Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!

By Taheerah | 21st December 2017 | 199 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 21 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 21, 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 Lil’ Inker Designs! One of my DT alums, Lil’ Inker will always hold a dear place in my heart! Their designs are fun, fresh, quirky, with a little sass thrown in! And they are headed up by my friend and uber talented designer, Laura! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Lil’ Inker Designs are generously sponsoring a $35 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:

Vintage Merry Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I’ve shared a lot of modern/vibrant/cute/non-traditional cards so far – so it was time to go vintage instead!

Vintage Merry Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I use the -awesome- Vintage Christmas Wreath set for this card! The wreath is so beautifully detailed and can really be the star of the show! I stamped it in a dark sepia tone (by stamping twice with a grey and a brown ink) then watercoloured it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Vintage Merry Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I always scribble my Zigs onto my desk (I have a glass desk) then use my water brush and a little Glimmer Mist and water to add my colour so I get built-in glitz! I used some white mist mixed with Glimmer Mist too and used that to watercolour a little of my wreath and to splatter on a little ‘snow’.

Vintage Merry Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

The sentiments for the wreath are buildable and interchangeable. I stamped mine with a couple of different colours and then splattered on some gold mist to finish!

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 Lil’ Inker 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!


199 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 21!”

  1. I absolutely love this card! The image is perfect for stamping on kraft. Gorgeous!

    Sammibug aka Samantha Houp aka Sammi

  2. Gorgeous – I love those inks for a softer, more vintage look. They look wonderful on the Kraft card stock and I love the snowy flicks.

  3. LOVE1 This card is so pretty and vintage looking. The colors are very pretty and I like that you stamped the images on kraft cardstock. Don’t have any Lil Inker stamps; will have to change that in the near future.

  4. You’ve made me put that wreath on my wishlist, Taheerah! This is one of my favorite cards this year–absolutely love everything about it!

  5. Vintage on Kraft is a perfect look. Lovely wreath, I have to try adding glimmer mist to my water brush neat tip. Thanks

  6. Just STUNNING Taheerah, You can never go wrong with Vintage, I love vintage in card making and home décor and basically everything. Great card today. Can’t believe how fast this is going, wow it is almost over 🙁

  7. This is so beautiful…one of my very favorites of all the cards, thus far. I love the kraft background with the watercoloring! I recently purchased a glass mat for my desk top and love working on it ,too! Plus, it’s so easy to clean up after the messes I make. 🙂

  8. Love the wreath and Lil Inker ! Still can;’t get to comment on google account for some reason. Bummer. Love the Advent Calendar.

  9. I’ve never heard of Lil’ Inker, but what you did with this wreath sent me to their store. Lots of nice things to put on my wishlist!

  10. Wow! I love everything about your card. I think Prismacolor pencils would work well also. I must get this stamp set. Just beautiful

  11. I’m quite enthralled with this card. Love the choice of colors – warm and muted – but with all your subtle sparkly goodness. I really like the stamp set and what you did with it. Bravo.

  12. Taheerah, I honestly gasped with awe in seeing your gorgeous vintage wreath! I initially thought your artistry was accomplished with pencils, but discovering Zigs were the medium of choice adds all the more WOW factor for me! What a lovely effect you’ve achieved with them! Swooning? Absolutely! Thank you to Lil Inkers for the generous gift certificate! Someone will have a fabulous shopping spree!

  13. Gorgeous Vintage loveliness! Love the soft watercoloring and the wreath is divine!
    I love everything about this fun Hop! TFS!

  14. Very pretty! I would have guessed that you used colored pencils. I never would have though of using zigs on Kraft. I love the muted colors!

  15. Fantastic card!! Beautiful it is!
    I’m super glad to be playing along and left some love on all the participating blogs for Day 21 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  16. Oh my, today’s card is awedome! I absolutely love the card the colors and the sentiment…it’s a perfect combo!

  17. Love your “vintage” card. I have glass on top of my desk too so will have to try your coloring technique. 🙂
    Happy happy holidays.

  18. Your card is just stunning, Taheerah! I’m a huge fan of coloring
    on kraft paper. Love how you did the two color sentiment.

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