Once upon a Springtime.....................

Morning crafters, or is it afternoon.  I've had a day or two off after our fabulously crafty weekend, picked up my new car yesterday and have been enjoying tootling around catching up on errands that had to go on hold last week. It's back to the day job today, there's paper everywhere lol!!! and lots of creativity going on that I'll share with you soon.     It's all about Springtime over on the Graphic 45 blog today.  Annette and I are sharing two of our Once Upon a Springtime projects so I'm going to head over myself and take a look.  What a delightful collection this is.  I started crafting after it was released the first time round and don't think I'd made any projects with the papers up to now, so making the shadow box was all the more fun.  The adorable characters were crying out to be lifted from the papers and made into a scene, something I love doing with Graphic 45 papers. Most of the characters came from the signature sheet and one or two; the frog and fairy layered frames that draw your eye to the middle. I added a hint of iridescence to the fairy wings, but you can t really see that in the photos.  Here's some close ups of the detail; 

I've got the papers out on the table mocking up a Once Upon a Springtime project for the workshop I'm doing with Isobel, at Scotch Lodge Farm on Friday 10th April.  If you d like to come along and join us call Isobel direct on 01604 810910.  
I'm off to grab a coffee and carry on cutting so thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your day and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 


Where did that weekend go.......

Crafters retreat with Clare Charvill Feb 2015 Graphic 45 Time to Flourish
......... where did that weekend go.  Months in the planning, weeks in the prepping and two days of fabulous company and crafting has just flown by.  Here we all are with (well nearly all of us) with our Time to Flourish Seasons in Time Album sets.  We constructed, painted, stuck, snipped and inked our way through the weekend, used oodles of gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and had a ball. We each chose our birthday month for the papers on our stands so they all looked different.  Ladies it was lovely to see you, thank you for joining me and enjoy adding all your photos to your albums.  Hillary thank you for my swish pink apron and Sylvia thank you for the two gorgeous shops you'd made. Here's a few pics taken over the two days. 

If you'd like to make the album set yourself, the video led on line workshop and project sheet are both available from today on our webiste along with the Folio Album stand kit designed to hold any four of my folio albums.

We're back at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth again on 20th, 21st June for another crafty weekend. If you'd like to come along click here for more info and booking details. Our project will be an album (Clareeee style) in a box, altered in papers from the Artisan Style collection by Graphic 45. Will share pictures as soon as I've made up the sample. 

Well I best hop off, get dressed and go pick up my new car whop whop.  Thanks for calling by, have a lovely week and look forward to sharing some more crafty projects with you again soon:-) C



Last Day of Crafting at the Trade Show

This N' That Box 1 designed and altered by Clare Charvill Artisan Style Graphic 45

It's back to normality today and we've got quite a cottage industry going this morning.  Oli's creating files for new products we've got coming out, Harry still on the die cutting for the retreat this weekend and I'm on cutting and packing duty lol!! It's really lovely to be all working together. I thought I d share our New This N That box with you.  Altered in papers from the Artisan Style collection by Graphic 45 its a really handy box for stuff lol!!!  I've added the new claw feet to the box, don't they look fab.  Kits will be available in the 'Alter Me' section of our website from the end of February and we're making it at two workshops coming up at Crafting Times on 10th May, and Scotch Lodge Farm on Friday 10th April (this one will be altered in Once Upon A Springtime Papers). Click here  info on the workshops.  

This N' That Box  2 designed and altered by Clare Charvill Artisan Style Graphic 45
We all enjoyed the last day of the Jones Crafts make and takes and the Candy Box Crafts classroom sessions at the show yesterday.  Here's the last of the pictures
Time To Flourish Decorative Frame designed by Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Jones Crafts
 To Flourish Decorative Frame designed by Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Jones Crafts To Flourish Decorative Frame designed by Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Jones Crafts
 To Flourish Decorative Frame designed by Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Jones Crafts
Helen Allen and Clare Charvill
It's back to cracking the whip over those children for me lol!!! (not literally ;-) ) so thanks for calling by, enjoy your day and look forward to catching up again soon :-) C


ABC Primer is back

I'm so pleased that G45 have re released their ABC Primer collection.  With the addition of the new blue check and paisley papers, cut a parts, stickers and chipboards the deluxe collection contains everything you need to make that special project or keepsake with a schoolroom theme.  Of course the B sides of the papers can make some really elegant projects that don't link to the theme of the collection to.  Today Graphic 45 are sharing two ABC Primer projects by Jim the lovely Gentleman Crafter and myself.  Here's the link to  head over and more of our projects. 
I themed my project around an old style slide lid pencil case, but made it wide enough to hold a mini pocket album too.  On its own the pencil case can hold loads of pens but adding the album turns the project into a one day workshop that covers chipboard construction and album making techniques as well as paper crafting.  The Pencil Case and Album Cover kit will be available on our website from the end of February 

Talking about paper crafting we had another fun day on the Jones Crafts stand snipping into the March Flourish papers from the Time to Flourish paper collection   Here's some pics from yesterdays make and takes and the team from Jones Crafts to starting with John straightening up the button tubes before the show opened Steve Darren and Stavros.   Thank you John for inviting me back this year. 
In between the make and takes I've been supporting Roy from Candy Box Crafts and hosting his classroom Taster Sessions where we've been making the boxette with floral tag altered with Graphic 45 papers from the Raining Cats and Dogs collection.  Here's Roy chatting to a couple of the ladies from yesterday's session.  

I'll share the last of the pics from the show tomorrow.  Happy Shrove Tuesday to you, and enjoy the pancakes if you're making them.  They're Harrys favourites. I wonder if I'll be making them for him or he'll be making them for me.  He's the best at making them.  Ttfn and look forward to cathcing up again over the next couple of days