Friday, 30 April 2010

Winners announced for 'St Nicholas Circle' inspiration by Thomas Kinkade

Wow! I was really surprised with the amount of entries as I thought the criteria was quite hard, :) We have had some gorgeous entries again its been very hard to pick all the winners.

I am really hoping that we can inspire more of the followers to have a go at ARtastics challenges in 2010. You dont have to be the best at scrapbooking or on a Design Team, we just want you have a go, have fun and be inspired by the monthly paintings! 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 15 entries for the month, 4 from (newbies), so thankyou for such a great effort from everyone. without further ado, here are our April winners

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

The honour this month goes to a newbie again!!

Aileen Herne with her
entry 'Bridge over Water'

Congratulations Aileen!! you have won a $15 Spend at Scrappinbitz


Picture this Runner UP prize goes


Lisa Kamphuis with her entry 26 Luntar Rd

Congratulations Lisa!!! you have won a 'Bright Boy kit' from WIOIN
pictured below


The winner of the Debs Creation Random Draw Prize, by completing the months challenge and then going to Debs Creations site and answer this Question! Name all the Deb's Creation Design Team members and email your answers to me....


Deb Clark
with her entry 'Rest'
and by answering correctly the Deb's Creation question!

Congratulations Deb! You have won the
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp called Lillith.
Pictured Below


The winner of the Guest DT RAK from Maria Delo (and picked by Maria herself)


Vanessa Waller
with her entry 'Was our House'

Congratulations Vanessa!! You have won the Rak from Maria
pictured below.


'Just Calls and Crops' Random Draw prize

Complete the St Nicholas Circle' challenge for the month...THEN Go to the 'Just Calls and Crops' site and become a follower Simple! Then email me to let me know.

and the winner is

Tanya Soutar with her
entry 'The Long Way to Venus Bay'

Congratulations Tanya!! you have won the RAK of goodies
from 'Just Calls and Crops'

pictured below

DT member winner
as voted by all the other DT members


Melissa with her submission
'Sweet Dreams of getting our own Home'

Congratulations Melissa, you have won a RAK of goodies
for your creative efforts,
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.

I hope you all get a chance to participate in Artastics 1st birthday
celebrations starting tomorrow :)

The ARtwork for May is

'The Kangaroo' by Garry Shead and DH Lawrence

A BIG Thankyou to our donations and sponsors for February
'Scrappinbitz by Vikki Benoit,
Runner UP! prize by WIOIN,
Random Draw prize by Debs Creations
Just Calls and Crops donated Rak prize,
Maria Delo our Guest DT for her Rak'

thankyou for all your kindness your prizes are greatly appreciated :)


Thursday, 29 April 2010

Wanna Win!! A Deb's Creations prize it's a Kraftin Kimmie Stamp called Lillith

To win this stamp you must enter the 'St Nicholas Circle' challenge for the month AND go to Debs Creations (by clicking on the stamp) and answer this Question! ..........Name all the Deb's Creation Design Team members and email me your answers to

Easy Peasy!

I love this stamp....look at the frog on her head lol

Just click on the stamp and it will take you to Deb's Creations

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Here is the line-up of all the 'St Nicholas Circle' entries so far for the month!

In no particular order, here is a blog roll of all the 'Thomas Kinkade - St Nicholas Circle' 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 Mays inspiration very soon and all the games and quizes for the 1st Birthday celebrations.

so please make next month very special at ARTastic by joining in :)

I am so happy with the number of entries for April, the criteria this month was particularaly hard and I'm amazed with the quality of the entries, so thanks to those that attempted the challenge you really need a pat on the back :) We had 4 new ladies give this challenge a go, well done!! So, thankyou to everyone who entered this months challenge, we had 15 fantastic entries such a huge effort!! and thankyou so very much for helping to make this challenge site so unique and FANtastic!!

I hope you all enjoyed the 'Thomas Kinkade challenge ' and I am looking forward to you all playing along again in May :) I would love to get over 20 entries next month :)........ especially as its our big birthday bash!!...................................that would really make my day!

