An Abundance of Colors! Make Beautiful Paper Crafts

Get inspired! It’s quite the colorful time of year with spring here and summer just around the corner! Nothing quite says warmer weather like gorgeous colorful paper crafts. Whether you’re a fan of ombre or you like bold contrasting colors, we have a colorful craft for any cardmaker, scrapbooker, or paper crafter! Say hello to radiant with these gorgeous colorful projects.

An Abundance of Colors

Color Fade StationeryCard Making Ideas

If you need to make a card for a loved one’s spring birthday or you want to get a head start on a Mother’s Day card, these projects are marvelous for inspiration! The best part about these handmade cards is that you can learn a variety of brand new paper crafting techniques! Sure, some of these cards are free printables, and those are marvelous for those last minute ideas. In the meantime, create your very own handmade cards with die cuts, ribbon, flowers, and color!


You Make Me Smile Majestic Morning LayoutScrapbook Page Ideas

Document your favorite spring and summer memories! These scrapbook page ideas are fabulous for recording major life events, such as weddings, new babies, birthdays, vacations, and more!


Too Cute Two-Toned Bowties Paper Craft Ideas

Flowers, bows, and all sorts of pretty paper crafts are perfect for spring and summer! The more colorful a paper craft, the prettier the project and the more festive for the warm weather. Enjoy making your very own flower garden, chocolate covered strawberries, beautiful bows, and more! These lovely crafts can be added to many projects, and they can even stand alone as well.



What’s your favorite color?



12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards

The holiday season has come to a close, but there are plenty of occasions to celebrate in the coming months. Give the gift of a handmade card that fits any season. At AllFreePaperCrafts, we have tons of great handmade card ideas for those times you want to send birthday greetings to friends, notes of thanks to helpful neighbors, or well wishes to family members who live far away. Whether you’ve been making your own cards for years or you’re new to paper crafting, our collection of 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards has something for everyone. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced, this round-up of DIY card ideas is sure to challenge and entertain.


Make Your Own Greeting Card

It’s nice to be reminded that someone is thinking of you. Create a message that is as sentimental, funny, or quirky as you like to send to a loved one. You can plan ahead and craft a handful of these homemade card ideas in advance. That way, you can send well wishes to your friends and family at a moment’s notice. You’ll feel good knowing that you brought a smile to someone’s face.

All Purpose Quilled Greeting Card


Birthday Card Ideas

Instead of showing up to a birthday bash with a card that anyone could buy, try one of these handmade birthday cards. When it’s time to open gifts, these clever and cute birthday card ideas will keep the atmosphere fun and festive. You can even learn how to make a paper airplane that doubles as a birthday greeting!

Paper Airplane Birthday Card


Thank You Note Ideas

Show your loved ones how much their help means to you with some DIY thank you cards. Our collection of handmade card ideas includes elaborate cards as well as simple ones. The thing that makes them all special is the heartfelt message you write inside them. You can’t put a price on gratitude, and these thank you note ideas are absolutely priceless.

Clean and Simple Thank You Card


For even more gorgeous handmade card ideas, be sure to check out 12 Handmade Card Ideas: How to Make Your Own Greeting Cards. Your loved ones will cherish these beautiful handmade creations.


After you read your greeting cards, do you throw them away or keep them?



Cinema Saturdays: How To Make Embossed Christmas Cards

Take your Christmas cards to the next level by using simple embossing techniques. This AllFreeChristmasCrafts video tutorial from Carlene Eshelman outlines how to make a cute greeting card that can work for anyone you love. You might think of homemade cards and imagine a folded piece of construction paper, crayons and white Elmer’s Glue. Well, this project could not be farther from that notion!

Grab some red scrapbook paper and your favorite dies to create a festive yet understated card. Send the paper through a Big Shot die cut machine to create the embossed surface on the paper. Once you’ve completed that step you can start decorating your card with stamps, paint, ink and more. Whether you want to send a quick greeting or a detailed note, this is a fun and easy craft for anyone who loves to work with paper. You don’t even have to wait for Christmas to make this card! Use embossing techniques on other paper crafts and you’ll be an expert by Christmas.

Announcing: FaveCrafts Annual Valentine’s Day Card Swap!

If you were a regular FaveCrafts reader last year, you may remember our Valentine’s Day card swap. It was a huge success, and everyone had such a great time making cards and swapping them with other FaveCrafts readers. So we decided to make it an annual event! Here are the cards I made last year:

If you’ve never heard of swapping before, here’s what it’s all about: Everyone who participates is assigned a partner to send to, and someone is assigned to send to you. Then every swap participant makes/buys/procures the item to be swapped. For our swap, it’s homemade Valentine’s cards. Once you receive your swap partner’s address, you send them a homemade card, and you’ll get one from someone else in return.

I’m excited to “meet” a few readers by sending and receiving cards from you! It’s so much fun to receive homemade Valentines in the mail, and I can’t wait to get more this year.
Want to start swapping? Here’s how:

  1. Register for an account on It’s free!
  2. Once your account is set up, go to our swap page here. It’s called “FaveCrafts Valentine’s Card Swap 2.”
  3. Click “Join Swap.” The last day to join is February 1, 2012.
  4. You will be randomly assigned a partner to make a card for. Make sure that it’s homemade in some way!
  5. You will be notified via email when your partner has been assigned to you. Once you receive your partner’s name and address, send your card to them. Please have your card in the mail by February 11, 2012. Please don’t disappoint your partner by neglecting to send a card to them, or sending it late.
  6. Then wait patiently by the mailbox for your Valentine to arrive!

Any questions? Contact us for more info! Now who’s excited to start swapping?

Design Handmade Cards for Soldiers Overseas

We just came across this awesome opportunity and thought we’d share it with all of you.  It’s a chance to do a good deed, possibly win an amazing prize, and be crafty… all at the same time!

A 10-year-old Arizona boy came up with the idea of sending a handmade thank-you card to every single U.S. troop overseas.  All 180,000 of them.  Needless to say, he could use some help.

If you’d like to contribute, all you have to do is make 5 cards and send them to Bazzill Basics Paper.  You can find the address here.  While you’re there, download an entry form to mail in with the cards and you’ll be entered into a  drawing to win two FREE tickets to Creative Escape, the ultimate scrapbook indulgence event, which will be held August 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona (travel and hotel not included).  For every 5 cards you send, you’ll be entered into the drawing, and you can send as many cards as you like.  All cards must be received by July 1, 2011.

There’s nothing better than making a craft that makes someone smile.  And we’re guessing if you win the grand prize, you’ll have a pretty big smile on your face too!

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of our favorite greeting card projects:

Thank You Card
Hope and Faith Stamped Card
Bunch o’ Bugs Greeting Card
Cute Owl Card