Monday, June 30, 2014

Live simply, bloom wildly!

While I personally haven’t mastered the first part of the sentiment, to “live simply” (have you seen my post about the heaps of books and magazines that I surround myself with?) — I like to think I’ve got the “bloom wildly” aspect down pat.

How about you?

I do enjoy simple things like taking walks, especially nature walks. They revive the soul, help you to slow down a bit, and gosh darnit, they can be inspiration galore for an artist or creative person. A few months ago I ventured out to Missouri’s Shaw Nature Reserve. I’ll share more about this exceptional place in a future post (oh yeah, it’s that good). But on this day, I simply soaked up the natural habitat, hiked around the ponds, and walked in the restored wildflower trails all by myself.

Peaceful stuff, my friends. This scene pretty much says: “live simply, bloom wildly.” At the time I was there, this scene was saying to me: “stay here, and don’t go back to work for another few hours.”

While the flowers in my new Countryside Bouquet stamp set were not directly from my nature walk, the appreciation of nature’s bounty surely inspired it.

I am so glad to see you back for our fantastic final day of the Bloom Wildly stamp collection, where all the sets are digital images, and they are all available in the Power Poppy shop for your purchasing pleasure. My latest introduction is a bouquet of wispy wildflowers and that cool companion sentiment described above, and together they are: Countryside Bouquet.

This bouquet is composed of flowers you might find driving across America - we’ve got spiky hummingbird sage, daisylike Cosmos, and then lots of California Poppies - all mixed up and ready to toss with your favorite art supplies.

Thank you so much to California girl Dina Kowal for the suggestion to draw California poppies — I decided to include them with this bouquet and I had so much fun researching and illustrating them.

Speaking of fun... you have got to see what the Bloom Brigade has created with Countryside Bouquet, you are gonna freak!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thank you so very much for stopping by — and WAIT!!! You gotta come back one more day, and that day is tomorrow. For we’ll have one last celebration of the Bloom Wildly release, and the Bloom Brigade will inspire you again, I just know it. We hope you’ll share your card creations with us - remember to follow Power Poppy on Pinterest and tag your Splitcoast posts with PowerPoppy to be sure we can see you in our gallery!

Thanks, all!


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Marcella, it's always wonderful to read how you are inspired by the beauty of all that God has made! What a delightful time just relaxing and walking through the nature reserve! Thank you for another GORGEOUS stamp set that I know will be such fun to color and design a card with! The Bloom Brigade sure outdid themselves -- once again! Wow! Sending hugs and thanks!

ChristineCreations said...

I love when you put something in a set that I have some personal experience with or memory always makes it so much more special - so the cosmos make my heart smile remembering them from our home in the US, they DID bloom wildly! Beautifully done again Marcy!

Jennie Black said...

thank you so much for making these available in digi form! I am in love with your images..... and LOVE digi! Thank you so much! keep them coming!

Julie Allen said...

Thanks once again for the absolutely beautiful floral digital stamps. I sure hope you continue to do this type of thing cause I really love following along and playing with your digital stamps. I also want to thank the designer that showed me how to use the digital stamps with Word and Photoshop Elements. What a great tutorial that was. And, last but definitely not least, I want to say thank you to the designers that share their Copic colors. With all this help I should be able to make some awesome cards. Someday I am going to get really good at this, and will always appreciate the help that your blog has given me.
Thanks so much again.