Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How to Use the Stampin' Up! Framelits in a Different Manner - Part 1

Would you be interested in using your Stampin' Up! Hearts  and  Labels Framelits different from the standard method?   Would you  like to create a FRAME around the negatives resulting from using the Framelits?  Also, do you wish the size between the Framelits was 1/8" rather than 1/4"?  If so, let me share some alternatives with you.  Today I will share one alternative, and Thursday another.


1.  Cut a piece of cardstock to the size you need as is determined by the layer (i.e., 1st, 2nd, etc.) of your planned greeting card.

2.  Place your selected heart or label framelit onto the center of this piece of cardstock ( from step 1) for cutting out the framelit using the Big Shot. (A heart framelit is used for this demonstration).

3.  Prepare a Big Shot sandwich with the cardstock and framelit in this order, and run the sandwich through the Big Shot:
  • Multipurpose Platform, Tab 2
  • Standard Cutting Plate (Acrylic)
  • Piece of Cardstock
  • Framelit
  • Standard Cutting Plate (Acrylic)
4.  Remove the cutout (in this case, the heart) from the framelit and stash it away, keeping the negative cardstock.

5.  Place the framelit into the negative piece of cardstock, with the framelit cutting side face up and underneath the cardstock.

(You can see the metal cutting part of the framelit sticking through the cardstock.)

6.  Create another Big Shot sandwich according to the following:
  • Multipurpose Platform, Tab 2
  • Standard Cutting Plate (Acrylic)
  • Framelit
  • Negative Piece of Cardstock (framelit inserted inside according to above)
  • Standard Cutting Plate (Acrylic)
  • Paper Shim

  • Run the sandwich through the Big Shot two or three times. 
9.  This is the result:

Can you see the 1/8" frame that has been created around the heart?


10.  You can insert into the negative  another framelit cutout (in this case, a heart shape from the Stampin' Up! Twitterpated DSP).  Now you have a heart cutout from a framelit with a heart-shaped frame created around the inserted heart.

Isn't this cool? 

You may choose to embellish the frame around the heart as I did on a previous card share on which I added Crystal Effects.  Here's the card.



Monday, January 30, 2012

Key To My Heart Valentine Box Video Tutorial - Hearts Collection Framelits


My friends, do I ever have a beautiful item for you today!  It is my "Key To My Heart Valentine Box".  Isn't it stunning?  I recorded a video to instruct you on how to make the Valentine box.  It's my very first video, and being a beginner at developing videos,  it's a little rough, and it took about two weeks to develop. :-((  Regardless, I got it completed and I hope you enjoy it.

Some of the key Stampin' Up! Products I used are the Hearts Collection Framelits, Red and Silver Glimmer Paper, Key and Heart Trinkets, Whisper White and Real Red Cardstock, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, and the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die.

Regardless of the products I used, the purpose of this post is to provide instructions on making the box itself.

Did you notice the Love Impressions Designer Series Paper from last year around the box sides?  I used My Digital Studio (MDS) and the Love Impressions digital download to print the paper!  MDS  is a must-have product!

I placed inside the box a heart made with White Waffle Paper and a Heart Framelit.

Enjoy the Key To My Heart Valentine Box video, and feedback is welcome!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sale-A-Bration Provides a Wonderful Opportunity!

In addition to you receiving a free Stampin' Up! product with each $50 purchase you made during Sale-A-Bration, certainly you would enjoy a 30% discount on the Stampin' Up! items you've placed on your wish list! Right? How can you get the discount?


With the launch of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! is offering a Starter Kit for you at a new price if you join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator on my team!

You may choose either the “Standard Starter Kit” or “Digital Starter Kit”  for only $125 for a kit valued more than $345 and normally sales for $175. Again, you will pay only $125You will find all the goodies included in the starter kit HERE or on pages 240 and 241 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.

That's not all!! You will get a FREE paper pack or digital download every month for the rest of the year!  

Follow these steps to become a Demonstrator so you can start sharing your love of paper crafting AND receiving great benefits!  If you need assistance in signing up, call me at 941-531-4513, or email me at


Click HERE, which takes you to my Stampin’ Up! website
At the upper, right side of the site, click on “JOIN THE FUN”
After listening to the video and reading the content on the Stampin' Up! First Impressions page, click on "JOIN NOW" (located at the left, center of the page) and a “WELCOME” page will come up
Read and click on "Acknowledged" to consent to entering into an electronic agreement with Stampin' Up!
Read and print the "Independent Demonstrator Agreement"
Click “I agree” (agreeing with the Independent Demonstrator Agreement)
Click "Continue", and a page comes up that is an "Application for Independent Demonstrator"
Fill in your personal information (e.g., social, address, credit card information, etc.)
Click "Continue"

After you've signed up to be a Demonstrator, you're on your way to building your own business for which you, no one else, will determine its course.  AND, get prepared to place your first product order and receive 30% off of a minimum $150 or more order when it is placed within 45 days.  Additionally, you will earn hostess rewards AND receive a minimum of three FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts (1 for every $50 in product purchased). 

Click HERE for further details! 



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


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Top 10 Posts for 2011

As so many of us do at the beginning of a New Year, let's look back at my top 10 posts for 2011!

1.  What do you think is my most-visited post for 2011?  Does "Key to my Valentine Box and Matching Card" ring a bell?  If it does, then you are right.  This post had the most visits throughout the whole year of 2011!  Let's look back at the post HERE!

2.  Don't you love the Stampin' Up! Blossom Petals Builder Punch?  Apparently a lot of stampers do, as my second most visited post is one featuring the punch.  Let's look back at that post HERE!

3.  I am amazed at how many hits I got from August to December 2011 on this paper quilling post.  The paper quilling post is the third most visited post.  You can see it HERE!

4.  One of my favorite Stampin' Up! papers is the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP).  My fourth most visited post is a purse I made using this DSP.  Here's the purse!  Now my favorite purse that I made with the Paisley Petals DSP is this purse, and it's the one I received the most questions about.

5.  Would you believe that the fifth most visited post is another purse that I made with the Paisley Petals DSP?  HERE it is!

6.  My sixth most visited post features the Stampin' Up! Petal Cone Bigz Die, one of my favorites!  Although I have many posts featuring this Die, HERE it is the most popular!

7.  Considering the die, were you surprised with #6?  To move on, the seventh most visited post in 2011 is one featuring the new Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doiley Sizzlit Die.  This post is a very recent post, and HERE it is!

 8.  Oh, jeez, here comes that Stampin' Up! Paisley Petals DSP again, and it's another purse!  I truly love this paper!  HERE is the eighth most visited post in 2011.

9.  The ninth most visited post for 2011 features that lovely Mocha Morning Designer Series PaperHERE it is!

10.  Lastly, the tenth most visited post for 2011 showcases the art of Zentangle.  HERE it is!

NOTE:  My most popular post since I set up my blog on August 8, 2010 features my favorite punch, the Stampin' Up! Owl Punch!  HERE he is!

I hope you've had as much fun in viewing my Top Ten Posts in 2011 as I did "looking back"!

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


{music begins}

Yahoo!  This is a "Sale-A-Bration"!   
Yahoo!  This is your "Sale-A-Bration"!
"Sale-A-Brate" good times! Come on!  (Let's "Sale-A-Brate"!)

"Sale-A-Brate" good times!  Come on!  (Let's "Sale-A-Brate"!)
There's a party goin' on right HERE! 
A "Sale-A-Bration" to last until it disappears.
So bring your wish list, and your money too,
We gonna "Sale-A-Brate" this time of the year!

 Come on now!!
Let's all "Sale-a-brate" and have a good time!
We gonna "Sale-a-brate" and have a good time!

It's time to come together!
It's up to you, "what's" your pleasure,
Everyone around the United States,
Your "SALE-A-BRATION" Products awaits!

