Friday, April 6, 2018

April Challenge: Are you getting your Vitamin ME?

Hello my sweet stamping friends! It's a new month, which means it's time to usher in a whole new challenge full of design power with a bit of a creative spark. This month, however, we're bucking the trend a little bit to talk about life instead of card making. Let me pose these questions for you all.....


What do you do that feeds your soul?
How do you get those positive vibes moving in your life?
What brings you joy?

If you have no idea how to answer those questions THEN MAYBE this challenge is for YOU! This month's challenge is all about making your heart sing by taking time to rejuvenate your spirit!




HOW TO PLAY: Recently on the Power Poppy newsletter, Ms. Marce shared just how important it is -- for our health, our vitality, our ability to do for others -- to soak up some "me" time and slow down to enjoy life's moments. So, this month's challenge isn't about making a card, following a sketch, or using a certain color palette. It's about YOU. Let's hear what Marcy has to say....

Hi, everybody! This month, I encourage you to reflect, revive, and rejuvenate your very being. I call it “soaking up Vitamin ME!” It is so important to fill your soul with the things that bring you peace, joy, and energy. Whether it’s exercise, prayer or meditation, time spent outdoors, time doing activities you love, taking a bubble bath — what fills you up with a renewed sense of purpose? LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST about what YOU will do to care for yourself this month!

One comment will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift code to spend at Power Poppy. If you’d like to post a card that celebrates how you get your Vitamin ME, we have a link for that, too!

xoxoxoxo and I am so proud of you for getting your Vitamin ME.
~marcella


And, I just have to share a wee bit about how Marcy soaks in a little extra Vitamin Me! So fun, and what a challenge for us all to sit back, reflect, be mindful and, well, for lack of a better way of saying it, just enjoy the life we are blessed to live!


So, to play along, simply comment below on what you do to carve out time for yourself! It's just as simple as that! Leave a comment on the comments section for this post to share and you'll be in the running to win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop! Share this little challenge on social media and SHOW us a photo of you doing those things that deliver a little extra Vitamin Me! #VitaminMe. We would love to see! Keep in mind, you have until April 30th at 8PM EST to enter your comment in order to be in the running!
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Hey now! WHO WON OUR MARCH “Inspired by Fabric” CHALLENGE? 

We had lots and lots of beautiful entries in our Inspired by Fabric Challenge, and loved seeing what got your wheels turning to create a card with the motifs of a favorite textile as a jumping off point! The winner for our March challenge is.....

****** Jennifer Lewis ******
@jennifrann on Splitcoast



I love how Jennifer cropped in super close on “Spring in My Step” from our Va-Va Valentines digital collection, and brought it into full splendor by using the fabrics we shared in our challenge post as her color palette:



CONGRATULATIONS, Jennifer! You've won a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy. Send us an email at bloom@powerpoppy.com and we'll send you your shopping code!




I happen to know that the Bloomies look to coloring and sharing for an extra dose of Vitamin Me. So, be sure to click on through our little blogroll here and see what these fine ladies have in store! 



Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to swing back for another "episode" of Inspire Me Monday! I'll be back to show you how to get the most out of your stamps with a little "Word Play!" -- yep, that was a hint! ;-) See you then!

~Julie

44 comments:

  1. Hi Marcella and Crew!
    I love stamping, quilting, and reading for 'me' time. But I have to admit that my favorite 'me' time is saying the Rosary each morning (I'm Catholic). I find it lowers my heart rate, eases my anxiety, and allows me to meditate on the mystery of Christ's life. I've tried other methods of meditation, but can't seem to find a rhythm. The repetition of the prayers takes me out of my self and focuses me on something other than my worries, anxieties, etc.

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  2. Congrats, Jennifer! Your card is gorgeous!

    This month, I am getting outside more and watching the birds. It is almost migration here and it should be fun and rejuvenating to get out in nature.

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  3. Hello Marcella and the fabulous Bloom Brigade: One of the things I do for ME is create my cards, I love water coloring the gorgeous Power Poppy images, this is so relaxing and helps my creative mind get a good workout.
    For my physical well being I SWIM, BIKE AND RUN. As a Triathlete and an Iron Man these 3 sports form a vital part of my days. It's invigorating, refreshing, challenging, rewarding and a total BLAST!!
    Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous prize.
    Big Hugs,
    Maria Rodriguez.

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  4. Thanks Marcella for making us all take the time to reflect on our own inner being. I love spending time with hubby and also being in my craftroom creating whatever that day bings to me. Also like to color following Vanilla Arts she is the best and so inspiring.

