Sunday, 28 April 2013

Last days to get in your entry for April ...

Submissions close midnight on the 30th.  We'd love to see your work and with such wonderful prizes on offer you really need to be "in it to win it".

Monday, 22 April 2013

Introducing Di Hasthorpe ...

the winner of our guest designer spot from last month, with her stunning interpretation of the March inspiration.


Hi, I'm Di Hasthorpe. I'm married (almost 40 years) with one son. We live in far north east NSW. I've been scrapping for about 5 years and started my blog last year.

I don't really have a set style, layouts are very much dependent on what mood I'm in and what I've been playing with at the time. I really love experimenting with different mediums and quite often use fibres on my work.

I enjoy visiting other blogs and attending classes to see what others are up to. I also enjoy reading (again quite varied, depending on mood, but always thick books... the thicker, the better!), photography (mostly natural environments and wildlife), painting (acrylics and watercolours), travelling in Australia (still heaps to visit), gardening and cooking (focus on gluten-free as I'm a coeliac, and using Australian native plant foods).

I also love catching up with friends and fellow crafters.

My blog is:  named for some little feathered friends, tawny frogmouths, which reside in my garden during summer.
Here is some more of her gorgeous work.


It has been wonderful having you as our guest this month Di - thank you for sharing your talent with us.

Remember you have until midnight April 30th to submit your entries.  We'd love to see your work. 

Monday, 15 April 2013

March winners and more April inspiration ...

Back again and time to announce our March winners. 

It is getting harder and harder each month to select our winners.  We had some sensational  entries last month and I wish I could award a prize to all of you so thank you so much for being part of ARTastic.

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 onto our March winners -

Congratulations go to ...
Mel who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
Lizzy Crust who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

 Tone- Lill who has won the Director's prize.

Random draw prize goes to Heidi Williams.

We would like to offer Kathleen White a guest designer spot for May.

Our Creative Team winner for March with her bright and happy layout is Sarah who will receive a little RAK from me.

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

AND NOW -  Some more amazing April inspiration from our remaining creative team members ...


We'd love to see your crafty version of Warmun Mandala.   Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry and allow both digital and international submissions.  All we ask is that you create an original entry for our challenge although you are most welcome to combine with a sketch challenge if you wish.  You have until midnight 30th April to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to our February winner of a guest designer spot, Di Hasthorpe.  Please come back and see us and her beautiful (and may I say very different) 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!!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Introducing Anita Bownds ...

Introducing our first guest designer for April, Anita Bownds, with her lovely example layout using this month's inspiration.


 My name is Anita Bownds and I live in sunny Queensland Australia with my three beautiful girls Melissa (16) Kara (11) Eve (8) and an awesome hubby who I love to bits and who supports my crazy craft habit.

I started scraping in 2003 two years after my second daughter was born.  I enjoy taking black and white photos as I absolutely love the texture. I'd call my style as Artsy, Shabby Chic with a twist.  I also enjoy drawing, stamping, card making, scrapbooking and playing with mists and paint.
Come visit me on my blog.
Here are some sample layouts of Anita's work.
Welcome Anita - we are delighted to have you part of the ARTastic team this month.
Remember - you have until the end of the month to get your own interpretations of the inspiration to us!  We are all eager to see your pages for April.  Don't forget someone from amongst the entries will be given the opportunity to guest with us in June and it could well be you!


Monday, 1 April 2013

Our April inspiration ...

comes to you from ...

Australian Indigenous Artist, Trevor Nickolls with his piece Warmun Mandala.

Criteria - Use these colours on your entry

A little about Trevor Nickolls

Born 1949, Adelaide, South Australia, Trevor Nickolls is a significant “urban” Aboriginal artist who has been working as an artist since the 1970’s. He has inspired and influenced many artists. He is represented in collections of all of the major art museums and galleries in Australia as well as in collections in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States of America and Canada.
Trevor Nickolls' work is innovative and unique. His work often shows a complex iconography with many layers of meaning. A major theme in his art is “Dreamtime to Machinetime” a theme which articulates the cultural transition which many Aboriginal people have undertaken in their journey from their traditional cultural heritage of living in the Dreamtime, into the world of mechanisation and technology. Trevor Nickoll’s work often presents various interactions between these two different worlds or shows the dilemma of living within both. Subject matter includes the spirituality of the Aboriginal people and their interrelationship to land, sea, sky and cosmos; where people and elements are seen as integrated rather than separate.
Trevor has had interactions with other artists, including Aboriginal artists like Dinny Nolan and Warmun artist Rover Thomas with whom he shared the spotlight as the two artists representing Australia at the 1990 Venice Biennale.
We have some delightful layouts from the first of our talented creative team for your inspiration.  Please call back on the 15th when we will reveal the winners for March and also prtesent to you more wonderful layouts from the remainder of our team.


Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by midnight on April 30th, 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).
Can't wait to see what you all come up with for these gorgeous rich colours. 
Our Guest Designer for April, Anita Bownds will be joining us this at the end of next week.  Please call back then to say hello and see her terrific take on this month's challenge as well as seeing more of her lovely work.