Sunday 29 November 2015

More colour blue

Hello again, Debs here, back with another inspiration for this fabulous theme. This time I'm sharing a canvass that has lots texture too. As always you can find all the details and more photos here.
                                                     See you all soon Hugs Debs 

Friday 27 November 2015

October Winners Post

Hello everybody!  It's time to find out the winners from Jennie's fantastic Add Some Texture challenge in October.  And, wow, what a lot of amazing entries there were - thank you so much for playing along.

First of all, here's Mr Random Generator's pick for the prize voucher
from our fabulous sponsor Country View Crafts:
That's Jane of Jane's Journal, with this fabulous spooky tag.

Your prize voucher and badge will be on their way to you soon.


Now for the October Top Three.
As always, it was really tough to whittle it down to just three,
but here they are, in no particular order:

Jennie said: A magical mix of wonderful textures and shades of green all showcasing an amazing photograph. I really felt I was walking through a field on a summer's day.

#123 Katrina
Jennie said: A fabulously creative card and I love the addition of the real shells and the use of the die cut for the waves.

Jennie said: A gorgeous mix of gentle textures and colours. The addition of the napkin flower gives it a wonderful ethereal feel.


And finally our Design Team Member's Special Mention goes to:

#44 Aisha
Jennie said: A fabulous spooky canvas but with a stunning mix of colours, textures, and both feminine and spooky elements. A real "at dusk" piece.


So there you have it.
Congratulations to all our winners - badges will be on their way to you very soon, and we hope you'll display them with pride.  If you're interested in being a Guest Designer for us in 2016, please get in touch with Brenda on

And thank you again to all of you for the fantastic array of entries.  You've still got a few days to join in with Doreen's The Colour Blue theme, so we hope to see you there!

Alison and the Country View Challenges Design Team xx


Wednesday 25 November 2015

Snowflake Tinsel

HI it's Brenda with you again today showcasing my second 'Blue' project for the current challenge. Thanks again Doreen for a great theme.

I definitely felt very chilly adding this card to the post, but the weather has turned colder here in the UK and at last I feel the winter has come. Now wouldn't it be lovely if we had some real snow for Christmas day? All the details for making this card are at Bumblebees and Butterflies. Thanks for joining us today as we continue to share inspirational posts for you and hope you have or will join us at the Country View Challenges blog.

Enjoy your week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday 23 November 2015

Shabby Chic Christmas

Hello fans and friends of Countryview Crafts! Thanks for dropping in today. Astrid here with my second project for this month's Blue theme.
I don't know about you, but I am well and truly into Christmas card mode. Afteral, only just over a month until the big day...
This shabby card started life as a tag. If you would like to find out how it came together, all you need to do is CLICK HERE for further details.

Well, one more week until our next challenge, but there is still plenty of time to play! And if you need more inspiration, - just come back  for there are new samples from the team almost on a daily basis, and don't forget an awesome prize or honourable mention is a possibility too!!
Thanks for your visit today and happy creating!!

Saturday 21 November 2015

Blue With Cold - by Alison

Hello all, Alison here with my second round of inspiration for Doreen's The Colour Blue theme this month.

I'm even more wintry than before with this second outing for The Colour Blue.  The stamps here are by Sara Naumann, from the fabulous recent PaperArtsy release.  I love the bleak spare look of them, so I've kept the background to a frosty minimum too.  Come over to Words and Pictures if you'd like to see more details, but do bring a scarf and gloves!

I hope you'll be inspired to come and play with The Colour Blue with us, and there's more inspiration almost daily here on the blog.  You have until the end of the month and, as always, there's a prize voucher from our great sponsor Country View Crafts for a randomly chosen winner as well as the honour of Top Three places or even our Design Team Member's Special Mention at stake!  Hope to see you soon.

Alison x

Thursday 19 November 2015

More Blue for your Inspiration

Hello there! Rachel here today with more inspiration for the colour blue theme at this months Countryview Challenge. Today I have been playing with Tim Holtz paper distress mosaic kit and I have used it to help make this christmas card.

For details of how I made this plus the products I used please check out my blog here.

Have a great day!


