Saturday, 31 July 2010

Winners announced for 'The Card Sharps' by Caravagio

We have had another great month at ARTastic with some great layouts and even a card entry :)

Well!! Again I stuggled to pick my winners, it really is not an easy task!

Can you believe we had
19 entries for the month, with 7 newbies joining in!! Thanks everyone for taking the time to submit your entries, we love seeing all the different art work each month :)

We also reached our 200th follower for the month, so thankyou Vickse (Vicky Heyninck) for joining our followers list. I will send you out a RAK prize next week :) without further ado.....

The 'Picture This' winner for July


Peg Hewitt with her entry
'It's a Gamble'

Congratulations Peg you have won a $10 voucher to spend at my2angels


The Picture this Runner UP! winner


Brenda Wyllie with her entry
'The Games People Play'

Congratulations Brenda!! you have won the A2Z scraplets prize

A2Z Scraplets - July \
3x pieces of Scraplets: Bird on branch, butterfly on flower,
'teens' and 'Mummy' words.


The Random Draw prize goe to

Nicole Goodwin with her entry
Las-Vegas Wedding

Congratulations Nicole!! you have won

Random Draw Prize for July
May/June issue of 'Cloth, Paper, Scissors


The Just Calls and Crops Random Draw prize goes to

Melinda Johns with her entry

'Just a little closer'

You have won a 'Little Boy's pack

Just Calls and Crops Random Draw Prize JULY!!
'Little Boys' - 1 x MAMBI Threads, 1 x Crystal Stamp Stickers, 1 x MAMBI Soft Spoken Embellishments, 1 x Imagination Art Plates


The winner of the Guest DT Rak, donated by Kim Jeffress
and picked by Kim herself

....goes to

Bibby with her entry
'Our Nan'

Congratulations Bibby you have won this gorgeous assortment of goodies.



The DT winner with her great submission for this month


Tanya Joseph with her submission

You have won a RAk of goodies from Shazza


Well thats it for another month.

A big thankyou to all the July sponsors,
your donations are much appreciated by all of us at ARTastic

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

Thankyou to Kim Jeffress for being our Guest DT for the month,
and adding some great comments to the entries during the month.

Thankyou to my DT members, without them this challenge blog would be very dull and boring!!!!

We hope to see you all back again with some great Monet entries.

Who's up for the next challenge?

Could all the winners please email me their home addresses to:
so I can get all your prizes organised :)


Friday, 30 July 2010

Here is a 'Project' of inspiration from......

Sarah Elliott - Steampunk Family

Double page

left side close up!

right side close up!

These pictures were taken at the SteamPunk Science Fair recently put on by our Local SteamPunk group.

The beautiful door of the old church, it was held in, were too much to resist while we were all dressed up!

I started with plain blue card stock, glimmer misted some of the TimHoltz Cogs&Gears Masks (hard to see but they're there, honest!) then a Stamped more cogs &gears on with the Gel-a-tins Shifting Gears set (one of my newest *toys*). I added the Verdigris Sun (clipart), a couple of keys (stickers) & the Gear Silhouettes (hand cut cardstock). The Soul Mates & Kindred Spirit are snip-outs from a Heartwarming Vintage Cuts sheet, Steampunk (clipart)and Green metal Family sign for the title.

So I have everything covered: Blue/Green, Cut-out Silhouettes and a Sun!


SteamPunk Family

Excerpt from the Diary of Lady Dr. S.Elliott:

We are on a mission to find my ‘Husband’.

Though truthfully I am already a Widow…

He was attacked by a Vampyre and no body was even found.

We know he is still out there and until we truly kill him we will search through time, hunting the hunter.
Killing any other unholy demons we encounter in our Travels… May God Be with Us…


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes fictional works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era Britain — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, often featuring futuristic technology as the people of this historical period would have envisioned it to look like, i.e. based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer, but occurring at an earlier date.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" for such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine).


Kindred Spirits

The ‘Vampyre Hunting’ Family

Greg... Man of Mystery

Lady Doctor Sarah

Thomas the Urchin

Soul Mates

Wild-West William

Robert the Intrepid Inventor

Aviator Arthur


Wow!! Sarah, this is amazing :) Its like a school project, so interesting to read and what great photos you managed to get on that day and such a creative way to use them!! I love your silhouette cogs, you did well cutting them all out!....and I love the idea of the Vampyre Hunting Family! Love how you did the research, so interesting! I'm going to have to give you an 'A+', for the work you have put in to this and also because you are such a creative inspiration :) Sarah your Rock!!! - cheers Shazza

Another great submission from .....

Shelee Lark - Shoal Bay

Hi Shazza,

Here is my Monet inspired layout. I took this photo
from the top floor balcony of a room I stayed in at
the Shoal Bay Resort & Spa last year. I have
included all of the extra criteria this month.
The photo is the sunset, the black silhouette is
the mountain to the left of the photo and I have
scrapped using the shades of blue and green. I
really enjoyed this challenge and I hope this
inspires others to complete the challenge as well.

