Thursday 17 June 2021

Favourite Tip (and use it on your project)

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 a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why 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.

It's me, Sarah, in the driving seat today, so the honour of choosing who is on the winner's podium is mine. Before that though I have to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU and a fond farewell to our lovely Lorraine. It has been a privilege having you on the team and we look forward to having you pay a visit when you find yourself some crafty time.

Back to business...Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge, it was a tricky task but...Our winner is:

The balance of white space and rainbow colour is perfect and, of course a cute critter!!

Please email us at to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:

and our Top 3 are

Such vibrant colours and lovely finishing touches.

Just the kind of fancy that I wish I could achieve!!

A fabulous example of white space!!

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

So, onto our next challenge

The sponsor of this challenge is

crafty ribbons

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite Tip to demonstrate and share with others (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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

My tip is that three is a magic number when it comes to composition.  For example, I've only used patterned papers on the top third of my card, there are 3 pearls, 3 layers to my snowflake and 3 loops of button twine behind it.  For some reason (there's probably a scientific reason) trios seem more attractive. For a bonus point, my second top tip is to get a head-start making your Christmas cards to avoid the rush in November!

My favorite ink is VersaFine onyx black.  I love the way it stamps a wonderful solid image.  I also love coloring with alcohol markers, but they don't play well with VersaFine, they tend to smear.  I have a tub of clear embossing powder that I use right after stamping.  It works great, no more smearing and also serves as a bit of a barrier to help keep you coloring in the lines.  It also allows you to stamp on vellum without having it smear.

My tip is to use Liquid Pearls to accent areas on my card. They are not too fussy but give a little interest and texture to a plain area. I also like them for the centre of flowers.

**coming soon**

My tip is to get everything you need together before you start your card. Papers, dies, glue etc. It's so frustrating, when you can't find that one die that would be perfect for your card but you can't find know you have it and it's there somewhere......but where?!

My tip is to get as much use out of your dies as you can by extending them, where possible. This background die is a rectangle, but as it's the correct height for a square card, which I prefer to make, I have extended it sideways to fit.

My top tip is to choose your patterned paper before you start to colour, that way you can make sure you get the shades perfect. I always  have my chosen paper next to me at all times together with my colour chart and construct the card once the colouring is complete.

My top tip is to separate your layers!  Just because certain papers come together in one collection, it doesn't mean they should be used together willy-nilly as it can make for a confusing background and, in the worst case, trigger a headache for whoever is looking at it.
Either use a plain neutral layer, here I have used white, or a complementary plain colour.
These two papers are the same colour palette, but would be simply too much when paired without the white.

**coming soon**

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. Oh, what a lovely surprise... Thank you so much ladies, bless you. Congrats to Maryann, Elin and Ma-Mi x

  2. Un immense merci Sarah pour le choix de ma carte dans le Top 3.
    Je suis aux anges.
    Félicitations aux autres gagnantes.

    A huge thank you Sarah for choosing my card in the Top 3.
    I'm so happy.
    Congratulations to the other winners.

  3. My entry #14 shows wrong Photo, please visit my blog!

  4. OMG, so nice of you to choose my card for top 3. Thanks a lot ♥
    Congrats to the winner and other top 3 ♥
    Hugs Elin

  5. After a very busy week was really a pleasure discovering to be one of the Honorable Mentions. Thank you a lot for the recognition of my work and congratulations to the other featured crafters for their great works too.