Come on!

Yahoo! It's a "Sale-A-Bration"

YAHOO!  .....  

{music ends}

Are you grooving yet?  If not, let's get started, " 'cause everything's gonna be all right!"  Today is a big day to "Sale-a-brate" as it is  the debut of Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration!  Get out your Stampin' Up! wish list, start your order, and hear the music of Sale-A-Bration 2012!

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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Adorning Accents Emboss Folder, French Vintage - Valentine Card

Are you having fun using the new Stampin' Up! Adorning Accents Embossing Folders?  I used the one with multiple hearts to embellish the top and bottom of my card, in addition to three of the hearts in the card's centerpiece.

I used one of the stamps from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration, Fresh Vintage Stamp Set (125117), to create the background upon which the centerpiece sits.  The centerpiece was made by using the Stampin' Up! Heart-to-Heart Punch and the new Embosslits Fashionable Hearts, and they are embellished with Crystal Effects.  I randomly attached the hearts onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and drew the swirls, curls and leaves in black ink.  The curls and swirls are embellished with Basic Rhinestones, and the leaves are embossed with Silver Stampin' Embossing Powder.  

The cardstock and designer series paper used on the card front is Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Lastly, I added two pieces of the Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon near the top and bottom of the card.  I hope you enjoy this card!!


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

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bigz Element Bird Die, Sweet Shop DSP - Valentine Card

Isn't the new Stampin' Up! Bigz Elegant Bird Die adorable?  I used him for the primary element on this Valentine Card.  The paper used on the first card layer is one of the designs from the Sweet Shop Designer Series Specialty Paper, which dictated my color choices.

I cut out the bird using Pool Party Cardstock and covered it with the new White Waffle Paper to give it some texture.  Then I embellished one wing with the Adorning Accents Hearts Embossing FolderI embossed both wings with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Around the bird's neck I hung a Trinket Heart that contains a "Be Mine" sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration Outlined Occasions Stamp Set (126016).  It is difficult to see as I inserted Crystal Effects, which sometimes distorts lettering.  Maybe the picture below will give you a better view.  And the next picture shows the added hearts onto the bird's tail features (did you notice that?). 

 The tiny hearts are from what remains as cutouts after using the Pinking Heart Border Punch.  I thought why waste them, so I added them here and there on the card.  If you enjoyed the card, please leave a comment.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Take it to Heart and Hearts Framelits - Valentine Card

Are you enjoying the new Stampin' Up! Hearts Framelits?  Aren't they fantastic?  Or maybe you haven't ordered them yet!  Please do; you'll love them!  I used one when developing this card.

I water colored the primary element on this card - the stamped bird and flowers heart-shaped image that is from the gorgeous stamp set, Take it to Heart.  I used one of the Hearts Framelits to cut out the stamped image.  I used the same framelit to cut out the heart in the center of the card's first layer, the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, and then slipped the water-colored piece inside.  The banner that holds the sentiment is also from the Take it to Heart stamp set.  The sentiment, "Be My Valentine", is from the Sweet Cake stamp set, and the small heart stamp from the Take it to Heart stamp set was used to stamp Cherry Cobbler ink onto the card's first layer.  The card base was made with Island Indigo Cardstock.   The hearts in the four corners of the card were cut out with the Heart to Heart Punch and embellished with the new hearts Adorning Accents Embossing Folder.   I hope you enjoy today's feature!

This picture provides a closeup of the water-colored bird and flowers.


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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe and Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment DSP

I invite you to join me for a cup of tea today!  You will be served your tea in a cup that is as beautiful as the cup on my card share today, which showcases the Occasions Mini Tea Shoppe Stamp Set and the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (DSP) (126154).

I love my tea cup and this card.  The sentiment, label, and cup are from the Tea Shoppe Stamp Set.  I enhanced the tea cup with markers and embossing powder and added Basic Rhinestones to the center of the three open flowers.

The cup's saucer was made with an oval cutout from the Ovals Original Die.  I used one of the cutout dollies from the Flirtatious DSP to trace over with Calypso Coral Ink to add a design onto the saucer.  To add dimension, I attached the cup and saucer to the card with Stampin' Up! Dimensions.

I want to give you a closeup of the tea cup for a better view.  You can click on the picture to view it enlarged.

So, are you joining me for tea?  Or better yet, buy Stampin' Up! products here.

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


Monday, January 16, 2012

Rue Des Fleurs and Attic Boutique DSP

What is one of your favorite color combinations?  My project today is in one of my favorite combinations,  pink and yellow and it features the Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fluers Stamp Set and  Antic Boutique Designer Series Paper (DSP) that coordinates with the stamp set.  And, one of the DSP designs is in pink and yellow!!

This card features the Rue Des Fleurs stamp image of the umbrella with watches hanging from it.  The picture to the left shows at the bottom a closed punched petal card made with the Stampin' Up Petal Card Double Punch.  The closed punched petal card is stamped with the face of a watch, which is a modified version of the clock image from the Stampin' Up! Forever Young Stamp Set

The picture to the right shows the punched petal card open with the "Thanks for Watching over Me" sentiment from the Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set.  What coordination!!  I made the pink flower using the Island Floral Bigz Die, and topped off the card with a So Saffron 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon double bow.  Enjoy!!

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

Friday, January 13, 2012

Brayered Beach Scene - Happy Birthday Easel Card

Having spent the holidays on a Caribbean cruise with special friends, I decided to create a beach scene with the color of the Caribbean Sea for a Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday easel card.  Today is the birthday of one of the special friends, and I made this card for him.  I hope his day includes many blessings and plenty of cake and ice cream!

The beach scene was created by using a Brayer art tool and various Stampin' Up! inks.  The ink colors I used for the sun, sky, water, and sand, respectively, are:  So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Not Quit Navy, Baja Breeze, Pool Party, River Rock, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede

The palm trees were made with a stamp image from Plant Hope.  The sentiment, Happy Birthday, is from the Bring on the Cake stamp set.  Enjoy!

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


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Scrapbook Page - My Digital Studio

I went on a Caribbean cruise for the Christmas Holiday, and it was my first cruise!  It was also my first time to parasail, and what an experience it was!  It's amazing how quiet it can be way up in the air.  The day was  beautiful, the weather perfect, and the ocean a beautiful teal; a good time for me to take the plunge! (lol).  Additionally, our parachute was so beautiful with the pastel colors.  Don't you agree that it looks so stunning up in the sky?

This scrapbook page is a simple page that I developed with My Digital Studio (love MDS) that documents our parasailing.  The background on the page is a faded picture of us as we returned to the boat.  Within MDS, I changed the Opacity from 100 (normal) to 17 so the picture would fade into the background.  I love that feature of MDS!.

If you don't have or don't use MDS, you are missing out on a very easy method to create scrapbooks!  I love mine and I have purchased many of the MDS downloads; I cannot live without them (lol).

Come back to see additional scrapbook pages as I document our cruise!

Purchase MDS and related downloads here!

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sweet Cake and Sweet Shop - Happy Birthday

Yum! I wish you could smell the cupcake icing on my Happy Birthday Stampin' Up! Greeting Card.  Yes, that's right, smell!  The cupcake icing is embossed with the new Vanilla Scented Stampin' Embossing Powder, and it really smells like vanilla.  There are two other scents of the new embossing powder, the Melon and Cherry.  I am so pleased with Stampin' Up!'s new Occasions Mini Catalog and its products!

This Happy Birthday card showcases the new Sweet Cake Stamp Set and Sweet Shop Designer Series Specialty Paper.  Both the cupcake image and sentiment are stamps in the Sweet Cake Stamp Set

I used the In Color Lucky Limeade Cardstock on the upper half of the card, and the Island Indigo Cardstock for the card base.  The bottom half of the card is from one of the designs in the Sweet Shop Designer Series Specialty Paper.  And the ribbon across the middle of the card is the Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon.  Other Stampin' Up! products used are the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details and the White Dazzling Details.

If you are a regular visitor, you know to click on the product links above to buy them.  If not, simply click on the product links and you'll be taken directly to Guneaux Designs on-line store to order products.

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

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sweet Cake - Be My Valentine - Waffle Paper - Hearts Framelits

Hello, my friends!  Today my project share is a simple card that features the new Stampin' Up Hearts Framelits, Sweet Cake Stamp Set, Silver Waffle Paper, and Silver Glimmer Paper.

The hearts and sentiment (from the Sweet Cake Stamp Set) are embellished with Basic Rhinestones Jewels, and the Real Red Cardstock is embellished with the new Edgelits - Adorning Accents.  I cut a frame from Basic Black Cardstock to encase the Waffle Paper.  Enjoy!

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

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fresh Vintage & Everyday Enchantment Happy Birthday Card

I am so pleased with the Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration 2012 products that are scheduled to debut on January 24th.  A stamp set, Fresh Vintage (125117) and Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (126154) are two of the Sale-A-Bration products features on this Happy Birthday Card.  Notice how they match! For a special touch, I added a paper quilled flower at the top, right of the card.

The sentiment, "Happy Birthday, is also from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Elementary Elegance (125122).  You can receive one of these and other Sale-A-Bration products for FREE for every $50 (excludes taxes and shipping) you spend on Stampin' Up! products.  Get your order ready!

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

Friday, January 6, 2012

Valentine Card - Rue Des Fleurs, Attic Boutique DSP, & Labels Framelits Dies

Hello, and I'm glad you stopped by to see my Stampin' Up! Greeting Card for today.  Today's card showcases items from the Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog such as the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper DSP,   Labels Framelits Dies, Rue Des Fleurs stamp set, and the Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.  Also featured are items from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2012 Sale-A-Bration such as the Everyday Enchantment DSP (126154), Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack (127279), and the Outlined Occasions Stamp Set (126016).

I attempted to make the trumpet appear to be playing a tune of "BE MINE"!  (LOL)
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God's Blessings!
Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in FL

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Framelits, Fresh Vintage, and I {Heart} Hearts Valentine Card

Are you enjoying your Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog?  Isn't it full of beautiful stamps, papers, dies, and embellishments?   Today's card features one of the Occasions Mini products and others from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog that debuts on January 24th.

If I have to say it myself, I think this Valentine Card is beautiful.  The center piece of the card features Stampin' Up!'s new Framelits Dies, the Labels Collection from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I used two sizes of the labels framelits dies to cut Silver Glimmer Paper*, Whisper White, and Basic Black frames.  After cutting the Basic Black frame, I used paper snips to cut off about an 1/8" around the frame.  This gives the appearance that I used three separate framelits dies.  The Silver Glimmer Paper* behind the Basic Black frame gives the centerpiece a nice pop.

The centerpiece's floral image (beneath the hearts) on the Whisper White frame is from the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set (125117-Clear) from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  This stamp set is FREE when you purchase $50 of Stampin' Up! products (taxes and shipping apply) during Sale-A-Bration.  Atop the floral image are three hearts, one of which is made with the Silver Glimmer Paper*, and two made from stamp images in the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set.  These images were stamped with Real Red Ink and embellished with Basic Rhinestones.  Behind the centerpiece is a piece of Real Red Cardstock that is embellished with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

The sentiment "Be Mine" is from another Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, the Outlines Occasions (126016), which is also FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.  I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch to create the embellishment on the left side of the card, and a ribbon strip and bow made with retired Stampin' Up! ribbon on the right side.  Enjoy!

*The Silver Glimmer Paper is a "carry over" from the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog. 

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog

Have you received your new Stampin' Up! 2012 Occasions Mini Catalog that debuts TODAY?

 If not, here's a LINK to view it. 

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