Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 12!

By Taheerah | 12th December 2015 | 172 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 12 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

If you missed Day 11, click here!
If you missed Day 10, click here!
If you missed Day 9, click here!
If you missed Day 8, click here!
If you missed Day 7, click here!
If you missed Day 6, click here!
If you missed Day 5, click here!
IMPORTANT: Day 4 had an extra secret destination added part way through the day. If you want an extra chance to win, click here and open the door again to get your final link!
If you missed Day 3, click here!
If you missed Day 2, click here!
If you missed Day 1, click here!

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 12, shall we?!

I’ve got some really awesome guests and surprises for you today! 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! And also, open on the blog directly, not in a feed reader!

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 Avery Elle! Another of my favourite younger stamp companies, their products are hip, trendy, fun and suit so many different styles! Some of my friends are also stamp designers there so I love being able to support them too! And they’re not consigned to stamps either – if you haven’t tried their inks or cardstock then you’re missing out!
Avery Elle are sponsoring a $20 gift certificate to their store. They have some truly awesome products so I know you’ll grab yourself something amazing with 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 love how this one turned out! I used the Joy To The World set and heat embossed one of the circles to act as a moon, then watercoloured over it with a mix of ink and Perfect Pearls for great shimmer! 

I heat embossed santa and his sleigh too, and added some stars from the Essentials by Ellen Christmas Scribbles set, and some lovely sequins from Lucy’s Little Things.

Some patterned paper and glitter paper layers finished things off nicely!


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 Avery Elle 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!



172 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 12!”

  1. Genius combo of products – love the combo of the perfect pearls and the ink for the shimmer, the heat embossing and watercolor for the dreamy effect! A stand out card for sure. Am still loving every single day of this hop, I have found many new (to me) bloggers to follow as well as a few companies I hadn't heard of. Thanks for making this all available to me.

  2. Oooohhh, love the embossed Santa 'n Reindeer your pretty card, Taheerah! This BH is giving us so many fabulous ideas~now all I need to do is sit in my craft room and get busy 🙂

  3. Your Santa and his reindeer, racing through the shimmery night sky, sparks memories of childhood when we'd watch, through the window, to see if we could spot him. A beautiful, heart-warming card, Taheerah. Thank you for rekindling treasured moments…

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