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  5. My favorite things to do for me....spend time with my husband, reading and spending time in my craft room. If it ever gets warm here in Michigan, I will add taking walks to the list but it is just too cold right now.

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  6. Ha ha ha.. Too funny. ME time :) What's that? I feel like I spend all my time doing things for everyone else. I think the most and best ME time is late in the day when I can spend time pencil coloring or early in the morning when I can work out (trying to get a routine going). I am hoping once the snow is gone I'm hoping to search out waterfalls at least once a month. If I find some, I'll share pictures :)

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  7. Spending time with my hubby is my favorite Vitamin Me. We've been married 41 years, but he's suffered from MS during 33 of those years. In spite of that, he is the most positive, wise, faith-filled person I know. And his sense of humor is stellar. So... laughing with my hubby provides my daily dose of joy.

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  8. What a lovely challenge! Here on the Canadian prairies it feels like Spring has forgotten to come... we're all tired of what has been a long, cold winter... so it's refreshing to stop complaining and do some reflecting on something positive! What keeps me going through our tough winters and gives me my Vitamin "Me" is visiting with my friends and crafting together, playing and cuddling with my pets (two dogs and two canaries), spending time with my grandchildren, and tending my houseplants (love, love, love African Violets! *hint* *hint* Marcella.) ;)

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  9. WONDERFUL challenge!
    We all get so caught up worrying about those around us that it is easy to get distracted ... and run out of time! I thought that colouring with my Copic markers and making cards was my dose of Vitamin ME, a distraction that I enjoy when my RA lets me but I find that I miss the pleasure that taking photos "just because". I used to spend quiet time wandering around taking photos around the house and in the garden of everyday things, especially the wonders of Mother Nature, so I have decided that my dose of Vitamin ME is going to be spending time taking a photo-a-day (... at least one) that will remind me of the everyday things that caught my eye, triggered my imagination or summed up what was happening that day.
    THANK YOU for reminding us to take time out for ourselves :)
    PS - an extra does of Vitamin ME is already a routine, taking little walks each day with my beloved husband. If the weather is too horrid to be outside, he drives us to a shopping strip or centre so that we can walk indoors ... without $hopping of course

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    1. My ME time is helping ... it is WONDERFUL to stop, take the time to look and listen then capture memories along the way :)

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  10. Me time, huh? Boy doesn't that sound wonderful. My "me time" is never just me...lol. When I attempt it, there is always something that interrupts (usually a furry kind). I have MUCH more me time when the weather is nice. Doggies go outside to play and I go with them. I sit and read, color, or play a game while they soak in the sun. Outside of nice weather, I try to squeeze in 5-10 mins here and there of just quiet time for me. Sometimes I get lucky :-D

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  11. I have a few things I like to do depending on the season. In winter, I throw on a big sweater, warm socks, grab a Baileys spiked hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with my cat and a book. I’m nice weather I head outside to a comfy chair with my book or my watercolors to sketch and paint the scene in front of me. I also love to take a wine cooler with me into my big tub full of hot water and big bubbles with some music and you guessed, a book!

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  12. ME time...well if it's cold I like to make a card...just color some flowers or other stamps with Inktense pencils...If the sun is shining...well than I love to be in the garden..working on the flowerbeds..or just sit in a chair with a book..surrounded by my two sweet hen(who help with the gardening!!)...and boy and girl rabbit Lea and Drup who want cuddles..so sweet..love to see what they all do..run around...and just have fun!

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  13. Recently, we have been so lucky to spend the winters in Florida. Replacing the cold snowy winters of Wisconsin. This has opened up a whole new world of being outside. My husband and I walk each day and talk about the events or news of the day. I was always an avid reader, but lately I have been listening to audio books while I sit and color an image that I have stamped. The classes at Kit and Clowder sweetened that up for me and I am totally enjoying doing that. It is the ultimate multi-tasking. Now I am looking forward to returning home, I so appreciate it more. I want to spend time with my grand kids and friends. I miss them and appreciate them after being away.

