26/09/2016

Introducing my new Exploding Sewing Box Tutorial


 I'm really excited to be sharing a new project with you today.  With H being at home since May being creative has been a real stop start and almost non existent process but now I have all the time in the world to create new designs and projects to share with you.  
I thought I'd start with something a little different to an album, although albums are in the pipeline so if you love my style hold on in there lol!! 
This exploding box could be decorated in fabric as well as paper as I've done in the samples here.  The lid has a piped effect around the edges and a simple painted wooden knob adds a practical finishing touch to the lid. 
There's a full PDF Tutorial available from my website that includes the dimensions for cutting the chipboard pieces, a step by step cutting and assembly guide and a follow along video too.  If you prefer to buy the basic chipboard kit, they will be available from the website shortly too.  What a great gift idea  if you're looking to make hand made presents this Christmas. 
I've used papers from the Cafe Parisian 12 x 12 pad and the 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids by Graphic 45 to create two different looks with papers that have the same colour pallette. I loved the orange stripe so that one features on both samples. 
Colourway 1 - Umberellas 

Colourway 2 - Floral Souffle



If you'd like to see the full project click on the video link below:
 
If you'd like to come along an join me at a workshop to make the project keep an eye on my FB page and event listing here on the blog
Well thats all for today folks, have a good one, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing more crafty inspiration with you shortly. :-) C

A great time had by all

Morning and a very happy Monday to you - the last in September for this year!!!  Can you believe it. Time is a flying by tooooooo quickly.  H has been away for a week and is having a ball.  He's taken to Uni life like a duck to water, which after not wanting to go last Saturday, is great to hear.  Love this pic of the H (middle) Oli and Sophie taken in his new room.  Definitely one for the scrapbook album :-) 
It was a fun day at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts on Saturday.  Thanks for arranging the day Wendy, congrats to you and Geoff, huge thanks to Rachel for keeping us topped up with drinks all day and the scrummy wedding cake, and huge thanks ladies and gent for coming along and joining me for another fun day of crafting.  Loved all your projects:  We constructed and inked out Box It and Stamp Storage kits into shape and created little houses for those crazy birds. Here's a few pics from our day.

Lovely pic of you all peeps :-) 
I"ll be back at Daisy's for another workshop later in the year with a choice of proejcts - sneak peeks coming soon.
I've got lots to share with you this week so do call back and catch up.  Enjoy your Monday, thanks for calling by and ta ta for now :-) C

17/09/2016

Card of the week

Lawn Fawn Stuck On You
Well todays the day we head off to Cheltenham, cars heaving to drop Harry off at the start of his new adventure.  Lets hope its not race day again.  We go sooooo stuck the last time we went Harry nearly missed his Uni interview.  My plan is to send him a card a week with a little something inside it as he's always saying he never gets any mail.  Card no 1 is going under his pillow when he's not looking ................. for him to find and open once he's settled in.  
I always have fun when I get out the distress inks and loved making up this card. H loves cactus.  The image sits on a 6 x 4 card blank, the background was inked as one piece and then cut into three sections, raised on foam pads to give some dimension for the cactus or is that cactii !!!!  (Sarah will know :-)) to sit under.  
Lawn Fawn Stuck On You 1
Supply List 
6 x 4 Card Blank
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon and Barn Door 
Blending tools for each  ink
Stuck on You & Stitched Hillside Borders by Lawn Fawn
Foam pads 
Glossy Accents/Tacky Glue 

Have a great day and catch up again soon :-) C 

16/09/2016

A great time in Scotland

off to the races deep mini window box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Evening my crafty friends. what a great time I've had up in Bonnie Scotland.  My first stop was the Marriott, Edinburgh to host an open workshop with a group of loveliest ladies who'd travelled up from across the country. Here we all are snipping into those gorgeous new papers from the Cafe Parisian collection from Graphic 45  
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Thank you ladies for a great day.  Enjoy using your recipe boxes 
Crafting in Edinburgh, Scotland with Clare Charvill Graphic 45
On Sunday/Monday I joined the traders exhibiting at the this years Scottish Craft Trade Show.  Here's Polly checking out my range of kits on my first ever stand before the doors opened on Sunday morning.  
All good things come to an end and after packing up and saying goodbye to everyone at the Marriott I headed north to Stirling for some sightseeing before the last of my classes in Tillicoultry.  I got to be a tourist for a day and take the boat trip on the Falkirk Wheel and spent a fascinating few hours exploring Stirling Castle  . 
We had a scream at Wednesdays' workshop.  Ladies thanks for making me sooooo welcome, Lesley for organising the day and Annie for the amazing cakes.  You should definitely be on the GBBO............:-) Loved all your projects too. 
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
Crafting in Tillicoultry, Scotland with Clare Charvill
 I'll be back in Scotland for more workshops soon so keep an eye on the blog and FB page for dates etc. 
The latest collections arrived from Graphic 45 just before I left.  Diane and her team have done it again, creating gorgeous papers, themed on the A Side and beautiful all occasion B sides for us to create with.  I've used papers from the 'Off to the Races' collection to alter one of my deep mini window box (above & below) and can't wait to create more next week once we've taken Harry ti University this weekend.  Oli and Sophie are coming along too to help with the move.  
off to the races deep mini window box 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Well my loverlies, that's all for me today, have a great weekend whatever you're up to.  I know mine will be filled with laughs and tears...................  Thank you for calling by and look forward to catching up  with you again shortly. 

