Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!

By Taheerah | 1st December 2017 | 372 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to a very special day, kicking off a very special event!!

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 a couple of years ago 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 a quick video that explains how to find those special links!

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 1, shall we?!

I’ve got some of my very favourite designers lined up today to kick everything off! 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 Catherine Pooler! From her fun product collections, to her amazing online community, StampNation, and all the way to her *amazing* Stamp of Approval Collections AND beyond-awesome inks (seriously – they will change your stamping life!), Catherine is making massive waves in the industry – and she sure knows how to throw a party! I’m so happy to have her open the event this year! 

Catherine Pooler is generously sponsoring a prize pack worth $100!! Is she super generous or what?! I insisted she included some of her *amazing* inks in that bundle of goodies too!

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 Winter Wishes Mitten Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I created this card using the awesome Holiday Mittens stamp set, stamping my panel using the Peppermint Scrub and Eucalyptus inks!

Warm Winter Wishes Mitten Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped the snowflakes and edged the panel with gold ink, then stamped the sentiment with Icing On The Cake ink! This baby is great for mass producing! 

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 Catherine Pooler 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 Sunday 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!


372 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 1!”

  1. Very cute card!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to put this all together for everyone to enjoy. Also, your video explanation of the doors was a great help.

  2. Oh, my GOSH!!!! I just love this mitten card!!
    I have to get that mitten set!!
    Great card, and loving the AC Extravaganza!!!

  3. This looks like so much fun! Thanks for putting such an interesting event together. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. I love the cute mittens on your card – great knitted look.

  4. This Advent Calendar Extravaganza is so much fun! Thanks for dreaming it up, you have such fun ideas! You card is fun, love those CP inks!

  5. Your card is beautiful!
    As always, I enjoyed today’s door…thank you so much for continuing on the advent calendars. I started from the first year of you doing them and truly enjoy them. <3

  6. Love this advent calendar
    and do it every year! It’s
    full of fun and love all
    the giveaways.
    Carla from Utah

  7. Yay! I’m excited for this year’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza! Your card is so pretty! I love the mittens and snowflakes 🙂

  8. Yay! I had so much fun during last year’s event. I like being surprised and inspired every day, and yes, being able to win prizes is part of the fun too! Catherline’s latest ink collection is making its way to Greece as we speak. I have just poited some cards on my blog using Grass Skirt and Rockin’ Red and even managed to do some 2nd to 6th generation stamping using the red for my Winterhaven poinsettia.

  9. Have so much fun playing all my with the advent calendar every year. Thanks for having it again Taheerah!

  10. I stumbled upon this Extravaganza last year, really enjoyed it and have been looking forward to it again. So glad that you are doing this!!

  11. I’ve been counting down the days to the Advent hop. First thing I checked this morning on my iPad!
    Your mitten cards are adorable. I love the knitted stitch details.

  12. Oh yay! I love your Advent Calendar Extravaganza! So much fun and so very inspirational.
    Love your mittens card; I’m a huge fan of a stamped all over design like this.

  13. Love your ACE! What great cards today! I am not familiar with Catherine Pooler products, so today was fun! Thank you for the chance to be inspired and win great products!

  14. Love the mittens and the snowflakes . I love the Catherine Pooler inks! They are amazing. What a fun way to keep the holiday excitment going.

  15. Those mittens are so darned cute! Thanks for organizing this very fun hop. I love Advent Calendars as they remind me of my childhood.

  16. Woo hooo! I’ve been waiting for this event since the last one ended! Love the excitement of the daily reveals AND the inspiration they bring! Your mittens: send a pair my way! It’s cold outside, baby! LOVE your card! I’m hearing only great things about CP’s inks; saving up to invite some into my collection! Off to see what other surprises you have in store for us!

  17. Love your mittens card and I’m all for a quick and easy card especially using the FAB CP inks! So excited to help you kick off this amazing event!!!! (thanks for the video that explains the doors!) ?

  18. ❤️?? your delightful card! It reminds me of my granddaughters favorite story, Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens. It is the first story that she read by herself.
    I am so happy that you are doing this awesome event again this year! I had so much fun last year! TFS! ?✨?✨?

  19. Wahoooooo! So excited for this to start and you started off with a BANG.
    This card is so cute. There’s something about mittens, love them..awesome color choices!

  20. Such sweet knitted mittens in soft colors and Love the presentation! Yes, I totally agreed!!! This is an awesome chance to win some juicy inks and products from Catherine Pooler Designs! Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

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