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:

jo-in-oz said...

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

Sid said...

Love your journalling project and enjoying the bloghop !

☼ Cheryl* said...

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!

brenda said...

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

B x

Christine said...

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

Debbie Dolphin said...

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

starcyl said...

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

Josephine said...

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

Saskia said...

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

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

Saskia

Sally H said...

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

Kim. said...

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

Dotty Jo said...

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

Fliss said...

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

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

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/

Lindart said...

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

Jenny said...

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

crafty creations said...

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

Neet said...

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.

Avril Ann said...

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

Linda64 said...

Beautiful. Love the colors and images on your journalling.

Wilma said...

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

georgina said...

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

Lisa said...

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

PatR said...

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

kandistar said...

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*

KayG said...

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

Debbie said...

these are all great

mulberry station said...

Wow, beautiful journeling projects. I am impressed!!

Julie Riley said...

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

Lynne in NI said...

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

Annette said...

Hi from another art journaling fan :-)

Julie Ranae said...

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

Merry said...

Love your journal.

Nikki said...

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

thekathrynwheel said...

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

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

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

Gez said...

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.

Christine said...

What an unusual journal, very arty.

Lovin' your blog.

stampingsue said...

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

Sue

mgcreative said...

wow, nice splatting!

Sherry Goodloe said...

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

marysanders123 said...

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.

JulyeB said...

Love the paint splats happy 2010 thanks Julye

Glennis said...

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

ElizabethR said...

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

Claire said...

Love your journal, really inspirational

Rosemary said...

Love your colour combinations, beautiful work.

Artyjen said...

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

Vicky said...

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

AliMayes said...

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

Ildiko said...

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

Zoechaos said...

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

Pringle99 said...

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

Albajane said...

Brilliant...love the journal x

jane said...

lovely journaling
x Jane

Sue Abbott said...

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!

Kat said...

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

Kat x

Yvonne said...

Lovely journaling!

Cath Wilson said...

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

Lynn said...

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

Lynn x

Queen La Rubba ~ Rachael Doxsee said...

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

Shairon said...

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

Laura said...

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

judie said...

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

Pat said...

Lovely projects, stunning colours you have produced.

Pat xx

Erika said...

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

Leah the Orange said...

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!

Mary said...

Gorgeous colors!
hugs
Mary

bettyt said...

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

Janet Wilson said...

Great art journal

samjcocur said...

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

Ginger said...

very nice

Dragonlady said...

Hi there,

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

Hugs Ali x

Lesley said...

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

Helen said...

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.

Ruthieann said...

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.

Craftnut said...

Thanks for the inspiration. Happy New Year

craftykitten said...

Super art journaling project. Very striking.
Hugs
DAwn xx

Charlotte said...

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

liz said...

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

Susan said...

Love the journalling! Very creative!
Happy New Year
SuzyX

Tracy said...

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

Tess said...

Great blog. Happy New Year. Tess x

Debs said...

Lovely Journal Happy New Year

Kate T said...

I just love the overall effect it's beautiful !

Kate x

Cath said...

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.....

Kimmi said...

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

Kimmi x

Lynne K said...

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

Lynne K said...
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Shell said...

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

MimiAnn said...

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

treesawardincrafts said...

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.

craftimamma said...

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

Phred said...

fab projects

lv toria

Anonymous said...

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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