Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Welcome to our July guest ...

Sue Smith from beautiful New Zealand with her take on this month's inspiration.  I just love how she has picked up the purple and gold aspects of the painting and make it work for her own page.

I was inspired by the striking gold and purple colours, the umbrellas, the vague arches in the background and the diamond shapes on the wet paving. Such a beautiful painting! My son and DIL have just come home from Singapore and sent me this perfect pic!

Hi! My name is Sue Smith and I live in the north of New Zealand.  I have been scrapping for about 15 years and still LOVE it! After scrapping teenagers and weddings, I now mostly scrap my beautiful little grandies!! Too many photos, not enough hours!!

I love to try different scrapping styles, which is why I have enough scrapping supplies of every kind to last forever. Sorry kids! In order to get more done, this year, my motto is ‘KISS’ (Keep It Simple Sue). I’m trying!!

I am really excited to be Guest Designing this month and hope I can inspire you to join the challenge.

Please visit my blog at:

Here are some more examples of my work.

Thank you for joining us this month Sue.  We have loved having you join us.

Remember ....

You still have time until the end of the month to upload your own take on this challenge.  All details are on the blog sidebar. We'd love to see what you can do with our inspiration this month.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Our mid July reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.   We are working with this wonderful painting by Shirley Charlton (aka Shirlroma) called "Umbrellas, wet street".  
CRITERIA is to use water (liquid) in some way on your page (ink spray, gelatos, paper crumple, watered down paint, make handmade flowers etc).  Just tell us how water was applied.

 It has been a rather miserable spring and early summer here in Norway this year, with lots if rain and low temperature, so this month's challenge picture was perfect for me ;)

I have made a box card with "a rainy day" stamp. I made my own pattern paper using stamps and stencils with  Distress ink and stain,  Dylusion spray ink, Glimmer Mist,  acrylic paint and water with a spray mist. Every layer was dried well before adding the next one.

Now it is your turn to have some fun with wet medias. Can't wait to see what you want to share with us :)

This month I was inspired by the dark & vibrant colours used, especially the purple. I have a word template that I have been looking forward to using so thought this would be the layout to do it. I have used Distress Stain, which added to the 'runny, wet' look of the layout. Due to all the words I kept the rest of the layout simple as I felt that the words say it all.


From the inspiration artwork this month, I used the colours of the background,(mine are more muted),  the  umbrellas, and the pops of colour from them and the people.  I also loved the textural effect and started my background with a flagstone-like stencil.  My 'wet' effects were produced using gesso sprayed with various ink mists, water and modelling pastes. I also used Glossy Accents on parts of the umbrellas and the title. As can be seen in the photo, taken in Hobart, rain is starting to fall on the nearby Mt Wellington, before sweeping into the city...... and no, we didn't have umbrellas, but made a dash for cover!

I love this month´s painting so I was inspired both by the colors and the water element. Besides the gesso and modeling paste I have painted my background with mists and Twinklings H2O.

 Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor 'gallery' of extraordinary lighting sculptures and spectacular illumination of  many of Sydney's iconic buildings.  This year much of the event experienced inclement weather and the image of bustling crowds and colour enhancing reflections on watery streets in the painting very much reminded me of similar scenes in the Sydney CBD.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see what you can do ...

 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 and you are most welcome to combine with a maximum of two additional challenges.  We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize purely chosen by random draw - so anyone can be a winner regardless of style or level of experience.  You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Please pop back on the 22nd when we introduce you to our July guest designer from across the ditch, Sue Smith.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

July 3T's and some June winners ...

I will be announcing our June winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our next edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2015 presented by our very creative team member, Jo Tritton.

"Faux Quilting" technique by Jo Tritton

Firstly let me say that I am not claiming this as a technique that I invented myself in anyway way. I learnt this technique from a tutorial in a past Scrapbooking Memories Magazine (sorry I can't remember who the Scrapbooking Memories Master was). I recently used this (what I call) "Faux Quilting" technique to make a wall art frame for a baby's nursery. It was done on quite a large scale but I wanted to show you how you can use it on a much smaller project. Following is the instructions on how to use this on a card.

Firstly I punched a square as my template. Here I have used a 1" square punch. It works best if you punch it from a sturdy piece of cardstock. I then punched circles from my chosen pattern paper that I want to use on the project. Here I have used a 1 3/8" circle punch. However I did trim a little bit off my square template to make it fit better within the circle. You can use a large square & circles if you want, depending on the size of your project.

Place the square template on your piece of pattern paper on the side that you want showing. Make sure the corners of the square are sitting neatly at the edge of the circle.

Fold the edges of the circle up around the square, then take away your square template.

Your circle should now look like this.

