Hope Your Wishes Come True


I have a sweet, tiny little friend that hasn’t reached the age of 6 yet, that I’m sending this card out to.  She has been on my mind enough to prompt me to dig back in the archives so to speak for this retired Penny Black stamp.  Now don’t go getting mad at me, I know this one is no longer available, but I have a stash of them that I simply cannot part with and every once in a great while I have an occasion like this to color one up. 

She is colored with Copics with a very light touch and the beauty of Penny Black stamps is that if you are in a hurry, you can pretty much use the colored index on the stamp as a guide and come up with a reasonable piece of stamping.  You can see the colored index on several of the mounts here.  If you are trying to build your confidence using Copics, I consider this an excellent way to get started.  Also, I got my first shipment of Prism Smooth White Cardstock and I kid you not, it is a night and day difference when you are coloring with the right paper – this is another confidence booster.  After you touch this paper you won’t try to make due with regular cardstock with Copics ever again.  I have filled in my Copic collection a bit and have some good groupings to work with and gone is the frustration of trying to make distant colors work. 

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Penny Black Retired, Sentiment – Printworks
Paper:  140lb Stratmore Watercolor, Making Memories Chloe’s Closet,
Prism Smooth White Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Rose Bud

Accessories:  Spellbinders Classic Scallop Circle Large, Spellbinder Long Scallop Rectangles Large, Ribbon, Making Memories Tab Clip, Pearls, Copic Markers

Many of you emailed me to assist you in finding the stamp with the outhouses that I used on my last card – you can find that stamp HERE.

Be sure you take care as you start another glorious week!

  • ReginaMay 18, 2009 - 8:56 am

    Becca this is a really cute card.I have two little twin granddaughters and this little girl stamp would make the best card, thanks for the inspration.

    God Bless ReginaReplyCancel

  • JulieKMay 18, 2009 - 9:14 am

    Becca, this is adorable! Just to let your readers know, Dick at HMstamps.com is getting retired Penny Black’s available. You might have to do some digging to find this, but Dick is super helpful.ReplyCancel

  • Jean FitchMay 18, 2009 - 9:52 am

    Hi Becca,

    Everyone has a guilty pleasure and using and posting retired stamps seem to be universal so no worries. We’ve all been there. After all blogging is mostly about sharing what we love :D Good of you to warn you readers though that this might not be “gettable”.

    Thanks to for the tip on where to get the outhouse stamp. I should have guessed it was an Impression Obsession just from the style (can’t remember if you said though I bet you did – LoL).

    Hugs and blessings and thanks for sharing the tips and creativity – JeanReplyCancel

  • mary marshMay 18, 2009 - 9:55 am

    this is so adorable-perfect for a little girlReplyCancel

  • lorraineMay 18, 2009 - 9:58 am

    i just love this card. I can see why you would never get rid of a stamp like that. I wish I was the little girl you were sending it to. Thank you for the continue insipiration.


  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)May 18, 2009 - 10:01 am


    This is just adorable! I am sure that the recipient will love it!

    Lisa A.ReplyCancel

  • Gerry SchillingMay 18, 2009 - 10:19 am

    I think this card is adorable. I wish this stamp was still available as I have a grand-daughter who would love a card like this.ReplyCancel

  • FayeMay 18, 2009 - 10:30 am

    I love this card. All of your cards are such an inspiration to me.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle RMay 18, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Simply adorable! You KNOW I’m a Penny Black stamp lover, and I must say that you really did this one up right! Your coloring is just gorgeous! Someday maybe I will learn to use my Copics! :-)ReplyCancel

  • MélyaneMay 18, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Oh! So S-W-E-E-T!!!! I love it!!

