Monday, July 22, 2013

Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Blog Hop! (& GIVEAWAY)!

Hi everyone!


Welcome to the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Blog Hop! If you've been following along you should be arriving from the super talented Emily Leiphart's blog. If you've just started hopping or if you find a broken link you'll want to head over to the Hero Arts Club Blog where all of today's blog hop participants are listed.

Here's my summertime card using a Hero Arts watermelon stamp, Hero Arts background stamp, and a computer-generated sentiment:



Supplies:


Can I tell you a secret? I don't like watermelon! Shh... but my kids do and they ask for it throughout the year. I always tell them it's a summertime treat that has to be eaten outside. ;)

Since we're having a picnic I thought I'd share a recipe for a salad I DO like very much:

Quinoa Salsa Salad (Makes 6-8 servings.)

Dressing:
3 tbsp salsa
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cider vinegar
2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mix dressing ingredients together and set aside for at least one hour.

Salad
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked wild rice (or brown or white)
1/ cup rinsed, drained canned black beans
1/2 cup rinsed, drained canned red kidney beans
1/2 frozen corn kernels thawed
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro

Mix salad ingredients together. Pour dressing over salad and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at 4 hours or overnight to allow flavours to develop and blend.

Enjoy!

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day this week, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! (One comment per post, please!)

AND...I'm doing a little giveaway myself:


I will randomly pick one comment left on this blog between now and Friday July 26th to win the stamp set shown above and announce the winner on Saturday the 27th. (The winner will have 1 week to contact me). 

In case you missed it, I also have TWO other giveaways going on HERE and HERE but you have to be quick! Tomorrow is the last day to enter both of those!

Your next stop along the hop is the fabulous Linda Wetterlin's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sarah

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judkajudi said...

Love the punny sentiment!! Great CAS card and very summery. We love watermelon at our house; always have a container of ready to eat melon in the fridge. This is a great picnic!!

Caroline said...

Thanks for reminding me how cute that background stamp is all by itself Such acute card!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling card, Sarah! I just love your little watermelon slice on the notepad with the adorable sentiment. Your recipe sounds so yummy - can't wait to try it!! It was great hopping with you today!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

P.S. Great prize too but no need to include me in the drawing. Thanks!

Chark said...

ack! you don't like watermelon? I love it! but this salad sounds esp yummy too. cute card!

Barbara said...

Cute card, even if you don't like watermelon. I grew up in the south and I still love it. Your salad sound delicious!

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Ann Kulseth said...

Love the background . . . and the card is so darn cute. Thanks.

Renee said...

mmmmm...love watermelon & love your adorable card! I'm trying to get into a healthier eating routine & the quinoa recipe sounds yummy!
Hugs, Renee

VikkiCH said...

the background really works well with your melon slice1 thanks.

Gunilla/Nilla said...

Awesome card....love the craft background!

Terri said...

Adorable card. Love the watermelon and the sentiment! Thanks for the recipe. I will have to try it out, minus the cilantro (not a big fan of that).

Heather Maria said...

Sarah, your card is so cute and fun! Love your design, all the great details and of course that punny sentiment! Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious - I can't wait to try it!

Leesa B said...

Love the background stamp, it is perfect! Your card is so summery and Fab! Thanks for sharing it and the delicious summer recipe!

Dana said...

So sweet!! I love the background stamp!!!

CinnamonSally said...

Cute card and great sentiment also thanks for the delicious sounding salad recipe!

Susan said...

too cute and that salad sounds wonderful!

Kelly Massman said...

your card is darling-i love your style! TFS!

Kathy said...

so adorable Sarah. who knew you didn't like watermelon. the recipe sounds delicious too. so happy to be hopping with you
hugs Kathy

Marlou McAlees said...

fabulous card Sarah, thanks for chance to win these stamps ♥

Cindy C. said...

Very cute card Sarah! And your Quinoa Salsa Salad sounds like a great item for summer picnics and potluck parties, definitely would try it! TFS!

Dorothy C. said...

Love the colors you used on this card. Thanks for the chance to win a set of stamps.

Jamie said...

This is a great card Sarah!!:)

Annette Allen said...

how cute is that watermelon.. love your card..

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Love your card! Great colors!

stacie d said...

Love that summery melon card!

Pat said...

