A New Crafty Make to share with you all .......

Happy Friday to you.  Very sad circumstances bought my oldest and dearest friends together last night for a girly get together.  Sarah, if you're reading the little old blog today it was lovely to see you :-) and Linda I'm so sorry for your loss.  
I started typing this post whilst listening to the breaking news that we (the UK) are to leave the European Union. I decided not to stay up and watch events unfold but hope you're not too pooped if you did. After listening to the BBC updates for most of the morning  it leaves me wondering if Boris will be leading the country come October...... 
On an entirely different note I found a pair of funky dungarees for Harry Bean and they're now winging their way here. I can't wait to see him in them and hope I chose the right style. 
Today's crafty make is a new style of album.  I've called it a perpetual pocket album as it never stops unfolding.......  I've altered mine in papers from the Halloween in Wonderland collection by Graphic 45.  Now out second time around and available in single sheets too. This fabulous collection of papers features the characters from Alice in Wonderland with a twist.  I've shared a couple of pics of the front and back of the album below,  along with a link to the full project video and the PDF Tutorial that goes with the album too.  It's  a great a great make for what looks like a very wet weekend ahead.   

I've used the cute little artist trading card tags in the pockets and added fun little buttons to the ends of the ribbon and thread ties to add a some fun detail to them and give the ends a bit of weight.  Take a peek :-) 
I've been doing a bit of retail therapy and bought one or two new stamp sets to play around with.  Looking forward to sharing what I get up to with you shortly, so have a fab time 'till then and enjoy your weekend whatever the weather :-)


An Elegant Gift Card

Hello there my crafty friend, a very happy middle of the week to you.  Todays make is an elegant card made from one cut apart from A Ladies Diary paper collection. I used the collection in a project Graphic 45 will be sharing on their blog later this week and decided to create this card from the papers I had left over. I love the elegant lady and the pinky peach and green shades in her dress and decided to make her the feature on the card. She's quite  a long image making the finished card 7 3/4" deep.  Here's a quick how to make it and the full supply list if you'd like to make one too: 
Supply List 
Ladies Diary 12 x 12 papers 
Ageless Beauty
Timeless Memoir 
Picture Perfect 
Garden Stroll 
one cream and one peach 12 x 12 card stock from 
Coredinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Cardstock Pad - lights
Sticker & Chipboard Elements
Foam Tape/pads 
Double sided tape/tape snail, Glossy Accents/Glitter
Bundled Sage & Antique Linen Distress ink 
Envelope Score Board
Scissors, craft knife/cutting Mat, Paper Trimmer   
Cream Card Stock - Cut your card base 7 3/4" deep x 12" wide. 

Measure along 12" edge and score at 5 1/2" and 11".  Fold and crease score lines and add two strips of double sided tape at the top and bottom of the 1" flap.
Garden Stroll - cut two 5 3/8" x 7 5/8".  Ink paper edges and stick them to the inside sections of your card using double sided tape/tape snail.  Stick down the narrow side flap over the paper.
Peach Card Stock - cut one 7 1/4" square and using the envelope punch board line the left corner up at the 3 1/8" mark and create your envelope.  Use Garden Stroll paper to decorate the front flap of your envelope.  
Ageless Beauty - cut out the post card and adhere to the front of your envelope 
Timeless Memoir - cut one piece 7/8" wide x 7 5/8" deep. Ink paper edges and stick in place on the narrow flap inside our card. Add envelope under the flap to finihs the inside of your card 
Card Front 
Garden Stroll - cut one 5 3/8" wide x 7 5/8" deep. Ink edges and stick in place on the front of your card  
Timeless Memoir - cut one 4 5/8" wide x 7 1/8" deep, ruff the edges with scissors and ink with antique linen distress ink. Cut second piece from 3 1/4" wide x 7" deep from the same paper for the back of your picture  
Picture Perfect - cut one 4 1/2" wide x 7" deep. Ink edges with Bundled Sage distress ink and stick to the cream paper cut above.  Position and stick to your card front 1/4" in from right hand edge. 
Ageless Beauty - cut out picture around the edge of the cream frame. cut out all cream background areas using scissors/craft knife and cutting mat. 
Put foam tape around edges on underside and a few pieces on the centre sections. 
Ink all paper edges with Antique Linen distress ink and mat on the cream paper cut above. 
Add a sticker to the left hand edge using an off cut of card as a mount. Stick completed section to the front of your card, 1/2" in from edge of the top layer of papers. 
Add chipboard button to the top left corner to finish.
highlight the sticker and chipboard piece with glossy accents.  Dot glossy accents along the ladies necklace and add a little glitter. Put aside to dry.    
A Ladies Diary Card 1 Graphic 45 Clare CharvillA Ladies Diary Card Graphic 45 Clare Charvill
Hope you enjoyed that little make.  I'm off to do a bit of surfing in the hope I can track down a pair of dungarees for H.  He mentioned he'd like some so I thought I'd surprise him (if I can find some ......).  Have a great afternoon, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with another make later in the week. 


Make yourself a Concertina Album

Voyage Beneath the Sea Concertina Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Morning everyone, what a wet washout of a weekend we had here.  Rain rain and more rain kept me in crafting after having a bit of a sort out of all my left over papers and embellishments.  I put together this fun little concertina album using Voyage Beneath the Sea left overs.  Measuring 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" its the perfect size to use the smaller 6 x 6 papers and you can fit your 6 x 4 photos in it too.  A great little album to keep in your handbag or to make as a keepsake from an event.  You can add as few or as many pages as you like and with it's ribbon closure you can just keep filling it up.
Here's a few more pics from inside and a video link on how to make it too. 
Voyage Beneath the Sea Concertina Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Voyage Beneath the Sea Concertina Album 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Voyage Beneath the Sea Concertina Album  3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45Voyage Beneath the Sea Concertina Album  4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

We had a great night at Harry's college last night.  I can't believe he's reached the end of his two years there.  The Art, Fashion and 3D Design students put on a great exhibition of their final end of year pieces and parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and more flocked to see all of their amazing pieces.   H is now 'officially' on holiday ......!!!! Results should be out mid July and he's got almost three months to chillax before heading off to Uni in September.  Maybe I'll get him designing and crafting ..........!  maybe he thinks not! 
Well the washings ready to hang out on the line before I officially start work so I'd better jump to it.  Great to chat, enjoy your day and look forward to catching up again with another crafty make shortly. :-) C    


ooooooh there's that Tiger again

Safari Adventure Ring Binder 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45I'm lovin this stripy guy so much I made an album just for him, well a new binder actually, covered in the new DIY Craft paper from G45.  It's great for covering larger areas or bigger projects and is perfect for bookmaking too.  I went for the butterfly side of the Curiosity Collage and Butterflies roll which works well with the tones in the Safari themed papers. You do get butterflies in the jungle don't you lol!!!  
Here's a few pics and a new video of the whole album and how to make your own binder, my style too.  once you've got the basic techniques you can make them any size you like. 
Safari Adventure Ring Binder Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Ring Binder 2  Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Ring Binder Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Ring Binder 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
this was a screen shot on the I pad - here he comes ................. prowling in the night (I love tigers)
 and here's the link to the full album and how to make the binder;

I'm just waiting on the delivery of a new video camera - the old one really was on it's last legs but in it's time it's well travelled and has filmed over 900 videos.  After days of trawling through oodles of reviews I've gone for a SONY with surround sound whop whop!!!  Can't wait to test it out on a project later on :-)  I'd best be off to get a wiggle on...... 
Have a great day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you again real soon 


Craft yourself a funky photo wallet

Safari Adventure Photo Wallet Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Good morning and a very happy Sunday to you.  It's all quiet here, kiddiwinks are still fast alseep so I thought I'd grab a coffee and do a bit of blogging.  Its been a fun week and now my laptop is back, up and running I've been on a roll with projects and videos. We've had happy mail arrive too all the way from Portland Oregon. 
Before I share todays' project with you I must send huge thanks to Diane, Charee, Aimee and all the team at Graphic 45 for packing up and sending the awesome amount of products that have just arrived all the way from Portland, Oregon.  I've shared them all in a video over on You Tube (link below) so you can see the fabulous range of goodies that we can craft with and will be sharing some crafty ideas on how to use some of them over the coming months too.  

Now for todays project.  I was having a mouch through some old projects, came across the Christmas themed photo wallet I made way back and thought I"d create an updated version using the Safari Adventure collection from G45.  I've added a wider side to give more room inside and had a load of fun snipping into these gorgeous papers - only after stroking them of course lol!!!  I'm loving the Tiger in the collection, and just had to use him on the front cover. Of course you could make the project in any papers - I'm just a G45 a holic lol!!!! - really I hear you saying..........!  Here's a few pics of the finished wallet and video links (down below) to the 2 videos if you fancy making one yourself.
Safari Adventure Photo Wallet 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Photo Wallet 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Photo Wallet  3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Photo Wallet 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Video 1 - how to make the basic wallet 
Video 2 - How to alter it 
The Safari Adventure papers and Ephemera Cards are available from my website via the link below. 
Have fun if you follow along.  Well thats all from me for now folks,  I'm going to finish my coffe swing though the shower and get out in the garden before the thunder storms arrive.  Have a great day too, thanks for calling by and happy crafting :-) 
:-) C


I'm back in the room with our June Giveaway

Hellooooo everyone, and a very happy Tuesday to you all.  At long last the lovely little lap top is back and I'm slowly adding all the apps and plug ins back in so I can start working again lol!!! It's a slow process but I'm definitely one happy bunny.  
I've finally been able to download all the video clips from my memory card to I Movies and work out where I"d got to on a couple of on line workshops and spent the morning filming a few more projects.  In all the excitement I'd forgotten to put a bit of slap on the old face and do my hair, much to the amusement of my lovely neighbour who just called by and thought I'd just got up.  How wrong he was .........I've been at it for hours, it just doesn't look like it :-).   
Our giveaway this month is one of our Flip Front box kits.   I've altered the one pictured in papers and elements from the Childrens' Hour collection by Graphic 45. (I can use my new G45 banner now too :-) )  If you love giving home made preserves as gift this is the ideal gift box to hold them.  It takes two standard sized jam jars but could hold lots of other things too.  The kit comes with album covers and spine pieces to make an album too. Here's a few more pics. 
If you'd like to be in with a chance to win the kit just leave a comment below before midnight 30th June BST. Good luck everyone :-)  Have a great eve and look forward to catching up again shortly.


