Welcome Baby with a Precious Memories Keepsake Box

Morning everyone, I'm home after some fun shows at Create and Craft and have been enjoying our April sunshine and planting a few plants in the garden. 
I'm really excited to be sharing today's project over on the graphic 45 blog along with a fabulously talented Romy Veul who's also sharing a delightful baby card.  Here's the link if you'd like to head over and take a look. 

I went for a crisp blue theme for my This N' That Baby Box (kits are now back in stock) but it would look just as gorgeous altered in pink. The box was painted with Sky chalk acrylic paint by Paperartsy and then altered using Puppy Dog Tails, Precious Memories and Pat a Cake 12 x 12 papers.  I love the creamy colours of the patterns and solids and used pale blue 6 x 6 paper to alter the trinket tray and to make the flowers and cover the oval on the lid.  The paper weight is perfect for flowers. There's a few more pictures below and a full supply list too if you fancy making one yourself. 

12 x 12 Papers from the Precious Memories Collection 
Pat a Cake 
Precious Memories
Puppy Dog Tails 
Patterns and Solids for the flowers and trinket tray

Other Supplies 
This N That Box - my own kit available on our website
Sky Chalk Pain - Paperartsy
Tacky Glue
Arriana Die Set - Heatelt Creations for the large cream flower
Spellbinder Rose Creations die for the smaller blue flowers
10" baby blue ribbon
Sage green Kaisercard for the stamens and leaves
Perlen Pen for flower centres
Miniature Ivy die - Joanna Sheen
Art Glitter
Cuttlebug Alpha Die Set 
Oval X cuts die and chipboard for frame on box lid

I hope you enjoyed toady's post.  Thanks for calling by, enjoy your weekend what ever you're up to and look forward to catching up again soon with more projects to share. :-) C


Mum and me

Evening everyone, I thought I'd squeeze one last post in before heading off to Peterborough in the morning. This was the last of the layouts I've put together for the show set and also my own scrapbook album that I'm slowly building up for the boys.  This is their mum (me) and their grandma (my mum) who sadly they never got to meet. Its nearly 40 years since she died and this is one of the few photo's I have of us together. I thought I'd create us a layout for my book using the Once Upon a Springtime signature sheet, a backing paper and the large frame from the collection. If you're a G45er you'll know that Graphic 45 always give us great signature sheets in each collection and it's great fun to deconstruct them, and restructure them to make a fabulous picture.  

I hope you can join me for more g45 fun tomorrow at 1pm BST and again on Friday at 1pm and 6pm BST.  You can mail into the shows too at studio@createandcraft.tv and go into the cup to win one of our demo cards.  

It's bubbly bath time for me so I'm going to head off.  Have a good couple of days and hope to catch up again over the weekend. :-) 


Lovely Layouts

It's all go here designing samples for the Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft TV later in the week.  There's lot's of bundles on offer across five fabulous collections in the Birthday Shows and lots for me to chose from for the set samples.  It's been a while since I've designed a layout so I thought I'd put one or two together for the boys and then they can go in their scrapbook albums I'm building up for them. I don t know about you but I like to build the design around the photo, so after a real rummage through lots of old ones of the boys I found an Oliver action shot. Ols was always a little boy on a mission and the colours and wording in the Artisan Style papers were just perfect for his layout.  I kept it simple and used a chipboard phrase embossed with black embossing powder to title the page.

I went for a baby picture of Harry, I think he was only a could of weeks old here and built his layout with the Precious Memories papers.  Another perfect match but this time oodles of fussy cutting out the beautiful flowers from this collection. There's a lot of layers and dimension in the structure to lift it off the page. 

I"m having a Home Sweet Home day today with maybe a touch of Once upon a Springtime thrown in for good measure if the papers arrive from Create and Craft.  Enjoy your day too, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again later int he week with some more samples.

