Sunday, 8 December 2013

Introducing Karen Findlay ...

our guest designer for December with a selection of beautiful Christmas projects inspired by some of the words from our Wordle challenge this month.

Hi, I'm Karen and I live in the beautiful province of Alberta in Canada.  I am married and love to travel with my husband.  I have two Labrador's who fill our home with fun, love and dog hair.  I started paper crafting about 2004 when someone from work invited me to a Stampin Up class.  I instantly fell in love with card making.  Over time I gave scrapbooking a try as well and suddenly I was hooked.  There was no turning back!

 Here are some more projects from Karen ...

Welcome to ARTastic Karen - we are pleased you could share some lovely Christmas spirit with us.
Remember you have until 11.55pm on January 5th to submit your own entries.  We'd love to see your Christmas wordle inspired projects.
And now some worthy winners from November.  Many thanks to those who played along with us last month - I know it is a very busy time of the year for most people so your efforts are appreciated.
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. 

Congratulations go to ...

 Helena who has won a $25 gift voucher from Alacraft.
 Doreen who has won a lovely prize from Scrapbooking From Scratch.
Di Hasthorpe has won the Director's prize donated and awarded by DT Julie Short.

Random draw prize goes to Shaunagh.

Due to the close proximity to Christmas we won't be offering a guest designer spot for January.

I think the entire team did an outstanding job last month - each and every layout was a winner in its own right so I've done the only democratic thing I could do and put all their names into a container and drew out a lucky winner - DEBI 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 although due to my impending family vacation this will not be until after Christmas.
and finally ....  all of us on ARTastic would like to wish all of you a wonderful and fun filled Christmas. Stay safe and we'll see you in 2014 !!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas wishes in December ...

Oh gosh 24 sleeps until Christmas !!!!   Welcome to December.

This month we are taking a bit of a step back from our formal challenges and issuing you something simple, easy and stress-free for the lead up to Christmas.

We have a Wordle for you.  These are great fun to produce - kids especially love playing around with them so steer them to the blog and let them create.

The idea this month is to let a word or words inspire you to create your page.  You don't have to use the actual word on your project (unless you want to) but please let us know in your post which word(s) you used as inspiration and why.
Inlinkz will be left open until 11.55pm on January 5th, 2014 to give you ample time to create your pages.  Snatch a few minutes for yourself over Christmas and enjoy some crafty time.
Now it's time for some delightful Christmas inspiration from our wonderful creative team.
 I used a number of the words to create this page about some homemade Christmas cards I have created.
For us the holiday season is all about being together as a family and enjoying time together.
My layout was inspired by Peace, Love and Family.
I hope no matter where you are, no matter how you celebrate that the festive season for you is filled with the wish for peace and the love for friends and family.
Don't forget to keep you camera handy for those perfect photo opportunities too!
The inspiration words I used are Snow, Winter, Children, Present and Toy. The photo is of my nephew driving in his new Christmas present, an electric car on Christmas day in the snow. There was no way he was going to wait for the snow to disappear before he tried it.....
I have been inspired by the words gifts, presents and children - showing my daughter delighted with what she received on Christmas morning.
This layout is one of my family and I have hidden journaling behind the tabs at the side of the picture.  It was a wonderful day full of love, family and 'Christmas Joy'.
A layout about Santa, gifts, a beautiful Christmas tree and festive celebration.  Merry Christmas everyone.
 Christmas to me is all about love, happiness and being together as a family.
Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on January 5th, 2014. We'd love to see your paper, digital, or off the page submissions.  Please no back-dated submissions.  You may combine with a sketch and/or colour/technique challenge.  
Karen Findlay is our Guest Designer this month - she makes the most delightful cards so please call back on the 8th to see her take on our Wordle challenge. We will also be announcing our November winners a bit earlier than usual this month as they will go up on the 8th as well.