Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!

By Taheerah | 1st December 2016 | 464 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to a very special day, kicking off a very special event!!

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 last year 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. After much organising, coordinating and planning, I’m really thrilled to finally bring to you a very special, very fun, very festive series! It was *hugely* popular, and so, by popular demand, I just had to bring it back again this year!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza 2016
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 ONE HUNDRED 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 guests 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 await 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, here’s last year’s video (I’m afraid my filmmaker friend was unavailable to help in time for this year!) to explain it:


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 1, shall we?!

I’ve got some of my very favourite designers lined up today to kick everything off! Just click on the door to reveal today’s surprise destinations and prize! Tip: you will need to do this from the blog itself, not from a feed reader or e-mail!

The door is a bit different this year (curse of moving over to WordPress!). So, now you’ve opened it, please use the image below to find your secret links! As you see, there aren’t any text links, but tap or click on all the decorations/presents in the image below and you will find your secret destinations! *wink*

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 Technique Tuesday! Fun, quirky and awesome, Technique Tuesday have some really great designs! I’m so happy to have them open the event this year! 

Technique Tuesday are generously sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to their store! With an amazing array of products you’re really going to be spoilt for choice 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: 

Most Wonderful Time of The Year Card by Taheerah Atchia

I created this card using the awesome Sparkle And Shine and Snowflakes dies, impressing them into my card panel!

Most Wonderful Time of The Year Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added a piece of vellum over the top, heat embossed with my sentiment! 

Most Wonderful Time of The Year Card by Taheerah Atchia

Some fun details (like a strip of patterned paper, a sliver of glitter, and a scattering of sequins) finish it 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 Technique Tuesday 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 Saturday 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!


464 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!”

  1. This is fun & I hope not to miss the fun any single day. Love the idea of clicking on the decor this year. Thanks Taheerah for hosting this event.

  2. What a wonderful idea! I will be waiting expectantly each day to see what is behind each door! I thoroughly enjoyed today’s surprises. Thank you for sharing you awesome creativity with all of us! Be blessed.

  3. This is going to be so much fun. Your card is beautiful and elegant. This event last year along with the MISTi are what rekindled my addiction to all things ink and paper related. Thank you so much for setting up this amazing advent calendar.

  4. Hooray! The Extravaganza is back! Love the impressions of the snowflakes – so elegant! Can’t wait to see all the holiday and winter inspiration!

  5. Love the gold embossing on your card! And what a fun way to get everyone in the spirit of the season with an Advent Calendar hop!

  6. Love your card, Taheerah! That sentiment is one of my favorites & I love the gold! This extravaganza is such fun. I remember it from last year & love all the secret links.

  7. This is such a fun event!! I think I remember doing it last year too! Thank you for putting this all together! I love your card! Elegant, gorgeous and cllassic! TFS!

  8. OhTaheerah, I LOVE the Advent Extravaganza and I am thrilled that you are doing it again!
    I love the format, the secret destinations, the endless inspiration, the prizes….ALL OF IT! This will be the first thing I do each morning as I have my coffee. I was hoping that you’d do this again this year. Thank You so much for the FUN!

  9. Thank you for bringing some joy to my Christmas season! The cards were all very different yet inspiring! Thank you again for taking the time and effort to put this wonderful Advent gift together. I truly appreciate what you’re doing and look forward to opening those little doors everyday!

  10. The Advent calendar idea is just fabulous! It brings me back to my childhood memories and helps me create new ones for my grandchildren and other family members and friends. I will be back daily!!!

  11. Beautiful card! Love the embossed background and the gold sentiment on vellum.
    This extravaganza is a WONDERFUL thing for the big kids!

  12. Great idea for a hop. My kids get to open their advent calendar every morning and get a candy or tiny gift and now so do I! Thanks and I know it will be put to better use than candy.

  13. beautiful card, Taheerrah – am so glad i found this advent calendar event – looking forward to every day of inspiration!!

  14. What a wonderful and amazing little journey! So fun, I only wish I would’ve known about this last year!!! Your card is gorgeous, and I love the subtle background embossing…

  15. This sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to check out all the destinations for the next 25 days 🙂 I love the snowflakes impressed on your card panel!

  16. Had so much fun doing this
    last year and I’m thrilled to
    see it again this year! Thank
    you and your card is just
    Carla from Utah

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