Oh I forgot to mention both of these paper collections are available over on our website at 


A very crafty day in the sunshine

Well good morning and Happy Sunday to you.  I can't believe it's been a whole week since I blogged. It's been a busy one here and an inky, painty, papery one too.  Early in the week I was prepping for the first of our Martha Stewart Plaid Paints show on Create and Craft TV with Andy Love on Thursday, and then aster a quick turn around I headed down to Northampton to Isobel's fabulous farm and craft shop for a really lovely workshop with lovely ladies, fabulous food and company. We crafted with the Once upon a Springtime paper collection by Graphic 45 making our altered boxes. I was chauffeur driven too, thank you so much Jane.  I felt quite relaxed when we got home despite all the traffic jams we came across.  Here's a few pics from our day.  

Crafting at Scotch Lodge Farm with Clare Charvill Graphic 45Crafting at Scotch Lodge Farm with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Crafting at Scotch Lodge Farm with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Crafting at Scotch Lodge Farm with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Crafting at Scotch Lodge Farm with Clare Charvill Graphic 45

I thought I'd have a day in the garden yesterday but it was cold......  well too cold for me lol!! so I started prepping some samples for the three Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft TV on Thursday and Friday next week.  I know we're gong to have a great time celebrating C & C's birthday.  Times and watch live links are top right of the page. 
My little sample above is a cute door hanger for a baby's room made in the blue papers from the Precious Memories collection.  The featured baby is my lovely Harry - not very impressed when he saw what I'd made as he's now coming up for 18 - but I told him no one would recognise him!!!  until I share it on FB and tag the pic lol!!! Through the week I'll share some of the other samples with you.  Karen s sent some over too so will definitely share hers. 

We're having a lazy Sunday morning here but I"m sure I'll be cutting up paper before the days out. Enjoy your day too, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing more crafty inspiration with you over the coming week :-) C


Easter Flowers and April Showers

Secret Garden Easter Basket by Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Just a real quick little post from me this morning.  I was totally inspired by Annette Greens Easter basket shared on the G45 blog this week that I decided to make one to put eggs in for Oli s new girlfriend.  I made a scaled down version of the basket (5" x 5") from this lovely spotty Beautiful Blooms paper (Secret Garden collection g45) and then made a few daffodils, pansys and violets using the Susan's Garden flower dies and white card stock.  Coloured with copic markers they look just like the real thing :-) The grass was cut from a Tim Holtz decorative strip and the bunny was a 25p bargain stamp from Hobbycraft.  I've just got to get the eggs out of the car, fill it up and give it to Sophie later on. 
If you'd like to make a basket yourself, here's Annette's video 

and a few more pics of mine.

Secret Garden Easter Basket 1 by Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Secret Garden Easter Basket 2 by Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Secret Garden Easter Basket 3 by Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Here are the Susan's Garden flower videos if you'd like to know how to make the flowers on the basket too. 
The Daffodil 
The Pansy/Violet 

Supply List 
3 sheets 12 x 12 paper (Beautiful Blooms) cut into 1" strips 
White Cardstock 
We R Memory Keepers large eyelets x 2 
Copic Markers Yellows, greens, purples
Easter Bunny Stamp
Sizzix Susan's Garden Daffodil Die 658414
Sizzix Susan's Garden  Pansy & Violet Die 658419
Alterations Tapered Fringe Decorative strip 658553
Viva Perlen Pen - yellow
shredded paper 
glue & double sided tape 

Happy Easter Sunday everyone, have a lovely day and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 


Happy Easter and April Giveaway

Once Upon A Springtime Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Just a short post this eve, or is it this morning lol!!! to wish you all a very Happy Easter.  Patricia I hope the services go well on Sunday. 
I thought I'd share our project for next Fridays class at Scotch Lodge Farm with you.  I love this pretty collection and had great fun or was it a challenge to work out how to get the most out of the papers and alter the box ready for next Fridays class at Scotch Lodge Farm. There's an album inside it too that I'll share with you another day once I've finished twiddling.  
Once Upon a Springtime This N That Box Interior Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Saturday Sale 4th April - today :-)
We're having a Saturday sale over in the shop.  There's 20% off everything until midnight
 April Giveaway 
I thought we'd give away a This N that Box kit (used above) this month so if you'd like to be in with a chance to win just leave a comment on this post before 12 midnight on 30th April.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st May.  Good luck :-) 
It looks like its going to be a cold and wet Easter here in the UK, fingers crossed we don't have any snow !!!!  Enjoy your celebrations, thanks for calling by and catch up again over the next few days. :-) C


