Bev Polen - guneauxdesigns
Washington, DC
Hello, I am Beverly (aka Guneaux Designs). My siblings call me Susie as my middle name is Sue. I am so blessed and honored to join the SCS “Dirt Pile” with such wonderful and skillful artists. When I initially received Lydia’s message, I was impressed that she would complement a piece of my work! As I continued to read the message, my mouth dropped, and I was shocked with what I was reading! I was overwhelmed with excitement. After “dancing” around the room to collect my thoughts, I called my younger daughter to tell her that I had been asked to join the “Dirty Girls”. She said, “Mom, that does not sound good!” I explained, and she was elated for me. Thus, here I am! Thanks, Lydia, for giving me such a wonderful opportunity!

At the request of a Stampin’ Up! (SU) demonstrator, I joined SCS on August 10, 2006. I was intimidated by all the remarkable cards and projects posted by such talented crafters. Thus, it took me six years to post a card, which was on December 19, 2012! I stopped posting in August 2013 and returned in October 2015. Shortly after my return, one of SCS most talented ladies (i.e., Linda – Holstein), encouraged me to start participating in the weekly challenges. Therefore, I did and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I have learned so much about paper crafting from this site, and I enjoy everyone!

I come from a family of crafters. My mom and siblings were into sewing, quilting, needle working, floral design, rug making, and other crafts. Mom introduced me to sewing when I was around 10 years of age. I started sewing on her old petal-foot machine, making assorted items. I also loved pencil drawing at an early age. I remember drawing a horse for an art contest when in elementary school. The picture was placed into a display cabinet and I was so honored. Sewing and pencil drawing carried into adulthood and eventually I got into cross stitching, quilling, and other crafts. I continued sewing and making my lined suits for work as well as clothes for my children. Eventually, I started making greeting cards for my family by using computer software. That lasted until 2005.

In 2005, I was introduced to handmade cards, using rubber stamps. I jumped in with both feet, and in 2006, I was introduced to SU stamp sets. I was amazed that there were sets of coordinating stamps as well as coordinating papers and inks. There were no more buying individual stamps and playing the mix and match game for me! I was so impressed by the quality of the SU products that I became a demonstrator and Guneaux Designs was born (Guneaux is my maiden name). However, I decided in 2012 that I wanted to broaden my crafting experiences and resigned my demonstratorship.

Outside of crafting, I had an accomplished career in the legal field with the federal government. Because of one of many accomplishments, I was selected to met Vice President Gore in person. It was a thrill to meet a Vice President of the USA, despite any party affiliation. He shook my hand, complimenting my accomplishment, and I did not want to wash my hand afterwards! I got over that after a few hours. I achieved my goal of reaching the highest General Schedule level within the government. After 30 years of working hard in the Washington, D.C. area, I decided to retire in 2003 to pursue more fulfilling things in life. It was good that I retired as within several months of retiring, I was diagnosed with cancer. However, with God’s grace, I am a survivor and doing well.

Lastly, and most importantly, I have two wonderful daughters who have blessed my life richly. They have given me three grandchildren, thus far. They are 17, 15, and 3 in age, and I love them immensely. The 3-year-old is my crafting partner. I tease my daughter and son-in-law that their 3-year-old daughter has knowledge that they lack! Grandchildren are such a precious gift from God, and I am so blessed to have them!

Again, thank you Lydia! I look forward to interacting with the awesome Dirty Dozen (current and past)!