Sunday, October 26, 2014

{Paper Smooches} SquirrelFest: Part 2 with CHALLENGE + Giveaway!


My son loves to draw, colour and paint. If he has paper and a writing tool, he'll be occupied for hours! Of course, he spends a lot of time with me in the craft room, too. A while back, he was watching me heat emboss and watercolour, and begged to use my Gansai paints. I hesitated for the longest time. They're my precious Gansai paints! I finally relented and he had the best time.


He picked the images to create the scene and I helped him stamp them with black Archival ink on Fabriano watercolour paper. This paper is so thick and luscious, fabulous for one-layer cards! After watercolouring, he asked if he could use my Wink of Stella marker on the clouds and squirrel. I thought letting him use my Gansai paints was luxurious enough. My Wink of Stella marker?! Ack!


So that's today's squirrelly share. ;)

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 SquirrelFest: Part 1;
  2. Leave a comment on this post;
  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.


Paper Smooches Squirrels

If you're looking for squirrel stamps, there are three Paper Smooches stamp sets that have a squirrel in them. Fanciful Fall has coordinating dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for playing along! Have fun and good luck. I'll have SquirrelFest: Part 3 for you very soon!

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44 comments:

Lindsey said...

I like what good care he's taking using your precious supplies. :) You may have to frame the finished piece of art!

Indy said...

I am so impressed with your son's painting! And I'm impressed that you let him use your special supplies! What a great mom!

Mary-Anne V said...

Your son's expression in the pictures is priceless...he really is enjoying using Mommy's tools!

Miriam Prantner said...

You're a better mom than me! I don't think I would be willing to share my Gansai's! He did such a great job though!

Nancy Carroll said...

Oh how I loved your story, what a wonderful bonding time with your son, even if he was using your special items.... maybe more for that reason.

Larissa Heskett said...

AMAZING Creation!! I LOVE that you let him be Creative with you and your Supplies!! I too have struggled with letting my son use my Products in the past, but have realized that I LOVE having him want to spend time with me and create more than my Products!! Plus, being creative makes them so much SMARTER and HAPPIER too!! ;) thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

Tenia Nelson said...

This card came out AWESOME!!!!

Denise Bryant said...

Delightful piece of artwork... suitable for framing!

Kari V. said...

You are so nice for letting him use your nice watercolor set!! I have a cheap set that I let my nieces use without too much worry! But last time they got into my liquid pearls and oh! What a mess! I love the picture your son created.

Gabi MeWi said...

It seems your son has had a lot of fun and the same artistic streak as you...

icardeveryone01 said...

You will never regret these shares, Emily... how wonderful.
=] Michele

Rufred said...

How exciting...! Your son is very talented and look at those LONG eyelashes...!!

Chark said...

so proud of you for sharing...bet you cringed a bit. I always did. Who am I kidding? I still do and they're teens!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Wow, your son is just as talented as you are, and you know how kids are...they always want to use whatever we ourselves have saved for the best. They know it must be something special. His picture came out beautifully.

Scrapthat said...

Your work of Art is super Awesome!! Looks like you take after your Mom in that you have fantastic artist talents!!

Sue D said...

Love the scene he created.

Patt H. said...

Love your son's creation! He took such great care with your supplies too. You are a great mom!!

Candice Lin said...

He has got your artist genes!!! What a lucky kid to be able to play with all of Mom's stash!!! Children's art work are always so special because they can see the world in such different perspective that we adults may not see. Thanks so much for sharing.

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Pinned here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/118641771409685439/

canadian_liner said...

LOVE seeing your little lad get crafty...introducing him to a lifelong joy. You may want to buy him his own Wink of Stella pen--he'll want to add it to everything!

Lynne in NI said...

Aww your son is a real citie ... great art work too!

snazzyjj said...

Your son is a natural! Say "Hi" to bunny squirrel for us.

Samantha Mann said...

