Friday, June 24, 2016

The Midsummer Stunner starts here!


Five Days, Seven Clear Stamp Sets. Illustrations, sentiments, and creative goodness to fit so many occasions! So many, in fact, we’re calling it the Midsummer Stunner Collection. Come visit us now until Tuesday for glimpses into the possibilities with each of our new clear sets. We kick off today with a tour into our Bloom Brigade’s creative confines! The imaginations of these ladies are always a STUNNER. Wouldn’t you agree?

I’d love to introduce the first set we are previewing today, and as you know, all of my sets are near and dear to my heart — how could they not be? I draw and nurture each one from infancy in my sketchbook, through its childhood as we work through various combinations of images and typography, handlettering, details. Through maturity into a physical stamp set using the best photopolymer etching to create the crispest images available. And then, THEN, I get to watch it go out into the world, where it travels far and wide, and is nurtured by crafters who in turn extract a unique beauty and creative implementation for the images. My goodness, do I really get to do this for a living? Pinch me!

Coming back down to earth... let’s look at this picture from my garden real quick:



“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
Pray you, love, remember.”

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Our first set to preview is one I hope you’ll turn to often in times when you need to comfort someone who has suffered a loss. Most of you know that we lost my mother, Susan, in February, to cancer. The support and love that I was shown (and continue to be shown!) by friends and my dear, sweet customers was so helpful and will never be forgotten. I felt it was high time to create a sympathy stamp set with phrases and gentle botanical images that would offer love and support, just as I had been shown.

Rosemary has been a symbol of remembrance since way back in Shakespeare’s time, and it continues to serve that purpose for me with its unique and glorious scent. It transports and transcends. In fact, I’ve grown it in my garden or in pots nearly every year (Rosemary is typically an annual in the Midwest) and I feel that grasping a fresh sprig in your fingers, rubbing it a bit to release the oil in the leaves, and then inhaling that scent — a flood of memories and a real sense of calm overcomes. We even had a very large pot of Rosemary at Mom’s celebration of life last month, brought over by dear friends, members of the St. Louis Herb Society.

In our new set, you’ll find a sprig of flowering Rosemary to use in your cards. And you’ll find a few more symbolic flowers, a lilting butterfly, and words of sympathy to share in your creations. We call this set Soothing Sympathy.

http://powerpoppy.com/collections/midsummer-stunner/products/soothing-sympathy

We’d love to share some of the possibilities with this clear stamp set, so I’ll turn it over to the incredibly capable hands of our mega-talented designers, the Bloom Brigade... they always know how to wow us!


Tomorrow we’ll have TWO sets to share with you — with all-new images that I think you’ll love! Thanks so much for coming by to see us! Have a wonderful day, and you can find me out in the herb garden... (did you happen to see my Instagram yesterday? We have a dill flower head that is seriously larger than my own head.) Goodbye for now....

16 comments:

  1. Lovely! Very pretty and a needed type of set.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful set, and the Bloomies have done it again, as always! Loved each card and can hardly wait till tomorrow to see more! Wonderful designs so far, Marcy! Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  3. It sounds great, can't wait to order. I also read that rosemary helps memory, God only knows i need that. I also have a couple of the plants and I love the smell. Mary L Schreiber

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you Marcy for the beautiful new clear stamps. Beautiful set..can't wait to see the rest!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you Marcy for the beautiful new clear stamps. Beautiful set..can't wait to see the rest!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Well worth the wait! Just came from the DT blogs and they rocked your new sympathy set, as I knew they would. I'm glad to see this set from Power Poppy. I'm missing you something fierce. It's hard to not be part of the release this time around, sniff sniff! Hugs and congrats on a beautiful sympathy set and the entire Midsummer Stunner release!

    ReplyDelete
  7. YAY!!! I've been watching and waiting and stalking your site for awhile now. I am so excited you have new sets to share. I can't wait to see all of them. I absolutely LOVE your artistry and am so grateful that I can use your talent to pretend I'm an artist too! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  8. I will be stalking you...in a good way...until this release hits the shop. :) I can't wait to see the cake set!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love your flower sets but I would make a request: Please start putting some inspiring quotes on your sets. We all have heaps of sentiments like: Thanks, Thanks for all you do, etc. Just saying....

    ReplyDelete
  10. I too like quotes and sentiments by poets, authors, etc. In buying a set of stamps, more than half of which are phrases or sentiments I don't feel I can justify so many throwaways. I do not make cards and so the usual card-oriented phrases are useless to me.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Such a gorgeous sneak peek! I like quotes but sentiments are universal and I appreciate you put ones here and there on most stamp sets.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I am sooo super excited about this release! SEVEN new sets! I look forward with great anticipation at what The Bloomies have in store for us.

    I love how you share the backstory of your designs. Rosemary is a favorite of mine, too. I enjoy the fragrance, as well as the flavor, especially when paired with garlic! I often diffuse rosemary essential oil when I need a quick pick-me-up.

    Okay...now I'm off to visit The Bloomies! Soooo excited! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Beautiful! Can't wait ! so much colouring ahead :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Another beautiful stamp set! Oh to have your talent, sit in your glorious backyard sanctuary and draw....pure JOY I imagine! Thankfully I can at least have your beautiful artwork in my own backyard sanctuary in the form of a stamp. You just keep doing what you're doing, girl! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. First of all Marcella, let me say how sorry I am for your recent loss. I am so glad you were surrounded by caring people.

    I know it sounds odd but my favorite cards to make are sympathy cards, not because of the occasion but because of the elegance and heartfelt message they should have. Although I have been making cards for 17 years (and have limited sympathy stamps) I still enjoy making them. I am very fussy about what I use as I feel its important but until recently there wasn't much available. Thank you for making this beautiful set available. I have only recently got into IG and have a LOT to learn but I will try and find you there. TFS and Congrats on your new release.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Beautiful set Marcy!! Can't wait to see all the new sets!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

I love to hear what you’re thinking and I read and appreciate each and every note!

~marcella