Sunday, 31 January 2010

Lucky Last submission is .......

Shazza Bishop - Bubbles

No journalling, kept it simple. I wanted to show that sometimes less is more!!

I used a special technique to paint the bubbles and water on the floor, I painted on to acetate without it seperating. Cut the finished bubbles out of the acetate.......

This is my DS Adam when he was a littlely :) The bath tub was cut from off white card stock. the little duck was also cut out.


Look at this Fab submission, from...

July Gaceta - Pool Party

Love your submission, you really are girl that loves using bright colors :) must be your personality! Great take on the challenge, I love it!! - shazza

.....and they keep coming, this sub is from -

Tanya Joseph - Two Little Piggies

That photo is soo prescious, I love it, love the old bath the vintage look about this.
I just love everything :) you are such a clever bunny Tanya!!! Did I mention I love it!! - Shazza

Another Fabulous submission from........

Shelee Lark - Are we Having fun Yet?

Hi Shazza,
I found this to be a real challenge this month!
Having no children myself I don't have
'bath-time' pictures except for ones of Holly.
So I wanted to showcase that you can
incorporate your pets into any theme. I've had
these photos of Holly for a while and was happy
to scrap them finally. I tried something new
- plaiting three strands of ribbon to create
a border around the edge of the PP.
Looking forward to next month now!
Cheers, Shelee :)
I love these pics of 'Holly' Shelee! Not sure if she is
enjoying her bath or not.
Love how you
incorporated the plaited ribbon, its great when
a DT tries
something different. The title is perfect,
great layout you handled the
challenge perfectly
- Shazza

Hey! Look at this submission from......

Michelle Winston - Suds Lover

Mary Cassatt's painting "The Bath" is a beautifully simple work, depicting a
mother and child, washing the child's feet. I took inspiration from the
simplicity, and also the greeny/teal colour in the painting. I have also
used a bath time photo of my youngest son, who used to adore his
baths...hoping his new resentment of water in general, is just a phase!

Ooh Michelle!! I think you have really captured the Cassatt feel to
this layout. Gorgeous color scheme and look at the little pixie face,
how cute!! You've kept it simple yet stunning. Great work Michelle
- Shazza

WOW! Another fantastic submission to share, this time from ..... :)

Mandy Snow - Bathtime Bliss

Hey there Shazza
Had loads of fun with this one....saw vintage all the way, but I just can never seem to manage I went artsy instead...
Used the green and orange and browns in the paintaing, also used the bath theme and added the flowers transparencies as they remind me of water....
Hope you like it...Take care Mandy xxx

Mandy I love it, from the paint splattering to your pin wheels, I love the title and the pic of your two boys. Well done with this months inspiration Mandy!! - Shazza

Next DT submission is from.....

Lisa Hanrahan - Bathtime

Heres what Lisa had to say....... this was a fun layout to create! I was inspired by the Bath theme and the softer colors. this is such a beautiful artwork!!

Love your choice of colors Lisa, great photo of your girls, love the flowers you have used. Great job - Shazza

First of the submissions by the Design Team!

First up is......

Amanda Taylor - Squeaky Clean

I took inspiration from the colours of the painting, by the way I loved this painting, and got a baby pic of Connor wrapped in a towel, all squeaky clean after his bath lol. - Amanda

Love the background pp on this layout amanda, cute photo of Connor, love the title! Fantastic! - Shazza

ARTastic Sponsors and RAK prizes for February


$15 spend at ''scrappinbitz' Thanks Vikki Benoit :)


Picture this Random Draw Prize for February

Exclusive kit from 'Magpie Club'

Picture this Random draw prize for February comes from.......
Magpie Club

you will hear more about Magpie Club and the owner Tara Maynard shortly


Michelle Winstons RAK prize

Michelle Winston\

I'm going out on a limb here....please don't embarass me!!....... the 10th entry emailed to me will win this great prize, consisting of 2 Tim Holtz Grungeboard Singles sheets; Buzz & Bloom Lusi Austin tags; Little Black Dress Unbuttons, and Lil Davis Designs Wooden Frame.


Our Guest DT's is Bec Miller and here is her RAk of yummy goodies!