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

Ailene Herne - Bridge Over Water

Dale Tiernan - Mickey Mouse

Dawn Hage - Belmont Home

Deb Clark - Rest

Irit Shalom - We'll Always Have Paris

Jacqui Miles - Rosebery*Tasmania

Julene Matthes - Goulburn Snow Day

Lisa Kamphuis - 26 Luntar Rd

Rhonda Barnes - Walhalla

Robin Jenkins - Home

Sarah Elliott - Family Christmas Tradition

Tanya Soutar - The Long Way to Venus Bay

Tarrah McLean - Ridgewood

Vanessa Waller - Was Our House

Yolanda Bravery - Home


Phew!! another last minute entry.........

Deb Clark - Rest

Hi Shazza, 
Sorry it is the 11th hour...thus the picture
quality is poor, as it is
night, but here is
my entry for the 2nd Artastic challenge I
entered into - what an amazing picture
for inspiration! If I had seen
this picture
as a little girl, I would have looked &
looked for hours,
it is one that you can see
something different in it each time you take

a peek.
Had fun with inks & flowers & pearls & got
all the criteria for this
one....the bridge
is a bit abstract, but I am sure that
doesn't really
matter...cos I really enjoyed
thinking & working on this one. Lovely

challenges these...thanks Shazza.
Cheers,Deb Clark

Hey Deb! Glad you got your entry in, and
its gorgeous, I'm happy you
enjoyed the
challenge this month. Love all the bits
and pieces in
your layout, gorgeous
flowers and lace used and what a

fantastic photo. thanks for playing along,
Great work - shazza

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

Irit Shalom - We'll Always Have Paris

I used the art inspiration for colors, added this road hand cut sign for Paris, stamped and embossed lots of lamps and the other 3 items are all on this Oriental express vintage add also the green roof is so small that is almost invisible, but it is there...Also Paris France is not my home- but a bit like home as I am back there again and again .
Hope you like it
Irit Shalom

How Lucky are you Irit, to live on that side of the world where you can travel to lots of different countries, like Morocco or Paris. Just love all your bits and pieces, I could look at this layout for ages. Love your title, there is a real vintage feel to this layout, Well done!!- Shazza

Sunday, 25 April 2010

...and another one today from....

Lisa Kamphuis - 26 Luntar Rd

Hi! Shazza
Here is my Artastic entry - I was inpired by the colours and did the house my Grandparents built and lived in all their lives.....
I also have anold lamp in there
Thanks as always - Lisa kamphuis

Hey Lisa, what a gorgeous page for this challenge, i love the pics of your grandparents home being built. love your picket fence and lamp embellie. love your dollie background pp, its beautiful. Well done Lisa :) - Shazza

The 'St Nicholas Circle' challenge will end midnight April 27th....

you only have a few days to get your entries in :)

We have another cool layout from....

Robin Jenkins - Home

Hi Shazza,
Hope you are well!
Here is my entry for this month's challenge. It is of our home and my journaling tells of how happy we've been in this home since leaving NYC to settle here in Florida. Thanks for a beautiful inspiration piece!
Best regards,

Hey Robin! Thanks for entering the challenge this month :) What a gorgeous photo of your home. I love how you did your title in blocks, a beautiful bright layout. great work - Shazza

The 'St Nicholas Circle' challenge will end midnight April 27th....

you only have a few days to get your entries in :)

Friday, 23 April 2010

Here's another fabulous entry .........

Jacqui Miles - Rosebery*Tasmania

Hi Shazza,
This is my LO for the ST Nicholas circle challange
I have used photos of our town Rosebery with my
favourite photo of the mountaion covered with snow!
I have also made a little house with a green roof
thanks Jacqui Miles:)

Great take on the challenge Jacqui, Love the photos
you have used, and your little handmade green
roofed house just adds a nice touch, your layout
wouldn't be complete without your owl :)
Fantastic - Shazza

Don't forget...........

The 'St Nicholas Circle' challenge will end midnight April 27th....

you only have a few days to get your entries in :)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Here's a great entry :) from ..........

