Wednesday 3 April 2013

Winner & top 3 for March


It has been an amazing month with so many beautiful, beautiful entries and all are worthy of a prize for one reason or another! I don't think any of us appreciated when we started that we would have so many entries and of the obvious quality that they all are. For that reason we've decided to use to pick the winner.

The winner of the March 'Pick and mix' challenge is:
#19 - butterfly (Alison) with her beautiful Glampunk birdhouse

 Congratulations Alison!


Each of the Design Team members will be taking turns to decide the top three merit badge winners and this time it is Brenda's choice.

"Hi all, it's Brenda here and I have the priviledge of choosing the top three for our first ever challenge at Country View Challenges, but I have had the most difficult job in the world. We had 93 wonderful entries and each one has taken time and energy for you to produce and the standards of each piece have been amazing. So, having gone through all the entries again, I decided that I needed some guidance for myself (it must be the teacher in me, lol) and a way of making choices that weren't just based upon my favourite styles but on criteria that give a meaning to the decision making.

I wanted to choose pieces that are different types (ie card, tag, journal, box, frame, hanging, scrapbooking page, etc, etc) and look for use of materials, use of colour, techniques used, how shape, form and texture were used as well as different styles of craft/art. How did this help you may ask? Well it did and I was able to whittle a very long list down to just three (in several stages I may add).

In the order of entry number I have chosen...

I loved Alison's journal entry with her self-portrait and fabulous colours done in oil pastels. Alison has used words to express her feelings and create memories for the future.

Jennie's monotone tag in greens has a wonderful feel of spring and she has used lots of ways to include texture and I particularly love how the visible elements are united and fit perfectly together to create a fabulous composition.

I chose Laura's frame hanging not only for the lovely piece she ended up with but for the processes she went through to achieve it. Laura describes her journey from having the idea for a tag to finishing with a balsa wood frame that can be hung on display.

I am loving the new entries already submitted for challenge #2 so thanks for joining us on our new journey.

Hugs {Brenda} x0x"

Congratulations Alison, Jennie & Laura!