Saturday, December 19, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi there crafty friends! I'm so excited to be part of Taheera's  Advent Calendar Extravaganza!


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 over 60 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 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 taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!


I made a card today, kind of following the concept of finding a surprise every day we open the door for each day's calendar. Its a gate fold card, the exterior is very simple,  with a not so simple closing and a hidden message inside.



 
All the papers are Lawn Fawn and the die cuts for the sentiments are Spellbinders, the inside sentiment is by Stampin Up! (old).
 
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 Butterfly Reflections Ink so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 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 taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


Thanks for your visit! Have a blessed weekend. Special thanks to my friend Betcei Butler for the pictures.

150 comments:

  1. This is lovely Loly. It has been a long time since I have made one of these although I am not sure mine was as nice as this! Great work. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Love this fun fold card, Loly! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Very cool card! Love that closure with your choice of papers. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  4. What a wonderful idea to use a 'secret behind the door' concept! Your card is ever so pretty; a wonderful combination of images, a delightful gatefold and the secret: heart-warming! Thank you for being part of Taheerah's Advent series!
    ~carol

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  5. I love the "secret" opening of this card....and the use of patterned paper...very cute

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  6. Fun twist! Love the papers, too.

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  7. Wow! The card design is definitely complicated. The colors are lovely, but the surprise on opening is fantastic. Heading over to Taheerah's blog now.

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  8. I love this!!! So beautiful and creative!

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  9. Beautiful card! Love how it opens!

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  10. Nice card! Love the fun-fold effect and the interactive nature of your card.

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  11. Wowzers, that's some paper engineering!
    Love this card.

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  12. I can't get over the clever design and execution of this card. Love the effect of all the papers, too. Fabulous!

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  13. What a wonderful design. I don't think I've seen one like this before but it is great.
    thanks for sharing an amazing card.

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  14. Love your card. It is so clever. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Love your pretty secret door Christmas card, so clever!

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  16. I really like cards that move or have you make choices. Very nice.

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  17. Such a sweet and fun card Loly! How clever to mimic opening an advent calendar.

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  18. Awesome card! Thanks for the great pictures to show it off. Really fun!

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  19. Just so clever and cute, Loly ... and what a gorgeous sentiment to reveal behind all those adorable layers! Anita :)

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  20. Love your pretty gate fold card! Awesome paper choices, and the closure is so pretty! Beautiful sentiment stamp inside too!

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  21. Cool card! Do you
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    on how to make it?
    Lovely design.
    Carla from Utah

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    1. Hi Carla, the first time I made it, it was in 2011 when I started card making, I couldn't find today the original post, but I''m linking here one that I found on Pinterest just for you https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416046044408/, I hope it helps. Please let me know if I can help in any other way. Happy crafting! Big hugs!

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  22. Love your card! Took me a minute to figure out the inside. Thanks for the inspiration... I'm going to make one like this.

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    1. Please do! I'd love to see yours and please link it back here! Big hugs! Happy crafting!

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  23. Very pretty card with a lovely design. Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  24. Super cool fun fold card! TFS Big hugs, Kristina

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  25. Like how the card opens. Like the papers. Especially like the bunnies.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  26. very clever card! the way it opens up is so different and fun.... great job!

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  27. So sweet! I love how it opens and I really love these papers!

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  28. Love the muted take on traditional colours. Lovely card.

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  29. The card design is cool, and the patterned papers are perfect with it!!

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  30. This is awesome! Love the papers you used - so sweet!

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  31. I like the fun cut of this card!

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  32. Lovely card and so beautifully created. It makes me think I need to try a gate fold card!

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  33. Love how you made the message inside with the gate fold.

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  34. Love your inactive card and all of its surprises.

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  35. Wow, all KINDS of fun with this card! I've made the window drape card, but I've yet to try that interlocking idea. The recipient of this card is going to love it!

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  36. Nicely done interactive card -- love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Loly, great gate-fold card wth detailed opening and sweet surprise message inside. Can only imagine how challenging it is to align the interlocking opening. Great job!

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  38. Really neat card. I love how the layers are intertwined.

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  39. I love your card and especially the fact that you kept with the theme of the "Advent door" by making a gate fold card! I think that was super creative of you and fun for us as well. Thanks for participating in this hop, it has been a blast getting to see what each person creates and finding new bloggers to follow. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year.

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  40. Wonderful inside sentiment and I love your design! The papers are so pretty!

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  41. That is so clever!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!!

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  42. Such a darling card!!! I love the design!!

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  43. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Oh my! Such a wonderful idea Loly!:)) I really love this unique gate fold card idea. You should totally make a tutorial on how to make this Card. I would love to watch your tutorial!:))

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    1. Thanks for your kind word Sherisse! I haven't done any video tutorials yet, but a similar version of this card you'll find in this link https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416046044408/, if you have any more questions please let me know I'll do my best to help you! Happy crafting!

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  45. LOLY! Yay!!!!!! I love this, always fun to see your blog! P.S. You better check out the coffee loving cardmakers blog.

