Tuesday 29 December 2015

Shadow Box Scene

Hi everyone, Nikki here to share my second creation for this month's theme - Create a Scene. I have created this scene using Wendy Vecchi art parts and mounted them all in a shadow box. Here is a photo without the glass which is showing a horrible reflection of me!
Do pop over to my blog if you would like to see more details and photos.

Sunday 27 December 2015

Beauty in Simplicity

Hello to you all on this third day of Christmas! 

Jennie here today to share another project for our Make a Scene Challenge.

I recently attended a workshop in Coventry where we made a shadow box with Michelle Webb. I enjoyed this so much I decided to make my own little box in a similar way and creating a snowy scene with some of the die cuts I bought during the weekend.

Please join me on my blog, Live The Dream,  if you would like more details of the paints, textures and techniques I used.

Don't forget you still have four more days to join us in our challenge. There is a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts shop for one lucky entrant and of course the chance for you to join us as a Guest Designer. So find yourself some crafting time and get stuck in !!!

Thank you for joining us today and Nikki will be along on Tuesday with our last post for this year. 

Jennie x

Friday 25 December 2015

Making a scene!

On behalf of our whole team may I wish you, and yours, a very happy Christmas.
I am sure that you are unwrapping presents and attending to Turkeys but if you needed a little more inspiration today for our 'Make a Scene' theme then this might help! I struggled with this theme a little so decided to treat it literally and decorated a jigsaw that you can... literally create a scene with! As always, there's more on my blog. Gabrielle x

Monday 21 December 2015

A Snowscape

Hello...Doreen here with my second share for this months challenge of  "Make a Scene" and I am sharing my very last Christmas card this year. More details of this can be found over on my blog

 With only 4 days left till the big man arrives I would like to wish you all a very

Happy Christmas

Saturday 19 December 2015

Make a Scene

Hello everyone, well it's nearly upon us just a week to go. Here is my second post with the current theme the fabulous Rachel chose for us.

I had to keep to the Winter Christmas scene as it brings back so many memories of childhood. All the details as always can be found here
I'd like to wish you all a fabulously Happy Christmas. See you all soon Hugs Debs xxx

Thursday 17 December 2015

Fir trees

Hi it's Brenda with you today to share my second project for the 'Create a Scene' challenge. 

This is an MDF board project with three separate trees and a stand that can be altered/painted up as you wish and put together. I seem to have had a thing for 3d projects this year and loved making this one up using a mix of DecoArt products and other supplies from my Christmas craft box. This stands almost 28 cms tall so is a decent size and has a presence when it stands on the shelf in the conservatory. There are some more photos and a short description of how I put this together over on Bumblebees and Butterflies if you want to see more.

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday 15 December 2015

Another scene by Astrid

Hello all and thanks for dropping by!
It's time for scenes here this month, but the good ones:o)
For my second project I created a scenic tag:
I used a ready tag from Graphics 45 and a Sheena Douglass stamp. If you want a bit more detail, feel free to visit my blog by clicking HERE
This one is quick and easy to do, which comes in handy so close to the big day. Hope your own preparations are going well. Don't forget the shop has loads of goodies (and free shipping) for all your Christmas and Yuletide crafting.
Thanks for your visit today,

Sunday 13 December 2015

Make a scene with reindeer

Hi, it’s Monika here with the second project of the December challenge - MAKE A SCENE. I’m sure you can find a great project to join our fantastic theme chosen by Rachel.

I have brought here a Christmas card with reindeers, snowdrifts and pine trees.

Since this is my last project here in December, until Christmas, I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and crafty New Year! 

So right now let's hop with the reindeers in the snow and if you have this old die and stamp set from the Sizzix, please hop to my blog too :-)

And again, have a great December and happy holidays to everyone!

Friday 11 December 2015

Last Days of Autumn Townscape

Hello all, Alison here to share some more inspiration for this month's
Create A Scene challenge.

My second creation for Rachel's lovely Create A Scene theme is an autumn townscape on that blustery day which strips the last of the leaves from the trees, leaving the bare branches silhouetted against the sky.  It's all taking place on a recycled jar, so if you'd like to see what it looks like all lit up you'll need to head over to Words and Pictures!

There's still plenty of time to join in,
so we hope to see you Create A Scene before the month is out!
Alison x

Monday 7 December 2015

November Winners

Hello all!  It's time to announce the winners of Doreen's fabulous The Colour Blue challenge in November.  Once again there were so many fantastic entries - it's always brilliant to see what you're inspired to make by each theme.


First of all, Mr Random Generator has picked our Country View Crafts prize voucher winner...

That's Urban Mermaid Designs with a spooky bluesy sugar skull
celebrating the Day of the Dead.

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


Now on to the Top Three, in no particular order...

Doreen said: I love everything about this...
the background and layout of the stamps used.

Doreen said: Loved the layout and fab paper piecing.

