Thursday, 17 August 2017

Inspired By Seth Apter

Hi again, it's my turn to show you another project for the 'Blue and Green' theme.

I hope you have been enjoying all of the wonderful inspiration this month. 

As my title suggest, this month's project is inspired by Seth Apter - those of you who know his art will know his love of layers and paints!

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

If you haven't done so already there is still time to enter this month's challenge - don't forget that there is a voucher to spend in the shop up for grabs!

Thanks for joining me.....It's the bank holiday weekend so I hope you have something crafty planned.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave.

Hazel here with my second "Blue and Green" piece. Using my paint chip cards again. All the details can be found over on my blog.
Don't forget that there is still plenty of time to join in with our challenge. 

Friday, 11 August 2017

I don't like...

For this month's Blue and Green theme (which I have LOVED!) I have tried to think a little more differently and make a journal page in less than half an hour.
I simply added white Fresco Finish paint to a black page in my journal and made sure that it was thin coverage so some of the black shows through. I'd used a stencil for my first project this month and so I simply used the leftover ink by flipping the stencil over and rubbing it to transfer the ink to the page (which is why the numbers are reversed!) The blue heart and green coloured stamped images finish off the page.
Thank you, as always for popping by!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

July Winner, Top 3 & DTSM

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

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

#23 Lovely Linda
Wow what can I say! There were 128 wonderful entries into my things with wings theme for our July challenge. I was delighted to see so many diverse projects. Thanks so much to everyone who rose to the challenge, it was great fun visiting all your blogs. I'm sorry if I didn't manage to comment on everyone's..I would have been away for days. This however did lead to a on earth could I just chose a Top 3 from the 128? Well after a couple evenings I did manage it and here there are, in the date order they were submitted into the challenge.

As you well know I have a "cute" side too. This sweet little bird card flew into the challenge early on and immediately caught my eye. Gail's CAS (Clean and simple) design is delightful and despite all that white space that little bird stamp and words really gives the feeling of flying and movement. A really super cute card which made me smile.

I love colouring images (when I get the time) and Carol's brilliant dragon stood out with its gorgeous red, white and blue colours. Her colouring is fabulous and he stands out so well on the speckled background. A most unusual "thing with wings" and a striking card.

Nora's gorgeous art journal spread joined the challenge during the last few days of July and what beautiful pages she created. There is so much texture and her painted butterfly is stunning. The fabulous background and colours are so summery too. A really beautiful entry.

So those are my Top 3. Now I just need to reveal my Design Team Special Mention (DTSM)...and it goes to 

Janner obviously knows my weakness for fairies as one of my favourite things with fact she quite rightly said that it sounded wrong to call a fairy a "thing". This is the most delightful card...those fairies are perfectly silhouetted against the gorgeous stamped and inked background. The monochrome colour scheme works perfectly too for this very magical card and as the sentiment says, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it".... I could not agree more!

Thanks again to everyone who entered and made it such a pleasure to see so many gorgeous things with wings. Remember that our current August challenge theme is Blues and Greens and we hope to see lots more of your lovely work. Here is the link. Enjoy the summer and happy crafting.

Bye for now,

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 August Challenge - Blues & Greens

Monday, 7 August 2017

Thank you!

Hello dear crafty peeps, 
it´s Evelyn today with my second piece for this month!
I hope you enjoy the summer - here in Germany we had some very hot days.
But now to my project.
For the Blues and Greens challenge theme this month I made another card.

As you can see, I made my background in nearly the same way as my first project - and nevertheless it looks totally different!
If you want to know some more details, please hop over to my blog.

Now I hope, you will join in with our challenge, there is plenty of time to play!
For more inspiration please come back to see the fabulous creations of my lovely teamies here to come.
Thank you for your visit today!

Saturday, 5 August 2017


Hello everyone Debs here, thanks for stopping by as I share my second piece for this month's challenge of Blue, and Green.

All the details are on my blog
Take care 
Hugs Xxx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Hug me and a new VIDEO !

