Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 7!

By Taheerah | 7th December 2017 | 232 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 7 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 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. I adore this oversized card! You have created a very adorable scene that makes me think of early Christmas’ when I was much younger! Loving the hop and looking forward to each day! TFS!

  2. What great inspiration. Tahèrah, your card is amazing! Definitely a labour of love ut as you said, so worth it. This set is my all time fave Christmas set of Mama Elephants. I have admired his set since it debuted. ♡ it!

  3. Really like your starry sky color. Grey is a beautiful color – so soft and comforting and makes this sky look like a big warm hug..

  4. Thank you for today’s inspiration. Was not familiar with the Season’s Wishes stamp set, but just ordered it because of this post. It’s a keeper. Love the detailed coloring and fussy cutting you did to showcase the sweet bears on this card. You never cease to amaze!

  5. This is a PRETTY bear card…so cute and festive! Seeing so many pretty crafty things on this hop….again thanks for putting it together for us! 🙂

  6. Ooh, love your long scene card! So cute. Beautiful colouring and I agree your labour of love is so worth it. This is my favourite Christmas set from this year.

  7. Adorable scene! I also love the non-traditional size you used for this card. Thanks for sharing! Ps…Mama Elephant is one of my favorite places to shop. ?

  8. All your work on this card was worth while IMHO as it is just darling. That little bear being hoisted up is the cutest.

  9. Wow, now these really are yummy scrummy cute bears, you have coloured them so great & made a terrific scene for them, thank you so much x

  10. This is sooooo adorable! Love your sweet scene! Your long card and the sentiment placement looks fantastic.

  11. That audible “Awwwwwww!” you just heard was me. This looks exactly like how my brother’s family would look in bear form, so it’s extra special. And I love how everywhere you look there’s beautiful little details that make the scene: the different stockings, the sparkling presents, how the little bear off to the side is singing, the subsentiment (is that what you call it?), they are all so perfect. I don’t blame you for being really proud of this one, because it absolutely merits it. Thanks for another great day of advent calendaring!

  12. This has to be the sweetest card ever – the papa bear lifting baby bear up to put the star on the tree is sooo cute. And your fireplace – awesome! TFS!

  13. Your card is beautiful. It really looks like a store bought card. Obviously so much better though because it is handmade?

  14. Another beautiful card – I like its size too. What a cute scene. And a beautiful golden sentiment.
    Thanks again for the inspiration.
    Off to discover all the projects of day 7 !

  15. Your card is SO adorable. The best part of this hop is learning about all these sweet companies; some of which I’ve never known. Thank you so much for sharing all this inspiration with us and for putting together such a magnificent experience. I wish you an amazing Christmas!
    Sierra Winters

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