Saturday, 24 September 2022

More Inspiration for Let's Squash It! Cuz 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad.....

Hello Squashettes!  Gail here.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  There is only a week left to join our current challenge of Cuz 2 Out of Three Ain't Bad.... where we want you to emboss 2/3rds of your card and leave 1/3rd smooth.  

We are loving the different ways you are solving this challenge and the linky gallery is filling up with lots of beautiful creations.  But there is plenty of room for more!!  So grab your folders and get squashing.  

I went all red and kraft for my inspiration card today and I've used part of Cuttlebug Little Monsters Vegetable embossing folder on my ex-pizza box kraft card panel.

Love those crazy veg and it seemed to go perfectly with this Carmen's Veranda sentiment and this rather straight looking lady Cressida from North Star stamps.  I smeared the deboss side of the folder with Festive Berries distress ink before embossing the top part of the kraft panel.  

Your turn!!   Grab those folders and join the fun.  Hope to see you in the linky.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz
 


Saturday, 17 September 2022

Inspiration for Challenge #24

Hi folks, it's Jo on the blog today to share some inspiration to get Mr Mojo engaged for our current challenge...


We have a lovely guest with us for September: Jenny M from My Paper Epiphany. 


Take a look at what Jenny created for our launch post.


I just love Jenny's Holiday card and that EF is a stunner. I think embossing can bring extra 'wow' factor to any card, but there's something about using your EFs on Christmas and Holiday cards that just seems so right! 

I always like to keep a small stock of thank you cards and so I made this simple little card to add to my stash.


The embossing was created by alternating two Cuttlebug border folders on the central portion of the card. The two squiggly lines are debossed for a little added interest.

This was such a quick and easy card to make with the border folders, yet I hope you'll agree the end result is very pretty and effective. I really enjoyed the challenge of finding a way to emboss just a portion of my card and was so pleased to find yet another way of stretching my existing embossing folders rather than just rushing to buy more.

This fun challenge runs until the end of September and Gail, Jenny and I all hope that you'll come and play along! 



Saturday, 10 September 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #24 - Cuz 2 out of 3 ain't bad...

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 24th 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 23.55 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 #24
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder AND fill Two Thirds of your card.


Use any embossing folder you choose, but make sure we only see 2/3rds of embossing and a 1/3rd of white space (of any colour!) on your card. We don't mind how you divide-up those proportions and look forward to seeing what you create! 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 from our August Challenge joining us as our guest designer this month.  

Please welcome Jenny Martin


"Hi there! My name is Jenny and I’m from Melbourne Australia. My blog is called My Paper Epiphany. I love trying new media and teqniques, so I don’t think I have a signature style. 
I guess my cards are mostly CAS, but I love getting messy too!!
We’re lucky to also have a house in Queenscliff on the Victorian coast, which is where I often spend time on my own (except for 2 dogs), when my Hubby goes back to work! 
This is my Happy Place and where I feel most creative."


Jenny's Card uses
Stampin' Up! Wintery Embossing Folder

 
 
And here's some inspiration from the team...
 
Gail's Card uses Sizzix 3D Dandelion Wishes


Jo's Card uses Sizzix Folder - Romantic

 
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's 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

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #23 - Don't be so Square Winners!


Hey, Squashettes, it's Jo here today to share the results of Challenge #23 - where we wanted to see shaped cards and fabulous embossing folder use go hand-in-hand.

Just before we get to the results, I'd like to say a very big thank you to our lovely guest Emma from Trenouth Creations who inspired us with beautiful hexagonal card. 
Thanks, Emma, it was great having you as our guest!

Emma, Gail and I really loved seeing your entries 
and although the gallery was fairly small it was jam packed 
with beautiful creations. You guys really went to town on this one and no mistake!

So, here we go...

We were very impressed with:

What an amazing way to use the theme - 
the embossed brickwork surrounding a beautiful stained glass window is genius.


We loved how Tina highlighted that beautiful snowflake.

Congratulations to you both, please grab your badge and flaunt it brazenly on your blogs!



Our Challenge Winner is:

#3 - Joanne


Emma summed up beautifully when she said Joanne's choice and colouring of 

that embossing folder makes it 'the star of the show' on her card. 




Congratulations, Joanne, please grab your Empress Badge. 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 #2 - Robyn!

Congratulations to you, Robyn, please take a look in the Prize Vault and email me with your choice of EF and snail mail address at dottypudding (at) aol.com. I'll get your prize on it's way around the world as soon as I hear from you!

Once again, thanks to Emma for being our guest, and also to everyone who played along. 

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!

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

More Inspiration for Challenge #23 - Don't Be So Square

Hello Squashettes!!!   Gail here today with some more inspiration for our awesome Shaped Card challenge Don't Be So Square.  

Where you all is?????   Grab those shape dies or lob off some corners and join the fun.  I've made a rocking gravestone bwahaahhahhahaaaaaaaa. Ha ha ha........

I used a Spellbinder die for the card base and panel and an oval die to cut the bottom in a curve shape.  I used patterned paper for the panel and embossed with Sizzix Halloween Night embossing folder.  I highlighted the skeleton with white dye ink and the raven with archival black and edged with promarker brown and black.  The cat is Cheery Lynn Whimsical Halloween Cat with some neon paper eyes and a little white gel pen to accentuate the spider.  It rocks!!!!!


Grab your embossing folders and your not square/rectangle cards and join the fun!

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Inspiration for Challenge #23 - Don't Be So Square

 


It's Jo here today to share a little bit more inspiration for our current challenge here at Let's Squash It! 

Gail and I are delighted to be joined this month by Emma from Trenouths Crafty Creations. She made this lovely hexagonal card to get us started for this challenge...


Isn't it gorgeous! I love the sweet, feminine look Emma's achieved and that white embossing is a perfect background for the hollyhock die cuts.

I decided to channel the femininity of Emma's card for my card. It really is a card... it's a tag-shaped card and actually larger than it looks on the photograph. 


The EFs are Kirsty Allsop/Cuttlebug Swiggles and a lovely, little Sizzix number that doesn't have a name on it. Just like Emma, I used plenty of white in the background to really make the main image 'pop'.

We currently have a grand total of 2 beautiful cards in the gallery thus far. Well done Joanne and Robyn! Here's hoping we'll have a few more appear to join them before the end of the month. Come on guys, shaped cards are so much fun!

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!