Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 4!

By Taheerah | 4th December 2016 | 271 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 4 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 3, click here!
In case you missed Day 2, click here!
In case you missed Day 1, click here!

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 4, 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 SugarPea Designs! With a great mix of cute and graphic, SugarPea Designs have something for everyone! And their owner, my friend Wendy, is such an awesome lady too! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

SugarPea Designs 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:

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Card by Taheerah Atchia

I have really been enjoying colouring cute images with Prismacolors lately and this Santa from the Here Comes Santa Claus set is no exception! He’s so adorable! I stamped him onto kraft cardstock and coloured him to give a vintage feel, adding a few glittery details with a Sakura Clear Stardust pen.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Card by Taheerah Atchia

I adhered him to a panel stamped with images from the Santa’s Gift Tag and Sweet Treats – Christmas sets, then mounted my panel onto a kraft card base stamped with the holly image from Sweet Treats – Christmas. Some Stickles for the berries were the perfect finishing touch, and the extra cream dots really add a great pop that contrasts with the base but marries with the panel perfectly!

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 SugarPea 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 the 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!


271 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 4!”

  1. Love the Santa! I am going to try this with my PTI kraft paper.Thanks for the ideas and the Advent Calendar hop!

  2. Such a cute card & I LOVE the background you stamped–would make a great card front! Thanks for another wonderful event, Taheerah!

  3. Day 4 and the inspiration is wonderful from you and your guest thanks again for doing the advent calendar
    Love your Santa card now I have to go look for the other surprises

  4. Santa’s coloured on kraft? Simply fabulous (you’re a prismacolour pro!), as s your background stamping on kraft. My kraft simply doesn’t get enough attention, so thank you for that first piece of inspiration! Second piece: using the tag sentiments as part of your background. Very clever and very eye-catching! Third: glitter!!! Fourth: the overall festive-y, vintage-y impact! Truly charming and delightful! Forgot to add in my comment for Day 1: love the click-on images! So artistic!

  5. Adorable santa card!
    I love the holly images stamped onto the kraft cardstock.
    Have yet to try prismacolors.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Love your card design! The gift tag stamp is gorgeous and really fits with your vintage Santa. I must try colouring on Kraft! I keep saying that then forget to try it. I’m enjoying having the grown up advent to look forward to each day! Thank you so much.

  7. Love this card …I collect santa’s. I really like the background stamps used.
    Another great calendar day with SugarPea designs

  8. Beautiful vintage style Christmas card, awesome coloring of Santa and I love your stamped backgrounds too! I love this event, clicking on all the secret destinations is fun.

  9. Love the vintage feel to your Santa. Thanks so much for this blog hop with a twist, I love seeing what everyone does and exploring different techniques.

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