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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.

Celerating our 2012-2013 Design Team

Hello again…Another sad day for us I’m afraid, but still a celebration. Today, although we say goodbye to our current Design team we can celebrate the INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL year we have had with them.

Over this next month, we are going to show you some of our favourite projects from these wonderful girls..we have just been so blessed and AMAZED at their creative minds! Totally blown away at times….we so hope you share our appreciation of what these girls have done in the last 12 months to do their best to inspire and motivate you.

Lets start this celebration with these projects from the top, featuring the lovely Karen, our DT coordinator, (who incidentally is NOT leaving us (LOL), but lets celebrate her creativity and talent anyway….


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Productsused: Cameila – pink, Gelato – cherry, Shades – ivory, Leaves.

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Who could forget this layout…so dreamy and soft.


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Products used: Winters song – bird song, Mittens, Apple Blossoms, Sublime – aqua.

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A stunning mother days card.




Products used: Frosted wild rose.

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And finally, one of my all-time favourites…this layout of her niece.

MHC April DT inspiration- Karen Shady



PRODUCTS USED: Sprinkles, Country lane – Quaint.

We can see wy Karen has so many admirers….

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Retreat sneak peak – KAREN SHADY

Hi everyone!

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The retreat is now just under 4 WEEKS AWAY!!!  Are you getting excited???

And the very popular KAREN SHADY is not only our Design team co-ordinator, but also she is going to teach at the retreat! Here is the sneak peak of her class CANVAS, which YOU will be making if you sign up for her class.

ADDITION: PLEASE NOTE that you can do this class as a layout if you prefer, it doesn’t have to be done as a canvas.

Karen sneak peak

There’s lots of techniques in this one.

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In the press

Our flowers have been appearing on projects far and wide recently. We are noticing them popping up so much more among the pages of crafting magazines, both here in Australia, and overseas. We thought it would be fun to showcase some of the beautiful creations we have come across in the magazines, here on our blog. We plan to make this post a regular event, so, please, if you have had any creations featuring Manor House Creations products published in a magazine, anywhere in the world, we would love to have to chance to share them with everyone.

Just send your work to us here , along with the magazine it was published in, and the issue, and we will do our best to feature it here on the blog for the world to see.

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 We have a few creations from our design team to kick things off.

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Heather McMahon – Scrapbook Creations – Issue 97

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SC #98 Colour Challenge 'We all fall down' by Trudi Harrison

Trudi Harrison – Scrapbook Creations (colour challenge) Issue 98

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Karen Shady – Scrapbooking Memories (flower vine feature) Vol 15 No 8.

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Card set by Linda Langes – Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft  Vol 19 No. 4.

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Trudi Harrison – Scrapbook Creations (colour challenge) Issue 97

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Card by Linda Langes – Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft  Vol 19 No. 2

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Remember, if you would like to see your work featured here, send the details to us at , along with the magazine and issue it was published.

Happy Crafting

The team at Manor House Creations


Winter Collection gone shabby…

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We know you are going to be as excited about our gorgeous new collection as we are. Not only do we have the stunning glitz and glamour of the roaring 20’s, but we also have soft dreamy creams, pastels and lace, just perfect for beautiful shabby chic creations.

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Karen has used a mix of soft pastels and cream, along with the stunning pink Camelia flower for a blast of colour.


Notice how perfectly our flowers match this paper collection




Layout by Karen Shady

MHC Products used: Camelia – pink, Gelato – cherry, Teeny weenies – cream.

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Elena has made a stunning dress hanger. It really doesn’t get much prettier than this





Altered dress hanger by Elena Olinevich

MHC Products used: Vine – dark pink, Apple blossoms, Shades – cream and fuchsia, Romance – white, Ruffles – pink.

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The stunning white flower vine, along with some pretty pink and white blooms, sets the scene perfectly for this delightful photo of Alicia’s daughter.

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The ‘Sweeties’ shown here in white, are the perfect sized filler flowers.

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Layout by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used: Vine – white, Sunflowers – white, Little Sweeties – white, pink, Teeny Weenies – white.

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This delightful bird house was created by Trudi Harrison, our amazingly talented educator. This beautiful creation would take pride of place in anyone’s home.

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 Trudi has used a blend of new flowers, and older flowers for this piece.

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Altered bird house by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products used: Glitter Roses – pink, Glitter Roses – white, Glitter Roses – gold, Celeste – Pink, Fascinating, Starlight – , Solitude – white, Princess Party Pack.

