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


  1. What a great card you made to honor Hero Arts! They certainly deserve the celebration of their company! I would almost guess some of my very first stamps were made by them. I have had some of them for several years and they are still working just like they did the day I bought them. To me Hero Arts is synonymous with quality! (Just like SSS!)

  2. This card rocks!!! I love the accessories set! And I love, love, love when companies mix and match with others! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a wonderful card! It reminds me of spring which I can’t wait for it to get here. Thanks so much for being a sponsor to celebrate our birthday over at A Blog Named Hero!
    (current DT)

  4. This card just pops right out of my computer screen! Talk about festive and fun!!! :)
    Thanks so much for hopping along & supporting us over at A Blog Named Hero!

  5. Love the Simon Store and Blog! Thanks for all the great giveaways. Congrats on FIVE years of blogging!

  6. Always love shaker cards. This one is so big and bright. Love that the shaker is the entire background and the elements of the card are placed on top. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I am new to the card making industry. So happy to have come up on this blog hop! Oh and your card is beautiful love it.

  8. Happy 5th anniversary! Thank you to Simon Says Stamp for supporting the blog and thank you to Nina for today’s fun card!

  9. Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration. I’m relatively new to card making, having always scrapbooked before, so the ideas are truely fantastic!

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