This is great! And, you're the first person I've ever heard of that doesn't like watermelon! But, my secret is that I don't like honey. God sure did make us all different, huh? :)

Sue D said...

Very cute card--I like the paper pieced watermelon. I love watermelon but my family just thinks it is ok. thanks for the recipe.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Craftyfield said...

Cute card, love the background ! The recipe sounds healthy as well as flavoursome.

Moid Ali said...

The watermelon make an awesome summer card :D

Lin said...

One slice of watermelon each summer is just about right for me! Love your card for our picnic, and your salad sounds wonderful!!

paperpicnic (Jayne) said...

Such a fun sentiment! Love the pieced watermelon, perfect for a picnic! Thanks for sharing your recipe - sounds like something my son would really love, I'll try this for sure!

Kailash said...

Such a fun design, love the background!!

joy said...

I agree, watermelon is definitely a summertime treat! I love it. Your cute card is perfect for this blog hop!

Thanks for the chance to win your little giveaway, too!

Anonymous said...

Pun + Paper Piercing = Perfect!

Mary, Wausau WI

Pam W Merwin said...

Love your card - the notepad die with the stamped background and melon looks great! Hate to tell you I am a BIG watermelon eater :)We love it here in south Georgia :)Thanks for the inspiration.

Libby Hickson said...

Super cute card! And your recipe sounds totally delish!!

adele holcomb said...

I really like that background stamp, which I hadn't seen before. Your melon and sentiment are so cute!

Martha Green said...

Cute cute cute!

Sue McRae said...

Very fun use of patterned paper on this card Sarah!

Velvet Pearson said...

Haha, I'm still chucking over the pun. Seriously, the watermelon slice looks good enough to eat. Thanks for sharing the card.

Karin R said...

What a fun card! Puns always make me smile, and the card is just cute!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Super cute card! Love the watermelon and the background. Your recipe sounds great. I love quinoa!

cheiron said...

Not a huge fan of watermelon either, but I LOVE this sweet paper pieced card! Fabulous design.

Yolanda said...

Lovely card and great recipe.Thanks

jordanbev5 said...

Great stamp and love your inspiration!! Fantastic!

Wendy said...

Love the cute card!

judy said...

Cute and fresh card. I love quionoa and will have to try your recipe.

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Fresh watermelon card. And thanks for the recipe - just what I need (gluten-free eating!).

creationsnz said...

liking the elements, nice relaxed style. Don't know about the beans though...

richardbreaks said...

Loving your paper pieced watermelon! Yummy looking salad, too!

Judy1223 said...

Sarah, this is such a cute card! I love the paper-pieced watermelon. I'm with you, I'm not a big fan of watermelon!

GrammySue's Creations said...

Your card is too cute--Your image and sentiment are a perfect match. Your recipe sounds good, too.

sharon l-s said...

The card is just perfect for a summer birthday. I remember having watermelon seed spitting contests at my brother and my August birthday parties. TFS a cute card and a delicious salad.

Carol Perry said...

Sarah, love how you pieced the watermelon. Your sentiment too is very punny. Will have to check out those dies from MFT. Very cute.

Debstamps said...

A mellow melon card Sarah--and my mouth is watering for the salad!

Petti said...

water melon is just perfect for summer time!

Teresa W. said...

Fabulous card, Sarah! Love your creative sentiment. I have never had quinoa salad. That sounds really interesting.

Ava said...

Sarah, such a great picnic card theme. The watermelon paper is perfect and your salad recipe sounds great. I just started eating quinoa and it's really good.

Brenda said...

That sentiment made me giggle Sarah! Love your colour palette, something about that touch of blue! Thanks for sharing a yummy sounding recipe!

Cathy A said...

You wouldn't feel melon-colly about getting older if you got this card!

Lillian Child said...

That fun sentiment just had me smiling out loud!! Thanks for sharing!

Barb Ghig said...

Such a cute card, Sarah! I love how you stamped the background and your layered elements...so fun!
Thanks so much for the recipe and for a chance to win!

Auror Willow said...

Super cute!

Kim M said...

Wonderful card! Love the paper pieced watermelon. :-)

Ann Marie said...

Great card! Embarrassed to admit my scattered dots stamp hasn't seen any ink yet. Thanks for the chance to win.

Robin Cooper said...

