Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Showcase of Vermeer's 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring' entries for the month!!

In no particular order, here is a blog roll of all the Vermeer's 'The girl with the Pearl Earring'' layouts for the month! This helps the Design Team with the judging of entries :) So hang in there, it will be a couple of days before we get back to you with all the winners !!!

Thankyou to everyone who entered this months challenge, we had 13 fantastic entries, which is a fantastic effort especially right on Christmas time, thankyou to all the ladies that entered this months challenge and for helping to make this challenge site FANtastic!!

I hope you all enjoyed the 'Vermeer' challenge and look forward to you all playing along again in January :)

Lets make 2010 our most creative year ever !!! in no particular order, I present :

Julene Matthews - Party Girl

Irit Shalom - Beautiful

Jennifer Campbell - Feels Like Home

Maria Delo - My Wish for You

Brenda Wyllie - A Little Ray of Sunshine

Mandy Dodd - Alice

Anita Bownds - Birthday Girl

Kirsten Hume - She Puts the 'Tude' in Attitude

Jacqui Miles - Purrfect

Megan May - Sweet Ellie

Lisa Kamphuis - Crazy for Daisy

Christina Aiton - Celebrate Everyday

Robin Jenkins - Sweet & Simple


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A last minute entry from .........

Mandy Dodd - Alice

Here's my take!

My daughter Paige in the role of 'Alice' from
'Alice in Wonderland' You can see her little
earring. The centre of the flower is an old
clip on earring too.

Gorgeous take on the challenge Mandy!
Your daughters photo really stands out against the darker background, and I love that flower... did you make it? This is a great example of less is more, how a simple layout can have stunning results. Well done! - Shazza

Monday, 28 December 2009

We have another entry for the month, this one is from.......

Robin Jenkins - Sweet & Simple

Hi Shazza,
I finally had some time yesterday to create this layout for the Challenge. This is a photo I took of Temple at some point during the last few weeks, and it was nice to be able to use her pearl earrings at least on the layout since I can't get her to wear earrings regularly!
Best regards,

Hi Robin!
A beautiful colorful layout.....I love it!!
What a gorgeous pic of Temple to use for this challenge :) She has such a beautiful confident smile :) The splashes of color are just gorgeous. Well done - Shazza

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Another Fabulous entry, from a newbie ........

Jennifer Campbell - Feels Like Home

Here is my take on your challenge... thanks!

My 1st time entering over at Artastic... challenge was to use a portrait type photo and an earring on the page... well, I am wearing the earring!

The Journaling reads....My New Years resolution is to make my house our home... I hope to move in soon and make it feel warm and cozy! - Jennifer

Such a soft beautiful layout Jennifer, scalloped circle and your use of bubble wrap paint adds a great touch, and a beautiful photo of you too!! Well done!! - Shazza

Thanks for you entry Jennifer, I will now add a Runner UP! prize

Entries for Decembers Challenge will close on
Tuesday 29th December at midnight SHARP!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

We would like to wish all our followers, Guest DT members and participants in the challenges a 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year'.

Thankyou all for supporting and making ARTastic an enjoyable and fantastic challenge site. We look foward to seeing you all back here again in 2010.

If you have time between Christmas and 29th December we will still be accepting entries to the months challenges!

From Shazza and the Design Team

Monday, 21 December 2009

Another beautiful 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' layout from......

Lisa Kamphuis - Crazy for Daisy

I got my mojo back last night and just had to do this months ARTatstic it is
Crazy for Daisy - portriat style pic and an earring in the lower right corner..
Thanks for a great comp
Have a Great Christmas and New Year - Lisa K

You sure did get your mojo back Lisa, your entry is just beautiful. Love your angel stamp and the stitched hearts on the side are gorgeous too :) Love the pic you worked with..... Beautiful work!
- Shazza

One more entry and a Runner Up prize
will be added for the month!!

Entries for Decembers Challenge will close on
Tuesday 29th December at midnight SHARP!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Another Fabulous entry, from another newbie ........

