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: 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!

Ooh – another cross stitch treat!

If you love the gorgeous Be My Valentine project, the CrossStitcher magazine team have a special bonus chart for you! Head over to the CrossStitcher blog to download your owl card chart now. 

We love these fun cards - with birds, squirrels, elephants and penguins in bold, bright colours, there's sure to be a card you want to stitch for your beloved this Valentine's Day.

Happy stitching!

Love this? Find more Valentine's Day craft projects on The Making Spot now.

Start stitching for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is just over a month away, which means it's a great time start cross stitching a special card for your sweetheart!

We adore these French Fancies cards by Gail Bussi. If you think they're too nice to give away, we think they'd make gorgeous framed pictures for your home too!

Here are more of our favourite valentine ideas to cross stitch now:

Summer wedding makes

Hooray, wedding season is in full swing! Whether you're a guest or a busy bride, there's still time to craft quick gifts, cards and finishing touches for the big day. Here are 8 of our favourite projects...

12 Wedding craft ideas

Love is in the air! Wedding season is in full swing, and whether you're a beautiful bride or an excited guest, we've got lots of great makes for you. Read on to see our favourite wedding craft projects, including some fun freebies. Be sure to check out The Making Spot for more cards, gifts and special occasion knits

New york wedding card

New York card making idea

I have a confession to make - recently my card making kit has fallen into a slight state of neglect. Usually most weekends see me whipping up some form of card for a family birthday or friend's new baby - but in recent months my fingers have been busy stitching and I've let my beloved (and extensive!) papercraft stash gather dust slightly. So I decided to get back in the saddle to celebrate my friends' Sarah & Dave's wedding last weekend. Please forgive these shaky iphone pics but I really wanted to share as am pleased with the results! Read more to find out how to make a skyline silhouette card...

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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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

Cross stitching out of season

OK OK so here in England the air is getting chilly and the Christmas vibes on the high street are gathering pace with Christmas gift guides and festive craft projects everywhere you look. But as every stitcher knows, Christmas isn't the only reason to get crafting in the winter months. This Perfect Pair set of romantic cards is one of my all-time favourite out-of-season stitching projects! They're a pretty nifty project if you've got winter weddings or anniversaries coming up, or *shock*if you're THAT organised you're thinking ahead to Valentine's day... he he.