Mostly making: wedding cards

Butterfly wedding card idea

These butterfly place names are one of my favourite card making projects over on our main site (see Get crafting for weddings) & they've inspired me to take a concept & try it on my cards. I happen to have 4 weddings of friends & family coming up this summer, &  I love the excuse to get together with everyone on the day almost as much as I love the excuse to reach for my craft stash! I've been inspired by these butterfly designs to come up with a simple card idea which shows off pretty papers, cut into stylish shapes. The goal was that I could create a few of (personalised of course!) for my summer of weddings. Read more...

How to make cupcake cases

Free cupcake cases template

We do hope you're enjoying our day of Jubilee Street Party projects! Here's a little free party printable from us here on The Making Spot. What Street Party would be complete without cupcakes? We've put together this tutorial & free template to help you make your own red, white & blue cupcake cases. Read on to get your free download & find out how it's done...

Heart map valentines card

Our adventures in die-cutting continue! Here's our latest handmade card creation - an alternative valentines card is an ode to travel lovers. It's inspired by all the lovely things we're seeing on Pinterest with vintage maps and books. This the result of a cake'n'craft night - baking and card making while listening to old movies music. Our challenge was to make a card some new super-skinny dies we've discovered - Sizzix Framelits. They create really ornate paper-cut-style details. Read on to find out how to make your own version. For more ideas like this, click on over to Sizzix to download their free project sheets or try more valentines card ideas from The Making Spot's designers.

Vintage map heart valentines card

Rock on! 60th birthday card

This weekend we've got a special 60th birthday in my new extended family - so I've been searching for manly card ideas with a musical theme to suit the birthday 'boy'!

Retro guitar card with embroidery thread strings

My hubby's dad asked for a guitar for his birthday -  while we couldn't afford the real thing, I could at least papercraft him one! I found a set of music card ideas by Judy Balchin over on The Making Spot. So I adapted  one of Judy's designs using my craft stash to make this retro-style guitar card. 

Stretch thread across apertures & use stick foam pads for 3D touches

I took inspiration from my crafty friend Angela Poole & used lots of sticky foam pads to add lots of 3D effect to the layers of this paper-pieced guitar. Finally I added metallic silver pen frets and embroidery thread strings from my cross stitch stash. I secured these invisibly by securing them between two identical card shapes, stuck together with double-sided tape.

Inspired by... gypsy caravans

Here's a little look at one of my favourite cards this month. I made this retro caravan card to say happpy birthday to fellow Community Ed Lyndsey. I love it for many reasons. Firstly it reminds me of childhood days spent reading The Famous Five books! Secondly it's old-school-simple to make - with lots of patterned paper shapes layered up with inexpensive texture details. It's basically made from paper, card, felt and a few embellishments from my stash.


I don't know about you but when I make cards, usually most of the time spent is in the research...I think about the recipient's favourite things, look up design ideas online and then sketch up a prototype - which later doubles up as my shape template if I need a guide cutting out paper pieces. Then I raid my stash for coordinating supplies (this bit of the process usually takes the longest as I rummage through boxes of papers, buttons, gems and adhesives, pens etc... looking for JUST the right mixture of supplies.

The actual making is the fun bit - but often the quickest! With Lyndsey, it didn't take long for me to think about things she likes - after all she blogs about them here! This card design is inspired by Lyndsey's Caravan I love blog post - and is my crafty ode to Cath Kidston's caravan sewing basket.

Adventures in scraplifting

Congralations to my new cousins Cassie & Dale on the arrival of baby Malachi! New babies are always a lovely excuse to reach for my card making kit, and I really enjoyed making this new baby card to welcome Malachi into the world. This shaped baby card was inspired by word-shaped-mini books – it’s also my first attempt at scraplifting – taking someone else’s layout I love and making it my own.

I got the idea for this new baby card after spying a ‘FAMILY’ word-mini album by Jane Dean in an old issue of Papercraft inspirations magazine. I loved the design and the idea of using it as inspiration - and converting a card front into four layers of letters to spell out a word appealed to me. (I’ve become a bit hooked on making cards with fun shapes or apertures lately.) So I sketeched out the word ‘BABY’ on to a card blank – then used this as my template to reach for my patterned papers.

Quick-stamp thank you cards

To make or buy? That is the question whenever a huge craft mission looms which I'm not sure I'll have time to complete. Such a dilemma cropped up last weekend, when I had to make 100 thank you cards. The answer? Try this quick card idea and rubber stamp them! I managed to finish the entire batch in just 2 hours - not bad eh?