Monday, 17 January 2022

Inspiration for Challenge #16

 


It's hard to get my head around the fact that January is half over! Hi, it's Jo here to bring you a little more inspiration for Challenge #16 - Under the Sea.

We have a brilliant Empress this month as the lovely Janis joins inspires us with her adorably cute octopus card

For my card I used my newest piece of equipment - this gorgeous embossing folder! Isn't it a beauty? It's by a company I've not bought from before and the depth of the embossing is fabulous. The fish are from a favourite Birdie Brown set from MFT.


We've not had many takers as yet for this challenge so I hope this card helps give you a little creative nudge and encourages you to come and join the fun!

Monday, 10 January 2022

Challenge #16 - Under the Sea!

 Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 16th 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 #16
And this month's theme is

Use any embossing folder and create an under the sea card. Please make sure you include both parts of the challenge on your card.  Please read da roolz before you link up to ensure your entry will be eligible for the random prize draw!  People lost out on the prize last month mainly because they had linked to too many challenges or hadn't left a comment on two other entries when they linked up.  If you link a card take a couple of minutes to leave some love for your fellow crafters.  If you link up again then a little more love won't go amiss.  The world needs more love.

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

"Hi, I'm Janis from snowy North Central Idaho (USA)!  I am honored and a little nervous to be the Guest Designer for Jo and Gail.  I blog (occasionally!) at Her Peaceful Garden.....home of the annual Cat Lovers Hop!  Yay!! 
In addition to loving cats, I also love embossing of all kinds.  Dry embossing is super-fun and easy.  Just my speed!!  I love clean and layered cards and embossing folders work great with that style.  Thank you, Jo and Gail, for inviting me to Guest Design.  Thank you all for taking a look at my card.  <3"

 Janis's card uses:
Darice - Gradual Dots Embossing Folder (retired)
Sizzix Textured Impressions - Waves Embossing Folder

Love that cute octopus with all his mittens and 
a very beautiful embossed background
 
 
And here's some inspiration from the team......
 
 
Gail's card uses:
Spellbinders Sea Beauty M-Bossabilities folder
 


Jo's card uses: 
Kaisercraft - Alpha Embossing Folder
 
 
 
Please do check da roolz to make sure you will be in the running for da prizes.  

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Saturday, 8 January 2022

Winners and Top Picks for Challenge #15 It's Your Call

 

 

Hello Squashettes!  Happy New Year.  Gail here today to announce the results of Challenge #15 - It's Your Call.  Winners will now be announced on the 8th of the month to give us a little more time for this very difficult decision.  Thanks to everyone who took time to Squash It! with us during a very busy but hopefully happy, merry and joyful December. 


Thanks to everyone for joining us and sharing your gorgeous cards and techniques.  Just a gentle reminder to check our rules.  If you want to be in the running for the prize we have a link limit and we also ask that you comment on a couple of other entries.  Please also mention the brand and name of the folder you use if you know it, if only cos I may need to hunt it down and add it to my embossing folder mountain bwahaahhahahaaa.

We finally whittled down our favourite so here we go...... 

Our two runners up, impressing us with their fabulous squashing are:

Vinita

Gorgeous embossing and a very pretty scene

and

Anita van Deur
 https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEjj9DzLsCczLrz1RcKuyDLix6KaOPbM16VfPpT2t7mLd7FeV0iVUCGd4sJfYZRY_OddcKwQKNWwCCWV4eCmlQ630u28u_9jgJxbJZezeO43qlgXR7mjb6WmGc8jJgl6_usVb6pbzxfspilxncF1xsgqr3xH6OLxvZo_jfPBG2AoMKy5ww1i8MoV-pDw=s500

Loads of lovely embossing and a cute die cut scene.



Congrats ladies,
We h
ope you'll wear your badge with pride!


Our top pick and winner of our Empress of Squash award,
(with a chance to guest design for a future challenge) goes to:

Marianne


These are just so striking and beautiful.  
Gorgeous alternative colour Christmas cards Marianne.
Here's your badge and well done on being our Empress of Squash.




We also have our random draw prize to award!  
Mr Random says the lucky winner is......
  
