Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 7!

By Taheerah | 7th December 2017 | 232 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 7 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

In case you missed Day 6, click here!
In case you missed Day 5, click here!
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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 7, 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 Mama Elephant! One of my most favourite companies, Mama Elephant captured my heart from their very first release a few years ago! With a range that spans from sophisticated to cute, they’ve definitely something that every stamper needs! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event this year! 

Mama Elephant 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:

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

How adorable is this scene?! It was definitely a labour of love but it was so worth it!

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I stamped the bears, tree, stockings, and presents from the A Beary Christmas set, and the fireplace from the Merry Mantle set, stamping the ornaments garland first and masking it before stamping the fireplace for a one-layer finish!

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I coloured everything with Copics then fussy cut them out. I enjoyed adding bits of shimmer and sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen and with some Nuvo Glitter Drops too!

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

Next, I went to work on my card base, blending two different Catherine Pooler inks for my awesome background, and adding some mist splatter and water droplets for some additional detail. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments from the Season’s Wishes set with gold embossing powder.

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

Everything was adhered in place using Pinflair Glue Gel for some custom dimension! I loved framing the sentiment with my scene!

Season's Greetings Beary Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

One more shot, just because I love this card so much!!

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 Mama Elephant 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!


232 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 7!”

  1. Although these style cards are too “cutesie” for my style for a Christmas card, I can see the use for them in scrapbooking for little kids and for baby/birth cards. There is so much talent out there!

  2. I’m going to cry!!! I just bought this stamp and die set and can’t wait to use it! This is just so adorable! I love these little bears, they just pull at my heartstrings!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  3. This Christmas scene is SO darling! I love the long shape of the card and the gorgeous coloring you have here! Wow!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the elongated size and the beautiful sentiment in gold! So pretty with these adorable bears!

  5. The scene you’ve created with your sweet Mama Elephant stamps is adorable! What an adorable company. Thanks so much for sharing your talents in this very special event.
    Karen Letchworth

  6. Love the different size of the card.
    You can get so much more of the scene and
    sentiment on it. Fantastic coloring.
    Great card.
    thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh my goodness! I love everything about this card. The background, the coloring, the images and the sentiment! Great work here!

  8. Oh wow! What an adorable scene!! Super cute bears, gorgeous coloring and shimmer 🙂 I am so happy to be playing along and left some love on all the participating blogs for Day 7 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win!

  9. I should not be surprised, Taheerah, as each day gets better and better!! I love this card and can see the painstaking work you did with the masking – so beautiful and worth it! The addition of the sentiment in gold embossing makes everything pop even more and the background is just beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration today! Can’t wait to see what’s on tap for tomorrow’s door! 🙂

  10. The scene you created is wonderful! Those bears are so cute… I love your soft watercoloring. And of course Mama Elephant is one of my favorite companies also!

  11. Oh my goodness, this is such an adorable card, I love each and every detail of this design! Simply fantastic! A big fan of ME here, I love their products! 🙂

  12. WOW, Girl that was a Labour af Love!! So Beautiful! Your coloring is amazing, so pretty. The way you do scenes is so awesome and I hate to fussy cut, it always amazes me that you like to do that, it shows you are VERY patient, I admire that, I really do, wish I could be like that. This card rocks girl!

  13. How adorable is your scene? Exponentially darling! What could be cuter than your little bears, decorating their tree, and enjoying the warmth from the fireplace! I’m especially taken with your card’s overall design. I know you’re super busy but if you have a chance, can you let me/us know it’s dimensions? I’m stuck on A2…would love to try something different! Thank you again for the smiles!

  14. This is just beautiful! Your coloring is awesome and those
    bears, too. I love the long card.
    (There are two identical links on the calendar; I’ll look again
    later to see if fixed).

  15. Love this sweet little scene. The coloring is amazing. I love all the details that are so beautifully put in!

  16. Ooohhh what an lovely card, I like bears a lot and you made a wonderfull scene with them.
    Love your colouring.

    Behind door 5 there were 2 links the same, but I have enjoyed looking again.

  17. Oh these little bears are just the cutest aren’t they? I love the scene you created and how you incorporated the sentiment, this card size & shape works really well for this design! Thank you for the beautiful holiday inspiration!

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