Monday, October 31, 2011

Scrapbook Pages - My Digital Studio

Happy Monday!  Today I am sharing with you my two 12" x 12" scrapbook pages that I made with the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio.  These pages are Christmas related, and I had so much fun designing them.  I couldn't stop adding elements to the pages, especially the Christmas tree.

Can you see all the punches, stamp sets, and embellishments that I added to the tree?  That's what is so great about My Digital Studio; you can use its contents for unintended purposes.  Wow, does it ever make creating scrapbook pages faster! 

The primary element for these pages is the background paper.  It is from the Letters to Santa digital download, which is only $4.95!  You cannot beat that price for 12 different Designer Series Paper patterns!

Did you notice the black cat sitting under the Christmas Tree?  The cat represents my son-in-law's black cat named Bottecelli.  I love this cat!  He is so lovely and wants to be held and loved on all the time.  I've never seen a cat like him.   

I hope you enjoy these pages as much as I enjoyed designing them.  Have a great Monday!

To purchase products used in this project, click on the links above or HERE.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Saturday, October 29, 2011

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Friday, October 28, 2011

Stampin' Up! Christmas Greeting Card

I love the way this Stampin' Up! greeting card turned out!  I discovered a new way (or new to me) to use the Stampin' Up! Doily Triple Layer Punch.  The doilies creates beautiful Christmas ornaments! 

To begin the description of the card, I'll start with the pine tree branch.  To make the branch, I cut small strips of Always Artichoke cardstock and snipped down both sides of each strip, leaving an un-cut center line.  I reshaped each of them and snipped off some of the "pine needles".  I used the Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker to color some of the needles and the center line.  Lastly, I randomly placed VersaMark ink over selected needles and the center lines and embossed them with Clear Stampin' Embossing Powder.  I think they look real!

The card base is Basic Gray cardstock that is layered with the Silver Glimmer Paper and Cherry Cobbler cardstock that is embellished with VersaMark, clear Stampin' Embossing Powder, and the snowflake stamp from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.

The ribbon at the bottom of the card is Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, and the sentiment, "Thinking of you at Christmas", is from the Beautiful Season stamp set.

Now to the ornaments!  Using the Doily Triple Layer Punch, I punched four doilies for each ornament.  I folded each doily in the center and burnished it with a bone folder.  Using two doilies, I glued together one half of each of the two doilies.  I did the same with the other two doilies, and then I glued the two sets of doilies together to create one ornament.  I think they are so cute!  I used elastic cord to hang the ornaments on the branch.  The cardstock used for the ornaments is the Silver Glimmer Paper and Basic Gray to which I added the Stampin' Up! Silver Fine Galaxy Glitter.  The ornaments will fold down which makes it easy to insert them into an envelope.

I provided a side profile picture so you can better see the three-dimensional ornaments.  Now it's your turn to try them.  If you have questions, email me (addy is in my banner above).
What do you think of the ornaments?  I would like your feedback!
As usual, to purchase the products used for this project, either click on the links above or HERE.

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Grateful for You - Spice Cake

This Stampin' Up! greeting card is dedicated to my friends and family.  I am very grateful for each and everyone of you!

This card features the Stampin' Up! Day of Gratitude stamp set and Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The DSP is so beautiful with many fall colors, and just the name of it, Spice Cake, makes me think, "Yummy"! 

I made the card base from Whisper White cardstock, which I scored in the form of an "X" with the Stampin' Up! Simply Scoring Tool.  I then cut a piece of the DSP in the form of an "X" and adhered the pieces onto the card front with two front sides and two back sides of the DSP showing. 

The card's center piece is made of Pool Party cardstock, the medallion stamp from the Day of Gratitude stamp set, a More Mustard Spice Cake Designer Button, and an Antique Brad.  I made the "Grateful For You!" greeting with My Digital Studio.  I used More Mustard, Pool Party, and Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers (which you can buy individually) to color the medallion. 

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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stampin' Up! Triple Treat Flower and Spice Cake DSP

Hello, my friends, and Happy Monday!  This Stampin' Up! Greeting Card is so simple and yet beautiful.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) used for the card is the Spice Cake DSP that has such beautiful designs.  This card features the Pool Party and Soft Suede design, which are the colors of cardstock used. 

