Thursday, 15 July 2021

Favourite non-square/rectangle shaped cardbase 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. 
Our winner is:



Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



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 non-square/rectangle card base shape (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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





Recently I've tried to use my Silhouette more and have tried making some creative cardbase shapes to match my image themes. I've used this babygro shape before and it's one of my favourites because it works so well for any baby themed image.  I think shaped cards really make it look like you've made more of an effort for a special occasion and hopefully make a memorable keep-sake for the recipient.








I invested in these Go Kreate dies years ago and still love them to bits.  They add that little something special to a card and work so well with a squared image.




I find it so easy to reach for square and rectangle card bases, but this shape fits easily into a 6x6 envelope and it looks so much more elegant.







I love making circle shaped cards, they look just cute. They are really easy to make and have a special look.



As with Brenda, mine is still this Go Kreate die.  It makes a card look a little more special than a square and I often get asked for it by my daughter.




I just love my Presscut Stepper die and use it often for special cards. I love that there are multiple areas for embellishment and that the shape makes a statement on the mantelpiece.



I love squares and rectangles so I had a bit of a job with this one.  I cut circles and ovals, and weird shapes, but somehow none of them floated my boat (or would stand up) so I'm afraid I ended up with a rather predictable hexagon card.  I do like a good hexagon and use the shape a lot ON cards, but haven't made many AS cards.  I quite enjoyed it!






It's easy to make a rectangular or square card because I have a stash of those cards in my drawer. Sometimes I make a card in a different shape and a round card is my favorite. Round cards also have a playful effect I think.



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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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Favourite way to add Stitching (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. 
Our winner is:

Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



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


Lawn Fawn




This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite kind of Stitching
(eg the real deal, fake it with stitched dies or drawn doodle-style).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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





I really love stitching as a detail and I used to use my sewing machine to stitch around the edges of my images, but that was before the beautiful stitched nesting dies were common. Nowadays my sewing machine has been tucked out of sight and I use stitched dies a lot.  However, there's always room for more stitching and for today's creation I've also doodled some stitching around the edge of my cardbase. This wouldn't be possible with a die becuase it's a bespoke shape, and stitching with thread would need a lot of patience (that I don't have) because of all those curves, but doodle stitches were easy to add all the way around and give it a more finished look.





I find hand stitching very relaxing and enjoy "messy" stitching on my junk journals but, I have to say I currently would have to choose stitched dies because of the wonderful variety and the fact they are such time savers.

I like to use dies or doodling for my stitching. My sewing machine is stashed in a cupboard and is a struggle to get out, so I take the easy option. To be honest the dies give me a straighter line than if I was sewing.






I love the look of stitching on my cards and I love all styles: real stitching, doodling with a pen and with my dies. Adding stitching with a die is the easiest and quickest way to add stitching, so that is my most favourite way to add stitching. I love the little extra it gives on a card and that it looks really neat.






For the majority of the time I use stitched dies because I like the way they finish the edges so neatly.  Sometimes I like to hand stitch, but it depends on the style of the card.







I love the look of stitching on my cards but have never seem to have mastered the art with my sewing machine. To achieve a similar look I prick the paper with a piercing tool and join the dots with a fineliner pen. Not a bad lookey likey!!




I used to doodle stitching on my cards, but then I discovered the stitched dies and fell in love with their neatness and perfect finishing touch to my edges.






Like Elaine, my sewing machine is stored in a cupboard in the attic and it is difficult to get it out. I love stitched dies and have a lot of them in many shapes. 
They are easy to use and the lines are straight. 





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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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 AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk 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 it...you 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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter