Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 22!

By Taheerah | 22nd December 2016 | 228 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 22 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 22, 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 Paper Smooches Stamps! The very epitome of quirky and whimsical, Paper Smooches have the most fun designs! They are headed up by my super sweet friend, Kim – this lady has such a big heart! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Paper Smooches 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:

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I decided to switch up my styles for this one and went for a fun collage/mixed media look! I had so much fun putting this together!

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I heat embossed images from the cute A Blessed Christmas stamp set, a snowflake from the Fresh Snow set, and a couple of stars from the Be Merry set. I watercoloured the angel and dove with my Zig Markers and then fussy cut everything out. All the elements are adhered with dimensional glue gel for a bit of pop!

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I enjoyed mixing a couple of patterned papers from the Crate Paper Snow And Cocoa Collection again – love these papers!

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I wanted a little more interest on the woodgrain paper though, so I used a stencil and some embossing paste to give it some texture, and added a little splatter as well! The streamer stamps are from the Holly Jolly set, and the sentiment is from the Joyful Greetings set. The washi tape is an old one by Pinkfresh Studio, and as for the sequins – they fell off one of my Christmas ornaments. 🙂 I love the finished look!

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 Paper Smooches Stamps 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 22!”

  1. The string of pearls, the dove and angel, the sequins (fallen off your ornament) and the delightful mixed media with these papers is such a fun way to create something so spectacular!! You had me a Paper Smooches! Great stamps, dies and fun! Love your card!

  2. Wonderful cards, I haven’t tried embossing paste yet but it sure adds a special touch to the cards that you made!

  3. I never would have thought to put the strands of gems on a card but I love the look. I love the background you and one of the guest artists used today. It creates such a subtle pattern to the card and still helps pull everything together. Thank you for yet another technique/idea you have shared.

  4. Super sweet card! Love the adorable images and your wonderful design elements! I have been enjoying this extravaganza so much. Look forward to each day’s surprise “windows” to peek behind. There has been so much inspiration!!

  5. I have these sets, so seeing you create magic and joy with them adds to the impact! The dove and angel are the show-stoppers for me….so pretty, especially set atop the pretty background! A whimsically wonderful way to convey the essence and spirit of Christmas!
    hugs c

  6. Such a pretty card I love the angel and like the colors you choose to work with
    I have really been enjoying this advent calendar

  7. I AM enjoying these days of seeing what/who is behind the secret door! I’ve been introduced to new companies, to me! THANK YOU Taheerah! Your card today looks WONDERFUL! LOOOOVE the flow of the elements! 😉

  8. I enjoyed each of the components of your card keeping in sync with your sentiment. Such a nice mix of bright and soft colors.

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