Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 14 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!
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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!
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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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 14, 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…
Ellen Hutson are sponsoring an awesome prize! They are giving away a fantastic set of advent-themed products, worth over $50! The pack comprises of the following:
Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Advent by Julie Ebersole
Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Advent by Julie Ebersole
Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Mini Windows by Julie Ebersole
Awesome or what?!
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 was heavily influenced by a card I saw Julie create earlier this year, but I put my own spin on it a bit too!
I stamped the images from the Christmas Scribbles set using SU! Cherry Cobbler ink, which is not waterproof(!) I then messy watercoloured with clean water, pulling the ink from the images to add colour. I also used some watered down Heidi Swapp Colour Shine mist for the space between the images and for some of the gold detailing.
A sentiment from Holly Jolly finished it off, along with a little splatter, of course!
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!
184 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 14!”
Pretty card. Love those tiny images stamped in the lovely rich red. The inspiration everyday is amazing & I so look forward to opening that door!
Oh, this is super awesome!!
I've just found out about this fromEllen Hutson. I'm hoping I can catch up with all the other days.
Really beautiful, Taheerah! LOve that you've discovered another water-coloring medium, even if it was a surprise!
very cute card.
What fun. My first day here. Off to check what I missed. Fun card. Hugz
love the card. Really fun design!
One of my favorite sentiments this season! Jingle all the Way!!
Love the card. The stamping is such fun and the smearing from the watercolor adds interest and
age. thanks for sharing.
Such a sweet and fun card filled with Christmas memories!
jwoolbright at gmail dot com
Love those adorable little images and the watercoloring looks fantastic!
cute stamps for a unique card
Love your cute card.
love the sentiment!
Love how you stamped the little images all over – orderly but random all at the same time!
Love how you used all the small elements to make a fantastic background!
Thank you for arranging such a fantabulous hop!
So cute using all of those fun elements!!!
Very fun and love
the smeared look
of the ink.
Carla from Utah
What a pretty card! That would make pretty gift wrap as well!
Beautifu card. Love the Scribbles set.
this is GORGEOUS!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that watercolor look!
Lovely card! I love the effect of the water coloring and the gold shimmer.
Love the Christmas Scribbles set! Fun card!
Love the monochromatic color of the card. Red is perfect! Such cute little images, too.
Great use of water colors! Great card!
Very cute. I love the watercolor effect!
Love this technique. Great card!
Love the watercolor look, awesome!
Love the look of the messy watercoloring.
I love the splatter!
I keep seeing that cute scribble set. It may just move to my wish list!
I continue to be blow away by your beautiful, creative cards! Thanks for this amazing advent calendar!
Julie is one of my favorite artists too! Love your festive card!
This is fun! I like the "messy" look and that red color is great. Thanks for sharing.
Taheerah, I love how you did this background. Very clever! (AND, this Advent hop is fun!)
Great card. Thanks for sharing
A VERY Merry and festive card!
You have done such a great job organizing this series, Taheerah. You rock!
Love all the little Christmas "pretties" on this card, and the fun sentiment!!
Love the technique you used!:-)
Super cute and fun card!!
Very cute card!
I love all of these teeny elements that you created with! Fab card 🙂
What a lovely assortment of winter/Christmas images; today, I definitely need the mittens! I've not been successful at creating backgrounds like these…need to work with those little stamps some more! Again, thank you for the inspiration and the anticipation!
Fabulous CAS card!!!!
Love these stamps and the grid pattern you created at the top!
The watercolor technique fits so perfectly with the retro-modern stamp/design. This is really great.
Like the mini multi-stamping w/ the water coloring. Enjoyed Day 14.
Watercoloured cards are some of my favourite!
Love the watercolored look!