Also featured is the Triple Treat Flower stamp (page 18 of the large catalog) that matches certain designs of the Spice Cake DSP.  The Fancy Flower Punch is a perfect match for punching out the flower once it is stamped on cardstock.  The center of this flower is embellished with Stampin' Up!'s Basic Pearls.  The pearls add such a nice touch to any card.

The "Grateful" greeting is from the Always Thankful Stamp Set on page 19 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.  The wonderful Decorative Label Punch was used to punch out the greeting as well as to create a mat for it. 

Going down the center of the card is a punched ribbon from the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.  I need to use that punch more often as it is a cool embellishment.  The corners of the cardstock and DSP were punched with the Ticket Corner punch.

Gee, I used four different Stampin' Up! punches on this card.  What is your favorite Stampin' Up! punch?  Whoever is the first to guess which punch (not necessarily used on this card) is my favorite will receive this card in the mail! 

I hope you have a blessed day, and enjoy making Stampin' Up! Greeting Cards.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stampin' Up! Simply Sent Kits Special

Ten more days left to buy two Stampin' Up! Simply Sent Kits and get a FREE coordinating stamp set! The Simply Sent Kits are the ideal choice for the beginning crafter or a seasoned crafter who needs a fast method for card making. The card kits offer a variety of basic themes, so it's easy to create cards for any occasion.
Buy any two of the following Simply Sent Kits:
Simply Sent Great Day
Simply Sent Everyday Elegance
Simply Sent Sweet Moments
And get a FREE coordinating stamp set:
It's Your Day
Es tu día (Spanish It's Your day)
C'est ta fête (French It's Your Day)
Everyday Wishes
You're Cherished
Chérissons les anges (French You're Cherished)
Things to Remember
  • Simply Sent kits ordered as part of a hostess's free benefits do not qualify for the promotion.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you may participate in this promotion.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: Monday, October 31, 2011; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX or online: Monday, October 31, 2011; 11:50 PM (MT)
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stampin' Up! Get Well Greeting Card

Hello, friends, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're having a good day.  My card share discussion will be brief today as I am (and have been) dealing with a sinus infection.  If you've had one, you know they can make you feel like you have the flu.  Regardless, my card share is a Stampin' Up! Get Well Greeting Card (isn't this quite appropriate with the way I'm feeling (lol).  No, the card is not for myself. 

As life would have it, there are times when we need a Stampin' Up! Get Well card for a special friend, loved one, or an acquaintance.  This Stampin' Up "Get Well" card will fit that need.

The Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper (DSP) is so bright and colorful, and it's a great DSP to develop a get well card!  The colors will certainly lift one's spirits.  And the apples; aren't they so cute and so perfect for this card?  "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" (lol).  The apples are from the same DSP. 

Because I believe that this card is easy to duplicate, I will share only the supplies:   

You can purchase the products used for this project by clicking on the links above.  You'll be taken to my on-line store.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Do You Remember the Stampin' Up! Strength and Hope Campaign?

Recall from May 1 to August 31, 2011, Stampin' Up! held a campaign to partner with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to raise funds for research.  Stampin' Up!'s campaign was started through the introduction of the Strength and Hope stamp set.  During this campaign, Stampin' Up! contributed $2.00 to the BCRF for EACH stamp set sold!  

I am so happy to share with you that Stampin' Up! contributed $60,000 to BCRF!  I am so proud of each and every one of you who purchased this stamp set and helped in the efforts to stamp out breast cancer.  

As you know, this is a subject very close to my heart, and if I could, I would give all of you a BIG HUG!  Again, THANK YOU!

