Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 25!

By Taheerah | 25th December 2016 | 317 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 25 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!! Merry Christmas!!

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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 25, 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 My Sweet Petunia– creators and inventors of the (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) – MISTI!! What can I say about this wonderful company, and wonderful invention? It’s not very often that a product comes onto the marketplace that truly is a game changer. The MISTI is such a tool and it will change the way you stamp – forever! Not only will your images be clearer, more even and *perfect*, but you also open the door to a whole host of techniques and make mass production of designs a breeze!! A true innovation, and one that every cardmaker needs!! My Sweet Petunia are headed up by my innovative and inspirational, dear friend Iliana – she is just the most awesome person, and if you haven’t read the story of how she came up with the MISTI then please go and look it up – it’s a wonderful Christmas story!! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

My Sweet Petunia are generously sponsoring a MISTI (or a Mini MISTI, if you prefer!) as their prize!! This is a prize that EVERYONE wants, believe me!! Both these sizes of MISTI are awesome, but if I were to pick one, I’d go with the original size – more versatile for techniques (and a more expensive prize too! *wink*)! And if you already have a MISTI/Mini MISTI – trust me, you’ll get on very well with a second one, haha!!

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:

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

Seeing as it’s Christmas Day, I thought I’d give you a gift of my own – a video!! My first video in *ages*! As my card(s) for today have a tool as the sponsor’s product today, it made perfect sense to put the MISTI to use in mass producing a simple but stunning Christmas card! Please watch below, or check it out on YouTube to see it in HD!

And now some photos and some more details!

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used my Mini MISTIs (yes, plural!) to make mass production of these cards a breeze! I stamped the confetti border/corner stamp (from the Holiday Confetti stamp set from The Ton) on diagonally opposite corners, and the sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Merry Christmas Wishes set. The first card uses a white shimmer card front. I heat embossed all the images and adhered my panel to my base – and that’s all there was to it!

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

I had fun with different colour combos – this one features a shimmery black card front, with platinum confetti and gold sentiment!

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

Another favourite here – this time with a red shimmery front, and a cream embossing powder for the confetti!

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

And a green version – this time the confetti is in an off-white!

Merry Christmas Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

And one final one, with a cream shimmer base. 🙂

Merry Christmas Confetti Cards by Taheerah Atchia

And here they all are together – swoon!!

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 My Sweet Petunia 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!

Before we close, I just want to take a few moments and thank you all for visiting here each day. I hope you’ve loved Advent Calendar Extravaganza (certainly from your comments it seems that way!). To say this event is a huge undertaking is actually an understatement – there’s so much behind the scenes work you don’t see, and so so *so* many hours that I pour into making this a celebration to remember. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the festivities and that it’s made your holiday season a little brighter.

I also want to take the time to thank each one of the awesome sponsors and amazing guests that have helped make this event what it is. It simply wouldn’t be the same without them, and they have been so inspirational and generous with their time and their contributions. I hope you’ll take the time to show them as much love as you have me – they all deserve it.

Don’t forget you still have until the 31st of December to get all your comments in, so be sure to visit all the secret links and play along. Fit it all in during your holiday season, and I’ll be ready to draw winners in the New Year to get 2017 off to a good start!!

And finally, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Thank you all so much for stopping by!! I hope you’ll still visit here between now and next year’s event too!!


317 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 25!”

  1. What an elegant card. Love how fabulous it looks for only using two stamps! I’ve really enjoyed the Advent Extravaganza and I find myself checking for the next day’s update long before it’s posted. I must be one of the few people left that doesn’t have a Misti yet. This would really help my stamping.

  2. Merry Christmas Taheerah hope you day is Merry and Bright.
    Thank you for putting the advent calendar together for us. I have loved all of the ideas, exposure to blogs, inspiration and exposure to supplies.

    I hope you enjoy your day.

  3. Merry Christmas Taheerah hope your day is merry and bright!
    Thank you again for all the hard work in putting the advent calendar together for us! Loved all of the ideas, learning, inspiration and exposure to new blogs and supplies. Hope you enjoy Christmas day

  4. Thanks for the video and the tip for lining up the card panel to the card! Great idea! Your cards all look so elegant and pretty and this advent extravaganza has been wonderful to say the least.

  5. Love your cards–Merry Christmas to you, too. It’s beem such a fun hop!
    I think I need a confetti stamp after seeing your cards. I received a Mini Misti for my birthday and just love it.

  6. Beautifully elegant! Love the mix of silver and gold. I have so enjoyed the Advent Calendar Extravaganza and appreciate the many hours of work and very generous sponsors. Merry Christmas!

  7. Gorgeous set of cards! I love the pretty sentiment and the confetti! Reminds me of snowfall. Great colors for your cards and the embossing! Fabulous card to mass produce, thanks to the MISTI!

  8. A truly elegant card that is relatively easy to make and allows for various color combinations. My holiday season has been greatly enhanced this year by you Advent Extravaganza. My thanks to you and all who helped make it possible. What a fantastic gift you have given us! Happy Christmas to you and your family with best wishes for the New Year ahead.

  9. gorgeous cards, Taheehah! thanks for the tip for lining up the the embossed part with the card base! and thanks for the very fun advent card hop – appreciate all your time and effort!!

  10. Love, love, love these simple, gorgeous cards!! (Also love my regular MISTI, and know I absolutely need a mini-MISTI to be its little sister.)

    Thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful Advent Calendar! Awesome!

  11. First of all…thank you for organizing this wonderful event and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Wonderful cards. Perfectly postal friendly and elegant. Cheers.

  12. Beautiful Christmas cards to end an amazing advent calendar hop! I have enjoyed every day of this event and truly appreciate all the time you poured into it as well as the wonderful sponsors and fellow crafters that were a part of this special time of year.

  13. I just found your blog and I’m SO happy I did! The Advent Calendar is such a great idea – I’m going back to check out every single day now! I purchased a mini-MISTI about a month ago, and I’m totally in love with it. My Christmas cards came out so much better this year – and faster! Love your cards – simple and elegant.

  14. Another fantastic card! And it looks great in any of the colours you used! The Misti is an incredible product and a wonderful prize for today!
    Thank you for a great, fun hop. Merry Christmas!

  15. Those are just beautiful! They would be do-able to mass produce but still beautiful and special. Thx so much for this fun event!

  16. All of these are beautiful and so easy to mass produce. I had so much fun this month opening doors daily to see what was behind each one. Thanks for the chance to win lovely prizes and thank you to all the helper elves with all their great inspiration. God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

  17. Love the multi colored cards…. Just got a misti this year and I love it!!!! Interesting to me that you did both heating the embossing powders at the same time. Love you nails and piano playing!!!!! 😉

  18. Beautiful cards. Thank you, thank you for all your work putting together this Advent Extravaganza. I so enjoy it every year. It is so great to see all the products and all the incredible cards everyone creates. I made 110 Christmas cards this year. I may start on next year’s cards, as I am so inspired by all the amazing artists that you featured. Thank you again.

  19. What a lucky day to stumble on the Advent Calendar Extravaganza, what fun! Love the color choices and classic design of the five card set.

  20. I’m so case’ing these. They’re beautiful and postal friendly (extra bonus points!).
    I totally loved the Extravaganza! So filled with inspiration…THANK you for all your hard working of putting this event together. I TRULY appreciate the time and love that went into it.
    I hope you have a most wonderful Holiday….

  21. I really want a MISTI… love how you used it for the embossing. The embossing looks wonderful on that black shimmer card stock – very chic, and I love the vanilla on the red.

  22. What a great card to mass produce. Would be fun to change up the colors like you did.



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