Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 11!

By Taheerah | 11th December 2017 | 215 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 11 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 11, 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 Waffle Flower Crafts! With a mix of quirky, trendy, and funky designs they’re sure to help you create fun and unique cards! They are headed up by my awesome friend Nina, who is one of my Gallery Idol alums and a really talented designer in her own right! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Waffle Flower 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:

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card by Taheerah Atchia

I wish you could see the shimmer on this in real life! It’s so festive!

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card by Taheerah Atchia

The image from the Poinsettia set is so beautiful and makes for a unique layering stamp! I used Altenew inks for the flowers and leaves, and Versafine Vintage Sepia for the branches.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card by Taheerah Atchia

The sentiment is from the Peace On Earth stamp set, and I heat embossed it with some platinum embossing powder. I watercoloured the whole card with a mix of shimmery gold spray and then inked the edges with gold ink as well! I finished with a few flicks of mist and some Nuvo Glitter Drops for maximum shimmer!

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 Waffle Flower 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!


215 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 11!”

  1. This is just amazing, Taheerah! I love the retro vibe this card has going with the pink and the elegant poinsettia! Thanks again for a wonderful hop today and a fun Advent calendar countdown!!

  2. You did such amazing work with these stamps! Love your beautiful retro card and especially the silver glitter embossing of that gorgeous sentiment. Such a fabulous font!!

  3. I’m so impressed with how you managed to get the Waffle Flower products (which I tend to think of as being quite modern) to work on such a vintage-y card. Proof positive that there’s always another way to use a stamp set! Thank you for sharing your creativity yet again. You must have been busy as all-get-out while prepping for this, but you have made some stunning cards. Thank you so much for all your hard work crafting and organizing!

  4. Pretty poinsettia card, love the softer colors and the gold shimmer is so elegant and festive! Really like the Waffle Flower designs and your card design is a perfect fit.

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