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Family – Thoughts Wandering Collection

Hi , Sonia posting here today using the amazing Thoughts Wandering collection. One of the promises we made our girls is that when we moved house we would get a puppy. Well he is here and boy has he made his presence felt in a very short time! The girls have just fallen in love with Tyson and it’s fabulous to see a strong bond developing between them already. It might even give me an excuse to try more boyish pages!  For this layout I’ve used the reverse side of the ‘Postcards’ paper. Don’t forget to check out the reverse sides of all of the Manor House Creations papers as they are just a fabulous as the ‘fronts’!!

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Manor House Creations products used: Papers – Thoughts Wandering Collection ‘Postcards’ and ‘Take Me Away’ (journal ticket above the photo). Flowers – Thoughts Wandering Mix, Country Estate Mix and Country Roses Lemon. Embellishments – Wood Elements Swirl, Wood Elements Going Places, Felt Doilies Thought Wandering, Country Estate Chipboard Words and Cotton Tags


I must admit that this Wood Elements Swirl is my favourite of all the wood elements – it is such a statement piece all by itself!

SONY DSCThe new felt doilies add a fantastic dose of texture to your page:




Happy creating everyone :)

Sonia x



All Natural Beauty LO by Cathy

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Hi Everyone,

Cathy here, with a LO to share using the gorgeous new Beautiful You Collection.  I love this collection as it so soft and feminine and a perfect range if you are into fussy cutting some of your elements.

To create this LO I started with the reverse side of the Beautiful You-Fresh and New pp as my background which I altered with various mixed media techniques and washi tape accents.

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I love to fussy cut my pp’s to create elements.  Here I used the Beautiful You-So You paper, cutting out some of the beautiful rose accents and attaching them with foam dots to give them dimension.  I layered them under the new wooden garden gate embellishment.  I cut the gate into 2 parts to frame my photo and altered the pieces by coating with gesso, then randomly applying aged embossing enamel and a few splashes of glimmer mist.  Once dry I lightly stamped over the gates with a script stamp.

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The country roses fit in perfectly with this range of pp’s.  To make them go further, I love to pull them apart into 2 sections which makes a lovely blossom and a sweet rose bud.

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There is a title word on the Beautiful You-So You pp which I cut out and trimmed down from the word Beautiful to Beauty, to become part of my “All Natural Beauty” title.  I layered this with one of the new ornate frames – elegance white, which I cut in half lengthways.

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The Beautiful You-Journal Sheet is so versatile.  The journal labels are a great to add journalling to your LO’s as well as being the perfect size for cardmaking.  I have used the pretty little butterfly label to frame my title words.

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MHC Paper Collection: Beautiful You – Fresh and New, Beautiful You – So You, Beautiful You – Journal Sheet

MHC Flowers: Country roses – ivory, Idyllic – white

MHC Frames – Ornate Frames – elegance white

MHC Wood Elements – garden gate

Thanks so much for stopping by.

A pink dream by Nadia!

Hi everyone!
Nadia back again today sharing another pink layout. I have used some of my favourite Manor House Creations pink flowers :)
 I used a new Prima mask and embossing paste to create the writing on the paper. 

 I then layered my papers, flowers and other embellishments behind my picture and used some pink mists to add some colour.

Materials List
Flowers: Manor House Creations- Mayglo Pink, Country Roses Pink
Paper: Maja Design Sofiero collection – “Enjoying The Lovely Fragrance”, off cuts
Have a great day!!

A lifetime is not enough layout with Nadia

Good morning :) Nadia here with you today and I am sharing my latest layout created for Manor House Creations!
“A Life Time…”

I started by applying some clear and white gesso on the background… I  then added some thick white gesso in a “t” direction

I added some strips of paper from some off cuts from other papers and some tissue tape and some canvas strips


 I then built my layers using some gorgeous chipboard feathers and the Mayglo Pink flowers and Country Roses flowers from Manor House Creations.




I hope you have found some inspiration here today. For more of my work please see my blog HERE

Bye for now!

Amazing new Beautiful You

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When I first opened my parcel with the new Manorhouse Creations collections in it I couldn’t believe how gorgeous everything was (I was lucky no one was around to video the happy dance I did!). I must admit that the ‘Beautiful You’ collection made my heart melt – perfection! So my first bit of creating had to be with this amazing range :)


Products used Paper Beautiful You Collection – So You and Journal Sheet; Flowers – Denim Rosette (light), Country Roses in Ivory and Azure Blue, Springtime in White and Vinette; Embellishments – Ornate Frame Regency in white and Wood Elements Heart Mail

The new Denim Rosettes are so soft and pretty and come in a variety of tones of blue and some patterns as well!


This is the light Mix of Denim Rosettes that are available:


 and the Dark Denim Rosette mix:



These go beautifully with the new Country Roses and Vines or Vinettes:


If all this new goodness isn’t exciting enough – how about some new wood elements! I fell in love with these gorgeous Heart Mail Envelopes:



The Ornate Frames have been so popular and now there are even more designs to choose from. This one is Regency in White:


This is the black version of the frame:


Well as you can see the new collections from Manorhouse are going to leave you spoilt for choice! Happy creating!

Sonia x



A floral canvas by Nadia

 Hello everyone. I hope this post find you well.
Every once in a while I get the urge to create something REALLY feminine. Something packed with flowers. And I must tell you Manor House Creations always fulfills that urge ! Their flowers come in ALL sizes and colours. I know when I look into my collection of their flowers I will always find something to match whatever project I am working on.
I combined my flowers with a GORGEOUS birdcage chipboard piece from Donna Salazar Designs and some other mists and colour from Donna’s collections too.
To start with, I applied thick Gesso with a palette knife too my background and allowed it to dry.
I then sprayed some Donna Salazar Designs Smooch Spritz Sprays.
While that was drying, I heat embossed the birdcage with Chiffon Embossing Powder and once everything was dry I adhered it to the middle of the canvas.
 Then I chose 3 vines from Manor House Creations, in Pink, Teal and White and overlapped them to create body and depth.
 I also used 2 crochet butterflies from Manor House Creations and coloured them slightly with some ink.
Materials List
Manor House Creations : Vinette Jade Blue
Manor House Creations: Vinette White
Manor House Creations: Vinette Pink
Manor House Creations: Floral Mix Ariel
Crochet Butterflies: Manor House Creations




WantScrap Donna Salazar Bonnie’s Birdcage
Clearsnap Donna Salazar Designs - Smooch Spritz Sprays set

Embossing Powder

Donna Salazar Design Mix’d Media Embossing Powder Chiffon


Donna Salazar Design Chipboard Alphabet – Pink 


Winsor & Newton 8″x8″

Find Me Here…

Welcome back to one of our favourites!

Yes its a wonderful WELCOME BACK to one of our favourite designers.




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We are so excited to have her back! I think she was probably our mixed media queen right from the start and we’ve loved every minute of her presence on the MHC team. How lucky we are to have her back again. We are such a friendly bunch here and we love our girls.

Of course, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t start off with one of Melinda’s AMAZING creations, which always take my breath away. As will this one…her gorgeous new little boy is growing so fast! He’s crawling!!! Already!!! Time goes so quick….

Now isn’t this layout just precious as….

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Products used: Colourwash Double-ups – Jade, Vinettes – jade, Cottage garden, Fairy floss – soft pink, Shades – ivory, Ariel, Capri – gold.

We are so happy to have you back Melinda! (You can see why – wink).

Easter Bunnies

I hope you are all enjoying your Easter and haven’t overloaded too much on chocolate :)

I have my own two very cute Easter bunnies at home who are running around on a chocolate high!


Products used: Layout Pack Fabulous, Springtime in White, Vines and Ornate Frames Flourish in White


When I was adding my flowers to the Vine, I found two Springtime flowers were a bit too big for the cluster. So I removed the bottom two petals of one of my flowers to create a smaller version that balanced everything perfectly:


A little bit of Gesso softens all the colours and helps them blend together on the page:


If you are travelling please be safe and enjoy this special time of the year. Happy Easter!

Sonia x

Easter inspiration and more with Karen

Hi everyone,

I am so very happy to be back on board here at Manor House Creations. I have had a few medical issues over the past 12 months, and ended up having to have spinal surgery in August last year. It has been a long, drawn out recovery, but, finally, now, I can say ‘I’m almost all healed’ and ready to get back into doing what I love.

I have 2 layouts to share with you today. As Easter is just around the corner, I thought Id share with you a cute Easter layout I did recently, featuring some pretty Manor House flowers, along with an adorable photo of my little boy, Jack…

Karen Shady




MHC Products used:

Gelato – blueberry, Springtime – mauve, Mini Blush roses – soft gold.


This second layout is a bright, summer inspired layout, again, featuring some photos of my son Jack.


I sprayed the white cutie pie flower with a bright orange mist. Manor House flowers take ink so well, ensuring you always have a flower to perfectly match your project.

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MHC Products used:

Minuettes – denim mix, Felicity layout pack, Dark green rose leaves.

Thanks so much for calling in today. Be sure to call back soon for some more inspiration from our amazing design team.

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



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