Weekend Workshops

Safari Adventure Flip Front Box and Album Set Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Here we are again another week nearly over and the weekend to look forward to.  Hope you've had a great week.  Harry has 'officially' finished college and really doesn't need to go back in other than to collect my pots of 'Flowersoft' that he borrowed to add some flowers to a flower pot he included in his final project. I've got a funny feeling I won't be seeing those again!!!!!! What are they like these boys lol! 
Sad day today as we say farewell to my friends Mum who passed away a few days ago. I hope the rain stays away and sun shines through the service. 
Tomorrow I'm heading off to Daisy's Jewels and Crafts to run crafty G45 workshop for Wendy.  We're making up my flip front box and album kits and altering them in a whole range of papers.  The sample above, altered in the Safari Adventure papers is an idea for tomorrow but also the project for next Saturday's class at Sirstampalot. I went for the zebra print on the box this time but the tiger (my favourite image in the collection) does have a page to himself inside the album:-) 
Safari Adventure Flip Front Box  Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The kit, complete with album covers and spine is available on our website - click here if you'd like to order one.
There will be a PDF Tutorial available to go with the kit after next Saturdays class if you'd like to make the whole project .  Call back and click here to order , or visit our website via the link at the bottom of this post.  

Safari Adventure Album Set Clare Charvill Graphic 45

It's that time of year again. CHA USA is almost upon us and the crafting companies are starting to share sneak peeks of their latest collections coming up for release. Graphic 45 are starting sneak peeks over on their blog from Monday 11th - here's a taster of the gorgeousness thats coming our way to craft with.  Do call by their blog to see more of these - here's the link 
You can place pre-orders for them all on our website by clicking here.  

I've come to the end of my little post for today, have a fab weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you again in a couple of days :-) 


Happy 4th July

 Morning, morning, morning and a very Happy 4th July if you're reading this State side :-)   Another pop up post from me today to send you greetings on this historic day. 
My quick card was made form Communique left overs and one sheet of July Montage from the Children's Hour collection. 
The card measures 7" x 5 7/8" - slightly larger than we would usually make but it works and with the envelope punch board we can make envelopes to fit any size card these days :-) 
I started by adding the base paper to the card front cut 1/8" smaller along the width and depth, added the strip of Penny Blacks the cut apart mounted on black card. 
I added the stickers, the large one mounted on foam tape and then Lady Liberty fussy cut from a cut apart and also mounted on foam tape) and the sentiment, using the alpha stickers mounted on black 5/8" circles.   
The last step was to add glossy accents to the stickers and a hint of sparkle to Liberty's crown and ta da the card was complete. 

Have a great day everyone, enjoy your celebrations and look forward to catching up again later in the week :-) C 


Our July Giveaway and a new album to share with you

I hope I find you well on this lovely Sunday morning. There's something outside we haven't seen for what seems like an age - the SUN whop! Whop! Got to get out there later ...........
I had a great day with Isobel and the ladies at Scotch Lodge Farm in the second of our two Enchanted Forest Album workshops.  Thank you Isobel for your hospitality, egg sandwiches fresh from the funky hens and our scrum diddly umptious cream tea, and ladies a huge thank you for coming along and joining me for a fabulously crafty day.      
It was lovely to see how much the chicks had grown ........ they were yellow balls of fluff the last time I was there. 
 The PDF Tutorial for my Enchanted Forest album is now available from the website - here's the link.  I'll be adding the video link to the full album below a little later today so watch this space :-)    
Our giveaway this month is the altered ATC Box and Banner I made a few weeks back.  If you 'd like to be in with a chance to win it, just leave you're comment on this post below before midnight 31st July (BST).  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st August.  
I'm Miss Taxi today, taking Harry over to Rugby to play in a golf match and he's telling me we need to go, so I'll have to love you and leave you.  Thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your weekend and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 
ATC Box Kit


