you to really look at the card. In fact, If I had even an even a simpler font? I would have picked that. It’s how I do things. It’s a juxtaposition between the busy-ness of the background and the clean, simple lines of the font. I hope that helps explains my creative process.

  104. deckle57 says:

    Gorgeous card! Love your watercolour background!

  105. Wow! This is so pretty! I love that gorgeous background!
    Holiday Hugs!

  106. Barb A in AZ says:

    Gorgeous and serene.

  107. karine boivin says:

    Your watercoloring is amazing. The colors are perfect together!

  108. Berina says:

    Such a beautiful card!! Love the background! Yes! I too think that we need video!!

  109. Shanna says:

    love the card!

  110. Jane says:

    Lovely card!

  111. Martha R says:

    Gorgeous card – great colors! Thank you.

  112. Kim Strating says:

    Oooooh! So beautiful! Looks like Northern Lights :)

  113. Maryjo Monterosso says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the background. Great job, thanks for sharing.

  114. Dee Earnshaw says:

    Wow, this card is out of this world GORGEOUS. Love how you made the background and the colors:)

  115. Thank you, Lisa. I love Julie Ebersol creations for Ellen Hutson. Another fav of mine is watercolor. You have really captured the great look for the earth….Peace on Earth….Praying peace comes soon.

  116. Fantastic background! Love the purple with gold.

  117. graham brand says:

    Beautiful card! Your watercolour background is awesome!

  118. Laura Peddicord says:

    Your watercolor background is breathtaking! The color combination is really pretty. It’s definitely something I would love to learn to do. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Christmas card.

  119. Rae Dalphine says:

    Love the watercolor background, stunning

  120. Jackie P. says:

    What a beautiful card!! That background is lovely and so different. I love the white dots and white pearls. It’s just what it needs.

  121. Flo says:

    Your background is beautiful. I love the pop of gold too.

  122. maria f. says:

    What a dreamy sky!

  123. GrammyP says:

    Your card is amazingly beautiful! The background is outstanding! Thank you so much for sharing!
    P.S. I, too, would love to see a video when you get the time!

  124. super stick chick says:

    Love your watercolor with the beautiful gold accents.

  125. Gorgeous marbling of beautiful colors!! Would love to see any videos of your fabulous work!!

  126. Richard says:

    Wow, so lovely. I like the sparkly strip.

  127. Betty Sue says:

    Love the watercoloring!!!!

  128. JBrady says:

    GORGEOUS watercoloring here!!

  129. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Very pretty card.

  130. Laura Miller says:

    Your water coloring is fabulous. You achieved the ethereal feel. Well done.

  131. Glenna says:

    Lisa the colours in your card are magical. absolutely beautiful. thank you for putting this in the advent calendar event

  132. Jen W. says:

    Your watercoloring is absolutely gorgeous! So rich and perfect with the gold ink.

  133. STUNNING! Your background is divine and the gold looks fab!

  134. TK says:

    Beautiful card! LOVE that gold marbled through…

  135. melissa bi. says:

    Wow! This is stunning. Looking forward to the video :)

  136. Amy Cooley says:

    Beautiful watercolored background!

  137. Such a stunning work of art!

  138. Cynthia B. says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous background! The gold on top is perfect!

  139. Shimmery, dreamy and so gorgeous, Lisa … what a stunner! Anita :)

  140. Andrea says:

    Love the background! Gorgeous!

  141. Bette says:

    Everyone is saying the same things, the galaxy is breathtaking! A wonderful back drop to “peace on earth…. good will to men.”

  142. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Beautiful colors!

  143. Vicenta Ghylin says:

    Your card is simply awesome. Love the watercolors and they blend so well together. Thank you for sharing.

  144. Attard Judie says:

    Super fabulous colouring!!!! Wow!

  145. This is such a beautiful card, I love the colours and the background you created! And you finished off the card in a great way, too!

  146. Kristie says:

    So gorgeous!!! ♥

  147. Keysha Sain says:

    Your card is beautiful! I love your water coloring!

  148. Lindsay S says:

    Love the background!

  149. Carol K says:

    beautiful background. . . .

  150. Marty Harris says:

    Your word, ethereal, describes your card perfectly! I love the colors and the design.

