Happy Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day here in the UK so what better time to share a veritable windfall of our favourite apple crafty projects. And why the devil not. 

What crafts tickle your fancy? Perhaps you're a stitcher. If so then your might like this little taste of apply goodness in a project from our very own Cross Stitch Collection mag. You can download the pattern from our brand new website The Making Spot so we reckon this could be a good opportunity! 

 

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. 

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:

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!

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...

{giveaway} Win a die-cutting machine

Oooh we do love a little Monday freebie to start the week! As a special treat for The Making Spot followers, we're giving away a Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit to one lucky winner. As well as being pretty nifty for cutting tags, shapes & apertures in your cards, this great die-cutting start kit comes with dies and an embossing folder to start you off. You can use it to cut fabric, felt & all sorts of textures too - here's a couple of our favourite card ideas made using the Big Shot. Read more to find out how to enter.

Card ideas for die-cutting and DIY embellishments

Free paper toy kitty template

 

Free cat paper toy templateHmmmn so here in the UK, it's mother's day tomorrow. Hands up if, like us, you've been so snowed under with your works in progress, you haven't got round to making anything yet? Eep! Fear not. We've discovered this paper toy kitty. It comes with a free template... so you can make it in mere minutes!

Quilling Queen: Yulia Brodskaya

Here at The Making Spot we’ve been known to whip up a card or two, we’re hooked on scrapbooking and we’ve even dabbled in origami, but our paper skills are massively put to shame by Yulia Brodskaya.

Nifty-fingered Yulia’s crazy quilling skills have earned her a worldwide reputation and we can totally see why – just look at these...

 

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

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