Thursday, 29 December 2016

Christmas - tattered poinsettias

Hello all! Rachel here with a late Christmas make - you can find the details of how I made it here. You can still enter your last minute makes into our Christmas challenge which you can find here. Go on - you never know you might be the winner..... I look forward to seeing what you make!!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Keep calm and wait for Christmas

Hello everyone, 

...and Merry Christmas ! 

There is still time to play in our Christmas Challenge. I have some more inspiration for you today and I have made an art journal page. 

Hop over to my blog HERE.....

or watch the movie ! :) 


Until next time ! 

Corrie x

Friday, 23 December 2016

And Then There Were Two...

.... more sleeps 'till Christmas!
Hi, it's Sue with my second piece for Christmas.

Lots of Crazies, Tim Holtz and Stickles - what more could you ask for! There are more details and photographs over on my blog.  A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, and see you again in the new year with lots more fab challenges xx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

4 more sleeps

Hello it's Jane here with some more Christmas inspiration. You may remember my first card showed a very white on white Christmas card. I have used the same stamp, but created a very different card today. There are just 4 more sleeps until the Big Day but you still have until 31 December to enter our Christmas challenge.
I have a step by step and some additional photos over on my blog here. Do pop over where a  mince pie  warm welcome awaits you 😄 I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for supporting our challenges this year and for the kind comments you take the time to leave. 

See you in 2017!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Happy Christmas

As you know the Country View Crafts theme this month is, unsurprisingly, Christmas! For my second project this month I made a page in one of my small journals. I started by painting the page with blue paint and then stamping on some holly leaves. I then coloured them in. The 'before' picture is below! I then added a black stencilled border to the bottom to act as a shelf and then added six parcels to sit on it!  little banner stamped with one of Emma Godfrey's sentiment stamps finished it off. I think you could use this as a card or tag for a present - don't you?!
Thank you, as always, for popping by

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas tree

As we hurtle through December I am pleased to present Darcy's layered tree. If you would like to see how I created it then please visit my blog.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mini Matchbox Christmas

Hello Everyone! 

Jennie here with you today to share my second project this month.

I had two very small Christmas presents which needed some pretty packaging to make them look more spectacular so I decided to use my Sissix Matchbox Die to create two small mini matchboxes.

Do join me over on my blog if you would like to more details.

Jennie x

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Red and Green...

Hello crafters!
This is Craftyfield back today for a 2nd Christmas card, very traditional, both in colours and motifs.

Traditional, yes, but not boring.... You will definitely need to come by my blog to see the whole card as well as how I made it! Don't worry, it is a lot easier to make than it looks...

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Let's get Decorated!


Hello Everyone, in two weeks we will be waking up on Christmas, Day and so get you in the mood why not look through the Design Team's fabulous inspirations, and play along with this months challenge.

Here is another decoration from me this month, I'm so enjoying filling my Christmas decs  with home made goodies. This can light up a table as the centre piece, or sit quietly adding to the ambience. Pop over to blog if you would like to see how this came together. Wishing you all, who celebrate a wonderful Christmas, and I'll see in the New Year. 

Hugs Debs

Friday, 9 December 2016

November Winner, Top Three & DTMSM

Hello everybody!  It's time to announce the Stars November winners of our Challenge, 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...

Congratulations, Ma-Mi!  Your winner's badge and voucher will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here at Country View Challenges in the future.
Now it's time for Rachel 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.

No.5 - Vintage handmade

 I love the vintage look of this beautiful bag and the metallic star is wonderful.

No.14: Gerrina

Fabulous CAS card - love it - so contemporary!

No.33 Paper profusion

A fabulous Christmas make - beautiful.

My special mention is for No.20 Arty Beginnings

I adore Rachels use of gelli prints and the wonderful stamps - a truly fabulous spread - love it to bits!

Thanks to all for your wonderful entries!!!

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

CAS Christmas Card

Hello all, it´s Evelyn here today.
Are you like me? Always a little late with getting your Christmas cards ready?
I made a CAS card - quick and easy but elegant.

If you need more than one card, you even could produce a series of them!
If you want to see how I made this, please visit my blog, there you´ll find a video tutorial of this card.

