Frederique Morrel Artwork Inspiration


Welcome!  Today I created my first shadow box card that was inspired by the Frederique Morrel Artwork site The Inspiration Challenge for today featured this site.  It is an awesome site of a different type of art, which is textile art.  The artwork seems to be driven primarily by deer, birds, bunnies, and flowers.  It was difficult for me to select one piece of art; therefore, I created this card as my Frederique Morrel Artwork Inspiration piece.  I tried to capture the essence of the site when creating the card.  The bunnies and deer in the shadow box are created from fabric.

Luke 15:3-7

“Then Jesus told them this parable:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.  Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.  Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

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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!


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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! 

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.


Butterfly_1_1God’s Blessings!
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 Daffodil Flower – March

CottageCutz Daffodil Flower – March

Hello, my friends!  WeIcome to Guneaux Designs.  As a  guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage, I  have for you a project featuring the CottageCutz Daffodil Flower – March stamp and coordinating die set.

Speaking of March, did you know that the  month of March is synonymous with the onset of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Accordingly, the flower associated with the month of March is the Daffodil.  The Scrapping Cottage has a stamp and coordinating die for the flower of each month. Check out these beautiful stamps and dies HERE.

Moving on, here is the card I made with the beautiful CottageCutz Daffodil Flower – March stamp.

My Daffodil is designed after the Fortissimo Daffodil that has yellow petals and a cup of glowing orange to red.  Here is a picture of the flower.

I made the card as a “Big Flap” card, and you can make this card too by following these instructions:

Step 1.  Stamp the CottageCutz Daffodil Flower onto a piece of white card stock.  I wanted a “no-line coloring” image; therefore, I used different colors of markers to add ink to sections of the image and stamped them separately.  I used yellow for the petals of the daffodil, peach for the cup, green for the leaves and stems, and gray for the rocks.

Step 2.  Color the image as desired.  I used various Copic Sketch Markers to color my image.  After coloring it, I used the two largest dies from the CottageCutz Stitched Rounded Rectangle Set to cut out the image.  Also, I stamped, colored, fussy cut, and attached the butterfly that is part of the CuttageCutz Daffodil Flower – March set using foam tape.

Step 3.  Set aside the image and start creating the card base.

Step 4.  Cut a 5-1/2″ x 10″ piece of card stock (your choice of color).

Step 5.  Place the card stock horizontally onto a score board and score at the 4″ and 8-1/4″  marks.

Step 6.  Fold the score lines toward each other.

Step 7.  Select a double-sided designer paper and cut two 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces, and two 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ pieces.

 Step 8.  Attach one of the 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″  pieces of designer paper to the larger flap on the front of the card base.

Step 9.  Attach one of the 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of designer paper to the small flap on the front of the card base.  (I selected the same side of the designer paper for the front.)

Step 10.  Attach the second 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of designer paper onto the inside large flap.  I used the other side of the designer paper.

Step 11.  Attach the second 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of designer paper onto the inside small flap..

Step 12.  Cut a piece of white card stock with the largest die from the CottageCutz Stitched Rounded Rectangle Set 

Step 13.  Attach the outside frame cut from the image (see Step 2.) to the piece of white card stock using a double layer of double-sided foam tape.

Step 14.  Attach the image inside of the above frame. 

Step 15.  Apply a strong adhesive to the back left side of the above image piece.  

Step 16.  Close both flaps of the card base with the right one over the left one.  Attach the framed image to the front large flap of the card base, ensuring it is centered over the front and not attached to the right small flap of the card.  The strong adhesive is necessary to ensure the image piece will not come off as the card is opened and closed.

Step 17.  Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of card stock, add a sentiment and/or an embellishment, and attach to the center of the inside of the card.

Step 18.  Embellish the card as desired.  I cut several small flowers using the   CottageCutz Tree of Nature Die.  I cupped them with a stylus and adhered micro beads to the centers.  I used the CottageCutz Winter Branches Die to cut green stems (not branches LOL) for the tiny flowers and added them to the two corners of my card front and the center piece inside the card. 

I hope you are inspired by my CottageCutz Daffodil Flower – March card.

CottageCutz Dies Used:



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

II Timothy 3:16 & 17

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instructions in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Smackin’ Acetate Technique

Splitcoaststampers’ Try A New Technique Challenge, TLC577, Smackin’ Acetate Technique

On Monday, Splitcoaststampers’ Try A New Technique Challenge, TLC577, is to create using the “Smackin’ Acetate” Technique.  This technique is similar to that of coloring on acrylic blocks and transferring the color to paper.  Have you tried the Smackin’ Acetate Technique before?  I had not heard of it until Monday.  LOL

Splitcoaststamper’ Clean and Simple Challenge, CAS368, Spring Critters

Also on Monday, Splitcoastampers’ Clean and Simple Challenge,  CAS368, Spring Critters, is to create in celebration of spring!  Seeing more signs that spring is here and to celebrate the springing forward of our clocks, the challenge is to bring out our spring critters.

I combined the challenges and created this card.

(Update:  This card was in the Splitcoaststampers favorites for the week ending on March 20, 2016.)

(Update #2:  I am so honored that this card was picked today, March 31, 2016 as the Customer Card of the Day by Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD)!  I am so blessed and grateful for this recognition!  You can read about it on ODBD Blog.)

Smackin' Acetate Technique

I used the Smackin’ Acetate Technique for the land behind the lamb.  The following explains the technique.

  1.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace Marker to color the top of the acetate, Barely Banana to color the middle, and Old Olive to color the bottom.

Smackin' Acetate Technique

2.  I spritzed water on the acetate next.  The water moves the ink around.

Smackin' Acetate Technique

3.  I placed the inked and spritzed side of the acetate down onto watercolor paper and used my fingers to push the ink on the paper.

Smackin' Acetate Technique

4.  I removed the acetate and used a slightly wet watercolor brush to spread the inks.

Clean and Simple Challenge, CAS368, Spring Critters

The part of my card that incorporates the CAS368, Spring Critters, is the Lamb.  Having been raised on a small farm, every spring we looked forward to the births our little “spring critters”; lambs, chicks, calves, piglets, foals, etc.

Also Easter is in the spring time.  Therefore, my Lamb represents more than a critter.  It is the Lamb of God, Jesus.  The three crosses in the background represent the cross upon which Jesus was hung, and the crosses upon which the prisoners hung beside Jesus.

Smackin' Acetate Technique

As for the rest of the design, I sewed (or tried to) yellow flowers around the border of the card to replicate the yellow flowers around the lamb, which I colored with copics.  I embossed the lavender paper with a wood grain embossing folder which represents the wooden cross upon which Jesus hung.  I added a cut out from Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) doily die that lies underneath the lamb and topped it off with a white bow made with Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Organza Ribbon.  The circle encompassing the lamb and the doily were made with ODBD Pastel Paper, ODBD Double Stitched Circles Dies, and ODBD Doily Die .  Here are additional photos:

Smackin Acetate Technique Smackin' Acetate Technique

I hope you try the technique and join in on the challenges!

CCOD Button




PAPER:  Watercolor Paper, ODBD Pastel Paper, and Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana and a Lavender Card Stock

INK:  Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, and Old Olive Markers, and Copics

ACCESSORIES:  ODBD Little Lamb Die, ODBD Ornamental Crosses Dies, ODBD Doily Dies, ODBD Double Stitched Circles Dies, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Organza Ribbonand Stampin’ Up Wood Grain Embossing Folder


TECHNIQUES: Smackin’ Acetate Technique


Swallowtail Butterfly



“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.  Philippians 4:6