Monday, 28 February 2011

Winners Announced for February's challenge 'Venus at her Toilet'.....

Hi Ladies!  
The votes are in!!

Are you ready to find out who are winners are this month.........

So much scrappy goodness in all the entries .Well done, its been a very hard descision.........

We had
15 entries for the month. With two newbies having a go at the challenges this mont, so Well done ladies...... Michelle Hernandez and Jeanet Hoveling  

A big thankyou to  everyone for taking the time to submit your entries, we love seeing all the different art work each month :) without further ado.....

The 'Picture This Winner' for  January is 

Helene Bogren
with her entry
'Self Portrait'

Congrats Helene !!! You have won 
Ally & Beeble stamp from the Emerald Faeries Collection.
donated by Deb Mitchell 

The Random Prize Draw of a

Hanging Flourish Frame (Kaisercraft) donated by DT member Melissa O'Neill
has been won by 
Kim Hutchinson 

with her entry


Here is a pic of your prize


The Random Prize Draw of some scrappy goodies donated by Amanda Taylor


Lisa K

with her entry


CONGRATS Lisa!!! Here ia a pic of your prize


The Random Prize Draw of a RAk of goodies donated by Debi Clark

Has been won 


Melissa Pablo

With her entry

'Love Myself'

CONGRATS Melissa!!! Here is a pic of your prize!!


Curators choice award goes to

Jeanete Hoveling

with her entry

'Wake up Call'

Reason: I love how Jeanete used the pp strips on her page 
along with a range of techniques such as
stitching, paint, stamping and the use of rub ons....
Well done!!

Here is a pic of your prize... Congrats!!!!


The Guest DT RAK
donated by Melody
(and picked by Melody herself)

goes to

Jane Howden

with her entry 


Here is a pic of your prize


The DT submission winner

for January


Melissa O'Neill

with her sub/sample

'14.5 years and Going Strong'
You have won a rak of goodies from shazza
Yah!! Next up MARCH!!!

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

SPONSORS for February
Deb Mitchell - Debs Creations.

Melody Rainbow - Guest DT RAK

Debi Clark - RAK of Goodies
Melissa O'Neill  - Rak of Goodies
Amanda Clark - Rak of goodies

'Curators Choice' Award', prize donated by Shazza


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

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

Thankyou to my DT members, who submitt the most inspiring work

We hope to see you all back again with some great entries for our next inspirational painting

'The Circus Horse by Marc Chagall'

Could all the winners please email me their home addresses to:

so I can get all your prizes organised :)


February's inspiration will come from the painting 'Venus at her Toilet' by Pieter Paul Rubens

Venus at her Toilet by Pieter Paul Rubens
(Suggested by Peggy)

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points try and
work the following into your layout.

1. Layout must be about YOU! = 1pt
2. Add wings somewhere on your layout = 2pts
3. Use a mirror image or use the same
picture of YOU multiple times  = 3pts
What an easy peasy entry this month, looking forward to seeing lots of faces this month............lets try and beat January's 15 entries :)
Please email your layouts compressed/resized for web viewing to

Also, please add your blog address to your email so I can add it to the post, that way we can come and visit you :)

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

Entries for 'Venus at her Toilet' will close
Saturday 26th February at midnight.
(February is a short month this year!)

Start off 2011 by joining us here at ARTastic, we would love to see more of our 'Followers' join in.
Cant wait to see February's entries !!!


Sunday, 27 February 2011

Our 'Picture This' sponsor for the month is .......

Deb Mitchell, 
Owner of  Deb's Creations

You can get to Debs Creations from here 

Debs donated prize is this gorgeous stamp.
Ally & Beeble from the Emerald Faeries Collection.
Here is one of  Deb's gorgeous cards, showing us, just what 
Ally can look like when used on a card :)

Such beautiful work....wish I could make such beautiful cards !!!

