Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 5!

By Taheerah | 5th December 2016 | 291 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 5 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 4, click here!
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 5, 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 The Ton! What can I say about this amazing company – they’re one of my favourites!! Their designs are so beautiful, unique and clever – I only wish my wallet would stretch to buying them all! And their owner, my dear friend Effie, is just the best! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

The Ton 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:

Happy Holidays Present Card by Taheerah Atchia

I have been swooning over the Poinsettia Garden stamp ever since it was released – I couldn’t wait to put it to use for today! I heat embossed it with gold glitter embossing powder then gently watercoloured some areas with Distress Ink.

Happy Holidays Present Card by Taheerah Atchia

I adhered some strips of shimmer cardstock over the panel to look like ribbon – then stamped that bow from the Grand Bows stamp set and added it over the top. Doesn’t it look so real?! Effie did a *fantastic* job designing this unique set!

Happy Holidays Present Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added a die cut tag which I stamped with the sentiment from the Holiday Confetti stamp set, and heat embossed some of the confetti onto it too! A little gold cord ties the tag to the ‘ribbon’ and then a bit of dimensional glue keeps everything nice and, well, dimensional!

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 The Ton 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!


291 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 5!”

  1. This card is just Wow! Beautiful color choices. I have fallen in love with this stamp set. Thank you for more ideas on how to use stamps with different media. I am having a blast with your event and all your guest presenters.

  2. Gorgeous card, Taheerah! I love that poinsettia stamp too and love how you used it. The bow is just divine! This extravaganza keeps on getting better each day with all of the awesome inspiration!

  3. What a stunning card! I love the inspiration from each artist, the format that you choose, the fact that I have something to look forward to each day, and the prizes are fabulous. Even if there weren’t prizes, I would still be enjoying the advent calendar extravaganza and would be inspired to create.

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the way you colored the Poinsettia Garden stamp! It is so awesome ! I love how your card looks like a present!

  5. Your card is stunning, Taheerah! And you fooled me… seen from above I thought it was a stylish wrapping for a gift. Wow!

  6. Thank you, Taheerah for this great Extravaganza. This card is beautiful with the gold embossed poinsettias. They really POP. So clever that you created the card to look like a beautiful present. Very nice.

  7. Gorgeous “gift” card, I love that poinsettia garden background and your light watercoloring is so soft and pretty.

  8. Seriously?!? That bow looks so real! Such a BEAUTIFUL stamp!!! Did you fussy-cut it, or is there a coordinating die? Also, with regards to your questions – I love the format and experience of this advent adventure, and I LOVE the interactive nature of the doors with the surprises behind! SO FUN!!

  9. The present appearance is very pretty. I am awaiting arrival of the poinsettia stamp and will certainly attempt a card similar to this one. Thank. You for stirring my imagination.

  10. I love your card today! Thanks so much for sharing and for putting together this Advent blog. It’s a pleasure to see the different cards each day!

  11. Such a great card. Upon first glance I thought the background was wrapping paper instead of a stamp. Love the idea of a card looking like a present.

  12. I am just finding out about Ton stamps. They have some beautiful images and some fun ones too. Your card is lovely ,making it look like a package is very clever.

  13. Such a beautiful card! I too love The Ton’s unique stamp designs. Do not own any yet and will be thrilled to win. Yes, I do love this event and thanks to you Taheerah, for all the effort you put in for our enjoyment.

  14. Thank you for introducing me to a new to me company. I agree the poinsettia is great but you had me at the bow.

  15. No way would I be ‘ripping open’ a gift wrapped with this gorgeous paper you’ve created; I’d be removing it ever so carefully, saving it for ‘something special’ down the road. That’s why I’m thrilled you’ve transformed this ‘gift’ into a card…which is innovative..and stunning..and just all around amazing! You and The Ton = magic! I don’t have any products from this company, so thank you for bringing them more closely into my viewing range. Excited to see what’s behind the door….inspiration galore about to be ‘unwrapped’….

  16. Beautiful card…it could be the box top for a Christmas present.
    Thanks for another great day of inspiration.

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