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And lastly, the newest member of our Manor House Creations family, Beck Beattie, with a gorgeous cream and brown layout, featuring a beautiful photo of her, with her Dad on her wedding day

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Beck, again has used a mix of brand new flowers, along with the elegant Shimmers flower.



We love how Beck has used the teeny weenie flowers to form a circle on her layout, and again below, to create a border.


Layout by Beck Beattie

MHC Products used: Sunflowers – white, Teeny weenie’s – cream, Shimmers – snow.

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A flower of a different colour

Are you ready to take an inspiring trip through our Manor House garden today. Our designers have once again created some stunning pieces to share with you.

MHC have a huge variety of flowers, in just about every colour imaginable, but, even with so many to choose from, sometimes, you will find that you just dont have that ‘perfect’ coloured flower that you need. So, we thought we would show you just how easy it is to alter our flowers, ever so slightly, and very easily, to match any project, and any colour imaginable.

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Firtly, Gwen has created a beautiful, heartfelt card, suitable for any occasion, and perfect for someone special. The pretty blooms frame the sentiment perfectly.


All our flowers take up ink so well, as you can see here, where Gwen has used Glimmer Glam to change the white ‘Ashlee’ bloom an impressive aqua colour. Notice how the blue edges of the Ashlee flower have given the flower a pretty, almost purple edge.


Card by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Ashlee -white (glimmer glam added), Mayglo – pink, Meadow – white.

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Karen is next, with a pair of pretty, shabby chic tags, made using the gorgeous Taniesha flowers. These flower sprays are just the perfect size for tags and cards.

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Karen has used just a little Gesso on the edge of the petals on both the yellow, and mauve Taniesha flowers, to give them a more ‘shabby’ look.


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MHC Products used: Taniesha mixed pack

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Another beautiful, shabby card from Elena.


Elena had added just a hint of brown ink to the edge of the petals, to grunge them up a little, to better suit her card



Card by Elena Olinevich

MHC Products used: Celeste – Pink, Mini glitter roses – pink.

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 We love these  2 adorably cute layouts by Nancy. Starring her 2 gorgeous babies.

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Nancy has used blue paint to alter the  white flowers to match her layout. She simply put a small amount of blue paint into a spray bottle, and watered it down. Nancy said she was very pleasantly surprised at how well the paint took to the flowers. This is a very inexpensive alternative to buying ready made spray inks.

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Layouts by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Poetry – bronze, Apple blossom – altered,  Imagine – cocoa, Poetry – sage

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And, lastly, another beautiful mixed media layout by Elena. Elena is the queen of mixed media, and on this layout she has used lots of awesome paints and inks to completely change the look of her flowers.



Elena has been very inventive here. She has removed the centres of some of the flowers, and added them as the centre of others, giving a pretty 2 toned look to the flowers.



Layout by Elena Olinevich

MHC Products used:  Celeste – white, Ashlee – white, Mia – green, Meadows- white.

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We hope our post has inspired you to have  a go at altering some flowers for yourself. You can see the gorgeous results.

Happy crafting

The team at Manor House Creations

‘Effortlessly beautiful’ with Karen Shady

Hi everyone, and a big warm welcome to our blog today.

I have had this frame sitting in my cupboard for a long time, not really knowing what I wanted to do with it. Then I got a new photo of my daughter, that I thought made her look very lady like.  She is a farm girl through and through, and these photos of her all dressed up are few and far between, as you can tell by the other 2 photos Ive used, lol, so I made the most of the photo, and created this very feminine, vintage style frame. I am really happy with how it turned out

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I cut up an old vine I had lying around, and adhered some of the gorgeous peach coloured mini roses to it.


The beautiful, soft folds of the ‘Ruffles’ flower was the perfect addition here


I inked a white ‘Idyllic’ flower using an apricot coloured spray ink to match the colours in my project



‘Effortlessly beautiful’ Frame by Kaen Shady

MHC Products used: Ruffles – cream, Idyllic – white, mini roses – apricot.

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Thanks eveyone for calling in, we look forward to sharing some more inspiration with you soon

Karen x

“A lasting love” Karen Shady

Hi, and welcome.

Its Karen with you today, to share a very special layout I did, of my Mum on her wedding day. Her and my Dad have been married 5o years this June, and they are just as much in love today, as they were the day they married.




The soft, delicate ruffles of the ‘Powder puff’ flowers, added a romantic feel to my layout.


The beautiful LOTUS flower is the ‘shining star’ on my layout. I adore these flowers, and the beige, white and pink one featured here would have to be my favourite.


‘Day one of forever’ By Karen Shady

MHC Products used: Lotus – timeless, Capri – gold, Celeste – pink, Powder puff – lychee.

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Thank you for calling in, and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend

Karen x

Gift ideas for Christmas

We have a HUGE collection of wonderful, handmade Christmas gift ideas to share with you today. Gift giving can get a little out of hand at Christmas time, with people spending large amounts of money on impersonal gifts for their loved ones. I personally much prefer to receive a hand made gift, that  someone has made, specifically with me in mind. Below, we have a assortment of lovely, and relatively inexpensive ideas, that you can easily make at home, using a few bits and pieces from your scrap stash, and of course, lots of stunning Manor House Creations flowers.

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Christmas banner by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used: Starlight – red & gold, Dahlia – white, Glitter mini roses – red & white, Springtime – white.

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Gift bag by Karen Shady

MHC Products used: Glitter roses – red, Capri -gold

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Altered Mail Box Side View

Altered Mail Box - Trudi Harrison

Santa’s mailbox by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products used: Mini glitter roses – red & white, Winters song – log cabin, The Scrapcake – Cosy christmas collection.

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Christmas gift box by Nancy Winter

MHC products used:  Starlight – gold,  Mini glitter roses – caramel.

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Nancy also created this lovely Christmas recipe book, perfect as a gift for someone, with all your favourite Christmas recipes inside.



Christmas recipe book by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses – red.

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Christmas ornaments by Tiffany Morgan

MHC Products used: Glitter mini roses –  Red & white.

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Christmas card by Karen Shady

MHC Products used: Starlight – gold.

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Christmas candle jars by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Mini glitter roses, The Tropics – resort.

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Gift tag by Karen Shady

MHC Products used: Capri – gold.

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Glass storage jars by Nancy WInter

MHC Products used: Royalty – mixed pack.

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Well, that was alot to get through, we hope you found something in there to inspire you to go and create some wonderful hand made gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.

Ending October in style

Today, we have  a little something for everyone, from pretty pink and soft pastels, beautiful shabby chic creations, to rustic browns, and blues, in a gorgeous masculine layout from Tiffany.

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This first, pretty in pink layout was created by the very talented Trudi Harrison. Combining an array of soft pink flowers, with the adorable images in the ‘Sweet Childhood’ paper collection from The Scrapcake.

‘This and that’ Layout by Trudi Harrison

Manor House Creations: Idyllic – Pink, Petite Roses – Marshmellow, Winters Song, Sprinkles – Cupcakes, Party Mix – Blossoms

The ScrapCake: Sweet Childhood Collection – A Child’s Love, Come n Play, Oh So Cute, Sweet Innocence, Die Cuts

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Karen to has chosen some beautiful pink flowers for her shabby chic layout of her and her girlfriend.

Karen has given a more vintage shabby look to the flowers, by simply swiping the edges of the petals with some distress ink (antique linen).

‘Friends’ Layout by Karen Shady

MHC product used: Idyllic – pink, Idyllic – plum, Idyllic – white.

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Tiffany has made this gorgeous, masculine layout, featuring some stunning flowers from our ‘Winter collection’

Tiffany has inked some of the flowers, giving them a rich brown colour, while she has used white gesso on others, giving them a gorgeous rustic feel.

‘My handsome little boy’ Layout by Tiffany Morgan

MHC products used: Sublime – aqua, Poetry – white, Idyllic – oatmeal, Romance – devoted, Imagine – cocoa

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Elena, has created this beautiful layout titled ‘Waiting’ featuring a lovely photo of her just 2 weeks before the birth of her son.

‘Waiting’ Layout by Elina Olinevich

MHC products used: Springtime – Lavender, Mayglo – Green, Mia – White.

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Next, this wonderful layout from Erin

This layout is not only stunning to look at, the journalling is wonderful, and after all, isnt that what scrapbooking is all about.

‘Anyway’ Layout by Erin Blegen

MHC products used: Mayglo – pink, Iris – sherbet, Celeste – pink, Meadows – white, Springtime – lavender.

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Lastly, this beautiful altered book centre piece again from Tiffany Morgan

Tiffany is the queen of shabby chic creations, and isnt this just stunning

‘Altered books’ from Tiffany Morgan

MHC products used:  Meadows – white, Celeste – white, Springtime – lavender


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