Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Elf on the Shelf mischief

I understand that my cheeky cat Billy took over my blog on Sunday. He says thank you for all the fun comments you left and that he is enjoying his time with Old Choc and Terence. We had a great weekend with Daisy and Co. Stick Man was such a fun show and London, despite heaving with people, looked beautiful. The lights on Regent Street and Oxford Street are worth seeing. I didn't have my camera with me but snapped a few photos using my phone.

In the evening we met up with our son and his GF and enjoyed a delicious meal all together. It really was special family time.

Daisy's Elves on the Shelf managed to "fly" to Nanna's house and I had great fun making mischief with them on Saturday and Sunday morning.
On Saturday they got into the fridge and put eyes on lots of the contents. The ever observant 3 year old Daisy thought she recognised the wobbly eyes from Nanna's stash...lol. I told her that Father Christmas had sent them back from the North Pole for Nanna to use.

On Sunday they made a little bed in Billy's food cupboard and even had their own fairy lights.
Elf on the Shelf really is such a fun concept.

For my challenge piece today I wanted to make an Art Journal  Moment of our wonderful family weekend and incorporate some challenges including the finale of my Funkie Junkie challenge, my penultimate dictionary challenge at the Craft Barn and the Mail art challenge over at PaperArtsy.

. I have chosen the word M for Mail for my alphabet challenge and at PaperArtsy I was inspired by the decorated  envelopes and the use of real stamps in the introduction of the Mail art topic by Darcy on Sunday.

I wanted to preserve the ephemera of our theatre visit; the flyer and the tickets from Stick Man and also a couple of photos from our day together.To do this rather that use a pocket, as Linda did,I decided to make my own envelopes using Christmas papers from my stash. This would be my mail art for PaperArtsy.

 I used a sheet of paper for my base of my art journal page and added festive stamping using stamps by the Artistic Stamper.

Next I add some music stencilling

 I added a touch of bling by adding gold embossing paste through my snowflake stencil.
The amusing thing was that all this got covered by my envelopes!

These are the envelopes I made.

2 small ones and a larger one.

 I stamped onto little die cut cards inside the small envelopes and recorded the details of our day.

I added stamping on the envelope and a real stamp. I also added some remnant rubs. I addressed it to Father Christmas, using a gold pen, to remind me of writing to Father Christmas with my darling Daisy a few weeks back and yes she received a letter back!

Here is my finished page.

And some close ups of the details.. I stuck the flap of the large envelope down so that I can get out my ephemera and photos from the day. Below you can see my decorated page when the green envelope is lifted up.
 The insides of the small envelopes recorded our day. I added Treasure gold around their rims.
here is my dictionary definition.
and a final close up of the envelopes. I added a First Class Royal Mail Christmas stamp as this will be fun to look back to.

I would like to enter my art journal Moment page into the following challenges.

The Funkie Junkie's 12 tags for Christmas #12 I would like to thank Linda for hosting this again. It's such a great Christmas challenge. You still have time to enter.  If you would like to play along with this fun Christmas challenge please check out Linda's post here which gives all the details of the challenge requirements. The challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and you could even win one of the prize vouchers if you complete all 12 weeks. This week I was inspired by her little pocket (I used an envelope instead) the Tim Holtz holiday greens die cuts, the use of ephemera and the snowflakes.
The Craft Barn Dictionary challenge M ....mine is M for Mail
PaperArtsy Mail Art challenge
Pixie's Snippets Playground #259 I used snippets of paper for my small envelope and snippets of card for my die cuts.
Mixed Media World Winter Wonderland
Frilly and Funkie home for the holidays
A Vintage Journey Winter Magic
Simon Says stamp Monday Let there be snow
Simon Says Wednesday ice inspiration
Craft Stamper take it make it snow and ice

Thanks so much for visiting me today and for taking the time to leave your kind comments at such a busy time of the year. There are just 12 days to go.....I still have my crackers to make but I have just about finished the shopping and my cards are posted. We need a mammoth wrapping session soon.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. OOoooo those mischievous elves...where next I wonder? Sounds like you had a wonderful family time in London...so right at this time of year! What wonderful memories and you have created such a wonderful page to remind you.

  2. Such a lovely art piece, what a clever idea to use the envelopes!
    And speaking of clever how about Daisy recognising the eyes.....brilliant! :) Those elves look like a lot of fun, I can't wait for that!!
    Have a lovely evening my friend,
    V x

  3. What fun! I haven't heard of the Elf on a Shelf before ..........I know, where have I been hiding?! Anyway I love the concept. also love your page - some lovely ideas there. Thank you for entering the Craft Barn Alpha/dictionary challenge xx

  4. Hello dear Jane,

    What a lovely weekend you had, time spent with family is the best. And those elves... such a fantastic idea! Happy to hear Daisy got letter from Santa, but I must admit that... that North Pole bugs me a bit - Santa lives here, Jane!!! ;) ;) ;)

    Have a wonderful week, busy but happily so! Can't wait to see your 2016 crackers!


  5. What a magical nostalgic journal page Jane. Looks like your having a lot of fun with these cheeky elves.
    Julie x

  6. Hello Jane, Daisy doesn't miss a thing!! bless her heart, she thought those eyes looked familiar!! ([: I'm happy you could have a London outing. Time is flying past....25 Dec. will be here soon. Looking forward to your Christmas cracker post.

    Anne and family xx
    PlumTrees 22

  7. Glad you had such fun with Daisy and the elves and your mail art is wonderfully vintaged. Two panto runs and a trip to London for me today, still busy lol. Enjoy the rest of the week xxx

  8. What a fabulous project. A great reminder of your weekend too!

  9. What a wonderful place to visit Jane. Looks like your elves are having fun, but the eyeballs in the fridge is what really made me laugh! I love your keepsake envelopes, what a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Home for the Holidays' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  10. What a lovely festive page. The fabulous background made with plenty of stamps and beautiful envelopes. Just wonderful!! xx

  11. Your gorgeous card puts me in the mood to do a few more cards that need to be done. Your fridge inhabitants look very alive and friendly!

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. those envelopes are going to look so cool going through the mail :) thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  13. This is so cool, Jane. Great background stamping and I love the way you made the envelopes to hold memories of the day. The googly eyes on the products in the refrigeration are just too funny. I got a great giggle out of them! Thanks for sharing over that the 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style.

  14. Great post and a gorgeous card Jane! Thank you so much for yours and the very lovely message inside.


    Di xx

  15. A fun journal page to look back on in years to come.

  16. Such a fun post and love your art journal page, the envelopes are fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  17. Great page and lovely envelopes! Love your elves too! Happy Christmas xx

  18. I love mail art and this is fabulous piece. The elves on the shelves are adorable, love it!

  19. Very cool... I love the DIY envelopes and all the details. A fabulous entry for the Dictionary challenge as well as the PA mail art!

  20. what a fab entry! so much to look at.

  21. Jane, congratulations on your win! Your tags were all very inspiring. Well done on completing the set. Hugs, Autumn

  22. Jane, just popping in to say congratulations on your winning a gift card at Funkie Junkie! so well deserved, and just wanting you to know I've been peeking all along. Just haven't had time to comment! Your 12 makes are fabulous! Sending Christmas hugs!

  23. Fantastic idea to use mail art. A great project for letter M xx

  24. A lovely page to remind you of a happy family day.

  25. Tee hee - your mischievous elves are great fun, and I love your envelope mail art piece - I always enjoy a bit of interactive crafting! Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x


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