Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Snowman Cards

These 2 cards are made with the snowman stamps from the Happy Winter 1 & 2 sets. You can find them here . If you are interested in the whole set, e-mail me or explain in the Comment section of the order form. The sets sell for $12.50 unmounted, but, say you saw them on the blog, and you can purchase them for $9.00 each set! Enjoy these 2 Christmas cards, and if you have a question about them, please e-mail me or make a comment and I will tell you. Thanks again Denise for these 2 lovely Christmas/Winter cards!

Merry Christmas My Deers

My apologies for not posting the past couple of days. I have had Carpel Tunnel surgery on both hands, Nov. 17th and have needed to take it easy. I tend to overdue it sometimes, and then suffer the consequences. The casts are off but then stitches still in. Today, I will post 2 Christmas Cards.

This reindeer can be found here
These little guys were stamped, colored and cut out. Mounted with a pop dot on top of layered red & tan circles. Little crystals were added for some bling! The background is stamped with a round stam, then layered on a red card. Not sure if the sentiment is a stamp or a Justrite stamper you change the letters. Regardless, this is a very cute Christmas Greeting! Thanks Denise for this card!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


This Nativity stamp displays it all for Christmas, Our Saviour! You don't have to color this image in, you can just ink it, add a bit of glitter glue for highlights. Fancy background paper, metallic gold and a silver bow complete the front. For the inside, my favorite verse to use for Christmas is Presents are nice...see the rest by clicking here To find the Nativity stamp, click here! Watch for another card tomorrow. By the way, THANK YOU Denise Clark for this card!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Happy Holly Days

I love moose...there is something majestic about a moose. I have never seen one close up, but I still love moose! This guy (or gal) is of the whimsical kind, sporting a Holly Day attire. A simple Christmas card, yet the added glimmer of the rhinestones, the embossed frame & decorative paper says it all...HAPPY HOLLY DAYS!! This Holly Moose can be found at or He sells for $3.00 unmounted, or $6.00 wood mounted! Lets see what we have tomorrow .

Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Cards

While my hands are in casts, the days are becoming quite long! I will try to post some Christmas cards that I and others have made over the years. I won't type much, as my fingers are somewhat numb, and the casts are in the way! Happy Stamping Inky Friends!

This cute stamp set has 11 mini stamps and 1 large one. There is so many uses for this set, all to be used for these up coming winter months! Although this card is simple with a few layers and pop dots, there is so much you can do with this set. To purchase this set go to or

Friday, November 6, 2009

AJ and Inkyhive combo!

I must apologize for not posting before - on our visit of Oct. 8th, AJ was brayering and she did the sky and then stamped the trees, leaving the ground white for snow. . .she didn't care for the sky color and didn't like where she had placed the trees and she was going to toss it!!! I said, OH NO you don't, you can make a card with that. When we got together on the 22nd, I noticed she hadn't touched it, so I brought it home and played with it. I should have scanned it, before I worked/filled in on the bottum. Well, after, I stipple some green and brown in for the ground and filled in the tree trunks with brown, took a fine line black marker and made the extra ink spots, look like birds above the trees. I sent AJ a scan and this is what she said --
Ok, Ok you were right, it could be fixed and used for something!! I really like the added green, that does make a big difference. I could see a little something stamped in the bottom open area. And the birds, they look like real birds, not ooopses! See, One Stampers scrap is another Stampers treasure!! Now, too bad we didn't have a before and after...that would have made for great blogging!! Inkyhive Fixes for AJs messes!!

Please don't ever think it has to be thrown out. . .more times than not, it can be used.

You can get all the stamps from AJ.

Nature gives... 01-W-8026 for Font #1 01-W-8027 Font #2. The tree stamps came from the set Tree Splendor #GA0079, unmounted $12.50. Order on the website, in the comment box say you saw the stamps on the blog, Inkhive or AJ's and I will sell them the set for $9.00!

May you have a wonderful week-end! ~~Inkyhive

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Well, I think that this may be my first post on my blog...Inkyhive, are you proud of me! I am only 2 weeks behind finishing the card I started when we visited!! But here it is! Now to describe what I did, this is another story! The stamps are from AJ's Country Stampn's and Wood-n-Paper, Ink. Take Time to... #9246 $3.00 unmounted, and H265 Sm. Covered Bridge (front) unmounted $3.00. Check out our website for these stamps and others. The leaf foil paper behind my oval cut outs is not on the website as of yet, but in the comments box you can order them, they are $1.69 a sheet.

