ODBD Ornamental Crosses Sympathy Card

I find it difficult to make sympathy cards as, typically, there are a lot of emotions involved. However, I created this ODBD Ornamental Crosses Sympathy Card for a dear friend who lost a very special person in her life.  My heart breaks for her, but I know our Lord will carry her through this very difficult time!

ODBD Ornamental Crosses Sympathy Card

I used the Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) dies and sentiment stamp to create the card. The card base is a piece of White Linen Card Stock to which I adhered  two die cuts from the ODBD Layered Lacey Ovals.

ODBD Ornamental Crosses Sympathy Card

I die cut three crosses with the ODBD Ornamental Crosses dies and glued them together. I adhered the crosses to the purple die cut, and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  The sentiment is from ODBD Faith Card Sentiments.

ODBD Ornamental Crosses Sympathy Card

Have a wonderful and blessed day!


Stamps:  ODBD Faith Card Sentiments

Paper:  White Linen Card Stock – Essentials by Ellen, SU Purple Card Stock

Ink:  StazOn Jet Black

Accessories:  ODBD Ornamental Crosses Dies, ODBD Layered Lacey Ovals Dies, Foam Tape



SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14: 5&6

Painting Stamps With Brushos

Have you ever painted stamps with brushos and stamped your images onto card stock?  Well, I had never painted stamps with brushos until this week.  But there is a L O N G story about my ordeal with using brushos, and if you’re interested, keep reading.

There were two challenges for yesterday, Monday, on Splitcoaststampers.  So I made this card to submit for the two challenges: 1) TLC575 – Painting Stamps With Brushos – Hosted by Karen Dunbrook, and 2) CAS366 – Glittery Sentiment – Hosted by Holly (hbrown).

Painting Stamps With Brushos-

The easy challenge was to add glitter to a sentiment. I added a glitter glue to the word, LOVE, in my sentiment.  Hopefully you can see the sparkle, but if not, here’s a closeup of the sentiment.

Painting Stamps With Brushos

Now, on to what I considered a difficult challenge!  Painting stamps with brushos! This technique is a water coloring technique.  LOVE was NOT what I felt in responding to the challenge!!  First, I have NEVER used brushos, and I hadn’t planned to for a while! Yes, I had brushos on hand, but I had them sitting in a drawer, untouched!!  When I read the details about the challenge, I hit the panic button! Yes, I did!!  Sure I could have passed up this challenge and waited on the next one. Well, you have to know me. I don’t turn down a challenge!

So I first thought, “How in the world am I going to use brushos; I hardly know what they are!”  Then I told myself, “You’re not one to be defeated; get those “things” out of the drawer and get to it”.

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Well, I listened to “self”, got out the brushos, opened the box, and stared at those little white containers. Then I thought, “I saw a Jennifer McGuire video recently and she said NOT to open the containers.”  So, I wondered how am I to get to those “brushos”?  So I searched and searched to find that video again!  When I found it, that thing got watched over and over again.  Boy, does she make it look so easy. WRONG!!

As she instructed, I punched holes in the lids of those white containers and then looked at the name of the color on each container.

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Boy, some of those names, like Gamboge!  I headed to my computer to look for a definition of Gamboge.  Well, the internet told me that Gamboge is a yellow pigment. OK, I can work with that, I thought.  So I tapped some crystals onto my acrylic block!  “What? That’s not yellow!”, was my thought.

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Yeah, I know, get to the point!!  Well the point to all of my rambling is to say I had a terrible time painting my stamps with brushos. I brushed brushos on so MANY stamps, stamped them onto watercolor paper, and through them in the trash. I thought that it was the size of the stamp that was defeating me. Determined to not be defeated, I thought, “Get out the smallest stamp you can think of and get brushing!”  So I did.

And this card is the result of two days of struggling, when I had time to struggle! Just remember that word “LOVE” in the sentiment on my card when commenting, please!! Thank you so kindly!

If you’ve never used Brushos, I really am not the person to teach you, or at least not at this point!!  But give me time!!  However, you can go to Jennifer McGuire’s videos on YouTube.com, and you’ll find plenty of instruction there.