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  14. Ooooh love Jennifer's card! Congratulations! Hmmm 'Me Time'....well I have always been an avid gardener and I enjoy digging in the dirt, Mother Nature is AHmazing! I'm beginning to fear that our Spring may never show up here, snow yesterday, snow tomorrow, makes it difficult to play outside for sure, but I have already bought some pretty flower seeds, all of my old fashion favorites, 4 O'Clocks, Cosmos, Sweet Peas, etc. I have all of the old standbys and collect the seeds each Fall--it's soooo FUN! But until it warms my 'Me Time' has been taken up by some "Sweet P Time". We had our 1st grandchild last Fall, Penelope Joy, and I volunteered to watch her 2 days a week AND the kids let me lol She is almost 6 months old and learns something new everyday, so magical! I can't wait til we can garden and bake and even card make together, how lucky am I?!?! But, until then we'll just sing like Mermaids, only way off key! lol Pure JOY! xo~

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  15. It took me a long time to realize that if I'm not learning/trying something new every day, I am not happy. I will continue on my journey allowing myself the time away from other distractions to keep to that path. It's important to put yourself first now and then.

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  16. Loved the beautiful cards and "vitamin ME" thoughts from the Bloomies, and what a fun challenge! Congratulations, Jen! She's a sweetheart, and I love her card! You all know what my vitamin ME is -- time with God each morning, coloring, and always time with my sweetheart! Love you all too...you are some vitamins for me!! Hugs and love!

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  17. What a lovely concept. We all need me time. Spring is coming and so hopefully lots of time in the garden, soaking up some sunshine, listening to the birds sing, planting and digging and watching things grow. The miracle of a tiny seed growing to a small, large, huge plant is a source of joy and inspiration. Blessed be. Hugz

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  18. Vitamin ME time is spent creating in my craft room. And as weird as it may sound I take time out in the yard/acreage and pull weeds (yes you heard me correctly, I find that mindless exercise very relaxing, I'm out in the fresh air and sunshine and can think or not think while accomplishing some much needed weeding AND I get to see God's glorious riot of colors whether in the plants/trees/birds/sky/animals it is all good for my soul)

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  19. Jennifer’s card is gorgeous!!! For my me time, I seem to rotate between three things. Reading and coloring stamped images are always so helpful to calm my mind and help me relax. The other we call dirt therapy. ๐Ÿคฃ My husband helped me create a butterfly garden in our backyard and I love working in it and sitting on the swing watching it come to life in the spring. Butterflies are amazing and watching them always fills me with awe.

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  20. My favorite thing to do is to take my dogs out for long walks in the woods. Getting back to nature and hanging with my best buds.

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    1. Linda ~ that really does sound wonderful!! Any time of year! hugs!!

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  21. I love to take lessons in colouring wether it is copics, pencils or ceramic painting. It is zen time for me just being in the moment going with the flow. I also love to walk in nature and look at the wonderfull colours surrounding me. The third thing that comes to mind is cuddling my beloved cats. Hearing them purr and lay so beautifully fills my heart with joy and whilst it is their pleasure getting pampered and cuddled they give me time to slow down be in the moment and enjoy. Sending hugs Marion L

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  22. My "me" time? It is so simple and so very hard to find!! Just the time to make cards (or paper projects) that I WANT TO MAKE!! No guidelines, no obligation... Just some crazy beautiful idea I've been aching to explore. A new stamp set ;) or a new technique, seeing my dies in a new way ~ these things are so therapeutic to me!! Then I like to blog them and share them with everyone plus the recipient. Oh, that is such food for my soul!!! Have a crazy, wonderful, sun shining, beautiful, lovely, creative day <3 (that's a heart shape!!)

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  23. Hello Marcella! Me time is a hot stone massage and then settling with a good book! Have a. Eautiful day!

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  25. Aw... how CUTE And Fun is Jennifer's card! Her card totally makes me smile! Congrats to Jennifer!

    My Vitamin Me? Well, I'm actually pretty good at soaking up Vitamin Me - since I retired three years ago, I wake up, have my cup of coffee, a little house cleaning, and off to my craft table! I spend a great deal of time playing with paper! :D This week, though, I do have to catch up on some of that Vitamin Me as we've had houseguests for the past 12 days! :D

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  26. My Vitamin Me is a dose of daily coloring; I find it to be so relaxing and something I like to do on my lap desk in the evenings in my comfortable recliner right next to my husband. I recently added a second dose of Vitamin Me by finally creating a blog so I can enter the Power Poppy challenges along with some others. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  27. Congratulations Jennifer! Beautiful card! My Vitamin Me - I love to color, especially with my Copics. So I take some time to color images. I love to color floral images. I have a few pieces of white card stock with stamped or printed images for coloring and take it to my recliner, watch one of my favorite shows and start coloring. Another thing that I love to do nowadays - I recently started driving, so I like to go to some of the stores and you never know where you get inspiration. So that's how I get my vitamin ME :)

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  28. My Vitamin Me time usually includes time at night on my chaise with good music, a great smelling candle, a glass of sweet ice tea and a book. During the day I love to play in my craft room with my mom. On sunny afternoons I love to soak up the great outdoors by swinging with my dog.

