Sunday, 1 May 2016

No More Showers, Time For May Flowers

Hi and welcome to May! With any luck the April showers are long behind us, and it's time for the May Flowers. The new challenge at Country View Crafts has been chosen by Christine (Craftyfield), and she has gone for 'Use a Stencil'
It's an extra special challenge this month as alongside our challenge we are also running a Blog Hop with a Sizzix Big Shot Machine & Die Bundle as the prize.  To enter you must be a follower of our Challenge Blog and hop along to each of our Desing Team Members blogs and leave a comment.
We will still be running our normal monthly challenge, and those who link their Use A Stencil project will also be entered into our £20 voucher draw.  The winners will be picked at random in early June. So hop on over to Christine's 1st Project - Use A Stencil.

But before you do, here's mine lol.

I started with my favourite PaperArtsy Fresco Paints in Bougainvillea, Bubble Gum, and Banana and an old credit card.
Then some Limelight Fresco, and a couple of Dylusion stencils.

More stencilling and we have this - not brilliant at all but I'm not giving up 'cos there are bits I like.

I stamped my face in the centre, it's an old Stamp Man stamp that had never seen ink. It didn't show up too well but at least I knew where to put the paint for her face. She's been coloured in Blush Fresco.
More stencilling now with PaperArtsy stencils and Portfollio pastels just used neat to give a nice chunky edge.
Then the scary stamping of the sentiment (it could all go horribly wrong at this point) with a Dylusion alphabet.
All done, and I'm quite pleased with the result. 
So next on your hop is Evelyn.
Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win the fabulous Sixxix bundle.
Here's a full list in case you get lost along the way
Sue  you are here 

Thanks very much for looking, and enjoy your Bank Holiday Weekend x

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mr Darcy and the Bearded Lady

Hi and happy Bank Holiday Weekend. At the start of the year I watched Kate Crane on Wanderlust make a travel journal, and I really wanted to make one. I cut all my pages out but never got any further. Then earlier this month I did Kate's class in Mixology and I've been bitten by the Kate Crane bug (that sounded better in my head lol).
This is a blank folded book that I've had for years and never done anything with, so out came the paints.
All the stamps and paints used are by Indigo Blu.
The book was painted, stencilled, and stamped.
Lots of different surfaces to put some photographs on. There are very few up to date photographs of Neil and myself, so I think a few selfies are needed lol.
And this is the book all opened up. Lots of room for stamping when I decide which photographs are going in.

The covers have been cut from a Tando chipboard sheet, and covered with sticky backed canvas.

And here's my bearded lady. The more I tried to 'lightly shade' her, the more she looked like a bearded woman. In the end I just moved the frame down :-).

All tied up and done!
This was fun to make but impossible to photograph. Every time I tried to take a picture it either rained or snowed!
I'm entering my little book into these challenges
IndigoBlu Spring is in the Air - I've used my Spring colours, and
Tando Creative week 4 Spring has Sprung.
Thanks very much for looking, and have a fun weekend xx

Thursday, 28 April 2016

April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers

There's a fabulous Stampotique feature in this months Craft Stamper, with 6 of the designers projects being shown.
Here's mine.

It looks much better in the magazine, but then I've never been know for my photographic skills.
If you get chance please check it out along with my amazing teamies projects.
Thanks very much for looking and have a great weekend xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Born To Stand Out

Good Morning and happy Wednesday! It's time for another Stampotique challenge, and the wonderful Corrie has chosen everyone's favourite, Masculine. Here's what she says
"I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card."
I think we all have problems with cards for men, but this is what I came up with.

I stamped Sheep Monster on my white card then covered the images with masking fluid and added Brusho's Ok maybe the colours aren't the most manly in the world, but he's a metrosexual monster who's not afraid to wear pink!

This is my favourite Happy Birthday stamp, it's just been stamped and embossed in white.

This card has gone in the post already, so I hope he liked it - look at that face, how could you not lol.
I hope you join in with us this week and get all manly!
Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Choose Happy

Happy Sunday, at last it's the weekend! At the moment Paper Artsy are having a 'white space' challenge. I know, scary uh! But I've had a play and this is what I've come up with.

I really like these Infusions, just like Brusho's but a bit grungier.
So lots of white space and no major trauma lol.
I hope you have a great day, and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 22 April 2016

On No, Not Cards For Men!

There aren't very many men in my life, but those that there are seem to have conspired to have their birthdays at the same time. Of course that means the dreaded 'manly' card is needed. So instead of my usual method of ignoring till the last possible moment, then missing the post, I decided to bite the bullet and do a bit of batch making (3 to me is a batch lol)

I love these Brett Weldele stamps, they just make me smile.

They have all been made with brusho's and Distress inks, and I've even put inserts in and written them. I must be getting organised in my old age!
You can't have a dog without having a cat!

I'm linking these to the Tando week 2 'watercolour' challenge.
Have a great weekend, and thanks very much for looking x 

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Good morning and happy Thursday. I'm going to whisper this very quietly in case it hears me but .... the sun is shining and it isn't raining/hailing/snowing!! I don't know how long it will last but the washing is done, pegged out, and blowing.
Ever since I came back from Mixology (pictures to follow once I've finished all my colouring in - I know I sound like a 6 year old) I've been practising my Kate Crane techniques. Kate is officially one of the nicest people and best teachers ever.
This is what I made.

All the paints are from the DecoArt Media range.
The face is a Sheena Douglass stamp.
The branches are from Tando and have been covered in Frantage embossing powder.
The screw and bookplate is from Tando and came from last years Mixology kit. There's also a bit of Frantage going on here too.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Tando - anything goes,
That's Crafty - about face, and
Mixed Media Monthly - dimension.

I hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A Very Modern Family

Good morning and Happy Wednesday. It's time for another Stampotique challenge, and this week the lovely Kristen has chosen the theme. She wants us to make something based on our favourite TV programme or movie, so here's mine.

So here we have Phil (Pedro), the nice guy,
 Claire (Karin - who I think would make a brilliant bossy Claire except you could never turn your back on her lol)
 Alex (Moody) the geeky one - no offence Moody,
 Hayley (Prom Queen , the name says it all) and
 Luke (Twinkie) who I've seen age from about 10 to 17 in the year that I've been watching it.

Whisker Monster is holding the sign, and there's Row of Numbers around the edges.

There's also Crow Line trying to get in on the act, and in the background is Splattered Mug and Mash Up which has been stamped with water.

I think it goes quite well with last weeks page.

So thanks for the fun challenge Kristen. 
 I hope that you join in, for the chance to win some new rubber. Hope you like mine, and thanks very much for looking x
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