Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A Day At The Beach

I couldn’t resist using JoFy’s beach huts once again this month. They really evoke the ‘Hot Summer Days’ of my youth! I have layered Infusions, blue and white paint in the background and then a little row of Beach Huts. It was quite a sunny, cheery piece but n ow I look at it again it looks quite ‘after-the-storm’ – much like my memories of holidays as a child! At least the sun is coming out!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

Here is my second piece inspired by Jane's choice, "Hot Summer Days". If you like to find out how I created my sizzling colours then hop over to my blog.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Summertime and the Living Is Easy .....

Hi Everyone Jennie here with you today and oh how I wish it was summertime still here in the north and life was a bit easier! Instead I had a wonderful time creating those feelings in my art journal with this double page spread.

This was a very fluid page (which is arty speak for 'I had no idea where I was going with this'!) so there are no step by steps on my blog, but you might like to visit Live The Dream and see some close up photos of the details.

Thank you for joining me today!


Live The Dream

Thursday, 25 August 2016


Hello crafters, this is Craftyfield showing you today a second piece of inspiration on the theme Hot summer days, chosen by my teammate Jane for our August Country View challenge.

Having chosen the less travelled road for my first post, this time I had to involve the more traditional beach...
Watercolour, pastels, micro beads... a whole host of supplies were dragged in to create, I hope, an evocative beach vibe. Come and see more details on my blog here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Distress Ink Ombre

Distress Ink Ombre Emma Godfrey Stamps Nikki Acton
There is still time to play along with our Hot Summer Days challenge!
I have used my distress inks to create a summery ombre effect on this card and added the lovely flowers from one of Emma Godfrey's PaperArtsy stamp sets. There are some more details and photos on my blog today.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Guest Designer - Samantha Wade

Hello everybody! We're delighted to welcome Sam Wade from Craft Room Delights as our guest this month.  Sam won our challenge in May and today she's here with her take on this month's Hot Summer Days theme.  You're going to love what she's created, so without more ado, let's hand over to her...

My inspiration this month are orchids with bright colours, stamped on vellum and die cut, with a lovely summery feel.
I really love stamping flowers and bringing them to life with shaping, if i can add a bit of sparkle somewhere i will.

More information can found on my blog,
Thank you CVC for letting me be a guest designer this month.
What a beautiful creation, Sam!  Thanks so much for joining us this month as our guest.
 If you'd like to see more of this lovely project, do visit Sam at Craft Room Delights for all the details.

You still have time to enter our Hot Summer Days challenge.  The usual £20 voucher is on offer for the winner of the challenge, and the possibility of a Guest Design spot here at Country View Challenges, See you there!

Susan and the CVC team x

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Lazy Summer Days

Hello all, it´s Evelyn here today and I want to share with you my double spread of my large Art Journal, called "Lazy Summer Days". It´s my second inspiration for our August challenge, hosted by my very talented team mate Jane.

I enjoy my holidays at home in my little garden and fortunately there are several really hot summer days here. You can find some steps at my blog, how I made this pages.
For me roses belong to summer - what do you associate with hot summer days?
We would love to see, what you come up with! There are several days left to join in.
Have a great day!
xx Evelyn

Friday, 19 August 2016

Crazy birds on hot summer days

Hello All, it's Monika here with the second piece of our August challenge: HOT SUMMER DAYS.
My birds are spending their holiday by the sea on the dog days and they have just enough from hot and sunburn :-) 
On my blog you can find the details! Happy crafting!

Monday, 15 August 2016

On the beach

Hello everyone Debs here with my second piece for this months challenge Hot Summer Days chosen by our very talented Jane.

I decided to go vintage with this journal page of the beach. I wanted it to reflect a bygone age when people flocked to the coast to take in the sea air. I hope you have time to pop to over to my blog where you can see how this came together.

Hugs xx



Saturday, 13 August 2016

Fun at the hut

Hello there! Rachel here ...Here's my make for our current challenge which is 'Hot summer day'. You can see how I put this back together over at my blog here.

I do hope you can join our challenge which you can find here.

Have a great day! Rachel x

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Our CVC Hot Summer Days continue

I am scheduling this post so I hope the weather remains nice and warm in the UK for August!!!!
It's Brenda here with my second project for Jane's Hot Summer Days challenge and oh boy my journal pages are burning lol.

I have used DecoArt media paints and mediums on these pages ........

.... with texture through a stencil .......

.... and napkins for the main images.

I hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are in the world even if it might be a cold day in the southern hemisphere.

We are looking forward to seeing all your projects being lined up.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

July Winner, Top Three & DTMSM

Hello everybody!  It's time to announce the July winners of our Challenge Winner, 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...
True Random Number
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Congratulations, Alcie !  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.
#77 Yellow House Studio

Now it's time for Hazel 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.

#12 Margik

Hazel said: An uplifting feast for the senses! So much intricate detail, with wonderful balance that doesn't detract from the main image

Hazel said: A wonderful mii-book. Great colours complemented by clever stamping.

