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.


  1. Welcome girls - lovely cards with fab inspiration! Off to put my thinking cap on.
    Hugs, Helen x

    1. Thanks hunny! look forward to seeing what you come up with too! hugs me xx

  2. Good luck with the new challenge girls!! Fab DT inspiration..
    Christine x

    1. Thanks hunny! can't wait to see what you created! xx

  3. Hello and good luck with your new challenge blog. Looking forward to joining in with the fun. Great inspiration to start of with too
    x catherine

    1. Thanks hunny! look forward to visiting your blog soon x

  4. Ladies, I'm SO excited to see your first challenge up and running! Your blog is beautiful and your debut creations are GORGEOUS!! Best of luck to you on the DT call and I look forward to seeing all your fun and creative challenges. :)
    Lisa x

    1. tehhehheee Exciting I am Bursting! thanks hunny! x

  5. Looks like it's a success already!! Great samples ladies - lots of hugs to you both!!!

    Deanne :)

  6. So exciting to see 11 entries already and its only Day 1!
    I can not wait to see all the entries and what you all make, What fun!
    Thank you to you all so far for your support! hugs me xx

  7. congrats on the launch of your new challenge blog. the samples are just beautiful

  8. Congrats on your fab new challenge blog. Lovely work! xxD

  9. Love your new ideas. Hope you'll have many returns and good luck.
    Thank you for the beautiful creations!

  10. Gorgeous cards, ladies and a great idea for your first challenge.

    Congratulations on the new blog!

    Helen x

  11. Fabulous new challenge blog, thank you for the gorgeous DT inspiration and great challenge.

  12. Congrats on the first challenge! How exciting to play along. Hugs, Wends x

  13. Fabulous creations from the DT and a super theme. Congrats on your first challenge and I'm looking forward to many more xx

  14. Beautiful DT creations and good luck with this adventure ladies! :) Thanks for a fun challenge :)

    Tanya xx

  15. Oops Just spotted 2 mistakes, 1st I didn't leave a comment which I thought I had saying what a great future is in store also what a great challenge. This is one of many fav Dies as you can put big stamps on it & also an image. 2nd I forgot to add DT after my name, have a great 1st challenge. Janet T

    1. tehhhehee when you said you had spotted 2 mistakes I thought you meant on the blog....Ekkkk! but thankfully not and you have corrected your first error and I have sorted the 2nd... I have added DT to your name for you :)
      hugs me x

  16. Oh wow so many fabulous Entries and so many Lovely comments too you are so kind!! and so GOOD to see so many of you! thank you!!

    hugs me xx

  17. What fab Dt projects...I forgot to include in my post which die is my fave ...I have now updated my blog to say so
    Tracey x

  18. I forgot to say what my favorite is, it's a corner punch of unknown brand, got it from a friend. Have added it to the blog now. Thanks for letting me be part of your first challenge, hugs Kate

  19. I have updated my post to tell which die I love and why...thanks for the heads up!

    R Meyers

  20. Gorgeous samples! and best wishes with the new fab blog!!!

  21. Congrats on your first challenge - Thank you for a chance in entering your challenge and DT entry...
    Sweet hugs~


  22. wishing you happy times and great success with your new venture girls. Would love to be part of your crafting journey. Carolxx

  23. Congrats on your new challenge Blog - love the DT creations - and thanks for a fun challenge. Wishing you the best of luck.

  24. WOW!! Congrats on your new Challenge, looks like it will be a great success.
    I thought I had entered already but looks like I forgot so added it today!!
    A really great challenge theme although it was a bit tricky to pick just one favourite!!
    All the best
    Sue xx

  25. Great inspiration by the DT!!

  26. Very pretty design team cards. Good luck with your new Challenge site. Thanks for the punch/die challenge!

  27. Congratulations on a great new challenge site, good luck for continued success with it.

  28. Totally AWESOME to see you all I am GOB smacked at how many of you have come to play I am totally thrilled to see 168 Entries so far and also so many of you applying for the dt! WOW Annette and I are going to have fun and also a struggle choosing! tehheheheee Ekkk! yay!!

    so exciting too!
    hugs me x

  29. Wow! Lots of entries for a first challenge! I LOVE the DT inspirations. Beautiful!

  30. wow a great challenge blog good luck and look forward to entering many more hugs Andrea x

  31. Great challenge

  32. Can't wait to take part in more of your challenges! What a great selection of Inspiration and entries! Good luck all :)

  33. Goodluck with your new challenge blog

    And well done to the DT on their fabulous creations.

    Lin xx
    Crafty Cardmakers.

  34. Congrats on your new blog - will add it to my favourites!!
    Claire H xx

  35. What a success for you both ... fab creations to inspire us! Managed to enter my card for your first challenge & for the DT call!
    Hugs, Helen x

  36. Very pretty design team cards & good luck with your new Challenge blog. I'm sorry that I missed the presentation of my job on your challenge. I'll be in time the next time! Hugs, Maja

  37. WOWzers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 200 entries!! YAY!!!! what fun and what a great start! thank you all sooooo much for your entries and comments its so lovely to see you all! now for the hard job! looking at all the fabulous DT entries too!

    GOOD LUCK to everyone that entered the challenge and the DT call too! hugs me xx

  38. Congrats Annette and Samantha - 200 entries!!!!!

    Deanne :)

  39. Congratulations on a great first challenge - kicking myself as I meant to put "DT" after my name and didn't - what an idiot!

    Sue (#182) xx