Thursday, 5 April 2012

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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Our April Inspiration ..

will come to you via Cafe on the Left Bank by Julie Podstolski (suggested by Creative Team member Debi Clark).  This is a coloured pencil drawing of tables and chairs set out on a Parisian Street early in the morning before the arrival of customers. 

Extra criteria for challenge - we'd like to see you base your entry around the theme of food.

A bit about Julie Podstolski.

Julie is a Painter/illustrator based in South Fremantle, Western Australia.

She is New Zealand-born and moved to Australia in 1982. After working for over 20 years with oil paints she switched to using coloured pencils in 2001 with the aim to achieve luminosity and a sense of drama to her works. She is described as a realistic artist and her works reflect interesting aspects of everyday live, including urban  landscapes and people.  A lot of her work features aspects of life in Japan where she travels frequently.  This piece Cafe on the Left Bank was inspired by time spent in Paris in December 2010.

And some fantastic inspiration from our creative team ...

Chantelle - Tea Party

Amanda - Tea 4 Two

Helene - Our new kitchen

Sarah - Cafe

Shazza - Dining Out

and a digi layout from yours truly ...

Jane - Chai

and finally ...

Debi - The spice of life

Debi Clark is our featured Creative Team member this month.

Debi's Bio ...

Hi everyone,

I am a happy paper crafter & card maker, & for the past 9 years have looked at the world in a different way – a scrapbooking way. I am so fortunate that I literally stumbled into scrapbooking, a 'revelation' as I passed a scrapbooking shop in Brisbane & that is now my personal passion, with my family being always put to paper. I never ever believed I was creative, & very happy that I found it! I encourage friends to try their hand, & on most occasions they have returned with a smile, & this insane desire to buy more paper! I term my style as 'rumbled'- rarely squared lines, love layering, I like to add extras like labels & tickets & laces, & put lots of love & thought into each piece. Possibly shabby chic or grungy...maybe a bit of everything!
I have been married to Pete for 35 years, have 2 grown up children with families, & quite a few grandchildren! I work 2 jobs, plus we also run our own company 'after normal work hours' - so I am always busy & there is never a dull moment! My family is very supportive of my hobby, well it really is a way of life, as it encompasses the whole of me. I have made delightful friendships through my craft, some friends far away & a bunch of gals closer to home - & what fun we have together with our paper & adhesives!
I also really enjoy designing sketches for challenges or personal use, & quite often sit & design a number of them using my digital scrapbooking program.
I really enjoy seeing what the scrapbooking fraternity comes up with each month on ARTastic, & love to see everyone’s different interpretations too of the theme.
My blog is


Debi Clark

and here are some of Debi's favourite layouts ...

Good Health

Nannies fun bake house


Debi will be choosing her own winner this month from amongst the entries.  The winner will receive these lovely items as their prize.

We are looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations this month.  Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the RIGHT by midnight April 30th, 2012.  We accept paper, digital, card and off the page submissions but please remember we appreciate original entries (you may combine with a sketch).

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Our March winners ...

By Creative Team vote our March winner is Mandysea.

Random Prize draw donated by Shazza Bishop goes to Kerri Green.


Curators choice prize from yours truly goes to Elaine.

Creative Team winner for the month of March is Chantelle with her layout "Fun".

I want to thank everyone who entered this month.  All the layouts were just wonderful and it was inspiring to see all the different takes on the featured painting for March.
I am really excited to find out what you will make of our April inspiration which will go up on the 4th. We love to see more of your amazing work. 
If the winners could please email me their home addresses I will get your prizes organised and posted to you.