Oh, one last thing, here’s a photo of my acrylic block after finishing.  The pigment crystals dried up.  Add a touch of water and you can use them again.  How cool is that?

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Stamps: SU Thanks for Caring, SU Nature Walk

Paper: SU Whisper White and Concord Crush

Card Size: A2 

Ink: Brusho Crystal Colors, SU Rose Red Marker

Accessories: Brusho Crystal Colors, Water Color Brush, Acrylic Block, ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles, MISTI, and SU Dazzling Diamonds

Techniques: Painting Stamps


Swallowtail Butterfly


“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”  Psalm 55:22

Loving Thoughts Sympathy Card

This Loving Thoughts Sympathy Card is a quick and easy handmade card.  It is simply made with card stock and ink.

The card base is made from Stampin’ Up!’s new Pistachio Pudding Card Stock (131294).  The first layer is made with dry embossing on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  The embossing folder is an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug folder named, Wildflower Gate.  I used a brayer to roll Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink onto the negative side of the embossing folder, placed the piece of Whisper White Card Stock inside the folder, and ran it through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

The embossing folder has a matching embossing banner.  It was used on the small piece of Pistachio Pudding Card Stock upon which the sentiment rests.  The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! Loving Thoughts stamp set.

Enjoy your day!

God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
Beverly Polen


Sympathy Card – Trust God

Sympathy Cards are some of the most difficult cards to make from an emotional standpoint.  It seems as though sorrow is being experienced by so many people around me, including my family. Thus, I made this sympathy card in dedication to those going through the journey of grief (Melissa, Melody, Gwen, Jennifer, and many more). Trust God!!

Trust God Stamp Set

This sympathy card features the Stampin’ Up! Floral District Designer Series Paper and the Trust God Stamp Set. If you cannot see the sentiment, it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand.” How very appropriate in times of sorrow. Trust God Stamp Set


STAMP SET:  Trust God (126702)

PAPER:  Floral District Designer Series Paper (DSP) (126919), Baja Breeze Cardstock (111352), Rose Red Cardstock (102544), and Whisper White Cardstock (100730)

INK: Rose Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (102109)

ACCESSORIES: Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding (125583), Whisper White Baker’s Twine (124262), Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), and Sticky Strip (104294)


  • Place two 2″ pieces of White Baker’s Twine in a water and Rose Red ink combination (3-4 drops of ink into a small amount of water). (I use an 8 oz. plastic container that is 1/4″ full with water.) 
  • Allow the white twine pieces to turn Rose Red, remove from the water, and let dry.
  • Create card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) from Baja Breeze Cardstock, folding in the center.
  • Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of DSP series paper (your choice) and adhere it to the card front (my piece is the daffodil delight DSP).
  • Cut a 5-1/2″ x 4″ piece of another design from DSP (my piece if the floral DSP).
  • Along the 5-1/2″ side of the DSP, mark the 2″ point down from the top on both sides.
  • Mark the center of the DSP on the 5-1/2″ side.
  • Using a pencil and ruler, draw a line from the left 2″ mark to the center mark as well as the right 2″ mark to the center mark.
  • Using a trimmer, cut on the drawn lines.
  • Cut a 2-1/4″ square from Rose Red Cardstock.
  • Cut a 2″ square from Baja Breeze Cardstock.
  • Cut a 1-3/4″ square from Whisper White Cardstock.
  • Adhere the Baja Breeze Cardstock to the Rose Red Cardstock.
  • Stamp your sentiment onto the 1-3/4″ square of Whisper White Cardstock using Rose Red Ink.
  • Adhere the Whisper White Cardstock to the Baja Breeze Cardstock.
  • Cut a 6-1/2″ strip of the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, add adhesive to the back side of both ends, and adhere it to the triangle piece of DSP, wrapping the ends onto the back side.
  • Adhere the sentiment and mats onto the triangle piece of DSP, placing it onto the center of the paper (see pic).
  • Adhere the DSP onto the top portion of the daffodil delight DSP (see pic).
  • Using the Rose Red twine, thread a piece underneath the Seam Binding on the left side, threading a Vintage Faceted Designer Button and creating a bow. Repeat for the right side.

Sympathy Card - Trust God

On-Line Store Button

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs