Friday, 30 October 2009

Attention!! all ARTastic Blog Followers.....

Followers of ARTastic challenge blog here is a great opportunity to become a Design Team member. I don't want friends, I dont want family.......I want one of my Followers :)

I am looking for a new DT member, and I want to fill this spot asap.

Requirement is one monthly submission, comments on entries, voting on entries, and suggestions for monthly challenges.

If you are interested, please email me with some of your favourite layouts attached and a link to your blog. A little bio about yourself, your favourite artist and why?

I am looking for someone that is enthusiastic, loves scrapping, is organised and can meet deadlines. Please email me at: shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com.

I will leave this post up for a week, closing date 5th November

Good Luck :)

Cheers
Shazza

Vincent Van Gogh - Branches of Almonds

Luckily for me, I always read the comments added by my Design Team and Followers daily. Jackie had posted this comment.
Jackie said...

Hi!! I just post my LO at my blog! Hugs!

So, I took the time to look at her layout, which was stunning, she used another of Van Goghs paintings 'Branches of Almond' to showcase her home....... and it was too beautiful to not hang in the ARTastic Gallery.


Jackie - There Is No Place Like Home




This is what Jackie posted on her blog:-
My dear Friend Shazza, is hosting this great challenge at her blog...Is about creating a LO based on Vincent Van Gogh paintings..for my My LO I choose "Branches of Almond" because It reminds me my beautiful Island!

Jackie you have done a fantastic job of your layout and how beautiful is 'Puerto Rico'. Sadly, I can't enter you for the 'Starry Night' challenge, but your work was too beautiful to be left out of the gallery :) I love the colors and how you have sectioned it all off. Fantastic!! - Shazza
P.S Jackie put the kettle on, we're all flying over for a cuppa!

TFL
Shazza

Showcase of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' inspiration for the month!!

In no particular order, here is a blog roll of all the Van Gogh 'Starry Night' layouts for the month!
This helps the Design Team with the judging of entries :) So hang in there, it will be a day or so before we get back to you with all the winners !!!

Thankyou to everyone who entered this months challenge, we had 21 entries again, which is a fantastic effort and I can only thankyou all for participating and for helping to make this challenge site FANtastic!!

I hope you all enjoyed the 'Van Gogh' challenge and look forward to you all playing along again in November......... :)

Lisa Kamphuis - Boo

Tracy - Sarahs 1st New Years Day

Natalie Elphinstone - O Holy Night

Jessica Germaine - On Another Starry Night

Sonia Bowers - Knight in Shining Armour

Jacqui Miles - Go Red for Womens
Health Day


Joanne Powell - Summer Splash


Gladie - Autumn Nebula


Irit Shalom - My Best Time

Brenda Wyllie - Wizard


Robin Lachnit - Night Owl

Anita Bownds - Shhh


Vicki Benoit - Bedtime Stories


Michelle Beeby - Sleep Tight

Anat Simon - Shhh!! Everybody's Sleeping


Nicole Goodwin - Owl

Megan - MAaron


Robin Jenkins - Beautiful Dreamer


Tanya Delaine - By The Sea

Mandy Snow - Love where I Live

Marisa Page - You're My Star

TFL
Shazza

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

3rd prize added to the prize pool :)

Thanks Anat for your entry, I will now be adding a 3rd place prize to the list of prizes, that now makes 5 prizes this month for ARTastic. More prizes to share amongst the entrants. Sorry the pic is a bit dark, I took it late in the afternoon

Sam and Lucy - Weave Extras



Cheers
Shazza

Artist for October is Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist whose paintings have had a far reaching influence on 20th century art.

Many of his pieces—including his numerous self portraits, landscapes, portraits and sunflowers—are among the world's most recognizable and expensive works of art. Little appreciated during his lifetime, his reputation increased in the years after his death. Today, he is regarded as one of history's greatest artists and an important contributor to the foundations of modern art. His younger brother Theo continually provided financial and emotional support. Their lifelong friendship, and most of what is known of Vincent's thoughts and theories of art, is recorded in the hundreds of letters they began exchanging in August 1872.

