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! 

Friday 17 June 2022

Inspiration for The June Challenge - Make it Manly

Hello Squashettes.  I hope you are having a fabulous June.
Gail here today with a little more inspiration for the Let's Squash It! Make It Manly Challenge.

There are already some gorgeous makes in the linky gallery and lots of interesting techniques being shared so do have a look, visit and leave some comments.  I've made a manly christmas card today.

This was pretty quick and simple, but I really like it.

I started with a panel of starry patterned paper and embossed it with Hunkydory magazine Snowflake and Star embossing folder.  The paper cracked a bit to show some white core through the black pattern, which worked perfectly for me!

I stuck a piece of silver glitter tape along the base of the embossed panel and added a Simon Says Stamp stamped and die cut bear.  I used Sky Blue archival on white card to make sure my bear showed up against the dark background.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you get time to get squashy with us.  Hugz

Friday 10 June 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #21 - Make it Manly!

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the 21st 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 #21
And this month's theme is

Use any Embossing Folder AND Make it Manly!

Use any embossing folder and give your card a masculine style.  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 Joanne aka Angelnorth

"Hello fellow Squashettes.  I'm delighted Gail and Jo have invited me back as Guest Designer.  Let's Squash It is probably my favourite challenge! For those who don't know me, I'm Joanne, usually known as Angelnorth online.  I still try to live by my Mum's crafting mantra if things go "wrong" - she always said "Can you make a feature of it?" so I tend towards the belief that there are no mistakes, just artistic opportunities!  I've been papercrafting for long enough that things I bought early on have become fashionable again, which just goes to show you should never throw anything away!"

And here is Joanne's card using
cART-US Embossing folder -

Awesome card Joanne and I love that dots folder!
Thanks for being our guest designer this month.

And here's some inspiration from the team......
Gail's Card uses
Sizzix Embossing Folder - Travel Signs

Jo's Card uses
Darice - Square Patterns
and Creative Expressions - Distressed Lines
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 June 2022

Let's Squash It! Challenge #20 Winners



Hello Squashettes!  It's Jo here today to announce the results of Challenge #20! 

We asked you to Squash Those Scraps and one again, you did us proud. 
Yes, a big thank you to all our fabulous participants - we loved seeing your beautiful work in our gallery. Also, thanks so much to Granne for being our muse and inspiration for this challenge - it was great having you as our Empress.

I'm just going to throw in a gentle reminder to check our rules and the challenge requirements to make sure you have it all covered.  If you want to be in the running for the random prize don't forget that we have a link limit. We also ask that you please comment on a couple of other entries to spread a little love around cardland.  

It was super tricky deciding on our runners up and our winner for this challenge as you guys really wowed us with your creativity and ingenuity with your fabulous scrap squashing!

Our two runners up, impressing us with their ability to wield an embossing folder are:


A wonderfully stylish trio!


Just look at how the embossing folder pulls 
everything together and makes Linda's card look so quilty and cosy.

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:

Carol L.

Just look at all the detail on this card, 
and that herringbone pattern must have taken ages.

Please grab your badge, Carol and well done on being our Empress of Squash. 
We'd like to invite you to join us for a future challenge, so please could you email me (Jo) at dottypudding(at)

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

Congrats: Linda #8!  

You've gotta love Mr Random - picking one of our Impressive ladies as our random winner.
Linda, please email me at dottypudding (at) with your address details, and your choice of folder from the prize vault.  Please try and claim your prize by the end of June.

Thanks again for joining Gail, Granne and me for this challenge.  

Our next challenge will start on 10th June, so there's not long to wait.  We have a new guest AND a fabulous new theme, and we very much hope to see you there!