Friday, 23 July 2021

May Winner, Top 3 and DTSM

  Hello everybody! Here are our May Winners.  There were some really fabulous entries and we always love seeing what you're inspired to make by each theme.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then let's begin!

The May winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is


May's challenge, hosted by Craftyfield, was "We will always have Paris". Here is what she thought:

Well... my choice of theme was not popular with everyone but, the ones who took the challenge were particularly inspired and some of you even entered multiple times. You have enjoyed finding old stash and retrieved photos to create wonderful art. To me you are all winners and it was hard choosing just 3!  But here goes... my Top 3 in no particular order:

Entry 26 - Joan:


I loved this combination of stamps which perfectly illustrate our theme.

Entry 24 Linby :

Do visit Linby's post to see more of this lovely keepsake documenting her trip to Paris, lots of stamping, photos and ephemera give it a real life feel. Linby also had another great entry (no 16) with a Paris fashion theme.

Entry  21 Matilde

A lovely journal page with 2 ladies of Paris who both have inimitable style, the iron lady (no not that one!) and Coco Chanel. Matilde demonstrates that with a bit of imagination you don't need a lot of supplies to capture the essence of Paris!

Finally my Special Mention goes to Vee who created a page on the theme of Love, which remind us that Paris is one of the most romantic city in the world! Vee's detailed and cute die-cut is complemented by Tim Holtz supplies, but no grunge in sight!

Thanks to all of you for playing with us, I enjoyed seeing all your makes and reading your posts!

Fantastic work all around!  Congratulations - your badges will be on their way soon, and we hope you'll display them with pride and don't forget to join us in our August Challenge xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Under the sea with a stencil

Hello it's Jane here today with my 2nd post to hopefully inspire you to join our July challenge which is to add a stencil (or 2). Susan has had a recent restock of gorgeous Visible Image stencils (and stamps) so I decided to use one of my all time favourites; Fibres.

I made some new pages in my art journal and I have a step by step of the process over on my blog here; Just swim pop on over and take a peep. Have a fab July and summer.

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 19 July 2021

Birthday Card

 Hello and happy Monday!

Today I have another card for you.

This is one of a series of cards I am making at the moment.

If you want to know more, please hop to my blog.

I´m looking forward to seeing your makes with stencils!

Thank you for your visit and have a wonderful week.


Saturday, 17 July 2021

Loving the greenery

 Hello there!

Rachel here today with another stencil based make to encourage you to join this months challenge - there's loads of time left! You can get details of my make over on my blog here.
Have a great day!
Rachel x

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Using a stencil or two, or in this 6


I would love you to pop to my blog where I show how I designed, cut, and then used the 5 layers to this stencil design.
 Plus I added hot foil as well. 
See you there 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Wandering mind

 Hello everyone, 

I have made a journal page for my second inspiration piece for the 'Use a stencil (or 2) challenge.

If you'd like to see how I made it then please hop over to my YouTube channel where you can see the process. You can also go via my BLOG

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Steampunk and Textured tag

Hello crafters, Craftyfield here today for a second dose of stencil inspiration! 

As I am sure you cannot get enough of Tim Holtz techniques and stencils... another tag inspired by the man himself!

Come by my blog to read all about it!


Friday, 9 July 2021

Add A Stencil (or 2) Take Two

Good morning and a very happy Friday. It's Sue here with my second project for our stencil challenge, and again I've used my lovely AALL & Create stamps, this time by the wonderful Tracy Evans.

There are more photo's here on my blog, and I would love to see you over there.

Take care and have a fun weekend! x

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Using one stencil

 Hi everyone, it's Jo here.

Today I'm sharing an art journal page for this month's Use a Stencil (or two) challenge, which I created using the same stencil a few different ways.


 Firstly, I applied some crackle paste through the stencil, then some Distress Ink and finally I used the stencil like a stamp by covering it with ink and pressing it onto my page.

To see how it all came together and a full list of products, please pop over to my blog Let's Art Journal.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Hugs, Jo x

Monday, 5 July 2021

Use a Stencil (or two) - By Miriam

 I hope you are all enjoying the inspiration for the challenge this month.  Here is my second project:

Pop over to my blog to see how I created this card.

And don't forget, there is plenty of time to join in with the challenge.  By entering you will be in the hat for a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend online.

Thanks for joining me.


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Win The July Release Tim Holtz Distress Colour Set

  We are offering one lucky person the chance to get their money back on their order of the next release of Tim Holtz Distress Colour Set with us at Country View Crafts. All you need to do is purchase the pre order and then on our FB post, leave a comment with a guess as to what colour you think it will be.

When it is announced, we will put all those names with the correct colour into Random org and one of you will win, spread the word everyone and have a Great Sunday

You only need to purchase the set once from our website but can have as many individual guesses as you want on our Facebook post

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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Tag duo with Mary Poppins


Hello everyone,

I'm here with my second project for our July challenge.

This month it was my turn to be your host and to choose the theme, so I chose

Use a stencil (or two).

To make these tags, I used only one stencil.

If you need a tutorial, please hop on my blog.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

July 2021 - Use A Stencil (or Two)

 Welcome to our July Challenge. This month is Use A Stencil (or Two) chosen by the Lovely Monika


This month I am the lucky one who can be the host of the challenge.My theme is, Use a stencil (or two).It's easy-peasy so I hope you like it and many of you can join our challenge.For creating this tag, I used only one stencil but three times with three different embossing powders.

On my blog you can find a full tutorial and a lot of pictures.

Hello everyone I’ve used this Stencil two ways, please pop to my blog for all the details 
Hugs Debs xxx

Good morning and happy July everyone. Summer will be getting into full swing now and hopefully tea, cake and chatter outside in the sunshine will be the order of the day. For my first make I used my Tea party stencil and invited the Cheshire cat.

