Monday, 20 February 2017

Live Your Dream and Farewell

Hello and welcome to my last creative share here at Country View Crafts Projects. 

I have had a wonderful time sharing techniques and designs over the last few years but I feel the time has come to move on in order to seek new challenges and adventures.  Thank you all for your lovely comments and your support which I have greatly appreciated.

And so what better sentiment could I use for this last project than


as I have and hopefully will continue to do so! 

I started with cream cardstock which I die cut using the Mixed Media framelit and then stamped with Antique Linen and a mesh stamp to give it a bit of texture. A piece of lace covers a piece of the die which didn't cut very well due to my very old plates which need renewing!

I gathered a few of my favourite embellishments ...
Handmade flowers using the Tattered Florals Die
Distress inked ribbon
Wrinkle Free Distress Leaf

and layered them onto my card.

All very much me!

Thank you again for all your wonderful support and who knows where the next adventure will lead but I hope to see you there too!

Jennie x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Zinski Playing Cards

Hello! Today I'm sharing some playing cards I made with my Elenazinski stamps. You might need a cuppa, there are a few steps!
I started by covering four flash cards with thin layer of Snowflake paint using a brayer. You can use Gesso for this too if you prefer.
Then I added a thin layer of Pixie Dust (fab name!)
I added Bora Bora through a stencil
Then I popped Yellow Submarine through a second stencil. This is the background step completed!
The next step is to make the characters. I stamped two of each character on the paper. The stamps I used are found later in this post.
Then I coloured them in with pencils -  I used the same colour scheme as the background, but just brighter than the background so they 'pop'. You'll see that I didn't colour the whole picture - that's because on playing cards you just see the heads and shoulders of each character.
To make sure I captured the extra details on some of the stamps I stamped the character on the card first. So on this card I didn't have to cut out the antenna! I masked the bottom half of the card with a post it note to protect it and then repositioned it when I flipped the card around.
For the symbols in the corners I used a heart stencil  and then for the spade symbol I turned the heart stencil upside down and then drew in the base. I used a diamond stencil but for the clubs I needed another solution! My daughter suggested using the hole in the top of the stencil and drawing the bottom on. It worked really well! For the letters I used an alphabet stencil.
The finished cards look like this:
Jack - I used this stamp
Queen - I used this stamp
King - I used this stamp
Ace - I used this stamp. You may have noticed I coloured two of these in - but I realised that the ace only has one image on it so I had to colour his feet in!
I hope you like these playing cards! Thank you, as always, for popping by.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Tim Holtz Snowglobe - Townscape in summer

Hello All, 

I'm new here at the Country View Crafts blog, although you can know me from the other Country View blog, the Challenge blog

My first project here is a summer version of Tim Holtz Snowglobe Die Set. On my blog you can find the story behind this card, or rather the reason why I made this card.

As for the background...

Take a white cardstock and ink it with a sponge through Tim Holtz Polka Dot Stencil. You can use either an embossing ink or a coloured ink which has similar colour to your embossing powder. (I used Ice Spruce.)

Then cover your rectangle shape cardstock with Ranger Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. Get rid of the excess :-) and heat it.

After you can ink it with Ranger Distress Milled Lavender.

Now the card....

Cut out all the elements you want.
I used heavyweight (300 grams/140 lb) watercolour paper for the elements.

Then start to colour your houses with DecoArt Americana paints. I love the Americana paints, it's so easy to work with them. 

I added the paints onto the surface of the big shape with a sponge with tapping movements.

Here it was not light enough so I added some more white.

The tree is not part of this set, so I used an egg shape die and a polka dot embossing folder for the crown but the trunk was cut out with scissors by myself.

Glue the elements to the snowglobe background.

Then cover the whole snow globe with a medium to give a protection and to give a little shine.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happily Ever After

Well Trace here , it has been a while, but Susan said I can post here as and when .... I know it has been a long as  and when , but hopefully better late than never ...

So here is a vintage inspired Valentines , using lots of yummy distress goodies and distress crayons, I know late to the party but I am loving playing with them ...

So here is my make :

I love the vintage feel that the found relatives   give ( not sure which set this is from as I have all mine muddled up !) and cannot wait to see the new paper dolls from Tim , which are top of my list!

So I started by applying matte texture paste through this gorgeous Tim flourish stencil and allowing to dry . I then coated the card with  collage medium and stamped some random patches of script using grey archival ink.

I then started to apply patches of distress crayon, starting with antique linen , and rubbing in with a damp finger.
I then built up the colours using frayed burlap and walnut stain.

I die cut two hearts and coloured using distress crayons , in barn door and fired brick and edged with walnut stain distress crayon.

To complete the card I added the found relative card which has some tissue tape stuck on , as well as a chit chat sticker . I tore the bottom and edged with distress crayon and walnut stain distress ink. I also lightly sanded it and added some ink as I like the extra distressed feel it creates but this is totally personal choice.

