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Beautiful You Inspiration from Melinda Thompson

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Hello to you all :)

I have recently completed a project using the very gorgeous “Beautiful You” paper collection as well as lots of stunning blooms! This paper range begs to be fussy cut so I cut out some of the flowers in the paper and arranged them on my layout. I used plain white cardstock for the base…which is so unlike me…but these colours look amazing and so crisp against a white background.

“Time Flies”

Melinda Thompson - August 2014


Some closes ups… the hot pinks and bright yellows together.  I have mixed a matched flowers from new and past releases, the different sizes and styles look amazing together.  I have also used a Felt Doiley in Hot Pink and a lace flower (Lullaby) to add layers behind my photo.


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Love these chipboard frames.  I have altered them by priming with Gesso first then adding some Shimmerz Inklingz in Pink a Boo and then while it was still wet I sprinkled it with some Shimmerz Enamalz in Gold Digger…its so sparkly.. :) Then for added interest I added on some cute little chipboard hearts up the side.


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 Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you feel inspired by my creation.



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Beautiful You paper collection
Vinettes – White
Wood Elements – Love Frame
Felt Doiley – Pink
Country Roses – Ivory
Country Roses – Lemon
Country Roses – Pink
Fairy Floss – Soft Pink
Razzles – Hot Pink
Lullaby – White

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).

Layout from Melinda and a farewell.

Welcome everyone. Today is a slightly sad day for us, as we say a ‘see you later’ to one of star designers and ‘Ladies of the Manor’ Educators – Melinda Thompson, as she leaves us for a while for the momentous occassion – the pending arrival of a little bundle of ...sleepless nights (LOL).  (Ok, not so funny at 3am!).

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She has created yet another one of her awesome layouts which includes some of her favourites things – mixed media, flowers and tearing. She is a master at it.

The rich black, gold and cream make such a stunning combination.

Melinda Thompson - 2Crafty Chipboard & CSI

Melinda Thompson - 2Crafty Chipboard & CSI-2

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We are wishing her the absolute VERY best for the next few months, crossing all our fingers and toes that her little one arrives under the very best of circumstances and we can’t wait to see the photos!!! *hint hint Melinda*

We hope when life settles down again for Melinda and her family, she may, one day, be back again, scrapping up a flower-storm. We will REALLY miss you girl…… :(

Altered flower tags from Melinda.

Good morning friends! So who loves to alter their flowers? Melinda certainly does – we know her well for her ‘altered’ style and we love it. These tags today are no exception. Melinda’s been having fun…..

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In true style, Melinda has been altering things with one of her favourite flower-altering products – Shimmerz paints and mists. Here she has altered one of our Shades mini roses from Fuscia to a pretty, almost vintage colour.

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Just for you tag by Melinda Thompson

MHC products used: Razzles red, Sentiment banner – Just for You, Ornate frame-cheval, Shades mini rose – Fuscia.

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The centre of this Lazy Dayz – Sunshine flower was misted with Shimmerz. Isn’t the colour combination just stunning?

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She used a mist spray to later the colour of these Shades mini roses – so easy to do.

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Happy Birthday tag by Melinda Thompson

MHC products used: Peacock Feather – Pink, Sentiment Banner – Happy Birthday, Shades mini Roses – ivory, Lazy Dayz – Sunshine, Sprinkles – Yellow, Mini Green Leaves

An inspiration overload

As the title suggests, today, we really do have an inspiration overload for you. Our design team girls are second to none, as Im sure you will agree. They really have outdone themselves this time. And really, with the most beautiful flowers available on the market at their finger tips, how could they help but do wonderful things. Just take a look below




Layout by Tiffany Morgan

MHC Products used: Celeste – Pink, Hayley – Yellow, Poetry – Sage, Mayglo – Pink.

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We love Joannes elegant card, which shows off the Ruffles flower to perfection


Card by Joanne Bain

MHC Products used: Ruffles

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This next layout, is so true to TRUDI’S wonderful style. Beautiful layers, and a stunning assortment of flowers

MHC Layout by Trudi Harrison

MHC Layout Detail 1 by Trudi Harrison

MHC Layout Detail 2 by Trudi Harrison

Layout by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products used:   Petite Roses – cream, Petite Roses – white,  Glitter Roses – white,  Capri – gold,  Springtime – blue, Sugar & Spice – cream, Sugar & Spice – pink.

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Now, for some stunning cards

Alicia Barry, Congratulations card

Alicia Barry, Congratulations card, close up

Card by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used: Imagine –  cocoa, Party mix blossoms, Hayley – yellow.

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Card By Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Iris –  Sherbet, Glitter Mini Roses, Powder Puff – Melon with brad added.

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Card by Melinda Thompson

MHC Products used: Petite Rose – Melon, Rue – White (misted), The Tropics – White (misted).

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Card by Linda Langes

MHC Products used: Springtime – white, Mini glitter roses – caramel.

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Card by Elena Olinevach

MHC Products used: Capri Roses –  Silver, Celeste –  Pink

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Card by Tiffany Morgan

MHC Products used: Rue – Watermelon, Powder Puff – Citrus.

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Card by Elena Olinevich

MHC Products used: Springtime – Lavender, Glitter Mini Roses – pink.

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Well, we hope you have been inspired a little by our creations. Im sure there is something in there for everyone.

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.

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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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Wedding stationary and cards galore

Hello, and welcome to our blog on this lovely Saturday morning.

We have some wonderful cards to share today, including a lovely ‘tropical inspired’ wedding stationary set from NANCY. We love this idea, and with our huge selection of flowers, you could create this stationary set to suit any wedding scheme imaginable.

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Nancy has tucked in half cut flowers under the name cards etc.  So just a few packets should be enough to do the entire number stationery required.

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Nancy has added little shells on the MHC flowers to complement the tropical theme.  Beach weddings are very popular at the moment, and this concept could be adapted to suit the flower theme of the wedding.

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Below is a menu card or (whatever is needed) and a thank you card to complete the task of wedding stationery set.

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Wedding stationary set by Nancy Winter

MHC Products used: Winters song – pink, Mayglo – yellow

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Next up, is a beautiful shabby chic card, designed by TIFFANY. We love all the pretty layers on Tiffany’s card, and the lovely mauve tones of the Springtime and Dahlia flowers are the perfect addition.



Card by Tiffany Morgan

MHC Products used: Springtime – Mauve, Dahlia – Purple

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GWEN created this soft, and delicate blue and grey card set. The sentiments are quite general, allowing you to use these cards for any occasion


Gwen has added ‘Tide pool’ coloured Glimmer glam to the Christmas – Angelic flower, to give it this brilliant aqua colour. One of the great things about the paper flowers in the MHC collections are their ability to take sprays, and inks.


Card set by Gwen Wruck

MHC Products used: Poetry – white  (with outer leaves removed), Idyllic – Oatmeal, Christmas Angelic.

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Another beautiful blue toned card, this time from MELINDA

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Again, Melinda has sprayed some of our white flowers, in a gorgeous blue.

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Card by Melinda Thompson

MHC Products used: Scrap Cake Paper (My Private Happiness), Springtime – White (misted), Petite Rose – Melon, Dahlia – Blue

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Last, but not least, ALICIA with this beautiful, delicately coloured card, in browns, pinks and a soft mint.

Alicia Barry, Thinking of you card

Alicia Barry, Thinking of you card, close up

Card by Alicia Barry

MHC Products used: Mayglo – pink, Meadows – white.

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Thanks so much for visiting today. We have lots more cards to share with you over the coming days, so be sure to call in again soon.


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