Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 24!

By Taheerah | 24th December 2017 | 191 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 24 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 24, 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 My Sweet Petunia– creators and inventors of the (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) – MISTI!! What can I say about this wonderful company, and wonderful invention? It’s not very often that a product comes onto the marketplace that truly is a game changer. The MISTI is such a tool and it will change the way you stamp – forever! Not only will your images be clearer, more even and *perfect*, but you also open the door to a whole host of techniques and make mass production of designs a breeze!! A true innovation, and one that every cardmaker needs!! My Sweet Petunia are headed up by my innovative and inspirational, dear friend Iliana – she is just the most awesome person, and if you haven’t read the story of how she came up with the MISTI then please go and look it up – it’s a wonderful Christmas story!! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

My Sweet Petunia are generously sponsoring a MISTI (or a Mini MISTI, if you prefer!) PLUS a set of Creative Corners as their prize!! This is a prize that EVERYONE wants, believe me!! Both these sizes of MISTI are awesome, but if I were to pick one, I’d go with the original size – more versatile for techniques (and a more expensive prize too! *wink*)! And if you already have a MISTI/Mini MISTI – trust me, you’ll get on very well with a second one, haha!!

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:

Meowy Christmas Cat Bauble Card by Taheerah Atchia
Cute huh?! Those kitties are really up to mischief!

Meowy Christmas Cat Bauble Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used the Meowy Christmas set from Stamping Bella to create this card. These are cling mounted rubber stamps, without any image on the cling side, so you really don’t have a clue where and what you’re stamping! Every single image you see on the card is an individual stamp. I would not have been able to create this card without the MISTI!

Meowy Christmas Cat Bauble Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used a piece of acetate, cut to the size of an A2 card, and placed that in my MISTI, then stamped directly onto that to work out my placement of the images. Stamping in this way enabled me to make adjustments to the position and orientation of each stamp, try it out, and get everything perfect before stamping onto cardstock! What a great way to save frustration and cardstock! I coloured the images with my Prismacolor pencils then added a double layer of Nuvo Crystal Drops on the top (after having added Wink of Stella to the baubles). I love how this turned out, thanks to the MISTI!

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 My Sweet Petunia 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!


191 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 24!”

  1. Oh, so cute card. Thanks for the tip for using Misti. You’re right, it’s really a must have for better stamping and card making!

  2. Love those darling kitties… adorable card!
    I have been wanting an original sized MISTI! Fingers crossed! Loving your Advent Calendar Extravaganza!

  3. Meowy Christmas… all time, most ever, always and forever my favorite stamp set!!! I love anything Kitties and this is so so cute!

  4. darling Christmas kittens, Taheerah! and thanks for the tip on placing the cling stamp! stamping life has not been the same since I got my MISTI – think it should be called the most INDISPENSABLE stamping tool!

  5. Taheerah, I 100% agree about the misti, It is truly a game changer in the stamp world. I have stayed away from cling stamps because I have had so many projects that ended up in the trash because I couldn’t get them just right. I just love this card that you did. You are truly inspiring and a gem to the crafting world. Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to 2018 and another Advent Calendar Extravaganza…hint, hint. lol

  6. This card so very pretty! I like your tip on stamping on acetate to get the placement right. Oh, and I would love, love, love to win today’s prize!!

  7. What a sweet card! I haven’t checked out Stamping Bella in a while, might be time to get reacquainted! I don’t own a MISTI or a mini MISTI or anything else, I hear they are very handy though. Thanks for the chance to try to win one. Merry Christmas! Thank you for putting on this advent calendar again this year, it is fun to have something different to look forward to every day!

  8. What a funny, cute card ! Thank you for all the inspiration, motivation and putting a smile on our faces, every day again.
    Merry Christmas-Eve !
    Warm greetings from Belgium.

  9. Such an adorable card! Love the kitties. I don’t do many “cute” cards, but this stamp set would be one I would use. thanks for all the work you have put into the advent calendar this year, it has been fun. Hard to believe that tomorrow is Christmas Day!

  10. These kitties playing with baubles are so cute! Thanks for using so many different stamp sets throughout this Advent calendar journey…you’ve introduced me to several, like these, I didn’t know about.

    I too, use the card sized acetate idea in my Misti to line things up. 95% of my stamping is done in this great tool and I’d love another!

  11. Thanks for the great tip about using acetate that card is perfect . kitties just do love baubles!. Thanks for this great advent event. Merry Christmas!??

  12. I have Misti and I loveee it! Your card is so cute with fin kittens and Christmas cheers! I love how you used the acetate for stamping, so perfect!

  13. OMG, This is what I call SUPER ADORABLE !! I LOVE this card, love the stamp and the colors are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  14. I one hundred percent agree,the Misti is a game changer.This is the sweetest card Taheera.I love the soft colors.

  15. Very cute card, Taheerah, it would be perfect for a cat owner or a cat lover 🙂 I am both 😉
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and off I go hopping – quickly, before our Christmas celebrations start! (yes, I’m in that part of the world that celebrates on 24th already!)

  16. CUddily kittens are a must for Christmas! Love your perfect placement with the acetate and MISTI!!! Love the mirror affect with the coloring of the baubles! Perfect placement and coloring!

  17. Oooh my goodness what a lovely card with those little cats and their baubles.
    I have enjoyed the cards and video’s behind door 24 .
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Good and Creative 2018 Taheerah.

  18. Cute card… did a wonderful job with the placement of the stamps using the acetate and the MISTI. Hope your Christmas Eve is
    a nice one. Happy holidays.

  19. How cute are those kitties playing around with the Christmas baubles!!! Thanks so much Taheerah for all the work you put in to this. I hope you are finding time to relax and enjoy the peace this holiday brings. Merry Christmas to you!

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