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. THis is such an elegant card. I don’t currently have any Lil inker sets, but I think this wreath set may be my first purchase..

  2. Wow – this is so gorgeous! I love the coloring on kraft — I need to try that! Thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂

  3. Oh this is beautiful. I had no idea Zigs would work on kraft! And you did a great job getting the fluffy cotton look with the white spray. I love seeing all the different styles you work in; I’m so impressed with your versatility. Thanks for yet another beautiful card, great sponsor, and epic organizational skills. 😀

  4. Simply amazing, my first time here but not my last. I stumbled on your page from Instagram suggestions and it was sooooo worth the click. Love your work and the images are fantastic!!!

  5. Liking the swop from modern to vintage with this wreath, beautiful look on kraft card, lucky you having a glass desk, I just have a glass mat, envious x

  6. what a pretty and soft vintage card. I haven’t thought to do vintage for ages. Thanks for the inspiration.Lil’Inker has great stamps. Thanks for this inspiration.

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