Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Introducing Kathleen White ...

the winner of our guest designer spot from last month, with her delightful interpretation of the May inspiration piece.


My PhotoHello, my name is Kathleen White although I go by the name Kath.  I live in the Dallas, Texas bedroom community of Wylie with my hubby and baby girl (Boston terrier) Eloise.  My three grown children have long since flown the nest.  It was due to them that I started scrap booking over 12 years ago. I wanted them give them a scrap book of high school memories as a graduation gift.  They love it.  Although looking back on those earlier pages I must say my skills have vastly improved.  I love to travel and photograph my adventures then come home and put them to paper. 
Please feel free to visit my blog at:
I look forward to seeing you soon. 

Here is some more of Kath's beautiful work ....

Thank you so much for joining us this month on ARTastic and sharing with us some of your amazing work.

Remember you have until midnight May 31st to submit your entries.  We'd love to see your work.  You could be a guest designer on ARTastic too.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

April winners and more May inspiration ...

Here we all are back yet again to announce our April winners.  

I said last month that it was getting harder and harder each time to select our winners and this has proved the case yet again.  We had more amazing entries for April and I want to thank all of you so much for taking the time out to be 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 has free product giveaways every month. Please visit the site and enter your email address on the homepage or on the page indicated in the link and you will be automatically entered into the draw for $25 of free products for that month. People are welcome to enter as many months as they like, they just need enter their email address each time.
 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 April winners -

Congratulations go to ...
Deb K who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
Lynnda who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

 Stephi who has won the Director's prize.

Random draw prize goes to Helena.

We would like to offer Renee Johnson a guest designer spot for June.

Our Creative Team winner for April with her adorable layout is Helene 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 gets out to you.

AND NOW -  Some more beautiful May inspiration from our remaining creative team members ...

We'd love to see your arty stencil and or mask layouts.   Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry and encourage 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 last day of the month to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to our March winner of a guest designer spot, Kathleen White.

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, 11 May 2013

NSD winners ...

Thankyou to all who played along with us for (Inter) National Scrapbooking Day.  I have placed all the entrants names into a bowl and asked my son to draw out three.

Congratulations go to Alicia Somers, Julene Matthews and Tone-Lill Angelskar who are our lucky winners.  I have addresses for Julene and Tone-Lill but will need one for Alicia.

Don't forget there is a special prize for those who entered the NSD celebrations and also submit an entry for May.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Introducing Tone-Lill Angelskar ...

our first Guest Designer for May with her stunning layout using the May inspiration.

My name is Tone-Lill, a young at heart Norwegian who loves to create and make the most out of life.

After making cards for a couple of years, Scrapbooking became my number one passion.  I was introduced into it when I was home in Norway about 3 years ago, by my best friend Bente and a friend of hers.

I currently live in England and have been here almost 7 years. I have a son who is 18 and a 11 year old daughter (going on 20!) and it is mainly their faces that end up on my Layout pages.
To me it is a fun and a memorable way to record their lives by scrapbook events into memories.  I don't think I have any certain scrapping style, but I do enjoy trying out new things and ideas. I love my gesso and misting sprays making tags and using different things not made for scrapping, and I also love colourful projects with a different twist or angle towards it, like here at ARTastic where different type of art and artists are the inspiration.

On my pages you can find everything from shells from the coast of Cornwall to stones from the Swiss mountains or memorabilia from the mountain shops, to bits and bobs bought from little local stores in villages around the fjords of Norway or my local florist here in Buckingham. But then again to me it is all about using those scraps ;)
If you would like to see more of my work please visit me on my blog ...
Here are two additional examples of Tone-Lill's work.

Welcome Tone-Lill,  it is our total pleasure to have you with us on ARTastic 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 May.  Don't forget someone from amongst the entries will be given the opportunity to guest with us and it could well be you!


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Our May inspiration ...

comes to you from stencil artist Michael Duncan with Tea Time 2012 (a handcut 35 layer stencil).

Additional criteria - The use of stencils/masks
A little about Michael Duncan
In 2010 Michael completed his Fine Arts (Sculpture) degree from The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Michael started stencilling in 2009 during his spare time at the VCA. Michael’s accomplishments include being a finalist for the past two consecutive years for the Australian Stencil Art Prize, completing a multiphase commission at Tramp Bar in Melbourne’s CBD, and exhibiting in A Cut Above II: International Stencil Exhibition at Espionage Gallery which featured some of the best stencil artists from all over the world. Michael is currently preparing for his first solo exhibition which will open in Melbourne on the 17th of May at Off The Kerb Gallery.

“I always like to include a quirk of humour in my stencils, I find it helps to develop a connection to the work. Form, high detail and bold imagery are probably the main things I consider aesthetically when developing my works while at the same time with the aim of provoking thought. Many of my stencils are up to 35 layers and it is really satisfying to see all the layers build up to the final image. Each artwork can take up to two months as I have to hand cut each layer. I strive to create stencils that are extremely detailed in an effort to really push the boundaries of the stencilling art form potential”.

For more information please visit his blog at

Now we have some wonderful sample layouts from the first of our talented creative team.  Please call back on the 15th when we will reveal the winners for April and also more delightfully creative 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 May 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).

Looking forward to seeing all your stencil and mask work. 

Our first Guest Designer for May, Tone-Lill Angelskar will be joining us next week.  Please call back to see her totally stunning take on this months challenge. 
We will also be celebrating (Inter) National Scrapbooking day with some very simple challenges and gorgeous give-aways.  Please come back on the 4th May and support us.