19/03/2017

Crafty fun in Mundesley, Norfolk

Helloooooo there my crafty friend, how was your weekend? and is it back to the grind stone for you this morning? We had an amazing weekend crafting way over to the east of the country in Mundesley, Norfolk.  I set off on Friday, and, after a pit stop to see Di and Tony at Tando HQ, arrived by the sea just after 7pm. I had a lovely chilaxed evening chatting and eating with Tina and some of the ladies coming along to my class on Saturday.  Thank you Tina for organising the weekend and ladies thank you for coming along and joining me for a fab day of craftiness on Saturday.  It was lovely to meet you all - I really enjoyed our day together.   We were crafting with the new Portrait of a Lady collection and made one of my original expanding album designs.  Here's a few pics of us all from the day and the project too.  
 and here's our Birthday girl - Caron
And here we all are at the end of our day together, with Andrew the barman. Pauline, who'd waited five years to come along to one of my workshops tripped over a tree root the night before the class and broke a rib.  She was a real trooper and didn't let it stop her from enjoying her day, despite the pain she was in xx - can you believe it, get well soon Pauline. x 

It was getting dark as I left to drive home but I had to take a few minutes to take in the sea view and one of the famous Norfolk Windmills - not the best of pics but fine for my travel book. 


I've got seven days of serious crafting to do  my lovely sister arrives to stay for a few days.  the boys are off on holiday together on Thursday so I'll have no distractions!!!!   famous last words ......... there are so many when you work from home.  One is my new AirRam hover.  I love it, hovering has never been so easy.  It whizzes round and leaves the house feeling and looking super clean.  I've turned into a domestic goddess - (in my dreams lol!!!)  
Anyway have a fun day, thanks for calling by and do call back for anther crafty share over the next couple of days :-) C

17/03/2017

We're off to the Races


Morning everyone, and Happy St Patricks Day.  May the luck of the Irish be with you to be sure!  

We had a great time down at the Cornwall Papercraft Show last weekend. Thank you to all who came along to the show and joined me for my make and take sessions.  Here's a few pics from a few of the sessions and the link to the How to make video if you'd like to make one of these little books yourself.  Julie S thank you for all your help on the stand during the day. 
Graphic 45 Make and Takes with Clare Charvill Cornwall 2017 Graphic 45 Make and Takes with Clare Charvill Cornwall 2017
Graphic 45 Make and Takes with Clare Charvill Cornwall 2017

I'm really excited to be sharing my Off to the Races album over on the Graphic 45 blog today along with a fab album by Lena altered in the gorgeous Natures Sketchbook papers. Do click here and visit the blog to see our makes and loads more creative inspiration too. A great share this week to celebrate the Cheltenham Festival and St Patricks Day too. 
I love the colours in this collection and as always there are lot's of colour combinations running through the pads to suit our tastes. Green and orange always jump out at me so I started off the album with a mix of those combined with an ephemera card and brown patterns and solids. I've used our 'Box It' kit as the case for the album and then decorated the interactive pages with a mix of papers, patterns and solids and embellishments from the collection. If you'd like to see the full album click on the video below. 

there's also a PDF Tutorial to go with the album available from our website. Click here to order.
Harry's been to the races this week too.  The annual Cheltenham Festival is in full swing and living just over the road from the course, he's had a birds eye view of the races from a free vantage point.  We've got a couple of bets on the 3.30 today (Gold Cup) - so fingers crossed the luck of the Irish is with us and we win some spondoolies.  If we do I've donated mine to the Harry lol!!   

I'm all packed up and ready to drive east to Mundesley, Norfolk to host a Graphic 45 workshop by the sea tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone for a fun day of crafting with the beautiful Portrait of a Lady collection.  Here's a sneak peek of our project.
Portrait of a Lady Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
That's all from me for now so have a great Friday, a lovely weekend and I'll be back to share some pics from our weekend event soon ta ta for now :-) C  

