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Step x step card with Beck Beattie

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Hi there, and welcome to a special post, where Beck Beattie is going to share a little of her creative genius with us, and show us how she goes about creating a stunning card.

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Step 1: Add an embossed piece to the plain Kraft cardstock card and Colour the embossed accents of the card (I used the Spellbinders 4D emboss folder).  Then ink the remaining in some Old Paper Distress Ink.

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Step 2; Take one of the pink Icicles flowers and remove the centre so you have the icicles on their own.

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It should look like this

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Step 3: Now take your Tweeney Weeney roses and remove the green ‘leaf’ (discard this piece) as well as one set of petals

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Step 4: Now add the flower to the card layering in the roses and icicles.  Finish it off with a die cut butterfly, some pearl flourish and a little tag with your sentiment.  Lastly add a little bow made from some pink netting to finish it off.


Card by Beck Beattie

MHC Products used: Icicles – pink, Teeny weeny roses – white.

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We hope you enjoyed Beck’s little step by step, and we hope you will have a go at creating your own.

Happy crafting

An inspiration overload

Hello everyone, and happy ‘Sunday’ to you all , we thought we would try to get those creative juices flowing, by giving you an ‘inspiration overload’ from our amazing design team ladies. We also love to see what our fans create, and love to share them with everyone in our monthly ‘You’ve been spotted’ segment. So get creating, and email your projects in to us, for a chance to be one of our featured artists for May.

Our design girls are second to none, as Im sure you will agree. They really have outdone themselves this time, just take a look below.

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Alicia designed this floral beauty, featuring a very happy little girl on Eaaster morning

Alicia Barry, Free choice 3, Celebrate,

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Layout by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used:  Lotus: Divine Beauty, Capri glitter roses, Party mix blossoms, Whimsy - grape, Whimsy - cream, Imagine - berry pink, Imagine – light blue, Mia – green.

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A lovely elegant layout from Joanne. The white springtime and cream ruffles blooms are striking used with the stripes and polkadots on this layout.

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Layout by Joanne Bain

MHC Products used: Springtime – White & Ruffles.

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Lots of dimension, and pretty details on this piece by Nancy.

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Just look at all the work gone into this stitched border, but, it was well worth the effort.

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Layout by  Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses, Imagine – berry pink.

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This striking combination of colour is perect for this gorgeous photo of Heathers teenage daughter.

The Look

This layout was created for Scrapbooking Memories magazine, where Heather is currently working as a Scrapbooking Memories Master. She was asked to complete a layout featuring older style pepars in her stash. The gorgeous black ‘Party time’ flower, helps to modernize her layout, and give it a funky look, perfect for the cool photo of her daughter.

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MHC Procuct used: Party time – white (sprayed black)

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Do puppies come any cuter than this one?. Meet ‘Paris’, she is the fur baby of Nancy Winter, all dressed up in her ballerina finery.

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Nancy has used the same, gorgeous, and very effective stitching technique as in her layout above, and doesnt it make a striking border?

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MHC Products used: Mini glitter roses, Apple blossoms, Imagine – berry pink

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So, are you still with us, or have you all rushed off to your craft space full of inspiration after seeing this gorgeous post. If you are still here, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Happy Crafting

The team at Manor House Creations

Designer spotlight – Melinda Thompson

Hello, so glad you could join us for yet another design team feature, this time, we are showcasing some of MELINDA THOMPSON’S amazing work.

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‘Hi my name is Melinda Thompson but most people in the scrapbooking world know me as Min. I have been married to my wonderful husband Brad of 12 years and we have two adorable boys, Riley 5 years, Finlay 4 years who are my constant source of inspiration. We live in a growing country town called Emerald in Central Queensland, Australia and just love the quiet country life. When I am not scrapping I love spending time outside in my garden, playing with my boys and definitely head down in a good book!

I started scrapping around the time that Riley was born but only really became ‘serious’ about 4 years ago.  Now I am hooked!! Scrapbooking to me is a wonderful combination of creative release and a way of recording our family’s memories.  I love to scrap and journal about the little & insignificant details of my boy’s life.  I do something scrap related nearly everyday, if I’m not scrapping I am thinking about it, browsing through magazines, online galleries, blogs or simply taking photos of my little boys.