Guest DT Rak Prize


Winners announced for January's Pro Hart's Floral #2 Painting

Well ladies!

Another exciting month at ARTastic, we had sooo many beautiful floral layouts, you have really all out done yourselves this month. The over all content and creativity of the entries has been outstanding. Choosing the winners was a hard task, thankyou to those of you that jump started your creativity and joined this challenge for 2010

I am really hoping that we can inspire more of the followers to have a go at the poster challenge in 2010. You dont have to be the best at scrapbooking or on a Design Team, we just want you have a go and be inspired by the monthly posters! We offer a Random Draw prize and Guest DT Raks and 'Picture This " winning prize so, lots of prizes for everyone to share :)

We had 19 entries for the month, 7 which were new ladies (newbies) to the 'Pro Hart' challenge but sadly we had a late entry from Mazlina Yusoff with her layout 'Say Cheese', hopefully she will be back next month to join in the fun........ without further ado, here are our January winners

The first being our 'Picture This ' winner........

Lindy Gillepsie with her layout
'the Happy Drinker'

Congrats Lindy you have won a
$15 spend at scrappinbitz. Our new sponsor for the
next three months, thanks Vikki Benoit.


The Picture this Runner UP! prize was won by

Annette Gearside with her layout

Bloomin Beautiful

Congrats Annette you have won a rak of goodies which Includes - Sam & Lucy Weave Extra adhesive chipboard buttons, and adhesive studs. Also, Salon adhesive 3-D accents.


the Randon Draw Prize winner is.........

Julie Dudley with her layout


Congrats Julie you have won a
$10 spend at b2create donated by Chris Wormald


Lisa's RAk prize (5th entry in my email inbox)

Was won by

Melissa O'Neill with her layout

The Climb

Congrats! Melissa your RAK
Includes Bella! Coaster Cuties, Kaiser Fozz Felt and Weave Extras adhesive chipboard buttons.


Melissa also won 'The first layout from a NEWbie'.......
Prize includes:
Moon Rock Frames and Tags, Woodstock Black and white collection and Basic Grey clear stamps.

The winner of Ali Coles our Guest DT Rak is

Irit Shalom with her layout

F for Freedom

Congrats Irit! you Rak consists of
5 packs of Dovecraft- Crystal effects Alphas, 1 pack of Dovecraft - crystal effects embellishments and 1 pack of LP Creative Mini Sticki-dots everything is acid free.


Now before I announce the Winner of the Guest DT position in March......

I would like to introduce our newest DT member to be added to our already creative team


Melissa O'Neill

Melissa will be taking over Lisa Hanrahans position.


O.K, back to the Guest DT Position for March, all up I had eight ladies apply for the spot. After reading through all the applications and checking out all the blogs, I have decided to give the following three ladies a Guest DT spot.......

MARCH - Talia Martin

June - Robin Jenkins

August - Jacque Torres

I will be in touch with you all, to let you know what I require from you!



The winner of the 'Pro Hart' submission,
as voted by the rest of the Design Team



Here is her submission for the month called 'Girly'

July you have won a RAK from 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.

I hope you all get a chance to participate in the challenge for Februarywhich is
'Mary Cassatt - The Bath'

A BIG Thankyou to our donations for January 'Scrappin bitz by Vikki Benoit, b2create by chris wormaild, Ali our Guest DT for her Rak' and to Lisa who donated her prize she won in November back to ARTastic
they are greatly appreciated :)

We will all miss you Lisa! Good Luck!



Welcome to ARTastic 2010

Hi Ladies,

This is a challenge site that inspires you with paintings from the Great Artists. Each month we feature a new painting, the Design Team then submit their interpretations. At the end of the month we all vote on the entries. The winning layout is then featured for the following month in the sidebar and the winner receives a blinkie to display on their blog, they also win the 'Picture This' winning prize for the month. We usually have at least 3 prizes each month including a 'Random Draw' prize and a RAK from our Guest DT member.............. lots of reasons to have a go at our challenges!!!

Well I hope everyone had a great Christmas Day and enjoyed spending time with family and friends........the day just goes to quick for me!! This year we had a quiet New Years, I went out for dinner and then watched the celebrations on TV. I hope you all had an enjoyable New Years and didn't wake up with a sore head this morning!!!

