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Step x Step with Melinda – Creating Texture

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Hi Everyone,

Its Melinda back with you today to share a step x step project with you.  I wanted to share a few different ways you can add a little more to your layouts.


Melinda Thompson - March 2013

Step 1 – I start off my layout by adding a little texture and dimension to my background.  Here I have used some modelling paste and a 6 x 6 Crafters Workshop template.  I have just randomly spread the modelling paste in a few different places.

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Step 2 – Washi tape is another product I love to use to add extra visual interest to my layout.  Not only does it look effective, its quick and easy to add to your layout.  Here I have added a strip of paper to the centre of my background and some washi tape over the top.  I have then used some turquoise mist, sprayed in a few places and let the excess drip down the page.

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Step 3 – For more texture to your layout, add in some fabric.  Here I have used a strip of aqua spotty fabric which had some loose fibres and crinkles to it (no ironing here!!).  Then I begin my paper layers.

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Step 4 –  All my paper layers are distressed.  By distressing your paper, even adding in a few nicks and tears, this will lift your paper off your page.  Look for patterns and shapes in the paper range you are using and do some fussy cutting.  Here I have cut out some hexagon shapes and added some foam dots underneath to lift them off the page.   Chipboard or in my case a Studio Calico wood veneer frame is also another effective way to draw the eye to your layout.

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Step 5 – Then the fun begins, sifting through my MH flower stash and finding all different styles of flowers and textures to finish off my layout. I love to cluster, so pulling flowers apart and tucking little pieces under bigger flowers creates a wonderfully balanced layout.

Step 6

A few closeups… ink splatters, buttons, twine and butterflies are just a few more different ideas you can add to your layout that will give it that something ‘extra’.

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MHC Products Used:

Dahlia – Blue
Powder Puff – Citrus  Mix
Petite Rose – Pink
Winter Song – Pink
Party Time – Pink

Till Next Time…

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Guest designer – Chantal Vandenberg

Hi, and welcome,

It is our great pleasure to welcome our guest designer


to our blog today

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Hello everyone!

My name is Chantal Vandenberg and I live in beautiful South Australia.  I enjoy documenting fun little snippets of everyday life and presenting them in such a way, to creatively bring them to life! Well, that is what scrapbooking means to me, anyway! :)  I’ve been scrapbooking now for 5 years and I mainly scrapbook my two gorgeous daughters, Lucy and Heidi, and occasionally I’ll also scrapbook photos of myself and my wonderful hubby too.  In a nutshell, I think my scrapbooking style is colourful, cute, fun and funky!

I have been so very fortunate to be published regularly in numerous magazines in Australia and overseas and I am currently on some absolutely awesome design teams, such as Flourish with a Bling, 2Crafty and Meg’s Garden.

Thanks sooo much for asking me to be a guest designer here at Manor House Creations!  I am truly honoured, and I hope you guys like my projects here… because I sure liked creating them!!!  You are always most welcome to visit me on my blog too;

Thanks once again!



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Chantal shares some of her gorgeous creations with us




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We just adore Chantal’s flower border on this layout




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Chantal’s layouts are so bright, happy and fun.




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We would like to thank Chantal for joining us as our guest designer, and for sharing some of her wonderful work with us. Be sure to call in to her blog, for some more wonderful inspiration.

A beautiful gift box from Linda

Hi All!

It’s Linda here to share some Manor House Creations love with you

When I’m paper crafting I love to alter boxes – whether to use as gifts or to keep for myself.

The box I’m sharing with you today is being put to good use in my daughter’s bedroom…..

I’ve combined these gorgeous Manor House flowers – Royalty-Duchess; Sublime Aqua; Jubilee Coronation Cream; Sublime Baby Blue and Poetry White. The Manor House leaves have been coated with gesso and then spritzed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist for a beautiful shine.

I hope you have some time this week to play with your own beautiful Manor House Creations flowers.

Bye for now….

x Linda

C’est Magnifique 1st anniversary blog hop on now!

