Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 25!

By Taheerah | 25th December 2015 | 256 Comments

Hello everybody! Merry Christmas! And welcome to Day 25 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 25, 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 Simon Says Stamp! This one stop shop for all crafting goodies is one of my most favourite places to shop! They have almost everything a crafter could want, and their service is awesome too! They’re great for international orders too as the shipping is really reasonable! Heidi is the awesome lady behind Simon Says Stamp and she is wonderful, enthusiastic, passionate and generous to boot!

Simon Says Stamp are giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store! I wanted to make sure that Advent Calendar Extravaganza went out with a bang and thanks to the generosity of Simon Says Stamp I’ve managed to do that! I just know you’ll enjoy spending this one!

As this event is drawing to a close, I want to take the time to thank each and every one of my sponsors and guests for their support, generosity and time in helping to make Advent Calendar Extravaganza a reality. You have all been amazing and I couldn’t have done it without you! And to all of you who have left comments and paid visits to all our destinations, thank you for all your kind words and for taking part as well! I hope you’ve all enjoyed Advent Calendar Extravaganza and have come away feeling inspired and having had lots of fun along the way! I would love to know what you’ve thought of the event and whether you’d like to see it return next year too!

So before you go visiting our secret destinations for the final time, some inspiration from me:

I broke out the Build A Snowman set and created this fun card! I loved stamping his body very lightly and then adding some very subtle washes of water at the edges to bring in some shading from the ink to make him look 3D!

The pieces in this set are all so versatile, so I could position the nose and smile so that my snowman was looking up at the sky!

I pulled out my embossing paste and Falling Snow stencil to add some snow to my Distress Ink sky, and the snowbank was an outside-the-box use of the Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border die! And finally, I couldn’t resist adding one of the 3D bows from The Ton’s Holiday Bows set to set off his scarf!

And with it being Christmas Day, I’m bringing you two cards! The second having a religious feel:

I loved playing with the A Blessed Christmas set from Paper Smooches!

I paired it up with some ink blending with the Rose Gold Bangle ink again and some watercolouring and splatter!

I stamped the figures with both Versafine and with Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs so that when I watercoloured I’d also get a lovely little bit of bleed of brown around the edges! The sentiment from Papertrey Ink finished things off perfectly!


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 Simon Says Stamp 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 – and Merry Christmas!


Supplies – Warmest Wishes

Supplies – Glory to The Newborn King

256 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 25!”

  1. The idea of seeing handmade goodness everyday is wonderful. This is a busy time of year and I appreciate people taking time out of their busy schedules to create. Thank you for sharing your talents! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Love that snowman. It's so cute!

    Thank you so much for the Christmas hop. It was truly inspirational and I can't wait to use some of these techniques. Thank you to all the sponsors too. It's always nice to find new places to shop.

  3. Your cards are fun and
    pretty. Have so loves
    this fun event everyday
    and do hope it will be
    back next year! Lots of
    work and thanks for all
    the supporting crafters!
    Merry Christmas!
    Carla from Utah

  4. What a grand event this was!
    Thank you for taking the time to pull this all together.
    Thank you,ndesigners,mor sharing your fabulous talents.
    2015 has been a wonderful crafting year.
    I wonder what excitement 2016'will bring.

  5. I know I've said this numerous times, but it bears repeating, THANK YOU so much for this wonderful hop. I can't imagine how much work it was to put it all together and then to pull it off, but I really appreciate it. It has been so much fun to see who was in the other side of the door each day. I have found so many cool crafters, bloggers, and companies to follow no found tips and inspiration at every stop. Your cards have been incredible every day, and I have no idea how you managed to pull off all you have and create such wonderful cards to boot! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you really made my Christmas season so much brighter. God bless you and Merry Christmas.

  6. Love the happy snowman. It would be very sad if he was here today – the sun is out and
    it's getting warmer. No snow in sight.
    thanks for doing this event. It's been a lot of fun.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  7. Day 25 already?! I guess I was a little late to the event, but it sure was fun! Can't imagine how much work it took for you to gather all the sponsors and participants! Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

  8. Gorgeous cards! I am a snowman collector, so your first card is fun! Love the falling snow stencil; will have to put that on my wish list. And your second card is very special, since Christmas is all about our newborn King. Merry Christmas, Taheerah.

  9. How did I miss this? What a lovely idea. I love your cards! I must go back and look at each one soon. We are visiting our daughter and 2 year old grandson in Ohio and having a very Merry Christmas this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  10. Congratulations on such a wonderful, spectacular event! Your non-stop creativity and energy and enthusiasm have given me a lot of inspiration! Thanks for the series and I hope you'll put your feet up and have a cup of hot chocolate knowing you've done a fabulous thing for so many crafters!
    I am loving the snowman card and can see this for winter birthdays, too!

  11. This event was not just fun, but so inspirational. Thanks to your own creativity and Herculean efforts, we all saw so many new products, ideas, and techniques. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, & Merry Christmas. (PS~ Today's snowman card is beyond cute!)

  12. I have enjoyed all 25 days of this extravaganza that is loaded with new ideas and products that I have never seen before! Thank you so much for putting this together! Your cards have been delightful to view and I especially like the fun snowman today with those wonderful bows from Tons (a must have for me!).

  13. Love both of your cards! You have such a talent for creating a variety of cards. Thanks for putting together such a fun event…I know that there was a lot of work behind the scenes. Merry Christmas!!!

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