12/01/2018

How to Make a Seasonal Tunnel Card


Seasons Tunnel Cards Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Happy Friday every one. 
I've been having a bit of a rummage through my paper drawers this week, and used up  some papers left over from other projects to make a few cards for my card box. I've made tunnel cards before, but re sized these ones to fit the G45 4" x 6" cut aparts on the 12 x 12 sheets and ephemera cards.  
Seasons Tunnel Cards Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Seasons Tunnel Cards Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Each card takes one 12 x 12 sheet of paper with pictures and images you can cut out/or left over ephemera cards, one sheet of coordinating 12 x 12 patterns and solids and one sheet of coordinating 12 x 12 cardstock.  
Seasons Tunnel Cards Clare Charvill Graphic 45

After a few cuts with the paper trimmer, and a little fussy cutting the cards are ready to assemble. 
If you fancy having a go at making them yourself follow the video below.  You'll find the supply list and what to cut at the start. 

Have a fun weekend what ever you're up to.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone coming along to Saturdays workshop at 'Box of Delights' in Northampton. 
ta ta 'till my next post :-) Cx 

06/01/2018

Launching my Kit of the Month - February

Fairie Dust Accordion Album - February Kit My Creative Spirit
'oh have you seen the fairies dance
upon a summers night
& watched the gnomes & pixies prance
when'er the moon is bright'


Hi everyone, hows your first week of 2018 been.  Good I hope.  I've stuck to my New Years resolutions and have earned myself a day off tomorrow to take down the Christmas Decorations and clean the house lol!!!! 

I'm really excited to be launching my regular monthly 'kit in a box' feature with this adorable Accordion Album altered in papers from the Fairie Dust collection by Graphic 45. 
It's a stunning collection for us to craft with, full of dreamy colours, fairies, flowers and toadstools - and the perfect paper collection for my first 'kit only' based project.  These kits are suitable for crafters of all levels, come with everything you need to make the project including glue, double sided tape and printed instructions.   


What a great way to take a project away with you and craft on the go. 
Each month I'll be launching a new 'kit only' project to pre-order.  Kits will be shipped on 2nd Thursday of the following month to domestic and international customers.  For more info on this months kit and whats included click here to head over to my website.  
I'll also be teaching some of the kit projects at my workshops here in the UK during the year, so if you fancy coming along and joining me for a crafty day take a look at dates, locations etc over on my website and the 2018 Workshops and Event page here on the blog. 
One Day Workshop - Sunday 14th January 2018
If you love this project and would like to come along, make it and take it away with you I'm hosting my first workshop at Box of Delights, Northampton next weekend.  There's a couple of places available at the Sunday class. Contact Sam direct on 01604 717922 for more info, times, costs and what to bring along with you.   
With the excitement of Creativation USA almost upon us call by the Graphic 45 blog from Monday 8th for sneak peeks of the latest paper collections being released this month.......  Little Women, Floral Shoppe, Sun Kissed, a re release and new staples. Ohhhhh exciting times................. :-) 
Well thats all for today folks, have a fun weekend, thanks for calling by. I look forward to sharing another post and project with you shortly.  :-) C

