Thursday, December 24, 2020

Elf Adventures --week #3

Happy Christmas Eve! 

 I can't believe the big day is almost here.  Ryan has checked the window five times already today looking for Santa.  He is very excited for his arrival.  I'm so thankful that we were able to keep the Christmas spirit going during this pandemic.   I really wanted to make this special for him despite not seeing our cousins and grandparents.  

On a creative note, I finished 7 scrapbook pages in the last 2 weeks.  It feels good to slide a new page into an album.  I'm hoping I can get a couple more pages finished and then I'll switch back over to cards in January.   

Sending wishes to you all for a Merry Christmas! 

Day 15: Underwear climb

Day 16:  Middle of the night visitor

Day 17:  We got 18.7 inches of snow and school is cancelled.  We were left an activity book to keep us busy.

Day 18:  Do you wanna build a snowman? 

Day 19:  Long Legged Elf in Daddy's shoes

Day 20:  Apple-piller

Day 21:   Egg-cellent

Day 22:  Frosty and Kringle take flight

Day 23: Yucky cookies---  this was a funny one.  This got the dogs attention.  They were spotted begging the elf for a treat.  Not everyone thinks these are yucky!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Elf Adventures-- week #2

 Hello again, 

I have an elf update.  Here is week #2 of photos of our elf adventure.  If you missed the first week click here to see the story and photos of our elf adventure. 

Day 8:  Good vs Evil -- this was Connor's favorite day

P.S.  Yes Elsa joined the darkside.  Ryan often pretends that Elsa is a villian.  I'm not sure what she did, but apparently she crossed over.  Someone should let Disney know. 

Day 9:  Ryan had a rough day.. so we had a nice reminder from the elf to BE NICE

Day 10:   Don't feed the Dinosaurs --- this is one of my favorites days

Day 11:  Rock wall out of Christmas Bows

Day 12:  Silly Snowman

Day 13:  A Christmas Wish--  The elf brought a book for Ryan  I forgot to take a photo. 

Day 14:  Elf found Googly Eyes and Ryan's school photo

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Elf Adventures-- week #1


I don't have a card to share today.  I managed to finish my Christmas cards a few days ago.  I've been busy addressing and getting them out in the mail.  I'm so surprised.  I managed to get them in the mail earlier than I ever have before.   I've also been working on some scrapbooking projects   We still have a lot to do before Christmas but we are doing our best to fill the house with joy.  

I started a new tradition (for us) this year.  We invited an elf named Kringle to stay with us fo the month of December.  I know many others also participate in this Christmas game.  We adapted it to work for us.  My hubby was really uncomfortable with the idea of the elf watching to see if we are naughty or nice.  He just felt it was too creepy.   It is hard to argue.  We decided to keep it simple.   Our elf is magical and only moves when Ryan is asleep.   It is fun treat to find him each morning.  He usually is doing something silly.  Below you can find pictures of his first week of adventures. 

Ryan is having a blast.  He is so excited to find him each day.  My husband who is wasn't a fan of the idea has come around and admitted that he has enjoyed finding the elf each morning too.  It is a nice way to bring a little magic into the house. 

Day 1: Elf making breakfast skittles. 

Day 2: climbing our felt tree

Day 3: Gone Fishing for goldfish

Day 4:  He brought special treats from Mrs. Claus

Day 5: scavenger hunt for candy canes

Day 6: Minion Bananas

Day 7:  Toilet Paper Roll swing

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Don't Tell Santa

 Hello friends, 

It is so hard to believe that it is December.   We started a new tradition in our house with the Elf on the Shelf.  We decided to modify the tradition a bit.  We took out the "Snitching" element.  I'll try to share some photos of the shenanigans.  

This card continues on in my Silly Christmas series.  It looks like Santa has a secret! I hope it gives you a chuckle.  

