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!”
Gorgeous cards – I love both looks!
You had me with the white on Kraft, but those soft colors! Wow.
What fun you had with the same stamp! Love the inspiration!
Great cards Taheerah but as always I lean toward kraft/white cards. They always look awesome!
Amazing that both cards are from the same set as they are both so different! Beautiful!
Both cards are great. I love the look of white ink on kraft card stock.
Love the different ways you use the Christmas trees.
My favorite is the white on Kraft! Just delightful.
Fabulous cards–really love the white on kraft! The believe design is my favorite! Rustic Christmas is truly an awesome set!
Love all 3 of your cards but the believe is my fav
I find the combo of kraft and white so lovely!
very nice cards. wish I could keep up with all of it.
While both beautiful, I prefer the kraft one with the white stamped images because I like the contrast.
Like all three but my favorite if Joy, Love and Peace. Thanks for sharing!
Love your kraft and white card with the touch of red. Great color combo.
I especially love the rustic cards–so lovely!
Hard to pick a favorite since they are all great, but I love white on kraft….believe!!
I really like the organic look of the kraft cards, the sentiment really shows when the colors are minimal, another winner!
Love using white on Kraft card stock and those trees are really cute.
Wow!! Awesome cards!! I love the rustic ones, they look like wrapping paper, so awesome!! And the blue and pink card is amazing!! I love the different look with the same stamps!!
Beautiful projects, thanks for sharing!
Love your cards!
Lovely cards and I
love the kraft cards
as the snow and
trees looks better
Carla from Utah
Day 21 already! This Advert Extravaganza has been great. Great to learn of craft companies I’ve not heard of before, especially their products. Lovely simple cards ,love them all!
White on kraft is always a winner especially with those little pops of red. And I love the technique of using the back of a stamp as well as the front! Gorgeous!
These are great cards! I love the look of white ink on a kraft paper 🙂
Love your cards!
Love the white trees on Kraft paper.
Great Kraft cards!!! Love the pop of red!!! And the Rustic Christmas is one of my favorites this year!
love how fun these are–don’t know how you keep coming up with great cards!
Beautiful cards, love this Rustic Christmas set! My fave is the White on Kraft ones, love the ink blended edges too!
Outlining truly popped them.I love the rustic.
White trees on Kraft paper is my favorite.
Great cards. Love the Kraft.
got here from lil’ Inker’s blog. New to this blog stuff, your’s is very interesting.
Lovely background and rustic look.
So cute, thanks for the inspiration!
Fabulous set of cards!
Wow!!! I love the background you created with the trees (front and reverse) and the white on kraft just makes my heart sing! Thank you for lining all of the great bloggers and sponsors – I’ve gained so much inspiration and excitement about card making once again. Thank you!
Love the white ink on the kraft paper!
Your cards are so pretty!! I love the different ways you used the same stamps.
Lovely cards. Love the pop of colour on the first one.
I love the rustic trees, esp on the craft cardstock. They make the perfect background.
Great cards!The “believe” one is my favorite 🙂
these are so perfect! i love the little hint of vintage around the edges of the kraft card
I would love to receive any of these cards.
Love the kraft card.
Love the different tree designs and the way
you stamped them in different styles.
thanks for sharing
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Love these cards. I can you you had a lot of fun stamping them lol!!!
Great cards. Love the white ink on the kraft card stock.