Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 19!

By Taheerah | 19th December 2016 | 242 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 19 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 19, 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 Ellen Hutson! What can I say about one of my most favourite companies, and people?! Ellen Hutson is another fantastic papercrafting store full of all your favourite supplies and brands, as well as an exclusive line of stamps and dies designed by pretty much my all-time favourite designer, Julie Ebersole! Ellen and her entire team are honestly the nicest bunch of people *ever* and Ellen herself is an absolute diamond of a person. I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Ellen Hutson 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:

Hold On To Your Baubles! Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia


Tee hee, I had so much fun creating this retro-modern style card featuring one of Julie’s sets called Fat Pants! Each of the elements works so well together and I wanted to go with something sparkly and shiny, but not overpowering!

Hold On To Your Baubles! Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped all of my elements(other than the sentiment) with Versamark ink, and heat embossed them with an array of WOW! embossing powders! Some real favourites in terms of colours here, with mint, pale pink, gold, platinum and a sparkly gold/platinum mix called Midas Touch!

Hold On To Your Baubles! Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used a fine paintbrush to paint Multi Matte Medium onto the round bauble so I could heat emboss some stripes on it – such a fun extra touch! When all my heat embossing was complete I stamped the sentiment repeatedly (thank you MISTI!) and then drew little strings on the ornaments too. My favourite is the one hanging off the sentiment!

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 Ellen Hutson 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!


242 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 19!”

  1. This is a fun card – you might even say a “swinging” card! Love the fun touches – the stripes on the card and the hand-drawn strings. TFS. Love Ellen Hutson!

  2. Love this card Taheerah and I love the bauble hanging from the sentiment too. I would LOVE to have this set. Your baubles look like the old ones from my childhood. Just beautiful!

  3. Again, I just love the colors you use to emboss those great old ornaments. We had one that was aqua with pink stars pressed into the side that I remembered as soon as I saw your card. Since you already used such great colors, I already ordered some and they are suppose to be here today. Can’t wait to get playing.

  4. Great sentiment! I love funny stamps. Ellen Hutson has great items, their essentials by Ellen line is terrific and they package it ready to store. Their customer service is awesome!!

  5. Your card today is so much fun. The ornaments fit the season although they don’t take over the sentiment. I’ve really enjoyed following your Advent calendar hop.

  6. This is just awesome, Taheerah!! I love the “sparkliness” of your card and the sentiment is just fab! I have had this stamp set on my wish list for quite some time and may just have to order it very soon!

  7. *Hang on to your baubles*! Hahahahaha…too much fun, Taheerah! I’d be hanging on to my baubles if they were “this” beautiful! Shimmery, sparkly, stellar! Awesome card in every way! You’ve given me the giggles….

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