21/12/2014

The last Crafty Week in 2014

Baby to Bride Samples Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Helloooo every one.  I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  Time has flown by as it does and Christmas is almost upon us.  I've had an amazing year, met so many lovely people and had a ball.
this week I've been down at the Create and Craft TV studios again for the Graphic 45 Christmas Cracker shows.  If you didn't catch the live shows here's a few pics of the samples for Raining Cats and Dogs, time to Celebrate, Times Nouveau and Baby to Bride Collections  that were features along with a few behind the scenes shots too.
Baby to Bride Samples by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Baby To Bride Samples on set at Create and Craft TV 
Times Nouveau Samples by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Times Nouveau Samples at Create and Craft TV 
Time to Celebrate Samples by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Time to Celebrate Samples at Create and Craft TV 
Raining Cats and Dogs Samples by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Raining Cats and Dogs Samples at Create and Craft TV 
Raining Cats and Dogs Samples by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Raining Cats and Dogs Samples at Create and Craft TV  
Leonie & Clare at Create and Craft TVMartin and Leonie at Create and Craft TV


 The pics below are of the lovely samples Karen Richards made for the show too from Time to Celebrate and Baby to Bride collections by Graphic 45.  Thank you Karen they're all gorgeous and looked stunning on the set in the studio xx

by Karen Richards 
by Karen Richards 



by Karen Richards 

If you're in the US and would like to see what Create and Craft TV is all about click the link below to the website and live shows. http://www.createandcraft.com/HomePage.aspx

I had a couple of days at home to get Christmassy before heading back to Peterborough yesterday for the last of my Graphic 45 workshops of 2014.  We all had great fun making a Christmas themed Keepsake Box using the Twas the Night Before Christmas papers by Graphic 45.  Ladies it was lovely to see you all and thanks to Janice and Andy at SirStampalot for inviting me down.  We've got more workshop dates in the pipeline for next year.  How exciting :-). 


Janice and Andy at SirStampalot 

If I don't get another post up before Christmas have a really festive time with your family and friends, thank you for following me throughout the year and look forward to catching up again soon xx 

05/12/2014

Graphic 45 Handmade Gifts

Twas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Ambassador
I've had a really lovely week around some crafty makes meeting and catching up with friends.  Who'd have thought I'd become a lady that lunches lol!!! 
This week sees the start of Graphic 45's Hand Made Gift Guide.  The design team and Ambassadors have been busy crafting away and are sharing their ideas and How to Make guides over on the G45 Blog. If you're after some crafty inspiration keep calling by.  The event is running for four weeks right up to Christmas. I'm really excited to be sharing my Box of Crackers on their blog today. 
The 12 x 12 Matchbook Box was a perfect size to fit the six crackers.  I used the greybeard packaging from the box wrapping to make the inserts that hold the crackers in place. 
Twas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Ambassador
Each cracker was made from one sheet of Merry Mistletoe 12 x 12 paper, shaped using the Envelope Punch Board and decorated with cut outs from Jolly Old Elf 12 x 12 paper and Petaloo flowers. They're all filled with Milk and White chocolate Lindor balls.  Yum Yum !!!  
Twas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 AmbassadorTwas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 AmbassadorTwas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 5 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Ambassador

If you'd like to make you're own box of crackers click here to go over to the Graphic 45 blog for the full How to Make guide and more projects and guides  from the DT too. . 
I'm donating this gift to help raise money for  Zoes's Place Baby Hospice at a Charity event being held in Coventry later this month.
Twas the Night Before Christmas Box of Crackers 6 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Ambassador
It's back to the craft room for me today, I'm in the middle of making samples for the Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft on 16th & 17th December. No pressure ...!!! lol!! Tomorrow I'm heading off to the Motor Cycle Museum to have a mooch around the Craft Fair. If you're going we may bump into each other :-) Anyway enjoy your day and look  forward to catching up again soon x C 

04/12/2014

A Wintery Advent Calendar

Advent Shadow Frame 1 by Clare Charvill JOFY stamps
After a lovely surprise meet up with old friends yesterday we had another surprise last night as Father Christmas sleigh and all called by collecting for the Lions Charity.  Seeing him and hearing the carols has really has put me in the Christmas spirit so I thought I'd share my wintery Advent calendar with you. 

All the elements were stamped in black using JOFY Stamps (I love them) collections 5 & 6 onto smooth white card, watercolour painted with different shades of blue distress inks, and then cut out.  It took quite a while to collect up all the finished pieces and fix them all in place but I loved the end result and really enjoyed putting the project together.  Here's a few more pictures. 
Advent Shadow Frame 2 by Clare Charvill JOFY stamps Advent Shadow Frame 3 by Clare Charvill JOFY stamps
Advent Shadow Frame 4 by Clare Charvill JOFY stamps
Advent Shadow Frame 7 by Clare Charvill JOFY stamps


Hope yu can call by tomorrow when I'll be sharing my Graphic 45 Hand Made gift idea with you here and over on the Graphic 45 blog too.  Hope to catch up again then :-) 

03/12/2014

A lovely surprise and a gift for a friend............

Time To Flourish Photo Box 5 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Hope you're week's going well.  With all but one workshop left to teach the year I've been having a relaxing week busying about finishing off one or two projects and making new ones for Graphic 45 which is always great fun. 
I'd arranged to meet up with some crafty friends this morning or so I thought.  We'd chatted on FB arranged a place and time to meet and off I headed for our 10.30 rendezvous.  I have to admit (now this may be an over 50 thing) but it wasn't until I saw Suzanne drive into the car park with Angie that the penny dropped and I realised I was actually meeting up with some very dear friends I haven't seen for well over 7 years.   Angela and I used to work together and had lost touch until Suzanne found me on Facebook  Squeal or what, and hugs all round.  It was lovely to sit and catch up on all the news, some sad and some happy over coffee, hot chocolate and toasted tea cakes.  I still can't believe we've met up after so long and we'll definitely catch up again after Christmas.  Hugs to Ali too who couldn't join us. We got to see real reindeer's too and lots of little children arriving to visit Santa in the grotto.  They were sooooooooo excited.
Angie & Suzanne
My project today is another made from the gorgeous Time to Flourish collection.  I love all the papers but chose the November papers, patterns and solids and some Spruce card stock to make this little photo box to frame a special photo of a lovely lady.  This ones for you Ruth-Ann to say thank you for following me, I think right from my early days on You Tube.  I hope you like and it reached you before Christmas.   
Time To Flourish Photo Box 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Time To Flourish Photo Box 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45Time To Flourish Photo Box 3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Time To Flourish Photo Box 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

It's Handmade Gifts all this month on the Graphic 45 blog.  
The design team members and Ambassadors are sharing their handmade Christmas gift ideas from Monday this week. Here's the link if you haven't taken a peek yet. I love what's been shared so far.

Well that's all from me for today.  I'm off to pick Harry up from College, pick up some mince and make a spag bol for tea.  Thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your day and look forward to catching up again soon :-)  

02/12/2014

I know its December but.........


Time to Flourish Altered Frame 1 Clare Charvill Jones Crafts DT Project Dec 14 Graphic 45
Morning or is it afternoon.  I'm having a real dopey Dora day today and got caught still in my jim jams  by the delivery man who didn't call early!! I must send Birthday wishes to one of my lovely friends Sarah up in Shropshire who's @£!! today.  Have a great day.

I know its December but I'd received five each of both March Time to Flourish papers from the lovely Sandra at Jones Crafts to design the Make and Take for the sessions we'll be running on the Jones Crafts stands at the UK Craft Trade Show in February.  Once I'd made that little project I had some papers left over to play with, and this is what emerged from my crafty table :-)  
I love making shadow boxes and Graphic 45 papers are so easy to cut up for decoupage and layering. 
Time to Flourish Altered Frame 2 Clare Charvill Jones Crafts DT Project Dec 14 Graphic 45
Rather than painting the Artemio frame I used Seedless preserves Distress ink to cover the outer surfaces and then added the purple border around the rim die cut from purple patterns and solids using the Alterations Holly, Beaded and Snowflake Decorative Strip.  Then it was back to the scissors to cut out all the elements for the centre of the frame.  I set them all on the purple floral background and loved how they layered and pop out of the frame.  Tip from me:- Use offcuts of chipboard cut into 1/4" squares to add dimension to your project rather than foam tape.  It's much cheaper too 
Time to Flourish Altered Frame 3 Clare Charvill Jones Crafts DT Project Dec 14 Graphic 45

Time to Flourish Altered Frame 5 Clare Charvill Jones Crafts DT Project Dec 14 Graphic 45Time to Flourish Altered Frame 6 Clare Charvill Jones Crafts DT Project Dec 14 Graphic 45


Project Supply List 
One 8 x 8 Framed Box - Artemio 
Two each of 12 x 12 March Flourish & March cut Apart 
Alterations Decorative Die - Holly Beaded and Snowflake Garland 
Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves 
Chipboard squares 1/4" 
Glossy Accents, Crystal Glamour Dust, Tacky Glue 
Mini Buttons and mauve brad  

The Time to Flourish paper pads and Ephemera cards are available over on our web site at 

It's off to the post office for me before they close, then car cleaning Uggg!!!!  Enjoy your day too, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again later in the week :-)