Thursday, 6 May 2021

Favourite way to Add Ribbon (and why)

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge

Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm "inner glow" of pride, without lots of entry rules.


Usually we provide a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.


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




Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:



and our Top 3 are





Christy



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 way to add Ribbon to your project (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.

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



Anne
I think ribbon is a lovely finishing touch when you use a tag on a card. 
I just buy white or cream and colour it with pens/inks to match.




I like using 2 papers on my cards and use a strip of satin ribbon to cover the join, as well as add a double bow in the same ribbon.  The double bows are really easy to make once you get the hang of them, and I think they look really special.  





My favorite way to use ribbon is on a tag and I just love using wrinkled ribbon.  I think it makes it pretty and very easy to find the page you are marking in a journal.



I only use ribbon occasionally. Usually it is just wrapped around or a bow. I am not  the best at bows and always admire cards with double bows beautifully made. 






I love using ribbons on a tag and I really love to combine it with a little bow made from embroidery thread or bakers twine. 





I like to add ribbon as a double bow on a card, although I can spend hours looking for the right colour!

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I don't use ribbon as much as I used to.  I just dislike how they gauge letters by thickness now so even a small bow counts as a large letter.  When I do add any and, if it is to be posted, I'll add some to match the card with double sided tape.  If it's for a family member or a special card I sometimes add a bow. 

For a crafter with a ribbon stash that I will never use in ten lifetimes I don't use it nearly enough!! On this occasion I have added a simple bow (frippery of the devil...see below!!) to the bunch of flowers by way of a finishing touch, it's to be hand delivered so a bit of bulk really doesn't matter. If the card is to be posted I might just incorporate a flat ribbon somewhere on the design or use seam binding that is soft enough to squish in the envelope.



Is it very wrong of me to say I don't enjoy using ribbon?  It never stays where I put it, unless it's nailed down, and bows are the frippery of the devil.  However, I did make an exception with this rather sexy piece of black ric-rac ribbon, which was nailed down with ultra-sticky double sided tape.






I don't use ribbons very much but when I use it I attach the ribbon with double sided tape.
Creating a beautiful bow is a challenge for me. 



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

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Favourite Season (Spring or Summer) & Why?

Hello lovely crafters, 
Before we get started today we'd like to show you an amazing offer 
from one of our lovely regular sponsors, Fantastic Ribbons.
They've got a fantastic bundle on offer for a bargain price, 
plus you also get a free bow maker with it. 
Pop over to their website to see the details and 
grab yourself a bargain ribbon assortment and freebie bowmaker.






Right, onto the main event of the day!

Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm "inner glow" of pride, without lots of entry rules.


Usually we provide a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.


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



Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk 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




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

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


Anne
As a lady of a certain age I'd have to go for Spring. I have my own personal Summer going on with hot flushes so don't need any extra heat thank you!!




Summer is my favourite; the long light days, the warmth of the sun and the garden looking its best (well, the best it is ever going to look!).  I've made a summery themed oversized gift tag for today's creation, featuring some cute LOTV bunnies sitting on a toadstool, and added lots of flowers, both on the papers and the embellishments.  






Definitely spring for me.  I love the rebirth that comes with spring.  Even in the land of "endless summer" where I live, you can tell when spring is here.  I love all the wonderful vibrant colors of  the newly blooming plants, flowers and trees.



I love both spring and summer. To choose one I think spring. It's the anticipation of some lovely warm weather to come. The bees are starting to appear to pollinate all the flowers, I love the hum of these busy workers and even more their honey.






I love all seasons, because they all have something special, but for this challenge I decided to go for summer, because I am really looking forward to it this year. I hope we have nice warm weather and sunshine. 



Oooh, spring or summer - I love both but I've finally decided on summer. I love the sunshine (hopefully), the long light evenings and the school holidays!







It's Spring for me.  I love it when the gardens start budding again, bulbs are coming through and all the little birds are busy building their nests.  The older I get the less I like the heat of summer!



To be picky it's early Summer for me just when the garden is looking fresh and colourful and the lawn is still green and although the mornings and nights are lighter it is still comfortable enough to sleep without overheating!!



Absolutely Spring for me, happy birds, flowers bobbing in a light breeze, sunshine but not too hot, bumble bees bumbling (thankfully no wasps), baby animals popping out all over the place.  Perfect.





Spring is my favorite of these 2 seasons. I can enjoy the birds singing in the early morning or late afternoon. And of course also the colorful fields with tulips and hyacinths and the wonderful scent of these flowers.


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

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Favourite: Embossing or Stenciling (& why)

Welcome to As You Like It Challenge

Our fortnightly challenge is a home for you to create something 
which gives you a warm "inner glow" of pride, without lots of entry rules.


Usually we provide a few options for you to choose from. 
You just need to select and use your favourite option in order to join in. 

For a chance to win our prize or top-3 spot, 
you need to tell us why you've made your choice.
That way our team and readers can appreciate why it's your favourite.

eg, if the theme is 'favourite animal' and you decide on 'bunny', tell us why.
eg, you love Thumper, the rabbit from Bambi !

So get crafting and remember to have fun 
and enjoy your crafting time.


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

Please email us at AsYouLikeItChallenge@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize, 
and don't forget to grab your *winners* badge below:




and our Top 3 are




Melanie H.



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








So, onto our next challenge





The sponsor of this challenge is


Lee Holland





This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite: Embossing or Stencilling (& 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've always been a fan of embossing folders, the effect is so lovely with hardly any effort but that said 
I've chosen stencils for this challenge. I've bought quite a few recently and I'm enjoying experimenting with them and using them for backgrounds






Although I do love the effect created by embossing folders, I don't seem to use the few that I have very often.  I do like creating background scenes for my images, which is easy to do with some ink pads and a stencil.





I have to say I favor both dry and heat embossing.  I love the magical transformation that happens with heating embossing powder and the added dimension and texture dry embossing gives.   I've used both dry and heat embossing on this card.



I do use stencilling and both heat and dry embossing. It all depends on the image and the style of card I am making.
I have used heat embossing for my card this time. This is an old stamp which I think works well with heat embossing and inks. Heat embossing was the first technique I used in cardmaking. 






I love the look a pretty stencil can give on a card and lately I have been using my embossing folders more again. Both are really awesome to use, but my most used technique is heat embossing, so I can watercolour my images. I have been doing it a lot to practice my watercolouring skills and love it!





I don't tend to use embossing folder that much - although I do have quite a few! I don't have any stencils at all so embossing folders it is. I do like the texture you can create especially for snowy backgrounds.






don't use embossing folders much, but I do love to heat emboss flowers as it gives me a chance to practice with my Zig markers which I don't use often enough.



I love embossing folders to add texture to my cards. I should actually use them more often as I appear to have rather a lot to choose from!!



I haven't used an embossing folder for aaaaaages, in fact I think my collection is suffocating under cobwebs.  I do seem to have developed a fascination for stencils though, I love that you can add depth and interest without adding too many layers or papers.






I love to heat emboss. I like the crisp lines to stand out and have some shine.





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