Saturday, 31 December 2011

Decembers inspiration will come from the painting 'A Blessing of Christmas' by Thomas Kinkade

 
 
Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points try and
work the following into your layout.

1. A snowman=  1pt
2. A Christmas Tree = 2pts
3. Use the word 'Christmas' in your title = 3pts

NOTE - From June we are now looking for individual entries for ARTastic, you may combine your entry with a sketch but we no longer want entries that combine other challenges as we feel the ladies that do the right thing and take the time to enter independent entries are disadvantaged when it comes to winning prizes. If it means we lose a few entries, so be it!

 The inlinkz post will go up shortly!

The Design Team have put together some great submissions,
so lots of inspiration to share with you all  :)

A Blessing of Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

will close 
Thursday 29th December at midnight.
 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Here is Karens submission for the month.....

Christmas Day


and

a close up!


Hi Shazza,

I was inspired by the soft lighting in the painting that made the whole scene look a little blurry and ethereal.  I chose some darker papers and a blurry photograph, and softened the edges with gentle distressing.  I made my own Christmas trees with coordinating paper and stitching.  I couldn't find a way to add a snowman, but I thought the white spots on the patterned papers lent a snowy effect to the layout. 

Kind regards, Karen

Come Meet our Guest DT member for the month of December.....

Karen B
 
Hi :)  My name is Karen, and I've been scrapbooking for almost seven years.  I live in a semi-rural area in south-east Queensland, Australia, with my husband, 10 year old daughter and two guinea pigs.  I work full time and to relax I enjoy gardening, sewing and scrapbooking.

I've been making albums and decorating journals with memorabilia since I was little, but I first started 12x12 scrapbooking in 2004 or 2005 when I needed an album for some special photographs.  I discovered a scrapbooking store with more papers than I ever imagined - "real" 12x12 scrapbooking products!  I sought out an online forum to find out more... and I've been out of control ever since!

What I love about scrapbooking, is that it ticks all the boxes.  It's a way to preserve my photographs and memories in a meaningful way; a creative outlet; it's tactile and fun; there's no rules!  I've been so fortunate to meet some wonderful people through scrapbooking, both online and in real life, who have become very dear friends. 

Thank you so much for having me as a guest designer at ARTastic this month!

I'd love you to visit me at http://beingkaren.blogspot.com
 
Here are some of Karens favourite layouts......
Each Day is a Gift

50
 
J and Mia 
and

Dance
 
Such beautiful pages Karen, I think my favourite is J and Mia (you have used beautiful soft colors and I always love a cat layout!)
 
Could everyone please make Karen welcome at ARTastic and dont forget to check out her blog and become a follower :)
Regards
Shazza
 

Monday, 5 December 2011

Here is Karen Knights submission........

 All I want for Christmas is You


Hi Shazza,
 
Here is my layout for an awesome Dec Inspirational 
Challenge!!
 
I have added in all my diva demands :)  A tree on 
my sticker. And  the word Christmas and a Snow man 
on my title tag!! :)
 
This pic was from christmas last year, and was a 
quick one i snapped while i was trying to get Ash 
to sit nicely.. with no luck!! 
 
I’ve used all sorts of bits and pieces.. the paper 
and flowers are Prima, with a few Tim Holtz Stickers, 
Cosmo Cricket title , and making memories journal page
 
Thanks so much once again for a great challenge!!
 
Karen xxx
 

Here is Helene Bogren's submission for the month...


Longing for Christmas


Hi Shazza!
 
When I saw this Thomas Kinkade painting I had a feeling of wanting to be part of something or longing for something (to join the celebration in that house) and I thought of our daughter who is longing for Christmas this time of the year! The title of my layout is “Longing for Christmas”. I added a lot of different “Christmas-embellishments” to symbolize everything that she is longing for (which includes a snowman and a Christmas tree). To capture the colors in the painting I chose to use a patterned paper in light green (with Christmas pattern) as a background. I used some yellow mist to create some “light” and white gesso to create “snow”. If you look close you can see the yellow “light” as stars trough the “snow”.
 
