ODBD Old Mill

Hello, visitors!!  I have for you today a card featuring the Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) Old Mill Stamp.  I prepared this card for Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge for today (see below).

ODBD Old Mill

I love the ODBD Old Mill stamp as it reminds me of my home town in West Virginia (WV) where an old mill is located.  Have you heard of Babcock State Park in WV?  The park has this old mill called, The Glade Creek Grist Mill.  These two pictures are of the mill in the summer and fall.

Babock State Park – Glade Creek Grist MillGlade Creek Grist Mill

The following is a picture of the mill that my niece gave me.  She is a professional photographer and she took the picture during the fall.  I keep it hanging in my craft room as it reminds me of home.

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The Glade Creek Grist Mill was completed in 1976.  Fully operational, the mill was built as a recreation of one that once ground grain on Glade Creek long before Babcock Park became a state park.  Known as Cooper’s Mill, it stood on the present location of the park’s administration building parking lot.

Of special interest, the mill was created by combining parts and pieces from three mills that once dotted the state of WV.  The basic structure of the mill came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill which dates back to 1890.  It was dismantled and moved piece by piece to Babcock from a spot near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County, WV.  After an accidental fire destroyed the Spring Run Grist Mill near Petersburg, Grant County, WV, only the overshot water wheel could be salvaged.  Other parts for the mill came from the Onego Grist Mill near Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, WV.

A living monument to the over 500 mills that thrived in WV at the turn of the century, the Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal that park guests may purchase, depending on availability and stream conditions.  Visitors to the mill may journey back to the time when grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life, and the groaning mill wheel was music to the miller’s ear.

As a teenager, I spent a lot of time at the state park, sitting on rocks near the mill.  At adulthood, I spend a lot of time with relatives having family reunions at the park.  These memories swirled around in my head as I was coloring the image on my card!  Here are some additional photos of the card.

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I hope you were inspired by my card!  Have a great day and come back soon!


Stamps:  ODBD Old Mill

Paper:  Neenah Solar White Card Stock (110 lb)

Ink:  Copic Sketch Markers

Accessories:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Clear Wink of Stella


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

Jesus said, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, jet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  Matthew 16: 26

Power Poppy Apples In Season

Hello, my friends!  This is my second week as a Guest Designer for Splitcoaststampers’ Tuesday Color Challenge.  This week’s challenge is hosted by the wonderful Barbara (bejoyce).  The colors she chose for the challenge are the Stampin’ Up! (SU) colors of Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow.  Her “dessert” (i.e., extra points) is “Summer Treats”.  For my card, I used the Power Poppy Apples In Season Digital Stamp Set for the image.

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After coloring the image, I used a SU Oval Framelit to cut it out.  I then used Neenah Solar White Card Stock as my card base and cut it into the shape of the largest SU Oval Framelit.  I used the SU colors for some of my coloring and Copics for the remainder.

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I also cut a Daffodil Delight oval in the shape of the largest SU Oval Framelits to add a touch of yellow behind the image.  I allowed three Clear Crystal Drops to dry completely and colored them with a yellow marker before adding them as an embellishment.  I colored around the image with a blue copic marker and added the “Thank You”  sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Butterfly Notes Stamp set, which is unavailable currently.

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Why did I chose this image as my “Summer Treat”?  The Golden Delicious apples remind me of my family’s summer treat of picking apples and making apple sauce, apple butter, apple pies, and so on.  I loved going to my uncle’s to pick the apples from his many and varied, gorgeous apple trees.

Apple blossoms can be various colors, depending upon the type of apple.  Sometimes, a particular tree, such as a Golden Delicious tree, will produce white blossoms while another could produce white/pinkish blossoms.  Therefore, I added just a touch of pink onto the blossoms.

I hope you enjoy the card and will leave a comment!


Stamps:  Power Poppy Apples In Season Digital Stamp Set and Catherine Pooler Butterfly Notes (sentiment)

Paper:  Neenah Solar White and SU Daffodil Delight Card Stock

Ink:  SU Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Copics

Accessories:  SU Oval Framelits, Spellbinders Oval Floral Dies, Clear Crystal Drops, and Foam Tape

Apples in Season Digital Stamp Set

SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5

Altenew Peony Bouquet

I am so honored to be a Guest Designer for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenges during August!  This card is my first card and it’s for this week’s Color Challenge, CC594. The card features the Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set!  This stamp set is gorgeous and it involves the 3 and 4-step stamping technique.

Altenew Peony Bouquet

The Stampin’ Up! colors featured for the challenge are Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pear Pizzazz.

Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock  Peekaboo Peach 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock   Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock

The “dessert” for this challenge is “Flowers or Fruit”.  Thus, I used flowers, the peonies from this gorgeous stamp set (see photo of the set below).

Using the 3 and 4-step stamping technique for this card took more effort as the flowers could only be created using the Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach colors.  So I learned through making the card that all I had to do was adjust the amount of ink I used for each stamp and each step.  For example, the large peony outline stamp was covered twice with Peekaboo Peach ink and stamped twice.  The next stamp, which was solid, was stamped once with Peekaboo Peach ink.  The third stamp, which is one that added dimension, was inked and stamped three times.  Lastly, the second dimensional stamp was inked with Watermelon Wonder twice and stamped twice.

Altenew Peony Bouquet

I used the same process for the peony bud and foliage.  However, I only had one color for the foliage and that is Pear Pizzazz.  I added three pearls that I colored with a copic marker that closely matches Watermelon Wonder.  Lastly, I added the sentiment, Thanks, with a stamp from Catherine Pooler’s Hand Painted Thanks stamp set.


STAMPS:  Altenew Peony Bouquet and Hand Painted Thanks (Catherine Pooler) (SOLD OUT)

PAPER:  Neenah Solar White Card Stock

INK:  SU Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Pear Pizzazz, and Memento Tuxedo Black




SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”  Ephesians 1:3