  • MarionMay 18, 2009 - 11:01 am

    Lovely card, lovely stamp! That’s surely why we buy them isn’t it, to use again and again I mean? No need at all to feel guilty about it Becca we all do it.
    Marion UKReplyCancel

  • Miss GMay 18, 2009 - 11:05 am

    Too cute any little girl would love it and I’m sure your little friend will love it, too.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerMay 18, 2009 - 11:17 am

    Awwwww, she’s sweet and pretty and perfect for your six year old friend. Gosh, if using old stamps is bad, then I should be begging forgiveness.ReplyCancel

  • Terri JacksonMay 18, 2009 - 11:43 am

    This is so cute. I understand about the stamps we just can’t part with! I do the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • JenMay 18, 2009 - 11:54 am

    So precious! I just love the little tights all baggy at the knees and ankles. LOLReplyCancel

  • BeverlyMay 18, 2009 - 12:18 pm

    I have most of those older Penny Black stamps and will NEVER part with them. They are the most beautiful ever, IMO. I have thousands of stamps, but they will always be my favorites and the ones I go back to time and again.ReplyCancel

  • NenaMay 18, 2009 - 12:50 pm

    This card is just precious!! I got so excited about it I Googled
    retired Penny Black stamps and found this stamp and ordered
    it. It is called HM Stamps. I hope that I am able to color it even
    close to what you did. Thank you for sharing all the Copic colors
    that you used and the details on how you made the card. I forward
    your cards to my Sister who doesn’t even make cards so she can
    see your wonderful creations!ReplyCancel

  • Mary L.May 18, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    A darling card for a darling little girl, I’m sure.
    Thanks for another beauty.


  • Glenda JMay 18, 2009 - 2:25 pm

    What an adorable card and the little girl receiving it is very lucky!!! I’m not very good at coloring but want to learn more. thanks for all you share. Question: What size are most of your cards? They look larger than an A2. Everything you do is beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeMay 18, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    So sweet. I’m sure she’ll love it.

    Have a great week,

  • Peggy MaierMay 18, 2009 - 3:57 pm

    Beautiful! Such a sweet stamp & great colors!ReplyCancel

  • CindyMay 18, 2009 - 7:17 pm

    Becca, what a precious card. I’m sure your little friend is going to be delighted when she receives it. What a special treat!ReplyCancel

  • Billie AndersonMay 18, 2009 - 8:29 pm

    Great card, love the detail you bring out and this child will be very lucky to get your card. I know all of my grandchildren love my cards and save them. Now I need to find out what copic markers are. Thank goodness for the internet & it brought me to your site.ReplyCancel

  • MarianneMay 18, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    What a darling card! I miss all those old Penny Black stamps. I have lots of them, but I sure wish I had gotten more of this style while I could. I wish they would do more like these. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • akkina van steenMay 19, 2009 - 1:29 am

    Lovely card, Becca
    y love itReplyCancel

  • SharonMay 19, 2009 - 2:54 am

    What a lovely card! She is going to love it!ReplyCancel

  • DebbieMay 19, 2009 - 4:17 am

    This is just adorable…Absolutely love your use of the scallop circle for the sentiment, must store that in the vault for later use and hope I don’t have a senior moment and forget..lol


  • JanineMay 19, 2009 - 5:38 am

    What a gorgeous image Becca!! Have a great week.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerMay 19, 2009 - 6:38 am

    Beautiful Becca!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy JohnsonMay 19, 2009 - 7:08 am

    Wow! What a beautiful card. That image is amazing! I wish it wasn’t retired. And I love how you did the sentiment. The ‘sweet’ tag is adorable, and I love the sentiment in the half circle too. Very creative.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterMay 19, 2009 - 7:28 am

    such a sweet image, like the scallop that the sentiment is on too :)ReplyCancel

  • Denise (peanutbee)May 19, 2009 - 7:45 pm

    Awwwwwwwwww, this couldn’t BE any SWEETER!!ReplyCancel

  • LisaMay 20, 2009 - 6:44 am

    If your blog/site was the last one on earth, I would be sublimely happy! The colors and patterns you choose, and the themes are so appealing and elegant. I enjoy your page immensely. I just love learning your style!

  • Heather SlackJune 22, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Your cards are stunning. Great job with the new copics.ReplyCancel

  • CynthiaAugust 4, 2009 - 1:09 am

    I loved your card and was able to order the stamp.
    I was thrilled to be able to order the stamp. I will also keep it forever. Somethings are so sweet they should be enjoyed as long as possible.
    You are such a great card artist.ReplyCancel