We're Off to the Races this weekend

Hi de Hi my loverlies, how are you this grey and chilly morning.  Autumn is slowly taking hold here, the nights seem to be closing in and Halloween is creeping up on us. On a positive the clocks go back on Saturday eve here and we get an extra hour to snooze on Sunday morning before leaping into action :-).  
I'm off to Scotch Lodge Farm this weekend to host a two day G45 workshop.  We have a new album to create altered in papers from the delightful Off to the Races collection by Graphic 45. I'm loving the colours in the collection, they seem to fit the season too with the rich oranges, warm browns, olive greens and subtle blues.  They also go with past collections which is great if you want to create bespoke projects or use up those left over papers on new projects. Or maybe we just like to stash those to look at and stroke lol!!!  
The album sits inside it's own case (our 'Box It' kit) has some fun interactive pages, large pull outs and oodles of room for your photos too.  The collection is as the title suggests all about the races but you can easily create a non race themed project by using the B sides of the papers and let the colours and quality designs work their magic.  Either way you can create stunning projects from this collection.  
Here's a few sneak peeks.  I'll share more and the project sheet next week after the class. 
I'm off out for lunch and some Mum time with Oli, a real treat as we seem to pass each other like ships in the night these days, so have to go get a wiggle on.  Have a fun day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again shortly. 


I'm back from my travels

evening everyone, and happy Monday to you.  Jan, if you're reading this I've finally managed to sit down for long enough to open up the lap top, watermark some pics and blog.............................:-)
It's been a fun filled couple of weeks since my first show on Hochanda with Fiona.  What a great time we had, the hour flew by as always. Huge thanks to everyone who mailed in during the show and sent messages afterwards too. It was great to be back and with such a fabulously friendly team. 
After the show I headed down to Cornwall for a few days with my lovely Sis, and a workshop in Bodmin.  Ladies thanks you so much for joining me.  We had a great time building our Box It kits and altering them Crazy Bird style.  Here's a few pics of eveyone and their fabulous projects: 
I caught a ship slipping slowly behind the rooftops into Falmouth docks as the sun came up and we spent some time on the beach too.  Just lovely.........

My time with Annie by the sea went by all too quickly.... but my journey home takes me past Harry's new pad so I called by and took him out for dinner and some much needed vegetables lol!!! We had a good old catch up.  He's loving his course and living in Cheltenham and has loads of new friends too which is great.  Student life seems t be suiting him.
After prepping for this weekends demo day and workshop at SirStampalot it was back off to Peterborough for tho fabulous days with Janice, Andy and their lovely customers.  Huge thanks to everyone who came along to Saturdays Graphic 45 demo day and yesterdays Graphic 45 workshop.  Our project for the day was a new ring bound album altered in papers from the truly delicious Cafe Parisian collection.  Here's a few pics from our day: 

Graphic 45 workshop with Clare Charvill at Sirstampalot

Cafe Parisian Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Cafe Parisian Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45  Cafe Parisian Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Janice and Andy are changing direction next month and their last day at SirStampalot is on 26th November.  Thank you both for all the workshop bookings over the past four years, and here's to your new venture :-) xx

Well that's all for me for this eve, I'll have another album to share with you on Wednesday so do call back :-) 
Enjoy the rest of you're day/eve, have a great day tomorrow and thanks for calling by :-) 


September Giveaway Winner and October Giveaway

Well hello my crafty friends, how's you're week going?  I know I'm a little late sharing our September Giveaway winner with you all - time seems to be running away with me this week............ Huge thanks to you if you left a comment.  As always I loved reading them all. Random.org has chosen comment No 9 as our lucky winner 

left by 
Happyscrapper on 2nd September - thank you for your lovely comment.  Please send your address to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com so I can get your goodies off in the post to you. 
I'm really excited to be back on the TV this Friday at 3pm where I'll be joining Fiona on Hochanda for an hour long show of creative crafting from My Creative Spirit.  I've been beavering away making a whole range of samples in different mediums from my featured kits and having a whale of a time getting uber creative and completely messy!!! I have to give a huge shout out to Di and Tony at Tando for cutting and personally delivering all the kits to me and to Judith at Woodware for the goodies to prep with - I created master boards from card stock  Dylusions paints and PaperArtsy stamps to cover the set the set above/below.  

You can watch us live on your p/c device at 
and the following channels on your TV
  • SKY 663 (24/7)
  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)
  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

To celebrate we have one each of the three kits above to give away to one lucky winner on October 31st. The bundle includes one Large This N that Box, one pencil case and one Stamp/Card storage Kit........ WOW!  
To be in with a chance to win just leave your comment below before midnight 31st October GMT.  the winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st November.  
I had a call from H on Monday.  He was feeling really low, had loads of design projects to tackle and really didn't know where to start.  I talked him though how to make a Spag Boll and then we made a date today so I'm off to Cheltenham to meet up, go shopping and have lunch.  I'm so looking forward to seeing him :-) so I"d better get off and get ready to hit the road. 
Hope to see you out of the telly box on Friday :-) Thanks for calling by and good luck if you enter the giveaway....


