A wonderful weekend and our January Giveaway Winner

What a wonderful weekend we've had crafting our way from a pack of paper and a chipboard kit to beautiful altered projects in papers from the Botanicabella collection by Graphic 45.  Gorgeous greens, warm yellows subtle reds and blacks all worked together into a memory book and matching case.  Julie, thank for your hospitality and ladies thank you for joining me for two whole days :-) Here's a few pics 

If you'd like to make the project too the project sheet, kit for the box and the full project kit containing all you need to make the album and it's matching box are available on our website.  

Now onto our giveaway winner.  Thank you to you all for leaving so many comments this month.  As usual I've had a great time reading them all.  Random.org has selected comment no 153 as our winner, and counting down, missing out duplicate comments our winner this month is .............................  
 Ssharon Davis11 January 2016 at 03:36 who said 
'very talented lady! love your work! thanks for the chance to win!'
Thank you Sharon, and congratulations. If you could e mail your address to me at mycreativepsirituk@gmail.com I'll get your goodies off to you. 
I'm taking a trip down to Mullion in the morning for coffee and cake with Margaret, while we plan a Graphic 45 workshop I'll be running at Scrapbook Magic on Friday 22nd April.  A date for your diary if you fancy some craft therapy. And then its back to Falmouth for a date with Edward Scissor Hands whop whop :-)
Thanks for calling by, congrats to our monthly giveaway winner and I look forward to catching up with you again over the next few days with a new giveaway for February. 


It's launch night JoFY style

JOFY Stamps Paperartsy
Evening everyone, I'm really excited to be joining up with Paperartsy and Jo Firth Young this evening for the launch of Jo's latest stamp plates.  It's always a pleasure being one of Jo's wingmen,  and we've been spoilt with something a little different this time.  Four plates packed full of fabulous feature and background stamps to be creative with.  Join Leandra below, meet Jo's new kids on the block and see all the samples made by Jo and her wingmen from these fabulous new stamps.
I didn't take step out photos as I made my samples so am sharing the final shots taken before they were posted of to PaperArtsy HQ.  
I love this little boy. He takes me back to when mine were small and had the same look on their faces when they'd been up to mischief............!                                                      
What a cute robot - who wouldn't love him; nuts bolts and all...........
We had fabulous florals that work perfectly together 
and the sweetest little girl to colour in and fussy cut out. 
I hope you enjoy watching the video launch and reading Jo's blog launch too. 
I'll be back tomorrow to share some pics of our crafty weekend Graphic 45 style in Bodmin along with the winner of our January Giveaway so hype to catch up again then 


February Crafters Retreat with Clare

Botanicabella Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Morning everyone, I hope I find you well.  It's been another creative week here at........I'm trying to think of a name for the house but haven't managed to come up with one yet so I'll just say the craft studio lol!.  
With our February Retreat just a month away and my Graphic 45 craft weekend in Cornwall this weekend to head off to later I thought I'd share the projects we're making with you.  The first is my new Altered box and album, packed full of interesting pages and gorgeous colours.  A two day project that we're making in Bodmin using papers from the Botanicabella collection and Option 1 at February's retreat in both the Botanicabella collection and Steampunk Debutante too (under construction!!)  Our alternative choice for those who fancy making two projects we have our new perpetual calendar kit, a fun painty stampy project for day 1 and a post bound album in the Mon Amour papers for day 2.  both pictured below. 
Perpetual Calendar Kit My Creative Spirit Paperartsy
Botanicabella Album  Charvill Graphic 45 Botanicabella Album  Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Botanicabella Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45
We have one or two places left for the February Retreat so if you'd like to join me and like minded crafters for a weekend getaway of relaxation, crafting and fabulous food you can find more info about the event by following the link below: 
I'm off to start packing up the car with all I need to take to Cornwall.  I've got lists as long as my arm to work though, so thanks for calling by, enjoy the rest of your day and look forward to sharing pics from our crafty Cornish weekend with you shortly.  


A crafty start to the year

Perpetual Calendar Kit My Creative Spirit Paperartsy
Perpetual Calendar Kit by My Creative Spirit
Happy Sunday to you all.  Classes have started again this week with a fun day at my lovely friend Jane's on Thursday.  We made three cards using Paperartsy stamps and paints and had loads of fun practicing a variety of techniques with inks and paints.  Thank you Jane for organising our day.  Look forward to the next one :-) 
Yesterday I headed down to Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey with a new kit for us all to get crafty with.  Karen, Rachel, Natalie, Tracey, Michelle, Ann and Pam had a ball choosing their colours and altering their perpetual calendars.  Another painty fun day had by all. In Janets' absence Karen laid on a fabulous spread for us for lunch, spoilt us with her amazing cakes in the afternoon and and kept us topped up with tea and coffee as we crafted away the day. Thank you Karen. Pam if you're reading this could you mail me your address (mycreativespirituk@gmail.com) so I can send you your numbers 1,2,3 and 0 and Janet we all wish you a speedy recovery after your op on Wednesday.  You'll be running around on that new knee in no time :-)  
My new perpetual calendar kit will be available from our website in a couple of weeks. 
From left to right, Natalie, Rachel, Ann, Karen, Tracey and Michelle (Pam had headed off home) 
We're off to grab a few supplies from the Asda so I'll wish you all the best and head off with H.  Enjoy the rest of your day and look afraid to catching up again in the week :-) C My perpetual calendar kit will be available in a couple of weeks. 


It's sale weekend at My Creative Spirit

A very happy Saturday to you from a really cold and wet UK.  Looks like snow's finally on it's way here.  Boys are excited, it's Harry favourite weather.  Have told him not to get his hopes up as it definitely won't be enough to get out snowboarding lol!!!  or sledging.  We used to have tons every year and go sledging down the hills in the park when I was small, but its just not the same these day's. Well not here in the middle of little old England anyway.
Auntie Annie is up to stay for a few days and we're off to a family Christening tomorrow.  So looking forward to catching up with all the family.  She s in the kitchen rustling up our tea so I thought I'd do a quick post to let you know it's sale weekend over in the shop.  If you fancy grabbing a winter bargain before midnight tomorrow (17th Jan) just follow the link below.
I've rummaged at the back of the cupboard and found out the second ever album I made from Graphic 45 The Communique papers back in Feb 2011 and thought I'd share a few pics with you.  It was a real favourite of mine and now its making its comeback as a deluxe collectors edition I'll be releasing an updated version of the album to share with you all over the next few weeks.  Exciting times ahead :-) 
Also making a comeback are the G45 metal door plates, used on my Correspondence Case, also made from the Communique papers so thought I'd share a cover picture of that one too.  It already has a project sheet to go with it if its something you'd like to make for yourself.

Our mushroom pasta is ready and I'm being called to the table so got to fly. Have a lovely eve, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again shortly :-) C


A new Album, New Workshop Dates and Retreat updates

Whop Whop let the weekend begin.  It's going to be chilly round these parts. Definitely gone colder over the last couple of days but we still haven't got the heating on full time.  Amazing considering its January ..... great for the heating bills lol!!! 

I've been beavering away this week making my new 'Year in Pictures' album from the Children's Hour paper calendar collection.  Its all about your favourite photo for each  month of the year. You may have been thinking this collection is just to make children themed projects but it's really not, as you'll see when the video for the album goes live on 13th Jan over on my You Tube Channel.  The great thing about the papers is they all go with previous Graphic 45 collections so if you , like me have a secret stash of G45 papers you can make a uniquely themed project, and get to use up some of those papers we all seem keep but never use.  Go on..... cut into them .................... you'll definitely make something gorgeous. 

Click  here to pre-order  your copy of the online workshop or project sheet for the album.

With CHA nearly upon us over on the US it's exciting to see A Ladies Diary and Le Communique collections making their comeback as Deluxe Collectors editions on the Graphic 45 stand.  If you're a new G45er you may not have seen these collections.  Communique was the second one I bought and crafted with five years ago - love love love it and A Ladies Diary was one of the first collections I used when I joined the G45 Design Team.  They are very distinctly different but totally vintage.  Both are available to pre-order in our shop and we'll be crafting with them both at My June Retreat on 8th/19th June. 
New Workshop and Retreat Dates for 2016 
New 2016 workshop dates have been updated. Click here for info on where I am, would love to see you if you're able to come along to one of the craft shops or to one of my crafty retreats.  Here's some dates for you. 
Bodmin , Cornwall 30th/31st January 2016 - two fabulous days of crafting with lovely ladies and the gorgeous Botanicabella Deluxe Collectors Edition collection.  
Kenilworth, Warwickshire February 20th/21st - two days and a full evening of crafting with Botanicabella/Steampunk Debutante collections.  We're doing some scrap booking to - double page layouts Clarie style :-)   
 For more info on this years retreats click here

It's off to the kitchen for me to rustle us up some tea, so thanks for calling by, have a lovely weekend and look forward to sharing more on the new album with you next week :-) C


In Memory of Mum

Morning everyone, jut a short post from me this morning in memory of Mum who sadly died 40 years ago this month.  Today would have been her 81st Birthday so I thought I'd make her a card to celebrate.  Lily of the Valley were one of her favourite flowers and Sheena's stamps were perfect to create this floral spray. 
Have a good day if you're back at work after the Christmas break, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing some more crafty inspiration with you shortly. 


January Giveaway

Childrens Hour Samples from Diane's Workshop Graphic 45
Hello my crafty friends.  With the new Children's Hour calendar collection here I thought it would be fun to give away an 8 x 8 pad a 6 x 6 pad and one of my little ATC kits this month. There's lots of crafty possibilities in this collection and lots of gorgeous vintage images throughout the collection to work with.  

The beautiful samples above come from Diane's workshop and have been altered in the October Collective and the October Montage papers. (12 x 12 size) 
To be in with a chance to win just leave your comment below on this post before midnight 31st January. The winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st February.  Good Luck :-)