Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!

By Taheerah | 8th December 2015 | 189 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 8 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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 8, 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 Avocado Arts! Packed full of quirky, fun designs, Avocado Arts are hip and fun and versatile too!
Avocado Arts are sponsoring a prize pack of stamps worth over $50! That will certainly get your collection off to a good start so I know you’ll want to win 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 don’t have any Avocado Arts products sadly, so I took this as an opportunity for a ‘free day’ and just played with some unused supplies. 🙂 There’s some lovely Papertrey goodies there, and some Pinkfresh Studio too! The vintage reindeer stamp is called Rudolph Headlines and is by Prickley Pear but now seems completely unavailable, sorry. 🙁


I really had fun mixing different elements to create a more vintage style – sort of embracing my inner Melissa Phillips! I had fun fussy cutting my stamped images and pairing lots of different supplies!


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 Avocado Arts 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!



189 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!”

  1. This card is right up my alley because I love the vintage/shabby chic feel. I love how your layered and also the placement of the spray on the left. All the elements really pop, yet work together harmoniously. It is really fun seeing what you, and each of the other guests create. I know that was the point of the "Advent" hop surprise and it is really working! I am having a blast seeing what us behind the door each day.

  2. there are so many companies around – it's hard to see them all and get products from all of them.
    the spray of greenery at the top, with the snowflake, is really pretty.
    thanks for having the hop. Getting to meet some new people/companies.

  3. Your free day turned out FABulous…I super love this one Taheerah. All the fun details make it simply perfect. I hope you have an amazing day♡

  4. Your card is just LOVELY Taheerah.
    I have never heard of Avocado Arts but I like what I see…Winning THIS prize could be the beginning of a new relationship between me & my new fav. company! LOL

  5. Taheerah, the versatility of your style is intriguing; yesterday you dazzled us with CAS and today, with luxurious layers and lovely vintage elements. The holly and berries cluster is the perfect backdrop for your Christmas die cut…and the wooden snowflake adds such charm. In awe…Day 8 another delight! Thank you!

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