Sunday, 21 July 2013

Introducing Jackie Edwards, a guest designer winner ...

with her delightful interpretation of our July challenge.

Hi!  My name is Jackie Edwards and I live in Southend-on-Sea, Essex in the UK.
I am a widow but have a wonderful daughter and three beautiful grandchildren who are mostly the subjects of my layouts.  
I have been scrapping for about eight years now. I discovered scrapbooking when I was on holiday in America when my first Grandchild was about a year old and my style has changed many times over the years.  I am very lucky to have my own craft room and because I am now retired, I can scrap all day and not have to clear everything away! 
I have always been involved with craft in some form – sewing, cross-stitch, cards, altered art (I love Tim Holtz!) but seem to return to scrapbooking every time.  My best buy a few years ago was my Craft Robo and this has helped me out with titles and images on many occasions.   
I very much enjoy entering challenges because they give me the starting point for a layout, whether it’s a sketch or other criteria……..although the end result doesn’t always reflect the original design or intention!  
I don’t know what I would do now if I didn’t scrap!!!
Jackie doesn't have a blog but has an online gallery here where you can see her work.
Here are some of Jackie's pages ...

Welcome Jackie.  We are so pleased you can join us on ARTastic this month.
Remember you have until midnight July 31st to submit your entries.  This month isn't difficult criteria and we'd love to see your work - you can even combine your entry with a sketch challenge if you like.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Some winners, some inspiration and a very special welcome ...

It's time to announce some June winners. 

There was some amazing work from our entrants last month 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,  James from Alacraft and Peta from Scrapbooking From Scratch 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 to 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 June winners -

Congratulations go to ...
Margaret who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
Julene who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.

 Di who has won the Director's prize.

Random draw prize goes to Jackie Edwards.

We would like to offer Chris Sexton a guest designer spot for August.

Our Creative Team winner for June with her very clever layout is Amanda 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 prize gets out to you.

AND NOW -  Some more delightful July inspiration from our remaining creative team members ...

and welcoming the new addition to our team, Tone-Lill Angelskar.  Tone-Lill was our guest designer in May and you can read all about her and see some more of her delightful work if you follow the link.  She is also featured on our sister blog Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog this month.

We'd love to see your black and white (with a touch of colour) entries.   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 the June winner of a guest designer spot, Jackie Edwards.
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!!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Introducing Billie-Jean Beveridge ...

our first Guest Designer for July with her take on the inspiration for this month.


Hi,  my name is Billie-Jean Beveridge but much prefer Billie. I am a SAHM to two beautiful girls and live in rural Queensland. I am currently studying my Nursing Degree and hope to one day be a Midwife. I first discovered scrapbooking 9 years ago after the birth of my eldest daughter and have not looked back. I love getting messy and you will nearly always find paint or glimmer mist or ink on my pages along with a little distressing or two. I nearly always scrap on white and occasionally push myself to use something else. I could not scrap without my distressing tool, my inks, my paints/Glimmer mists and lastly my 3D tape, everything else is a bonus.

Please visit me on my blog at

Here are some more beautiful layouts from Billie....

Lovely to have you join us on ARTastic this month Billie. 
Remember - you have until the end of the month to get your own interpretations of this month's inspiration to us!  We cant wait to see what you can come up with for your pages for July.  Don't forget someone from amongst the entries will be given the opportunity to guest with us and it could well be you!


Monday, 1 July 2013

It's all black and white for July ...

Firstly I'd like to bid a fond farewell to a member of our creative team, Sarah Rogers, who has been with ARTastic from almost the beginning and has now decided to move on. All the best Sarah, we will miss you.

We do have a new member to our team but you will need to come back on the 15th of the month to be introduced to her and her delightful work.

And now onto July.

Introducing Rock n Roll Party (charcoal and pastel) by Lorraine Lewitzka.

Criteria - Black and White and predominantly one other colour

A little about  Lorraine Lewitzka
Lorraine and her husband Terry have been teaching oil painting and watercolours in Victor Harbour, South Australia, for many years.  Both multi-award winners, Terry specializes in oil and watercolour landscape. He also teaches creative drawing techniques for life drawing and other subjects.  Lorraine teaches watercolour, mixed media portraits and figurative subjects.

Lorraine Lewitzka was born in South Australia in 1952, into a family of artists and worked as a fashion and illustrative artist in the late '60's, beginning watercolour painting with Marjorie Hann in 1985. In 1988, Lorraine was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts and began exhibiting in private and mixed exhibitions.

A significant highlight and turning point of Lorraine's career was the inaugural study award at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show. As a result, she was tutored by four distinguished watercolourists in the U.S.A. being Robert Wade, Betty Lou Schlemm, Christopher Schink and Alex Powers, after which she attended a summer school at the Slade School of Art, London, discovering the new medium of oils in life painting. Adding to her traditional drawing and watercolour skills, was valuable time spent with Leonid Vasin, Professor of Fine Art from China. Over the years, Lorraine has always endeavoured to produce works of substance, giving the viewer opportunity to grow with and into the painting. At present she concentrates on figurative landscapes, portraiture and interiors in watercolour and mixed media with her intimate oil interiors finding much popularity also. With good, underlying draughtmanship Lorraine enjoys capturing the moments and snapshots of everyday life, playing with the light or solitary moods in which the subject lives.

Lorraine has continued to participate in many exhibitions and consistently wins prizes in both watercolour and oil competitions. Her articles have been published in Australian Artist Magazine. She has demonstrated at the prestigious Camberwell Art Show and worked as guest tutor on several occasions for the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (also a member), and invited as judge for their final 2006 exhibition. Having tutored regularly in South Australia , Lorraine has also been called to teach in Queensland, N.S.W., Vic, Tasmania and W.A.. She has entered the Doug Moran and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and was a finalist in the Alice Bale Travelling Award of 2008 and The Cricket Art Prize, 2012.

You can learn more about their work by visiting their blog.

Now some gorgeous inspiration from the first of our talented creative team.  Please come back on the 15th when we will announce the winners for June and reveal the layouts from the remainder of our team.

who after many years of boy layouts is rejoicing in dabbling with pink
 one proud Grandma using lemon
 celebrating the outdoors in hot pink
 mixing it with teal
 loving that ruby feeling
Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on July 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 what you all create this month. 


Our first Guest Designer for July, Billie-Jean Beveridge will be joining us next week.  Please call back to see her lovely take on the challenge for this month.