Rachel x

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Christmas Blues

Hello all, thanks for dropping in today. My turn to share a card with you for our Blue theme this month
This card was posted on my blog already on the first of November, but gremlins got in the way so it never made it to the blog here. So if you missed it and would like to find out more of how this was put together, all you need to do is CLICK HERE

There is still plenty of time to play in our November challenge and with almost daily inspiration from the team on the blog, what are you waiting for? Hope to see you back here soon again and stay inky!!

Sunday 15 November 2015

Baby Your'e a Firework

Hi it's Sue here with my second piece for our 'blue' challenge. I know that Bonfire Night has been and gone, but here's my firework inspired piece.

This started off as a quite clean and simple piece (for me) but then it kind of grew - surprise! More details can be found here on my blog.
There's still loads of time for you to join in, so please show us your blue. Enjoy your weekend, and remember to keep checking back for more inspiration from our fab team.

Sue x

Saturday 14 November 2015

Monika 2

I hope you are enjoying this months challenge

Here is Monika's second sample for us this month

More details can be found on her blog

Make sure you come back for lots more inspiration from the team

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Christmas in blue

Hi everyone, Nikki here with my second design for this month's challenge - the colour blue. I am sure other card makers out there are also busy with their Christmas cards - so I thought I would share one with you today.
I love Tim Holtz Festive Scribbles thinlits which I have used here with Kraft core card stock. Do pay a visit to Addicted to Art today to see more details.


Monday 9 November 2015

Postcard from New York

Hello Everyone and thank you for joining us again today. Jennie here with my second project of our "blue" month.

I just love this photograph taken during my fabulous trip to New York earlier this year and wanted a layout which didn't compete with it.  I decided that the lady would love blue …  but I did use some vintage browns to set them off. Please join me on my blog if you want to see more.

And of course don't forget you have plenty of time to enter our fabulous "blue" challenge. So get out those blue inks, paints, papers and pastes and create in blue!

Thank you for joining me today!

Jennie x

Saturday 7 November 2015

Feeling Blue

 Hello! Thank you for popping by today! Gabrielle here with my second 'blue' project.
I love this challenge as it means I can make a simple journal page using some of my favourite things! I love this little chap who is standing on a strip of book text. The background has some of my favourite stencils and the painty marks were heated so they 'blistered' to give a little texture. By the time I had finished this I was feeling anything but blue!!! As always, there's more on how I made this on my blog

There's plenty of time for you to enter this month's challenge - we're loving seeing your fabulous creations! 
Gabrielle x

Thursday 5 November 2015

Winners, winners, winners!

Hello everybody!  Apologies from us here, and we know we owe you some Winners!  Unfortunately sometimes life just gets in the way, but we're catching up, 
so you definitely won't miss out on anything.

So here's a very busy post, announcing our random prize voucher winners, our Top Threes and our DT Member's Special Mentions for July, August and September.
Are you ready to meet some winners?


July's challenge theme was On Your Travels, hosted by Trace, and here are our winners for that month.

Our July random prize winner, as selected by Mr Random Generator...
That's Strangely Creative at Pinxton Craft Club.
Congratulations!  Your voucher will be on the way shortly.


The July Top 3, in no particular order, are:

13 Jose
We love this bright and breezy VW camper van off on its summer travels!

A great travel-themed card with wonderful nautical detailing and fantastic lettering.

This is one of a set of collaged ATCs, with all the different pairs of shoes needed on your travels.


And our July DT Member's Special Mention goes to:

A really original take on the theme, with this well-travelled envelope forming the base for a quirky, arty vintage collage - we love it!


August's challenge theme was Summertime, hosted by Alison, and here are our winners for that month.

Our August random prize voucher winner, as chosen by Mr Random Generator...

That's Hazel at My Crafty Outlook.  Congratulations, Hazel!
Your voucher will be on its way soon.


Our August Top 3, in no particular order, are:

Alison said:
There's something about the softly blended colour tones of these journalling pages which just makes me happy - a real summertime warmth, and I love the stencilling and the little bird.

71 Sandma
Alison said:
I love the soft summer haze around the masked sun, and the zing of that fabulous poppy standing out amongst the other meadow flowers.

