Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 16!

By Taheerah | 16th December 2017 | 237 Comments

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!

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 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:

Pine Cones Season's Greetings Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I love the watercoloured look of those pine branches! Very festive!

Pine Cones Season's Greetings Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

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!

Pine Cones Season's Greetings Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
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!

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 SugarPea Designs 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!


237 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 16!”

  1. OMGOSH OMGOSH OMGOSH!!! This is the cutest company!! I have been stamping for many many years and have never seen their stuff!! LOVE THEM!!!!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Ooooh, that’s a really great design, very realistic looking! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration every day!

  9. I agree – classic! So pretty. I have enjoyed having this opportunity to view so many wonderful Christmas cards. Thank-you so much!

  10. Beautiful and so realistic. I can almost smell the evergreen trees on the mountains where I used to walk. Thank you

  11. 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!

  12. Yes…classic for sure…I love the stamp pine leaves…again great job…tfs
    Oh and I really want this stamp set….lol

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