Thursday, 30 September 2010

Winners annonced for Septembers 'Frida Kahlo' challenge

We have had another great month at ARTastic with some incredible entries!

Thankyou to everyone that participated, it was another stuggle for me to pick my winners. The DT girls have been a great help

We had
21 entries for the month, with 3 newbies joining in!! Thanks everyone for taking the time to submit your entries, we love seeing all the different art work each month :)

I loved the digi pages the ladies submitted this month :)

Did you pick your favourite entry? Well! Lets see if they won a prize!! without further ado.....

The 'Picture This' winner for August


Sandra Wallace

with her entry

Kiss Mum ??

Congratulations Sandra, you have won

An assortment of goodies pictured :)
from Lil' Red Rocket


The 'Picture This' Runner UP! prize goes to

Melissa Zordilla

with her entry

Jackson Family

Congratulations Melissa you have won

A Giant pack of Tissue Paper Flowers pictured :)
from Pretty Petals


The Random Draw winner of the Fiskars - Tag! You're it punch

Donated by

goes to

Julie Dudley

with her entry

Perfecr Pair


The Random Draw winner of the A2Z scraplets

goes to

Mary Steinmetz

with her entry

He's my Boy

Congratulations Mary! you have won

A2Z scraplets prize for September is.....
3x pieces of Scraplets: monster, long stem flower and Happiness word.


Curators choice award this month goes to

Jen Fawkes

with her Entry

'How to eat a Budgie!

Reason: Even though this was an old layout (1997) I loved how this fitted the criteria perfectly. As soon as I saw it, I thought............Ooh I would love to scraplift this :) All the little photos with the instructions next to each photo really appealed to me :)
A great little page!

Congratulations Jen
you have won

Curators Choice Award
Lisa K kit - Evelyn


The winner of the Guest DT Rak, donated by
Irit Shalom and picked by Irit herself

....goes to

Tiffany Fibbert

with her entry

Cote the Dog

Congratulations Tiffany

you have won

Irits RAK Prize for September
Unity Monthly Kit


The winner of the Design Team submissions votes is

Peggy Schenkels

with her submission

Kind eyes

Frida Kahlo submission from another of our newest DT members .......

Congratulations Peggy you have won a RAK
from me :)


Well thats it for another month :)

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

SPONSORS for September

Lil' Red rocket

A2Z scraplets


Pretty Petals

Irit Guest DT RAK

and Curator choice award donated by shazza

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

Thankyou to Irit Shalom 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 'A Summer Morning by Rupert Bunny' 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 :)


Septembers inspiration will come from the painting......

Frida Kahlo - Self Portrait with Monkey

Diva demand for an extra 6 bonus points, give me ......

1. A photo of you or family member with your pet/pets = 1pt

2. Shades of brown and orange on your layout = 2pts

3. A single tropical flower or plant = 3pts

This is an 'easy peasy' challenge this month, so it would be great to see some of our new followers have a go :)

Cant wait to see this months entries !!!

Please email your layouts compressed/resized for web viewing to

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

Entries for 'Self Portrait with Monkey' will close
Tuesday 28th September at midnight.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Showcase of entries for Frida Kahlo challenge for September

Hi Ladies!

Thanks for the 21 ladies that joined in the challenge this month. We had three newbies join in and the rest of the 17 ladies are becoming a great bunch of regulars :)

Its going to be another hard month to chose a winner from all the fabulous entries. We have our normal categories for prizes but this month I have added 'The Curators Choice Award', which is a Lisa K kit and this could go to anyone of the 21 ladies, could be someone that has put in that extra effort of work on their entry, or it could be someone that has tried a new technique, or even someone that plays along each month but just misses getting a prize by just a point or so....... mmmmm I wonder who it will be this month :)

I will pop Octobers inspiration up shortly so you can all get a feel for it. I think you are all going to love what you can do with next months painting :)

Anyway here are the entries.....

Vada Leigh Seguin - I Love my Two Sweet Cats

Tiffany Fibbert - Cote the Dog

Sue McVeigh - Skater Girl

Sherrie Plummer - Nap Time

Sandra Wallace - Kiss Mum ??

Peg Hewitt - Just One Pat

Narelle Riley - Dom Dom

Melissa Zordilla - Jackson Family

Megan Vinn - Sun Bake

Mary Steinmetz - He's My Boy

Libeeti - Huggable

Lena Schreijenberg - Pets

Julie Dudley - Perfect Pair

Julene Matthews - Peek-a-boo-Puss

Jenn Fawkes - How to eat a budgie!

Helena Catt - For the Record

Gea Veldhuizen - U2

Deb Clark - What a Pet!

Cecelia Blanco - Chloe

Ann Maree - My Pet

Angie A - Boomer All Mine


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

Julie Dudley - Perfect Pair

Photo is of my two girls.

Hi Julie! What a great entry for the challenge, I love the photo of your girls. Love all the browns and oranges, your colors have blended really well together. Your embellies are gorgeous, love the little animated cat :) Thanks for joining in this month - Cheers Shazza

Saturday, 25 September 2010

We have another beautiful entry today from.......

