a post from Poldark country ...........

Well hello my crafty friends, its been a while since I blogged ............ we're in Poldark country - Cornwall having a busy busy time come holiday.  We drove down last Friday. OMG - so did everyone else.  it was the day after the GCSE results came out here and the world and his dog were heading for the coast.  After sitting in traffic for hours we pulled off into the services to grab a drink and it took an hour and a half to get back on the motorway again.  Met a lovely couple heading for Salcome as we sat in the queue so Christine from Crafting at the Cottage if you're reading this I hope you're having a great time on your hols too. 
Harry and I headed off to the Cornwall Papercraft Show early Saturday.  Great show this year, thank you to all who came along, shopped and joined in all the make and takes on the stands.  It was busy all day and a great time had by all.  Harry was a star, manned our stand single handed until Sarah and Peggy arrived to take over in the afternoon - he knows all the blurb and was chatting away to the customers about Graphic 45 and our kits like he'd been doing it for ages.  Thank you H and Sarah too who was also a star.   Great show Ruth and Wendy. Look forward to the next one on March 19th 2016.
Harry returned up country by train from a very wet Truro on Tuesday and yesterday I travelled up to St Austell for a Graphic 45 workshop with Ruth and all her lovely ladies. 

There were 28 of us crafting away making stationery boxes altered with Gilded Lily papers by G45 and olio albums in various collections.  Thank you Ruth for your fabulous hospitality and ladies for coming along and joining me for a wonderfully crafty day.  Look forward to seeing you all again soon, and sooner if you're coming along to Saturdays Bureau workshop at Karens, Total Papercrafts. 
We've had days of rain but today the clouds blew out over the sea and it was a hot hot day.  Annie and I headed off to the beach for a chilling afternoon on the sand.  It was lovely.  I really feel like I'm on holiday.  
Am hoping it's sunny again tomorrow, we'll be heading for the beach again if it is. Looking forward to Saturdays Graphic 45 class with Karen at Totalpapercrafts, in Bodmin before I head home and prep my final demo's for the Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft on Tuesday. Have a lovely Friday, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon 

Ohhhh while I"m here if you pre ordered the new Graphic 45 collections, they ve arrived in the country, will be shipped to me over the weekend and will be on their way to you on 2nd September :-)


Countdown to Christmas..... in August

Happy Tuesday everyone, it's a bit of a grey one here but Harry baby and I are looking forward to a week away with Auntie Annie in sunny Cornwall.  We're heading off on Friday and will be at the Cornwall Papercrafting Show at Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club with our shop on Saturday 22nd. I'm running Graphic 45 make and takes on the hour from 10.15am so if you're planning on coming along, or down on holiday and in need of a crafty fix, and would like to make one of my little notebook holders see Harry on the stand to book your slot.  We'd love to meet you. I"m also hosting Graphic 45 workshops at Ruths shop in St Ausell, and Karens shop, Total Papercrafts in Bodmin during the week.  

I'm really excited to be featuring a Time to Flourish project made for Graphic 45 over on their blog today.  If you're keen to get started with your festive makes here's a great idea for a wall hanging using the gorgeous imagery from G45's calendar collection. I made up my own frame but you could start off with any box base and build up your own unique piece of festive altered art. There's more pics over on the G45 blog, just click the link above to visit.   

Here's the full project .... lots of fussy cutting involved but it was fun to do.  I loved how the birds came to life once they 'd been cut out:-) 
I'm trying to catch up with the boys washing, pack up kits, the shop .............. you know how it is so I'm going to love you and leave you, thank you for calling by, if you're coming to the show on Saturday looking forward to seeing you and catch up again soon xx :-) C


Sunday Sunday............... :-)

Rare Oddities Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
 A very happy Sunday to you,  hope you're enjoying your day.  Its been a week of mixed emotions starting off with a trip down to London on Monday with Harry to meet up with my lovely friends Sarah and Cathy, and also Cathy and her husband from the US (So Much Scrap) if you re a You Tuber.  We met at the main entrance to Harrods, London and headed up to the Georgian Restaurant for Afternoon Tea.  Oh my, we drank and ate for over three hours and had a fab time chit chatting about all things crafty and oodles more :-) Kathy I hope you're enjoying your trip and have a wonderful time in Paris. 
Roof Lantern and chandilier, Harrods London
Sarah, Harry, Cathy & Cathy at Harrods London
Sarah, Harry, Cathy & Cathy at Harrods London 

On Tuesday we headed up to Crewe to say goodbye to our dear friend Lyn. It was a very emotional day but Sarah, Lyn s daughter had arranged a very beautiful and personal service and shared her heartfelt Eulogy to Lyn with us all.  We laughed and cried, so touching and so Lyn.  

