Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #23 - Don't Be So Square

 Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 23rd challenge here at 

Let's Squash It! 

Let's Squash It! is The Embossing Folder Challenge.  We are gonna help you explore the world of the not so humble embossing folder and encourage you to dig 'em out, knock the dust off and find old, new and fun ways to make your projects pop. 



We have an awesome team to keep you entertained and awesome challenge themes to stretch your creativity and get you using all those long forgotten and neglected embossing folders. 
For those of you who are just tuning in you can check the previous posts for the story behind the genesis of the challenge and the technique posts for awesome tips and techniques to help you make the most of your supplies and folders.

Challenges start on the 10th of the month and run to the last day at 23.59 GMT.  We will be picking top picks and a winner, who will have a chance to be our guest designer for a future challenge.  There is a little prize on offer for a randomly selected winner and these will all be announced on the 8th of next month.   


So, Challenge #23
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder AND Make a Shaped Card



Use any embossing folder and make any style or type of card as long as it isn't square or rectangle!   Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card and also check da roolz to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!

We are very pleased to have our Let's Squash It!! Empress joining us as our guest designer this month.  Please welcome Emma from Trenouth's Crafty Creations:


"I'm Emma and I am very lucky to live in beautiful Cornwall, England. It is a place that inspires me every day being surrounded by both the countryside and seaside.   I got into cardmaking after starting to make cards using photos of my paintings and then I got more addicted to papercrafting and my painting has taken a backseat for now.  I think my style is quite eclectic but usually full of colour.  If I'm not crafting in some way then I am out enjoying all the flora and fauna."

And here is guest designers Emma's card:
 
Sizzix Leaves & Bohemian Lace embossing folders
 
 
And here's some inspiration from the team......
 
Gail's Card uses 
Sizzix Alpine Flowers Embossing Folder

 
Jo's Card uses 
Cuttlebug Swiggles by Kirsty Allsopp

 
Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

This months randomly selected winner will be able to choose a prize from the
 
Now it your turn!
Grab your embossing folders and join the fun.
We are looking forward to seeing your cards.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #22 - Keep it CAS Winners

Hi there, Squashettes, it's Jo here today to share the results of Challenge #22 - where we asked you to Keep it CAS!


Just before we get to the results, I'd just like to say a very big thank you to our lovely guest Carol from Our Little Inspirations who inspired us with her sweet and simple design for this challenge.

Carol, Gail and I really loved seeing all the entries and , as Carol said, there was such a variety of designs that picking our favourites has been very hard indeed! Thanks so much to everyone who played along.

We were very impressed with:

#20 - Becca

Beautiful colours and layout - who doesn't love a rainbow!


#25 - Lynne in NI
Love that EF and Lynne's beautifully coloured bunny. 



Congratulations to you both, I hope you enjoy your shiny new badge!


Our Challenge Winner is:

#22 - Jenny M.


We all love the drama of Jenny's card and how she used that EF.



Congratulations, Jenny, please grab your Empress Badge, and Gail and I hope you'll join us as a future guest designer. Please email me at dottypudding (at) aol.com so we can make the arrangements! 

                   Finally, we have our Random Prize to award...

It's you #4 - Tina!

Hi Tina, please take a look in the Prize Vault and email me with your choice of EF and your snail mail address at dottypudding (at) aol.com.

Once again, thanks to Carol for being our guest and to everyone who played along with this challenge. As always, we have a brand new challenge beginning on the 10th of the month, so stay tuned and we'll see you again soon for more squashy fun!


Sunday, 24 July 2022

Let's squash It Challenge #22 - Keep it Clean and Simple

 


It's the final call here at Let's squash It! for our CAS Challenge. Thanks to Gail for diving in at the last minute with this stunning card for our inspiration post. Even though I'm still on the Covid sick list I felt well enough to do a little cardmaking this morning and this was the result.


I really do love the EF I used for this card: Distressed Lines by Creative Expressions which I combined with a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and a watercolour background and some cute shapes from my scraps box.

There's still a week left to play along in this challenge, and Gail, our lovely guest Carol and I hope all you'll come and join the fun.

Sunday, 17 July 2022

Inspiration for the July Challenge - Keep It CAS

Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today.  It was going to be Jo, but Corona has grabbed her and her hubby, so you get me instead!!  Hope you both feel better soon Jo.  

Our theme this month is Keep It CAS.  Any embossing folder and a Clean and Simple creation.  I am a big fan of clean and simple and embossing folders can add a real wow to a simple design.  Today I decided to combine nature and technology.   I've used part of Cuttlebug's Bird Call embossing folder and gone slimline. 