Hazel said: A masterclass in harmony. An inspired combination of elements. The layering is stupendous.


And now for the Design Team Member's Special Mention, Hazel has chosen. 


Hazel said: This is a totally unique and inspiring arrangement of shapes, colours and textures. Tailor made for our challenge too.

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


Sunday, 7 August 2016

A postcard from the seaside...

Hello everyone, 

Today I have another little project to inspire you to take part in our challenge "Hot Summer Days". 
It is a postcard and here it is :

If you hop over to my blog HERE, I will tell you how I made this ! 

Until next time ! 

Corrie x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Nice Day For A...

White Wedding of course. I hope you're singing along now and doing your very best Billy Idol sneer. You just can't beat a nice Summer wedding can you!

There's lots of Sheena Douglass goodness (try saying that quickly 3 times) going on here, and it was one of those fun makes that just grew and grew. More details can be found here on my blog. Have a fun weekend.  Sue x

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A more CAS hot summer day card

Hello it's your August hostess Jane here again again. I am back today with my 2nd DT piece for my challenge theme of "Hot summer days". I have used the same Wendy Vecchi stamp as I used in my first DT card but this time I have made a very CAS version. 

If you would like to see how I made this version, do pop over to my blog here where a warm  hot welcome awaits you! I hope to see lots of lovely sunny entries in this month's challenge and I look forward to seeing what you all create. 

Bye for now,

Jane x

Monday, 1 August 2016

August Challenge - Hot Summer Days

 Welcome everyone to our new challenge for August with the title
chosen by the lovely Jane.
We would also like to welcome back Debs who has had a short break.

Well hello August! Summer is now in full swing and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting this month's challenge. It's a first for me and I have chosen the theme of  "Hot summer days". There are endless ways you can  interpret this...think seaside, gardens, summer fruits, ice cream, hot colours, holidays, buzzing bees, outside pursuits... the list is pretty endless. I am really looking forward to seeing what you all create and visiting your blogs.
For me hot summer days means time spent in my hot, sunny garden. I used some really summery distress inks to create the background for my card. If you would like to see how I did it do pop over to my  blog here, a warm welcome awaits you.

So, I’ve gone a little cartoony for August and shared the front page of my August section in my Bullet Journal. I LOVE these JoFy stamps and find myself coming back to them often during the summer months. If you would like to know more about my Bullet Journal (or indeed what one is) and see me use more of Jo’s stamps then please pop over here and see the rest of my pages here!
Gabrielle x

August means holidays, yippie! August brings bright colors, hot days and warm nights, butterflies and bees, swimming in lakes or the sea and much fun! I made a little canvas, where I tried to capture this summer mood. Please hop to my blog to see some steps, showing you how I made it.

Just in case the UK weather is up to its usual tricks, I have carefully designed a plan B to make sure the summer is veggie, veggie hot! Do pop over to my blog and take a closer look.

Crazy Cats on the beach - boys
Following my Crazy Birds on Vacation from last year I decided to let the cats have a little summer fun too! I have done 'one for the boys' and 'one for the girls' so do hop on over to Addicted to Art to see the female version and for more details. 

This month, Jane has chosen the inspirational topic, Hot Summer Days. For me this says vibrant colours, far away places and happy memories. I have chosen a photograph from my holiday last summer that evokes happy memories. If you are interested in more detail, please visit my blog.

Hello everyone, 
Today it's the 1st of August and that means a new challenge.... I have made an art journal page for the theme of "Hot Summer Days". I hope you'll find the time to play along with us.. I have a nice little tutorial on my blog HERE if you are interested in how I made this... 
I'll be back later in the month with more inspiration !!! 
Corrie x

Hot summer days to me means thoughts of the beach! I made a card with this in mind - I hope you can join me at my blog here to see how I put this together!

Hugs rachel x

What makes you think of a hot summer day and where would you like to be? For me I love to be by the sea and not just on the beach but anywhere I can see it, smell it and hopefully feel it, be it with my toes on the sand, walking the pier, climbing the dunes or the cliffs, it doesn't matter I just love being there. So my card was inspired by all those thoughts and pictures in my head.

What is the best place on hot summer days? The beach, of course, where you can cool you down  with nice fresh wind and cool sea water. You hear the cry of the seagulls, collect pretty shells and everything is just perfect around you!
 Enjoy your holiday as I'm enjoying mine!
The details of my mini canvas is on my blog.

I couldn't resist creating a "hot" sunny day in my art journal for this month's challenge. Do please join me on my blog for more details.


it's lovely to be back to share this tag with you. I wanted to capture the beauty of Summer as I remembered  it as a child. With  long hot days, and warm nights, and the constant sounds of nature. Please join me on my blog, where I will share some memories and show you how I created this tag. Hugs Debsxx

wanted Oooh, hot Summer days, yes please! We've waited so long for them and I intend to enjoy them while I can. For me, Summer means days in the garden watching Neil do all the hard work, so here's a garden inspired piece. More details can be found here
See you soon for my second piece xx

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