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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia: Christmas on the blog



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’!Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind 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!!

Today, I created a watercolored Christmas card using Snowy Sayings and Tin Roof.

Cas-Ual Fridays Starlquin Snowy Sayings Laurel Beard

I added some light watercolor with my Gansai Watercolors and then sprayed it generously with Perfect Pearls to really give it some shine!!!!

Cas-Ual Fridays Starlquin Snowy Sayings Laurel Beard

PRIZES: 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 CAS-ual Fridays 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. Winners will be announced on Taheerah’s blog the first week of January. Be sure to check her blog to see if you are the winner. 

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  1. Love the pretty colours.

  2. GrammyP says:

    I love your technique! I have the same watercolors but haven’t used them yet! I’m still new to cardmaking so having all of these wonderful techniques each day is truly a wonderful present! Thanks so much for sharing and participating in this Advent project!

  3. Alma D says:

    Love your color choice. Thank you for sharing this card idea.

  4. Christy Q says:

    Beautiful card, Laurel! Love the colors you used and the addition of the Perfect Pearls mist is gorgeous. I’m going to get my long-neglected Perfect Pearls out today and get inky!

  5. mjmarmo says:

    Such pretty colors! Lvoe this!

  6. So soft and pretty!

  7. graham brand says:

    Beautiful ! Love the new colour combo for Christmas.

  8. lovely card Laurel – the soft colors and the pearl shine make it extra special

  9. Oh my GOODNESS Laurel your card is STUNNING! The colours you chose are so pretty! YUM! (Reminds me of cotton candy!)

  10. boilermom27 says:

    That is so elegant, love the colors and the shine!

  11. Love the colours! Beautiful card!

  12. Laurie says:

    Very pretty card. Love how it sparkles.

  13. What a beautiful background you created!

  14. Natalie Winterstein says:

    Gorgeous card! Love the non-traditional colors! 🙂

  15. Liz mcallister says:

    I really enjoy this blog hop!

  16. Barbara says:

    Beautiful card. Love the display you set up also.

  17. Priscilla L says:

    Love your card. The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  18. CathyL says:

    Beautiful colors and card!

  19. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    Such beautiful colors!

  20. Valerie Breingan says:

    Wow such a beautiful background. You always give me the awww effect in creating.

  21. lynnhardy56 says:

    Your card is so pretty! I have the tin roof stamp set and those paints, so I should give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Martha Harris says:

    I love the background colors in combination with the stamping, but note the stamp is Starlequin. Tin Roof would also have been lovely.

  23. Susan White says:

    Beautiful card Laurel!!

  24. A beautiful transformation of Tin Roof into a Christmas card; such gorgeous colours and lovely shimmer! Thank you for being part of Taheerah’s Advent Extravaganza; my festive spirit is soaring having visited here!

  25. Loving the colours, Laurel, and love the perfect pearls! Your card is drop-dead gawjus, my friend!

  26. Absolutely soft and lovely! Great color combo for the holidays.

  27. Heather Lynn says:

    So soft. I love your colors. Thanks for sharing!

  28. OH how beautiful!!! I love the colors!!!!

  29. Rae Dalphine says:

    Such a lovely card! Love the color combination. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Wow! I love your soft background and your use of that background stamp. Very unique Christmas card.

  31. Magical, delightful, festive, fun, amazing, cool, awesome, AMAZING and scrumptious are just a few of the words I would use to say how I feel about this gorgeous card!!! Absolutely fantastic! I think I just had a craftgasm! LOL Total perfection! TFS!

  32. Deborah Kaye says:

    What a gorgeous card! The colors are fabulous!

  33. Angie Person says:

    Very elegant Christmas card. The soft colors are so beautiful.

  34. I like the colors you chose for your beautiful card.

  35. Jane R. says:

    I love the way you used the colors and sparkle.

  36. Pink and aqua look so pretty on your Christmas card and LOVE THE SNOW FALL!

  37. I love the soft pastel colors on this card, they’re very pretty.

  38. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful card, love the watercoloring and soft pretty colors on this awesome background!

