Saturday, 31 December 2011

Decembers inspiration will come from the painting 'A Blessing of Christmas' by Thomas Kinkade

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

1. A snowman=  1pt
2. A Christmas Tree = 2pts
3. Use the word 'Christmas' in your title = 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  :)

A Blessing of Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

will close 
Thursday 29th December at midnight.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Here is Karens submission for the month.....

Christmas Day


a close up!

Hi Shazza,

I was inspired by the soft lighting in the painting that made the whole scene look a little blurry and ethereal.  I chose some darker papers and a blurry photograph, and softened the edges with gentle distressing.  I made my own Christmas trees with coordinating paper and stitching.  I couldn't find a way to add a snowman, but I thought the white spots on the patterned papers lent a snowy effect to the layout. 

Kind regards, Karen

Come Meet our Guest DT member for the month of December.....

Karen B
Hi :)  My name is Karen, and I've been scrapbooking for almost seven years.  I live in a semi-rural area in south-east Queensland, Australia, with my husband, 10 year old daughter and two guinea pigs.  I work full time and to relax I enjoy gardening, sewing and scrapbooking.

I've been making albums and decorating journals with memorabilia since I was little, but I first started 12x12 scrapbooking in 2004 or 2005 when I needed an album for some special photographs.  I discovered a scrapbooking store with more papers than I ever imagined - "real" 12x12 scrapbooking products!  I sought out an online forum to find out more... and I've been out of control ever since!

What I love about scrapbooking, is that it ticks all the boxes.  It's a way to preserve my photographs and memories in a meaningful way; a creative outlet; it's tactile and fun; there's no rules!  I've been so fortunate to meet some wonderful people through scrapbooking, both online and in real life, who have become very dear friends. 

Thank you so much for having me as a guest designer at ARTastic this month!

I'd love you to visit me at
Here are some of Karens favourite layouts......
Each Day is a Gift

J and Mia 

Such beautiful pages Karen, I think my favourite is J and Mia (you have used beautiful soft colors and I always love a cat layout!)
Could everyone please make Karen welcome at ARTastic and dont forget to check out her blog and become a follower :)

Monday, 5 December 2011

Here is Karen Knights submission........

 All I want for Christmas is You

Hi Shazza,
Here is my layout for an awesome Dec Inspirational 
I have added in all my diva demands :)  A tree on 
my sticker. And  the word Christmas and a Snow man 
on my title tag!! :)
This pic was from christmas last year, and was a 
quick one i snapped while i was trying to get Ash 
to sit nicely.. with no luck!! 
I’ve used all sorts of bits and pieces.. the paper 
and flowers are Prima, with a few Tim Holtz Stickers, 
Cosmo Cricket title , and making memories journal page
Thanks so much once again for a great challenge!!
Karen xxx

Here is Helene Bogren's submission for the month...

Longing for Christmas

Hi Shazza!
When I saw this Thomas Kinkade painting I had a feeling of wanting to be part of something or longing for something (to join the celebration in that house) and I thought of our daughter who is longing for Christmas this time of the year! The title of my layout is “Longing for Christmas”. I added a lot of different “Christmas-embellishments” to symbolize everything that she is longing for (which includes a snowman and a Christmas tree). To capture the colors in the painting I chose to use a patterned paper in light green (with Christmas pattern) as a background. I used some yellow mist to create some “light” and white gesso to create “snow”. If you look close you can see the yellow “light” as stars trough the “snow”.
Take care!
Cheers Helene

Chantelle Huizenga submission for December.....

Christmas Day

Hi Shazza,  Here is my LO for December!
What a stunning picture – it looks magical – could not imagine a white Christmas but it sure does look beautiful. 
Had fun with this challenge using the snowman and tree in the bunting.

Here is Cecelia Blanco's submission for December ......

Merry Christmas Tag

Hello Shazza.  Here is my submission for the december inspiration.  Again, I wanted to do something different so I decided to make a "Merry Christmas" tag.  I hope it will give inspiartion to those who do not scrap and want to join in the challenge.  There are Christmas trees on my dp and of course my super cute snowman and Merry Christmas is stamped on the bottom of the tag.  The white snowflake is crocheted by my Mom.  She sends me goodies every so often;0)  I just like to hoard them because they are all so pretty.  Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday!  Hugs xx

Cecelia Blanco

Amanda Taylor's submission.....

