Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 17!

By Taheerah | 17th December 2015 | 184 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 17 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

If you missed Day 16, click here!
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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!
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 17, 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 Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval! Put together by the talented Catherine Pooler, Stamp of Approval send you a box of goodies filled with stamps, dies and accessories direct to your door – often filled with supplies that aren’t yet available anywhere else!
Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval is giving away a trio of stamp sets from one of the previous Stamp of Approval collections, all of which are no longer available on the market! You won’t want to miss out on this exclusive prize – I’ve seen what the goodies are so trust me on that!

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: 

Another ‘free day’ for me, so I decided to use one of my favourite sets from Clearly Besotted – In Stitches: Christmas, to create this cute reindeer card! I added a large dollop of Multi Matte Medium to his nose to give him a dimensional, Distress Glitter nose!

Some Winnie & Walter sets made an appearance too – Sparkle for those retro-style asterisks, and Merry & Bright for the sentiment. I used Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding again to add some gold to my middle layer too, and lots of misting on the top!


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 Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval 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!



184 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 17!”

  1. How fun is this???!!! Love the goofy stitched reindeer with the plaid tummy and glittery nose!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  2. Okay between that adorable nose and the checked belly, who couldn't love this reindeer? Definitely adorable and love able! I have found so many new bloggers, companies and artists through this hop and I look forward to it each and every day, I will be sad when it is over. Thanks for pulling this all together.

  3. Such a sweet card. Love the reindeer and the gold on the 2nd layer.
    I am loving this event. It is my little bit of time that I squeeze
    out for myself during the busy holiday season. Checking out the
    daily destinations is so much fun. I feel like I've already won
    a prize.

  4. I have that charming little reindeer and you've showcased him beautifully! Love that glittery nose! Such a heart-warming card! Love it…and this series!

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