Take care!
 
Cheers Helene
 

Chantelle Huizenga submission for December.....


Christmas Day



Hi Shazza,  Here is my LO for December!
 
What a stunning picture – it looks magical – could not imagine a white Christmas but it sure does look beautiful. 
Had fun with this challenge using the snowman and tree in the bunting.
 
Regards
Chantelle
 
 

Here is Cecelia Blanco's submission for December ......

Merry Christmas Tag


Hello Shazza.  Here is my submission for the december inspiration.  Again, I wanted to do something different so I decided to make a "Merry Christmas" tag.  I hope it will give inspiartion to those who do not scrap and want to join in the challenge.  There are Christmas trees on my dp and of course my super cute snowman and Merry Christmas is stamped on the bottom of the tag.  The white snowflake is crocheted by my Mom.  She sends me goodies every so often;0)  I just like to hoard them because they are all so pretty.  Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday!  Hugs xx


Cecelia Blanco
 

Amanda Taylor's submission.....

Twas the Night Before Christmas





hey shazza, here is my sub for december..........ive used some of beccis crochet creations on here........ ive got all the required criteria................the word 'christmas', snowman and a christmas tree.....................hope you like it!

Lynnda Hosni's submission for December

 Card - In the Meadow we can build a Snowman


Hi Shazza,
 
Here is my submission for December.


have a nice day!..
 
Lynnda Hosni

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I would just like to mention that this is Lynnda's last month on the DT at ARTastic.
We wish you well Lynnda and hope you continue your scrapping endeavours!
Thanks for all your submissions at Artastic!

cheers
Shazza

Here is Sarah Roger's submission for the month....

 Our Christmas Song


Hi Shazza,
Here is my December challenge. Having summer for our Christmas I always find Christmas themes hard to scrap, so it took a while to think of a suitable page that would fit all the demands, but I did it. I have pictures from the Snowman book, there is a Christmas tree on a piece of pp and the word Christmas is in the title.
This page is of our family  Christmas trip to England back in 2006. The kids fell in love with the DVD The Snowman, and the music to it was so magical just like our trip through England.  I wish all at Artastic, followers and design team members a wonderful Christmas and fantastic year ahead full of lots of scrapbooking.

Here is Debi Clark's submission for December.....

 There's No Business Like SNOW Business

Well, the Christmas month is now here & all the 
preparations are underway for our family to meet. 
Hope you are hanging up the stockings too Shazza!
 
I have attached my December LO based on Thomas 
Kinkaid's warm winter painting...love the 
homeliness & happiness it exudes.
 
I have chosen some photos of our visit to the UK in 
December 2005, meeting up with our Jade.  We came 
from our hot aussie summer to really cold, then
an icy cold winter...us aussie's didn't know what 
hit us!! Here we are in Lincoln, after finding a 
lovely hotel for the night with heavy snow all
around...and it was beautiful!
 
I have used all the criteria on my page - a snowman, 
a small Christmas tree in the journaling tag & 
my title is No Business Like Christmas Snow
Business.
 
Wishing all the lovely gals on the team, & all 
our wonderful players a bright & cheery Christmas, 
& safe New Year.
 
Cheers, Deb xx
 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Winners announced for Bacchus by Carravagio

Hi Ladies!
 
I'm a few days behind in uploading all ARTastics info for December, with working fulltime in retail and family comittments, I'm doing my best!!! Sorry for any Inconvenience :(
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Thanks to all the ladies that joined in this months challenge

We had a total of  5 entries......
 
Unfortunately, the rules state that ...
 
we are now looking for individual entries for ARTastic, you may combine your entry with a sketch but we no longer want entries that combine other challenges as we feel the ladies that do the right thing and take the time to enter independent entries are disadvantaged when it comes to winning prizes. If it means we lose a few entries, so be it.....................one entry will not be included in the prize sharing!
It looks like everyone is a winner at ARTastic this month!!!!
Well done and thanks so much for supporting ARTastic.

Well, the votes are in from the Design Team members.......

The 'Picture This' Winner for November
is 
 
Dale Tiernan 
 
with her entry
Together Forever

Congrats Dale 
You have won a $25 voucher from 
'Scraptherapy'
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The Guest DT prize
donated by Jane Howden....and 
picked by Jane herself

goes to....
Glenda T
with her entry
'Roxy Toasted'
 
 Congrats!! Glenda, you have won
 
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Random Draw Prize donated by....

DT member Sarah Rogers goes to..... 

Karen Williams

with her entry

Naturally Chilled

Congrats Karen!!!

You have won....

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Curators Choice Award
Donated by Shazza (me)

goes to
 

Ellen

with her entry 

Remember When.....

Congrats!!! Ellen you have won

 Donated by me!!

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The DT submission winner for November is....
 
Chantelle Huizenga

With her submission
 
Journey
 
 
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 A big thankyou to all the November sponsors,

your donations are much appreciated by all of us at ARTastic
 

SPONSORS for OCTOBER
Picture This winning prize- sponsored by 'Scrap Therapy'
  Guest DT RAK - donated by Jane Howden
Random Draw Prize - donated by Sarah Rogers
'Curators Choice' Award and 'DT submission vote prize - donated by Me (Shazza)

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Thankyou to all the ladies that took the time to enter this month,


Thankyou to Jane Howden for  being our Guest DT member for the month.
 
Thankyou to my DT members, who submitt the most inspiring work

We hope to see you all back again with some great entries for our next inspirational painting.....


A Blessing of Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

Could all the winners please email me their home addresses to:

shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com 

so I can get all your prizes organised :)
Note - All prizes will be posted before end of  December.



 


Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Novembers Inspiration will come from the painting 'Bacchus' by Caravaggio

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points try and
work the following into your layout.

1. Fruit or grapes on your page=  1pt
2. wine glass and or bottle on your page = 2pts
3. A bow = 3pts

NOTE - From June we are now looking for individual entries for ARTastic, you may combine your entry with a sketch but we no longer want entries that combine other challenges as we feel the ladies that do the right thing and take the time to enter independent entries are disadvantaged when it comes to winning prizes. If it means we lose a few entries, so be it!

 The inlinkz post will go up shortly!

The Design Team have put together some great submissions,
so lots of inspiration to share with you all  :)

Bacchus by Caravaggio

will close
Monday 28th November at midnight.


Looking forward to seeing some great entries this month :)

Cheers
Shazza

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

All Entries for 'Bacchus by Caravaggio' go here......



Monday, 28 November 2011

November sponsor for ARTastic!!

Our monthly sponsor at ARTastic is......



 Ladies! Please support  our new sponsor - Scrap Therapy....and when placing an order dont forget to pop in the 'Where did you find us section', that you came through ARTastic. This gives ST great feedback to know where their customers are coming from...

AND

Don't Forget they offer express post  for a low $6.00 and you get a nice little gift in your order if it is over $60. Great reasons to go check out their extensive range and fantastic prices!!!

Cheers
shazza


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Looking for some new Guest DT's for 2012

Hi Ladies!

I'm looking for some new 'Guest DT's' for 2012, if you think this would appeal to you, please email me a link to your blog and attach a few of your favourite layouts to shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com.

Being a 'Guest DT gives you a chance to showcase your stuff, comment on entries, and vote at the end of the month.

I would love to see some new ladies join in!!

Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Here is Helene's submission for the month....

Helene Bogren - Team Building at Daddy's Work


Hi Shazza!

First I must say that I feel so happy and honored to be a new member of the ARTastic DT! Thanks a lot for the opportunity!

I had a lot of fun with this layout. As I couldn’t find any appropriate embellishments that I liked I chose to create some fruits myself. I draw them by hand on patterned paper and colored them with Distress Ink to make a 3 D effect. The grapes are made using Paper Piecing technique. Inspired by the painting I also wanted to have some black/dark colors and white on the background. I used mist in three dark colors (purple, brown and green) as well as black mist and ink. The white fabric is represented by the white doily. As the pictures are taken in a cottage in the countryside and not in a “Baccus milieu” I added some tree patterned paper as photo mats and some deer (thought the deer needed some explanation… ;)

Cheers Helene

Come meet our newest DT member at ARTastic.......

Helene Bogren








BIO:
I have always loved playing with colors in different ways, which has resulted in hobbies like interior design, to design and sew clothing, and gardening/garden design. When I found out about scrapbooking that quickly became my new passion! I just love the colors, patterned papers, trims, embellishments, mists, and so on… When scrapping I like to use a lot of different mist, ink, acrylic paint, gesso, masks, and stamps on the background. I also like to use dies and punches, and to cluster the embellishments. I LOVE challenges and when I create for a challenge I try to capture the feeling in the picture, and not only to pick up the colors. I think that makes it even more fun!

I live in south of Sweden (with my husband and our almost three year old daughter). Since I started my blog I have found out that scrapping has a fantastic side effect – you get to know people from all over the world and gain insight into what it’s like to live in other places! I love that! So of course I hope that you will pop into my blog and write a few words – and perhaps become a follower..! 
(http://helenesscrapsida.blogspot.com/)

Here are some of Helenes gorgeous pages.......

 Loppis

 Regnig Semester 1

Skon
and

 Untitled

Could everyone make Helene welcome at ARTastic and dont forget to check out her blog at  
http://helenesscrapsida.blogspot.com/
and become a follower :)

Jane's submission for the month....

Jane Howden - Relax

Our Guest Design Team Member for November is........

Jane Howden



Hello everyone.  I’m Jane Howden.  I live on the beautiful central coast of NSW with my husband and two children.  I have been busy producing both paper and digital layouts based around my family and myself for about seven years now and scrapbooking has become my form of creative therapy. I feel it is important to document our lives for future generations as well as for ourselves.   My style is always evolving as I try new techniques but I tend to lean towards a linear style with a clean, simple look.

One of the things I enjoy most is a good challenge so I feel very honoured to be guest designer on ARTastic this month. I’m sure you will agree we all have way too much “stuff” in our stashes and a good scrappy challenge is the perfect opportunity to use some of them up!  The added bonus is you get to see the results in some inspirational layouts produced by wonderfully talented woman from all over the world (and you might get to win a prize along the way!). 

Please visit me on my blog - http://scrappiecesofme.blogspot.com/

 Some of Jane's favourite layouts......

 10 months

 Happiness

 Love

 Pieces of my Heart 

and
Sweet Thing

Please make Jane welcome at ARTastic and please dont forget to pop on over to her blog and become a follower.
I love your 'Love ' page Jane, the pp is just divine and love the ticket stubs you used....just beautiful!

Here is Sarah's submission for November......

Sarah Rogers -Barossa Valley


Hi Shazza,
Here is my page for the November challenge.
One of the things I love about living in Adelaide is living so close to the Barossa Valley, I do like my drop of red.  The painting of Bacchus very much suited a winery page, the grapes, the bottle and glass of wine and the little black bow on the journaling tag. A couple of months ago at a craft fair I was lucky enough to come across the grape vine chipboard, perfect for this page. Look forward to seeing what others have come  up with.

Here is Lynnda's submission....

Lynnda Hosni - Spring

Debi Clark's submission.....

Deb Clark -Wine, Woman and Song


Hi dear Shazza,
 
Please find my page title Wine, Women & Song from 
this great inspiration of Bacchus, by Careveggio. 
Love the rich colours & sumptuous feel to the
painting.
 
I have chosen a photo of my Jade & her 'friends' 
at Mde Tussards, & used that rich style colour 
to accentuate the photos.
I have made my own grapes, using my Copic Markers, 
have wineglasses in both photos & a wineglass 
embellie, & have made a paper bow, that my friend 
calls 'a bow, when you cant tie bows'!
 
I hope we get a wonderful group of players this month. 
I think a great inspiration.
 
Thank you for organising this fab blog as usual.
 
Cheers, Deb 
 
 

Chantelle's submission......

Chantelle Huizenga - Journey

 
Hi Shazza, I’ve attached my LO for the November challenge.
 
I’ve used the criteria as embellishments; printing out some vintage cards with pictures of the grapes and wine bottle.  Thanks – this was a fun challenge.
 
Have a great weekend.
Regards
Chantelle 

Here is Cecelia's submission for November......

Cecelia Blanco - Thankyou Card


Hello Shazza :0)

Here is my DT submission for November. I wanted to do something a little different this month so I decided to make a card with the criteria. Hope everyone enjoys!

Cecelia

Here is Amanda Taylors submission......

Amanda Taylor - I need to be more Sweet......


hey shazza..... here is my layout for November........ loved the painting....................... ive got all the required criteria..... fruit or grapes(cherries on the buttons), wine glass or bottle(on the stamped image on the tag) and a bow(above left of the photos....... this is a bit of a self healing layout for me, the journalling is quite personal so ive hidden it......... thanks shazza

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Winners announced for 'Dr Jekyll's Hideway' by artist Maryanne Jacobsen

Hi Ladies!

Thanks to all the ladies that joined in this months challenge, you all did a fabulous job of the spooky artwork :)

We had a total of  8 entries......
It looks like everyone is a winner at ARTastic this month!!!!
Well done and thanks so much for supporting ARTastic.

Well, the votes are in from the Design Team members.......

The 'Picture This' Winner for September
is

Drum Roll Please!!!!!!
Helene Bogren

with her entry

Scary Feel

Congrats Helene!!! you have won a
$25 voucher from 'Scrap Therapy'

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The 'Picture This' Runner UP! for October

is

Helen B
with her entry
Oh No, not toad for Tea Again'

Congrats Helen!!! you have won a 'Tattered Angels Pack'
donated by 'Scrap of your Life'


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Winner of the Random Draw prize 
donated by DT member Sarah Rogers 
is

Julene Matthews
with her entry
'Handyman Houses'



Congrats Julene!!! you have won...


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Winner of the Random Draw prize 
donated by DT member Debi C
is

Jolanda
with her entry
'The all Seeing Eye'


Congrats Jolanda!!! You have won...

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Winner of the Random Draw prize 
donated by DT member Michelle Lark
is
Jane Howden 
with her entry
Amongst the Headstones


Congrats Jane!!! You have won.....


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Winner of the Random Draw prize 
donated by DT member Amanda Taylor
is

Melinda Johns
with her entry
'Princess'


Congrats Melinda!!!! You have won.....


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Curators Choice Award
Donated by Shazza (me)

goes to
Karen Willimas
with her entry
'Spooky Treats'


Reason - Loved Karens theme on Spooky Treats and loved her spooky tree!!

Congrats Karen!!! You have won.....


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The Guest DT prize
donated by Dale Tiernan....and 
picked by Dale herself

goes to....
Glenda T
with her entry
'Where Thou Art'

Congrats Glenda!!! You have won.....

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The DT submission winner for September is

Karen Knight

With her submission
'Trick or Treat' 
Congrat Karen!! I will send you some scrappy goodies :)
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A big thankyou to all the OCTOBER sponsors,
your donations are much appreciated by all of us at ARTastic

 

SPONSORS for OCTOBER
Picture This winning prize- sponsored by 'Scrap Therapy'
Picture this runner up Prize - donated by 'Scrap of your Life'
  Guest DT RAK - donated by Dale Tiernan
Random Draw Prize - donated by Michelle Lark
Random Draw Prize - donated by Debi Clark
Random Draw Prize - donated by Sarah Rogers
Random Draw Prize - donated by Amanda Taylor
'Curators Choice' Award and 'DT submission vote prize - donated by Me (Shazza)

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Thankyou to all the ladies that took the time to enter this month,



Thankyou to Karen Knight for  being our Guest DT member for the month.
 
Thankyou to my DT members, who submitt the most inspiring work

We hope to see you all back again with some great entries for our next inspirational painting.....


Bacchus by Caravaggio

Could all the winners please email me their home addresses to:

shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com 

so I can get all your prizes organised :)
Note - All prizes will be posted before end of November