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Designer Inspiration featuring The Scrap Cake

Good afternoon friends.

We have some more wonderful creations from our talented designers, featuring a wonderful blend of Manor House Creations, and The Scrap Cake papers to show you today.

Yuka Hino is first up, and she has made this totally adorable card, featuring the  ‘Sweet Childhood’ paper collection, designed by our very own Karola Witczak. There are so many cute little images on these papers, that are just crying out to be fussy cut.

Card ‘My dear’ by Yuka Hino

Products used: MHC flowers,  Idyllic – White, Poetry – sage, Kyeesha, Leaves – light green medium and large, TSC, Sweet childhood paper collection.

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Alicia Barry has also used the ‘Sweet childhood’ papers for her layout. She has focused on the pink tones in the collection.

Layout ‘Simple things matter most’ by Alicia Barry

Products used: MHC flowers, Apple blossoms, Solitude, Rosettes-baby pink, Whimsy-pink, Imagine-oatmeal, Beauty-WV, Idyllic-oatmeal, leaves, The Scrapcake papers: Sweet Childhood.

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And, lastly, Karola has created a stunning layout, featuring her adorable daughter. Karola has used another stunning paper collection, also designed by her, called ‘The bright side of life’. Just look at how perfectly the Manor House Creations flowers match the colours in these papers.

‘Be happy’ Layout by Karola Witczak

Products used: MHC flowers, Enchanted-Sweet Dreams, Fairy floss-blue, TSC The Bright side of life papers.

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Gift ideas for Mother’s day

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It’s almost Mother’s day, and I don’t know about you, but I find it so hard to find that ‘perfect’ gift for my Mum. She doesn’t like us to spend too much money, but I want to give her something special, to show her how much we love and appreciate her. A handmade gift or card is the perfect solution. It is such a wonderful and personal way to say thank you to your Mum. The talented design team have come up with some gorgeous ideas to help you with deciding on what to give to your Mum this Mothers day.

Firstly, LINDA has made this stunning little gift box. How special would your Mum feel to receive this.

Gift box by Linda Langes

Products used: Party time-Anniversary pack, The Scrap Cake-One moment in time and My private happiness paper collections.


Next, Melinda has created this floral beauty. She has combined The Scrap Cake’s ‘The bright side of life’ collection with some gorgeous MHC flowers, and made a beautiful card any Mum would treasure.

 Mother’s Day Card by Melinda Thompson

 Products used : MHC flowers, Ballroom – Tango (cream), Enchanted Little Prince (white, misted pink), Blossoms, The Scrapcake The Bright Side of Life papers.


In beautiful, shabby style, Jeni has created this lovely easel card for her special someone.

 Mothers day card from Jeni O Connor

Products used: Sprinkles-pink, Ballroom-waltz


And lastly, is this bright, fun card from LENE.


Mother’s day card by Lene Neby

MHC Products used: Sprinkles-pink and lime, Cutie pies.


We hope you enjoyed our Mother’s day gift special today, and make sure you call back in again on Thursday, as we will have some more wonderful Mother’s day gift ideas to share with you then.

Wanna win?

Hi everyone…yes that’s right. Here’s another chance to win, but we are not going to tell you WHAT it is you can win……because it a surprise (shhhh!)

Take a look at this gorgeous layout below and study it VERY carefully.  There’s something on this layout that you haven’t seen before. Can you guess what it is?  If you can… can go into the draw to win!

Have you seen it yet?

Is it in this picture? Look closely….

Hmmm…, not here.

Layout by Nerrida Mitchell.

Products used: Blossoms – Party mix, Party time – Meringue, Party time – Princess party, Taneisha, Sprinkles lime and (?)

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Yes, I can see it…can you?  But be careful, we might be tricking you!

Its something that’s coming soon to Manor House Creations…..something that was SOOOOO popular last time, we sold out way too quickly and have lots of requests to re-stock this particular thing, but this time…in a new colour?

We are a tease aren’t we? But we want to make it fun!

Leave you answer here in the comments….

DT inspiration

Hello again! As usual, each month, we ask our DT team to inspire you with their free-style layouts, where they choose any flowers they like to make a layout of their choice and they never disappoint! Take a look at these….

Layout by Ria Mojica,

Products used: Wishes – Serenity.

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Layout by Jeni O’Connor

Products used: Enchanted – Little Prince, Marguerite – colourful mix. TSC – The Bright Side of Life.

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Layout by Morag Cutts.

Products used: Taneisha, Plain Janes, Fairy Floss – soft blue.

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Don’t forget to email us with your MHC creations at

In the spotlight…..

HI everyone! Wow, well today we are blessed with some fabulous creations from some extraordinary talent from 3 scrapping superstars – Karola Witczak, Steph Devlin & Gerry Van Gent (our very own DT educator).  Just take a look at these……

Lets start with this gorgeous layout from Steph, that features not only our ‘Grandma’s Garden – Handkerchief’ flower but also papers from ‘The Bright Side of Life’ – the ScrapCake collection.

