Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 23!

By Taheerah | 23rd December 2016 | 221 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 23 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 23, 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 Butterfly Reflections Ink! This fantastic and growing store has loads of your favourite papercrafting supplies, plus a few exclusives too! This is a fantastic home-grown business headed up by my awesome friend Vanessa – not only does she give excellent customer service but she’s also a wonderful person who totally ‘keeps it real’! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Butterfly Reflections 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:

You Warm My Heart Mittens Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I love creating cards that mix supplies from various companies! Here I couldn’t wait to pull out the Reverse Confetti Smitten Mittens set and create some festive mittens!

You Warm My Heart Mittens Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I heat embossed the mittens with WOW! embossing powders (that mint and pale pink combo again – I just can’t get enough of it!). A little bit of the detail is lost due to the pale colours and the glitter, but I’m alright with that as it allows my sentiment to stand out! I fussy cut out the mittens and cuffs, and edged the mittens with some gold ink. I adhered some awesome gold ribbon to the reverse of my mittens to keep them together. 🙂

You Warm My Heart Mittens Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

Behind my mittens is an awesome starburst! I created this by partially inking up the Time Warp stamp from Neat & Tangled and it worked really well! The little snowflakes may be something you recognise (they were on Day 17’s card! *wink*) but they look much softer when inked in kraft!

You Warm My Heart Mittens Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

A little bit of splatter, some inking on the edges of my card panel, and a label maker sentiment (love that mine had a heart symbol!) and that finished up the card nicely!

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 Butterfly Reflections Ink 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!


221 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 23!”

  1. The inspiration just keeps coming! Another darling card with lot’s of fun elements. I like that you mix the supplies as most of us crafter’s use many different supplies and companies.

  2. Thank you for the sweet card idea…but more, for introducing me to a “new-to-me” company. Now I’ll spend a while browsing their shop!

  3. Got to LOVE that gorgeous pink and mint color combo!! And especially the WOW embossing powders on those beautiful mittens! LOVED how the May Arts tinsel ribbon added even more sparkle and glam! You are so talented to design all of these gorgeous cards!

  4. I love the mittens – I’ve lost my mitten die and need to replace it.
    Mittens seem to speak the Christmas season. the gold
    thread holding them together is great.
    Just a wonderful card.
    thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  5. OH my gosh – those sparkly mittens and gold tinsel?!!?!?! i can’t stand the amazingness! wow!! goooooorgeous!!

  6. The little mittens are so sweet and I love how they tie in with the sentiment. The snowflakes are so sweet too. It’s all adorable!

  7. Love the starburst behind
    the darling mittens!
    Lovely with all the
    glitter and soft colors.
    Merry Christmas.
    Carla from Utah

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