Spooky Weekend – quick links!

We've enjoyed a fantastic weekend of creepy crafting! Here are some quick links to all of our wonderful Spooky Weekend treats, so you can enjoy our freebies, giveaways and guest posts all over again...

Save 50% on Halloween craft projects (Note: Our Halloween sale ended on 31st October 2012)

Notes on Paper's art journaling challenge

Win luxury Artesano yarn!

Free pumpkin knitting pattern

Tutorial & giveaway from Going Buggy

Free crochet pattern - Gothic wristwarmers

Free Peter Pumpkin bear knitting pattern

Free Halloween owl template

4 Halloween cards to make

Free Spooky Werewolf pattern

Tutorial & giveaway from Going Buggy!

We love Enfys Cashmore's card designs, and her craft blog Going Buggy is always full of gorgeous inspiration and crafty giveaways!

In honour of our Spooky Weekend party, Enfys has posted a great video tutorial, plus an exciting giveaway - wow!

Notes on Paper's headless horrors!

It's time to welcome the first guest to our Spooky Weekend party - it's papercrafter extraordinaire Julie Kirk from Notes on Paper. Hi Julie, help yourself to some pumpkin punch! Read on for Julie's marvellously macabre art journaling idea, plus prompts to help you create your own creepy journal pages... 

Welcome to our Spooky Weekend party!

Hello! We're ghoulishly gleeful to welcome you to our special Spooky Weekend blog party. We've got lots of treats to get you crafting up a storm for Halloween!

First up, we've got a thrilling sale on Halloween projects, with 50% off projects including the fiendishly popular beady skull sockspumpkin baby hat, knitted bunting and more.

Throughout the weekend, we'll bring you exciting guests, fab free projects and a knitting giveaway, so be sure to bookmark our blog now, and pop back each day for new crafty treats!

And we'd love to hear what you're making for Halloween too - you can leave comments underneath each blog post, share your makes over on The Making Spot, or say hello on Twitter and Facebook.

Come back at 10am, when we'll be welcoming Julie Kirk from Notes on Paper, who'll have some a marvellously macabre papercraft prompt for you - we can't wait!

Christmas countdown - gifts to make now

Christmas is just over two months away, so if you're planning any big handmade gifts, now's the time to start - if you haven't already! Here are some of our top tips plus our favourite festive gifts to start making now...

Capture memories with these minibook ideas

From weddings to holidays - papercrafting mini albums is a great way to try scrapbooking and treasure happy memories of milestone moments in life! Not only are minibooks much less daunting than gazing at 12x12in pages of a full-on scrapbook, they're a perfect way to make the most of photos - making sure you treasure them and look back fondly rather than losing them forever to digital folders on your computer! We've got five lovely ideas for minibooks to get you started....

How to make a wedding minibook

Craft up cute woodland animals

Squirrels, hedgehogs and dainty deer - we love woodland critters! Here are eight of our favourite woodland-themed craft projects, including a link to a fab freebie for you...

Win Sizzix prizes worth over £100!

Click over to the Sizzix website to enter their fantastic die-cutting competition!

You could be one of three lucky winners who will each receive a prize worth over £100 - a Big Shot die-cutting machine plus two Bigz dies from the new Happi range.

Bigz Happi dies are perfect for cutting card, felt, fabric, foam, leather, craft metal and more, so you can use them for all kinds of projects. Because die-cutting is so fast and easy, it's a great way to make batches of cards and gift tags for birthdays, weddings and Christmas.

All you need to do is click here and complete the online competition form. Good luck!

Make a shrink plastic ruler gauge

We love using shrink plastic, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly how small our designs will turn out! Here's a clever tip that can help - make a shrink plastic ruler gauge! When you measure any hand-drawn or stamped design with a standard ruler, you can look at the shrink plastic ruler to work out how big it will be once shrunk.

10 things to make in an evening

We've been juggling so many big makes lately that we're feeling the need for a crafty quickie! There are times in life you want to curl up and really spend weeks making something, but what about all those last-minute makes when you need a gift idea for your aunty's birthday tmrw or you just want the satisfaction of finishing off something? With this in mind we've rounded up 10 of our favourite craft projects for you to make in just one evening - let us know how you get on!Knit bangles