Dont forget to pop over and check out Deb's ning site and check out some of the work from her amazing Design Team :)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Here is the showcase of entries for February's 'Venus at her Toilet' by Rubens

What another great month at ARTastic....15 entries for February :)

We had two newbies join us for the month.......... thanks to Michelle Hernandez and Jeanet Hoveling

I will pop March's  inspiration up shortly so you can all get a feel for the painting and Artist. I love Febs painting, something a little different with lots os possibilities.....  The Design Team as usual have put together some fantastic layouts to share, I will add them to the blog shortly.

Don't forget to make 2011 your best scrapping year ever!!

Here are the entries for February.......
 Dale Tiernan - Butterfly Girl

Helene Bogren - Self Portrait

Irit Shalom - Always

Jane Howden - Me

Jeanete Hoveling - Wake Up Call

Jen Fawkes - Caught

Julene Matthews - Farewell

Karen Williams - Note to Self

Kim Hutchinson - Balance

Lisa K - Happy

Lizzy Crust - Broken Wings Can Fly

Melissa Pablo - Love Myself

Michelle Hernandez - Believe

Peg Hewitt - Life

Sue McVeigh - Reflections

The Design Team and I are off to think about our votes!

back soon.....

Cheers Shazza

A last minute entry from......

Jen Fawkes - Caught ...

Here is my February entry for the "Venus" challenge. I certainly don't like photos of ME but this one is one of the worst - but it still tells a story.
I have a pic of ME, a mulitple of that pic and I'm wearing some wings on my head. Thanks again for a great challenge
cheers, Jen

Hey Jen!  Love your take on the challenge :)  I love how you got caught with your tongue out whilst  At least you got to scrap an event from the Great Bike Ride!!  Like your black and white edging around the page and edging on the journaling tag :) Good Luck!!  and Cheers Shazza

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

Kim Hutchinson - Balance

Hi Shazza,
  This is my entry for February, just scraped in this month.
When I looked at the inspiration painting by Rubens it reminded me of how our brain is left and right sided so I decided to investigate how I think each side of my brain works.
The left spontaneous and creative and the right safe and logical.  I have really enjoyed looking into 'me' this month.
Have filled the criteria, me + me in mirror image, wings on the butterfly's.
Thank you for your hard work in maintaining your blog, such a lovely inspiratonal blog to read.  Good luck to all the ladies this month
there is some lovely, lovely work up.
My blog address is
  Cheers Kim

Hi Kim!
What a great idea for your challenge page. Gorgeous photos of you and love them in black and white. Great journaling strips too. The added butterflies give your page a lovely girly look. Love your style Kim...Well done! Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Look! what just popped into my email box.......

Helene Bogren - Self Portrait

Hi Shazza!
I wanted to use this opportunity to make a portrait of myself using my favorite colors, embellishments symbolizing my different hobbies and a picture of me scrapping. The picture in the frame to the right is a photo transfer and the flowers (Hemerocallis) are pictures taken in our garden last summer. My hobbies are gardening, reading books and magazines, needlework and fashion. The fairy is symbolizing my wild fantasy… (I did one portrait of my husband too and you are welcome to take a look at them both at
Cheers Helene

Hi Helene!  What a gorgeous page you have entered for the challenge! A lovely photo of you at your scrap table :) Great added fairy.....with wings!! I love that you included flowers from your garden. Well done! Cheers Shazza

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

You will like this entry from.....

Jane Howden - Me

Hi Shazza,
Just submitting my Artastic layout for February.  I had to think about this challenge as I loathe (really hate a whole big lot!) scrapping pictures of myself unless they are in a group context so I cheated just a teeny tiny weenie bit – lol.  So this is me in multiple pictures (hey two is more than one right?) and although they aren’t exactly the same, you have to give me points for ingenuity!  There are wings on the layout – tiny butterfly wings.
 Thanks Jane for your entry this month, I love the blocking its really eye catching. Cute photos of you when you were a little girl :) I love the colors you used, its all come together so well! Love the little butterfly wings too...Well done!! Cheers Shazza

Another entry for the month from......

