Thursday 13 August 2015

Two guests today!

Good morning friends!

Today we have two guests sharing their projects and inspiration with us!

Firstly, apologies to Cass, a previous winner, for not including her project on August 1st (totally my fault).  Cass is joined by Amanda, winner of a Top 3 badge, and they are both on top form as their projects will demonstrate...

I'm known as Cass in blogland, and lucky enough to be on a few Design Teams.  Although I am still working, I manage to create something everyday, keeps me sane and stops me annoying my husband.  And, luckily he puts up with the mess as I go from room to room, some of my projects can take several weeks and I sought of spread out.

I have made a get well card, with a summery feel of flowers and bright colours.  Hope it suits the Summertime theme.  The image from Faery Ink has been coloured with Copic Pens and mounted on a diecut doiley.  The papers are from Close to My Heart's Taste of Summer and Blossoms collection.  The sentiment is a silver sticker which has also been coloured with copics.

Hi everyone I’m Amanda Southern, I am delighted to join you on CVC as a GDT and be part of this months “Summertime” challenge.  I love creating all sorts of projects that range from getting really messy with paints and sprays right through the crafty spectrum to clean and simple. I have an addiction to collecting rubber stamps and can see no let up on being cured on that one! I also love all things mixed media whether that is a card, altered item, canvas etc. It is one such mixed media project that I have to share with you today that captures the Summertime theme for me.

 Summertime memories for me, from being a child, are about wandering over the cliffs and finding hidden sandy coves, collecting things on the beach, playing in the sand and sea and generally have a fab day.  Hopefully this mixed media piece I have created captures that memory.

I started off with just a cheap white picture frame. With I covered with a mixture of bead gel and bandage fabric.  I then covered it all with a layer of gesso. Once that was dry I coloured with distress stains.  Then to start on my centre piece, I raided my bag of beach collected items and chose to use some pieces of driftwood that I had collected which I mounted onto a piece corrugated card.
 I then put a layer of gesso on it to make it easier to add the colours. I then painted the beach scene using Paperartsy Fresco paints.  To give it some foreground detail I stamped Katzelcrafts seagull both on card and tissue, card to cut out and colour and on tissue so I could add the stamped detail of the post to another piece of driftwood so the post was 3D. The flying seagulls were also stamped onto tissue and added using gel medium. All of the tissue stamping was coloured again using paperartsy fresco paints.

I made my “To the Beach” sign using coffee stirrers painted to match the colours. My final quote that I  added is from Tim Holtz Chit Chat sayings.
I hope you like it and it’s been great to be part of this months challenge inspiration
Amanda X

Wow Ladies, two very different styles and two terrific examples of our theme.  These are both beautiful, thank you so much!

We're delighted to see so many of you joining in already, great projects, thank you!  We hope to see lots more of your ideas and makes and remember,  everyone has a chance of winning the £20 shop voucher so generously sponsored by Country View Crafts.

We'll be back on Saturday with another post so see you then - have fun!

Chris and the CVC team xxx


  1. Lovely to see Amanda over here and what a stunning creation too for us all ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. Two beautiful and very diverse projects for the Summertime theme this time! Gorgeous work! Thank you for sharing, ladies!

  3. Love the way that the background colours come through as they are echoed in the main pic Cass and I can hear the waves and seagulls in your beachscape Amanda! Great inspiration yet again! X

  4. Fabulous projects Cass and Amanda - just shows how we all have our own style, colours and techniques. Lovely to have you here with us. Jennie x

  5. Totally fab project by Amanda, wow, I adore it!!.. and the card by Cass is just adorable! Coco x

  6. Wonderful projects from your two talented guest designers!

  7. Fantastic summertime projects from our guests!
    Alison xx


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