Hi everyone and welcome to the C’est Magnifique Kits Blog Hop!!

If you’ve arrived here from Michelle Singh’s blog, then you’re right on track! If not, head back to the beginning of the hop HERE at the C’est
Magnifique Kits blog!

For the past year C’est Magnifique Kits has been bringing you their sophisticated and unique kits with paper and embellishments from all over the world! This month’s kit and add-ons feature some of our beautiful and perfectly coordinated flowers:

Winters song – Snowbell, which has been an incredibly popular seller and can be coloured with misting sprays!

Poetry – a  very cool sage coloured flower.

Wishes – another popular flower and can be coloured with mist. In fact all our flowers can be coloured, such as Leslie, the owner of C’est Magnifique, has done here in the kit. Aren’t the colours just stunning!

SO….along the way there will be plenty of inspiration as the design team shares with you their projects featuring these Manor House Creations flowers. There will also be prizes from four manufacturers, and prizes from C’est Magnifique Kits AND their design team! Lots and lots of goodies to be won!

Take a look at this gorgoues creation from our very own Erin Blegen who is also a star on the C’est Magnifique Design Team.

And this is the prize pack……going to one lucky Blog Hop participant!

It’s time to get started! Here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit each blog along the Blog Hop.
2. Leave a comment on each blog (and become a follower, if required).
3. End the blog hop back at the C’est Magnifque Kits Blog, and leave a comment.

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You have until midnight (US EST) on Monday, October 29 to complete the Blog Hop.

Your next stop along the Hop is at the Once Upon A…Sketch blog .

Good luck and have fun!

A mixed media project from Elena

Hello from Elena. For this LO I decided to change the background a little bit by adding modeling paste layers , and  the stencil. Then I misted it with grey and moos Starburst mists and added some mica. I was playing with 2Crafty chipboard by changing them with Gesso and some embossing powders. I adore using different techniques on embellisments and was very pleased with the experiments.

But Manor House flowers are in no need in altering, so this time I even didn’t add Gesso on them, just some drops of mica, for a light effect of shimmering.

 I wanted to keep the quietness and delicacy of baby’s dream while he is sleeping and the flowers helped to strengthen this mood.


Video Class with Tiffany Morgan

Hello, and welcome.

Today we are going to share with you a video class with Tiffany Morgan.

Tiffany has created this gorgeous shabby chic card, and is going to show you how to make it. Sit back, relax and watch her create this card.

Here is the video. Hope you are inspires to make your own card.

Here is some up close pictures.

Products used : Solitude

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We hope you enjoyed Tiffany’s videa, and got a few ideas on creating your own master pieces.

Till next time, happy creating.

A little bit formal with the winter collection.

Hi, its Alicia joining you today, with a layout to share with you, featuring the gorgeous ‘Winter Collection’ flowers for Manor House Creations.

We recently attended a wedding which was the perfect opportunity to get a rare photo of the Grandparents and Grand kids all dressed up. Formal layouts are such a wonderful opportunity to use flowers as they add a real touch of elegance, and careful colour selection can really help set the tone of the layout.

In my layout- “Family is a gift”, I used a large maroon flower from the Winter’s Song-Embers set from the 2012 Winter collection. I love the little silver tips on the stamen. This instantly set the mood for my layout.

I then teamed it with a range of pink, brown, green and oatmeal flowers to draw out the colours in the patterned papers to complete my page.  I stuck to mainly neutral and pale tones to create  my formal feel rather than bright bold colours.

MHC products used: Winters Song-Embers, Solitude-white, Idyylic-oatmeal, Imagine-cocoa, Imagine, oatmeal, Poetry-bronze, Poetry-sage, Whimsy-baby pink, leaves.

By Design Team Member Alicia Barry

Welcome new DT – Nancy and Alicia

Continuing the  introductions of our new designers, today, we welcome


Here’s a few words from Nancy

 ‘ I love all
things Floral, Vintage and Shabby Chic is my favorite style, very soft and
feminine.    I do however, create to suit the person/project and
enjoy a deadline and a bit of a challenge.  I am very grateful for the
gift of life, and I always strive to live each day to the fullest – usually
taking it one day at a time!  I think being creative is the secret to life
and I endevour to inspire…’

Nancy’s blog:  Shabby chic attic

‘Welcome baby’ Photo frame by Nancy Winter

MHC products used: Idyllic – cornflower, Idyllic – oatmeal, Poetry – sage, Leaves – light green.

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And a warm welcome also to


A little about Alicia

‘Hi, My name in Alicia Barry. I live in Brisbane with my husband and 3 young children.  I work as a primary school teacher.  I have been scrapping for well over 10 years. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to teach scrapbooking as well as designing kits and designing for a number of Australian scrapbook and card making magazines. I am very proud to have work on display at a number of CHA shows. My style tends to vary a bit, but I mostly love dimension, layers and flowers of every kind.’

Alicias blog: Leisha’s blog

‘Me’ Layout by Alicia Barry

MHC products used: Poetry – sage, Solitude, Idyllic – Oatmeal, Poetry – white, Wintersong – embers, leaves – light green.

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We welcome two more talented designers to our MHC family in a few days time, so be sure to call back then.

Designer inspiration

Our designers have been hard at work, to bring to you, once again, some awesome creations, featuring our beautiful flowers.

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Take a look at this lovely layout from Jeni, featuring some of our ‘Winter release’ flowers.

Layout “Smile’ By Jeni O Connor

Products used: MHC flowers, Idyllic – Burgundy, Royalty – Duchess mix, Winters song – Snowbell (altered with ink), Winters song – Mittens ( also altered).

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Next, Morags, bold, and stunning layout, featuring more of our gorgeous ‘Winter’ flowers.


Layout ‘Today’ By Morag Cutts

Products used: MHC flowers, Jubilee – Princess pink, Imagine – Oatmeal, Imagine – Mulberry mix.

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Next, Lene has created this stunning mixed media style layout, full of gorgeous inks, paints and all things grungy.

Products used: MHC flowers, Jubilee – princess pink, Idyllic – white, Cutie pies.

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And, finally, this lovely layout by the talented Ria.

Video: Making Floral Vines ***WIN A PRIZE***

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Hi, it’s Jeni here with you today to show you a unique way to add Manor House flowers to your layouts by creating your own beautiful, handcrafted floral vines. You’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make and what a gorgeous embellishment they are for your pages.

Following is a list of the supplies you’ll need.


Manor House Creations flowers and leaves- 3 Whimsy flowers (from the Winter 2012 Collection), 3 large leaves, 2 small leaves.

Other: Florist wire – fine, Florist tape, adhesive.

Tools: Small pliers, wooden stick or tool for shaping wire.


Here’s the fabulous vine you’ll create.

These lovely Whimsy flowers from the new Winter collection make a stunning vine. You can easily divide them to make smaller flowers and buds.

I’ve used  just three Whimsy flowers, with three large leaves and two small.

Creating a flower bud.

Here I removed the outer layers of the Whimsy flower, using the base layer of petals to create this smaller budding flower.

Products:  Whimsy- cream, leaves large and small.


Gather your supplies and come and create your own Manor House Creations vine with me.


Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my video.

I’d love to hear how you go with creating your own Manor House Creations floral vine.

Send your layouts to Manor House Creations . Make sure to add MHC Floral Vine Layout to your title. We’ll feature them here on the Manor House blog.


You could also be in the running for a Manor House Creations prize.


 If you create your own vine using Manor House flowers and add it to your layout. Send it to us listing the Manor House flowers you used, then you can be in the running for a fabulous prize pack of four (4) Manor House Creations flowers from their new Winter Collection.

Competition closes Friday 17th August, midnight Aus EST.

I hope you’ll join us in the challenge – Jeni.


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