Melissa Pablo - Love Myself

hi miss shazza,
here is my take for this months challenge. it was a real challenge for me to scrap about myself because i don't usually scrap my photos. thank you for continue to push me to try something new. this is about my goal this year to love myself more because i tend to take myself for granted especially when it comes to my health. hope you like it.
isay :D
Great page Melissa :) I love the colors you have used, your little handmade flowers are gorgeous! I like your three snap shots of yourself and yes your right...I think we all take ourselves for granted especially our health! I love your heart embellies and your large stitched heart. Great work Melissa! Cheers Shazza

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Here is a great entry from......

Dale Tiernan - Flutterby Girl

I have a very bright layout for you this month. It has all the criteria met. Wings on the butterflies, two identical photos of me (also butterfly wings on me) and of course it's about me. I like the blue and pink together. How about you?
The journalling reads "Most people at the meet and greet had a costume on. I didn't so I lined up to get my face painted as a butterfly."
Cheers Shazza, - Dale

Yes, its a very bright entry from you Dale :) Love the butterfly painted on your face. Your title font looks great! I'm not sure if I have done any pages with aqua blue and pink but its given me something to think about! Thanks for entering in the challenge this month. - Cheers Shazza

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Here is a great entry from one of our regular entrants.....

Peg Hewitt - Life

Hi Shazza
Here's my layout for the Feb Artastic challenge.
Peg x

Hey Peg!  This is so Fab!!  I love the three identicle photos you have used with just a touch of color.
Love your little added wings and your ironic saying about 'Life'. Great work!! Cheers Shazza

Monday, 14 February 2011

Look at this fabulous entry from....

Irit Shalom -Always

Shazza hello
Sorry I was not submitting for a few month- but life is too busy here, but I did this page  for your challenge this month
This is my  own very old wedding photo and I have wings on the paper - those angels on the corner, and also I didn't use mirrow   photo or  a second photo-  but just look over the cut paper girl- she is just like me, really she is and it just shocked me so that I decided to use it on my page
So pretty much is covered and it's the same very vintage style page as a prompt
Hope you like it
Irit Shalom
Hey Irit!!
Thanks for joining in this month! I must say you made a beautiful bride and the photo looks like an image from a movie :) I love this page and just adore the embellies you used. The paper cut out girl is awesome. I think you have done a great job of the challenge this month. Well done :) Cheers Shazza

Friday, 11 February 2011

Look at this fabulous entry from....

Sue McVeigh - Reflections

Hi Shazza, here is my submission for the February 
challenge. Mirror image  photo of me - check. 
Wings - check.  Layout about me - check.
Love this challenge, Shazza.
Cheers, Sue McVeigh
Hey Sue!!  Clever lady, love the 'Refective' 
photo you used!! Such a great idea. Cutest 
angel with wings hanging in the corner ....
Spot on Journaling!!...A great digi entry.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

We have a delightful page from a newbie.......

Jeanet Hoveling -Wake up Call

Hi Shazza,
Here's my very first entry for your fabulous challenges....finally ;)
Started this page thinking about myself like I imagined Venus would, staring at herself in the mirror, reflecting....
Life is really moving fast and I have to remind myself to live and to love myself, not waiting for that perfect time, just do it now!
So this is my wake up call.
Thanks for this great challenge Shazza and all the inspiration from your DT girls.
I'm definitely going to play again!!
Thanks for joining us this month Jeanet :)  I love your layout with all the strips of pp and random stitching....what a great base it has made for your layout. I also love how you split the little wing in two and added it to two different photos...great idea!!! Title is fab and love how you used the different fonts..... Great work!!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

You will like this entry from.....

Lizzy Crust - Broken Wings Can Fly

Hi Shazza...
i have just done the February challenge.. and have 
attached it for you.. 
I have used wings, in the title and on the layout, 
i have two identical photos of myself and it is 
about me.. the title is a refection of me i feel, 
sometimes i feel like i am not much, i am broken, 
but with Gods help i have been able to fly and 
chieve things that have blessed my life..
so thanks for a great challenge.. i hope you 
like my entry this month.. 
thanks again..
hope your day is going great!
love Lizzy
A beautiful entry this month Lizzy. Lots to 
look at here with lovely soft colors. The flowers 
you have used are divine, I'm loving the bird cage 
and your golden wings are beautiful!!!
Great work! Well done!  - Cheers shazza 

Monday, 7 February 2011

Look! what just popped into my email box.......

