Thursday 14 March 2019

Favourite Dies or Stencils & WHY

Hello everyone, Anne here this week hosting my first challenge
I've enjoyed looking through the lovely entries for our 'one or many layers' challenge and you didn't make it easy for me! 
Thank you to everyone who entered and our winner is:

Esther with her adorable slider card

Please email us at to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:

ecause it's my first time hosting and because there were so many amazing entries our Top 3 is a Top 5 this week...


Lots of beautiful layers...


Effective use of just one layer


Great use of colours...

I've seen this stamp used many times but never with a rainbow

Jo Ann
Really fun card!

Congratulations and please grab our *Top 5* 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 Die or Stencils (& 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 do love stencils but dies so versatile and I use them on every card I make. Sentiments and flowers are my faves, I wouldn't dare tell you how many I actually own!!

I really love my stitched dies because of the texture and interest, and in particular the circles. These XXL dies from Crealies are fabulous because they're such a great size (and this isn't even the largest in the set).

Dies are definitely my favourite.  I like using stencils but dies are available in such a wonderful variety and are fast and easy to use.

I love dies and use them often. They are so easy to use and a card can be made quickly. I also used a stencil on this card to give a bit more interest on the background.

I love my little circle window dies and use them all the time. Let's face it, I love all dies and I'm not going to admit to how many I've bought in the last week!

I love using dies and stencils! I love using my cloud stencils on cards to add a little scene behind an image. But I almost always use dies on my cards. I really love nesting dies with a stitched or pierced edge because they add something extra on my card without being too much. I am not a person who uses a lot of embellishments, so these dies are perfect.

I use dies on most of my cards, and for this one I've used them as the 'feature' instead of a stamped image for a change.

I love using dies especially my stitched edge dies.  They finish the edges off wonderfully without the effort of hand stitching and come in all shapes and sizes.

I have used dies on my card today.There are so many available from basic shapes, like I have used here for matting, to hugely intricate panels and sentiments to add interest to cards and other paper or mixed media projects.

I love dies, and use them a lot, but I have recently developed a new found admiration for stencils, especially as there are now so many clever ones around, so for a change I have gone for stencils to make this card

I am in love with dies and use them all the time. Dies are quick and the shapes are always ´straight´. These letter dies are my newest addition.

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. Oh wow -- I'm a winner! So excited and honored!

  2. thank you for picking my card in your top 5. Gorgeous DT makes too.
    Lorraine x

  3. Superbes créations de la DT.
    Je suis heureuse de participer à ce beau challenge.

    Beautiful creations of the DT.
    I am happy to participate in this beautiful challenge.

  4. Awesome DT cards and thanks for the shout-out!