20/04/2018

Let's get Crafting ..........

Sun Kissed Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Morning everyone, I thought I'd share a quick post with you before heading off to the Holiday Inn this morning to set up for this weekends Graphic 45 Crafters Retreat starting tonight at 6pm.  Looking forward to seeing you later if you're joining me :-) 
Projects are all finished and looking fab, kits are all made up, the car is heaving with crates and it looks like I'm moving out - boxes are piled high in the lounge ready for Oli to pack into the car for me shortly.  He's a good egg.  
This retreat we're crafting with the Sun Kissed and Little Women paper collections by Graphic 45, with a Bureau and mini album, and larger album and case (new) in both.  I've really enjoyed the design process behind these projects - the collections are so different but equally as gorgeous to craft with.  
Little Women Album and Case  Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The album and box kit (new product) is available in the Alter Me section of the website and the project sheets in both collections: will be available in the PDF Tutorial section of the website during next week. 
Little Women Bureau and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Little Women Bureau and Mini Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Little Women Bureau and Mini Album 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Sun Kissed Bureau and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Bureau and Mini Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Sun Kissed Bureau and Mini Album 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Bureau and Mini Album 2  Clare Charvill Graphic 45
For the Bureau Kit follow the link here.  Both project sheets will be up on the website next week too. 
Well that's all from me for now folks. Have a lovely day, thanks for calling by and look forward  sharing some pics of us all crafting away over the weekend. :-)

06/04/2018

April 2018 Giveaway

Floral Shoppe Altered Box and Journals Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Morning everyone, I hope you enjoyed your Easter Break.  Not the best of weather here but it was lovely to spend time with the family. Now its all go as we get ready for my Crafters Retreat later this month, and pack up and send out all the April Monthly kits.  I'm taking advantage of Harry being home for the last couple of days and have him on piece work, die cutting and punching all the elements for the May Kits.  He's a fabulous help - many hands make light work lol!!!    
We had what seems like two tons of Graphic 45 gorgeousness arrive yesterday as our wholesaler  winds up the papercraft side of their business.  Sandra, if you're reading this many thanks for all your help and support over the past five years and good luck in your new role. 
With oodles of packs of paper to choose from I set about updating some of my samples in designs from the Floral Shoppe collection.  How beautiful are those flowers and rich backgrounds.  With so many combinations to chose from it took me a while to decide which papers to use.  In the end I went with Indigo Lilies and Burgundy Blossoms from the 12 x 12 Collection pack, and altered one of our really popular This N that Boxes, and A5 Journal Cover Set. The smaller A6 journal is covered in the 8 x 8 Indigo Lilies. 
Product List 

Have loads of fun with this paper collection - it is stunning :-) 

 April Giveaway 


Continuing on the floral theme our giveaway this month is one A6 Notebook Set, a spool of our black construction tape and one 8 x 8 Floral Shoppe paper pad. To be in with a chance to win this collection of goodies leave your comment below before midnight on 30th April (BST).  Our winner will be  announced here on the blog on 1st May. Good luck if you're entering.


Kit of the Month - May 

Our latest kit of the month is now available over on the website.  Click here for more info :-)
Well that's all from me for today folks, have a fun day, thanks for calling by and look forward to sharing more creativity with you shortly.

01/04/2018

March Giveaway Winner

Little Women Moments Memory Book Graphic 45
MAY Kit of the Month 
Morning everyone and a very Happy Easter to you all.  Apologies for being so quiet over the past couple of weeks or so.  I had a couple of weeks with my sister, one in Cornwall, and one here at home and then after taking Annie home to Cornwall it's been all go designing the new kit of the month (above) and projects for my retreat coming up later this month...... before picking Harry up this week from Uni. 
We had a great time at the Cornwall Paper Craft Show, thank you Julie and Sam for all your help on the stand, to everyone who came along, and to all the lovely ladies that joined me for Make and Take sessions. Here's a few pics from our table. 
Cornwall Papercraft Show Make and Take with Clare Charvill
Cornwall Papercraft Show Make and Take with Clare Charvill
Cornwall Papercraft Show Make and Take with Clare Charvill
Cornwall Papercraft Show Make and Take with Clare Charvill
March Giveaway 
Thank you if you left a comment on the March Giveaway Post.  If you're wondered why it didn't instantly appear on the post it's because spam is still pouring in and each comment has to be manually approved........ .  Anyway Random.org has chosen comment No 39 as our winner this month 
left by Sunny Phillips on 9th March 2018 
wow another gorgeous vintage graphic 45 collection, thanks for the opportunity to try for this fabulous giveaway, awesome!!
Congrats Sunny, please e mail your full postal address to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com so I can get your goodies off in the post to you. 

