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!

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!)

How to make an accordian mini book

Just stumbled upon this papercraft tutorial of massive awesomeness - over at book binder & paper maker Ruth Bleakley's making blog. To make your very own diddy-delight, pop on over and take a look at Ruth's full minibook photo tutorial. She's posted step-by-step pics and I can't wait to have a go. Best thing about this is all you need is some thick card, a few scraps of pretty papers and some plain paper to fold up to make the zig-zag accordian bit inside. Am already thinking up about a zillion upcoming birthdays to make them for. Not only is this a great stash-saver idea, this project feeds my nostalgia-love as it reminds me of a book-making workshop I went to at school in my teens!

Quick-stamp thank you cards

To make or buy? That is the question whenever a huge craft mission looms which I'm not sure I'll have time to complete. Such a dilemma cropped up last weekend, when I had to make 100 thank you cards. The answer? Try this quick card idea and rubber stamp them! I managed to finish the entire batch in just 2 hours - not bad eh?

5 ways with doilies

I've been tracking the great doilie revolution for a few months now...I love the nostalgia of them as they were one of my very first card making supplies when I began making things as a child, plus they're one of the cheapest embellishments out there for card making.

Here's an few of my favourite ideas for getting crafty with them:
How to make your own doilies

Birthday card with pretty papers

Musings on card making... I wonder if other crafters find half the time spent is in picking the papers/elements to make your card with? That was certainly the case with this thirtieth birthday card I made recently.

{tutorial} How to make a quilled heart card

Earlier this week, I rediscovered an old love affair with a papercraft technique that has lay, neglected, in my making repertoire for some time now... quilling!

Cuckoo crazy tutorial

I am constantly in awe of all the gorgeous handmade projects on Flickr. While browsing this week I stumbled upon this beautiful papercrafted birdhouse project from craftilicious blogger Teawagon.

3 ways to make for charity

Good news if you like to get crafting for a good cause. Mencap have launched Make With Me - calling on crafters across the UK to get involved by hosting a making party. And that's not the only excuse they're offering to reach for your craft kit AND make a difference.

Weekend make: Thank you teacher craft ideas

The count down to the summer holidays is well underway here in team Making Spot. To celebrate the end of term, we've found five of our favourite thank you teacher craft projects - from cake toppers to flower picks.