My favourite samplers to stitch & love

Funky retro cross stitch sampler pattern

Ever since I was a child, I can remember visiting the homes of friends and family and being fascinated when their walls were decked out with cross stitched samplers. Over the years, I've stitched a fair few to give as wedding and birth gifts as I think they're a truly unique way to celebrate life milestones... and with their traditional routes and classic motifs, they're the perfect project to curl up and get crafting this Autumn. So I've rounded up my favourite samplers cross stitch patterns from over on our main site to inspire you to have a go too...

5 crochet flower patterns

Crochet flowers are sprouting up left, right and centre in the craftiverse summer - it's easy to see why as they're quick to stitch-up and oh-so-cute! We couldn't resist adding a few new flower crochet patterns of our own with petal power to our crochet patterns collection this week. Read on to make these 5 new floral crochet projects...

5 quick flower crochet patterns

New Cross Stitch Collection projects

We're so excited about our latest cross stitch projects, new from issue 213 of Cross Stitch Collection! Read on for more information plus links to each project...

New Papercraft projects for August

Check out our all-new card making projects, fresh from issue 103 of Papercraft inspirations! Read on for more info plus links to each project...

5 favourite knits for tiny tots

When it comes to baby knitting patterns, we've been pondering lately - why stick to blue and pink when there's a rainbow of bright colour options out there? We've rounded up our favourite baby knitting patterns to add zing to mini wardobes everywhere! Read more to get inspired for baby brights...

Bright baby knitting patterns

DIY felt baby bootees

My long standing craft crush on Martha Stewart continues - today have discovered her felt baby bootees project - complete with free downloadable shape template for making your own booties for tiny tots in your life. Read more to find out where to get this free craft project, or if you're making for mini people, check our baby knitting patterns over on The Making Spot!

 Free baby bootees shape template

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.

New baby = crafterama!

This week I was very please to welcome into the world my very own real life nephew. He's my first and totally the cutest sweetest thing you have ever seen in your life #barf #bias #natch.

We were all eager for his arrival espesh my lil' sis who was very glad to 'get him out' as it were, as not only was he causing havoc with her ribs, the overdue like tyke weighed in at a whopping 12.2lbs! Poor girl. 

Coming from a crafty family there have been lots of little projects on the go. My mum, his granny, had been knitting away to make him little outfits and when he finally arrived all sorts of people came out of the woodwork like the three wise men bearing all sorts of crafty gifts.

I think the arrival of a new baby has to one of the most celebrated events in people's lives and there is no better way to mark the occasion with a thoughtful made by hand giftlet.

You may be wondering what the Hello Kitty have I made for little Jasper, but as it's still a WIP i'll keep it under wraps for now if you don't mind.

Like you the web is always my first stop for initial inspiration so I thought I would show you some I have found. 

How cool are these little moccasins from Purl Bee. They're perfect for your mini eskimos.

You can find the pattern over at their blog which we think it so darn generous.

Nappies don't have to look unsightly anymore with these stylish nappy cover baby bloomers from Lumiere via Folksy.


Adventures in scraplifting

Congralations to my new cousins Cassie & Dale on the arrival of baby Malachi! New babies are always a lovely excuse to reach for my card making kit, and I really enjoyed making this new baby card to welcome Malachi into the world. This shaped baby card was inspired by word-shaped-mini books – it’s also my first attempt at scraplifting – taking someone else’s layout I love and making it my own.

I got the idea for this new baby card after spying a ‘FAMILY’ word-mini album by Jane Dean in an old issue of Papercraft inspirations magazine. I loved the design and the idea of using it as inspiration - and converting a card front into four layers of letters to spell out a word appealed to me. (I’ve become a bit hooked on making cards with fun shapes or apertures lately.) So I sketeched out the word ‘BABY’ on to a card blank – then used this as my template to reach for my patterned papers.