  151. Janelle says:

    Since I’m 70 years old, I’m going to call this GROOVY! On first sight, I thought: outer space. Your coloring is amazing and the details are wonderful.

  152. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    How absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

  153. Patt H. says:

    This card is absolutely perfect! Love the colors, design & overall feel of it! Wonderful job!

  154. Jean Bullock says:

    Cool watercoloring. Kind of gives a feeling of the Cosmos.

  155. Joyce M says:

    What a magical card!

  156. Irene says:

    Love the colors that you used…a beautiful card!

  157. Kulbir Kirkland says:

    Beautiful card, Love your background. Thank you so much for sharing

  158. FeM says:

    I like the colors your chose for your awesome card.

  159. DebSelby says:

    Amazing background.

  160. Amy Ames says:

    Wow your watercolored background is stunning!! Love the simple sentiment you added.

  161. Wow! Beautiful card love love the background so pretty. And the gold is gorgeous on it. Great job!

  162. Laura Greig says:

    Just gorgeous!!

  163. Laurie says:

    Very pretty. I like the colors.

  164. What a gorgeous watercolor background! The gold embossing looks stunning against the gold background (and that is one of my favorite stamp sets)!

  165. Samantha M says:

    wow. this is beyond gorgeous! the background is striking and SO pretty!

  166. Indy says:

    Beautiful card! Love the watercoloring!

  167. Gorgeous card, LOVE your colours!

  168. Isabelle says:

    Gorgeous colors. And this sentiment is one of my favorite : our poor world needs definitively more peace !

  169. Daria Z. says:

    What a beautiful watercolored card. Such pretty colors.

  170. Mary-Anne V. says:

    wow what amazing card I love love the colors

  171. Karen B. says:

    Oh goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous!

  172. Gorgeous background!

  173. Sue Townsend says:

    What a gorgeous background. I love the blend of your colors, and exciting, yet peaceful design (if that’s possible!), but it works!! Merry Christmas.

  174. Janet Trapp says:

    Such great techniques! Love the card!!!
    God bless & Merry Christmas!

  175. Kari D says:

    What a beautiful card. Love the layers of color you achieved, with the gold floating on top at the ‘edges’ of color. Thanks for the tip about brightening white dots with the gel pen. Lovely inspiration!

  176. Oliev says:

    Amazing background!

  177. Alma Dirpaul says:

    So very pretty!

  178. D.Ann C says:

    What gorgeous watercolors! Set off by the gold edge, they stand out even more!

  179. Carey Nusbaum says:

    Your card is absolutely stunning! Just stunning! Your background is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  180. Margaret says:

    Your card is really beautiful – the colors, the touches of gold, the shimmer, the embossed sentiment – all go together perfectly!

  181. Rebecca says:

    Ethereal and lovely! I eagerly await the video of your watercoloring technique (probably not as eagerly as you await finishing your move!).

  182. Kristina Song says:

    Beautiful painterly look! Gorgeous!

  183. Marcia K Designs says:

    Wow!! Gorgeous colors!! Love the non-traditional look. Eye-catching!!

  184. Robin says:

    Beautiful card. I must try the water color technique.

  185. Wow! Breathless card!!! So bright and festive! Love the colors!!!

  186. Hannah says:

    Wow, stunning! Love the colors. Thank you!

  187. Beautiful background! Looks so magical!

  188. Karen says:

    Love the richly colored background… so pretty!

  189. LC says:

    Absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching card! I love the added shimmer and highlights!

  190. Anita says:

    Beautiful effect, great job

  191. Preety says:

    Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing :)
    Cheers and happy new year

  192. This is absolutely stunning!! The colors are so pretty and veins of gold running through are the perfect finishing touches!

  193. Trish F says:

    What a beautiful card, love the watercolor background. Thanks for sharing!

  194. Naama E says:

    Oh wow – absolutely stunning! The watercolor background is SO beautiful and works so well with the embellishments and the sentiment – dreamy

  195. Angie Hall says:

    Love the dreamy background.

  196. Beth says:

    This card is beautiful!! I’m looking forward to that video! good luck with your move!

  197. I’d love to see a video too!

  198. pai says:


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