Thursday 26 April 2018

Favourite Animal and WHY

Before we start I would like to say a sad farewell to my co-founder of this blog, Samantha, who has recently decided to step down from the AYLI team.  The two of us started the AYLI challenge blog almost exactly 5 years ago with the most important rule for entry of making creations that we're proud of; using our favourite techniques or crafting stash and not trying to fit tightly restrictive competition themes that were not our style.  I'm very sad that she's stepped down from our joint venture, but I hope you join with me to wish her well.  Thank you Samantha for the last 5 years! :0)

Back to the challenge in hand, and this week our post is hosted by Elaine:

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

Please email us at 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 :
Fantastic Ribbons

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite Animal (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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

using 15mm and 6mm Chocolate Satin ribbon from our sponsor
I've always loved tigers. They're beautiful, graceful solitary creatures who unlike most cats, actually love water!  I've been a little bit creative with the choice of image for my card, because I've opted for a mini-tigger in the form of a ginger kitty.  He's just like my own mini-tigger. If you want to read a few amusing stories about him, pop over to my blog. :0)

I am an animal lover and couldn't decide my favorite, so I narrowed to down to my favorite large animal which has to be an elephant.  Some of the stories and films I have seen indicate they are not only large physically, they seem to have very large hearts and such wonderful personalities.


Dogs have to be one of the animals I am fond of. I don't have any pets but I do love walking my daughters springer spaniel Rosie. She is so full of energy and always up to mischief. When she finally tires it is lovely to snuggle up for a snooze.

I love working with all kinds of animal images on my cards, but mice are all my favourite animal to use on a card. I love their cute look and they are real special to me, because my mother used to call me mouse when I was a little girl. But I have to admit I only like them on cards and in books, not in real life. ;) 

I love most animals, but because we have two of them, I am going to say dogs.  They are so loving and loyal and it's great to see them enjoying themselves on a long walk and cooling off with a swim.

Such a tough choice and I have to say I am a lover of all animals, with the exception of one or two creepy crawlies, but I am going to say dogs here. We have always had dogs and our home just wouldn't be the same without them. I can chatter away at them all day long and they never judge me or roll their eyes in despair like Hubby does!!

OK, so, favourite terms of the one I share a house with, it has to be a kitty, but if it's that other animal then what else could it be but a cute, fluffy, frisky, and now quite rare, little red squirrels!

I have a lot of favorite animals. For this challenge I chose cow and chickens.
Last weekend we went to a farm where the cows were sent out in to the meadow after a long winter periode in the stables. And they were so happy to be outside again. I love to see the cows jumping and dancing.

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.


  1. Thanks for my top 3 spot and congrats to the ther lucky girs too! Great DT-work on the fun new challenge!!

    xx Irene

  2. So very sorry to read that Samantha is stepping down :o( ... thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!
    Lovely creations from the DT - will try to play along this month!
    Helen x

    1. Thank you Helen I really appreciate the time you took to come and leave a message and all the times you played along I hope you will continue to do so too! hugs me x

  3. Love the Crafty inspiration, Hazel xx

  4. Thank you so much for picking my card as winner. Very appreciated and so many wonderful cards to pick from. Congratulations to the Top Spot Winners also.

  5. Annette thank you for the lovely message! I am missing AYLI but thank you for all the fun we had and I really do hope that everyone will continue to support the challenge and play xxx hugs me xx