About Beverly

Hi! I am Beverly Polen, owner and designer for Guneaux Designs, a rubber stamping home-based business of direct sales of top-quality rubber stamping products. We create create beautiful artwork (e.g., greeting cards, scrapbook pages, 3-D paper crafts, and more) that features Stampin' Up! (SU) products . Making greeting cards for my family and friends is something I love and have done for years. Initially, I made cards using various software. Then in 2005, I was introduced to hand-made cards, using rubber stamps. I jumped in with both feet. In 2006 I was introduced to SU stamp sets. I was amazed that there were stamp sets with coordinating stamps. No more buying individual stamps, playing the mix and match game. I was so impressed by the quality of the SU products that allowed me to make beautiful and creative greeting cards. I have been hooked ever since and my creativity continues to blossom.

CottageCutz Baby Clothesline

COTTAGECUTZ  BABY  CLOTHESLINE

Hello, my friends!  I am so glad you could stop by to visit!  Today, I am a guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage.  In that capacity, I have for you a baby card that features one of the dies that was just released.  If you have yet to see the new baby release on Scrapping Cottage, you can find the dies here.  They are so adorable!  My card showcases the new die, CottageCutz Baby Clothesline.

To create the card, I used several other CottageCutz dies as well, as you will see below. To make the card, follow these steps:

Step 1.  Use the CottageCutz Baby Clothesline Die to cut out the clothesline pieces and attach them together.  The assembled piece measures approximately 4-3/4″.

Step 2.  Use the CottageCutz Lighthouse With Clouds die to cut out some clouds.

Step 3.  Use the CottageCutz Campfire Clothesline Die to cut and assemble two trees.

Step 4.  Use the CottageCutz Spring Grass Die to cut out three pieces of grass from green card stock.

Step 5.  Use the CottageCutz Garden Accessories Die to cut out the pieces from white card stock.  Except for the fence, I colored the pieces using Copic Sketch Markers.

Step 6.  Start assembling the card by cutting a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of blue card stock for the first layer of the card.  Attach the clouds and trees to the blue card stock.

Step 7.  Attach two pieces of the grass in layers using foam tape on the second layer.  Attach the assembled clothesline with foam tape.  Ensure the giraffe and elephant’s feet are touching the grass.  I cut two small pieces from another blue clothesline to extend the first line to the trees.

Step 8.  Attach the fence to the left and right sides of the piece using foam tape.  Attach a third layer of grass with foam tape at the bottom of the fence.  Color and add the flowers and stems onto the fence.  Cut a 5-1/4″ x 3/4″ piece of green card stock, tear a small portion from the top, sponge on green ink, and place it at the bottom of the fence and floral stems.

Step 9.  Cut a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of white card stock, fold in half for the card base, and attach the above piece to the card base front.

I hope you try creating a card with the CottageCutz Baby Clothesline Die.  It will be fun!


These are the CottageCutz dies used on the card:

        


Butterfly_1_1God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-8

Apostle Paul said, “For what I received I passed on to you as of the first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.  After that he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

Guneaux Designs First Blooms

Guneaux Designs First Blooms

Do you have a favorite spring flower?  Mine is a tulip, and when I lived in Northern Virginia, I had a beautiful tulip garden with many varieties and colors.  I miss my garden as living in southwest Florida, tulips are shipped in and will not grow in a garden!  Thus, I get satisfaction by making cards with tulips.  This card is a Guneaux Designs First Blooms card.  It features Penny Black’s First Blooms dies.

I die cut the tulips from white card stock and colored them peach and yellow with green stems using Copics Sketch Markers.  I used a stylus and foam pad to shape the flowers.

The other feature on the card is the gorgeous frame.  I cut the frame from white card stock using the Impression Obsession Ornate Square Frame Dies.  The frame cuts out two square frames and one square.  I wanted to try the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks which I purchased recently.  I used them to color the square and square frame, leaving the ornate frame white.

When assembling the card, I glued four of the ornate frames together and cut another one and added two rows of foam tape to get dimension.  I added this frame on top of the others.

Enjoy Guneaux Designs First Blooms card, and have a wonderful day!


   


Butterfly_1_1God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


JAMES 1:12

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

CottageCutz Church Scene

CottageCutz Church Scene

Hello, friends, and welcome to Guneaux Designs!  I am pleased to bring you a card featuring the CottageCutz Church Scene Die.  This Church Scene die is versatile as it can be adapted to create a card for each season of the year (i.e., spring, summer, fall, and winter).  For Christians, Easter is today.  When I think of Easter, I recall memories of my childhood of going to church on Easter morning and getting Easter-related goodies (no, that was not the only reason for going – LOL).  My childhood memories of Easter are the driving force behind my Easter card. This card also features the Stamping Inlay Technique.

CottageCutz Church Scene

To create the card, follow these steps:

Step 1.  Cut out the CottageCutz Church Scene frame from white card stock.

Step 2:  Color the white cut out frame as desired along with the tiny pieces for the church’s door, windows, etc.  I used Copic Sketch Markers to color the cut out.

Step 3.  After coloring the scene and tiny church pieces, turn the frame over and add strips of a strong adhesive.

Step 4.  Turn the church scene frame back over and add the church’s windows, door, etc. that you colored in Step 3.  Ensure these pieces attach well to the adhesive.

Step 5.  Cut a 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of blue card stock.  This will be used for the sky.

Step 6.  Cut out three white clouds using the CottageCutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die.

Step 7.  Position the clouds where you want them to show in the sky and attach them to the small piece of blue card stock.

Step 8.   Place the CottageCutz Church Scene Die face down on the blue piece of card stock, ensuring the sky portion of the die is fully covered by the die.

Step 9.  Run this through a die cutting machine and add the blue pieces to the sky section of the church scene frame.  Ensure the pieces adhere well.  I love the clouds behind the tree branches.  (Note the church door, windows, etc.)

Step 10.  Cut a 4″ square of dark green card stock.  Lay the CottageCutz Church Scene Die face down onto the card stock, ensuring the grassy areas of the scene are covered by the die.

Step 11.  Run this through a die cutting machine.  Because this section has tiny pieces along the fence, try to keep the pieces within the die so it will be easier to determine their appropriate location.  To accomplish this, after running the die and card stock through the die cutting machine, lift the bottom cutting board with the die still on it. Take it to your work station, turn it over so the die cuts are facing upward, and use tweezers to carefully remove the pieces and adhere them well to the church scene frame.

Step 12.  After adding all the pieces, the church scene will look similar to the following photo.  At this point, I think the scene comes alive!  The little bunny is now very visible.

Step 13.  Add the scene to a card base and add a sentiment.

(Option:  cut small leaves and attach to the two trees in the scene.)


  


Butterfly_1_1God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


MARK 16:6-7

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said.  “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.  He has risen!  He is not here.  See the place where they laid him!