Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 22!

By Taheerah | 22nd December 2017 | 199 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 22 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 22, 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 Ellen Hutson! What can I say about one of my most favourite companies, and people?! Ellen Hutson is another fantastic papercrafting store full of all your favourite supplies and brands, as well as an exclusive line of stamps and dies designed by pretty much my all-time favourite designer, Julie Ebersole! Ellen and her entire team are honestly the nicest bunch of people *ever* and Ellen herself is an absolute diamond of a person. I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Ellen Hutson 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:

Modern Merry & Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
From vintage yesterday to modern and minimal today! That’s how I roll!

Modern Merry & Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I had so much fun with several of the Essentials by Ellen sets. The Modern Christmas and Merry & Bright stamp sets provided all the images, and the main sentiment is from the Brushstroke Christmas set!

Modern Merry & Bright Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia
I enjoyed heat embossing some of the images for an extra glittery punch!. The companion sentiment was also heat embossed onto black cardstock then trimmed out and adhered using Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension. The card base was covered with some patterned paper from the My Mind’s Eye Oh What Fun collection and really adds something extra to the card!

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 Ellen Hutson 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 22!”

  1. So much fun in a small space. Love the “texture” of the holly leaves…they look like they’ve been diecut from burlap. I love the blending of colors and elements–something like this is probably out of my creative range. Or maybe I am just still exploring my “style”–although I don’t think I actually have figured it out yet!! I love this event, not just for the prizes, but because it comes in small doses that doesn’t eat up all my time and still gives me lots of ideas to build on. Thank you for putting it all together.

  2. This card is so elegant and pretty! Though this appears to be simple, there are lots of detail from background papers to embossing that gives it it’s beautiful design! Thanks for all this fun. It’s a wonderful reason to take a time out each day, in this busy season, to relax and be inspired!

    1. I tried to comment on the third link for today, but could not get through. Do not know if It was my problem or not. Have others had this trouble?

  3. Another beautiful card of your hand ! Amazing how you keep doing it, and giving all of us lots of inspiration. Thanks again !

  4. The leaves are gorgeous! So much depth and texture on them from the glitter! Your background you background is absolutely breathtaking and stunning! Your color choices give this lovely card such a soft and delicate look.

  5. Simple and pretty! I love that it has a bit of new year flair to it – just in case the card arrives late (like some of mine are) 😉

  6. Most of my stamp favorites are from the Essentals by Ellen! Julie Ebersole is my design idol, and I love your card today!

  7. Your heat embossing on this card added just the right touch with those pretty images. Pretty card! Happy holidays!

  8. I love your Merry & Bright! The sentiment really pops. Thanks again for this amazing Extravaganza. It’s been so much fun!

  9. I struggle with modern designs, especially when combining sets. You prove it’s possible to create something special with unique flair. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. OOOOH what a cool design, I really like it! I struggle with leaving white spaces on my cards, so thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!

  11. Soft and elegant fun card! 🙂 I’m super glad to be playing along and left some love on all the participating blogs for Day 22 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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