A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Bash


Hi friends, it’s Nina-Marie here with you today! Did you know that today is a special celebration? Simon Says Stamp is collaborating in a hop with A Blog Named Hero to help celebrate their 5th Anniversary! Congrats to A Blog Named Hero!! In celebration of this wonderful milestone, I’ve created a cute shaker card that features products from both Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp!


Do you like to combine stamp sets to create custom scenes and effects? It’s one of my favorite things to do! I was really excited to find that the new Hero Arts Purr stamp set pairs PERFECTLY with Simon’s Cuddly Critters Accessories stamp set. The party hat and balloons look like they were made especially for this little cat, don’t you think?? It is fun to see what neat things you can make by pairing different stamp sets from multiple companies together. This allows you to stretch those products even further, which is always a big bonus!


Because celebrations call for lots of fun, I thought this would be a great opportunity to make a shaker card for my party-cat. I used Simon’s Stitched Rectangle dies to make the shaker frame and filled it with a bunch of sequins that coordinated well with the colors of my cat. I used the Meadow and Sunshine mixes inside my shaker.


The sentiment works really well on a card like this because it is bold and large, ensuring that it won’t get “lost” in the busy sequins. I cut the Painted Happy Birthday die from yellow cardstock four times and layered them together to create a dimensional sentiment. All of my stamped and colored images are attached to the card using foam tape.


This card was a lot of fun to put together; I hope you will check it out in the video below! I also hope that it inspires you to pull out some stamp sets you’ve been wanting to use and see how you can pair them together to make something unique and creative!





Make sure you hop along to the next stop of this special anniversary blog hop: the fabulous Jennifer McGuire! If you get lost along the hop, you can always go back to the A Blog Named Hero’s website for the complete blog hop list, as well as additional details.

The 5th Anniversary hop for A Blog Named Hero spans over two days and there are prizes to be won each day! 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 $500!  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 the Saturday post from A Blog Named Hero for the list of Saturday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today’s prizes include the following:
– $50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp
– $50 gift card to Gina K Designs
– $25 gift card to Winnie & Walter
– $25 gift card to Lawn Fawn
– $20 gift card to Avery Elle
– prize pack from Mama Elephant
– gift card from Studio Katia

-one Online Card Class of your choice
-one set of distress oxide inks from Jennifer McGuire Ink


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Hey Sunshine, Sending Smiles

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Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by today! Please welcome back Heather Hoffman as a guest designer on our blog! She’s made these adorable “Just because” cards using some NEW Winnie & Walter stamps, along with our Handlettered Encouragement stamps for the sentiments and our Stacked Stars die for a cool background. Read on and enjoy!

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Good morning! Heather Hoffman here this morning – and I’m thrilled to be guesting here on the Simon Says Stamp Blog with a couple cards I put together combining some adorable new Winnie and Walter images with some SSS Exclusive Dies and stamps!

For the first card I used Winnie and Walter’s new Welcome to the Family stamp set, colored with Copics, and fussy cut out. To create a fun background I used Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars Die on a panel of white cardstock but with embossing pads so it didn’t cut entirely through, but just left a fun bit of texture. The sentiment for both cards is from SSS’s new Handlettered Encouragement stamp set, heat embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock die cut with SSS’s Basic Banners dies.

The second card uses another darling Winnie and Walter set – Big Hugs. Both of these sets were illustrated by Evelin T Designs – who I had the joy of meeting at Creativation this year in Phoenis, and is just as sweet as her illustrations! I paired this image with the SSS Stacked Hearts Die, also embossed on the white cardstock. For the ground of both cards I used my SSS A2 Card Curved Edge and some SSS Green Apple Cardstock to create a little hill for them to sit on. I used some varying shades of Warm Gray Copics to color in a shadow on the hilltop for both cards before adhering the images with foam adhesive. This helps “ground” the images a little, and make them look a bit more realistic where they sit!

Finishing touch was adding some May Arts Natural Twine on the banners before adhering them with foam adhesive, and then adding a bit of sparkle with some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!

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Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Heather for being our guest!

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Listen To Your Heart: Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Welcome to the blog and happy Saturday!

I have a mixed medium piece that I’ve created for today that features the Tim Holtz Etcetera Thickboard Tag. This is a great shaped base that can withstand paints, collage, and heavy mediums.

Mixed Medium, Shari Carroll

I started off by adding texture to the base by using wrinkled tissue paper and cheesecloth. I love texture and it adds interest to even a white background. From there I built up my layers.

Mixed Medium, Shari Carroll

Adding the pieces that bring this design together are all inspired by my mom. I started with the Feathered Wings and it progressed from there. The beautiful Baroque frame fit perfectly on top of the wings, and the corrugated heart inside of that. The mini pocket watch holds her name “Joy”, the #3 token represents myself and my two sisters, and finally the paintbrush because my mom was an artist and painter.

Mixed Medium, Shari Carroll

I think creating from your heart is an amazing experience. Your creations will have special meaning as well as beauty.

I filmed the full process in two parts; you can view the videos below or on our YouTube Channel. Part One, Part Two.

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend!!