Thursday, 23 October 2014

Welcome to our October guest designer ...

.... Jo Tritton with her beautiful take on our inspirational artwork this month.


Hi everyone, my name's Jo and I'm so excited to be Guest Designing for  ARTastic this month.

I live in a very pretty rural town in New South Wales, Australia. I'm married to my teenage sweetheart and we have two wonderful offspring & two very spoilt fur babies. I work part-time outside the home and I spend most of my spare time papercrafting, which I began back in 2005.  I've been published on numerous occasions in Scrapbooking magazines and I'm currently keeping busy with the various Design Teams that I'm on. I love card making and I've recently started documenting our travel memories using pocket page scrapbooking (Project Life).

I hope you can play along this month, I'd love to see your wonderful creations.

Please find me at my blog

Here are two more gorgeous layouts from Jo.

Thank you so much for guesting with us on ARTastic this month Jo. Your work is just delightful and it has been wonderful having you join us this month.

You still have time until the end of the month to upload your own take on this challenge.  We'd love to see what you can do with our inspiration artwork for October.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

September winners and more October inspiration ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal and the announcement of our September winners.  Lovely entries last month making our selections very difficult - thank you everyone for playing along with us.

We'd also like to thank our sponsors - Time to Create and Shop and Crop. 

Time To Create is a family business. We share a passion to create, share and develop the best that we imagine!  We only stock products that we use and believe in. Our stock is always priced at the keenest costing we can do. We support Australian manufacturers and many Australian suppliers and try to have as wide a variety as possible.

and Kylie from Shop and Crop

As a family business Shop and Crop  strive to bring you all the latest from the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Industry, all our staff are very experienced and talented scrapbookers...We pride ourselves on great customer service, with a quick turn around of your orders of instock items.  We cater to both the online customers and through our store front at 10/335 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay.  We love nothing better than for everyone to drop in, have a coffee on us and browse and enjoy all the great scrapbooking products.

Mayoori who has won a prize pack from Time to Create.

Liz Hocking who has won this lovely prize from Shop and Crop.

and our random draw prize (courtesy of DT member Julie Short) goes to Amanda.

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me at with their postal details.  Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team favourite this month is Stina who will receive a little something from me.

And now some gorgeous inspiration from our remaining design team using this gorgeous artwork by R Godfrey Rivers and a vintage criteria. 

I was inspired by the colour of the Jacaranda blooms, so I have used mainly blue and mauve on my layout. I think these colours blend nicely with the vintage sepia tones as well. Mauve was also my mother’s favourite colour and the photo I’ve used is of my mother as a baby with her older brother. The photo is obviously a studio shot but it looks quite rustic because of the tree/branch chair my mother is sitting on. I could easily imagine my mum and uncle sitting under a Jacaranda tree at a family gathering.

I think it was the colours that inspired me most this month from the inspiration picture, and I used flowers with same colours as the "tea time table" with yellow and red at the bottom of the page. I had some old Prima and G45 papers that worked well with the colours.

As it is all about using a vintage photo this month, I had to look through one of  my mom's old photo albums and I found one of her from 1967 wearing a coat with matching colours to the papers. Now it is your turn to flip through some old albums, finding a picture you can use for this inspiring challenge :)


I used a photo from my parents wedding day. It was really fun to dig in to the old photos. It was walking down memory lane.


When I saw the criteria of using photos over thirty years old I knew I had to use my baby photos. I turned forty this year and at my party I had a photo board up of my life so far. I grabbed the ones from my first year and added on of my favourite latest ones. My favourite colour to scrap with is teal and I love flowers so these had to included. My intention is to scrap all my other ones too and document some memories on the way, this page will be the cover.


The eye-catching colour of the jacaranda and then the gentle atmosphere depicted in the painting, are what I have based my layout on this month.
I've chosen a reproduction of an original photo of my mum, taken in 1929, when she was 18. This copy is about 40 years old, and given to family members at a reunion in 1974. 

The layout has ended up being a mix of heritage / shabby chic / distressed style, with the use of paper punching, touches of lace and hand- made flowers. Most of these are roses, which were one of mum's favourite flowers. The colours of cream, blue and touches of the purple were also favourites. 

I was inspired by the gorgeous jacaranda colours in the artwork and have used a lovely photograph of my parents when they were in their 20's.  I just love the fashions of this era and how much pride they took in their appearance when going out.  I think this was a day at the local races.

Now it is your turn ....

 Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry including digital and encourage international submissions.  All we ask is that you create a new entry for our challenge although you are most welcome to combine with a sketch and/or colour challenge if you wish.  You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Next week we will be introducing you to our lovely October guest designer,  Jo Tritton.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

October 3T's ...

Welcome to another round of Tips, Tricks and Techniques, this time brought to you by team member Wendy O'Keeffe.


Next week you will see the vintage layout I did using the beautiful painting by Godfrey Rivers “Under the Jacaranda Tree” as inspiration. In the meantime, I thought I would show you how I used the same artwork as inspiration to make a card. The card is a hybrid, using both digital and traditional elements. This is the finished version:

It is an easel style card, traditionally made but with a digital front panel. The main colour is blue to reflect the lovely colour of the Jacaranda blooms in the inspirational painting. The following step by step instructions show how I made the card.

