Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 16!

By Taheerah | 16th December 2016 | 228 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 16 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 16, 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 Newton’s Nook Designs! One of my old favourites, I fell in love with them from their first release of their awesome stamps, and then loved them so much that I ended up on their DT for a while too! Newton’s Nook have some truly adorable stamps and dies – but it’s the cat-themed images that always capture me! Newton’s Nook are headed up by the my friend Jennifer, who is super sweet, and to top it off she and her husband are geeks like me too! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Newton’s Nook 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:

Feline Festive Kitty Ornament Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I had to of course play with one of the cat-themed stamps! This one is Ornamental Newton and he’s up to mischief as usual!

Feline Festive Kitty Ornament Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped my image and then watercoloured him with my Zig Markers. I used my Zigs on the background too, going for an out of focus, almost bokeh-like look of pine tree branches and lights/ornaments. I think I succeeded, what do you think? 🙂

Feline Festive Kitty Ornament Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added some Stickles in places to add some interest and sparkle. This shot is purely to show off that glitz!

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 Newton’s Nook Designs 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!


228 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 16!”

  1. Has to be the most adorable kitty stamp for Christmas I’ve seen! I love it! Love the card – thanks for sharing!

  2. What a cute card! The background is amazing. Wow! It’s day 16 already. This is flying by…maybe because it’s so much fun!

  3. Love your colorful background! I ordered some WOW embossing powders in your colors and thanks for the surprisingly quick response to my question. I’ve sure enjoyed your blog hop and your work!

  4. I love your blurred background! It really does look like a photograph that is focused on Newton and blurred in the background!! Newton swinging on the ornament is just adorable!

  5. This is my first introduction to your Advent Calendar event! So much fun! I’m enjoying visiting all the designers behind the door…looks like I have some catching up to do!

  6. Love the image of the kitty on the ornament. Somehow it’s cuter than when my kitty tried to do that one Christmas! The card is delightful and the background sets off the focal image really well.

  7. yep, once you said “bokeh tree and lights” I completely got it. The background is just perfect! And Newton swinging on the ornament? Well, I absolutely love it! THANKS for the continued inspiration. Can’t believe we only have 9 more days till Christmas! I always hate when we are finished with the Advent Calendar Extravaganza! LOVE checking in every day!

  8. I’ve been wanting Zig markers for quite some time, and this post has made me want them even more! 🙂 Beautiful coloring here!

  9. Such a cue kitty, Taheerah … and an amazing background … such a clever way to suggest the tree and ornaments! Anita 🙂

  10. The cat hanging onto the ornament is wonderful. Animals can be so mischievous which is why I think they are so cute. Your lighter colors make it that more appealing. Thank you so VERY much for doing the Advent Calendar. I usually do blogs because I am just starting on my card-making adventure and need to try to win anything I can. But your Advent Calendar is so rewarding with all of the ideas and techniques I’m seeing. My favorite are the ones where the same stamps and dies are used by a couple of the artists. Seeing the same things used in 2 cards really emphasized how different your cards can look using the same tools. Thank you!

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