Sunday, 28 May 2017

May highlights ...

We'd love to see more entries for our May challenge  - I hope you might find some creative time in coming days and join in with us. 

Here are just a couple of layouts that have caught our eye this month ...

A simply stunning page from the lovely Maja ...

and beautiful, soft and subtle from Asa ...

Still a couple of days to join in - we'd love to see your flowers!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Welcome to our May guest ...

Please welcome our delightful guest designer this month, Krisy Podolak with her gorgeous layout inspired by our floral artwork for May.

My name is Krisy and I am currently a stay at home mum to Poppy (4), Leo (3) and Autumn (2) I am a scrapbooker from way back before scrapbooking was an actual thing. I was one of the 2016 Scrapbooking Memories Masters. I am an eclectic scrapper and my style varies however mixed media is almost always featured. I love inks especially and texture. I am excited to be teaching at this years Brisbane Scrapbooking Expo too.

Here are a few of my favourite layouts ...

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.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Our May mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

This month we feature this amazing artwork by New Zealand artist Michael Sass called The Garden as your inspiration. 

And some beautiful floral inspiration from our second team ...

 I was inspired of the happy colors, the flowers and the fact that it is Mothers day this time of the year. It's photos of my mum and my youngest daughter, love this pic of them 

I was inspired to use flowers on a Mother's day card. I was inspired by the pinks and purples, as well as the green leaves and golden flowers.

I was inspired to scrap a photo of my sister and I in a garden similar to that in the artwork. For the flowers I used floral patterned paper, flower die cuts and a floral flair.


The inspiration I have taken is the abundance of flowers.

My flowery layout with lots of fussy cutting. I hardly use flowers so this was way out of my comfort zone.

This artwork made me think about what might be hidden in gardens amongst beds of beautiful floral blooms.  This photo is of a cow sculpture we discovered in the gardens of a lavender farm in Tasmania and I thought it perfect for this hidden theme I was thinking about.  I wanted to use very bright and bold floral paper to try and emphasis the hidden aspect - the  layout design is based loosely on a page I really loved by team member Anna Uhras.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation. You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Monday, 8 May 2017

April winners / May tutorial ...

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

Step by step by Anna Uhras

Today I will share a step by step tutorial of how I made one of my layouts from the end of 2016.
The technique for my background is pretty easy but you got a striking result.

This is nothing I usually do but sometimes it is fun to try something different and you can even use this technique for cardmaking.

I picked some different Distress inks and used my distress ink tool to apply the lovely colors just randomly.

It looked like this when I was done.

Now I wrote some swirls with a glue-pen and applyed some clear embossing powder.
(I also stamped some stars and "splatters" with an ordinary embossing ink pad)
The powder I used is UTEE and that gives you extra thick embossed motifes.
(I use my heat gun as it is heat embossing)

After that I use a black Distress ink with my Distress ink tool to cover the whole page but as you have clear embossed those swirls they will resist the black ink and stay in the bright colors underneath.

Here you can see how it turnes out.

To help the swirls to pop i take a babywipe and wipes away the overage black ink from the pattern.

I love the result, those bright happy colors against the black is soo cool.

Now it is time to arrange your papers and embellies and finish your page.

I think the background worked very well for this photo of the castle at Disney Land.

Here is the whole page.

Hope you have gotten some inspiration here today.

Can't wait to see your interpretation of this months challenge.

Anna xo

now onto our April winners .....  thank you to all who played along with us last month.

Our main winner for April is #2 Brenda Caldow with this amazing page.

Our random draw winner is #7 Robyn

Donated by Judy Willey

 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 Tanya with her delightful layout.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

Please 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.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hello sweet May ...

In the lead up to Mother's Day here in Australia, children of all ages (and their Dad's) will flock to florists, newsagents, fashion stores and day spas, on behalf of their mum, spending around $2 billion. A lot of them will get crafty too creating wonderful works of art in school classrooms just ready to present to Mum.

The biggest spending will happen at restaurants and cafes but around $200 million is estimated to be spent on flowers.  Selling flowers is an important business for Mother's Day!

So it appears we can all look forward to being taken to lunch and given a beautiful bunch of flowers - now what woman wouldn't like that!

So during May as a tribute to Mother's everywhere we invite you to join in our monthly challenge where our criteria is to use flowers on your page.  We feature this amazing artwork by New Zealand artist Michael Sass called The Garden as your inspiration.  If you would like to feature your own Mother, Grandmother or yourself with your children please do but it isn't mandatory - we just want to see those flowers!


A little about Michael Sass ...

Michael Sass migrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2000 with his wife, Kathy to be with their two daughters. Having been in business all his life, Michael pursued art seriously for the first time when he semi-retired in 1998. Art has always been his first love and, although during his school career he won many prizes for art, he was not encouraged to do art as a career. He did two painting courses with the celebrated South African artist Dale Elliot in 1998 and has been painting ever since. His preferred medium is pastel but he also does oils and acrylics – mostly in landscape realism. Since arriving in New Zealand, Michael has exhibited at numerous exhibitions and was been honoured with a number of prestigious awards.

This year we are putting the ART back into ARTastic and our main prize each month will reflect that -  this month featuring a lovely apron to help you in your arty pursuits and some pretty flowers of course!

And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...
Donated by Anna Uhras

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

I loved all the flowers in the painting so tried to use as many as I could on my layout. Seeing that it was a Mothers Day Tribute I have used a photo of my daughter who will miss her first mothers day with me as she is heading to Europe the week before!

For my layout I used a very romantic picture and I used the queen of flowers on it - the rose!

I have chosen to use a monochromatic colour scheme using flowers. I have used a photo of my mother taken in the early 40's I think and I wanted a vintage feel.

I have flowers on the background paper, used a flower patterned stencil, fuzzy cut flowers and layered flower embellishments.

I  just had to use a photo of my children as it is a Mother's day tribute . I loved how this painting had so many colours and I used that as my inspiration. I also challenged myself to use flowers on a 'fun' page.

Flowers always inspire! On my layout, there are many different flowers : paper, knitted, metallic and chipboard.

I loved the colours in the painting and this old Bo Bunny paper was perfect for the background. I also found some old iron on butterflies that were a great colour and lets face it needed to be used. The something new is the Cocoa Vanilla accents and words. This is my beautiful Mum with two of her granddaughters.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on May 31st, 2017.  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 April winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for May