Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 20!

By Taheerah | 20th December 2017 | 193 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 20 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 20, 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 Neat & Tangled! Yay! What can I say about this awesome company that I haven’t already said in a million blog posts?! Their designs are cute, fresh, trendy, and fun! I’ve loved every moment of my 3 years on the Neat & Tangled DT, and I can’t get enough of this wonderful company. I just *always* have fun when I create with these products! Neat & Tangled are headed up by my awesome friend Danielle, who is one of the sweetest ladies I know! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Neat & Tangled 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:

Merry Kisses Cute Foxes Mistletoe Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
All together now… awww!! That has to be one of the cutest images I have ever seen!

Merry Kisses Cute Foxes Mistletoe Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped the adorable foxy couple and mistletoe from the Merry Kisses set and coloured them with Copics, before fussy cutting both out. I added touches of shimmer to the mistletoe and green parts of the scarf using my Wink of Stella brush pen, and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the berries too!

Merry Kisses Cute Foxes Mistletoe Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I stamped and heat embossed the snowflake clusters from the Fa La Llama and Get Yeti sets onto my card base, then lightly blended a couple of Catherine Pooler inks over it to create my snowy background. I adhered my images using Pinflair Glue Gel for variable dimension. Some mist splatter and touches of Wink of Stella on the bases give this card some festive sparkle!

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 Neat & Tangled 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!


193 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 20!”

  1. What a sweet card! Two wrapped up together in a scarf. Great stamp Neat and Tangled. Thank you for sharing Taheerah!

  2. OH my, this is too cute! Love how these two are snuggled up together! Such a heartwarming card!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

  3. Such a cute card. Actually, this would be perfect for my brother and sister-in-law who got married last year right after Christmas! I’ve been trying to figure out what might make for a nice winter themed anniversary card for them, and this might be just the thing. Thanks for the great idea, and thanks for gathering so many quality companies and people together for this calendar; it’s been so much fun seeing all the inspiration and ideas from a bunch of crafters I know and a bunch that I don’t. Or didn’t until now.

  4. We’re getting amazingly close to the end and I’m really going to miss my daily dose of inspiration! Today’s little foxes are so very sweet and I love the touches of sparkle!

  5. My favorite part is the stars in the background. I wish there were a stencil that had these images – tiny stars! Thanks for a really cute card.

  6. Your card is just adorable ! I’d love to be able to create such a card, simple but perfect, without copying from someone more talented than me !!!! And reading your “how-to”, it sounds so easy…. I’ll keep on with my training !

  7. There’s some serious “a-w-w-w-w-w factor” stuff going on here! Thanks so much for this very fun (and sweet and funny/punny) card.

  8. Awwww Taheera,these little foxes are just adorbs.I love your process, you’ve taken me through some great techniques in this Advent .Love.Have a Very Merry Christmas

  9. What a lovely sweet card ! Cute stamp and GREAT colouring !
    Thanks again for sharing your amazing creativity and talent !

  10. Awwww, that IS one of the cutest stamps I have ever seen! So adorable, got to love when animals cuddle. I love your coloring also. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This is an adorable card. My favorite part is the snowflake background because I can see using it for so many otger projects.

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