08/09/2016

Edinburgh here I come

Cafe Parisian Recipe Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Evening my crafty friends, how are you?  Long time no typie typie from me lol!!!  It's been a right old topsy turvy week here.  After some time away with H we've been shopping for last minute things for him to fill up his new room at Uni and packing up boxes for us both to head off in different directions........ Him down south and me up north!  
I've literally just finished the Recipe Box project for Saturdays class at the Edinburgh Trade Show. . Papers arrived here this morning but by the time I'd packed up the orders off the website, gone to the post office, the chemist, Tesco's, the doctors, then a trip back to them all to try and find my bank card that had mysteriously vanished somewhere between them all ( I didn't find it) it was gone 5pm before I sat down to take a good look at the papers and plan the project. They're from the Cafe Parisian collection by G45. Made me uber hungry while I was snipping them up - could have killed for a cake lol!!! 
Cafe Parisian Recipe Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45Cafe Parisian Recipe Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

So tomorrow I head up to bonnie Scotland for the Edinburgh Trade show, and a few classes and am looking forward to meeting up with everyone coming along to the show and my classes. If you there, and fancy joining me for the short workshop running on Sunday and Monday afternoons call by my stand and book early. Here's our mini project - do you think we can make it in an hour ish!!!!!   

I've combined  the ATC box (one of my products), Claireeeee's magic tape (as it's been called) and the new St Nicholas papers from Graphic 45........  into this cute Christmas themed project ....... love this little box.  Just perfect for 6 x 4 picture cards ....................  
Well I think that's all for now, I've got a few more things to sort before heading up the stairs so nighty, nighty, thanks for calling by and enjoy your Friday :-)  Catch up again soon x C 

02/09/2016

September Giveaway

Lawn Fawn Make Lemonade

A very happy Friday to you.  I had a fun day crafting with some of my kits yesterday and creating new videos for the website and You Tube channel.  I turned the little 'Make Lemonade' card from yesterdays' post into a framed picture using one of my Single Picture Frame kits so it can sit on a desk and raise a smile when things get tough :-) Maybe I should have one on mine lol!!! .......... no there really isn't any room here......... Here's the video on how it came together. 
I also made a double frame altered in papers from the new St Nicholas collection by Graphic 45.  I love the traditional colours in this Christmas collection and chose two of the papers for my festive frame.  
I got to make a video for this one too and thought the kits would make a great giveaway this month. 
So we have two Double  Picture Frame Kits up for grabs.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight on 30th September 2016 (BST).  As usual the winners will be announced here on the blog on 1st October.  Good luck if you enter.  
We're off to Ikea today to pick up a couple of pans, a few mugs, cutlery and anything else H thinks he's going to need in his shared kitchen.  I haven t been there for ages and have a feeling there will be quite a few things falling into our trolley as we mooch around.  May even get to have meatballs for lunch - yum yum.  
So it's ta ta for now, enjoy your Friday and look forward to catching up again shortly :-) C

01/09/2016

August Giveaway Winner

Lawn Fawn Make Lemonade
Morning everyone, I cant believe it's Thursday and the 1st September too.  Time is flying by toooooo fast at the moment.  Have been spending some time with Harry before he heads off to University in a couple of weeks, gathering up supplies for his new home. Just the Ikea run left to do and the I think he'll have everything he needs ....... for the first week at least lol! 
We all had a great time over at SirStampalot last Saturday. Thanks Janice for putting on our demo day and huge thanks to everyone who came along to join us.  We had a competition, won by Linda and now have a new 'Box with a View' kit to add to my range of Alter Me Kits over on the website. Measuring 30 x 30cm this one can be altered in so many different ways. I'll add the video below later so you can see the actual product. 
Box with a  View kit My Creative Spirit
My card at the top of today's post was made for someone who's feeling a bit down at the moment and it really cheered them up yesterday:-) and those little lemons really did bring a smile to her face. I used the 'Make Lemonade' mini stamp set by Lawn Fawn , distress inks and distress pens to colour the images. A fun little make. 
Now onto our August Giveaway.  Huge thanks to you for leaving soooo many comments here on the blog and over on You Tube.  We have a winner from each.  
First the blog. Random.org has selected comment No 39 as our winner which was left by:   
 

This& That15 August 2016 at 09:50

I really love your work! I would be thrilled if i win. Tyvm for the chance xoxoxo
and from You Tube Random.org has selected comment no 34 left by: 

Congratulations both and many thanks to you all for taking part.  Ladies if  you could e mail your address details to mycreativespirituk@gmail.com, I'll get your kits off in the post to you.    

Our September Giveaway will go live tomorrow so do call back and leave your comment and catch up on the video of our new kit. 
That's all from me for now folks, so enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and hope to catch up with you tomorrow :-) C

24/08/2016

Let's go on an Adventure .........

Safari Adventure Tag Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
morning everyone, or is it afternoon, it's another warm and sunny one here in the UK; it's beginning to feel like summer lol!!! 
I'm really excited to be featured on the Graphic 45 blog with Nico today, sharing my take on a mini tag album made from a few of the single tags in the Square Black Tag Album set and papers from the Safari Adventure collection. As you know I absolutely love this collection and the Tiger and really had to stop myself from using him on my album cover again, so I set the scene of the album by using a fussy cut image of the lady on Safari peeking out through the undergrowth.  There are photo frames all the way through the album to add you pics in too.


And here he is ............ that gorgeous Tiger :-) 

Why not grab a coffee and head over to the Graphic 45 blog to see more of my little album,  a full supply list and instructions on how to make it yourself along with a stunner of an album by Nico too.  
I"m off to play taxi again so have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and hope to see you back here for more crafty inspiration very soon :-) C