04/01/2018

Come and join me in my craft room

Hi everyone, I've finally gotten around to doing a video from my Craft Room this week so thought I'd share it with you,  along with a bunch of ideas and tips I picked up before I started that may help you if you're thinking of redesigning your crafty space too. 
1. Where do you start..........!!!!?  Watch videos on You Tube and check out Pinterest for ideas. Looking at the mountain of crafty products I'd accumulated over the years, most of which was towering around me as I worked from the dining room table I knew I needed an organised space, that was light and airy. 
2. What colour should it be - there are so many options out there.  I fell in love with some curtains, they were my starting point so after buying a load of samples and doodling on different walls I eventually went for Duck Egg Blue to create a calm backdrop.  
3. What sort of storage and what colour?   A great tip I picked up was think big rather than small.  We're hoarders lol!! I decided on white units and having seen loads of rooms kitted out in Ikea storage took myself off to our local store. They have so many mix and match solutions at really reasonable prices.  I did two visits just to look at stuff but not to buy and then a whole load more trips to pick everything up. Oh and then a couple more after the room was finished too.   
3. Do you want things out on show or stored away? - this was a great tip.  I went for away.....  After looking at what I wanted to store away I could decide on the unit sizes. 
4.  Plan the furniture into your space - my room is only 12'  x 8' ish but the ceilings are really high. I measured, remeasured, including the inside spaces of units and drawer inserts to check they'd hold 12 x 12 papers, as well as everything else to give me maximum vertical storage and a maximum floor space to move around in to.  I went for freestanding units rather than fitted cabinets.
5.  Get the maximum from the space you have - The Kallax Units are great for everything 12 x 12. The Billy Bookcase & extension shelf were perfect for the door wall.  (A narrower unit, with moveable shelves) which left me a good walkway into the room and space to get into the corner of the Kallax unit on the side wall too).

6.  Are you filming in your room?  - decide where your camera needs to be, what lighting you need and the electrics.  I went for a wall mounted Manfrotto camera arm, Mini Sun LED bulbs and electrics including USB points fixed under the desk. Oli fitted the electrics and USB points under the desk...... 
7.  Do you need a photography area? - I factored in space for a photo tent/surfaces for photoing and additional lighting 
8. What do you need to hand when you're crafting? -  I went for wall mounted pegboards and accessories from Ikea above my desk rather than on it to keep my working surface to a maximum too. 
9.  Label things - what a great tip that was. I bought a Dymo labeller, labelled everything so no more rummaging through boxes:-) 
After two weeks of hard graft and an extra week or two to sort through eerything and move it into it's new home I'm loving my new space and all the things around me that make me happy...........πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
a fairy door 

Cadgwith Cove & Rainbow over Kynance Cove 
and Artwork by Gilly at the Crows Nest Gallery, Cadgwith, Cornwall in smaller black frames.
So now it's all finished come and join me for a look around. There's a list of all the storage solutions I chose at the end of the video. 
and a few more below that didn't get listed. 
Storage Solutions 
IKEA - STUGVIK bathroom suction hooks & basket 
FJALLA - storage Files & Boxes 
SKUBB - zipped box set of six 
BEKVAM - step ladders
BEKANT - round cornered desk top 
DUNELM Cream Wicker style baskets, Ceramic Drawer knobs & Mantel Clock
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I hope you enjoyed the post.  Have a fun rest of your day. I'm looking forward to sharing more crafty makes from the craft room with you in my next post. 

01/01/2018

Happy New Year and our January 2018 Giveaway

Avery Elle Monster Card Clare Charvill
Happy New Year to you.  Here's to a fantabulous 2018.  Have you set yourself some resolutions?  I've a couple in mind for myself here !!!!!  ................ !! so let's see how we go. Before getting started on my new paper based project I thought I'd create a party themed panel to bring in the New Year. I  chose the Monsters from the Avery Elle Monster stamp set.  I love those little guys, they're so easy to colour with your pens/pencils.  I found a couple I'd already coloured with Zig Watercolour pens in with the stamp set and then coloured a few more with my copics to make up the little group of New Year revellers lol!!! 
January Giveaway 
This month we're giving away an Altered Double Picture Frame that I've decorated myself in papers from the Midnight Masquerade collection by Graphic 45. Here's a sneak peek. 
Our Double Picture Frame kit is also our January 2018 KIT OF THE MONTH 
Use promo code JANKOTM at the checkout for 15% off the kit during Jan 2018. 

