Scrumptious beads!

A promotion from The Making Spot

Ooh, look what we got in the mail - a treasure trove of super-sparkly beads from the peeps at Maruti Beads! These mega handcrafted beads come in loads of colours and designs, and many of them are embellished with glitter and rhinestones for maximum bling. Perfect if you're planning to craft gifts and decorations for Christmas.

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. 

Have yourself a very cross stitched Christmas!

Every single year we look back and think 'if only I'd stitched more of my presents', or 'if only I'd made more of my Christmas cards'. It all starts with good intentions and gorgeous charts in October, and then by the time Christmas comes you've only stitched half of what you wanted. Ironically, we then spend the entire Christmas holiday stitching three year's worth of presents!

We couldn't help but share this fabulous blog post by Emily from Family Fordham, who has had the most cross-stitched Christmas we've ever seen! From cards to gifts and decorations galore, Emily's house is jam-packed with handmade delights this Christmas!

Stitch luxury wrapping

For a really special Christmas present, we love this idea from CrossStitcher - stitch your own gift wrap! Get the free download now, and create beautiful wrapping that can be used again and again.

Join the Papercraft inspirations party!

If you enjoyed our 12 Days of Christmas online party last week, there's even more fun to be had over at the Papercraft inspirations website

The magazine team are having a week of blog party fun, including free projects, giveaways and a bumper competition - the ultimate papercraft giveaway! Click over now to check out card ideas from American Crafts, a clever scrapbooking idea from Morag Cutts, free Christmas paper downloads and much more.

It's papercraft heaven! Visit to catch up on all the party fun!

12 Days of Christmas quick links

Our 12 Days of Christmas blog party is over! Here are some quick links to all the posts so you can catch up on anything you missed. Please note that the competitions have now closed, but we've added links anyway for those who want to ogle the pretty prizes!

Many thanks for joining us - we were thrilled to read the wonderful comments and emails from all over the world. If you've enjoyed our party, be sure to sign up to The Making Spot for more free patterns, tutorials and great new craft projects every month. Happy crafting!

Embroider a gingerbread apron!

Here's a fantastic final flourish for our Christmas blog party - a free project from Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays.

If you love sewing, you'll adore this collection of seasonal projects, including beautiful stockings, ornaments, gifts and quilts. Click over to to find out more and order your copy now!

We're thrilled to bring you this project from the book; a fun festive apron complete with the cutest appliquéd gingerbread men. With the handy printable template, it's easier than it looks, and everyone will be so impressed with your handmade apron!

Read on to find your free templates and full instructions so you can make your own.

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!

Save 20% at Easy Florist Supplies

Are you planning some handmade Christmas decorations or cards? For our eighth day of Christmas treats, our friends at Easy Florist Supplies have a special discount for you - save 20% on your next order!

Choose from ribbons, glitter, craft wire, and even handy wreath frames.

Read on to find out how to claim your discount...

Free elf hat pattern & new voucher code!

It's time to treat yourself! Knit up this cute elf hat with our free pattern - lots of fun at family parties or office lunches, or just for cheering up early morning dog walking! 

Even better, we've got a new voucher code for you; you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot until 31st January 2013.

Read on to get your voucher code and a download link for your free elf hat knitting pattern...