01/08/2017

Our July Giveaway Winner

Evening everyone, pinch punch it's the first of the month and that means our Giveaway winner is announced.  Loved all the comments this month, thank you if you left one. As always, Random.org has chosen our worthy winner................ No 35

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Congratulations, skolgal.  If you could e mail your name and address details to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll get your kit off to you as soon as I'm back of my summer break........ well busmans holiday really. 
The transformation of a very red bedroom has begun. Harry was sad to see his room disappearing, but he's got a fab new space that we're redecorating next..... red lol!!! 
                                             before                                                       after
Armed with a couple of rollers, two tins of paint; white to get rid of the red, duck egg, my new colour, and a very tall set of step ladders to reach our 2.5meter high ceilings I've painted for what seems like two days solid to get half the room finished and ready for Oli to build all the furniture. I've gone for the Kallas, Alex and Billy units from Ikea and with the store being so close I've been able to pick up what was needed for each wall, Ol's built it each day and I've done the tip trip to get rid of all the packaging. 

Alex drawers under construction 
What a team.  We're half way round the room and it's looking good.  I'm loving how it's coming together and how light it is too.  Two walls to go, one more trip to Ikea needed and a Billy Bookcase arriving next week and then the grand move in can get underway.  
colour matching lol!!!  

Fingers crossed and three more days of hard work and I'll be able to start moving in and planning what's going to go where. 
Well that's all from me for today, I need to get off to bed.  Lot' to do tomorrow ...... have a fun rest of your week and look forward to catching up again in a couple of days.

30/07/2017

A fun day by the Sea in Mundesley



Morning everyone, hope you're enjoying your weekend.  Larger than expected volumes of orders on the website have kept me away from crafting for the past couple of weeks which is why I've been really quiet on here and FB. A 48 hour day would really help at the mo!!!!! 
I did head off to Norwich on Friday for a very short but fun stay with friends and then drove on to Mundesley early doors yesterday morning to host a workshop at the Create with Mates crafting event. Thanks Tina for organising the event and huge thanks ladies for coming along and joining me for the day.  
We altered Pencil Case kits and made mini albums to go inside them, all decorated in papers from the Maser Detective Collection by Graphic 45 .  Here's a few pics from the day. 
An early morning stroll in Mundesley, Norfolk 
Anne and Pam
Jacky's Book of workshops - love it

 and our project:
Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Master Detective Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
What a great time we had :-)  
There's just a couple of days left to leave a comment on this months giveaway.  Here's the link if you'd like to take part. 
Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st August. Good luck :-) 
With Oli now in his new home and Harry in his new bedroom I'm taking a couple of weeks off from crafting to turn Harry's old room into my long awaited workroom.  It's been weeks in the planning, including various trips to Ikea (which is just 7 minutes away for me) to design.  I've a huge Pinterest board full of Ikea craft room pics, have watched loads of craft room videos for ideas, and think I've got everything I need in there covered.  I'll share some pics of how its going with you on 1st Aug :-)
Have a fun rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to announcing our Giveaway winner with you all here on 1st Aug. :-) Cx 

19/07/2017

A fun weekend workshop at Box of Delights, Northampton

Workshop with Clare Charvill at Box of Delights Northampton
Morning everyone, hope your week's going well.  We had a great workshop on Saturday altering  our little ATC Boxes and making mini albums to go in them all decorated in those delicious papers from the Master Detective collection by G45. 

Sue, thank you for arranging the workshop and inviting me over to host the class, snd ladies that you so much for joining me for the day.  Have fun using your projects.  Loved our time together :-) and look forward to doing it all over again at the next workshop at Box of Delights.


