Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 7!

By Taheerah | 7th December 2016 | 285 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 7 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 6, click here!
In case you missed Day 5, click here!
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 7, 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 Hero Arts! This industry giant I’m sure need no introduction! One of the most genuine, ethical companies I have ever had the pleasure of working with, Hero are just one of my absolute favourite. Their products are known for their quality, variety and timeless nature. I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Hero Arts 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:

Believe Forest Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I really can’t get enough of that Forest And Deer Bold Prints stamp. It’s just so elegant! Here I heat embossed it onto shimmery cream cardstock using Platinum embossing powder.

Believe Forest Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I blended some rose gold ink around the edges and a bit onto my panel, then I reached for another product I can’t get enough of – that Believe die that’s part of a die set from Lil’ Inker Designs! I die cut it several times to provide some height, and heat embossed the top layer with Platinum sparkly embossing powder, then adhered it in place to complete the look!

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 Hero Arts 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!


285 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 7!”

  1. Another unique card design. The background is very muted and can imagine being out in the forest during a snow storm. Great winter greeting card.

  2. I am so in love with this gorgeous creation! The Deer and Forest background stamp is quite awesome and I am thinking that I really need to add it to my stash!! TFS!

  3. Absolutely breathtaking card!
    Love that stamp, it’s gorgeous.
    Thanks for the Extravaganza; it’s always
    inspirational and fun.

  4. Ooooooh! I love your card. CAS cards are my faves for Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. 😀

  5. This is very pretty. I have some family members who would love this card. The color is beautiful. I like how you added dimension to your “Believe” die.

  6. I really like the lack of color to show your message off that much more. Thanks for sharing. It’s a fab idea!

  7. Such a classy look. By the way, I am loving the daily Advent events. So much fun and learning about new artists.

  8. So once again you have used a lovely stamp that has been on my wishlist since it was released. We must have similar taste in stamps! You keep enabling me but I need to win the lottery before I’m declared bankrupt!

  9. How elegant! I typically don’t lean toward the deer icons, but you have used it in a way that is so elegant and beautiful. Thanks so much. (I have not tried to heat emboss such a large space either!! Might have to put on my big girl panties and try it later today! I have a new background stamp that would be gorgeous with heat embossing and it only just now occurred to me to try that. So…thanks, …again!)

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