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my second inspiration post for the challenge I set. The theme is 'blues and greens' and I have made an art journal page in these colours. I also filmed the process if you are interested.

A link to the Video is on my blog HERE or you can go straight via the link below:

Thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to play along ! 

Corrie x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August 2017 - Blues and Greens

Welcome everyone to our August Challenge.
Our theme this month is "Blues & Greens", chosen by the lovely Corrie
Hello everyone, 

and welcome to my Challenge. For this month's theme I chose one of my favourite colour combinations: greens and blues. I would love to see you create something in these colours and don't forget you could just win a GBP 20,- voucher to spend in the shop ! 

I you'd like to know how I made this then hop over to my BLOG and I'll tell you all about it! 
I will be back in a few days with another project ! 

"Blues and Greens" - what a beautiful colour combi!
Okay, I decided to add some red too, but  this makes the blue/green background pop out even more I think.
For my first project this month I made a Fantasy card. I had so much fun! If you want to know how it came together, please visit my blog.
Have a wonderful holiday month!
Well, it's birthday season again around here, so it's back to the craft room for me - cloud bathing was getting a little bit boring anyway!

You can't beat a little bit of Tim Holtz when it comes to a 'guy card', and I've teamed his stamps with his stencils, inks, and dies. More details can be found here at Sue The Iron.
Thank you, Corrie, for the fun challenge, and have a fun week everyone! x

I've been having fun layering up some blues and greens media paints to create a mixed media background and a panel for the cover of a new journal I am in the process of making.

If you'd like to see how the layers unfold I would be very pleased to see you at Bumblebees and Butterflies where I have the process steps and more photos to go with the details.
Thanks for this great theme Corrie I have always loved blue and green together but I just don't use them that often, so it was lovely to play with them again.
A glasses case is a useful gift idea and also great way to get your crafting skills seen by lots of people, unwittingly advertised by your gift recipient....!
Come and read the details on how I made this and see more pics on my blog !
I love the colour combination of blue and green (green is my very favourite colour!) and often use them together. For this month I wanted create a layered look from the image to the tag to the background allowing the colours to be distinct and also harmonious by carrying the leaf stamp across both. i'm looking forward to seeing how you interpret this month's theme. Gabrielle x
Blue and green are 2 of my favourite colours so I was delighted with Corrie's theme for August. There is so much scope for inspiration using these colours. I have made a male and female card this month..this is the male one today. I have all the details and a step by step if you would like to travel pop over to my blog here. I will share my female card later in the month. Enjoy the summer holidays and your summer crafting 😎.

Bye for now,


Blue and green should never be seen, is something that resonates from my childhood! Pop over to my blog for details of my journal page. 

Hello All, I have made a mini canvas board as a birthday card for our August challenge: Blue and green. For this canvas I used Tim Holtz's stencil and stamps, and of course many shades of Tim's blue and green markers. If you want to know more about my canvas, please hop on my blog. Thank you!

Blue and green meant an underwater scene for me - and here it is. There is a step by step on my blog here if you would like to pop over! I do hope you can join us! Hugs rachel x

Blue and Green are one of my favourite colour combinations so I was thrilled to create a journal page 
using one of my own stamps now available in store and this gorgeous colour combo.
For all the details please hop over to my blog.
Take care
Hi there, the them this month is two of my favourite colours. When I created this project it was cold and raining outside and so I drifted away to think of summer and fields full of flowers.

Pop over to my blog  to see how I created this card.  Make sure you enter this month's challenge - I will look forward to see what you create
Wow Wow Wow these are more gorgeous 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 Things With Wings Challenge last month. There are lots of fantastic entries and the winner will be announced soon

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Winged Art Doll

It is my turn to show you another project for this month's challenge - 'Things With Wings'.  Here is my project... I decided to use an Art Doll stamp that I have that has wings.

I set myself a second challenge for this project, which was to use up some scraps! 

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

Don't forget that you still have time to join in with this challenge - there's a gift voucher up for grabs!