10/03/2017

Cornwall Papercraft Show.......March 2017

Handmade A5 Notebooks Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Morning everyone,  another week is nearly over and the weekend is just around the corner.  I'm looking forward to spending a few days by the sea in Cornwall and seeing everyone coming along to the Cornwall Papercraft Show tomorrow at Lanhydrock Hotel, Bodmin.  It's always a fab show, great stands and a wide variety of goodies to tempt you :-) Free parking too.  Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm.  
Julie's helping me out on our stand (thank you Julie:-) while I run our make and takes.  This year we're making mini stitched notebooks. If you're a G45er Ephemera cards fit perfectly on the front cover.   If you're planing on coming along, why not join come along and join me.  Book on arrival to ensure you get a place.  They always go like hot cakes.  the books above have been altered in papers from Cafe Parisian, Portrait of a Lady and Botanical Tea collections by Graphic 45. I love the Creole Lady on the centre book.  
If you fancy making these little books yourself twin packs of covers and spines are available from our website - click here 
And here's how to assemble them

My plan was to head off to Cornwall yesterday, but Oli went and picked up Harry bean from Uni yesterday so I had to hold off, have a hug with them both when they got in, catch up on all the goings on  and am just about to jump in the car any time now.  Annie here I come lol! 
Enjoy your day, and weekend and look forward to sharing some pics from the show with you over the next few days. 

07/03/2017

March Giveaway 2017

Morning everyone, after a fabulous weekend in Scotland and a quick pitstop at home I'm packing up and heading off down to Cornwall for a few days with my sister and the Cornwall Papercraft Show, Lanhydrock Hotel, Bodmin on Saturday. If you're in the area do come along, it's always a great show.  I'll be hosting make and take sessions all day and our shop will be at the show too along with the other exhibitors. 
For our giveaway this month we have one of our Stamp/Card Storage Kit and one roll of our uber popular Black Construction Tape up for grabs.  The Stamp Storage kit can hold the widest of stamp plates on the market, patterns, A5 journals and lots more.  A great solution to organising your craft room or maybe somewhere else too. 
Here's a few of my finished samples:
1.  Distress inks and Tim Holtz stamps 
 2. Embossed card, painted. Andy Skinner Embellishments
 3.  Graphic 45 papers

To be in with a chance to win, just leave your comment below before midnight on 31st March (GMT).  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st April. Good luck......... :-) 
I'll be back soon to share some more crafty inspiration. Enjoy the next few days and thanks for calling by.

05/03/2017

We had a Ball........................


Graphic 45 workshop in Scotland with Clare Charvill UK Ambassador
Morning, I'm home after my 700 mile round trip to Scotland and the best couple of days crafting with the lovely ladies in Tillicoultry, Scotland. We had a ball..............
Before I share some pics I must thank Lesley for organising our event, inviting me up and taking me out for the best Indian meal, Gail for the amazing buffet you treated us all too, Tracey for the truly scrumptious Lemon Meringue Pie, Pauline for the Iron Bru to bring home and ladies to all of you for joining me for two fab days of laughter and crafting. 
Here's a few pics of the ladies crafting their Event Organiser kits to life, and the gorgeous paper combinations they chose to alter them in:
Construction underway on Day 1 
Gail with her amazing buffet and Birthday cake 
 Pauline and Tracey - our Birthday Girls
Aileen, Nicola and Yvonne with their gorgeous projects: 
 I love the mix of papers the ladies chose to alter their organisers in: 
 Tracey worked with the Vintage Hollywood collection: 
 Mandie and her project 
From left to right
Back Row: Anne, Jan, Pauline, Aileen, Lesley, Annie, Gail, Tracey, Yvonne, Nicola.  Front Row: Fiona & Mandie

I was hoping to see the Northern Lights -Aurora Borealis during my trip as there had been loads of  recent displays but recently it wasn't to be so Annie sent me a picture she's taken of them - totally amazing. 
But I did get to see the Keplies lit up in flickering green light which was a first.  
and these gorgeous guys greeted me as I pulled up in a garage for fuel on the way home
I'm looking forward to being in back in Tillicoultry in August to run another two day Graphic 45 workshop, and we're looking at a day class in Glasgow too. Dates will be up on the blog and website shortly. 
Well, I've got to unpack the car before the rain starts again, so have a great rest of your day, thanks for calling by and do call back tomorrow for the launch of our March Giveaway. :-) C