Sunday 31 July 2016

Space For Dreams

Good morning, and happy weekend! Can you believe it's the last day of July already, it'll soon be dark nights, and then Christmas! I know, shoot me now for mentioning it lol. 
Here's my second cirlcles piece, and if you've not entered yet you better get a move on :-)

More details can be found here on my blog.
Have a great day, and see you tomorrow for the start of another challenge x

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Mixed Media Circles

Hi crafters, Craftyfield here for another Circles themed project.
I let myself have fun with this Mixed Media make and I didn't follow a plan. This is usually followed by disaster but thankfully not on this occasion... Do come and see how I did it, here on my blog, and I promise, none of my circles are vicious!

Monday 25 July 2016

A little abstract....

For our current challenge them - Circles - I decided to create an abstract canvas using texture paste, distress paints, a little stamping and some treasure gold. Do hop over to Addicted to Art for some more details today.

Saturday 23 July 2016

Steampunk Fantasy Card

Hello all, it´s Evelyn here today and I want to show you my second piece for this month´s challenge - circles.

I´ve made a steampunk fantasy card, because what might fit better than steampunk wheels, gears, manometer and things like this!
If you want to see more pictures of my project, please visit my blog!
There are still some days to join our challenge, so I hope to see your ideas having fun with circles!

Thursday 21 July 2016

Greeting card with circles

In July it was Hazel who added our challenge theme - HAVE FUN WITH CIRCLES.
I have to tell you that it was really fun and I enjoyed a lot making this card. So if you want to know how I made this card, please visit my blog.
Happy crafting!

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Guest Designer - Akshma

Hello everybody! We're delighted to welcome Akshma from Akshma Creations as our guest this month.  Akshma won our Spring challenge in April and today she's here with her take on this month's Circle theme.  You're going to love what she's created, so without more ado, let's hand over to her...


  About Me: I am Atchaya and well known as Akshma in my craft circle as my craft creation name is Akshma Creations. I started Crafting a year ago. .I started off with Quilling and into proper card making 9 months ago.This is my first time guest designing. I am feeling so excited and honoured. Thanks for this opportunity. This is my blog. You can view my works here: http://kraft and on my facebook page

   I made a Circular easel come side step love themed card for the theme playing with circles..I made a circular easel set up and made a side step card with White CS.Decoupaged it with  Indian made bob n betty pattern papers. Distressed the edges with Abandoned coral Distress inks. Added couple die cut and a circular love you die cut elements. Embellished the bottom with tiny mulberry roses. For the side steps I fuzzy cut the glittered foam hearts and adhered to the steps. The special thing is I added my own digital embellishments of 2 ribbons in the front top portion and the base of easel card one. In that ribbons too I designed a circle and semi circle  and made as a ribbon design. I took the print out and fuzzy cut it and then added as embellishments. That's all about my card. Hope you like it.
What a gorgeous creation, Akshma!  Thanks so much for joining us this month as our guest.
 If you'd like to see more of this lovely project, do visit Akshma at Akshma Creations for all the details.

You still have time to enter our Have Fun With Circles challenge.  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, See you there!

Susan and the CVC team x


Friday 15 July 2016

Round and Round

Good Morning all! Rachel here! I've been having some painty fun in my journal and have created these pages. I hope you can pop over to my blog here for a step by step guide and a product list. I also hope you can join us in the current circle challenge at Countryview Challenges this month.


Rachel x

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Be bold, be brave.

Hello everyone, 

I have the second inspiration piece for this month and it is a tag.

You can't help but love this little sad looking birdie... Anyway, I have written a little tutorial accompanied by photos of how I made this. You can find it HERE.

Until next time ! 

Monday 11 July 2016

Through the eye of the lens .....

Hi Brenda here with a very different piece where I have actually painted as well as created a very unusual piece of art.

This was created with three wooden boards with different sized circles cut out of them (I picked these up from the Ally Pally show some time ago). I had the idea of creating a camera lens effect with an eye peering through it. So if you want to see how it was made please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies for a closer look.

Have a fun and creative week and don't forget the Circles challenge is still on till the end of the month.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday 10 July 2016

June Winner, Top Three & DTMSM

Hello everybody!  It's time to announce the June winners of our Challenge Winner, Top Three and Design Team Member Special Mention.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then let's begin!


First of all, the winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is...
Number #13 - that's Jennifer Scull of Just Coffee Please... & Stamps, & Ribbons, & Paper with this fabulous altered bottle
Congratulations, Jennifer!  Your winner's badge and voucher will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you'll join us a Guest Designer here at Country View Challenges in the future.

Now it's time for Evelyn to share her top picks with you.  As always you made it very difficult to choose from so many amazing entries, but here they are in no particular order.

Evelyn said: A very artsy piece with beautiful colours and embellishing! I loved the two different ways of crackles, great take of the challenge.