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  29. This “Vitamin Me” is super special and rare... LOL... My “Vitamin Me” is all about slowing down and hanging out with my family doing something fun, such as go out hiking, camping, or just loafing at home. It is the time that I do not have to think of what’s on my To Do List ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  30. My favorite "Vitamin Me" is working in my flower beds. I'm fairly new to gardening and am finding so much enjoyment in discovering new perennials to add to my flower beds each year. It's so rewarding to cut fresh flowers in the supper and create "Mason Jar Bouquets" to display around my house.

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  31. Jennifer's card is gorgeous!
    Me? I made a couple of overdue appointments for myself. Along with other"vitamin me" activities, I play mandolin for my own guilty pleasure. I love bluegrass music and playing mandolin gives me good vibes.

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  32. I love to be in the garden. I love growing food for my family to bring healthy options into our daily lives. This year I purchased some new raised bed materials so we will be putting them together in time to start spring planting here in Maryland. I can't wait for it to warm up a little so I can spend more time outdoors in the garden.

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  33. Ahhhhhhhhh..... I love sitting in our rocking chairs on our porches (front and back) with my hubby, just enjoying the mild temperatures and the gentle breezes. This is the time to soak it all in before the 100 degree temperatures settle in for the long summer. :-)

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  34. Congratulations, Jen! What a lovely card! And for me, playing at making cards is the best me time I get (not much of it lately), but I love just playing with the colors and textures and images...nothing better than that, for me. It calms me otherwise overly-busy brain to just get lost in coloring and building something beautiful for my friends or loved ones.

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  35. What a wonderful post! I enjoyed reading how everyone enjoys some ME time. As for me, weather permitting, I love getting outdoors, going for long walks and communing with nature. I am fortunate to have a nature preserve nearby. When I get to the point on the trail that I can't see or hear anything but the wildlife, ahhh, pure bliss. When I'm stuck indoors, spending some quiet time coloring gives me my good vibes!

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  36. Oh what a great challenge!
    My 'ME' time begins when I have completed all the household chores in the morning and the kids are still at school. I have a blissful 2 hours to enjoy crafting, going for a walk, reading a book or go out for my retail therapy lol:)

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  37. Wonderful challenge! I get my “Vitamin Me” by spending time with Jesus and reading the
    Word of God, taking walks at a beach path here in the tropics, and going shopping!!!! :) Thank you, Marcella, for this opportunity to win the great stamps and dies!

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  38. MyVitamin “Me” is probably 3 fold, Worship God through His word, the Bible, and loving others in my little world, family, creativity through Stamping and techniques, and nature- mountains, streams, waterfalls, flowers...all are so therapeutic for me!

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  39. My Vitamin "Me" time begins with housework when most of my house is sleeping. There was a time when I could not do much in the world of keeping up with my house, so I am very thankful that I can take care of many of the household tasks. Later in the day, I often walk on my treadmill, which keeps my joints happy. And another thing I do is spend a lot of time in my craft room, stamping, die cutting, coloring and creating. These items along with reading my Bible feed my soul and keep me happy.

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  40. I spend so much time looking after my kids, making sure they eat healthily etc that I often neglect myself.
    My 'ME' times are:
    ~ Getting a shower to myself - using great products to feel refreshed and recharged and just taking the time to relax.
    ~ Going to the chiropractor and/or massage - my body really needs this every few weeks to undo those stressy knots and misaligned joints.
    ~ Having coffee with a friend - perfect to unwind with some girl talk and forget I'm a mom for a while!
    ~ Crafting - well of course this has to be on the list!!

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  41. My "me" time always involves nature. I spent yesterday(Sun 4/15) in Denali National Park, walking the park road and just enjoying the natural beauty that I am so lucky to live by. The snow, the wildlife, Denali towering above the landscape.....nothing soothes my soul like being out in nature and surrounded by the absolute beauty of Alaska.

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  42. I am so very blessed to be retired and enjoy 'me time' much more frequently than when I worked full time. I love to spend time in my art room, creating all sorts of lovelies, and playing with my 'stuff.' In spring and summer, I enjoy my garden. There's something intensely satisfying about getting your hands in the dirt, tending and planting flowers, and watching them come to maturity. Coffee and/or wine on the deck, and long walks along the river behind our home bring great delight!

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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