Take time this Fall to really enjoy the beauty and the smells of the season. And, watch for more posts, I am determined to get busy on this! AJ

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

stamp-n-stencil the Sunflower

Hello, AJ and I had a very nice visit last week. I was going to post when I got home and then the next day and as you know, time just gets away sometimes.
I wanted to share with you, a card I made this afternoon. The stamped image is one of AJ's stamp-n-stencil sets. If you aren't familiar with them, you might want to check them out. You stamp the image and then you use the stencil to put the color where you want it. Very easy and lots of fun.

I hope this will help you create. For me, making cards is great therapy, so relaxing and fun. Some nights I wake up with card ideas flowing through my mind!

God Bless, ~~ Inkyhive

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Big Buck

Greetings All,
I stamped this image, the last time AJ and I got together. I'm not sure of the name of this image, but I am sure if you want it, just let AJ know, as she would most assuredly know the stamp! This is a very simple black and white card. Okay, time for you to get some ink on paper.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Good day for fishing

What a great day, for fishing! It has been raining all day and it is in the low 50's. I thought this card would be appropriate to share. This is a stamp-n-stencil set. I'm sorry, the glitter doesn't show, though I do have it on the ripple on the top of the water and on the little fish. I haven't decided if I will give this one to AJ, so she has a hard copy or send to my nephew, who is serving in Iraq, BUT I can always make another one. The stamp-n-stencil sets are a lot fun and easy to do. If you don't have one, you just might want to get one and see what I mean.

I hope your fingers have been getting some ink on them. . .

Friday, September 25, 2009

it is Fall. . .

Fall is in the air and what great colors are on the trees and in the countryside! Today, I thought I would share this card. . . This scarecrow is one of AJ's newer stamps. He's cute don't ya' think?!? I stamp it on white cardstock that a friend had given me, that had been die cut. Then I colored it in, using copic markers. After coloring, the image, I took a sponge and did the sky and for the ground, I torn the edge of scrap paper and used it to mark the ground. I then stamped the saying.

Okay, time for you to stamp. . .

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

another giraffe

Here is a card I made last evening, using the same stamp-n-stencil and thought I would share it with you, before I mail it out. May you have a wonderful day.
~~ Inkyhive

God's Word is my road map. . .

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Stamp-n-Stencil Giraffe

Here is my first attempt, first card, using a stamp-n-stencil set. This one is called Giraffe - P288. I stamped the image with black Stazon and then I colored the image using the stencil parts. The coloring is done with a stipple brush. I then cut it out with my oval scalloped nestabilitie and before removing the die, I stippled some green around the inside of the die, leaving the white ring scalloped edge. I layered that on a piece of paper from the pack of Harvest & Holiday. It is by Debbie Mumm for Jo-Ann fabrics and crafts. The card is brown cardstock.

If you don't have one of these sets, you might want to take a look and order one or two or three. It is a lot of fun and very easy.

Hope this helps you getting a card or two made.

God's Word is my road map. . .

Thursday, September 10, 2009

a nice visit

Yesterday, AJ and I were able to get together. We've had a hard time this summer, planning a time to visit, for life keeps getting in the way : 0 Any who, yesterday we had a very nice visit and we got some stamping in. We are looking to see, if we can have a visit in early October, do more talking and of course stamping and creating! It is always fun to create with another.

Here is a card, I recently made (not yesterday) and I wanted to share it with you. The image is called 'Gone Fishing'. I like how the water looking paper and the strip of glittery paper make up the background. I'm not real good at using background papers, but I am trying.
I do hope to be back soon, with another card or two. Perhaps, it will even be a Fall card. Fall is my favorite season, but the past few days have been Hot and Humid, not fall like at all, though some leaves are changing colors and even have a few leaves on the ground.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

another horse

Thought I would share another card, I just completed using the same horse image. This one I colored with my Prismacolor pencils. I took a class on Saturday and learned a bit about color pencils. Now to practice!!!

do you have a horse?

Hello and Happy Thursday. Can you believe it is September already and Fall is in the air? Do you have a horse? Do you go horse riding? I don't do either, but I like horses. I thought I would make a card with this stamp. I stamped the horse head on white cardstock and then I colored it in with a few copic markers. The colors I used were E02, E33, E35, R02, YR00, and 0 the colorless blender. I am new using these markers, but the more I use them, the more I am liking them. After getting the horse colored the way I wanted it, I used a circle scalloped nestabilites die and cut out the image and while the paper was still in the die, I used a duster with some blue ink and went around the image, thus leaving the edge white. I then used a circle nestabilities die and cut the black layer out. I stamped the horseshoe image out twice and cut them out. I colored them in with a silver glitter pen (though you can't see that very well in the scan). I layered the images on a light brown layer, which is 3 3/4 by 5 which I used the Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder on. I really like how the card turned out and I hope you do to. I can think of many people who would enjoy getting a card like this? Can you?

hugs and Prayers,

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spotlight that bear!

