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 !!


  1. GORGEOUS work, Karen....& such a great mix....congrats you winning girls, too:):)))

  2. Lovely mix of art work Karen. Really love the "Amazing You" piece... so dramatic and a beautiful photo!
    Thank you Jane and Julie for the Director's prize. It was such a lovely surprise.
    Congrats also to Helena, Doreen and Shaunagh. Cheers, Di

  3. Congratulations to all the winners :)

  4. Great work Karen and Merry Christmas to all at ARTastic.

  5. Welcome to our artistically ARTastic place Karen...such beautiful work of yours on show & wow, I love that idea of the Gingerbread Cookies too. Nice velvet flower on top (wink, wink..)
    Congrats to our fabulous winners - always a treat to see all your work.
    And thank you to Jane...for all your hard work.

  6. Thanks ARTastic, I enjoyed your challenge so much! All the entries for November were outstanding too :-)

  7. Oh wow! Sorry but I've been a bit behind on my bloggy visits so I just saw this! Thank you so much! I will be e-mailing you shortly! Congrats to all the other winners too!!! :0)