02/05/2016

May Giveaway

Halloween in Wonderland Scrap Book 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Helllloooooooo and a very Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you.  I thought I'd get ahead of myself and launch our May giveaway at the beginning of the month this time.  Carrying on the theme of the mini scrap books from yesterdays post I have an Alice In Wonderland themed one to give away to our winner this month.   Using up leftovers from this fabulous paper collection with a twist by Graphic 45 I've added most of the main characters from the story to the cover.   

Halloween in Wonderland Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Halloween in Wonderland Scrap Book 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Halloween in Wonderland Scrap Book 3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
To be in with a chance to win this little book, leave your comment below before midnight on 31st May.  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st June :-) 
If you'd like to pre-order the collection to craft with yourself click here to go over to our website. 
We're off out to battle with the bank holiday traffic - hopefully we'll get somewhere before we have to come home lol!!!  Enjoy the rest of your day and catch up again soon :-) Cx

01/05/2016

April Giveaway Winners and a crafty make for the weekend

Pinch Punch it's the first of the month.  Can you believe it's May already.  The weather thinks it's still April sharing chilly showers and hail stones with us this morning lol!!! 
Huge thanks if you left a comment on this months giveaway.  I do read them all but don't add comments as it complicated the draw.  
Out two winners this month are;
 Our winners are  Maureen (29 April 2016 at 15:45) who left comment No 50 and Patti (21 April 2016 at 17:21)  who left comment No 37.
Congratulations to you both and thank you to everyone else for joining in the giveaway too.  Please can you both e mail me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com so I can send you out your link to the Communique PDF Tutorial. 

I thought I'd share a quick and easy crafty make with you all today.  I've been making and selling these little scrap/photo books for a while and use all sorts of left overs from previous projects to decorate the covers.  Time is always precious and conscious of time V cost I keep the covers relatively simple and follow the same layout too but you could add as much or as little detail and bling bits as you wanted to make a totally unique scrap/photo book and upcylcle some of those leftovers.  They make great stocking fillers or items for your craft fairs and charity table top sales too.

Supplies Needed 
  • One sheet A4 chipboard cut into two pieces 8 1/4" x 5 3/4" for your covers 
  • 2 pieces of card/card stock cut at 10 1/4" x 7 3/4" to cover your chipboard pieces 
  • 2 pieces card cut at 8" x 5 1/2" for the inside of your chipboard covers 
  • 10 pages cut at 5 1/4" x 8" 
  • 3/4" Zutter binding rings - 6 rounds 
  • Zutter/Cinch machine 
  • paper left overs to decorate your cover
Step1 
Cover your two pieces of chipboard with card / card stock - put double sided tape along all card edges.  
Mitre off the card corners leaving 1/8" card sticking out from under the chipboard.  
Fold long card edges over chipboard and stick firmly to chipboard 
Squish the little triangles of black card in towards the centre of the short chipboard edges, covering the corner before folding and sticking down the short edges   



Use double sided tape to stick the inner pieces of card to your book covers

Use your Zutter, Cinch machines or just a standard hole punch to make six holes centrally along one short edge of both book covers and your 10 pages. 
Stack them together as follows, back cover on top holes to the left and inside of the cover facing you, front cover underneath holes to the left and the right side facing you and pages underneath, holes to the left. Thread your wire loops through all the holes and close using your Zutter,Cinche or players. Fold the back cover to the back of the stack 
Good Ol' Sport Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Here's a few more simple cover ideas: 

Botanicabella Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Mon Amour  Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Steampunk Debutante Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Once Upon a Springtime  Scrap Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
You could even turn them into note books ...........  
Hope you enjoyed today's post, congrats to our winners and do call back tomorrow for the launch of our May giveaway :-)  and if you're reading this here in the UK enjoy your Bank Holiday break.

30/04/2016

Some spooky samples .........

