Sunday 1 October 2023

Good Morning Faithful Followers

 Good morning faithful followers!

It's the end of an era... Country View Crafts has been running a monthly challenge for over 10 years and in that time we had 125 challenges, 1500 posts, 24 DT members, 6000 comments, over 800 blogger followers (more by email or RSS feeds) and a staggering 1.75 million views. A record we can be proud of!

But, over the years, we have seen the popularity of Facebook, Instagram and other social media increase at the detriment of blogs. 

It is difficult to know how many crafters still enjoyed our blog as few people commented on our posts. When we asked our followers to "let us know your thoughts about our posts, challenges, changes you would like to see" in our last challenge post only 4 people replied and we have come to the conclusion that we need to move with the times and jump on the social media bandwagon.

Country View Crafts has a brand new Facebook page where the challenge will be hosted from now on. Once logged in Facebook, joining the group is easy, just click on this link, then the "Join Group" button and reply to the questions shown to prove you are real crafters. 

All the details for entering the challenge, theme, rules, prizes etc.. will be available in the group. The DT will be posting all along the month to give you inspiration, share their makes, talk products etc... and members of the group can post and show off their makes too, as long as they respect the group's rules. 

We are grateful to you for sharing our journey and we hope you will follow us in that new venture and are as excited as we are. Do be gentle with us though as we are still learning how to "Facebook"!

Finally, as CorrieJoMiriam and Monika have left our DT we will be welcoming Cassie Campbell of InkC Retreats fame as well as Brenda Brown who will be returning to the fold.

Onwards and upwards...

Monday 7 August 2023

July Winners

 Hello everybody! Here are our July Winners.  There were some really fabulous entries and we always love seeing what you're inspired to make by each theme.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then let's begin!

The July winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is Number 18


My top 3 in the order that they were entered are

24 Rosi 

I love how you've made the shadow, so clever!

40 Gerrina 

The way you've used the white space is fabulous. 

51 Emma
This is so happy and colourful and such a clever shape.

And finally, my design team special mention goes to 
59 Tinz
Such a cut bunny, and beautifully crocheted.

Fantastic work all around!  Congratulations - please contact Debs on with win or DT  top 3  in  the subject to claim your prizes and badges, by August 31  to be eligible.  

Once we have your details your prizes will be winging their way to you and we hope you'll display them with pride. 

Sunday 23 July 2023

Talent contest

Hello crafters!

Craftyfield here today rounding up the 4 Legged Friend inspirations posts
with this Journal page

Hop on over to my blog to get a look behind the scenes... and find out if the 
Meerkats made it to the next round!


There will be a winners' post in August but no challenge as we will all be
taking a break until October whilst we make changes to the way the challenge is run.

Have a great summer! 


Friday 21 July 2023

Cats are the BEST friends


For my second project I have created an ATC.

Pop over to my blog to see how I created this.

Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday 19 July 2023

Hoppy Friends

 Hi everyone, it's Jo here.

Today I'm pleased to be sharing my Hoppy Friends page for this month's 4 Legged Friends challenge.

I enjoyed creating this page using Tim Holtz products, with those happy bunnies hopping around in a meadow of summer flowers. To find out how it all came together, please visit my blog Let's Art Journal.

Thanks for joining me today. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Monday 17 July 2023

Rainbow cat

Good morning it's Jane here today with my 2nd make to hopefully inspire you to join our current "4 legged friends" challenge. Of course my 2nd make had to be another cat but this time it is a very different my Rainbow Cheshire cat! He is here to wish my own sweet Billy cat a very happy 15th birthday today.

He's very excited and would love you to hop on over to my blog here to see how he came to life! Happy July everyone. My next post for CVC will be in October  most likely over on Facebook which is being considered for our new challenge platform.

Have a wonderful creative summer.

Saturday 15 July 2023

Floating Frame Sloth

Hello Crafters, Craftyfield here today to inspire you!

Come and hang out over on my blog for all the details...

Keep on crafting,


Tuesday 11 July 2023

Little Charms

 Hello all!

For my second project for the July challenge I made two little charms for animal lovers.

If you are interested in how I made them, please jump over to my blog.

Thank you for your visit today and have a wonderful week!

Evelyn xx

Sunday 9 July 2023

Wise fox

 Hello crafters!