That's a very picnicky card! Love it! Thanks for the salad recipe too!! It looks like a winner.

rommelsmom4 said...

That's an awesome summer card. Thanks for the vegetarian recipe. and for sharing.

Jingle said...

Sarah, your card is gorgeous! I love the stamped background..it works so well with that image!

jcappetta said...

Your card is great.Ilove watermelon!Your recipe sounds like something my family would like-can't wait to try it!!!

donna mikasa said...

I LOVE watermelon, but I love quinoa even more! Fun card and yummy recipe!

CathyL said...

Very cute watermelon card! (I don't care for watermelon either!)

Efrat said...

Love quinoa! recipe looks very tasty. Your card is super fun.

Barb said...

Yummy sounding recipe, Sarah! Love your card too - that watermelon slice looks so cute on the notepad!

Anonymous said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing!

Verna Angerhofer said...

A cute watermelon card and love the sentiment to go with it. Thanks for the recipe.

Maeghan M. said...

Love the watermelon!!! TFS!!!

Judy Tuck said...

A picnic without watermelon - shame! Love your card and the perfectly matching sentiment. Thanks for your super recipe! Sounds delish!!!

Melinda Ferraz said...

Love your card!!

keeleykats said...

Super cute summer card! Thanks for the recipe!

Shirl said...

Awefully sweet card! I don't like watermelon either! :P

DanielleMW said...

I like how you used the watermelon stamp over patterned paper. Extra cute!!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

so cute, love the bling! I love quinoa salads, I'll have to try this- thanks!

Mrs_Mac said...

Love the puny sentiment with the watermelon slice, a perfect summer birthday card. Also, can't wait to try the salad recipe

ivy said...

We are big fans of watermelon here!! (Have you tried yellow watermelons?) cute card!

Susan Lang said...

I love that stamp. It is a riot. Cute card.

Suzanne C said...

Love your punny card! The melon is beautiful! The recipe is fabulous. Not if I can just get someone to come and put together the salad! :)

Cindi said...

Love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

Deborah Nolan said...

Fantastic, as usual!!! I do so love seeing the cards you make!

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous card, Sarah! I'm not sure why I never bought that Scattered Dots background and now I want it. Wonderful layers and embellishments, too!

cghundley said...

Hey this is cute! The
saying is really cute.
Thanks for the chance to
win.
Carla from Utah

Lucy Schmidt said...

I love every single thing about this card--the stamps, the layout, the colors, the pun.... I think the recipe looks just as yummy as the watermelon, but we all have our taste differences. I don't like olives or avocados or broccoli or cauliflower or any number of things, so understand completely. You not liking watermelon leaves all the more for us. ;-)

Gabby Lou said...

I love the background and the notebook die and the little enamel dots and the cute watermelon....über cute card..great job!

Alexia Misso said...

That's just too cute, love your card and definitely have to try your recipe! Thanks!

Tracey said...

This is fantastic! Love the background!

tammy b said...

ha, too cute! thanks for reminding me to stamp on patterned paper!

Janet Mack said...

What a good for you recipe. I like the watermelon too,

SandiL said...

Love this punny card! Very cute!

Cheryl said...

Great card and love the recipe too!

diana said...

Great card! And thanks for the recipe. ;-)

Jen W. said...

Love the papers you used for the watermelon and that quinoa salad sounds amazing!

Miriam Prantner said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love the papers you used and the dots! Such a great card. Don't worry about putting me in for the draw - I already have that set, but thanks so much for the chance!

Kathy Rosecrans said...

That's the cutest watermelon ever! Great sounding food too!

Robin said...

That is a very pretty card! Very cute!

brenlubrant said...

I love your card and thank you so much for the recipe. I will defintely be trying this one out and sharing it with my daughter. The dressing sounds yummy.

pcm said...

love the sentiment!

Ohana in Bend said...

very cute card, love each element!

RedGem said...

OMG such a very cute card. Tks for the Quinoa Salsa Salad recipe, it sounds like a great item for summer picnics and potluck parties.

TenSGal said...

Your card is deliciously adorable! And the recipe looks wonderful, too!

Susan

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

Darling card, and mmmmm, salsa!

Greta said...

Clever & cute! Love that background stamp!

stamplover2011 said...

Cute card! Love all the detail!

Katherine Dent said...

love the card the enamal dots make it.

Tiffany G said...

Awe super cute card!!! I love watermelon!!! And thank you for the salsa recipe!! Sounds delicious!

Karen L K said...

Cute card and clever little saying. That quinoa salad sounds very good. I will have to try that. I like to find some things to make with quinoa. Thanks for offering up a prize!

the doghouse said...

love your card...

Francesca said...

This quinoa salad is the best idea for summer tasty recipes!

justasiam said...

I have only recently been introduced to quinoa, but really am liking it. This recipe sounds good!

Pam said...

Great card! I love that background stamp.

Karen said...

Thanks for the recipe and cute card ideas.

Arlene said...

That is one fancy watermelon. Fantastic card and sounds like a great recipe too.

craftvithme said...

The card is so cute!

Thanks for the chance to win, Sarah.
Thanks for sharing a new recipe as well.

Vithya

marking said...

Love the details on your card. Have to try the quinoa recipe too.

Pamela Selinski said...

Love this card. I particularly like the tilted lined paper. Cool idea.

Amber Bracken said...

Super cute! I love all of your stuff!

jengd said...

Great card- wonderful paper piecing! Also great sounding salad though I can't imagine not liking watermelon. :) Thanks for the chance!

Kathy Mc said...

Great picnic card, Sarah, and thanks for the salad recipe. Have another quinoa salad recipe that is simply divine so I'm eager to try this one also. Thanks for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!

Mandy said...

Thanks for the details, it's very very helpful to me.

cm said...

Fabulous card; your watermelon slice has me tempted to run out to buy one right away! Salad recipe: perfect! What a wonderful series of treats you're offering to us this week! Feeling spoiled!!
c

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a great card...and I can't wait to try your salad recipe...it sounds delicious :)

Carol said...

Just love that watermelon slice! The whole "Simply the Best" set.

Anonymous said...

Love the juicy watermelon slice and the pun. Cute card.


Sherry in MI

Janis said...

Cute card. Love the paper-piecing you did. So does that make this a "piece" of watermelon??? :)
Thanks for the chance at your blog candy, too!! Sweet.
<3 J

Diana said...

cute card and your salsa salad sounds very tempting

Shona Chambers said...

You make such wonderful cards, I always get so much inspiration and want to make some immediately! The card is clean, simple, gorgeous and love the placement of the twine.

Dawn T said...

such a "sweet" card Sarah. And your recipe sounds lovely.

aileen (mum) said...

Ahh wonderful card, i do so crave summer

Sunny Sue said...

Such a cute card! I've been trying to eat healthier and your recipe looks great! :)

LaurieJay said...

You've used some of my favorite things on the card..love the background stamp. And I love watermelon. :-)

Стокли said...

Lovely card for a summer birthday)

Laura Turcotte said...

LOVE that card---so pretty! Great recipe--must try this one!

Pam from Maine said...

What a cute card and the sentiment is so much fun going with it.

Janet said...

Adorable card and sentiment! ~God bless~

Michelle Liimatainen said...

Absolutely adorable card Sarah and that recipe looks amazing!!!! :)

cissi said...

Lika the card and the sentiment!

Laura Jane said...

FUN PUN! A good melon IS hard to come by:)
Thanks for the Quinoa recipe.

Stacy Kay Brais said...

What a great card, love the melon stamp!!

Cheryl H said...

Such a cute card!!

heartforhandmade said...

Just a perfect summer fruit showcased in a card. So pretty, love them

Anonymous said...

I love watermelon, and love your card too! thanks for sharing!
linda patti tpatti@windstream.net

Candy Meyers said...

Neat card. Love the use of the notepad effect.
Candy Meyers

Karen Buchanan said...

Love your watermelon card! Very cute!

Cheryl G said...

Love the dp on the watermelon and the use of those enamel dots. Fun card!

Betty Sue said...

Love your watermelon and the cute sentiment!

Shelley said...

Great job!

Jenn Biederman said...

Love it! I will have to share your quinoa recipe with my friends. It sounds delicious!

Thalia said...

I love the card, my husband LOVES watermelon, his grandparents had a watermelon farm in south GA. This would make a great birthday card for him. And your salad sounds scrumptious, gonna have to try it!

shirley-bee said...

Fab card, love the punny sentiment!

JanLee said...

Love your card, he sentiment is so cute!

Anna Jernigan said...

Wonderful card. Love that watermelon paper pieced, I would never think to do that. I am inspired to give fruit some more pizzaz, now. LOL
Thanks for the chance to win.

Dana D. said...

Very cute card. Your Quinoa salsa salad sounds so good.

Kezzia Froese said...

mmmm... I love quinoa, definitely a recipe to try! Very cute card, I love the sentiment!!

Lauren said...

Ahh, love this fun, happy little card!

brenda said...

Such a cute, simple card and I love the sentiment (and I don't like watermelon either! :))

The Hare Hutch said...

Nice card, and yummy recipe too.
Looks so fresh, both card and recipe.

Laura Means said...

Beautiful card! Love the play on words :)
Thanks for sharing!

Maureen Chandler said...

I love watermelon and your card is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your recipe too - sounds great!

Angel said...

Darling card, I love the fun flavor of this stamp set.

Helen G. said...

Your card is so pretty, Sarah! You are very talented!

Diana N. said...

Such a cute card! Great paper piecing on the watermelon. Love the pun.

Colleen said...

Great card, but I'm not a big watermelon fan myself, but your salsa salad sounds great - thanks!

Kris in Alaska said...

Wow! I've never known anyone not liking watermelon! Fun fun card though!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Lovely summery card, love the sentiment too. Thanks for the recipe!

karenelr said...

Your card is adorable! I'm sorry you don't like watermelon--but at least you don't keep it from your children--good momma! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and your creations with Hero Arts stamps!

Linda said...

What a sweet card. I love the watermelon. Thanking you for the recipe.

Laura Norris said...

Great card!

Jeanie Gregory said...

Love the card!! I have a recipe similar to that yummy! Thanks

Nichol said...

Love the watermelon stamps

Marty said...

I have not tried quinoa yet but your recipe might be a good starting place- sounds good.

rhoffer said...

Love the fun new background stamp!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wonderful clean card~

Lori Hefner said...

Very cute summer card! I love watermelon:) Your recipe sounds very yummy as well, I'm going to have to try it:)

D- said...

Your card is yummy. Love your design and color combo. TFS.
D~
http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com
dmcardmaker (@AOL)
(email & Google follower)

mtscrapgal said...

Love the card. Watermelon is my favorite summer treat so I'm sort of partial to your card. Thanks.

Alison said...

Great card and I think your sentiment is clever and funny! I love the flavour of watermelon, it is eating around the seeds that I don't like! Your salad sounds really yummy and healthy too!

marylouh said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who isn't a fan of watermelon. It doesn't like me so I avoid it at all costs. Do like it in this card.
thanks for sharing.

Raven said...

Love how you did the watermelon.

Barbara said...

Very cute card! Summer to me is all about watermelon! What a funny sentiment:)

Mary-Anne V said...

Fabulous card...love the die and great sentiment. Thanks for the quinoa salad.

Valerie said...

Love the background on your card.

Torrie said...

Your secret is safe with me, I don't like melon either! But it is fun to work with. Love your style!

Renee said...

This is a really cute card, love the die cut! I will try the quinoa salad, it reminds me of a recipe of my mom's called Texas Caviar! I know that's good so this will be too, plus the added benefit of nutritious quinoa ;) TFS!

Michele Clay said...

That background stamp & the notepad die are awesome! Just LOVE Hero Arts!!

TLady said...

Our daughter would LOOOOOOOOOVE this card too! A lover of Watermelon!!!!!!!:) I like it, but I don't go crazy for it & I like OTHER MELONS BETTER!!!!!!:) SWEET CARD!!!!!!:)

wanda hansen said...

Very cute card. I don't think I know another person that doesn't like watermelon! Love the play on words. Recipe sounds good too. Thanks for sharing both.

loulou said...

Great card, gorgeous design, love the paper piecing. Your sentiment is fantastic. Watermelon has to be eaten outside - you have to be able to spit the seeds out into the garden. The recipe looks yummy and I think we can get quinoa in a few places now.

Madeline Rains said...

We have a farm and grow watermelons, among many other veggies and they are my son's favorite! I love your card.

Phi said...

Cute card and I love your sentiment.

Chitra Nair said...

This is such a fun cute card and I love the sentiment...

Daria Z. said...

Love your paper pieced watermelon. We love watermelon here - wouldn't be summer without it.

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