Thank you for visiting and have a good time!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas card with sleigh and deer

It's December 5th! A big day for the Hungarian kids, Saint Nicholas (Mikulás) will come tonight in his deer pulled sleigh to put tiny presents and candies to their shiny boots! So I have brought you a greeting card with Tim's sleigh and prancing deer. On my blog you can have some more details about the card!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December 2016 - Christmas

Welcome everyone to our last challenge for 2016 with the title
chosen by the lovely Debs
Ooh the month of parties and celebrations! Christmas always makes me feel nostalgic and so inspired, I created this Vintage Snow Globe. Come and see the different layers over on my blog
Hugs Debsxx 

Good morning, it's December, so the countdown to Christmas starts now! Unfortunately I'm still in mid June so waaaay behind. I need cards, and quickly, so it's out with the Tim Holtz stamps and die sets.
There are lots more pictures over on my blog and it would be great if you could visit x


You could be forgiven to think I I'm totally confused and still working to our previous Stars theme... but no I'm definitely thinking Christmas and my idea was really about Silent night... just WITHOUT the snow since, in England, white Christmases are few and far between! Come and see my how I made this card on my blog!

I have brought you a paper banner for Christmas because I love to make home decorations and I love banners. On my blog you will find two Christmas banners with two different purples, with two different texts (NOEL-CHRISTMAS) and with two different techniques. So if you want to know more, please hop on my blog! Thank you!

And the countdown begins! I thought I would make an Advent Calendar Clock for my two grandchildren and had great fun using up lots of scraps of favourite papers from the last few years. It is not an easy project to photograph as it is to hang on the wall in their Play Room but do please join me over on my blog for more details and some close up photographs of the individual elements.

Hooray the real countdown to Christmas starts today. I have my list written and I'm checking it twice. I made a snowy card for today's Christmas challenge as I am sure we all secretly wish for a White Christmas; there is something magical about snow isn't there.
If you would like to see how my snowy scene was created please pop over to my blog here
where a very warm welcome awaits you. 

Bye for now,

Jane x

Getting really excited now as we launch our Country View Crafts December theme.
I have chosen a new embossing folder and lots of glitter.
To find the details, please visit my blog. 

I am not all that keen on Christmas and probably look a bit like this dog when the day
I do love these Crazy Dogs though and paired with this sentiment I think it makes a funny scene.. I filmed the process of making this page. You find the link for the video on my blog HERE.
I will be back later in the month with more inspiration.. 
Merry Christmas ! 

I love Christmas and the opportunity to dust off my seasonal stamps! These sketchy stamps from Tim Holtz seemed particularly under used so it was lovely to get them inky! Gabrielle x
Hello together, it´s December already and the christmas preparations are in full flow1!
I´ve made a little "adventwreath to go"(in German: Adventskranz)! If you want to see some more of them and a tutorial video, please visit my blog

Hello there! Well a new challenge - a new theme - and the perfect one for this time of year! I have used a fabulous Tim Holtz stamp in my make - please join me over at my blog for more details! 
Happy Holidays! Rachel x

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year and I love all the hype and buildup to the big day, but it is a time for family and friends, for gatherings and for reflecting on what Christmas really means. 
To celebrate the start of advent and the time for preparations and fun I have made a vintage style mosaic easel card, Tim Holtz style. Hope you like it, if you do you can see more photos and designs over at Bumblebees and Butterflies
Enjoy your own preparations for the big day. xxx

Wow these are fantastic Christmas 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 Stars challenge last month. There are some beautiful entries and the winner will be announced soon

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Believe in Your Star

The month of November is drawing to a close and I am the last of the DT  to post my second project in what has been a wonderful star inspiring month!  So if you still want to join us you have just a couple of days to get your STAR project linked up!

Do please join me over on my blog Live The Dream if you would like to see more details of this small star decoration which was great fun to crackle!

Jennie x

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Still gazing at the stars

Hello, its Jane here with my 2nd inspiration piece for our stars challenge. I have used the same colour distress inks and stamp as I did for my debut stars card but created something very different.
My fairy Christmas card is all ready watching for Santa...she "believes" you ;0)
I have a step by step over at my blog here if you would like to see how I made her.
There are only 3 more days left to enter our challenge...don't miss out!

