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Step by step CARD with Alicia

Hi, welcome to our blog today.  Our talented  designer, Alicia Barry  has made this gorgeous Christmas card, and below, shares a step by step of how she made it.

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Step 1: Gather your materials.

Cut your materials to size as follows:

* Red card: 6.75″x 6.75”  (This measurement is an important for Martha Stewart Around the Page punches to be successful).

* Red patterned paper: 5.5″ x 5.5″

* Cream cardstock: 5″ x 5″

* Red cardstock: 5″ x 5″

* Patterned paper image: This will be determined by your choice of paper. If no clear image can be cut to fit, simply use a 4″ x 4″ square of patterned paper

Step 2:

Use a narrow edge Martha Stewart Around the page punch (I used Deco Flowers) on both pieces of red cardstock. Adhere the larger one to the front of your card.

Step 3:

Distress the red patterned paper (optional) and adhere it centrally to the card front.

Step 4:

Layer cream cardstock to the card using foam squares.

Step 5:

Adhere smaller red cardstock to the front of the card.

Step 6:

Adhere your handcut image or patterned square.

Step 7:

Stamp a greeting (or use a rubon) onto a cream cardstock strip. Cut ribbon notches to one end, then adhere with foam squares onto the front of the card on a  diagonal.

Step 8:

Take a MHC glitter mini rose. Carefully peel back the outer layer and fold outwards to create a more full flower. Adhere this the the top of the greeting along with a large white Lotus flower. Tuck a  tied organza ribbon bow between the two flowers. Add a small white flower to the bottom right of the greeting.

Step 9:

Paint dots of Ranger perfect pearls around the punched border of the card and to accentuate the image.

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Thanks so much Alicia for sharing your wonderful card with us.

Designer Inspiration


Today, we have some lovely layouts to share with you from a few of our talented designers.

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Firstly, we have a wonderful  layout from Melinda. In typical Melinda style, she has used lots of layers,ink, paint and all things gorgeous, to create her beatiful page.

Layout by Melinda Thompson

 MHC Products used: Idyllic – Oatmeal, Petite Roses – Blue, Petite Roses – Malt, Leaves – Light Green, Rue – Blueberry, Fascinating – blue

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Next, this stunning Christmas layout from the talented Joanne Bain. Joanne has used the stunning Christmas flowers from our Spring 2012 collection. These flowers really are beautiful, and add the perfect finishing touch to any Christmas project, as you can see.

Layout by Joanne Bain

MHC Products used: Starlight – gold.

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And last, but not least, another adorable layout from Trudi. How cute is this, such a bright and happy layout. Theres so many gorgeous elements on this layout, its hard to know where to look first.

Layout by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products used:   Dahlia Mini – Mauve, Mayglow – Yellow, Petite Roses – Melon & White,  Carnival – Pink.

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Thanks so much for calling in today, and make sure you come back tomorrow, for a wonderful step by step Christmas card from Alicia Barry.

Card Gift Boxes

Hi there!

It’s Linda here today to share with you a couple of Card Gift Boxes I have created ready to give this Christmas.

I love to give away my handmade cards at Christmas time and these clear gift boxes are perfect to spruce up with some gorgeous Manor House Creations flowers

all ready to be filled with my cards and matching envelopes.

Manor House Flowers used include -

Fascinating; Powder Puff Strawberry Mix; Party Lights; Glitter Mini Roses; Starlight and Sprinkles.

I hope this has given you an idea or two for how you can recycle a box for your own gift giving this Christmas.

Bye for now….


You’ve been spotted

Hello, and welcome to our blog today.

Once again, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of amazing talent out there. We have had our spies out again, but its getting harder and harder to choose which projects to feature, as they are all so wonderful, we wish we could show all of them, but unfortunately, thats just not possible. But we do have alot to show you today, just take a look at these.

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Adrienne Ford

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Camilla Ekman

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Helen Tilbury

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Jan Fountain

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Kay Fatula

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Keren Tamir

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Leanne Allinson

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Linda Eggleton

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Kay Fatula

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Rosa Daporta

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Keren Tamir

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Tara Orr (Flying Unicorn)

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Valerie Sefozo

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We would like to thank these talented artists for allowing us to share their beautiful work with you. and please take a minute to visit their blogs for even more detail and inspiration.

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

Card inspiration


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We have some wonderful card creations to share with you today, from our talented designers.

We had alot of requests from card makers, wanting smaller style flowers, which they could use on their cards. Our aim is to please, and we do try hard to cater to what our customers want, so with this in mind, our ‘Spring release” flowers came to be. Still retaining the beautiful, intricate detail in our flowers,which MHC is renowned for, just in a  smaller package.

Card by Alicia Barry

MHC products used: Glitter mini roses – gold and red, ( Alicia uncurled the outer petals a little to make them look more full), Starlight, Mini Dahlia, Capri roses – gold and green.

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Card set by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Powder Puff – Pink (With brad added) Dahlia – Blue.

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Card by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Rosettes – Baby Pink , Idyllic – Pink.

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Manor House Creations – Imaginarium Designs BLOG HOP

Hello, and welcome to the Manor House Creations and Imaginarium blog hop…

Over the next few days, we plan to wow you with some amazing creations, featuring wonderful flowers from Manor House Creations, together with stunning, intricate chipboard designs from Imaginarium. Our incredibly talented designers,  from both companies have jumped on board, and believe me, you won’t want to miss any of their amazing creations.

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Imaginarium Designs was created in late 2010 in Adelaide, South Australia as we saw a need for some unique designs in the industry!

Chipboard is such an amazing medium to work with on Scrapbooking pages, projects, cards and so much more.

Our designers are well known Australian Scrapbookers, Cardmakers & Teachers who design Chipboard specifically for everyday projects and we make sure that every design is perfect! Each piece is tried & tested on projects that have been taught in classes so that way we know what works and what doesn’t!

It’s such a pleasure to love what we do and see others create amazing projects with our designs.

Visit Imaginarium Designs at our store 

Or our blog

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Over the next 5 days, you need to visit these blogs, leave a comment
and then you’ll go into the draw to win one of 2 great prize Packs, from either Manor House Creations or Imaginarium Designs!

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Imaginarium Designs

MHC Blog <- you are here

Sandie Edwards

Gwen Wruck

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Julianne McKenna-De Lumen

Joanne Bain

Maiko Miwa

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Natalie May

Karen Shady

Nerrida Mitchell

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Carole Maurin

Linda Langes

Adriana Bolzon

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Melinda Thompson

Alicia Barry

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We do hope you enjoy our blog hop, and thank you for joining us.

My favourite photo

Hello from Elena. This is my favourite picture of me and my newborn son. I wanted to express the softness of his arms and skin, the sweet smell
of his skin and the strength of my love. That is why I tried to  keep monochromatic colors and soft palette, and of course, some mixed media

MHC: Lotus – white, Shimmers – Mixed, Springtime blue.

Hope you like it!

Angel Decoration with Trudi

Hello Everyone!

Trudi here with you today.

I thought that it may be fun to go beyond the page today.  With Christmas approaching,  a little angel keepsake would add a sweet decorative touch to the Christmas tree as a tree topper.  She would also make a delightful gift for someone special.

And of course, Manor House Creations blooms make gift giving and decorating that little extra special.

To recreate this little angel we will need -

MHC Products:

Capri – Gold

Glitter Mini Roses – White

Starlight – Gold

Other Materials:

1 x 12” x 12” Patterned Paper

Coordinating scraps of paper for embellishing

Large Paper Doily

Kaiser Just Believe collectables – for embellishing

Medium Sized Crochet Doily

Feathered Wings – I got mine from a cheap art and craft store

Decorative heart slider



Adhesive –Double Sided Tape, Foam Tape, Hot Glue Gun




To create the angel base, trace around a large dinner plate on a 12” x 12” sheet of patterned paper. Cut out and remove a quarter segment.

Wrap the paper to form a cone shape and secure along the edge with double-sided tape.

Remove a quarter segment from the large lace doily and repeat the process as just done.  Trim away a small amount from the top of the lace doily cone.  Position and attach on top of the cone base.  I used a touch of hot glue to attach this.

Add some tulle lengths approx. 1.5 cm down from the top of the cone to create a skirt effect. I also used a touch of hot glue for attaching these. Don’t be too concerned with how the top of this looks as we will be covering this up.

Remove the middle from the crochet doily and secure this over the top of the tulle.

Attach the feathered wings at the back.

Decorate with ribbon bows and a MHC Mini Glitter Rose.

**Tip – pull out the petals of the mini rose to create a fuller looking bloom rather than a bud**

Create an angel face from some paper scraps and attach.

** Alternatively a macramé bead would also work well if you have one.  Remove the tip of the cone base so the bead sits better and secure with hot glue**

For some extra decoration, a damask flourish (from the KC Just Believe Collectables) was added to sit behind the angel’s head.

Add some ribbon bows at the front and another mini glitter rose.

Create a vine effect with MHC Glitter Mini Roses and Capri flowers.

Attach so that it forms a decorative cascading effect down one side of the angel.

Add a starlight flower to the mix and some more glitter mini roses.

**Tip to soften the starlight flower add a touch of gesso**

A little halo was created from a MHC stem wire and also attached behind the head along with a decorative heart slider.

Punch and  or die cut elements from scraps of patterned paper and add them to your taste. I added some punched elements  to the front  of the angel and a half die cut decorative circle to form a ‘collar’ effect behind the angel’s head.

Add a  Christmas sentiment (from the KC Just Believe Collectables) to the front.  Attach with foam tape.

And you are done!

Happy Angel making!

A touch of the Tropics

A touch of the Tropics

I recently returned from a family holiday to Cabo Mexico, where these pictures were taken. It was so warm and relaxing. I love this tropical colour combination. Despite the focal blue flower being part of the Winter collection, when teamed with orange coloured blossoms, it instantly created the fun summery theme I was aiming. The white flowers in varying sizes helped to both tone down the brightness of the other colours, as well as tie the whole theme together with the white border. The new smaller size Dahlia flowers finished off the layout beautifully.

ManorHouse Creations products used: Winter’s Song: Snow bird, Christmas Star: Snow, Springtime: White, Dahlia: blue.



Step x step with Melinda

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Hello everyone

Today I have a simple step x step to share with you.  I love adding texture and paints to my layouts, it always adds something I reckon, so I am going to show you how you can do this too.

Step 1 – First of all I have used some Pink Paislee Resist paper and have used a combination of green and blue inks to bring out the pattern in the background. Next I have sprayed some Jazz Blue TA Glimmermist, and let it run in a few places.

Step 2 – This is my favourite part…  I have placed raw chipboard directly onto the background cardstock along with my button and grabbed a smallish paint brush and just started dabbing away, getting in and around all the pieces of the chipboard.  I have also added some fabric strips at the top and bottom.

Step 3 – Once that was dry I got my Jazz Blue TA glimmermist and took the nozzle off.  With a very fine paintbrush I dipped it into the glimmermist and started painting the background cardstock close to the chipboard.  I love the shadow effect this created.  Once I was happy with that, I added some Shimmerz randomly to the top of the chipboard and also down around the sides to accentuate it even further.

Step 4 – To add some more texture to my layout I ripped pieces of my pattern paper, layered some fussy cutting with foam tape and distressed edges.  I also wanted to add some bandage gauze.  This is just your normal medical gauze which I just pulled and stretch.

Step 5 – With the bandage gauze in place, I have used the same colour paint that I used on the chipboard, which is mint green, and quite thickly just dabbed some paint on in different places over the gauze.  On top of that I have added some Shimmerz as well.

Step 6 – Add your photo and embellish with your gorgeous MH blooms and other bits and pieces.  Also just a tip…when I sprayed these beautiful white flowers with Rum Punch Glimmermist they came up far too bright, so to tone this down and give the flower a softer look, I sprayed them with some Studio Calico white mist.

Products Used: Grandma’s Handkerchief – white (misted), Dahlia – Blue, Springtime – white (misted)

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial today.  Until next time…happy crafting :))


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