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Christmas Lodge

Today's post is my first Stampin' Up! Christmas Card for this year.   It features the Stampin' Up! Christmas Lodge Stamp Brush Set, Digital Download for My Digital Studio (MDS).  I wanted a bigger lodge than the physical stamp image would provide, so once again, MDS to the rescue!  I enlarged the lodge, changed its color to Garden Green, and printed it onto Whisper White CardstockThe lodge was embellished with Dazzling Details, Mica Flakes, and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  It is matted with Green Garden and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.
I included on two corners the lovely Holly and Berries from the Stampin' Up! Winter Wishes Stitched Felt collection.  Aren't they cute?  I love it when Stampin' Up! comes out with felt embellishments!

The "Merry Christmas" greeting is also from the Christmas Lodge Stamp Brush Set Digital Download.  I resized it as well, changed the color to Marina Mist, and matted it with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.  It is embellished with Real Red Glimmer Brads.

The first layer of the card is a design from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, which I think has lovely designs for Christmas projects.

I hope if you have doubts regarding purchasing My Digital Studio, that you can see from this and yesterday's posts that it is worthwhile and provides much flexibility in crafting.

Tell me what you would do to improve this card?  All comments are welcome!  If you prefer to comment off-line, email me.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stampin' Up! Frightful Sight DSP - Halloween

I'm glad you came back today to see my next Stampin' Up! feature for this week.  It is a Halloween card made primarily with Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio (MDS).  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) used for this card is the Digital Frightful Sight DSP (the non-digital Frightful Sight DSP is on pages 22 & 185 of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog 2011-2012). 
I chose the spider design from the DSP for the first card layer, and I enlarged it through MDS to get larger spiders on the DSP.  That's one of many things I love about MDS - you can manipulate the items to fit your needs! 

The second card layer is a spider web that I drew by hand.  The spider hanging from the "trick or treat" greeting is one that I cut out of the DSP and embellished it with Crystal Effects.

The frightful cat (lol) is from the MDS Cute Cats Stamp Brush Set, which is unavailable.  (That is one of the great things about Stampin' Up!'s MDS - once you've downloaded a item, it's available for use forever - it NEVER retires!)  And, that little bell around the cat's neck - isn't is so darling?  It is a Stampin' Up! Mini Jingle Bell from the current Holiday Mini Catalog.  (I think most stampers think of only using the bells on Christmas items.)  I attached the bell with Stampin' Up!'s White Baker's Twine that I rolled on my Basic Black Stampin' Pad to turn it black.  Isn't it so cute?  I also used the twine for the string that the spider is hanging from.

The cat's hat is from MDS Jack of all Trades Stamp Brush Set, which I enlarged slightly and embellished it also with Crystal Effects.

Last, but not least, the greeting is from MDS Spooky Things Stamp Brush Set (unavailable) that I also manipulated to the size I wanted and punched it out with the Modern Label Punch and matted it with the a cut-out from the Stampin' Up! Movers & Shapers, Punch Windows.

This picture provides you with a closeup of the frightful cat.   I really love my cat! ***  As usual, don't waste time searching for catalog numbers to purchase items for this or any other project.  Click on the product links above and you'll be taken directly to my 24/7 on-line store for buying Stampin' Up! goodies!

If you haven't purchased Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, you are missing out on a product that makes stamping and scrapbooking so very easy.  Buy it today!  I promise you'll love it!

Come back tomorrow to see my next holiday feature. 

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Florida
Firm Reliance on Divine Providence!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Stampin' Up! Greeting Card - Blue Chateau DSP - Breast Cancer Awareness

Good morning and thank you for stopping by to see my Stampin' Up! projects.  I hope you enjoy them.  I decided that this week's posts will focus on Breast Cancer Awareness, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Don't forget to come back for each feature.

Have you tried the Stampin' Up! Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper (DSP) yet?  If you have, you'll agree with me that the designs are so pretty, especially the Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette design that I used on this card.  The design in person looks like a shimmery gold. 

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this card would meet a need for a card to give to someone who currently is struggling with breast cancer.

The card was made from a 11" x 6-1/4" piece of Pink Pirouette Cardstock, and the fold of the card is called "Gatefold".  After folding the card, I cut the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper into sections to match the card panels and attached them with Sticky Strip.  For decorations, I used the butterfly stamp from the Creative Elements Stamp Set (love, love this stamp set) to stamp twice the butterfly image onto a piece of the DSP.  Then I cut out the butterflies, decorated them with Basic Pearls, and adhered them to a frame made with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.  To create the scallop border on the two front pieces, I used the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  The card inside includes images from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set.

