A Blog Named Hero Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the A Blog Named Hero Anniversary Blog Hop!

You should have come from the blog of one of my current team mates at A Blog Named Hero, Donna Idlet, but if you haven't, make sure you check out the post at A Blog Named Hero, where you will find the complete list of hop participants for today.

We're all making cards with out favourite Hero Arts product - for me, that would have to be my favourite Hero Arts background stamp. Tragically, it is no longer available *sob!*
I used Flower Dot Pattern, which I white embossed and then coloured with my Zig markers and lots of water.  I have a lot of favourites among my Hero Arts stash, but I keep on coming back to this stamp over and over again.

I chose this sentiment for this card because that is the way I feel about A Blog Named Hero. I feel so very lucky to be a part of this family of crazy talented papercrafters. I have some very special friends who are either A Blog Named Hero designers, alumni, or special guests. They're my people. (I'll stop now - I'm getting all teary!)

But I couldn't stop there - I have a card using the same background stamp, with a Hero Arts sentiment that fits my feelings for this background stamp perfectly:

I've had people ask on previous blog posts and on Instagram how I do this technique, so I decided to make a video!

What's a blog hop without prizes!

GIVEAWAY INFO: 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 A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday 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: 
Good luck and happy hopping!!
Your next stop on this celebratory hop is Tracy Freeman!  Make sure you come back to hop again tomorrow - there will be more guests and more prizes to be won!

Thanks for visiting :)




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4Ucards said...

Wow! Beautiful! I need to try this. The end results are so pretty.

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful cards - love the colors and look of them!

Helen Budz said...

These card are incredible. . .just love the way you used the stamp in each -- it truly is versatile. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Jackie Parkins said...

Your cards are beautiful! I can see why you like that stamp so much, it's so versatile.

Tami B said...

These are both so pretty. I especially love the colors of the first one and the design of the second.

Caron's Creations said...

Absolutely loved both your cards. Really wanted to watch your technique video but sadly it was private.

Linda Gorun said...

Absolutely gorgeous use of colors!

Downhill T said...

Wonderful use of color!

JanetB said...

You are right, that background stamp is beautiful, and I like how you watercolored it on both cards.

Sarah M said...

Beautiful - the colors and the stamp!

Carol Didier said...

Michelle, I just love both of your beautiful cards. I also love heat embossing with watercolors! Thank you!

Teresa Doyle said...

Your cards are gorgeous Michelle. The video is "unavailable", but I would love to see it:(

Constance Hildebrand said...

Beautiful cards, wish you had listed name of stamp. Thanks.

MakeYourLifeColourful said...

I just love all the colours you used, the design of these cards reminds me of the sea, even the one card with pink in it (I know, don't say it)!

Carol Held said...

Great Card my friend. The video is still on "private" ....Don't worry, I forget to put it to "public" sometimes on my vids. Can't wait to view it. Thanks for taking the time to film. smiles

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Hat Embossing and loose watercoloring ,fabulous combo ! Loved your cards :)

Sharon Hayes said...

Beautiful stamp and coloring with the zigs. The video would not play for me.

Dawn Y. said...

I just love the design of your 'Hello Beautiful' card, Michelle! It's such a great background stamp to use with Zigs. The video is set to 'private.' I'll stop back again to watch it. Can't wait to see your technique in action! ♡Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes

Teri Ann said...

I can see "why" this stamp has a "draw" on you! VERY NICE!!!

Brenda in IN said...

Your watercolor is beautiful. It always amazes me how different each card looks made with the same stamp. Great job!

Late Blooming said...

Wow ! Love this design and coloring.

Frozenstamper said...

What a beautiful background stamp! Your look with the zig markers are so bright and cheerful! Great cards!

Sheri said...

What a fun bright card. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carole Renneker said...

Gorgeous cards! Love this technique. Thanks for inspiring.

Charlanne Bittinger said...

I have to agree that you make the background stamp come to life. Nice job.

Cindy C. said...

So beautifully done, love the rainbow watercolor with white embossing!! I see your signature style shining thru. :)

Laura S said...

Wow these are beautiful! Love your coloring... I'll have to check back (I think the link for your video is broken)

ionabunny said...

Oooh, love the blue version. Lovely technique and cards. Hugz

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow, this is stunning!

Linda Meunier said...

I love the waterms coloring you did! !

Barb said...

Just beautiful!!

Kerry said...

I Love your cards!!! I can't get video to play but I will keep trying because I HAVE to have that stamp and do what you are doing to get that result! BEAUTIFUL!!

Kerry said...

Seriously I keep coming back to this card! I have to figure out what stamp that is.... I want to do this!!

Patty Beers said...

Very nice. I love that technique.

Aroa Cristiano said...

I just fall in love with the background, it's obvious that it's your favourite one. Gorgeous colouring.

Lisa said...

Love this, Michelle! This stamp is seriously the holy grail of background stamps, Hero Arts needs to bring it back. Let's get on that. :)

Andi Marie said...

You are right, the sentiment goes beautifully with the background! (See what I did there!)

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your cards are so beautiful! I love the colors you used on them.

Robin said...

WOW> Really beautiful cards. Love them bot.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Wow these cards are stunning with their multi colored panels and layout:)

Scraplea 1 said...

These are both beautiful! Your backgrounds are just gorgeous. I will have to come back to check out the video---seems it's not working for me right now. Thanks for sharing on this fun blog hop!!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Wow! Love the color! and Happy Blogaversary.

Pitney said...

I love your technique. Was disappointed to not be able to watch your video about how :(. Oh well, thanks for the inspiration!!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love your projects.
The swirl of colors is beautiful.
Blue is my favorite color so I
really like the second but the
first is bright and colorful.
I'd be thrilled to get either one.
thanks for sharing.

Johanna (JP) said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for a video, that always helps me!

d alessi said...

Wow. Really nice!!

Susie Sonnier said...

Such pretty cards!!!

Gail said...

Love this technique too! Beautiful cards

Barb said...

Beautiful cards! That stamp with watercolor is gorgeous. FYI - couldn't see your video on my iPad, tho.

Debbie B said...

Sooooo pretty! I love this technique. Unfortunately I couldn't see the video as it was labeled as private. :( I will try to find it on Utube! Loving this blog hop and all the talent and inspiration here! Thanks for sharing yours! Happy Anniversary Hero Arts!

Ann K said...

Gorgeous colors - I have to get out my Zigs and try this. Happy blog hopping along I go ...

Susan Lang said...

Beautiful cards, great colors!

Kari Webster said...

You had me at rainbow!! Love both cards! They are beautiful!

Diane Bakehouse said...

I love that stamp. I've been trying to get a hold of it, but it's retired. I love the colours you used and the technique. I can,t seem to be able to watch the video. It says it's private.

Kathryn A said...

Wow! This is a gorgeous background stamp and your watercolouring makes it stand out beautifully!

Debbie Selby said...

This technique is so artsy and your choice of colours is spot on. Just lovely.

Nora N. said...

Oh WOW!! Both these cards are amazing!! I adore that background! I am such a dud with my Zigs. I try and try but they never look like this!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Wow, this is so beautiful

Isabel Z said...

Love what you created and what a fun blog hop!!!

S. Rajki said...

Beautiful! I love zig markers for water coloring.

Anna Tracy said...

Michelle I love your style and love this background stamp!!! Very pretty!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the look of the embossing with the blue colors! So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration & great blog hop!

Sarah Greber said...

These are both SUPER cool! Makes me want to play with the background stamps I have. They turned out so well!

Martha Harris said...

Absolutely stunning cards! Gives me a fresh way of seeing some of my older stamps...

ginger na said...

Love your card. Is this stamp still available?

Terri Mansfield said...

Really lovely!!! I especially love the colors on the second card. TFS.

Megan said...

love them both! Bright, pretty background!

Sandra Colebank said...

I'm really into stencils. Thanks for sharing. Very pretty.

Mom and wife. said...

Wow, love your background.

snappy scrappy said...

Soooo GORGEOUS!

Teresa Cherka said...

Beautiful card, thanks for sharing.

Lynda said...

What a beautiful card Michelle! Love your color choices of blue...it makes me think of ocean waves...LOVE it!

Antoinette Lempicki said...

Love the colors you used for both cards.

Shirley N said...

Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for your video and for sharing your technique!

Lagene said...

GORGEOUS "watercolor" panel card!

Syndi Carlson said...

Love it love it love it!.. That's about all that needs to be said.

Pati said...

Wow! Beautiful!! I love this fun background image alone but your coloring makes it pop and beautiful!

Michelle Lupton said...

Fixed now - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

It's there now - sorry, it is the middle of the night!

Michelle Lupton said...

I did - it is called "Flower Dot Pattern", but it is, unfortunately, discontinued, which is a tragedy 😥

Michelle Lupton said...

So sorry - It's 4:30m here! I just made it public - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

It's there now - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

Just fixed the video - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

We should start a petition!

Michelle Lupton said...

Fixed now - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

It's fixed now - thanks!

Michelle Lupton said...

It's fixed now - I hope you come back to watch it! Thanks 😊

Michelle Lupton said...

It's working now - thanks!

AlteredAddict said...

What beautiful card. I have quite a few background stamps. That I always find intimidating at times. Might give this a try and see what happens. Thanks for sharing!!!

Michelle Lupton said...

It's fixed now - thanks 😊

Michelle Lupton said...

The video is there, now - thanks 😊

Michelle Lupton said...

It's fixed now - thanks! 😊

Marilyn Martin said...

I love the colors of the first card. Both cards are gorgeous! I love to do these kinds of cards.

Laurie Brou said...

Love the colors that you used.

Michelle Lupton said...

Tragically, it is retired 😥

Arlene said...

I like the color spread on the first card, doesn't overwhelm, but draws you in. And WOW, the vibrant colors of the second and and design are perfect.

Jennifer Bishop said...

I love the Hello Beautiful card!

Cyndi Morris said...

I've been looking for a background stamp, and I think I may have just found it. The one us used is beautiful, and your colors are gorgeous.

Diane said...

Absolutely love these cards! Beautiful Job!

Cat Craig said...

Michelle, wonderful cards. The embossing and watercoloring together make a wonderful impact.

graham Brand said...

AWESOME! Love all the delicate shades!

Deb Kerns said...

wow, what a beautiful and simple technique. Love it!

Deb L said...

Thank you for the technique.

Nancy said...

Thank you for this card. I'm trying to decide whether to purchase the zip clean color markers.

CandaceCanSew said...

very pretty cards!

Ellen Cooper said...

I love, love, love the rainbow and ombre effect. :-)

Michelle's Paper Obsession said...

Definitely loved your cards!! I also love the bright and softness you can create with the Zig Markers. Yes, it really is a tragedy that we cannot get that beautiful background stamp. I'll be on the lookout for a similar one! Oh, I watched your great video, hope you did some sleep last night.

Thanks for sharing.

Custom Crafty Lady said...

Very nice card. I love the color combination.
Great job.
Thanks,
Erica K.

Cindi said...

It's too bad that background stamp is no longer available. Both cards are great!

Cheri said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards! The blue one is my favorite as I am a blue/aqua kind of gal. Haven't used my ZIG markers very much, but can't wait to try out your technique. Thank you!

Daria Z. said...

Your cards are just beautiful! I have always loved that background stamp; however, I neglected to buy it while it was still available. I keep hoping HA will bring it back.

Louise Thériault said...

Really love the colors of your cards!

CathyL said...

Thanks for the video! Your backgrounds are gorgeous!!!

Cindy Aguirre said...

Thanks for the video! Loved both cards!

janmjax said...

They are both such beautiful cards Michelle!

LaNell Taylor said...

Nice layout. Beautiful cards.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the pretty coloring of the flourishes.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Caitlin said...

Gorgeous!

Scrapperdipper said...

I absolutely love both of your cards. The colors are beautiful, and your card designs are perfect.

T Simmons said...

Wonderful technique, thank you for sharing.

Barb Gallagher said...

Love the blends of blues - really pretty card!

solarj said...

Gorgeous card. Such lovely colors.

Mrsfish02 said...

Both are lovely. I am sorry it is not available anymore. Thanks for sharing and for the video. This is such a fun hop!

Karen Gerek said...

Stunning cards. Loved your video.

craftymom205 said...

Great cards.

Elaine said...

Love your beautiful cards!

Diana said...

I can see why you keep coming back to this stamp, and your coloring choices really make for wonderful cards!

Carolyn Steele said...

The cards are both gorgeous and I am so happy you made a technique video showing how you achieved those gorgeous results. I will def try this and I wouldn't have without seeing you do it. I also hope you start making videos again. You are a hoot!!

Natalie Godfrey said...

OMG! What awesome cards. Love the watercolor effects.
natgodfrey4@gmail.com

Nana Griffin said...

Love the colors. So pretty.

Agility Boxer said...

Love the card, so happy you made the video.

Lori Fraz said...

Love the rainbow card. I'm going to break out my zigs!!

Laura Watson said...

These are gorgeous cards! Love the colors!

Rachel Vass said...

Bright and colourful striking cards!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

I would never have thought it was seriously that easy! Maybe with traditional watercolors, but scribble with Zigs and spray?!? I don't know whether to finish the blog hop or run to the craft room to play!!! Thanks for demystifying the technique!

Linda Peabody said...

Beautiful. Love the colors

Mary said...

The colors are beautiful. I love this technique.

Lynne said...

Thank you for the video showing how to use my Zigs to create beautiful backgrounds. These cards are spectacular.

Marianne said...

Love those blues on your second card. I need more Zigs. I can totally understand why you love this background so much. Thanks for the video.

Gretchen Wilson said...

Oh my Michelle both of these cards are beautiful! I watched the video and I do believe I have that stamp, I hope because you have inspired my to make the cards. TFS

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love the background. I hav not done one with zigs. Beautiful

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Hmmm thought I commented, but it didn't appear. Love using zigs for the backgrounds

Cathy Montoya said...

This is my first time watching one of your videos, and it was awesome. The card is beautiful and such great ideas you told. Thank you.

Michelle Lupton said...

Do it! I ummed and ahhed for ages before getting my Zigs - now, I use them so often, I don't know what I would do without them!

Terri Stephens said...

These cards are stunning! Lovely work.

Cindy said...

Lovely cards!

Janet D. said...

WOW love this technique, your cards are great!

Robin Platt said...

Beautiful color combination. Lovely cards

Kleri F said...

Lovely cards!I love how vibrant the colors are!

Debbie said...

Lucky be this technique

Ann Marie said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the video.

Michelle Wallace said...

Your card is so beautiful Michelle, love that stamp!

Paula Fuller said...

Your video was so much fun, and I loved the technique. I will definitely be giving this a try. Great card design. This is my first visit to your blog, but it won't be my last. Thanks for sharing your talent.

~amy~ said...

These are so pretty, especially love the watercoloring.

Sara B said...

Wonderful cards; I love your mastery of color! Paisleys can be so timeless; color choice really changes the visual impression they make.

gmanshk said...

Thanks so much for making that video. Putting the strips of paper on the sides really cuts down on the bulkiness of the card. The colors you used are my favorites too.

Cecilia Hsieh said...

Great video Michelle! You've enabled me to try this technique! My Zigs have been dormant for too long!

Jiaying said...

Beautiful choice of colors. So inspiring.

Gretchen Nelson said...

Love those cards. Well done!

lauren axton brereton said...

So gorgeous

Sharon Salerno said...

Gorgeous card! Your video was awesome! I will be trying your technique.

Judy Sander said...

I can see why this is a favorite stamp of yours. So versatile and great with lots of swirling color like you did here.

gardener said...

Love the use of watercoloring with that beautiful stamp. Wowzer!

foggy b said...

Oh my gosh, Hero Arts needs to bring back this stamp! Thanks so much for sharing how you made this card. It's gorgeous.

Janet Bagnall said...

these are stunning - so colorful.

Maria Nyce said...

Gorgeous cards!!! This background stamp is next on my list! LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for sharing these cards with us!!!

Barb Somerson said...

Beautiful cards, love the colors.

Semystery said...

Beautiful design and colors

Dana Joy said...

Holy WOW!!! Loving the colors of your cards. The clean simplicity is stunning. Fabulous blog hop!!

funkycrafter said...

i like the brightly colored cards

Kelly Szafron said...

Both cards are so beautiful, Michelle! Love the rainbow colours on the first one.

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

Gorgeous work :) love the color combination

Clairbear said...

Very pretty cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Rubarski said...

Love your card and thanks for sharing how you made your card.

Stampin_melissa said...

Wow, wow, wow! I understand why you refuse to let go of this background stamp, it's gorgeous! I love the blue/green color combination, too!

Mary-Anne V said...

I also love this background stamp and wish they would bring it back. Your work is so, so pretty!!!

Gail said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the colors!

Violet Rose said...

Love your cards and that stamp set!!

Rufred said...

Stunning colors!

Joy said...

So beautiful! I love them both so much! That stamp is gorgeous! Wish they still sold it!😭 Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards! This is my first visit to your blog, I'm going to come back to visit soon! Can't wait to see what all you've created.

Brandi R said...

These are beautiful! LOVE the backgrounds ♥

Barbara said...

Beautiful cards, both in the designs and the coloring!

Vanessa B said...

Beautiful cards!! love the colors :)

judy said...

Beautiful ways to use a background stamp!

Linda M said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the video!

Gloria P said...

Love that - so glad you're in my life, stamping products! Congrats ABNH!

Candy said...

So pretty--love the blue and green combo

cindybearj said...

All of these cards are so beautiful! Oh, and gee thanks for making us love a stamp that's been discontinued! But thanks for the video.

Liz O. said...

Gorgeous designs Michelle! Love the color combos for both cards, thanks for sharing!

tmrew said...

Love your card

loulou said...

That stamp is gorgeous. Thanks for the video - love your style!

Laura Peddicord said...

I would have thought that both cards had the same stamped background. They're both so beautiful and yet so different. Thank you for sharing your work.

Deeps said...

Love the way you colored the background with the markers.

Gloria said...

WOW! Thanks for sharing these cards soooooooooo LOVELY.

cghundley said...

Such beautiful
designs on both
cards! Gorgeous
colors.
Carla from Utah

Heather Neely said...

Awh.... Such pretty cards. You made me teary eyed as well. Hugs to you

Simone Naoum said...

Beautiful cards! Love the colours!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Gorgeous cards you have created!

Debi Vintinner said...

Gorgeous cards and the colors!!

Tracy A said...

I love both your cards. Thanks so much for including the video, it's very helpful to see your technique.

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