I added the hearts and lifted one slightly to create dimension and also added an idea-ology number plaque.

To complete the left hand side of the card I dyed some seam binding using distress stain, scrumpled and left to dry , then added the the card and tied in a bow. ( you can heat dry the seam binding but leaving scrumpled overnight gives a crinkle that I prefer )

So there you have my first post in a very long time...a vintage valentine x

Hopefully I will be back soon !

all the products used are in Country View Crafts .

keep those fingers inky!
trace x

Friday, 10 February 2017

Bronte ATC Inspiration

Hello its Jane here today with a debut post for the Country View Crafts project blog. Yes Susan has let me loose with a post for the shop. I apologise in advance that I am not familiar with the Inlinkz tool so I have written a list of the products I used today, with a link to Country View Crafts, at the end of this post.

 I am sharing my newest PaperArtsy stamps which popped through my letter box this week. There are so many beauties in the new release but I went for the gorgeous Lynne Perrella LPC036 set. They are a nod to the Bronte sisters and I love them.

This set shrieks Jane Eyre to me so I wanted to do something book inspired.
coughs ahem....have never made any ATCs (Artist Trading Cards in case this is new to you) before. They have been around for years but I have never really thought about making them.  However last week I had fun mono printing with my Gelli Plate (an item from my stash that had been sitting unused in it's packaging for nearly 2 years!!)
 I only have a small one but I found that my prints were a perfect size to cut down and use for ATCs. I am sharing 2 of them here today. To be ATC size they need to measure 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" and I chose to round my edges.

I won't go into the details of the actual mono printing as I recently shared these on my own  blog but these are Fresco colours I used.
 I also used a book page to create the background of ATC fitted my Bronte theme perfectly. No it wasn't a copy of Jane Eyre but A tale of two Cities but shhh...I won't tell it you won't 😉
I also found that the Tim Holtz mini stencils fitted my plate perfectly.

I used a couple of the spare prints for die cutting the elements I added. It means that the colours coordinate perfectly. I also used some Tim Holtz's Remnant rubs and Small Talk Ideaology stickers which again are a perfect size for ATCs.

I stamped everything with Archival inks. For my ATC2 I used the little house scene stamp from Lynne's set. For the extra stamping I used one of my older PaperArtsy sets Lin Brown Eclectica ELB23 which has some great pattern and leaves.
Here are some of the details in close up

I used a white gel pen for accents and to add to the pattern at the side.The Remnant Rub pen below was just right for the Bronte book theme and you can still see the book page peeping through.

I die cut some flowers with the scraps and added liquid pearls to their centres.
I also added an eye Remnant rub through the window die cut of ATC 2

This little bird is peeping in at the old English scene...could that be Jane Eyre peeping out and singing..."Heathcliff it's me Cathy"...oops sorry that's another story isn't it 😉

Thanks so much for reading my post today. I really hope that I may have inspired you to either try or revisit making some ATCs. They are such fun. Try some different colours too. There are some amazing new products to play with in the shop....and with free postage too. 

As my little ATCs say...

If you're lucky enough to be different,
never change...
it's all perspective.....

Bye for now,

Jane x

My blog is Jane's Journal do pop on over...a very warm welcome awaits you there.

Main products used;

PaperArtsy stamps Lynne Perella and Lin Brown

PaperArtsy Fresco Paints bubble gum , candy floss ,  guacamole and toad hall

Archival inks leaf green ,  watering can and  Black

Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs elements

Tim Holtz heart mini stencils

Ranger liquid pearls

Tim Holtz Idea-ology small talk stickers

If anything is out of stock do email Susan as she regularly re orders.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Shabby Wishes

Hello! and welcome to my first make for this month which is a ... sort of ... Valentine's card!

I wanted to make something a little different in terms of colour and elements - so no red, black or hearts!

I started with a piece of good quality cardstock as I wanted to dampen it down a bit with gesso and didn't want the paper to disintegrate in the process! Once the gesso had dried I added some crackle paste through a harlequin stencil.

I found all of these items in my bits and pieces box cut for other projects and not used but I did seem to have used the same ink (Vintage Photo Distress Ink ) on them so they did co-ordinate!

I died some ribbon using Vintage Photo but made it really dark as a contrast to the other embellishments.

I layered my background onto some cream cardstock and then a card cut from kraft card. I was annoyed with myself as I had intended to wrap the ribbon around the background paper before sticking it down! so in the end had to resort to cutting a piece and laying it across the doily! 

I then layered more pieces over the top, not using any foam pads but just glueing a small piece of the element which makes it look as thought the piece is floating.

Finally I added the flower, leaf and ribbon and adhered the handwritten word where it touched!

Although I have not used any foam pads there is still quite a good layered finish.

As always thank you for joining me today and I hope you find time for some crafting fun.

Jennie x