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. Didn’t know about this last year… so excited for this year! thanks to Jennifer McGuire for mentioning it and lading me here!

  2. I enjoyed last year’s advent extravaganza, so I’m super excited to see it’s back!! Your card is gorgeous – I love the impressed snowflakes, makes me think of blind letterpress!

  3. Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year, I love everything Christmas, what a perfect sentiment to kick off the Advent Calendar Extravaganza I love the snowflake die impressions embossed into the card panel. This blog hop is amazing what a super exciting concept. So much inspiration . Thank you for organizing this grand event. Have a most wonderful day. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  4. Modern & beautiful–love your card! Thanks for having this great event again this year! Loved everyone’s project today!

  5. This looks like much more fun than a real advent calendar! I look forward to visiting and being inspired each day! Your card is gorgeous – I love the gold embossing on the vellum, with the embossed background!

  6. SO EXCITED woman!! It is just what I wished for! THANK YOU. AND thanks for the great inspiration to kick off this year’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Woo hoo! Let the creativity begin!

  7. Oh what a terrific card Taheerah! I am going to try embossing some snowflakes like that and I sure love the gold sentiment!

  8. Amazing card! Love the texture with the snowflakes, and the vellum and silver makes it so elegant!
    I have been waiting for this day, and it’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to click on the decor and see where it takes me 🙂
    Beautiful work!

  9. I learn so much with every visit here to your blog and find so much inspiration! Looking forward to the advent blog hop all month for additional inspiration! thanks!!!!

  10. I love the Advent idea and your cars. It’s really stunning in its simplicity but oh so effective and classy.
    Many thanks.

  11. I like what was behind the door. Great colors. A great way to start the advent calendar. Then there is your card. I got cold just looking at it.!

  12. This is a great idea. I love Advent and this is a great way to be in the moment. I love embossing on Vellum. Oh and sparkly snowflakes. Thanks so much.

  13. I love your card, it’s awesome.
    I’m always happy to discover a card with velum : I love it’s look, but I don’t feel confortable when working with it. It’s always good to see posts from real artists with good explanations. Thank you for sharing.

  14. What a great card. I too loved opening up an Advent calendar when I was younger. As I was reading about the Extravaganza, I was getting very excited. Thank you for your time and energy in doing this.

  15. Thank you for creating this Advent Calendar event! I like your use of embossing overlaid with the vellum piece for the text. Very nice. Looking forward to lots of techniques and ideas. I appreciate the time and effort of all the card artists who are participating, and for the vendors for joining in the fun!!

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