Sunday, 27 December 2009

The Stamp Man Blog Hop, Candy, and Award Event

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and welcome to the Stamp Man's first blog hop.  Not that it's a just a blog hop!  Oh no, this is a special award event too, and a place to win blog candy.  To hop in the direction of the beat you need to start at the Stamp Man's blog so head over there if you came to me first.  If you're already hopping you should have come to me from the lovely Lisa's blog, Lisa's Craft Garden

Jill's wonderful idea is to share a project of your own from this year that is your best or favourite.  Isn't that a lovely idea!  A kind of show and tell of your best work.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what people choose to share.



For me, my favourite work has been art journalling.  I finally got going with it this year and discovered that it's an amazing stress reliever.  I've had a tough year with work and illness and found a quiet, peaceful space in my head when working in my art journals.  Splattering paint, spraying and smooching ink then cutting and sticking my favourite images are my favourite things to do and I get to do them all in my journals!!  I'm not a great journal writer, more of a 'colourer in' :)



I particularly like splatting paint with the adirondack paint dabbers :)  VERY satisfying!!  And I love getting the paint/ink to dribble down the page :)


It's also been a great excuse to buy new stamp images and I now have a better collection of Tim Holtz stamps, amongst others!! 


 
To get this award for yourself, head over to the Stamp Man blog for the info, and don't forget to leave a comment and link to your own favourite/best crafting project from 2009 whilst you're there!  We're looking forward to visiting you to see what your best crafting project has been.



Now if you fancy winning some blog candy, my giveaway is ... [imagine drum roll here :)]

 your choice of one Aspects of Design stamp sheet

So if you've been longing for Tracey's fairies or butterflies, or Kay's flowers and dragonflies, here's your chance!  Although there are lots of other yummy sheets available too.  Click here to have a look.

The code/letter you need from me is
Y  

At the end of the hop you'll be back with Jill where you'll email her with the answer.

And you now need to hop over to see the cheery Christine on her blog 'Ladylace's Crafting Space'.  But don't forget to leave me a comment before you go - you need to leave a message on ALL the blogs to be eligible for the prize. 

Happy Hopping :)  You've got until Sunday 3rd January 2010 midnight [GMT] to play so plenty of time to join in.

97 comments:

  1. Lovely art journaling Sarah. I'm really enjoying this blog hop! Jo x

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  2. Love your journalling project and enjoying the bloghop !

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  3. That is fantastic, Jo!!! I need to buy some notbooks soon and I plan to decorate them, what you have done looks really fun to do!

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  4. Beautiful journal Sarah, the colours are devine and the whole project lovely.

    B x

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  5. Beautiful journaling work Sarah. This is something new for me to try.
    Hugs
    Christine xx

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  6. Thanks sarah.ive tried to email janet too!love your art journal.i must get some notebooks.
    debbie xxx

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  7. Not something I've tried but very different and arty looking, I like it.
    Jenny x

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  8. Lovely colours - really enjoying all the inspiration on this blog hop!

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  9. Oooooh.... I LOVE your work...so creative and so beautiful!!

    And now...hop, hop, hop...to the next blog! :)

    Saskia

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  10. Wondeful journal - will have to try those splats with the daubers!

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  11. Great journaling, can see you really do enjoy it. Enjoying the blog hop, thanks for the letter and now I'm off to find some more.
    Kim xXx

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  12. Hi Sarah, not really seen much art journalling before so this is a real treat! Glad that you have found creativity so helpful - I know what you mean about making a little, happy place in your head. I find that crafting makes stress just that little bit less intense. Must go hop, thanks for making this possible and for sharing your gorgeous work, Jo x

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  13. Glad to see you're part of the hop Sarah. I'm really enjoying this way of looking at new crafters artwork-a really fabulous idea!
    Your art journal is beautiful, love all the bold colours and splattered, grungy effects which look stunning.
    Happy New Year and hope you had a lovely Christmas. Fliss xxx

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  14. What a lovely journalling project. I too know about illness and how my crafting helps me so I am glad it has helped you as well.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. Thank you for the chance of winning this blog candy. I would love to be in with a chance of winning as I would put it to good use for my cards that I make to sell to raise funds for different charities. Here’s wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.

    Best wishes,

    Kym xxx
    http://kyms-crafty-cards.blogspot.com/

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  15. Love your journal pages! I'm a journaler too!

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  16. Your art journal is gorgeous Sarah! I love what you have done.

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  17. Sarah your journalling is brilliant - I'm just getting my head around it tto and having lots of fun on the way xx Hilda

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  18. Thanks for introducing me to journalling - it has taken a back seat lately but I need to get back into it - like NOW. Always loved this page of yours.

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  19. Sarah, I love your Journal, and I agree with you about the stress free way off crafting, hope 2010 is kinder to you and your health, Hugs Avril xxx

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  20. Beautiful. Love the colors and images on your journalling.

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  21. amazing work - i would never have thought to do it but its gorgeous! :) x

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  22. really love to see this journalling, am in awe as i dont understand the how and why, yours are cooool, luv Georgy Girlxx

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  23. Ooh art journalling is something I really want to try. Fabulous blog! :)

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  24. Love this Sarah and I think this is something new for me to try in 2010!
    Pat xx

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  25. I art journal too and I love it! I am part of several Yahoo groups for art journalling, so I have a deep appreciation for the piece you have chosen as your favourite piece of the year! Thanks for the blog hop! *Candace*

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  26. ooooh, I love your backgrounds, will definitely have to have a go at those :)

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  27. Wow, beautiful journeling projects. I am impressed!!

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  28. Lovely artwork well done, I am enjoying looking at all the work on my way on the blog hop. x

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  29. Wow, what wonderful creations - the colours are fabulous!
    :o)

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  30. Hi from another art journaling fan :-)

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  31. Sarah ~ Those pages are absolutely stunning and because I know you inside and out, I can really see YOU in these pages...well done my friend!

    xx

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  32. What a wonderful stress reliever and such gorgeous results from it too.. what a wonderful art journal :)

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  33. Oh I got sidetracked and didn't get round to do anything about this. But it's lovely to see your art journal again :-)

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  34. Oooh - I just love those splattered paints - if it wasn't almost bed-time I would get my paints out and have a go! Your work is unique and inspirational.
    Love, Sylvia x

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  35. Wow, your art journal pages are stunning. I'm wanting to try something like this but don't know where to start! Your work is beautiful. Looks like you have a good eye for colour. Lovely to visit you on the hop. Gez.

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  36. What an unusual journal, very arty.

    Lovin' your blog.

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  37. Your art journal looks great, not tried anything like that yet.

    Sue

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  38. Very nice art journal! Gotta run for now though *wink wink*

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  39. Sarah isn't it amazing how what what would normally be considered a mess to one is a masterpiece to someone else. And your journal is just that! At first glance, its a mess but to get the whole picture it is a masterpiece and honestly I loved it once I saw the whole page!
    I'll never throw my messes away without viewing them through different eyes. Thanks now on hopping.

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  40. Love the paint splats happy 2010 thanks Julye

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  41. This is something new to me - it looks fascinating.
    I am enjoying the 'hopping'

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  42. The journals are beautiful, I want to have a go at that in the new year. Love Elizabeth xxx

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  43. Love your journal, really inspirational

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  44. Love your colour combinations, beautiful work.

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  45. Thanks for sharing your art journalling....can just picture the fun with splatting and dribbling!! LOL
    xoxo

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  46. Fab work, and so different,gorgeous....
    x
    Vicky

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  47. I have yet to try journalling myself but what you've done here is amazing!

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  48. Now maybe I should get out my boring notebooks and decorate them. Thx for the inspiration Sarah
    hugs
    Ildiko

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  49. Have yet to try journaling not sure where to start. Your pages are very inspiring love all that green. Blog Hop is taking me along at the moment but plan on coming back.
    Happy New Year

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  50. Another fabulous piece of eye candy. I am loving this blog hop and picking up so many inspirational crafty ideas.

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  51. Brilliant...love the journal x

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  52. Art journalling has got to be my next challenge, You have certainly inspired me. Just wish I lived nearer for a class! Hopping on now!

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  53. This is very artistic Sarah. I'm loving this blog hop.

    Kat x

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  54. Love your Blog and the colours you use. Loving the Bloghop, too :)

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  55. Love your work it's so unusual but inspirational too.

    Lynn x

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  56. WOW! These art journal pages are super neat! I really love them! What a great idea!!! They are fun colorful and unique. May you find health and less stress in the days of 2010!
    Thank you for the op to hop along! I am following along and would love if you would hop over and check out my blog and follow me along as well!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
    and
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS
    HUGS
    Rach
    Queen La Rubba

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  57. Very inspiring Sarah! This could be my next project and all thanks to you!

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  58. Fantastic. Love this blog entry. Wondered when I would get to your page!

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  59. Love the notebook, its fab hun, well done, thank you as well for the stepping stone for the hop xx

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  60. Lovely projects, stunning colours you have produced.

    Pat xx

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  61. Hop, hop, hop....oooooo I love your style....hop, hop, hop!

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  62. Sarah, absolutely BEAUTIFUL. love your style! so glad i found you on the hop - i have you bookmarked now and will be following for regular inspiration!

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  63. What an interesting project. I will be back to look at your blog properly.
    I am so enjoying this blog hop.

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  64. Jouranalling - is it as addicttive as I'm told - how long can I resist? Wonderful work as ever Sarah

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  65. Hi there,

    Never seen this technique before but I can see how it would be relaxing and liberating. They are gorgeous.

    Hugs Ali x

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  66. just love this blog hopping - best wished for 2010 - lesley x
    http://lesleyscards.blogspot.com/

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  67. Hi! I just found my way back to your blog from the start of the hop. It's been such fun. Love the journalling work you do - maybe 2010 is when I'll give it a go.

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  68. I have not heard of an art journal.. something else for me to add to my list of things to try. They sound like a lot of fun.

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  69. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year

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  70. Super art journaling project. Very striking.
    Hugs
    DAwn xx

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  71. Love your Journal, and your blog is super!
    This is a great blog hop!

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  72. Wow I've never seen art journalling before Sarah - this is beautiful. Wish I had the imagination to do it, it really is gorgeous. Hopping off Liz xx

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  73. Love the journalling! Very creative!
    Happy New Year
    SuzyX

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  74. love your art journal. Something I wish I could do! HappyNew Year

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  75. Great blog. Happy New Year. Tess x

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  76. Lovely Journal Happy New Year

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  77. I just love the overall effect it's beautiful !

    Kate x

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  78. This is were I found the stampman blog hop, while reading about your calendar. I am trying to see if I can do it in one day.....

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  79. Gorgeous journals. Love the colours and the effects you get with the different techniques!

    Kimmi x

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  80. Your journal looks wonderful. Something I've always wanted to try but never got round to.

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  82. Happy New Year Sarah
    I just luv all the different techniques you use, great use of colour too! Fab journal!
    Shell :)

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  83. Happy New Year - I'm on the Blog Hunt but I have book marked your blog so I can return later.

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  84. I've enjoyed this blog hop and all the inspiration along the way. Happy New Year to you and your family, all the best Teresa.

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  85. What a wonderful blog you have Sarah. This lovely hop is giving us the opportunity to visit some lovely ones that I shall certainly return to.

    You journal is brilliant and something I'd love to have a go at.

    Lesley Xx

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  86. It was extremely interesting for me to read that article. Thank you for it. I like such themes and anything connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

    Kate Smith

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