Congrats to our June Giveaway Winner

Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set Clare Charvill
A very happy Friday afternoon to you.  Not sure how its been with you but it's been another washout of a week here, well moth really.  Let's hope it picks up in July lol!!! and it's not tipping down when I drive down the M1 to Scotch Lodge Farm in the morning for the second in our two part Enchanted Forest Album Workshop. I"ll share it with you on Sunday along with our July Giveaway.  
Huge thanks for leaving a comment on the June Giveaway post.  Loved reading them all as as usual. Sadly we can only have one winner, and this month Random.Org chose comment No 65 left by maggie may on 11th June at 20:28
Huge congrats maggie may.  If you could e mail me your address to mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll get your kit off to you in the post.  Thank you again for entering.  Our July giveaway will start on Sunday 3rd so do call back and leave a comment to be in it to win it lol!!!  
With lot's of birthdays and Anniversaries coming up I thought I'd better get card making. I love the Altenew stamps but hadn't bought any 'till this week. Thanks guys for sending them out so quickly.   One of the sets I went for was 'Beautiful Day'.  I love the options in this floral multi layer stamp set and like the JOFY stamps you know I'm doo lally about, you can get out your pens, pencils, paints or inks and create gorgeous images that are as simple or as detailed as you want them to be. I used distress inks, and a paintbrush dipped in water to colour my images stamped on water colour paper with black archival ink.  More pics of card No 2 below.  
The frame on this card was die cut using the largest two dies from the Large Stitched Rectangles set from Lawn Fawn,  mounted on a fun foam frame cut out with the same dies and coloured with a hint of Fossilised Amber distress ink.

 Adding the flowers to the frame gives the card a lovely airy feel.  The large flower is the centre of the large detailed rose stamp, trimmed down.  
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set Clare Charvill
 The sentiment is in the stamp set, and mounted on card die cut with the smallest of the rectangles from the set mentioned above. All I've got to do now is write the envelopes and get them off in the post. 
Well thats all for today, It's just gone 6 and I"m going to down tools and chilax this eve.  Looking forward to seeing everyone coming along to the G45 workshop tomorrow and to catching up again with you on Sunday.  Have a great eve. ttfn x :-) C


a soft breeze is blowing.......

Hi my crafty friends, just a pop up post from me today. I've been looking for some sea themed stamps to make some simple cards with for a while and found the Lawn Fawn ones I used in an earlier post and this stamp set by PaperArtsy.  I love the pesky seagull and his cheeky 'up to no good' look.   
For my quick card I made Mr Seagull the main feature adding a hint of tumbled glass distress ink to a 4 x 4 white card square before matting and layering it up to create a really simple but effective card.  Here's the rest of the stamps in the set. Lots to play with......................... 
ttfn and catch up again soon :-) C 


Graphic 45 introducing..............

A Ladies Diary Memory Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
A very happy Monday to you.  If you're a Graphic 45 fan and follow their blog you'll know that they have been introducing the amazingly talented members of the 2016 design team over the past couple of weeks.  I've loved reading about everyone and seeing what they've designed with the gorgeous collections.
Today is Ambassador intro day and I'm really excited to be joining  Jim (US) and Andrew (Australia) on the G45 blog and sharing what we've been up to with our first project.  Thank you Diane, Charee, Aimee and the G45 family for this fabulous opportunity to work with you all for another year and share G45 love around the world. Huge thanks to Joanna too who writes all the amazing posts on the G45 blog. Follow the link below to head over and take a look at all the intro's and toady's Ambassador projects by Andrew, Jim and myself.
If you're a follower of mine you'll know I love making and sharing how to make vintage inspired albums/books and keepsakes and, sticking with this theme I chose A Ladies Diary collection to create a vintage themed Memory Box, Shaker Diary, Photo Box and Japanese Stab Bound album.  The subtle colours are gorgeous to work with and always remind me of my Grandma's when I work with them.
As crafters we spend a lot of time crafting for others but very rarely create something for ourselves so this one was made with me in mind lol:-)  I've  oodles of pictures that were taken before we stored everything in digital format that I love to keep and the photo box is just perfect for them. There's room for a couple of these in the box too ........ I'll be sharing how to make them with you later in the week. 
A Ladies Diary Memory Box Clare Charvil Graphic 45
If you'd like to make my shaker style diary grab yourself a coffee and click on the video below:
Here's a couple of pics from the project and more over on the G45 blog along with a full supply list. 
A Ladies Diary Memory Box Clare Charvil Graphic 45A Ladies Diary Shaker Diary Clare Charvill Graphic 45
A Ladies Diary Photo Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The box and photo frame used in my project are both available from my website - links below 
I'm looking forward to another fabulous year, crafting with Graphic 45 and will be using their products for our projects at my second Graphic 45 Crafters Retreat of the year in July. If you're interested in coming along and joining me for a fun filled crafty weekend click here for more info 
Well that's all from me for today, I'm working on a new large album that I'll share with you next week so I'd better love you and leave you and get to it lol!!!  Thanks for calling by, do go and take a look on the G45 blog and let's catch up again later in the week. ttfn :-) C


critters under the sea shaker card........

Lawn Fawn card

Well hellloooooooo my loverly, hows your day goin' ....   Harry's dungarees went down a storm ... tick in the box for Mum there lol!!! I thought my luck was in too, big time on Friday night.  Had an e mail from lottery HQ with good news about my lottery ticket. When I logged into my account I'd not won the millions I'd imagined and spent between 2 and 5am (was still up) ........ just the amazeballs sum of £2.50.....................  to add to the three lucky dips I've won in three weeks.  Now, what to spend it on lol!! 

My night of no sleep is catching up on me so I've grabbed a coffee and sat down to catch up on some of the Glastonbury coverage on the TV - not a muddy boot in sight lol!! and thought I'd share a how to make with you. 
I used a couple of Lawn Fawn stamp sets and distress inks to make these fun little cards.  Heres how to build it up if you fancy making one yourself. the supply list is at down at the end of the post. 
You need a 6" x 4" card black and two pieces of white card both 4 x 6"   Work on one of these and put the other pieces to one side. 
Use your paper trimmer to cut a border 1.5cm in from the edge of your card piece but don't cut right up to the corners in a couple of places, to keep the centre section inn your card while you ink it.  (see bottom right of card below)
Decide which way up you want your card to be and blend tea dye ink at the lower edge to give a sandy effect to your cardblend.  Blend a mix of mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers tea dye and evergreen boughs distress ink around your frame pulling a lighter depth of the colour into the middle area.  
blend a mix of the same inks on offcuts of white card to create unique shading and then stamp out some jelly fish, sea horses and ferny bits. Cut them out, cutting on around outer edge of the stamped image  (I went a bit doo lally with my stamping and only cut out three jelly fish, sea horses and ferny bits).
Stamp out a couple of whales on white card using Memento black ink and colour in using C2 & C3 Copic markers. Cut out.  
Place one whale on your card and use as a guide to stamp some little fishies below. Add some bubbles too. Remove the whale, take a damp paint brush, some paper towel and using a little water dab the ink from the fish and bubbles.  Sprinkle some drops of water ont o the card, leave for a few seconds and dab off to leave a speckled effect.  Colour the fish in again using Tea Dye ink. 
Critters in the Sea Lawn Fawn
Stamp the sentiment on the lower pat of your frame and the air spray above the whale. Then position the elements you want to add into your frame.  Stick the ones you've put on your frame in place with a little glue and then split the frame from the centre. Stick all your other elements down. Use foam pads to raise them up a level if you like. Don't forget to put the whale back in too!
Put two layers of double sided tape around the outer edge of your second 6 x 4" piece of card (no gaps) and stick your coloured centre in the middle. I used a cotton bud and a little talc to remove some of the sticky from the inside of the tape before the exciting bit - throwing in some sparkly stuff.  I went for heart confetti, white sequin waste a little sea green glitter and some turquoise seed beads but you could add what ever you have in your stash..  
Cut  a piece of acetate 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" and stick to the back of your frame with double sided tape.  Then remove the backing tape off your top layer on the base card and stick the frame to the base. To finish add the completed piece to your card base and maybe a little critter inside too :-)
and thats it, one sea themed shaker card ........................ all ready to send to someone special.
Supply List 
Lawn Fall Stamps 
Critters in the sea and So Jelly Acetate 
White Card 
Copic Markers C2 C3 
Distress Inks, Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Evergreen Boughs
blending tool 
paper trimmer
Sparkly stuff, beads glitter, sequins 
Memento and Archival Ink - Black 
2mm foam tape
foam pads 
Sharpie white pen for dots on the seahorses and jelly fish
Critters in the Sea Lawn Fawn
Have a great rest of your Sunday and hope you can call back tomorrow for a joint post with Graphic 45 themselves :-) ta ta til then x