  39. DebbieC says:

    Very pretty card in the soft colours. I love the Snowy Sayings stamp set.

  40. Beautiful colors & I have Tin Roof on my wishlist! Love the pp effect–I seem to reach for my spray almost every card now!

  41. irene grau says:

    Lovely card. It’s my favorite Christmas color combo!

  42. Awesome colors, lovely card:-)

  43. Becca Yahrling says:

    Love the gorgeous colors, the design and the lovely
    sheen from the perfect pearls powders. And I just put
    “Tin Roof” on my wish list; it’s beautiful.

  44. Very pretty colors and love the shine added.

  45. Sue Martin says:

    Wonderful use of non traditional colors. So pretty!!

  46. barbara lassiter says:

    This is indeed wonderful! Love the sparkle and shine with the perfect pearls and the watercolor. it could not be more beautiful!

  47. Jennifer K says:

    Beautiful card Laurel, I love the gorgeous colours that you used and the shimmer from the perfect pearls spray really looks amazing!

  48. Dee Earnshaw says:

    oooh the background is gorgeous on this card. Thanks for the inspiration:)

  49. Lisa Gross says:

    Loving the water color effect and the colors you used.

  50. Jackie P. says:

    What a beautiful card!! Love the technique you used and the colours you chose. Not the traditional. Love it!!

  51. Pat Post says:

    I love that the colors are not the usual red and green. The Perfect Pearls adds a beautiful sheen. Love it!

  52. Patt H. says:

    I love this fabulous card! The colors are so pretty & the design is wonderful!

  53. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome colors! Love that Tin Roof stamp you used! On my wish list!

  54. Beautiful watercolored design! Love the non-traditional soft colors!

  55. Carla Hundley says:

    Oh how gorgeous
    this card is! Love
    the colors and the
    Carla from Utah

  56. Carol K says:

    lovely . . . .great way to showcase the sentiment

  57. lisascreativeniche says:

    such beautiful colors!

  58. Laraine R says:

    Beautiful card! Love the colors you used & the shine!

  59. Such soft, peaceful co,ours!

  60. Ooooh, gorgeous!

  61. janclothier says:

    What a dreamy, romantic creation! It’s beautiful and I like the way you’ve used Perfect Pearls for shine too.

  62. Sue LD says:

    Very soft and pretty colors and I like the shimmer.

  63. I love this beautiful blend of pink and blue! Perfect for Christmas!
    Holiday Hugs!

  64. Julie Bowman says:

    What great colors – for Christmas or any time of year. Beautiful!

  65. Barb B. says:

    I love that water colored background. Such soft colors!

  66. Beautiful card,

  67. Kim Strating says:

    This is beautiful… and very do-able!

  68. So gorgeous! And I literally held my breath at the first glimpse of your card. It is so simple, yet so elegant, and might even be something I could do! I am saving this one! Thank you SO much!

  69. This color combo is fabulous. I love this card. So soft an beautiful.

  70. MichelleW says:

    So soft and pretty Laurel!

  71. Very pretty card! Love that stamp set.

  72. Jen W. says:

    That background is gorgeous – so soft and dreamy!

  73. Kristina M. says:

    That watercolor background… Oh my, it is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  74. Pai Meng says:

    love these soft non-traditional colors!

  75. fragkopouloukhotmailcom says:

    Nice pastel colors!Very pretty!

  76. shona16 says:

    Love the pastel colors and design. Makes the words POP!

  77. I love the use of non traditional Christmas colours they are so soft and girly. Have a lovely day. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  78. Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!!! Really Pretty card!! Love the soft water coloring!!

  79. Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful.

  80. Cynthia B. says:

    What a gorgeous card! The watercolors make it soft, and the Perfect pearls and sequins give it great shimmer. 🙂

  81. Your soft pastel card is lovely!

  82. Amy Cooley says:

    Lovely…beautiful blend of colors!

