Sunday, 31 July 2011

July's inspiration will come from the painting 'Octoroon Girl by Archibald Motley

Octoroon Girl by Archibald Motley
(as suggested by Robin Jenkins)
Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points try and
work the following into your layout.

1. A Color or Black and White pic of yourself =  1pt
2. Shades of Red and Maroon colors (Monochramatic) = 2pts
3. Include a hat or gloves somewhere on the layout = 3pts

NOTE - From June we are now looking for individual entries for ARTastic, you may combine your entry with a sketch but we no longer want entries that combine other challenges as we feel the ladies that do the right thing and take the time to enter independent entries are disadvantaged when it comes to winning prizes. If it means we lose a few entries, so be it!

 The inlinkz post will go up shortly!

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

Entries for  "Octoroon Girl" will close
Friday 29th July at midnight.

Looking forward to seeing some great entries this month :)


Monday, 4 July 2011

All Entries for 'Octoroon Girl 'by Archibald Motley will go here

Michelle Hernandez submission...........

She Tried

The entry for ARTastic is "She Tried". The painting is GORGEOUS! I was worried that my more "modern" style would clash with the painting but I realized I have all this great romantic paper and embellies sitting around and that I've been wanting to use them - I really like the resulting page- it's now one of my "faves."

Our Guest DT member for July is......

Michelle Hernandez

Here is Michelles Bio........

I first started scrapping in 2009 when I developed complications during my first pregnancy. My doctor suggested I take up a hobby I could do at home to distract me from the stress of the situation. At first I just wrote in my journal and concentrated on decorating the nursery but I got really frustrated with my lack of drawing skills so I started looking for hand made wall art and stumbled the paper crafting community online. I've been hooked ever since.

Creating a layout is actually a big challenge for me. I prefer small print background papers and I LOVE fussy cutting to add pizzaz to a page. When I find myself completely stuck I "lift" ideas from other people's layouts (but never the whole or even large portions of a page). I also use sketches and keep notes of innovative things I want to try. 

I get inspiration from magazine layouts (all magazines not just crafty ones) subway adverts, art or museum exhibits and old book/record covers.  RARELY do I have a final layout in mind when I sit down. My best pages literally form themselves as I sit down with some paper and photos. I am a really slow scrapper- even simple pages take a couple of days. I find that leaving a page alone for a few hours gives me perspective on design flaws and I can fix those before I stick everything down. Finally I always write my journaling on another piece of paper before I add it to my layout- sometimes it's a struggle to find the words for what I feel so many pages just have titles.

Scrappy things I love beyond all reason: woodgrain patterns, grid/graph patterns, fabric/cloth patterns, pop dots, paper punches, velvet ribbon, clear stamps, clashing or vibrant colors and Thickers. If I had to choose only 1 item to receive in unlimited supply I would say print paper. You can make anything with a good print and some scissors- all else is icing on the cake. 

I'm currently on design Teams for Paper Issues- a great website that allows you to link up past or current creations as long as they fit the bi-monthly "theme", True Xoxo Girls- a scrap lift challenge website and Punky Scraps a challenge site that encourages you to get some attitude in your scrap pages.

Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me a chance to share my art and photo passion. :)
Here are some of Michelles favourite layouts :) 
3 Years

Art and Photo

Num, Num, Nuuum


Sweet Survivor

I love you 'Art and Photo' page, very creative and has a real mixed media feel to it!
Welcome to ARTastic Michelle, we all hope you enjoy the month as Guest DT member.
Please make Michelle welcome and dont forget to pop over to her blog and become a follower.


Here is Sarah's submission for the month......

True Colours

Come and meet our newest DT member......

Sarah Rogers

(Sarah will be replacing Robin Jenkins who will be stepping down at the end of the month)

Lets get to know Sarah!!

