Thursday, 8 April 2021

Favourite: Embossing or Stenciling (& 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




Melanie H.



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So, onto our next challenge





The sponsor of this challenge is


Lee Holland





This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite: Embossing or Stencilling (& 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've always been a fan of embossing folders, the effect is so lovely with hardly any effort but that said 
I've chosen stencils for this challenge. I've bought quite a few recently and I'm enjoying experimenting with them and using them for backgrounds






Although I do love the effect created by embossing folders, I don't seem to use the few that I have very often.  I do like creating background scenes for my images, which is easy to do with some ink pads and a stencil.





I have to say I favor both dry and heat embossing.  I love the magical transformation that happens with heating embossing powder and the added dimension and texture dry embossing gives.   I've used both dry and heat embossing on this card.



I do use stencilling and both heat and dry embossing. It all depends on the image and the style of card I am making.
I have used heat embossing for my card this time. This is an old stamp which I think works well with heat embossing and inks. Heat embossing was the first technique I used in cardmaking. 






I love the look a pretty stencil can give on a card and lately I have been using my embossing folders more again. Both are really awesome to use, but my most used technique is heat embossing, so I can watercolour my images. I have been doing it a lot to practice my watercolouring skills and love it!





I don't tend to use embossing folder that much - although I do have quite a few! I don't have any stencils at all so embossing folders it is. I do like the texture you can create especially for snowy backgrounds.






don't use embossing folders much, but I do love to heat emboss flowers as it gives me a chance to practice with my Zig markers which I don't use often enough.



I love embossing folders to add texture to my cards. I should actually use them more often as I appear to have rather a lot to choose from!!



I haven't used an embossing folder for aaaaaages, in fact I think my collection is suffocating under cobwebs.  I do seem to have developed a fascination for stencils though, I love that you can add depth and interest without adding too many layers or papers.






I love to heat emboss. I like the crisp lines to stand out and have some shine.





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, 25 March 2021

Favourite Springtime Critter (& why)

A belated welcome to As You Like It Challenge
(Sorry I'm so late today. You can't get the staff nowadays!!)

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:

#39 Julie B



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

#54 Cari



#73 Jinny



#80 Natascha




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 Springtime Critter (eg lamb, chick, bunny) (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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


Anne
My favourite Springtime critter has got to be the bunnies. I love to see them playing and hopping around with their cute little white bobtails! 






Although I love little lambs bouncing around in the fields, it's got to be the cute and fluffy bunny for my favourite Springtime animal. I love their cute floppy ears, especially this sweet little Thumper clutching his chocolate egg.



My favorite Easter Critter has the bunny winning out over the chick by just a smidge. Bunnies are so cute and soft and bring back fond memories of my childhood when I had a beautiful white bunny named Thumper (yes, like in Bambi).


My favourite springtime critter is the bunny. They are so cute and cuddly. We used to keep rabbits when my children were young. They were house trained and lots of fun to watch and cuddle. Fond memories.






 
I really love cute bunnies. I love the giant ears and that adorable fluffy tail, but I have to admit that all spring critters are cute. ;)





Little lambs, fluffy yellow chicks, bunnies.....love them all but this adorable bunny stamp just happened to be sitting on my desk - otherwise I might still be trying to decide!





It's hard to decide, but I do love bunnies. I have lots more cute bunny images than any other Spring cuties so that made my decision a bit easier.




Lambs jumping about in the fields, climbing on their Mums and being really brave watching me ride down the lane and then legging it at speed when I get close!!



Another tough choice!  I love Spring, the birds, the lambs, the chicks, the bunnies, they all make me happy, but, as we are so close to Easter, for me at this time of year it has to be chicks (although I am a little bit scared of adult chickens) with their significance of birth and renewal.






My favourite springtime critter is a chick. I love those yellow fluffy creatures, there are so cute. One day I would love to have some chickens of my own.


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, 11 March 2021

Favourite way to cut your image (& 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


Logo





This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite way to cut your image (fussy cutting, metal dies, electronic cutting machine) (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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


Anne
I do regularly use dies on my cards but for the image I like to fussy cut. I think it's a nice effect layering them onto patterned paper






When I looked at most of my cards, I realised that I very very rarely cut out my images. I only have a few matching dies, I'm not very good at fussy cutting (also not helped by watercolour card being quite thick) and I've tried and failed to use the pix-scan option on my Silhouette.  However, what I do very often is to stamp my image onto a post-it note and fussy cut that to use as a mask which I then lay over the image and use blending brushes to ink a background.  Below is my card, and then a picture of my image mid-way through my fussy-cut-mask blending process.  I usually do the blending before I colour the image because I add some more tone and texture to the grass when I colour.






I do have a number of matching dies for stamp sets, but sometimes the white border is just not cute.  I do use my electronic cutter sometimes, but I find fussy cutting very relaxing.  It is a time when you can think if you want to, or just let your mind wonder.




My favourite way to cut images is metal dies. I love the clean cut you get and the multiple frames that can be used to display them.







I am a fussy cutter! I love doing it! It helps me relax and I really don't mind if the image is really big or with lots of detail.
I do buy dies sometimes, but that is only for stampsets my little nephews are going to use. ;) They do love using dies. I am not good with dies, I don't get them lined up that good and then I don't like the look of my stamped image, because the white line around the image is not even everywhere. 



I nearly always use a die to 'frame' my image but if I want to cut the actual image out then I go for a pair of scissors! I don't have a cutting machine or any stamps with matching dies, so as long as it's a straight forward stamp (no little bits sticking out) then I'm happy to fussy cut!




I only fussy cut easy images with no little twiddly bits because I usually make a mess of them, so I tend to go for a die to frame my image as it's a lot easier.





Nine times out of ten I will use a die to mat my image, however, I do enjoy a bit of fussy cutting from time to time especially for paper piecing like my card here, which has both.



Ooh another decision - actually I do use dies, especially for intricate stuff, and I do fussy cut for images that I can manage to do with scissors.  I used to use a craft knife but since I changed to much thicker watercolour paper, using a knife cripples my fingers.




For me it's is definitely metal dies. I have a lot of dies. They are versatile and easy to work with. For this card I used the metal dies that came with the images. And some letter dies.





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