Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wisteria Bloom Mojo...

I hope you are enjoying the last day of 2011! Wow - where has the year gone? Before we head out for our church's New Year bash I thought I'd pop in here and share a card I made for the Colour Q challenge and the Mojo Monday sketch this week...

I used Wisteria Wonder as my extra colour with the black and white and used the lovely new Easter Blossoms set coming in our mini catty in just a few days time. The border image above the ribbon is from another new set - Borderlines - which has three long borders that will go across the length of a card front - brilliant!

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Easter Blossoms, Borderlines, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Stazon, Versamark, Wisteria Wonder
Paper: Flirtatious dsp, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories: Black satin ribbon, wisteria wonder brad, scallop trim border punch, SU markers, rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Play Date Love...


While I was away in London I sketched out a few cards using sketches from a book I brought with me and when I got back I combined one with the colours from the current Play Date challenge:

They are very Christmassy colours but I had finished all my Christmas stuff and wanted to play with some new goodies so I went in another direction with this:

The silhouette image is from a new set called 'Marry Me' coming in the mini catty and the love label is from another romance-themed set.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Marry Me, You are Loved
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobler
Paper: Mocha Morning dsp, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Antique brad, Lucky Limeade ribbon, Eyelet border punch, decorative label punch, oval punches, pearls

That's all for now - I'm going back to watching our Downton Abbey marathon with my sisters and hubby!

x Amy x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Embellished patterns...

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas! We are back in Bristol after spending a few days in London with family and my sisters and I are enjoying a leisurely Boxing Day in front of the TV (watching Harry's Law). I'm taking the opportunity of free time to get creative - I decided to play along with the Embellish Magazine colours with the added challenge of using mixed patterns.

 I came up with this using some new goodies:

I used one of the Sale-a-Bration sets coming on the 24th Jan and made my own background paper using a couple of the motifs from the set. I used Island Indigo cardstock then stamped the larger image with Island Indigo ink then with Whisper White ink. I used the small flower in the gaps using Versamark so I could get a paler image than the one you get when using the same colour ink. I really love the effect of these three different inks together!

The vines were stamped on Whisper White with Old Olive ink then the panels were sponged with Old Olive to soften them a bit. The flower was created with the Blossom Party die (coming in the mini catty on the 4th of Jan) with Daffodil Delight cardstock and DSP. The leaves were punched using the Build a Blossom punch then I stamped them with a border pattern from the same SAB set.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB), Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Island Indigo, Old Olive, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Versamark
Paper: Island Indigo, Old Olive, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, DD dsp
Accessories: Island Indigo brad. Blossom Party die, Build a Blossom punch, square punch, Old Olive satin ribbon, scallop border punch

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Mojo Vintage Bloom...

I've been wanting to play with the new Sale-a-Bration papers coming out at the end of Jan (they are seriously some of the most gorgeous papers I have EVER seen!). I thought this week's Mojo Monday sketch was a good place to start so I got out my new goodies and came up with this:

How gorgeous is that flower??? I made that with a new die coming out in the mini catalogue on the 4th of Jan - I alternated Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral cardstock, popped an antique brad in the middle then inked the edges with Tea Stain ink then Whisper White ink - I love how it turned out!

The main panel features two Sale-a-Bration stamp sets as well as a very useful sentiment set in our catalogue called For my Family. I added a little punched border between the two layers of dsp in the background as well as some die-cut leaves, some pearls and a little strip of lace trim.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: For my Family, French Foliage, Fresh Vintage, Elementary Elegance
Paper: Everyday Enchantment, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Tea Stain, Whisoer White
Accessories: Blossom Party die, antique brads, pearls, Chantilly lace trim, lace ribbon border punch, little leaves die

Thanks for stopping by - have a very happy Christmas and a joyous and prosperous New Year!

x Amy x

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Everyday Eleanor Elegance...

Hi there,

I combined the Pals Paper Arts sketch with this week's Colour Q challenge to create this little number:

I used one of the new sets coming in Sale-a-Bration on Jan 24th called Everyday Elegance to create the sentiment panel and tiny butterflies - love that frame! The centre coordinates with the curly label punch and makes it easy peasy to pop a sentiment in the middle. Those gorgeous flowers are from a set in our catty called Everything Eleanor - I stamped them with Real Red then coloured with Regal Rose ink and a blender pen. I wanted to use Real Red ribbon but didn't have any suitable ones in my stash so I dyed some Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon with Real Read reinker and love the result! I added an antique brad to the centre of the bow to finish things off.

That's all for now - I'm off to finish a calendar present I'm making for someone - lots of work but hopefully worth it!

x Amy x

Friday, 16 December 2011

Butterfly Breeze...

The wonderful thing about holiday times for me is having so much more time to play along with all the great challenges out there - this time I combined the Play Date colour palette of black & white with a splash of teal, together with this week's Case Study challenge (what a gorgeous card by Amy Sheffer!). Here's what I came up with:

It's not exactly rocket science to see how I was inspired by Amy's card... lol! I loved the black and white butterfly, the stamped detailed background, the panel of pale blue at the bottom of the card, the punched border and the black card base. I die-cut the butterfly then stamped an image from one of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets (coming on Jan 24th) over the top with Stazon ink. The Baja Breeze panel was stamped with a new vine border image from a new set coming in the mini catalogue. The border along the bottom of the card was created with the Curly Label punch, moving it along a few times to get this effect. I added some rhinestones to the body of the butterfly and a couple of black buttons under the sentiment (these were inspired by the black pearls on Amy's card).

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Delicate Doilies, Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess), Fresh Vintage (SAB), Borderlines (Mini catty)
Paper: Black, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Ink: Stazon, Baja Breeze, Tea Stain (distressing kit)
Dies: Beautiful Butterflies, Perfect Pennants
Accessories: basics rhinestones, black buttons, black satin ribbon, curly label punch

That's all for now... thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sneaky Throwdown...


I had a chance to play along with two challenges last night: the Color Throwdown challenge and Card Patterns sketch.


I broke out some new goodies (namely a gorgeous Sale-a-Bration set available on 24th Jan) and made myself move out of my comfort zone with these bright colours...

I inked up the image with markers and stamped on whisper white then stamped the same image again over the top with Versamark and embossed with clear EP to really make the image pop. The circle was cut out using the Circles #2 die and the Choc Chip scallop is from the Perfect Pennants die. I sponged around the circle image with some Choc Chip ink to warm up this panel a little. The Melon Mambo dsp in the background is from the Flirtateous pack - gorgeous! I added some Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, a Pumpkin Pie button and a couple of rhinestones to finish.

I'm really enjoying having some time off and more time to create at the moment. There's something about taking part in challenges that gets my creative juices flowing and helps me create things I wouldn't normally come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x

Monday, 12 December 2011

Wedding Case...


When I saw that the one-and-only Amy Sheffer was this month's Case Study challenge muse I knew I had to play along! Amy tops my list of inspirational and ridiculously talented stampers and it is such fun to case her work. Here's what I came up with:

I wanted to use the multiple layers of white card with an embossed layer like Amy's card (looks so elegant) and I also was inspired by the general layout and ribbon treatment.

This image is from a new stamp set coming out in the UK mini catalogue on 4th of Jan. I embossed it with black EP on whisper white card and added some shimmer paint to the veil as well as a couple of rhinestones for a little 'tiara'. The sentiment and frame is from the same set and I added a tiny bit of colour with markers to the little flowers on the frame. The ribbon is Real Red 1/8" taffeta that I threaded through a strip I punched with the lace ribbon border punch.

That's it for now - have a fabulous day/evening wherever you are!

x Amy x

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Get Well Mojo...

Hi there!

Welcome to my new blog - I hope you enjoy stopping in here and seeing what I've been creating. I decided to start a blog to share my SU creations for those ladies who come to my classes and workshops who want to see what I've been making (and of course anyone else who wants to pop in!). For anyone who thinks I look familiar, my old blog was Devlinwhite Designs, but I felt like a fresh start so hence White House Stamping!

I've recently had a delivery of some pre-order stuff from the new mini catalogue coming out on the 4th of Jan as well as some Sale-a-Bration goodies (which starts on the 24th of Jan) and I've been inspired to start playing! Term has pretty much finished and I now only have two more days of work before the Christmas holidays so I've got some more time than usual to get inky...

I used this week's Mojo sketch as my starting point for this card (the photo's not great cos daylight had faded by the time I'd finished!):

I flipped the sketch to accommodate this image which is from one of the sets coming in the new mini. I stamped the image with Early Espresso and coloured with Pink Pirourette and Soft Suede markers. I painted a little bit of Champagne shimmer paint on the flowers with an aqua brush but you can't see it in this photo... I used Beau Chateau dsp for the layers and the rosette (created with two scallop circle punches and an antique brad). I distressed the edges of each panel and added a little sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

I really appreciate you visiting and love reading the comments people so kindly write!

Thanks for stopping by!

x Amy x