Monday 27 February 2017

Twofer in 30 minutes!

Good morning! Rachel here today - and with not long to go for you to enter our challenge you'll be glad its got to be made in 30 minutes or less! I've made a couple of cards but am only showing one here....

The two cards took just 25 minutes in total to make - to see the other card and hear what I did please pop over to my blog here.
I hope you will feel inspired enough to join us!!!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Saturday 25 February 2017

Egg shaped Easter card


Hello All, Here is my second inspirational make for our February challenge: 30 MINUTES OR UNDER. Since Valentine's Day passed, now I'm preparing for the next festival, for Easter. If you want to know how I put this card together, please visit my blog.

Thursday 23 February 2017

Time To Say Farewell

This is a sad post for me today as I step down from the Design Team here at Country View Challenges. I have had a wonderful four years making all manner of projects and have worked alongside a wonderful team of amazingly creative people.

Rather than sharing a project today I thought I would share three of my favourite makes for CVC.

This was my very first project as Guest Designer in May 2013 for the How Does Your Garden Grow Challenge. The following month I made my debut as part of the DT!  The shadow box still sits on the shelf by my desk and brightens even the dullest of days!

Another project which also sits by my desk and is a great favourite - made for the Bugs, Bees and Butterflies challenge in November 2014.

And finally I don't know how many flowers I have made over the last four years but these are probably my favourites - blousy summer blooms made for the  Summertime challenge in August 2015.  Here's a link to the tutorial on my blog if you would like to have a go.

I shall certainly miss being here at CVC and seeing all your wonderful projects, but I am also looking forward to having some more time to experiment with new products and of course develop more flowers which I really love to make.  I am sure I shall see you around somewhere in bogland!

A huge thank you to Susan and all the present (and past) Design Team members who have been so wonderful to work with.

Best wishes and Happy Crafting!

Jennie x

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Using scraps to save time

Hello it's Jane here today sharing my second piece to hopefully inspire you to enter our time challenge this month; making something in 30 minutes or less. You still have a week to enter and join in with the fun. I chose to make a card again, using lots of scraps that I keep as left overs from other projects. The painted central mdf flower was even recycled from a previous project.
If you would like to see how I sourced my scraps and put this together...I even timed myself whilst making pop over to my blog here where a time saving  warm welcome awaits you. Get that stop watch out 😁

Bye for now,

Sunday 19 February 2017

#48, 30 minute challenge, Hazel,

Here is my second piece for the 30 minute challenge. A card using gilding flakes and infusions. If you would like to find out more, then please visit my blog. 

Friday 17 February 2017

Masculine card in under 30 minutes?

Hi Everyone, Brenda here with a card for a man that I really did manage to get finished within the 30 minutes deadline for this challenge.

Having boxes of bits of all sorts is really handy to have when you want to get something made pretty fast and getting a man's card done has got to be an achievement as we all find them difficult right?
So pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies to see how this one came to fruition and how useful those discarded elements can be.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Multiple Personalities

I am loving this 30 minute challenge this month! I am really thankful that I've not tidied my studio in yonks so I have so much to hand to play with so I've not had to waste time searching for anything!
For this page in my Dylusions Journal I used a similar technique as I did on my first project this month and expanded on it! To make sure I stayed within the time limit I stamped my chaps on book paper and resisted the urge to colour them in! That was a lot harder than I thought! The hats were Dylusion stamps - a combination of hats and bunting turned upside down! I timed myself and this page took me 29 minutes - phew! Just made it in time!
If you would like to see a step by step guide on how I made this then please pop over to my blog.
Hope you feel inspired to join in with us this month,
Gabrielle x

Monday 13 February 2017

A Little Quick Tag

Hello everybody, it´s Evelyn here today with my second take of the "30 minutes or under"- challenge.
This challenge really was not an easy one for me! I needed 3 trials to make something right in time ;-)
Here is my tag:

If you want to see a step x step tutorial, please visit my blog!
We hope you find time to join in with our time challenge! You have got 15 days left.
Thank you for popping in here today and have a nice week!
Evelyn xx

Saturday 11 February 2017

Acrylic Tag


Hello everyone, today I'm sharing my second project for this current challenge which is an acrylic tag. It took me 27 mins, so
get you clocks out, grab your supplies, set 30 mins and go! All the details on blog.
So looking forward to see what you made.
Hugs Debs xx

Thursday 9 February 2017

December & January Winners, Top Threes & DTMSMs

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

First of all, the December winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is...

Congratulations, Rachel!  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 Debs 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

#97 Paper - Stamps - Color

 I simply loved this beautiful design

#166 Vintage Handmade
I loved the vintage look of this card

I thought this lamp was beautifully altered
anuprem #14

So much wonderful detail which made a little Christmas story.

And the January winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is...

Congratulations, Angelina!  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 Brenda 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
Oh my goodness 292 entries to look through and make decisions on who are to to be the Top 3 and the DT special mention. This was a hugely difficult job with so many entries so I gave myself some focus areas to help me narrow it down. I decided I wanted a mixed media piece as the special mention (just because that's what I love doing at the moment) and then for the top 3 I would look for something vintage, something made in what I call a journal style and then something I find hugely difficult to do which is the 'less is more' style.

