Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!

By Taheerah | 21st December 2015 | 185 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 21 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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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 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 21, 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 The Ton! Another new kid on the block, but don’t let that make you think they don’t know what they’re doing – The Ton produce some of the most incredible stamp designs out there! From amazingly clever and realistic layering stamps to sassy sentiments and everything in between, The Ton have their finger on the pulse and are trend-erific! It’s no surprise really, as their owner, my friend Effie, is a *genius* when it comes to designing! And if the stamp designs weren’t enough to send you over the edge, they just released an incredible line-up of inks too!! Mine are being held hostage in Customs as we speak but will be delivered tomorrow, eek!!
The Ton are giving away not one, not two, but THREE $30 gift certificate to their store! That’s right – there are THREE chances to win today, how amazing is that?!?! You’re only problem is going to be one of maintaining self-restraint when throwing stuff into your cart. Ask me how I know. *wink*

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 opted to use the *beyond* amazing Holiday Bows set for this creation – those 3D bows are amazing!!

I stamped them onto Shimmer Cream cardstock for added pizzazz, then used the same inks, with a little water added, to add some watercoloured shading for an even more realistic look!

Mounted onto my base with some Pinflair Glue Gel, the bows pop with dimension. Some trademark splatter (I use it enough for it to be one of my trademarks, right?) and a sentiment from a Papertrey ink set and this baby is ready to hit the town!


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 The Ton 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!



185 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!”

  1. Those bows are amazing – at first glance I thought they were actual bows sitting on top of your card! Took a look at The Ton's website – very impressive!

  2. I think that you're a genius. Using shimmer cardstock is the best idea yet for these fabulous bows. I love them too but hadn't thought about that…brilliant idea. The addition of your shading is perfect to make them pop off the card. yes, I do believe you can call the spatter technique your signature. This has been such a great hop, you know you're going to have to do it next year, too.

  3. I don't ever remember seeing such a cool optical illusion with stamps. What a great card. I'm heading over to The Ton right now. Thanks to you and to your friend Effie for the generous prize.

  4. Oh my…how realistic are those bows, with their 3D gorgeousness! WOW! I admit: The Ton is new to me so after enjoying today's extravaganzas, I'm going for some window shopping. Based on what you've shared, I know I'll be bedazzled! Thank you, again, for the joy this series brings! Happy Monday…four more sleeps!

  5. I love those bows!:)) I agree, that Holiday Bows stamp set by The Ton is wickedly unreal! They look so 3D, I thought they were real bows at first!:)) That is simply a must have. You could do a neat optical illusion trick an a gift wrapping to fool the receiver. I'm sure they'd be equally amazed by this bows!:))

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