Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!

By Taheerah | 1st December 2015 | 317 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to a very special day, kicking off a very special event!!

I’ve always loved the concept of Advent Calendars. There’s something special and magical about those little treats hidden behind those little doors – and the idea of a secret little something to be unwrapped every day really is a wonderful way to build the excitement towards Christmas, not to mention a fun tradition as well!

As the years roll by some of these types of tradition can be lost when we grow up, and it seems a real shame to lose some of that magic and wonder. And really there’s no reason at all why something such as an Advent Calendar can’t be revamped and repackaged for grown-ups, crafty grown-ups… grown-ups like you and me!

So one day in November I dreamed up a fun idea for a event. I didn’t know if it would work, or if anyone would be interested. I approached some crafty friends, and others recruited themselves – everyone loved the idea! Behind the scenes I worked hard to put together something rather different and very special. So a month later, after much organising, coordinating and planning, I’m really thrilled to finally bring to you a very special, very fun, very festive series!


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 over 60 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 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 wait behind the door!

Eek! How fun does that sound?! 25 full days of surprises, inspiration and prizes!!

In case you’re wondering just how it’s going to work, I’ve put together this little video for you:

I’m so excited to be bringing you this event! I really hope you’re going to enjoy it as much as I am!!

Let’s get on with Day 1, shall we?!

I’ve got some of my very favourite designers lined up today to kick everything off! Just click on the door to reveal today’s surprise destinations and prize! Tip: click at the side of the door, not in the middle!


Secret Destination 1 Secret Destination 2 Secret Destination 3 Image HTML map generator

Exciting right?! Isn’t it fun to not know what’s in store at the other end of those links?! Make sure you click each one to reveal the surprise and leave comments at the destinations to win!

And speaking of winning…

Today’s sponsor is Hero Arts! I’m sure they need no introduction! One of the industry giants, Hero have been around for many years and their red rubber and clear stamps, inks and other supplies cover everything from the trendy to the traditional, are high quality and fabulous! I am absolutely *giddy* to have them on opening day of this event!

Hero Arts are generously sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to their store! With an amazing array of products you’re really going to be spoilt for choice spending it!


Now that you know what you can win, I’m sure you’re eager to head off to all those secret destinations to check them out! But before you go, some inspiration from me:

I created this card using the fabulous Message Bursts set, heat embossing the images with several different colours of metallic embossing powder! 

I added lots of fun sequins to accent. I just love the finished result!


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 Hero Arts so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from behind the door, and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

I hope you love this event just as much as I do! I would love to know what you think of Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Do you love the format? The secret destinations? The endless inspiration? I bet you certainly love the chance to win prizes! Please make sure you leave a comment below! Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ll see you back here tomorrow!



317 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!”

  1. I think it is a wonderful idea and I can't believe the effort it must take for you to pull this off. I think it will be so much fun. Your card today is gorgeous, lots of pretty sparkle.

  2. What a fabulous idea! I've already had fun blog hopping today…. especially to one of my favorite crafters, Melis Phillips! Thanks for all of the inspiration to come.

  3. Like the Advent Calendar Hop. I was looking for link to become a follower of your blog but could not find the link. Please let me know here or email (sub symbols for words in parens & no blanks):
    sunshine_honeybee2004 (at sign) yahoo (dot) com
    to let me know how to become a follower. I like Advent calendars. My hubby gave me a Hallmark Snoopy Advent Calendar. Today day 1 had a chocolate gift/present.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  4. This is amazing and I'm in awe that you could organize something so huge! You rock, Taheerah! I love your video too! I liked seeing your face and hearing you talk. Your card is awesome! I can't wait to see where the secret door leads me!

  5. Was sure that I didn't neeeed another holiday stamp set…NEED that one.
    Thanks for all your hard work and the chance to see blogs that I have not gone to before!!

  6. This is such a fun idea and something to look forward to each day. Thanks for all the work you put into organizing and planning this super event.

  7. All your little lead-up teases were fabulous – and the 'destination'…brilliant! I love Advent Calendars (I make them for my niece and nephew…although this year's version has a twist that I hope they like!) so your series here has me quite intrigued! Your Day 1 card: merry and joy making in every way! Love the embossing on black! Off to open the door…

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