So here goes -


I really love the textured backgrounds, the beautiful focal elements and the gorgeous mixed media layers on these fabulous tags.

Top 3 in no special order -

I was drawn to the beautiful tones of blue and the contrasting white of the embossed stamping on this journaling style project.

I adore this vintage card where Nicola has used vintage patterned papers and then added just some subtle embellishments to add that special elegant yet vintage shabby appeal.

Even this proved difficult choosing a LIM card but I opted for Kathy's card not just for the fabulous simple design but also because she spends time stamping the back of the card, the inside and the envelope to make it very special for the recipient.


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

And if you have a spare 30 minutes, don't forget there is still lots of time to enter our February Challenge

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Tomorrow doesn't exist

Hello everyone, 

Corrie here with my second inspiration piece for this month's 30 minute Challenge. 

If you'd like to know how I made this there is a short description on my blog HERE.

....or you can watch the movie ! 

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x

Sunday 5 February 2017

Cutting it fine

Hello crafters, this is Craftyfield, just in time for this inspiration post, in more ways than one...
Yes Sue's theme was a real challenge for me! But, if you need to make an unexpected Valentine card (you lucky thing!) you can use my card as inspiration, it will only take 30 minutes!
Come over to my blog to check how I cut corners saved time!
Enjoy your Sunday, keep on crafting and do enter our February challenge!

Friday 3 February 2017

With Time To Spare...

Good morning and happy Friday, the weekend starts here! I'm really happy to be sharing my second '30 minutes or under' piece and I have to say, I had minutes to spare. No cheats either, just a lovely technique that I learned over at the PaperArtsy blog a little while ago.

For more photographs please visit my blog Sue The Iron. Have a wonderful weekend, and in the words of Tess and Claudia, Keeeeeeep Crafting! Sue xx

Wednesday 1 February 2017

February 2017 - Time Challenge 30 Minutes or Under

Welcome everyone to our February Challenge with the title
chosen by the lovely Sue
Good Morning and hello February! I'm really happy to be hosting this month's challenge, and as usual I've made things really hard for myself, and chosen a 30 minutes or less time challenge. 

I've used every cheat available including pre-embossed card and stamp and die sets.
More details can be found on my blog, Sue The Iron
So please grab half an hour and join in x

Resisting the easy path of just one stamp in the middle of a base card, I spent my 30mns making sure there was colour in my card! Quick, yes, drab no...
Do come over to my blog to read my tactics when time is short.

Make something in 30 minutes or under ME??? I didn't think it could be done but yep this tag is what I made but I had to plan and get my self organised to get it done. I have it all recorded over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you would like to see how I managed it. xxx

Hello all! This month´s theme is a really hard one for me! Make something in only 30 minutes!
Well, I did it and it really was fun.
If you want to see some more pictures, please visit my blog
I made a little video of the process, so please sit back and enjoy watching!


To make a quick card wasn't an easy task for me. But the embossing folder seemed a good choice to make a nice, eye-catching background fast. The other trick: follow one of your older design. That's what I did :-)
For the supply list, please hop on my blog. Thank you!

Hello and welcome to our new challenge - what can you come up with in 30 minutes? I look forward to seeing - this is my make for today - you can see more details over on my blog here!
Have a great day!
Rachel x


Hello everyone, 

Corrie here. 
Welcome to our new challenge. I have made a set of three ATC's and here they are:

There are more details on my blog HERE.

Or you can watch the movie ! 

Enjoy, I will be back in a few days with more inspiration and another video ! 

Corrie x


Hello everyone welcome to our 30 min Challenge! 
I've made a quick journal page for this challenge using emphera to add texture. 
To see how it all came together please visit my blog
Hugs Debs xxx

Time challenge was certainly that for a faffer like me. To find out the details of my card please visit my blog.

To me February will always be the month of love. Not only is it Valentine's Day on the 14th but  this day is also the anniversary of my own engagement to my Hb in 1980...eek..yes that long ago. I just had to make a Valentine card for my first inspirational piece for this challenge.
 My card took under 30 minutes to put together...yes honestly....but I used lots of cheats! If you would like to see how I managed to achieve this do pop on over to my blog here where a warm welcome awaits you.

Bye for now,

Although small you can still pack a lot into an ATC! To speed up my time I tore my papers and tissue tape and kept my background simple with stamping.  If you would like to see more then please do hop on over to my blog.

I loved the challenge of making something in 30 minutes! I reached for things that were to hand rather than wasting valuable time searching for just the right stamp! It's a good job I've not been very tidy for a few weeks as there was lots of choices! I've popped a couple of mid-process photos on my blog if you'd like to see more! Gabrielle x
Wow some fantastic projects from our Design Team. 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 Christmas challenge and Anything Goes last month. There are some beautiful entries and the winners of both will be announced soon