Definitely a stroke and drool moment going on before cutting into those papers :-) 
Here's a few pics of the inside of the mini album - what a cutie it was :-) 







We were crafting at 'Box of Delights', in Northampton.  I had no idea it was Sam's shop - we haven't seen each other for over three years.  What a fab shop she has, full of goodies that we need, definitely worth a visit.  Here's the link to her FB page and shop; Box of Delights Thanks for your hospitality too Sam.  
I have a day of videoing ahead of me - who knew they were going to dig up the footpaths and replace gas pipes along our road today!!!!  I'm not a happy bunny but will find a way to work round it.  Enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and  catch up again soon :-) C

14/07/2017

Our 20% off Summer Sale starts Sunday 16th July 2017

Master Detective ATC Box and Mini Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Afternoon my lovely crafty friends.  Friday is here and the weekend is just around the corner.  I've been overwhelmed with the response to the reveal of my Grand Ambassador project yesterday.  Thank you so much for all the comments left on social media and sent via e mail.  You're all too kind.  Lots of Compendium of Games Box kits have been pre-ordered too :-)  You'll love making your project if you've ordered one. 
I'm heading over Northampton way in the morning to host a Graphic 45 workshop for my lovely friend Sue.  We've gone for the Master Detective collection again (I love these papers) and will be bringing ATC Boxes to life with the gorgeous papers, and making a mini album inside too.  Looking forward to seeing you there if you're coming along.

You may have noticed from the title of this little post that our 
20% off Summer Sale 
starts on Sunday.  
There's no better time to grab yourself a bargain or two and the odd roll of my Signature Black Construction tape.
.  (Pre-order kits and workshop bookings are not included) 
Here's the link: www.mycreativespirit.co.uk
Have a fun weekend, enjoy the break and maybe catch up again in a day or so.  thanks for calling by :-) C 

13/07/2017

Graphic 45 Grand Ambassador Intro 2017 :-)


Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Hello my lovely crafty friends.  You'll probably know I've been crafting with Graphic 45 papers since I started my You Tube Channel back in Jan 2011, and am just as much an addict now as I was back then - maybe more lol!!!  Over the years I've designed and shared over 1500 Graphic 45 projects though my YT channel, blog, Craft TV and workshops and must have cut up thousands of those gorgeous papers we really only like to stroke and stash. Sharing creativity and inspiring others to be creative is a very special gift that I get a huge amount of pleasure and reward from, and  to have been invited to be the face of Graphic 45 here in the UK again for the fourth year is really the icing on the cake.  Thank you Diane, Charee and Amie - I'm really looking forward to sharing more of my inspiration and Graphic 45 products with lovely crafters over the coming year. I'd also like to thank everyone who follows me here on the blog and on You Tube. I really value your support, interest and comments.  
Today is my official introduction for 2017 over on the Graphic 45 bloghttps://g45papers.com/Graphic%2045%20Blog?journal_blog_post_id=48. Whop Whop! I'm so excited.  Do head over to their blog and take a look at all the inspiration they share too. 
We get asked to design a project for our intro's, and with the gorgeous Master Detective 12 x 12 Paper Pad in front of me I was totally inspired by the banner on the front cover to design my latest project - a vintage style Compendium of Games Box.  We had one in the house when I was little as did my Aunts and Grandies.  I've always played board games with the boys and now they both have a Games Box made by mum as an heirloom to treasure, and use with their own families in years to come.  And here it is: 

Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Altered in the signature banner from the cover of the 12 x 12 paper pad, and a couple of sheets of 'We of Lies', the box has two clasps that hold all the goodies safely inside. 
 Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

I chose five of our favourite board games to go inside, Solitaire, Noughts and Crosses, Chess, Draughts and Backgammon, and hand made all the counters to go with each game from punched card circles. Harry C, thanks for all your help on those - it was quite a labour of love.  Here's a closer look at each board. 
Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
 The counters fit into the little boxes along the edges of the base and the top ones are held in by magnets so they don't fall out as lid comes down. The letters on the boxes were die cut from black fun foam and highlighted with glossy accents. Little ribbon loops help to get them out of their slots.
Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
and last but not least the Backgammon board.  The larger two boards have been joined using my 'Signature' Assembly system - Black Construction Tape
Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Master Detective Compendium of Games Box Clare Charvill Graphic 45
The base of the box has a great space for card and dice games too. I love the paper 
I thought you might like to see the whole thing in real life so here's the video: 