Oh my stars!! Your son is so talented!! I just love that he loves to create as much as you! What a lovely bond to have!! It makes my heart happy!! And dude - you shared your most precious supplies with him?!? Brave!!! And so giving and loving!!! I used to try to buy my little menn their own versions of my supplies (like dollar store gelatos, target watercolor palette, and 'special' mom-copic markers!) but in the end, it's not the same! So usually they use my stuff as well - under my supervision! Ha!
Love the squirrel challenge here!! I'll totally play along! You're amazing!

Ruby N said...

awww this is just too cute!

Petti said...

Your son's drawing is great!

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - what a precious project Emily!!! LOVE that you have allowed your son use crafty stash to CREATE and have FUN too!!!
LOVE the scene you created TOGETHER!!!
PS - I LOVE each and every second I spend crafting with my nieces & nephews - we need to make an AWESOME quote about families that craft together :)

Janet said...

A super adorable job! I know my daughter (since she was 3) crafts a lot with me and it is great to share that together!
~God bless~

Connie said...

OMGosh! Way too cute!

Karenladd said...

Some of my fondest memories are of crafting with my son and daughter, and now I am lucky enough to have a 4 year old grand-daughter who loves to stamp with her Grammie! I really do believe that children can learn to be careful with their tools and supplies (with good supervision of course) and develop a love of crafting along the way. Adorable card and story!

paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

Oh Emily, you are such a good Mama! And his painting is wonderful! I think crafting is one of the best things you can do for or with your kids. I crafted with both of mine, a boy and a girl. We decorated cookies, made our own play dough and finger paints, they always had their own water colors due to it being a requirement for school supplies. As a child I loved the Tempera paints at school. My mom also always let my little brother and I craft at home and she passed recipes for things when my kids were little. My adult children are so crafty in many different areas and it makes me so proud! Jon has far surpassed Katie and I in his crafting, he does some amazing paint techniques on cars/jet skiis/anything metal, he wood carves gun stocks-surf boards-long skate boards etc., welds fun things (robots/dogs...I have one of the dogs and he's so cute) and does beautiful wood finishes too. Katie loves pottery and treats me with some of her hand made goodies and she makes fun sewn items as gifts, as well as enjoys acrylic painting on canvas. I'm so proud! Katie's baby is 2 and she asks to stamp every time we visit the craft studio. LOL She was trying to sew the other day. I made her get down and she said, No Nana I'm sewing. I unplugged it.

Yvonne Morentin said...

adorable.

Grá O'Neill said...

I have this battle daily! I usually put some distress ink on to plastic container lids & let them blend & paint to their hearts content :)

Courtney Shorr said...

Cute card! Thanks for the challenge!

Lisa K said...

What a wonderful creation your son made. It looks so much like many paper smooches images. The watercoloring is awesome and to use your precious supplies, paper, and the Wink of Stella pen!! You are an awesome Mom to allow this. Wonderful challenge.

Daša said...

so cute!!! He is really adorable :)

Wei said...

SO CUTE!!! talented boy! Love his project.

*Vicki* said...

How awesome to see your son doing crafts with you! When my boys were younger, they loved to "play" with mom sometimes! :) The card looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Jennyfer L said...

Awww he's so adorable Emily!!! I love how he made this special card even tho he had to use your own markers. I can be like that too not wanting to "share" mine but once in a while, its ok. Its just lovely!

Kristie Goulet said...

Aww! He is totally adorable, Emily! He is very talented. :)

cghundley said...

Oh this is just
adorable! Too cute.
Carla from Utah

Laura Norris said...

It's hard to let them play with your stuff isn't it??

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, how fabulous!

Monika Reeck said...

Emily...I asked my hubby to buy that GANSAI TAMBI KURETAKE for christmas gift..it looks so yummy the colors and I can see your son can use it so easy and he did sooo weeeelllll my son cant so good like him...two thumbs up and his eyes has much eyelash like my little boy...nice eyes he has...and his picture I can give him point 9 ...from 10 sooo lovely...I cant believe all your family is talented at card making and coloring Emily...miss to visiting you again...I try my best Emily..hugs, Monika

Linda H said...

That painting is so adorable! He did an awesome job, just like his Mama.