Happy Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day here in the UK so what better time to share a veritable windfall of our favourite apple crafty projects. And why the devil not. 

What crafts tickle your fancy? Perhaps you're a stitcher. If so then your might like this little taste of apply goodness in a project from our very own Cross Stitch Collection mag. You can download the pattern from our brand new website The Making Spot so we reckon this could be a good opportunity! 


Win: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding!

If you're looking for wedding inspiration, don't miss the beautiful Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding, a one-off special from the team at Mollie Makes.

This scrumptious 130-page special is filled with crafty ideas for weddings, including step-by-step projects, wedding theme ideas and tips for buying vintage dresses.You'll also love the 8 picture galleries from real-life weddings, with tips from the brides and grooms! Projects include a gorgeous fresh flower circlet, stunning paper decorations and a funky heart-shaped fan for summer weddings.

For a sneak peek inside, click over to the Mollie Makes website and check out the digital sampler!

Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding is out now, available in all good newsagents, or you can order a copy online.

We've got 10 copies of Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding to give away to lucky winners!

Click here to enter our Handmade Wedding competition now. Good luck! This competition is open to UK crafters until 3rd May 2013.

How to make stepper cards

We've got a very special free download for card makers today - a fantastic stepper cards masterclass from the Papercraft inspirations archives!

These shaped 3D cards look so impressive, and they're lots of fun to make. Designer Angela Poole has made it easy for you to get started - your pdf article includes a basic stepper card how-to, plus step-by-step guides and templates for making three gorgeous cards.

Click here now to get your free stepper cards download. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the project, but it's quick and totally free!

If you love this, check out more of our Friday Freebies here on the blog, and don't miss more of our fantastic card making tutorials over on The Making Spot.

Have a great weekend!

Our top 10 crafters on Pinterest!

We love Pinterest - it's a great place to collect inspiring images, ideas and tutorials you've spotted online, and you can browse other people's 'pins' for hours. It's totally addictive!

We're pinning our favourite craft projects over at pinterest.com/the_making_spot - come and join us.

If you're just getting started with Pinterest, here are 10 of our favourite crafters to follow right now... 

Freebie Friday: Make wedding cards!

April is wedding month on The Making Spot! We'll be bringing you our favourite wedding craft projects, including ideas for gifts, decorations and cards.

Today we've got a fab Friday freebie for you - Angela Poole's romantic wedding cards. As well as your project guide, this PDF article includes Angela's gorgeous bride and groom illustrations. Print them on to card and get busy embellishing with beads, sequins and ribbons!

Easter blog party - quick links!

We hope you enjoyed our blog party, and that you're inspired to create fun cards and decorations for Easter weekend! Here are some quick links to the free patterns and competitions - the competitions are open to UK crafters until 2nd April 2013. Remember you can still get 50% off your next purchase too!




Free Easter party decorations project, plus 50% off your next purchase.

Free crochet pattern - bunny napkin holder

Free card making project - craft funky sheep cards

Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarns

Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books

If you love these, check out more Easter craft projects on The Making Spot now!

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books!


Make a dress, bake a cake, craft up decorations - with these fantastic titles, you'll be ready for every spring and summer celebration!

We've got a copy of Drape Drape 3, Sweet and Made in Paper to give away to one lucky crafter - read on to find out more and enter our competition now...

Our last Drape Drape 3 competition was so popular that we couldn't resist giving you another chance to win a copy! This new sewing book from Hisako Sato and Bunka Fashion College shows you how to create 15 contemporary designs, including dresses, skirts and tunics. You'll love Hisako's drapes, twists and knots, they're so stylish and easy to wear! You can find out more and check out some preview pages over on the Laurence King website now.

We're drooling over the second edition of Sweet, a scrumptious baking 'bookazine' from the team behind Mollie Makes. Whip up pastel pound cake, Easter cookies, eclairs and much more! Click here to find out more and check out the digital sampler.

Made in Paper has just hit the shops, and it's a must for everyone who loves papercrafting! This special 132-page issue from the makers of Papercraft inspirations is filled with beautiful projects to make at home, including ideas for parties, cards, gifts and more. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online. Don't forget to pop by the Made in Paper Facebook page too!

Click here to enter our crafty book giveaway now. This competition is open to UK crafters, until 2nd April 2013. Good luck!

That's all from our Easter blog party - we hope you've enjoyed our freebies and competitions. Come back soon for more spring craft ideas, and don't forget about your special Easter discount voucher code!

More blog party fun
Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC
Free Easter bunny crochet pattern
Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarn
Free papercraft project - craft funky sheep cards
Free Easter decorations project, plus 50% off your next order at The Making Spot!
Easter projects on The Making Spot

Craft spring lambs – and hop over to join the Papercraft inspirations blog party!

We're not the only crafters enjoying a blog party this weekend! Our chums at Papercraft inspirations are hosting an Easter extravaganza, including some fantastic free downloads, mega competitions and lots of inspiration for your handmade cards. Click over to the Papercraft inspirations blog to check it out now.

We wanted to bring a great free project to the paper party, so here's one of our favourites from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Debi Potter's funky sheep cards!

Free Easter papercraft project – plus more spring treats this weekend!

This weekend we're helping you get ready for Easter with a crafty party right here on The Making Spot blog! We're kicking off the fun with this gorgeous free Easter party papercraft project, PLUS a special voucher code so you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot - read on to find out more...

You'll love Jo Anne Cavanagh's Easter party decorations. Bunting, gift tags, treat boxes and more - they're sure to be a hit with family and friends, especially children. Click here to download the project now; you have to register with The Making Spot to get the download, but it's quick and totally free.

Even better, you can enjoy 50% off your next purchase at The Making Spot from now until 2nd April 2013! Simply add the projects you'd like to your basket, then enter the voucher code EASTER2013 at the checkout - you'll see the discount applied to your purchases before you buy. Happy shopping!

We've got more treats for you this weekend, including free project ideas for Easter, plus crafty giveaways for you - bookmark The Making Spot blog now, and pop back tomorrow!

Made in Paper - out now!

Don't miss Made in Paper, a special magazine from the makers of Papercraft inspirations. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online and get it delivered to your door!

This gorgeous 132-page mag showcases a wealth of gorgeous paper craft projects to make at home. You'll discover pretty ideas for parties, home décor, cards and gifts, plus cute projects to make for kids. We especially love the gorgeous garlands and pretty party pom-poms!

Made in Paper includes handy templates and 12 beautiful patterned papers so you can start crafting straight away. You'll also find a special voucher code inside the mag, so you can also download a PDF version of the papers for free!

Get your copy of Made in Paper in UK shops now, order online at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk, or buy a digital copy over on Apple Newsstand, through the Papercraft inspirations app. You can also visit the Made in Paper Facebook page to find out more and say hello to the mag team!