Tuesday 29 March 2016

Clock Work

We've all had a great time with this month's Industrial challenge and it seems as though you have too! 

Jennie here today sharing my second project and the last DT project for this month.

I had fun with both real and chipboard clock parts using the Tim Holtz Clock Dies which I have had for ages and always love using. Do please join me on my blog if you would like to find out how I created it!

And talking of moving forward you only have two more days to join us in the challenge this month - the clock is ticking towards the new month when we will have another new challenge for you. 

Have a great crafting day!

Jennie x

Friday 25 March 2016

Industrial Birds

Hi, it's Sue here, Happy Easter everyone. It's my turn to show you my second Industrial piece today, and I've gone for a PaperArtsy/Deco Arts/ Tim Holtz combo.

It's been ages since I've used these stamps so it was fun to revisit them. Further details can be found here on my blog. Thanks very much for looking, and enjoy the Bank Holiday. Will it rain - of course it will lol x

Monday 21 March 2016

Industrial Chic?

Hi it's Brenda here and I am using canvas board today to create my second sample for our Industrial challenge (Find the quick link on the side panel if you would like to be transported there). I wanted to make something slightly different and as I like contrasts in my work I thought I would see what a shabby coloured background would look like with industrial, aged and time worn elements to embellish it.

Although I love the creation in real life the metallics I have used have made it difficult to take a decent photograph so you're really not seeing the best of it. But there's definitely a distinct contrast in the shabby and time worn colours so I guess it could be called industrial chic, what do you think?
As always there are more photos over on my blog, it would be lovely if you could come and visit at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 18 March 2016

Industrial Inspiration

Hello all! I hope you're enjoying the Industrial challenge that we have running this month at Countryview challenges. I have got another piece to share with you today and full details can be found over at my blog here.

I hope you can pop over for some details!

Big hugs Rachel x

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Industrial Tag

Hello to you all,Well we are half way through the challenge.
 I am back with my second make for you and have decided to make a tag.
I have die cut and added texture paste.  You can get more details
from my blog

Sunday 13 March 2016

Industrial Guest Designer - Karen Petitt

Hello all!  We are delighted to have some extra inspiration for you for the Industrial theme this month, courtesy of our December winner, Karen Petitt of Karen's Crafting Obsessions.  We're very happy to have you on board to help us celebrate our birthday this month, Karen!

Without more ado, let's take a look at Karen's amazing creation, and here some more about Karen herself as well as her beautiful Industrial hanging, in her very own words...


I’ve crafted in one way or another since childhood.  At school I gained a Needlework O Level but I had to drop art which is a story for another time.  I’ve dabbled in glass painting, silk painting, watercolours, fashion design and I attended many different classes at Liberty’s Sewing School in London.  With the exception of the Liberty Sewing School Classes I was not inspired by the other courses.

About eighteen years ago I found stamping and paper crafting and very quickly I fell in love.  I am a stamp addict who adores playing with inks and or paints too.  I started creating cards for my husband and to me they had to be perfect and I continued along that journey for about sixteen years.  About a year ago I started to feel a little bored creating cards and the odd tag.

After seeing many wonderful projects in and around Blogger I fell head over heals in love with mixed media.  I’ve been happily experimenting and learning about different products and techniques for the past year.  Also I’ve a new found passion for shabby style cards and tags which are the complete opposite of what I used to create.  

For the Industrial challenge, I decided to create a distressed mixed media hanging.  I used an A4 chipboard sheet cut down to 15 cm x 20 cm.  I added a layer of white gesso and once dry I used Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress paint, two coats, gently drying each coat as I didn’t want the gesso or paint to bubble.  I attached a stencil with Washi tape, and added layers of Distress Stain that I dried with my heat tool.  I painted Tando Creative Chipboard Cogs with Distress Paint.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and cogs onto card and attached using Matt Medium.

I used Distress Stains to add more colour, sprayed with water to get layers of colour and distressed look.  I used a tube of outliner to connect the cogs to each other.  I coloured the outliner with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold.  I used a Crackle Paint on sentiment and chipboard cogs.  Once dry I used gold acrylic paint to rub into the cracks and added a final layer of Matt Medium to the whole piece to seal it.


Do hop over to Karen's Crafting Obsessions and take a look at the project in full - it's fantastic.  And especially given what you'll discover there about her first reaction to the theme.  What a brilliant leap outside your comfort zone, Karen, thank you!

We hope that will nudge you to leap into Industrial action and come and play along with the birthday challenge this month.  As always, there's a prize voucher on offer from the wonderful Country View Crafts, and you could be a Guest Designer here on the Country View Challenges blog too.  We're looking forward to seeing what you create.

Happy crafting all!

