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

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

Memory Box Tulip Bouquet

Hello, everyone!!  My card share today is one I submitted to Splitcoaststampers for a Sketch Challenge.  The primary element on the card is the tulips made with the Memory Box Tulip Bouquet Die.

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The sketch for the challenge is this:


I die cut the tulips in white, So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock and assembled them as shown in this photo.  I added so flicks of color with a copic sketch marker, R21.

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The continuation of the stems were done in Crisp Cantaloupe and White card stock, as shown in this photo.  These overlap the piece of So Saffron card stock that I embossed with an Anne Griffin embossing folder.  I stamped the word, “Thanks”, using a three step stamp from Catherine Pooler’s latest release, Lovely Notes Collection.

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Thanks for stopping by and your comments are welcome!!

UPDATE 7-24-16:  This card was selected as a Splitcoaststampers Favorite for the Week Ending on 7-24-16.


Stamps:  Hand Painted Thanks (from Catherine Pooler’s Lovely Notes Collection)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU So Saffron, and Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper Size: 5-1/2″ SQ
Ink: SU So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Calypso Coral; and Copic Sketch Marker R21
Accessories: Memory Box Tulip Bouquet Die, Memory Keepers Next Level Wave EF, Anna Griffin Circular Grid EF, ODBD Bitty Butterflies, Swarovski Crystals, and Foam Adhesive Squares

Memory Box - Die - Tulip Bouquet  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder / Border Set - by Anna Griffin - 5x7 - Circular Grid BITTY BUTTERFLIES DIES

SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.  Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.  For He does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.  Lamentations 3:31-33

Cottage Cutz Beach Scene

Hello, my friends!!  I’m trying to get back into creating after being sick for weeks and unable to craft.  I appreciate your patience in waiting for my return.  Today I have for you a Cottage Cutz Beach Scene card, created with several Cottage Cutz nautical dies.

Cottage Cutz Beach Scene

Nautical scenes are not my norm in card making; however, I have seen recently the Cottage Cutz nautical dies and thought they are so cute and perfect for beach scenes.  I couldn’t resist buying them!  These nautical dies are small ones but easy to work with. They are the main features on my card, which I made as a “Thank You” card for my son-in-law who loves the beach.

This photo is a closeup of the die cut from Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) die. The net and fish are fun to use.  If you are thinking, “Orange fish??”, let me clear that up for you.  LOL  Grouper fish come in various colors and orange is one of them.

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The following photo is a closeup of the two pelicans made with the Cottage Cutz Pelican Die.  I attached one of the fish die cuts from the Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) Die to the pelican’s beak.  Have you ever seen a live pelican?  WOW, a pelican’s beak is HUGE!!!  Living in Florida near the beach is a blessing as I get to see these, and other, gorgeous birds.

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The next photo is of the Cottage Cutz Rope Corner Die.  The rope and float are two die cuts that are glued together.  The die includes an anchor also that can be attached to the rope.  The cloud in the background, as well as the other two seen in the first photo, were made with the Cottage Cutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die.  I didn’t take time to provide dimension to them.

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The frame around the scene was created with Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangles Dies.  I cut tree rectangles and glued them together for dimension.

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you were inspired by my card!  If you have comments or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section!



Stamps:  None

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Marina Mist, and Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock

Card Size: A2

Ink:  Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, and Crumb Cake

Accessories: Cottage Cutz Paddles & Rope Ladder (Net) DieCottage Cutz Pelican Die, Cottage Cutz Rope Corner Die, Cottage Cutz Lighthouse w/ Clouds Die, and Our Daily Bread Double Stitched Rectangles Dies

Cottage Cutz - Die - Paddles & Rope Ladder (net)Cottage Cutz - Die - PelicanCottage Cutz - Die - Rope CornerCottage Cutz - Die - Lighthouse w/ CloudsDOUBLE STITCHED RECTANGLES DIES


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 

SU Birthday Blooms

Hello and thanks for stopping by!!  My card share today features the SU Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.

(UPDATE:  The WONDERFUL news about this card is that it was selected as the favorite card for the week of those submitted to Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge (see below) last Tuesday).

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As alluded to above, I created this card to submit to a Splitcoaststampers (SCS) Color Challenge, CC580 – Daffodil Island Garden.  The colors for the challenge are Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, and Garden Green, which are Stampin’ Up! colors.  Vicki Dutcher (vdutcher), SCS member, was the wonderful host who selected these colors for the challenge.  I love blues and yellows together, so I enjoyed this challenge; it was a great color combination.

Vicki offered “dessert” if leaves were included in participants’ submission.  As you can see, they are part of the floral image on my card.

I stamped the floral image in VersaMark, added white embossing powder, and heat set it. I used the ZIG pens to watercolor the floral image, using colors as close as possible to those for the challenge. I got a little heavy-handed with the blue color at first, as this was the first time I’ve used the ZIG pens. After completion, I fussy cut the image and adhered it to a double-stitched Whisper White circle that is framed with a Garden Green double-stitched frame.

I used Daffodil Delight card stock for my card base.  I added a piece of designed acetate for the first layer, and it is from an old SU designer series paper (don’t recall the name). Then I used a old and wide piece of blue SU ribbon, stamping on my “Thank You” greeting.

I hope you enjoy the card!



Stamps: SU Birthday Blooms, ODBD Many Thanks
Paper: SU Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, and Watercolor Paper
Paper Size: A2
Ink: ZIG Clean Color Pens, SU Basic Black
Accessories: ODBD Double Stitched Circles, SU Acetate, Blue Ribbon, VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, and Wonder Tape
Techniques: Water Coloring


SU Fifth Avenue Floral

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs By Beverly Polen

Romans 16:17  

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.”

Polished Stone Technique

I suspect most crafters have tried the Polished Stone Technique.  However, this is my first time although the technique has been around for some time.  Polished Stone is a rich background technique that looks like rich marble.  It is an excellent background for both feminine and masculine cards.

After looking closely at the above picture, can you tell that I left out one key product that most, but not all, crafters use for the Polished Stone Technique?   It is the metallic ink.  I have seen examples of this technique where the metallic ink was used and examples where it was not used.  Well, I left it out because I did not have any metallic ink.  However, I’ll provide you with the instructions that include the ink.


Paper:  Glossy White Card Stock (I used Stampin’ Up!’s), Strawberry Slush Card Stock (131295), and Basic Black Card Stock (121045)

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set (123759) and Stampin’ Up!’s old French Script Background Stamp

Ink:  Coastal Cabana Classic Ink Re-Inker (131164), Strawberry Slush Classic Ink Re-Inker (131167), and Stazon Ink

Accessories:  Cotton Ball, Rubbing Alcohol, and Basic Rhinestones (119246)


  • Add a few drops of metallic re-inker randomly onto glossy card stock.
  • Add rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball.
  • Add two or three drops of each classic re-inker color onto the cotton ball.
  • Dab the cotton ball over the glossy card stock, continuing until you achieve the desired look.  The rubbing alcohol will cause the re-inker colors to blend together, and the metallic re-inker will sit on top of the re-inker colors to give a marble look.
  • Allow the card stock to dry, and if desired, seal it with an acrylic sealer.
  • Stamp the desired image onto the “marbled” card stock with Stazon Ink.
  • Create your card!

This card can be a Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, Thinking of You, Thank You, or any type of card.

 God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
Beverly Polen