After a little crafty shopping with Jane and Karen and a lovely lunch with my dear Auntie Loxie I finished off some makes for my craft stall yesterday. Theresa and I had stands next to each other and I just had to buy this card from her.  Amazing depth and colour and has a Banksy feel to it.  I"m going to put it in a frame :-) 
Art card by Theresa Pace
Today we've launched a new album over on our website.  Available as an on line workshop and project sheet the album has been decorated in papers from the Rare Oddities collection by Graphic 45. It has 14 interactive pages and oodles of room for your photos. 
To see the full album and all it's pages click here 

I'm being shouted at to take Harry up to the golf club and then I"m going to catch up on some jobs that are long over due before cooking dinner.  Have a lovely rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again in the week :-) C 


Fun Flowers with Paperartsy and our August Giveaway

JOFY Notebook Holder Clare Charvill Paperartsy
Whop Whop its Friday everyone...... how are you.  Good I hope and ready for the weekend  I was really excited when Darcy asked if I'd like to design a project for the Flower themed Topic 14 over on the Paperartsy blog. It was a big YES from me :-) As you know I've  been making a few notebook holders for a craft fair that's coming up and thought I'd adapt the style to incorporate a bright and cheery panel using some of Jo Firth Youngs latest stamps.  I used Papers from Paperarsty too.  They were just perfect to cover the binder in.  All the info on how to make one is over on the Paperartsy blog along with lot's of other fabulous Flower designs too.  
Here's a couple of pics of my shrink me shrink me tag, (Claire Rowlands you got me well and truly hooked lol!!) and the inside of the holder. 

Hope you like :-) 
With the holiday season upon us I thought a Come Away with me pad, Ephemera cards and a pack of our Folio Album covers would be just perfect to make a mini album of your travels. 
To be in with a chance to win this mini kit just leave a comment on this post before midnight on 31st August.  the winner will be announced here on 1st September.  Good luck if you're entering :-) 
We're having a late tea here and by the sounds of things grubs up, so will love you and leave you, enjoy your weekend and thanks for calling by :-)  C


A Rare Oddity :-)

Rare Oddities Folio Album Clare Charvill GRaphic 45
Rare Oddity Folio Album 
Well it's the middle of the week and things can only get better lol!!  Hope yours is swinging along.  I thought I'd share one of my new folio album with you today made from the Rare Oddities collection by Graphic 45.  I love all things Halloween and the course in this collection are stunning.  Petaloo flowers always work really well with G45 too, and I've added a few to the cover of my little album to pretty it up. A great little album to give as a gift and takes a couple of sheets of chipboard, a few sheets of card and an 8 x 8 pad to make.  Of course other papers can be used to alter the albums and to make those extra tags and photo mats that we all like to add in.  I use a standard structure for the basic album but each one is different inside. Each one fits into our Folio Album Stand too.  Neat eh!!  lol. Here's a few pics of them both.  The Project sheet is available over in our shop if you fancy making one.  Here's a couple more pics :-) 
Rare Oddities Folio Album Clare Charvill GRaphic 45
Rare Oddities Folio Album Clare Charvill GRaphic 45
I'm playing the taxi driver today so am off to grab my keys and ferry Harry up to the golf club.  He s getting really good, entering all the summer junior competitions.  fingers crossed he stays out of those pesky bunkers and gets a good score :-)  Will be back tomorrow with a new paper and paint project made for Paperartsy and our August giveaway so do call back .......... ta ra until then :-) 


Altered Gift Caddy s by Nicky

ABC Primer Altered Gift Caddy by Nicky 
Happy Tuesday to you.  Is it a back to work kind of a day or a just getting on with the jobs one.  Mines a bit of both here :-)
A little while ago one of my lovely customers, Nicky bought a couple of gift caddy kits from me and turned them into fabulous home made lemonade kits for her children to give to their teachers at the end of term.  Altered in papers from the ABC Primer collection she really did make the perfect gifts.  they really were the perfect gifts for the summer break.  Before wrapping them up Nicky added a homemade lemonade kit made up from a small kilner jar of caster sugar, a wooden lemon reamer, an old fashioned school milk bottle, four lemons and a recipe card. Boys I hope you enjoyed giving them to your teachers. 

