About Me

Kia Ora Koutou
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 and now I am an designer and paper artist.  I enjoy making beautiful handcrafted cards that people will cherish as a mementos.
I discovered cardmaking nearly twenty five 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 and fussy cut everything.  Now there is so many more products on the market and we are not using children’s toys anymore.
I am mainly a cardmaker, but I have done scrapbooking as well along with making 3D projects using my Cricut Explore.  I am a paper florist and enjoy making realistic flowers to embellish my card and my favourite style is layering beautiful decorative dies and embellishing them with my handcrafted flowers.  I have been very privileged to have been on the Heartfelt Creations Design Team for 5 years and on the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Team for two years and counting.  It has been a pleasure working alongside some extremely talented artists from around the world.
Happy Crafting
Ka Kite Anu

15 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Patricia,
    Thanks for following my blog. Yours is absolutely beautiful and I love the pictures you take! May I ask which camera you are using? We share the same interest: crafting and I find your efforts truly inspiring in spite of your illness. I hope you’ll get well soon and I look forward to reading more about what you do. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comments. The camera I use is a Fujifilm S-X1. It is a bridge camera but still takes great photos and has almost as much flexibility as a DSLR.
      I will look forward to reading about all your crafty endeavours as well. You have a good day.

  2. Hi Patricia,

    So happy to have found your blog. Your photographs and ideas are fabulous! I too was a CM consultant over 10 yrs ago. Still have a lot of stuff which I absolutely love.
    Recently, I started tackling boxes of photos and have decided to start scrapbooking again – nothing crazy, just to finish up some albums for my boys.
    Overwhelmed, I found your blog and have been inspired to begin again. Thanks! ~maria

    1. Thank you Maria for your kind comments. I am so pleased that I have inspired you to take up scrapbooking again. I also enjoy visiting your blog and your photos are beautiful as well. You have a good day. Patricia

  3. Hi Patricia
    Your blog is amazing just love it and Welcome to Close To My Heart I will be checking back for info on the photo’s you take as I need some practice my little camera and reading your info just might help me better.

    1. Hi Robin
      Yes Close to My Heart is amazing. I am just loving all the products and they are adding more all the time. We are still getting established in New Zealand and are in the process of building up our consultants base. You are most welcome to visit my website and order any products and get them delivered to your door. Or, if you like you could become the first consultant in Tauranga. It only costs $124 + delivery to join up and you will get $370 worth of products. More than enough to get you started and you can join up through my website as well. Plus there is amazing support from the company as well as the other new CTMH consultants. Either way the products are amazing and so easy to use and I could go on and on…. I am just playing with my Cricut and my crafting has gone to another level! My website is patriciamanhirescreatingwith.shopctmh.co.nz
      Have a great day Robin

  4. Thank you for finding your way to liking my post. I like what you do and your photos. Making cards is an art. I tried but did not work out too well. Great work

  5. Mary Wenrich

    Is it possible to purchase a couple of your Joy Tracey Artiste Ornaments done in the silver and white. Thanks.

  6. Laurie Peloquin

    Hi Patricia, I am a close to my Heart consultant in the USA, is it ok to use one of your designs to show what can be done? I was looking at the la vie en Rose one in particular. Thank you. Laurie

  7. Sally Morch

    Where can I find you. I am on my way through from Greytown to catch a ferry and have an hour to fill in.

    Sally Morch

    Mobile. 0274738554.

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