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Celebrating 5 Years of ABNH



Been awhile, huh? But I had to participate in this amazing, prize-filled blog hop celebrating the 5th anniversary of A Blog Named Hero! I'm so proud of ABNH and I'm so grateful to Lisa and Jessica for continuing to keep it going. And to all of you, for playing along.

So, prizes: full of them. Make sure to comment on as many stops along the hop as you can, there are 2 days worth of beautiful projects to ogle and over $500 in giveaways! You can see the full list of participants and prizes at A Blog Named Hero. If you get lost along the way, you can find links to get you back on track there as well.

Now, I'm more than a little rusty as far as card making and blogging goes, but I did what I could with what I could put my hands on. My craft room is a jumble while we're doing a little painting and room switching at my house. But I was able to put my hands on my favorite Hero Arts floral stamp and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. My card is simple, but after almost a year of not making a card I can't complain too awful much. I think the sentiment speaks for itself.


Your next stop on the hop is Simon Says Stamp, our sponsor from the very beginning. Thank you, Heidi and Simon for believing in Linda and I, all those years ago.

Enjoy the hop!



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Tracy Lustick said...

Happiness always on your 5 year anniversary ! Great coloring !

Carolina Kathy said...

Love your card! TFS

Lin said...

Probably my favorite HA stamp, and you've shown it off beautifully, Mary Dawn!

Helen Price Montgomery said...

Beautiful card! I love this blog hop with all the beautiful flowers!

Charlanne Bittinger said...

Your card is wonderful. If that's how good mine would become if I took a year off I guess I'd better start now.

solarj said...

I love simple cards and yours is so pretty. Love the hydrangea stamp.

snappy scrappy said...

So beautiful!!!

Cindy C. said...

Lovely card Mary Dawn!! Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

Barbara said...

Beautiful card! I love the soft, gentle colors and the CAS designs of your cards. Happy room switching!

Elia Rogers said...

Love this card. Great ideas.

~amy~ said...

YAY! Miss your work and this is absolutely gorgeous. LOVELY.

Dona Green said...

Have that stamp too! Love the coloring and simplicity.

Cherryl Sabado said...

Loved this card! CAS!����❤

Carol Didier said...

Love how you colored that gorgeous hydrangea! Thank you!

MiamiKel said...

Happy 5 years! For a year out of stamping, this is amazing - so crisp and elegant! Best wishes with your painting!

Tina Tran-Dorrington said...

Love this

Jacque Harmon said...

Happy Anniversary! Flowers are my favorites, and this one is beautiful.

Lieve said...

I read the history of the Blog : so congratulations and a big thank you for you as well !
Your card is simple and so beautiful - I love it !
Birthday greetings (mine as well today) from Belgium,
Lieve

Betty Keefe said...

that stamp has always been one of my favorites too Mary Dawn - love how you've designed with it - have been a follower of ABNH since the beginning.

Helen Budz said...

Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing this lovely card.

Dot Freel said...

Your card is colored beautifully and the design is wonderful!

Denise Marsden said...

I have the hydrangea stamp...now I know how to color it! Happy Anniversary.

ldiggs said...

Beautiful Card! This is one of my favorite stamps!

Robin Hoff said...

beautiful flower stamp and a beautiful card to go with it. Thank you for sharing

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card, great design!

Deb Kane said...

Beautiful card, you must be so proud....5 years and you were at the start!!!

wannabcre8tive said...

A beautiful card. I love the hydrangea and the colors are fab.

Tink said...

Beautiful card!

Scrapperdipper said...

I absolutely love hydrangeas, and this stamp from Hero Arts has always been one of my favorites. Your card is beautiful!

Linda Anderson said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!!! You've made me want to get out my zig markers and play!!

Bernie Juracek said...

Wow!!! Beautiful card!

paperpicnic said...

So beautiful! A perfect card for spring! Congratulations!!

Linda Meunier said...

What a beautiful elegant card! !

Connie Schulz said...

Great idea for a celebration. Love the card!

Karine said...

Cant tell its been a year since your last card because this is really gorgeous!!

Deb L said...

Love that stamp. Pretty card

Kim Salito said...

Great card. Love your coloring techniques

Avra Williams said...

Love your hydrangea!

Stephanie Wexler said...

I love the simplicity. Beautiful!

Scrapthat said...

so beautiful!!! :D
Dolly

Laurie Higgins said...

Happy 5th Anniversary! Thanks for the blog hop. What fun! I love you card!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Megan said...

Aw, welcome back! What a long legacy loaded with great people and great companies!

Soaring Eagle said...

Beautiful coloring

Kelly said...

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers

Joan said...

Well, you aren't that "rusty". This card is beautiful!

Becky Rohwer said...

Beautiful card. Sometimes the simplest card is the best.

April said...

Beautiful card - love the colors.

Judith Jarvis said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I love hydrangeas...especially blue ones...beautiful.

tmrew said...

Beautiful coloring

C Trimble said...

Such a great card!

Marilyn Rumph said...

Love your coloring

Unknown said...

Lovely fresh looking card.
Martha

Lola G. said...

Congratulations on a wonderful milestone! Hydrangeas are one of my husband's favorites, and I've come to love them over the years.

MakeYourLifeColourful said...

What a gorgeous spring card, love your design and colouring!

Marcia Harper said...

Beautiful card!

Sue McRae said...

Lovely hydrangea...one of my favorite Hero Arts images.

Jackie Parkins said...

That hydrangea is beautiful. I wish I had a green thumb, I'd love a garden full of them.

Becky said...

Pretty card. Thanks for sharing.

Lagene said...

Beautiful card! Congrats on your milestone!

Crazy8farm said...

Love your adorable card!!

Kampin' Karen said...

This is my first visit to your blog and wish you all a happy 5th. Your hydrangea is colored and shaded beautifully. You would never know you took a year off.

Stefanie Novak said...

Beautiful coloring, impressive!

Nives K said...

Beautiful card!

Chris Weber said...

I have this stamp and love having inspiration on different ways to use it. This is simple and beautiful!

Joanie said...

What a lovely hydranga you made!

Cynthia Cole said...

Gorgeous card and love that stamp!

Kelly Szafron said...

Beautiful card, fantastic colouring!

Susan Lang said...

Beautiful card, you should do it more often!

Gretchen Nelson said...

Beautiful card, well done!

Deborah Jennings said...

Your card is incredible and according to Leonardo da Vinci " simplicity is the ultimate sophistication " Love it
Happy Anniversary...

Laura S said...

Love the simplicity and beautiful coloring! Not bad for taking so much time off from making cards 😀

Val said...

Love the hydrangea! So pretty!

Casey Ward said...

Love your card!!! Flowers are my favorite when creating cards. They make me so happy and I hope the recipient feels the same way.

Krock said...

Beautiful card. Simply elegant!

Natalie Godfrey said...

Such a pretty card. Great job!
natgodfrey4@gmail.com

worthbw said...

Simply Beautiful !

MA said...

Beautiful card...one of my favorite images. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win the give away.

Tracy A said...

Beautiful card. Your coloring is very inspiring.

Diane Stricker said...

Beautiful card, it's one of my favorite stamps also. Just used it in February.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh this is so beautiful. I love the vibrant colors the zig markers give, I must start collecting those! Beautiful flower image.

Sue said...

Whoop...whoop! Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

Patti said...

I love hydrangea's and this stamp fits the bill. For a year off of card making, I'd say you're doing just fine!

Crafty Little Peach said...

Beautiful! I especially love the tone on tone look of the background! TFS

Kathy Macko said...

One of my most favorite flowers. Beautiful!

Diana-Chuck Scott said...

Beautiful card! Love Zig markers!

Nicole said...

I always love the stitched look, beautiful card!

Sherry Lee said...

Beautiful card for someone who is "rusty" :) Loved your card - make more! Happy Anniversary to ABNH

Mary-Anne V said...

Very pretty floral image.

MerryMerlin said...

You've certainly kept your coloring mojo! Beautiful card 😍

Rosemary Lare said...

I like your choice of stamps. You have given me new ideas of what I can do with some of my large flower stamps and still make it look nice. Keep up the good work!

Teena said...

The coloring is beautifully done! Love the touch of the pruning scissors in the photo!

Susan Gonyo said...

Nice card!

Celia Morse said...

Beautiful simplistic card! I love the coloring!

A Card Day's Work said...

LOVE that simple sentiment placement!

Lisa Daly said...

Happy 5th Anniversary!! I love how this community comes together to celebrate everyone's milestones!!

R. Hill said...

Such a beautiful card. The coloring looks like a painting. Absolutely gorgeous!

Heike said...

Love hydrangeas and this is beautiful

Barbara Green said...

This is a beautiful flower.

Lorraine Bratis said...

I have this stamp and it is one of my favorites. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Janet Day said...

Very pretty card! So realistic. Makes me excited for summer blooming season.

Gretchen Wilson said...

Your card is lovely and one of my favorite flowers, in my favorite color! TFS

Cindy said...

Beautiful card!

Psychomak said...

A beautiful card that expresses spring.

QuilterLaura said...

Takes my breath away, simply beautiful!

Yvonne Morentin said...

awesome creation

Georgia Cloer said...

I love hydrangas and you made this one so life-like. Truly an inspiration. I am going to my hand at this. TFS!

Isabel Z said...

I love blog hops because they are so inspiring--thank you!!!

Lisa Maxner said...

Very pretty card. Thank you for sharing.

ann greene said...

I love blog hops. Just when you think it can't get any better, something awesome pops up. Thanks for sharing.

CandaceCanSew said...

pretty flower :)

judy said...

Lovely card using one of my favorite HA stamps!

iza m. said...

I love this card ! My favorite flower - blue hydrangea. So beautiful!

Barbra said...

Love this card! Hydrangea's are my favorite flower!

dutch land said...

Really makes me yearn for spring to hurry up. Very pretty colors.

Christi Conley said...

Beautifully clean and simple card. Just shows that talent never goes away :)

Deana Benson said...

Hydrangeas are so much fun to color and you did an amazing job on this one.

Mamaz said...

Love the hydrangea, very pretty!

sunnee63 said...

oooo! luv the smaller square focal panel!

jag said...

I love the colors on your hydrangea - so soft and subtle.

Jean Maxwell said...

Beautiful card with My favorite flower, wish They could grow in AZ.

Kendodots said...

Ooooh! Love the hydrangea!

Pam Lindaman said...

I love hydrangeas, the stamp is beautiful and I love the colors! Can't wait to try something like this

Mirella said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card, thanks for sharing!

Diane Bakehouse said...

It's fun to see the history of ABNH. It's amazing that you were there in the beginning. It's great to see people and products making a comeback for the anniversary.

annms said...

So pretty Love your coloring. hydrangeas are so beautiful and yours gave to life

Pati said...

Pretty flower and pretty card! I really like your design with the image offset, the stitched border and that soft subtle background on the base.

CathyL said...

Lovely hydrangea!

Linda Pritchett said...

Beautiful!

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

You don't look even a tiny bit rusty at this! What a beautiful card! Congrats on starting something so successful. Clearly the love for Hero Arts stands the test of time! So happy to see so many companies and bloggers come out to support ABNH!!!

Kim Hill said...

Lovely!

Antoinette Lempicki said...

Like the card - your skills aren't rusty at all.

Caitlin said...

Beautiful coloring

Terri Armstrong said...

That hydrangea is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Carey Nusbaum said...

Beautiful card! Lovely colors!

Jeannie B said...

Very pretty card! I have that stamp and just started using the Zig markers so I will give that one a try. Thank you for sharing your talent!

Daria said...

Your card is beautiful--incredible coloring. TFS.

kartelene said...

Very nice and pretty card thank you for sharing your work

Christy said...

Beautiful card and love the subtle background with the gorgeous hydrangea

Cheri said...

Love your card! The hydrangea stamp is so great for many types of cards. Congrats to ABNH!

Barbara said...

Simply said....this is a beautiful card!

Gwen Green said...

I love your card. I see I need to work on my coloring! Great job!!

Agility Boxer said...

What a lovely card, love the colors.

Unknown said...

I love your card. Hope you soon can get back to making cards again.

Debbie said...

A beautiful card with beautiful deep colors.

Terri Mariani said...

Beautiful coloring!

Lyn Roberds said...

Beautiful coloring - I was wondering how to color this card.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Bee-utiful coloring of the Hydrangea. I have that stamp & need more practice at coloring to be anywhere close to yours.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Lindar C said...

Beautiful card, I just got this stamp.

Marilyn in Michigan said...

Love your card! So pretty!

betsyg said...

Beautiful card. I love the realistic coloring, such perfect tones.

nonnacindy said...

Hydrangea's are so pretty and fun to color. I love the Zig's and have them all.

Gail said...

Beautiful card with a beautiful stamp!

Nandini said...

I think your card is beautiful. Love the colors. I also want to thank you for starting the wonderful ABNH. It is such a great source of inspiration for one of my favorite companies - Hero Arts!

Sharon Roselli said...

Beautiful flower and coloring I would never know you haven't been crafting for a while. The image does make it easy to make a beautiful cards. thanks for sharing.

Cyndi Morris said...

Your coloring is gorgeous. Love that stamp.

Janine said...

I love the stamp and colors you used, it is a beautiful card!

Lisa said...

I love this so much. This is also my favorite Hero Arts stamp, and I would have used it, but mine is in storage. The new hydrangea they have is a close second.

I'm so glad you participated in this hop Mary Dawn. If it wasn't for you, this blog wouldn't exist. Not a bad little legacy, my friend.

Muaaaa!

Doris said...

Looks sooooo realistic!

Macimbalo said...

Beautiful card - love that stamp and esp how you have used it! Gorgeous!

Dana M said...

Gorgeous card! No one would ever know that you have been out of your craft room, it's gorgeous.

Ericka Strange said...

Beautiful card. Love the blue and the hydrangea is so pretty!

Jaycee C. said...

Love the combination of colors in the flower - very pretty card!

kody21 said...

love that stamp, lovely card too!

Kay said...

I don't think you are a bit rusty at all. Your card is lovely, so maybe simple is best.

Jen said...

You don't look rusty at all, beautiful.

Michelle Lupton said...

Naaaw, MD, I miss you too! Love your card - just beautiful. I am so grateful that you and Linda took a chance on me as a part of your design team at ABNH - it has become such a important part of my life, because of you two, and all the rest of the fab dt members. ❤❤❤

Elaine said...

Beautiful hydrangea card....love how you colored it!

Deedee said...

Beautiful card

Elaine said...

Beautiful hydrangea card...love how you colored it!

DarlingD said...

I Love Hydrangeas they are my Mom's favourite flower. �� This is the first time I've seen your blog and I am really impressed. Happy 5th birthday ♬♫♪.

El Ivens said...

Beautiful card. Love that flower. Thanks for the inspiration and participation in this blog.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty card Mary. Love the hydrangea image. Fantastic coloring... love the shading on the tiny flowers.

TheHArtofJoAnn said...

Congratulations! I love using older stamps that still make me happy.

Denise said...

Great stamp from HA and a beautiful card.

Sonja said...

Great card...I love that hydrangea!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is so pretty! I love that the image goes off the panel and the coloring is wonderful!

valerie Spadoro said...

Looks very "unrusty" to me. Guess true talent doesn't rust. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.

cascadecarol said...

Looks pretty enough to pick.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Pretty card. Thanks for the inspiration:)

Nora N. said...

Simply STUNNING!!! LOVE that pretty hydrangea!!

Holly Martinez said...

What a beautiful, clean card with such pretty colors! I've been trying to decide about Zig clean color markers and have had my eye on them for awhile! I just adore this step too and really need to add it to my collection! Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Doyle said...

Hi Mary Dawn, you may not have made a card in a while but you certainly aren't "rusty"! Its beautiful! TFS!

gardener said...

This is one of my go to stamps. Have loved it for years.

Daylene said...

I love this floral stamp and your coloring is beautiful!

mrscmjones said...

Beautiful card. Happy 5th!

Andrea @TwiceTheFun said...

If this is what you can do when your crafting is "a little rusty", then I'll have to come back and look at all the amazing things you made before taking a break! That card is gorgeous!

Sheri said...

Oh my! I have that stamp! I need to get it out and make it new again! Thanks for the inspiration!

Stampin_melissa said...

Well, for nor stamping for awhile, you don't look rusty to me! Beautiful card!

Gloria P said...

Thank you for following your idea five years to start an inspirational blog. Yay for entrepreneurs!

charliemmh said...

I hope you have time to start creating again your card is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win.

Cindy Thick said...

Beautiful card. Love the coloring on the flower.

byAnnette said...

Such a Pretty Card!
I can see why stamp is your favorite!
Happy Anniversary! & Thank You!!!

Martha Berry said...

Such a beautiful card! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite shrubs. Hero Arts is A+++!

Teri Ann said...

MY!
Just look at that card!!

Maureen Chandler said...

Oh I have this stamp - love what you did with it - beautiful!!

Michelle H said...

You did a fantastic job with the card. It sounds like you miss this a little. Beautiful coloring on the hydrangea.

Mj said...

So pretty!

katrynka said...

Doesn't seem like you are rusty to me! Your card looks great!

Heather Levi said...

This is so pretty! I love the sentiment!

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