With ARTastic challenge blog this year, I really want to inspire you all. We have lots of followers of this site so it would be great to see more of you have a go :) Last month we had 3 newbies that tried the Vermeer challenge which was fantastic and of course we have our regulars that enter each month (you know who your are!!) We are always adding more prizes to give everyone a fair chance at having a win!

I am glad to say that I have the best Design Team on the net. These ladies are always so creative and inspiring. they add a personal touch with their comments on entries during the month. They do a great job with helping out voting for the winners each month, which can get very difficult when we have so many fantastic entries to chose from...

My New Years resolution for 2010 is:

To be more creative and inspire others to have a go!

SO.... with that in mind

To start off ARTastic and January 2010 with a Bang!!!

I am offering a fantastic prize of a Guest DT spot for March.

This means that you get to showcase your work, bio, and blog site etc..... so we can all see how creative you have been. Remember all this adds to your scrappy 'CV' when going for other DT positions :)

If you are interested in this opportunity all you have to do is...

1) enter the challenge for January
2) When emailing your layout to me just add a paragraph as to why? you would like to win a Guest DT spot on ARTastic
3)Include your blog address

Winner will be picked by me and announced at the end of the month.

Ladies give it a go, this is a great opportunity!

.......for those who arn't interested in the guest DT spot you just send me your layout as normal.

Entries should be sent to


Saturday, 30 January 2010

I will announce the winners tomorrow arvo!

Hi Ladies,

I'm still waiting on a couple of DT members to vote, I will make the announcement tomorrow afternoon...... so stay tuned!!!


January's inspiration will come from........

The Australian painter PRO HART with his art piece Floral # 2

The Design Team and I thought it would be a good idea to use an Australian artist for Januarys inspiration, as we celebrate Australia Day on January 26th. This piece of art work is an easy one to use for inspiration. you could use the colors, shapes or even the overlapping technique. You could even add lots and lots of flowers. looking foward to seeing what you come up with.

Added Criteria

*ARTastic Diva Demand* For an extra two bonus points ....... add a cluster of flowers or a bouquet of flowers or a vase of flowers ( This is optional, you dont have to do this but it does give you the extra bonus points!)

Cheers and have fun

Friday, 29 January 2010

Please Welcome our New DT Member.......

Jennifer Campbell

I’m Jennifer Campbell, 31 years old, I’m married to Brian, the love of my life, for the past 7 years. We have 2 fabulous children, Bryce 4 ½ years old and Clara 3 years old. We are currently building our dream log cabin.

I began scrapbooking in college which is over 10 years ago. I have always loved all types of crafts growing up. One of my other interests as a child was the beginning of my love for photography. I remember always having my own camera that I always carried around. When you put those two things together, my love of scrapbooking was born.

Music has always played an integral part of my life whether it was for enjoyment, dancing, choreography, relaxation, or now inspiration. I have always had a love of art as well.

This is my 10th year of teaching kindergarten. Before becoming a school teacher, I taught dance for several years. Currently, I enjoy designing, teaching scrapbooking and creating scrapbook kits.


Please welcome Jennifer to our team. She will be starting with us in March.
I'm very excited to have her joining us and will share some of her beautiful layouts with everyone very soon. Who knows she may add some lovely comments to the entries this month and participate in the voting at the end of the month :)


OOh, we have a late entry and its beautiful........

I'm so very, very sorry .................we have received a late entry and its beautiful!

It's also from a Newbie!

Mazlina Md Yusoff - Say Cheese

Hi Shazza, This is my first time joining your challenge. Very interesting indeed, creating a challenge that is inspired by art! I love the bright colors of the January painting, and I love flowers.. so this is perfect for me. I hope that I'm not too late for submission..
Thanks!! Mazlina

Ooh, I'm so sorry Mazlina that you missed the cutoff, I may have been able to slot you in a few hours ago but my DT have started sending me their votes :(
It's a beautiful layout with striking colors, good job on the handcut flowers, well balanced and beautiful to the eye. Well done Shazza

Could we all comment on Mazlina's late entry and give her the
scrappy love that she deserves :)

Showcase of 'Pro Hart's Floral # 2 entries for the month.....

In no particular order, here is a blog roll of all the Pro Harts 'Floral # 2'' entries 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 !!! I will start posting Feb's inspiration early this month as February is a short month..........

I am so happy with the entries for January and especially that we had 7 new ladies give this challenge a go.......... Thankyou to everyone who entered this months challenge, we had 19 fantastic entries, which is a huge effort and also a BIG thankyou for helping to make this challenge site so unique and FANtastic!!

I hope you all enjoyed the 'Pro Hart challenge and look forward to you all playing along again in Febraury :) I would love to get over 20 entries next month :)... that would really make my day!

We can make 2010 our most creative year ever! in no particular order, I present..........

Anita Bownds - Flower Power

Annette Gearside - Bloomin Beautiful

Brenda Wyllie - Summer Fun

Cecelia Blanco - Papa and Me

Christina Aiton - In Living Color

Irit Shalom - F for Freedom

Jacqueline Torres - I just love you

Jacqui Miles - Our Sweet Baby Girl Olivia

Jennifer Campbell - Thankyou card

Julene Matthews - Tulips

Julie Dudley - DS

Lindy Gillepsie - The Happy Drinker

Maria Delo - You Make me Smile

Megan Aaron - Whipped Cream Monster

Melissa O'Neill - The Climb

Natalie Elphinstone - Blue Bucket

Peggy Schenkels - Chloe

Robin Jenkins - Beautiful

Talia Martin - Alyssa


Thursday, 28 January 2010

Here is a beautiful page from......

Megan Aaron - Whipped Cream Monster

Here is my layout for the Jan inspiration.
I loved the artwork this time, but I just couldnt decide what part of it I wanted to work with until I saw it next to the inspiration piece from the NVS girls blog that I am on the design team for. That inspiration piece is for Feb, so it hasnt been posted yet, but it really made the colors in this month's artwork pop for me and I knew just what to do with it. If you are interested, the Feb inspiration will be posted on Feb 5th. - Megan

Lovely bright page Megan.... and look at those photos, how cute! Colors are gorgeous, and love all your little embellies - Well done! - Shazza

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Another Newbies Entry......

Lindy Gillespie - The Happy Drinker

Hi Shazza,
Just love the idea of your challenge blog, this is the first time I have had time to do your fabulous challenhge, I choose the colours out of Pro Hart's painting also I used one of his etchings for the inspiration ...Thanks Lindy Gillespie

Hi Lindy, Love your take, its very Pro Hartish!! What a fabulous idea to use one of his etchings....I'm impressed. Gorgeous flowers, all the colors just blend together so well. You've done a great job - cheers Shazza

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

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

Jacqueline Torres - I Just Love You

This is what Jacqueline had to say...........Hello Dear!! Sorry I was not able to participate on the previos challenges..I was so busy..much of my work has being published during Dec and Jan that I was so short in enjoy this lovely hobbie...!! But Anyway today finally I was able to spend some time and made this LO for your Jan challenge!

Thanks for joining in our challenge this month, and what a fabulous entry, the splashes of color just look incredible against the lighter painted newspaper background. Love all the pics of the budding ARTist!! Well done. - shazza

Monday, 25 January 2010

Here is a beautiful page from......

Irit Shalom - F for Freedom

Hello again!! Here is my lo for this months challenge- I think this one doesn't need any explanation- flowers and flowers and bright colors and my 2 girls at 21 too. The title is for being free ( on parents? ) at 21 and like butterflies too.Hope you like it - Irit Shalom

Beautiful page Irit, the pp you have used is divine, colors beautiful, love your distressing, love your flowers......all in all a fantastic layout! - cheers Shazza

Entries for this challenge will close Thursday 28th January, at midnight.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Another first timer, this time its........

Annette Gearside - Bloomin Beautiful

Hi Shazza,
This is my first entry into your challenge blog. I have
been lurking for a while & love the concept
Inspired by
the vibrancy in Pro Hart's painting I chose the
scrunching and sanding the papers to show
the texture
and the colours for my bouquet & cluster of
my title ' bloomin' beautiful' was chosen as it
described both the painting & my niece in Aussie slang.
Thank you for a great challenge
Regards Annette Gearside

Hi Annette! Great job on the challenge it's bloomin fantastic, very Pro Hartish!!
The colored blooms look stunning against the background blue color, love your scrunching and distressing a beautiful pic of your neice. Well done! - Shazza

Entries for this challenge will close Thursday 28th January, at midnight.

Take a look this entry from.......

Maria Delo - You Make me Smile

Hi Shazz,
Got inspired to do this challenge today, took inspiration from the gorgeous colours in the painting, I've used some floral diecuts for my bouquet as well...
For mine I've used a masking tape background coloured with water pencils, added torn book pages and then added a bit of gesso over the top for an arty feel....
My layout is titled "You make me smile"
Thanks for a great challenge its nice to get creative and do something different...
- Maria

Beautiful piece Maria :) Love how you incorporated the tape measure and cute bird cage, I'm impressed with the background using the water colors and gesso (Imight try that technique soon, if you don't mind) but most of all I love that photo.....and it makes me smile too! - cheers Shazza

Friday, 22 January 2010

A little bit of info about this months artist Pro Hart!

Kevin Charles "Pro" Hart, MBE (30 May 1928 – 28 March 2006), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, was considered the father of the Australian Outback painting movement and his works are widely admired for capturing the true spirit of the outback. He was nicknamed "Professor" (hence "Pro") during his younger days, when he was known as an inventor.

His pictures are typically painted with oil or acrylic, scenes of rural town life, topical commentary and some religious subjects. His illustrations for the collection of Henry Lawson's poems show keen powers of character observation combined with a humorous wit. Some who he quipped were the "art mafia" have called his style populist and derivative. Pro was also a sculptor, working with welded steel, bronze and ceramics.

Pro Hart was known for his novel techniques including Cannon Painting and Balloon Painting and in 2002 was using his own DNA as a mark of authenticity in his paintings. Retrospective application of a DNA mark is available for older Pro Hart paintings.

He was a fervent opponent of gun laws in Australia, maintaining that everyone had a right to take it like a man. He once suggested that members of the Australian Labor Party and the Greens be thrown aboard a canoe in the middle of the Tasman Sea, with nothing more than a broken oar and rusted compass.

Pro believed in Government conspiracy theories. such as the covering up of UFO "sightings" and a world "database" containing information on every human on the planet.

Hart was also a personal friend of One Nation Party founder Pauline Hanson and financially assisted her when she was on trial for fraud charges in 2002.

He collected vintage cars and motor cycles, and invented many kinds of engines and machines. He enjoyed pistol shooting, reading the Bible, and organ music. He was the proud owner of a Rodgers electric pipe organ, which was said to be the largest of its kind in Australia. This was installed in his gallery, a step which considerably enhanced its value as a Broken Hill tourist attraction.

He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1976. In 1982 he received an Honorary Life Membership of Society International Artistique for outstanding artistic achievement. He received an Australian Citizen of the Year award in 1983, and was known for his charitable work and generosity.

Pro Hart developed motor neurone disease in later life. He died in the early hours of 28 March, 2006. He had been unable to paint for the last six months of his life. A large state funeral was held for him on April 4, 2006 in Broken Hill — the first state funeral in New South Wales to be held west of the Blue Mountains.

He was interred in the Broken Hill cemetery.


I have been to Broken hill and seen Pro Harts gallery, sculptures and many other things of interest. It was amazing, room after rooms filled with artwork....a great experience. - Shazza

Another entry in my inbox today from one of our regulars........

Robin Temple-Jenkins - Beautiful

Hi Shazza,
I must say that I loved the Pro Hart piece--the colors are so vibrant and uplifting. I knew I had to do this layout on my vibrant and uplifting little flower - Temple ;D

Hi Robin! Love this bright layout! Great idea of the flowers in the wheelbarrow. Another smiley photo of Temple :) The blue pp looks stamped, it really stands out. Great take - Shazza

Entries for this challenge will close Thursday 28th January, at midnight. Six days left to get your entries in!!