Lisa K - Happy

Hi babe
Last last night I felt  like scrapping so I got the Artastic  challenge done - YAY!!!
I have met all the criterion - about me, multiple pics, and  wings -on the bird......I had fun doing this one
Love your challenges
Talk soon
Lisa K

YAY!! Lisa... what a great page!!.... Look at you with your big 'sunnies' on....... lol This is sweet, love your doillies, hanging beads and fancy nancy envelope. Fabo entry! - Cheers Shazza

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Apologies DT Members and Followers!!

Hi Ladies!!

I have been experiencing some computer problems and also problems with my router and wiFi, I will attempt to get everything uploaded over the next day or two. Sorry!! but these things happen sometimes and I'm not computer savvy so I have to get my partner Hasan on to fixing it  :)

So please be patient :)


Friday, 4 February 2011

Here is a great entry from one of our regular entrants.....

Julene Matthews - Farewell

Hi Shazza, Here's a layout from my wedding in 1982, where I was saying farewell to my one and only nephew.(He's now 36!) It is a special memory for me.I used a wedding proof of Nathan and his parents to echo the big picture.
The technique I used was embossing with copper foil using a stylus over a patterned picture frame.It went so well with the Rebecca Sower paper called Beeswax.There is a bee with wings, also in copper foil on the bottom left hand side. This was a great challenge, thank you. Julene Matthews
Julene! Love how you tried this embossing with copper foil technique on your entry! You have done so well - the swirly frame is the best!!  The little copper bee is so cute. Love the earthy colors of the whole layout, and that bees wax paper is awesome (note to self - must try and find some!) Very impressive work! Cheers Shazza

We have our second entry for the month and its from a newbie.....

Michelle Hernandez - Believe

A page for my lilttle cousin Ty who's photo reminded me to notice the joy in everyday things.
Page uses wings and a doubled image.

Hi Michelle!
Thanks for joining us this month, its so nice to see some new artistic work in the gallery. You have done an excellent job of the challenge. I love how you interpreted the painting by adding color and gorgeous embellies. Love your style! The balloons and clouds look fantastic, and great pics of Ty :) Well done!
Cheers Shazza

Our first entry for the month comes from...

Karen Williams - Note to Self

Hi Shazza
Here is my entry for the Artastic challenge this 
It's called "note to self" ( but I think it should 
be subtitled a "touch of the Galileos" as I have 
the look of Queen from Bohemian Rhapsody) 
I have all the criteria
Its about me
there are wings ( butterflies)
and there are three of the same picture all taken 
in the bathroom mirror this 
I didn't really have an idea behind the LO before 
I started so I stuck some little punched tags 
behind the photos for messages one reads- don't 
take pictures in the bathroom mirror!
Hope it's OK
 Karen thanks for your entry this month...i see 
what you mean about the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' look! 
Love the tag idea and the spotted pp just sets 
the whole layout off...I love spots :)Great work 
this month Karen!

Here is our Guest DT's example for this month....

Melody Rainbow - Here come the Bride

hiya shazza,
how are you?
Attached is my layout for the February challenge on artastic challenges, i hope you like it.
have a great night
tc from mel ;)

Meet our Guest DT member this month......

Melody Rainbow

Here is Melody's bio:

 Hi my name is melody and my hubbys name is adrian. we have 2 daughters. Stephanie is 4 and Anya is 2. I have been scrapbooking since 2005, so for about 5 years.
I like making cards and doing layouts and the occasional otp's.

i have attached my 3 favourite layouts as well as a photo of myself.

i am about to do the layout for February soon and will email it thru once its done ;)

My challenge site's link is:

My blog is:

Have a great day 

tc from mel ;)

Some of Melody;s favourtie layouts......

Our little Princess

The Camara Loves You

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Thanks for showing us some of you favourite layouts Melody :)  You have a daring little girl, I like the page you did 'The Camera Loves You' , the lace and pp borders look fantastic! Please make Melody welcome at ARTastic this month. :)