Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!

By Taheerah | 21st December 2016 | 247 Comments

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!

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 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:

Kraft Christmas Tree Card Duo by Taheerah Atchia

Let’s start with this duo of rustic cards, created with the awesome Rustic Christmas stamp set! How very apt. *wink*

Believe Kraft Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

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!

Believe Kraft Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

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.

Let It Snow Kraft Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

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!

Let It Snow Kraft Christmas Tree Card by Taheerah Atchia

The snow on both cards was from an Essentials by Ellen stamp set.

Next up, the same stamp sets, but a totally different look!

Joy Love Peace Card by Taheerah Atchia

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!

Joy Love Peace Card by Taheerah Atchia


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.

Christmas Tree Card Trio by Taheerah Atchia

And here they all are together. Which is your favourite? 🙂

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 Lil’ Inker 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!


247 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!”

  1. All these cards are so sweet!! I’m loving the one with the colorful trees!! I love how you added detail with a pen, so creative ?

  2. Your cards are wonderful! I really love the white ink on the Kraft paper! That stamp set is magical! Your cards are so fun!

  3. Your pink and aqua trees card is my favorite. I’ve never uses stickles around the outside of a card; however, I will try it. Very cool.
    Thank you.

  4. WOW! How can I pick a favorite? I love the white ink stamped on craft card but I also really love the pink and aqua colors you did on the other card! Both cards are great & I really love the primitive tree stamps you used on the cards! Thanks again for sharing so much wonderful inspiration and for putting this Advent project together!

  5. Very pretty cards. Stamping on kraft is such a fun effect. Love the colors used on the white card – That one especially speaks to me!

    Sammibug in Ohio

  6. Wow Taheerah, such a cute set of cards! My favorite is your “Believe” card. Simple, rustic, and beautiful! Such an easy way to mass produce some quick cards that pack a big punch!! Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I’m still not done with my Christmas cards. I may just need to case your design here and get busy! If I get them in the mail by the 24th, I’m good! ; )

  7. Gorgeous cards I love the rustic look on the top two ones . I think the reverse stamped second one is fabulous too 🙂

  8. Fell in love with the rustic cards right away and then loved the color and designs on your white card. Thanks again for all your work on this great extravaganza!!

  9. 3 cards with almost all the same trees but all done different. I like the white ones but I’ve found and I guess you didn’t, that white doesn’t always show up when I use it, unless I emboss in white. I don’t have paper that color but its good to know that white shows up on that color brown.
    I love all the different tree designs too. The white makes them looks snow covered. I did that once on a card with some stickles. They looked snow covered and they sparkled like new snow when the light hits it. I like the colored ones too because they are different. Colored trees. Who’d a thunk it? LOL
    I love the sentiments and the lettering. My sister was so good at calligraphy. She would have been good at doing that for stamp companies. I love all 3 of your cards!

  10. I love the white stamping on the Kraft paper – it is very fresh looking and the black sentiment stands out beautifully!

  11. Thank you, Taheerah for the great inspiration. Oh how I love, love, love the Rustic Christmas set. The first card is by far my favorite and the way you designed it is perfect. I was also amazed that the same stamp set can look so very different as in your creations. I appreciate your work.

  12. Just love white on kraft so these cards are my favourites! May use some of those ideas for Christmas cards next year! Such great examples, thanks for sharing.

  13. What fun cards! I think that the “believe” is my fave. I love Kraft cards this year and this one just caught my eye. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  14. I’ve never tried using kraft paper but your 2 cards using it are so pretty. I also love the colors you used for the other card. They are a long way from the traditionally recognized Christmas colors, which is exactly what makes them stand out so much more. Great cards! Thank you for showing some more ways to make holiday cards on your Advent Calendar blog hop!

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