Thursday 30 May 2013

Challenge #3 - Favourite Rubber Stamp (& why) and our DT Call Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our last challenge. 
There were some fab entries, and we loved seeing them.

Our winner, selected at random is:

40 Any Old Craft

who said that her favourite colours were blue and white 
because it reminded her of winter snowballs.
What a lovely choice of colours, and a beautiful reason.
Thanks for your entry, it's beautiful and worthy of our winners prize this week.

Please email us at to claim your prize, 

and please do grab your *winners* badge below.

Our Top 5 are :

(sorry we are hopeless about limiting to 3 when the entries are so fab) 

28 Lisa

30 Coops

33 Jenny

37 Christine

49 Cara

Congratulations and please grab our *Top 5* badge to display on your blog:

We're also sneaking in a couple more of our favourites from the last challenge:



because we'd love for you to see some of their handiwork as we announce the :

Winners of our DT CALL

We're delighted to be able to finally announce our new DESIGN TEAM members.

Thank you to everyone who entered our DT call.

We could not narrow down the choice to 3 so we ended up inviting 4 talented teamies.

Please join us in welcoming our new members:



They are joining us for the first time this week, so please give them a hearty welcome and pop by their blogs to see their fab creations.

Welcome to the team girls.

So, onto our 3rd challenge

Our fabulous sponsor this week is 
Happy Hippo
who are offering a £10 prize to our lucky winner.

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This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
your Favourite Rubber Stamp & Why.
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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

Wow, this takes me right back to the start of my stamping addiction. 
The first stamps I bought were Penny Black, and my favourite characters have always been the hedgehog and mice.  
This stamp features both, so for me it's a great image.  
I love their cute expressions.
I've also used some of my other favourite stash, 
the oval nestie, lavish leaf and corner bow dies, 
gorgeous glittered cupcake papers, ribbons, flowers and pearls.

Oh choosing 1 favourite is hard I soo love stamping
I love making Christmas cards through the whole year so for my Favourite stamp
I would have to say this Penny Black SlapStick Stamp, its very versatile and
makes a great impact.

Ooooo,what a hard decision this was, have so many favourites but went for cute, love Sarah Kay and it's been awhile since I got to play with any of them.

Ok, this was really hard! Just one? 
Well if I just have to choose it would be Dancing with stars Tilda. 
She is just so cute!


Almost impossible to choose, but this Whiff of Joy stamp is one of mine as it's a stamp for  the occasion when you have time to indulge yourself in some "grown-Up" colouring in!


 I have so many favourite stamps but this one is the best, the reason why is because  I drew her base on my little 4 year's old character for Crafty Sentiments Designs, she is very cheeky but fun, there is also lots of open space on this image to colour in too.

We hope you agree that our new team has made some AMAZING cards for our challenge, and welcome them to the team.

But now it's over to you.

We hope you will join in our challenge, 

show us your style and showcase your 
Favourite Rubber Stamp & Why.

Good luck, and happy crafting.

Hugs from the AYLI girls.

Thursday 16 May 2013

Challenge #2 - Favourite 2 Colour Combo (& why)

Thank you to everyone who entered our first challenge. 
We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we had for our first challenge and we loved visiting your blogs to see your creations.

We had exactly 200 entries *WOW*, and were totally blown away by them all.
Unfortunately a lot of entries didn't quite comply with the theme as they didn't state which was their favourite die/punch which was our theme, but they were all lovely. 

Winner and Top 3:
Our winner of the prize from Fantastic Ribbons is:

#40 Fiona (claimed)

Thank you to our sponsors, and Fiona, please email us at 
to claim your prize.

and our Top 3 are

#71 Elaine

#126 Lisa

#144 Michaela

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

Candy Winners:
Wow, so many winners to announce!
We have 2 winners selected from our Candy.
The winners are as follows:

Winner of Samantha's surprise Candy:
#27 Jules

Winner of Annette's surprise Candy:
#13 Kanda (claimed)

Congrats girls.
Please email your full postal address to us at 
so that we may send out your prizes.

DT Call Update:
Now that the DT Call is closed,
we'll be reviewing all the entries and contacting the 
winners in the next few days.

So, onto our Second challenge

We are sponsored by the talented Tammy of 
Shape EZ

 Tammy Louise is offering 2 free templates to the lucky winner of our challenge.  
The winner will be drawn at random from all entries that qualify for the theme. 