To be in with a chance to win this months 'made by me' giveaway, just leave your comment on this blogpost before midnight on 31st January.  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st Feb 2018.  Good luck .................... 
Have a great 1st Day of the year, thanks for calling by and I look forward to sharing my next blog post with you shortly :-) C 

30/12/2017

It's Raining Cats and Dogs :-)

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Morning Everyone, it's a chilly one here, the snow from the last couple of days has been rained away leaving a damp dull day hanging over us!!! but it's cozy warm and colourful here in the craft room.  I'm really excited to be sharing a new make with you today using papers and embellishments from the Raining Cats and Dogs Deluxe collectors Edition from Graphic 45.  I loved this paper collection when it was released a few years ago and love it as much, or maybe a little more second time around.  It's perfect to create pet themed projects, but if like me you only have a goldfish and no pet pictures to add into an album or folio you can easily create beautiful projects by using the B side of the papers.  The colours in this collection are just gorgeous. 
The Photo Folio measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4", and has room to showcase twenty 6 x 4 photos plus additional space for more pics and memorabilia too.  Here's a pics of the pages 
Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio 2 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio 3 Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio 4 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
the video of the project 
and link to the On Line Workshop if you fancy making one for yourself. 

I'm off to do a bit of shopping, flick a duster around downstairs and then I think I'll be back in the craft room later.  My desk is covered in Fairie Dust papers - a new album is under construction whop whop.  Well, that's all from me today, thanks for calling by.  Happy crafting, have a fun day and let's catch up again soon :-)  Oh just a quick update, our January Giveaway will be launched on Jan 1st, so do call back then and leave a comment if you'd like to be in with a chance to win. 
Ta Ta for now :-) Cx

28/12/2017

Hand Made gifts at Christmas

Oliver & Harry Charvill playing Chess Graphic 45
Oliver & Harry playing chess 
Morning everyone and Happy Christmas to you from us all.  I hope you had a truly festive time with your loved ones.  Sadly my little sis and uncle were both in hospital over the Christmas period, so Annie and Uncle Russ, we're sending you both all our love and get well soon wishes. 
Each of the kiddy winkies had a hand made gift in with their presents this year. Sophie had a sewing Kit for her new house, Harry had Othello to take back to Uni with him and Oliver had his Compendium of Games with a special little note inside from Mum.  I was really overwhelmed to see tears in his eyes when he opened it.  There really is something very special about giving hand made gifts as presents.  
I used my Mini Games Box Kit minus the boards and one divider for Sophie's sewing kit going vintage Graphic 45 with papers from the Magic of Oz collection. The Dorothy, Toto and 'There's no place like home' picture was just perfect for the lid. 
 The full Mini Games Box Kit for Harry's Othello - altered in papers from the Master Detective Collection by G45.
and here's the same kit altered in papers from the Fairie Dust collection.  There kit comes with instructions on how to assemble the box, make the game and how to play too - thanks to Auntie Annie who wrote the instructionsπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—.  

And last but not least I used the Compendium of Games Kit for Oli's mahusive box of games.  
Compendium of Games
 After wiping the floor with me during a very quick game, Harry sat down with Oli for a very long and tactical game of chess, and eventually beat him too.   

Oli & Harry Charvill Compendium of Games Graphic 45
Definitely a picture to scrapbook for their albums......... xx 
Well my lovelies, I'm off to finish a new Photo Folio today so hope to share that with you in my next post.  Have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and Happy Christmas to you all 

15/12/2017

Winter Wonderland is here :-)

Evening everyone, how are you?  It's been a busy few weeks here with one thing and another.  I was down at SirStampalot on Saturday for a fab workshop in Janice and Andys new Warehouse. They've worked really hard to create a cosy crafting area and we all had a great day creating our projects and eating festive treats lol!!! Here's a few action shots from our day.  Janice thanks for putting on the workshop and ladies thank you for coming along and joining me.  Enjoy using your Seasons sets :-)  


