Welcome to the final stop on today’s blog hop at A Blog Named Hero!
You likely arrived from the amazing Kelly Latevola’s blog, so I’d like you to make pretend you’re cleansing your craft palate before you proceed with my post. Maybe grab something to drink? Watch a cat video? I just know that Kelly is a hard act to follow. And I mean that in a loving way. She’s amazing.
This blog hop is celebrating the fact that A Blog Named Hero is turning five. Today! Five years of amazing friendships, collaborations, and inspiration. I am so very lucky to be a part of A Blog Named Hero and I want to thank Linda and Mary Dawn for believing in me and accepting me onto their Design Team many moons ago.
I also want to make sure to mention that none of us would be here if it wasn’t for Hero Arts. It’s a given that we love the Hero Arts designs and products, or else this blog wouldn’t have even been created. But the people of Hero Arts are the source of all of the positive energy that we feel when we use their products. They are beyond generous and kind and it shows in their environmental concerns, in the way they treat their employees as family, in the way that they interact with other craft companies. It’s an honor to help spread the love of Hero Arts to our blog readers.
Now, on to my projects for today. When I was thinking about this blog hop and how it all came to be, I realized that one of the very best things about products from Hero Arts is how they stand on their own. You don’t need to be a technique maven, or a watercolor artist, or even have hours to spend in your craft area in order to make their products shine. So, I went through my stash and pulled out some background stamps, even some (half) that I’d not even gotten inky yet! I also grabbed an older sentiment stamp set that I knew would help me celebrate this milestone. And proceeded to make 20+ backgrounds.
They all have the same steps, so I’ll list them here.
- White heat emboss on watercolor paper.
- Use the new distress oxide inks to experiment on coloring the backgrounds.
- Die cut if you like, to make card fronts.
Let’s start off with a Congratulations card, because this is a celebration!
Now, onto the nitty gritty of the hop! Make sure to read all the details.
A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies. Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day. Giveaway prizes total more than $400! To win, leave a comment on each hop stop. We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning! And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes.
Today’s prizes include the following:
- $50 gift card to Hero Arts
- $40 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh
- $35 gift card to Lil’ Inker Designs
- $25 gift card to Newton’s Nook
- $25 gift card to Paper Smooches
- $25 gift card to Winnie and Walter
- $25 gift card to The Ton
- $20 gift card to Right At Home
- One Online Card Class of your choice
In case you a stop here’s the entire blog hop list for today:
- A Blog Named Hero
- Linda Trace
- Hero Arts
- Sandy Allnock
- Coralynn Murray
- Donna Idlet
- Michelle Lupton
- Tracy Freeman
- Melissa Chipperfield
- Amy Tsuruta
- Wanda Guess
- Cecilia Hsieh
- Tenia Nelson
- Paper Smooches
- Cheiron Brandon
- Bhavana Kesarker
- Newton’s Nook
- Kristina Beagle
- Michelle Liimatainen
- Pretty Pink Posh
- Simone Naoum
- Laura Bassen
- Clare Prezzia
- Kelly Latevola
- Lisa Stein <—- you’re here!
Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.
Good luck and happy hopping!