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
your Favourite 2 Colour Combo.
You MUST make it clear which 2 colours are your favourite.

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

We have the talented Tammy Louise joining us this week too from Shape EZ:

Tammy Louise
Tammy Louise says "I know this is a Christmas template,
but my favourite colours are Red and Bronze/Orange."
We say "It's never too early to be crafting for Christmas, and your Flip Card is lovely. Thank you so much for joining us this week".
Tammy Louise has used the Shape EZ Flip Tree Template

My two favourite colours are definitely Pastel Pink & Blue. 
(sorry Samantha, I know you're not a pink lover!)
I've made a cute little gift bag using a template from our sponsor, and a matching birthday card using some gorgeous papers in my two favourite colours.
I love making little boxes and this little gift pouch is really easy to make.

My 2 Favourite colours are Blue and Brown.
I love using these 2 colours together and love the way they complement each other.
I have combined some of the things that create my style;
Sewing, Crochet papers and colouring with Spectrum Noir Pens.
The Pens are a new found favourite! 

So now it's over to you.
We hope you will join in our challenge, show us your style and 
showcase your Favourite 2 Colour Combo.
(don't forget to tell us which colours are your faves!)

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

Thursday 2 May 2013

Challenge #1 - Favourite Die &/or Punch and a DT CALL


WELCOME to our FIRST challenge 
DT Call

'As You Like It'  

Please feel free to grab our badge for your sidebar as we'd love you to support us.

The aim of our challenge is to enable you to create a project
that showcases your own style 

So don't forget to tell us what makes it YOUR style!!!

Each fortnight we will have only a few loose rules

so we hope everyone can all join in and have fun.

Our first challenge is also a DT call
so if you want to apply to be one of our teamies 
then enter our challenge and type "DT" after your name in the linky below.

DT Requirements:

1) You must be willing to have fun and make some new friends!!
2) Create one project per fortnight to support the challenge and upload it to a Team Blog a couple of days before the challenge date,
3) Comment on a sample of entries for each challenge,
4) Promote the challenge on your own blog by including badges, and joining in blog hops when they may occur.

No previous DT experience is necessary, but you should be willing to commit to a minimum period of 6 months.

So, onto our FIRST challenge

Our first challenge theme is to showcase a project using
Your Favourite Die or Punch.

Please make it clear which chosen die/punch
is your favourite and why!

We are sponsored by one of my favourite ribbon companies:

Fantastic Ribbons are offering a £10 voucher and FREE postage to the lucky winner of our first challenge.  The winner will be drawn at random from all entries that qualify for the theme. 

Here are the beautiful creations made by our founder members to get your mojo flowing:

I'm a HUGE fan of gorgeous dies, but I could not decide on my ultimate favourite so I greedily opted for 4 of my current favourites:

  1. Spellbinders Labels Eighteen (this is my 'must-have' nestie and if you visit me often you'll know that I used this one lots!)
  2. Memory Box Corner Bow (I've been in love with this beautifully delicate die since I got it)
  3. Memory Box PoppyStamp Simple Banner (cute little banner perfect for an empty corner and also handy for a short sentiment if you have the patience to get the letters to print in the right positions!!)
  4. Memory Box Locina Buckle (Fabulously elegant for dressing a pretty ribbon)
(ps : I've also used 10mm Aqua Satin Ribbon from our sponsors Fantastic Ribbons)

It's so hard to choose 1 favourite die as Annette said above, but I have to say I think Memory Box Dies in general are my favourite dies right now.
For my card I have used Catalina Wreath.
I love how you don't need much else with it to make it special
and it makes a lovely C&S designs.
I did promise myself I would try to do more C&S cards this year.

Card 2
Equally adding the simple Kaleidoscope Butterfly Memory box die to this card 
adds depth and texture to this card.  I am also using Ribbon and Bakers twine.

So now it's over to you.

We hope you will join in our challenge, show us your style, showcase your 
Favourite Die(s) and/or Punches
(don't forget to tell us why it's your favourite) 

Enter DT after your name in the linky if you would like to apply to join our fun team.

Good luck, and happy crafting.

Hugs from the AYLI girls.

Don't forget to add DT after your name if you want to join the DT Call.