Saturday, 27 May 2017

Happy Memories

Hi again..... it's Miriam here from Miriam's Creative Dreams.  I hope you've been enjoying the awesome projects from the design team so far this month.  I adore flowers and so had lots of ideas running through my head for this topic.

I chose to create a canvas for my dear friend, Dianne.  Here is my finished project....

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

If you haven't done so already there is still time to join in with this month's challenge - Flower Power. 

I hope that I have inspired you today.  I hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Double flower power

Hello it's Jane here again today with my 2nd flower power inspiration project.  I decided to make a Distress Oxide version of the tag I shared with you on the 1st of the month using exactly the same floral stamps.
I am always fascinated how 2 projects using the same stamps turn out so differently when different inks and colours are used. I have a full step by step over on my own blog here where a floral  warm welcome awaits you. We have already had some gorgeous entries into our Flower Power challenge this month, you have just under the week left to enter. We look forward to seeing lots more.

Bye for now,

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Flower Power,#51, Hazel,

A background inspired by Mindy Lacefield and some Queen Anne's lace were my inspiration for my second Design piece. Please pop over to my blog for details. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Happiness blooms from within

This month's challenge theme of Flower Power is terrific as there are so many ways you can incorporate flowers into your art. I made a page in my journal and used the idea of a jam jar filled with flowers as my central image. The colours are all complementary meaning that the yellowy orange flowers really pop out from the background. Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enter our challenge for the chance to win a great prize. Gabrielle x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Feminin card with pretty flowers

 For my second piece this month I made a very feminin card and added some Flower Power!
If you want to see more, please visit my blog!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Thinking of you

Hi everyone, 

Today I have a little more inspiration for this month's 'Flower Power' Challenge. I have made a card:

If you want to know how I made this, please hop over to my BLOG where everything is explained ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Until next time ! 

Corrie x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Powerful Flower

Craftyfield here today with a single bloom... alone yes, but strong!
In complete contrast to my first inspiration piece I used only one flower for this card, but a big one to create, I hope, a powerful image. Do come over to see the details on my blog!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Flower Power #2

Hi it's Brenda here from Bumblebees and Butterflies and here I am sharing my second project for the Flower Power challenge and I promised you the finished journal to the covers I showed you on the 1st May. This was them.

I took the first set of panels (the design on the left) to make this finished piece .....

... and all the details of how I made the journal itself are on my blog today.

Grab a cuppa on the way over as there are lots of photos and steps for you to peruse if you have time.

I hope you are enjoying the challenge and have been able to pop over and took a look at the inspiration projects from the design team.

Have fun.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

April Winner, Top 3 and DTSM

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

April winner of the £20 Country View Crafts voucher, selected by Random Generator from the challenge entries is...
#30 Toni
Congratulations, Toni!  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. 

Hello dear followers, today it´s time to choose the winners of our April challenge!
Although there were not as many entries as in the challenges before, the ones who through in their hat did a really fantastic job! It was hard to pick out only three of them!
But here they are in no particular order:

#2 - Laneen
Evelyn said: Laneen created a gorgeous male layout in a grunge style. The rusty bits and bobs are fitting perfect to the vintage photo of James Dean!

#17 - Jan

Evelyn said: Love this book cover to bits! I would love to touch the surface with all it´s texture. The rust is looking so very elegant here and the blue night sky pops out beautifully.

#30 - Toni

Evelyn said: Another gorgeous layout with loads of rust goodness! There are so many fabulous details, you nearly can´t stop looking at. The photo of the "machine man" rounds off the overall picture.

Evelyn´s choice for the Design Team Member's Special Mention this time even goes to two completely different entries, but both catched her eyes so much, that she didn´t want to leave one of them behind:

#7 - Lys
Evelyn said: What a fabulous and unique idea to alter an USB stick! Lys created an absolutely stunning tiny little piece of art with gorgeous rustiness. Love it!

#31 - Kristina
Evelyn said: This invitation card is so very elegant, although it is so simple! I love, how the created rust comes into focus.
WOW 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 there is still lots of time to enter our May Challenge - Flower Power

Sunday, 7 May 2017

More Flower Power

I'm loving the challenge this month, and I know you are too, so here's some more flower power.