Thanks for looking...... 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paint Sample Card --Winged things., #53 , Hazel.

My second piece this month is a simple quick card using a paint sample card. Feel free to pop over to my blog for the details. 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Use Your Wings

For my second project this month following our really fabulous theme of Things with Wings I made one of Tim Holtz' fabulous houses.
I used PaperArtsy paints for the background of the house and a selection of images and Ideaology to decorate it.
There's some dictionary paper on the roof that I distressed. I added a butterfly to the back to add another set of wings!
Thank you, as always, for popping by and I hope you have joined in with us this month.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Card with butterflies - and a VIDEO

Hello dear visitors!
Today it´s my turn to show you my second project for this month´s challenge "Things with wings".
I made a card with butterflies. I created my own background and made a video for you, I hope you´ll enjoy watching.

Here is my video:

Thank you for your visit today!
If you want to see some more pictures, please visit my blog.
Now spread your wings and play with us!
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

How to paint a stacked acrylic Butterfly.

Hello! Debs here, thanks for joining us today on the blog. I'm really excited to share my second inspiration make with you all, 
using stamps that I designed which are available from The CVC store.

Please visit my blog to see all the details of how to successfully stamp and paint onto acrylic.
Take care 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Brave wings..

Hello everyone, 

I have my second inspiration piece for this month's challenge for you and it is an Art Journal page:

 If you want more details of how I made it please hop over to my BLOG
Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Until next time ! 
Corrie x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A robin doesn't make Christmas

Hello crafters, Craftyfield here with this unseasonal offering...

Do you get the feeling this robin is wondering how it stumbled in this July post?

Still, the most organised crafters among us know Christmas cards are a marathon, not a sprint, and are already on the case... If you want to get ahead (Christmas card wise) come and check my blog.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Things With Wings challenge

It's Brenda here with you again today with my second sample for the fabulous Things With Wings challenge hosted by the lovely Jane.

I have used a background I made for a technique post on my blog and added a beautiful Tim Holtz butterfly and sentiment. Although it looks as though it shouldn't have taken me too long to do, it actually took me all morning to get the butterfly and substrate right and that's with the background already made - what am I like!!!! If you'd like to see all the details do mosey on over to Bumblebees and Butterflies, I'd love to see you pop in. xxx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Use Your Wings

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I have lots of 'things with wings' for you today, and it was a real labour of love. I'd forgoten how much I enjoyed using my Dina Wakley stamps.

There are lots more details here and I would love it if you popped over. Have a wonderful day, Sue x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

June Winner, Top 3 & DTSM

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

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

#65 Roshini's Crafts

 Congratulations, Roshini!  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 over to Hazel for her Top3 and DTSM

This was such a difficult challenge to choose my favourites as the standard was amazing and the styles so varied. I started off with 11 choices which I begrudgingly had to whittle down.
In order of numbers
#9 Jannet
Such an emotional journaling page, so personal and unique. The message is clear and the images tell the sad story but point out the resilience of the human spirit!
#17 Svetlana
Svetlana has such an amazing talent for combining colour, texture and forms. Truly magical.
#65 Rossini
Rossini has created a masterpiece using simple objects that she has cleverly woven together and sprinkled with fairy dust. I just love it! 
Special DTM mention goes to 
#43 Melissa
Melissa keeps producing pieces for our challenges that are so spontaneously fresh and full of life. Her love for her art just shines through! 

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 July Challenge - Things With Wings

Friday, 7 July 2017

Bee your own kind of beeautiful!

Hello there! Its Rachel here today with a card made using the fabulous stamps from Kay Carley at paperartsy.

I have put a step by step guide to how I made this on my blog today which you can find here. I hope this may inspire you to join our 'Things with wings' challenge this month!