Tanya Soutar - The Long Way to Venus Bay

Hiya Shazza
Gave it a go, am happy with my result.
I tried in vain to put all the criteria but unfortunately a gazebo just didn't go with my layout. I even thought of cheating with a genius idea of putting the word "gazebo" from an old dictionary but alas it didn't look right!
Anyhoo the top lhs has the lampost (ours in the street) and a bridge, most gorgeous one in Kilcunda east and green roofed house with street sign arrow bottom rhs.
It made me really think outside the square - so thanks for the challenge. Cheers - artsy fartsy mumma.

PS: photographing it so the colours came out right was a challenge in itself LOL. x

Hey Tanya! That is the best bridge photo ever, I love the old pylongs. Gorgeous little green roofed house, you did real well with the criteria.... I couldnt get it all on my sub either! thanks for playing along. great job! - Shazza

Sunday, 18 April 2010

This is a beauty from another newbie!

Tarrah McLean - Ridgewood

Hi Shazza,
Thanks for the invite to join in on the challenge.
I have given it a go and think I have all the criteria.
Green roof is the house in the photo. The bridge and gazebo are the smaller photos. There is an arrowed signpost on the bottom left under the lamp post.
Thanks again Shazza, -Tarrah McLean

Hi Tarrah, thanks for taking the time to do a layout and join our challenge this month. I really love the photo you used... look at all that greenery around your house :) Love your flower with the metal brad, and the scroll up in the corner really stands out. you managed all the criteria, fantastic!!
Well done, you did a great job! - Shazza

Friday, 16 April 2010

Heres another great layout from another newbie ....

Yolanda Bravery - Home

Dear Shazza,
Attached is my entry for the April Challenge. It was a real challenge to include all of the criteria, but I managed it! - yolanda

Hey Yolanda, you did a great job of the challenge, and added everything perfectly. Love the pic of your home in the UK, it looks smashing!! Beautiful page with the added fence, key and flowers. Great take!! - Shazza

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Here is another great entry from....

Dale Tiernan - Mickey Mouse

Hi Shazza,

This was a tricky one. I have everything except a bridge. Most items are in the photo top right.


Ooh this is great Dale! Who doesnt like Mickey Mouse! Great idea to use the photos with the criteria for this challenge. Well done - Shazza

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

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

Sarah Elliott - Family Christmas Tradition

Here is Sarahs Journaling:
Family Christmas Traditions - Our Christmas Traditions
Every Christmas we take out our very Special
Countdown Calendar ... We move Little Bear from
spot-to-spot as he's looking for Christmas. The TV
springs up a gorgeous Winter Village that looks so nice
at night all lit up.

Great Christmas page Sarah. Love the cutouts of the embellies for your criteria, there is so much to look at :) also, love your arrowed sign post pointing to the Christmas Village. This is great - Shazza

Now!! Here's a gorgeous entry from.......

Dawn Hage - Belmont Home

Hi Shazza, When I saw the Thomas Kinkade painting I smiled as I had picked up a Thomas Kinkade desk calendar a month ago and love his paintings.Tried to get the colours used in his paintings and the home is the house I spend my teenage years in. Have used all the criteria. Dawn

What a beautiful page, how great to have the calender to work from, he really has some beautiful artwork.I love the mottled look of your background c/s and the dark brown border and tags just look fabulous againt it! Love the black and white pic of the house you grew up in :) You have captured a great memory here.! Well done - Shazza.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

We have an entry from a newbie........

Vanessa Waller - Was our House

Hi Shazza

Well I have finally given it a go. Never done this before for inspiration but thank you. I have scrapped our old house where we lived for 10 years, the girls did the majority of their growing up there, the gardens had lovely purple daisies and inside we did actually have minature paintings of Thomas Kinkade's given to me from my American friend (shown in my layout being the gazebo and the bridge).

Now I think I have covered the criteria
I have used the colours from the actual painting as the background (created by me - I used the painting and smudge it in photoshop).
Arrowed street sign - being the name of the street our house was in.
Lamp - I have added the family name to pose as our outside light
and the green roof is on the photo of our house.

Thanks again for a great challenge.

Love Ness (Vanessa Waller)

Wow! Vanessa this is truely a beautiful entry for the challenge. The background gives it a soft pastel look. Adding your surname to the lamp was a great idea and I loved how you used the miniatures of Thomas Kinkades other paintings and included them in the layout. Well done!!
- Shazza

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Aprils inspiration will come from the painting 'St Nicholas Circle' by Thomas Kinkade

St Nicholas Circle criteria:

Use this inspiration to scrap your house, the street where you live, beach house, street scape etc......

Note - this does not have to be a winter scene

Added criteria - Each item added to your page = 1 bonus point
1) Lamp
2) Arrowed sign post
3) Bridge
4) Rotunda/Gazebo
5) Green roofed house Total = 5 points

All items have been taken from the painting


And number three is from....

Julene Matthews - Goulburn Snow Day

Hi Shazza and before I forget,Happy Easter!
I tried to replicate the mountains and clouds in the top half of my layout.I dabbed paint using a sponge,blending the colours, then embossed the snow line with white ink.(It has a glossy texture in real life) As soon as I saw the painting it reminded me of when we first lived in Goulburn.We woke up one morning to record snowfalls overnight.My husband drove to the top of Rocky Hill and took these panorama shots.The house is one we rented for a few months until we built our own house.I managed to get a signpost,a lantern(from a Christmas card) and a bridge(stamped) on my layout.There was green guttering on the house. - Julene

Hey Julene, your clouds are fantastic, they really look like icy clouds :) Love that you are using different techniques on your pages. It's great your hubby managed to get a pic cause that does not happen very often in the Goulburn. you did well with your embellies, and dont worry i didnt even manage to get a bridge on my submission. Well done Julene and loved you little story! - Shazza

Here's our second entry..

Aileen Herne - Bridge over Water

Hi Shazza

Well I certainly had my thinking cap on for this challenge lol

In the Lo I have 5 of the Added criteria

a Lamp, arrowed sign, Bridge across the top of my home, Green roofed rotunda


Well done Aileen, this has come together just beautifully, I love your sign post, it just looks fantastic on the page with the flowers around it. Great idea to make a bridge across the top of the pic of your home. Great work - Shazza

Friday, 2 April 2010

Our first entry for the month comes from...

Rhonda Barnes - Walhalla

Hi Shazza,
This entry I decide to use photo from a recent visit to Walhalla, using the brochure from the Walhalla goldfields railway which had a great old bridge that you went over when you rode the train. The history of this place was amazing, old rotundas and old monsonic lodge with a green roof. I also including a lamp and arrow sign post and including an old hat.

Great entry Rhonda, great photo of the old rotunda and green roofed lodge. Love your old lamp, goes with the olde worlde pics. I have been to Walhalla, its a great historical town :) Well done - Shazza

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Here's our last submission from our guest DT member .....

Maria Delo - Home is Where the Heart is

Thanks for you submission Maria, Great page and gorgoues embellies and pp you have used!
Is your house on the top of a hill, what gorgeous views you must have :) - Shazza

Come meet our Guest DT member for the month.......

Maria Delo

Hi Shazz,

And thanks for having me as your Guest Designer for April, well girls my name is Maria aka Capswife as I’m known on some forums, I’m a military wife and mom to 8 so scrapping is a form of escape in my life, I tend to go into the scrapping zone on too many occasions…….

I was introduced to scrapping via a Creative memories workshop, but then kind of found my way into the real kind of scrapping thru Scrap with V workshops, my gosh I am so thankful that I found this place and went in other directions….

My style is totally shabby in nature I love to bring mixed media into my work, so in the last year or so I really have come into my own style and I’m not afraid to try something new anymore, from vintage papers, to recycled packaging everything that I look at I think hmmm can I use this in my work lol…. Nothing is safe from me anymore….

I’ve been on a few design teams two for challenge blogs and one for an Australian one but I have stepped down and am now focusing on my own things and just creating OTP’s doing international OTP kind of swaps and doing monthly challenges, I have my own little forum which I have created as my home base mainly it’s a place for me to come and share techniques, inspirational people and places and just chat with my friends here is the link if you want to stop by and say hello

Marias blog can be found here:

Here are some of Marias stunning pages and projects:

Now I apologise for all these being thumbnail size, Maria sent them to me via photobucket as I think her camera or computer was playing up and she couldn't email me directly :(
If I try and increase the size that just blurrr out of focus. You can view Maria's work on her blog: