A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Celebration Blog Hop!

Hi Friends! Wow - I feel like it's been forever! My blog has been slow these days, for good reason, my dad had a pretty massive stroke a year ago this month which has required me to care for him full time ever since. I tried very hard to keep up with my crafting, but when I could even find the time (and courage) I felt like my work and quality was suffering. I took a step back from most of my design teams and have pretty much been laying low waiting for a surge of energy and motivation. It's hard to believe that the one thing that was always my "escape" is the thing coming hardest to me, but the crafty world is forgiving and will be there when I get myself back together (all though I know I am missing so many seriously good releases). BUT when I got the email from A Blog Named Hero about this event there was no way I could pass up the invitation.

If you're coming here from the hop and don't know me, I'm a Hero Arts fanatic and was on the 2016 A Blog Named Hero design team. After being a fan of A Blog Named Hero basically since their inception, being on their design team was an honor! Without further adieu,  I would like to congratulate A Blog Named Hero on 5 wonderful years!

I went with a Hero Arts stamp set that I don't feel like gets enough love from me. I've only every used the sentiments and cake, and wanted to mix it up and try to get a few more stamps in the set inky!! And since this is a party, I went all party up in here!

I started with the banner stamp, I didn't have my Hero Arts ombre inks on me so I used a new Recollection Brand ombre ink (that I do not at all recommend, super splotchy, buy Hero Arts) and made a few rows of Banners before getting all confetti and party hats! Keeping with the bright theme I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color in my images. I stamped some confetti and added some sequins for a full on party explosion.

Now, The 5th anniversary celebration blog hop takes place across today AND tomorrow and what is a blog hop without a


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:

Thank you for stopping by! Supplies and links to all of my social media are below. Your next stop on the hop is the beautifully talented Michelle Liimatainen. If you find any broken links along the way please make your way back to A Blog Named Hero for the full hop order.

Good luck and happy hopping!!