Tuesday 31 May 2016

It's your birthday

Hello everyone,

For my second inspiration piece for Chirsitine's fabulous stencil challenge I have made a birthday card.

Details of how I made this are on my blog HERE

Thanks for stopping by today ! 

Sunday 29 May 2016

More stencil and paint fun

Nikki here with my second 'stencil' creation for the month. I have used some wooden blocks and added lots of random stencilling and a little stamping. Once I was happy with my backgrounds I stamped the flower (Emma Godfrey / PaperArtsy) and added a little doodling with my white pen.

Don't forget the fabulous prize up for grabs this month - a chance to win a Big Shot!! Just a couple more days to enter HERE!

'till next time...

Saturday 28 May 2016

Guest Designer - Kim from Tangled Blue Rose

Hello all!  We're delighted today to welcome Kim from Tangled Blue Rose as our guest.  Kim was the winner of our Make Your Own Background challenge back in February (you can see her fabulous dragonfly monolith here if you missed it), and today she's sharing a fantastic creation made for the current Use A Stencil theme.  So let's take a look...

Kim says: I am happiest when I can play and create, something, anything! I love to use stamps and stencils and lots of colour and texture. 

What a gorgeous hanging, Kim!  Thanks so much for joining us this month as our guest.
Don't you just love all that stencilled crackle texture?  And the butterfly is stunning!  If you'd like to see more of this lovely project, do visit Kim at Tangled Blue Rose for all the details.

You still have just a couple of days to enter our Use A Stencil challenge and Birthday Bloghop.  The usual £20 voucher is on offer for the winner of the challenge, and the possibility of a Guest Design spot here at Country View Challenges, and the fabulous prize for the Bloghop is a Sizzix BigShot Machine and Die Bundle, so you can either get creating or get hopping or both!  See you there!

Alison and the CVC team x

Friday 27 May 2016

A stenciled wedding tag

Hello it's Jane here today from Jane's Journal and I am back with my 2nd DT inspiration piece for the May "use a stencil" challenge. You only have 4 more days to enter our challenge and our fabulous blog hop, with the amazing prize of a Sizzix machine and die bundle...time to get your skates on! Wow I am so jealous that I can't enter. You do not need to enter the challenge to win the machine...just hop over to all the DT pieces shown on 1st May and leave a comment...simples!!

For this piece I have made a matching tag for the wedding card I shared here at the beginning of the month.

I have a step by step over at my blog here, do pop on over. A warm welcome awaits you.

Crafty hugs,

Jane x

Wednesday 25 May 2016

The Earth Laughs

Hello...Doreen here, 
I have decorated a wooden plaque for my second project this 
month using some Paper Artsy
stencils. you can get full details of how
 this was made from my blog

Monday 23 May 2016

Canvas board and stencilling.

Hi it's Brenda here today to show you a media board created with stencils, texture paste and DecoArt media acrylic paints.

I love lots of technique in my backgrounds and layered two different stencils to create the backdrop for this grungy framed found relative and flowers left over from my CVC reverse canvas workshop. I've happily shown a few more photos of the process steps over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you can make it.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday 19 May 2016

Gold-turquoise tag with butterfly

This is my second make for our May Challenge: USE A STENCIL.
I wanted to make an elegant tag overwhelmed with gold. If you want to see my tutorial, please visit my blog.

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Be bold

For my second project for this month's fabulous stencils theme I wanted to use some of my favourite stencils. I used squares, stars, leaf and numbers and then added the stamped butterfly and sentiment. Stencils can be a main focal point, like the leaf here or can be used to build up the background. However you use them we'd love to see, so please join in with this month's challenge! It's also not too late to take part in the Blog Hop - for more details on both please pop over here.

Sunday 15 May 2016

Dream On

Hello all, it´s Evelyn here today with my second project for the "use a stencil" challenge this month! 
I made a little envelope layout with different ways of stencil use with several mediums. If you want to see the step x step please feel free to hop over to my blog!
It´s middle of the month, so you have time enough to join our challenge! And don´t forget, we have a blog hop with a fantastic prize to win this month too!
Thank you for your visit!