Van Gogh suffered from anxiety and was unsettled for most of his life. He spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers in The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England. An early vocational aspiration was to become a pastor and preach the gospel; he eventually worked as a missionary in a poor mining region in Belgium. In 1879, he began to sketch people from the local Belgian community drawing scenes from ordinary life. In 1880, he took formal art classes, which included the study of anatomy, still-life and landscape. He began to paint in 1882 with the encouragement of his cousin-in-law anton Mauve. By 1885, he was living in Nuenen, where he painted his first major work, the Potatoe Eaters. At the time, his palette consisted mainly of sombre earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later work. In March 1886, he moved to Paris where he discovered the French Impressionists and made his artistic breakthrough. His work developed rapidly and grew brighter in color. He quickly developed a uniquely recognizable style, one fully realized by the time he departed for Arles in February 1888, having painted over 200 paintings.

Van Gogh did not begin his career as an artist until he was about 27. During his last ten years he produced more than 2,000 pieces, including around 900 paintings as well as 1,100 drawings and sketches. Most of his best-known works were produced during his final two years, amid recurrent bouts of mental illness. He died at the age of 37 from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The inspiration for your layouts will come from this sample of his art work
called 'Starry Night'


Cheers
Shazza

Monday, 26 October 2009

Another entry from Israel, from..........

Anat Simon - Shhh!! Everybody's Sleeping


Hi, Im Anat Simon from Israel.Here is my entry for October challenge. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE INSPIRATION.

Hi Anat, what a great page, love all your stitching, and how cute is that photo. The yellow stitching on the purple really stands out!! You have done a great job of the challenge. Well done!! - Shazza

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Thanks Anat for your entry, I will now be adding a 3rd place prize to the list of prizes, that now makes 5 prizes this month for ARTastic. More prizes to share amongst the entrants.
I will get the prize organised this afternoon :)


Entries for Octobers Challenge will close on Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!

Cheers
Shazza

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Last days to get your entries in for Octobers competition and challenge!!

We have 4 more days to go till Octobers 'Starry Night' challenge ends!

I only now need one more entry to add a 3rd place prize!!!

So, come on there's still time :)

That will mean 5 prizes for the month :)

More prizes to share with you all!!

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Do you know your Artists and Paintings????

Below is a sneak peak of the painting we will be using for inspiration in November. Email me the Artists name and Title of the painting to go into a draw for a RAK of goodies!!




Email answers to shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com (ARTastic October Comp in subject line)

Quiz closes midnight Friday 30th October.

All correct answers will go into a hat and a winner will be drawn

Prize = RAK of goodies

Cheers
Shazza

Saturday, 24 October 2009

We have a great card entry from.........

Jessica Germaine - On Another Starry Night

This is what Jessica had to say..........
I'm in the process of making my Christmas cards, so
when I saw the
painting, it made me think of
another 'starry' night.
The words at the top say:
On another starry night.... "When they saw
the
star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
Matthew 2:10
I used my cricut almost exculsively
for this one. I used cuts from
Winter Woodlands for
the church, houses and the trees. and from Joys
of
the Season for the stars(tiny snowflakes.) The moon
is a simple
circle. I popped up the moon, and the
trees (after putting glitter glue on them), and
I
cut 4 or 5 of the larger 'stars' and just layered
them on top of
each other. I have colored all over
the front with the clear Spica
pen, so there is a
shimmery effect all over the card.

I hope you like it.

Hi Jessica! What a lovely Christmas card using Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' as
your theme. I love the cuts you used from the 'Winter Woodlands set, and love the
glittery trees. Actually, this has given me an idea for some Christmas cards
aswell. Well done!! and thanks for participating :) - Shazza

Entries for Octobers Challenge will close on Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Looksee! Looksee! Another piece of Art work from......