Alison said:
These pages capture a summer garden just perfectly.  I love the use of die-cuts to create texture and the watercolouring on the flowers is absolutely luscious.


Our August DT Member's Special Mention is:

Alison said:
This delicate butterfly tree is really original, and such a delight. You can see how much love and work has gone into it, and the result is whimsical and charming and so summery - just lovely.


September's challenge theme was Numbers, hosted by Nikki, and here are our winners for that month.

Our September random prize voucher winner, as selected by Mr Random Generator...

That's Paper Profusion.  Congratulations, Nicola!
Your voucher will be on the way shortly.


Our September Top 3 choices, in no particular order, are:

6 Kerstin at Scrapbook Dreams
Nikki said:
I love all the detail on this Route 66, vintage style scrapbook page.

Nikki said:
This 60th male, birthday card is so wonderfully designed – full of timepiece die cuts.

47 Juliz Design Post
Nikki said:
31 Creepers Court is an amazing haunted house, full of wonderful, scary details.


Our September DT Member's Special Mention is:

3 Hazel Agnew
Nikki said:
A wonderful numbers themed journal page full of texture, a great composition and fabulous words.


Congratulations to everybody!  Prize vouchers and badges will be on their way to you very soon.

If you are one of our winners, whether Random, Top Three, or one of our DTMSMs and you would like to be a Guest Designer with us in 2016, please contact Brenda on so that she can arrange all the details with you.


We'll be back later in the month with the October winners, and don't forget there's always new inspiration to be found here for the current challenge.  For November Doreen would like to see The Colour Blue, so do come and play along.
Happy Crafting all!

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Doreen 2

Doreen here 

I am back with some inspiration for the "Blue Challenge" I do hope you will enjoy the theme for this month and I can't wait to see all your fab creations

I have been busy with my Gelli Plate for this and also used some JOFY stamps

More details for this are on my blog here

Do come back on Thursday for some more inspiration
and have a lovely week.

Sunday 1 November 2015

November #33 - The Colour Blue

Welcome to November where in the northern hemisphere the nights are drawing in fast and the days are getting colder. Gardens and parks are littered with fallen leaves and soon we can expect to wake to frosty mornings and hopefully some fine wintry skies. So often in the winter season the colour blue comes into our craft work and Doreen has chosen this as our new theme.

Let's see what the team have been up to and how they have interpreted -
'The Colour Blue'



Hello to you all, I have had the pleasure of picking the challenge this month, everyone knows I am hooked on the colour Blue.
The details for this can be found over on my blog



Hello there! Rachel here with my take on Doreen's beautiful Blue theme - I love to see blue on Christmas cards so I'm taking full advantage of that here! Here's my first make:

You can find out about the products I used and how I made it on my blog here.



To our new challenge I prepared a blue winter tag with one of the very favourite crazy birds by Tim Holtz. Step by step tutorial on my blog.


For my first creation for Doreen's theme I used various of blue toned distress inks and the wrinkle free distress technique to create my background. Do pop over at Addicted to Art  for more details today.


Blue is different for me at different times of the year.  Since Doreen is looking for The Colour Blue in November, my blues have taken on quite a wintry hue.  I also found myself reaching for birds to sit against my blue backgrounds... so this tag gave me the chance to ink up Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds for the first time.  Come over to Words and Pictures if you'd like to see more details.


Sue 1

As it's now November and turning a little bit chilly, my guys have all got their wooly coats on. More details can be found here on my blog x


For my first "blue" project I have made a simple tag using an array of blue Distress Inks and some recycled bits and pieces from previous projects. Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see more.



A wintry canvas from me today which has numerous blue tones in it. I loved using a whole range of dies and punches to create the dimensional snowflakes and various glitters to add sparkle to give that cold winters morning feel to it.



Wow! how quick is time going? Here we are again with another Challenge chosen for us by the very talented Doreen. I love the colour blue, it's not my favourite colour, but definitely up there.

I'm happy to share this little wall board all the details can be found


So we're off and looking forward to seeing your blue entries this month. Don't forget there's a £20 voucher for the winner from Country View Crafts.

We'll be back soon with more inspiration from the design team soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

hugs Brenda  xxx