Purchase the Stampin' Up! products used for this card by clicking on the links above.

Leave a comment; I'm sure other visitors would like to read your feedback about this card.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Friday, October 7, 2011

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Zentangle Pumpkin

10-9-11 UPDATE:  I just discovered that my Zentangle® Pumpkin was featured as an article for last weeks' "roundup" on a Certified Zentangle® Teacher's website, Tangle Harmony!  I don't know the teacher, but what an honor to be featured!  This is so exciting!!


My project share today is another Stampin' Up! Greeting Card featuring the art of Zentangle®!  The main element on this card is the pumpkin which I drew and included several Zentangle® patterns.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  I'm really getting into tangling, and I think it adds a nice touch to Stampin' Up! products.  Have you tried tangling yet?

If you have an interest in learning the art of Zentangle® to include on your Stampin' Up! crafts, google the word "zentangle" and you'll find lots of patterns.  Unfortunately I can't instruct you on the patterns I used on both the pumpkin and sentiment, but I certainly can share the Stampin' Up! products that I used.  Speaking of Stampin' Up! products, did you know that Stampin' Up! rubber stamps were listed in the October 2011 issue of the Creating Keepsakes magazine as one of the TOP 10 MUST HAVES?  Gosh, did they ever get that right!!


Stamp Set:  Always Thankful   (page 19 of the Holiday Mini Catalog)
Cardstock:  Peach Parfait, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Whisper White
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, and Basic Black
Accessories:  Antique Brads, Brads-Neutrals (Basic Black), Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Leaves #2 Die, and Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon

Buy the Stampin' Up! products for this project by clicking on the links above.  You'll be taken directly to the product on my on-line store. 

Leave a comment regarding your thoughts about this card.

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL


Monday, October 3, 2011

Stampin' Up! Autumn Splender

Thanks so much for stopping in to browse my Stampin' Up! greeting cards and other paper crafts.  You may have noticed that I've not posted any projects for several weeks.  There was a family tragedy that took all of my time; therefore, I was unable to complete a project for posting.  I do apologize for my unavailable, but I'm sure you'll understand.

Now to my Stampin' Up! greeting card that features the wonderful leaves of the Autumn Splendor Stamp Set.  This card also features the "Against the Edge" technique with a small amount of Zentangle®.

 Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Stamp Sets:  Autumn SplendorGod's Blessings (the sentiment), and Borderlines
Classic Stampin' Pads (Ink):  Certainly Celery, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, and VersaMark 
Cardstock:  Whisper White, and Cajun Craze 
Designer Series Paper:  Well Worn

Against the Edge Tutorial 

Instead of providing the exact instructions for my card, I am providing instructions for the technique used to produce the card.  Try the technique; it's so cool and it is from

1.  Ink a long word, tall flower, or similar stamp and vertically stamp the image one-third of the way in from the right side of your cardstock that will be the top layer on your card.  (For my card, I used a stamp from the Borderlines stamp set that I inked with VersaMark and embossed the image with gold embossing powder.)
2.  Stamp the image again on a large Post-it® note, assuring that the left side of the image is at the top of the Post-it® note.  This will be used as a mask; therefore the sticky part of the note will be needed.
3.  Trim off the right side of the image on the Post-it® note to create a mask.
4.  Place the mask over the stamped image on the cardstock, aligning the images.  (This is why the sticky part of the note needs to be on the left side.) 
5.  Choose another long stamp, such as a detailed background stamp and stamp the image onto the right side of the cardstock and onto the Post-it® note mask, but not on the left side of the cardstock.  (For my card, I used a leaf stamp from the Autumn Splendor stamp set and the masking technique.)
6.  Remove the mask and finish the card as desired.

For the above card, I used a Zentangle® pattern on the upper-right and lower-left sides of the sentiment.  I am really loving the Zentangle® art!

 Leave a comment about what you think of the "Against the Edge" technique!

God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL