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3 Shabby Chic Cards by Cathy Cafun

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Hi ladies, Cathy here,

I have a set of 3 cards which were created a little while ago, but was unable to share until now as they were published with Australian Cardmaking Stamping and Papercraft Magazine.

I thought I would show you how you can make a few quick and easy cards with a 6″ paper pad and product from the Manor House Creations.

Here are 3 cards I created, using MHC Flowers, Ornate Frames and Flexible Words.

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Love You Forever

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Valentine 1 closie blog

On this card I altered the blossoms to give them more dimension by pinching the centre back of the flower between your fingers.  Place a little bit of tape at the back of the flower to hold the pinched section, then top with a pearl, bead or brad.

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MHC Product Used:  Layout Pack-Cheeky, Floral Mix-Krystal, Believe Blossom mix, Gothic Ornate Frame-black, Flexible Word (Love black)

I Love You

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Valentine closie 2 blog

The large white flower was altered by lightly inking the edges of the petals, then backing with distressed mesh ribbon for a shabby chic feel.

MHC Product Used:  Letters from Paris, Minuettes pink, Gothic Ornate Frame-white,

Flexible Word (Love white)

Love Is Not a Because

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Valentine 3 closie blog

I have backed the Gothic Ornate Frame with pp to add some contrast and draw the eye.

MHC Product Used:  Letters from Paris, Tea Rose-gold, Lace Butterflies and Hearts pack, Gothic Ornate Frame-white, Flexible Word (Love white)

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Beautiful You Collection – Mixed Media LO

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Hi Cathy here,

Today I am sharing a mixed media layout using the gorgeous “Beautiful You” collection of pattern papers and flowers from the Winter 2014 Collection.

MHC LO - Beautiful blog

To create the background I tore the yellow “In My Thoughts” pp diagonally, then backed it with the pink side of the “Fresh and New” pp.  I masked over the top using a floral stencil design and modelling paste.  Once dry, I misted with water and randomly added dabs of mimosa IZink, then spritzed with water again to created a watercolour effect.  I dried off and repeated with the geranium IZink.

MHC LO - Beautiful closie blog

I have used one of the Journal spots from the “Journal Sheet” pp, which I cut down into a banner to create my title, then lightly swiped the edges with gesso.

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You would probably all know that I love to fussy cut.  Here I have fussy cut some of the roses from the pp’s to tuck in amongst my flower clusters.

MHC LO - Beautiful closie 2 blog

I also fussy cut the clock section from the “Fresh and New” pp to make a little cluster down the side of my photo.

MHC Papers:  Beautiful You Collection – In My Thoughts, Fresh and New, Journal sheet


MHC Flowers: Oh So Pretty – pink, Country Roses – cerise, Frilly Roses – ivory, Country Estate – lemon, Sweeties, Darling

Beautiful LO collage 1

Other Product: Artistcellar stencil, mesh, IZink – jasmine, mimosa and geranium, gesso, modelling paste, Viva crackle paste, Scrapmatts chipboard, crochet doily

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Layout by Cathy Cafun – CSI 139

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Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing a layout inspired by this week’s case file at Color Stories Inspiration, using gorgeous flowers from Manor House.

CSI 139 - This is Bliss rs



Love the denim rosettes.  They come in light, dark and floral as well as mixed packs.  Here I altered the light denim rosette by lightly swiping with gesso and adding a brad to the centre.

CSI 139 closie 1 rs

The country roses are the pefect filler when creating flower clusters.  I have swiped the roses with a little gesso to tie in with my mixed media background. 

CSI 139 closie 2 rs

I needed a slightly smaller flower for my top cluster, so I pulled off the bottom layer from one of the oh so pretty flowers, then folded the bottom layer over and tucked it under my photo.

CSI 139 closie 3 rs

Manor House Creations product:  Country Roses – lemon, Oh So Pretty – blue mix, Denim Rosettes – light, Mayglo – green

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Spring is blooming!

Hi everyone – Sonia here with a bit of Springtime creating! I love this time of the year as the flowers start to bloom and the butterflies emerge, not to mention the sun starts to heat up a bit! The new Country Estate is a fabulous range to help get in the Spring mood and I used the gorgeous ‘New Day’ paper as the base for my layout – how beautiful are the images?!!

Country Estate - New dayI added some Misting Spray in Lime Wedge to highlight the green tones in the paper:

SONY DSCProducts used: Paper – Country Estate ‘New Day‘. Flowers – Mia in Green, Glitz in Lemon and Country Roses in White

The printed paper underneath the photo is the reverse side of the New Day paper – it’s wonderful when both sides of the paper are as gorgeous as each other!


The Glitz flower was slightly too big for my cluster so I removed the outer layer of petals to create a flower that fitted in perfectly.



SONY DSCHopefully the warm weather will get you outside for lots more photo opportunities to scrap!

Sonia x

Anything is Possible – Layout by Cathy Cafun

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Hi Everyone,

As some of you may know, I am on the Design Team for Colour Stories Inspiration (CSI).  This week’s Color Stories Inspiration Challenge 137 was such a pretty colour palette, I just couldn’t resist adding some Manor House flowers to my layout.  Here is my interpretation of the challenge.

Anything is Possible

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CSI 137

I have used one of the Colourwash Doubleups in soft pink as the base for my flower cluster, then layered with some yellow Sunflowers and white Minuettes from the pink mix pack.  The sunflowers were altered by pulling out the stamens and replacing with crochet doiles and a brad.  I also added a crochet doily to the double up flower which I pulled apart using the larger flower and keeping the centre flower for another project.

Manor House Product:  Colourwash Doubleups – soft pink, Sunflowers – yellow, Minuettes – pink mix pack

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

Happiness is catching – Sonia Thomason

I love it when you look at photos and you can’t help but smile or laugh! I find photos of children are often like that, pure joy on their faces as they enjoy the wonders of life. This photo of Isabella is one of my favourites – the camera has caught her at a moment of pure happiness and it sure is catching!
The gorgeous background on the Thoughts Wandering ‘Beautiful’ paper provides a perfect backdrop to your photos with it’s neutral tones:
THW - Beauitful_smI have used some mists over the page just to highlight the soft blue around the paper and in the flowers and a splash of beetroot colour to pick up the pop of colour from the Country Rose:


Products used: Papers – Thoughts Wandering ‘Beautiful’ and Country Estate ‘Elements‘. Flowers – Denim Rosettes Light Mix, Country Blues Denim, Country Estate Mix, Country Roses in Beetroot and Azure Blue and a Vine. Embellishments – Felt Doilies in Cream, Beautiful You chipboard Words (Laugh) and Cotton Tag

I adore the font used in the chipboard word – so elegant!


The Beetroot of the Country Rose just adds that little pop of colour that the page needs


The Felt Doilies are perfect for adding texture and movement to your page:


As you can see I’ve mixed and matched the flowers from different collections but the blues go together perfectly and the Beetroot adds in some colour that helps the page come together.




Happy scrapping 🙂

Sonia x

Mixed Media layout – Cherish

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Hello everyone. Tiffany here. I have a layout to share with you.


I used lots of different mediums to create this layout. I love brown tones as you can see here. I love to use sprays and paints to color the flowers to match my projects.




Thank you for stopping by.

Manor House Creations products

Idylic white, Country roses.