#23
 
Tina

Congrats Tina!  Please email me at craftynomad@gmail.com with your address details, and also let me know which folder you want from the prize vault.

Thanks again for joining Jo and me for this challenge.  Our next challenge will start on 10th January.   Hope to see you there!  Hugz

Friday, 24 December 2021

More Inspiration for Challenge #15 and a Merry Christmas!

 


It's Jo here to bring you a little more inspiration for our current challenge  'It's Your Call!' We'd love it for YOU to use one of your favourite EF techniques to make your vard this month.

Once I'd got the hang of it I really enjoyed stenciling and embossing, so I thought I'd play with that theme again.

I needed a little gift card wallet so headed to the craft room and broke out a snowflake stencil and a lovely embossing folder. Sadly, the stencil has become detached from it's packaging so I can't give you the product details. The EF is Snowflakes from Kaisercraft and it's so delicate, with lovely details.



I added some glitter glue and Nuvo dots before adding these gorgeous, sparkly letters from MFT die Ho, Ho, Ho. 


This was a quick and easy make and I'm quite pleased with the result!

This challenge is open until December 31st, so you still have a week to play along, that is if you can fit in a little card making amongst the festivities!

Gail and I would just like to say a very big thank you to all of our fabulous Empresses who have been our guests across the year and we'd like to thank all you beautiful people in Cardland for making this challenge so much fun. We really do appreciate your creativity and your wonderfully supportive comments that make us smile!

Have a very Merry Christmas, and we'll see you in 2022 for yet more squashing!



Friday, 17 December 2021

Inspiration for Challenge #15 - Your Call

 Hello Squashettes.  I had plans today.  But my fickle friend time had other ideas.  Ah well, here I am at last with some inspiration for our current challenge - Your Call.  Any technique and embossing folders, of course.


Use any embossing folder and also any technique.  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!

So here's my card.  


I used Darice Retro Circles Embossing folder. 

I started with a die cut panel, added some brusho sprinkle in greenand spritzed with water.  Then I used Mowed Lawn distress ink and stencilled using Stamplorations Swirly Blooms stencil to add some pattern.

I embossed with Darice Retro Circles folder and lightly smeared the embossed pattern with the Mowed Lawn distress oxide ink.

 

I added Papercuts Penguin Sledding Edger die cut from green and white scraps.  I added a little glitter for that perfect touch of bling.

Thanks for dropping by.  Looking forward to seeing your embossed anythings.  Your call.  Hugz

Friday, 10 December 2021

Challenge #15 - It's Your Call

 Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 15th 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 #15
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder AND Any Technique



It's coming up to the crazy time of the year so we are keeping it simple.  Use any embossing folder and any technique.  Revisit one of the techniques we have shared in previous challenges, maybe try something you didn't get a chance to do, or share any other technique you know.  We all like to learn new things.    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 Gunn.

"Hello from Hamilton, New Zealand.  I still love card making as much as I did when I started 20 years ago and try to make a card a day - I love to share handmade happiness.  I don’t have a particular card making style but tend towards the unfussy, although I have been known to go WiLd from time to time and I do like to get inky and messy and try to make the most of stuff I have.  I love challenges and trying new things,  and I’m so pleased to be invited to ‘guest’ in such a creative team.  Get inspired, try something new, happy crafting!"    


And here is Carol's card
 
Carol's Card uses  
WeRMemoryKeepers Embossing folder - Woven


Carol used a Jennifer McGuire technique called Filled Embossing 
for her gorgeous card.
 
 
And here's some inspiration from the team......
 
 
Gail's Card uses 
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Stripes
Gail used double emboss technique with holographic embossing powder.
It's very blingy in the real.......

Jo's Card uses 
Sizzix/Sophie Gullar Embossing Folder - Vintage Texture


 
 
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

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Technique Time Taking a Break

 



Hello Squashettes.  Gail here today, dropping by to say there's nothing happening this month in regards to Technique Time.  I expect you are busy as well with preparations for Christmas, so we are taking a break.  We also feel that we have lots of techniques already covered, so if you are feeling bereft, grab a cuppa and take a meander through the previous posts.  There might be just the inspiration you are looking for for that perfect card.  See you here on the 10th for Challenge #15.  Hugz

Technique Time Posts