  83. Christi says:

    Beautiful color combo

  84. Vivian says:

    Gorgeous! I will try this…the colors are beautiful and soft. Thanks for the inspiration.

  85. This is my favorite card for the day. Just beautiful. So feminine looking.

  86. Wow!! Gorgeous colors!!

  87. Rose Wallace says:

    This card gives you the peace of Christmas feeling. Really nice.

  88. Lynette says:

    I really love how elegant this card looks! Love the soft watercolors and shimmer!

  89. The soft colors are so pretty on this card and I love the background pattern.

  90. Oh, I love those soft colors — very pretty!

  91. Memoriesbymanda says:

    Such a pretty card! Love the colour palette ?

  92. Barb A in AZ says:

    Love this. I am learning so much. Thanks for the tutorial. Your work is lovely.– Barb

  93. Isabel Z says:

    Love the cutout–such a neat element.

  94. jlingraham says:

    What a beautiful pastel card!

  95. Beautiful card!!

  96. You proved to me that Tin Roof is a must have. What a gorgeous card: elegant and meticulously designed!

  97. Betty Sue says:

    Beautiful card!!! Love!!

  98. Leanne in Cali says:

    Beautiful! Love your ideas and fun techniques. Thanks for sharing on this great extravaganza!!

  99. Isabelle says:

    Your card is so elegant, really beautiful. I love the colors.

  100. Your card is so pretty! I love non-traditional colours at Christmas. Beautifully done!

  101. Teresa Currie says:

    Lovely card, Laurel.

  102. Love the use of the Perfect Pearls! Thank you for the inspiration!

  103. Nice pairing of the stamp with the watercolours. The card looks great.

  104. Karen P. says:

    Very nice. Such pretty soft colors with shine!

  105. Shanna says:

    I love pastels on Christmas cards!

  106. Barb Skinner says:

    a very modern holiday card, wonderful colors.

  107. The watercolors are so neat! Thanks for sharing!

  108. Karine boivin says:

    What a great card! Love the beautiful background!

  109. Roberta S. says:

    Love the watercolors and the perfect pearls. I just purchased some of these watercolors can’t wait to try them out.

  110. Nancy Wilcox says:

    Beautiful colors!

  111. Stunning card! Love the colors.

  112. Patricia Mello says:

    I love the effect of the watercolors with the Perfect Pearls. It is beautiful.

  113. arlenevita says:

    I like the soft colors for a change from red and green.

  114. Thank you, Laural. I love soft watercolors and with the Perfect Pearls, it is delightful! Very nice.

  115. Another perfect pearls card, that must mean I really must use that medium! It does give off a wonderful shine!

  116. Love the design.

  117. Ericka Strange says:

    Great card love the soft colors you used. SO pretty!

  118. Beautiful! I love using unconventional colors on holiday cards.

  119. The shiny watercolor background is so beautiful!

  120. So soft and pretty! Love the colors on this!

  121. Hannah says:

    Oh my word, your card is so lovely! Such beautiful colors especially with the perfect pearls! Thank you!

  122. WOW! That is one pretty card! Beautiful! Love it!

  123. Trina Chaska says:

    Very pretty card, I love the colors you used.

  124. Joyce M says:

    These watercolors are definitely on my “wish list” with so many other products you all have been using!!!!

  125. Soft, delicate and so very pretty, Laurel … the shimmer is gorgeous! Anita 🙂

  126. Nives K says:

    Nice card!

  127. Rebecca says:

    Love, love, love this card! Everything about it. Thank you for sharing :o)

  128. Shirley says:

    Beautiful card!

  129. Jenny D says:

    That background is just beautiful!

  130. Karen K. says:

    Love your soft colors!

  131. Love the non tradional colors

  132. Joyce Casaldi says:

    Love your non traditional colors! Merry Christmas!

  133. Beautiful shimmery watercolour!! So very you! Thank you so much for being one of my special guests! <3

  134. melissa b. says:

    The colors and shimmer on this card are simply stunning!

