Introducing the New Bloom Brigade

Hello, friends. It is with deep gratitude and joy that I introduce the Power Poppy Design Team. We are a 21-strong force for kindness, creativity, and can-do spirit. These ladies come from all over the world — and all across the U.S. — each with a unique outlook and style. They share, teach, and inspire, but you may notice that our “Bloomies” are not quite like any other design team out there. They go beyond being an incredibly talented group of women. The Bloomies courageously design from the heart and soul, and it is reflected in their work. I feel drawn to them, to their interpretations of my illustrations and designs, because I myself am inspired by the magical way they create. Let’s meet everyone again! I’ve asked everyone to share their “words to live by.” Enjoy the virtual meet-up! 

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Challenges are what make life interesting and what makes life meaningful. 
~ J.J. Marine

Kenosha, Wisconsin and South Florida
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
~ Dr. Seuss

Sunny Southern California
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Little River, South Carolina
The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.

South Florida
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving has only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure;
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!
 ~Annie Johnson Flint, a woman who was twice orphaned, bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis by age 30, had cancer, was incontinent, and going blind. At the end of her life it took eight pillows to cradle her body because she was so covered with sores from head to toe. And yet, this is what she wrote.

Beautiful South Florida, a transplant more than 30 years ago from New Jersey
Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
~1 Corinthians 10:31

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
~Isaiah 58:11 - 12

Beautiful New Hampshire
Be kind.
Work hard.
Stay humble.
Smile often.
Keep honest.
Stay loyal.
Never stop learning. 
Travel when possible.
Be thankful always.
And LOVE.❤️

Oceanside, California
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
~Proverbs 31:30-31

Full time RVer. Planting shallow roots wherever the roads take me, until the next adventure calls my name. 
Be brave. Take risks. Have courage. Seek adventure

England! I lived all over the country before I moved to New York
Regret what you did do and not what you didn’t. 😎

Springside, Saskatchewan, Canada 
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
~Pablo Picasso

Born and raised in Detroit, planted in Billings, Montana
Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia! 
Take joy in the little things.

Atlanta, Georgia

North Bend, Oregon (southern Oregon coast)
I think I can.  I think I can.  I think I can.  I know I can. 
~ Watty Piper, The Little Engine that Could

Houston, Alaska 
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. 
~Theodore Roosevelt 

Baltimore, Maryland
There is freedom waiting for you, 
On the breezes of the sky, 
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling, What if you fly?
 ~Erin Hanson

Oss, the Netherlands 
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
~Katharine Hepburn

Chennai, India
{Note! Sathya is our very newest member, Welcome!!}
Hi All, this is SathyaKala. I recently relocated to India after 12 years of expatriate life in Taiwan and United Arab Emirates. I am a Toxicologist by qualification and have a pulsating desire to pursue my Doctorate. I am married to my best friend, a Toxicologist Professor and Researcher and we are blessed with an 11 year old son. Being the child of an oil painting artist, I have loved arts and crafts since my childhood. Started crafting and blogging with Quilling as my passion and participated several times in UK’s Quilling Guild competitions and published in UK Quiller magazine. Slowly I branched out as a stamper, cardmaker, mixed media artist and brush calligrapher. 
Learning new art forms keeps my mind fresh and inventive. I find that one passion crosses over the next, and gives a different spin to it.

Eastern Washington State
God, Family and Fun

Whew — those are some juicy nuggets of inspiration. I look forward to sharing loads of new stamp designs of the finest quality in both digital and clear polymer, brought to you by these wonderful women. Have a great week, and enjoy every moment.


Julie Koerber said...

Oh this post just makes my heart happy! Look at all those beautiful women (inside and out) who graciously share their time and talents! So blessed to know them all!

Sathya said...

Thanks SO much for this Ah-mazing Opportunity, Marcy. SO blessed to be in your Design Team.

Allison Cope said...

Look at all my beautiful and super talented Bloomies! Welcome Sathya!!!

Jenny Colacicco said...

Wow so many talented ladies - so happy to be part of them!

Barbara said...

I know that it is almost fall, but this post makes it feel so much like a new start of Spring. I am so pumped to be part of this team. New things to learn and accomplish. Can't wait!

Bunny said...

That's a whole bunch of flowers with some lovely talent. [Bunny]

Leslie Miller said...

You each have hearts and spirits to match your beautiful smiles. Special welcome to SathyaKala, and a special welcome back to Cheryl. You know what I always say... "Hugs all around!".

CherylQuilts said...

What a beautiful post, Marcy, and such a lovely way to introduce the new Bloom Brigade! It's a joy and honor to be part of this amazing team with such lovely and talented gals whose hearts are so dear as well and are truly encouraging to each other. It's wonderful to see your beautiful faces. So blessed by you all and especially thankful to work my way back. Thanks for your prayers for me. Hugs all around! xoxo

Rahmat said...

Outstanding talented bunch in your blooming brigade Marcy! Great to see Sathya joining as your latest bloomie 😊
Looking forward to all the coloring inspiration these ladies will bring to us.

Marianne said...

What a wonderful line-up of sweet and talented ladies. Looking forward to see what you will be creating next with Marcella's beautiful images.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Congrats Ladies!

Judy Woodland said...

Such a fabulous group of talented artists here. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us. You are a lucky woman, Marcella.....they will do you proud.

Nancy said...

So much talent and love the way you showcased everyone and their pic! So creative!! Congrats to all!

Gloria Stengel said...

I am still beyond happy to be part of this amazing group of women. Thank you, Marcella for all you do to help us shine. And a special thanks to Julie for all her blogging work!

Gab said...

Big congrats to all!! What a wonderful group of inspiring people!

Distinctively Diana said...

Such an amazing group of women to have on your team to inspire us all.