CottageCutz Autumn Card


Hello, my friends!  I had to take another break from Irma cleanup to make this CottageCutz Autumn Card.  My driveway is half full of debris from the storm, and it has yet to be picked up by the county.  I’m trying to be patient, but gee, it has been close to a month!  I’m sure they are working as fast as possible as there was a lot of damage in my county.  I just want to  see a clean driveway!!  On to the card.

I did not know where to begin to create my card, so I decided to use two challenges.  One is this week’s Clean and Simple challenge, “Pumpkin Time”, and the other the Color Challenge, “A Peach Twist with Espresso”.

The “Pumpkin Time” challenge is to “show your take on a pumpkin theme”.  The color challenge included three Stampin’ Up! colors:

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Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenges

I have made 30 cards and some projects for the Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest Challenges, and I plan to post a few at a time.  The Splitcoastsampers Falliday Fest Challenges include creating 30 cards and 10 projects following supplied tutorials.  There will be little details shared here on some projects; therefore, and if you want to CASE a card or project, please feel free to leave a comment asking for the details and I’ll get them to you. Here we go:

 1.  FF16punchboardpumpkin


This pumpkin box is for the SCS Falliday Fest Tutorial #1 to create a pumpkin box.

Using the SU Score Board, I scored, cut, and assembled the box and covered the four sides with an orange card stock that was embossed with the SU Woodgrain EF that I covered with Pumpkin Pie Ink. I then sponged Pumpkin Pie Ink on the four corners of the box.

Not having any burlap ribbon, I used SU Crumb Cake Seam Binding to form the stem for the pumpkin. I rolled and glued, rolled and glued, and rolled and glued the binding until I had 2″ for the stem. I manipulated the top to curve it somewhat to the right. I then adhered it to the box top.

Using a leaf die, I cut and colored three types of leaves, and embossed and added them to the box top. I also added two mini holiday greens within the leaves.

I cut three thin strips of crumb cake card stock, selectively added crumb cake and emerald envy ink, and twirled them with a quilling tool. I added these to the box top.

I made a multiple loop bow with two SU ribbons and added it to the box top.

Stamps: None

Paper: SU Baked Brown Sugar, Light Orange (from stash), Neenah Solar White

Ink:  SU Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, and Copics

Accessories: SU Scoring Board, SU Woodgrain EF, Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Die, Leaves Die, SU Lucky Limeade Ribbon, SU Tangerine Tango Ribbon, SU Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Glue Dotsimg_3432

2)  FF16stampmommaA, Always Thankful


Lori Craig (stamp_momma), a host for a Falliday Fest Challenge, asked participants to create a thanksgiving card and include wheat in the image. This card is my submission to her challenge.

I had to search for a wheat related stamp, and this is the only one I found among my many stamps. It is from a retired SU Always Thankful Stamp Set, and it’s the first time I’ve used it. I colored the image with copics.

I used the Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight Dies to cut out the image and cut a frame for the image from polka dots DSP. I added my sentiment which is a stamp, Harvest Of, and die cut, Blessings, from ODBD.

Stamps: SU Always Thankful, ODBD Many Blessings

Paper: Solar White Card Stock and SU Polka Dot DSP

Ink: Copics and SU Not Quite Navy

Accessories: ODBD Many Blessings Die, Spellbinders A2 Filigree Delight Dies


3)  FF16UnderstandBlueA, NY Fall

This card is my submission to Lydia (UnderstandBlue) Falliday Fest Challenge (FF16UnderstandBlueA) to make a card with the brilliant colors of a New York fall AND include print – newsprint, book pages, or text.  The following photo was my inspiration.

 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Chris Ford)

To qualify for the challenge, I added a small piece of “newsprint” regarding NY. The fence was inspired by the above mentioned photo. The fall tree had no leaves, so I cut a piece of a mini stamp from a SU Happy Seasons fall tree stamp and stamped leaves on the tree and grass. I had to stamp the leaves probably a hundred times! {sore arm today}

Stamps: SU Forever Young and SU Happy Seasons

Paper: Solar White, Autumn Spice DSP, SU Newsprint DSP, and SU Orange Card Stock

Ink: Fall Colors of SU Markers and Copics

Accessories: IO Fence Dies, Foam Tape


God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”  Ephesians 1:7

Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest

Hello, my friends!!  Thanks for stopping by!  It has been over two weeks since I last posted as I have been participating in a Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest 2016.  I will share more on that in my next several posts.  Today’s card share is a response to a Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge.  The talented Mary (MaryR917) hosted the color challenge, CC603, “Real Honey w/ a Crazy Olive Twist”.  The colors she chose are Stampin’ Up!’s Real Red, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Tangelo Twist.  My card for the challenge features the Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest Dies

Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest

My card is a Center Step Card.  I used all five of the colors, blending them where needed. I added another color, blue, for the sky.  I initially planned to only have the scene on the middle section of the step card.  But after finishing the image, I decided to extend it to both sides. That was a difficult challenge, but I carefully laid two pieces of white card stock together, did some measuring to determine where each color started and stopped, and then began sponging on colors.  I think I matched it up nicely!