May Kit of the Month 
I've been blown away by the interest in the Kit of the Month. They're flying out to crafters all over the world and selling out really quickly each month.  Where I manage to get hold of more pads for past kits I've added new stock to the website, and today is the launch of the May Kit.
This little memory book is altered in the vintage styled papers from the Little women collection by Graphic 45 
and here's the full album

For more info on my Kit of the Month click here
Well that's all from me this morning, I'm off to peel the veg and get lunch on the go, and hide the eggs for the kiddie winkies too lol! ..................  One's fast asleep and the other will be here later with the lovely Sophie.  Enjoy your Easter Day too, thanks for calling by and happy crafting :-) Cx 

04/03/2018

March 2018 Giveaway

5 x 5 Mini Album - altered in French Country papers

Helloooooo, I hope I find you well this Sunday afternoon.  It was great to see the snow finally melting away as I tooted out and about this morning. I love the snow but not driving in it.  I did a bit of shopping and called in on Sophie and Oli for a cuppa and the best bacon sandwich I've had in a long time. (Made by Oli lol!!!!). 
March Giveaway
Our giveaway this month is one Come Away with Me 8 x 8 pad (Vintage Graphic 45) and a 5" album cover and spine set. 
March 2018 Giveaway My Creative Spirit
March 2018 Giveaway 

The picture above shows the album cover set made up in 8 x 8 papers form the French Country collection by Graphic 45, and I've dropped the link to the 'How to' video below if you fancy making one yourself. It's a fun little album that really doesn't take too long to put together.
To be in with a chance to win, just leave your comment on this post below before midnight on31st March 2018 (GMT).  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st April.  Good luck if you're entering.

Cornwall paper Craft Show - Lanhydrock Hotel, Bodmin, Cornwall
I'll be heading off to Cornwall later this week and will be at the Cornwall Papercraft Show on Saturday 10th March 2018.  Doors open at 10am. Do come along and call by the show and stand if you're down in the Bodmin area.  We'll have some great bargains on the stand, new paper collections and kits for sale,  and make and take sessions running during the day.  Hope to see you there. 
Have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon. 

02/03/2018

April Kit of the Month

Sun Kissed Kit of the Month My Creative Spirit
Sun Kissed Oli & Harry on holiday in Portugal
Evening everyone, it's been another snowy day here...... all's quiet and white outside but toasty warm here in my workroom. 
I'm really excited to be sharing the April kit of the month with you here on the blog and my You tube channel. 
I've used papers from the Sun Kissed collection by Graphic 45 and designed a fun sea themed window book full of colourful layers, frames, fold out areas and mats for loads of of holiday photo's to pop out of the pages. 
Here's a few more pics of the album:
Sun Kissed Window Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45 
Sun Kissed Window Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
and the video fo the full project.  

The kit contains all you need to make the album, just add double sided tape if you prefer to use that to assemble your projects, standard crafting tools and your good to go.  For more  info on the kit, whats included and how to order just click here
We also have Sun Kissed and Little Women paper crafting bundles on offer over on the website. Each bundle includes one 12 x 12 paper Crafting pack, one 12 x 12 Patterns and Solids pad, one 8 x 8 paper pad and one pack of ephemera/journaling cards. 

 For more info click on the link below: 

well my crafty friends, I see times creeping on so I best love you and leave you. Ta ta 'till Sunday and the launch of our March Giveaway.  Keep warm and enjoy your weekend :-) C x

01/03/2018

February Giveaway Winner

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Workshop Clare Charvill Graphic 45








Hi everyone, what a day. I was up early this morning with a whole load of things to do, only to find the heating had given up the ghost over night.  It felt like the Beast from the East thats hit the country this week has some how got into my house lol!!!!  All my plans went out the window for a few hours while Oli's friend and his dad called by to get my little boiler up and running again.  Thanks so much Alex & Mark.  
With so many roads across the country blocked or closed I was really lucky to have made it to Scotland and back before the weather took a nose dive lol!!! 
Fiona and Mandie thank you so much for organising last Sundays workshop in Cumberslang,  Glasgow, Scotland, Emily for all your help setting up and packing away and to all the lovely ladies who came along for a fab day of crafty heaven, and for  all the goodies you bought along too. Yum Yum........ Here's a few pics from our day together. 
 I look forward to seeing you all again later in the year once we've arranged a date for the next class. 
So onto our February Giveaway Winner.  Thank you if you left a comment on the giveaway post.  I've been filtering them out, reading them as I go and deleting all the awful spam mail that's still coming into the back end of the blog.  Random.org has chosen comment No 39 as our winner.  

That comment was left by Angela.  
Congrats to you.  I've replied to your comment to let you know you're our winner.  Please mail me with your address so I can get your goodies on their way to you. 

Tomorrow I'll be sharing the new Kit fo the Month with you so do call back then to take a peek.  Our March Giveaway will go live on Sunday here on the blog too. Keep warm 'till then, enjoy the rest of the day and thanks for calling by:-) 

21/02/2018

Creating Sun Kissed memories .........


Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Hi everyone, I'm back from a short break, the house is all decorated, the grand garden tidy up is underway and WHOP WHOP the new paper collections from Graphic 45 have arrived, so I thought I'd create a dimensional frame for this beachy photo of the boys that's been on my desk for a while. 
If you fancy making one yourself here's how it comes together. (full supply below). I use offcuts of chipboard to create piles of tiles (1/4" x 1/4") and strips to create the different layers in the frame. 
Assemble the frame following the instructions on the reverse of the packaging. Pain the base and frame using your choice of paint.  (I used PaperArtsy Southern Skies chalk acrylic). Put to one side to dry. 
Take one sheet of 8 x 8 Turtle Time, cut out the centre section leaving a 1" border at the top and bottom of the paper and a 2" wide border at the sides.  Mount your chosen picture on three layers of chipboard offcuts. 
 
Stick the paper to the inner base of the frame. Centre and stick the photo in place over the centre cut out area. Add four layers of roughly cut chipboard strips to the edges of the blue paper.

Take one sheet of 8 x 8 Sun Kissed paper, cut out the centre leaving a 1" frame. Using the centre section cut four 1" strips.  Score each one lengthways at 1/2". Score two of them at 1/4" from one long edge and make a cut up to the first (1/4" score line) at either end of these two pieces. (Don't angle the corners as I did.!!)  To make the frame to cover the chipboard pieces stick the 1/2" score line on the sniped strips in place along the top and bottom inner edges of the frame and the other two pieces in place on the sides of the frame. 
Put a little glue on the top of the chipboard pieces in your frame and press the orange frame in place.
 Take the ephemera card shown above and cut off the bottom section. Mount on three sets of two layers of 1/4" chipboard pieces and stick in place at the bottom of the frame. (See above).

For the floral decoration take one sheet of 12 x 12 Floating Floral and cut out  the two floral sprays from the bottom left & right of the paper.  Ink the paper edges and mount each spray on piles of three layers of chipboard.   

Take the 6 x 4 paper piece cut out at the start of the project. Cut out the four turtles, shape them using a ball tool or scissor handles. Stick the flower sprays and turtles in place on the orange paper. 
Mount the 'Life's a Beach' sticker on three layers of chipboard and stick in place centre top of the orange paper.

Cut a few more flowers from the Floating Floral paper and stick them to the lower edge of the frame.  Cut a piece of acetate 8 1/8" square and stick it to the underside fo the frame and then stick the frame to the base with glue. 

Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45
 To decorate the sides of the box cut four pieces 8 1/8" x 1 1/8" from 12 x 12 Sand Dollar paper. Ink the paper edges and stick in place on the sides of your frame to hide all the joints.  Add a hook to the back if you want to hang your finished frame on the wall.  Here's a few more pics of my finished frame.
Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Sun Kissed 8 1/4" Frame Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Supply List 
(Frames and papers are available from our website
One 8 1/4" Frame Kit 
Papers from the 8 x 8 Sun Kissed Paper Pad 
Papers and Stickers from the 12 x 12 Sun Kissed Paper Crafting Pack 
one sheet A4 2mm chipboard 
Blue Paint 
Paint Brush 
Paper Trimmer 
Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pen 
Gorilla Glue & Tacky Glue
One A4 sheet Acetate  

Have fun if you make one yourself.  
Oli's booked me to pick up all his cardboard rubbish and take it to the tip for him today!!!! so I best get a wiggle on here. I promised myself I"d get this post published before getting up!!!! ...... and after the tip trip it's back to prep the kits for my workshop in Glasgow on Sunday. Ladies I'm really looking forward to seeing you all.
Thanks for calling by, enjoy your day and look forward to catching up again shortly. :-)