I got the idea for this card over at Paper Craft Planet. It was quick and easy to do. And I do like the spotlight technique. I apology that it isn't very clear. . .something happened when I uploaded it :-( Here is the link, where I found it.

I hope you are all enjoying the summer, which is quickly coming to a close. If you must return to school, for work or learning, I hope you get some extra stamping time in the next couple of weeks and that you continue to make some time on the week-ends, even if only for a few minutes here and there.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hey Stampers,
Just thought of a GREAT idea, and Thanks to Inkyhive for the card posting of the 3 outlined flowerpots. Order the stamp from AJ's Country Stampns for $2.00 um or $4.00 mounted. Thats .50 off the um and $1.00 off mounted! Just go to this link
for the stamp and after placing it in the cart, there will be a Promo Code, just enter BlogFriend.
Have a Great Day!

Monday, August 10, 2009

it's August 10th, already

Whoa! Can you believe it is already August?!?! Time really seems to have gone by very fast this summer season. I thought I would share this card today. I've had this stamp for awhile and I apologize for not having the name. I am hoping to get a catalog from Amy soon, so that I can help you identify the name or the number of the stamp. In the meantime, just e-mail Amy or leave a comment and tell her you are interested. The stamp has 3 flowers, so I stamped the one flower twice. After coloring in the image, I used my versamark pen to go over the entire image and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I then punched out a circle. First, I used the paper that had the circle punched from placed it on the paper where I wanted the sun and then sponged in some yellow and orange ink. I then removed the reverse mask and place the punched circle on top of the sun and then used several different blues to get the sky effect. I also sponged a little gray over the sun to give the effect of clouds. The dirt or sand, I used embossing paste mixed with pearl-ex and applied. I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe motivate you to make a card. Remember, even if you only stamp 15 minutes a day or so, you will get cards made. AND, every one enjoys getting fun mail.
hugs and Prayers,

Thursday, July 16, 2009

sketch challenge

Hi, this card was made using a sketch challenge from the Sweet Stop. Here is the link:
I decided to use this stamp, after I came in from my flower garden. I used chalks to color and then sealed it with hair spray. The is more vivid in person. Both of these stamps are AJ's Country Stampin's . If you don't see them on Amy's website, please write to Amy and let her know what stamp or stamps you are interested in. You may want to put the word 'stamp' in the subject line to make sure it gets Amy's attention : )

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rural mailbox

I hope you all had a pleasant and safe Independence Day. I haven't done much stamping in the past several days, but I want to share a card, I just finished putting together. The stamp is of course is from AJ's Country Stampin. After coloring it, I use a scallop punch on the right side and layered it on silver paper that was also scalloped. I then layered it on color core paper, after I had run it through my Sizzix, with a CuttleBug embossing folder. After the paper is embossed, I took some fine grit sandpaper, to get the look of the leaves, to stand out a bit more. I layered it on gray paper and then on a shimmery yellow/orange cardstock.

I hope this will give you a lift to create something today.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Is it summer at your house yet?

It sure is here! We've had some really hot days that have me thinking about cool Fall breezes!


Card Ingredients:

Stamps: Sandals, flower (in background), swim suit, sunglasses and Thinking of You, all from AJ's Country Stampn's

Paper: White, Teal, Neon Pink

Ink: Black, teal

Other: pink crystals, popdots, circle punches, markers in rosemary and pale blue

Monday, June 22, 2009

Childhood Memories?

Hi! Does this remind you of childhood days?!? This stamp can be found on here Summer Days I am not sure if Amy has the verse stamp uploaded yet, but all you have to do is write her and let her know you are interested in it. The rest of the verse is stamped on the inside and it says, Put your heels up, and have an Awesome day!

The tree is stamped on a silver glossy type paper and I embossed it. I colored in the bark with a marker. I then took a sponge and put the different colors on the paper. After, it dried, I trimmed my paper and layered it on black to have it stand out, just a little.

I hope this brings a smile to your face and maybe it will give you a jump start to stamp a card today, "if" you need a jump start! : )

I do hope you had a pleasant week-end. ~~Inkyhive

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hello, I am Inkyhive

I guess it is time to get my feet wet, sort to speak! I am Inkyhive. . . it is my stamping name, and have been going by it for many a year. (I would guess to say, 9 years!) Even the Post Office knows me by that name. Yes, my mail comes addressed to Inkyhive. I am a friend of Amy's and have been making cards with her stamps for sometime. She and I met at a stamp convention, I believe back in the summer of 2000. It was my very first convention and did hubby and I have a great time. We bought a couple of stamps from Amy and Dan. When I got home, I e-mailed her with a question and as they say, the rest is history. Amy lives a little more than an hour south of me and when our schedules allow, which I wish was more often, we get together and stamp a little and chat.

