Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring Fling Day One: Natural Beauties

Hello my dears, happy Friday to you!

Typically on Fridays we have a showcase of lovely cards by YOU, our wonderful customers, plus a round-up of the Bloom Brigade’s latest card making adventures. But today we have something extra. We’re starting previews of our new Spring Fling release, the first collection of clear stamps since October of last year! Aren’t you ready for some fresh stuff? The build-up to these peeks is palpable, and I am even feeling the tingles. So let’s do this.


First, we have to remember that I am obsessed with all things Spring. The sense of renewal, the verdant life bursting forth from frozen earth. The smell of the air. It’s easy to get swept up in!

Being based in St. Louis (can I get a holler for the Midwest?! WOO!) I’m a frequent visitor to the Missouri Botanical Garden. I think the daffodils and hellebores expect my arrival and give me a bit of a smirk when I’m all up in their grills trying to take detail photos. I know I was down on my knees snapping pix of these Primroses, a species which is commonly called Cowslips (Primula veris). Aren’t they daintily adorable? Like little petticoats.


By the way, a quick aside... to get these close up photos as I was just talking about, one DOES have to get in deep sometimes. Just this week, I was called out on Instagram by own daughter, Lulu, who apparently was taking photos of me taking photos of succulents and cacti in the Linnean House at the Botanical Garden... gave me a chuckle... because her caption is exactly what happened.



I left bits of my hair hanging from that big cactus arm like holiday tinsel... and in an unrelated piece of news, I got most of my hair cut off last night — and I already feel lighter!! Cacti, I will photograph you again, and this time I won’t leave my DNA dangling... OK, back to the pretty flowers.


Narcissus ‘Golden Echo’ was an inspiration for my drawings this spring, which I happily turned into images for stamping. I love how the flower heads of daffodils appear to be nodding, as if they are almost too shy to open. But then once they begin to unfurl, they cannot help but glow for all to enjoy!


These lovely woodland treasures, Trillium, were photographed at the Shaw Nature Reserve during one of my “Serenity Now” outings. Look at that speckled foliage, a perfect triad of billowy leaves to hoist up the three-petalled flower. This one is also known as Wake Robin, which is totally charming and old fashioned and you know I love stuff like that.

OK... enough of the nature, let’s get to the stamps!! Today’s preview features all of the plants we just discussed, plus a few more treasures, let’s give it up for Natural Beauties...



If you’re anything like me, this one is going to give you a thrill. One image is set up as a border, with a row of bulbs and primroses happily planted together. And THEN, there are four more images that work on their own as single plants, OR can be combined into a second spring border! eeee!! Girl, it is so fun to do what I do for a living.

Before I give you over to the Fabulous Bloom Brigade to show you what they’ve made for today, I want to point out that I am getting in to the Coordinating Dies game. We’re going to offer them with a few of our sets this release, and see how it goes!! Here’s what I’m talking about, check out the fun over on the left.

Right now the dies are up for pre-order, and they will start shipping after March 20. We’re so excited to begin offering these dies, as they are a huge time saver in the craft room as many of you already know.

One last announcement... we have two more days left for you to enter in our HUGE GIVEAWAY of all 8 stamp sets from this release, along with a friend of your choice getting the 8 stamp sets, too!! Have you entered yet? You just have to follow me on Instagram (@marcellahawley or @powerpoppy) OR like/follow us on Facebook OR sign up for our email newsletter. Then, go leave a comment on this post or on the Giveaway post on Instagram or Facebook or all of them to increase your chances of winning!


OK, folks, are you ready for a blog hop to see the possibilities with Natural Beauties? Let’s ROLL!


Thank you so much for coming by. We’ll return tomorrow with TWO more stamp previews from our March release. Eeeeeeee!! Enjoy your tour!