A tutorial for a Center Step card is on my site HERE.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.


Stamps: Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest

Paper: Neenah Solar White Card Stock and SU Hello Honey Card Stock

Ink: SU Real Red, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, and Copics

Accessories: Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest Dies, Sponge Daubers, and Mounting Tape




God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“Worship the Lord your God, and His blessing will be on your food and water.  I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land.  I will give you a full life span.”  Exodus 23:25-26

Fall Zentangle® Card

Are you having a good day?  I spent the morning mowing my grass in the hot sun.  But praise God I am able to do that!  Today I wanted to share with you a Fall Zentangle® Card I made.  I love the Zentangle® Art  Form and have wanted to create a Zentangle®  for a fall card, and here it is:


The fall season brings such beautiful colors and striking leaves.  It is such a pleasure to see God’s beauty when you are on a mountain top looking down at the valleys and soaking in all the glorious colors of leaves on trees.  But if you do not live in an area when you can enjoy this every Fall, you are missing a lot of beauty.  Actually, I live in Florida, having moved here from northern Virginia where it was fabulous every fall.  Florida never seems to get the memo announcing that it is fall, so I do not have to opportunity to share in God’s beauty unless I travel approximately 1,000 miles north!  It is so worth it when I do go north in the fall.

Back to the card.  The following picture is a close up of the Zentangle®.


What is a Zentangle?  You can get complete information HERE!

To create the card, I used an original Sizzix Leaf Die (no longer available) to cut out a leaf from Solar White card stock. I retained the negative to use for the card front. I began creating my Zentangle® art piece by stamping an autumn leaf in the center of the leaf cutout.

To create my tangles, I decided to not use an official string, which is the norm. I let the stamped leaf be my guide. I selected several official tangle patterns, got into a Zen frame of mind, and started tangling. After drawing my selected official tangles, I used Copic Sketch Markers to color the tangles that create my leaf.

fall-zentangle-3_1Remember the negative that I put to the side? I embossed it with a vines EF, attached it to the card front, inserted the Zentangle® art piece into the negative, and added two pumpkins to complete the card.  I hope you are inspired to create a Zentangle® art piece.


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God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

A man named Lazarus was sick.  His sisters sent word to Jesus of his illness. Jesus comforts Lazarus’ sisters:

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” “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 believe this?”  John 11:23-25

Greeting Card Kids

Happy Monday!!  Hope you had a great weekend!  For today, I created a card using the retired Stampin’ Up! Greeting Card Kids Stamp Set.  I love this stamp set, especially the image I used on this card.

Greeting Card Kids

To create the card, I cut a piece of Neenah White Card Stock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and folded it in the middle for an A2 size card (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4).  I dry embossed the front of the card base with the largest rectangle die from the Our Daily Bread Designs Lavish Layers dies.

Using the second largest die from Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Circles dies, I cut a circle from Neenah Solar White Card Stock (I used this card stock for all elements and where needed, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.  I stamped the image onto the circle using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored it with Copics.


After coloring the image, I cut out one circle frame using the Cottage Cutz Stitched Wide Circle Frame Dies, two pumpkins from the Cottage Cutz Autumn Centerpiece Die, and three leaves from an old punch I have.  I colored the pumpkins and leaves with copics, and used Stampin Up Clear Embossing Powder on the leaves.  I attached these elements to the card front.  I finished the card and submitted it for a Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge to add pumpkins to a card.



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God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

Jesus said to the disciples, “In that day you will no longer ask me anything.  I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:23-24

SU Autumn Splendor

Today I have a very clean and simple card for you!  It features a retired Stampin’ Up! (SU) stamp set, the SU Autumn Splendor.  autumn-leaf_1

This card took me about 5 minutes to create!  I probably should create more clean and simply cards.  I submitted the card for a “Clean and Simple” (CAS) challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge, CAS394, required a one layer card with a nature themed stamp.  I simply embossed a double-stitched rectangle on the card front and stamped an autumn leaf covered in various fall colors. I stamped the “many thanks” sentiment in metallic gold.  And that’s it!  How’s that for a CAS card?


        SU Autumn Splendor



God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23