Friday 29 January 2016

Bottle Shrine

Hello all, great to see you here. Astrid with you today, sharing my second Inspired by Bottles project.
Bottles are only a small part of this project, and perhaps don't take center stage, but they are definitely there. If you want to see more on how I put this together, please come by for a visit to my blog.
We are now nearly at the end of the month, but, there is just a little time left still to play along in our challenge. You can find all the details HERE - we would love to see what you come up with.
Thanks so much for visiting

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Antique Bottles by Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here with you from Words and Pictures with another piece of inspiration for Brenda's fantastic "Inspired by Bottles" theme.

This time, I've been altering some actual bottles... they were already vintage, and I hope I've made them look even more antique-y!!  It was quite a simple transformation, so if you'd like to see how it was done, do come and check out the details over at Words and Pictures.

There are just a few more days to enter the Inspired by Bottles challenge.  With a prize voucher from Country View Crafts on offer, what have you got to lose?  Hope to see you there.

Alison x

Monday 25 January 2016

Blue bottles

No not those horrid flying ones but grungy mixed media ones.
Hi it's Brenda with you again today and I had great fun making a mixed media board using mainly DecoArt products media acrylic paints with a little distress.

Theres lots of colour and texture built up in layers for the background and then I added the bottles, photos and some rusty elements too. For more details and a few more photos please join me over at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday 23 January 2016

Fluttering Bottles!

Good Morning! Rachel here today bringing you some more inspiration for the current challenge here at countryview challenges. 

These beautiful butterflies are fluttering by to tempt you into joining us! Full details of how I made this canvas can be found on my blog post here.

Hope to see you over there!

Big Hugs

Rachel x

Thursday 21 January 2016

Shabby Chic Bottles

Hello everyone!

Jennie here today with my second make for this month's fabulous challenge 

 Inspired by Bottles

I was inspired to make a wall hanging, covering my die cut bottles with shabby chic paper and then adding some fabulous crackle! It was a lovely opportunity to go over the top with shabby chic embellishments and add even more crackle to the background. Please do visit  my blog if you would like to see some more details.

Thank you for joining us today and do pop back again on Saturday when Rachel is sharing her second project of the month.

Jennie x

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Wanna Play A Game?...

Hi, it's Sue here with my second project for this months 'Inspired By Bottles' theme.
I've always loved ships in bottles, and this is my take on one. 
It was snowing as I photographed this - definitely not bikini weather!
I hope you find time to join in with our challenge this month.
As always more details can be found at Sue The Iron.
Have a great week
Sue x

Sunday 17 January 2016

Reverse mini canvasses

Hi everyone, hope your week has gone well. I am back today with the second of my projects on our current theme - to be inspired by bottles. Have you used those little burlap panels? - I had one lying around that I had used and didn't like, so I tore off all the burlap and used the reverse to create this little frame for my bottled flowers. 
Please do hop over to Addicted to Art for lots more photos and a step by step.


Friday 15 January 2016

December Make a Scene Winners

Hello all!  It's time to announce the winners of Rachel's lovely Create a Scene challenge in December.  There were some really fabulous entries and we always love seeing what you're inspired to make by each theme.


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

#98 - That's Karen of Karen's Crafting Obsessions, and here's the lovely card she made.

Congratulations, Karen!  Your badge and prize voucher will be on their way to you very soon.


Now on to the top three, in no particular order...

#9 Jo Rice

Rachel says: The scene is just perfect and stamped wreath surrounding it looks amazing - love it.

#34 Diane W

Rachel says: This is just super cute - perfect use of layering and colours - a truly beautiful card.

#62 Sara's Closet

Rachel says: The way this assemblage clock has been altered is just perfect - the piece is adorable - it will bring pleasure for many years to come!


And finally our Design Team Member's Special Mention for Create A Scene...

#92 Joi@RR

Rachel says: This mixed media canvas blew me away overall, and the steps to make it are brilliant - a really inspiring piece!


Congratulations to all our worthy winners.
Badges will be on their way soon, and we hope you'll wear them with pride.  And thank you again to everyone who took part.  As always you made it very hard to choose between you all.


You've still got plenty of time to be Inspired by Bottles, so we hope you'll come along and play in Brenda's brilliant New Year challenge for January.  Next month you could be one of our happy winners!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting all.

