Bureau and Pocket Album Artisan Style

Good afternoon everyone.  I've got a few minutes to spare before heading off to pick son No 2 up from a hard day at college being creative so thought I"d grab a cup of tea and share my latest project with you. 
The Bureau and Pocket Album is our weekend project I'm teaching at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts over 30th and 31st May.  I started with the base kit yesterday, and have altered the bureau and finished the pocket album in just over 24 hours, with a sleep and time off in between so am hopeful we'll get everything finished in the two craft days.  I've used papers from the Artisan Style collection by Graphic 45.  I love the colour combinations and making the pocket album was fun working the different colour ways together.  I couldn't go too mad with the pages as the album has to slide into the shelf under the top section and above the cabinet, so kept them simple ... ish!"  Here's a few more pictures.......... 

I think there are a couple of places left if you fancy a crafty weekend in the Coventry area.  Call Wendy on 07779 110813 for more info and bookings.
For those of you who'd love to make the project but can't make the weekend, kits and the project sheet for the Bureau will be available on our website from 3rd June. 
Well my mug is empty, its just gone 4 so I've got to love you and leave you and head off to Leamington.  Thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your Wednesday and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 
07779 110813


Weekender Offer and workshops

Altered shadow Box Paperartsy Style by Clare charvill
 Good morning and happy Sunday to you. .... well it was when I started writing this little post lol!!  
I'm a real late starter this morning after a busy day yesterday with Isobel and her lovely ladies at Scotch Lodge Farm.  We were making Once Upon a Springtime albums to go in the altered boxes we'd made a couple of weeks ago.  A really fun day crafting with pretty papers had by all. Lovely to see you ladies and thanks Isobel and Patsy for the hospitality. Pics below.  We agreed two new dates in October/November for another double project with some of the new released from Graphic 45 that will be showcased at CHA in July. 
If you love the Once Upon a Springtime Papers and would like to make the project too the kit and project sheet for the altered box and album are available over on our website 

 I'll be with Janet at Birds in the Barn on Friday and Saturday this week for a couple of Paperartsy style workshops.  We're getting inky altering my A4 Shadow boxes with stamps and stencils by JOFY, Lin Brown and Darcy.  If you fancy a crafty day and would like to come along and join in the fun call Janet direct on 01206 211099. You get a white gel pen, black fine marker and one of the two stencils we're using as part of the kit for the day too.  

Before I go I thought I'd give a quick mention to our three for two weekender offer on all our on line workshops and project sheets finished at 12 midnight tonight. Here's the link if you fancy a browse
Enjoy your Sunday, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again over the next couple of days. 


Precious Memories.

Happy Wednesday to you.  I hope you're weeks going well.  I've just taken Harry to college and enjoyed the drive through the countryside on this fabulous May morning. Its a wonderful 15 degrees outside and I'm thinking I should be outside in the garden rather than working inside :-)  Maybe after lunch! 
After a lovely weekend out crafting I've been beavering away back here at home with the gorgeous Precious Memories papers from Graphic 45 finishing off my latest vintage styled photo album.   I chose Kaisercard Bluebell card stock as the base colour and loved how it worked with all the papers and colours in the collection.  The album's full of interactive pages and pull outs to showcase all those precious pictures we have of our children, grandchildren and maybe even great grandchildren. Here's a few more pics and the video link too if you d like to see the whole album.

If you'd like to make the album yourself here's the link to the 
If you prefer to be able to see how everything goes together and follow along with me to make the project then try the on line workshop. Here's the link 

I had fun making cards from this collection for the last Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft and thought I"d share a couple with you.  I picked out blue and yellows for this pretty card and rosebuds for the box card below.  

I'm off to ponder over paper cutting or gardening over a coffee, so thank you for calling by, enjoy the rest of your week and look forward to catching up again over the next couple of days :-) C


Crafting Artisan Style

morning everyone, Monday again, hasn't that come round quick. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. I was out and about yesterday with all the lovely ladies at Crafting Times, Shepreth running a Graphic 45 workshop altering This N' That boxes  with paper from the Artisan Style collection.
Thank you ladies for coming along, lovely to see some new faces too and hope to see you all again soon.  A big thank you to Nina for inviting me back to the shop. Here are some pics from the day and everyone with their finished boxes :-) 

I've just finished off my new Precious Memories photo album and will be sharing it here on the blog on Wednesday. Do call back and see :-) Enjoy your day and look forward to catching up again soon 


May Giveaway

Morning everyone and happy Wednesday to you.  As we're in Royal baby mode here in the UK with the arrival of the Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana I thought I'd share the cover of my new precious Memeories album with you.  Very much work in progress but it's coming along nicely.  No lost files this time either lol!  I"m really enjoying working with these pretty papers and finding ways to work them all together as I work thought the pages. 
Had happy post this morning from the lovely Margaret at Scrapbook Magic.  I've had my eye, as it seems has everyone else in the country on the quirky Crazy Birds stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.   Everyone's sold out of them but I did happen across two sets in Cornwall whop whop, and now one of them is here on the table.  Thank you Margaret for getting them off in the post yesterday.  Will definitely be messing about with them later.
Our April winner has been in touch and her kit is on its way to her in Washington.  This month I thought we'd give away and 8 x 8 Precious Memories paper pad as I"m working with these papers at the moment. If you'd like to be in with a chance to win it, just leave a comment here on this post before 31st May.  
May Giveaway at My Creative Spirit.blogspot.com Precious Memories Graphic 45
The winner will be selected as always by Random.Org and shared on the blog on 1st June.  Good luck if you're entering.
I'm off to think out the design for page five of my album while I"m in design mode, so crafty hugs to you, thanks for calling by  and look forward to sharing more with you shortly. :-) 


