Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!

By Taheerah | 8th December 2017 | 231 Comments

Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 8 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 8, 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 Paper Smooches Stamps! The very epitome of quirky and whimsical, Paper Smooches have the most fun designs! They are headed up by my super sweet friend, Kim – this lady has such a big heart! I’m so thrilled to have them sponsor the event again this year! 

Paper Smooches 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:

Shaped Santa Face Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

How fun is this shaped card?! I had so much fun making it!

Shaped Santa Face Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used the Santa Card dies to create this beauty. It doesn’t cut the entire shape of this card, so I used the various pieces to cut the beard and hat, using a couple of different curved line dies for the hat and changing their position a few times to create it. The rest was done with a bit of fussy cutting to create the face and finish up the beard!

Shaped Santa Face Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

The rest of the shapes (hat trim, eyebrows, eyes, nose, moustache and mouth) were cut with the dies as they are! Fun right?!

Shaped Santa Face Christmas Card by Taheerah Atchia

I coloured everything with Copics then adhered everything in place with Pinflair Glue Gel to create the dimensional face. The hat bobble was from a generic circle die but everything else came from the die set and a bit of imagination!

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 Paper Smooches Stamps 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!


231 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!”

  1. What a super fun sweet Santa 🙂 I’m so happy to be playing along and left some love on all the participating blogs for Day 8 🙂

  2. AWWW, This Santa is so ADORABLE !! It is my favorite so far!! I love it and I love the coloring. Awesome, you rock girl!

  3. What Fun!!! I LOVE advent calendars….they are so surprising!! And Paper Smooches has some really adorable SURPRISING stamp sets!!!

  4. An amazing shape card of Santa, have not seen such a die before.
    Like the way you have coloured him.
    Some wonderfull cards again behind door 8.

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