CottageCutz Gladiolus Flower

Hello, friends, and thanks for stopping by Guneaux Designs!  Today I am a guest designer for the Scrapping Cottage Blog, and I have a card for you that showcases the lovely CottageCutz Gladiolus Flower and the newly released CottageCutz Expression Plus Design die, “hello” .

The new CottageCutz Plus Designs dies (i.e., word dies) are fantastic!  I love the script design, and the die cuts are a great size.  For a limited time, these wonderful dies are 25% off!

My color selections of card stock and coloring were selected to coincide with the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge for yesterday.  These are the colors:  Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, and Always Artichoke, which are Stampin’ Up! colors.

I created the card by first stamping with black ink the lovely CottageCutz Gladiolus Flower image onto white card stock and coloring it with copics that closely match the above colors.  I used the matching die to cut out the floral image.

Afterwards, I decided I wanted to create an inlay with the image, so I used the negative of the floral image and a die from the CottageCutz Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set to cut a rectangle.  Additionally, my butterfly from the same floral stamp and die set was on this panel and I wanted to include it.


My next step was to use a stencil and oxide inks to create this panel from white card stock.  I decided I wanted a piece of designer paper as a mat for the panel.  I attached the mat to the panel and adhered it to my card base.


I created a frame to go around the floral panel with two of the CottageCutz Cross-Stitched Rectangle Set dies.  I attached foam tape to the frame and added it to the card.

Then I added foam tape to the floral image inlay panel and attached it inside the frame.

To complete the card, I added one of the Expression Plus Design scrip dies, “hello”, to the upper left of my card.

I hope you draw inspiration from my card, and leave me a comment!  I love reading comments!

These are the CottageCutz stamps and dies used on the card:


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

Luke 14:12-14

“Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.  Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

Hero Arts Mermaid

Hello, my friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for stopping by Guneaux Designs and, if you leave a comment, I am very grateful to you!  Today I have a card share featuring the newly released Hero Arts Mermaid.  Mermaid cards are not my norm; however, I decided to give it a try as I wanted to participate in a Splitcoaststampers’ (SCS) Free For All Challenge hosted by the remarkable artist, Robin Clendenning.  Her challenge was to create a card that represents “What’s In Your Garden”.  A mermaid was one of her examples, so I chose that to challenge myself.

Here is the Hero Arts Mermaid card:

I received the new Hero Arts Mermaid stamp in the mail yesterday and was not sure how to showcase it.  Therefore, I checked YouTube and found Ilina Crouse’s video on coloring the image. I tried to replicate her work!  I know, no one can replicate her wonderful artwork. But I tried.  Ilina, thanks for your inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed the card.  If interested, you can see the SCS comments HERE.


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

Hebrew 6:13-15

The certainty of God’s promise:  “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one great for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’  And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” 

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.

ODBD Old Mill3_1 ODBD Old Mill4_1

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