Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 9!

By Taheerah | 9th December 2015 | 185 Comments

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 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…

Today’s sponsor is Uniko Studio! Uniko was actually my second ever DT and so I have very fond memories of my time working with their amazing designs and awesome owner, Bev! With stamps and dies that suit a variety of style, Uniko are a fantastic company that would definitely be welcome in anyone’s collection!

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!


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 Uniko Studio 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 9!”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. Love that BIG gorgeous poinsettia in gold on vellum with white behind. Looks great with the text paper for a background.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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