Saturday, October 25, 2014

{Paper Smooches} SquirrelFest: Part 1 with CHALLENGE + Giveaway!


Many of you have asked about the card that my husband made me for my birthday and here it is! It features several of my son's favourite stuffies. On the far left is the hamster (you know him well) from Party Posse, converted to Bonsai the Panda. So creative! Centre-left is the famous bunny squirrel from our neighbourhood (more on him below), created with the squirrel from Spring Groves and the puff from Party Posse. Heehee.


Centre-right is ever-so-cute Shellby the Turtle and on the far right is Dippy the Diplodocus, both from Party Posse. Dippy has been so well-loved that his spikes have disintegrated so my husband trimmed those off the image. Oh, the little details! The sentiment is from Bold Buzzwords and the speech bubble is from He Said, She Said.


My son drew a picture of me and him surrounded by lots of love. Awww! I love those multi-coloured swirls!


My husband used the Happy Gloves book to create two squirrel stuffies for our son. Eek! Talk about dedicated to pleasing the little guy. My husband went out and got the gloves, then did all the sewing and stuffing!! Here he is hard at work with my son excitedly waiting for the finished squirrel.


It was my job to create the face and I did so with embroidery floss. Our original squirrel had a long tail but in the second, smaller version you see in the group photo above, I used a white fluffy pompom to mimic the real bunny squirrel's tail.


Now, bunny squirrel is not a mythical creature. He (or she) really exists! He's a black squirrel with a white bunny tail. He lives a few blocks from us and sometimes we go out of our way to see if we can get a glimpse of him. It's always a good day when we see bunny squirrel out and about. Heehee.


Now you know how much my family loves squirrels. ;) On to the Giveaway and Challenge!

Giveaway


One lucky winner will receive Chilly Chums and I Blank You, perfect for all your winter and holiday cardmaking! All you have to do is:
  1. Leave a comment on this post;
  2. Leave a comment on SquirrelFest: Part 2;
  3. Leave a comment on SquirrelFest: Part 3 (coming soon); and
  4. Enter the SquirrelFest Challenge as many times as you like.
SquirrelFest Challenge

The SquirrelFest Challenge will begin immediately and run 'til 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. All you have to do is submit a paper-crafted project with a squirrel on it. Please use Paper Smooches products if you have them, but it's not required to play along. :) Back-linking is not allowed. Only *new* projects, please. I will choose a winner via Random.org and announce the winner of the two stamp sets on Sunday, November 30, 2014.


Squirrelly Inspiration

I found a few of my projects involving Paper Smooches squirrels. I had forgotten about most of them. Obviously I was crazy about that squirrel from Hang Ups! LOL


Thanks so much for stopping by and for playing along! Have fun and good luck. I'll have SquirrelFest: Part 2 for you very soon!

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42 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

So so COOL!!

Amy C. said...

You are blessed with a wonderful family! Thanks for sharing.

TracyM #6773 said...

PRECIOUS card, inside & out, PRECIOUS photos of your husband in creative action too!!!
LOVE when families share a CREATIVE PASSION TOGETHER :)

~amy~ said...

I love this post! The whole family is crafty...how awesome is that?!

IRL that black squirrel looks ginormous!

Nancy Carroll said...

This was such a fun post to check out, so cool seeing how your family is involved, looks like a fun challenge too! THANKS.

Ruby N said...

haha omg they're sooo adorable! wish I could enter the challenge but don't have that squirrel :)

Ruby N said...

or any squirrel really. hmm i see that I have until end Nov 25. time to get shopping!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so cute! Love the little stuffed squirrel!

Lindsey said...

What a great birthday card, inside and out! Of course I recognized Shellby and Dippy right away. ;) Your entire family has mad colouring skillz.

Indy said...

What a fun challenge! Love your bunny squirrel! Love all the quality you and hubby spend with your darling son!

Mary-Anne V said...

It was fun to read about all the squirrel love your family has! the stuffed animal squirrel is really cute...great job to the whole family!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love that your husband makes cards for you, this is so cute. Love his 'altered' animals and I love the bunny squirrel!

Wida said...

that is pretty awesome that your husband made a card for you!! I am impressed at how personal it is, very sentimental :)

Larissa Heskett said...

Awesome!! LOVE that he created this for him!! ;) thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!!

Denise Bryant said...

fun projects! love the glove creation!

Kari V. said...

Squirrel fest is so fun! I love the card that mimics those stuffed animals! Cute.

Rufred said...

Too cute!!

Chark said...

how cute is this family?!

Daša said...

Ohhh so sweet! :) I would love to participate...but I have to find squirrel stamp first :) Or I'll just draw the squirrel :)

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

What a wonderful collection of fun squirrel cards! Paper Smooches has such adoorable critters and your artistic talent and coloring is terrific.

Sue D said...

What a great post and fun challenge!

canadian_liner said...

Wow--the family that crafts together, grafts together (the best I could come up with on the spur of the moment...). LOVE when the DH gets into the craft room! And that bunny squirrel! Nature is amazing.

Lynne in NI said...

Great pics, I love your stuffed bunny squirrel :)

snazzyjj said...

How fun and delightful you and your family are. Thanks for including us in the fun. I'll be making my PS squirrel card soon.

Samantha Mann said...

So so so cute!!! Your family is so heart warming! I love that your husband not only made the card for you (SQUEAL!) but also made it so personal! Wow!
And the glove bunny squirrel - AMAZING! Major props to your husband! I ADORE that picture of bunny squirrel in person! I have never seen anything like it! It's adorable!!

Petti said...

Love the card so cute! And thanks for sharing!

Janet said...

A super adorable card and gift! My husband has never made a card, what a treat for you! I love bunny squirrel, how unique!
~God bless~

Connie said...

OMGosh! Way too cute!

Karenladd said...

GAW!!! That card is so darn adorable and creative. LOVE that panda hamster...haha!

paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

Oh my goodness! I love how they personalized your birthday card, it's perfect, right down to every stuffy. And that sweet picture of you and your son surrounded by love, so perfect. The glove critters are awesome! Bunny Squirrel...is too cute!

Yvonne Morentin said...

so sweet, I just love the card and the inspiration.

Grá O'Neill said...

Fabulous card, picture & multitalented husband, must show this post to my hubby :)

Courtney Shorr said...

Thanks for sharing! I love how you made the hamster a panda!

Lisa K said...

What a cool challenge! I love the post you shared with your husband making the squirrel to please your son. Precious!

Wei said...

Love this adorable card!

*Vicki* said...

AWE!! I love how you've lined up all of the stuffed animals and mimicked that in your card!! SO SWEET! :)

Jennyfer L said...

Hehe love the stack of stuffed animals and you managed to represent that in your awesome card!

Laura Norris said...

What fun! Love the homemade bunny squirrel!!

cghundley said...

How fun your
cute card is!
Carla from Utah

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, what a fun challenge!

Monika Reeck said...

Your son sooo sweettt and the DADDY hmm you did not show his Pict..maybe Daddy dont want to show it..like my hubby he doesnt want I put his pict on my Blog...adorable card your hubby made for you..he also talented card maker like Emily..my hubby never touch my stamp HAHA...
great post Emily...

Linda H said...

Love your husband's card and all the pictures, from the black squirrel to the stuffy to the drawing. Just awesome!