Thursday, 15 February 2018

Favourite way to add a Sentiment & WHY

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This fortnight's challenge theme is to showcase a project using 
Your Favourite way to add a sentiment (& why).
You MUST explain WHY it is your favourite.
You might choose die cut, stamped, typed, label maker, tag, etc.  
The list is endless!

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


Quite often I get so engrossed in the image that I completely forget to include a sentiment, but I've been really trying hard recently to remember the pesky things!  My Stamping Platform was a real game changer for me and given me a new found confidence in stamping sentiments after I've coloured the image.  Before I got it, I'd certainly never dream of stamping them directly onto the face of my image panel through fear of messing up the stamped image.  However, that's exactly what I did with my card. The Stamping Platform means I can make a decision later in the construction, seeing how the card will look with or without the sentiment and also where to place it whilst knowing I won't mess up the card with a patchy inking.





I love using die cuts to add my sentiments because you don't have to worry about placement and there are so many fun dies to choose from.




Elaine


I like rubber stamps to add a sentiment because I can place them wherever I wish and there is a great collection.


Most of the times I stamp my image direct on my card or on the shape that I use for my image. Often there is enough room and I love that I don't have to think about a solution where and how I must add the sentiment. And I agree with Annette having a stamping platform makes it really easy to stamp you sentiment direct on the card.




I often find that, after deciding how my card is going to be set out, I can't find a suitable place for a sentiment so I opt for small tags which fit nicely under a bow or with twine.



I used to stamp my sentiment on a banner or label but have, more recently, stamped direct on my card. Like Annette I am much braver using my stamping platform, if you make a boo boo you can overstamp without smudges...ace!!


My most often way to add a sentiment is to stamp it direct to the image panel.  Unlike some of my teamies, this has never scared me and with the aid of an acrylic block I can usually get it straight!  I have an enormous library of sentiment stamps now, but there is always room for more.  I do love a sentiment with a good pun in it too.
As a bonus, I have added a stacked word die to this card, simply because it worked so well with the stamped words





Wilma
I love to stamp the sentiments. Although I love my Misti tool I mostly add my sentiment on a small piece of paper. It's always straight and crisp and It gives a little more dimension. 




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 way to add a sentiment.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Favourite way to add stitching (faux, real, drawn) & why

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

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


Despite owning a lot of stitched dies, I still really like making the effort to do the real thing on my cards because it seems to be the exception to the norm.  After getting a bit wobbly with my stitches though, I am thinking I should've opted for the stitched dies instead!





I always love real sewing on cards but but but......
Here is my first ever cushion I made using my sewing machine.




Brenda


When time is short, there is nothing like a great die to give the feeling of stitching.





Elaine

Using T-Rex Chomper

I prefer faux stitching because my skills with a sewing machine are very basic. Not only that I find it a bother to dig it out of the cupboard.



Although I use faux stitching most of the time, I really love the look of real stitching, so I had to do it for this challenge. I love the little extra it gives on my card and when I look at my card I really think I should do it more often!


It depends on the style of card for me as I like to do real stitching on shabby chic style cards,  but my favourite and the one I use most is faux. It's a lot easier and my real stitching is not as neat.



I love the idea of real stitching on cards and admire those that actually do it, however, I can never get the lines straight so I opt for faux stitching by way of my holey ruler and a fine liner!!


I absolutely love the look of real stitches on a card, but I just can't do it!  I have tried, unpicked, tried, unpicked, binned the card ..... you get the picture.  So, instead of all that stress, thank goodness for faux stitched dies



My favorite is faux stitches. It's easy and less time consuming than real stitches.
And I love stitched dies.



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 stitching (faux or real).

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Favourite Die and WHY

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

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


For me it's anything stitched, but I really do like circle nesties. I have a fair few of them in different varieties (dotted, stitched, double stitched, scalloped ...) so I think this is probably a good choice although picking a favourite die is like picking a favourite ice cream - you can't pick just one when you have so many delicious ones to choose from!






Another impossible challenge, so I am going to show you my favorite new die.  I fell in love with this little panda, he's just so cute and goes together quickly when in need of a fast card.





Elaine


I have lots of favourite dies. This time I have opted for these heart shaped dies because they are very versitile and great for anniversary, valentines, engagement and weddings.



I have many dies, but my all time favourites have to basic shapes from Crealies with a stiched or dotted edge. I use them all the time on my cards. They give a nice finishing touch on your card and they are really versatile.



My most used dies are my stitched edge ones and favourites at the moment are MFT stitched mini scalloped.  I love them because they give a nice finish to the edges without being too fancy.



Favourite die...hmmmm...I think I can safely say that circles feature a lot!! In particular my Tonic Studios Scalloped circles, they make a rather nice circular card blank too.
This was like trying to choose my favourite pet, impossible!
I use a lot of stitched effect dies, and my absolute favourite of those are the
double stitched ones, this simple square is top of the list





I too have a lot of favorite dies. For this card I used one of my newest: bold stripes cover up. And another favorite is HUGS. 


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 die.

Good luck, and happy crafting.
Hugs from the AYLI girls.