Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 12!

By Taheerah | 12th December 2016 | 230 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 12 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 12, 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 Waffle Flower Crafts! With a mix of quirky, trendy, and funky designs they’re sure to help you create fun and unique cards! They are headed up by my awesome friend Nina, who is one of my Gallery Idol alums and a really talented designer in her own right! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Waffle Flower are generously sponsoring a prize pack worth $36! You’ll definitely have fun with this prize!

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:

Christmas Sack Shaped Shaker Gift Tags by Taheerah Atchia

I decided to change it up a bit today and create some fun shaped shaker tags! I had a blast putting these together!

Christmas Sack Shaped Shaker Gift Tag by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped the sack image from the Special Delivery stamp set onto acetate using Versafine ink (selectively inking it so I didn’t get the rectangle in the middle), then stamped one of the sentiments from the Peace On Earth set. Next I heat embossed everything with black embossing powder. This was the most time-consuming step due to removing all those stray flecks! I then used my Fuse tool to trace round the shape of the Special Delivery die, leaving an opening so I could fill it with sequins! These particular sequins are a discontinued variety from Lawn Fawn that I’ve been hoarding saving for a special project!

Christmas Sack Shaped Shaker Gift Tag by Taheerah Atchia

I punched a teeny hole in my shaker to thread through some sparkly cord, and attached a tiny tag die cut using a PTI die. The front of the tiny tag is stamped with one of the sentiments from Special Delivery, and one of the stars from a sentiment from Peace On Earth. The reverse got a little treatment too, with a teeny ‘to’ and ‘from’!

I decided to change it up a bit for my second tag!

Christmas Sack Shaped Shaker Gift Tag by Taheerah Atchia

This time I stamped the bag and sentiment onto white cardstock and fussy cut it out before making my shaker shape as before. This was certainly easier and less time consuming that heat embossing on acetate, but I think I prefer the all-clear tag! The shaker filler this time is from Lucy’s Little Things, and the tiny tag had the same treatment as before – but for some added fun I added some jingle bells to this one too!

Christmas Sack Shaped Shaker Gift Tags by Taheerah Atchia

I love how these turned out! I may have to make more of them!


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 Waffle Flower Crafts 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!


230 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 12!”

  1. Okay, now I need a Fuse tool! Thanks for adding a million new wishlist items to my wishlist with this fantastic advent adventure hop!

  2. Your tags are just darling. Thanks for sharing the details.
    I am amazed at the scope of your Advent Calendar Extravaganza…it truly is that! I love the idea of the Advent Calendar, and had one when my kids were little, so seeing this event, I was very excited. This must have been a huge project for you to handle….And All of us So APPRECIATE your work to bring us Christmas fun!

  3. Fantastic idea for a tag. Beautifully done, very creative. Thank you for sharing xoxo Carol W. workmanscraps(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Love your shaker tags! What a cool way to make them! Makes me want a fuse tool! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. Your shaker tags are so much fun! Altogether, there is such different cards today! What a wonderful gift you have put together–thank you again for all the wonderful ideas!

  6. Am enthralled with the idea of having a shaker tag with those gorgeous sequins!!! This way you see all of them since the tag is completely clear!!! Don’t blame you for hoarding slash saving those sequins till now!!! Stunning collection!

  7. Seriously clever, Taheerah … both these tags are absolutely brilliant … cute, pretty, a gift in themselves! Anita 🙂

  8. Oh, these are adorable! I have also been saving (*hoarding) those same Lawn Fawn sequins for this the right project, lol!

  9. I just found this via Simon Says Stamp. Such a fun concept! I’m definately checking out the first 11 days! Love today’s creations. Your tags are very cute!

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