Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 3 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!
In case you missed Day 2, click here!
In case you missed Day 1, click here!
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!
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 3, 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 Simon Says Stamp! One of my most favourite places to shop, Simon really are a one-stop shop for all your crafty goodness! Not only that but they also have their own line of products too – I particularly love their inks! They are headed up by my wonderful warm and kind friend Heidi – she is so awesome! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year!
Simon Says Stamp are generously sponsoring a $50 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:
Fun right?! Wouldn’t you love to wear this as a Christmas sweater?
I started by stamping the polar bear from the Magical Christmas set and heat embossed him with white embossing powder. I then stamped him on a Post-It Note and fussy cut him out, with a border, to use as a mask.
With my mask in place, it was easy to stamp my Christmas Sweater Background stamp to create my background. After heat embossing that, I stamped and heat embossed the polar bear a second time with a sparkly embossing powder for extra emphasis!
Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com 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!
283 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 3!”
Love this…. the bear is perfect with the sweater background.
Beautiful card, love these sweater stamps! What a great blog hop, my 1st year playing along!
I love this combination of stamps!
Yes, your warm red/white sweater, with Mr. Polar Bear taking center stage, is one I would wear, especially given where I live! Super sweet; marvelously creative as are all things you do), completely charming! Another Advent calendar day opened = another mega watt smiling me! Off to see what’s next….
Amazing card, so festive.
I love this sweater pattern. I have lots of “wooly” stamps that I could use with this!
I LOVE your sweater card! Who doesn’t love a polar bear?
Masking is not a popular technique, but the results are certainly worth the effort. Love this card!
Warm and cozy sweater and wonderful card. Love the tech nique
Love the sweater background stamp. It’s such a classic look for a card. Beautiful design.
I love your polar bear sweater card! It reminds me of Scandinavia! Really cute and creative idea!
Darling card! Love the background and the cute bear!
What a great background for that polar bear! Love your card, Taheerah!
Loving the knitted jumper background on your card x
Oh yes, this is so much fun. LOVE that awesome sweater background.
Another great card. Great use of masking!
I’m not a big Christmas sweater fan, but I love the pattern, especially in the red and white.
I love winter sweaters! So cozy and warm! Such a clever way to use the bear…having him all “wrapped up”!
Wowza, This card is my FAVORITE so far from the 3 days, it is absolutely ADORABLE!! I am in love with it, and yes it would make an adorable sweater I would wear it. I wish you had a video on making it, I don’t mean to be dumb but I am not good at masking I read it a couple of times but I don’t think I could make it and I would LOVE to make a few of these this Christmas. I am going to give it a try it is just to cute.
Love your red & white bear card, makes me want to find all my seasonal sweaters!
This is just darling! More fun inspiration!
This background is just amazing.I love the process of getting here.Wow!
Makes me pull out my needle and thread and start stitching – cute
What a nice card. It is simple yet elegant. I love the way the bear sparkles.
Your card really does look like a sweater. So pretty. Love the big bear! Thanks for the inspiration!
Love your background. My favorite sponsor today.
So cute and would be great as a sweater too!
Love your sweater.
I think I have that stamp – going to go use it
if I do. thanks for the idea.
Love this! I would have no problem wearing this as a Christmas sweater.
That sweater background is so cool and your card really shows off your techniques!
I really like how you embossed the background around the bear! I’m going to have to try that.
I lo e the sweater background. Thanks for doing this again this year.
Your card is so festive.
Cute card. Love the background . Thanks for sharing…
I love that sweater background stamp…..so cozy!
Your card reminds me of a warm sweater love the bear.
I love the Magical Christmas stamp set, this is so cute.
LOVE this! Would totally wear this as a sweater! 🙂
Another cozy looking card – I think I just like knit patterns! But it looks bold and wonderful.
I absolutely love red and white for Christmas cards…this one is just terrific. Cheers.
? oh wow I love this card! So cool.
So cute! Never would have thought of that!
You are so creative. Thank you for this event! I love the creativity that comes from it every year. Please keep it up!
Love this crisp red and white card. So cute!
Ooohh I like your card that looks like a Christmas-sweater, if it was a real one I bought one because I love bears.
Just went through door 3 and again wonderfull cards were shown and video’s on how they were made..Super!!!
Oh that sweater background is so cozy…fun card.
That is a neat and festive card. Great inspiration. like the idea of all the links taking you to different people. The prizes look wonderful too. Thank you for all the hard work you put into pulling this together. Merry Christmas!
Oh yes I would like this to wear as a sweater, its gorgeous!
I always look forward to your Advent Calendar Posts! The cards from everyone are always awesome!
Although I don’t have the sweater stamp set, I am going to try this with the stencil I have. Fabulous card.
Such a cool card! And yes, I would love to wear this as a sweater 🙂