Any way, Amy has asked if I would post a card using her stamps here from time to time. So, I said -- sure, I can do that. :- )

This is a card I made a few weeks ago for a friend of mine in VA who is a teacher's aide.

Here is a card that I made and gave to Amy as she likes to have cards to put up when she is doing a convention.
I wasn't sure what to do with this card, so I thought I would add a road to it. It was very easy. . .take a piece of black paper, make it the size you want, take a white pen and draw lines down the center! I used brads for the hub-caps and I put white dots on the scalloped edge that goes around the saying. It kind of makes it look like wheels!

All are Amy's stamps which you can find at AJ's Country Stampin's If you can't find them, please e-mail Amy. She will be very happy to help you out.

May you have a wonderful day and I hope time for a little stamping!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

How About a Puppy in a Basket?

I'd love one very much! Thank you! Well, Amy has this little guy on sale right now, right HERE for one dollar! Can you imagine that? Is he adorable or what?

Card Ingredients:

Stamps: Dachsund Pup in Basket from AJ's Country Stampn's (link to purchase is above)

Paper: White, Ballet Blue, Navy Blue, Brilliant Blue, Blue floral DP

Ink: Black

Other: Blue gingham ribbon, glitter flowers, blue brads, oval scallop Nestabilities, popdots, markers in pumpkin and salvia blue

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Accordian Fold Summer Sailing Card

Have you tried an accordian fold? They are so easy. This is just one example. Cut your 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of cardstock. Score the longest side at 4 1/4 and fold. Now score that front piece at 2 1/8. You have an accordian fold! Just decorate!
This sailboat is part of the Summer Set which is on sale right now. The entire set is just ONE DOLLAR! There are 15 stamps in this set and several would be terrific for inches! Check it out HERE!
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Summer Sailboat, Sandals, Sandpail and shovel all from AJ's Country Stampn's
Paper: Summer Sun, Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Black and Pumpkin Pie
Other: Sunglasses brad, ceramic flower

Friday, May 22, 2009

Do Fish Blow Bubbles in the Water?

I'm not really sure. Never have seen one actually do it, but I've not really seen that many fish in action either. Hmmm...

Anyways, THIS fish blows bubbles! And ALL the stamps used to make the patterned paper are on the ONE DOLLAR sale!


Card Ingredients:

Stamps: Fishing Net, Fly 2, Fly 3 and Happy Fathers Day ALL from AJ's Country Stampn's and ALL on sale right now!

Paper: Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue

Ink: Summer Sun, Brilliant Blue

Other: Popdots, fish from Cricut Animal Kingdom, Spots and Dots Cuttlebug folder, circle punch

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Puppies and Daddies

Somehow they just seem to go together!

The May/June Dollar Sale stamps are up and ready to go to your home. And YES!!! This cute little pup is one of them! For just $1.00 you can give this little guy's picture to YOUR dad! Check him out right HERE!
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Resting Doxie and Happy Father's Day from AJ's Country Stampn's (The Father's Day stamp is just ONE DOLLAR too!)
Paper: Dog DP, Dotted DP, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Other: Popdots, paw print brad

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hand Prints on Mom's Heart

Children...hand prints on the walls, doors, windows...And right around kindergarden they make those cute handprint pictures at school. They even make turkeys out of their handprints! So, along those lines, I'm thinking those hand prints bring back good memories for a mom. Perfect for Mother's Day!

This card reminds me of those plaster casted handprints the kids would make..

One more....

And here's another...

This handprint stamp and a sweet little footprint stamp, are both on sale for $1.00 each right here! This sale is good through the end of April!

Send your mom a memory!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Remember, you were told about those bears! Are you watching? Go on over to Denise's Stamping Vacation and this set of sweet Teddy Bears is up for grabs! Check out the deal!

There are 5 teddy bears and 2 sentiments stamps in this cute set!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Teddy is Missing You

Get ready to cuddle! This little guy misses someone and needs a hug! You can bring him home from right here and he will only cost you ONE DOLLAR!
Watch these teddy bears...they have a surprise in store for you later... Don't blink! You could miss it! Hint: Bears love honey, honey is sugar and sugar is C-A-N-D -Y. Shhhh...don't tell anyone. It's still a secret!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Have a Honey of a Day!

