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‘Thoughts Wandering’ with Trudi Harrison

  Hi Lovely People,

Trudi with you today sharing something created from the THOUGHTS WANDERING collection where the emphasis is on ‘beautiful’.

MHC_June 2014_Sweet Beautiful You

The larger design element was first fussy cut from the the ‘Sail Away’ patterned paper and then popped aside.  It was later tucked in along the bottom of the photo.

To create the base of the layout – The ‘Postcards’ paper was trimmed and then affixed over the top (lighter side up) of the Sail Away paper. Before attaching add a little distressing to the edges.

Some background altering was added with a 12 x 12 mask and Lindy Stamp Gang sprays. When dry, a little white Gesso was randomly swiped over the top of the misting.

MHC_June 2014_Sweet Beautiful You. Detail 2

Corners of the photo were framed with rose elements trimmed from Rosette Ornate Frames. Clusters of coordinating blooms from the Thoughts Wandering Mix were added along with a few flowers from Oh So Pretty Packs – Blue, Buttercup and Pink and Country Roses. The pink flower was misted with Plum Glimmer Mist. A pop of colour was added to the buttercup blooms with Dylusions Pure Sunshine Ink Spray and a few Beetroot Country Roses.

Beautiful You Chipboard Words add a touch of sweet sentiment.

MHC_June 2014_Sweet Beautiful You. Detail 1

  Sweet Beautiful You – By Trudi Harrison

MHC Products:  Thoughts Wandering Papers – Journal Sheet, Postcards, Sail Away,  Beautiful You Paper – Journal; Country Roses – Azure Blue & Beetroot, Flower Pack Thoughts Wandering – Mix, Flower Pack Oh So Pretty – Buttercup Mix, Flower Pack Oh So Pretty – Pink Mix, Flower Pack Oh So Pretty – Blue Mix, Beautiful You Chipboard Words, Felt Doilies – Teal, Ornate Frames – Rosette White

 illustration_Vintage Roses PMS 4625 C

Designer inspiration in blues

Welcome! Lets take a look at what our amazing DT has been up to this month. Gwen features first using our easy-to-use Sentiment banners – perfect for cards.

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By Gwen Wruck

Products: Sentiments banners, Rue – blueberry, Mini Blush roses, Minuettes, pink mix, Vine – white, Lace Butterflies & hearts, Ornate frame – scallop.

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SC Colour Challenge #101-Trudi Harrison

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By Trudi Harrison

Products: Rue – blueberry, Vine – light blue, Tea roses, shades – apple green, Springtime – blue.

A beautiful Friendship by Trudi Harrison

Hi Everyone!

Trudi here with you today sharing the creative process for a little background altering.

So grab a sheet of ‘neutral’ patterned paper, a few of your favourite ink sprays, a 12 x 12 mask or two, some gesso, impasto or texture paste, and a texture stamp with ink and let the fun begin!

I have used the MHC Believe paper ‘Make Believe’ for the base of my project. A little tip I have found to be helpful is to reinforce the patterned paper with a 12 x 12 piece of chipboard/greyboard or sturdy piece of cardstock. This helps with stopping the paper from ‘buckling’ when the media is applied.

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Position a 12 x 12 mask ( I used Kaisercraft Chevron) over the paper and spray randomly over the top with black colour spray ( I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine).

Carefully remove the mask and allow the masked area to dry.

Apply some white gesso over the top. I applied with a stiff piece of cardboard and swiped it over. Try pushing the cardboard up and down into the applied paint to add a bit of texture. Allow to dry.

Add some extra masked detail – I used a Twiddleybitz Dots Stencil and Impasto Paste.

Now add some colour with some ink sprays – I spritzed over the top with Dylusions Cherry Pie and then Heidi Swapp Mustard Color Shine.  Another little tip is to let each colour dry before adding the next.

Here is what my background now looks like:

Background effect 1

I also added some random stamping over the top – I used a Kaisercraft Texture Diamonds Clear Stamp with Black pigment ink.

Background effect 2

I built on this by adding some fussy cut floral elements from Graphic 45 12 Days Of Christmas ‘Rose’ paper, Twiddleybitz chipboard and of course some Manor House Creations blooming beauties:

A beautiful Friendship by Trudi Harrison

Floral clusters were created with Cinnamon Colourwash, Concerto, Minuette, Blueberry Imagine, Tweeny Weenies Roses, Petite Rose and Red flowers from the Belle Layout Pack.

A beautiful Friendship_Detail 2_ by Trudi Harrison

Petals were separated from the large colourwash flower and layered underneath the smaller blooms. White roses were spritzed with Lindy Stamp Gang Flat Fabio – Kissin’ Kenickie Coral with the petal tips dabbed with metallic gold paint.

A beautiful Friendship_Detail 3_ by Trudi Harrison

A beautiful friendship by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Believe – Make Believe, Cinnamon Colourwash, Concerto, Minuette, Blueberry Imagine, White Tweeny Weenies, Belle Layout Pack, Blue Petite Rose

Keep Smiling by Trudi Harrison

Anoterh quick ‘hi’ from Trudi, sharing this layout I made for MHC.

Layout Keep Smiling by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Concerto, Vinettes – CHESTNUT, Vine – DARK PINK, Glitter Roses – RED

MHC_Layout Keep Smiling_Detail 1_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Layout Keep Smiling_Detail 3_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Layout Keep Smiling_Detail 4_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Layout Keep Smiling_Detail 2_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Layout Keep Smiling_Detail 5_Trudi Harrison

Hope you enjoyed!

Altered Drawers by Trudi Harrison

Its a “hi’ from Trudi and a quick share of some mini drawers dusted with tons of beautiful MHC flowers.

MHC_Altered Drawers_Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Vinettes – DENIM and PINK, Colourwash Double Ups – SOFT DENIM and SOFT PINK, Layout Pack – FABULOUS, Minuettes – BLUE, Vine – PINK, Ornate Frame

MHC_Altered Drawers_Side View 1_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Altered Drawers_Side View 2Trudi Harrison

MHC_Altered Drawers_Detail 1_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Altered Drawers_Detail 2_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Altered Drawers_Front View_Trudi Harrison

Hope you enjoy!

In the press with Trudi Harrison

Hey everyone. It’s that time again to share what’s been appearing in our Australian publications and Trudi has been featured a lot lately. (I”m sure you can see why!)  Here’s some of her amazing work you may have seen in Australian Scrapbooking Ideas magazine.

ASI 20 Layout 'We are family' by Trudi Harrison

Volume 20

Products used: Winters song – Embers, Capri – gold, Ballroom – Waltz, mini roses.

ASI#22_The Ombre Effect_Layout 'Dream'_Trudi Harrisoni-002

Volume 22

Products used: Sweeties, Shades – orange, Springtime – white, Glitz, Hayley.

ASI#23_All That Glitters_Layout 2_Little Girls_Trudi Harrison

Volume 23

Products used: Solitude, layout pack – rustic, Ornate frames – Cheval & Oval.

ASI#23_All That Glitters_Layout 3_Treasured Heirlooms_Trudi Harrison

Volume 23

Products used: Lazy dayz, Layout pack – Tutti Frutti, Springtime – white, Camelia.

Colour combinations you may not have though of.

Today we’d love to show you another example of colour schemes with our new papers. This striking layout shows you that back and grey can look completely CLASSIC. And that’s the exact name of our black & grey layout pack.

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Layout by Tiffany Morgan

Products: Believe paper , Flexible words – Together, Ornate frames,  Layout pack – Classy, Floral mix – Tiffany.

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This layout by Trudi, uses 2 tones of blue – a darker deeper blue mixed witha  brighter blue, but also brings out a touch of gold and rusty borwn colours.

MHC_Believe Collection_Spring 2013 Release_Layout 3 Country Girl_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Believe Collection_Spring 2013 Release_Layout 3_Detail 1_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Believe Collection_Spring 2013 Release_Layout 3_Detail 3_Trudi Harrison

MHC_Believe Collection_Spring 2013 Release_Layout 3_Detail 2_Trudi Harrison

Layout by Trudi Harrison

Products:  Believe Patterned Papers – Take A Chance (Reverse), Make Believe, Butterflies,
Dreams Come True; Vinette – Brown, Layout Pack – Rustic; Flexible Word – love,
Ornate Frame – Scallop

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Elena has shown here how to use blues and greys and then add  touch of yellow – makes for an amazing colour-combination.





Layout by Elena Olinevich.

Products used: Emma pack, Sunflower Yellow, Lazy days – Coffee and Toast.

Designer inspiration

Each month we love to let our designers just go with the flow and design whatever their creative heart wants to do. I just love being the reciever of all these LOVELY projects that come in. It so hard not to stop working and just throw opent he doors of my scrap cupboard or take off for the nearest shelf of Manor House goodies.

You can see why I feel like that again today…

This first project – a beautiful album, features our new flowers, and is from the very talented Nadia.





732112310Album by Nadia Cannizzo.

Products used: Letters from Paris, Tea Roses – Soft Gold, Blossoms – Believe, White ornate Gothic Frames.

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This fun layout from Elena just makes you want to grab the nearest bottle of spray and flowers and go crazy.





Layout by Elene Olinevich.

Products used: Sunflower – White, Razzles – Red, Idyllic – oatmeal (all misted).

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This breathtaking layout from Trudi is amazing to look at….it has SO much depth and colour. Rich and beautiful.

Timeless Class_Version2_Trudi Harrison

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Class layout by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Romance Devoted, Glitter Roses – Pink, Springtime – White

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And this last one from Cathy, whose made a gorgeous job of using contrasting colours of black, white & pink.

MHC Dare to Dream LO - Cathy new

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MHC Dare to Dream LO closie 4

OK, off you go…CREATE!

Creating a Peek-A-Boo Window Effect with Trudi

Hi Everyone,

I recently created this layout and wanted to share the creative process for recreating the ‘peek a boo’ window effect which frames my photo.

MHC_Layout_Life is Sweet_Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Purple Vine, Pink Razzles, Purple Razzles Card Pack, Sarah (Pack), White Tweeny Weenies, Melon Petite Rose

Believe Patterned Papers – Lace & Frames (Cardstock)


The middle frame from the top row of the Believe Frames (cardstock) has been adapted:


MHC_Layout_Life is Sweet_Detail 3_Trudi Harrison

First fussy cut the frame element– With scissors or craft knife, cut around the outer edges but do not remove the centre piece.

To create a window effect with a frame – Trim down the middle of the centre piece of the frame with a craft knife. With scissors or a craft knife cut along the top and bottom edges. Score along the left and right inside edges and fold the pieces back to create a window ‘shutter’effect.

Position and attach your photo in the middle.

I have another example of where I have done similarly – This was also the project recently taught at the Ladies of the Manor Retreat:

MHC Retreat Class Layout 'Thank You'_Detail 2_Trudi Harrison

A slightly smaller frame fussy cut from the Believe cardstock was adapted:

MHC Retreat Class Layout 'Thank You'_Detail 3Trudi Harrison

MHC Retreat Class Layout 'Thank You'_Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Believe – Lace, Make Believe, Take A Chance, 12 x 12 Card Elements (Cardstock), Frames (Cardstock)

Springtime – White, Idyllic – White, Imagine – Oatmeal, Tweeny Tweenies Roses, Bling Trim, Sentiment Banner

Two different versions from Trudi

Trudi can make any colour look, even green. Here she has shown how she did a class recently where you could choose which colour mood you wanted to do.

This first one is darker but the red and white touches help it jump to life with amazing life-likeness and dimension.

Timeless Version 1 Class Layout by Trudi Harrison

Timeless Version 1 Class Layout by Trudi Harrison_Detail 1

Timeless Version 1 Class Layout by Trudi Harrison_detail2

This layout is also breathtaking – amazing to look at….it has SO much depth and colour. Rich and beautiful and still grey, but this time lighter. And in this layout she has changed the position of the title and chipboard cogs.

Timeless Class_Version2_Trudi Harrison

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Class layout by Trudi Harrison

MHC Products: Romance Devoted, Glitter Roses – Pink, Springtime – White

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Inspired?  OK, off you go…CREATE!


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