Monday, December 24, 2012

Elf On The Shelf Adventures - Week Three

It's Christmas Eve!  My boys are super excited and are so fidgety.  They just want this day to be over with so that Christmas comes faster!  Waiting is so difficult!  We had a blast this month with our little elf friend Dasher.  It seemed to go by a lot faster than I expected.  I had so many ideas and didn't get to do a bunch of them, so we'll be saving those for next year.

Sadly today was our last day with Dasher.  Tonight he makes his final report to Santa on the boys behavior.  Which has been very good, they are so happy to be on the "Nice List".  Santa will scoop up Dasher when he visits our house tonight and take him back to the North Pole.  We won't be seeing Dasher again until next year.  Goodbye my little friend!  We loved you!

Here's our adventures this past week with Dasher.

Dasher was eating from the 4 food groups of elves:  candy cane, candy corn, sugar and syrup.  Yum!

I loved this one.  We have a fish tank embedded in a cabinet and Dasher put on some swim goggles and wanted to go scuba diving to catch some fish.

I grabbed a printable Elf Kisses candy topping from the web so Dasher could bring the boys a present of Hershey kisses.

The boys were confused, embarrassed and laughing this morning to find that Dasher put their underwear as stockings.  Then Dasher got a wedgie and was hanging from the fireplace. LOL!

Here's Dasher parachuting from the ceiling fan.

Donning a Batman mask and cape.

Hiding out inside Andrew's stocking.

Our last day.  Christmas Eve.  Dasher delivered a letter explaining his departure today.  The boys got to give him a hug and kiss before putting him back where they found him.

Here's the goodbye letter.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect this year with the Elf On The Shelf.  They boys really got into it and I loved finding new places for him to hide.  Who knows if we'll be doing this again next year.  All I know, is that it added lots of Christmas magic to our house each day.  And that made it all worth it.

Merry Christmas everyone.  Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!!
Hugs to all!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

More Tis The Season From Natalie

Natalie's got some more seasonal holiday bling for you today.  She's added to her Tis The Season collection with an Add-On, Page Starters, Word Art, Paper Stacks and money saving bundles.

This Add-On contains 6 papers, 5 flowers, 3 ribbons, 1 ricrac, an ornament frame, a bow, a christmas tree, a reindeer, a holly branch, a pine branch, a present, 2 frames, a star element, a flourish, silver stitching, a holly border, a ribbon wrap, a string, a staple and a full alpha.  Take a look at these matching word art titles too.

Check out these amazing paper stacks and page starters.  I used them to make my 2 layouts below.  Super fast and super easy.

With so much to choose from with this collection, Natalie has created 3 different bundles so you can mix and match and save some money.  You can find everything at Natalie's Blog Store.

Now, I told you I used the paper stacks and page starter frames to whip up a few layouts.  Pop in one of the word art titles and you've got an amazing layout in no time at all!!  Here's what I created.

To coordinate with all the clustering in this collection, I made a simple Christmas cluster for you.  Hope you like it.  Stop by Cynthia's Blog and Lisa's Blog for more freebie gifts.  Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

Kellybell Last 12 Freebies of 2012 - Day One

Hard to believe that 2012 is winding down.  There are only 12 days left.  Kelly and her Creative Team have made 12 freebies to share with you, one from each of Kelly's 12 favorite kits.  She'll be counting down to her absolute favorite kit which you'll find out on Dec 31st.

So let's get started with Kelly's #12 favorite kit 'A Taste Of Magic'.  A kit that's perfect for scrapping all the fun at Chef Mickey's.  It's certainly one that I love because Chef Mickey's is such a fabulous character meal for our family to have dinner at.

I got to create today's freebie for you.  You'll find this freebie both on Kelly's blog and on my blog.  Enjoy all the fun of these last 12 days of the year!  Tune in tomorrow for another freebie over at Kellybell Designs Blog.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Elf On A Shelf Adventures - Week Two

So we've survived another week of crazy adventures with our elf friend Dasher.  The boys have still enjoyed trying to find Dasher each morning.  Although some mornings they are more excited than others once they've seen what Dasher has done.  My youngest son likes it when Dasher gets into trouble or makes a mess.  Here's what he did this past week.

Dasher grabbed the TV remote and watched a few movies.  Of course, he had to have a snack to go with the movie.

A nice marshmallow bubble bath.

A reminder message written in M&M's about being a good boy.

Hanging from the ceiling on a candy cane swing.

Get ready for some football!

Dasher made himself some new snowman friends out of marshmallows.

Dasher finally captures the Abominable Snow Monster with the help of some burly nutcrackers.

On Sunday morning, he toilet papered our mini tree.  Andrew liked this one the best.

Hope your elf adventures are going well.  It's getting a little bit harder to come up with ideas each night.  Thankfully I still have a bunch of ideas saved from Pinterest.  Have a great week!

12 Freebies Coming Soon

Kellybell Designs has something special planned for you starting this week.  Make sure you stay tuned to the Kellybell Designs Blog.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Remember The Magic of On The River

Knowing that a digital scrapbooking kit can be used for multiple occasions is refreshing and comforting.  And when it comes to Disney scrapbooking kits, Kellybell Designs is one of the best when it comes to creative designs coupled with versatility.  Today's collection focuses on a fabulous Disney resort called Port Orleans as well as an amazing Disney movie and princess named Tiana.  Plus this collection can be used for scrapping visits to New Orleans.  Today we Remember The Magic of a collection called....

First introduced in July 2010, this kit is still a timeless treasure.  It combines some playful elements from the movie 'The Princess And The Frog' as well as some classic New Orleans scenery and architecture.  'On The River' contains 15 papers in rich colors and patterns, plus an assortment of elements including frogs, fences, bridge, banjo, clock, butterflies, lamp post, wooden sign, crown, alligator, flowers, greenery and so much more.  There's also a set of word art titles that are just perfect for your resort stay.

If you don't already own 'On The River' and the matching word art pack, you can pick it up this weekend only for 50% off at

And now, onward to the new stuff!!  Kelly created an gorgeous Add-On kit for you.  Look how adorable that Tiana doll is.  The Add-On has 7 papers, flowers, swirls, frame, leaves, musical notes, flairs, ribbons and more.  

There's also a coordinating set of cardstock solid papers.  Aren't these colors just amazing??

Kelly really outdid herself here with these clustered page starters.  Just look at all the flowers and greenery so elegantly presented.  Make sure you pick up the paper stacks too. 

The Add-On, Page Starters, Paper Stacks and Cardstocks are on sale this weekend only for 25% off.  Make sure you browse all of Kelly's collections at the Kellybell Designs Store.

You can see all the Creative Team layouts at Kellybell Designs blog.  There you can get all kinds of inspiration on ways to scrap with this collection.  Here's a page that I made.

To make your day even more magical, Kelly and her Creative Team have 3 freebies for you today.  You can find them at Kelly's Blog, Julie's Blog and Roxana's Blog.  Enjoy your gifts and have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Elf On A Shelf Adventures - Week One

I've been so late to the party figuring out all the Elf On A Shelf madness.  I noticed it last year but it was just too late to get started, so this year I made sure we'd be ready right after Thanksgiving.  My boys are 7 and 10 years old now and luckily they still believe in Santa.  Who knows, this may be the first and last year doing Elf On A Shelf.  Nonetheless, we are all in this year and having a blast each day.

In case you don't know about Elf On A Shelf, it's a little magical elf that watches over your kids each day and reports back to Santa each night if the kids have been naughty or nice.  After he flies to Santa each night, he comes back to your house and ends up in a new spot each morning for the kids to find.  Sometimes he gets into mischief.  

So I've scoured the web and Pinterest to find out ideas of what to do with this crazy elf every day and how to get started the first day.  Of course, there's a TON of ideas which is great!!!  So first, I had to go buy an elf.  I was at Target and all the elf dolls and bundles were sold out.  Bummer.  But they did have the plush stuffed elf so I bought him instead.  He's a little bit bigger than the "real" elf, but hey, I really didn't know the difference and thought my boys wouldn't care either.

I explained the whole ELF concept to the boys at dinner one night and they had heard a little bit about it from kids at school.  I told them they had to come up with a name for our family elf.  Matthew wanted to name him "Tinsel".  Andrew wanted to name him "Elfie".  And neither boy wanted to give in and give up their name.  So the next morning, I gave them a list of about 20 elf names and told them they had to agree together on a name.  They picked "Dasher" and thus our new elf now had an official name and we could get started.  

But, how do you get started??  Was there some kind of magical words you say to bring this elf to life? What kind of ceremony were we going to have?  I had to do some quick thinking here.  I had the boys write a short letter to Santa that Dasher could deliver on his first night.  The letter was on a plain 3x5 index card because it needed to small and lightweight for Dasher to carry.  The boys worked very hard on their letter.  They thanked Santa for the elf and told Santa how they were going to be good.  We put Dasher on the fireplace mantel and the boys read their letter to him.  Then we recited a few quick sentences I made up and NOW Dasher was real.  The boys were a little bit spooked about the "no touched him" part.  You're not supposed to touch the elf or the magic might wear off and he can't fly to Santa that night.  Spooky!!!

With all my scrapbooking supplies, I whipped up a quick Certificate of Adoption and a letter from Santa.  On Dasher's first night, he'd come back and deliver these to the boys.

I figured we'd start off pretty simple each morning.  Just moving him around to different places in the house before he got into mischief.  Here is the first morning.  I rolled up the certificates and tied a red ribbon on them, then tucked that under Dasher's arms.  Each day, I planned to take a photo of our elf and then make a simple 8x8 photo book.  I created a page layout with 1 photo, a date and some journalling.  

I had all our Christmas decorations up around the house, so there's plenty of good photo ops for Dasher.  The second morning, Dasher moved over to the nutcrackers.  He turned them all around to face him, like he was having a meeting with them.  I figured I could use all these nutcrackers again later in the month.

I saw this one on Pinterest where the elf is reading all the kids books.

The boys had been making tons of paper airplanes and they were littered all over the house.  So I gathered up a bunch and stuck them in our fake ficus tree behind the couch.

On Sunday, we baked some Christmas cookies and spent some time decorating them together.  The next morning, Dasher made his own cookie and decorated it.  The boys were getting really excited each morning trying to find where Dasher was and what he was doing.

On Monday, Matthew got the flu and was out of school with a bad fever and cough.  This was good timing for Dasher to get sick too.

Luckily Dasher made a quick recovery and was back playing with his friends the next morning.

I had a huge list of ideas of what to do with our elf.  I thought I'd just go with the flow and try to tie in what our family was doing each day.  At dinner, we had steak and asparagus.  Andrew was giggling about how this vegetable turned your pee green if you ate it.  I had seen this one on Pinterest too where the elf pees green in your toilet.  So this one was perfect for today.  I put the asparagus can in the bathroom and put green food coloring in the toilet water.  Very hilarious!!

Dasher went fishing.

My favorite Christmas show has always been Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.  A few years ago, I bought a bunch of stuffed animals from the show for decoration.  The Abominable Snow Monster captured Dasher in a container and was going to eat him!!  I made a little sign that said "HELP".  Loved this one!

So far, the whole family has been enjoying our little elf friend.  It makes each morning a joy and an adventure.  Tune in next week too see another round of fun with Dasher.