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


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 


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 


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, 
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


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) 


July Giveaway

French Country Mini Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Happy Monday everyone, I thought I'd get in early with a post and this months giveaway before the grand 'move out' starts tomorrow.  I just know the week's going to run away with itself and it will be Friday before we know it.  If you're reading this from across the pond have a fabulous 4th July, we'll be moving boxes, cleaning the new gaff and unpacking as your celebrating.  
Before all that starts I'm taking Oli and some oily lump of a part from his car to Nottingham in the hope that they can fix what ever's wrong with it.  Long gone are the days of tweaking things with a good old spanner and a kick lol!!! 
My little project I"m sharing today is a really easy mini album, altered in papers from the French Country collection by Graphic 45.  It's a great little project if you're new to crafting, perfect to alter in 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 papers and teamed up with our Deep Window Box would make a great gift or keepsake.  I did find a couple of original 8 x 8 pads in my little G45 stash and used them rather than the larger papers from the 12 x 12 Deluxe Collectors Edition Here's a few more pics:
French Country Mini Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45 French Country Mini Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45
French Country Mini Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45 French Country Mini Album and Case Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Follow along with me in the video below if you'd like to make one yourself. 
Our Giveaway this month is 
1 x 5" x 5" album covers,
1 x One Deep Mini Window Box Kit 
1 50m roll of our Black Construction Tape

As always, if you'd like to be in with a chance to win this great bundle just leave your comment on this blogpost below before midnight on 31st July.  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st August. 
Our shop will be at the Newbury Paper Craft show on Saturday.  If you're going to the show do call by and say hi.  Sarah and Cathy are on the stand and I'll be demoing our products during the day.  We'd love to see you. 
Have a fun week, what ever you have planned, let's hope the sun shines on us all.  Catch up again soon :-) C 


June Giveaway Winner

Make and Take with Clare Charvill Dare to Create

Pinch Punch it's the first of the month......... can you believe it....... another month gone and one month nearer to Christmas!!!! 
 I had a great time last weekend running evening make and take sessions at the Dare to Create event on Coventry. Huge thanks Di for inviting me along, Tony and Karen for all your help and ladies for joining me for some late night crafting. It was great to see you all - we definitely had a ball ........................
Di & Tony - Tando Creative Ltd
Di & Tony - Tando Creative Ltd
and here's how we made them

It's been another mad week here with very little crafting done, and nothing actually finished. trying to work around early morning pick ups for Oli, taxiing Harry to and from his work experience placement at a Landscape Architects firm, shopping for dresses with Sophie and a last minute dot com rush to take Oli to get a suit yesterday morning - 3 hours before the wedding they were off to.  
Luckily they both had something to wear by the time they left the house but it really was touch and go!!!!! lol!!  Working in the middle of all the comings and goings is nigh on impossible. I've got new projects part done, oodles of bits of filming done and in the can but just haven't had enough uninterrupted time to pull them all together and share yet.....!  
It's all change next week, Oli and Sophie move into their new house together. I know I'm going to be removal mum!!! for them and taxi mum for Harry too. We've collected so many things for their new house here, it's getting hard to move around the house.  I know I"ll miss them not being here but on a positive note I'll be one step closer to having a dedicated craft room to work in......... so excited. After four years of crafting in the middle of all the comings and goings I'll have a dedicated work space to be uber creative in: whop whop!!!!  Ikea here we come ..... :-) 
Anyway enough of my ramblings. I know you want to know who's won the June giveaway. Thank you all for leaving your comments.  I loved reading them all as always.  From the 75 Random.org chose comment No 38 
left by Cheryl on 8th June 

Huge congrats Cheryl, if you could mail me your address to mycrativespirituk@gmail.com I'll be able to get your kit box off in the post to you. 
Huge thanks to you all for joining in the giveaway.  We'll launch the July Giveaway a little later in the week so do call by and leave a comment on that one once it goes live. 
Well i'm going to take advantage of the peace and quiet here in the house before the kiddywinks get up.  Have a fun weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up with you again later in the week. 


Lets get Inky .............

JOFY 049 Stamp plate
Happy Friday everyone, can you believe another week has whizzed by and it's almost the weekend again.  Olivia, if you're reading this, loved our chat this morning and I did come home, grab a coffee and get bloggin' no G lol!!! (A Radio 2 Friday thing if you're a listener).
Last weekend I was invited along to host a workshop as the celebrity guest at the UK Stampers Network 20th Anniversary event down in Bicester.  Mickey, thanks so much for the invite and ladies it was great to meet you all.  What a fab anniversary event it was.  Lots of creative workshops, oodles of cake, fab chit chat and a really tasty Chinese too. 

Here's Mickey, the founder of the UK Stampers Network holding the Anniversary cake - it was soooooo tasty..   
and all the ladies at the event 
If you follow me you'll know I'm a paper girl first and foremost, but as I was at a stamping event thought we'd make A6 notebooks and create fun inky, stampy covers for them.  What a great time we had smooching the gloriously green Peeled Paint oxide ink around, stitching, binding and fussy cutting  our books into shape.  I love that we all started with the same ingredients and the books all looked so different. Here's a few pics
 Jane and Mickey on the fussy cutting :-)
Enjoy using your notebooks ladies :-)
Supply List 
White 220gsm card 
A6 Notebook Kit 
Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink 
JOFY 049 stamp plate 
Black Archival Ink 
Walnut Stain Distress Ink 
Black Card
Linen thread 
Large Needle printer paper 
Black Construction Tape
Notebook Cover sets and our black construction tape are both available from my website via the link below:
If you're coming along to the Dare To Create Event in Coventry next weekend and fancy making this little notebook do book onto the make and take sessions with Di when you get to the event on Saturday.
Well, Harry tells me he's coming home for the summer proper on Sunday - note to self ......... don't forget to drive to Cheltenham with an empty car!!!!
Have a great weekend yourself, lets hope it stays sunny here in the UK.  Look forward to catching up again shortly with some more crafty makes :-) C