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Kate P. (aka Sparkle Tart)
I am a collage - a collection and reflection of every idea I've ever found inspiring, every technique I've ever seen and all the beauty I see in the world. Within me and my work, these things are merged, reflected and somehow become the unique being that is me and the unique form that is my art! I see the world differently to many, I am constantly amazed by the beauty around me. I like to express myself through art - I stamp, I journal, I colour and I create. I love my life and the part that art plays in it. I enjoy learning new things and teaching others new things - I love sharing the WOW moment.
Interests: gardening, card making, cooking, copics, art journaling, mixed media and growing orchids all keep me busy.
Recent Activity
Hi, today I thought I'd try something fun, funky and surprisingly fast - colouring feathers with my Copic Markers to create a clean and simple thank you card! As it turns out the most difficult thing about this, was finding the white feathers. Apparently the regional area I live in has a feather shortage, I searched every $2 store in the town and no white feathers to be found anywhere. Every other colour under the sun was available - but no white... Finally, I had to buy a feather necklace from Lovisa to get them - as for the colouring the feathers, it was so much easier than I thought it would be and rather a lot of fun. I'm thinking of adding mini rhinestones next time I do this - what do you think? You Will Need: Copic Markers: RV17, V09, B16, V17, BG13, BG57 & BG75 Kirarina Wink... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to show you a simple but stunning technique using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. This process proved so simple, stress-free and downright gorgeous that I'm thinking of using this technique for my Christmas cards - though it could be adapted for any occasion. You won't need many supplies to make this, but is is important to use a smooth watercolour card, a good self-adhesive stencil and a highly pigmented watercolour (you know Magicals are my favourite variety!). Apart from that it may take a little trial and error to perfect your colour combinations, but the process itself is very simple - I'll show you :) You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Black Orchid Silver or Screamin' Banshee Black, Tiffany Lou Blue and French Lilac (or Tea Pot Purple) Other Products Arches 180 GSM Smooth Watercolour paper X-Press It Stencil Sheets White Gel Pen Water Brush... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
This week I'm trying my hand at a one layer card - I almost made it too, but couldn't resist adding a touch of black to make the colours pop. I decided to use Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang, but this would look just as gorgeous with watercolours or even Distress Stains! The key to this is the watercolour paper, without The key to this technique is the watercolour paper, without it the colours won't be as nicely blended and you may end up with 'pills' on your paper - so make sure to start with a nice smooth watercolour card stock. For me I couldn't live without a little 'sparkle' so Magicals it must be! The Lindy's Color Challenge for April had several combination possibilities, but I chose to use purple. blue and pink. I Used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Witch's Potion Purple, Wisteria Purple (you could use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I was inspired to play with matching envelopes and cards and thought I'd try something simple with my Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I have to admit that I don't send as many cards or decorated envelopes as I used to - so when I do send something I like to try and make it look a little special and let the recipient know I'm thinking of them - my version of sending a big hug through the mail. You Will Need Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Magicals: Green With Envy Green or My Mojito Green, Autumn Maple Crimson, Poinsettia Red & Midnight Rendezvous Raven Other Products Stamps: Donna Downey Poppies from Unity Stamp Company and Childhood Garden from Inkadinkado Versamark Watermark Ink Pad & Onyx Black Ink Pad Delicata Gold Ink Pad Liquitex Acrylic Ink - Carbon Black Pan Pastel: Bright Yellow Green, Hansa Yellow Extra Dark & Diarylide... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to step away from my usual page style for a change and create something simple. There are days when I just want to put a thought on paper and add a simple illustration, so that's what I'm doing today. Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays are perfect for creating layered and super sparkly pages, but are equally wonderful for paler and simpler artworks. They are also a dream to journal over and worked beautifully with my Copic Multi Liners. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Starburst Sprays: Tiffany Lou Blue, Blue Hawaiian Blue, Salt Water Taffy & French Lilac Violet Other Products X-Press It Mixed Media Journal Crafters Workshop Stencil - Mini Flying Geese Molotow Masking Pen or frisket Flat paintbrush Copic Multi Liners: 0.05, 0.3, 0.5 Steps Step 1: Use masking pen or frisket to create a waterproof barrier around your page. Step 2: Wet your page,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Not sure how many of you follow the Bloom Girl's Blog by the fabulous Jamie Dougherty - if you haven't had a look then pop over she creates amazing art. Well anyhow she posted this very cool competition on Instagram to celebrate the 2015 Design Team - full of more fabby artists! I don't usually enter competitions as I figure there are people out there who need free stuff more than I do - but this time I couldn't help it - I've been coveting Jamie's new Bloom Girl 2015 releases and living in Australia I sometimes can't get everything I want locally (or quickly). So I thought I'd enter and guess what.... I was drawn as the WINNER! No really - This was posted on Instagram by Jamie.... So currently having a VERY good day and feeling extremely lucky :) Sending sparkly, happy rainbow hugs to all, a massive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to use my Copic products to create a monotone journal page. Working with a limited colour palette was a new thing for me and monotones even more difficult - you know how I love my colour! I used blue so much last year I thought I'd try a different palette and settled on a grungy, vintage colour scheme. After giving the page a bit of thought, I decided to go completely Copic - ALL the colour on this page is from Copic markers or Various Inks. I used my Copics to add custom colour to my embellishments and create a custom background for my page. Now I haven't previously coloured something on this scale with Copics before and was a bit worried how much product I'd use, but thought I'd give it a try and see how it went - will let you know at the end!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