I made six from co-ordinating papers to fit on a 6x4 sized card.

I used a piece of co-ordinating paper as the base for my card. Play around with your placement before glueing the squares in place so that you are happy with the pattern. After sticking them in place fold down the adjoining edges a bit more so that you can see a bit of the reverse side of the pattern paper.

Now the fun part!  Select little embellishments to sit inside your squares. Or you can leave them empty if you are happy with showcasing your beautiful pattern paper. Personally, I love finding miniature items in my stash to place inside them for interest. As you can see from my Nursery Wall Art I used items that are suitable for a baby. For this card I wanted it to be feminine so I used flowers & pearls. Small buttons and metal charms are also ideal for this technique. To this card I added a "happy" die cut over the top which wasn't too chunky so that you can still see the faux quilting underneath.

I'm going to include this technique in a layout very soon and I'd love to see what creations you can make from it as well. Thanks for looking :)

I am so in love with these Jo, what a sensation technique and could be used in so many ways.  

and now onto our June winners .....

  Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month - again we had some wonderful entries.  Could I just remind everyone that while we welcome you combining with other challenges our limit is two - so ours plus two others only.  I don't want to disqualify anyone from being in the running for our prizes but unfortunately this is what happened with several of our entries last month.

 Karen B is our winner of the prize pack from Flourish with a Bling. 

 Chilli Pip is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by DT member Helene Bogren is #1 Deena Otway

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me with their postal details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next  month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar.

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Wendy with this adorable page.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

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.

Please pop back on the 15th when we will have more delightful team inspiration to show you.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

And then it was July ...

Welcome to July - I can't believe we are past the mid way point this year and are now on the downhill run to Christmas - now that is a depressing thought!

This month we hope to inspire you with this wonderful painting by Shirley Charlton (aka Shirlroma) called "Umbrellas, wet street".  We thought it was kind of fitting considering all the rain we have been getting on the east coast.

CRITERIA is to use water (liquid) in some way on your page (ink spray, gelatos, paper crumple, watered down paint, make handmade flowers etc).  Just tell us how water was applied.

A little about Shirley Charlton ...

Shirley Roma Charlton was born in Malawi Central Africa and is now based in Brisbane, Australia. She is an international professional fine artist and her work has sold all over the world. With many art Exhibitions behind her and having judged many art shows, she loves teaching art. Her inspirational watercolours and soft pastels show a love for seascapes while her figure painting show vibrant rich colours with bold strokes.

Proceeds from her work goes back to Malawi to help a village called Manyowe outside Blantyre.  She also teaches art for the unemployed and homeless.

And some inspiration from the first of our team ...

I really loved this painting, so attempted to imitate the colours in the background, as well as the look of the paving. I used lots of wet mediums and have popped a step by step on my blog if anyone is interested in trying to create a similar look!

I just learnt a technique from my friend of using watercolour on scrapbook pages, so it was perfect timing. I painted first on clear acetate and then placed the acetate upside down on my page. The bonus was I could get the paint right before I placed it on my page. I did the top and bottom the same colours as the inspiration painting and placed my photo and embellishments along the centre of my page like the people are on the inspiration painting.

I've used water and spray mists on this.

I started with choosing mist colours that made me think of a cold ,wet, winter day and spraying them in a manner to make it feel cold and gloomy. I added splats with ink and a stamp for puddles  and rain splatting. I also added some leaf stamps for leaves on the ground. A crackle stamp for the pavement and  I used the sequins for rain.

I always use watercolors on my backgrounds and chose to do so on this layout too. This time I used green and yellow. To highlight the water color theme I also used patterned papers with water color patterns.

The starting point for my page was the combination of colours and I also took inspiration from the silhouettes and the wet pavement.    I painted some  watercolour paper first,  using  an ink tense block applied with a wet brush. Coloured texture paste through a stencil created the “path”.  Then the “puddle” was formed by dropping mists from an eye dropper.   Water was rubbed over non permanent ink for the border.

To get the wet/liquid look I used Glimmer Mist, Kaiser Mists and sequins on the background.  I was inspired by the vivid colours and the sense movement in the inspirational piece. I used birds, butterflies and flourishes to portray this sense of movement. I also used a large photo so the subject colour and detail wouldn't get lost. 

And now it is your turn ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on July 31st, 2015.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries. Why not try doing a pocket page spread?  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 You may combine our challenge with a sketch and a product/technique challenge (so two additional challenges).  Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as provide a link back to us at ARTastic  ... and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired by our challenge.  

You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation.  International entries are very welcome. 

Please pop back on the 8th for The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by our delightful team member, Jo Tritton

Our June winners will also be announced at this time so please make sure you call past.