Thursday 24 December 2020
Thursday 17 December 2020
Hello Squashettes. Gail here today with a little reminder for the current challenge
Thursday 10 December 2020
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the third 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.
Use any Embossing Folder AND Dies/Fussy Cutting
Use any embossing folder and also die cuts or fussy cutting. You can
use an emboss and cut folder, or a die cut with a matching folder, or
chop up your embossed thing, or emboss a die cut thing or fussy cut thing, or just add a
die cut or fussy cut something to your embossed background. 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 first Let's Squash It!! Empress joining us as our guest designer this month. Please welcome Linda.
"Hey sister Squashettes – I’m Linda W. (aka ScrappinBari) who blogs at Scrappin’, Stampin’ & Singin’. I started out scrapbooking but switched over to card making in 2007. I live in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA & haunt several local craft stores! How many embossing folders do you own? I own a fair few and am grateful to Gail & Jo for bring them into play at Let’s Squash It!! I’m delighted to be their first Guest Designer!!!”
Taylored Expressions Embossing folder - NORDIC HOLIDAY
Tuesday 8 December 2020
Hello Squashettes! Gail here today to talk about cutting!
In addition to embossing folders I love dies and I am also a big fan of fussy cutting. In combination with embossing folders these can really add wow factors to your project.
Maybe you are lucky enough to own one of the cut and emboss folders. These can be really beautiful, but they tend to be a bit more pricey. These have built in dies so the whole cut/emboss process is super quick and easy. This is a Marianne Designs folder that I use quite often. I've embossed corrugated card and smeared some black ink on it. A contrasting colour behind the cut outs gives a great pop of colour.
You can also find embossing folders that have matching dies. If you are going to use an embossing folder and die together I have found it is better to cut first and then emboss. You have better control on where the embossing is going to be and it doesn't get flattened by going through your machine a second time with the die. I have quite a few of these types of sets from Sizzix and Cricut. A few years ago I made rocking Christmas cards using Sizzix Bird #2 embossing folder and matching die.
Sizzix also have a range called Embosslits which cut and emboss at the same time. These can be really fun, especially with mirror of metallic card. The wreath on this tag is made using an embosslit folder. I added some distress ink colour and red enamel dots.
Maybe you don't have any of the folders mentioned above. You can still use dies to cut shapes and emboss them, but fussy cutting is also an option. The simplest version of this would be to cut simple shapes, or even use some scraps you have hanging around. An embossed patchwork background can look lovely. If you want to get a bit more adventurous you can cut out embossed elements or cut away sections of the embossed detail to give a totally new look. This also allows you to stretch your embossing folders and use them in more ways. I inked Sheena Douglas Web Flowers folder with Candied Apple distress oxide and embossed a scrap of yellow card. Then I cut the flowers and added a die cut birthday sentiment.
I hope this post has given you some ideas or reminded you of some folders you have forgotten about. The next challenge starts on the 10th, so see you then. Thanks for dropping by. Hugz
Saturday 5 December 2020
Good morning Squashettes! Gail here this morning and I'm gonna say WOW!!! again.
87 entries to our second challenge! And loads of lovely comments and chat!!
You continue to overwhelm us with your fabulous response and enthusiastic embrace of our little challenge. Thank you soooooooo much. Hugz all round.
But you are here for the winner and top picks aren't you? So let's get to it......
You made it almost impossible to pick favourites. We had a short list of lots again LOL, whittled it down to about 10, then after much chat back and forth we came up with this little line up.......
Our two runners up, Impressing us with their awesome cards are
Chris with this gorgeous embossed knit background and cute Santa and Mrs
Our top pick, most favouritest, and winner of our Empress of Squash award
with a chance to guest design for a future challenge goes to
with this gorgeous snowy background and beautifully cute robin!
Congrats Lin on being our Empress.
We also have a prize to award! We asked Mr Random and he said
That's Marina with her beautiful embossed snowflake background and cute polar bear.
Email Gail craftynomad at gmail dot com with your address details and
let me know which folder you want from the prize vault.
Thanks again to you for your support of our challenge.
Gail will be back on the 8th with another Technique Time.
Challenge #3 will start on the 10th!!!!
Take care. Keep safe. Hugz
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