Hand selected images, topics, and saving to bring you a smile — presenting the Good Vibe 5.
My friends, today is the VERY LAST DAY to enter our June Bug Challenge. Create something featuring an insect friend and you could win a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy in our random drawing. Here’s an entry to get those buggy wheels turning — Charleen Gribben (@cgribben on Instagram) brought our Pure Prairie Bouquet digital stamp to beautiful, vibrant life. It may be that I have a thing with dots (I mean, have you looked at my artwork? I can’t stop stippling!) — but I just LOVE how Charleen’s white pen added such élan to the petals of the coneflower and Indian paintbrush. The dots mimic the spots in the Monarch wings — don’t you love when that happens? And what lovely coloring on ALL of the flowers. Beautiful, Charleen!!
NOTE: If you are a fan of this bouquet but have been hoping to see it in polymer, bebop back over to the Power Poppy Shop for our July clear release.
Get inspiration from our Mood Board! This week, Finn and I went to the St. Louis Art Museum to check out an exhibit on botanical themes in textiles and pottery (honestly, it wasn’t as profound as I was hoping). HOWEVER, while trying to find the exhibit gallery, we traipsed all through the museum, and came upon a heart-stopping display of Chinese porcelain and ceramics. Now THIS was the greatness I was hoping for! The vase above is estimated to be from the late 1700s during the Qing Dynasty, made in the Jingdezhen region of China, which was the epicenter of porcelain production. I would love to see your card creations based on this magnificent piece. No matter what you take from it (highlighting multiple flowers on a single card front? Using a gold pen to outline an oval die? Fussy cutting a flower and laying it over a dramatic background?) feel free to link up your design here to show everyone how you’ve been inspired.
As we approach the Fourth of July here in the States, I must draw attention to this spectacular card by founding Bloom Brigade member, Leslie Miller. Using our La Vie en Rose digi, along with a sentiment from our freebie Patriotic downloads, Leslie created such an imaginative, ebullient tribute to our country’s ideals! Read all about her card in this post. I want to add that this card was originally posted at Leslie’s previous blog, and now she has a new blog address, and she still creates often with Power Poppy stamps. We love our Leslie!!
Oh, how I delight in seeing photos of Bloomie Allison Cope’s backyard. Yep, this serene scene of God’s incredible work is just a few steps away from her back door in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. When I asked Ally how she was so very lucky to find this gem, she said, “We typed one word into the real estate search engine, ‘Lake’ and one house popped up: this one!!” If you follow Ally on Instagram (@allisoncopeisreals), you not only get to see her highly creative cards, but peeks into this spot, where wildlife spottings are frequent and sunset photos are the stuff of dreams.
We’re all about ROSES for this Weekend Stamp Steal. Whether you go digital or clear, you’ll be set for coloring roses for the rest of the summer! This offer will end on Sunday night, so be sure to shop early. Save 4 bucks on Everything’s Rosy and Rose & Chamomile digital stamp sets - only $1.99 each! The premium clear polymer stamp set Everything’s Even Rosier is only $11.99, you’ll save 6 bucks off retail. Enjoy smelling the roses, my friends!
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Would you like to have a try at headlining our new Hues to Use column? Check out this week’s post, along with a highly unique and super cool palette, to find out how to get your work showcased on our blog, for all of the world to see!
Be prepared to have your jaw fall to the floor in record speed — these ladies have pulled out all the stops for today’s post! Be sure to take note of how a few of our Bloomies took color cues from this week’s Hues to Use. Simply something else, I am telling you!
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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and Independence Day, I know that mine will be steeped in gratitude, respect, and deep affection for my country! Here is Finn standing proudly outside the St. Louis Art Museum.