Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 3!

By Taheerah | 3rd December 2017 | 283 Comments

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!

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 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:

Polar Bear Sweater Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

Fun right?! Wouldn’t you love to wear this as a Christmas sweater?

Polar Bear Sweater Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

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.

Polar Bear Sweater Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

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!

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 Simon Says Stamp 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 Saturday 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!


283 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 3!”

  1. this is my favorite day so far so many incredible ideas and that sweater card it so bright and cherry. How am I going to decide which technique to try first? it is great to see so many new products and designers

  2. I love the advent calendar. I played last year nd look forward to seeing what is. Behind each and every door. I even won a prize last year!

  3. Yes, I do so love this wonderful extravaganza! And thank you putting it all together. Your card is fabulous! The polar bear is perfect to use with the warm and cozy sweater pattern.

  4. Now that’s a cool card. It has such apparent simplicity, but those of us in the know know how much effort it takes to get all those bits and parts layered just right. I’m especially impressed with how you managed to get the Merry Christmas to read on the card without adding another layer! Thanks once again for sharing and for organizing this (I’m going to say this every day, because I’m still in awe of all the work that I know must have gone into this).

  5. Yes, I would be very proud to wear a sweater like that! And it’s not an ugly Christmas sweater. This is a darling card and a remarkable job with the embossing powder.

  6. Love this card. I have been eyeing this Sweater Stamp. Love all the cards and paper crafts I have seen made with it. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Your card is stunning! Love that sweater background and the embossed bear! I love the inspiration from the 25 days event. And TBH the prizes! Even though I’ve never won one.

  8. I am really enjoying the advent calendary extravaganza so far. Because I missed a few days already, I did a fair bit of hopping around today and I am glad I did. I met lots of new to me crafters with so many beautiful styles of card making. I just hope I remembered to thank every one of them for their contributions!

  9. Such a cute card with the polar bear against the knit background look! Your blog hop is so much fun. We have prizes to create anticipation and beautiful cards and projects for inspiration and creativity! Thank you!

  10. Day Three did not disappoint – great inspiration! And, the polar bear is a perfect match with that sweater background.

  11. ??? how you did the bear/sentiment right into the sweater background! Fantabulisciousness!
    I am so loving this fun mini Hop each day! It is just long enough to give loads of inspiration but not so long that it feels overwhelming during the holiday craziness! Please keep this going every year because it is FUN, FUN, FUN! TFS!

  12. I really had a hard time finding you for some reason but finally found you – it was worth it…. the card is so cute…

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