Friday 13 May 2016

Always Believe...

Hi, it's Sue here with my second 'stencilled' piece. This was very much a learning piece for me as it was the first time I've used the face stencils, but it was fun, and I can see how the 'faces' craze has taken off.
I hope that Friday 13th is kind to you, but no walking under ladders just to be on the safe side.
As always more details can be found here on my blog.
Have a fun weekend x

Wednesday 11 May 2016


Good Morning to you! Its Rachel here with another inspirational post for Countryview challenges.... I have been using a stencil or two to make this card - and also some of the fabulous new Tim Holtz stamps available at countryview crafts. If you would like to see how I made this and get links to the products used please pop over to my blog here

Have a great day - and if you haven't yet been on our blog hop please join in - you never know you might be the lucky winner! The details are here.

Big Hugs

Rachel x

Monday 9 May 2016

April Winners

Hello all!  We're here today to celebrate the springtime projects you shared with us in April - and what a lot of wonderful entries there were.  You certainly made life hard for Monika.  As she said:  I think I had the most difficult task to choose 4 pieces from the stunning entries of our April’s Challenge. It seemed an impossible mission (mission impossible - LOL) to find just 4 creations!!!

But before we get to those top picks, here's our PaperArtsy Infusions winner chosen by Mr Random Generator.

And that's Akshma of Akshma Creations with these charming cards.

Congratulations Akshma!  Your winner's badge and PaperArtsy Infusions will be on the way to you shortly, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here at Country View Challenges in the months to come.


So now to Monika's Top Three choices, in no particular order...

Monika said:  This is a delightful shabby chic card with Graphic45 papers! I love the trio of the purple, green and soft pink colours! The handmade flowers are so beautiful! This feminine card is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Monika said:  This is an interesting mixed media canvas with a dimensional wreath on it! I love the bright spring colours of the flowers contrasting with the black background!

Monika said:  This is a fabulous tag! I loved the way Etsuko made the flowers and how she used the bump technique through the PaperArtsy stencil. I loved the little shimmers and the definitely spring colours!


And last but certainly not least, here is Monika's choice for her Design Team Member's Special Mention.

Monika said:  I love the bright and vivid colours of the flowers and the whole canvas! I love that this is a unique creation, a real mixed media painting with many layers and many crackles! The center flower is just amazing!


Warm congratulations to all our winners.  Your badges will be on the way to you shortly, and we hope you'll display them with pride.  And thank you again to all of you who played along.  You certainly shared the joy of springtime crafting with us, and we enjoyed visiting each and every one of you.

Don't forget our May Challenge - Use a Stencil - is now underway, as well as our exciting Birthday Bloghop, with the amazing prize of a Sizzix BigShot Machine & Die Bundle.  You can enter both the challenge and the bloghop, or you might just want to enter one or the other.  You'll find all the details here, so we hope you'll come and play and hop along!

Happy Crafting all!
The Country View Challenges Team x

Saturday 7 May 2016

Use a stencil, #39

Here is my second piece of work to highlight techniques using a stencil. I seem to be in a "flowers growing on everything" phase.
If you are curious about the stencil techniques that I have used then please visit my blog. 

Thursday 5 May 2016

Art Journal Musings

Hello Everyone! Jennie here with you today to share my second project for this month's challenge which is

Use A Stencil

I had so much fun using stencils in my art journal for my first project I decided to do the same again, but this time with more of a plan! It is quite amazing how different colours and paper can lead to a whole different look.

If you want to see how this page came together then please do join me on my blog for more details.

You still have plenty of time to join us in our challenge, so get out those stencils and have some fun!

And of course don't forget our fabulous blog hop with the wonderful prize of a Sissix Big Shot and Die Bundle for one lucky winner. You can find all the details HERE if you missed it on the first of the month.

Jennie x

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Just add shine!