Alison and the CVC team xx

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Inspired by Bottles - Astrid

Hello everyone, Astrid here today, sharing another project for our Inspired by Bottles theme.
I decided to take the theme literally and alter a bottle, inspired by the many beautiful altered bottles I have come across in places like Pinterest.
Above you can see the front of my bottle, and below here the back.
If you want to see more of how this bottle started and the process I followed, just visit my blog by clicking HERE

To find out more about the details of the challenge and see some fantastic inspiration, click on this post.

Hope you'll decide to join us for the challenge!!

Thursday 7 January 2016

Perfume bottles by Graphic 45

Hello there, it's Monika here with the second project of the CVC January theme - Inspired by bottles.

For this challenge I chose the Sizzix perfume bottles stamp and die set to make a birthday card for my lovely sister.
If you need a detailed supply list, please hop to my blog.

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Altered Bottle

Hello everyone, Debs here with my second piece for this months Challenge, 'use a bottle'

Art Doll

I chose to use the bottle to support my doll. I have wanted to make a doll of some kind for a while, so here goes. I used a fabric stiffner for the clothes and polymer clay for head and hands. All was painted with Fresco Acrylics and then highlighted with Treasure Gold in a couple of colours. The bottle is great shape for this style of doll. please visit my blog for all the details.

See you all soon Debs xx


Friday 1 January 2016

#35 January 2016 - Be inspired by BOTTLES

Welcome to our new challenge and the first for 2016. Before we venture any further we would like to wish you


from everyone at Country View Challenges.

We hope that the new year is full of magic and promise of good times ahead.

To get us into the mood for crafting after the holidays we would like you to be inspired by bottles.  We use them every day and they are common items in our homes but usually they end up in the recycling bin without another thought. So the team have put their thinking caps on and come up with some wonderful transformations to whet your appetite. Let's take a look at what they have been creating.


Hello there and a Happy New Year to you! Rachel here with my first take on this wonderful theme of being inspired by bottles. You can get full details on my blog here.
Rachel xx

For Brenda's wonderful challenge I took the opportunity of  altering an old air freshener bottle with crackle paint, paints, an adhesive pearl embellishment, lace, flowers and an old button. Do please join me on my blog for all the details and to see how my bottle was transformed.

Hello Everyone Debs here; Happy New Year! I hope you all have had a wonderful time. I haven't had much time to play but this weekend is all mine.

I had fun altering this bottle, the great idea of the lovely Brenda. Combining crackle and string worked well together and it's really simple. It's about 6 inches high and perfect for this little shelf. You can see all the details over on my blog, bye for now.

I do love Tim Holtz Crackle Paint and it is used on this MDF wall hanging to crackle some little bottles and also the flowers. There are more details today over on my blog -  Addicted to Art - it would be lovely to see you there.


The first challenge theme of 2016 was chosen by the lovely Brenda: Inspired by bottles. So I have brought you here a Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans jar. On my blog the most popular blogpost is "Jar for the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans" this is why I have decided to make a new version of this jar with Sizzix. More details on my blog. And happy new year!


Hi and Happy New Year! I thought I would go along with the New Year theme for my first bottle, so here's the gang wishing you lots of happiness. Full details can be found here on my blog.

Happy New Year! I love using bottles in projects - as bottles, or the bodies of people or as something completely different! For my projects this month I have envisaged a bottle as a vase. This PaperArtsy bottle is a great size to hold this flower! More details are on my blog. Gabrielle x


I transformed an old Starbucks bottle into a New Years Eve table decoration. It has a number of layers on it before I could say I was happy with the effects I had achieved and once displayed on my buffet table I was really rather pleased with the results. Pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies to see more.

I love bottles, so I was very happy to see Brenda's theme for January - I'm always inspired by bottles!  My first offering is a fairly simple one - an ATC, a stamp, some paints and some Glossy Accents.  If you'd like to see more, do pop over to Words and Pictures.  And a happy New Year to you all!


 Thank you all for a wonderful 2015 with all your amazing entries to our various challenges and we are looking forward to seeing what you create for 2016. 

Have a fun and creative year.

hugs Brenda and the CVC Team xxx