As you can imagine I had a ball designing  and making this project - all worked out around a 12 x 12 paper pad, and, have to say I'm over the moon with how it came out. If you'd like to make the Compendium of Games Box too, the kit, which includes full video driven instructions is available to pre-order now from my website.  Shipping from 20th July. Here's the link: 
Shipping from 25th July 2017

This project is also one of the three options at my weekend retreats in November.  If your interested in coming along click the links below for more info and bookings:
Graphic 45 2 day Weekend Retreat 
Kenilworth Warwickshire 18th/19th November 2017 

Graphic 45 2 Day Weekend Retreat, Norwich, Norfolk 5th/6th November  

Thank you once again Diane, Charee and Amie for the invitation and to you all for your continued support and following- Here's to another year of creative fun :-) Cx 

10/07/2017

Introducing our new Album Boxes - Part 1


Happy Monday everyone.  Get me, two posts in two days lol!!!  I must be on a roll. They've been a while in the planning but I'm really pleased to be able to share the first of two new album boxes with you today.  If you're an avid follower and maker of my album projects you may have noticed that I have two standard sizes for the larger albums I make. Size 1.  a square 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" designed to fit the gorgeous 8 x 8 Graphic 45 papers, 
and 
Size 2.  a taller/wider one measuring 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" that suits larger G45 paper pads I love to design with. 
After oodles of requests for a box that fit's both album sizes, they are finally here, well the square one is! I'll share the other one with you shortly.
Coordinated with the pre cut album cover kit the decorated album and box would make a beautiful keepsake album for a special event in your life.  My samples below have been altered in papers from the Portrait of a Lady collection. 

I've aded links to the individual products below and the Album Cover and Box bundle too.


On a totally different note I came across a fb post from a dear friend, Ruth Ann that was sitting, waiting to be added to my timeline. As I read it, I realised she was talking about me!!!!  It bought a tear to my eye so I thought I'd share it with you all.  Ruth Ann, I know you've had a dreadful year, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful words. xxx  Sending crafty hugs right back at you xxx


Well thats all from me for today.  Enjoy the rest of your day and look forward to catching up again  later in the week. Ta ta for now :-) Cx

09/07/2017

A great day at the Newbury Paper Craft Show

Happy Sunday everyone.  I'm just drinking a coffee and enjoying the total peace and quiet in the house after one of the most hectic weeks ever.  
Ols and Sophie are now officially home owners, and seem to be settling down in the fab new house, Harry has completed his Landscape Architecture work experience (no more mum la taxi needed), my little Sis is celebrating her 50th Birthday today, Hap Hap Happy Birthday Annie Lou......xx  I hope you have a wonderful day in Clovelly, and we are all just home from a day at the Races - well the Newbury Papercraft Show actually - not a horse in sight. What a great day we all had yesterday.  Sarah and Cathy, thank you sooooo much for all your help, before, during and after the show, and thank you to everyone who came onto the stand, shopped with us and joined me for some crafty demo's during the day. Here's a few pics from the event. 
Myr & Mrs Tiger Lily Crafts
Mr & Mrs Tiger Lily Crafts 

The lovely Debra - just browsing lol!!!! not 

Mr Lockwood multi tasking - crafting and smiling :-)  Great to see you John
Micky from the UK Stampers Network 



the lovely Sisters - and a Birthday girl - great to see you again ladies 

Sarah and our last lovely customer of the day :-) 
We'll be back at the next Newbury Paper Craft Show in January - hope to see you all again then.  
I'm off to Oli's for tea and cake this afternoon, taking his Grandma along too, so she can see the new place.  She'll be 89 tomorrow so double celebrations - does that mean double cake lol!!! .  Anyway, thanks for calling by, great to see everyone yesterday and look forward to catching up again soon :-0)