Friday, 1 April 2016

My first Design Team post for Country View Challenges...and my birthday!

Hello and welcome. I am so thrilled to be sharing my very first DT post for Country view challenges. There is a new challenge up today where the theme is Spring. What a perfect theme for me. You can enter anything crafty, as long as it has a Spring theme. There is a fabulous prize this month up for grabs from Country View Crafts for the winner. This is the link here. Why not pop on over and join in with the fun?

Today is also a very special day as it is none other than my birthday! What a fun way for me to celebrate. I am off out with my darling Hb to celebrate after I have opened my cards and pressies.

For my Spring piece I decided that I would make a card using the very first die I bought from Country View Crafts, a Sizzix accordion die. I love using it for very special cards so it seemed a good choice for today.

I decided to made 2 master boards to decorate the die with so I chose some spring Fresco paint colours and started to brayer on the colours..
 These are the stamps I used
I stamped 2 stamps using paints

 and the rest of the stamping in archival inks

I die cut 4 sections to cover the pages
I also die cut and water coloured some of Tim's new wildflower dies

I also used the memories sentiment from Wendy Vecchi's framed art set as well as her SISI flower stamped on a book page
So then it was time to put on my creative hat and put everything together.

Here it is ;

and some close ups to show the details;

I really hope you have enjoyed seeing my first ever Step by step Design Team piece and I that you might get some inspiration to join in with the Spring challenge. You can enter as many times as you like. I  am so looking forward to the next stage of my creative journey. I will be sharing my 2nd DT piece for Country View on Thursday 7th April.

I would also like to link my card up with the following great challenges;

Mixed media world vintage
Vintage stamping at least 3 layers
Allsorts wings
We love to create anything mixed media #7
Simon says stamp 2/3 Wednesday anything goes
Cheery Lynn back to nature

If you are a first time visitor here it's great to see you here. To all my "regulars" thanks for all your support and for the lovely comments you take the time to leave.

I will be back really soon to share some of the details from my birthday celebrations today.

I have one last thing to celebrate today.....I have a new card that has been  published in the May Edition of Craft Stamper which is on sale in the shops today.....I will be back to share it as soon as my copy arrives!

Must dash....there's a train to catch and a birthday to celebrate.

Jane x


  1. Happy Birthday Jane, I hope you have a wonderful day. Your first DT project for Country View Challenges is absolutely stunning and thank you for taking us through it, step by step :)X

  2. Happy Birthday Jane ,have a fab day. I love your card and welcome to the

  3. Happy Birthday Jane, Happy Birthday Jane..................

    Your pretty creation encapsulates the essence of Spring beautifully, many thanks for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping and Allsorts challenges.

    Have a lovely day today.

    B x

  4. Happy birthday, Jane! Your accordion spring card is fabulous! This is a floral beauty! And a warm welcome again at CVC, hugs

  5. Many Happy Returns, and what a beautiful debut piece! Love all the attention to detail! X

  6. Many congratulations on your first designer post Jane, I know it will be VERY popular! I love your card, those colours are so pretty and I adore those gorgoeus wild flowers. In fact I think your backing print would make fabulous wallpaper, I could just see that on the walls of a country home!
    Congrats too on your magazine feature too, what a day!
    Have a fantastic birthday with your HB, I must say since you 'retired' you have hit the ground running!
    V xxxxxxxx

  7. Wow Jane, what a magnificent project! You pulled out all the stops for your first assignment! Another congrats by the way, this team is the perfect fit for your style! And a big Birthday hug for you as well, I do hope you enjoy the upcoming year even more than the years before! :)

  8. Happy Birthday Jane! Wishing you a wonderful day! Your accordion card is so pretty and I love the delicate spring feel of the wildflowers. Well done on your first designer piece :)
    Helen xox

  9. Happy Birthday Jane and many congratulations on your new 'post'. Your creation is wonderful, so pretty and well thought out. Enjoy your day!

  10. This is so pretty jane. Love it to pieces ... hope you have a really happy birthday too. Big hugs rachel xx

  11. This is such a stunning card Jane and so much to look at ! Your master boards are stunning with such a fabulous mix of colours and stamping. Tim's flowers look stunning too, beautifully painted. Such a lovely first project and I will add my congratulations and am so glad you are joining us on the team here at Country View Challenges. Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

  12. Such a great idea to create a masterboard for the accordion card. Love the TH die-cuts too, perfect for the Spring theme!
    And as I'm here... thanks for joining us at Vintage Stamping challenges.

  13. Hi Jane,

    Firstly A Very Happy Birthday to you, I do hope it has been a joyful day. Secondly, WOW! What a stunning card, just beautiful, love all the stamps and colours you have chosen and it fits the theme perfectly.

    Love & hUgs

    Jacquie J xxx

  14. Dear Jane,

    What a day you are having!!! Congratulations altogether and all and each wonderful things separately - happy birthday, fantastic creation on the country view challenge and wow! a magazine publish!!!! Yippee, it really can't get much better than this! Enjoy!


  15. Congrats on your first post at Countryview Jane and Happy Birthday again. Hope you have enjoyed your day. What a super idea making your master board for this beautiful card. It certainly has a lovely Spring feel to it. Thanks also for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
    Julie x

    1. Meant to also say congrats on being published once again, must get Craft Stamper this month xx

  16. What a stunning springtime accordion card, Jane - beautiful layered backgrounds and the wildflowers look just wonderful. Great to have you on board at CVC!
    Alison x

  17. gorgeous piece, Jame! Love your masterboard you made and everything else =)
    Happy birthday!
    And nice to be in the same team with you!

  18. This is utterly delightful Jane, I love your master board techniques, the wonderful colours and stamps you have used and the beautiful finished card. It's fabulous to have you on the CVC team and to share this leg if our creative journey together.
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  19. Ok...this is a stunner.! I don't know how else to say it. Love the whole background look and the. The! Happy Birthday!

  20. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* -- I'm so happy with your new life being a crafter, you seem so happy and are so successful! Enjoy! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  21. Happy belated birthday Jane ! I think your card is fabulous although I am totally baffled by the 'technical side' of this ! lol
    So happy to be on the team and work with all you talented ladies too !
    Corrie x

  22. Love this! There are so many details to enjoy.
    Happy birthday again!

  23. What a treasure, Jane! Thanks for sharing your process in making it! Happy belated birthday, and thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  24. This is a stunning piece of art Jane, such a lot of work gone into it and an excellent tutorial. Well done on your new DT position

    Anne x

  25. Sorry so late with my visits! Hope you had a wonderful birthday and so lovely you have joined us at CVC! This is brilliant Jane - the master-boards you created are brilliant and make for wonderful project.. xx

  26. I am playing catch up - your card is so gorgeous - I will read and re-read your post several times. This looks incredibly hard to make. But if it were easy then everyone would be making it!! Bravo for such a fantastic make!
    Sandy xx

  27. Fantastic and amazing DT piece - no wonder they chose you, and congrats on getting published again.

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you (belatedly).

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  28. Jane Beautifully done. I like how you showed all the steps to make this card. The results are beautiful. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

  29. Beautiful card! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  30. What a fabulous card Jane, love your layered background and the beautiful wildflower die cuts are a perfect compliment to all those wonderful Paper Artsy stamps. Congratulations on being chosen for the Country View Crafts DT and on being published, what a wonderful way to start Spring! Deb xo


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