Altered art with Times Nouveau

I hope you enjoyed the bank holiday break.  Old went away so Harry and I had the house to ourselves to get up to what ever we wanted lol!!!  Today it's back to the craft room to work on a Precious Memories album I've had in my head for a couple of weeks.  H has gone back to college and Ols headed off to work the late shift so I've got a few hours to think things through, cut, write and film as I go before they return. Time goes soon quickly these days ! 
Graphic 45 are sharing projects by Gini and myself over on their blog today. I've gone for a more masculine look for this one and came up with a desk tidy and drawer combination with rolled paper feet. Cut out from chipboard sheets, altered in paint and papers from the gorgeous Times Nouveau papers listed below it was sitting pretty on my craft table when Oli's lovely friend Zac spotted it, really liked it and grinned like a Cheshire cat when I said he could have it.  Now it's sitting pretty on his desk and being used too :-) There's a full supply list below
Graphic 45 Supplies 

Papers form the Times Nouveau Collection
Hey You 
It's the Berries 
Swanky for the rolled paper feet
Sticker sheet 
Antique Metal Door Pull 

Other Supplies 
2mm Chipboard Sheets
Black card stock 
Black acrylic paint 
Ranger Alcohol Ink - Cranberry 
Black Soot Distress Ink

We'll be sharing our May giveaway here on the blog tomorrow so do call back and leave a comment.   TTFN, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-) 


April Giveaway Winner and Home Sweet Home Album launch

Morning everyone, its a right wet one here, not good for our Bank Holiday weekend and who left the washing out yesterday!!!!  
Apologies for being a couple of days late announcing the winner of this months giveaway  and Thank you to everyone who left comments on the post.  Loved reading through them all.  Random.org has chosen no 136 as our winner of the month;  
Love the beautiful box! All of your creations are so well-done and imaginative. Thanks for sharing them with us!
Congratulations.  Would you e mail me your address to mycreativespirituk@gmail.comso I can get your kit off in the post to you. 
Our May giveaway will go live here on the blog on Tuesday so do call by and leave a comment to be in the draw. 
I thought It would be a good idea to buy an I pad mini earlier in the week for a number of reasons and its provide to be really useful but, I needed to update my Apple Mac with the latest operating system to sync the two together.  Why not clear up some files I thought while I'm updating everything!!!  Not a good idea when you're part way through uploading videos and pictures for an on line workshop. Did I take a back up - no!!! Did the pc ask me to - yes!!; big mistake.  I lost a whole chunk of stuff and then had to spend the best part of three days re cutting and re filming ugh!!!. It's all done now and today sees the launch of my Home Sweet Home album with it's on line workshop and project sheet.  It's bright and cheery, very interactive with loads of places to show off your favourite photos. I've added the video link to the full album below if you'd like to take a peek :-)

I've spotted a loan snail creeping across the path this morning so am going the check him out and make sure he does a body swerve around my hosta pot, so thanks for calling by, have a lovely day what ever the weather, enjoy your Bank Holiday if your here in the UK and look forward to catching up again early in the week :-) C


Graphic 45 Design Team Announcement

It seems to have been an age since Graphic 45 put out their design team call, and another since the shortlist of finalists was announced but today IS the day and the 2015 design team has been announced over on the G45 blog. Congratulations to everyone who got through that tough final round and commiserations to those finalists that didn't. All the projects made for the final were truly amazing.  Huge congrats to Jane, Jim, Laura and myself lol! as we continue as Ambassadors for this fabulous company and huge congrats to Alberto who joins us too.  Wow!  I have to say I was really touched to have been asked again and am looking forward to year No 4 as part of the G45 family, working with such a lovely family, some amazingly talented designers and having a ball creating and inspiring others to not only buy and stroke the gorgeous collections, but to take up their scissors and cut them into gorgeous and elegant projects. Thank you Diane, Charee and Aimee for loving what I do for and with G45.  
We've also seen the Gilded Lily and Rare Oddities sneak peeks this week on the G45 blog.  I love them both and apparently they will be arriving in a little, well maybe not so little box all the way from Portland, Oregon very shortly. grin grin!!  We'll be crafting two new projects with them at my retreat in June which I"m really looking forward to.  Not long now really ladies and gent coming along. Here's a project I made with an Eerie Tale and looking at the colours in the Rare Oddities collection the two collections will work really well together. 
An Eerie Tale Brag Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
An Eerie Tale Brag Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45

If you've entered out giveaway this month do call back tomorrow 1st May when we announce the winner here on the blog.  Until then, thanks for calling by, have a great day and happy paper crafting :-) 


Gorgeous Gilded Lily

Gilded Lily Samples from Dianes' Workshop at Graphic 45 
Well a very happy Tuesday Evening to you all.  It's been a lovely day here and after a complete disaster with some lost video footage after I decided to update the OS on my Mac I took myself off to buy a couple more plants and enjoy the sunshine.  Plants look fab in the garden and I"m back cutting out more papers to film again tomorrow!!  There will be a Home Sweet Home album and on line workshop coming out this week, just not today lol!!   
With the sneak peeks happening this week for Graphic 45's latest releases I thought I'd share the picture of two Gilded Lily samples from Dianes' workshop in the US.  Gorgeous aren't they.  This paper collection has a Marie Antoinette feel to it and in pale peaches, blues and caramel its definitely one to add to your stash.  We're taking pre orders for papers and stamps over on our website so if you fancy getting your hands on this delightful collection click the link below to the pre order section.  

There's a couple of days left to leave a comment on this months giveaway if you haven't left one already.  Here's the link.

Have a lovely rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again over the next couple of days.