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Step by Step layout from Gerry

Hello everyone!

It`s Gerry here today with my step x step layout for March. I chose working with beautiful spring colors. “My Private Happiness” collection combined with gorgeous new MHC flowers makes the perfect combination.

And this is my layout that I`m going to show you how to create. You understand it`ll be a long post today so please take your time :-)

Flowers I used:

STEP 1
Love creating on white card stock because it gives me a lot of possibilities to play with the background. In this case I chose two colors paint. The yellow was misted but as you can see I have only tiny splashes of  blue here and there . And I added splashes of yellow as well.

STEP 2

One of the pattern papers in “My Private Happiness” has a beautiful lattice. Well I couldn`t just “leave” it and I decided to fussy cut it and use it on my background.

STEP 3

In the middle of the layout I masked those bricks with modeling paste. When it was dry I noticed I didn`t achieve the dimension I wanted so I decided to add something more…..and I added puffy paint.

N.B. Before I added the puffy paint I outlined the “bricks” with black fine liner.

If you look carefully the photo half of the masking is only with modeling paste and the other half is with puffy paint. I took that photo especially to show you the difference :-)

STEP 4

  • Firstly, I distressed the edges of the card stock.
  • Secondly, I cut out flourish from the pattern paper.
  • I also cut out strips from the pattern paper so I can frame “my bricks”
  • Then I placed my two photos on the left side just to see how it`d look like
  • I was satisfied and I attached  1. the “frame” 2. the photos and 3. the flourish

STEP 5

  • Before I began with the flowers I used punched border to decorate both the flourish above and my photos.
  • I adhered the title “Easter” on the punched border.
  • Now it was time to use one of the big flowers (“Frosting”) – I needed the pink one so I tore/cut it in parts.
  • Just for your information what I tried to create with those punched borders was little balconies :-) with flowers and eggs peeking out of the balcony.

All the petals were used to decorate the cut-out flourishes.

STEP 6

Now it`s time for the colorful Sprinkles. I chose 6 flowers in total

  •  Three to decorate this cute basket (on the right side of the photos) and three for the left side of the photos.
  • N.B. The yellow flower on the right and the green on the left side were cut into two!!!

STEP 7

  • The yellow and green halves I used to decorate my other cute basket.
  • I also added the Cutie Pie flower in the middle.
  • Then I adhered the year “2011″

STEP 8

As a final touch to the flowers I added one more Cutie Pie flower on the very left side.

STEP 9

My last step was to add some cut out embellishments – bird, swirls, etc.

I hope you enjoyed my Step by Step layout this month. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Thank you!

Altering flowers.

Hope you are having a great day!  Today, our DT girls are going to show you how easy it is to alter some of our flowers . Let’s have a look and see what they’ve come up with. Hope it inspires you.

MONIKA has used misting and layering.

Monika has layered the blossoms with the Plain Janes and misted some of the other flowers to make some gorgeous new colours.

Layout by Monika Martinson

Products used: Plain Janes, Fairy Floss, Blossoms – Byron, Taneisha. 

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MORAG had very subtly re-coloured some of our flowers to make them not so bright and more vinatge-looking. Love the white touches on the Taneisha flower.

Layout by Morag Cutts.

Products used: Fairy Floss, Taneisha, Nikita.

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We’d love to see your altered flower projects! Please send them through to designteam@manorhousecreations.com

Simple and oh so pretty…

Hi, and welcome, once again to our blog.

Rae Cooper has created this cute little hair clip and bangle to share with us today. These little beauties are very quick, and simple to make, and are just so pretty every little girl ( and not so little girl)  in your life is going to want them.

A big thankyou to our model today, Rae’s adorable little niece Abbee.

Which is your favourite?

Hi again! So our new mini release is out now and should be hitting the stores very soon.  So we’d like to know, which are your favourites? These soft velvety touch flowers are so easy to work with at such a great size of 5cm in diameter and also nice and flat so the petals can easily be layered with other flowers. We know you’ll love the quality and feel of these. Lets start with a beautiful layout from MELINDA and she has used the ‘Carnivale’ pack and also altered some of our flowers into a stunning red.

‘Be Yourself’ by Melinda Thompson.

Products used: Party time – Birthday, Kyeesha/Naomi (WV), Blossoms – Esperance, Cottage Garden – Bird song.

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Don’t you love this chocolatey-looking card from LINDA – who wouldn’t love to get this? Linda has used the Birthday pack and the Dance Party pack.

 

Card by Linda Langes.

Products used: Party time – Birthday and Dance Party.

So we’d love to know – which pack is your favourite? You could win three of these packs just by letting us know which is your favourite Party time pack. Leave your comment here!

The stars of the show….the flowers

Hi everyone! Today we asked our DT to make the flowers that stars of the show by using a white background for their layout and using the flowers as the main design feature. have a look at what they’ve done.

Layout by Monika Martinson.

Products used:  Country lane - pretty, Fairy Floss – soft pink, Blossoms – Avoca.

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Layout by Melinda Thompson.

Products used: Cutie pies – mandarin, Country Lane – green, Blossoms - Esperance, Fantasy – Fairy Dust, Marguerite – Colourful.

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Layout by Ria Mojica.

Products used: Wild Frosted Orchid.

The flowers certainly are the stars! But then so are our Design team – great work girls!

Creative Scrappers

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Here at Manorhouse Creations we love to show our support of the scrapbooking industry by our sponsorship.This month we are so pleased to sponsor the team at CREATIVE SCRAPPERS, a Canadian sketch blog.

Check them out here.  http://creativescrappers.blogspot.com/

Here’s the sketch from Creative Scrappers.

And here’s what some of our creative designers came up with.

First up is one from Nerrida Mitchell. NERRIDA has created a gorgeous interpretation of the sketch.  With precision stitching and perfect attention to detail, her sweet girls are surrounded in Manorhouse Creations beauty.

      Layout by Nerrida Mitchell.

 

Flowers: Sprinkles blue, Romance Devoted, Sugar and Spice, Blossoms- Esperance, Cutie pies-white.

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Next, LINDA Langes our resident card expert, has created a stunning card for any occasion.

Flowers: Sprinkles pink, Sugar and Spice mixed.

Card by Linda Langes.

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Here’s MONIKA Martinson’s unique design style in this fabulous A4 layout. She’s created a gorgeous display of multiple Manorhouse Creations blooms.

Layout by Monika Martinson.

Flowers: Sprinkles pink, blue and lime, Party lights yellow and blue, Party time princess, Country lane. TSC: My Private Happiness.

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Last one for this sponsored collection is JENI O’Connor’s creative, arty design. Lots of fun & texture in this one.

                                                                                                                                

Layout by Jeni O’Connor.

 Flowers: Party lights yellow and blue, Meringue pink, Party time Carnivale

Drop in to Creative Scrappers  http://creativescrappers.blogspot.com/  and see what their team has created with Manorhouse Creations. You just might win some MHC flowers!

Guest Designer – Jasmine Shea

It is our absolute pleasure to welcome the incredibly talented JASMINE SHEA to the MHC Blog as this months guest designer.

We asked Jasmine to tell us a little about herself.

‘I am a mother and wife to 4 wonderful children and an equally wonderful husband who supports my “hobby” but just doesn’t “get it” .

I began my journey in Scrapbooking in 2006 when my friend Mel and I went along to a crop night organised by a kinder Mum.  And like all of us, I never looked back.  I have no idea what I would be doing now if we never went along.

I love this craft and I have been so blessed in the past 2 years to meet so many fabulous girls on-line, at retreats and also to be a part of some wonderful Design Teams.  My style has changed considerably over time and I love the challenge of finding new techniques and ideas to use on each page. At the moment I love using texture, stitching, paint and mists.  A page doesn’t feel complete unless I have used one of them.

“Stepping Out of the Box” for me, is creating pages about myself.  I don’t have a lot of self-confidence and I don’t particularly like photos of myself, although the more pages I create, the more I am becoming to enjoy it, just a tiny bit.  I am sure the children will love to look back one day and read about the person I was.

You can see more of my work HERE ‘

Jasmine has used some of our flowers, to create these wonderful layouts to share with us.

First up, this beautiful layout titled ‘All about marriage’, which tells of an adorable little conversation between her 2 children. Take note of how Jasmine has used the MHC packaging on her layout.

Flowers: Beauty, Prior rose-vanilla, Papers:The Scrap cake-One moment in time.

Next, this eye catching layout titled ‘Boys will be boys’, shows that our flowers can be just as stunning on a boy layout.

Flowers: Nikita, Marguerite-mocha, Fairy floss. Paper: The Scrap Cake-Spring awakening.

And then this soft, pretty feminine layout, with just the right amount of ‘shabby’.

Flowers: Wild frosted rose. Papers: The Scrap Cake: One moment in time.

And last, but certainly not least is this gorgeous creation.

Flowers: Prior rose-chocolate, Plain Janes, The tropics.

Thankyou Jasmine for being our guest designer for March, and for sharing these wonderful creations with us. You are truly a talented lady.

Design team – show us what you’ve got

Our Design team were given total freedom to create anything they wanted to. This is a great opportunity to show you what a talented group of ladies we have here at Manor House Creations. Just take a look below.

Firstly, is this beautiful Autumn inspired layout from MELINDA THOMPSON.

‘Autumn baby’ by Melinda Thompson

Flowers used: Beauty, Prior Rose – vanilla, Grandma’s garden – Antique, Cutie Pies – mandarin, Marguerite – Mocha.

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Next a gorgeous layout from LINDA, featuring a lovely photo of her and her husband. Aren’t the pink and black flowers together striking.

‘You and me love’ layout by Linda Langes

Flowers used: Party time – Dance Party & Birthday Party, Cutie Pies – pink.

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And last, but certainly not least, is this beauty from MORAG. The cherub, sitting on the flower cluster is just the perfect finishing touch, don’t you think?

Layout by Morag Cutts

Flowers used: Taneisha, Marguerite – apricot.

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I hope we have inspired you today with these beauties from our talented designers.

Wanna win?

Hi everyone…yes that’s right. Here’s another chance to win, but we are not going to tell you WHAT it is you can win……because it a surprise (shhhh!)

Take a look at this gorgeous layout below and study it VERY carefully.  There’s something on this layout that you haven’t seen before. Can you guess what it is?  If you can…..you can go into the draw to win!

Have you seen it yet?

Is it in this picture? Look closely….

Hmmm…..no, not here.

Layout by Nerrida Mitchell.

Products used: Blossoms – Party mix, Party time – Meringue, Party time – Princess party, Taneisha, Sprinkles lime and (?)

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Yes, I can see it…can you?  But be careful, we might be tricking you!

Its something that’s coming soon to Manor House Creations…..something that was SOOOOO popular last time, we sold out way too quickly and have lots of requests to re-stock this particular thing, but this time…in a new colour?

We are a tease aren’t we? But we want to make it fun!

Leave you answer here in the comments….

Altered flowers by Jo

Hello, and welcome once again to Manor House Creations blog.

Today we have a very special treat for you from our very own JOANNE BAIN.

Every layout Jo does is beautiful, but this one, I must say is a stand alone layout. The design, the colours, the photo, the whole package. Jo has also been very creative with her flowers here.

This is what she had to say

“I have pulled away the backing layer petals leaving only the top layer petal of some of the SPRINKLES flowers to allow for a smaller petite flower. I re-coloured the CUTIE PIES using some white paint to fit with my colour theme. The FANTASY flower has been used as the base for my flower cluster”

Flowers Used -  Fantasy – Magic,  Sprinkles – Lime,  Sprinkles – Mauve , Cutie Pies – Lime.

Thankyou so much Jo for sharing your wonderful creation with us.

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