Tanya Delaine - By The Sea


hiiiiii...oh my!!!!! I love your blog challenges........so my take on van gogh's starry night....
hmmmm....I went with a STARRY sea??? .... hope you enjoy it as much as i had fun making it....
thanks for letting me play along!!! - Tanya

What a great take on the challenge, a very arty piece indeed. Love all the underwater bits and pieces...and what a great underwater photo........very clever and well done!! - Shazza

Entries for Octobers Challenge will close on Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!

ARTastic October Competition - for a bit of fun!!

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Open to ALL Followers of this blog site.
(DT members excluded this time !!)

Do you know your Artists and Paintings????

Below is a sneak peak of the painting we will be using for inspiration in November. Email me the Artists name and Title of the painting to go into a draw for a RAK of goodies!!




Email answers to shazzaalleyes@hotmail.com (ARTastic October Comp in subject line)

Quiz closes midnight Friday 30th October.

All correct answers will go into a hat and a winner will be drawn

Prize = RAK of goodies

Cheers
Shazza

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Sorry, one other thing I forgot to mention.............!!

If I receive three more entries for the month, I will add a 3rd place prize.

You still have a week to get your entries to me!

That will mean 5 prizes for the month :)

More prizes to share with you all!!

Cheers
Shazza

Look at this Fab layout, from another 'Newbie"......

Robin Jenkins - Beautiful Dreamer


This is what Robin had to say.........
Hi Shazza,
I guess it would help to talk a little about how the painting inspired me to do this layout. When I first logged onto your site and saw Starry Night which we've all seen before, I looked at it in a different way, because now I was looking for the inspiration to do my own interpretation. I immediately thought of this picture that I had of my daughter, Temple, and knew it would be perfect to convey the idea of dreaming on a starry night.

Great Layout Robin, love your title with the different fonts. Love those swirly stars and the colors you have used in this layout blend together so well. I wonder what 'Temple' is dreaming of...... Great interpretation! Well done!! -Shazza

Entries for Octobers Challenge will close on Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Heres another great layout from another newbie ....

Megan - MAaron


This is what Megan said..........I was inspired by the brush strokes and the swirls. I love that about VanGogh - that you can see all the brush strokes. I had this photo of my daughter that I had done a Lomo action on in photoshop. I loved that the photo had dark blues and purples and bright oranges. So, it went perfectly with the starry night color scheme. As I was working on the page I was thinking about what to title it. I was going to say something about the cantaloupe she is eating, but decided that Starry Night was Van Gogh's masterpiece and my daughter is my masterpiece so it is a perfect fit! There are microbeads on the background and sparkles on the stickles of the letters that echo the stars.

Hi Megan, I love the colorful photo up against the dark background, it looks cool! A perfect title for your page. Well done!! Thanks for participating - Shazza

Entries for Octobers ARTastic Challenge will close on .... Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!

You still have just over a week to get your entries in :)

Cheers
Shazza

Monday, 19 October 2009

Another 'Starry Night' inspired layout!! From......

Nicole Goodwin - Owl


This is what Nicole said........I thought of the night not too long ago when I saw an owl (Bob or Terry?) in our neighborhood. I love using stars on my scrapbook pages and have a million star brads so I decided to use those for embellishments. My journaling, which I wrote in caps because I love the font in the Where the Wild Things Are previews, says, Seeing this owl in our neighborhood put me in the Halloween spirit. Although the pictures aren't so great, when I see them I remember the night Captain and I followed it as it flew silently from rooftop to rooftop.

What a great 'Starry Night' page, I love your story about following the owl around the neighborhood. I'm glad you decided to have a go at the challenge, so thanks for joining in. Love the addition of the Halloween embelishments. Well done! - Shazza

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Would you like to win this badge for you blog!

Come and join in the challenge, you could win this to display on your Blog.

Only Eleven days to get your entries in!


Four great prizes to win this month, including:

a $10 voucher from my2angels

A Vintage embellishment kit from 'What is old, is new'

Bella! packs from Shazza
and

A great Rak of goodies from Lisa our Guest DT member


Entries for Octobers Challenge will close on Thursday 29th October
at midnight SHARP!

TFL
Shazza

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Looksee! Looksee! Another piece of Art work from......