He is smiling at the thought of all of this and has already taken up pole position, ready and waiting. If you would like to see how my make came together pop the kettle on and come on over to my blog here where all is revealed. I will be back soon with my 2nd make soon, which is sea inspired. Enjoy the sunshine.

Bye for now,
Jane x


Good morning and a very happy Thursday. I hope you are all ready for our fun new challenge. 

For my journal page, I've used some long-neglected AALL & Create stamps and stencils, and there are more photo's over on my blog if you would like to see how this came together.

Take care, and have a very happy July xx

Hello everyone!
For this month's challenge, I created this mini art journal page using a Stamperia stencil and papers.

To see how it all came together and a list of products, please visit my blog Let's Art Journal.
Happy and creative wishes! Jo x


Hello everyone,for our July challenge of 'using a stencil or 2' I have made a tag:

I also have a video (finally!) if you'd like to see how I made this. Click HERE if you like to hop over to YouTube. 
You can also go via my BLOG
I'll be back soon with more inspiration ! 

Until then, Corrie xx


Two makes from me today - I just love these stamps and stencils and wanted to play - my samples are very simple but I enjoyed making them - more details at my blog here.
I do hope you can join us with this fabulous theme!
Rachel x


Here is my first project for the 'use a stencil (or two)' challenge:

Pop over to my blog to see what products I used to create this card. I look forward to seeing your creations this month.
Happy crafting!


Stencils are such brilliant crafting tools, this theme is a treat for all of us! 
Add some crackle, embossing powders and... well if you want to know everything 
about my tag hop on over to my blog here.


Hello and happy July!

One of my very favourite supplies are stencils! They are so versatile to use and they change every artwork in a wonderful way. I made a card for a man and used 3 stencils, this time all from Tim Holtz.If you want to see how this came together, please visit my blog.


Wow some gorgeous projects from our Design Team now lets see your projects and don't forget to make sure that there is at least one or two stencils in your entry to be entered

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Guest Designer - Brenda Brown

 We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Brenda Brown. We chose Brenda for the last Designer as Brenda was one of our very first Designers on our very first blog post back in March 2013. A friendship I hold dearly and still admire her creativity and always love her projects and Brenda will always be our favorite Tutor of our in store workshops

Hello everyone it's Brenda with you today to finish off this fabulous celebration for Country View Crafts 100th Challenge. It's such an amazing milestone and a huge credit to Susan and the team keeping the inspiration going for everyone. I was absolutely delighted when Susan asked me to do a project as I opened the very first challenge back on the 1st March 2013 and I'm delighted to be back to finish off this month's celebrations

I've been privileged to be associated with Susan, the CVC Design Team and the blogs in a number of capacities and teaching workshops has been my absolute love. I've taken time out of crafting for the past couple of years but I'm looking forward to designing and providing more workshops when we finally get back to normality and feel safe again.

In the meantime, I hope you like my Time Machine collage that has jumped 100 challenges and I hope to see you all again soon.

Hugs Brenda xx

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Guest Designer - Anne Redfern

  We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Anne Redfern

Huge congratulations to one of my favourite challenge blogs - Country View Challenges who are celebrating their 100th challenge this month!


Thursday, 24 June 2021

Guest Designer Post - Jenny Marples

 We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Jenny Marples

It's a really special month over at the Country View Crafts Challenge blog because they are celebrating reaching the 100th challenge milestone - what an achievement that is! Huge congratulations to Susan, her team and all the designers who have worked so hard behind the scenes over the years to make it happen and inspire you with so many wonderful projects.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Guest Designer Post - Michelle Ann Johnson

  We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Michelle Ann Johnson

I'd just like to congratulate Country View Crafts on reaching 100 challenges. Amazing work & inspirational challenges ♥️x

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Guest Designer Post - Seth Apter

 We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Seth Apter

A huge congratulations to Country View Craft and their 100th Challenge blog post. Cheers to the next 100!

Monday, 21 June 2021

Happy 100 - journal page


Hello everyone,

I'm here with my second project that I made for our special

100th challenge!

Please celebrate with us and join our June challenge.

If you like my journal page you can find a supply list on my blog.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Guest Designer Post - Eileen Hull

We've had lots of Designers wanting to wish us Congratulations on our 100th Challenge and we are going to share their projects with you all and hope it gives you more inspiration to join in.

Today we have the lovely Eileen Hull

Sending out
across the miles to my friend Susan Seabert, owner of Country View Crafts in Potton UK for completing 100 Challenges!
I was lucky enough to visit Susan's beautiful store in September of 2019. It was the last stop on our whirlwind Paper Trail UK tour, where we taught at 8 stores in two weeks!
Susan and her family welcomed Jenny Marples and I with open arms and provided all of the unique British experiences I had not had- like fresh fish and chips made before our eyes- so good! A weekend of workshops were held and I was able to meet up with many on-line friends. On the last day of the trip, we had a proper English tea with scones and clotted cream.
Susan has created a beautiful country retreat where it is very easy to be relaxed and inspired while surrounded by nature and an absolutely gorgeous store- a feast for the eyes! I recommend that you stop in and shop- it is a treasure!
I created a Scotty trailer to celebrate, using my new Sizzix Camper die
If you'd like to see how to make the Camper, watch my Facebook Live here: (start at 1:06) Please join the Eileen Hull Fan Club if you'd like to see more and catch our Facebook Lives on Tuesdays at 6:00 Eastern and Thursdays at 4:00! at Eileen Hull Designs. Sending hugs from the US!
Hoping to get back someday soon!

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