May Giveaway Winner

Mother Goose Photo Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Pinch Punch it's the first of the month.  What a cold day it's been. Sophie, Oli's girlfriend and I headed off for a lovely lunch at Marco Pierre Whites and when we got back I had to put the heating on ......... that's not right lol!!!!   
Anyway, on to our giveaway winner. Thank you if you left a comment this month.  I loved reading them all.  Random.org has selected comment no 59 as our worthy winner. 

which was left by 
Would be thrilled to,win this sweet album
Congratulations Erminda.  If you could mail your address over to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll post your little scrap book out to you. 
Our June giveaway will be up on the blog on Friday so do call back and leave a comment then. 
My crafty make today is a little photo box.  It came about as I was making a mock up of a really unusual wedding favour.  Altered in papers from the Mother Goose collection its perfect for storing 6 x 4 photos.  I'll be sharing how to make one over on the Graphic 45 blog later this month.  Will let you know when ........  Here's a couple more pics of the inside. 
Mother Goose Photo Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Mother Goose Photo Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Well that's all from me for today..... I'm still having to book a slot on Oli's lap top and he's just come home to do some college work.  Have a lovely rest of your eve, thanks for calling by, congrats to our winner and look forward to sharing the June Giveaway with you on Friday. 


Safari Adventure is here ...............

Safari Adventure Shadow Card Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Hello and a very happy Bank Holiday everyone.  I hope you're having a well earned break and enjoying the weather too.  The saga of the laptop continues......I called in to pick it up today to be told it won't be back for another few days.  So I've grabbed a few minutes of time on Oli's to share a quick post with you.  I had no idea how much of my  life and work relies on the apps on my lap top and how lost I would be without it. 
I've used the time I can't create any workshops, videos or new projects to alter some boxes for a commission I had and have been stroking and reluctantly sniping into the papers form the Safari Adventure collection.  Have you seen them..........  in true G45 style there are stunning.  The prints are fabulous and the images awesome and there's a new 12 x 12 pad of patterns and solids to work with in this collection too.    
I had a pile of off cuts left over so thought I'd put this little shadow box together and do a bit of fussy cutting. Haven't really done any of that for a while and really enjoyed snipping out the tiger, parrots and elephants. 
The shadow frame  is made from two pieces of 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" card. The first has the window cut out of it and the second piece of card forms the recessed frame in the middle.  I added a stand to the back too so it's free standing. 
Then I sorted through all the part cut papers and patched together the outer frame and then built up the centre using chipboard tiles to raise up the elements and add dimension.  the tiger was the icing on the cake.  He's one cool cat...............  I heard myself humming songs from Jungle Book as I was adding the animals.............  doo lally or what lol!!!!!  Was fun though. 
sharing a few more pics below:  
Safari Adventure Shadow Card Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Shadow Card Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Shadow Card Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Safari Adventure Shadow Card Clare Charvill Graphic 45
It's a definite must have G45ers. If you haven't added this collection to your stash we have all the paper pads including the new 12 x 12 patterns and solids available on the website via the link below.
May Giveaway 
If you haven't left a comment on this months giveaway post, there's just one day left to be in with a chance to win one of my hand made scrapbooks. Click here to go over to the post.
my half an hour is up and so my lovelies I'll love you and leave you for now.  Have a great rest of your week and if I"m not back before I'll be announcing our giveaway winner here on 1st June.  Look forward to catching up then :-)  


Empire Day Celebrations

Well hello my crafty friends.  Long time no speak I know.  Tragedy struck just over three weeks ago, as I was almost at the end of filming my latest on line workshop.  I decided to update the operating system on my lap top overnight and somehow it killed the hard drive.    I decided to have a short break while it went off to the apple hospital to be repaired.  I've felt like a fish out of water without it.  Luckily most of the files and folders have been recovered .......  and with a new hard drive installed I should be back up and running again next week... fingers crossed.  

We had a great time on Tuesday at Scotch Lodge Farm.  Isobel had asked me to design a two page layout to celebrate what used to be called Empire Day but is now Commonwealth Day and we spent a very red white and blue day crafting our pages together.  Here's a few pics  
 Huge thanks ladies for coming along and to Isobel for the fabulous lunch and our cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches and cream teas at the end of the day. 
Kits are available from Scotch Lodge Farm if you fancy making the layouts yourself. 
We have a new product out this week over on the website.  The Flip Front Box and Album kit is here.  It's been designed to hold jam jars too so if you like to give hand made jam and preserves it would make a gorgeous presentation box for your makes. Here's the link to the kit
Well that's all from me this morning it's off to the hairdressers and then home to see the bambino's. I've been away for a couple of days taking in the sun and sand in Cornwall. Have a lovely day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you all again soon :-)