Again I've used some of my favourite (they're all my favourites) PaperArtsy stamps, and my neglected but now sharpened watercolour pencils. There are lots more pictures over at Sue The Iron so please pop across x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Floral Borders

I had fun making some floral borders for these bright summery cards and then completed them with stamped flowers. For more details please see my blog post which you can find here. Have a great day! Hugs rachel x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Canvas with wildflowers and watering can


As a second inspirational piece I have a mixed media canvas with Tim's Watering Can and Wildflowers. Our theme is Flower Power in May this is why I put many of these beautiful wildflowers onto my canvas. For more details, please visit my blog...

Monday, 1 May 2017

May 2017 - Flower Power

Welcome everyone to our May Challenge.
Our theme this month is "Flower Power", chosen by the lovely Monika

Hello everybody, it's Monika
the hostess of the May challenge

It's said: "April showers bring May flowers."
So it's time for the flowers and for the floral creations.

You might know that I like to make home decorations. For our May challenge I've created two flower wreaths - a pink and a blue one - with felt flowers. I wanted to show you how easy to make home decorations with Sizzix dies and not just with Bigz dies but with Thinlits dies too. For more details, please click on my blog.
For the Flower Power project I made a wall hanging, combining the rust of last month with the flowers of this month to create a bird cage. It been ages since I last did any die cutting and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sending a piece of card though my machine only to see it turn into leaves or flowers at the other end! There's a close up photo and a description of how I made this on my blog. Gabrielle x

One of the most difficult part of designing this card was to chose the stamps to use! Flowers are a fail safe image for cards and I have a lot to chose from... Come over to my blog to see how I made my floral card.
I've been playing with the Tim Holtz Floral stencil and I've created two sets of panels for when the new Eileen Hull journal comes into stock (hopefully very soon). The panel on the left was made using distress oxides and the stencil as a stencil and using the ink left on it, spritzed with water as a monoprint. The second panel on the right was created using the monoprint technique only. I won't leave you hanging, so for more details pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies and you'll find out when I can show you the finished journal.
Happy May day, wow the year is racing by but May is one of my favourite months of the year. I was delighted when our lovely Monika chose "Flower Power" as our theme this month. May really is the month of flowers and I chose to make 2 floral tags. I am sharing the first one today made with regular Distress Inks.
If you would like to see how I made my flower power tag do pop over to my blog here where a very fragrant  warm welcome awaits you. I will be back to share my Distress Oxide version of this later in the month. Enjoy the bank holiday and I really hope that you get some time to get inky.

Bye for now,

Hi everyone,

Here's my contribution to this month's fab Challenge "Flower Power". 

It is a mini art journal page and if you would like to know how I made this then please hop over to my blog HERE
I will be back later in the month with some more inspiration ! 

Corrie x

You just gotta love flowers! So many shapes and colours - they really are the most amazing things! I used some wonderful stamps from Kay Carley to make my card for today. You can find out more details on my blog here.
Hope you can join us!
Hugs rachel xx

Excited because we got round to my birthday month. Here is my first piece in the new challenge of "Flower Power". For more details, please visit my blog.

Flower Power! This theme is perfect for bold colours and a happy design!
I made a card with the beautiful PaperArtsy stamps and used Distress Oxides on my background. If you want to see, how I put this card together, please hop over to my blog

What a great challenge, perfect for Summer which I hope starts now! I have a few family birthdays coming up, so with this in mind I've chosen my happy colours of PaperArtsy paint, along with their stencils and stamps. There are more details over at Sue The Iron. Have a lovely day x

Who doesn't love flowers?  Especially at this time of year when Spring is in the air!  Here is my project for this month's challenge....

Pop over to my blog to see how I created this card.
Wow some wonderful flower 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 Rust Challenge last month. There are some fantastic entries and the winner will be announced soon

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Rusty ATC

Hi,  it's Miriam here from Miriam's Creative Dreams.

I hope you are all enjoying this month's topic.  I just can't get enough rust! 

Today I am sharing a rust-laden ATC that I have created.

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

There's still time to join in with this month's challenge.  I hope I have inspired you to join in - and don't forget to share your creations to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

It's the style

Hello everyone,  I've gone a bit Steam Punky for my last project for this months theme, of Rust. I altered this plaque which was originally white, into a fitting board to showcase this lady with attitude. As always the details are on my blog, and I love you to visit.
Take care hugs

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Objet trouvé with a new video !

Hello everyone,

Corrie here, and I have another 'rusty' project for you today ! 

