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.

If The Shoe Fits, Wear It

IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT

Have you heard the odd saying, “If the shoe fits, wear it”?   The saying is used as a way of suggesting that someone should accept a generalized remark or criticism as applying to him/herself.  It can be interrupted as sarcasm, but there is a lot of truth to the saying.  If someone is sharing information that seems to fit our behavior, we need to own it, right?  I think so!

To that end, I am sharing a card I created recently for a “Free For All Challenge” hosted by Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge was to make a card that reflects an odd saying like “Happy as a clam”, “In the pink”, “Two peas in a pod”, and so on.  I decided to enter the challenge with this card representing the odd saying, “If The Shoe Fits, Wear It”.

If The Show Fits Wear It

As I read the challenge, my mind started clicking off a lot of odd sayings when “If The Shoe Fits, Wear It” came to mind.  I remembered a OLD stamp I have of a shoe, and decided it would be perfect.  Therefore, I stamped it three times on white card stock, colored the shoe images with copics, and cut them out with a die.

I used a die from the CottageCutz Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set to cut out each shoe. I love the die set as I used to be one who cross stitched regularly.  It is a fun craft using counted-thread embroidery.

If The Shoe Fits Wear It

To assemble the card, I staggered the shoe frames (or boxes) on a piece of yellow card stock that I had cut out with a die from a ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies and scored with a scoring tool.  I created the sentiment, “IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!” digitally, cut it out using the same CottageCutz Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set, and attached to the card front.  Lastly, I added a few sequins.

I hope you enjoy the card and will return for other Guneaux Designs projects!  If you are a Christian, I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!


    


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


 LUKE 24:45-47

“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written:  The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

CottageCutz Cross With Vine Die

Hello, and welcome to Guneaux Designs!  Today it is my pleasure to be a guest designer again for the Scrapping Cottage Blog.  Because Sunday is the Easter holiday for Christians, I want to  share a card with you that showcases the CottageCutz Cross With Vine Die.

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

You can make this card too by following the instructions below:

  • Cut out the cross, vine, and flowers using the Cottage Cutz Cross With Vine Die.
  • Color the cross, vine, and flowers (I used Copic Sketch Markers), and attach the vine around the cross. (I started with pink flowers following the die image but changed to white.)

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

  • Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of white card stock and use the third to the largest CottageCutz Double-Stitched Oval Die to cut out an oval in the center of the card stock.  If desired, emboss this piece.  The oval cut out will not be used.

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

  • Cut an oval from a piece of purple designer paper using the same die.

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

  • Cut out three ovals using the second and third largest dies from the CottageCutz Double-Stitched Oval Set.  Glue these together.

  • Cut out and color two vines and grass using the CottageCutz Grass, Trees, and Vines Die.  Cut and color purple the flowers from the CottageCutz Cross With Vine Die.  (Note:  after finishing the card, I decided to add three vines with flowers.)

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

  • Cut a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of purple card stock, fold in the middle for the card base, and begin assembling the card.
  • Adhere foam tape to the back of the piece of white card stock with an oval cut from the center.  Attach this to the center front of the card base.

  • Attach the purple designer paper oval inside the oval on the card front.

  • Attach foam tape to the piece of grass and adhere it to the bottom of the cross.
  • Attach foam tape to the cross and adhere it to the center of the oval on the card front.

  • Attach the three glued ovals onto the card front.

  • Attach the vines with flowers around the oval.

CottageCutz Cross With Vine

  • Add a sentiment if desired.  I added one inside the card.

COTTAGECUTZ DIES USED:


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Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


MATTHEW 28:5-7

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here: he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.’  Now I have told you.” 

CottageCutz Woodlands & Woodland Animals

Hello, everyone!  So glad you stopped by Guneaux Designs.  Today I am a guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage blog.  The project I have created for you features the wonderful stamps and dies from the CottageCutz Woodlands & Woodland Animals, and the dies from the Rustic Sign & Trees.  I had so much fun creating this card, and I hope you enjoy it!

This photo shows the card more  open than the one above.

This photo shows the card at an angle

I love the gorgeous fox images and dies from the CottageCutz Woodland Animal Set; therefore, I had to add three foxes to my card.  The little raccoon is so adorable that I planned to add two but there was not room on the card.  If you have not purchased the set yet, I promise you will have so much fun creating with it and the CttageCutz Woodlands Set.

To create the card, I stamped, colored (with copics), and cut out the images I would use for the project.

After die cutting the elements, I decided I wanted to fussy cut around them, which I did. Then I created a Step Ladder Center Cut Card with white card stock and sponged on it a sky, sun, and grass.  It was then time to load up the card with the critters.  What fun!!

If you would enjoy making a similar card, select the elements you want to showcase and color and die cut them.  Then create the Step Ladder Center Cut Card by following these instructions.

  • Cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of card stock.
  • With the 7″ side at the top of a cutting tool (henceforth, trimmer), move the card stock to the left to the 1-5/8″ mark,

  • Move the cutting blade of your trimmer down to the 1″ mark and lower the cutting arm.

  • Cut the paper from the 1″ mark to the 8-1/2″ mark.

  • Turn the card stock over, (not around or the cut lines will not match), move it to the 1-5/8″ mark on the trimmer, move the cutting blade down to the 1″ mark, and lower the cutting arm.

  • Cut the card stock from the 1″ mark to the 8-1/2″ mark.

  • Remove card stock from the trimmer, and it will look like the following.  (NOTE: There is 1″ from the top of the 7″ side of the card stock to the first cut line, and 1-1/2″ from the cut line to the bottom.)

  • Place the card stock onto a scoring tool with the 10″ side at the top,  Ensure the 7″ side that is to the left on the scoring tool is the one that has cut lines 1″ from the side. Score at the 1″, 2″, and 3″ marks from the first cut line to the second cut line.  Score at the 5″ mark from the top to the bottom of the card stock.  Score at the 7-1/2″ from the first cut line to the second.

  • Now fold the card stock according to the following: a) 1″ score line is a mountain fold, b) 2″ score line is a valley fold, c) 3″ score line is a mountain fold, d) 5″ score line is a mountain fold on the two sides and a valley fold in the center, and e) 7-1/2″ score line is a mountain fold.
  • Decorate the card to your liking.  If desired and to support the elements placed on the back step (mountain fold) cut a 3-11/16″ x 4-7/8″ piece of card stock and attach it to the back step on which you can add your primary feature.  I added this piece to my card.  When the card is closed, this piece matches the two side folds at the top.

I hope you try this card fold and use the CottageCutz dies found at the Scrapping Cottage to showcase.  Have a great day!


COTTAGECUTZ STAMPS AND DIES USED ON THIS PROJECT:

 


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JOHN 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you be believe this?”