  135. what a pretty card

  136. Cynthia Cole says:

    Love your shimmery card!

  137. I love your soft, pastel colors!

  138. Michel E says:

    Great card.

  139. Love the soft colors you choose for your card thanks for sharing it with us

  140. Very pretty! I like your card design too!

  141. Thanks for sharing card, looks its time to take out my perfect pearls!

  142. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the colors.
    A beautiful card that is simple is design
    but so wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

  143. Beautiful colors! Love the shimmer!!

  144. Kelly Clark says:

    Gorgeous card! It is very tranquil.

  145. Lovely card, the colors can be used for so many occasions

  146. Ingrid says:

    Love the soft colors for a change of pace during the holidays.

  147. merryf says:

    oh how elegant! This is beautiful!

  148. OMG! I love the pastel colors that you used on your gorgeous background! Love the tin roof and the Perfect Pearls really give your card a beautiful shimmer! Love that sentiment too!

  149. Gorgeous colors!!! Love unexpected colors on Christmas cards!

  150. Your watercolor background is stunning! I just love the colors and the background stamp used on the lower half! Thanks for sharing a holiday card that is outside the box!

  151. Cheryl B says:

    So beautiful, love your color combo~

  152. maureenchandler says:

    What a lovely card – it would be good for so many special occasions! Thanks so much!

  153. Such pretty colors.

  154. Theresa Petermann says:

    watercolors give such great effects. thanks so much for sharing.

  155. Sandy Small says:

    Love the soft colors and the shine on your card!

  156. Aileene Y. Fitzpatrick says:

    Love the wonderful colors you used on the card, they are so soft and inviting especially with the hint of perfect pearls. Lovely job.

  157. ahappyscramper says:

    sweet colours laurel

  158. The star imprint background is beautiful and delicate. Love your soft hues on the card!

  159. Gorgeous card, Laurel! LOVE the colors!

  160. Teri W says:

    Love the soft colors!

  161. I really like this card. Thank you for showing a different take on the traditional colors.

  162. Nikki Winters says:

    Beautiful and creative. Nikki

  163. I really like the color you choose. It is nice to is something different than the usual colors.

  164. Gorgeous card! I love the Perfect Pearl effect. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. 😀

  165. betty lou says:

    Beautiful card! Love the watercolor look!

  166. i like the “not christmas’ colors
    {vicki} in ga

  167. Lindsay S says:

    such soft pretty colors! Thanks for sharing!

  168. This is striking!! What a beautiful watercolor background here! Such a fun layout, too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  169. Tara Prince says:

    so pretty!!

  170. Daria Z. says:

    Soft and lovely!

  171. Laura Harding Peddicord says:

    I love the background. Another idea on my long list of things to try.

  172. mandalj says:

    Love the colours youv’e used on your beautiful card!

  173. So dreamy and beautiful!!! Love the shimmer.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  174. Ohhh, love the beautiful colors!

  175. gorgeous color and shimmer!

  176. Wow, beautiful! Gorgeous shine!

  177. I love the spark!ly background, Beautiful card

  178. Such a beautiful card! I never think to use these colors for a holiday card but you have inspired me!

  179. macimbalo says:

    Beautiful colors so soothing and gorgeous!

  180. swanlady21 says:

    Love the soft colours.

  181. Maryjo Monterosso says:

    Great colors and technique.

  182. Carol g says:

    Great colors so unique

  183. Andrea A says:

    Love the non-traditional colors and shimmer!

  184. Vicenta Ghylin says:

    Awesome card. Really love the colors. Thank you for sharing

  185. love the split card look

  186. joy meadows says:

    The perfect pearls really make this a festive card! So pretty!

  187. Rema DeLeeuw says:

    Love the coloring!

  188. Diane F says:

    so soft and shiny. love the technique and non-traditional colors

  189. Linda F says:

    Laurel your colours are so pretty. Such a gorgeous card.

