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 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!

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 fab back to school gifts

With little ones starting school and teens heading off to college and university, it's an exciting - and nerve-wracking - time of year! We've got some great gift ideas for the new term, from quick stitched cards to special knits. Read on to see 8 of our favourite back to school projects...

Make quick birthday cards

Handmade birthday cards are so much more personal than shop-bought ones - and they're cheaper too! If you'd like to try making your own cards but aren't sure where to start, check out these free hot air balloon card tutorials from Zoe Pierson.

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

6 nautical makes to float your boat!

Set sail into summer with our favourite sizzling seafaring cross stitch patterns & knitting patterns to get the nautical look! Read more...

Cross stitch nautical motifs

A spot of cool cross stitch

Cross stitch moustache pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine

Over the years I've stitched pretty things, nifty things, impressive things...  but very rarely COOL things! I've been cross stitching since I was about 11 years old - starting off with Country Companions hedgehogs & mice, and graduating over the years to family gifts, seaside scenes & quick-stitch cards. But now I can add a project to my repetoire that is super cool - and I love the results! Here's a pic of my latest stitching project - proudly on display in the June issue of Cross Stitcher.

Join our valentines craft-along!

We're not sure we can think up many more fun-excuses for a spot of crafting than valentine's day. So to celebrate the love-liest of crafty occasions, we've rounded up our favourite ways to make hearts, and set up a Valentines Craft-along group on Flickr for everyone to share a pic of what you're making this year. Read on to join in the fun.

Hearts craft project ideas