Thursday 23 April 2020

Favourite non-birthday occasion and why

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge
Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm inner glow of pride, without lots of entry rules.

Usually we provide some options for you to choose from 
from which you can select your favourite to join in. 

For a change to win our prize or a top-3 spot, 
please remember tell us why you've made your choice
so that our team and readers can understand the reason it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
Our winner is:

Please email us at to claim your prize, 
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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

Polkadoodles Ltd

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

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

Firstly we have a fantastic guest designer joining us for the next 2 challenges, and I'm sure it is someone you will immediately recognise. 
I'm delighted to introduce the super talented
Lorraine Bailey

My favourite non birthday card to make is a Christmas card - especially if it has a snowman on it. I love  snowmen and I love Christmas so a combination of both is perfect. I always hope that it snows so that I can build a snowman with my grumpy teenagers!

I love making baby cards and this lovely image from our sponsor Polkadoodles is perfect to send congratulations to a 'Mum to be'. There is a pre-coloured version too which I used here, great for a quick card

Using Winnie White Christmas Lantern
I know it's still April, but I love making Christmas cards. I like to ensure I have enough without a frenzied December rush, so it's never too early to start!  Plus it means I can still play with all my festive stamps, dies and glitter all year round!

I like being able to send Just Because cards to let my friends and family know just how much I love and appreciate them.


I have chosen a New Home card. It is always lovely to welcome someone to their new home and a fresh start.

I love making 3 Christmas cards and hello/hugs cards. Normally I try to make a couple of Christmas cards each month, so I will be prepared in December, but at the moment I don't have the right mood for Christmas cards. I do love making cards for my favourite other non-birthday: Hello and/or hugs cards. They are perfect to let someone know that you are thinking about them. 

I have 2 non-birthday favourites, Christmas and Baby and I've chosen a new baby card as I just happened to need one :).  I especially love ones for little girls as I always feel you have a better choice of embellishments.

Non-Birthday for me means that IT's CHRISTMAS!!!!!! I never actually put my Festive stash away and make Christmas cards all year round. For something a little different I have made a Christmas Bookmark!!

Actually, thinking about it, a new baby card is sort of a birthday card - hmmmm.
Well, new babies are one of my favourite occasions to make for, you can get away with normally unbearable amounts of cuteness and nobody minds!

My non birthday occasion is a Christmas card for me. Call it my first love. I started doing that many years ago and still haven't stopped. Over the years I have also started making cards for other occasions. I think I can continue making cards for many years to come.

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.

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  1. Thank you ladies for choosing my duo of bunnies for a top pick slot. Congrats to Helen on her win and to Jeanet and Lucy. Stay safe x

  2. Thank you so much for choosing my card in your Top 3! Congrats to the other winners (and thanks Claire for comment above). Gorgeous new DT creations for the next challenge, XOX Lucy

  3. Lovely design team samples using the sponsor's designs. Thanks for the challenge.

  4. Oh wow - I'm the lucky winner - what a lovely surprise!
    Thanks so much - will email you now.
    Helen x