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.

Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Patriotic Card

HEARTFELT CREATIONS BOTANICAL ROSE PATRIOTIC CARD

Hello, my stamping friends!  A heartfelt thank you for stopping by Guneaux Designs.  If you have stopped by in the last several weeks, you may have noticed that I have used Heartfelt Creations products to create a few cards.  I have fallen in love with their products!  🙂  This card share today is a Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose Patriotic Card.  

This card is for this week’s Color Challenge, CC640 on Splitcoaststampers. The hostess chose a wonderful color combination of SU Dapper Denim, Real Red, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White.  As a “dessert” option, she asked for something patriotic.

When I think of the word, patriotic, the American flag comes to mind.  However, the definition of patriotic is, “of, like, suitable for, or characteristic of a patriot”, or something that represents the love of one’s country.  Giving thought to that, I decided not to use a flag image, but to use the National Flower of the United States, which is a rose. The rose was designated the official flower and floral emblem of the United States in 1986. Thus, I made a white paper rose the main feature of my card.

To create my card base, I decided to fold the front in the form of a “V” for victory.  Then as I was adding the patriotic ribbon, I realized that the form of the card front with the ribbon appears as a metal that one would receive for a significant achievement (e.g., gold medal for the USA). That reinforced my thought process regarding how to decorate the card.

The white sentiment is difficult to read as it is a small print and embossed.  It says, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. George Washington”.  I love the sentiment and am in total agreement with it.  The sentiment is from an ODBD stamp set, God Bless America.With all of that being shared, when I look at the card, patriotic is the word that quickly comes to mind. I hope you enjoy the card!


Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Rose, Heartfelt Creations Large Classic Petunia, ODBD God Bless America

Paper: SU Real Red and Neenah White Card Stock

Ink: SU Craft White, SU Smoky Slate, Copics, and VersaMark

Accessories: Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings Dies, Heartfelt Creations Large Classic Petunia Dies, Prills, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ribbon


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


James 1:22

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”

Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval-Shaped Card

Thanks for stopping by today to see my latest creation, my Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval-Shaped Card.  If you have followed my site, you know that I love making cards in the shape of cutting dies.  For this card, I used the Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval Dies to create the card shape.

There are three dies in the Eyelet Oval set.  For the purpose of understanding which of the three dies used for each step of creating the card, I’ve given each die a name as shown in this photo.

To create the card base for my Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval-Shaped Card, I folded in half a 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of 110 lb. white card stock and placed it onto a cutting plate.  I laid the scallop oval die onto the card stock with the left side of the die outside of the edge of the cutting plate.  This was done to assure the left side of the card base remained connected after cutting it.  I then centered the intricate oval die onto the card stock.  The top cutting plate was placed in the same position as the bottom cutting plate as shown in this photo.

I ran the cutting sandwich through my die-cutting machine only twice as I did not want the back of the card base to cut, but to leave an impression.  The heavier weight of the card stock helped to achieve an impression instead of a cut.  As a result, I fussy cut around the impression on the back of the card base, which was not difficult at all.

Using the scallop oval and oval dies, I cut two Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’ Up! color) scalloped ovals and attached one to the card front and one to the card back to stabilize the card base.  The following photo shows this.

Then I used the oval die to cut from white card stock an oval.  I sponged Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber Ranger Distress Oxide inks onto the oval, blending as necessary.  I attached that to the back of the card front.  You can see the colors peeking through in this photo.  You can also see the beautiful flowers I created with the Heartfelt Creations Small Classic Petunia Stamps, Dies, and Prills.

The beautiful butterfly on the card front was made with the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Wings Stamp Set and Butterfly Medley Dies.  

I finished the card with adding the “love” sentiment that I cut from Tempting Turquoise card stock using a Hero Arts word die.

I am submitting this card for the Tuesday Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

What do you think of my Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval-Shaped Card?   


    

    


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


Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

CottageCutz Happy Father’s Day Card

Are you looking for a design for a Father’s Day Card?   I suggest a side-step card with masculine elements.  That was my choice for my card, “CottageCutz Happy Father’s Day Card“.  Why did I title my card, CottageCutz Happy Father’s Day Card?  Because I used several CottageCutz masculine dies to create my card.  The Scrapping Cottage, the maker of CottageCutz dies, has so many wonderful dies from which to chose for any occasion.  Check out its on-line store and blog.

The CottageCutz dies I used to create my card are the Fishing Pole & Boat Die, Jeep Die, Campfire Clothesline Die, Woodlands Dies, Rustic Sign & Trees Die, and Spring Grass Die.  These and other dies used are listed near the end of this post.

I was feeling lazy when I made my card, so instead of cutting card stock and scoring it manually to form my card base, I used the Our Daily Bread Designs Side Step Card Die to create my side-step card base from white card stock.  Then I cut a 3-1/2″ x 4″ piece of white card stock to attach to the back step of the base.  Using various inks, I sponged the sky, water, and grass areas.

For the back step of the card, I die cut the fishing pole and boat from white card stock, colored the pieces with Copic Sketch Markers, glue together the pieces, and attached them to the step.

For the second step, I die cut the tent and flag with the Campfire Clothesline Die and from red, brown, and tan card stock; glued the pieces together; and attached them to the step.  For the first step, I die cut from white card stock the jeep, colored the pieces with Copic Sketch Markers, and set aside.  I used the Spring Grass die to cut from green card stock several pieces of grass and attached them to the three steps.  Using the Lawn Fawn Road Border Dies, I cut the road from gray and yellow card stock, glued them together, and attached onto the first step.  Then I attached the Jeep.

Using the Rustic Sign & Trees Die, I die cut the tree on the left side of the card with green and brown card stock, attached the pieces together, and added to the card base.  I then die cut the sign from the Woodlands Dies, colored it with Copic Sketch Markers, added foam tape to the back, and attached it in front of the tree.  That finished my card.

I love the card!  What do you think of it?


     

   

  


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


James 1:19

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”