After a quick zip back up the A14/M6 it was off to meet up with school friends for a really enjoyable girly eve before it snowed by the bucket full over night creating a truly wonderful Winter wonderland outside on Sunday morning. Brrrrrrrrr!!!.  The perfect day to put up the Christmas Tree.
Sian thank you for a wonderful eve, Lizzy Happy Birthday for 18th, Sarah I hope you made it home to North Wales and Linda Happy retirement for next week.  Sadly my little sis is back in hospital, so Annie if you're reading this Harry, Sophie, Oli, Nan and myself are sending you huge hugs and loads of love......πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—  
My Winter Wonderland Album is finally finished, tags and all, videoed and up on my You Tube channel and website. 
If you fancy making the project yourself here are the links to the PDF Tutorial and related products. 
 I think H is home from Uni on Sunday just in time to celebrate Oli's 25 Birthday ........... I can't believe he's that old. He was my not so little Christmas Pudding lol!!! I'll be back in a couple of days with another project to share with you. Keep toasty warm where ever you're reading this. and Happy Christmas to you and yours. 

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27/11/2017

Novembers Workshops and Retreats



Morning Everyone 
I'm back after a fab few weeks of workshops and retreats.  Our first was in Norwich on 4th/5th November. 
We had two days of crafty heaven creating Games Compendiums and Seasons albums with their stand.  Ladies thank you so much for joining me and a great time over our two days together. Bev, I hope you managed to pack up your project safely for your trip back to Australia. 
Then it was all hands (only my two) to the pumps prepping for our one day workshop and my last two day retreat of the year at the Holiday Inn, Kenilworth.  
Our Friday project was a little festive album and box altered in papers from the Winter Wonderland collection by G45.
  It was a great day, lots of laughs and a little bit of crafting thrown in for good measure lol!!! 
Mel with her finished project
One Day Graphic 45 Workshop with Clare Charvill Kenilworth Nov 2017
One Day Graphic 45 Workshop with Clare Charvill Kenilworth Nov 2017
An then the biggie!  There were 37 of us in for the best weekend of craftiness I think we've had in the five/six years I've been holding retreats. Huge thanks Sarah, Cathy and Helena for all your help setting up the night before and over the weekend and a mahusive thank you ladies for coming along and making the weekend splendifourous. It was lovely to meet up with new ladies and those of you who frequently come along to my events. What a great time we had, and what fabulous projects everyone created over the two days.  
Weekend Graphic 45 Retreat with Clare Charvill Kenilworth Nov 2017
 Crafters Retreat with Clare Charvill Kenilworth Nov 2017
Here's a few pics from our time together. 
 

And here's Lyns alternative take on the Advent Calendar Kit with it's Nightmare before Christmas theme coming together :-) 
some serious fussy cutting !!!! 

And then it was off for a local class in Finham with the lovely WI ladies.  We spent a fun time making mini photo books from Winter Wonderland papers  and ephemera cards.

Thank you for a fun morning ladies.  Look forward to seeing you again at the venue for more workshops in 2018. 
If you'd like to come along to one of my Graphic 45 workshops/retreats in 2018 you can find out more info by clicking on the links below.  Places are already booking up ......... :-) 

Craft Retreats 
Norwich - 2 Day Crafters Retreat March 2018 
Kenilworth, 2 Day Workshop April 2018 
Kenilworth Friday Eve + 2 Day Workshop April 2018 
Kenilworth, 2 Day Workshop Nov 2018 
Kenilworth Friday Eve + 2 Day Workshop Nov 2018

Other Workshop Dates 
9th December 2017 - Sirstampalot 
14th December 2017 - Country View Crafts 
14th January 2018 - Box of Delights
Please click on the link or contact the shop direct for more info and bookings.  
This PDF project sheet for this years Winter Wonderland album will be up on the website and available to order from Wednesday this week.  
Well thats all from me this morning other than to say WHOP WHOP the Fairie Dust papers have arrived - how gorgeous are the colours and designs in this magical collection. 
Well that's me all typed out for today.  Have a great week, happy crafting and look forward to catching up again shortly.