Hello my dear friends! We’re wrapping up a busy and fulfilling week and kicking off a sunny Friday here in St. Louis — hope you have a great one wherever you happen to hang your hat.
What can I say about this photo? It makes me tear up a little bit, quite frankly. This past weekend I was so proud to get to share St. Louis with 7/8 of my beloved Bloom Brigade, who came to visit and see what this place is all about! Such a whirlwind. We kicked off with dinner at my house, and filled in the weekend with jaunts to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Forest Park, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, night out to see an R&B/soul band, spin through my favorite nursery Bowood Farms, and, as shown in the photo above, a memorable trip to my parents’ beautiful home and garden, where my stepdad, Steve, gave us an incredible tour. What a group of amazing people, I won’t ever forget our visit! You can see more photos from our adventures on some of the Bloomies’ blogs today!
Above, left to right: Marcella Hawley, Christine Okken, Allison Cope, Katie Sims, Julie Koerber, Cindy Lawrence, Tosha Leyendekker, Stacy Morgan.
Hard to imagine a sweeter card featuring our Sweet Memories stamp set — and a fluttery friend who happens to make this card eligible for our JUNE Power & Spark Challenge — go read all about it! Leslie Miller is the artist behind this lovely card, and we are especially loving Leslie’s tiny polka dots sprinkled all around the blooms and tendrils — it gives her card a real liveliness, don’t you think? In addition to incredibly rich coloring in the “no-line” style. Hope you’ll try your hand at creating a card featuring a little butterfly, bee, beetle, or any 6-legged friend in our June Bug Challenge this month. Remember, you could win a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy!
Every now and again, I get very, very special mail from my friends/customers (the line is so blurry sometimes!) — and during my birthday week, I was so touched by the cards I received!! One of the beauties was this watercolored Camellias card by Jennifer Colacicco @soulbyte. I have it right on my desk, and just marvel at how Jenny’s light touch with her paints brightens up the canvas. Lovely delicate shading, and a perfectly placed bronze-embossed sentiment just melted me! Thank you so much, Jenny, I love my card, sweet little giftie, and especially loved your daughter’s artistic creation tucked in, TOO!!! I am one lucky lady!
Looking for a few stamps to make simply smashing cards — and save at the same time? I’m offering Potted Primroses clear stamp for just $11.99 (save $6 off retail) and Juicy Strawberries digital stamp set (save $4 off retail) until Sunday at midnight. Swoop in and grab these for your collection before the price goes back up!
But wait — there’s MORE!! In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, you can grab two of our most popular masculine-themed sets for a super steal! Move the Soul clear stamp set is a perfect for those motorcycle-lovin’ men in your life with lots of sentiments and oil-stained elements, and is $6 off at $11.99! Leaping Trout is a digital stamp that colors up beautifully and will be so appreciated by those fish-wrangling fathers — save $4 on this one. Offer ends Sunday at midnight.
The Bloom Brigade got back from their St. Louis sojourn and set right to creating!! Can’t wait to share what they’ve made, everything from birthdays to bugs to cards featuring our NEWEST digital introductions, Luminous Bouquet and Old Time Hollyhocks. Take a peek:
Thank you so much, Bloomies!!! Be sure to leave some love for our super sweet team!
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Be SURE to check out Allison Cope’s tutorial on Inspire Me Monday, for a glowingly gorgeous card that I happen to have been given IN PERSON! I can verify that this is one of the coolest cards I’ve ever seen in my life. And Ally shows you how to make it right HERE.
MONDAY: Be sure to circle back with us as Kathy Racoosin hosts Inspire Me Monday! And an all-new Instant Garden digital stamp set will be arriving on June 25th! Yeehoooooooo