Thursday, 21 March 2013

Introducing Polly Libby ...

the the winner of our March guest designer spot with her wonderful layout for this month's inspiration where she has used various beads to make the sun and the leaves are embossed gold foil. .


My name is Polly but I prefer to be called Libby. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 26 years and we have two grown children and one grandson. We live in the beautiful Northern part of Maine (USA).

I have been scrapbooking for many years and this past year ventured into the world of blogging and have really begun to create "outside my comfort zone," which has turned out to be super fun! I love creating layouts, cards, tags and mini albums. I also enjoy challenging myself to use new techniques by entering a variety of challenges. I can never get enough paper packs, ribbons, flowers and bling.

I enjoy reading, photography, gardening, cross-stitching, crocheting, volunteering and spending time with family.

I am currently a DT member at Soul Scrappers, hosting the monthly Quote Challenge (Since Aug 2012) and also a DT member at Colorful Creations, hosting the monthly Song Challenge (Since Oct 2012).

Although I am new to the ARTastic Challenge Blog, I look forward to each challenge and the opportunity to inspire you with my creations. It is an honor to be chosen as a Guest Designer and be a part of such a wonderful challenge site this month.

My Blog:

And some lovely layouts ...


Thank you so much Libby for joining us this month.  It has been so nice to have you with us.

Still lots of time for you to submit your entries for this month.  We have some terrific prizes up for grabs as well as a chance to be a guest designer here with us.  Come on - get those submissions in.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Grinning winners and some team inspiration ...

Another month has rolled on past and it is time to announce our February winners.

We had some lovely entries last month from some really talented ladies and selecting the winners was certainly difficult.  Thank you to all who entered.

We'd also like to thank our two main sponsors this month, Peta from Scrapbooking From Scratch and James from Alacraft, for their generous support.

ARTastic followers can enjoy 20% off at Alacraft with discount code ARTS20.
 Alacraft is a family business originating from an established bricks-and-mortar store and stocks a range of quality materials including lace, ribbon, yarn, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, iron-on motifs, quilting fabric, craft flowers and much more.
  Check out Alacraft today!

Scrapbooking from Scratch is an online scrapbooking site specialising in Designer Scrapbooking Kits but we carry many other scrapping products from NEW releases to those essential items we all need. My talented design team work with 1 -2 kits per month each to give you inspiration & ideas.

Please note my kits are never released on a set day of the month - just whenever I receive new stock so join my newsletter or connect with me on Facebook to get the latest release notifications and updates on blind challenges and monthly comps. 

and now our February winners - congratulations go to ...
Anita Bownds who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
Jen Fawkes who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

Kathleen White who has won the Curator's Prize. 

Our random draw prize goes to Sarah Schultz.

We would like to offer Di Hasthorpe a guest designer spot for April.

Our Creative Team winner for February is Maja who will received a little RAK from me.

Well done everyone. If all these winners could please email me your postal details I will see your prizes get out to you.

NEXT - More fantastic inspiration from our remaining creative team members ...


We'd love to see your scrapbooking version of  Girl in Pink. You have until midnight 31 March to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to our January winner of a guest designer spot, Polly Libby.  Please come back and see us and her delightful work then.

Don't forget - Each month we will be selecting someone from amongst our entries to be a guest designer for one of our upcoming challenges - it could be you!!

Friday, 8 March 2013

Introducing Sarah Schultz ...

Introducing our first guest designer for March - Sarah Schultz with her delightful submission for this month's inspiration.

My name is Sarah Schultz and I am a mum to a beautiful 3yr old daughter Caidin. I have been scrap booking for nearly 10 years but only seriously for just over a year. I am starting to get into card making as well and I'm a keen photographer. I love making my own embellishments and using found items on my layouts. My style is to keep adding "stuff" until it looks right and I'm happy.

Here is some of Sarah's lovely work.

Welcome Sarah and thank you so much for being part of the team this month.
Please don't forget you have until the end of the month to get your own interpretations of the inspiration to us - we'd love to see your work especially since someone from amongst the entries will be given the opportunity to guest with us in May.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Our March Inspiration ...

comes to you from ..

Australian portrait artist Julia Sattout with her painting Girl in Pink.
Added criteria - use a portrait photograph

A little about Julie Sattout

I have always been fascinated by the process of creating a portrait. As a child, I used to watch my artist neighbour turn a blank sheet of paper into a moving rendition of her sitter with what seemed to me to be a few strokes and smudges of pastel. I loved her expressiveness and the life that jumped off the page.
After a few unconvincing attempts to replicate her efforts, I abandoned the idea of ever being able to draw and instead became a lawyer. As one does.
In 2006 my interest in drawing was reinvigorated by some incredibly supportive artist friends, particularly friend and mentor, Enid Ratnam-Keese. Inspired by the creativity around me, I joined a life drawing class and haven’t looked back.
During 2010 & 2011 I completed (and thoroughly enjoyed) the first year drawing and painting components of the Diploma of Fine Arts at Meadowbank TAFE. Sadly, my paid work has had the temerity to intrude on my time and I have had to suspend my studies.
To keep my skills fresh, I join Sydney Community College classes when I can. I have also participated in a number of intensive portrait workshop weekends with artist David White.
I prefer portraits and the figure as subjects and would describe my style as loose and expressive. I love all faces, from the cherubic wonder of the very young to the undulating landscapes of the very old. I am particularly drawn to faces full of character and have included some of my favourite character-ful faces in my Gallery.

The ARTastic creative team layouts are amazing this month.  I think you are going to love, as well as be inspired by, the first of our team members pages.  Our remaining creative team will showcase their work on the 15th so please remember to call back then and to also find out our winners for February.

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by midnight on March 31st, 2013. We'd love to see your paper, digital, card or off the page submissions but please remember we appreciate original entries (you may combine with a sketch).
We are looking forward to seeing more delightful entries this month.
Our second Guest Designer, Sarah Schultz will be joining us this month.  Please pop back at the end of next week to welcome her and see her lovely take on this month's challenge as well as more of her beautiful work.