Rare Oddities Cards Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Whop Whop its Saturday.  I'm home after a lovely time away and have started a major sort out of the house. Or maybe a late spring clean lol!!  Anyway I came across these samples made for one of my C & C shows and thought I"d share them with you.  I love all things Halloween and these cards and tag were made from the Rare Oddities collection.  Some of the  papers from that collection will definitely go with the newly re released Halloween in Wonderland papers too as they are both from the Darks colour palette.  Thought I might make a little something that pulls them both together so watch this space ............. 
I cut the centre out of one of the frames from a small cut apart and added a raised back to give the tag some dimension and the appearance that the bottles were in a cabinet 
We all make these pop up cards but the fun is adding different elements to the carte bands .... G45 give us loads to chose from in their collections 
For the tall card I cut an arch out of the paisley paper (which will go well with the purple Hatter paper in the Halloween n Wonderland Collection) added a black arched frame and then placed the scull in the jar behind it . A ribbon and metal lock finished off the front of this one along with the stamped hand and message.  Loved the stamps that went with the collection.  
Hope you liked them :-) 
Month Giveaway 
Today is the last day to leave a comment on this months giveaway post.  Two winners will receive the digital PDF project sheet for my Communique Album, below.  If you haven't left a comment and would like to be in with a chance to win just click here to go to the post.
Thats all from me for today folks, sorting out is calling so have a great day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you tomorrow to announce our giveaway winners. 

28/04/2016

One Card, two styles

morning everyone, it's been a lovely week down here in the Cornwall.  Changeable weather but beautiful blue skies in between the showers.  Sadly not quite warm enough to go dipping in the sea though. (well not for me anyway).  Thought I'd share a couple of views across the mouth of the River Fal with you.  A Navy ship had just arrived for renovation in the docks.  It looks so small from the hill but was actually mahusive.  

My card today was one we made back in January.  We took JOFY Stamps, chose one style and used two distress inks, Worn Lipstick and Evergreen Boughs to create two different looks by adding a distressed and water blown background to the one on the left. Simple but effective cards. Hope you like:-)  


There's still a few days left to leave a comment on this months giveaway post.  Two winners will receive the digital PDF project sheet for my Communique Album, below.  If you haven't left a comment and would like to be in with a chance to win just click here to go to the post.
Time to get up - and then who knows where the day will take us :-)  Have a great day yourself, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon x :-) C

25/04/2016

WHOP WHOP Squeal a new G45 Design Team and new collections are announced


Halloween in Wonderland Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Huge congrats to the new Graphic 45 2016 design team members.  It's no mean feat getting onto this prestigious design team, and with hundreds of entrants applying every year it must be such a hard decision to select just a few.  Commiserations to all who didn t make the team too. I'm sending my own huge thanks to Diane, Charee and Aimee at Graphic 45 for my invitation to continue to represent them, and their truly unique paper collections and staples here in the UK as their Ambassador.   It's going to be another fun filled year of creative design and workshops. Look what's coming everyone.......a much asked for Safari Adventure collection....... can't wait to see this one and looking at the colours am sure the papers will work with those from the Tropical Travelogue collection if you have some left......... (I do lol)   
Also coming our way is the re-release of the incredibly sought after Halloween in Wonderland collection.   I was only asked the other day where these papers could be found and ta da ........ they will be here for us to craft with shortly. 
If you're thinking you're going to have to add these fabulous new collections to your crafty stash you can pre order them today by clicking below:
               PRE ORDER SAFARI ADVENTURE AND HALLOWEEN IN WONDERLAND COLLECTIONS 

To see the full 2016 DT line up and sneak peeks of both collections that start today click here to visit the Graphic 45 blog.  

Halloween in Wonderland Clare Charvill Graphic 45Halloween in Wonderland Clare Charvill Graphic 45
I thought I'd share a couple of my early projects made from the original Halloween in Wonderland collection with you. Hope you like :-)
Halloween in Wonderland 8 x 8 Album
Halloween in Wonderland Mini album 
Huge congrats once again to all the new team members, I know there'll be a lot of squealing going on around the world today.  Enjoy your day, thank you for calling by and I  look forward to sharing more crafty inspiration with you shortly. :-) C

24/04/2016

How many Shakespeare quotes were there........... that is the question!

