Thursday 25 January 2024

What's your favourite: Pearls or Gems (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 2 contrasting options for you to choose from. 
Join us by using your favourite option in your creation. 

To be eligible to win our prize, or top-3 spot, 
you must explain why you've made your choice,
so we can understand why you like it so much!

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

So get crafting and remember the main requirement in creating is 
to have fun and enjoy your crafting time!

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

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and our Top 3 are

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So, onto our next challenge

The sponsor of this challenge is:

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
your Favourite Pearls or Gems (& 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 am definitely a fan of the more subtle sheen of a pearl than the bling impact of a gem.  I have pearl embelishments in almost every colour, and my gem stash barely gets used, so it's not difficult to see where my preferences lie!  I've also added some speckles of liquid pearls around the image for some texture.

Sometimes a card is just in need of a few gems to add some sparkle and give it that feeling of extra!  For this card, I chose gems as my fave.

My pearls are just the thing for feminine cards and I love them..

I love both pearls and gems. On this card I have used tiny clusters of gems as I think they look attractive when there is a large flower centre. 

I really love using the mini pearls I used on this card. They are so cute, but still elegant. They are a simple but lovely detail on a card.

I use pearls a lot more than gems.  I think they are so elegant looking and I have them in a multitude of colours.

I am most definitely a pearly girl. White ones go with just about everything, but they are also available in pretty colours with a subtle sheen that can be matched to paper pads too.

I love them both equally. It also depends on the card.
For this one I used black gems.

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. Great design team samples. Thanks for the gems/pearls challenge. I like using both in my paper crafts.

  2. Thank you so much for including me in the top 3 and well done to everyone else x