Hello everybody! And welcome to Day 8 of Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!
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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 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:
How fun is this shaped card?! I had so much fun making it!
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!
The rest of the shapes (hat trim, eyebrows, eyes, nose, moustache and mouth) were cut with the dies as they are! Fun right?!
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!
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!
231 thoughts on “Advent Calendar Extravaganza – Day 8!”
Love that darling Santa!
What a fun, happy Christmas card; you can’t do anything but smile when seeing this !
Thank you !
This is pretty cute. I just “ stumbled” on this adve nt
Calendar. What fun!
Such a cute Santa card!
adorable laughing santa:)
Wow, you’ve made the greatest Santa! What child wouldn’t love this card?!
Cute, fun card!
Oh what an adorable Santa card, so much fun!
Very cute Santa card. Caught up finally. Looking forward to the rest of the hop.
Super cute Santa face card.
Oh too festive!
What a fun card.
Carla from Utah
Santa is so jolly!
An adorable Santa. Thanks for the inspiration.
Wonderful Santa shaped card!
Oh goodness, what a cute Santa!
Such a cute, fun card!
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 🙂
Love your Santa shaped card! Great hop!
Great idea for a shaped card.
Such a cute Santa!
Such a fun Santa!
How fun! Love your Santa card!
Jolly, Cute and Adorable Santta! This is fun! Thanks for dreaming up this Wonderful, Fun Advent Calender Blog!
Adorable Santa card. What a neat die. Thank you for sharing.
I Love your Santa! He’s so jolly and happy!
This santa card just brings a jolly old smile to my face! So cute!
Fun shaped Santa card!
your Santa is darling – he looks big enough to have a pocket on the back for a gift card or cash – really fun!
How much fun is this Santa, you must of had an amazing time while making him x
How adorable is this Santa? Love this project, totally made me smile!
What a jolly Santa! A very cute card!
AWWW, This Santa is so ADORABLE !! It is my favorite so far!! I love it and I love the coloring. Awesome, you rock girl!
Clever idea with beautiful coloring! Thanks for another wonderful Advent Extravaganza.
Love Santa’s rosy cheeks!
The Advent calendar extravaganza is such a cool idea. Love the santa!
He is so cute. Love Santa.
Love this Santa! Thank you for hosting this wonderful advent event!
…delightful card! Big fun and cute, cute, cute!
I love your Santa!
Such a sweet Santa! Love it!!!
What a great idea to have Santa be the whole card! He’s so sweet look8ng, must be on 5he Nice List. ?
Should read “the Nice List.”
Cute Santa card.
Hohoho! What fun with such cute Santa Image shaped cars, such fun!
Very cute card. Off to check out the other blogs now!
What Fun!!! I LOVE advent calendars….they are so surprising!! And Paper Smooches has some really adorable SURPRISING stamp sets!!!
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.
Aww such a cute santa 🙂
Oh that Santa is a Jolly Fellow! I am having fun “opening” the advent daily presents!