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!

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...


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!


Free papers to Die for!

Is there anything more happy-making in life than freebies for your craft stash? Thanks to Sizzix for brightening up our new years with this collection of free printable papers. To download them, simply hop on over to their site to find out more about Big Shot Starter Kit  and sign up to their newsletter! And that's not all, you'll also get a set of free project sheets - from card and scrapbook ideas to cushions, a tea cosy... even embellished legins - to get your creative juices flowing for all the wonderful things you can make with die-cutting.

Merry Christmas from The Making Spot x

If you're reading this on Christmas day, we'd like to wish you all a very happy (and crafty of course!) Christmas from The Making Spot.  It's been such a pleasure spending the past year with you all. Our highlight of the year has to be seeing our brand new craft site launched this October!Perfect Poinsettias

We're looking forward to see you all in the happy new year - cheers to a 2012 that's filled with all sorts of new crafty adventures. *raises glass of sherry* Oh and on the off chance you fancy a wee craft session today, read on to find our tutorial for how to make 3D flower cards. We'll see you in the new year,

Zoe x

Hello deer

Exciting post arrived in TMS headquarters this morning... in the shape of many deer-themed gifts! It's got me thinking... I really want to make these reindeer paper ornaments for my flat this year. After all, it wouldn't be Christmas without a little DIY decoration-making session...

Make your own paper reindeer - happy days!

Give garlands some paper TLC

String up antique-style garlands using cut up maps

Paper play doesn’t come more perfectly formed than these geometric, handmade garland ideas from Reading-based recycler & papercrafter Bookity on Etsy. All you need to make your own are a few strips of paper & some string, but I love how Bookity has taken a simple concept – paper shapes strung into garlands – to grow a striking set of geometric garlands for all occasions. 

This Handmade paper hearts maps garland – the really cool thing about this one is you get to personalise it by choosing the places that the map strips are cut from. (check out the poetry book-based variety on this idea too – although only for those who can put aside any squeamish thoughts about chopping up their beloved paperbacks!)