Hi,  I am Sarah Rogers a mother of three, 2 boys and a girl. At the moment we are living in Adelaide but as a Defence family we have also lived in ACT and NSW.
I have been scrapbooking for 9 years now, and just love creating something special out of our family photos to pass on to future generations. I also very much enjoy the support of the scrapbooking community via the internet that is why I am so pleased and excited to be joining the ARTastic team, ( my first design team) to start giving something back. My blog is a bit of a work in progress but  please come and visit.


Here are some of Sarah's favourite layouts :)



Beach Run



Ooh! Sarah!! I love 'Beauty', I love the textures and flowers, and the twine!

Could all DT's please make Sarah Welcome!! and dont forget to visit her blog and become a follower.
Thanks Sarah.....we're all happy to have you onboard :)


Sunday, 3 July 2011

Michelle Lark's submission......

Shop Girl

Hi Shazza,

Here is my layout for the Octoroon Girl challenge. I took a trip to Victoria a couple of years ago with a friend and we went shopping at the Queen Victoria Markets and tried on lots of hats. Here's a snapshot of the one I ended up buying. I thought it was a great photo for the challenge.

Cheers for now!
Michelle :)

Cecelia Blanco's submission.....

Tap, tap Tap

Hello ladies!  This is a photo is of me when I was seven years old.  My parents had me in Tap Dance, which did not last too long because I enjoyed sports too much.  Great photo inspiration and I cannot wait to see all the beautiful LO's this month.
Cecelia Blanco

Amanda Taylor's submission.....

At Last inner Peace

hey Shazza, here is my submission for july.............again i absolutely loved this painting.... ive got all the extra criteria.... colour or b&w pic of you, monochromatic maroon colour scheme and a hat or gloves....the image of a lady on the pp next to the pic is wearing a hat......... hope you like this...

Chantelle's submission...

Things I Love

Love B&W pictures and monochromatic, so this challenge was heaps of fun.  I went with the ‘red’ tones and used Crate paper. Kept the embellishments to a minimum and found a cute button in my stash for the ‘hat’ criteria.  Have tried to make my journalling like pattern paper, with a block of continuous words.
Thanks Shazza!!

Debi Clark's submission....

Lucky Me

Hi Shazza,
This has been a lovely LO to find inspiration from. 
What a terrific piece of art, & what a wonderful 
artist Motley was...I have read his biography &
find him fascinating.
I have used a photo taken last year at Loch Ard Gorge 
& used red/brown colouring shades that I must admit I love. 
I am wearing a lovely warm hat, but have also hand cut a 
pair of gloves that are just below & to the side of
the photo. Little bit wonky...but that is so like me!!
I hope the gals enjoy their July inspirational LO's 
as much as I have...was great!
Cheers, Debi

Lynnda Hosni's submission.....

On Sunday

1. A Color or Black and White pic of youself =  1pt - checked
2. Shades of Red and Maroon colors (Monochramatic) = 2pts - checked (PP)
3. Include a hat or gloves somewhere on the layout = 3pts checked (Conductor lady on the photo)

Hi Shazza,
Trust you are well... Attached is my LO for July Challenge... Hope you'll like it... Thank you and have a nice day!...HUgs...xoxo

Robin Jenkin's submission......

Remember Who I Am

Hey Shazza, here's my submission for July.  I had to pull out my November 2010 s.e.i. kit to find red and maroon papers!  I used an excerpt from a Maya Angelou poem called "I Almost Remember" as my journaling.  It says "... on late evenings when/quiet inhabits my garden/when grass sleeps and/streets are only paths for silent mist/I seem to remember/Smiling."  You'll also find I've used a digi image of a retro woman under a big hat, along with quite a bit of stitching that I did on this LO.  I've also added a couple of fabric flowers, and I created the red polka dot flowers with a new punch that I bought at my Stampin Up May club meeting.  Thanks for using "Octoroon Girl" by Archibald Motely this month!
Best regards,

Melissa O'Neill's submission.....

Making a Splash in the Workforce

Hi Shazza, 
You sure got my brain working this month, monochramatic is a challenge but I just love the end result. 
Hope you like my submission, thanks for making my brain think a bit harder. lol Melxx 

Karen Knight's submission....