Helena Catt - For the Record

finally but the ideas together in pixels - great inspiration. Gave me a good reason to use the hibiscus font again.
I haven't put the names in the public version of this page because these details are often used in security question on online sites.

Helena! This page has turned out just perfect for the challenge. Your tropical flower is the best and how cute is the photo you used :) The colors are great too, its all come together so well. Love your work this month. - Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Here is another 'Frida Kahlo' inspired layout from....

Julene Matthews - Peek-a-boo-Puss

Hello Shazza,
This is an older layout I did ages ago but it fits the criteria. As a kitten tuppence was into everything. She climbed on top of cupboards and even in Erica's dolls house. You never knew where she would turn up! She can be seen playing with Smokey,my mothers cat, in the bottom photos (another family member) and my father's orchids (tropical flowers) are in the bottom left hand photo.They were fuschias in the vase in the top picture. I added a vine to get some brown into the layout.
Freda Kahlo is my daughters favourite artist and her life story is fascinating. Cheers - Julene

Hey Julene. Glad you joined in the challenge this month, your 'Tuppence' is a goegeous cat, I love the photo of her in the dolls house, and playing with 'Smokey' :) I like your idea of turning your photos into 3D boxes, they look great! well done - Cheers Shazza

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Here is another entry from a 'Newbie', well actually our youngest 'Newbie'.....

Vada- Leigh Seguin - I Love my Two Sweet Cats

Hi Shazza,
I am home with my six-year old daughter over the
holidays and we are spending this dreary day
scrapbooking. When she said she wanted to
scrap her two cats, I thought of this challenge.

She couldn't find a photo of her with the cats,
but found this one of her dressed as a cat and
decided to use it. Our cats are overseas in our
home in North America, and the kids miss them and
talk about them everyday. This was Vada-Leigh's
way of keeping her memory of them fresh until we
see them again.
Hey Vada! What a great page you did of your cats. They look beautiful...Is the large grey one a 'British Blue', cause our BB cat 'Astro' looks very much like the cat in the photo. You look gorgeous dressed up in your cat costume. Do you do dancing? Thanks for joining in the competition. Well done - Shazza

We have an entry from a newbie and its a beauty!!!

Sandra Wallace - Kiss Mum ??

Hi Shazza!
LOVE your challenge blog...wondering how I haven't come across it before!!!?
All the entries have been fantastic and they have inspired me to have a go myself.
Thanks for the inspiration girls!!
Sandra Wallace

Hi Sandra! So glad you found us :) Your first ever entry here is fantastic. I love the photo you used. Love your tropical flower and all so the use of the colors. This has really come together beautifully. Well done and good luck when we start the judging! Cheers Shazza

Sunday, 19 September 2010

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

Peg Hewitt - One Pat?

Hey Shazza
Here's mine for sept.
Haven't scrapped this boy with the dog
for a very long time, I s'pose
teens are just too cool for pets and
photos! Thanks for another great
challenge :-)
This looks so arty Peg! It looks like a real mixed media piece :) I love the title and the pic. Your gorgeous tropical flower is awesome. Thanks for joining in and great work this month. Well done - Shazza

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Don't be late....

........You have exactly 10 days to get your entries into for the Frida Kahlo challenge.

The DT and I would love to see your creations

Entries for 'Self Portrait with Monkey' will close
Tuesday 28th September at midnight.

Please email your layouts compressed/resized for web viewing to


Friday, 17 September 2010

Another entry in my inbox today from .................

Libeeti - Huggable

Hi Shazza!
Please see the attached - my submission to September's challenge. I wasn't sure I'd play with you this month, cause nothing came to my head, till yesterday, and then I just made this lo fluently... LOL I guess that's what they call - inspiration....
Any way, I think I've covered all criteria: a photo of me with my pets - done. It's me, 15 years ago, with the two dogies I had. Shades of brown & orange - done. One exotic flower - done.
I'm so happy my mojo decided to come back so I could play with you this month. It was such a fun and very inspiring (and I was very happy to look at some of my old photos with my former 'babies'...).
Thnak you very much for all the inspiration!
Take good care,

Hey Libeeti! I think you have done a great job of the challenge. I'm glad you were eventually inspired, and your mojo produced this gorgeous layout :) I love your Faux stitching and the rolls of pp under your photo....what a great idea! Love the doggie paw prints and how cute is your little doggie embellishment. All criteria covered here :) Great work! - Cheers Shazza

We have another great 'pet' page.......

Narelle Riley - Dom Dom

Hi Shazza

After having so much fun playing at the Screen to Scrap blog last month I decided to try my hand at the ARTastic challenge this month!
My LO features myself and our "shared custody" dog (he shares his time between my parents house and ours!!), brown and orange and a single tropical frangipani! Our dog's name is Domnio and the title is a take on a line from 'Night at the Museum" which says "Me not dumb dumb- you dumb dumb". We use it all the time with our Dom!

Blessings - Narelle Riley

Well done Narelle! I love your dog Domino, he is gorgeous! Looks like he loves the attention :)
Great page, love your tropical flower! Love the title you used too. Thanks for joining in this month. Well done! - Shazza

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

Gea Veldhuizen - U2

Dear Shazza,

This is my first time I sent a layout. I liked the challenge ;)))

This is my daughter Judith with our pup Jayla on their first puppy class….they are a amazing couple

Gr, Gea Veldhuizen

Hi Gea! Thanks for you entry this month, and how great is it! Love the photo of Judith and Jayla together. Great tropical flower too. This has turned out treat! Well done, and thanks for joining in :) Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Another gorgeous entry from.....

Tiffany Flibbert - Cote the Dog

Hi Shazza – I’m back again! This has been a real fun one, and I am happy to play along again. Thanks again!



Hey Tiffany! What a fantastic entry I just love all the orange and brown. I love how you used material for your background, its given your entry lots of texture and volume. I also like your idea how you flipped the ribbon in the RH corner :) Perfect pics, you have covered all the criteria. Great Work!! Cheers Shazza

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Have a look at this gorgeous layout from.....

Sue McVeigh - Skater Girl

Hey Shazza,
Here is my layout for the September challenge.
I don't have myself or a family member in the photo with
my dog, but I have shades of brown & orange and flowers.
The journalling reads: "Angel took to riding the skateboard
like a natural!!! Except when she yelped because the
skateboard was up against the brick wall and she wanted
us to pick it up so she could continue riding!"
Cheers, Sue McVeigh

Hi Sue!
lol...How gorgeous is Angel on the skateboard....I've never seen a dog ride a skate board funny is that !! Apart from the photo without yourself or a family mamber in it, everything else is covered. Your color combo has worked out well and I love your scallopped flower accent you added, thanks for joining in again. - Cheers Shazza

Monday, 13 September 2010

Another entry in my inbox today from .................

Sherrie Plummer - Nap Time

Hi Shazza,
This is my son and his daughter Bella, one of my new grandbabies. They have twins, Bella and Luke. Dad, Bella and the dogs are all trying to take a nap. But Bella isn't having any of it. She wants to look around. Great inspiration picture this month. I wasn't to sure of the color combo when I started, but it turned out really great!

Hi Sherrie! I love the photo of your son, Bella ....and the dogs trying to nap..... lol I think the color combo worked out fine, and I love the little cut out squares on the side. Love your tropical flower, with the little heart in the centre :) Great work this month! Well done!! - Cheers Shazza

Sunday, 12 September 2010

A beautiful entry today from...

Cecelia Blanco - Chloe

Hello Shazza and DT;0) Here is my submission for the Frida Kohalo challenge. These are pictures of my daughter and middle son right after we rescued Chloe from the shelter 4 years ago. Here is what my journaling says:
We rescued you from a life you did not deserve
and brought you into our home
where you will be loved and taken care of forever.
We love you.
Thank you for the inspiration and hope you all have a great weekend;0)

Cecelia Blanco

Hi Cecelia, thanks for your entry this month, I love your Chloe layout :)
The title with the button for the 'o' is a great idea and I must say your tropical flower is stunning.....I love it!! Great pics of the kids with Chloe, what an adorable pup! I'm so glad she found you guys or you found her lol Great work this month, well done! Cheers Shazza

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Here ia a great take on the challenge from.......

Jen Fawkes - How to Eat a Budgie!

Hi Shazza, here is my layout for your September challenge.
It meets the criteria (pets - yes, brown/orange - yes, tropical flower - yes).
This tells the story of Molly, a tame budgie that flew into our lives (many years ago). She was so tame that she must have belonged to someone who loved her. Unfortunately we never found her previous owner but we enjoyed her company for many years. She was one amazing bird. - Jen

This has turned out a treat Jen. Love all the little photos with the list of steps on how to eat a bird included. Great that you have done some distressing abd tearing of your pp (I love that technique) Your tropical flower and little bird in the corner add a perfect touch. Great work again! Cheers Shazza

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Have a look at this entry from.......

Melissa Zordilla - Jackson Family

hello miss shazza,
here is my LO for this months challenge. i love your diva demands especially the tropical flowers. i love making my own flowers and i was inspired by the pictures of tropical flowers i found using google. this is my dear cousin Mae and her beautiful family including their cute little dog. i hope i covered all your diva demand and once again thank you for the inspiration. have a wonderful day!


Just beautiful Melissa, A very striking entry. I love the Jackson family photo with their little dog that you used. Your tropical flower is just stunning. There is so much too look at on here from all your little techniques to a little added tag and bird. I bet your pleased with how this turned out. Great work - Shazza

We have an entry today from......

Megan Vin - Sun Bake

Hi Shazza,
Here is my September submission. It's my eldest child and our one eyed cat. He is getting on in age and rarely moves from the front verandah. He loves sunbaking more than anything in the world including us humans! I've used a bit of symbolism here like Kahlo is so fond of. The lotus flower represents my daughter who is one unique individual! I painted it in purple to match her glasses. The stripey paint follows the tiles out and draws the eye to the picture. Thanks for squizzing,

Hi Megan!
A lovely arty entry, love your painted background and the Lotus flower has come up a treat!
Your pic of your daughter and cat is so cute, and love your journaling too. Your Sun Bake title is Hot!! lol Great work... I love it!! - Cheers Shazza