Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 10!

By Taheerah | 10th December 2016 | 270 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 10 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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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 10, shall we?!

I’ve got some of my very favourite designers lined up today to continue the fun! 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 WPlus9! One of my most favourite companies *ever*, WPlus9 are always at the forefront of trends with their products! With superbly designed products – including a range of cardstock and ink too! – there really is something for everyone, whatever your style! They are headed up by my wonderful friend Dawn, who is just about one of the most talented designers around – no wonder her products are awesome too! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

WPlus9 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:

Glitzy Lit Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia


I wanted to do something completely different with this card! Can you believe that tree is actually a solid stamp?! It’s from the Iconic Christmas set, which is full of timeless and classic designs!

Glitzy Lit Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

I placed the tree stamp on my MISTI and then used several of the dots from the Simon Says Stamp Lots of Dots set to ink up a myriad of dots in a plethora of colours! I used A:Muse inks for this as the pigments are rich and vibrant, and as they are pigment they would ‘sit’ on top of each other without becoming a muddy mess! I used 19 colours in total – 19!! Once my tree was full of dots I stamped it on my panel repeatedly to transfer as much ink as possible. Gotta love the MISTI for the ability to do that. 🙂

Glitzy Lit Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

Once I’d got the depth of colour I wanted, I inked the entire stamp with Versamark and stamped over it again, then heat embossed it with a gorgeous translucent shimmery glittery embossing powder from WOW! If only you could see it in real life!

Glitzy Lit Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

I wanted a bit more depth and look of dimension to my tree, so I pulled out my Gansai Tambi watercolours to add some darker shades, as well as white ‘lights’. I also added some gold ‘lights’ by painting with some gold mist, and then splattered the same mist to create a gold ‘snow’! I love the finished look – no need for a sentiment when the tree steals the show!

I was having so much fun that I wanted to use some of my newer stamps to create another unexpected design!

Happy Holidays Retro Glam Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used the adorable bear/girl stamp from Holiday Hugs and paper pieced some parts of it using papers from the Crate Paper Snow And Cocoa collection, and also some glitter paper too!

Happy Holidays Retro Glam Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I did bring out my Prismacolors too for some colouring of the girl’s face and hair, her hand, and also some shading on the bear and to give him rosy cheeks. 🙂

Happy Holidays Retro Glam Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I wanted quite a collage look so I used some patterned paper on my card base and heat embossed the sentiment from Holiday Boughs. For this design the sentiment is almost secondary as it finds its place amongst the embellishments and other elements – but I think it works!

Happy Holidays Retro Glam Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added some stamped trees from the Holiday Houses set (*love* this set!) and added some die cut snowflakes, sequins, and a label maker sentiment.

Happy Holidays Retro Glam Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

Lots of dimension on this one! I love the finished card!

Retro Glam Holiday Cards by Taheerah Atchia

And here they both are together, which is your favourite?

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 WPlus9 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 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!


Vintage Lit Tree Card

Happy Holidays Card

270 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 10!”

  1. Awesome cards! Love that gorgeous tree! *Love* Holiday Hugs and Holiday Houses! Just got Holiday Houses and I am excited to play!

  2. Both cards are beautiful pieces of art! If I had to choose a favourite I would choose the tree simply because it has such gorgeous colour and yet is also very CAS at the same time. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Both cards are great! All the work on the tree card paid off, it is gorgeous. I also love the bear and the little girl card. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  4. I love both cards, but am intrigued by the unique design of the tree. Would love to see photos of each step. And that WOW powder is gorgeous.

  5. Such a fun and effective technique for the tree card, love that you kept it the focus of the card. The girl hugging the bear is adorable.

  6. Hailing you as the #1 rock star of creativity, Taheerah! Your tree is, indeed, the star of the stage with its “myriad of dots in a plethora of colours” (LOVE that phrase…you are an exceptional wordsmith!). Using 19 colours is impressive; the results, mega impressive! Can you guess that I love this card? Your second is infused with absolute joy, from the hugging images (love those rosy cheeks on your polar bear!), to the village background. I can tell you had a blast making both of these! Bedazzled yet again!

  7. Wow, Taheerah, what an awesome Christmas tree … just takes so much admiring! Your little girl and big bear hugging are delightful … such a charming little scene! Anita 🙂

  8. Both cards are wonderful but I would have to say the tree is my favorite. It is the most unique way I have ever seen a stamp used. Very creative!

  9. I am amazed at how many steps it took to make your Christmas tree, but the beauty of it shows each one was worth it! To many others your work on the tree it might not be so intimidating, but my Misti adventures don’t begin until after Christmas so I’m a long way from doing anything as stunning as you did. I am a huge fan of animals on cards because they will usually put a smile on the receiver’s face when they see one. At times the holidays can be difficult for some, so sending them a hug with a nice holiday message can be so uplifting for them. Two fabulous cards! Thanks for sharing!

  10. The tree card is my fave! It is so beautiful! The colors are wonderful and I didn’t want to stop looking at it! Thank you!

  11. It’s a tie! They win in different categories! Love them both so much it’s ridiculous. What perfect background paper you found for the girl and bear card. And all the yummy layers. And the Christmas tree looks just like ours does, a blurr of gorgeous shine and colour when I take my glasses off. Not very romantic but true.

  12. Your tree card is so gorgeous …with all the colours it looks like it is glowing. I love that bear hug stamp on the second card….he is so darn cute. Great sponsor with Wplus9 today.

  13. Wow, I love them both. And they are so different. That tree really is a show stopper. But all the dimension of elements on the 2nd is gorgeous.

  14. The tree card is amazing! And, the second card is very whimsical. The extravaganza is a lot of fun, but I am having trouble keeping up! Hope I can backtrack today to see what inspiration I have missed along the way.

  15. Oh Taheerah, both your cards are stunning! The tree is amazing and second one is so cuuuuuteeeee!!!
    Thanks Wplus9 for being a Sponsor! I love their stamps!!!

  16. Gorgeous cards, I love them both! So different in style but both with bright and cheery colors! I love the Christmas tree of dots, it looks so elegant and the collage scene card is so pretty too, love the foil sentiment and the bear and girl are super cute with awesome coloring. I gotta get my Prismacolor pencils back out! Thanks so much for sharing YOUR wonderful creations as well as soooo many other artists, love this daily holiday event!

  17. WOW! They are both beautiful but I would have to give the nod to the Christmas tree if only for the amount of work that you put into it. Cheers.

  18. I had to keep re-reading the script to see how you did the first card. It is simply stunning. I love the effect of the multiple layers of colors. Just gorgeous. I laughed when I saw that “Brrrr” sentiment on the other! Sometimes ‘more’ is too much, and sometimes it is just so much fun! Thanks.

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