Saturday, 29 October 2016

October highlights ...


We do hope you can find some time over the weekend to enter our October PINK challenge.  There have been some truly lovely layouts entered this month.  Here are just a couple that have caught our eye over previous weeks.

Giorgia Rossini scrapbooking
Giorgia Rossini

Helen Hollinger

Chilli Pip

There are still a few 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.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Please welcome our October guest ...

Please welcome our delightful guest designer this month, Louise Turner with her wonderful layout inspired by our artwork and pink challenge for October.


Hello there, I'm Louise of TimelessCraftMumma blog.

After a break from Scrapping I rejoined the online world in 2014 and love the community that is Papercrafting. My twin boys are my main reason for scrapbooking but I also enjoy the therapy of creating art.
My style varies - sometimes I like paper and sometimes I'm heavy with the mediums. But you will always see layers on my pages. 

I love to watch YouTube videos of scrappers completing pages so I started my own YouTube channel where I share my process for creating.

You can find me here:

Blog http://timelesscraftmumma.blogspot.com.au/ 
Here are couple of recent favourite pages ...



Thank you so much for joining us this month Louise and inspiring us with your work.


Remember ....

CRITERIA - The colour PINK

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.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Our second October reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in Australia which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.   I am sure there are few of us who have not been touched by breast cancer in some way amongst our families, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.  So this month we are using PINK on our entries in support of this cause. I urge each and every one of you to be vigilant in your self awareness and care - early detection saves lives.  If you would like to make a donation to this great cause you can do so HERE or HERE.


Introducing Chris Hobel with Rose Pink.
CRITERIA - The use of PINK


ANNA
My inspiration is the color pink and the roses.

MARY
I have used pink and the pattern paper has roses on it and I also added a rose stencil in the corner. After the initial shock of being diagnosed with Breast Cancer , our Daughter in law focused on getting through surgery, chemo and getting well. She did so with strength, courage and grace. Last day of Chemo was a happy day for her and she is doing really well now

KAREN
Such a beautiful painting. My inspiration is the beautiful roses and the colour pink.

KAT
The painting reminded me of the flowers in my sister's wedding bouquet so I made a BTP album about her wedding day.

TONE
I was inspired by the feminine theme.

ANGELIKA
I was inspired by the roses to do a layout about visiting the rose garden at Hyde park in London. I love roses!

JANE
I was inspired by the colours in the painting and those in the photo I used.


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 October Guest Designer.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

September winners and our October tutorial ...

I will be announcing our September winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our October Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you by team member Kat Gray.

Beyond the Page mini album by Kat Gray

I love making mini albums to document special events, such as birthdays or weddings. The roses from the inspirational image reminded me of the flowers from my sister’s recent wedding so I made a mini album about the day. I used papers and embellishments from the Crate Paper Bloom collections, which has lots of lovely vintage and floral elements and lots of pretty pink papers.
  
Choose an album and a set of papers big enough to cover the pages (my album was a little bigger than 6” so I used a 12x12” paper pad but you could also use a smaller album and a 6” paper pad). 


 Use a piece of fine sandpaper to lightly sand the surfaces and dust with a dry cloth. 


Add a couple of coats of gesso and acrylic paint to the surfaces that won’t be covered by the paper, including the outside edges and around the holes. I use empty thread spools as stands when drying the pages.


When the pages are ready to be covered with paper, prepare the paper by punching a set of holes that line up with the holes in the album page. I usually lay the page against the back of the paper and use a pencil to mark where the holes are. 

 



Apply adhesive (e.g. PVA glue or Mod Podge) to the album page being sure to cover the entire surface, especially at the edges and corners. This is important for preventing the papers from peeling away from the album at a later date. Press the paper firmly over the top, cover with a heavy book and allow to dry completely. 



 Once the glue has completely dried, use a sharp craft knife to trim the paper around the edges of the album page. 


Repeat step 5 and 6 for the other side of the page.


Once paper has been added to both sides of each page, add a couple of coats of a paper sealer (e.g. Mod Podge), being sure to cover the edges. This will also help prevent the papers from coming away from the album at a later date. Let dry completely.


Decorate your pages. I used more patterned paper, doilies, organza, paper flowers, chipboard stickers and the pins from my sister’s bouquet. 


Use album rings to join your finished pages into an album. 




Decorate the album rings using different trim such as tassels, beads and ribbon. 



Here's a few more pictures of my finished album. 



Oh my goodness - how stunning is this?  Just so beautiful.  Thank you Kat!!


...... and now onto our September winners .....

Mei-Chen Lo is our winner of the prize pack from Kaisercraft. We all just loved your page Mei-Chen, just fantastic!


Judy W is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks with this wonderful male focused page - great work Judy!

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Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by Karen McLaughlin goes to Chrissy with her delightful page - that background rocked!!


Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com 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 Helene. 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.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Welcome to pink October ...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in Australia which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.   I am sure there are few of us who have not been touched by breast cancer in some way amongst our families, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.  So this month we are using PINK on our entries in support of this cause. I urge each and every one of you to be vigilant in your self awareness and care - early detection saves lives.  If you would like to make a donation to this great cause you can do so HERE or HERE.

Introducing Chris Hobel with Rose Pink

CRITERIA - The use of PINK

A little about Chris Hobel

Colour and texture are my prime motivation for painting‚ I love it. Living close to the beach‚ the changing natural environment provides a wealth of vistas for my creative explorations using all manner of materials for application of both acrylic‚ oil paint‚ combined with traditional drawing materials such as charcoal‚ ink‚ pencil and oil pastels and collage. I enjoy the tactile nature of impasto materials‚ it has led me to use the palette knife more and more to achieve to goals. Often I start my paintings with very thin paint and slowly build the layers and finishing with very thick textures. Chris has won many awards‚ published dozens of magazine instructional articles‚ sold hundreds of paintings world wide and continues to enjoy teaching her enthusiastic painters.


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

HELENE
Inspired by the pink and flowers.

SUE
My inspiration is the colour pink and a rose.

AN'JENIC
Focusing on the pink.

MARIA
Pink - the color  for the girls, it inspires me! Title - childhood.

LIZZY
the main inspiration being the flowers & the quote I felt fitted well with it being Breast Cancer Awareness month, too 

ELAINE
I love roses, they are so pretty and I wanted to capture that in my page. I based my page around the rose paper I used.

TRACEY
I love when the painting takes me to arty side as well. I finger painted onto the background some flowers and then added dimension to them with medical gauze rolled up. I was happy with the vintage style of the layout to suit the old photo.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st, 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 September winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for October