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Archive for May 5, 2012

The Art Of Wild Abandonment Bloghop

A BIG HUGE WELCOME to ‘The Art of Wild Abandonment Bloghop’, brought to you by a selection of bloggers from the wonderful online course ran by the inspirational Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen. When I first brought up the idea of a bloghop I was a little nervous as I had nooo idea of the amazing response this would receive. I am so pleased that so many of you wanted to join in the fun and have come along today!

This workshop has really taught me to step back and look at the beauty and the potential to create and be inspired by the world which is right upon my doorstep…both inside and out.

We have an utterly FANTASTIC lineup for you, with over 50 blogs all sharing some fabulous creations from Journal Pages to Watercoloring, Mixed Media and More. All of this work has been inspired by the wonderful things we learnt from Junelle and Christy throughout our workshop. As you will see this really has been such an inspirational workshop for so many of us. For me, it really changed my creative process and is THE BEST online workshop I have yet taken (and there’s been a lot!!!!) ….just waiting for the follow-up now Junelle – hint, hint!!!! ūüėČ

I never go anywhere without my sketchbook now, I’m always looking to capture the simple everyday moments as life passes by. Never worrying what the finished article may be, I’m just enjoying the moment…me and my pencil…pure bliss.

To follow along the Bloghop is easy, all you need to do is follow the links from one Blog Post to the next. You’re starting point is here at www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com and if at anytime you come across a broken link or lose where you are, just pop back here and refer to the complete running order posted below. You should then be able to find the correct link to the blog you are looking for and get back on track. Along the way, don’t forget to leave a comment on all of the lovely blogs you visit. I have a prize up for grabs of 3 PanPastels, which has been kindly donated by UK based retailer Creative Moments and can be posted anywhere in the world! The winner will be chosen randomly from all the comments left on any of the blogs on the bloghop from now until 11:59pm BST on Sunday 6th May 2012, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you will have to win! I will post the winners name/comment here at www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com on Monday, so make sure you pop back to see if you’ve won and to claim your prize!

Now, you’ve probably heard enough from me, so let’s get the fun underway and start hopping!!!! The first blog I am sending you over to is ‘My Scraptastic World’ which is the fabulous blog of Angie Ibbott Blom…..I can’t wait to see what she’s been upto! Happy Blog Hopping everyone!

‘The Art Of Wild Abandonment Bloghop’

Claire Smillie https://clairesmillie.wordpress.com/

 Angie Ibbott Blom http://angieblomdesigns.blogspot.ca/

 Tracy Cedara Dunn www.thrutheatticdoor.com

 Kay Boespflug http://www.nordljusfollowyourstar.blogspot.com/

 Marsa Fisher http://www.gcstampingirl.blogspot.com/

 MotherDanaSt John http://www.stjohnstudios.wordpress.com/

Janice Richie www.janrichie.com

 Torri-Curtus Burtenshaw http://www.grumpydogsworld.blogspot.com/

 Susan Thomas http://www.mywritings-ariel.blogspot.com/

 Cheri Andrews www.cheriandrews.blogspot.com

 Jenna Alexander http://www.prairiemountainlife.blogspot.ca/

 Christine Piazza http://www.cmcscrap.blogspot.com/

 Chrissy DiMaria Farnan www.myhootdesigns.com

 Maria Levine http://www.riacreations.blogspot.com/

 Stephanie Schutze http://www.scrapmanufaktur.blogspot.com/

 Jan Chau http://noodlita.tumblr.com/

 Becky Voth http://www.scrapateenygirls.blogspot.com/

 Valerie Herbert http://www.valsartstudio.blogspot.com

 Valerie Weller http://www.twig2neststudio.blogspot.com

 Gina Lee Kim http://ginaleekim.blogspot.com/

 Kimberly Sturrup Roberts http://www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com

 Rebekah Farr http://www.bekahjan.com

 Michelle Daigle http://www.thepaperdog.blogspot.com/

 Joanne Freeman http://sjjtst.blogspot.com.au/

 Vicki Robinson www.greeneyedladydesigns.com

 Carin Cullen http://createdwithlove.typepad.com/lifeasweknowit

 Judy Hardwick www.bepresentbereal.blogspot.com

 Jeanie Dickinson http://jeaniesdesigns.blogspot.com/

 Kim Gigot Stanford http://www.lularoo.blogspot.com/

 Kelly N James Webb www.mypunksmom.com

 Donna Peter http://orangalicious1.blogspot.ca/

Michelle Little Smith www.gingodesigns.blogspot.com 

Karen Maldonado www.reallifeinpictures.blogspot.com 

Stephanie Ward Frisby www.lilnefie.blogspot.com 

Sheryl Callan Meilahn http://sherrae-paperpatterns.blogspot.com/ 

Ulrika Blomfelt www.lillblommanskapar.blogspot.com 

Olga Valls Bassa http://muasdcolorines.blogspot.com.es/ 

Deborah Suriano Mahnken http://fishbowl.typepad.com/ 

Ingrid Opgenhoff http://ingridsart65.blogspot.de/ 

Esperanza Beltran http://esperanzabeltran.blogspot.com/ 

Becky Lesher Grundei http://beckythoughtsncomments.blogspot.com/ 

Marilyn Johnson www.marilynjohnson.blogspot.com 

Becky Handforth www.becky.handforth.blogspot.com 

Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/ 

Ashley Summerlin Murphy http://ashleysartcloset.blogspot.com/ 

Goog Guarino http://journeyofamermaid.blogspot.com/ 

Becky Thomas Lane http://hillcountryliving.blogspot.com/ 

Sherry L Coogan http://myfavoritethings-slc.blogspot.com/ 

Meagan Boone http://myjoyfulartstudio.blogspot.com/ 

Fran Pascazio http://kindredspiritspartdeux.blogspot.com/ 

Paty Shaulis http://flyinthecoffeart.blogspot.com/ 

Julia Monroe www.allsparkledup.com 

Janet Terrien Bracewell http://janetb-designs.blogspot.com/p/art-and-journals.html

Jodiann Cates http://jodianncates.com/

Ann-Margaret Arnold http://www.annmargaretsvisions.com/

Linda Barutha http://livelaughloveretreats.com

Margaret Stewart http://piecesofmyheart-ladyquiltsalot.blogspot.ca/

Kelly Hoernig http://www.artfuldandelion.blogspot.com

Camilla Olsson www.bitznpicez.wordpress.com

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Designed With Love…

Having so much fun with lots of new surface pattern designs. Just had to show you this wallpaper I created ūüôā

This design is also available in my Society6 shop as an Iphone/Ipad/Laptop cases and skins, Stationary Cards, Art Prints (Framed or unframed) and Stretched Canvases!