Evelyn said: gorgeous makeover of an old crate, it´s now a real treasure! The crackles, peeking through the layered napkin on the panels are gorgeous.

Evelyn said: This tag is one of even three entries from Sara Emily, all three caught my  attention. This one is really delicious in colors and embellishing, the sparely use of crackle matches perfect. Oh, and I love the tiny pearls!


And now for the Design Team Member's Special Mention, Evelyn has chosen.

Evelyn said: Alice used crackle medium for the very first time on this piece! I remember my first time of using crackle medium and how exciting it was. Alice, your premiere is very nicely done, please go on using crackles!


Fantastic work all around!  Congratulations - your badges will be on their way soon, and we hope you'll display them with pride.

Thursday 7 July 2016

Still going round in circles......

Hello it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today with my 2nd inspiration piece for our current "have fun with circles" challenge. I have my "cute" hat on for this month's challenge. For my first piece last Friday I shared a baby boy card and as promised here is the baby girl version. 

I used lots of circles and if you want to see just how many and how I created my card pop on over to my blog here where a warm welcome awaits you. 
I hope you will all join in with our challenge this's great fun and you can use just one circle or as many as you can...I'm still going round in circles after all this...time to lie down before I get dizzy...LOL ;0)

Bye for now,

Jane x

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Double 003.5

This theme of circles this month was perfect for me! I stamped a random assortment of Emma Godfrey’s circles as a background because I’d enjoyed the simple effect I’d created last time but then had the (possibly bonkers) idea of adding this little chap in one and suddenly he reminded me of  the title sequence of 007 films and knowing he was a little chap I’d need two of them to make a full 007! Sometimes I really amuse myself when I’m creating journal pages so I hope this amused you! As always there is more on my blog. Gabrielle x

Sunday 3 July 2016

2 Little Girls

I have created my second piece of work based upon our topic,"Fun With Circles", around 2 lovely little girls immortalised in stamps. Do you know who they are?
Find out on my will know both of them!

Friday 1 July 2016

July Challenge - Have Fun With Circles

 Welcome everyone to our July Challenge

This months theme was chosen by Hazel so let's all Have Fun With Circles

Hi there, Hazel here, kicking off this month's topic which I have had the privilege of choosing. Fun With Circles!
Love them, satisfying, enduring, versatile, just fun! I hope that you will join in with us this month. I have used circles of paint and stamping on top. To explore the details, please hop over to my blog.

For our July Challenge I have created a birthday card with circles. If you want to know more about this card, please visit my blog! Thank you and happy crafting!!!

The new theme at Country View Crafts Challenges this month was perfect for me! Circles – I love them! They are ideal as a frame for an image or to contain a sentiment or to add a little movement to backgrounds. For my first piece this month I wanted to practice the clean and simple backgrounds many of you do that I so admire. I used stamped circles (from Emma Godfrey) as my background in my journal and as a frame for my sentiment. Su (the name for my phrenology head) is doing a good job keeping her crown of greenery on! As always there is more on my blog. Gabrielle x

Hello everyone,
Corrie here with the first of two inspiration pieces for Hazel's fun 'circles' challenge. I hope you play along with us.
This is a little art journal page with lots of circles... if you want to know how I made this then hop over to my blog HERE
I'll be back later in the month ! 

I have created a textured canvas today using texture paste and Deco Art paint. This was definitely one of those projects where I started with no fixed plan and just enjoyed the journey. More details over at Addicted to Art today.


Welcome to July when summer will soon be in full swing. I decided to let my cute style out to play this month for Hazel's "have fun with  circles" challenge......I used lots and lots and if you want to see exactly how many pop on over to my blog here where I will reveal all.

Living up to my 'last minute Sue' tag I've made a birthday, and a Father's Day card. One has gone in the post on the way to the airport, and the other has gone in my suitcase. I'm really enjoying using my Distress Paints, I think the Distress Crayons have given them a new lease of life. For more details wing you way over to my blog, and have a fun week.

My card box seems a bit depleted at the moment so I thought it was time to start adding some more back in. Having come across a Prima paper pack recently on one of my shelves I decided to use these clocks from it for my circles and used a mop up tag to mount them on. I really must use patterned papers more often to get some cards done for special occasions throughout the year

I have had fun playing with painty circles in my make for this months challenge - I have a step by step on my blog here if you would like to see how I made my card.
Huggles rachel x

For my first Circle project I won't drive you round the bend but will keep it CAS (Clean And Simple). Come and see the details on my blog, it won't take a minute!

My first "Circle" project is a summery little tag with bright colors. I used the finnabair stamp set "Don´t forget to fly" with it´s pretty circle stamps and butterflies. To see more details, please visit my blog!

These gorgeous creations from our Design Team will give you inspiration to use your circles. So it's over to you now, create your project and link it below with the chance to win a £20 voucher to use on the Country View Crafts website

Thanks to everyone who took up the challenge last month. There are some fabulous entries and the winner will be announced soon.