Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!

By Taheerah | 8th December 2016 | 271 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 8 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

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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 8, 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 Winnie & Walter! One of my most favourite companies, Winnie & Walter are well known for their trendy, stylish, and downright awesome products! They are headed up by my brilliantly kind and talented friend Shay, who is an absolute gem. I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Winnie & Walter are generously sponsoring *two* $30 gift certificates 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:

Warm Thoughts Penguin Card by Taheerah Atchia

I am so in love with the *adorable* designs that were found in the last release! I just had to use this one from the Season’s Tweetings with Evelin T Designs stamp set! Look at that little penguin!! I stamped him using a grey ink, so that the illustration looks softer, and coloured him with my Prismacolor Pencils. I will go back to using some other colouring media soon, honest! 

Warm Thoughts Penguin Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added some detail to his hat with a white gel pen, and used the sentiment from the Happy Owlidays with Evelin T Designs stamp set. It might be a little difficult to see but there’s also a pale blue halo around my penguin to help him stand out (subtly!) from the card base – and there’s even some very faint snow and some shimmer which I wish would show up too!


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 Winnie & Walter 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 8!”

  1. Oh this is so very adorable! Great idea to do a light wash around the image to make it stand out from white/gray cardstock. I’ll have to try that.

  2. I was really looking forward to the Advent Calendar event this year….I found it last year by chance and really enjoyed following each days event.
    Thanks so much for sharing all the lovely card ideas in such a fun way.

  3. My favorite card that you’ve done so far! That penguin is adorable! And I love the Prismacolor coloring – it’s soft and subtle and yet bright. Perfect!

  4. First, your card is absolutely adorable. Just the cutest one I’ve seen so far. And then I want to say how much fun this advent blog hop is….just pushing on the bell, the stockings, etc and finding all sorts of goodies, is so fantastic. What amazing creations from all your friends! It’s also a way to stop and relax a bit during this busy season. Thanks!

  5. Everything about this card ROCKS! Love the little chick and the sentiment is cool!!
    I am having so much fun on this hop seeing so many wonderful creations and I love the way we click on the door and then the “gifts” to find out where to go!!! Thanks for putting it all together! I LOVE it!

  6. I love that you stamped it in a soft gray and colored with pencils…he is so cute, even the the hat is almost bigger than him, that is what makes it so adorable! Cute card, Taheerah!

  7. I don’t have any Winnie & Walter stamps yet, but I think this cute set will be my first! I just love that sweet, sweet penguin. And your card is just darling.

  8. I adore Winnie & Walter stamps and your cute little penguin is no exception! Another stamp set that i “need”!

  9. ACK! I want to scoop up that sweet little toque-sporting penguin and give him some cuddles! Beyond adorable! Your prismacolour pencil artistry is fabulous…keep it going (and if you happen to spot a hat like that in real life, let me know! It’s -31C here this morning!!). You’ve started my day off with one big smile…

  10. This is exciting chance to win, some of these companies I have never heard of…time to go have a look see.

  11. LOL, Oh my goodness Taheerah this little guy is SO CUTE! So simple but absolutely adorable. Thanks for the inspiration!

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