My style is always evolving, not sure if I have a style as I love to experiment with new techniques, so it often depends on what I am scrapping or the challenge. Even though I have two boys, you will always see flowers here and there on my layouts. I love to use any distressing technique, misting/masking as well as adding lots of texture and layers to my layouts.

Feel free to visit me at my blog

Melinda Thompson - January 2013 Free Choice

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Layout ‘Black skinnies’

MHC Products used: Grandma’s Handkerchief (misted), Fairy Floss – Lemon, Fascinating –Lemon

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Melinda Thompson - Free Choice - November 2012

Don’t be afraid to mist and add texture through different mediums, to your flowers to suit the colours of your paper/embellishments or the colours in the photos.  Altering flowers is the easiest and most effective way to make your layout unique and not too mention a lot of fun!!’

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Layout ‘Carefree and perfect’

MHC Products used:Capri – Aqua, Dahlia – Blue, Powder Puff – Melon, Imagine – Oatmeal, Grandma’s Garden – Handkerchief (misted)

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Layout ‘You fly, you soar’

MHC Products used: Sprinkles – Yellow, Taneisha – Pink, Lotus – Timeless, Mayglo – Yellow

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Guest designer Jennifer Hodge

Hi, and welcome,

It is our great pleasure to welcome our guest designer


to our blog today

‘Hi!! My name’s Jennifer and I’m an MHC addict! I’m a single Mum of three – 2 ‘typical’ boys and 1 gorgeous girl.  I have been stamping and scrapbooking in some form or another for over 20years!  I love to create, and inspire others, sharing my craft through my blog, facebook, industry magazines, shows, and teaching from my studio on the Gold Coast. I relish the challenge of Off The Page projects, love the story and emotion behind layouts and cannot resist making cards and ATC’s (artist trading cards).  I get bored very easily so my projects tend to vary wildly in style and colour, and I love that this means I am constantly trying new things.  I do have favourites though, and one of them is Manorhouse Creations flowers!  I have loved them from the moment I laid eyes on them and am completely honoured to be a guest designer.  I have so much fun with these gorgeous products – I hope you enjoy seeing my creations as much as I enjoy creating them!  Thank you again for this opportunity to share with you!’

Visit Jennifers blog here

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We would like to thank Jennifer for joining us as our guest designer, and for sharing some of her wonderful work with us.

A scrappy weekend to all

Goodmorning, we do hope you are all having a fabulous weekend, no matter where you are. Maybe you are lucky enough to be having a creative, scrappy weekend, and if so, then we have the post for you. Our new design team girls have been hard at work, and have created some truly stunning projects to share with you today…

Elena has created a wonderful, mixed media style layout, and has given the flowers a soft shabby look, by randomly painting some GESSO over them.

‘A serious one’ Layout by Elena Olinevich

MHC products used:  The Tropic Sunset, Belief, Idyllic Pink.

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This next, delightfully cute layout is from Yuka.

TIP: If you need to fill a small space, try removing the outer petals from the flower, as Yuka has done here with the pink Whimsy flower.

‘Darling girl’ Layout by Yuka Hino

MHC flowers used:  Finesse, Whimsy – baby pink, Rose leaves – large, medium and small.

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Next, Gwen, has used a mix a moody mauves and blues, to scrap this stunning photo of her daughter.

‘She holds the key to my heart’ Layout by Gwen Wruck

MHC flowers used:  Fantasy – Moonlight – altered: misted with Glimmer mist, Jubilee – Royal Purple, Sublime – Aqua, Idyllic – White – altered: outer layer removed.

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And, last, but certainly not least, Joanne, has created this wonderful, masculine layout, in her very own, unique style of scrapping.

Notice how the button added to the centre of the ‘Mittens’ flower, adds a masculine touch.

‘Genuine’ Layout by Joanne Bain

MHC flowers used: Winters song, Mittens.

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Well, we hope we have inspired you enough today, to drop the washing, and lawnmowing, and get into that scrap room and create.

