Cottage Cutz Beach Scene

Hello, my friends!!  I’m trying to get back into creating after being sick for weeks and unable to craft.  I appreciate your patience in waiting for my return.  Today I have for you a Cottage Cutz Beach Scene card, created with several Cottage Cutz nautical dies.

Cottage Cutz Beach Scene

Nautical scenes are not my norm in card making; however, I have seen recently the Cottage Cutz nautical dies and thought they are so cute and perfect for beach scenes.  I couldn’t resist buying them!  These nautical dies are small ones but easy to work with. They are the main features on my card, which I made as a “Thank You” card for my son-in-law who loves the beach.

This photo is a closeup of the die cut from Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) die. The net and fish are fun to use.  If you are thinking, “Orange fish??”, let me clear that up for you.  LOL  Grouper fish come in various colors and orange is one of them.

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The following photo is a closeup of the two pelicans made with the Cottage Cutz Pelican Die.  I attached one of the fish die cuts from the Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) Die to the pelican’s beak.  Have you ever seen a live pelican?  WOW, a pelican’s beak is HUGE!!!  Living in Florida near the beach is a blessing as I get to see these, and other, gorgeous birds.

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The next photo is of the Cottage Cutz Rope Corner Die.  The rope and float are two die cuts that are glued together.  The die includes an anchor also that can be attached to the rope.  The cloud in the background, as well as the other two seen in the first photo, were made with the Cottage Cutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die.  I didn’t take time to provide dimension to them.

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The frame around the scene was created with Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I cut tree rectangles and glued them together for dimension.

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired by my card!  If you have comments or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!



Stamps:  None

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Marina Mist, and Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock

Card Size: A2

Ink:  Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Crumb Cake

Accessories:   Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) Die, Cottage Cutz Pelican Die, Cottage Cutz Rope Corner DieCottage Cutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die, and Our Daily Bread Double Stitched Rectangles Dies

Cottage Cutz - Die - Paddles & Rope Ladder (net)Cottage Cutz - Die - PelicanCottage Cutz - Die - Rope CornerCottage Cutz - Die - Lighthouse w/ CloudsDOUBLE STITCHED RECTANGLES DIES


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 

Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage

Memory Box Reverse Butterfly CollageHello!  Have you had a good week?  For me, I’ve been sick for several days with flu-like symptoms.  I’m feeling better, but not well, and I’m hoping this passes soon as I want to get back to crafting!  I made this card Tuesday morning, but then started feeling rather sick.  Needless to say I wasn’t feeling well enough to post it. Thus, today I am sharing it with you. This card is a Mother’s Day Card and it features the Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage.  The Happy Mother’s Day sentiment is on the inside of the card.

I made the card in response to a Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge, CC581 – BLISSFUL WONDERS OF SOFT SKIES WITH PIZZAZZ, using Stampin’ Up! colors.  The title of the Challenge makes it obvious what Stampin’ Up! colors were selected.


Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage

(UPDATE:  This card was selected as a favorite on Splitcoaststampers for the Week Ending May 8, 2016)

Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage

I used the Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage Die to make a stencil.  Laying the stencil over the piece of Whisper White Card Stock, I sponged over it the four colors of the challenge.  I added a sequin per butterfly as adding sequins to the card gives extra points, otherwise called “dessert”, for the challenge.

After masking the image, I lightly covered a script background stamp with Soft Sky Ink and I stamped it over the masked image  (if you look closely you can see the script).  I then die cut three sets of flowers and leaves in the four colors and added them to the card. As you can see in the picture below, I added micro beads for the center of each flower.

Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage

You will note the paper piercing around the Whisper White panel.  I used the new Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) Pierced Rectangles Dies to accomplish the piercing.  I also used two other ODBD dies to create the floral images; ODBD Bitty Blossoms and ODBD Lovely Leaves.

Side Note:  As a Christian, finding companies with a focus on Biblical verses and other related products is difficult.  However, late last year I discovered Our Daily Bread Designs that focuses on this, and I strongly recommend them if you’re looking for a place that creates products based on faith!

The photo below gives a side view of the card.  I hope you enjoy the card, and will check out ODBD!  Thanks for stopping by and, if interested, I would love to hear about your thoughts on this card.  You can ask questions or leave comments in the bubble at the top-right of the post, or at the bottom of the post, whichever one shows.

Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage



Stamps:  ODBD All Mothers Stamp Set (for inside sentiment) and SU French Script

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! (SU) Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Blackberry Bliss, and Soft Sky Card Stock

Ink:  SU Pear Pizzazz, Blackberry Bliss, Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky Ink

Accessories:   Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage(ODBD) Pierced Rectangles Dies ODBD Bitty Blossoms, ODBD Lovely Leaves, Micro Beads, SU Sequins

Techniques:  Masking and Sponging


Stamping With Guneaux Designs

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen


“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people”. ”  2 Corinthians 6:14 -16

National Day of Prayer

 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage.”   Psalm 33:12

american_flag_waving__animated_A Prayer for our nation on the National Day of Prayer

by Dr. Tony Evans

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your intervention on behalf of our beloved nation.  First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths.

 This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

 It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our sins and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again. Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.

In Jesus’ name we pray.