Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Some June highlights ...

Some really striking pages this month - here are just a couple that have caught our eye over previous weeks.

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There are still a couple of days left to get in your entry and be in the running for some wonderful prizes - we'd love to see your take on our inspiration.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Our wonderful June guest ...

Please welcome our guest designer this month, Kripa Koushik with her amazing interpretation of our artwork for June.

The challenge prompt this month made me want to scrap a special photo. I've made layouts of this photo before, yet I want to make more. This photo is from the day my older son met his younger brother for the first time.

Let me try and explain how I’ve tried to express my emotions through colour & texture in this layout. When I look at this photo, time just stops for me (depicted by the black and white background) and I’m taken over by a feeling of love, joy and amazement (soft delicate – hand drawn flowers, lace, hearts, vellum) , probably similar to what my boys experienced that moment! The stars are my prayer to God to shower his blessing on my boys and our family.

I’ve recently setup my youtube channel and prepared a short video for this layout. Hope you enjoy, I will be delighted if you leave me a comment after watching. Thank you 
Youtube video:

Hello ARTastic fans, my name is Kripa Koushik. I took up scrapbooking about 3 years ago and instantly fell in love with messy mixed media supplies – paint, gesso, texture paste. I’m still exploring my preferred style and enjoy light bright colours as well as grungy deep colours. As long as the colours and embellishments assist with telling the story of the piece, I’m content for the moment. 

You can see more of my work on my blog: 

Here are two of my recent favourites:

Simply delightful Kripa - thank you so much for sharing your talent with us this month.

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 June 2016

Our second June reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal. We are working with this amazing artwork by Anna Collins called Top Hat Tiger. 

CRITERIA - Black and White plus one other colour (can be any)

My inspiration for this month is colour. The black, the white and the lime.

It's a photo of my hubby in his school uniform. I also used the negative pieces from the circle die cut and the negative from the word smile die cut.


I was inspired by the clean and simple design and the portrait with bright eyes. I've also used animal print papers (torn in strips like the stripes of a tiger) and pops of lime green.

 I was inspired to do a layout of my Tiger; I chose the colour peach as my accent colour to match his fur. I was also inspired by the tiger stripes and cat theme for the background design.


I loved the idea of black and white stripes and the fun element of the inspiration artwork.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation ...

 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 something new for our challenge and only combine your entry with a sketch challenge.  We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize selected purely 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 June Guest Designer.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

May winners and June Tutorial ...

I will be announcing our May winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our June edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you by team member Anna Uhras. 

My June Layout ...  "step by step" by Anna Uhras

Hi Everyone!

Anna here today showing my "step by step" making my layout this month.

I think this is pretty typical "my way" of scraping.

I start choosing papers and make my layers to have under my photo.
When I am satified I often staples my stack of paper.

Next layer for me usually is some ordinary thread, here black, white and some green.
I also added a cluster of banners.

Time for the top layer of photos and here also a PL-card. 
Usually I use 3d tape to mount my photos.

Now I put my stack of papers/photos away for a while to prepare my background cardstock.
This time I used some distress ink on a plastic mat, sprayed some water and just stamped it randomly over my cardstock until I was happy. 
Sometimes I just splatter some color mist instead. It depends on how I feel.

Time to mount my stack of papers/photos and for that I have used some double-sided tape.
I decorated it pretty simply with two fussy cut arrows and my title. Used my sewing machine over my title, I love that effect.

Usually I also do my journaling with my own handwriting even if I really do not like my own writing but I think it may be a nice memory for our kids someday.
Well that's how my layout came out.

And here is the result.

Thank you Anna - I just love this page :)

and now onto our May winners .....

 We were working with this amazing artwork by John Maitland called Seven Girls Running.


Shazza is our winner of the prize pack from Kaisercraft.
Everyone just loved this quirky canvas.

Cathy Lu is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by Elaine Schoof is # 8 - Margaret Crawford.

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me on 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 Kat.  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 June 2016

Hello June ...

Gosh it's June, now how on earth did that happen, half way through the year already!!

This month we have a rather different artwork for you by Anna Collins called Top Hat Tiger.  I just love this - so much fun !  So please take some inspiration from the artwork for your submission - maybe you love that fun element and want to run with it or perhaps play around with a cat or top hat theme.  Perhaps your first thought was a trip to the zoo or attending a formal function or wedding where everyone was dressed to the nines.  Maybe you just like black and white stripes!  Whatever the inspiration we would love to see your page - and remember our criteria this month of Black and White plus one other colour can be any you like.

CRITERIA - Black and White plus one other colour (can be any)

A little about Anna Collins

Anna is a well known Artist and Art Teacher on the Central Coast of NSW. Anna has been painting her entire life, her art covers all mediums, her forte and favourite is life drawing.

Anna was trained at East Sydney Tech (now known as the National Art School) and has completed a fine arts degree through Newcastle University. She teaches drawing at Gosford Regional Art Gallery from time to time.

You can find some of Anna's work at Quirky Happy.

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

 Inspiration: stripes led to the white ink lines; the green eyes I've used as a pop of colour on my LO. The bowler hat idea I've also used for my title/ journaling spots! This was my VERY favest one to do!!!

Inspired by the lines of the tiger fur, the hat. My daughter loves to wear hats and I knew I could find one of her wearing one.

Pop past on the 8th to see how Anna put this amazing page together.

 I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It is Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I love my city even with its 9 months of cloudy, windy, rainy and snowy weather. It inspires me a lot! I like to walk its embankments, admire Neva river, beautiful bridges, buildings and palaces comprising 300 years of history of the City, which once was the Capital of the Empire.
In my work I've used stamps, embossing, water-colors, chipboard.
On the photo: me and my husband during our stroll.
Welcome to Saint-Petersburg!

 I wanted to try to do a minimalist page after seeing beautiful pages for May. And this page was also inspired by Pinterest. My photo is edited on the Becky Higgins project life app. I chose pink as my other colour. I wanted to keep it simple and let the photo emoticon

Inspired by the use of lime.

Black, white and teal with lots of accents with lines.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on June 30th, 2016.  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.  

 Please note:- You may combine our challenge with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted.  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 call past on the 8th for our announcement of the May winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for June