Michelle Beeby - Sleep Tight


I kept looking at the picture and thinking "I can't make that into a page?" so I softened the colours and used some of the objects as a guide for placement and I think it came out ok.
The journaling reads.......
Such a busy day playing dress up with your big brothers and their tools. It was just time to have a nap, so I hope you... SLEEP TIGHT
Thanks for looking!! - Michelle Beeby


What a fantastic take on the challenge, love the 'Starry Night' feel coming through. The title font looks fantastic and the pic is gorgeous. Well done!! - Shazza

Look at this Fab layout, from...

Vicki Benoit - Bedtime Stories



Here's what Vicki had to say........ One of my fave paintings of all time, I love the dreaminess of the swirly brush strokes. So that's where my inspiration started, with my background. I then added the muslin mat to add to the dreamy feel, and some blingy stars just because!

Wow! Vicki, I really love your take on the challenge, it does give you that dreamy feel! A great photo and title, the perfect addition :) Well done!! - Shazza

Have a look at this next fab layout......

Robin Lachnit - Night Owl



This is what Robin posted on her blog site...........I took my time painting my cardstock with acrylics, glitter, pearl powders, and a few mixed in embossing powders for added sparkle and gloss. The title "night owl" doesn't stand out much on the photo but on the page its easy to see the purple tinted wire spelling out "night". I used an owl embellishment from the Label Tulip September kit and all papers and the purple tag are from my stash. I chose this photo in particular because i thought I looked up to no good, and at night, thats usually the case so I cropped and stuck it in.


How good is this arty layout piece Robin, I just love it, you have really captured the feel of 'Starry Night' in the sparkly and glossy background :) ...... love the pic of you!! Thanks for playing along and having a go - cheers Shazza

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

'Picture This' Runner UP! prize

Thanks to Gladie from Norway (who took ARTastic to over ten entries for the month), I have now added a Runner UP! prize.

Bella! Pack, consisting of:

Bella! 'Sarah-Jane' chipboard alphabet
Bella! Brads
and Bella! Felt Borderz

(will upload pic tomorrow)

Cheers
Shazza

Another Global entry, this time from Israel :)


Irit Shalom - My Best Time


HELLO!! HERE IS MY ENTRY FOR YOUR CHALLENGE- ACTUALLY IT IS ABOUT ME BEING THE NIGHT QUEEN AND THE STARS ARE MY BEST FRIENDS.HOPE YOU LIKE IT
MY JOURNALING IS ABOUT ALL 5 SENSES AT NIGHT- YOU CAN READ IT ON THE LO TOO
THANKS FOR LOOKING, IRIT SHALOM ISRAEL

Hi Irit!
Fantastic scrapbook page, love all the ideas you have used from your colored stars, faux stitching, material and crown. The journaling reads:

* Only at night you can be Free
* See the Stars
* Hear the Silence
* Smell the Air
* Taste the Raindrops
* Touch the Sky
Well done!! - Shazza

We have an entry from Norway..................


Gladie - Autumn Nebula


This is what Gladie had to say........
Hi, here's my take on the Starry Night challenge :)
The photo is actually of leaves in a pond, but I think it look almost like a starry night & nebula. I love this photo, and I needed it to fill the page. Thank you so much for the inspiration :)
Hugs, Irene aka Gladie

Wow! This is very unique Gladie, love that photo and so glad you could use it for the 'Starry Night' challenge. It resembles the night sky perfectly, Very creative :) - Shazza

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Another great 'Starry Night' inspired layout....... this time from


Sonia Bowers - Knight in Shining Armour

This is what Sonia had to say....
Shazza loved this inspiration, did it the first weekend, but got waylaid in emailing.
Sorry the image doesn't show my brads in it or the journaling, it's a bit dark and overcast at the moment to re photograph.
I had fun with this challenge even if my title is a little cheesy.

Hi Sonia! I love your take on the challenge, Love the title 'Knight' with the heart locket attached. I love the journalling when it comes from the heart (its not to cheesy for me!) ........................... and how you have used a play on the words Starry Starry Knight (Night!). Fantastic! Well done!! - Shazza

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

WOW! Another fantastic layout to share, this time from.....

Natalie Elphinstone - O Holy Night

I recently stumbled across your blog and was immediately inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night to scrap an off-the-page project.
With Christmas fast approaching I was reminded of that other starry night in the nativity story.
I drew inspiration from Van Gogh's sky with it's colours, swirls and stars, and also the silhouette of the town (in this case, Bethlehem). Thanks for the great challenge - Natalie


WOW! Natalie!! Thats a fantastic OTP, its beautiful. Love what you have done :) Love how you have done your swirls, not sure if you have used texture paste and painted it... but it looks awesome. What a great art piece :) - Shazza

Look at this Fab layout, from...

Jacqui Miles - Go Red for Womens
Health Day


Hi Shazza this is my LO ok so its not blue and
yellow but the swirls on the painting inspired
me along with the bling that represent the stars.
Thanks Jacqui Miles

Love the red layout Jacqui, its great to see a
different interpretation of the 'Starry Night'
art piece. Love the large chipboard swirl and
your cluster of flowers looks beaut :)
Fantastic - Shazza

thankyou to my sponsors for OCTober!!

Just a quick thankyou to my two sponsors for OCTober.

A $10 voucher to spend at my2angels
You can get to Tracy's on line store from here

and

A girl embellishment Kit from 'What is old...is new'
You can enter Mel's store from here


Please go check out there stores, you will really be surprised with all the lovely goodies they stock :)

and a big thankyou to Lisa Lofthouse our Guest DT for her lovely RAK of goodies!

Have a great day everyone

Cheers
Shazza

C'mon ladies, get your entries in!!

We have had seven entries so far this month, thankyou for those who submitted :)

4 more entries and a Runner UP prize will be added

so if you're thinking of entering, please do, more prizes to share with you all!!

This is Van Gogh's 'Starry night', you take inspiration from this piece for your layout.

Look forward to seeing what you create :)

TFL
Shazza

Here is another great entry from....

Tracy - Sarahs 1st New Years Day


My layout interpretation of the artwork was based on the same colours but in brighter shades and sort of using it as a sketch - from Tracy

Love your layout Tracy, its great using pics when the kids were little :) Love this one of Sarah ! Love the bird house, its beautiful and the cute little birdie charm in the doorway :)
Your pp is so pretty, and love the corrugated cloud and flower moon. Well done - Shazza

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Look at this Fab layout, from...


Marisa Page - You're My Star


Here's what Marisa had to say.........I have done a digi layout for this months ARTastic challenge. I loved the colours in the painting 'Starry Night' so I used that for my inspiration, also the swirls/circles in the sky.

Wow!! Marisa, I think this is our first digital entry, and what a beauty :) You really have kept with the color scheme, love your photo and all your little digi elements. Well done - Shazza

Today, we have another great layout from.....


Lisa Kamphuis - Bo
o


Here is my October take on Starry Night. I have gone with the colour scheme and a starry night background. Our street has a Halloween street party each year and this is one of the pics from last year. LOts of fun - from Lisa K

Thanks for your entry Lisa, a great Halloween take :) Love the photo of all the kids dressed up, spooky tree, black cat and a bat! You even have bat pp....... Well done!! - Shazza

Monday, 5 October 2009

Another layout to hang in the gallery............

Brenda Wyllie - Wizard


This is what Brenda said..........I was really inspired by the Gogh’s Starry Night theme. This my eldest son dressed as a Wizard. My stars are glow-in-the-dark stars which were on the ceiling of his daughter’s bedroom. I really liked the swirls too. I thought the owls would be ideal to place in the tree lol.

Do you know I was thinking the other day......'Starry night' would be great for a Halloween Theme, I wonder if anyone will do one? Your 'Wizard ' is right on the mark. Your paper swirls are they Quilling? (if thats the right name!). Love the white silhouette tree with the owls and the little black cat sitting at the bottom. Well done - Shazza