Monday 24 January 2022

More inspiration for Challenge #16 - Under The Sea

Hello Squashettes!  Gail here today with a little reminder for Let's Squash It! Under The Sea Challenge.  


 When I thought this one up I really didn't imagine it would be anything but fun, but it seems I was wrong.  Come on gals!!  Any embossing folder and a sea theme.  We do have some very very lovely entries so far, but we want to see more.  We miss you!!  Is it a mojo thing??  I know Mr Mojo was sluggish after the xmas excesses, and these bleak winter days don't really help, but maybe my yellow submarine will put a smile on your face and a spark of inspiration in your crafty heart.

For my sea I sprinkled blue brushos on white card and spritzed with water.  I let it dry and ran it through the bigshot with Sizzix Damask embossing folder.  Then I die cut the letters and Sizzix Wacky Transport Submarine.  I used ginger Promarker to add some shadows to my submarine and gold mirror card to back the windows, periscope and add the propeller.  

I hope you get some time to grab your embossing folders and your fish, mermaids, octopi, submarines or sunken vessels and join us.  You have until the end of the month.  Carpe Diem!


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:


Gorgeous embossing and a very pretty scene


Anita van Deur

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:


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......

Congrats Tina!  Please email me at 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