June Giveaway Winner and a Weekend Of Crafting in Wales

Rare Oddities ATC Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Pinch Punch its the first of the month.............
Morning everyone, we're bracing ourselves here for a scorcher of a day that's going to hit 30+ degrees.  Not hot for some of you I know but here in little old England its getting to be a rare oddity lol!!!  Talking of which I've been prepping some demos with that fabulous paper line and others by Graphic 45 to share with everyone at Cheryls shop, In House Interior in Milford Haven on Saturday.  If you're in the area, and have a couple of hours (or more) to spare do come along, I'd love to see you. 
Todays make is one of my ATC boxes, altered in 6 x 6 and Ephemera Cards.  I'll be using the stamps too make embellishments on the album inside.  Will share the finished project with you once its done.  
Rare Oddities ATC Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45 1
Thank you to everyone who left comments on the June Giveaway post.  Taking out duplicates there were 97 in all, and the winning one, chosen by Random.org was No 8 left by Christine Linnett9 June 2015 at 13:24

Congratulations Christine, if you could mail me over your address I"ll get your goodies out in the post to you. 
Rare Oddities ATC Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45 2
I'm racing round, well not literally lol! but doing a few jobs before it gets too hot to do much at all and then maybe catch up with all thing Wimbledon this after noon.  Really enjoyed Andy Murray's game yesterday. Tomorrow I"m heading over the border across the Brecon Beacons and heading for the coast and Milford Haven.  Ladies I"m looking forward to two crafty days with you.
I'll be sharing some pics from our workshop and demo day and our July Giveaway with you all on Monday so do call back again then and leave your comment if you d like to be in with a chance to win. Enjoy your day and catch up again soon :-) C


A chillaxing Week and a fabulous Graphic 45 Intro..........

Hi everyone, hope you're enjoying your Saturday.  I've had a real lazy morning, well week actually.  After all the excitement of last weekends retreat I've taken a few days off from my trusty scissors and gorgeous G45 papers, had some time with the boys and caught up with jobs around the house that so needed doing.  I bumped into a lovely friend of Mums at the post office and after chatting outside for a while we went for a coffee and chatted for hours. I never seem to have time to do that so really enjoyed catching up.  Auntie Pat, if you're reading this it was so lovely to see you, enjoy your hols and look forward to catching up again when you're home.
Tomorrow Jane and I are heading off to the CHA UK Big Event and a day of sitting down and enjoying some workshops with Leandra from Paperartsy, Woodware and Deco Art.  Looking forward to meeting up with everyone who's going along too. 
I've been reading all the Design Team intro's over on the Graphic 45 blog and have been blown away with all their amazing projects.  Its the start of the Ambassador intro s today, with some blurb and projects form the fabulously creative Alberto and myself.  I had a quick peek earlier and was really touched by Graphic 45's introduction of me.  Thank you Diane, Charee, Aimee for your touching words and Joanna who writes all the media posts on the blog, twitter, Facebook, Instagram and ......  there are so many :-) I'm looking forward to another fabulous year crafting and teaching with the unique papers Diane and her team design for us to create with.  
I thought I"d share two new additions to my This N That Box range with you.  We have a medium sized and mini addition to the family.  So cute and great for gifts.  I managed to get them altered in time for the retreat and they're available in the shop too. 
I'm heading off to Wales and Cheryl's shop In House Interiors for a very packed workshop Graphic 45 style and a demo day too on Thursday morning.  It must be 20 years since I've crossed the border to stay, and I'm really excited.   

Well that's all for today my lovelies. I've got a sister to chat to on FaceTime and some tidying to do before the munchkins come home later.  Enjoy your weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you later in the week. 


A great weekend retreat Graphic 45 style

Rare Oddities Bureau by Denise at Clare Charvills Crafters Retreat

Morning everyone, what a great weekend we've just had crafting away Graphic 45 style.  We all gathered at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth, the home of my retreats, for two and a half days of crafty fun and frolics.  Scissors were flying, and papers were crafted into some fabulous projects by everyone.  Ladies thank you for joining me for our 6th My Creative Spirit Retreat. The event couldn't have happened without help from Isobel at Scotch Lodge Farm, Wendy from Daisy's Jewels and Crafts, Sandra, Darren and John from Jones Crafts and Jane and Karen on Friday and over the weekend.  Thank you all so much.  Our lovely friend Lyn couldn't be with us this time but, Lyn if you get to read this when you're out of hospital we were thinking about you and missed your company. 
There were lots of Bureaus being altered in Artisan Style papers, Hillary chose the Precious Memories Album as her project, and with the arrival on Saturday morning of the new Rare Oddities and Gilded Lily collections four lovely ladies crafted freestyle altered their Bureaus in the curiously gorgeous Rare Oddities papers. 
Here's some pics 
Cathy went large and super sized her album
We had a how to assemble your 'Craft Maid' demo by Clare 
The complete range of My Creative Spirit kits to browse through
lovely smiley faces and fabulous projects made by all 
and some fabulous of piste crafting with the Rare Oddities paper collection that arrived an hour before the start of the event. 

and some foot snapping too - who's tootsies are those :-) 
The Holiday Inn, Kenilworth did us proud again, thank you to everyone at the hotel for looking after us so well over the weekend. 
Our next Retreat takes place on November 20th 21st and 22nd. Projects will have a Christmas theme and we;ll be crafting with the Christmas release to be showcased by Graphic 45 at CHA USA in July. There's a handful of places left so if you'd like to come along and join me for some crafty fun Graphic 45 style click here for more info and booking details.  . 
Today's little task is to unpack the car, update the website, ship out the weekend orders and then head back to the hotel to pick up the last of the boxes I just couldn't squeeze into the car yesterday.  Mustn't forget to get dressed first though lol!! 
Catch up again soon 


Introducing the Craft Maid ...........

The Craft Maid My Creative Spirit Clare Chervil Graphic 45
Morning everyone, it's a right wet one here but no thunder storms yet, or did I sleep through them lol!!  Its been a funny old week here, I've been doing things I should t be doing and not doing the things I need to be doing for my retreat next weekend, but on a positive I have managed to alter my latest product to be added to my Alter Me' range of craft kits.  
After years of crafting in next to no space, papers everywhere, no space for the paper trimmer and hours wasted trying to find stuff I"m sure was just there when i saw it last, I found I wasn't alone when talking to other paper crafters. I've looked at many products on the market but couldn't find one that did everything I wanted, or in the right size so I decided to design my own that tidy's everything up off the table, takes up half the room of one 12 x 12 pad and gives us more space to craft and think ........ and here it is............. introducing 'The Craft Maid'
The Craft Maid My Creative Spirit Clare Chervil Graphic 45

You can stand your papers up by size, flick through them without having them all over the place, store your crafty tools and find them when you need them The drawer is really useful to store the pieces you've cut out and want to save to use later.  I"m sure there are many other uses for it but mines all ready and waiting for the latest papers from Graphic 45 papers to arrive so I can get organised and more importantly get crafting :-) 
My finished sample has been altered in truly vintage papers from the Playtimes Past collection by Graphic 45.  A pad I was keeping for a rainy day :-) Today was that day.

The Craft Maid My Creative Spirit Clare Chervil Graphic 45
They'll be on sale my retreat next week and are available to pre order in our shop ahead of shipped from 25th June.  

Its definitely an indoor day today, and housework's next on the list of things to do so I"ll love you and leave you.  Thanks for calling by, enjoy your weekend what ever you're up to  and I look forward to sharing what we're making next weekend with you shortly. :-) 


A Crafty Weekend and June Giveaway

What a fabulously crafty weekend we had down at Sirstampalot.  On Saturday we were making pencil cases and a new design for the album inside from Raining Cats and Dogs papers and then we went box crazy on Sunday with the Artisan Style papers.  Lovely projects ladies.  I had a crafting partner on Saturday, Lauren above showing off her crafty makes came along with mum and grandma so we paired up together which was lovely.  Thank you  ladies for coming along and Janice and Andy for organising the day and keeping up topped up with drinks and goodies.
Here's some pics from the weekend 

Three generations of crafters enjoying a day out together 

Project sheets are available for this weekends classes over on our website at 
We also have two new kits out this week.  The Bureau, which also has a project sheet detailing how to alter it and then one that covers how to alter it and make the mini album inside, and then our teeny weeny ATC box both pictured below. 
It's just 4 years this month since I started up my blog, and remember feeling really nervous waiting to see if anyone called by. I was really excited when we got to 10 views and 50 blew me away :-)   Now we're creeping up towards 1 million visitors which is totally amazing.  Thank you everyone for calling by, your comments and for following me.  To celebrate my four years of crafting we're giving away one Bureau Kit,  full project sheet and accessory pack and an ATC kit in this months giveaway.  If you'd like to be in with a chance to win this fabulously crafty bundle just leave a comment below before midnight on 30th June.  the winner will be announced on July 1st here on the blog. 
Both kits are available to order now on the website 

I'm designing our projects for my retreat this week, papers still haven't arrived here in the UK and I"m beginning to get a bit twitchy - crafting blind is no mean feat lol!!!  
Have lovely day yourself, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon with some sneak peeks of what we're making with the beautiful Gilded Lily and curious Rare Oddities collections :-)


A Crafty Weekend and May Giveaway Winner

We had a fabulous time over the weekend at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts constructing and altering our Bureau and mini album kits Artisan Style. We built, painted and altered the Bureau in Artisan Style papers by Graphic 45 and then made mini pocket albums that fit in the recess.  Leslie and Angie made an extra drawer for theirs and altered their ATC boxes.  Here's a few pics;
Thank you Wendy & Jeff for your hospitality.  We have a Christmas themed retreat booked at Daisy's on October 24th & 25th. If you'd like to join us call Wendy on 07779 110813 for more info and bookings.
Our May Giveaway Winner is comment no 6 left by Jane Willis on 6th May.  Congratulations Jane.  If you could mail me your address to mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I"ll get your goddies off in the post to you. 

It's washing and cleaning day today and fingers crosse sit won t rain lol!!  Here's hoping.  Enjoy your Monday, thanks for calling by and do call back for some more crafty inspiration and to leave a comment on our June Giveaway later this week :-) C