Happy Scenes Snowy Scenes

I think that one of the most beautiful scenes in the Northern United States is a beautiful snowy scene that is untouched by tire tracks, foot prints, animal hoof/paw prints, road slush, and more.  The quietness of a landscape with trees that are covered with freshly fallen white snow is a gift from heaven and it certainly is a happy scene.  You can see things in the landscape that you have not noticed before.  If there is a red cardinal in the landscape, that pop of red upon the glistening white snow is breathtaking.

Last week I created a similar scene for my card that I am sharing today.  I created the card in response to a Splitcoastampers.com  Inspirational Challenge, IC527.  The challenge involved picking a picture from a particular Pinterest board that inspired you, and then creating a card based on that inspiration.  This is the beautiful picture I chose as my inspiration:

 And this is my inspirational card that I created

Happy Scene Snowy Scene

I was excited to hear that my card was selected for one of the Splitcoaststampers FAVORITES for the week ending January 10.  

To create the scene, I used Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that included trees and one that included the bench in the scene.  The stamp sets are:

  1. Lovely as a Tree (Item #128655)
  2. Happy Scenes (retired)
  3. Branch Out (retired)
  4. Plant Hope (retired)
  5. Pendant Park (retired)

I began by stamping the large tree from the Branch Out Stamp Set into VersaMark Ink and stamping it in four places on the Whisper White Card Stock.  I then embossed these trees (including the branches at the top left and right) with Stampin’ Up! Pewter Embossing Powder (retired).

Using light gray inks, I stamped the remaining trees in the background.  Because the inspirational picture has yellow and orange in the sky portion of the background, I sponged Stampin’ Up! So Saffron and Peach Parfait Ink onto the snowy scene background.  I added a bench into the foreground with red birds (from other stamp sets) on and around the bench.  I added the sentiment from the Happy Scenes Stamp Set.

Once I was satisfied with the scene, I added white acrylic paint to place “snow” within the trees.  I covered the complete scene with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Stampin’ Up! Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.

I attached the scene to a piece of Brushed Silver Card Stock which was attached to the Real Red card base.

Enjoy my snowy scene greeting card!

Swallowtail Butterfly

God’s Blessings!

Stamping With Guneaux Designs

Direct to Paper Technique

Did everyone has a good Memorial Day remembering the holiday’s real purpose?  I don’t know how you feel, but I don’t like the commercialization of this holiday.
I’ll not get on my soap box and move on.  I decided for my project share today to try for the first time the Direct to Paper Technique where you use a swiping motion with stamp pads or spots to apply ink to card stock.  It really was quite simple.  Again, this was my first try, so don’t be too hard on me! (lol)

 I used a Getting Started Collection of Classic Stampin’ Spots (119979) to apply Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie inks.  To my knowledge, there are no special tricks to this technique ~ it’s a form of art for which you decide how to use.
I added the expired Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Organdy Calypso Coral Ribbon at the bottom of the card.  The sentiment, enjoy, is from the Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set (120501) and it was applied to Whisper White card stock with Calypso Coral ink.  I used one of the new Bitty Banners Framelits (129267) to create the sentiment.  And the wonderful stamp set that I hate to see go, Plant Hope (117042) was used for the tree images.  This Thursday, May 31, is the last day to buy this stamp set.  Enjoy!
God’s Blessings!
Stamping With Guneaux Designs
Beverly Polen
Direct to Paper Technique

A Piece of Art Featuring Plant Hope


I refer to this card as “a piece of art” as it is truly my own piece of art. The majority of the card is a creation made by hand through using just a brayer and ink. I really enjoy this process; however, it’s more difficult for me than “traditional stamping” per se.  I used the Plant Hope stamp set, as it is one of my favorites.
A Piece of Art featuring Plant Hope
The stamp set is so perfect for making a card for either a male or female (have you ever heard of a unisex stamp set – LOL). Last month I used the stamp set to create similar cards. The differences in the cards are an additional ink color, cardstock, and scene that I added.
I am sure someone out there has already learned that you can use two of Stampin’ Up! punches to create one unique “photo corner”. However, I’ve not seen it and just discovered it while developing this card. I punched a corner of paper using the Scallop Trim Corner punch, and then punched the same piece of paper with the Photo Corners punch. I like the result! But, I mostly like the art work! Thanks for stopping by to enjoy it also.
Stamp Set: Plant Hope
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Marina Mist, and Not Quite Navy
Classic Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, and Not Quite Navy
Punches: 1″ Circle Medium, Scallop Trim Corner, and Photo Corners-Extra Large
Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Brayer, Stampin’ Up Sponge (cut into wedges), Post-It®
Notes Sheets, Stampin’ Up! Adhesive, and uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (white)
God Bless! Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen

Plant Hope – Brayering – Stamping With Guneaux Designs

Featuring “Plant Hope”

Let me share with you these three beautiful cards that I made today at a Brayer Workshop. It was great to meet new people at the workshop, and to be taught how to use a brayer by a super, skilled instructor. The cards were made using the Plant Hope Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set (page 119 of the new Idea Book & Catalog (IBC). All items used were from the new IBC. Project recipes follows:
Plant Hope - Brayering

Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Tempting Turquoise, and Not Quite Navy
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Photo Corners Punch, Silver Brads, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, White Gel Pen, and Snail Adhesive

Plant Hope - Brayering
Ink: Marina Mist , Pacific Point, Basic Black, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist , Pacific Point, and Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive Ribbon, Snail Adhesive
Plant Hope - Brayering
Ink: Melon Mambo Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, and Basic Black;
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Photo Corners Punch, Silver Brads, White Gel Pen, and Snail Adhesive