Introducing my new Exploding Sewing Box Tutorial

 I'm really excited to be sharing a new project with you today.  With H being at home since May being creative has been a real stop start and almost non existent process but now I have all the time in the world to create new designs and projects to share with you.  
I thought I'd start with something a little different to an album, although albums are in the pipeline so if you love my style hold on in there lol!! 
This exploding box could be decorated in fabric as well as paper as I've done in the samples here.  The lid has a piped effect around the edges and a simple painted wooden knob adds a practical finishing touch to the lid. 
There's a full PDF Tutorial available from my website that includes the dimensions for cutting the chipboard pieces, a step by step cutting and assembly guide and a follow along video too.  If you prefer to buy the basic chipboard kit, they will be available from the website shortly too.  What a great gift idea  if you're looking to make hand made presents this Christmas. 
I've used papers from the Cafe Parisian 12 x 12 pad and the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids by Graphic 45 to create two different looks with papers that have the same colour pallette. I loved the orange stripe so that one features on both samples. 
Colourway 1 - Umberellas 

Colourway 2 - Floral Souffle

If you'd like to see the full project click on the video link below:
If you'd like to come along an join me at a workshop to make the project keep an eye on my FB page and event listing here on the blog
Well thats all for today folks, have a good one, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing more crafty inspiration with you shortly. :-) C

A great time had by all

Morning and a very happy Monday to you - the last in September for this year!!!  Can you believe it. Time is a flying by tooooooo quickly.  H has been away for a week and is having a ball.  He's taken to Uni life like a duck to water, which after not wanting to go last Saturday, is great to hear.  Love this pic of the H (middle) Oli and Sophie taken in his new room.  Definitely one for the scrapbook album :-) 
It was a fun day at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts on Saturday.  Thanks for arranging the day Wendy, congrats to you and Geoff, huge thanks to Rachel for keeping us topped up with drinks all day and the scrummy wedding cake, and huge thanks ladies and gent for coming along and joining me for another fun day of crafting.  Loved all your projects:  We constructed and inked out Box It and Stamp Storage kits into shape and created little houses for those crazy birds. Here's a few pics from our day.

Lovely pic of you all peeps :-) 
I"ll be back at Daisy's for another workshop later in the year with a choice of proejcts - sneak peeks coming soon.
I've got lots to share with you this week so do call back and catch up.  Enjoy your Monday, thanks for calling by and ta ta for now :-) C


Card of the week

Lawn Fawn Stuck On You
Well todays the day we head off to Cheltenham, cars heaving to drop Harry off at the start of his new adventure.  Lets hope its not race day again.  We go sooooo stuck the last time we went Harry nearly missed his Uni interview.  My plan is to send him a card a week with a little something inside it as he's always saying he never gets any mail.  Card no 1 is going under his pillow when he's not looking ................. for him to find and open once he's settled in.  
I always have fun when I get out the distress inks and loved making up this card. H loves cactus.  The image sits on a 6 x 4 card blank, the background was inked as one piece and then cut into three sections, raised on foam pads to give some dimension for the cactus or is that cactii !!!!  (Sarah will know :-)) to sit under.  
Lawn Fawn Stuck On You 1
Supply List 
6 x 4 Card Blank
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door 
Blending tools for each  ink
Stuck on You & Stitched Hillside Borders by Lawn Fawn
Foam pads 
Glossy Accents/Tacky Glue 

Have a great day and catch up again soon :-) C 


A great time in Scotland

off to the races deep mini window box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Evening my crafty friends. what a great time I've had up in Bonnie Scotland.  My first stop was the Marriott, Edinburgh to host an open workshop with a group of loveliest ladies who'd travelled up from across the country. Here we all are snipping into those gorgeous new papers from the Cafe Parisian collection from Graphic 45  
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Thank you ladies for a great day.  Enjoy using your recipe boxes 
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
On Sunday/Monday I joined the traders exhibiting at the this years Scottish Craft Trade Show.  Here's Polly checking out my range of kits on my first ever stand before the doors opened on Sunday morning.  
All good things come to an end and after packing up and saying goodbye to everyone at the Marriott I headed north to Stirling for some sightseeing before the last of my classes in Tillicoultry.  I got to be a tourist for a day and take the boat trip on the Falkirk Wheel and spent a fascinating few hours exploring Stirling Castle  . 
We had a scream at Wednesdays' workshop.  Ladies thanks for making me sooooo welcome, Lesley for organising the day and Annie for the amazing cakes.  You should definitely be on the GBBO............:-) Loved all your projects too. 
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
 I'll be back in Scotland for more workshops soon so keep an eye on the blog and FB page for dates etc. 
The latest collections arrived from Graphic 45 just before I left.  Diane and her team have done it again, creating gorgeous papers, themed on the A Side and beautiful all occasion B sides for us to create with.  I've used papers from the 'Off to the Races' collection to alter one of my deep mini window box (above & below) and can't wait to create more next week once we've taken Harry ti University this weekend.  Oli and Sophie are coming along too to help with the move.  
off to the races deep mini window box 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Well my loverlies, that's all for me today, have a great weekend whatever you're up to.  I know mine will be filled with laughs and tears...................  Thank you for calling by and look forward to catching up  with you again shortly.