Thursday 18 November 2021

Favourite: Dies versus Stencils (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 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.

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
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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: Dies or Stencils (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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

Although I've recently bought a few more stencils this year, I still use them only a fraction as much as my dies. I must have hundreds of dies (and still collecting!) but only half a dozen stencils.  I love the intricacy of the dies, especially the ones I've used today.

I would have to say dies are my favorite and show up in my creations more often than stencils, but stencils do have a place in my heart.  There are just so many wonderful dies available and they are so easy to use and make cards look so crisp.

I love Stencils now that I have learned to be gentle, can't get me away from them now and I don't think I have ever made something without my dies.


I have only just started using stencils, so I am a novice. I love dies and use then constantly. Almost every card I make has some sort of die cut on it. I love the fantastic variety of dies available. I think I am adicted yo buying them. 

I do have many dies and stencils, but have to admit that I use my dies way more often than my stencils. I love that even a simple shape die makes your card look so much better! I also love making shaped cards with my circle dies, love the look of those!

Definitely dies for me. I use them all the time and they can enhance a card so easily.

It's definitelly dies for me and the snowflake one I have used here is a particular favourite. It's a lovely size as a card base and it adds such beautiful detail quickly, so perfect for batch making. The die cut scene in the centre is a one pass topper. Dies are a must have for quick detailled cards.

I do use dies a lot, but am also starting to use stencils more, especially now that there are such fabulous designs out there, so I couldn't decide and used both!

Dies for me. I do have a lot of dies and recently I inherited a lot of dies from my crafty friend who sadly passed away. I love to use them. And like Elaine I also use a die on every card I make.

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. Thanks so much for including my peony card in your top three! I'm honored!

  2. Thanks for the Top 3 pick! Congrats to all the winners!

  3. Thanks so much for choosing my card as a Top 3. You made my day. Congrats to all other winners.