Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 6!

By Taheerah | 6th December 2016 | 294 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 6 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 5, click here!
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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 6, 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 Altenew! Run by two of my dear friends, Tasnim and Jen, Altenew’s designs instantly win you over with their assortment of stunning florals, bold graphics, and much more! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Altenew are generously sponsoring a $30 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:

Poinsettia & Pine Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia


I really love the large scale of the images in the Poinsettia & Pine stamp set and wanted to do something a bit different with it for this card! I stamped the images with Distress Inks to create a frame, then watercoloured over them with a little more Distress Inks to soften them and add some colour. I wasn’t going for an even look (both in terms of symmetry of the frame, or the watercolouring) so that it felt more ‘organic’.

Poinsettia & Pine Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia


I spritzed and watercoloured a little with some Perfect Pearls Mist too for some extra shimmer! To finish I die cut the sentiments using a die set from The Ton, heat embossed them with gold glitter embossing powder, then adhered them in place!

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 Altenew 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!


294 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 6!”

  1. Another beautiful card! I love the au naturel look of the card and how it frames the sentiment- which is gorgeous in the gold glitter ep! I’m really enjoying the extravaganza.

  2. I love the watercolor look. It gives each petal its own look instead of each one exactly like the other. Very pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I like your card and thank you so much for doing this again. It’s so fun to look forward to every evening when I can sit down. This year I feel it flows better but I can’t tell you why. Sorry.

  4. Another gorgeous card. I can’t believe that I don’t already have that stamp set! So much inspiration today – and you are costing me a fortune young lady!

  5. Lovely card Taheerah. The ‘muted’ images look wonderful framing the heat embossed greeting. I love Altanew images!

  6. Wonderful design and colors and GLITTERED WORDS! So pretty!
    Thank you for ‘bringing back’ the Advent Calendar. We had one when my children were small, so it was a nice tradition for us.
    Yours is great fun!

  7. Oh, my. I could play all day with that stamp set. How much fun could you have with one stamp set and some different inks and mediums. I can think of at least 10 designs just involving changing up colors. Thanks for your very lovely version.

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