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. I have really enjoyed this advent calendar. Lots of inspiration and tons of prizes. How in the world did you put all of this together I am so impressed.

  2. What darling kittens. So mischevious. My daughter’s cat climbs her tree regularly and plays with the ornaments too. Thanks for sharing this card and for doing this challenge. Merry Christmas.

  3. What cute little kittens! Thank you so much for this blog hop, it has been such a joy to see everybody’s cards these past 24 days. It’s something that I looked forward to everyday!

  4. I love everything with kittens, they are so sweet. I was given a gift card for Christmas and thought it would be a good time to get the MISTI corners so I hope I win so I can use my gift card for other things! How awful greedy I am!

  5. These adorable kitties are too cute for words! I would love to find one or all of them under my tree tomorrow morning! LOL TFS! So sad we are reaching the end of this awesome event! I look forward to it every year! Once I see that it has started I know Christmas is right around the corner! Merry Christmas!

  6. Awww Taheerah, these images are wonderful and I love the colours you used. WOW, this is a pretty colour combo. Beautifully done.

  7. As always – – you showcase the stamps beautifully. Thanks for the hints on how to stamp on acetate with the MISTI.

  8. Taheerah,

    Cute critters (kittens) are adorable and something I can’t resists when purchasing stamps or dies for my stash. I absolutely love the layout of the images and how you achieved this. I have had a blast looking at all the designs today. Merry Christmas xx

  9. Really cute kitties, I can imagine that your Misti saved you a fortune on card stock & time, I’m just saving for one currently x

  10. So soft and adorable. Great tips too. I wouldn’t have thought of using acetate to help with your image placement. Great idea. Just LOVE the MISTI for so many reason. Lovely card and a fabulous hop. Happy Holidays!

  11. I don’t have kitties but I can imagine the mischief they can create! I love my MISTI for making my cards. What a great company!

  12. Adorable kitties and getting a MISTI would be AMAZING!! I’ve had one on my wish list for awhile!! Thanks to My Sweet Petunia for sponsoring your fun event!

  13. Oh, for goodness sakes! How darling are those kitties, playing with the ornaments! I’d be thrilled to have those little darlings – in real life – playing at my house! Truly charming; truly delightful!
    This has been an absolutely stellar Advent Extravaganza,, Taheerah – and again, I can’t believe how quickly the days have passed! Thank you for sharing your abundant creativity with us and for showcasing a variety of products/companies – both new (to me) and old. Inspiration and smiles galore over this Advent season! I don’t want this to end *sob*

  14. Cute kitties! Like so many others, I really didn’t understand what all the hoopla was about the MISTI. And then I got one. WOW! Definitely worth every penny. And yes, one can never have too many of them. lol

  15. We are so spoiled with our clear stamps now, aren’t we? It wasn’t like that in the old days, that’s for sure! Great job lining your kitties up just so. Super adorable card. And thanks again so much for inviting me to participate this year. What a fun series, with tons of hard work, and so very successful! You’re almost there…then you can nap for a couple days!!!! Merry Christmas, Taheerah!!

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