Products used:  The Bright Side of Life collection. MHC flower: Grandma’s garden – Handkerchief.

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Gerry always does such flowery pretty pages and this one is yet another of her beautiful creations.

Products used: Sugar and Spice – cream, Cottage Garden – Sweet scent. ScrapCake – The Bright Side of Life papers. 

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And Karola always amazes us with her details and designs, just like this one…

Products used: Ballroom – Waltz, Cutie pies.

We love that these girls have chosen to use MHC flowers for their projects – thankyou ladies! They look amazing!

DT inspiration – old and new

As the year comes to a close, today we have a collection of wonderful inspiration for you from our team. Here they have used a variety of our flowers and papers and makes a lovely showcase of the flowers that MHC have released this year, from both our first Spring Collection and the Summer Collection this November.

We start with a layout from NERRIDA using some of her favourites – The Tropics ‘Resort’ flowers.

Layout by Nerrida Mitchell.

Products used: The Tropics – Resort, Fantasy – Magic, Magestic – Gemma, Velvetines – white.

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How delicious does this cake from YUKIKO look?

Cake by Yukiko Ochi.

Products used:  Ballroom – Waltz, Cutie pies – Cream, Cottage Garden – Picket fence, Enchanted – Little Princess. The ScrapCake paper – The Bright Side of Life.

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Jeni’s daughter apparently loves dresses, and we love her use of purple!

Layout by Jeni O’Connor.

Products used: Country Lane – purple, Fantasy – Magic, Cutie Pies – violet,  Rose leaves.

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A wonderful wintery layout from LENE. Don’t you love the sparkley gemstones?

Layout by Lene Neby.

Products used:  Fairy Floss – soft blue, Blossoms – Esperance, Silver Bells.

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A ‘bootiful’ layout from Morag – cute huh? And we love those flower centres.

Layout by Morag Cutts.

Products used: Blossoms – Airlie, Esperance & Avoca. 

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And least but ceratinly not least, our card-amker LINDA has created this layout of her daughter.

Layout by Linda Langes.

Products used: Country Lane – Quaint, Cutei Pies – lime, cream & violet, Taneisha, Fairy Floss – soft blue.

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We hope you enjoyed this showcase of old and new as much as we loved bringing it to you.

Step x step tutorial by Delaina.

Hello everyone, Delaina here with you today. I would like to share a Step by Step Lay Out that I created using these Beautiful, Manor House Creation Flowers, and The Scrap Cake papers.

Listed below are the supplies that you will need to create this project…


Papers: The Scrap Cake’s Bright Side of Life Collection…

12 X 12 size— Full Pockets, Dear Diary, Natural Beauty

7 X 12 size—Love Letters

Flowers: Manor House Creation…

Grandma’a Garden–Pink Lace, Tiana White, The Tropics Islander

Other supplies Needed…

4 X 6 Photo

Sharp Fine Tip Scissors

Brown Ink

Small Piece of Cardstock (scrap)

Paper Piercer

Embroidery Floss (Light Pink)

Small Piece of Cardboard (from shipping box possibly)

Adhesive (wet glue and tape runner used here)


Natural Beauty Paper… Cut a 8 ½ “ Circle from the Center and the Fussy Cut the Flower Images from this Paper… Ink the Edges with brown ink

Step 2:

Dear Diary Paper… Cut a 9 ½ “ Circle… Ink the Edges with brown ink.

Step 3:

7 X 12 size—Love Letters Paper—Cut the Images Out as seen Below… I made the pink scalloped piece by using the scallop on the image as a template… then Ink the Edges of all with brown ink

Step 4:

You need a 4 x 6 Photo with a piece of Cardstock and Cardboard for the back, so the photo pops up a little (you could use pop dots of you prefer)…make sure the cardstock and cardboard are smaller that the photo… (the cardstock is acid free to protect the photo)

Adhere all pieces as seen below…

Step 5:

Layer Process Begins…

Full Pockets Paper will be the 12 X 12 Background of your LO… Ink the edges with the brown ink…

Stack the Circles, largest on bottom, and adhere them together, then adhere them to the Center of the Full Pockets Paper.

Add photo and scallop paper as seen below…

Step 6:

Adhere remaining pieces around photo that you was from the 7 X 12 Love Letters Paper…as seen below…

Step 7:

Flowers… Attach flowers using a wet glue in the order as shown in the photos below…

Step 8:

Add the Flower pieces cut from the Natural Beauty Paper as seen below…

Step 9:

Use the Paper Piercer to poke holes in the circle shaped paper about ½” from the outer edge…Just on the top and bottom areas that show and use the pink floss to stitch an outline shape for those areas…

Step 10:

I added a small title under the photo. You may use any Alpha you have on hand, even a little larger one would look great.

