08/10/2017

Seasons Album Set and Stand


Afternoon everyone, I hope you've enjoyed your weekend. I'm excited to be able to share the finished Seasons Album Set with you as promised.  The project took me on a colourful journey through the year as I worked on each of the albums, with birds singing, warm flowers blooming, leaves falling on pumpkins and all the chill that winter brings.  I loved how the designs of the patterned papers and the solids work together to give a really vintage blend of gorgeousness.  
Take a peek at the video below to see the full project. 

If you've fallen in love with this paper collection and fancy making the album set yourself I've put together a PDF Tutorial and On Line Workshop for the project.  The stand, with it's handy drawer has been designed to hold my Shadow Box sized albums plus a little extra room for four full albums to sit in. 
I altered my sample in two 12 x 12 Autumn and one 12 x 12 Autumn Collective sheets from the Seasons collection (my favourite time of the year :-)  and is available as a separate kit.  Links to all the products are below; 

Well my lovelies, look at the time....... dinner needs to be cooked.  Enjoy the rest of your day, thanks for calling by and I look forward to catching up again during the week. 

04/10/2017

October Giveaway 2017

Seasons Album Set Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45
Happy Wednesday to you all.  I've been a busy beaver in my new room, and have sneak peeks of two new projects to share with you. Whop Whop!!!! They are two of the project choices at my November Retreats in Norwich and Kenilworth.  
The first is a Seasons album set and stand.  Altered in papers from the new 'Seasons' collection by Graphic 45 it's a great way to capture a year of your favourite memories or maybe seasons from different years past. 
I got out my teeny weeny scissors and cut out the gorgeous floral wreaths for the front of each album while watching TV, and loved how they popped off the page from their black backgrounds. Here's a closer view of the album covers: 
Seasons Album Cover Spring Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45Seasons Album Cover Summer Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45
Seasons Album Cover Autumn Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45Seasons Album Cover Winter Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45
 In true Clareeeeee style each page in the album is all about your photos and journaling, with the papers complimenting them with a seasonal feel. There's lots of room for you to add your own  embellishments from your stash too.  There's a PDF tutorial, On Line workshop (yes I've got the camera out for this one :-)) Album cover pack and new Album Stand Kit to go with this along with a full video of the project.  Do call back on Sunday to see more info on this one.
Winter Wonderland Album and Box Clare Charvill My Creative Spirit Graphic 45

The second sneak peek is the cover and box of my new festive Christmas Album in a Box. Altered in papers from the Winter Wonderland collection by Graphic 45 it's a full sized album filled with my style of interactive pages decorated in gorgeous seasonal colours. This collection has two distinctive styles in one paper pad, mixing modern and traditional images through the green red gold and brown colour palette A perfect partner for this years seasonal projects.   there's also a PDF Tutorial, On Line workshop and album and case kit to go with the project - available soon on the website. 
I'll share more on this project with you in a future post.    
October Giveaway 
We're giving away one Winter Wonderland Album Cover and Box Set (see above pic) and the link to the digital On Line Workshop for the project. 
As always to be in with a chance to win this fab bundle just leave a comment below before midnight on 31st October 2017.  Our lucky winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced here on the blog on November 1st. 
Good luck if you're entering, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you again shortly :-) C x

01/10/2017

My Little Paper Doll Book

My Little paper Doll Book Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Hello there and happy Sunday to you.  I'm sharing my latest make here on my blog and You Tube channel today.  The latest Penny's Paper Doll Family collection by G45 took me back to when I was small and fun filled days cutting out the paper dolls that came in the Twinkle comic - my regular weekly read ........ shout if you remember it too:-) 
This relatively quick and easy little book to make as a great gift or stocking filler for any little person who loved to dress up paper dolls.   the book has two pockets, magnetic dolls that can be mounted on the pocket fronts and lots of outfits to dress them up in and colour too. 
 There's enough paper in the pads (I used sheets from the 12 x 12 and the large patterns and solids pad) to make a few of these little books too. If you'd love to make one yourself I've put together a PDF Tutorial to go with the project available from my website via this link
 If you'd like to see the full project just click on the video below. 
Our October Giveaway will launch on Wednesday so do call back then and leave a comment to take part. 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.  Thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon. 

27/09/2017

A card from the craft room: 1


Hero Arts Card Kit July
We all love to make a card or two and now I've got the space to store them I've been making a few myself.  For todays cards I used the July Hero Art card kit and 'The Stampers Friend' by Be Creative.  It's the latest stamp platform to hit the market - thank you Justin and Gordon for mine.  I love the colour, the notched ruler, the non slip base and the four magnets (rather than two), perfect to hold your card in place while stamping.  It has a great price point too which makes it a valued addition to your crafty stash without breaking the bank. 
I used Archival black ink to stamp my chosen images onto white 160gsm card, and Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers to colour in the images.  I love these pens and seem to be using them more and more these days.   
Once my images were coloured in I used the co ordinating dies and my Baby Blue die cutting machine to cut them out.  (Does anyone know where you can get replacement cutting platforms from for this machine? - I so need new ones) 
 I could fussy cut out the images, but really like the bevelled edge you get when they are die cut. It makes your card look a little more professional (me thinks :-) 
 I used a piece of purple/white checked card for the backgrounds on the first tow cards (above) and then cut the last strip down to 5 3/4" to use on this one. Working on a white card piece cut at 2 1/4" x 4" I mounted the large bouquet on foam pads, bent the stalk downwards and stuck it in place.  I did the same three single sprigs of lavender and added them over the large bouquet, sticking the stalks down to the white card with a little glue.  I used foam strips on the undersides of the jug so it sat over the stalks and then dded the bow to finish the bouquet.    
Once I'd layered the white card over the checked strip card I added the sentiment, also mounted on an off-cut of the checked card and foam pads and ta da! my card was finished. 
Hero Arts Card 2 July Kit
 Here's a close up of my three cards made from the July Hero Arts stamp set. 
Hero Arts Card 1 July Kit
Hero Arts Card 3 July Kit
I put an envelope with each card and stored them in my Card Storage Unit so they're ready to send when I need them. 
Supplies 
White 6 x 6 Card blanks
A4 Background Card - purple checked
White card for stamping 
Hero Arts Monthly Kit 
Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers
water Brush 
Black Archival Ink
Purple cardstock
foam tape/double sided tape