1.       The front panel

I produced the front panel of my card by using digital artwork and printing it on photographic paper.

Hint 1 - Don’t be put off if you don’t do digital. You can use one of your own photos, or a favourite image from the internet (just make sure you don’t break any Copy Right laws).

Hint 2 - If you don’t have a photo printer, you can save your image and have it printed as a photo for as little as 10 cents at places like Office Works. (I do this for my Christmas cards and they end up being very inexpensive but still personalised.

The vintage image on my panel is from G&T Designs which I purchased from e-scape and scrap online. The other embellishments come from a variety of digital art packages.

2.       What you will need to make the card

As well as the above list, you will need your favourite glue and some foam dots or squares.

3.  Assembling the card

Ink around the edges of your front panel and the two pieces of patterned paper/cardstock. Stick the front panel to the large piece of patterned paper so that it looks like this.

Then stick that to the centre of one of the pieces of your scored cardstock so that it looks like the photo below. This could be a stand-alone card as it is but I’m going to show you how to turn it into an easel card.

To form the easel shape, you need to stick your card to the other piece of cardstock.

Now you can stick your embellishments to the front of your card so that it becomes 3D. I used flowers and a butterfly as an extension to the flowers on my digital panel.

You should still have a small piece of patterned paper/cardstock left which you need to stick on the inside, bottom-centre of your card. I used foam dots to stick this on – this raises it so it acts like a platform for the card to stand up properly.

I only added a couple of embellishments to the front patterned platform. You can embellish the whole panel to make your card more ornate if you like. However, I’ve left mine fairly plain so that the sentiment can be written on the panel and easily visible for people to read.

Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you learned something that you can use for inspiration next time you want to make a card.

Don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge.  All the details are in the left sidebar.  Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

And another month rolls on through ....

and a big, hearty welcome goes to October.

This month we are being inspired by this delightful artwork Under a jacaranda tree (1903) by R Godfrey Rivers.

Criteria is using a vintage photo (more than 30 years old) but if you can't readily find one of these a vintage style layout will be fine.

A little about R Godfrey Rivers ...

Richard Godfrey Rivers was an English artist, active in Australia and president of the Queensland Art Society from 1892–1901 and 1904-08. Richard Godfrey Rivers was born in 1858 in Plymouth, England, the son of Richard Rivers and Bertha nee Harris.   

Under the jacaranda 1903 has been one of the best loved works in the Queensland Art Gallery since it entered the Collection in 1903. Godfrey Rivers completed the painting 13 years after he arrived in Australia from the United Kingdom.
The work depicts Rivers and his wife, Selina, taking tea under the shade of a jacaranda tree in full bloom. The tree was a landmark in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens, which adjoined the grounds of the Brisbane Technical College where Rivers taught from 1891 to 1915.
It was almost certainly the first jacaranda to be grown in Australia. Walter Hill, the Gardens' Superintendent, planted it in 1864. It remained in the Gardens until 1979, when it was blown over during a cyclone ― part of the trunk is now located at the offices of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
With jacarandas now growing in most Brisbane suburbs, many the progeny of this first tree, Under the jacarandamay be considered a quintessential image of this city.

This month we have two main sponsors - each offering a $15 voucher to their stores.

 Julie from Time to Create

and of course every month we also offer a prize pack totally by random draw.

 And now our delightful vintage photograph inspired layouts from our amazing team ....

It doesn't matter how old photos are the memories of family life particularly when they have been talked about like the photo in this layout come flooding back.  So little was known about this extraordinary fish....Unlike today when you Google and get 100's of responses.
I was about 12 months old so it's a OLD vintage image!

I was inspired by the sooo Australian Jacaranda tree – using a hint of the purple on my page, as well as some green. Mostly, to suit the vintage mood, I kept with a brown background. I picked out the parasol, & added one of those…serendipity would have it that I had a  hand crafted accordion bloom from Tone-Lil….& since she’s on the ARTastic team, it seemed a fun thing to incorporate that as well! I tried to follow the ‘outdoorsy’ feel from the picture, using butterflies & feathers.

The lady standing at the table and the pop of red in the umbrella reminded me of this photo of me (yes , sadly it is now a vintage photo) cutting my 21st birthday cake with that red pot in the macrame holder behind me.  I’ve scrapped both the original photo which has “oranged” a bit with time and also a black and white copy of it.  To create my page, I was also inspired by the browns, creams, greens, jacaranda and the pop of red in the artwork.

I decided  to art journal for the challenge and I have used the colours as my inspiration.  My Photo is very old, it is of my Uncle , Aunt, Father and Mother when they were very young.

I did the October challenge a bit differently. I did a canvas and used an olden day image as my focus point.

I used a photo of me, my older sister and our father taken when I was 1 1/2 years old. It was so fun to look in all the old photo albums. My mother took a lot of photos so our childhood is well documented.

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st, 2014.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, or off the page entries.  Please no back-dated submissions.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the ARTastic inspirational artwork must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome. 

Please pop back on the 8th for The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by our wonderful team member, Wendy O'Keeffe.  I am sure you will love what she has to show you.