Evening everyone, I hope you've had a great day.  Huge congrats to my lovely friend Karen for completing the London Marathon in a great time. 
If you called by yesterday you'll know we had a bit of a Shakespeare theme running through the post with a little challenge to count the number of Shakespeare plays mentioned.  Thank you to everyone who played along, counted up and left a comment.   It's time to reveal all......................
Bit of a sneaky question really there were eight references in all and two plays were mentioned twice so the answer to the question 'How many Shakespeare plays are mentioned.....' was six.  Here they are:
  • The Merry Wives of Mullion (Windsor) - Play Title 
  • Margaret, Margaret, where for art thou Margaret  -   Juliet in Romeo and Juliet
  • Much a do about Nothing -  Play Title 
  • Double Double toil and trouble - the Witches in Macbeth 
  • What's in a name that which we call a Rose by any other would smell so sweet - Juliet from Romeo and Juliet
  • We are merry as the day is long - Beatrice in Much a Do about Nothing
  • 'Can one desire too much of a good thing' - Rosalind in As You Like it 
  • 'Tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady' -  Sly in Taming of the Shrew 
Actually nobody guessed six but because I'm so impressed that you all participated that there is a little something for all who left a comment.  If your blog name is below please e mail me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com to claim your little something. 
Judy in Arizona,  Patricia Howarth, KarinsArtScrap, Debbie, misteejay, Ginny Hickmott, Tania Godwin-Evans Pamela Lala, Cardmakerkb, MaggieMay, Debbie, Nattyboots 
Voyage Beneath the Sea This N That Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Voyage Beneath the Sea This N That Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The boxes and picture frame on the post this eve are my medium and large This 'N that Box Kits altered in papers from the Voyage beneath the Sea collection by Graphic 45.  I love the combination of the Deep Blue Dreams and Steampunk Splash papers.  The larger box has a photo frame on the lid from the Double Photo Frame kit too. Boxes altered by Claireeeee and Photos were taken by Annie :-) The rainbow picture on the box was taken after a severe hailstorm and the end of the rainbow was right on St Anthony's Lighthouse, St Anthony's Head across the water from Falmouth.  Love it.   
Annie tells me I'm off to watch the telly with her so I'll bid you goodnight, and hope to catch up with you again tomorrow to share some reveals and announcements are being made over on the G45 blog. ta ta 'til then  :-) C

23/04/2016

Our last Workshop At Mullion Meadows

As I'm away from home and not able to join the crowds down the road in Stratford Upon Avon to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday and the 400th Anniversary of his death this fine day I thought I'd add a sprinkling of quotes from the Bards works to my post ............ can you spot how many Shakespeare play's are mentioned, some very loosely below.  If you can, leave a comment. A small token will be awaiting those who guess correctly.

I joined the Merry Wives of Mullion for a fabulously crafty day yesterday.   
'Margaret Margaret, where for art though Margaret'
Our project for the day was to construct and alter the event organiser kits and have them finished ready for class 2 of the the project in a couple of months.  After much a do about nothing we got started and 
after a  lot of double double toil and trouble our boxes were all built and painted.
What's in a name that which we call a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet 
'We were merry as the day is long' as we started to cut onto the gorgeous Voyage Beneath 'Can one desire too much of a good thing?'

Voyage Beneath the Sea workshop with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Voyage Beneath the Sea workshop with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Voyage Beneath the Sea workshop with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
'tis a very excellent piece of work, madam lady'
Voyage Beneath the Sea workshop with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
What a great time we all had. Margaret thank you for inviting me down, ladies for coming along and I hope the shop move over the weekend goes well and look forward to seeing you at your new place when I'm down next.  
We're off for a wander on the beach in the sunshine so I"ll sign iff and look forward to catching up with you again soon.  Enjoy your day :-)