Friday 1 April 2016

April Challenge - Spring

Welcome everyone, the first quarter of the year has gone and we start our new challenge on April Fools Day, but we have no tricks up our sleeve, just a fabulous title
chosen by the lovely Monika.
We would also like to introduce you to our 5 new Design Team Members in the line up with their first projects.

I love Spring - the nights get lighter, the weather starts to warm up and the garden springs to life! I tried to evoke all of this in my small journal page! As always, there's more on my blog. Gabrielle x

Hello Crafters, You have to know about me that I like to make practical and home decorating objects. This is why I have brought you a stamped and painted wooden box for our April Challenge - Spring. You can hide many tiny things in a wooden box like this. If you want to see the details and more photos, please click here.

Hello, Well I love spring, all the new leaves and flowers appearing, the lighter
evenings and summer to look forward to.
You can get more details of my make from my blog.

I was so pleased when our lovely Monica chose Spring as her theme because I just love it, is my favourite time of year. The freshness of the colours, and the mildness of the weather together make me smile, ALOT! So with this in mind, I tried to capture the spirit of Spring in my simple Easter cards.  Pop over to my blog if you'd like to see how I created this set of four cards. Hugs Debs xx

A spring canvas from me today - full of texture and spring colour. The design is based on a Brenda Brown project from one of her Country View Crafts workshops last year - you can see her original here. I have more photos of my version at Addicted to Art.

For this first creation for Monika's lovely challenge the usual springtime suspects are in place - butterflies and meadow flowers - but I've also been having a play with some wax to create translucent layers.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see all the details.

Welcome Corrie as a new Design Team member.
Hello everyone, 
For my very first project for Monika's April's challenge 'Spring', I have made a colourful panel:
If you pop over to my blog HERE, you will find a tutorial of how I made this. 
I will be back later in the month with another project ! 
Corrie xx

Please also welcome Jane to the team.
Hello, I am delighted to be sharing my very first piece as a new member of the Design Team today. It's also a very special day today as it's my birthday.  For the perfect April challenge theme of Spring I have made an accordion card. For this I used the first Sizzix die I ever was from Country View Crafts way back in 2013. I also created a master board to use for the frame and a step by step can be found over on my blog here. It's an exciting new adventure for me today.

Welcome Hazel as a new member too.
On my first design piece as part of the team, what better topic could there be but Spring! I immediately thought about fresh, vibrant greens and yellows and my canvas just sprung into life! It was also an excuse to try out the new dies by Tim Holtz! Pop over to my blog if you would like to see this in more detail.

It is still a little early for spring here in the very north but the one thing I always love about this time of the year as we come out of winter is the way the severe winter weather leaves paint finishes on sheds, fences and boats.  I have tried to recreate this soft worn weathered look in a little group of ATCs. Please join me on my blog if you would like to see more and details of how I created the weathered wood effect.

Hello there! I have had fun playing with some Paperartsy stamps and stencils and some Tim goodies to make this canvas. If you want more details please pop over to my blog here.
Rachel xx

Welcome Evelyn, thanks for joining us.
I´m excited to show you my first pieces as a new member of the Design Team! The theme "spring" of this month´s challenge is just perfect to grab some bright colours to welcome the upcoming time of renewing nature and the birds, returning from south. I created a couple of tags using a bunch of Tim Holtz products. If you want to see, how I made them, please pop over to my blog!

At last the Spring leaves are starting to burst forth and there are blossoms and Spring flowers showing up everywhere. Isn't it wonderful to see Mother Nature shower our gardens and the countryside with wonderful shades of green and splashes of colour?
 I have re-cycled a canvas board today inviting us all to look through the window to see what flowers are blooming as the weather warms up.

And a welcome to Christine as the other newest member.
Christine (Craftyfield)

Hello, I am so pleased to be here with my first project as Country View Challenges DT! My first inspiration piece is my impression of a field, one fine spring morning. You can find all the details in my blog, and to whet your appetite I'll just say it involves Brushos...


Hi it's Sue here and welcome to Spring! I was lucky enough to attend a PaperArtsy training day recently and this is a combination of a couple of things that I made there. I just love these Spring colours and can't wait to say goodbye to Winter.  Full details can be found here on my blog.

So it's over to you now, create your project and link it below and let's see who wins the prize this month of the complete set of PaperArtsy Infusions.  
PaperArtsy Infusions
And don't forget to come back throughout April for more inspiration

Susan and the CVC team xxx


  1. Thank you Ladies for your beautiful Spring projects! Now I have to start to hop on your blogs to see the details :-) Hugs xxx

  2. So many beautiful floral projects from the whole team x

  3. Wonderful, uplifting projects from the team! Spring has most definitely sprung! Welcome Spring and Welcome new member, Hazel xx

  4. I am very grateful and lucky that my DT piece also fits this new challenge. Thanks for another fun challenge and the gorgeous DT inspirations Karen x

  5. Congrats to all the newbies! This is a fabulous batch of inspiration! <3

  6. Congratulations to all the new members of the team! What a lovely challenge theme and lovely projects to inspire us!

  7. Gorgeous projects by the team. Huge welcome to the new members, Tracy xn

  8. What a feast of beauty here from my new teamies.I'm proud to be a new part of the CVC team. Happy to vist you all and take a closer peep xx

  9. Congrats to all the new DT members. Great inspirational projects.
    Julie x

  10. Fantastic projects! A very warm welcome to the new members of the team - what a way to welcome the spring!
    Alison x

  11. Thanks for the inspiring ideas from the team.
    Happy crafting,
    Angela x

  12. Congrats to all the new design team ladies . Fabulous projects by the team full of inspiration . x

  13. Wow, can't believe it, so many fantastic and creative examples this month, thank you, lots of inspiration

  14. Gorgeous creations from the old and new team members, I am inspired!!!

  15. Fabulous challenge theme and wonderful inspiration from the DT as always! Deb xo

  16. Love the fabulous inspiration and super theme xx

  17. Gracious CVC - you all just gave us all a FABULOUS look at SPRING SPLENDOR with your WONDERFULLY CREATIVE projects. I soooo enjoyed reading/seeing this post the first time and just noticed when I came back to submit my project that I didn't write anything - WHAT?! I'm slippin! And what a GREAT group of new DT members - sooooooo excited to hear all of those new names. YEAH!!! Xj.

  18. Stunning inspiration pieces by the team!!!! WOW! Love all creativity these talented ladies have. Thank you for this fun challenge!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  19. Stunning inspiration pieces by the team!!!! WOW! Love all creativity these talented ladies have. Thank you for this fun challenge!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  20. Thank you for the challenge. Lovely work by the design team.

  21. I just discovered our challenge blog and am so impressed by all the gorgeous projects by your DT! I am following by email and Google friend and am looking forward to joining in the fun.


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