Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 9 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!
If you missed Day 8, click here!
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 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 9, 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…
Uniko Studio are sponsoring a £25 gift certificate to their store – about $37.50! With so many awesome designs I just know you’re going to be spoilt for choice when spending 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 really enjoyed inking up the Pure Florals: Poinsettia stamp set, having not had a chance to play with it before! I stamped it onto vellum and heat set it with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Sparkle embossing powder, then rubbed white ink onto the reverse for some depth of colour. I used Stickles to add the punch of colour to the centre!
The leaves were made from another heat embossed flower, this time trimming out just a few of the petals and inking with green ink on the reverse! I used a couple of layers of patterned paper on my base and some splatter to finish it off, and added the flower, leaves and sentiment with some dimension using Pinflair Glue Gel – and added some splatter too, of course! Love how it turned out!
Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com 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 9!”
Your poinsettia is soooo gorgeous
GORGEOUS card Taheerah!!!
Your poinsettia is STUNNING – LOVE the GLORIOUS golden embossing and the added POP of the white inking, LOVE your CLEVER "leaves" too, something I look forward to trying => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂
Your background is just perfect. I love the poinsettia. Thanks for the inspiring card.
This card is gorgeous, almost too beautiful to send!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all.
I love anything poinsettia! Gorgeous
Everything about this card is so perfect!
What a gorgeous card. It is so perfect on the background that you used!
Pretty, Pretty! Love the newsprint pattern on the background and the simple embossing.
What a luscious poinsettia! Love it with the typography background… mmm
This is gorgeous! I love the big statement flower!
Great poinsettia! Love the detail. Thanks for sharing this.
Such a clever and fun idea for a bloghop, love it! Beautiful card!!
I love white poinsettias – they are just so pretty. Yours is divine and I love the background paper you used.
This card is a stunner. Love the gorgeous poinsettia…it's yummy.
This flower is stunning
Such a beautiful card!! Love the gold embossed poinsettia
So pretty, Taheerah … that poinsettia is just amazing … such lovely layers and glorious gold! Anita 🙂
This is stunning! Love the gold embossed poinsettia on the vellum–so gorgeous!
Thank you for your kind words about Uniko & for making such a beautiful card, it is truly exquisite and 'so' you. I knew you would blow me away with your design, just like you did when you were on the Uniko DT. Thank you too for having me & Uniko be part of this wonderful special Christmas event. Hugs Bev x
This is so awesome!! Love!
Gorgeous card! Love that poinsettia!
Gorgeous card! Love Love LOVE that poinsettia ♥
Love that BIG gorgeous poinsettia in gold on vellum with white behind. Looks great with the text paper for a background.
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Very pretty card…love the embossing on vellum.
Another stunning card today! I may have to " borrow " your idea for stamping poinsettias onto velum and colouring from behind – it looks amazing!
Love your card and that big poinsettia.
the poinsettia is beautiful.
I have a white poinsettia (along with a red one). I look forward
to getting my flowers for the holiday season. I could keep the
one on your card year-round to remind me of Christmas.
thanks for sharing.
I love poinsettias & vellum & gold, so today's card grabbed my heart–gorgeous!
This card is so pretty
and the flower is just
Carla from Utah
this is so lovely! the leaves are a beautiful color!
Enjoying each & every creation.
Gorgeous poinsettia design! Lovely card!
lovely card… the poinsettia is beautiful!
Great dimension! That large flower is so striking!
That poinsettia though…stunning! 🙂
Your poinsettia is beautiful! Great tip about rubbing white ink on the back of the vellum…will give that a try.
love the poinsettia!
Love the poinsettia on your card!
Oh wow ! This poinsettia is so unique ! Love your card 🙂
The embossed whitw poinsettia is beautiful
Beautiful background, love it:-)
LOVE this pretty poinsettia! Beautiful and unique colors too!
That's so pretty….
Exquisite, Taheerah! Your poinsettia is ever so classy in vellum and gold. The background paper sets it off beautifully! Endless inspiration? Yes, yes and yes! Another wonderful start to my morning!
So gorgeous! LOVE!
Love this gorgeous Poinsettia on vellum with gold, so elegant! And great choice of PP for layout! Spectacular!
Gorgeous card Taheerah…love it!