Doreen said: A stunning background and fabulous techniques used.


And finally, our Design Team Member's Special Mention for The Colour Blue...

Doreen said: A beautiful mixed media tag,
full of fabulous texture and lovely details.


Congratulations to all our worthy winners.  Badges will be on their way soon, and we hope you'll wear them with pride.  If any of our winners are interested in being a Guest Designer here at Country View Challenges in 2016 then please contact Brenda on brenda_brown25@hotmail.com.

And thank you again to everyone who took part.
As always you made it very hard to choose between you all.


We hope you're enjoying Rachel's theme for December, Create A Scene.  There's still lots of time to play - take a break from the festive preparations, or use the theme to help with the last-minute card-making!  Hope to see you there.

Happy Crafting all!

Alison and the CVC Design Team xx

Saturday 5 December 2015

Winter Wonderland

Hi, it's Sue here with my second piece for the 'Make a Scene' challenge. I decided it was about time I made some Christmas cards. so here's one crossed off my list. I hope that you will play along too.
More details can be found here on my blog x

Thursday 3 December 2015

Woodland winter scene

Good Morning! Rachel here today! I hope you are well and ready for a little more Inspiration for our December challenge at Countryview Challenges. We're asking you to make a scene - and you could be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher in store if you do.

My make for today has used the lovely Birch tree die from Tim Holtz.

A full step by step plus a link to where you can get the die is here on my blog. 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

Rachel x

Tuesday 1 December 2015

#34 December - Create a scene

Wow it's the first of December and we are now into the busy season with all our preparations for Christmas. I don't know about you but I have a list as long as my arm and I am wondering when it will all get done, but I am sure it will somehow. But to start off December we have a brand new challenge chosen by the lovely Rachel and we are asking you to add any project that fits the title - 'Create a Scene'. The fabulous design team have pulled out all the stops and given you some amazing projects to get you thinking and hopefully started on your own card or project. Let's take a look.

Hello there - I hope you are going to like my choice of theme for this month - its time to make a scene!!! For my first make I have done a Christmas card.
There is a full step by step at my blog here.
Rachel x

I created a card for a child for this wonderful challenge theme chosen by Rachel. Not being a scenic stamper really, I found it quite tricky, but hey, nothing like a challenge.... If you want to see more, just hop over to my blog.

I have decided to make a christmas scene today using a variety of stamps 
Thank you Rachel I love making scenes.
You can get more details from my blog


Hello Ladies, for the December challenge - Make a scene - I created a Victorian shadow box. I have to tell you that I really enjoyed this theme (thank you, Rachel) and I was quite satisfied with my winter street scene. If you want to see my tutorial, please visit my blog.

It had to be a Christmas card for my first 'Make a Scene' creation! It is a bright and sparkly project for me this time. For some close ups and the how to guide do pop over to Addicted to Art.


Now, for  many of my fellow team mates this theme came pretty easily. For me I needed to think outside the box a little - not a bad thing I hope! I chose recreate a scene we saw a lot in the summer - we went to lots of Stately Homes and saw deer heads on walls. One of mine has a little seasonal twist! For how I made these, please pop over to my blog! Gabrielle x

Hello everyone here is a board I made for this great theme, that the lovely Rachel chose for us.
You can see all the details on my blog here
By for now Hugs Debs xx

I was inspired by Rachel's theme to have a play with the fantastic tree stamps from Tim Holtz.  I love how you can layer them up to create a landscape with depth, and I created a snowy scene in one of my art journals with lots of inky layers and texture.  Do come over to Words and Pictures to see the sparkling snow close up!

I am afraid my (huge) stash of stamps does not include anything scenic to speak of so I have used a die and Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks to create my snowy scene in this little shadow box. Having just been on a crackling weekend in Coventry, everything is being crackled at the moment!  If you would like to see more details then please hop on over to my blog.


Rachel has chosen a great theme for the challenge this month, though it did make my brain hurt at times trying to come up with a scene. Hope you like my Wintry picture -it even snowed for the photograph lol x
More details can be found here at Sue The Iron

I thought I would save my CVC workshop project to share with you today as I feel it fits perfectly with Rachel's fabulous challenge theme depicting a very icy and frosty scene in a shadowbox and a vignette or collection of items on the top. With more of a wintry influence than a Christmas one I thought it could be left out for the whole of the winter season and not just for the Christmas period. As always more details will be on my blog - just click on my name above to be transported there.

A huge thank you to the team for creating such fabulous projects and to you all for being part of our Country View Crafts Challenge blog. We look forward to seeing your creations appear and we hope you will be coming back regularly to see all the second projects that the team will be putting on here to give you even more ideas of how you could enter.

We hope you enjoy the build up to Christmas and have a wonderful festive season.

See you soon.

hugs Brenda and the CVC Team. xxxx

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 brenda_brown@hotmail.com

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 brenda_brown25@hotmail.com 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!