Maria Delo - My Wish for You

Hi Shazz,
I finally had some time to try your challenge for December, I have used Bella Papers, various laces, journalling tag, prima vine and a wooden flower clip on earring...
Thanks for a great challenge look forward to January's challenge....
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a fabulous year in 2010....

Ooh Maria, what a goegeous layout, beautiful papers and lots to look at.... love the flower clip on earring. Love the lace you have used framing the pic. Well done!! - Shazza

Two more entries and a Runner Up prize
will be added for the month!!

Entries for Decembers Challenge will close on
Tuesday 29th December at midnight SHARP!


Thursday, 17 December 2009

WOW! Another fantastic layout to share, this time from another newbie :)

Anita Bownds - Birthday Girl

hi Shazza
loved the challenge ive covered all Criteria
i wanna wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a happy new year
Hugs Anita.....

Hi Anita!
Great Layout, love the colors you have used, gorgeous flowers, love how you have journalled around your circle strip. I can see your star earring hanging on your black and white pp.
Well done! - Shazza

Thanks for the Christmas and New Year wishes Anita xxx

Monday, 14 December 2009

Heres another great layout from .........

Christina Aiton - Celebrate Everyday

Here's my layout - 2nd month in a row - looking forward to next month, thanks for the inspiration, -Chris Aiton

What an elegant layout Chris. Love your title font, your flower and skeleton leaves add a lovely touch. Well done - Shazza

Friday, 11 December 2009

A big Thankyou to our sponsor and RAKs donated for the month :)

'Picture This' winning ART prize for December


$10 spend at b2create donated by Chris Wormald


Christmas embellishment RAK prize donated by Amanda Taylor


Win Erika's Stampbooking 101 Tutorial CD

The "Stampbooking 101" Tutorial CD will walk you through techniques to create pages,
mini albums and your own embellishments, as well as tips on journaling and layout design.

When you start Stampbooking, a whole new creative world opens up to you. You'll find all
new ways to use your stamps and you'll also find a new way to scrapbook. One of the best things
about this course is that the only thing you'll need to think about for supplies is to make sure you have some photos printed.


Thanks ladies for your sponsorship and donations

for the month, its very much appreciated :)


Another gorgeous 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' entry.....

Irit Shalom - Beautiful


This is a gorgeous take on the challenge Irit, beautiful photo of your DIL, love how you have entwined the pink beads around the lace, the new prima flowers are a perfect compliment to this page. Lovely colors you have used. Fantastic!! - Shazza

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Our fifth entry for the month is from a newbie.....

Kirsten Hume - She Puts the 'Tude' in Attitude

Hi there!
I used the colours from the portrait provided and my earring is silver on the circle tag. Thanks for the great challenge - Kirsten

A fab layout Kirsten, the colors are beautiful and blend really well with your flower embellishments, ribbon and tag. A gorgeous portrait style photo. Love the title you used :)
Great work and well done! - Shazza

Our fourth entry for the month comes from.......

Megan May - Sweet Ellie

Heres what Megan said.......I liked the rippled fabric in the photo, so I used that to inspire the rippled gold ribbon on my page. The earring that I used is a bead that I got in the jewelry section intending to make a set of earrings and necklace with. The bead is next to the title, on the right hand side.

Gorgeos take on the challenge Megan, love your rippled ribblon and beautiful pp. Great photo of Ellie for the challenge. Well done!! - Shazza

Megan you were the fourth entry in my email inbox for ARTastic for the month, so you win ... a pack of Holiday fun chipboard pieces.


Monday, 7 December 2009

Our third entry for the month from....

Jacqui Miles - Purrfect

This is what Jaqui had to say...... This is my LO 
for the Artastic challenge "PURRFECT" It's of my
little girl Olivia 4 Days after she was born.
I made the frame put green and pink tulle down
the right side, I used 2 earrings and rub-ons on
the frame and then I cracked the liquid glass on
frame to make it look like the cat had scratched
it up! - Thanks Jacqui Miles:)

Hi Jacqui! this is such a sweet layout, love the
frame you made with the little mini garden along
the bottom and the cat is so cute!. Love the
letters you used for 'Olivia's' name. - Shazza

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Here is our second entry for the month.....

Julene Matthews - Party Girl

This is what Julene said........This is a photo from my daughter's 21st,hence the keys.AS it is a larger photo I am limited with what adornments I can use.The earring is inside the large flower under the red brad.It is a pearl stud.

Hi Julene, great photo of your daughter, love the black and red layout :) ......found your stud earring in the flower! The title suits your daughters 21st party, she looks like she is having a good time. Well done!! Shazza

Friday, 4 December 2009

First entry for the month, is from......

Brenda Wyllie - A Little Ray of Sunshine

Here is my entry for the Artistic Challenge, A little Ray of Sunshine.
The earrings are at the top near "little ray of: - Brenda

I love the muted colors in this layout, love your mix of flowers over the page,
you have covered the criteria with your portrait style photo and earrings.
Fantastic take on the challenge Brenda - Shazza

Brenda you were the first entry in my email inbox for ARTastic for the month, so you win ... An epoxy sheet of puffy Christmas 'Winter Wonderland' stickers by allison connors


Decembers inspiration will come from........

Vermeer's - The Girl with the Pearl Earring'

as suggested by DT member Lisa Hanrahan
.....and my favourite Artist, hence the ARTastic badge design :)

Added criteria:
1. Single portrait style photo
2. An earring somewhere on the page

Note: Vermeer's painting was actually titled "The Head Of A Girl" (1666) but is
otherwise known from the movie with Colin Firth as "The Girl With The Pearl Earring".

I hope you all enjoy this months painting and I look forward to seeing some really gorgeous entries. Will upload the DT submissions over the next few days so as you can gain lots of inspiration from their beautiful work :)

A little about Vermeer.

Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (baptized on 31 October 1632 as Johannis, and buried in the same city under the name Jan on 16 December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.

Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours, sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference forcornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

Recognized during his lifetime in Delft and The Hague, his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity after his death; he was barely mentioned in Arnold Houbraken's major source book on 17th century Dutch painting (Grand Theatre of Dutch Painters and Women Artists), and was thus omitted from subsequent surveys of Dutch art for nearly two centuries. In the 19th century Vermeer was rediscovered by Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Thore Burger, who published an essay attributing sixty-six pictures to him, (although only thirty-five paintings are firmly attributed to him today). Since that time Vermeer's reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.



Thursday, 3 December 2009

Here is our Guest DT Erika's submission for the month called....

Fast and True


The little crosses under my pics are earrings and I bought them years ago specifically to put on a page. :) I hope you like it and it fits in the criteria.

Great page Erika, portrait style photo and earings on the page all criteria covered :), love all the different fonts you used on your page and the pp is gorgeous.... Love this page!! - Shazza

Introducing our Guest DT Member for December....

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama

I'm Erika Martin and I live in Ferrisburg, VT, which is close to the Canadian border and right along Lake Champlain. I've been married to David for 12 years and have two children, Zach (10) and Elise (9). I'm a work-from-home mom as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, but also as a design team member for GinaK Designs, a reporter for Craft Critique and the Education Director for Paper Craft Planet. I love to teach and share my enthusiasm for paper crafts and all sorts of other crafting mediums through in-home classes, in my studio and also through online classes.

I've been rubber stamping for 8 1/2 years and scrapbooking for 12 1/2 years. Over the years, my art has taken on many different forms and has gone through many different phases and transformations. I've done display boards for a local craft store, worked there as a teacher and have been teaching my own classes for the last 8 years. I teach courses at an art school in southern Vermont during the summer, fall and winter seasons, as well as occasionaly teach Altered Books as an integrated art which creates a hands-on approach to traditional subjects in Vermont high schools and elementary schools. I have also appeared on quite a few craft segments for a local cable station.

One of my passions is creating commissioned work for people that enjoy what I do.

And, of course, I continue to work on my own personal scrapbooks, altered art, stamping and papercrafts.

You can find me on

Welcome to ARTastic Erika, we are all thrilled to have you join us this month, please feel free to comment on the DT submissions and entries for the month as the ladies would love to hear what you have to say about their work. Thanks Shazza


Here are some of Erika's layouts.....

Comfortable in my own Skin

Glimpses of Norway

If only I could....

No Regrets


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Winner of Tadema's 'A Greek Woman'.............

Thankyou to everyone who entered this months challenge, we had 16 entries, which was a fantastic effort, the range of layouts was interesting and diverse, and I loved seeing what everyone produced this month using 'A Greek woman' for inspiration.

I hope you all enjoyed the 'A greek woman' challenge and look forward to you all playing along again in December......... :)

It was a difficult decision this month for the voting, I took a couple of days looking at each entry before I could make a solid decision and the DT also took time with their voting. To vote we used the 1st=3pt, 2nd= 2pt and 3rd = 1pt system!!

so this is what we have all come up with ...........

The November winner of the Tadema
'A Greek woman' challenge


Robin Jenkins

with her entry - 'A Woman of Substance'

Congratulations Robin! As soon as I saw this entry I felt it had a real Tadema quality about it and just loved your background pp and the colors you used. A fantastic well deserved win!! :) Thanks for participating, you have won a $10 store voucher donated by 'Mad about Scrappin' - Shazza.


The October Runner UP! winner of the
Tadema challenge


Jacqui Miles

with her entry 'Wedding Day'

Congratulations!! Jacqui........You have won: Sam and Lucy Weave Extras teeny tiny stickers, and adhesive chipboard buttons. Kaiser Rhinestones 'Giggle' word donated by Shazza


The winner of Shelee's RAK and

picked by Shelee herself.........


Lisa Kamphius

with her entry 'Celebrate'

Your winning K &Co prize



With all the fantastic entries this month I decided to put everyone's name in for the Random Draw Prize..........and what a beaut prize it is!!

and the winner, drawn by my daughter Jenna,


Christina Rayevich

Her entry was 'You!!'

Congratulations Christina you have won a
$10 voucher from 'Scrapbooking from Scratch'


The winner of the Katy Hedger RAK,

and donated by Katy from 'Dotty Divas,

and picked by herself.........


Mandy Snow

Her entry was 'Adore'

Congratulations Mandy, you have won -

Maya Rd Albums (key and birdie) and two packets of bubble stick ons



The winner of the Tadema'A Greek Woman' submission,
as voted by the rest of the Design Team


Lisa Hanrahan

Here is her submission for the month called 'Simple Joy'

Congratulations Lisa! you have won a RAK donated by Shazza


ARTastic competition winner...........

Name these paintings by Tadema
(Correct title please)

I popped all the entries into a hat and Jenna my DD has picked

Natalie Elphinstone

Congratulations Natalie, you have won a Rak of goodies donated by Shazza


Could all the winners please email me their details to: so I can get your prizes organised and/or posted out to you.

Again, I would like to thank all the ladies that submitted entries for the month. The quality of work of some of the entries was outstanding and made it very hard to pick the winner! I am sure the rest of the Design Team would agree with me....

I hope you all get a chance to participate in the challenge for December which is Vermers"The girl with the Pearl Earring', which has just been posted.

We have a new sponsor next month and some more yummy prizes to be won!!

A BIG Thankyou to all our Sponsors for November your generous
donations are greatly appreciated :)


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Decembers Third and Fourth Giveaway....

Last month I had four ladies whom completed a layout for both sites ARTastic and From Screen 2 SCrap.

Third Giveaway

The Third lady to complete a layout for both sites will also win a Rak of Christmas embellishments............. and also go into the Random draw.........

...................... but thats not all............................

Fourth Giveaway

This month if any ladies complete a layout for both sites they will go into a hat for a Random Draw prize of a RAK of Christmas embellishments......................

so you better all get scrappin :)