There are a lot of stamps out there in the crafting industry, most are quite general, some have carved a little niche for themselves, like Penny Blacks… they’re the sweetest, cutest stamps on the block hands down.  I’ve coveted one for quite a while, which is something I don’t normally do, but I’ve seen beautiful cards on other blogs where the main image has been Penny Black, and I’ve plain old wanted one!  Or two, well alright, three then!  But because they’re a little more specialist, they’re also a little more expensive than I want to pay, and the local craft superstores that hand out 40% and 50% off coupons with abandon don’t stock Penny Blacks.  I discovered that my local Archivers store does, but they don’t accept competitor coupons at all, and their own coupons just didn’t match up…. until last week that is when a 40% off a single item coupon arrived in my email  So, almost squealing with anticipation, I hopped in my little old car and zoomed up to the store, returning a little while later clutching my prize!

In return for teaching me to knit (see yesterdays post), I spent a couple of days when my mum was visiting showing her the ins and outs of rubber stamping, she makes a few cards and had bought a couple of stamps and wanted to know how best to use them.  While she was practicing, I inked up my new PB, called Snow Squad, stamped a couple of images and then coloured one in using my water pen and all of my ink pads.  I had a blast, a bit like being a child again!  When it was finished and dry I added Stickles to the snow on the ground, the falling snow and the bears little bobble hat.

This is how it turned out:

[Is that just cute or what?  This one went home with my mum and she chose the little snowflake embellishment, she didn’t want too much on there!  I offered up bigger flakes, ribbon, buttons, all kinds of things, but they were turned down in favour of the simple blue sticky snow flake.  I still think it needs a little more oomph!]

[The Let It Snow is a Hero Arts stamp which I clear embossed (it’s really blue in colour but looks a bit green, as does the falling snow!), and I used a scalloped circle punch and edged it with more Stickles.]

[A close up of the panel, with that “green” falling snow!!]

When I first went to get this stamp I really wanted one called Hand Mailed which is also from the 2009 Christmas Collection, but they didn’t have it.  On her return to England unbeknown to me my mum went searching for it, and last night she called me up to say it’s on it’s way!  So soon I’ll be the owner of not one but two PB stamps!  How happy am I?

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Recipe:

Stamps ~ Penny Black and Hero Arts

DP ~ DCWV Christmas Stack 2008

Blue Mirror Card ~ Bought in a pack at Michaels a while ago!

Tools ~ Zig Water Pen, Various Inks (Q, Distress Inks, Stampology, Martha Stewart), Scalloped Punch, Crystal Stickles, Snowflake bling.

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One last crafty thing… there’s a lovely blog out there called Mainly Flowers, run by the lovey Joanne, who makes the most amazing paper flowers for cards and embellishments.  She’s having a bit of a giveaway (lovely stuff), so pop on over and put your name down, and make sure you have a good look around at all her wonderful creations while you’re there.

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