Hi Shazza,

Really enjoyed this LO, Don't normally scrap a picture of just myself, so this was fun.. Loved the inspiration painting  and diva demands for this challenge. Got to play around with a couple of my new dies with this one... ( the rosette, rolled rose an spiral flowers..)

Have added in all the diva demands:
Photo of myself: check ( managed to snap this one of myself sitting in the front yard..)
Monochromatic red/maroon: Check
and a hat or gloves: check.. I have a crown on my die cut.

happy creating

 Karen xxx

Peggy Schenkel's submission....

Moments With You

Hi Shazz,
Here's my July submission.
I combined two criteria by cropping a picture of me wearing a hat, or anyway the closest thing to a hat you'll ever see me wearing.  The third criteria, using only shades of red and maroon colours was a true challenge.  I had never attempted anything coming close to a monochromatic LO, and it didn't come easy at first, especially since I found I own surprisingly few red papers.  However, while working on this LO, I grew to like it more and more, and I especially like the tone on tone alphas.
The pictures speek for themselves.  Last winter we had quite a lot of snowy days, and after school, my husband and I sometimes took the kids out for a walk with their sled.  The joy on their faces while sledding down a small hill or while having snowball fights is priceless, and always brings such joy to my heart.  I hope I was able to bring that joy to life in my page.  Thank you for another great challenge!

Winners announced for "Argenteuil" by Edouard Manet

Hi Ladies!

Thanks to all the ladies that joined in this months challenge, you all did a fabulous job of the challenge :) 

We had a total of 15 entries. Well done and thanks so much for supporting ARTastic. 

We also had 3 newbies join in!!
Elaine, Roxy Rolla and Anita
Thanks for joining in this month Ladies!

Well, the votes are in from the Design Team members.......
The 'Picture This' Winner for June 

Drum Roll Please!!!!!!

Anita Tillman
With her entry
'A Day at the Beach'

Congrats!!! Anita

You have won some scrappy goodies sponsored by
Simplycards by Chan Prize includes - 
Assorted doilies 3 x twine – pink, blue & red Story book cards,
6 x storybook bottle caps 3 x lace trims


The winner of the Random Draw Prize
donated by DT member Debi Clark


Holly Connors

with her entry

'Gondola Ride'

Congrats!! Holly you have won ....

The winner of the Random Draw Prize
donated by DT member Karen Knight



with her entry


 Congrats!! Elaine
you have won......

The winner of the Random Draw Prize
donated by DT member Amanda Taylor



with her entry


'Curators choice' winner is.........
Sarah Rogers
With her entry

'Beautiful Boy'
Reason - I just thought Sarah's handmade Fimo boats looked fantastic :)
I also loved the splashes from the waves...Well done Sarah!
You have won a Lisa K kit called 'Unhinged'


The Guest DT RAK Prize donated by 
Maggie R (and picked herself)


Helen Bogren

with her entry


Congrats!!! Helene
You have won

Some Scrappy Goodies! Consisting of - Green foam letter stickers from American Crafts, 
Stella and Rose Decorative Brads from My Mind’s Eye, Prima Flowers
and my own Crochet Flowers, dyed with Glimmer Mist.

The DT submission vote for June

goes to Peggy Schenkels

with her page
 Je t' adore
 Congrats Peggy!!! you have won a little giftie 
from me.

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


Picture This winning prize- sponsored by 'Simply cards' by Chan
  Guest DT RAK - donated by Maggie R
Random Draw Prize - donated by Karen Knight
Random Draw Prize - donated by Debi Clark
Random Draw Prize - donated by Amanda Taylor
'Curators Choice' Award and 'DT submission vote prize -   donated by Me (Shazza)


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

Thankyou to Maggie R  for being our Guest DT member 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

'Octoroon Girl' by Archibald Motley

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

so I can get all your prizes organised :)
All prizes will be posted before end of July