Recipe for success

 

Fed up with searching for recipes on tiny scraps of paper? Then look no further than Shirley Toogood’s homemade recipe album. It’s a great excuse to get scrap booking with all of your favourite dinner and dessert ideas.

The design is free to download from The Making Spot and allows you to keep all of your recipes safe. Shirley helps you to make your creation personal by adding pictures of loved ones and culinary results. It's a brilliant family activity that's well worth a go! Wow your guests with both your cooking abilities AND your organisational skills. 

Make way for cupcakes!

Cupcakes are everywhere, and nothing could look more appealing than a beautiful paper cupcake on the front of a home-made card! Papercraft Inspirations has some FREE download designs to help you make your own crafty cakes. The links include a step-by-step guide to make the perfect creation as well as printable paper designs.

Or if you’re a fan of working with fabric, how about making this lovely floral card design using interfacing. Nobody can resist these little beauties!

Free crochet necklace pattern

Big thanks to Carol Meldrum for creating this exclusive free crochet necklace pattern for us to share with crochet fans everywhere!  lacy necklace

How to: Make card embellishments

There are loads of card making occasions coming up! We've all got cards to make for birthdays, weddings and those adorable new babies, plus crafters in the USA are getting ready for Mother's Day! Here are a few of our favourite ideas for making your own card embellishments - great for using up all those bits 'n' bobs from your craft stash.

paper flowers

My first applique

Hooray! After much swotting up & stitching, I've just completed my first ever attempt at applique - this red & white gadget cosie, complete with home-sewn bird & flower details. I made it using a free kit I've been hoarding for months now - from an early issue of Mollie Makes magazine. It's made using linen, red-patterned fabric, a wooden button and my trusty needle & thread. 

Applique gadget cozy - sewing pattern

I think I still need quite a bit more practise before I can call myself an applique pro, but I did enjoy how simple this was - and I've been hooked on red & white craft projects for a while now, so was chuffed to discover this worked well against a linen backdrop. Read more to find out where to get the free shape templates...

How tuesday: vintage valentines frame

In case you haven't noticed, love is in the air today. And as you may have noticed, we're rather fond of making things rather than buying our greetings on the high street! If, like us, you prefer the excuse to make something with love, we've got a nifty tutorial for any cupid-inspired crafters out there today! How to upcyle an old frame by adding a few paper hearts!

Read on to find out how it's done, and thanks to Sizzix for sharing this project with us - this is one of their free project sheets so hop on over to their site to find more like it. 

Pssst - don't forget - if you're making valentines projects today, hop on over to our Valentines craftalong Flickr group and share a photo - you could win a free craft book as we'll be picking our five favourites to send a little freebie to later this week!

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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.