Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 14!

By Taheerah | 14th December 2017 | 206 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 14 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 14, 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 The Ton! What can I say about this amazing company – they’re one of my favourites!! Their designs are so beautiful, unique and clever – I only wish my wallet would stretch to buying them all! And their owner, my dear friend Effie, is just the best! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

The Ton are generously sponsoring a stamp set of your choice as a prize! With an amazing array of products you’re really going to be spoilt for choice choosing 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:
 Holly Jolly Christmas Wreath Card by Taheerah Atchia

If only you could see this one in real life! The varying sparkle and shimmer on the wreath is amazing! 

Holly Jolly Christmas Wreath Card by Taheerah Atchia

I heat embossed various elements from the Christmas Wreath Builder set using different sparkling embossing powders. I started with the base wreath in a sparkly clear embossing powder, then stamped on the white layer and the various embellishments, adding the different embossing powders at each stage, then heat embossing in one go! The stars/sparks are from the Christmas Tree set.

Holly Jolly Christmas Wreath Card by Taheerah Atchia

To create the background on the card, I swiped a white inkpad downwards to create a sort of woodgrain look, then lightly stamped some bokeh dots to add a festive touch! The sentiment is from the Christmas Wreath Builder set and was heat embossed with the same embossing powder as the sparks to tie everything together!

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 The Ton 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!


206 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 14!”

  1. Wow, who knew you could get that kind of depth and shimmer from using different embossing powders? Beautiful card Taheerah, and this blog hop rocks!

  2. If I were to start naming your cards, this one would be “frosted ball” because it looks like a frosted wreath on the outside of a stately old manor, and the subtle bokeh on the background looks like tiny shimmering lights coming from inside, so obviously there’s a party going on! What can I say? I get whimsical when it’s late, but what’s not to love about this card? It’s so gorgeous, and I’m definitely going to have to explore The Ton more, because I love how this turned out. Thanks again for all your hard work!

  3. That’s a cool background and the whole card is very elegant – wish I could see it in real life. The Ton is one of my favorite companies

  4. I DO like your format. It is fun seeing what is behind the decorations. Yes, there’s a lot of inspiration too. I need that. Have 7 more cards to make! Sigh.
    Thanks for doing this!!

  5. Your wreath is beautiful and makes a very pretty card. I love The Ton stamps and dies that I have and there are so many I wish I had! Thanks for sharing your work and get The Ton to be one of the Advent Calendar’s sponsors.

  6. wow layered stamps with different embossing powders is an amazing look I also love your bokeh stamp background this card is really great

  7. This card is absolutely stunning! I do not have any stamps from The Ton but can see these are going to be a necessary purchase to add to my stash!

  8. Uniquely beautiful! Your cards are so different, i love them.
    And i love the ton! All their background stamps… ugh…im in love!

  9. The dots in the background remind me of out of focus lights and make it look like the light source that created the sparkle! Love it!!

  10. Beautiful card, LOVE all the sparkling layers on your wreath, and the white ink swiped background looks pretty too, I will have to try that!

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