Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 21 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!
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 21, 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 Lil’ Inker Designs! One of my DT alums, Lil’ Inker will always hold a dear place in my heart! Their designs are fun, fresh, quirky, with a little sass thrown in! And they are headed up by my friend and uber talented designer, Laura! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year!
Lil’ Inker Designs are generously sponsoring a $35 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:
Let’s start with this duo of rustic cards, created with the awesome Rustic Christmas stamp set! How very apt. *wink*
I created these cards by stamping the trees repeatedly in white ink on a kraft card base, then adding a touch of red Stickles to some of the stars!
I edged the cards with some Distress Ink to add a little depth, and stamped the sentiment from the same set on the landscape card.
For the portrait card I used one of the sentiments from the All The Christmas You’ll Ever Need stamp set. This one has such great sayings in such stylistic designs!
The snow on both cards was from an Essentials by Ellen stamp set.
Next up, the same stamp sets, but a totally different look!
I stamped the reverse of the trees in pinks and aquas, then stamped the front of the tree on some of them, and added detail with a black pen to the others!
The sentiment again is from the All The Christmas You’ll Ever Need set, and the card panel is edged with Stickles! The sentiment was stamped onto vellum and heat embossed, so that it stood out a little more by softening the background below it.
And here they all are together. Which is your favourite? 🙂
Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com 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!
247 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!”
Great cards. I’m a sucker for anything on kraft paper!
My favourites are the rustic cards. Lovely look and the distressing around the edge really adds to their charm.
Love the white on kraft cards!
Gorgeous cards, two different looks! Like the Kraft just a little more!
Love the white on kraft; one of my favorite color combos. Gorgeous cards!
And I’ve only recently been introduced to Lil’ Inkers and can’t wait to shop their store.
Lil’ Inker Designs is a long-time favorite! Love your sweet cards!
Love the CAS fun designs of these cards.
Love all your cards. Fun style, great pops of color.
Love all your cards, but the first one is my favorite! Love the forest of trees in the snow with a few red stars & that wonderful sentiment stamp!
Great cards again today, I always love rustic Christmas cards.
What a great way to use tree stamps. Love the card and style.
I really like these 2 cards. The white ink on the kraft paper with the pop of red is very pretty.
Love all of your cards especially the first card with the kraft cardstock. Thanks for sharing.
the white on kraft is fantastic – and love the little pop of red with the black sentiment.
BEAU-TI-FUL! Especially love your white card with the pinks and aquas!
Here we are at Day 21 and it seems like we just started. This has been so much fun and thank you for creating this again this year! Your cards are all beautiful, but the white on the kraft designs have to be my favorite. because I love that look!
A trio of great cards. Thanks for introducing me to another company I am not familiar with.
Long time fan of white on kraft and you’ve come up with two terrific card designs, but I favor the “believe” card. The colorful card is also lovely, but I really love the two kraft cards.
Beautiful cards. Love the white on kraft with the pop of red. My favorite is the Let it Snow card.
I really love the white on kraft stamping! The believe card is my favorite–absolutely fabulous!! Thanks for these wonderful ideas.
Such a creative idea to use on a greeting card. Thank you for sharing your great creations.
Love the white trees on kraft.
wow these would be great cards or mantle decorations love the idea thank you!. Taheerah this advent calendar has been so much fun. Thank you for all of the thought and hard work you have put into the event. I am so glad I found the blog and played along. The ideas are fantastic and exposure to suppliers is great Merry Christmas!
Love today very much! Cheers!!!
Oh, taheera. Your card is so elegent and amazing. These 3 card is perfect.
These cards are so lovely, the design and colors combination are great? My favorite card of the three is “Believe”. I am one wo loves simple designs and yet unique and still has that WOW factor. You have done so in all of the cards shared so far.
Super cute! I really love the white on kraft!
Those are so pretty. The white on kraft looks fabulous and I like the soft colors of the trees on the other one, too.
It’s so creative and pretty !!!!
I love the believe card, Taheerah, the white trees on Kraft and then that awesome word just speaks to me!
I LOVE the “Let it Snow” card! I LOVE the use of Kraft Card Stock! It ALWAYS AMAZES ME that cards come out SO FESTIVE for Christmas on this card stock! I LOVE IT!!!! It also give a down home feel that I like! 😉 SUPER JOB!!!
I didn’t think I could like anything more than the white on kraft (it immediately made me want to get my stamps out), but the pink and aqua is so so fun! Love these, Taheerah!
I love both of these color combos! Yet another amazing new company I am so happy I discovered.
So pretty! I love the kraft card bases! Awesome! ♥
Great way to make the background! My favourite is the Make it Snow card. Love that technique of using the back of the stamp to add colour also. You have so many great ideas!
I love white ink on Kraft! And the added inking on the edges really adds so much to your card…
advent calendar with its links has been really fun to learn new companies and techniques.
Love white on Kraft!
I love how stamps can be used in so many ways to create different looks and your cards are perfect examples of this! I’m loving your advent calendar again this year – thank you for all your hard work.
These are all simply beautiful! I really like the trees background! You can use it all year but it is great for Christmas too!! TFS! Merry Christmas!
These are 3 of my favorite cards that you’ve done for the Advent Extravaganza this year. Just brilliant!
Looking at this Advent Calendar Extravaganza each day is like unwrapping a Christmas gift early!
I love the simple white on kraft background!
So so happy to see Lil Inker on the advent, I admit they are now my new secret obsession/addiction, well not so secret now right?
I really love the white ink on kraft paper. Looks great!
Lovely projects, Taheerah! This was so much fun!
Love love love them. Just terrific. Cheers.
Great background that can be used with a good variety of colour schemes.