This has turned out just beautiful Shelee!
I love all the flower embellies you used, and
the photo is just perfect for this challenge.
Love the tag you used too. Fantastic work!!
- Shazza

Next up is........

[Me] Shazza Bishop - Sunny Smiles

Yes!! I know its actually on time this month lol!! Well I went for the BIG! silhouette, took me ages to cut out of black cardstock. I used two old creative memories cut outs and joined them together to copy. Used green and blues and added a smiley sun. I love this photo of my two nieces taken when they were lttle (Kahlii and Shanice). What do you think?

Here's another submission from.......

Lisa Hanrahan - FLY

"Here is my take on the Monet painting. This photo was the closest I had to a sunset as it was taken in the late afternoon. I have used lots of blues and greens and included a black swirl flourish as my silhouette. This is one of my favourite photos and shows my husband playing with our youngest daughter while we were on holidays at the beach last year." - Lisa

Fantastic photo Lisa to use on your submission, I can see why it's one of your favourites :) Love your flourish sihouettes, your blues and greens blend so well. Well done! - Shazza

Here is our first submission for the month from.....

Amanda Taylor - Soak up the Sun

loved the painting called 'sunset', this is what i came up with, i have covered all the criteria...Sun/Sunset(yep), blue/green colours(yep) and a cutout black sillouette(yep the flower)...... thanks for a great challenge again shazza

Amanda, What a nice bright layout for your submission.....with all the criteria covered. Love your clouds and material banners! And a lovely handmade flower to top it off. A cute photo of Connor too Great work!! Shazza

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Showcase of Caravaggio entries for July!

I am putting up the showcase of Caravaggio entries a tadd early :)
You still have till 12 midnight to get your entries in.
Any entries that come in will be added to this post, I just need to get this all up and running, with Augusts painting, sponsors etc.. organised.
Then I can get on to uploading everything for the birthday celebrations at FS2S...lots of prizes to be won !! Dont forget to pop on over :)

We had 19 entries for the month with 6 newbies joining in.

So, here is a 'Showcase' of all the 'Card Sharp' - by Caravaggio 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 Augusts inspiration very soon.

Thankyou so very much for helping to make this challenge site so FANtastic!!
I hope you all enjoyed the 'Caravaggio' challenge ' and I am looking forward to you all playing along again in August :) in no particular order, I present..........

Angie A - King of our Hearts

Anne Patterson - A Real Card

Annemaree - Emu

Bibby - Our Nan

Brenda Whyllie - The Games People Play

Chantel Vandenberg - Hello Super Heroes

Dale Tiernan - Just one of the Guys

Deb Clark - 3 Generations

Irit Shalom - King of Traveland

Jennifer Manis - 4 Years of fun with Jake

Julene Matthews - Who is it?

Julia Saddi - Card

Lexie King - Mr Mischief

Libeeti - Paris

Melinda Johns - Just a little Closer

Nicole Goodwin - Las Vegas Wedding

Peg Hewitt - It's a Gamble

Sarah Lou - Make a Wish Cooper

Sherri - A Diamond in the Rough


Yippee!! We have reached our 200th follower

So could Vickse, please email [me]
I would like to send you a Rak prize for being our 200th follower...Well done!!


Julys inspiration will come from the painting....

'The Card Sharpes' by Caravaggio

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points, try and work the following into your layout, card or OTP project.

Playing Card/s = 1pt
Shades of brown = 2pts
Feather/s = 3pts

Easy criteria for this month...card/feathers and brown earthy tones :)

Cant wait to see this months entries !!!

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

Entries for 'The Card Sharpes' will close
Thursday 29th July at midnight.


Here is a card entry from a newbie :)

Julia Saddi - Card

Ok: a feather + a card + brown shadow journaling

XoX Julia Sáddi

Thanks for your entry Julia, It looks like you have covered it all. Wow! You are our first entry from Portugal. Would love to see a layout from you next month that would be fantastic, thanks for playing along - Shazza

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

We have a great entry today from a Newbie.........

Melinda Johns - Just a Little Closer

I love the painting I love the way the 2 faces are
looking at each
other, It reminded me of a photo
of my 2 year old daughter Alexis.
I got all the
browns, but couldn't find feathers or playing

Regards Melinda

Hi Melinda! Thanks for joining in ARTastic. what
a great layout for your entry.
How cute is that
photo :)............and Love your title!!

The chipboard across the bottom fits in
Well done - Shazza

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Last week to get your entries in for the Caravaggio challenge

Plenty of time to get your entries in.......8 days left!!

'The Card Sharpes' by Caravaggio

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points, try and work the following into your layout, card or OTP project.

Playing Card/s = 1pt
Shades of brown = 2pts
Feather/s = 3pts


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Don't forget to pop over to my2angels this month......

Have you got all your bits and pieces this month.......if not !!! You better pop in and see Tracy 'Queen of the Charms' at My2angels

My2angels is the 'Picture this sponsor for July with a $10 voucher to spend


and for all your little chipboard bits and pieces

Golden Globe Runner UP! sponsor is
A2Z scraplets



Sunday, 18 July 2010

Fabulous entry this month from.......

Brenda Wyllie - The Games People Play

Hello Shazza,
I was really enspired by this months challenge, the hardest part was finding a photo that would suit.
I have kept with the brown shades and included feathers and cards.
Brenda Wyllie

Hi Brenda! This is a fabulous entry this month. I think you found the best photo ever to go with your title, its just perfect :) Love the digi effect of your title! Looks like you used real feathers too! Great work, the brown tones just blend so well. Cheers Shazza

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Caravaggio links

Hi Ladies!

For those that are interested in 'Caravaggio'

Here is a link to my partner Hasan's blog '3 Pipe Problem'.

This link contains all Caravaggio posts, which include the entire documentary from the Power of Art series and the current audio essays on BBC 3 Radio. They can all be watched/listened to directly from this page


Friday, 16 July 2010

We have another 'newbie' join our challenge this month.....

Lexie King - Mr Mischief

Morning Shazza, Have been meaning to do one of these challenges for so long. Put it at the top of my list this month. Have a playing card feather used shades of brown. Thanks for the inspiration for this LO.
- Cheers

Hi Lexie! Wow!! I'm so happy you joined in the challenge this month. Really love what you have done with the inspiration. Love the photos of your 'Mr Mischief' lol. You have covered all the criteria and produced a great entry :) Well done!! - Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 15 July 2010

A light bulb moment for........

Angie A - King of Our Hearts

Here is my take on this months painting....this one had me thinking for a while till BAMM..
I have a Husky names KING....this morning he was in my way and it all came together..
this one was fun to do...thanks for a place to help us get thinking out side the box..

Well done Angie!! So glad you had that 'light bulb moment' because its all come together just brilliantly :) How gorgeous is your husky King!! How nice to have rescued him from a shelter :) I love the little kennel! You have covered all the criteria. Thanks joining in again this month - Cheers Shazza.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Look see!! Look see!! from..........

Irit Shalom - King of Traveland

Shazza hello!
Here is my take for this month challenge - a masculine page- also the only page of one of my own men - my second son Amir - but lots of photos
Brown is a dominant color and for a title of a king I added a king card with a feather- so all criteria are done
I think the title is kind of my own - I've never known this word Traveland before also for not being an English speaker it is possible that this word is even common- but it fits my idea of my long time travelling son as a king of the world
Hope you like my take

Hey Irit, Your take on the challenge is fantastic :) Love your title and it suits perfectly that your son Amir is a long time traveller. So many things to look at on your page, from the head of the Lion that also represents 'King'. I can see your king card and feather so all criteria has been covered. Love the photos of Amir, I would love to know where he has travelled? Well done, a great layout!! - Shazza

Sunday, 11 July 2010

We have another entry from a newbie....... :)

Sherrie - A Diamond in the Rough

The following has been taken from Sherrie's blog:
I was over at Sarah's place and she was working on a LO for a challenge. It sounded pretty good so I went to check it out. Ummmmmm, I can do this I thought. Well, it was a little harder than I thought it was. So I went to work trying to figure this one out. I had to think about this one. I had these great pictures of my son. So I cut little diamonds of the cards for my title, used a feather I found in my garden and stitched one of the pages using embroidery floss. I cut the center out of a card and used it for my journaling. I like the way this turned out. Let me know what you think of it.

Hey Sherri! Thanks for joining in this month and glad you got your inspiration from Sarah Lou :)
I loved the way you cut out the diamond shapes from the cards and added your title on top. I love your title!!! Another great idea was to cut out the centre of the playing card and use that to journal in. Love your stitching and glad you found yourself a feather in the garden :)...Great job!! - Shazza

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Sponsoring 'ARTastic'

If you would like to sponsor a prize for a month please email We would love to advertise your site and add a paragraph about YOU on here!

Raks from Followers are also accepted


Here's a gorgeous page from.......

Anne Patterson - A Real Card

Hi Sharon, Here is my take on the ARTistic Challenge for this month. I have most of the criteria, but just could not find a feather to work on this page. Oh well, two out of three isn’t bad.

Regards, Anne P.

H! Anne! What a gorgeous page for the challenge this month. that chipboard truck is just the best! Love your doily and button. I love your stitched title :) The little joker card is gorgeous too. Well done and thanks for joining in this month! - Cheers Shazza