Heritage Scrapbooking and March Giveaway Winner

1st World War Heritage Layout Designed by Clare Charvill
 First we need to announce the winner of the March Giveaway.  Thank you for all your comments.  126 in all and I loved reading though them. 
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Taking out deleted, duplicated and a couple of spam comments No 98 was left by Sandra NZ.  Congratulations Sandra.  Please mail me your address to mycreativespirituk@gmail.com and I'll get your goodies of to you. 
I was very touched recently to be asked, by the very talented Sally Elve Butler if I'd put together a few layouts using her papers for the Crafting Times stand at the  'Who Do You Think You Are Show, at the NEC, Birmingham next month.  Of course I said yes.  
I'd first come across Sally's Titanic paper collection at Ally Pally a couple of years ago and dithering about came home without buying them.  I searched the net but never managed to find them, and then just happened across a large black binder when I taught at Crafting Times for the first time.  As I opened it I couldn't believe what was inside........... the Titanic papers I'd wished I'd bought, along with many other beautifully designed family heritage papers by Sally.   I bought them :-) and have been holding onto them ever since just waiting for the right project to come along.  We had a get together, talked about the projects and I came away with a few more papers and embellishments to get crafting with. 
After doing a bit of research on WW1 heritage I decided to base my layouts on the famous 'In Flanders Fields' poem, and after reading it decided to add some dimension with poppies grasses and the fence and build my pages around the poem and a WW1 soldier.  I was quite moved putting them together and was really pleased with how they came together.  We're putting them into two red frames to protect the detail and will be running a class for the layout at Crafting Times.  Watch this space for dates and details if you're interested in coming along.  Here's a few more pictures of the dimension:
I had to make a memory box using the Titanic papers, photos and memorabilia that come 's in the collection having finally found them  I loved how this one evolved too. It was eerie to have the crew, who I think all lost their lives looking out at me as I pieced everything together. 
Heritage Layout Designed by Clare Charvill
You can find all of Sally's collections  by following the link below to the Crafting Times web site and clicking on the Family History and Heritage papers link from the menu on the left. 
                                                   Family History and Heritage papers 
If your interested in going to the 'Who Do You Think You Are' Show, its on from 16th - 18th April, Hall 2, NEC, Birmingham and Crafting Times are on stand(table) 20.  Call by, have a mooch and say hi. 

The last shadow box was made from one sheet of Heritage paper.  My Great Grandma met Queen Victoria when she was 11 and I used to love her tell me the story.  Taradiddle Sarah Jane xx Happy memories. 
Well, I best hop off and get working so I hope you enjoyed the post, Congratulations Sandra, thank you for calling by and catch up again later in the week. :-) C


Apple Pie anyone .......oh and a Sale on Saturday :

Home Sweet Home card by Clare Charvill
We all had a great time on Saturday assembling pencil cases and making mini albums.  Lovely to catch up with you all again ladies.  There's a lot of techniques and work packed into this little project so I hope ladies you've managed to finish off the bits you didn't get to do in the class from your instructions.  There's a few pics below taken during the day.  Sarah, thanks for taking our group one for me.  (not a Wendy in sight!) 
I thought I'd share a little box card I've made with you today. No vegetables in sight .......  they seem to be the most popular elements everyone's cutting out so I decided to be different and go for a cooking theme.  These are great cards to make and they really don't use too much paper either.
Home Sweet Home card by Clare Charvill

Daisy's Pencil case and Album workshop
Bernadette still smiling :-) 
Sandra and her finished pencil case

We're having a one day only sale on the website, so do head on over this Saturday 4th April and grab yourself a bargain.  There's 20% off everything until midnight. 

I'm heading off back to the drawing board so enjoy your Monday and look forward to catching up again later in the week.