Hello crafters, it's Craftyfield, showing you my second "Stencil" piece, involving lots of Mica, for a beautiful shine.

Come over to my blog to see how I did it, as in true techniques addict, I used stencils in lots of ways on this project, just to show you how versatile they can be!

Sunday 1 May 2016

May Challenge & Blog Hop - Use A Stencil

Welcome to our May Use A Stencil Blog Hop

We are running our usual Challenge and would still love to see your linked entries to be entered for our £20 voucher but as an added extra throughout May you can also enter our Blog Hop. You will need to be a follower of Country View Challenges and to hop all the way through and visit and leave comments on each Designer's blog in order to be in with a chance to win a Sizzix BigShot Machine & Die Bundle. We hope you enjoy hopping and be inspired by their creations. We will be pulling the Random winners at the beginning of our June Challenge. There are 2 Linkies below, 1 to enter the Big Shot Bundle and 1 to enter the Use A Stencil Challenge

Here is the full May Blog Hop list


So hop on over to Christine's 1st Project - Use A Stencil

It was my turn this month to choose the challenge theme and I decided to stick with what Alison (Butterfly) had chosen before stepping down. Stencils... a licence to play isn't it!
I certainly played extensively in the making of this tag, with lots of DIY stencils as well as bought ones. Do come over to my blog for a picture loaded post that reveals all...

This theme couldn't be more perfect for me as I LOVE stencils! For my first project this month I was more restrained than usual and added stencilled bullrushes in the background (highlighted with watercolour pencils) and some stencilled arrows. The whole background has about 20 layers of paint and Infusions on it and I love it! 

I had some fun in my art journal using a number of stencils with Distress Inks and Texture Paste. It was an adventure with no initial plan - hence the title! I have a step by step on my blog if you would like to see more.

I had lots of fun using a couple of stencils to make this card for this months challenge - I have a short step by step over at my blog here. Please pop along if you would like to see how I made this.

I'm a big fan of stencils so this was a really fun challenge for me. More details and photographs can be found on my blog Sue The Iron x

The theme of the May challenge seems just chosen for me! I admit - I´m addicted to stencils! They are so versatile to use and I love to work with them. For my card I used several stencils in different ways. If you want to see what I did, please visit my blog!
Thank you and come back at the middle of the month for my second project.

Hello to you all, wow !!!  May already where is this year going ?.  
I am sharing a card today where I have used stencils in my background.
As always you can get more details from my blog

Addicted to Art - Layering Stencils and Wildflower Die
I do love my layering stencils so decided to make a few cards with differing techniques. For details of the techniques please hop over to Addicted to Art.

For our May Challenge - Use a stencil - I created a mixed media canvas in coffee theme. I mostly used dies and stamps by Tim Holtz, except the stencil which was a 12x12 striped stencil. For more details, please visit my blog. Thank you!

It's May everybody! How exciting! Lighter evenings, warmer days, we hope, and more ideas here on Country View Crafts. 
Darcy's new stencils have wavy and jagged edges, which inspired me to create a sunset! If you would like more detail on how I created this, then pop over to my blog.

Stencils and texture paste are just my go to technique when wanting to create some dimension on a project and I used it on the background of this notebook cover. As always more details and photographs of the process steps can be found over at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Hello everyone !
Can you believe it is May already ! Time flies when you are having fun, and fun I had making this postcard for Christine's fabulous challenge of using a stencil. I hope it will give you some inspiration to play along with us !!! There is a brief explanation on my blog about how to make this. You will find my blog HERE.
I will be back towards the end of the month with another project. Hope to see you again ! Corrie x
What a great May challenge this is for me as I love using stencils in my crafting. My only problem was choosing which of the dozens I own to use! I made a card for an upcoming  May wedding in very vibrant spring colours. I have a step by step over on my blog for you to see how I put this together here. Please pop on over, a warm welcome awaits you.

So it's over to you now, create your project and link it below
And don't forget to come back throughout May for more inspiration

Susan and the CVC team xxx