Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NEW HOLIDAY RELEASE: Part Deux... and some news!

Oh, hey! You’re back and so are we. Good timing, too, because it’s the first day of our big November HAPPIEST HOLIDAY release sneak peeks!!!

I hear what you’re saying, ALREADY!?! Oh, yes, more fun to tempt you with, and I think it might be our best ever!!!

This release snuck up on me a bit, because this past week has kind of been a blur. May I tell a little story before we start revealing the sets? (Scroll on down to the stamping goodness to skip this part!)

Now, I know you folks don’t know me all that well on the personal level, but I’ve shared here a few times that I have a boyfriend named Doug. I’ve also made mention that he is the love of my life. I mean to tell ya, we are CRAZY about eachother. Doug and I started dating close to 5 years ago, after we ran into eachother at a skateboarding event for old people. (After my divorce, I was trying to get out of the house and keep myself fit, and thought, heck, maybe I’ll try something I haven’t done in a long time... skateboarding!) I’d heard a bunch of my friends from the old days were getting back into it, so why not me? No matter that I was 38. So, there I was at the “Old Man Skate Night”, dropping in on the ramp and eventually, pulling some of the tricks I used to do back then. I was, dare I say, stoked.

Skateboarding at a local ramp in 1988 (frontside grind, my favorite move)

But easily the most stokable part of the night was noticing that a skateboarder on whom I’d had a teenage crush in the 80s was on the ramp, too: Doug Scronce.


We talked throughout the session .... he was also now divorced ... we both had two children, and our kids were the exact same ages! We knew lots of the same people, and had several funny connections and stories. He made me laugh, he was sweet and witty and charming, and boy, was he cute. We ended up talking that night over Facebook messages, set up a date, and honestly, we knew within a week that this was different. THIS WAS IT.

Since then, we’ve been inseparable (albeit living in separate-but-not-too-far-from-eachother houses), our little family of six has gone on adventures to the beach, excursions through the woods, and have had some of the most memorable times just hanging out at home. Our oldest daughters have their own band called WaterColor. Our younger two are always wearing costumes they’ve concocted and cracking eachother up. It’s been wild and wonderful and fulfilling and at times challenging, but above all, these years have filled us with happiness. 

It is with a big smile that I share with you that last week, Doug asked me to be his wife.


I said YES! :) Our kids are super excited, and we can’t wait to have their help planning the wedding. Finn has already asked if he can be Doug’s “Man of Honor.”

I’ll be sharing more of the fun here on my blog, and you might end up seeing a wedding flower set coming down the line. Because just like Law & Order, my set ideas are ripped from the headlines!

Speaking of sets: Here’s what you may have come to see in the first place before I got sidetracked with skateboarding and engagement stories... Our first set from HAPPIEST HOLIDAY: PART DEUX...

powerpoppy.com/products/bough-wow-wow 

Bough Wow Wow will give your projects major POW! Knock ’em out with a punch of CUTE! I’ve drawn two central bough images, each inspired by vintage ornaments, ribbons, and greenery (excuse while I break into “these are a few of my favorite things!”) — but each is totally unique! Oh, the fun you’ll have! There’s hand lettering and lots of little accents to choose from. There are so many directions to take these — or just stamp in a single color and get those cards churned out in style! Well, let us get those creative wheels turning by visiting the bodacious blogs of the BLOOM BRIGADE!

Ladies, take it away:


I hope to see you back here tomorrow, because we have more to share from this special holiday release! Woo hoo!

39 comments:

  1. I am still so giddy for you girlie, Big Congrats! This is going to be so exciting with wedding plans for you all. Glad you are sharing with everyone! What.... you used to skate? Girl you can do it all! ;-) Loving this release and I know everyone else will too.

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  2. I could read that sweet story over and over! I couldn't be happier for you Marcy!! This is a beautiful release and the BB is rocking it!

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  3. Congratulations Marcy! You are a very cute couple! Also I love the sneak peek!!!

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  4. Many congratulations on your engagement. You look so happy.

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  5. Oh my gosh -- I am such a softie!!!! Here I am crying my eyes out! What a story and I can FEEL the love in this post!!!! LOVE the pic of you at Old Man Skate -- you've got it girl! You are so stinkin' cute it isn't funny. And... the little heart photo of Doug??? HA! I bet he chuckles at that. SO HAPPY FOR YOU TWO -- love hearing in your own words how this is fate! ;-) BIG HUGS girl!!! With this kind of kick off to release week, this week is bound to be beautiful!

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  6. Congratulations!! How exciting for you. You are a darling couple and the rock, WOW! This release is fantastic, by the way. :-)

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  7. Congratulations, thanks so much for sharing your happy ending/beginning!

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  8. Oh Marcy, what absolutely wonderful news for you and your squeeze. My DH and I were is much the same situation except without any children and we celebrated 30 years together this year. I wish the same for you and all the happiness in the world. Cheers. xoxoxo

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  9. Happy tears!! It's most definitely a Happiest Holiday now! Congratulations, Marcy and Doug!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful news. (Loveliest stamp, too!!) ♡Dawn

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  10. Whaaat? Woot Woot Marcella's engaged! How excited and this Doug, {gasp!} he's to die for! Love this happy little family story! And...loving this mitten bough here can't wait to see More!! Hugs!

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  11. Congratulations Marcy! Wishing you continued blessings! Oh, the new stamps are wonderful, too!

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  12. Congratulations, Marcella! What a great looking couple you are!

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  13. Congratulations Marcella, I am so happy for you. You two are so handsome together.. Love the new stamps.

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  14. What a wonderful love story! Can't wait to see the stamps that are designed with a wedding in mind! Congratulations :) Off to hop...

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  15. I'm super, duper happy for you, Doug and your families! Sometimes you just KNOW when all the elements are just right and so glad that you both found that in each other! Congrats Marcy!!!! Sending cyber hugs your way!

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  16. A big loud whoop whoop to you Marcella!!

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  17. This set is fabulous!! Great job on the DT cards also!!

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  18. I was Bough Wow Wow'ed :-) over with your announcement that I forgot to congratulate you on your new set. Looks like another fabulous release!

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  19. Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing your news with us! That is so awesome!! Today's stamp set is glorious!!!

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  20. Congratulations Marcy! What a romantic story -- torn from the pages of the Hallmark Channel! It is SO wonderful to hear a happy love story!

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  21. OK, I am sitting at work reading this and have tears in my eyes, and a HUGE smile on my face! What a beautiful story, and although we don't know each other at all, I have been following you and a few others, since you started Poppy. As a cyber friend, I couldn't be happier for you and your family, and Doug! I agree with Mary G...this should be a Hallmark Movie! Love it... Oh, and the stamp set is gorgeous, as always! Hugs!

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  22. It is truly a beautiful story, Marcy, and I think it's awesome that you shared it here with all your readers and fans. Rich and I have 40+ years together and feel like a couple of spring chicks (inside, at least). You and Doug are so cute together and your families sound like a perfect fit. I'm so happy for you!

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  23. Congratulations!!!! That is so exciting and we can't wait to see the wedding pictures!

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  24. What a wonderful story! Congratulations on your engagement!

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  25. What a sweet story! I am so happy for you! Congratulations of your engagement... but don't let that get in your way of continuing to supply those of us who are now addicted to your stamps and digital images!!! giggle!!!
    Hugs from a new-ish fan,
    Beth P

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  26. Girlfriend - I just love you :) Your zest for life just shows in both the picture of you from days gone by skateboarding (how cute were YOU!) and with Doug. I’m so joyful for you both! I pray for a rich, joy filled life together for your whole family. Hugs!

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  27. Thanks for sharing a little peek into the "back story" celebrating your wonderful and exciting news Marcy!! What a year this has been for you! You are the sweetest gem, and that man of yours is just the cutest!! I wish you all the blessings and joy a life can bring!! Mwah!!!

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  28. This is such a sweet post. I love it when we get to go inside your world. Although we are all miles apart I feel a connection with you and your family. He is one lucky guy. What a blessing to blend your families and live happy ever after. Congratulations. Dreams really do come true.

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  29. Dear Marcella, thank you for sharing this post with us, giving us a glimpse of your life and what happens in it, it's so very sweet of you. I've admire your work forever, I came across a card on somebody's blog made with one of your stunning images, I think it was "From the Desk Off....." and I fell in love with Flourishes from that day on. Now, we have Power Poppy and you're still gifting us with your amazing talent and creativity.
    So, let me join all of this other ladies who admire you and love you, to send my congratulations to you and Doug, wishing you both much happiness on this Journey you will soon start together.
    Many hugs, Marcella.

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  30. Boy am I glad that I came to check in on your new sets. What wonderful positive news - Congratulations on your engagement!!! I love that you are surrounded by good and happy things; it shows in your work. Blessings!! :>)

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  31. Oh, Marcy, this is just the sweetest love story! And meeting pat the skate park...ah!!!! Just so amazing, and you are just the cutest couple! The kids must be absolutely tickled that you are all going to be one happy family! Just so wonderful...and a big congratulations to you! Yes, this has been a really BIG year for you!! Must love this new set and wait wait for it all to be on sale! Hugs, soon to be Mrs. Doug! Hehe!

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  32. First off CONGRATS to you, Doug and the kids!!! What wonderfully exciting news. Thanks for sharing your magical story.
    Second Bough Wow Wow indeed. LOVE it.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  33. Oh my goodness congratulations! What great news!

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~marcella