Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Chapter 2 Tim Holtz dies

Hi Brenda here with two Spring cards using two of the new Tim Holtz dies.

For the process steps and photos showing how I made these cards please pop across to 
Bumblebees and Butterflies where there all the details can be found including a new way to use acrylic paints for the background of the first card.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 23 March 2020

Zini’s Storage box

Hi there, Celia here with another storage box for our Paperartsy mini stamps. This time it’s the gorgeously quirky Zini minis from Elanazinski Art.
I started with two coats of DecoArt chalk paint in Everlasting. Then I chose three bright Paperartsy Fresco Finish colours and monoprinted with paper, then stencils to get a Zinski-esque background.

I chose 5 of the Zini minis, including two from the newest release (ZN43 and ZN44) and ZN08, ZN19 and ZN38.
 I stamped these onto some white card with Versafine Clair in Nocturne, which is new favourite black pigment ink. Then I coloured them with Promarkers and cut them out.

 I arranged them onto the box and glued them down with DecoArt Decou-Page, with a couple of coats on top so they would be nice and durable. Then finished off with a coat of DecoArt mat varnish.
And here it is sitting proudly on the shelf:

Thanks for stopping by,

Celia x

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Wow embossing powders

Hi there, Celia here!

After much anticipation the Wow Embossing Powders are finally in the house! Of course I picked Seth Apter’s colours to try out. He has also brought out a natty little bottle of embossing ‘gloop’ with a brush, which brings all sorts of opportunities for experimentation.
For my tag, I first put down a quick base of Paperartsy chalk paints in Waterfall and Green Patina. Then I used the lighter embossing powder colours from the Cosmic pack with Seth’s Paperartsy minis EM55 and EM56. Against the aqua background they make a lovely subtle background. I used mini EM45 with the Etched Platinum, which is a gorgeous grungy silver. I stamped the main image with mini EM52 and the Crusty Copper, again gorgeously grungy. I used the Embossing Brush around the edges - it’s great for making random blobs or brush strokes. I used the Crusty Copper and the Weathered Gold around the edge.
There are so many embossing powders around now, but this new range from Wow has lovely mixes of colours. They are shiny without being too blingy, and have a great texture to them. It’s hard to say which is my favourite colour. If pushed, I’d say all of them!
Thanks for stopping by,

Celia x

Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Two of my favourite things in a bottle - Seth Apter and purple! I’m very lucky to have a sneaky preview of this brand new ink from Aladine, who have developed a new range of acrylic inks with Seth. It has a new delivery system, so instead of the usual dropper it has a brush, in what looks suspiciously like a nail varnish bottle! After my little play, I have to say it is very effective. The ink is a lot thicker than, say, Amsterdam, so you can gloop it on thick or water it down with a spray bottle.

For my quick play, I made a background on some watercolour paper with a selection of Seth’s mini stamps from Paperartsy. (here)

Then I applied the ink in as many different ways as I could think:
Splodged on thick with a palette knife
Wiped with a baby wipe
Dotted with the brush
Lines with the brush
Watered down and painted with a paint brush
Dobbed on then quickly pour on embossing powder. It dries quickly! You get some lovely bubbling effects if you slightly over heat it.
Make a dot, spritz it then pull the centre out with a needle.
Stamp with it - paint onto craft mat and dip stamp in. Wash stamp quickly!
Use the brush to roughly edge the paper.

I’m sure there are many more ways to use this amazing product, but I filled up my piece of paper! It will be available from about mid February.

Thanks for stopping by,

Celia x

Saturday, 18 January 2020

A Tim Holtz Curio Box

Using Tim's new Curio Box die I've created a mini scene with a retro/vintage transport theme. To get that lovely retro vibe I used Andy Skinner's transfers

The base of the box was cut from black card and lined with the die-cut shape from the lid which was cut from white card.
Sealed with gesso and then covered with the transfers the lid piece and insert was then dipped in some cobalt turquoise wash and dried before putting together.
As I like to do I distressed the edges with brown distress ink and spritzed it lightly with water before drying it to get that aged look and did the same over some of the backgrounds.

I kept one of the car transfers to rub onto white card and cut out for part of the focal point in the front with the lovely couple ....

.... painted a metal penny farthing bicycle and adhered to the top ....

... and added some 'extras' to set the scene.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda xxx

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Tracy Easson Visits Country View Crafts

Good morning and happy Monday. It's Sue here sharing a project that I made at a recent Tracy Easson workshop - it's the Little Book of Wishes.
I didn't actually make this at Country View Towers as Tracy was there the day before we flew to Spain. Neil refused to do the 350 miles round trip or change the flights to Luton. I know, selfish or what!
Luckily Tracy was a little (lot) closer to home the week before and I managed to sneak a place, so put the cats in the kitchen and prepare to fall in love with mice.
 I'm not saying how the book was made as it's a class that Tracy is still teaching. I will say that it was great fun and I can't wait to take another of her classes.

This is the front cover. Tracy provided everything including thread and the lovely badge.

I just love Matilda Bottoms, she's so cute!

And Morty is such a handsome chap, always with his head up to the sky.

This is page 3. I really enjoyed working with the fabrics, not something that I had ever done before.

This is the middle where we added some paper pages.

And the other side with some fabric clouds added. This is the very sweet Betsy Bottoms.

Lots of words on this page.

And I've added a Tim Holtz die cut to this one.

The lovely Matilda started the book so it seemed only fair that she should end it too.

And finally the back cover with a fabric badge that I made - I never thought that I would say that! I know that I machine stitch my cards but I've never actually made a garment - I've only just progressed to stitching a hem. It was so relaxing to just sit and sew and I really enjoyed finishing my book (though it did take about 10 days, I just wanted to keep adding bits and bobs)

I do hope that Tracy comes back next year, if she does my name will be the first on the list.
All of her stamps can be found here in the store. Have a lovely week, and thanks so much for looking x

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Autumn 2019 Visible Image stamp release

Hello hello I'm sorry this is a little late in writing but my goodness life has been busy, in a good way! It's Jane here from Jane's Journal.
I am finally able to showcase the latest Visible Image stamp release for Country View. I have linked everything in this post to the website and if anything is out of stock just put in your details in the box and Susan will email you when her new stock is in.

There are 6 new image sets and 3 sentiment sets.

First up is the amazing Night owl set and what an awesome owl he is, such a great size. These are all first samples I have made with the sets.

He is easy to colour
and makes a real statement on a project.
I also used the Deep in the forest set in the owl card above for some extra branches and texture.
Next is a bestseller called Erika's maple Do check out via the link the special reason and dedication behind this gorgeous set.
I made an autumnal wreath using lots of media to create the leaves.

Don't judge is such an original set and perfect for journalling as well as for cards when someone is not quite feeling on top of things. 
The zip and safety pins are really cool and I made a piece which included a real zip and safety pins too.
is a delight to work with and there are so many design possibilities using her. You can colour in her hair, write in her hair, change her position, the designs are endless. Here is one of several I have made. This one uses distress reinkers and a sentiment form the Believe in me sentiment set. Her "festival hair" was created with Stickles.
The last image set is called The right direction 
and is perfect for male projects and cards.There are no less than 9 individual stamps in this set. I had such fun"driving" the little car around my page.
The skyline in this set is brilliant too and how awesome is the retro Ford of my old boyfriend's from 1977 had a silver 2 tone one!!!
The last 2 sentiment sets in this release are
Brave and strong
I made a picture using 2 of these sentiments, Beautiful soul and some autumn leaves from Erika's Maple. All the sets work so well together and with other exiting Visible Image sets. 
All these sentiments are perfect for journaling, scrap booking, tags or cards. You have every occasion covered with these brilliant words.

I have made another card for the next Country View Challenge using the Night Owl, which starts on 1st December.
I will share a little sneak peek here but if you want to see the whole project and a full step by step you will need to join us over at the Challenge site here on 1st December
In the mean time we have a "hand stamped focal" challenge running here which you could join in with and perhaps even win a £20 gift voucher to spend on the website?

One final reminder is that Country View offers FREE UK POSTAGE ON EVERYTHING, with no minimum spend. Win,win in my books!

If you would like to see the whole Visible Image range which is stocked at Country View here is the link . Susan has just had a big restock so many previously out of stock stamps and stencils area now back in.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I wonder how many of these fab new stamps will find their way into your Christmas stockings..ho ho ho!

Bye for now,

Jane x