Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 10!

By Taheerah | 10th December 2017 | 213 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 10 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 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 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 10, 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 Seven Hills Crafts! For those of us in the UK or Europe getting our fix of US crafting goodies often comes with a hefty price tag due to shipping and Customs. Seven Hills takes that out of the equation by selling all our favourites without having to worry about paying extra! They’re headed up by the awesome Tara, and I’m very lucky that I get to design for them too! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Seven Hills Crafts are generously sponsoring a prize pack worth $59! All of the goodies are perfect for starting some 2018 crafting, so you will definitely want to get your hands on them!

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:

Peace & Joy Gold Shimmer Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

This is so shimmery and elegant! Perfect for those who love a sophisticated look!

Peace & Joy Gold Shimmer Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I started with a white card base, believe it or not! I smoothed several colours of Nuvo Gimmer Paste onto my base for a gold ombre look! When that was all dry, I stamped and heat embossed the Hero Arts Star Patterns Background Stamp with gold embossing powder!

Peace & Joy Gold Shimmer Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Handwritten Holiday stamp set, and I heat embossed it with some glittery embossing powder to finish the classy 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 Seven Hills Crafts 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!


213 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 10!”

  1. I’ve never seen that background stamp, but it is gorgeous! And I’m so impressed with what you did with the Nuvo mousse. I didn’t know you could do something that…2-dimensional has a bad connotation, but I mean it in the literal sense of coloring the cardstock like with ink blending. I love what you did with it, though. It’s gorgeous and elegant in ways that I wish I were in real life! Thank you so much for once again introducing me to beautiful new products and techniques. And I’m glad that there are stamp stores out there for those outside the US. Shipping costs in the US can be a pain; I can’t even imagine trying to deal with it internationally.

  2. When you stare at this card your eyes go all dizzy. Mine did. Its like looking at an op art picture from the 60’s. I LOVE IT! I love how you did it and your right, it is stunning! That is one of those expensive Hallmark cards they charge $10 for. I am Gob Smacked! That’s for all our foreign people reading this.
    You asked about this Advent Calendar and how we felt about it. I love it! I love finding new small businesses to support and I always do, and seeing all the amazing talent on here. Being a card maker among other things and having my own business which is now kind of in limbo while I care give my mom & for the 3 years of care giving my dad until he passed away on March 20th, I love to find new places to buy things for my creations. I find them here on this hop. Please do this again next year and hey, maybe you can have one for Easter too? That’s also a pretty important holiday and if I had a blog, which I don’t, I would ask to participate. Is there a way for me to show you what I do?
    Thank you for showing us your beautiful card and for giving us the chance to win something. Now to check out what’s behind door #1 and check out a new company!

  3. It is gorgeous! The background stamp is perfect for this card because it adds texture yet adds a sophisticated look. Thanks fir sharing.

  4. Midas himself would be dazzled by your elegant, stylish gold card, Taheerah! Definitely a head-turner and show-stopper! How wonderful to have Seven Hills Crafts as a ‘go to’ supplier. I need more companies like this in Alberta! Off to see the gems awaiting us today…

  5. I definitely need the Hero Arts Star Patterns background Stamp! I can see myself using it often! I am totally in love with your elegant and breathtaking card! Who wouldn’t love all the gold and shimmer and shine? It makes my heart sing! TFS!

  6. How do you do it?! Every day you amaze me with another project that has me oohing and ahhing! I adore this and pinned it to try someday. Just need more colors of Glimmer paste though…

    Thank you for all of the inspiration and fun via your Advent Extravaganza!!!

  7. Your card is fabulous. I thought it was dry embossed using a set of graduated dies but then read how you made it. It looks so full of texture. Beautiful.

  8. Your card is beautiful! I love how you created it using different supplies from different companies. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. A really elegant and gorgeaous card.

    And how wonderfull that Tara is sponsering tooo.
    I found her shop a long time ago and was so very pleased to get my hands on those stamps I was wanting for so long, but indeed due to high postage to Holland did not order.

  10. Just stunning! Love your design and the gold. Another great stamp company I’ve never heard of before. Thank you. Happy Holidays!

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