Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 2!

By Taheerah | 2nd December 2017 | 326 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 2 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 1 yesterday, click here!

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 2016
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 2, 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 Altenew! Run by two of my dear friends, Tasnim and Jen, Altenew’s designs instantly win you over with their assortment of stunning florals, bold graphics, and much more! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year!

Altenew are generously sponsoring a $30 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 & Bright Mistletoe Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I am really digging using non-traditional Christmas colours this year, and this modern mistletoe card is no exception!

Merry & Bright Mistletoe Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used Altenew’s Mountain Mist and Blush inks for the leaves, with a little Peach Perfect for some shading! I used rose gold embossing powder for some fun details and the sentiment!

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 Altenew 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!


326 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 2!”

  1. This is so much fun, I am glad I got to be part of it this year. Your card is so pretty and I love your colors you picked, it’s nice to see something different for a change, way to go !!!!

  2. Ok, the second door took me nowhere yesterday, even though I clicked on each item in the doorway. And today, I doing even have a second door to click on! What’s going on? Frustrating. ???

  3. Very pretty card Taheerah! I love the colors of this, I really like non-traditional Christmas colors, but I tend to stick to blues.

  4. Love your card. Really pretty colors – and I have to get that Rose Gold Embossing Powder. Such a great color for sentiments all year long. I’m a bit of a newbie so this hop is a lot of fun and so inspirational. For me, it’s an opportunity to learn from others who have so much more experience – but the same passion that I have.

  5. These colors are lovely and I agree Altenew’s stamps are wonderful. I’ve been eyeing them for too long and hope to get my hands on them this Christmas.

  6. I have this stamp and I have seen so many inspirational pieces. This is beautiful. I love the depth that you have with the die ink stamping and embossing. Well Done!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous again! Lol. And the cards on the hop are fabulous! Thank you so much for the great inspiration and a chance to win some fun prizes! 🙂

  8. Love your card and the use on non-traditional colors! Altenew stamps are one of my all time favorites and I love watching their Facebook Live events to learn what is new as well as new techniques!

  9. Taheerah, I love your gorgeous pastel design! All of your guests have made beautiful cards as well. I love Christmas, and I love your Advent Calendar Extravaganza! 🙂

  10. Taheerah,

    Thank you for creating the Advent Calendar Blog Hop. All your artists inspire me with different perspectives. You are assisting me with so much inspiration. I an already looking forward to tomorrow’s posts.

  11. Love your color choices for this lovely card! Today is another inspirational day showcasing one of my absolute favorite companies! The designers have done a fabulous job making their products shine! TFS!

  12. Love how you used non-trditional Christmas colors to create your Beautiful Holiday Work of Art! Love the colors you chose as well with the Rose Gold Embossing Powder. I am in the process of making an Advent Calender Tree with Kraft cardstock, various shafes of green cardstock for mini die cut trees to stamp numbers with versamark and emboos with rose gold embossing powder. Thanks much for the “outside of the box” holiday inspiration!

  13. I love the card and I prefer untraditional Christmas colors. I need some rose gold embossing powder… Altenew has so many wonderful products. Would live to win a gift card for their site. Thanks for sharing and I love the surprises!

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