Monday, July 22, 2013

Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Blog Hop


Welcome to the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop! If you've been following along, you should've arrived from Deborah Nolan's blog. Hero Arts will be awarding prizes randomly drawn from all comments. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on any of the blogs along the hop on any day this week, including the posts at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning! If you find a broken link, you'll find the master list of hop links at the Hero Club Blog. Please report any broken links to blog@heroarts.com.


My card features a beary cute couple picnicking at the beach. Don't you love the sparkly water? Teehee! I used four different Hero Arts stamp sets to create this little scene: an Archiver's exclusive stamp and die bear set (previously used here and here), SmileYou Are Hip and It's Your Day. I put one of the cameras from Smile on the girl bear's lap and I stamped the glasses from You Are Hip on the boy bear. The sentiment is from It's Your Day.


A picnic isn't complete without delicious food so I'd like to share one of my beary favourite recipes. LOL! I make this quite often because it's quick, easy, nutritious and oh-so-delicious.

BLUEBERRY OAT BARS
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cup Quaker Oats, uncooked quick
  • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
How to make it
  1. Heat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Grease 11 x 7-inch baking pan.
  3. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add butter and mix until crumbly.
  5. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture on to bottom of prepared dish.
  6. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, combine blueberries, granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in medium saucepan.
  8. Bring to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes uncovered and stir occasionally.
  9. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Mix well.
  10. Gradually stir into blueberry mixture. Cook and stir about 30 seconds or until thickened.
  11. Spread over partially baked base to within 1/4 inch of edge. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture.
  12. Press topping down into blueberries slightly.
  13. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
  14. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.
  15. Store tightly covered.
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I've been fortune enough to have had several Hero Arts projects picked up for publication in various issues of Paper Crafts magazine. As a way of giving back to the stamping community and to thank Hero Arts for their generous publication incentive program, I'd like to offer the following prize to one of you! Just leave a comment here on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 26th and Random.org will choose a winner to be announced here on Saturday, July 27, 2013.


Thanks so much for stopping by! Your next stop along the Hero Hostess Summer Picnic Hop is Sarah J. Moerman!

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judkajudi said...

Oh, your bear card is adorable!! Love that recipe; delicious and nutritious? A winner!! I'm enjoying sharing this picnic with you!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Love your bear couple, Em! And your recipe sounds delish! So fun hopping with you today!! No need to include me in your drawing - great prize though!!

Caroline said...

Love those bears, so so cute!

Barbara said...

Love the details you used on your adorable bear card. and thanks for the recipe...I plan to make these this week because I had a surplus of blueberries and was wondering what to make!

Chark said...

congrats on your publications and thanks for sharing. cutest card!

Ann Kulseth said...

Love the winking bear - makes me want to go on a picnic soon. Thanks!

Renee said...

Sweet card & the recipe sounds like a must try! I love anything with blueberries!
Hugs, Renee

Leesa B said...

So adorable those summery bear pals. Beary Sweet card! Thanks for the yummy blueberry recipe, they are my favorite summer fruit!

Heather Maria said...

Oh Emily your card is absolutely adorable, love the cute scene you've created! I can tell by reading the ingredients that I'm going to LOVE your blueberry oat bars - thanks for the recipe:)

Terri said...

Adorable card. Those bears are absolutely cute. And thanks for the recipe as well!

VikkiCH said...

the sparkle shows in those bear eyes! thanks for the give-away!

Gunilla/Nilla said...

This is a cute card for sure!

Kathy said...

oh my goodness... everyone is going to be clamoring for those bears. Love the card awesome and perfect for the hop. The recipe sounds delicious too. Great hopping along with you. Hugs, Kathy

Dana said...

Those bears are soooo cute!!! Your recipe sounds yummy!!!

CinnamonSally said...

Love your cute bear card Sarah and thanks for the recipe sounds yummy, I will definitely have a go at these!!

Susan said...

Love how you used pieces of different sets, the camera and glasses go perfectly with the bears!

Cindy C. said...

Thanks so much for sharing the adorable card and the delicious recipe!

Kelly Massman said...

darling card and yummy recipe!!!! the bears are darling-the boy reminds me of my son and his funky glasses!!! :-) TFS and for a chance to win!

Dorothy C. said...