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    1. Thank you sweet friend! Your kind words are always a blessing to me. Big hugs!

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  46. Oh, WoW! That cool closure on your gate fold was amazing, but, then, the hidden message... fabulous! I'd love to learn how that was done!!

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    1. Thank you D.Ann! You can find a video tutorial of a similar card at this link https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416046044408/, if you have more questions, please let me know, I'll do my best to help you! Happy crafting!

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  47. I love gate fold cards. Great closure you have used. Cheers.

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  48. The gate fold is great and i love the message inside.

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  49. Hi Loly--what a festive, creative card--love it! Congrats on being part of this super fun Advent Calendar event!

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  50. wonderful interactive card...merry Christmas.

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  51. This is a really neat design! Fun card!

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  52. Such a cool idea to emulate the concept of opening an Advent door, and this card is so pretty too! Thank you so much for being a special part of my event! <3

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  53. Love the designs and color choices. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  54. What a fun card. LOVE the cool papers you used.

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  55. Clever design for your beautiful gate-fold card. I have only started making a few gate-folds, but I am really liking the little extra that feature adds!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  56. Such a lovely card!! Clever design. Love the gate fold.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  57. Beautiful card! Such a cool gate fold!!!

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  58. Ohh Loly, this project is simply AMAZING!!! I'd like to make one similar following your great design. I will let you know if I can make one soon. Thanks so much for all your inspiring projects!!

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  59. Wow I love your gate fold card. I don't see that many of them. I have never tried to make one. Looks difficult :-0

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    1. Hi Kim~! It's not difficult at all! Here is the link for one similar https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416046044408, let me know if I can help in any way. Happy crafting!

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  60. What a fun card! Love it, Loly :-)

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  61. Beautiful card! LOVE the way it opens!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  62. Absolutely stunning card,it's lovely,elegant,marvelous sentiment and beautiful!!!

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  63. Love the paper - another example of pink, red and bright green together. Wonderful card

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  64. Love the way your card opens to reveal the sentiment!

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  65. Thanks for sharing your sweet card.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  66. The paper on the front is very sweet, and I love the circle-within-a-circle opening. A very well-done card. Merry Christmas!!

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  67. SUPER cute! I love that paper, the bunnies are so cute!

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  68. What a lovely surprise inside! Love it! Blessings, Melitta

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  69. What a lovely card! The circle-within-a-circle opening is so clever and what a nice surprise inside!

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  70. Love the layout of this card and the fun Lawn Fawn papers. Merry Christmas!

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  71. I have yet to make a card like this...yours turned out so well! I get intimidated by the planning but perhaps next Christmas season :)

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  72. Gorgeous. Great design and festive inspiration:)

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  73. What a fun card!love your use of the oval on the front. TFS

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  74. O I love your card. It is very pretty and I love the way it opens.

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  75. O I love your card. It is very pretty and I love the way it opens.

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  76. What a lovely card!! LOVE your paper choices!!! Merry Christmas and TFS!

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  77. SQUEAL!! Just AWESOME!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to WIN too!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  78. Wow, what a fun card!! Love the layout!

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  79. What a special card with the gate fold and the layered circles. Even the inside is great. Also, the papers are wonderful. TFS

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  80. Happy Boxing Day! Just love your card....the engineer in me is already trying to figure out how to do it, will check the link. The papers you used are so fun! Thanks for the inspiration....now to see if I can make this work for Valentines Day!

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  81. Love your card. Looks difficult but worth it. I'll have to try it. The papers nice too.

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  82. Very cute card. I love the peek window type cards for Christmas... Always fun!

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  83. This is so cute!! I love all the papers you used!

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  84. Neat card. Love how it opens. TFS

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  85. Love the mid-section opening, different from the usual cards I do or seen from other. I should be trying them out too. Great card overall

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  86. Thanks for this truly unique card. I love the intricate closure and the secret message. Well don and thanks.

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  87. What a fun interactive card! Love the closure especially.

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  88. Loving this one! I wish you had done a video, as I have no idea how to make something like this come together. It's very special. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Bev! I have a link here to one similar https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259027416046044408, let me know if you have more questions. Happy crafting!

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  89. Love the opening on the card. It's always nice to receive a card that has a surprise.

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  90. Your card is amazing; I really like the intriguing opening.

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  91. What a fun card! Love the gorgeous papers used!

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  92. Wow, this card is really stunning! I love the patterned paper used here, very nicely done!

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  93. I LOVE this beautiful, layered window look!
    Holiday Hugs!
    Michele

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  94. It's so much fun to see a specially folded card! I love the papers you used!

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  95. Love this gate fold card stile, the surprise message makes it super special, TFS Loli, have a wonderful day,

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  96. Wow! Amazingly clever card. Love the opening mechanism.

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  97. Lovely gateway fold card, gorgeous colors on it.

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  98. Your hidden message card with Lawn Fawn's papers is so cute.

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  99. What an ingenious design for a card- I love it!

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  100. Lovely! Great patterned papers & the gate fold design is wonderful.

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  101. This is a fun surprise! I love the fancy fold you used!

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