One week and two great Graphic 45 workshops

Marina Milford Haven, Wales

Well hello my crafty friends, what a week it's been. Oli and Sophie are back together after a few weeks apart, are all loved up and have announced they're looking for a house together and Harry Bean came home for five days over Easter too with washing like you wouldn't believe!!! The house was heaving and looked like widow Twanky's launderama lol!!! until I took him back to Cheltenham on Wednesday. 

Around all the excitement in the house and a few days off I spent a great day on Easter Saturday running a workshop down in Brixworth, Northampton with Sue and her crafty ladies creating with the gorgeous Portrait of a Lady papers.  Thank you Sue for all the hard work you put into the day, and ladies for coming along and joining me for the workshop.  It was lovely to meet you all.  Enjoy your albums :-) 
I was back at work for a couple of days on Wednesday before packing up the car and heading off to Milford Haven, Wales for a crafty workshop on Saturday.
 Cheryl, Chris and Jan, thank you sooooo much for your amazing hospitality, to everyone who came along to join me for the workshop, Jan and Barbara for all your help during the day, Margaret, Helen, Amy and Rosemary for your gorgeous gifts and everyone who make me an ATC card.  They are sooooo sweet. I've got just the kit for those (ATC Box). 
Here are a few pics from our class making up planner kits altered in the Nature Sketchbook Papers: 
Breakfast by the marina :-) before our workshop 

 Happy Birthday to Gill - loved the cakes 
 Thanks too to all the staff a the British Legion for looking after us during the day.
Watching me watching you :-) 
You spoiled me ladies and gents.  Thank you all for a wonderful time. 
I drove home after a lovely meal at the Nelson after our day together, and after a couple of wrong turns (I'm sure there's only one Raglan Castle but definitely passed two and drove through Usk which I'm sure isn't on my route home!!!! ) I arrived home just after midnight, ready to work again yesterday.  
Project sheets for the three 11 x 11" albums in a case are now available on the website along with kits too.  Click here for more info:
Graphic 45 Mid Season Releases 
There's great excitement in the G45 world today. Sneak peek of the mid-season releases start today over on their blog: from 1pm BST if you re here in the UK.
If you haven't received the latest newsletter from them you'll not know that the fabulously gorgeous French Country collection is coming back as a deluxe collectors edition, and there are sneak peeks of a new detective themed collection over on their blog this week.  I'm so looking forward to seeing that one. 

Anyway, I've got to get up and at it so have a great day, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing more crafty inspiration with you shortly. 


Our Easter Eggstravaganza starts today

Easter Basket Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit
Morning everyone just a quick post today to wish you all a very Happy Easter. I hope you enjoy your celebrations.
Easter Eggstravaganza 20% off Sale 
starts today over on the website 

so do grab yourself a bargain or two while stocks last ............
 Catch up soon :-) Cx 


April Giveaway and our Easter Eggstravaganza

Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Ohhhh I see I'm skidding in with minutes to spare to launch the April Giveaway here on the old blog. It's been a funny old day..... ! After designing this fun kit and launching is as the Curio Cabinet at my retreat last weekend I thought it would make a great giveaway this month. I have a soft spot for this collection (Olde Curiosity Shoppe), it was the one I worked with on my first design team project for Graphic 45 back in the day. I've actually managed to finish my sample today too just in time to share a few pics with you before the witching hour strikes.   
Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
I used 1/2" and 1/4" black card punched circles to mount each of the pieces and added glossy accent and clear wink of stella to various elements to pick them out.  It's been a while since I've done some serious fussy cutting and as always I have a pile of things left over that didn't make the final cut lol!!!  in my less is more kind of a world. Hope you like .....?

Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45Olde curiosity Shoppe Curio Cabinet Kit My Creative Spirit Clare Charvill Graphic 45
 So if you'd like to be in with a chance to win the basic MDF Kit for the cabinet (papers and embellishments not included), just leave your comment below before midnight on 30th April (BST).  Our winner will be announced here on 1st May. 

If you fancy making the project now the full kit, which includes the MDF Curio Cabinet kit, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collectors Edition pack, embellishments and the PDF Tutorial for the project is available on on the website from today.  Here's the link

Take advantage of our Easter Eggstravaganza starting on the website from 13th April - 20% off stock while it lasts ......  just follow the link below and pick yourself up some crafty bargains.
Have  a fun day tomorrow - the last before our Easter break, thanks for calling by and good luck if you enter. 


One Kit two styles

Altered Lantern Kit by Lyn coogan

Hellllooooooo my lovely crafty friends, I'm back in the zone this morning and raring to go lol!  
As you know I'm a paper guru or 'The Paper Queen' as Dave Bradford (Create and Craft) always called me.  Give me a sheet of paper and something to stick it on and I'll bring it to life and create something gorgeous for us all to make.  Most of my samples are decorated in papers but my kits can be altered with paint and all the fab mediums that are on the market too.  Occasionally I'll dabble in paint and inks but they're not my go to thing. However my lovely friend Lyn Coogan is definitely an painty and inky kind of a gal :-) and loves all things spooky too. 
I was totally blown away when she called by the hotel on Friday night with her finished  halloween take on my Lantern Kit and wanted to share it with you too. WOW Lyn ..................totally amazeballs !!!!!!!! 
there's so many details including a real false eyelash  .................
She used a mould to make the skulls, grunge paste and stamps on the stand, rusting powder on the lantern top and cobwebs along with lots of other products to get the over all finish.  Can you spot the spider creeping about?  Do leave a comment for Lyn below.  
Tomorrow we'll be launching our April Giveaway so do call back to leave a comment if you'd like to take part. 
Have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and ta ta for now :-) 


A Fabulously Crafty Weekend had by all

Morning everyone, what a fabulous two days of crafting we had here over the weekend in Kenilworth.  Thank you ladies for joining me and making the weekend such a great success.  Thanks also to the staff at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth for their support and service. 
By 10ish Friday eve the room was ready, kits boxed up with badges and event tags, shop out and we were ready to role.  Thank you Sarah, Karen, Jashree, Jane and Fran for all your help setting up. 
and then it was ready steady craft on Saturday..............................  lot's of happy smiley faces as everyone's projects came together.........

Kathy late night crafting .............cheers everyone ..........

It was a gorgeous day on Sunday, the hottest of the year so far so I swung past the castle just around the corner from the hotel and took a few pics across the meadow before the start of day 2.  
Day two always fly past too quickly and before we knew it our fabulous weekend had come to an end.......   
My plan this week is to have a chilled day today to unwind and recharge my batteries and then get all of the projects we made over the weekend, and the new kits up and live on the website, so if you fancy making any of them yourself they will appear in the Alter Me Kits and PDF Tutorial sections of the website shortly.  
If you'd like to join me at my next retreat in November click here for more info and bookings. 
I'm off to do my Mum la Taxi duty now so I'll have to love you and leave you.  Thanks you ladies once again for the best weekend and look forward to catching up with you all again shortly.