Hope you enjoyed todays share........thanks for calling by and ta ta 'till next time :-) C 

24/09/2017

DIY SOS in minature

Introducing 29 Park Lane 
Morning my lovelies, I thought I'd share something a little different with you this morning. When Oli and Sophie moved into their new house, this undecorated dolls house arrived in their spare room. It belongs to Sophies mum, was a bit battered and has been waiting for some TLC for about five years. Lorriane wondered, as I'm a bit crafty whether I could do something with it for her.  'Of course' I said, 'what would you like it to look like?' 'A proper roof, and a red door' she said.  We had an interesting couple of hours in our local dolls house shop and the dolls house arrived on my kitchen table. 
Stage 1 - the outside
As a total newby to the world of minature I did a bit of research and then set about decorating the outside of the house. Apparently most dolls houses come flat packed and you paint the pieces before assembling them.  Not this one.  It took a few days to get to this stage (almost as long as it took to paint my workroom lol!!), - the roof being the biggest challenge.  All I kept thinking was don't mess up Claireeeeee! 
 

Then it was time to tackle the inside. Stairs were painted, paper went up and skirting's and covings fixed in place.  I just have to do some filing in around the ceilings, add a couple of lights (I dropped one), and stick the last of the carpet down in the upstairs rooms and then it's ready to hand back to Loraine to fill up. The kiddies have nick named us the Borrowers lol!!! 
I really enjoyed the project and look forward to seeing the rooms come to life as Lorraine fills them up.   For now the house is still sitting on my kitchen table but now it has a character all of its own. :-) Cx 

22/09/2017

I'm back :-)

Hello there everyone, Happy Friday to you.  I'm back after a longer than planned break over the summer, and ready to get designing again. Oli is now settled in his new house with the lovely Sophie and Harry is back down in Cheltenham ready for year two at Uni and sharing a house with five other guys this year.  There's an empty feeling about the house now they've both gone so I've been having a move around and decorating.  Thank you to everyone who messaged me wondering how I was while I've been AWOL.  I'm fine :-).
My Creative Spirit Workroom
The workroom is now finished all but the odd shelf or two - you can never have enough of those can you.  I'm loving having a dedicated space to create in and one to craft with friends in too.  
It took a lot of planning, measuring, remeasuring, oodles of coats of paint to change it from a red room to it's new Duck Egg blue colour and over ten or more trips to Ikea to complete but all the hard work was definitely worth it.  Thank goodness the shop is only ten minutes away, and to a star of a son for all his help.  
If you're thinking of creating a similar space yourself here's a list of the products I put into mine. 
IKEA 
Billy Bookcase + additional top shelf
Kallax Units Two 2 x 4, Two 1 x 4 two 1 x 2 and one 2 x 2
Alex Six drawer Unit 
Micke Desk Drawers
Gnedby x 1 (great for storing Bigz dies) 
Bekant Desk Top 
Alvaret desk legs x 4
Lennart x 1 (great for additional work surface and storage)
Boxes 
Tjena - large and small
Lekman for the Kallax Units 
Drona x 3 for the Kallax Units 
Fjalla boxes & file holders - perfect on the Bily Bookcase
Noticeboard 
Skadis 76cm x 56cm & 56cm x 36cm
Clips, containers, containers with lids, hooks, letter holder, shelf, roll holder
Desk Fan with clamp 
£6.00 from Dunelm - perfect for those tropical moments lol!!! 
Camera Arm/support for the wall 
Manfrotto 244
My Creative Spirit Workroom 2

It's not a big room but the ceiling height is nearly 2.5 meters.  I've got a set of steps so I can reach things on the high shelves ....  
Another essential was a Dymo label printer - I had great fun labelling all the storage boxes and now I can find exactly what I'm after when I need it........
I have been out and about over the summer.  the first workshop was up in Glasgow.  What a fab time we had.  Mandie, Fiona and Gai thanks for all your organising and ladies for joining me.  Look forward to seeing you all again in Feb 2018


Then we headed off to the Motor Cycle Museum for a craft Fair.  Thanks to everyone who called by our stand at the Motor Cycle Museum earlier this month, and a huge thank you to Sarah and Cathy for all their help too.

and last week I headed down to Bedfordshire to host a Master Detective workshop at Country View Crafts.  Thank you Sue for inviting me down and ladies for joining me for a really great day. Here's a few pics: 
 
 Sue and her daughter Claire were up early making cakes for us in the cutest G45 tea cups; what a great idea.  The die was by Brenda Walton. 
  
Look forward to seeing you all at my next workshop at Country View Crafts at the end of November. 
My Craft Maid came in useful today, keeping all the papers and card to hand and off my desk while I worked on a new G45 project.  Love all the new collections and will be sharing some creative ideas with you using them over the next week or so.  
Well my crafty friends, its great to have caught up.  I hope you've enjoyed yourselves over the past month or so and look forward to catching up again shortly :-) Cx