Twas the Night Before Christmas

hey shazza, here is my sub for december..........ive used some of beccis crochet creations on here........ ive got all the required criteria................the word 'christmas', snowman and a christmas tree.....................hope you like it!

Lynnda Hosni's submission for December

 Card - In the Meadow we can build a Snowman

Hi Shazza,
Here is my submission for December.

have a nice day!..
Lynnda Hosni


I would just like to mention that this is Lynnda's last month on the DT at ARTastic.
We wish you well Lynnda and hope you continue your scrapping endeavours!
Thanks for all your submissions at Artastic!


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

 Our Christmas Song

Hi Shazza,
Here is my December challenge. Having summer for our Christmas I always find Christmas themes hard to scrap, so it took a while to think of a suitable page that would fit all the demands, but I did it. I have pictures from the Snowman book, there is a Christmas tree on a piece of pp and the word Christmas is in the title.
This page is of our family  Christmas trip to England back in 2006. The kids fell in love with the DVD The Snowman, and the music to it was so magical just like our trip through England.  I wish all at Artastic, followers and design team members a wonderful Christmas and fantastic year ahead full of lots of scrapbooking.

Here is Debi Clark's submission for December.....

 There's No Business Like SNOW Business

Well, the Christmas month is now here & all the 
preparations are underway for our family to meet. 
Hope you are hanging up the stockings too Shazza!
I have attached my December LO based on Thomas 
Kinkaid's warm winter the 
homeliness & happiness it exudes.
I have chosen some photos of our visit to the UK in 
December 2005, meeting up with our Jade.  We came 
from our hot aussie summer to really cold, then
an icy cold aussie's didn't know what 
hit us!! Here we are in Lincoln, after finding a 
lovely hotel for the night with heavy snow all
around...and it was beautiful!
I have used all the criteria on my page - a snowman, 
a small Christmas tree in the journaling tag & 
my title is No Business Like Christmas Snow
Wishing all the lovely gals on the team, & all 
our wonderful players a bright & cheery Christmas, 
& safe New Year.
Cheers, Deb xx

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Winners announced for Bacchus by Carravagio

Hi Ladies!
I'm a few days behind in uploading all ARTastics info for December, with working fulltime in retail and family comittments, I'm doing my best!!! Sorry for any Inconvenience :(
Thanks to all the ladies that joined in this months challenge

We had a total of  5 entries......
Unfortunately, the rules state that ...
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 entry will not be included in the prize sharing!
It looks like everyone is a winner at ARTastic this month!!!!
Well done and thanks so much for supporting ARTastic.

Well, the votes are in from the Design Team members.......

The 'Picture This' Winner for November
Dale Tiernan 
with her entry
Together Forever

Congrats Dale 
You have won a $25 voucher from 
The Guest DT prize
donated by Jane Howden....and 
picked by Jane herself

goes to....
Glenda T
with her entry
'Roxy Toasted'
 Congrats!! Glenda, you have won

Random Draw Prize donated by....

DT member Sarah Rogers goes to..... 

Karen Williams

with her entry

Naturally Chilled

Congrats Karen!!!

You have won....


Curators Choice Award
Donated by Shazza (me)

goes to


with her entry 

Remember When.....

Congrats!!! Ellen you have won

 Donated by me!!


The DT submission winner for November is....
Chantelle Huizenga

With her submission

 A big thankyou to all the November sponsors,

your donations are much appreciated by all of us at ARTastic

Picture This winning prize- sponsored by 'Scrap Therapy'
  Guest DT RAK - donated by Jane Howden
Random Draw Prize - donated by Sarah Rogers
'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 Jane Howden for  being our Guest DT member for 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.....

A Blessing of Christmas by Thomas Kinkade

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

so I can get all your prizes organised :)
Note - All prizes will be posted before end of  December.