  Craftyfield here for a second dose of inspiration for our 4 Legged Friend challenge!

Want to know how I made my fox card? Come and visit my blog here.

I will be back next week for another 4 Legged make...


Friday 7 July 2023

June Winners

Hello everybody! Here are our June Winners. There were some really fabulous entries and we always love seeing what you're inspired to make by each theme.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin!

The June winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is Number 11

The top 3 are:
15. alice k.

Craftyfield said: I love the seamless combination of photographic elements with the stamped images creating this scene. 

5. Vintage

Craftyfield said: Joan dusted off some old stamps to create this delightful page full of Vintage imagery. Ribbons and doily add that final touch for a pretty and feminine feel.

10. Gerrina

Craftyfield said: Gerrina used Pan Pastels to create the subtle background to the elegant lady straight out of the roaring twenties showing that Vintage can be colourful and not always shades of brown!
Finally the DT mention goes to:

19. "Vicky"

Craftyfield said: I loved the 3D effect of the elements against the background. Full marks for the sky created from scratch and the metal effect of the embossed and waxed card at the bottom.

Fantastic work all around! Congratulations - please contact Debs on with win or DT top 3 in the subject to claim your prizes and badges, by July 31 to be eligible.

Once we have your details your prizes will be winging their way to you and we hope you'll display them with pride. Don't forget to join us in our July Challenge.  

Wednesday 5 July 2023

Foxy Friends

 Hello there! Rachel here today with some more 4 legged friends - this time I have made a misty scene including foxes.

You can find more about the products I used over on my blog here.
I do hope you can join in the challenge - you never know, you may be lucky enough to win £20 to spend at Countryview Crafts!
Big hugs
Rachel x

Monday 3 July 2023

Happy Birthday To You!

 Good morning and a very happy Monday. It's Sue here with my second card for my Four Legged Friend challenge.

My baby boy is now 30!

I've used loads of Katzelkraft stamps for this one, and if you would like to see more details please pop across to my blog here.

Take care and have a very happy Summer x

Saturday 1 July 2023

July 2023 - A Four Legged Friend

Welcome to our July Challenge. This month the theme is Four legged friends chosen by our lovely Sue. We hope you will enjoy joining us in this challenge. Don't forget, by entering your name gets added to the draw to win a £20 gift voucher to spend in the online shop!

Good morning, a very happy Saturday, and welcome to July.

I'm really happy to be hosting this month's challenge, and the theme is A Four-Legged Friend.
These can be any four-legged animal you like, so think cats, dogs, farmyard or even jungle.
The animals must be the main focus of your project, so no tiny mouse sat under a leaf somewhere in the corner, please.
Here's my first project.

If you would like to see how this came together please pop across to my blog.
Take care and I'll see you next week with my second project x

I simply love kitty cats, so this month's challenge made me very excited:
Pop over to my blog to see what I used to create this tag.

Thanks for joining me.


Hi everyone. For this month's fun challenge, I created this journal page which is full of Tim Holtz products
including two Mischievous Cats, who happen to be celebrating Halloween early.

 To see how this page all came together, please visit my blog Let's Art Journal.
Hugs, Jo x



Two very different takes on this theme from me - I just adore animals! 
You can get details on my blog post here.
Rachel x


 Happy July everyone. It's no secret that my favourite 4 legged friends are cats, especially my own Billy cat. I made this anniversary card using the fab and fun Visible Image cat stencil and stamps.

All the details, and my Billy cat are over on my blog here if you would like to see how I made it.
Have a lovely summer and I'll be back with my 2nd make soon.

Bye for now,
Jane x


Hop on over to my blog for all the details... go on don't make me badger you!!

Have a great summer!!


Hello and happy July!
For the challenge this month I made this little dog card.

If you want to see a little bit more, please visit my blog. 


Hi everyone I have a little unicorn for you which I embroidered on my machine  all the details are 

On my blog  


Debs xxx


Wow some gorgeous projects from our Design Team! Now let's see your projects and don't forget to make sure that you have read the rules to make your project a valid entry to the challenge.

Do let us know your thoughts about our posts, challenges, changes you would like to see, as we are considering changes to the way the challenge is run. Meanwhile, Country View Challenges we will be taking a break in August and September.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter