Thursday, 10 October 2019

Favourite Stitching Style (and why)

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
It seems you overwhelmingly chose CAS as your favourite style!

Our winner is:

Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



and our Top 3 are




Congratulations and please grab our *Top 3* badge to display on your blog:








So, onto our next challenge





The sponsor of this challenge is

Lawn Fawn




This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite Stitching (Faux or real) (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

Here are the beautiful creations made by our Design Team to get your mojo flowing:




This week we are delighted to be joined by our guest designer
Here's a little about Karen:
I've always created stuff, I love creating with my hands and I love learning new skills so that I can incorporate them into my creations too.
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And here's Karen's beautiful stitched floral wreath:

Karen
I love the extra texture and little bit of depth that adding stitching to my projects gives
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Anne
My favourite is real stitching done on the machine and I love to use different stitches, I think it adds real interest to cards. Make sure you keep a separate needle just for card though as it soon blunts them



Although I love real stitching on cards, it's so much simpler and neater to use stitched dies to apply a bit of texture and interest. I've opted for a curved and straight stitched die edging for my image panel although looking through my dies, a large proportion of them are stitched to some degree!




When I have the time, it is very relaxing to me to take my time hand stitching on my cards.  I must say these days, faux stitching is my favourite though, it is fast and easy and there are so many wonderful dies available.






Elaine

I love stitching of any description. Faux stitching is the easiest way to add to a project, in particular dies. These circle dies are one of my favourites. Stitching always adds a little more interest.



I love all kinds of stitching on my cards. I have lots of dies that add stitching. Whenever I have a lot of time to make a card, I love doing real stitching with a needle and thread, love the look of that. I also love faux stitching with a pen. And since I have done that so very often in all the years that I have been making cards, I decided to use that on my card today. I love the look of stitching and I think it adds something extra to your card.




Lisa
**coming soon**

I do like to add real hand stitching on my shabby style of card, but the majority  contain faux stitching from dies.  It's a quick and easy way of giving a good finish to an edge.


I love the effect that stitched dies give without the effort of threading needles!!



Normally when this theme comes around, I always opt for faux stitching, the stitched effect dies are brilliant for adding that extra touch to a card.  However, this year I have been learning a new skill and, ta-dah, you are getting REAL stitching from me!  Yup, I have been bitten by the crochet bug - these are mug coasters (although secretly I think they are too pretty to get tea stains on them)




Faux stitching is my favourite. It's easier and real stitching is much more time consuming.
And I have lot of stitched dies.

So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge and show us your style.
Don't forget, you MUST explain WHY it is your favourite to be eligible to win.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Favourite Style (CAS or FAF) and Why

Hello crafters, thanks to everyone who entered our last challenge which was Santa or no Santa?
As always you didn't make it at all easy to choose, but after much deliberation the winner is:


with this adorable Winter scene...




Congratulations Esther, please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize 
...and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



and our Top 3 are:

Aunty Sue with this lovely tepee card






Marieke with her cute elves






and Helen with this simple but elegant embossed vellum card





Congratulations ladies, please grab our *Top 3* badge to display on your blog:







So, onto our next challenge





The sponsor of this challenge is

Lee Holland Digis




This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite style (CAS/FAF) (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

Here are the beautiful creations made by our Design Team to get your mojo flowing:


Anne
Using Lee Holland Fox
My style has definitely changed over the years, I think CAS is harder than it looks but I love making clean'ish' modern cards and I always use dies.
I used Lee Holland's adorable 'sweet fox' image for my card



I used to be a full on FAF crafter, but I am definitely a CAS convert!  After I've spent ages colouring an image I don't want to overload it with embellies.  Plus it's easier to mail!  :0)




Brenda
Using Lee Holland's Penguin with Snowflake
I'm an eclectic card maker with a tendency toward simple.  I love nice lines with a little fluff because they are just so much fun to make! 



Elaine

I think I lean towards the CAS look. I find it hard to put too much on a card and still have it look good.