26 comments:

  1. How exciting! I love all your floral photos and am looking forward to the release!

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  2. Oh Marcy...the photos are such wonderful inspiration. We are still under at least a foot of snow here in Ontario and it is snowing again today. My chickens hate all this and I too am finally getting weary of winter. I think the idea of the dies is utterly fantastic. I cannot wait to see the whole release. I have a feeling it is going to be an expensive month, dollar exchange rate not withstanding. Cheers to you my friend!

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  3. Fabulous spring flowers!! Love all the projects by the design team!! The flowers are just gorgeous!!

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  4. Love these pictures from your botanical gardens! Good job Lulu on the candid shot of Mom deep in the cacti! Te he he! These Natural Beauties will be very bet Happy in my coloring hands I can't wait to see all Eight! Wow!

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  5. This is so exciting...new stamps and dies! Love the botanical gardens and nature reserve. I have never visited, but may do so one day. Love the photos you were able to take.

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  6. Elizabeth ZaffaranoMarch 10, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Omg dies!!! I am v excited about this set bc: border of flowers and different flowers from the usual. And welcome to the short hair club :)

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  7. WOW! I love all things garden AND Spring! And now you'll have the dies too....oh my goodness! FANTASTIC!

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  8. Ohhhhh, swooning here! Where are my smelling salts? By the end of all this I don't know if I'll still be upright. Wow! Oh, and I laughed myself silly about you and the cactus! I have to run off now, but I'll be back to visit the team later...

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  9. Yeah dies! And new stamps, I am so excited to see the new things!

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  10. I am so excited for this release...and dies too!

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  11. Beautiful...love your photos as well!

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  12. Wow!! This is very beautiful! The flowers are so pretty!

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  13. Marcella, I'm giving you a big high five from this Midwest girl, who as you know is just about one hour from you. I love those botanicals as much as you do, and that is a big reason why I love all your beautiful stamps. Each season we have here holds it's own beauties for us to love. I know the Creator surely looks down and smiles. :) Thank you for the lovely and funny photos. Can't wait to see the new releases.

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  14. Oh my goodness...hugs from another Missouri girl! I had no idea that's where you are based. I totally love the Shaw Gardens! All of your creations are so beautiful, and now dies too? That's awesome! Thanks for a great post, and such gorgeous products! Off to hop now...

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  15. Primroses !!! I love primmies(as my mum used to call them) - I love photos almost as much as I love seeing the new stamps. Almost. This sounds like it is gearing up to be a super release!! Can wait !

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  16. This entire collection is FABULOUS! Spring is in the air!

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  17. Flower stamps are my favorite , I am always drawn to them. I think my friend Donna would love them too!!

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  18. Wowzers! How lovely that these debut on March 14! That's my birthday and Daffodils are my flower. Me thinks I need these. I'm going birthday shopping!😎😍💋❤ beautiful as always Marcie!

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  19. WOWZER! Marcy, this is an amazing set, and having coordinating dies - wow again! Blew me away when I read that...very exciting! Your artwork is amazing, and I love the fine details in each image, and the Bloomies blew us away...as always! Can hardly wait to see more and get the "whole release." What fun! Now on to today's post. Hugs and love, sweet and beautiful Marcy!! xoxo

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  20. Those golden echo daffodils are awesome! I am so ready for springtime to hit Montana! --And for all these sets to be released!! YAY! Thanks so much for sharing your artistic talent with all of us!! I am sure enjoying it~

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  21. I know one should not laugh at others misfortunes... but you look like a triffid is trying to eat you ..or someone is feeding you to the Mean Green Mother from outer space.... aka Audrey II the plant from the Little Shop of Horrors.


    I shall make up for snorting and almost choking on my tea by sending you a PM with my own hair horror story.. lol .. 10 years on I still laugh when I think about it :)

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  22. Your flowers are so beautiful, I am not sure I could color them they way they should be, but would love to give it a try! And thank you for having dies for these beauties!

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  23. These stamps and dies are so beautiful. Can't wait to get a few and start creating

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