I love this big, bold flower! I used it for the bee to land in. He's getting lots of honey from there! The card came together so easily. I started with that cute background paper and just kept those colors and found a bee and that was that!

The blue flower is on sale for ONE DOLLAR until the end of April! Grab it before the honey bee wanders off with it!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Imagine the Possibilities!

I love this stamp! So many ways to use it. It would be great for the 3D rage that is going on right now. I chose to stamp it in a soft yellow and highlight parts.

This stamp is on sale right now, right HERE! You don't want to miss this one!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Have a Comfy Day!

Don't you just love cuddling up in a big cozy chair? Here's one and it even comes with a kitty! AND pillows too!

I used the stamp twice. Once for the complete image and then again, with just the cat so I could pop dot the kitty on to the corner of the sentiment!
Believe it or not, this Cozy Chair stamp is on sale for the month of April for just $1.00! Right here!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Take Time to Smell the Flowers!

If you are lucky enough to have any flowers yet, with all the snow still wanting to fall on some of us, really appreciate their beauty! My poor little crocus just shriveled in the cold snow! But these flowers stayed beautiful through it all!

These flowers in the water can can be purchased right HERE, right now for just ONE DOLLAR! Amazing, huh? This is a nice sized stamp too. It is about 4 3/4" x 2 1/2". Would be terrific for a Mother's Day card!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Bear's Butterfly

Or is it the Butterfly's Bear? Not sure...but aren't they adorable together? This is the Theodore Grizzly clue I gave you. Not too ferocious!

The price of this stamp IS ferocious! ONE DOLLAR! Yes, it is on the April Sale list and can be bought right HERE!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

For the Birds

Are you waiting for the birds to start singing to you again? Especially after such a long winter? Well, they will need a place to live. How about a bird house condo like this one?

Bet you can't find another one for ONE DOLLAR like this one! But you can here. This bird house condo stamp is on sale until the end of April right HERE!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Milk Anyone?

Remember that clue for the April Sale stamps? Did you guess? It's this adorable cow with the huge, sweet eyes!

The inside of the cards answers the riddle: Why does a cow wear a bell? Because her horns don't work!
This cow is on sale right now through the end of April for just ONE DOLLAR. You can herd him into your stamping pasture, right HERE!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The April Sale is ON!!!!

It's April 1st and the stamps are ready to be inked up!
Remember those clues about the stamps that would be on sale? Did you guess any of them? Remember the clue "eye for bugs"? Did you guess that one?

Here's a bigger clue!


Yep, it's a frog and this cute little guy doesn't even want a kiss. He'd prefer a fly OR to go home with you and soak in an ink pad! This frog is part of the April Dollar Sale. You can buy him right HERE!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Just 2 days to go - A Hint of April Sales

You still have today and tomorrow to get a chance at the March sale! Check it out here!

Now for a few hints on the April sale...I'm not going to show you the stamps....yet...just give you a few word clues of what's to come....Remember these stamps will be on sale for ONE DOLLAR for the month of April! Can you guess what is coming from these clues?

-Pitter Patter of these
-Milk anyone?
-Coffee, tea or stamps?
-A three holer
-Reading spot
-Open sez me!
-Eye for bugs
-Theodore Grizzly
These are just a few!
ALSO, sometime during the month of April, AJ's Country Stampn's will be sponsoring a blog candy giveaway over at Stamping Vacation! Keep checking back for the details!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Little Twinchie Goes a Long Ways!

Well, I tried a Twinchie! Why do I want to say Twinkie? Oh well, I did it! It's a very small space, just 1" x 2". BUT with the Spring Stamp set and the Alphabet set I was able to have small enough stamps to make this work. Here it is:

The Spring Stamp set and the Small Fancy Alphabet set are both on sale until the end of March for $1.00 each. What a deal! Two sets of stamps for $2.00!!!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Great Deal on Alphabet Stamp Set

If you are looking for an alphabet set, here's a deal you can't pass up! An entire alphabet set for ONE DOLLAR!!!!
Sound too good to be true? It's not! Just click HERE!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March Dollar Sale is winding down....

Here it is March 22nd already! Spring has arrived! We went for a drive yesterday and saw green coming up all over. My crocuses have bloomed their bright yellow and the tulips are preparing to show off too!

Check out the stipple rose on this card I designed for AJ's! It is now on sale for ONE DOLLAR at Amy's March Dollar Sale. You can have a blooming red rose right now!

Details for the card are on my blog at Stamping Vacation!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

True spring is nearly here, but take a look at some of our winter cards...

More cards by our designer, Denise Clark, these are lovely winter cards.