OK first let me get this out of the way so I can concentrate...... squeeeee so pretty and sparkly - must touch.... The colours for February's Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge are some of my FAVOURITES magenta/pink and teal blue. I couldn't wait to play with this combination. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Hottie Patottie Hot Pink or Cheshire Cat Cherry & Tiffany Lou Blue Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Magenta & Cobalt Teal Acrylic Glazing Liquid: Satin Gesso: White Light Molding Paste Other Art Extravagance - Texture Paste in Platinum Crackle Pilot Choose 0.7 Pen - Gold & White I wish you could all see this in person, it's sparkly, metallic and pearlescent I'm practically in Sparkle Tart heaven! Now I didn't record this, as the base technique is based on one of the Inspiration Wednesday classes from Donna Downey, and you all know I'm a stickler for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I have two simple techniques to share, use them together or apart to create stunning embellishments for any project. So go and grab your Lindy's embossing power and Magicals and join me in creating something gorgeous! To Recreate This Card You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products: Embossing Powder - Candy Cane Red Gold and Razzleberry Plum Magicals - Poinsettia Red Starbursts - Rudolphs' Red Nose & Bougainvillea Fuchsia Flat Fabio - Pink Ladies Pink Other Products: Art Extravagance - Texture Paste Studio Calico - Wooden Hearts Chipboard or wooden word Micro Beads - Gold I Am Roses - paper flowers Stamp Versafine Onxy Black Stamp Pad Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad Eclipse 100 Card - White Ombre Embossing Technique Begin by choosing two colours of Lindy's embossing powder, I chose Candy Cane Red Gold and Razzleberry Plum. The colours should be similar in strength to achieve the ombre look,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I will be using a few supplies from my X-Press It and Copic hoard to create a bright and happy journal page, using my 'word' for the new year! I've chosen the word 'Bloom' for this year as to me it seems hopeful and that's what I currently am. Hopeful that 2015 will be happy and healthy, hopeful that my art will move forward, hopeful that all the uncertainty and trials in my life will settle and that things will BLOOM! What I Used: Copic Markers: N9, N7, N5, N3, RV06, RV09, RV69 & Blender '0' Copic Airbrush System Copic Opaque White Paint AtYou Spica Pens: Turquoise & Lavender Molotow Paint Marker: Signal White EF, Shock Blue, Currant & Skin Pastel X-Press It Mask It FabScraps Stencil - DS003 Bruynzeel Aquarel Pencils (watercolour pencils) Unity Stamps: She Leaped and Wildflowers and Wings How I Made It: Gather a bold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
If you have children it's likely you've seen these come home from school around the Christmas season, magazine Christmas trees are a favourite of teachers the world over! Now I've never made one of these before, but I wanted to give a magazine Christmas tree a try,with a little Lindy's twist. What I Used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Starburst Sprays: Silent Night Silver & Steel Shimmer Glitter: Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal, Steel Shimmer and Gag Me With A Spoon Gray Embossing Powder: Pop Rocks Purple and Aurora Amethyst Magazine with uncoated pages (ie no gloss) Christmas Garland or beads Studio Calico Wooden Stars XPress It Clear Gel Glue Derivan - Mixed Media Adhesive What I Did: Begin with a magazine you are finished reading, it will work best if your magazine has uncoated (non-glossy) pages. Tear off the covers and beginning with the first page, fold the top... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to let you in on a little secret (just don't tell anyone!) My lettering isn't always what I'd like it to be, so I CHEAT. What? Shocking I know!!! In an effort to help all those other typography challenged people out there, I'm going to share my secret formula for creating beautiful lettering on your cards, journals or scrapbook pages. Two reliable ways to CHEAT when it comes to lettering: Use Word (or similar program) to create desired lettering, choose a outline only font, print this in very light grey using a laser printer. You can trace straight over this printed word with Copics and if you are neat, no one will ever know you didn't write this yourself! NB: test your printer ink to make sure it is Copic safe before trying this, all laser printers are Copic Safe, only some ink jet printers have Copic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I've had this idea for a while now and have been waiting for the opportunity to try using negative space in my art. When I saw the colour combo for the December Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge - I knew the time had come. What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Time Travel Teal, Tiffany Lou Blue, Ocean Breeze Blue, Steampunk Sepia and Cafe au Lait Faber Castel Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils: Burnt Sienna & Bluish Turquoise Molotow 2mm Fine Tip (EF) Paint Marker - White Pilot Choose 0.7 White Pen Copic Multi Liner 0.3 - Sepia Archival Ink Pad - Sepia Can you tell what bird this is from the silhouette? I hope you can :) I gathered together some of my favourite supplies. Lindy's Magicals, a stamp that had not seen ink yet, a laser printed image of one of my favourite birds (an Australian Blue Wren) and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thank you so much to all of the lovely people who entered my Secret Christmas Card Giveaway over on YouTube (it's amazing what you find at the very end of some YouTube clips!). With the help of I have chosen the winners and the cards they will receive! I wasn't very scientific mind you, just printed names out and gave everyone a number then rolled the virtual dice to see who won and who received what! Drumroll - da da da dah...... The winner of the Pink card is Karen Erwin Karen posted The winner of the blue card is Rob K Rob posted The winner of the silver card is Heather (ThePaperCastle) Heather posted Congratulations to the 3 ladies who will each be receiving a Christmas card from me :) If you are one of the lucky winners please send me an email at sparkletart at hotmail dot... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Psst - have you heard of Pitchi? Me neither until last week! Now it's only very new (still in Beta) but I think this will be amazing in a very short time so wanted to share. So what is it? Pitchi is an online sales site started by Australians, but unlike eBay or Etsy - the sales (a.k.a. pitches) are done by video! After all of 5 minutes of looking around on Pitchi, I realised what an amazing opportunity this will be for artists and crafters wanting to sell their art, well for anyone with something to sell where it's more than just about the quantity of 'stuff' for sale. If you're a start-up, a small business or working from home, this will be an amazing way to have an online presence and connect with your potential customers, plus you can showcase your personality and what makes YOU unique. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Lindy's Stamp Gang is thrilled to announce our brand new Seasonal Design Team call for the first half of 2015!!! What are we looking for? Lindy’s Stamp Gang products are unique products in the industry that turn every project into magic. Besides being a polite, friendly, drama-free crafter, we are looking for several team members that: are good communicators, reliable, dedicated, and on time with deadlines. have the ability to create a range of projects from layouts, cards, altered projects, mixed media, and more. have an active, and up to date blog. Having an active YouTube channel is a plus, but not required. are able to create detailed tutorials in either written, or video form (with the ability to take good photographs and/or video to share your creations). are active in social media participation i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube. will create and post a minimum of 3 creations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm sharing a little Lindy's Stamp Gang love and showing off one of the new products Purely White Embossing Powder. I'm also hoping to inspire you with 3 different cards all using the same basic technique. I don't know about you, but Christmas cards always cause me a little bit of panic: how will I get them all done, how can I keep the costs down, what can I make that is a bit different? Well, using this technique, you can make unique cards that are fun and all without too much stress - plus make them as funky or elegant as you like! What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Starburst Sprays - California Poppy Gold, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, Azure Sea Asters, Silent Night Silver, Tiffany Lou Blue & Tea Pot Purple Flat Fabios - Tweedle Dee Denim Embossing Powder - Purely White Inchie Arts - Mat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm taking a huge leap and experimenting with different colour Copic markers to add interest to shadows. Now I'm not sure if you've seen this post but in it, Mandi-Lee talks about using complimentary colours in your shadows for extra wow factor. I've previously tried using the Blue Violet family, the Cool Greys and even the occasional Blue, but I was wondering what else might work other than complimentary colours. To test some combinations, I created a grid using a single Copic colour marker and a single colour for the shadow - not the easiest blending combo in many cases, but this provided some incredibly interesting results! I was expecting many of my shadows to look pretty awful, but was quite surprised by how good so many of them looked - some of these colours even blended rather well! Now for the best results, ideally pick a colour darker... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
For this month's Colour Challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang I'm keeping it SUPER simple! There are a few vaguely Halloweeny colours in the palette for November so I'm going to use these to create a page inspired by modern pop art. I'm picking the orange and the vibrant purple and have created this piece using an image of my cat - now if you're not a pet person you could also do this with photos of your children, flowers etc. To be honest though I'm feeling like she needs a little witches hat, with this particular colour scheme! This page isn't my usual 'style', but you know me I'm always playing and trying out different ideas. This time I thought I'd have a go at Pop Art - turns out I'm no Andy Warhole, but I did enjoy making this. I was totally inspired to have a play with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I have been asked a few times now to do a start to finish clip of one of my journal pages, and while it does take me a while to come good on my promises, I do eventually come through :) So, here is the complete clip of my Copic Heart Doodled Journal page... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
There are 2 questions I get asked on an almost weekly basis: What's the difference between the Lindy's Stamp Gang Products and I've just bought some Magicals, now what do I do with them? To answer one of these questions - today I'll be covering my six favourite ways to use Magicals (aka Magical Powders) from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Yes I'm sorry - you're probably going to want to buy some of these versatile little pots! What are Magicals? Magicals are little pots of sunshine and goodness available from Lindy's Stamp Gang. They are not like any other product I've ever used, so I can't really compare them. But if you want to get technical, they are powdered paints, where the pigments are activated by water (or other liquid). Some Magicals have gorgeous sparkly mica in them, others are 'flat' ie have no shimmer, and some of the new colours... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer