Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 16 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!
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 16, 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 SugarPea Designs! With a great mix of cute and graphic, SugarPea Designs have something for everyone! And their owner, my friend Wendy, is such an awesome lady too! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year!
SugarPea Designs 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:
I love the watercoloured look of those pine branches! Very festive!
I used the Pinecone Greetings set and a couple of Distress Inks to stamp the pine branches. I spritzed the stamps each time to help the colour spread, and used a brush with some extra water as well to help some of the colour along its way!
Once I had dried the branches with my heat gun I stamped the pinecones themselves, splattered on some mist, then added the sentiment! This one just screams ‘Classic Christmas’ to me!
Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com 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!
237 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 16!”
OMGOSH OMGOSH OMGOSH!!! This is the cutest company!! I have been stamping for many many years and have never seen their stuff!! LOVE THEM!!!!!!
Pretty card! Love the greenery and pinecones!
I love the card! Also, just found your Advent series today and it’s amazing. I’ll have to go back and do the previous days fun. Thank you.
Gorgeous card, I love the softness the water creates! Great hop!
Heading to my craft room to look through my stamps and try this technique.
WOW! At first glance I thought your card was a photograph Taheerah! It looks AMAZING!
I’m new to the Advent Calendar event. What a great idea! Pine cones are one of my faves. Great card.
Classic – very pretty!
Taheerah this is just the idea I’ve been looking cor. Love the card.
So glad you’re doing the Advent Calendar again this year–so much inspiration & you never know–might win this year–haha! Not sure I’ve used my branch stamps to get a watercolor look–gotta try it as I love your card, Taheerah!
Hello! wow,very lush and wonderful card!! Looks fantastic!!!
Those pine cone branches and pine cones look so realistic. Beautiful colors and wonderful technique.
What a classic card. I get a little nervous spritz in water on stamps, but I keep trying so that one day maybe my results will look like yours.
Your techniques always amaze. This card is a stunning classic and a wonderful inspiration for the Hop. Thanks for all the work of organizing the Extravaganza.
I love tree parts on a Christmas card. Very nice!
Wow – love the watercolour look your achieved on this card!
your pine branch background is brilliant – have to give this a go – beautiful card!
Your card is lovely. This looks like something I can achieve myself. Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful card…I can almost smell that delicious scent of pine. Cheers.
Your card is so pretty, love the pine cones they look so real. Loving this hop!
This is gorgeous! I want to go replicate this right now! 🙂
Love the colors!!!
So dreamy and classic result with the pine bough, stunning!
So glad Sandy Allnock’s post brought me to you … another amazing paper crafting artist! Your “Advent Calendar Extravaganza” is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!
Just found out about this too. What great I inspiration. The pine branches are also amazing
WOW Taheerah, this is gorgeous! I love pine bows and pine cones on Christmas cards but the additional colour you achieved from the spritzing amps up the WOW factor by ten fold!
Very eye catching!
Gorgeous! Love those pine boughs!
Wow I am so glad I found you, thanks to Sandy Allnock. Great card!
Very pretty card. Love the prospective on close up on the tree
Love the colors used for the pine boughs. It’s like a boka tree!
Ooooh, that’s a really great design, very realistic looking! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration every day!
Love how you used the pine needles on your card.
Great technique! Beautiful card!
A very lovely card. All your cards are awesome.
What a beautiful technique you’ve used to create this lovely card.
I love classic,this is an amazing background.
This is gorgeous, Taheerah!
I agree – classic! So pretty. I have enjoyed having this opportunity to view so many wonderful Christmas cards. Thank-you so much!
Love this technique for your gorgeous pine branch card, so soft and pretty and oh yes, classic!
Beautiful card, love it !!!
Beautiful and so realistic. I can almost smell the evergreen trees on the mountains where I used to walk. Thank you
Wow! Awesome technique!!! Your colouring is flawless!!!
Gorgeous card, Taheerah!! Love the mixture of blended and sharp pine needles, so beautiful!
The technique that you used for this card creates such a beautiful background, lovely!!
I love this beautiful , dreamy, watercolor look!
I LOVE the Advent Calendar event! It is so much fun! I tried doing it last year but really struggled so the video is perfect – thank you so much for that and for coming up with this great idea! I look forward to it every day!
An interesting way to use the branches and pinecones.
Yes…classic for sure…I love the stamp pine leaves…again great job…tfs
Oh and I really want this stamp set….lol