Big hugs

Rachel x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

On fairy wings

Good morning, it's Jane here with my second post for the "Things with Wings" challenge I am hosting here at Country View this month. For my first card I went with paper planes and this time I have gone to the fantasy world of fairies. I wanted some really hot summery colours so I got out my brightest distress inks to play with to make my fairy card.
If you would like to see how I made my little things with wings scene you will find a magical welcome over on my blog here. I am pleased you enjoyed seeing all my photos of things with wings on Saturday...I have some more today to share on my blog..including a peahen with her chicks at breakfast..yes seriously.
 I will be flying over visiting your blogs to see all your own lovely things with wings projects. Have fun and I look forward to seeing your makes.

Enjoy your summer days.

Bye for now,

Monday, 3 July 2017

Vintage three-drawer box with butterflies


My goal was to make a vintage box whose sides look like old butterfly illustrations from a handbook. Tim's stamps were just perfect for my project. On my blog I will tell you what I used.
Thank you!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July - Things With Wings

Welcome everyone to our July Challenge.
Our theme this month is "Things With Wings", chosen by the lovely Jane

Welcome to July, the month of sunshine and holidays. I am delighted to be the hostess for the new challenge this month and I have chosen a summery theme, "Things with wings". Over on my blog I have several ideas and photos for your inspiration.... some of them  more off the wall..but all have wings. My card today has wings.......paper plane wings 😄 I have a fly by step by step over on my blog post here.
I am really looking forward to visiting you all this month to see your wings too. Have fun and don't forget to fly.
Bye for now,
Jane x

Hello there! I do hope you can join us for our new challenge - I decided to use a Tim Holtz die and make my bees...they're buzzing around my card and you can find out how I made it over on my blog here.
Hugs Rachel x

Hello! Can you believe it's July already?! For my first project this month I altered a page in my Creative Dyary - I've put the details on my blog. I love this challenge theme as there are so many possibilities. I adore what my team mates have made as inspiration this month and I can't wait to see what you make too!
Gabrielle x

Hello everyone, I loved this months theme! So in my journal I created this pretty little thing,
All the details are on my blog. Hope to you there,

Hello all, it´s summer! One of the most beautiful things are the twittering birds in summer. So for the "Things with wings"-challenge I made a little card with a bird. For more details you can hop to my blog.

I love this theme chosen by Jane as it provides so many options for us all both as Design Team members and you, the readers, to enter the challenge. I decided I wanted stay in a vintage mode and chose to create wings for these two lovely girls so they could play at being fairies in the garden. I've added a vintage shabby mixed media background, a few embellishments and altered the shadowbox. So if you'd like to see how this came together I'd love you to pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where there are instructions, new techniques and more photos.

Hello everyone, 

For this months 'Things with wings' challenge I have made this AJ page. I filmed the process too so if you want to know how I made this then hop over to my blog HERE or go straight to YouTube :

Hope you enjoy ! I will be back soon with more inspiration ! 

It's 1st July, Summer is here, so we're in my happy place. It doesn't need to be hot, but a little bit of sunshine cheers me up. Quirky birds also cheer me up (slick link eh!) so here they are
Oh to have legs like this! There are lots more pictures over on my blog so I hope to see you there x

This song (Chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep...) and I, we were both born in the early seventies. So I was just a little girl when I first heard it. It came to my mind when I was looking for an inspiration for Tim's birds and for our "Things with wings" challenge. If you want to see the tutorial of my canvas boards, please hop on my blog. Thank you!

Butterflies are high on my list of Winged things but I wanted my offering to be more original and out of my usual so...
 here goes the Flamin' [birds].
Please visit my blog to read all the details on how I created this scene-scape!
Keep cool and carry on crafting...

For our new topic this month I have chosen to create a journal page with memories of my recent holiday. I hope that you will join me on my blog.

This month I have been able to combine two of my favourite things - Butterflies and Tim Holtz.  Pop over to my blog to see how I created this card.

This topic can be so versatile.  I hope you join in with the challenge and look forward to seeing what you create.
Happy Crafting!

Fantastic Things With Wings 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 Hearts Challenge last month. There are some beautiful entries and the winner will be announced soon