Your card is adorable! The recipe sounds very yummy. Please don't include me in the giveaway as I already have the stamp. Thanks

margaretart said...

Amazing how to pieced all of those little bits together! So cute!

stacie d said...

Love your cute card and the recipe sounds so delish.

Marlou McAlees said...

what a cute cute card!!!! ♥

rcwidow (Linda) said...

So cute!

Craftyfield said...

Those bears are sooo cute! Great recipe too...

Moid Ali said...

Love the bears :D

Lin said...

As a former bear collecter, I ADORE your card, Emily! And your blueberry bars sound delish!

Pam W Merwin said...

The little bears are darling - love what you did with them - they are dressed up mighty "purdy" :) Love the background too!

snappy scrappy said...

Super cute!!

Kailash said...

Love your bears, beary adorable, such fun glittery water too!! Simply cute:-)

Pat said...

What a beary cute card! :) And your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance to win the gift, too...

joy said...

So, so cute, Emily! I love that you added the camera and glasses to the little bear couple. And, your recipe sounds just delicious.

Thanks for the chance to win some goodies, too!

adele holcomb said...

Beary adorable card!

Libby Hickson said...

Love your adorable card Emily, and I'll certainly be trying that recipe, it sounds super yummy!

jordanbev5 said...

The bears' card is adorable! And thank you for your generous giveaway!

Sue McRae said...

The bears are too cute...I especially love those glasses on the boy bear!

Martha Green said...

Adorable bears and the recipe sounds great too.

Velvet Pearson said...

The bears are really cute! Thanks for a chance to win some lovely Hero Arts product.

Karin R said...

Really like the glitter to draw attention to your card!

Kathy (krolski) said...

Love the bears, Em! Super cute card and the recipe sounds delish too!

Yolanda said...

Adorable bear couple and great recipes.. thanks.

cheiron said...

These little bears are TOO TOO cute!!! I love the colors on your card. And your recipe sounds wonderful!

judy said...

I love your adorable card and I want to try your recipe for Blueberry Oat Bars!

Wendy said...

Absolutely adorable card! I'll have to try the recipe...sounds yummy!

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

Cute bears - yummy bars

GrammySue's Creations said...

Your card is too cute and your blueberry oat bars sounds yummy. I might make some of these sometime this week.

Annheidel said...

Very cute and the recipe sounds delicious!

creationsnz said...

cute card. sorry, got distracted by the recipe, oh yum.

Sally said...

Cute card and yummy recipe.

richardbreaks said...

Such a happy card. You could mail me some bars, any day!

Susan said...

Love your bear card! And the recipe sounds fabulous! Certainly the right season (up here in NY) for a good blueberry recipe!
Thanks so much for the chance to win! It's wonderful of you to share to celebrate your publication success!

Sue Brailey

Judy1223 said...

Aw, look at those adorable bears hangin' out by the water...such a cute scene!

Petti said...

that's a very cute card! And thank you for the yummy receipe I gotta try one day!

Carol Perry said...

Love those cute bears on your card. Too cute! Your blueberry bars sound so good. Love the summer months.

Debstamps said...

A great share Emily, and a beary fun treat to try!

Teresa W. said...

Love your cute bear card! The recipe sounds yummy and I love blueberry. Thanks for sharing

Gina said...

Such adorable bears! And I love how you added touches from other stamp sets, too. Isn't sparkly water the best kind?!

Ava said...

Emily, what took longer - your card or the oatmeal bars?! The card is just so sweet!!

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

sweet bears, I love your card so very cute and great healthy recipe yummmm!!

Brenda said...

I just adore the spectacles Emily! Gorgeously cute card! And thank you for that recipe, sounds yummy and nutritious which is what I needed after the killer Baked Bean recipe on Deborah's blog!

Cathy A said...

You can't beat a teddy bears picnic, like the recipe idea too!

Barb Ghig said...

Absolutely adorable card, Emily! I love how you created the ocean and those little bears are just darling!

Thank you so much for the recipe, and for a chance to win...so generous of you!

lostinpaper said...

These bears really are too cute Emily and those blueberry oat bars sound awesome, thanks for the recipe!

Ann Marie said...

Love how you added the details on the bears. Thanks for the chance to win.

Auror Willow said...

Those teddy bears are too adorable!

Kim M said...

