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Easter Cards by Sonia

I love making Easter cards as the vintage feel seems to suit the celebration perfectly! I had a play with some of the gorgeous Manorhouse Creations flowers and Believe Collection papers to create these two cards:


For the Happy Easter ‘Bunny’ card I used the beautiful ‘Letters from Paris’ flowers that fitted in perfectly with the vintage Bunny image:


Products used: Flowers - Letters from Paris, Tea Rose in Soft Gold, Springtime in white and Rose Leaves (medium)



For my second card I used one of the beautiful Ornate Frames and altered it using heat embossing (see below) to give it a textured finish:


Products used: Papers – Believe Collection Us Together, Lace, Elements cards. Flowers – Letters from Paris, Tea Rose in Soft Gold, Poetry in Sage, Rose Leaves (Medium). Embellishments – Ornate Frames Flourish in white



The butterfly is from the Believe Collection ‘Us Together’ paper. I have used Distress markers in ‘Mowed Lawn’ and ‘Mustard Seed’ along with a water pen to colour the cut out butterfly image.

Now just because the Ornate Frames are made of paper, don’t be afraid to alter them! I heat embossed mine with an antiquing powder to add texture. First cover the frame with embossing ink and then liberally cover with the powder:


Shake off the excess powder and use a heat gun to heat emboss. Just remember that you are working with paper so keep the gun moving and don’t let the paper get too hot:


Once the frame has cooled down, use a mixture of inks to add to the vintage feel of the frame – I used a mixture of brown, black and gold.


Happy Easter creating everyone :)

Sonia x


Romantic Tag Set by Cathy Cafun

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Hi Ladies, today I have 2 shabby chic tags to share.

I was inspired by the My Minds Eye In Bloom 6″ paper pad, which has a romantic soft and dreamy feel to it.

Blog MHC Shabby Tag Set

Dream Tag

For my 1st tag I chose a pretty floral pp which I contrasted with a cream pp.  I framed the floral pp with a pretty stitched ric rac trim, then machine stitched around the edges.

Blog MHC Shabby Tag - Dream

I also used the cream pp to cut out a floral wreath diecut, cut off one end and embellished the diecut with a white Solitude flower and cream Minuette flower. I altered the Solitude flower with a couple of shades of mists, painted on with a small brush, a touch of gesso and a pearl brad for the centre.  The white minuette flower was altered with a touch of saltwater taffy mist added to the flower centre with a brush.  Finished off the flower cluster with some large cream leaves and a twine bow.

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Love the flexible words!!  The white is so versatile, as it can be altered to match the colours of your project, which I did here with 2 shades of mist, to give the word a pretty mottled effect.

MHC Product: Solitude-white, Minuettes-pink mix, cream leaves large, Flexible Words-dream white.

Love Tag

For the 2nd tag I went with a similar design, but changed it up a little. I chose a floral pp in a larger design and contrasted with a soft pink pp.  I framed the floral paper with an antique ric rac from my stash, then machine stitched around the edges.  The wreath diecut was backed with mesh and the flowers topped with pearls.

Blog MHC Shabby Tag - Love

The larger cream flower on my tag came from one of the Value Packs, which as the name suggests are fantastic value!!  I altered the edges of the flower with mist and gesso, then dabbed a few drops of pink on the stamens.   To create the sweet open blossom, I altered one of the mini blush roses by opening up the petals, pulling out the centre bud and replacing the bud with a pearl brad.

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MHC Product:  Mini Blush Roses-soft gold, Cream leaves large, Value Pack, Solitude, Flexible Words-love white.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Shabby Chic Birthday Cards by Cathy

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Hi ladies,

Today I have a set of 3 shabby chic birthday cards to share created with flowers and ornate frames from the Spring 2013 Collection.

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Enjoy Today

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On my 1st card I layered pp’s, an altered paper doily and a Pink Paisley doily diecut, which I embellished with a cluster of flowers.  I used the Ooh La La vintage flower and changed the pearl to match my colour scheme.  I also altered the cream minuette flower with touches of Glimmer Glam and Glaze, again to tie in with my colours.

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MHC product:  Ooh la la, Minuettes – cream pink grey

Birthday Greetings

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On the 2nd card I have used the ornate frame-scallop white backed with pp and embellished with cluster of flowers.  Just use a pencil to trace the inside of the frame as a template, cut 1/2cm around the pencil line, then adhere paper to back of frame with glue.

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MHC product:  Floral Mix – arielle, Mini Blush Roses – soft gold, Ornate Frames – scallop white

Happy Birthday

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On my last card I have used the ornate frame-gothic white which I backed with paper, and topped with a greeting sticker.

I embellished the frame with the camel coloured flower from the Floral Mix  tiffany pack, which I altered by pulling out the stamens and replacing with a wooden button topped with a pearl embellishment, and teamed with a soft gold tea rose.

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MHC product:  Floral Mix – tiffany, Tea Roses – soft gold, Ornate Frames – gothic white

Thanks so much for stopping by.

New 7 Dots Studio

My goodness did I do a happy dance when I saw the announcement that Manorhouse Creations were going to be carrying the gorgeous 7 Dots Studio! If you haven’t seen the new ranges you can pop over to the Manorhouse Creations website and start drooling here!

I had a play with the beautiful 7 Dots Studio Messy Head ‘What Wood U Say‘ which has this divine woodgrain finish:


Products used: 7 Dots Studio Messy Head ‘What Wood U Say’ and ‘Love Letter’ (used in strips under the photo). Manorhouse Creations flowers Colourwash Double Ups in Soft Pink, Letters From Paris, Floral Mix Melissa and Krystal, Razzles in Purple. Embellishments Ornate Frame Scallop in White.





Adding a little bit of Gesso to the flowers just helps the colours  of your flowers and other embellishments blend together.



The 7 Dots Studio Messy Head ‘Love Letter’ had a gorgeous vintage / distressed feel to it that all styles of scrapbookers are going to love!



Products used: 7 Dots Studio Messy Head ‘Love Letter’ and ‘Little Thoughts’. Manorhouse Creations flowers Ooh La La, Believe Blossom Mix and Leaves in Light Green. Embellishments Ornate Frame Flourish in Black.





The ‘When you’re around…’ saying has been cut from the Messy Head ‘Little Thoughts’ paper and then mounted with foam tape for dimension:



As you can see the range works equally well with vintage colours as it does with soft pretty ones. Enjoy creating with this fabulous new range!


You’ve been spotted

We love to share at MHC and can’t wait to show you some of these beauties we discovered recently.

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Sandrine Corbis

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ybs cathi oneil

Cathi O’Neil

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ybs michelle frisby 3

Michelle Frisby

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ybs linda eggleton

Linda Eggleton

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ybs hilary nicholas 2

Hilary Nicholas

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ybs hetty hall

Hetty Hall

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Evgenia Sokolinskaya

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Erica Houghton

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ybs adrienne ford 2

Adrienne Ford

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ybs erin blegen

Erin Blegen

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Hope you enjoyed these ladies work….Please leave them some scrappy love.

Beautiful cards….

Card-making is so popular right now so we try hard tomake sure we provide some inspiration for our fellow cardmakers. How’s these little beauties??




Card by Tiffany Morgan

Products used: Flexible words, Ornate frame – Scallop - white, Mini Blush rose, Idylic white , Solitude.

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Check out these beauties by our resident card artist, Gwen Wruck – cool greys & silvers just make the black a perfect contrast.



Products: Believe paper collection, Minuettes – pink mix, Princess, Flexible words – Dream.

Cards by Gwen Wruck

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And finally two stunning card by Nadia Cannizzo who makes black look so fabulous!



Products: Apple blossoms, tea roses.

Card by Nadia Cannizzo.

Valentines is just around the corner

So who needs some Valentines inspiration. Gwen & Tiffany never fail to show us how it can be done with their beautiful designs.





Cards by Gwen Wruck

Products used: Springtime – white, Mini glitter roses – pink, Tea roses – soft gold, Flexible words – Love.

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Card By Tiffany Morgan

Products: Idyllic – white, Glitz.

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Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines day and get spoiled just a little (at least!)

LO’s Created for C’est Magnifique Kit Club

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Hi ladies, Cathy here with a few projects to share which were created for my spot as a Guest Designer for C’est Magnifique Kit Club in the month of January.

Enjoy the Journey

CM Jan 14 - Enjoy the Journey

CM Jan 14  - Enjoy The Journey

MHC Product:  Value Pack – Whites

Simple Moments

CM Jan 14 - Simple Moments

Simple Moments - Closeups

MHC Product:  Ballerina flowers, Glitz – pink

So Lovely

CM Jan 14 - So Lovely

So Lovely - closeups

MHC Product:  Glitz – pink

Beautiful Dreamer

CM Jan 14 - Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer - closeups

MHC Product: Ballerina flowers

Butterfly Canvas

CM Canvas - Your Wings

Canvas - closeups

MHC Product:  Ballerina flowers

Cherish Card

CM Card - Cherish

CM Jan 14  - Enjoy The Journey

MHC Product: Glitz – mixed

Valentines day card inspiration

Its nearly THAT time again – Valentines day is February 14th and who doesn’t love to get a card, or send a card to that someone special. Lets see if we can inspire you to make one.

Nerrida Created this one (which appeared in Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft this last month).

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Card by Nerrida Mitchell

Products used: Believe paper -dreams come true, Lace hearts & butterflies, Ashlee – blue, Glitter roses – red, Solitude.

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Here’s a very pretty set from Tiffany.





Cards by Tiffany Morgan

Products used: Minuettes – pink mix, Arielle floral mix,  Layout pack – Cheeky.

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And another one in soft and natural brown hues.




Card by Tiffany Morgan

Products used: Solitude, Idyllic – white.

Gwen’s DREAM LOVE card set of 2

Hello again. Wow! Gwen’ cards are always so stunning and the colours are such beautiful combinations. When she names these ‘dream cards’, we thought, Oh yes – they are!






Cards by Gwen Wruck

Products used: Believe papers, Arielle floral mix, Minuettes – pink mix, Capri – aqua, Layout pack – Cheeky, Flexible words.


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