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 the fun this year are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up fantastic Christmas inspiration. Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting until you ‘open the door’!

Day 22 is sponsored by Ellen Hutson LLC and I’m sharing a sweet idea for packaging up a few holiday treats using the Leading Lady – Baker Lady from Essentials by Ellen.

I really dig how versatile this set is: while I’ve dolled her up for Christmas, you could use her for any occasion by simply changing the color palette or what accessories are added. (And if you’re not familiar with Brandi Kincaid’s Leading Lady series for Ellen Hutson, each gal comes with a slew of accoutrements you can share between them, extending their use even more – love that!)

While I’ve used it on a box lid, this layout could easily translate to a card or tag. I’ve enjoyed using her open hand to “hold” cookies and cakes, but I particularly like using it show off a sentiment. (And, really, you could highlight just about anything in the space above her hand and it would work – though Brandi’s flowing sentiments curve and fit especially well.)

There’s also a chance for you to win some goodies – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win. Today’s prize is generously supplied by Ellen Hutson LLC: 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.
Visiting and commenting on the other surprise destinations (from Taheerah’s blog) will increase your chances to win a prize. You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

The Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1-25 December at

supplies used:
essentials by ellen – baker lady stamp set
essentials by ellen – baker lady die set
essentials by ellen – no peeking stamp set
essentials by ellen – embossed woodgrain cardstock
neenah – solar white cardstock
lawn fawn – knit picky petite paper pack (apron)
nuvo crystal drops – black ebony
versafine ink pad – onyx black (sentiment)
memento ink pad – tuxedo black
copic markers














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  1. I love this stamp series and I love her little Christmas touches. The little holly embellishment on the apron is adorable! Nicely done. Thank you.

  2. Great idea for a box top, love that she’s very kitted out for Christmas day cooking, your right the leading ladies look such fun especially as they mix & match x

  3. What a great idea to combine paper piecing and coloring. You can’t go wrong with that Lawn Fawn paper, especially for a festive apron! And those cookies look amazing. Can I place a request to be on your Christmas list next year? 😉 Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas and participating in Taheerah’s advent calendar!

  4. I love the Leading Lady stamp sets. The idea of decorating a box with it is terrific. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Brilliant and beautiful way to decorate a box filled with home-made cookies (which, by the way, look absolutely scrumptious)! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creativity and inspiration at Taheerah’s Advent Extravaganza!

  6. What a beautiful way to decorate a lid to a box of baked goods. This image could be used for so many different things.. It would be excellent for bake sale items!

  7. This is for all bakers, candy makers, peeps who love to cook! Great design for labels, tags, boxes for homemade goodies! Yum…

  8. This is absolutely ADORABLE and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these stamps. Thanks so much for participating in this super awesome event with Taheera and friends. I appreciate your wonderful inspiration.
    Karen Letchworth

  9. What a great of idea to use the card to decorate the lid of a box of holiday treat! Love the festive paper-pieced apron!

  10. I love your card! I am in love with stamps that you can get more then one use out of and this is one of those. While I love Christmas stamps, most of them you can only use at Christmas time. I bake all year except in the middle of summer because the humidity does weird things to my baked goods and when it’s 95 degrees and humid, who wants to heat up the kitchen? This one can be used for birthdays and all kinds of holidays when you would make cookies and cakes. When I win, I want this stamp set! Your card is so cute! I love cute! Thanks for showing us your site card and giving us the chance to win something! I can’t wait to see more of the calendar!

  11. Super adorable!!! Love the versatility of these ladies, especially the baker lady! Using it for baked goods is such a great idea, especially around Christmas.

  12. Oh my gosh, what a cool way to gift goodies to someone with that adorable handmade box. What a cool sentiment and love the apron! Happy New Year!

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