Alison and the CVC team x

Friday 11 March 2016

Industrial Easter Bunny

I am loving this month's theme of "Industrial" and found myself wondering what the Easter Bunny would look like if they were given a little make over - after all Easter is just round the corner! So here is my take on an industrial rabbit! Lots of metal tape, embossing folders and paint techniques were used! Hope you like him (or is the Easter Bunny a girl?!) As always, there is more on my blog.  Gabrielle x

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Robot family with artificial intelligence


Hello there, it's Monika here with the second piece of our March challenge: INDUSTRIAL.
I like funny and cute things so I wanted to approach our industrial theme from these aspects.
And I think Tim Holtz stamps were just perfect to reach my goal. 
I hope you like it and if you want to know more, please visit my blog.

Monday 7 March 2016

February Make Your Own Background Winners

Hello all!  It's time to find out who the winners are for Sue's wonderful Make Your Own Background challenge in February.  There were so many brilliant entries for this theme, making our job as lovely as always for when we come round visiting and as hard as ever for picking the winners!


First let's see who Mr Random Generator has selected to be the winner of the Country View Crafts prize voucher...

That's Kim at Tangled Blue Rose with this fantastic project... do hop over to her blog to check out the reverse side too.
Congratulations, Kim!  Your badge and voucher will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you'll come and join us as a Guest Designer soon.


Now it's time for Sue to get to work selecting our Top Three, and here they are, in no particular order...

#49 Emily Shroom
Sue says: I love the use of white space and the mono printed background. It's the perfect 'man' card.

#60 Almo Craft
Sue says: Mo has turned an amazing master board into beautiful cards. I honestly thought this was designer paper until I saw her step by step.

#63 Samantha Wade
Sue says:  The background is amazing and the stamped butterflies give it such depth.


And finally let's find out who is our Design Team Member's Special Mention for February...

#126 Kezzy
Sue says:  This is so bright and cheery and the eyelets are the perfect addition. It's a real treat for the eyes.


Congratulations to all our winners - what fabulous projects... and thank you to all of you who shared your own backgrounds with us last month.  There was oodles of inspirational creativity on offer, and we loved seeing what you came up with for Sue's great theme.  We hope you'll come and celebrate our birthday with us by joining in with our Industrial challenge this month.   It's always great to see your creations, so we hope to see you there!

Alison and the CVC team x

Saturday 5 March 2016

Still loving the foil!

For my second industrial creation for this challenge I used Tim Holtz's industrial technique on the fabulous dragonfly (die and embossing folder). I layered it on another foil panel and an inky stencilled background.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Industrial number two


Hello everyone Debs here. I chose Industrial for this months Challenge and here is my second piece. Lots of rusty textures springs and cogs to give it that aged look. You can see all details of how this came together over on my blog.


Tuesday 1 March 2016

Woo hoo - It's our Birthday

Hi Everyone and welcome to our special birthday challenge. We start with an amazing theme from Debs who has chosen 'Industrial' for us to focus on, so we are looking for industrial images, embossing folder textures, something mechanical, metallic colours with cogs and wheels, robots or something normal made to look metallic/industrial.

Hi everyone, Debs back, and im sharing a very grungy tag with you. It was a good opportunity to get out the gears makes some flowers and stick it all together with black thick grease (metaphorically speaking). My inspiration? Thoughts of a bygone age when industry was established and man was attempting to mechanicalize everything. Have fun! You can see how this come together here.

I had lots of fun creating my mechanical heart for this month's Industrial theme. Lots of die cuts, alcohol inks and paints were used! Can't remember the last time I used my alcohol inks so thank you Debs for choosing this theme! More, as always, on my blog. Gabrielle x


Wow this was a bit of a hard one for me, I wasn't sure what do do for Industrial so I really hope you like my first make. More details on my blog.


For our March challenge I made a boyish card using robot stamps, gears and metal embossing folder  to reach an industrial effect. If you want to know more about the supplies, please jump to my blog.


Hello there - Rachel here with my first make for the theme Industrial - I had such fun making this Debs - thanks for the challenge! You can find out how I did it on my blog here.

When I did my version of Tim Holtz's January tag I made a mental note to try a similar idea for a birthday card! Do pop over to Addicted to Art to see the details and a second version.

I am having great fun working with these slim pieces of greyboard and this piece was just perfect to try out some wonderful industrial techniques learnt at a recent workshop with Andy Skinner. Do join me over on my blog if you would like to see some more details.


Good morning it's Sue here with my first 'Industrial' piece. Living in the North of England our industry has always been coal mining, and this stamp reminds me of pit head winding gear which is now sadly no longer around.
Full details can be found here on my blog x

I've a really quirky project for you this month, my inspiration was an old rusty camera but as the project grew, ideas changed and new bits and pieces got added. It definitely has an old and weathered look and the real thing would have been manufactured in a factory.  I have called this 'Through the Lens of Time'.


So it's over to you now, create your project and link it below and let's see who wins the birthday voucher from Susan this month. To celebrate a bit more there will be an extra special prize and activity coming up for the beginning of April so stay tuned.  And don't forget to come back throughout March for more inspiration - including our January winner Karen of Karen's Crafting Obsessions who will be Guest Designing for us later this month.

hugs Brenda and the CVC team xxx