Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 13!

By Taheerah | 13th December 2017 | 232 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 13 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 13, 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 Concord & 9th! One of the newer kids on the block, Concord & 9th are near-famous for their calligraphy alphabet stamps! But that’s not the only tool in their box! They have an awesome array of very cleverly designed stamps and dies, and have such a unique take on bringing modernity to the traditional! Concord & 9th are headed up by the dynamic duo of Angie and Greg, who are just simply awesome people! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Concord & 9th 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:

Happy Holidays Poinsettia Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

*sigh* I’m swooning over this one! It has that high-end, Rifle Paper Co. stationery feel to it that I just *love*. 

Happy Holidays Poinsettia Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used the Barnwood Background and Blooms Fill-In sets to create my background. Using the kissing technique, I stamped the woodgrain image onto the Blooms Fill In background stamp, before stamping that onto my card. I repeat stamped this a few times, to build up the intensity of colour I wanted, then stamped the Blooms Fill-In background on its own with a lighter colour to add to the base colour of the wood. The results are so spectacular!

Happy Holidays Poinsettia Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used the smaller companion stamps to add colour to the flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from the Ornamental set. I firstly stamped in black but didn’t like that. So then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder directly on top. Didn’t like that either, so heat embossed directly on top of that with black embossing powder. And yes, it did work out just fine!!

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 Concord & 9th 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!


232 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 13!”

  1. Just having so much fun with this hop!! Your card is so pretty, love that stamp and the colors. I also am a big fan of this company.

  2. Oo oh, I just got this stamp set, haven’t used the individual stamp cluster yer, and I love how you used it as a background , just beautiful on that gold!

  3. Wow! Love you’re card and how you created the background. I’ve never tried the kissing technique but I love the outcome! Gorgeous job and colors.

  4. I think I need a video to see how you did this. The kissing technique hasn’t worked for me, but perhaps using a Misti would help? Your card is lovely.

  5. Your background has me squealing with delight! Absolutely breathtaking! It is the perfect backdrop for your lovely flowers!
    It has been another amazing day of hopping along and seeing beautiful creations! You certainly picked an extremely talented group of designers to take us on this 25 day inspirational journey! Thank you for letting me be a little part of it! See you tomorrow!

  6. Your eye for design is abundantly visible here with the pairing of the sets you’ve chosen; I mean, how gorgeous is the woodgrain background with the pretty flowers! This combination is not one I’ve seen and oh my! Joining you in both swooning and being in love with this! Your embossing over the embossing adds exactly the ‘oomph’ you need for your sentiment. Endless inspiration from you!

  7. Gorgeous card, and I have loved all of your creations this Advent series but this one is my absolute favorite (so far!) LOVE the kissing technique with these two fabulous background stamps and the color combo is so pretty. I’ve never thought to heat emboss over heat emboss so good to know there are options when I’m playing with sentiments!

  8. Gorgeous card. I’m always amazed by your vision that makes unexpected backgrounds work. Love engineering of C+9 stamps. So clever. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Quite stunning. Im a beginner and my cards receive compliments but they are childs play compared to yours. I need practice. I strive to reach your caliber. Beautiful card.. really gorgeous. I hope santas good to me this year…?

  10. So beautiful! I have had my eye on this stamp set for a while now. Maybe Santa will put it in my stocking this year! 🙂

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