Our gift caddy are really versatile and with Christmas coming up would make perfect hampers.  Here's the link to them over in the shop 
Well its onwards and upwards for me, off to the post office and then back to create another project before tea time lol!!! Heres hoping ...... enjoy the rest of your day and look forward to catching up again and announcing our August giveaway later in the week 


July Giveaway Winner and a little gift idea

Good Ol Sport ATC Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

oooops!!  I'm a day late announcing the winner of last months blog giveaway.  I was a busy bee yesterday and by the time I got home it was just too late to get blogging.  
I thought I'd share a commission with you.  It was from Harry.  He liked my little ATC boxes and asked if I could make him one in Good Ol' Sport papers for his golf tees.  Three golf balls fit in the bottom of the box too.  A great gift idea for those chappies in our lives I though as I was making it. Was also impressed that Harry knew which papers he'd lie me to use :-) 
Good Ol Sport Altered ATC Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
And now on to our giveaway.  We had an amazing number of comments this month, over 200.  Thank you everyone.  The winner selected by random.org is 
left by Karen Petitt12 July 2015 at 16:56.  Congratulations Karen.  If you mail your address to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll get your Craft Maid Kit out in the post to you. 
I'll share the August giveaway with you all later in the week, so until then have a lovely Sunday, thanks for calling by and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 


Steampunk Debutante is coming back ............:-)

Morning my crafty friends. hope I find you well.  I thought I'd share an album I made when this fabulous paper collection was out first time round.  I love all things Steampunk and mechanical and loved putting this album together.  And now we're going to get a chance to get crafty with these fabulous papers all over again.  The album was made for a blog hop with Art Glitter a couple of years ago....ish, and I think that's when I got totally addicted to the pee wee post of art glitter.  I used loads on this album.  Boy what a mess we were in when I"d finished, everyone was wearing glitter lol!!!  Children not impressed but Andy the elf looked kin of cute :-) I loved how the green gold and brown shades of glitter worked with the papers to make the images pop, especially the amazing lady below:
Here's a few more pics of the mini album. Lots of die cut cogs and layering going on.........

We're taking pre-orders for this Deluxe Collectors edition over in the shop.  If you fancy ordering your set click the link below. 
I'm having a Paperartsy painty inky day today so am off to clear the table of paper ready for a very crafty day.  Enjoy yours, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again later in the week :-)   


A Poppy Card for Lyn

Poppy Card by Clare Charvill Heartfelt Creations Spectrum Noir
A card for Lyn 
Hi everyone, what a miserable cold day its turning out to be here.  Hope its warmer where you are.  Not good for July...........! 
I've been looking at the Spectrum Noir pencils for a while and dithering over whether I should buy them.  In the end they just happened to fall into my basket.  
Poppy Card by Clare Charvill Heartfelt Creations Spectrum Noir
I used three reds, three greens and the black pencils, a paper stump and blending fluid to colour the poppies, leaves and seed heads on the Heartfelt Creations Poppy Stamp and then set about cutting them all out.  Boy did that take an age. I added a little glossy accents to the seed heads and Ranger black enamel accents to the centre of the poppy heads to give some texture. 
Poppy Card by Clare Charvill Heartfelt Creations Spectrum NoirPoppy Card by Clare Charvill Heartfelt Creations Spectrum Noir
A lovely stamp to work with, was really impressed with how easy it is to blend and work with the pencils and really enjoyed making the card. Poppies are my dear friend Lyns favourites and the card for her. 

A post for Lyn

from left to right Lisa, Clare, Jane, Lyn & Karen Feb 2014
Hello everyone, hope you're enjoying your Sunday.  I"m sharing some really sad news with you today.   Our lovely friend Lyn, pictured above has been suffering with a very aggressive form of cancer for the past year or so and, after many years of illness is sadly now very ill and loosing the very brave battle she's been fighting.  It's so so sad.  
Lyn is a fabulous crafter, and an avid Create and Craft watcher and shopper and we became great friends shortly after I started crafting when Lyn came along to one of my early workshops.  She's followed me since my early days, joined me for many workshops, come to most of my retreats and has made many Graphic 45 samples for the Create and Craft TV shows I do and been a great support as well as a true friend.  
Jane & I visited her and her lovely daughter Sarah in hospital on Thursday. Such a sad visit but despite all she is coping with Lin was still the lovely Lin we all know and love to bits.  You may have met and know Lyn if you've been to my workshops and retreats but even if you haven't and would like to send her a message please write below and I"ll pass them all on to her daughter.
Lyn, we're sending you oodles of crafty hugs and lots of love at this very difficult time and you and Sarah are in our prayers.  All my love to a very dear friend Clare xx