  190. Such beautiful, soft pretty colors!!!! Thank you!!!!

  191. I love the soft colors on your card.

  192. margabriela says:

    Lovely card, I like the non traditional colors

  193. Lisa A creations says:

    Nice watercolor technique!

  194. Oh, amazing colors.

  195. Lindarub says:

    Love your watercolor.

  196. Jean Bullock says:

    Ooooo a channel card. i love it. Fabulous watercoloring. Well done.

  197. donnahitz says:

    Got me with your pastels and shimmer!

  198. Preety says:

    beautiful card 🙂 thanks for sharing

  199. beatrice lawson says:

    Soft colours, lovely shimmer and that pretty pattern – love it.

  200. ireneaddison says:

    What lovely colors in this card….beautiful!

  201. Karen Groff says:

    This is amazing. Such beautiful colors.

  202. Such a pretty card – love the soft blended background

  203. This is a beautiful card. I love the soft pastel colors you used to create it.

  204. I love the effect of the perfect pearls. I would never have thought of using them that way. Thanks for sharing

  205. Clara Callon says:


  206. Beautiful

  207. Fantastic design and colors!

  208. Amy Ames says:

    What a beautiful card Laurel!! The colors you did in your watercolor background are so amazing. And I love how you used the perfect pearls to get such a gorgeous shine!!

  209. This is SOoooo gorgeous… the fab colors, pretty stamp and lovely shine!!!

  210. Roselilac says:

    Lovely card!

  211. christine says:

    wow wow wow! these colors are just to die for!

  212. deckle57 says:

    Gorgeous colours! Cool technique! ?

  213. super stick chick says:

    Love the dreamy look you got with your watercolors and stencil – so pretty.

  214. Christine Cox says:

    Such beautiful soft colors!

  215. What a lovely card with fab soft colours! And I really like your design/layout.

  216. This is so pretty!

  217. Maria Larsson says:

    Ooooohhhhh! This is sooo beautiful ! Love it!
    Thanks for the inspiration !

  218. Very pretty. Gorgeous background.

    Sammibug in Ohio

  219. Such a beautiful card! Love the soft colors and the perfect pearls! Very pretty!

  220. Brithzi Sandy says:

    Beautiful card, Laurel.

  221. Oooh pretty colours and fab shimmer – I love it!

  222. Kathleen Reilly says:

    Beautiful card


  223. Paula Baer says:

    What a beautiful card! The softness you created reminds me of newly fallen snow.

  224. Simply gorgeous! The colors and embossing are lovely!

  225. Glenna T says:

    Wow I love the soft winter colours in this card! Amazing just like the winter sky Merry Christmas.

  226. Starlequin has made its way to my wishlist. So cool. Looks fabby with pastels too. Merry Christmas!

  227. Margaret says:

    It’s wonderful to see a unique color combo in the Christmas season – this is beautiful!

  228. Such a beautiful and elegant card. I love the colors a lot 🙂

  229. Laura Miller says:

    Wow – what a great technique piece. Love the colors!!

  230. Naama E says:

    Oh wow – the pearly shimmer *swoon* SO beautiful! LOVE this
    Thank you!

  231. Beautiful magical shimmer!

  232. Angie Hall says:

    Love this beautiful card using non-traditional colors for Christmas. Thanks

  233. Marcia K Designs says:

    Love the non-traditional colors!! So pretty and soft!!

  234. littlesavedgirl says:

    I love how you used this stamp and the simple division (of course division is anything but simple for me ?)really sts your card apart .

  235. Love the design of this card!

  236. Carey Nusbaum says:

    I love that your card design is so different! I definitely want to replicate it! I like your color choices and the embossing!

  237. Gorgeous! I love the soft colors and all that shine!

  238. Beautiful color!

  239. Trish F says:

    Love the sheen on this card, it’s what makes it extra special. Thanks!

  240. Kathy Mc says:

    Stunning card, Laurel, with your soft color scheme and a Perfect Pearls!

  241. So soft and sweet!

  242. Nancy-Anne says:

    What a lovely card!

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