Jayne
**coming soon**

Larissa
using Lee Holland Halloween kitten
Most of my cards are more in CAS style than fully loaded. I love the simple look of a CAS card. I don't use very much design paper and I am also not using very much embellishments on my cards.




Lisa
**coming soon**

My usual style is in between the two extremes, although occasionally I do like to try a shabby chic style.  I can't make a CAS card without wanting to add pearls or some other embellishment and I do like to use patterned paper so you don't see much white space on my cards. Only two flowers have been added this time as the paper is so patterned.


I am neither one or t'other!! I love patterned paper so my cards usually feature some which excludes CAS. I don't add lots of frippery so don't favour faff. My style is just "ME"!!





I have tried to make FAF, truly I have, more than once, but each time they have turned out like an explosion in an embellishment factory rather than a beautifully created piece, so I'm guessing my style is definitely CAS, sometimes more CAS than others!






I like to make cards that don't have too many layers and embellishments and tend to be clean and simple.


So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge and show us your style.
Don't forget, you MUST explain WHY it is your favourite to be eligible to win.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Favourite Santa or no-Santa (& Why) - and some NEWS (please read)

NEWS
Just a little note before we start this week.
I set this challenge up over 6 years ago because I wanted to give entrants the opportunity to share the reasons behind some of their creations; why they'd chosen the colours they'd used, or a specific die or stamp. I want us all to be proud of our creations and share that 'warm glow' feeling with our readers.

To ensure it's kept light and fun, we have very few 'rules' on this challenge, but our main requirement is to share a few words about why you've picked your favourite from our list of prompted options.
Unfortunately a fair proportion of our entries don't add this little insight which means they don't qualify for our prizes, generously donated by our lovely sponsors.

Please please please ensure that you read our challenge in full (we always remind you in the post and in the subject line) if you want to be eligible to win.

Our team love seeing everyone's entries and want you all to enjoy creating what you share with us each fortnight.
xx

New Challenge
Hello everyone. It is Sarah in the driving seat today and we have a fab challenge for you this time but before that I need to do the housekeeping and let you know who won our last challenge. We had some fabulous entries so
Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Our winner is:

Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



and it's a Top 4 because I could!!....




Esther



Congratulations and please grab our *Top 3* badge to display on your blog:









So, onto our next challenge






The winner of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer 
with us for the month of October.






This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your preference of Santa or No Santa image on a Xmas card (& why).
You MUST explain WHY you prefer your choice.

Here are the beautiful creations made by our Design Team to get your mojo flowing:


Anne
I'm just going to whisper... and say no to Santa, eek I hope he can't hear me! 
There are so many lovely Christmas images around and I usually tend to choose snowmen or cute Winter furries 







It's fairly safe to say that my preference is for cute furries at any time of year, so I've used this collection of critters from LOTV, because just one cute furry critter isn't enough at Christmas!


Typically I go for a sweet little creature or snow people for my Christmas cards, but this Folk Art Santa was a game changer for me.  I love the vintage feel he gives and this design went together fairly quick.



Elaine

I must admit I do not have many Santa images. So I have to say No Santas here. I like CAS cards for Christmas as I am usually in a rush to finish them on time.



I don't have many stamps with Santas, so I don't use them very often. I prefer using sweet Christmas critters. 





I have been known to use a Santa image now and then, but they are usually for a child's card, so the majority of my cards don't have Santa on them.


I have chosen bunny rabbits to put on this particular Christmas card that will probably find it's way to my GD Mollie Rose. I have never found a stamp or image of Father Christmas that I like...sorry Father Christmas!!



Don't get me wrong, I do like some Satan Santa stamps, but there are so many cute and adorable Christmas images out there and if it includes a cute and furry critter then I'm sold.



No Santa Claus for me. I have few images of Santa Claus. I would rather choose a snowman. These days I don't make many cards with (cute) images.
I prefer to make CAS Christmas cards.



So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge and show us your style.
Don't forget, you MUST explain WHY it is your favourite to be eligible to win.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter