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New fabric Layout Packs

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Hello everyone,

Gwen here today to share a layout I created featuring the one of the new beautiful  LAYOUT flower packs – this one called “Felicity”.


There are so many new flower and card packs to choose from all beautifully co-ordinated for your project, so be sure to pop by the website and check them out!





Products used:

Venice lace heart – white

Flower Pack – Felicity

Lazy Dayz – Orange



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Here’s a few more of  the MHC layout packs, beautifully co-ordinated – the works all done for you – all you have to do is choose a paper to match ;).

EMMA layout pack


SARAH layout pack.


BELLE layout pack.


Which is your favourite?

Birthday Card Set of 3

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Hello to you all,

It’s Gwen here today to share with you a card set I have created for some upcoming birthdays.  I  love making cards in sets as I find it’s much faster than making them one at a time and you always have a couple extra on hand for those birthdays you may have missed.

Close ups first for you of the stunning new Manor House flowers… lots of layers as you would expect from me!

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For this one, I have cut the Ornate Frame in two and then added the drops of Perfect Pearls.

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I have hand cut the sentiment section out of the banners for each card and then misted with Glimmer Mist.  For added dimension on my card, I have added these using some foam tape.

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Products used:

Sentiment banners


Mini Roses – Pink


To the Moon and Back

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Hello to you all!

Gwen here today with a layout to share featuring my little ones very first love letter; written to me of course!!  I find it hard to keep everything my daughter creates but this little gem deserved some special treatment.

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I’ve used her letter as the title of my page and as it is not “acid free” I’ve layered it between pattern papers; several layers away from my photo.  Background is a basic letter stencil you can pick up at any office supply store scrapped with Gesso.  I’ve layered up a heap of blooms for my clusters, mixing the blues and pinks from the background.  I think it really shows the variety of flowers Manor House has; really something for everyone.

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Flowers used:  Rue, Darling, Ashlee, Christmas, Mini Glitter roses and Dahlia.

Until next time.


Mamma’s Boy

Hello to you all!

Gwen here today with a layout to share about one of the special guys in my life… No, not my husband, but my pet cat “Hamlet”.  He is a big part of our family and has been with us for over 13 years now.  I often refer to him as my “old man” but he will always be a Mamma’s Boy :)


I have worked with a flower template and some Gesso as the base of my flower cluster and then once dried I’ve inked over the with a distress ink to help highlight it from the patterned  background.  This made a really solid base for my flower feature and set the design for the page.


You can easily add interest to your flower clusters by varying the sizes of the flowers you use.. here I have used the larger Country Lane and Ruffles flowers as  features as well as the much smaller Petite roses.  Medium sized flowers include Rue, Iris and Whimsy – all delicious!


I’ve softened the look by adding some feature chipboard flourishes and adding a little gesso to the Rue flowers.


MHC Products used:

Country Lane – Pretty, Whimsy – Cream, Rue – Watermelon, Iris – Sherbert

Until next time.


Sparkle and Shine

Hello everyone,

It’s Gwen here today with a layout to share…

The second I saw the pink glitter mini roses I knew I had to do a ballet layout… My daughter loves to dance and the pink in these is the perfect shade of “ballet pink”; teamed with the Rue flowers in Melon (to die for!!), the white Meadows and Idyllic in Oatmeal (a beautiful soft grey tone) these were the perfect combination for my black and white photo.


I love building up my flower clusters starting with some fussy cut paper leaves  or stems, then working with the largest flowers first I set about creating the base of the cluster, I then add the medium sized blooms, and finish off with those delightfully dainty mini glitter roses.  I have also added in some muslin fabric between the layers  to soften the whole look of the page.

‘Sparkle and shine’ by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Idyllic – oatmeal, Meadows – white, Rue – watermelon, Glitter mint roses – pink.

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Until next time,


Step-x-Step with Gwen

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Hello everyone,

It’s Gwen here today with a Step-x-Step to share on how I create my textured backgrounds and flower clusters.

First up we will create our textured background using chipboard letters.

Step 1 – Arrange your letters over your background.  You can use any lettering you like no matter what the colour as it will be covered with Gesso.. This is a fab way to use up older letters from your stash.  For this example I have covered the entire background however, if you have a layout design in mind, you only need to place the lettering where your background will show.

Step 2 – Cover your letters with a mixture of Gesso and impasto medium… do not cover the entire background;  just the area around your letters building  up the edges of your letters and let dry.  Feel free to also add a little to the flat areas of your background for texture.

Step 3 – Once dry, cover the top of the letters generously with Gesso so they are a nice flat white – you can also add gesso to areas of the background… best results are achieved when it’s not “too perfect”.

Step 4 – It is misting time!!  I have used glimmer mist in Vintage Pink and Copper.  It’s important that you make the coverage uneven, this highlights the layers of chipboard and Gesso you have created.  You will also notice that the glimmer mist reacts differently when sprayed onto your plain cardstock to the impasto medium/gesso.

Step 5 – Time to add some paper.  Lots of layers for me :)

Step 6 – Next add in the photo and we can now work on the flower cluster.  I have begun with a line of the Rosettes that have been dipped in gesso added to one side of my photo.

Step 7 –  Next working from largest flowers to smallest I’ve started with the beautiful Romance – Devoted flower as my main feature.  Next I added in the Belief flowers which I have also glimmer misted to co-ordinate with the background and the Idyllic finished off my cluster.  You will notice I have used an uneven number as I find it is more pleasing to the eye than even numbers.

Add a few more finishing touches and you are done.

Thanks for popping by today – I hope I have inspired you to give this a go.



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