Thursday 12 September 2019

Favourite Santa or no-Santa (& Why) - and some NEWS (please read)

Just a little note before we start this week.
I set this challenge up over 6 years ago because I wanted to give entrants the opportunity to share the reasons behind some of their creations; why they'd chosen the colours they'd used, or a specific die or stamp. I want us all to be proud of our creations and share that 'warm glow' feeling with our readers.

To ensure it's kept light and fun, we have very few 'rules' on this challenge, but our main requirement is to share a few words about why you've picked your favourite from our list of prompted options.
Unfortunately a fair proportion of our entries don't add this little insight which means they don't qualify for our prizes, generously donated by our lovely sponsors.

Please please please ensure that you read our challenge in full (we always remind you in the post and in the subject line) if you want to be eligible to win.

Our team love seeing everyone's entries and want you all to enjoy creating what you share with us each fortnight.

New Challenge
Hello everyone. It is Sarah in the driving seat today and we have a fab challenge for you this time but before that I need to do the housekeeping and let you know who won our last challenge. We had some fabulous entries so
Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Our winner is:

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

and it's a Top 4 because I could!!....


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

So, onto our next challenge

The winner of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer 
with us for the month of October.

This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your preference of Santa or No Santa image on a Xmas card (& why).
You MUST explain WHY you prefer your choice.

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

I'm just going to whisper... and say no to Santa, eek I hope he can't hear me! 
There are so many lovely Christmas images around and I usually tend to choose snowmen or cute Winter furries 

It's fairly safe to say that my preference is for cute furries at any time of year, so I've used this collection of critters from LOTV, because just one cute furry critter isn't enough at Christmas!

Typically I go for a sweet little creature or snow people for my Christmas cards, but this Folk Art Santa was a game changer for me.  I love the vintage feel he gives and this design went together fairly quick.


I must admit I do not have many Santa images. So I have to say No Santas here. I like CAS cards for Christmas as I am usually in a rush to finish them on time.

I don't have many stamps with Santas, so I don't use them very often. I prefer using sweet Christmas critters. 

I have been known to use a Santa image now and then, but they are usually for a child's card, so the majority of my cards don't have Santa on them.

I have chosen bunny rabbits to put on this particular Christmas card that will probably find it's way to my GD Mollie Rose. I have never found a stamp or image of Father Christmas that I like...sorry Father Christmas!!

Don't get me wrong, I do like some Satan Santa stamps, but there are so many cute and adorable Christmas images out there and if it includes a cute and furry critter then I'm sold.

No Santa Claus for me. I have few images of Santa Claus. I would rather choose a snowman. These days I don't make many cards with (cute) images.
I prefer to make CAS Christmas cards.

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


  1. Thank you for choosing my card as a top pick, chuffed to bits. Congrats to Karen and the other ladies, gorgeous cards x

  2. Thanks for choosing my coffee card as one of your top picks! I'm truly honored!

  3. Thank you for choosing my box card in your Top 3, well chuffed. Congrats to the other winners. Gorgeous DT makes. xx