Flowers for the boys

People usually tend to reserve flowers for girly layouts and cards only. But, who says that we cant use flowers on boy projects too. I personally have five children, four of which are boys, but flowery layouts are my absolute passion, and why would’nt they be, with all these beautiful MHC flowers available.  But there are only so many layouts I can create of my only daughter, before the boys start feeling left out, and start complaining, so I have had to learn how to combine my love of flowers, with my need to create  more masculine layouts.

Below, are some examples of ‘not so girly’ flowery layouts, featuring our gorgeous boys.

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Karen has used this cute paper range, and created a summery, garden setting.

‘Sunshine and happiness’ Layout by Karen Shady

MHC products used: Sprinkles -cupcake mix, cutie pies-mauve (altered with spray ink), leaves-light green meduim.

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Melinda has created a pretty pink layout, but, with the addition of touches of bold black, and a little grunge, she has managed to pull it off as a masculine layout.

‘So loved’ Layout by Melinda Thompson

MHC products used: Cutie Pies (misted black), Winter Song – Fireside Glow, Frosting, Blossoms, Morning glory.

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Joanne’s very ‘boy’ layout, features some gorgeous big flowers, that Joanne has managed to blend so beautifully with the very masculine paper range, and embellishments.

‘Listen to your soul’ Layout by Joanne Bain

MHC flowers: Winter Song – Snowbird & Mittens.

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So, there you have it. Flowers can be just as beautiful on a masculine layout, as they are on a pretty, girly layout. We hope we have inspired you to step out of the box, and try some flowers on your next boy layout.

DT inspiration

Hello, and welcome once again to our blog.

Our designers have been hard at work creating some wonderful projects to share with you.

Firstly, this lovely layout from Monika Martinson. Monika has a unique style, she creates wonderful 8.5 x 11 sized layouts, in landscape format.

The pretty yellow and blue colour scheme is perfect for Monika’s beach layout.

‘Splash’ Layout by Monika Martinson

MHC products used: Taniesha – yellow, Idyllic – cornflower, Royalty – duchess mix, Sublime – cream.

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Next, Ria has created this gorgeous layout. We love her unique tree idea, which features our Petite roses, and Cutie pies flowers.

‘From this day forward’ By Ria Mojica

MHC products used: Petite roses – melon, Cutie pies – burgundy

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And, lastly, another lovely layout from Monika, featuring our soft and delicate Rosettes, along with a selection of our pretty white flowers from the Winter collection.

‘Isabel and Moa’ Layout by Monika MartinsonApple blossoms

MHC Products used: Idyllic – white, Solitude, Everlasting, Rosettes – pink & white, leaves – light green.

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Cards and more

Hi, and welcome to our blog.

Today, we have some wonderful projects to share with you from our talented designer, Monika Martinson.

Monika has designed this lovely card, using our beautiful Fantasy flower as the main feature.

‘ Thank you ‘ card by Monika Martinson

MHC products used: Fantasy – moonlight, Idyllic.

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Monika is one talented lady, she actually hand draws, and then colours her own floral embellishments, as shown on the cards above and below.

Card by Monika Martinson

MHC products used: Cutie pies – burgundy, Everlasting.

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This adorable headband was also created by Monika, she has cut up an old pair of her daughters leggings as the headband, tied the leggings in a knot at the back,  and adhered some MHC flowers to it, using a hot glue gun. What a great idea, innexpensive idea. These headbands would make a wonderful gift for someone special.

Headband by Monika Martinson

MHC products used: Grandma’s garden, Chiffon.

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Thanks for visiting today, be sure to call in again tomorrow, for some more wonderful inspiration from our designers.

Going to the show in style

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Scrapbooking doesnt need to be restricted to a layout, or a card.

Recently, at the Brisbane scrapbooking and papercraft expo, our designers, Nerrida and Joanne took their scrapbooking to the next level, and wore it.

Firstly, Nerrida created this amazing apron,and hat.

Apron and hat by Nerrida Mitchell

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And Joanne looked very ‘chic’ with her beautiful, flowery name tag

By Joanne Bain

Products used – MHC Sugar & Spice, Royalty Baroness Mix & Petite Roses – Melon.

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Manor House Creations flowers are far too pretty to be just used on our layouts and cards, and hidden away in an album. Why not try your hand at making something wearable. We would love to see your ideas, and creations.

So send them in to us here

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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