Back soon,

Jane x

Friday, 25 November 2016


The Country View Challenges theme this month is Stars and I I couldn't help but use this Marilyn Monroe quotation! It seemed so perfect! The stencilled stars were made using Metallic Glaze paint so they had a shimmer when the light catches them! 
Thank you, as always, for popping by!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

To the Evening Star

I am really excited to be able to present to you my second interpretation of the Stars theme here on the Country View Crafts blog. Since I joined the team, I seem to have been a bit bonkers about Landscapes. Please visit my blog to see how I created it.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Reach For The Stars

Good Morning and Happy Monday. I'm very happy to be back and sharing my second 'stars' themed piece with you. It's a double page in my small journal and I've used lots of my favourite PaperArtsy stamps.

If you haven't joined in with our challenge yet there is still lots of time, and if you have, join in again 'cos we love to see what you make.
There are more photographs here on my blog.
Thanks very much for looking , and have a great week. Sue xx

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Star of Thrift

Greetings crafters!
Craftyfield here today to show you what to do with your precious left over bits. We are a savvy bunch and we don't throw anything if we can avoid it, don't we?!
This is what I did with mine:
If you want to see how I played and I made these tags, come and check out my blog post

Friday, 18 November 2016

Guest Designer - Elly from Elly's Creaties

Hello all!  We're delighted today to welcome Elly from Elly's Creaties as our guest.  Elly was the winner of our Hot Summer Days challenge back in August (you can see her fabulous card here if you missed it), and today she's sharing a fantastic creation made for the current Star theme.  So let's take a look...


My name is Elly and I am 65 years old.
Married with Jan for 45 years and we have 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 4 granddaughters.
We live in The Netherlands, in a small town called Coevorden.
I have a blog for 4 years and love challenges. 
I make cards in many different ways.
I like to work with dies and stamps and I like to learn the mixed media crafting. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

What a star



Hello everyone, I'm sharing my second make for this months challenge. I thought I'd move away

From my journal to alter this MDF star. All the details are over on my blog.

I would love to see you there! 

Hugs Debsxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Art Journal Page "Stars"

Hello dear followers, it´s Evelyn here today. Half-time for our November Challenge Stars
This is my second project for it.

This page is a very emotional one for me. I used my beloved DecoArt Mixed Media Acrylic paints and my new bought PaperArtsy JOFY Mini stamp JM50.
If you want to see how I made it, please hop over to my blog and have a look!
Thank you for your visit and have a good week!
xx Evelyn

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Card with golden stars

Hello All, I'm here with my second piece, a card with golden stars to inspire you for our November challenge. If you like it and if you would like to know how I made it, please visit my blog for a step by step tutorial and for lots of photos of the process. Thank you!!!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Baby, You're a STAR

Hi it's Brenda here and I'm sharing an easel card with you today to fit in with the theme of STARS which is our challenge for November.

I love adding an easel to a canvas board so that it makes a standing card to give a friend, I think it makes it kinds special.

If you'd like to see how I made it then please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies for more details.

Hopefully with our continuous projects appearing on the blog we are enticing you to join in and enter the challenge, you can press the link Here or on the sidebar of the main challenge blog page to see more about it.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

October Winner, Top Three & DTMSM

Hello everybody!  It's time to announce the Spooky October winners of our Challenge, 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...
Congratulations, Janny!  Your winner's badge and voucher will be on their way to you shortly, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here at Country View Challenges in the future.
Now it's time for Corrie 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.
No.2 – Lynnes's Art World.
I like this because it is so not scary ! It is a great example of how Halloween doesn't always have to be about skulls. Great job !
No.26 – Margik
I love this little panel. The images used a great and coloured very nicely. The addition of the witch's hat makes it perfect for Halloween.
No. 39 – Teresa
I really love the design of this card especially the little moths on wire. Great background too.
Design Team Special Mention:
No. 102 - Ma-Mi
I love this because it is so simple and yet so wonderfully effective ! Fantastic !  
Wonderful Spooky work all around!  Congratulations - your badges will be on their way soon, and we hope you'll display them with pride.