Saturday, 3 September 2011

Blog Hop: Art From the Heart Birthday Weekend

Hi, hi, hi.

Today I'm taking part in a blog hop to celebrate the10th birthday celebration of Art from the Heart.
As well as being the place I got to attend two amazing Dina Wakely workshops, Art from the Heart is actually one of the few remaining independent craft shops in the whole of our region ... and that's definitely something worth celebrating!
If you want to know more about the 'big birthday bash' happening in the actual Art from the Heart store next weekend then visit owner Dyan's blog for the full details. But back to today ...
  • There are 5 separate birthday blog hops happening across the internet themed around brands stocked at Art from the HeartDylusions; Tim Holtz; Ranger; 7Gypsies and ...
  • Stampotique - which I'm a part of!
  • And you should have reached my blog from the Lisa Sparkle And Stamps blog;
  • There are letters to be collected on your way around ... and you can be in with a chance of winning a prize once you've collected them.
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OK then, here's my Stampotique project created especially for today's festivites:
 The layout features my favourite Stampotique stamp ... the adorable [in my eyes!] Heads are peeking out all over:
 I stamped those at the top directly on to the cardstock [Ranger Inkssentials Manila 12x12] with Distress Inks then heat embossed a panel of the little guys down the left side. I then used a paintbrush to swipe and flick Dylusions inks over the top bfore wiping the excess away so the faces re-emerged from the darkness ...
 Here the Heart Shirt chap peers around the corner catching me photographing myself  ... long story. As usual the wording is snipped from an old book:
Here's a little [very little] explanation of what I was doing:
In this page I finally found the ideal use for an old mirrored watch face I bought well over a year ago:
And, last but not least, more wording from an old book and a vintage postage stamp. [You've come to expect nothing less though, haven't you?]
 If you're new here and you missed out on my recent blog series 'Going Postal', check out my sidebar where there's a fully linked list to all the postal-themed posts which included lots of projects and inspiration].

Finally here's a re-cap of the Stampotique stamps I used on my layout:
They're Heads and Kitty by Daniel Torrente and Heart Shirt by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney
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Now here's those prize-winning details you'll need:
  • the letter you need to collect from me is 'N'
  • this is part of an anagram of a Stampotique product;
  • once you've collected all of the letters in the Stampotique hop, you will end back to Dyan's blog;
  • then you need to follow the instructions to email your answer to Art From the Heart's Ben by 6pm Sunday 11th September.

  • Your next stop-on-the-hop is to Gez of Gezzy B's Jots where you can collect your next letter.

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I'd love it if you took a minute to leave a comment before hopping-on and if you're new here 'Hi' - you're welcome back here any time.

Happy hopping!

See you soon.

Julie :-)

80 comments:

Clarky J said...

Julie what an amazing project! thanks for being part of the hop you are awesome!

Jo.C said...

Love the photo and the stampotique works so well with it. TFS :0)

flutterbycrafter said...

This is wonderful, lots going on, such art, fantastic

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Love this page and further to going Postal recently found my childhood stamp collection in a box at my mothers, some lively and lovely stamps there

Juliwan said...

fab blog will be back later for a proper look thanks

Sandra said...

OMG, this is the first scrapbook layout I see with Stampotique. I love it! All of it! so many techniques and layers!

Jayne C said...

This is just beautiful!! I love Kitty peeking out from behind things!! x

Emma said...

lovely project :)

Helen said...

This is amazing! I love those heads too..

AssiCrafts said...

Love it!!! xoxo

Gez said...

Fabulous LO in every sense.. so much to look at.. PERFECT ♥♥

Missusg said...

i definitely need to come back and spent some time here!!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous project!
Sarah x

inkypinkycraft said...

Fab ideas love all the faces, trace x

Angela Weimer said...

What a fabulous layout and picture. Love everything about it and how you used the stamps. Absolutely gorgeous.
Angela

Bilko said...

What a great blog. I love your work. You have another follower. Loved the mirrored watch face. Well, loved it all.
Melva Bates

Sue said...

Oh what a FANTASTIC use of the heads stamp............love it!

Anikraft said...

Certainly the most amazing scrapbook page Ive ever seen. You got yourself another follower!

Kirsten Alicia said...

This is a brilliant proect. I love the heads.

Craphty said...

I keep putting very similar comments on the blogs but they are all so great. What a fab layout you have done you could just hang it on the wall.

Bonita Rose said...

this is so beautiful.. and u are right that heads stamp is a must have! hugs xo

Martha Richardson said...

I'm so impressed...I love you LO!

Rachel M said...

Your layout is absolutely stunning!

Cheryl said...

What a fun LO! TFS

vixen said...

Amazing :)

Gabrielle said...

This is really lovely. at first glance it is understated but the more you look the incredible details come out - think this is very beautiful x

Dylan said...

Fabulous layout, almost makes me want to scrapbook, lol. I did say Almost.!!! Seriously a gorgeous entry. Thankyuou for joining in. xx

Julie J said...

Love all those little details in your LO

Lizzybobs said...

loving this thanks for sharing - love Liz - Happy hopping

Jimjams said...

Brilliant page - love the stamps peeping out!

Jane said...

This is interesting. I love what you did with the heads, creeping out of the dark.

Georgie Horn said...

I dig the step-by-step instructions to your page. love it!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wonderful LO, love how the characters are all peering around your image, fabulous . Tracy x

Artyjen said...

Fabulous page...gorgeous :)
xoxo Sioux

Minxy said...

OMG Julie, this is totally AMAZING.. i dont scrapbook so to me this is like totally inspiring

Sarah (UKS Smelly) said...

wholy cow. This is a stunning LO. Well done

Sandra Hall said...

A fabulous layout! :D

Tammy Tutterow said...

Wow! What an absolutely stunning page! I really love all of the layers and detail!

Sarah Anderson said...

This is FaNTaSTiC! I especially love the way heart boy is peeping out from around the photograph :)

Marianne in MD said...

This is stunning! just perfect!

Pamela Jane said...

Very fun layering and use of materials!

thekathrynwheel said...

I absolutely love your project. The stitching, the ink splats, the stamping - it's all wonderful. It has been composed so imaginatively, it's really different :-)

Lynn W. said...

This is really lovely - there's something special and unusual everywhere you look on the page.

Lynn Wild

sherRae said...

Love how to misted your piece!

ajsartjournal said...

Wow! your project is awesome.
Congratulations
Big love
AJ

Anonymous said...

My kind of scrapbooking.You are so talented!

Charis said...

Gorgeous work! Just found your blog via Glittershim on twitter. I'll be back & I'll recommend you to my mum as she's a paper crafter & I think she'll find your blog inspirational.

karen said...

wow what a great layout. LOVE IT. very inspirational and a new way to use the stamps

SunnyB said...

Hi there, a great layout and soft colours with a striking image. I am not a Stampotique fan but I am inspired to try your colour scheme with my other stamps. Thanks

Sara said...

Love it, it never occurred to me you could use stampotique on a layout [may have to have another try at scrapbooking now], I love the heads stamp as well - Sara

Sid said...

Great use of the stamps Julie !!

She said...

Hi Julie. I LOVE this LO...Gorgeous and what a great use of the stamps.. S xx

Aisling said...

Lovely page, full of detail!

Kim Dellow said...

Totally stunning LO! The piccy, the stamping the details and texture are perfect. So eye catching. Love it! Kim

Sue said...

Everything about this is just ...... so perfect. Just keep looking and looking - love it

Kirsty said...

1. I *love* the way you've used the head stamps (and others) on this.

2. Have I mentioned how impressed I am that you seem to get so much use out of the stamps you buy? But without them looking samey in any way.

3. This may be my new favourite Layout de la Kirk.

4. That cat is hilariously bedraggled-looking, and has made me realise I do have a sort of thing about the pathetic loveableness of wet cats.

x

Karin said...

Fabulous layout I love your very clever page.

Gill J said...

Really beautiful - your page is gorgeous

Michelle said...

Great project, love your colour scheme and the stamps are fab! x x

Siobhan Brignull said...

first time here I love your work it is stunning...x

Brenda said...

Fabulous LO from a great photo.

Willy said...

Brilliant lay-out and great use of the Stampotique stamps!

Fiona said...

Well, Julie, this is awesome. LOVE how you've used these stamps on a LO!

Laura said...

Fantastic Creation very fresh looking. Love how you have used the stamps!

betjunroe said...

Love your scrapbook page! The heads remind me of ET! Bette

Lara said...

LOVE this! The inky-ness, the spooky stamps and the subject - all amazing.

Craphty said...

Comment no 2 this is scrapbooking? But not as we know it. I think I could enjoy scrapbooking like this. Just might have a try.

windycindy said...

Your project is very indepth and caused me to think a lot.
Very nice!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anne said...

Amazing. I will definitely be back for a further look around your blog.

Carmen said...

Oh blimey I'm so behind on your posts (House move, business move, holiday) think I completely missed your postal series. LOVE this page though - especially what you did with the heads with the purple! I keep looking at that stamp... you may have persuaded me! (Love Stampotique, making an art doll at mo inspired by one *g* Would that be a copy and paste?)

Plume said...

WOW! I am impressed! great photo, great layout and what a fun way to use those lovely stamps!

patcrafts said...

This is a fantastic LO just love the way you have used the stamps so creative and inspiring.

Louise said...

i'm playing catch up Julie! and i spy with my little eye...a fantastic page! love your use of the stamps and all the clippings xx

Janet Wilson said...

love this

kjjc said...

fabulous lay out Julie. Love the inkiness of it.

Milla said...

Oh I'm happy to leave you a comment as I love your project, it's so gorgeous! I'm loving all the details!

Beatrice said...

FAB project

jennifer said...

I can see how much work you've put into this layout, all the layers are fantastic. But Stampotique stamps freak me out. Just saying. Don't ever jump out from behind a cupboard door brandishing a Stampotique stamp, you'll creep me out. Though I guess, to be fair, I should be more freaked out about how you'd got into one of my cupboards...

Karen Fees said...

WOW! I am impressed! great photo, great layout and what a fun way to use those lovely stamps!

Michelle Hernandez said...

Stunning!! I'm now on love with that stamp which is strange because I don't like figurative stamps- love how it was used here!! Thanks for the tip- I always forget I can use clear heat embossing to get that fab effect.