Thursday 10 August 2017

What's your favourite embellishment & why

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 

Our winner is:
Sai Jirawadee

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and our Top 3 are


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So, onto our next challenge

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

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

I couldn't decide between pearls (which I add to almost everything), my beloved satin ribbons (which I have in a whole rainbow of colours) or flowers (again lots of colours and sizes).  So since I couldn't decide, I opted for all three plus a few die cuts for good measure!

I much prefer pearls to gemstone because I like the sheen rather than the bling, and they're so easy to add without overpowering an image. I also love my double bows in a satin ribbon to match the colours on my card. When it comes to the flowers, I like adding them in little rows of 3 or 5 around the outside of my image panel with the little green stem spirals from curling them around my paintbrush handle.


I don't tend to use many embellishments but I LOVE pearls and usually
its the small ones that I make a beeline for as they are good one any kind of card.


It's kinda funny, I love embellishments but tend to use them rather sparingly...except for sequins, I LOVE THEM!  I don't know if you can ever have to many sequins.  I love the many beautiful colors they come in.  I think I love them most because they can turn a simple design into something more interesting yet not make it difficult to mail.


I have so many favourite embellishments. I choose which to use according to the card I have made. This card I have used pearls and Liquid Pearls. These little bottle of coloured pearls are super to accent small areas. I love the way they add detail to a plain space.

Most of the times my cards are pretty simple without a lot of fuss, but there are 2 kinds of embellishments I regularly use. First of all I loves dies with stitched or pierced edges, because they give a little something extra. My second favourite are my hotfix gems. I use them very often and I enjoy using them. Hotfix gems are gems with a glue layer on their backs. With a hotfix tool that gets hot, you can melt the glue layer and the hotfix gems stick to the paper (or even fabric). Hotfix gems are available in many sizes, shapes and colours available. 

I love all the usual embellishments (flowers, pearls etc) but apart from those I do love heart shaped doilies.  They're quick and easy and can be used on many types of cards without being bulky.

I tend not to embellish my cards too much to avoid bulk. However, ribbon is my embellishment of choice as it adds interest without too much depth.

Embellishments, phooey!  I'm a clean and simple kinda girl, some days more simple than others (ha), so I tend to restrict embellishments, a lot.  Rather than being able to add lots of stuff skillfully, my makes tend to look a little, shall we say, rugged.  So I keep it simple.  I love die-cut embellishments but try to use them to echo the theme, like this one with the stars

I love to use the Nuvo Crystal Drops or sequins on my cards. It gives some more interest to my cards.

So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge, show us your style and
showcase Your Favourite Embellishment (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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


  1. Yay so happy to see my card in the top three
    Thank you x

  2. Thnaks so much for choosing my card as one of the top three. Fab new challenge andcards as always

  3. It is so rewarding to me when a card that I made is acknowledged by my peers as you have done here in your Top Three. Thank you so much - made my day!

  4. Fabulous inspiration from the DT xx

  5. Beautiful cards DT and what a fun challenge!

  6. Thanks for super challenge. It always make me thinking why do I put something on my card.


  7. Lovely inspiration from the DT and some great embellishment ideas for people like me who are unable to "do" mega frilly and fluffy embellies :oD !!!!!!
    Helen x