Those bears are so adorable! Love it! Love the strip of glitter too. Nice of you to offer up an extra prize. :-)

Robin Cooper said...

Your bear card is very cute. Your bars sound fabulous! thanks for the added giveaway!!

rommelsmom4 said...

Such cute bears. Great card and recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Jingle said...

Emily, your card is so adorable! I love the little camera in the girl bear hand!!!

jcappetta said...

Adorable bear-and delicious recipe-can't wait to try it out!

donna mikasa said...

Those bears are too cute! I was wondering why I haven't seen them--we don't have Archiver's here! And your blueberry bars sound heavenly!

Unknown said...

Those little bears are so precious! And your recipe sounds delicious!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a cute and cuddly couple on that card. And, thanks for the recipe too.

Efrat said...

Beautiful fun card.

Barb said...

That recipe sounds soooo delicious, Em! And your card could NOT be any cuter! Love it!!

Maeghan M. said...

What sweet little bears!!! tfs!!!

Judy Tuck said...

Cute little bears to go along with your "beary" wonderful recipe!

keeleykats said...

Adorable card! Love those bears! Thanks for the recipe!

Shirl said...

The bears are just too cute! Love the nerdy one especially! :))

DanielleMW said...

Such a cute card. :) The recipe sounds delicious, too.

Mrs_Mac said...

Just gotta love the bears. Such a sweet card.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

D-D-D-Darling! I love this cutie card, it reminds me of a song from my childhood called teddybear picnic! I want to go to this teddybear picnic and eat oat bars!

Tammy said...

Your bear card is so cute! Love your coloring!

ivy said...

Adorable!!

Susan Lang said...

Beary beary cute. Love the orange dot paper.

Suzanne C said...

Adorable sweet bears and love his stylish glasses! Super sweet card! Your recipe looks yummylicious!

Lindsey said...

What a super-sweet card! It's the details that really make it for me -- the glittery water, of course! as well as the little camera and retro-cool specs. And can't forget to mention the boy bear's pocket and girl bear's fashion top! :)

Cindi said...

The bears are so cute. Fun card!

Deborah Nolan said...

Love these little bear tourists! And your recipe looks mighty tasty!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

Cute little bear card Emily!!! Yummy recipe too.

cghundley said...

Oh this is one
cute card! Love the
glasses on the bear.
Carla from Utah

Gabby Lou said...

These little bears are so cute....your card is über cute!! Fun fun card! Congrats on your publications...you are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

Sue D said...

this is so cute--love the sparkling water and thanks for the recipe.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Alexia Misso said...

Those bears are absolutely cute and cant wait to try out the recipe! Thanks!

Tracey said...

What a super adorable card!!

tammy b said...

that recipe sounds delish, will have to give it a go. thanks for your generosity!

Janet Mack said...

These bars look like a good for you snack. Cute bears.

Cheryl said...

Your bear card is adorable! Thanks for the recipe too, it sounds Soo good!

SandiL said...

How cute, love the quirky teddy bear picnic theme. Recipe looks very yummy!

Jen W. said...

Those bears are adorable and your masking and colouring are impeccable as always! And the sparkling water is awesome!

Miriam Prantner said...

Those little bears are adorable! Love how she is winking and love the bold, colorful patterns! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies too!

Kathy Rosecrans said...

So cute! and i plan to try your recipe!

karenelr said...

Oh how adorable--your bears card is so awesome--thanks for sharing! I have been wanting a sunburst stamp for a long time--thanks for the chance to win Hero Arts'!

Robin said...

That is just the cutest card! You did a fantastic job of putting everything together.

brenlubrant said...

Anyone would love to receive your little bear's card. The little bears are just adorable.

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Adorable card, Emily! Coloring perfection!

Indy said...

cUte! Those bears are darling! Congrats on being published! :)

pcm said...

how cute are those bears? those glasses are the perfect touch! and the recipe sounds yummy...

Ohana in Bend said...

i love your bears on the beach! so cute!!!

Barb said...

The bear card is just adorable! Thanks for the great recipe!

RedGem said...

What wonderful news.. congrats on your publications and thanks for sharing such a cute card!

TenSGal said...

Wow! Great card! So very cute! And congrats on your being published!!!

The recipe looks wonderful, too...thanks for sharing!!!

Susan

Katie said...

Such a darling card. Love the glasses. You recipe looks yummy.

ValByDesign, Valerie said...

Cute, cute, cute card, Emily! And oh my gosh those bars sound amazing!!!! I'll be back tomorrow from my computer so I can print that baby out!!

Greta said...

Darling card & what a neat prize! I've had my eye on that stamp & can never have too much bling!

Karen L K said...

First of all you card is very cute. You did a great job with the bears and adding the camera & glasses really adds to it. Congrats on being published and thanks for offering up a prize. Those blueberry bars sound very good.

stamplover2011 said...

Super cute bear card!

Tiffany G said...

Super cute card!! Those bears are absolutely adorable!! I'm def. going to have to try out your recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!

the doghouse said...

great card...

Francesca said...

Your card is soo cute! I would never be able to make such a nice one!

Pam said...

Adorable card! Love the bears!

justasiam said...

What a cute card!

Karen said...

Your little bears are so sweet! What a cute card. Thanks for the recipe - sounds good.

Arlene said...

That's a beary cute card. Love those little bears. They are so cute.

That recipe sounds scrumptious!

Dana Nelson said...

Congratulations!!

craftvithme said...

Fun card, Emily!

Thanks for the recipe and additional chance to win :)

Congrats on your publications :)

Vithya

marking said...

What a cute card! Need to try the recipe too.

SmokieBlueRose said...

Loved the way you dressed up the bears with different stamps. That is such a cool idea and cool thing to do!!

Pamela Selinski said...

OMG that card is darling. I like the recipe too. So many goodies (stamps and food) so little time.

Amber Bracken said...

Super Cute!!!

jengd said...

Stinkin' cute! And the bars sound delish- thanks for sharing it all.

Lorraine M. said...

Adorable card! And, thanks for the recipe, too:)

Kathy Mc said...

What a fun theme for a blog hop! Your "bear" card is adorable with the camera, glasses & sparkling water. Your blueberry oat bars sound fabulous. TFS, Emily!

cm said...

Fantastic theme for a hop you and the team have cooked up for us! Thanks for inviting us to share in the treats! Your card is absolutely darling! Love those little critters. And your recipe...swoon! Blueberries and oatmeal = winning combination! TFS
c

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a cute card! Thanks for sharing both the card and recipe :)

Carol said...

Such a happy card! Sure to brighten someone's day.

Janis said...

What a cute bear couple!! The boy bear with the glasses is just adorable.
Yummy....I love anything with blueberries!!
Double Yummy...a chance for some blog candy, too!!! Bliss....
<3 J

Diana said...

Your card is so cute and the teddy bears are adorable. Your blueberry oat bars sound delicious.

Mandy said...

Your bear card is so so cute, I love it.

Kavitha Vadhri said...

very cute card and nice of you to share the details and its interesting the way you presented. iam your new follower and thanks for the chance.

Dawn T said...

this is very cute Emily. I've never seen this set before. I love the recipe too.

aileen (mum) said...

Thank you so much for such a beautiful card. Its so cute.

Sunny Sue said...

Such a darling card! And that recipe - nom nom! :)

LaurieJay said...

It's a simple design but oh, so adorable. That's a great use of the sparkly blue tape - I think I have the same tape and haven't used it much. But now I'm getting ideas.....

Tracy Ercole said...

Very cute!!!!

Стокли said...

Your tart recipe sounds delicious!

Laura Turcotte said...

Great card! Great recipe--yummy!

Pam from Maine said...

I love how you used so many different resources for your card. You have them going together perfectly. I like the look on them sitting on a dock and, yes, I love the sparkly water. What a fun card.

Janet said...

Love your adorable card and a must try recipe...thanks a ton! ~God bless~

cissi said...

Aw, such cute bears!

Laura Jane said...

Just happen to have some FRESH picked blueberries on hand...Thanks for the recipe.
LOVE the bears at the beach...beary sweet couple!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Love this!

Stacy Kay Brais said...

What a super cute card!!

Cheryl H said...

Your bears are Adorable!!

heartforhandmade said...

What an adorable bear couple. So sweet, love them

Candy Meyers said...

Really cute card. Those bears are adorable.
Candy Meyers

Karen Buchanan said...

Love these little bears! Too cute

Cheryl G said...

So Cute!! That sparkly water really caught my eye! Very happy card!

Betty Sue said...

Great fun card!!

Jenn Biederman said...

So adorable, Emily! I love those bears! I will HAVE TO try those bars...they sound wonderful! :)

Thalia said...

What cute cards and a yummy recipe!

Shelley said...

So cool!

shirley-bee said...

Your bear card is so cute, and the bars sound delicious! I must try that recipe :)

JanLee said...

Your card is darling! So cute! Have to try the recipe too!

Anna Jernigan said...

Those bears are adorable, love the wink, how cute! Gorgeous card, great colors. Thanks for chance to win anything!! Woohoo!

Dana D. said...

Darling card. Those bears are so cute. The blueberry oat bars sounds really delicious and I'm going to make these soon.

Kezzia Froese said...

Very cute card, love the little bears. The Blueberry Oat Bars sound delicious and really simple too!

Patricia said...

Beary adorable card, Emily! Wish I were at the beach! Your recipe sounds yummy too. Will give them a try.

Lauren said...

Those bears are so stinkin' cute! Great card.

brenda said...

Your card is so adorable and I love how you used different sets to create it!

The Hare Hutch said...

what a cute and sweet card.

Laura Means said...

Adorable card! Love the bears :)
Thanks for sharing!

linf54 said...

Such a cute couple and super cute card!

Maureen Chandler said...

Darling card - it would be perfect for our newest grandbabies - 9 month old twins - a girl & boy! Thanks for the recipe too - I am so going to make that!

Angel said...

Darling card, the bear couple are so sweet. And you are so sweet to offer an add'l giveaway. Thank you.

Helen Gullett said...

What a cute card, Emily!

Diana N. said...

Darling card. Love the glasses you added to one bear.

Colleen said...

What an adorable card you made, I just love the cute little bears and how you added things to them from other stamp sets - so super cute! Thanks for sharing it!

Kris in Alaska said...

It's a "beary" sweet card!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

What a sweet crad. Love the bears. Thank you

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Your bear card is adorable Emily! Love the added details as the camera and glasses. Thanks for the recipe too! Love blueberries.

Laura Norris said...

Love those cute bears!!

Jeanie Gregory said...

I really liked how you used different stamp sets to make this card, it is adorable. The recipe looks so good I will make them we love things like this!!! Thanks

Nichol said...

Those little bears are so cute

Marty said...

The bears are adorable.

rhoffer said...

I love the little bear stamps! Also can't wait to try this recipe--what a fun idea for a blog hop!

Lori Hefner said...

Love the little bears and blueberries! Thanks so much for the recipe and the chance to win:)

Alison said...

What a beary cute couple - I love his glasses! I also particularly love the sparkly addition to your card. Your recipe sounds great - I could easily make that for my twin two year olds, minus the walnuts - thanks for the inspiration!

Vicki Dutcher said...

How cute are these chubby bears! Great coloring too

D- said...

Oh my these are two adorable bears. Love your cute card. TFS.
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mtscrapgal said...

The card is cute. Love the critters. Thanks for your nice giveaway.

Raven said...

Yum, and your card is really cute.

Renee said...

They ARE a beary cute couple!! Love the glitter tape for water!!! Your oatmeal berry bars look awesome, thank you for sharing them with us.

Barbara said...

Your card is so cute, snuggling bears!! The recipe looks good and looks like it feeds an army! Worth a try!

Mary-Anne V said...

Adorable bears...love the shimmery water and the glasses.

Geralyn said...

Your card is adorable, and the blueberry bar recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for a chance to win some goodies.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Very cute and hip cub couple.
I just made a very similar oat and blueberry crumble but put pecans and lime zest in mine.
Congrats on your publications!

Valerie said...

Such a cute card!

wanda hansen said...

What an adorable card. I have been trying to make an anniversary card for my daughter, you have given me just the inspiration. Your bars sound absolutely scrumptious! I have a grandson spending the summer with us that just loves anything blueberry! Can't wait to give them a try.

TLady said...

SUPER CUTE!!!!!! AND those little bears have THE SWEETEST LITTLE FACES & EXPRESSIONS!!!!!!!:)

loulou said...

Totally adorable card. Love the bright & fun colour combination and the great colouring of the cute bears. Thankyou for the delicious recipe too.

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