I really hope you will enjoy giving this LO a try.

Thanks for having a Look!

Delaina Burns

Introducing Jeni (AKA Joc)

Jeni was chosen to be on the Manor House DT because of her unique style and amazing use of colour.  She certainly has an eye for detail, wouldn’t you agree?


Hi I’m Jeni. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team here at Manor House Creations. The moment I discovered MHC I fell in love. lol. I just adore the vibrant colour and beautiful texture of the gorgeous blooms.
I’m an Aussie with a Canadian dh, so we get to spend time in two beautiful countries. We have twins, a boy and girl who are growing up way too fast for me and my camera, and a dog Buddy.I’ve been a scrapbooker for as long as I can remember. Even as a child I would take photos and write stories about them. I’ve been scrapbooking as we know it today for about 15 years. My style has changed over that time and with so many influences and fabulous products. Today, I have two distinctly different styles Storybook/whimsical style usually in 3d, where I love to extend the photo and create a scene. I also like to create in a Shabby/arty/, sometimes messy kind of style.I been lucky to have had many opportunities in scrapbooking. For the past 5 yrs I’ve been a design team member on the Colour Team for Scrapbook Creations. I’ve authored regular features and three year long series of published articles, “What’s Your Style?”and “Scrapping with the Stars” (astrology and scrapping). More recently, “Reality Bites” (scrapping about real life issues).
I’ve been published in the Australian magazines Scrapbook Creations, Scrapbooking Memories and For Keeps. Internationally in Canadian Scrapbooker, Memory Makers, and Creating Keepsakes. I was also a tutor at the Australian Scrapbooking Convention.
I’m a Midwife and Teacher by professions when I’m not scrapping.
I’d like to say I’m a domestic engineer, but I’m not really all that domesticated…I’d rather be scrapping!
I currently design for: Manor House Creations
Scrapbook Creations Magazine
Once Upon A Sketch
I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to share my creations with you.
Please drop in and say “Hi.”
My Blog:
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Here is Jeni’s very first MHC creation and it shows just how versatile she is and how her style can vary.

Products used: TSC The Bright Side of Life collection, MHC flowers: Magestic – Alissa, Cottage Garden – fragrance, Enchanted – Sweet Dreams, Grandma’s Garden – Antique.

Welcome Jeni!


Introducing Morag

Morag was chosen to join the Manor House team because of her style and amazing work with flowers and Off-the-page projects. Just wait till you see one of her cakes!


I have been hooked on scrapbooking after completing my first page 6 years ago. I have been encouraging other scrappers and card makers ever since. I live in the UK with my lovely (and patient) family who are the main focus of my pages although I adore making off the page projects including mini-books, home decor and just about anything!

My style varies depending on the requirements of the project, but generally the more layers and detail, the better! I believe that one of the most important aspects for serving on a design team is inspiring people to try out products or techniques. I hope that I will provide you with inspiration so that you’ll try out projects at home!


Here is Morags very first layout for Manor House Creations showing us her new home which she only moved into very recently.

Products used: TSC ‘The Bright Side of Life’ collection, MHC flowers – Cottage Garden ‘Fragrance’, Ballroom ‘Waltz’, Tiana white & rose leaves.

Welcome Morag!

Introducing Rae

Rae was chosen to be on the team at Manor House because of her amazing ability with Off-the-page projects, and is going to be one of our Educators with some step x step projects for you throughout the year.

Rae Cooper


Hi I’m Rae – 3rd in the lineup of 4 girls. Born & raised in the southwest of Western Australia.  Having now settled in Darwin, Northern Territory and totally loving the lifestyle NT has to offer.

I was blessed and sent my soul mate – Neil, he is my best friend & partner in crime. I bounce ideas of him and he helps me bring some of my creations to life – if you need tiny ladders made from tooth picks he is your man! We have four kids between us Ben (24), Shani (19), Zebadiah (17) & Jessiah (12)

Recently I have been lucky enough to stay at home, but saying that I still have these roles to fill- Domestic Engineer, Director & Administrator for our company & I dabble in my little online shop – Scrap Matrix.

My passion for scrapbooking and paper crafts started in 2005 when I was introduced to it by my eldest sister (Ang) and I have never looked back!

A few of my favorite things – Antiques & anything vintage, shabby chic, cream, white, German Scrap and I have to throw denim in this mix too as I wouldn’t  be the same without it. I am addicted to OTP and love to create things that are a little different – I tend to be a little Out There at times – hence our company name.


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Here is Rae’s very first OTP for Manor House Creations and hasn’t she nailed it with this gorgeous creation! Note the ‘Manor House’.

Products used: The Scrapcake ‘The Bright side of life’ papers,  Ballroom – Waltz flowers, Cottage Garden – Fragrance.

Welcome Rae!


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