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Designer inspiration

Good morning crafty friends,

Two of our designers, Nerrida, and Jeni, are here today to share with us their wonderful girly layouts.

Nerrida has created a soft, pretty pastel layout of her daughter. She has combined The Scrapcake ‘My private happiness’ paper collection with lots of beautiful MHC flowers. She has misted the background of her layout, which adds to the soft, feminine feel.

‘Song writer’ layout by Nerrida Mitchell

 Products used: MHC flowers: Meringue, Plain Jane, Fairy floss – mixed, TSC My Private Happiness.

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Jeni has chosen to use bold, strong colours for her layout of her daughter, but she has still managed to maintain the feminine feel.

Here Jeni shares some clever tips, ‘Some of my favourite flowers from the Winter collection are the Petite Roses.  These sweet little flowers just seem to compliment any page. They were a perfect fit with the Pink Paislee papers. I love to create depth with my flowers and always touch them up with inks, chalks or paints. First I applied a little chalk to the centres using a q-tip, then added a little paint to highlight the middle and outer edges of the petals. I finished them off with a touch of sparkle using burgandy Ranger stickles’.

 “Follow Your Heart” Layout by Jeni O’Connor.

Products: Petite Roses – cream, Fairy Floss, Frosted – wild orchid.

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You’ve been spotted

Yes, its that time again folks.

We have had our spies out and about , surfing the web, and discovered some more beautiful creations, using the flowers from MHC. Theres an imense amount of talent out there,  and we love seeing how our flowers are used…just take a look at these, and make sure you visit these girls blogs for even more detail and inspiration.

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Firsty, CAMILLA EKMAN  has created this lovely layout, featuring our ‘cutie pies’ and ‘Sugar and  spice’ flowers, along with some hand made beauties.

Products used: MHC flowers, Cutie pies-blue, Sugar and spice-cream.

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Next, the talented  GABRIELLE POLLACCO  shares with us her stunning layout. She has added a small amount of chalk ink to the centre of the Fairy dust flower, for a unique and striking look.

 Products used: MHC flowers: Fantasy-fairy dust.

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Next, is this beautiful autumn toned creation from the ERIN BLEGEN.

Products used: MHC flowers, Cutie pies, Wishes-peace.

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Next, is this oh so pretty card from JENNIFER HODGE, featuring one of our brand new Winter release flowers called ‘WINTER SONG’. You should be seeing these flowers pop up in your local scrapbook store at the beginning of July, but if you dont, then you need to bug the store owner to stock them, because as Im sure you agree, they really are a MUST HAVE.

MHC flowers: Winters song-Embers.

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And lastly, this lovely layout from MAGGIE HARDING. Maggies photo is stunning, and she has scrapped it to perfection.

Products used: MHC flowers, Plain Janes.

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We would like to thank these talented ladies for allowing us to share their beautiful work with you.

If you would like us to feature your work here on our blog, please forward your layouts to

Guest designer LYDELL QUIN

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the incredibly talented LYDELL QUIN as our Guest Designer for June.

“Hi- I am Lydell Quin.  I have been scrapbooking for 10 years now and still enjoy it!  (Nice to be able to say that!)  I co own and run The Color Room, (a colour challenge site) and am a Shimmerz Educator and Designer and I also Design for Helmar.  I have 3 little people ranging from 9 down to 13 weeks and they keep me busy, and give me plenty to scrapbook!  Luckily my DH enjoys the outcome of my art and has been known to keep children occupied so I can finish something I have been working on.  We are from Adelaide, Australia.  Its lovely to be able to play some more with these Manor House Creation goodies!

Thanks for having me!”


Layout ‘Delight’ by Lydell Quin

Products used: MHC flowers: Fairy floss-lemon, Sprinkles-lime.

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Altered lamp by Lydell Quin

Products used: MHC flowers: Fantasy-fairy dust, Frosted wild rose, The tropics-islander, Party time-princess, Taniesha-pink, Ballroom-waltz.

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Lydell has used a wonderful selection of cream, white and lemon Manor House Creations flowers  for her dinner party table.

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Thank you Lydell for joining us as our guset designer, and for sharing some of your wonderful work with us.

Around the World- Norway

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 Scrapbooking is a craft that brings our world just a little closer. It’s wonderful to see Manor House Creations reaching out and finding scrappers around the globe. Today we feature scrapbookers all the way from Norway. The scrappers from the north have such a wonderfully distinctive, arty style.

 The Scandinavian inspirational website recently featured work from their Design Team using some of our Manor House flowers.


Silje Holm sent us this lovely layout honouring her father. She says, “On the layout you find pictures of my dad, and the words “Min helt” translates to My hero.” She used Shimmerz paints – Coloringz, to create her background.
Visit Silje’s blog to see more of her fabulous creations  

  Layout “Min Helt” (My Hero) by Silje Holm

Products: Sprinkles – lime and blue, Country Lane -Quaint, Party Lights.


Stine Andresen also a Design Team member at Andrine og Marens Landhandleri blog created this gorgeous selection of layouts with displays of beautiful Manor House flowers.

You can find more of Stine’s work on her blog:

Layout by Stine Andresen

Products: Party Lights, Sprinkles – lime, pink, yellow

Layout by Stine Andresen

Products:  Taneisha, Party Lights, Sprinkles -yellow.

Layout by Stine Andresen

Products: Sprinkles, Party Time, Party Lights, Sugar and Spice.


Ann-Karin also made this adorable (Having a birthday again) card.

Check out more of her joyous arty creations here 

Products : Country Lane, Sprinkles.


Thanks to the artists from Norway for today’s inspirational creations with Manor House flowers.

Canvas Flower Tips – by Melinda Thompson

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Hi everyone,

Its Melinda Thompson here for my very first blog post!  Today I am going to share with you a few tips / techniques I used when I created my canvas.

As you can see I love layering up my flowers and I wanted to use some of these cute little white flowers and poke them into the larger flowers.  I didn’t want them looking lost, so I decided to add a little colour just to the centre of these flowers.  To do this all you need to do is pull the top off your mist bottle and gently pump some of the mist that is caught in the clear pipe directly into the centre of the flower.  This will spread slightly but will give the flower a gorgeous ‘centre’ colour.

I also wanted to create a ‘bud’ look, so with these dainty white and purple flowers all I did was give them a good spray with some water and while they were still slightly damp, gently pull the petals together until you get the desired look you want.

I hope you enjoyed these few tips and next month I will be back with a more detailed step x step.

Thanks for looking

Design Team call 2012 reminder

A reminder that our design team call closes on JUNE 30TH.


There’s still time , so here’s the details again, for anyone who missed the announcement


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1. Punctuality and commitment are very important to us, so please make sure you have the time and energy to give if you would like to apply for a position on our team. You will be asked to complete 3-4 projects per month plus 1 blog post per month.

2. We would love to see our flowers used in your application, if you have access to them.

3. Please send your application with the subject line: (Your name) – DT call 2012 application

4. Please don’t send large files (500kb is the maximum).

5. This call is open to local and international applicants, and we are looking for some new talent out there – so don’t forget to apply by midnight, June 30th.

6. We will not be sending out replies to applications, however you may wish to confirm that we have received your application.

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Successful applicants will be contacted by August 14th, 2012.


Winter blues

Winter is upon us here in Australia, and boy, dont we know it.

 Im not really a winter person, and much prefer the warmer months, but I do love snowy, wintery photos, and often wish we got more snow here in Australia, simply for the photo opportunities it offers.

Our design team were asked to create a winter layout, featuring the colours BLUE AND WHITE.  These colours would have to be my favourite way to scrap wintery photos. And our talented designers have outdone themselves with these snowy, wintery wonders.

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Karen has created this beautiful layout, featuring the brand new, winter release flowers from Manor House Creations. You can see the full range here

She says: ‘I adore blue and white winter layouts, its a bit difficult here in Australia to get those gorgeous white snowy photos, as we dont get much snow here, but Ive scrapped a cute photo of my son Jack, when he was just 2. He loves to be outside playing more than anything, and in the winter months, on those freezing cold days when he couldnt go out, he would sit at the window, wishing he could be outside. I absolutely adore the new release flower for Manor House Creations. The WINTER SONG collection are just perfect for this style of layout, they look like they have snow on them, you have to see them to believe them, they are my favourite flowers ever!’.

‘Baby it’s cold outside’ Layout by Karen Shady

PRODUCTS USED:  Winters song – Windy woods & Mittens, Sublime – Aqua, Apple Blossoms.

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JENI’s husband is Canadian so they get to see snow often. Here her hubby and daughter are ice skating on an outdoor skating rink. Once again, the blue and white colour scheme is perfect for her photo.

‘My favourite things’ Layout by Jeni O Connor

PRODUCTS USED: MHC flowers:  Christmas star – frost, Mascarpone.

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MONIKA also gets lots of snow where she lives. Her layout features our lovely ‘Christmas star’ and ‘Fairy floss’ flowers. And are’nt they the perfect way to showcase these fun family photos. We also love the glittery makeover Monika has given to the Manor House Creations Rose leaves.

‘Upp’ Layout by Monika Martinson

PRODUCTS USED:  MHC flowers, Christmas star, Fairy floss-soft blue, Rose leaves.

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And lastly, Joanne Bain has made this beautiful gift tag. She plans to give it to a friend as a keepsake, to welcome her brand new baby boy.

 .Products used – MHC Flowers, Blossoms- Avoca, Blossoms – Esperance & MHC Christmas Star – Frosty.

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I hope you have enjoyed our wintery showcase today, and we hope to see you back here again soon.


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