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!

Freebie Friday: New home cross stitch

Send a special handmade greeting that'll brighten up a new home! Download Angela Poole's free new home card project now and get started on these four fantastic designs. We think the 'Home sweet home' design would even looked great framed up as a picture for you to keep!

If you're new to cross stitching, we've got a handy beginners guide and lots more free tutorials to help you along. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Freebie Friday patterns now.


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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!

Freebie Friday – cute cross stitch charts!

Hooray, it's Freebie Friday! This week we've got some gorgeous free cross stitch motifs for you, with 10 sweet designs perfect for spring and summer cards.

You can stitch up each motif in 2 - 3 hours; choose from flowers, a cupcake, a scrumptious strawberry, a smiley bumblebee and more!

Click here now to find your free cross stitch charts on The Making Spot. You need to register with the website to get your free download, but it's quick and totally free.

Free cross stitch project for you

If you love cross stitch, don't miss our latest free download - Angela Poole's Elegant Birdcage Cards. There are four beautiful designs to stitch, all featuring ornate birdcages, fancy birds and yummy patterned backgrounds. They're perfect for birthdays, weddings and new home greetings. Stitch the whole set and you'll have one ready for the next big occasion!

Free project - cross stitch a needlecase!

Today is the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas blog party! Thank you so much for joining us, we hope you've enjoyed our festive treats.

Here's a free project for when you've finally finished all those Christmas makes - a trendy union flag needlecase just for you!

Designer Angela Poole has created this little project in candy pink shades, but you could choose any other colours you like; we think it would look great in cool blues or funky purples too.

Free Christmas Fairies papercraft project

We can't believe that our 12 Days of Christmas blog party is almost over! Have you seen all of our giveaways, offers and freebies? There's a complete list at the bottom of this post for you!

Today we've got a treat to celebrate the start of another bumper blog party - our friends over at Papercraft inspirations are hosting a week of spectacular competitions, card ideas and lots more! The party kicks off today, so click over to to see what's happening.

So here's our card-tastic treat for the day - a free card making project from the Papercraft inspirations archives. Designer Angela Poole has created printable illustrations, so all you have to do is print out, layer up and embellish!

4 Halloween cards to make

Our Spooky Weekend blog party is almost over! But we're finishing with a freaky flourish - four quick and easy Halloween card tutorials! 

Click over to The Making Spot now to find your step-by-step guides and free templates!

Free downloads from Angela Poole

If you love Angela Poole's cross stitch and papercraft designs on The Making Spot, be sure to visit her new website. Angela's all ready to welcome you with her free fancy pants bunting downloads!

This adorable bunting looks like lots of fancy frilly pants hanging on a washing line! Craft from your favourite papers and it's sure to raise a smile at parties and summer barbecues.

Get shrinking with Papercraft inspirations

The print edition of Papercraft inspirations 102 comes with a fantastic free gift - a sheet of shrink plastic shapes plus a brilliant ideas book. We love the shrink plastic how-to video that Creative Editor Angela Poole has made. You can watch as Angela colours, trims and shrinks a butterfly design.