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Mamma’s Boy

Hello to you all!

Gwen here today with a layout to share about one of the special guys in my life… No, not my husband, but my pet cat “Hamlet”.  He is a big part of our family and has been with us for over 13 years now.  I often refer to him as my “old man” but he will always be a Mamma’s Boy :)


I have worked with a flower template and some Gesso as the base of my flower cluster and then once dried I’ve inked over the with a distress ink to help highlight it from the patterned  background.  This made a really solid base for my flower feature and set the design for the page.


You can easily add interest to your flower clusters by varying the sizes of the flowers you use.. here I have used the larger Country Lane and Ruffles flowers as  features as well as the much smaller Petite roses.  Medium sized flowers include Rue, Iris and Whimsy – all delicious!


I’ve softened the look by adding some feature chipboard flourishes and adding a little gesso to the Rue flowers.


MHC Products used:

Country Lane – Pretty, Whimsy – Cream, Rue – Watermelon, Iris – Sherbert

Until next time.


Step x step with Delaina (revised)


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Its Delaina with you today. Thanks for taking the time to check out the step by step canvas I created this month. Manor House Creations make it easy to produce a beautiful project.

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1. The first step is to paint a thin coat of cream acrylic paint over your canvas, and allow it to completely dry.

2. Cover a mask with modeling paste. I have used a scrolly mask in each corner, and have only covered portions of it in a few places. Allow to completely dry.

3. I have used pink, beige and green paint here. I simply used a small paint brush and smeared streaks of the color onto the canvas. TIP: If you feel you have added too much color, paint over those areas with the cream paint you started with.

4.  Add a 4×6 photo, after popping it up with pop dots.

5. Attach the beautiful Manor House Creations flowers with liquid glue.

6.  I then fussy cut some flowers and leaves from the Scrap cake collection ‘One moment in time’, I then adhered those aroung the flowers as shown

6. Add some butterflies, and your title, and you canvas is ready to frame.

Products used: MHC Marguerite-mocha, Beauty-off white, Merangue-pin, TSC-One moment in time.

I hope you enjoyed this step by step as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Happy Scrapping!

Step by step layout from Melinda

We have a very special treat for you today. Our talented designer Melinda has created a step by step tutorial, giving us a behind the scenes look at how she goes about creating one of her wonderful layouts.

‘Hello everyone, it’s Melinda here and I am very excited to share with you a very simple Step x Step on how I created this layout for The color room.

Step 1……

 I almost always use a little misting on my backgrounds.  So with this gorgeous rich colour palette I decided to go with some TA Walnut Gold, one of my favourite colours, and just randomly spray around the page.  At about the centre of the page I gave a few good spritz’s in the one area and lifted my page and let some of the mist run down.

Step 2….

 I fussy cut around some flowers on some Hambly transparency and just placed them on the page.

Step 3….

Next I got my chipboard clock along with my distress ink (Antique Linen) and gently dabbed some ink over the chipboard to give it more definition.

Step 4….

I placed my chipboard over the top of my Hambly and then started layering and building up my layout with my papers and flowers.

Step 5….

Often with layering on a layout, it is just a matter of getting the balance right.  I most always work in a triangle. So here you can see that on my triangle corners I will place my flowers so that it surrounds my photo.

Step 6….

More fussy cutting of some Crate Paper to add further interest to my layout. I just kept placing them on until I was happy with the balance.  Once I was happy I added my photo, embellishments and title’.

Products used:  Blossoms (altered), Mascarpone (altered), Christmas Star (altered), Enchanted – little princess (white)

We hope you enjoyed Melindas tutorial, and the wonderful layout she created.

A new Educator – altering flowers.

Hello to you all. Today we have an exciting announcement  – we have a new EDUCATOR Which we are thrilled about!


Mixed Media

OK, so we know you have already met Melinda before but have you seen her talents with mixed Media??? She is amazing and we here at MHC wanted to make the most of this, so we have asked her to join our Education team and be one of our ‘LADIES OF THE HOUSE’.

So without further ado, here’s Melinda to take over.

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Hi there everyone, its Melinda Thompson here from the Design Team and I am excited to give you a little step x step in altering this gorgeous ‘Mascarpone’ bloom, which I have used in my layout titled Kindy 2011 for Palette 107 at The Color Room.
Step 1….
I have used a couple of different styles of white flowers on my layout but I will show you how I altered the gorgeous new flower….Mascarpone! Love all the twist and turns in these lovely petals, it really makes for an interesting flower!
Step 2….
So to start with I love using some sort of mist as a base and because I am a little addicted to my Shimmerz lately, I decided give the flower a ‘light’ spray with some Heavy Metal Shimmerz.
I was careful only to give a few pumps with the spray as I didn’t want to colour the whole flower.
Step 3…..
Next, I wanted to used some TA Gold Glimmermist to give the flower more of a ‘goldy’ feel to it.
Lift up all the petals making sure you get in underneath.  With the blending of these 2 colours, it gives you a rich caramel colour.
Step 4….
Because this colour palette screamed all things gold and sparkly, I added some Shimmerz Enamelz, Molten Metal. So while the mist was still a little wet, I just got a little of the Enamelz in my fingers and sprinkled over the flower.  Then I tipped the flower over to shake of the excess.
Step 5…..
So once this was dry, it still looked a little dull to me to I grabbed some Shimmerz Pearlz (Sunny) and a fine paint brush and just lightly and randomly went over some of the petals. This put a little more colour back in the flower as well as give it a pearly/shimmery look. I also dug out some good old Kindy Glitz.  I put a little on my finger and just dabbed in on in a few various areas.
The ideas and ways to alter flowers are endless.  The main thing to remember is there is no mistakes and just to have fun…you will be surprised with how they turn out! I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial.

What every little girl needs….

Hello!  Well RAE COOPER has been at it again and dreaming up some more amazing creations, this time for little girls, using our brand new PARTY TIME flowers called what else…Garden party & Tea Party packs.  What little girl wouldn’t flip out over this….. and so easy to do as Rae shows.

 Grab some of our new Party time flower packs – Garden Party and Tea Party.

Take you basic ‘run of the mill’ fairy outfit, available from any variety store these days.

 Using glue, add some pearl trim and 1 flower to each show as shown.

Using some strips of tuele about 3-4 inches wide, bunch them along the waistline of the skirt, securing with thread & adding a flower to the centre.

To the base of the skirt, sew or glue on some blossoms at each point, and add a pearl centre.

Add some blossoms to the fairy wand and 1 large flower to the tiara along with a few more blossoms.

And now you have the cutest little fairy on the block with her own original outfit.

Thankyou Rae. I’m sure many Mums will be grateful when it comes to that next Fairy party.

Step x step with Jeni & a GIVEAWAY!

Well we are very pleased to bring you this fabulous step x step project which we think you will also love. If you’ve always wondered how Jeni creates all those gorgeous layers and intriguing details, well here’s you chance to learn with this truly eye-catching layout.

Here’s what Jeni had to say:

“I love mixing it up with different techniques using mixed media to alter the flowers and background to create a splash of colour. I had the idea that I wanted to show a mix of techniques with a variety flowers. So I’ve embossed, stamped, inked, glittered, used perfect pearls, Liquid pearls, gesso and made 3d ones. All are altered. Created the background using, a mask, mists, gesso and splatters of paint. I hope you like it.”

Products used: Blossoms – Airlie, Esperance, Byron & Avoca, Cutie Pies – Teal & Tangerine, Taneisha, Oak leaves – green, Enchanted – Sweet Dreams, Fairy Floss – mixed, Marguerite – blush, Magestic – Gemma, TSC – Cosy Christmas – Family Xmas.


Step 1. Begin with a selection of Manor House Flowers flowers to alter.

Step 2. Using a variety of techniques such as embossing, inking. Decorate flowers.

Step 3. Background was created misting a mask, paint splatters and gesso.

Step 4. Start by building up the background layers.

Step 5 & 5a.  I used a mix of flowers, sizes and colours.

Step 6. Altered flowers give the illusion of added texture and depth.

Step 7. Create 3d flowers by using smaller petals for centres.

Step 8. Add extra embellishment touches to create a finished layout.

 Jeni, we loved it! And because we loved it so much,we are having a:

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 ” Giveaway “

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 You can win 5 of the packs of flowers used in this layout IF you complete these 3 requirements:

1. Tell us HOW MANY MHC FLOWERS have been used on this layout? (Leave your answer in the comments).

2. ‘LIKE’ this step x step on Facebook.

3.  Leave a comment on this post about this step x step. 


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


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