I've used a cream DL card base and cut a white panel with Mama Elephant Scallop Stitch Slimline die.  US slimline and A4 sizes are different from european ones, but this die is easy to line up and shorten the panel to make it fit my base.   I stamped Stamplorations plane and sentiment from the Born to Roam set with black archival.  Then I embossed the top part of the Bird Call folder.   Remember, it's easier to stamp first and then emboss......

I hope you get a chance to join our Keep It Simple challenge.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Sunday, 10 July 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #22 - Keep it CAS!

 Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 22nd challenge here at 

Let's Squash It! 

Let's Squash It! is The Embossing Folder Challenge.  We are gonna help you explore the world of the not so humble embossing folder and encourage you to dig 'em out, knock the dust off and find old, new and fun ways to make your projects pop. 

We have an awesome team to keep you entertained and awesome challenge themes to stretch your creativity and get you using all those long forgotten and neglected embossing folders. 

For those of you who are just tuning in you can check the previous posts for the story behind the genesis of the challenge and the technique posts for awesome tips and techniques to help you make the most of your supplies and folders.

Challenges start on the 10th of the month and run to the last day at 23.59 GMT.  We will be picking top picks and a winner, who will have a chance to be our guest designer for a future challenge.  There is a little prize on offer for a randomly selected winner and these will all be announced on the 8th of next month.   


So, Challenge #22
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder AND Keep it CAS!


Use any embossing folder and Keep it CAS - yes, we're all about Clean and Simple cards this month.   Because we are also all about embossing folders we are happy for you to have a single colour fully embossed background if you want, but please keep it clean and simple with minimal embellishments and images.  Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card and also check da roolz to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!

We are very pleased to have our Let's Squash It!! Empress joining us as our guest designer this month.  Please welcome Carol L.


"I started scrapbooking while my children were growing up, and one day I walked into a craft store and saw some sample cards announcing an upcoming class to learn how to make them. I signed up and I've been hooked ever since. I made cards for soldiers and hospitalized children through the years and although I don't make cards on a massive scale like that any more, I still enjoy making them for my friends and relatives. I'm honoured to have been asked to guest design for the Let's Squash It! Challenge."


And here's what Empress Carol has made for this challenge:  
 
Carol's card uses
SU! Elegant Bouquet embossing folder

 
And here's some inspiration from the team......
 
 
Gail's card uses 
Hobby Solutions Let It Snow embossing folder 



Jo's card uses 
Altenew Dotty Circles embossing folder


 
Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

This months randomly selected winner will be able to choose a prize from the
 
Now it your turn!
Grab your embossing folders and join the fun.
We are looking forward to seeing your cards.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Friday, 8 July 2022

Let's Squash It! Winners for Challenge #21

Hi there, Squashettes, it's Jo here today to share the results of Challenge #21 where we asked you to... 

Make it Manly!



Before we get to the results, I'd just like to say a very big thank you to Joanne for being our guest, having been crowned Empress of Squash for our April Challenge. Thanks, Joanne, it's always such a pleasure to have you with us!

I don't know about you but I don't find masculine cards the easiest to create, however our gallery looked fabulous for this challenge and Joanne, Gail and I really loved seeing all the entries. Thanks so much to everyone who played along.

We were very impressed with:

#13 - Robyn

Beautiful colours and layout, and what a fab way to use that EF.

#3 - Linda W

We loved Linda's attention to detail on this very special card.



Congratulations to you both, I hope you enjoy your shiny new badge!


Our Challenge Winner is:

#7 Emma T.

We all loved how Emma used EFs to create this foaming pint!



Congratulations, Emma, please grab your Empress Badge, and Gail and I hope you'll join us as a future guest designer. Please email me at dottypudding (at) aol.com so we can make the arrangements! 

                   Finally, we have our Random Prize to award...

It's you #4 - Viv!

Hi Viv, please take a look in the Prize Vault and email me with your choice of EF and your snail mail address at dottypudding (at) aol.com.

Once again, thanks to Joanne for being our guest and to everyone who played along with this challenge. As always, we have a brand new challenge beginning on July 10th, so stay tuned and we'll see you again soon for more squashy fun!


Friday, 24 June 2022

Challenge #21 Make it Manly - Final Call

 

We're Making it Manly here at Let's Squash It! until 30th June and we'd love you to come play along!

We've been joined by our Empress of Squash from last month Joanne from Ambrosia and Iron and she made this stylish card to inspire us all. 


And inspire me she did as I made this card...


The embossing folder and stamp are from a magazine freebie I've had tucked away for years. Unfortunately, the packaging doesn't appear to give the magazine details so I can't share them.

There's still six whole days to join the challenge and Joanne, Gail and I really hope you'll decide to Make it Manly and join the fun!