Copics used:

Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Antlers: E93, E95, E97, E99
nose: R32, R35, R37
Green: G46, G43
Yellow: Y17, Y15
Red: R29, R24, R14
Black: W9, W7, W5, W3
Beard: C5, C3, C1
Skin: E000, E00, E11, 
White: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44

Monday, November 30, 2020



I picked up this stack of reindeer a last Christmas.  They look like they are having a blast.   These guys were a little bit of a challenge to color.  Originally, I wanted each deer to stand out.  I debated using different sets of browns to color each.  However,  I started with the E30 series and kept working with it.  I liked where this was going, so I kept with the series.  I made some a little lighter than others.  I feel like doing it this way made them feel more like a cohesive unit.   Did I make the right choice?  

The sentiment is from Crackerbox stamps.  I thought was another perfect Christmas covid stamp.  We all might need a little help to get through this holiday.  😁😀

Deer stamp set

Copics used:
Brown: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39
Belly: E50
Red: R29
Green: G46

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Are you going Nutcrackers?


This card is perfect for a quarantined Christmas.  We just recently decided that we will not be traveling to see family for Christmas.  It was a hard reality to accept.  Oh well... it will make next year that much better.  Since most of us have been locked up since March it is easy to understand that we are going a little Nutcrackers.   

Copics used:

Black: N9, N7, N5, N3

White: C3, C1, C0

Skin: E00, E000, E11

Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y13-- accented with gold gel pen in small details of coat

Blue: B37, B34, B32

Hair: C5, C3, C1, C0

Ground: W3, W1, W0

Monday, November 23, 2020

Good at Being Naughty

 Hello friends, 

For about three years now, I've been wanting to make some silly Christmas cards.  It is hard because I know that not everyone enjoys that style of card.  I thought that with everyone being stuck in quarantine that this year might a good year to bring a little extra laughter into the mix.    My next few posts are going to be featuring some silly stamps.  I hope you get a chuckle out of them. 

This frog made me smile the instant I saw him.  The expression on his face is just perfect.  I used a reverse masking and a stencil to create the cloudy background.  

Copics used:

Green: YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11
Grey: C7, C5, C3, C1
Red: R29, R24, R14
Light: YR12, Y15, Y13, Y11, Y00
I added glitter to the snow

Monday, November 16, 2020

Christmas Carolers


Art Impressions always makes fun stamps.  Check out these friends spreading some Christmas merriment.  I think the one in the tree costume in my favorite.  I wonder where I could get one?  

I hope you have a great day!

Copics used:

Red: R39, R29, R24, R14
White: E40, E41, E43, 
Green: G28, G24, G21
Tree: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
book and Hair: E40, E41, E43, E44
Hair: W9, W7 W5
Blue: B01, B00
I used glitter pens to add some sparkle to the star and ornaments. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Penguin Tree


I have another new stamp to share.  This is Mama Elephant's Penguin Tree.  It was release a little while ago.  It was an instant hit and sold out everywhere.  I was lucky enough to snag one and couldn't wait to ink it up.   This pile of penguins is adorable! 

Copics used:

Black: N10, N8, N6
Bellies: W1, 0
Brown: E40, E41, E43, E44, E47
Snow: B000, 
Green: G46, G43, G40
Yellow: Y17
Orange: YR12
Purple: V12, V15, V17
Red: R37, R35, R32
White: E50
Blue: B00, B01, B02
I added glitter using sparkle glitter pens to lots of the tiny items the penguins are playing with.  This is optional.  My one regret is that it made the sand in the fishbowl dark brown.  I liked it better in a lighter brown.  Oh well... lesson learned.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sending Love this Christmas

 Hello friends, 

I picked up this new stamp by Stamping Bella.  I thought it was perfect for this a 2020 Christmas.  My family has been discussing how to do "Zoom" style Christmas.  It is sad that I won't be able to see my family for the holiday, but understandable.   I thought this girl looked like she was blowing kisses.  I thought that was a nice sentiment for a socially distanced Christmas. What do you think? 

Skin: E00, E000, E11, E20
Red: R59, R39, R29, R24, R14
Black: W9, W7
Hair: E21, E23, E25
Green: G28, G24, G21
White: C1, C2, C3
Glitter on the white part of dress and hearts