Hi my name is Patricia Manhire and I live in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. I have always done some sort of crafts since I was a child. I come from an artistic and creative family. My grandmother won a scholarship for her art but was unable to take it up and she taught me a lot of crafts such as crochet, needlework and tatting. My mother did a lot of crafts from knitting, sewing, macrame, to leatherwork, My father does wood turning and makes some beautiful handcrafted toys. My sister also does a lot of crafts including knitting, sewing and embroidery.
I discovered cardmaking nearly twenty years ago when I went to Spotlight and discovered stamping and embossing. In those days there was no embossing or diecutting machines and all the stamps were on wood. We used a lot of corrugated card and raffia if I remember rightly, and coloured in with colour pencils that the children used. Now there is so many more products on the market and we are not using children’s toys anymore. I now use mostly Heartfelt Creations products which I only discovered about 2 years ago.
I am mainly a cardmaker, but I have done scrapbooking as well along with making 3D projects using my Cricut Explore. I love making dimensional flowers, in particular using vellum, and I can’t understand why men don’t like flowers on their cards! Heartfelt Creations do think of everything and their Cut Mat Create system of dies has added so much more dimension to my cards and I must admit to going through a lot of foam tape.
I own and operate Gift Hutt in Lower Hutt, New Zealand where I sell locally made arts and crafts along with Heartfelt Creations products, Spellbinders dies and coordinating inks and glitter etc. I run monthly flower making classes and plan on doing more cardmaking classes using the cardmaking kits from Heartfelt Creations.