Saturday 1 November 2014

November, November and a new DTM too!

Good morning everyone!

Yes, it’s November 1st and if that isn’t a reminder that autumn is passing into winter then what is (If only the weather knew!) Now, you might think that we’d be having an autumnal theme, maybe something to do with Guy Fawkes (UK), Thanksiving (USA) perhaps? Nope! We are going to hang on to summer for as long as we can here at CVC but before we tell you what our challenge theme for the month is, we’d like to announce a new DT Member – Nikki Acton of Addicted to Art.  Nikki’s details can be found on our DT page here and I’m sure you’ll all join with us and give her a hearty CVC welcome!  Smile

Now on to our challenge….. chosen by Trace, our theme for the month is:


You can create anything you like provided it has a bug, a bee, a butterfly or any combination of them on it. Stamp, die cut, emboss, embellish, we don’t mind how you depict them we just want to see you have FUN, FUN, FUN!

Please be sure to read our rules (which are pretty standard and easy to comply with) to avoid disqualifying yourself.  The challenge closes on Sunday November 30th and our winner will be chosen at random ( so that everyone has an equal chance of winning. This winner will receive a £20  voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online craft shop, a blog badge and an invitation to guest with us.  You can enter as many times as you like provided that each entry is yours and original.  We will also choose our ‘Top 3 entries’ and our ‘Special mention’ all of whom receive a blog badge and an invitation to guest with us the following month.

We like to start our line up of DT projects with one from a previous winner and this month is no different. This lady is a creative and imaginative crafter and has also achieved a CVC first!  She was the first (and only, so far) entrant to be the winner of the £20 shop voucher, chosen by, as well as being picked as one of our Top 3 winners.

We’re delighted to have Georgie C back once more to lead us out….

Georgie C - Little Blue Craft Box

GeorgieCHi everyone :) I am so honoured to have been picked for a Top 3 win, and to have the chance to guest design for the blog again. I live down in Dorset with my husband, two year old son and two dogs. I also work in IT (I know, yawn...), so any spare moment I can find I will spend it with inks, paints, pens… you name it, whatever I can get my hands on. Starting now to try and get my little boy mixed up in this world too, haha let the mess begin...

GeorgieC_IMG_2511-rsI was so excited to hear the choice for this months challenge as I’m sure you will be too, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies. My piece, 'The Keeper’, is designed to be like a cover of an old antique book with an air of mystery and wisdom about it. Please hop across to my blog if you would like more detail on how I created it. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with...  :) xx

It is a pleasure to be joining the Country View team and what a fantastic topic for me to start off with. I have used the back of a canvass to create this 3D piece featuring lots of butterflies. It is an adaptation of the Tim Holtz tag from September. It would be lovely to see you over at A2A - Addicted to Art where there are more details and photos.

Given the choice to use any or all of Bugs, Bees or Butterflies, there's probably no surprise about which one of the trio I went for with my creation!  I used one of the backgrounds inspired by one of Tim's tags from earlier in the year, and the French Flight Framelits to create this tag.  Come and see more over at Words and Pictures.

I decided to make a wall panel, using some of my favourite stamps and techniques. The central panel is a piece of paper from the Wallflower paper stash by Tim Holtz. To see the details of how I put this together, please visit my blog.

Butterflies have a very special place in my life and I love using them on my projects. So I decided to make myself some 3D butterfly embellishments and a place to keep all the wonderful little sizes of butterflies that can die-cut from Tim's Butterfly frenzy strip die. You can find all the process steps on my blog Bumblebees and Butterflies, which also fits very nicely with the theme lol

I love this theme! So many of our crafting designs comprise at least one of these three things, it made it an easy task. I’m hoping that lots of our followers will follow suit, get busy and jump in to join us this month!

For a run down on the products etc, you can find more here at My corner of Heaven. xxx

Doreen1_nov 7-rsDoreen
Hello to you all I have a tag to share today and I have used Butterflies. You can get full details of how this was made on my blog.

It's November already! Where is this year disappearing to?! This month's theme makes me think of summer days - a real change from the increasingly cold rainy weather outside my window! So for my first piece this month I chose to go back to my square journal and use the fabulous bee die from Mr Holtz. The wings have a thin layer of Glossy Accents on to give a subtle sheen. As always, more can be seen on my blog x

As a great lover of butterflies I have made a plaque using two of my favourite butterfly stamps and one of my favourite combinations of Distress Colours - Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo. There are more details on my blog if you want to know more.

SueB1_mini bookSue B
I included all the three B's in my project as that was what I thought the brief was...Ha, well it worked out okay as I made a little mini book telling you all about them. More on my Blog.

SueD1_best bee-rsSue D
I decided to have a play around with some bees wax for my first piece for this months challenge. There's also some Brusho's in there which is my new 'must have'. Full details can be found here at Sue The Iron.

What a line up, we hope you'll agree. As diverse as ever, so many styles, techniques and ideas to get your creative thought processes racing, all we need now is YOU!

As usual, we will be publishing a post with a brand new project from either one of our DTMs or from a guest every two days until the end of the month. We are also featuring a special 'Magpie Day' during the month too with a special twist that you definitely won't want to miss out on so please watch out for that! 

All that remains is for us to wish you a fabulous November and hope to see your project(s) very soon!

Chris and the team xxx