Hibiscus Greeting Card

Hello, my friends!  Hope you have some great plans for the weekend!  I appreciate you stopping by Guneaux Designs to see my Hibiscus Greeting Card.  I love Hibiscus plants, and I have many around my home.  One of my Hibiscus plants is the impetus for creating this Hibiscus Greeting Card.  It is a plant that produces large beautiful pink flowers.  Each flower on the Hibiscus plant is at least 6″ in size.

I created this Hibiscus Greeting Card to submit to a Splitcoaststampers.com  Ways To Use It Challenge, WT649 – Domestic Inspiration.  The challenge is to find something around your home that inspires you.  I draw inspiration from many of my Hibiscus plants as well as many other floral plants.  But this plant is right outside my crafting room window, and each time I look outside, I see the beautiful blooms.  This is the card I created from my inspiration piece.

Here is a photo of my inspiration piece:

While I was taking the above photo, I had a bee hanging round the flower.  Therefore, I included a bee on the Hibiscus on the bottom left of my card.  The Hibiscus flower and leaves were made with the ODBD Hibiscus Dies and ODBD Tropical Leaves.  I included pink prills on the Hibiscus stamen. The bee was made with the ODBD Butterfly and Bugs Stamp Set and Matching Dies.

To create the background of the card, I used several Hero Arts Distress Oxide Ink Pads to sponge on the sky and water.  Afterwards I used the ODBD Bon Voyage Stamp Set to stamp the Palm Trees in black ink, as well as the sentiment.  This stamp set is a great set if you like creating beach scenes.

To assemble the card, I created a black frame using the ODBD Pierceed Rectangles Dies to go around the beach scene.

My card base is black card stock to which I added a piece of pink card stock.  I attached the scene to the pink card stock and added the Hibiscus and leaves.

Please share your thoughts about my Hibiscus Greeting card!  I love reading your comments!

This card was selected for the Customer Card of the Day by Our Daily Bread Designs.  What an honor!!


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

Ephesians 4:31 & 31

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”

Hero Arts Underwater Adventure Monthly Kit

Happy Wednesday!!  Did you get a chance to purchase the May Hero Arts Underwater Adventure Monthly Kit?  I was blessed to purchase it before it sold out!  These kits sale out rapidly and are not available again from Hero Arts.  This is how Hero Arts describes the May Hero Arts Underwater Adventure Monthly Kit:

“Join us for an underwater adventure with this month’s May My Monthly Hero Kit! The stamp set has mermaids, undersea life and sentiments that go along with them. You can easily create beautiful scenes with the coordinating dies and frame cuts. Using the stencil you can create the feeling of movement that is subtle or dramatic. There are ink cubes, papers and a specialty iridescent ink that all work together effortlessly. Sequins add a bit of sparkle and with the acetate sheets that are included you can make stunning shaker cards that create a window into your underwater world.”

The kit has wonderful products, and I am sharing a card I made with it.

Here is a photo of the kit:

To create the card, I used three of Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Inks to sponge the colors onto a piece of Neehan Solar White Card Stock.  Next, I spritzed water onto the stencil from the kit and laid it over my sponging.  I love the look it gives.  Then I added the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder, which I heat set.

Next, I cut out two fancy ovals using the Reef Border and Frame Fancy Dieswhich is an “add-on” for the Hero Arts Underwater Adventure Monthly Kit.  I glued the two cutouts together for more weight.  (As of this posting, this die is still available.)

I used three of the stamps from the kit to stamp with Black Ink and color with Copic Sketch Markers.

To finish the card, I attached the colored and stenciled piece to an A2 white card base. Then I applied a double layer of foam tape to the oval cutouts and attached them over the stenciled piece.  Lastly, I added the elements in the above photo to the card and three sequins.

Tell me what you think of the card?  I hope you draw inspiration from it!

Because the Reef Border and Frame Fancy Die is the only product that can be purchased as of this posting, I am only showing that product with a link.


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

Hebrews 12:14

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Hello from the CottageCutz Lighthouse


Hello, friends, and welcome to Guneaux Designs!  Today I am a guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage Blog.  My “Hello form the CottageCutz Lighthouse” card share features the CottageCutz Hello Phrase die, which is a newly released word die from the CottageCutz Expressions Plus collection.

My card also features other CottageCutz dies: the CottageCutz Lighthouse die, Stitched Wide Circle Frame Set dies, CottageCutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds die, and CottageCutz Seagulls in Flight Die.

These are the steps I took to make this “Hello from the CottageCutz Lighthouse” card:

  • Using the CottageCutz Lighthouse die, I cut out the lighthouse in white, red, blue, green, gray, and yellow card stock and assembled the pieces.
  • I used the CottageCutz Stitched Wide Circle Frame Set dies to cut several circle frames and a circle from a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of white card stock.

  • I glued the circle frames together to create dimension.

  • Using the circle that was cut out from the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of white card stock, I colored a sky, rock cliff, and ocean on it.  I added Liquid Applique in selected areas and heat set it.

  • I cut out three “hello” sentiments using the CottageCutz Hello Phrase die and blue card stock.  I glued them together, covered the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set it.

  • I cut out seagulls from the CottageCutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die and CottageCutz Seagulls in Flight Die, and added a touch of color to them.  I rolled the wings with my fingers.

  • I began assembling my card by cutting a 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ piece of blue card stock to which I glued the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of white card stock with the circle cut out.

  • To this piece, I attached both the circle frames and colored circle inside of the cut out circle.

  • Lastly, I added the lighthouse, seagulls, and hello sentiment to the above piece. Then I attached it to a 4-3/4″ x 6″ white card base.

I hope you enjoy the card and are inspired by it!

These are the CottageCutz dies used to create my Hello from the CottageCutz Lighthouse card.


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

John 14:23 & 24

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love me will not obey my teachings.  These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” 

Sweet Seasons

I have a card to share that features the old Stampin’ Up! Sweet Seasons Stamp Set that was released in 2004!  I’ve had this set for ten years and never used it until I was searching for a stamp to create a beach scene.  I had forgotten about the Sweet Seasons Stamp Set, and glad I stumbled upon it!

Sweet Seasons Stamp Set

The reason I was searching for a beach scene stamp was to participate in yesterday’s Splitcoaststampers Clean And Simple (CAS) Challenge to “Hit the Beach”, CAS385.  This challenge is hosted by Kathleen Curry, who wanted to “see a beachy card from everyone” who chose to participate in the challenge.

I chose the little girl image from the Sweet Seasons Stamp Set because it reminds me of my very precious granddaughter who loves the beach.  Needless to say who will receive this card!!

This photo provides a closeup of the image.  Because I live on the west coast of Florida and the sand on the beaches are more white, my sand in the image is Brick White (Copic Sketch Marker E40).

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I designed the card with four layers of card stock, of which three are frames.  The white frame is smaller than the Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’ Up! card stock) frame, and the Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up! card stock) frame is larger than the Rich Razzleberry frame.  To create the frames, I used Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) Double Stitched Squares Dies.

I like the card, and I’m sure so will my granddaughter!


Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! Retired Sweet Seasons Stamp Set and ODBD North Coast Creations Little Birdies (for the sentiment)

Paper:  White Linen Card Stock (Essentials by Ellen),  Neenah Solar White Card Stock, Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry Card Stock, and Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi Card Stock (Stampin’ Up! Store)

Card Size:  4-1/2″ Square

Ink:  Various Copic Sketch Markers

Accessories:  Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Squares Dies


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”  John 15:5-6

Beach Scene

Today on Splitcoaststampers is a Color Challenge featuring Stampin’ Up! Colors of Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, and Crumb Cake.   I created a beach scene card for the challenge.  The scene features several dies from Impression Obsession, Marianne Design, Frantic Stamper Inc., Cottage Cutz, and Spellbinders.

If you want to play along with the Challenge, you can do so HERE!

Beach Scene

7-10-16 UPDATE:  This card was included in the Splitcoaststampers Favorites of the Week ending 7-10-16!

7-12-16 UPDATE:  This card was selected as Splitcoaststampers FAVORITE for last week’s Color Challenge, CC590!!

To create the card, I used a 4-1/2″ square piece of Neenah Solar White Card Stock and sponged on the Crumb Cake sand, Marina Mist ocean, and Soft Sky sky.  Because I wanted to use a surfer, I wanted to make the ocean seem a little rough; therefore, I used Liquid Applique and spread it along the shore and into the water.

After cutting out all of the die cuts that I wanted to include on the card from the solar white paper (see list of supplies for the names of the dies), I used Copic Sketch Markers to color each one, and strategically place each cutout onto the scene.  After finishing that, I cut two Spellbinders Nestabilities Fairmont Labels dies, adhered them together with foam tape, and attached them around the scene.  I then added the flipflops and shells around the labels.  The scene was attached to a Wild Wasabi card base.

Beach Scene

I really like how the card turned out!  I hope you enjoyed it, and will take time to provide me feedback!



Stamps:  None

Paper:  Neenah Solar White Card Stock, Stampin’ Up! Card Stock (i.e., Soft Sky, Pacific Point, and Wild Wasabi)

Card Size:  5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Ink:  Various Copic Sketch Markers, Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink (i.e., Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, and Soft Sky

Accessories:  Three Surfers (Frantic Stamper Inc.), Beach Chair and Umbrella (Frantic Stamper Inc.), Lighthouse w/ Clouds (Cottage Cutz – for the birds in the sky), Palm Trees (Impression Obsession), Speed Boat (Frantic Stamper Inc.), Sailboat (Impression Obsession), Flipflops (Impression Obsession), Shell Set (Impression Obsession), Spellbinders Fairmont Labels (for the soft sky frame), Foam Tape, and Liquid Applique

Technique:  Sponging and Coloring with Copics

(To see the products pictured below, click on the links above.)

Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Three SurfersFrantic Stamper Precision Die - Beach Umbrella And ChairCottage Cutz - Die - Lighthouse w/ CloudsImpression Obsession - Die - Palm Trees (set of 4 dies)Frantic Stamper Precision Die - Boat IconsImpression Obsession - Die - Sailboats (set of 3 dies)Impression Obsession - Die - Single Beach Chair (set of 5 dies)Impression Obsession - Die - Mini Shell Set (set of 7 dies)Image 13M - Scotch Foam Mounting TapeMarvy Liquid Applique' - Black


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”  Ephesians 3:12

CottageCutz Pelican on Siesta Key Beach

CottageCutz Pelican on Siesta Key Beach

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to see my CottageCutz Pelican on Siesta Key Beach card.  I love CottageCutz beach-related dies.  This card features one such die, the CottageCutz Pelican Die.  I made this card in response to yesterday’s Free For All, F4A332, Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  The hostess of the challenge asked for beach-theme cards.   Her “dessert” (extra points) was to include red, white, and blue colors on cards.

Living in the west central part of Florida, I get to enjoy the beautiful white sand and turquoise water of the Siesta Key Beach. The beach is gorgeous, and my card is a reflection of it.

These photos are closeups of the card:

The wonderful comments made about this card can be seen HERE on Splitcoaststampers.


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

Matthew 22:37-39

(The Greatest Commandment)  “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”