New Year's Eve party ideas from Sizzix!

If you're planning a party for New Year's Eve, don't miss the latest free project downloads from Sizzix. There are great die-cutting ideas for invitations, party bags, decorations, and even little bowls for your party nibbles!

These projects are quick and easy to put together with die-cut shapes. We love the homespun look created by layering up doilies and luggage tags, and using wooden pegs to hold everything together. You'll have the most stylish party in town!

To get your free project sheets, simply head over to the Sizzix website and enter your email address; this will also sign you up to the Sizzix newsletter so you can be the first to hear about the latest news, views and offers.

Free winter projects from Sizzix!

Autumn evenings are perfect for crafting cosy projects for home. Head over to the Sizzix website to download six free projects now! Designed by Paula Pascual, your free projects include mug warmers, coasters and a funky tea cosy.

The projects are quick and easy to make with Sizzix dies and die-cutting machines - so when you've finished making treats for your home, craft a few extras as Christmas gifts for friends and family!

To get your free project downloads, simply click here and enter your email address. This will also sign you up to the newsletter so you can be the first to hear about the latest news, offers and more.

Win Sizzix prizes worth over £100!

Click over to the Sizzix website to enter their fantastic die-cutting competition!

You could be one of three lucky winners who will each receive a prize worth over £100 - a Big Shot die-cutting machine plus two Bigz dies from the new Happi range.

Bigz Happi dies are perfect for cutting card, felt, fabric, foam, leather, craft metal and more, so you can use them for all kinds of projects. Because die-cutting is so fast and easy, it's a great way to make batches of cards and gift tags for birthdays, weddings and Christmas.

All you need to do is click here and complete the online competition form. Good luck!

Play with pop-up cards!

Play with pop up dies with these free card ideas

Ever since my adventures in pop-up card making for a friend's wedding recently, I've been fascinated with making cards that stand up & stand out using simple pop-up effects. If you've always fancied giving your cards a 3D 'wow' factor, but not sure where to start with the mechanics of making things pop up - never fear! We've found some nifty new ideas from Sizzix - who are offering a range of free Pop-up card project sheets....

{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

How Tuesday: Antique tags

Vintage looks are so hot right now, especially in papercrafting. From retro doily stamps to distressed edges and aged ink effects, you can't beat a bit of antique glamour!

Get the look and make these vintage luggage tags. They're stunning on cards and scrapbook layouts, or use them as fancy gift tags for really special gifts.

Read on to find out how it's done with Tim Holtz Alterations dies and the Vagabond die-cutting machine. Thanks to Sizzix for this project - find more free projects on the Sizzix website!

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!


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

Tutorial: how to make a felt hearts hanger

After falling in love with knitted hearts, it's occured to us there may also be quicker ways to whip up some love using our crafty skills. This romantic felt-hearts lavendar sachet project is one of a series of die-cutting home craft ideas we've found for how to use a die-cutting machine to cut fabric. Read on to find out how it's done...

How to make felt hearts lavendar sachets

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.