An Artisan Style Crafty Favourite...........

Morning, and Happy Friday to you.  Over the past few days Graphic 45 have been sharing some really interesting crafty info on their design team members along with favourite crafting styles. Today I'm really excited to be sharing mine.  It was really hard to chose a favourite but in the end I went with shadow boxes.  I  love bringing G45 papers to life and giving them a three dimensional look and feel. So after musing through the papers, choosing the elements I wanted to use, and deciding on a theme I altered one of my shadow boxes in Craftsmanship papers to give me a dark background to build up from.  The fussy cutting took a while, especially the small flowers but I always snip away while watching TV.  Inspired by the Pergola and the peacocks, I started at the back of the box, and worked forwards adding layers of detail.  
If you'd like to make one yourself there's a full step by step tutorial on how to put the project together over on the Graphic 45 blog  (just click the link :-) 
Here's a few more pics of how it came together.
I like to look for ways to add shape to the papers and interesting detail that draws the eye through the scene, so I cut open the doors of the pergola and added a view, shaping the house and adding a piece of green patterns and solids to give a grassy effect

Keeping with the Artisan Style theme I"m off to Daisy's Jewels and Crafts tomorrow for the day.  We re making my Pencil Case and mini album set in these lovely papers.  Looking forward to seeing you all ladies :-) 

If you haven't left a comment on our March Giveaway post there's still time.  Click the link here to go to the post.  The winner will be chosen on 31st March and announced here on the blog on 1st April - really lol!!! 
Got to catch up on some house chores today so enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 
Our full range of craft kits are available in the Alter Me section of our web site


Grow your own .....................

Home Sweet Home Garden Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Brrrr!! it was a frosty frozen start to the day when I took Ols to work this morning but the clouds have cleared and the sun is out so things are looking promising for a really nice day.  It's that time of year when all of us fair weather gardeners get outside and start tidying and planting.  I thought I d' alter one of my This N' That boxes to keep my seeds, string and planter labels in but I think Harry had nabbed it.  Its full of golf balls lol!!  I've gone for green, yellow and red papers from the Home Sweet Home collection by Graphic 45 and love how all the papers work together.  

Here's a few more pics 

Have you been watching Poldark? I can't believe we're up to episode 3 and I haven't mentioned it.  I remember watching it with Mum back in the 70's and loved it then. I'm loving the remake and am now totally hooked on it second time around.  For those of you reading from outside of the UK the series is based on the novels by Winston Graham, and set in the rugged north Cornwall countryside. Here's a bit of then and now blog candy of Ross Poldark and his servant and from this coming week his wife Demelza.  Roll on Sunday , I can t wait .........!!
Robin Ellis and Anghard Rees 1970's
Aiden Turner and Elanor Tomlinson
I've just got to hang out the washing and then get back to finishing off the project sheet for this weekends workshop.  Have a great day yourself and let's catch up again later in the week :-) 


Five a day minus 2 :-)

I had a bit if a crafty clear out yesterday when I came in from the garden, and with stamps and pens on the table and paper just in from the car I sat down, chilled and did a bit of colouring.  I haven't domne any for ages, am a bit rusty but really enjoyed myself.  I love these stamps, Cling 3 from the Home Sweet Home collection by Graphic 45.  Just perfect for making cards for garden lovers and cooks.  You get a seed packet with the set too, and each of the veg and phlox stamps can be interchanged in the centre.  Clever eh!! 

It's amazing what you find when you have a sort out, and what you'd forgotten you've got too. My heads full of ideas again and the to do list has grown at least a foot lol!!!.  Anyway, must get off the PC and on with the things I mustn't forget to do today.  Enjoy your day and catch up again soon :-) 


Two days of G45 craftiness at Birds in the Barn .........

Mother Goose Altered Clock by Joyce English
Helllooo there and happy Sunday to you.  I'm just home after two fabulously crafty days with Janet, Karen, Sue and all the lovely ladies at Birds in the Barn.  We were constructing and altering recipe boxes with the gorgeous Home Sweet Home papers by Graphic 45. Two classes over two days, lots of laughs, oodles of tea and coffee and cake, and of course lots of crafting too.
Janet, huge thanks for inviting me down to your shop and Karen thank you for the delicious egg sandwiches (no one makes them quite like Karen) and the amazing cakes, including the one to take home........  yum yum, my favourite.  It was lovely to see everyone again, and meet some new crafters too. Joyce popped into the shop while we were crafting away and showed us her amazing altered clock (above).  It was lovely to meet you Joyce. Happy Birthday Karen too for yesterday, I hope you enjoyed Lord of the Dance and did Michael tap onto the stage? 

I'm looking forward to being back in the Birds in the Barn shop in May for two days of crafting Paperartsy Style.  If you'd like to come along and join us call Janet direct on   01206 211099 for more info and bookings. 

Here's a few pics from our classes on Friday/Saturday. 
 We were warmed up by the wood burner in the workshop, that kept us toasty warm all day  :-)
Friday's cakes made by Karen
Saturday's Cakes by Karen
If you fancy making this project yourself my recipe box kit and Home Sweet Home papers are available to order on my website at 

I'm off to finish the tidying I've been doing in the garden so enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again over the net couple of days :-) C


Cornwall Papercraft Show

Morning, and Happy Mothers Day to you.  I'm 300 miles away from home and my gorgeous  bambino's but had a lovely early morning call from Ols wishing me a happy day which was lovely. 
We all had a fun day yesterday at the Cornwall Papercraft Show.  Now in its third year, Ruth and her ladies had done a grand job organising the event.  Lots of crafters called by to browse the stands and many joined in our make and take sessions.  Ladies thank you for all your generous donations, we raised a total of £81.00  for the South West Chidrens Hospice.  Here's a few pics of us all crating way on our Time to Flourish Decorative Frames.

Ruth joining in the Make and Take session

Karen from Total Papercrafts 

Ruth, her team of ladies Karen from Total Papercrafts & little old me :-) 
We finished off the day with drink and a little piece of cake!!!! it was scrummy............

I'll be joining Ruth and all the exhibitors at the next show on 22nd August, so pop the date in your diary and come along :-) 
Have a lovely Mothers day, enjoy what ever you get up to and look forward to catching up again soon 


A crafty day at Scrapbook Magic

Hellloooooo from Sunny Cornwall.  After a great G45 show with Jackie on Create and Craft TV earlier in the week and a quick visit to see Janice and Andy at Sirstampalot I headed down country on Wednesday for Cornwall.  By the time I'd done all I needed to do before leaving it was late and dark as I drove over Bodmin Moor.  The mist was thick and Annie had warned me to look out for the Beastie of Bodmin (some say there is one) so I locked the car doors, gripped the steering wheel a little tighter and kept my eyes on the road for what seemed like an eternity.  I didn't see him but did he see me? 
After a real rainy day on Thursday it was bright, sunny and fresh as a daisy yesterday morning as I wound my way through the Cornish lanes to Mullion and Scrapbook Magic for a crafty day of creativity.
Ladies thank you for coming along, we had the best of days snipping and sticking away, Margaret thank you for your fabulous hospitality again, hope you feel better soon and Mary Rose huge Happy Birthday hugs.  Here's the birthday girl and all of us crafting our tag boxes into shape. 

 I'll be back again in September for another workshop so look forward to seeing you all again then. 
Today I'm running some make and take sessions at the Cornwall Papercrafting Show at Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club.  The shows open from 10am - 4pm so if you're down this way come along and call by.  We'd love to see you.