There is not an awful lot of rust but there is a little ! I have filmed the process of making this and hope you will hop over to YouTube or my BLOG to have a look. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! Until next time ! 

Corrie x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Magic Rust

Craftyfield here, back for a second bite at creating that magical rust effect!
Come by my blog to see how I made it.
[No actual rust has been hurt in the making of this card].

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Mixed Media Rust

Hi it's Brenda here with my second inspiration project for this month's rusty challenge.

This is very different for me and I'm still not sure about it, yet I really quite like, I'm in a quandary. This is a 5 x 7 canvas board created with metal and mdf embellishments and using DecoArt Mixed Media Fluid Acrylic paints. Even as I'm writing this post I'm wondering whether I should put something else on it like remnant rubs or a quote chip. So if you'd like to see more details and photos I would love to see you over at Bumblebees and Butterflies and maybe between us we can decide whether it needs anything else.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Wash Away The Dust

Good morning and Happy Easter Monday. I'm very happy to be sharing my second 'rusty' piece with you today.

This is a mixture of new and very old stamps, and I love how well they all work together.
For more pictures visit me at Sue The Iron, and please bring chocolate 'cos I've not had an Easter egg this year!
Have a lovely day, Sue xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Time flies - more rust!

Good Morning all! Rachel here today! Our challenge this month is 'rust' and for my second piece I have made this masculine card - details of the techniques I used can be found at my blog here.
I do hope you can join us this month - I loved this challenge - rust is so cool! Go on - you know you want to!


Rachel x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Square box with rusty hardware findings by Tim Holtz

Hello everybody, here is my second project for our April - Rust - challenge. Again I have brought you here a box (I'm a box addict or I just like these practical objects or both?) with rusty hardware findings by Tim Holtz. If you want to know more and see more pictures, please visit my blog.
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Rusty love

Good morning. It's Jane here again today with my 2nd inspiration card for our current challenge. I made a rusty heart as the focal for a card I made for Dotty's Tearooms.
If you would like to see my process I have a step by step over to my blog here where a rusty  very warm welcome awaits.
I hope to see lots of you joining in with our Rust challenge. You still have plenty of time to link up your work....have fun getting rusty 😉

Bye for now,

Jane x

Sunday, 9 April 2017

March Winner, Top Three & DTMSM

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

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


Congratulations, Autumn!  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. 

The Inspired by Tim Holtz theme was a crowd pleaser amongst the afficionados of all things Distressed and it was hard to choose just 3 of the best....
Christine (a.k.a Craftyfield) gave up and chose a top 4, on account that Tim Holtz would tell you to break the rules (that could be just be her excuse...) and it just wasn't possible to leave one of these brilliant makes behind...  In no particular order:

2 - Butterfly

Christine said: Hats off to Alison who had me at the Verdigris effect on the metal embellishments, and produced a tag full of interest, showing off her new Distress Oxides backgrounds.

44 - Sewpaperpaint

Christine said: Autumn made this journal page with lots of layers in a beautifully Vintage colour scheme. Don't you love these Paper Dolls from Tim's latest collection?

59 - Paperplay

Christine said: Carol created her own Paper Dolls by fussy cutting the Stampers Anonymous image (kudos, fussy cutting is my pet hate!) to create this wonderfully "Tim" tag. I love the colour contrast between the foreground and the black and white image.

63 - Julia Aston

Christine said: I can tell from Julia's blog she is a big fan of the man and even met him! She used lots of supplies for her tag including the new Distress Oxides and the iconic Umbrella man... I think Tim would be proud, don't you agree?

And finally, Christine choice for the Design Team Member's Special Mention goes to:
31 - Two Mad Dahlias

Christine said: Jess started making a tag and ended up with a piece of theatre... She put the brothers on stage, surrounded by suitably inked, distressed and generally "aged", papers and embellishments. Aptly named Beautiful Relic, methinks...

WOW 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 there is still lots of time to enter our April Challenge - Rust

Friday, 7 April 2017

Rusty Door, #50, Rust,

My interpretation of a rusty old door is my second piece this month on the CVC challenge. Lots of layers here for you to explore. Pop over to my blog if you are curious. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Rusty Things

I have made a rusty looking tag for my second project this month. The whole piece is made with lots and lots of layers of paint and is a pretty easy effect to achieve! There is more explanation of this technique on my blog. Gabrielle x