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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
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
I'd like to thank Petra from My Favourite Things blog for suggesting I play along with this hop, she has a fantastic blog and I'd like to encourage you to HOP over and have a look. I agreed to join in with this hop because it's a great way to get to know each other a little better. Now usually I'd 'tag' 3 people to hop along after me - but I'm going to be doing Something Different, find out what at the bottom of this post! For the hop I have to answer six questions about myself and my art - so here goes..... What am I working on right now? Right now I am working on several Copic based videos and projects - you will be seeing these very soon, as well as some new Lindy's Stamp Gang projects that I'm creating due to overwhelming public demand :)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm sharing a Copic Doodled Heart, created to support breast cancer awareness month - yes I'm talking about doodles and tata's today - I hope you all don't mind! WHY SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS? Because... One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime More than half of all breast cancers are discovered by the woman herself or her own doctor Early detection saves lives – the earlier a cancer is discovered, the greater the chances of successful treatment Nine out of 10 breast changes are not due to cancer, but you should see your doctor to be sure Breast cancer is also diagnosed in men (although the chances of this occurring are much lower than for women) Why is this important to me? Watch out this is gonna get personal - skip to the pics if you like. Breast cancer awareness is a cause... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I don't know about you all, but finances are a little tight at my place about now, so I'm looking at my craft stash in a new light and trying to use some of those things I have been collecting. Today I'm going to use some recycled/kraft coloured card that I've saved, and use a budget saving material to create a stunning pastel card. Now this may be the inside of a cardboard cereal box, the backing from a paper pack or the last page of a calendar - all things you would usually throw away - well after this you may be looking at these items as craft supplies! What I've Used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays - Under the Boardwalk Set (Merry-Go-Round Green, Orange Creamsicle, Pop Rock Purple, Raspberry Lemonade and Tilt-A-Wheel Teal) Magicals - Steampunk or Sandra Dee Sepia, Tea Pot Purple and Hibiscus Rose) Golden - Light... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I'm back this week with another idea with many uses - layering your Copic colours, for a beautiful though abstract result. I often hear Copic beginners expressing their frustration with learning to blend, well while you are mastering blending why not play with layering. Layering colours is much easier, gives interesting and unexpected results and can be used on many projects. I have used this to create a journal page, but you could easily use this as an amazing way to colour clothing on a stamped image, create a beautiful name tag, a stunning background or anything else you can think of! For this page I have used: X-Press It Blending Journal Copic Markers: Colorless Blender '0', N0, N1, N3, BG11, B13, B69, B79, RV06, RV09, BG94, B97 & B99 Molotow Extra Fine Paint Marker To create this page: Start by stamping, printing or writing onto the lower right of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Woohoo - we have a WINNER! WE HAVE A WINNER!! After going through all the comments on both blogs, Michael picked a random number using and that winning number was 3. Congrats to Helen Angel-Cullum who left a comment here on my blog and said "Love the vibrancy of this project. I'm a new follower via Michael xx" So, Helen...please email Michael (on ) with your postal address so he can get your stencils in the mail this week! Hope everyone continues to follow us as, we have lots of cool projects down the road! Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I took one look at this month's Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge and knew exactly what I was going to create! Does that happen to you sometimes? Without being conscious of it, I've been thinking about something like this for a while - it's funky, it's abstract and depending on your colour choices it could be a perfect masculine Birthday or Father's Day card! If you don't have the wire you could substitute with string or twine - the important bits are the pops of colour against that stark black background. The color palette for this month looks like this... I've chosen to use the teal, copper and gold. I've chosen to use: Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold, Time Travel Teal and Cowabunga Copper Embossing Powder: Caesar's Gold Mica Powders: Jupiter Blue Green, Venus Violet Blue and Prospector Platinum Viva Pearl Pen - Black... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I have a little GIVEAWAY and a new project using my much loved Copic products and some simple doodles. Now this is a wonderful place to begin for anyone who is new to doodling or colouring with Copics, all you need are a few stencils, your favourite colours and a little time. The reason that this is so great for beginners, is that this project uses a technique called Stendoodling. What is Stendoodling? Well to create a Stendoodle you use a stencil or mask to create a shape (eg: a feather), you then use another stencil to create sections within that shape (eg: sun rays) and finally, use smaller stencils (and a fine marker) to create patterns (doodles) within each section. This awesome art form is the creation of a lovely man, Michael Trent, a Brazilian artist - you can read all about it here. For this card you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to show you how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture (I only wish my photos were better on this one!). You can use this technique on canvas or paper and it results in a project that you want to reach out and touch - to run your fingers over the pattern and surface (well I do any how!). This doesn't need to be limited to hair either, it would be amazing as an abstract, a background, as texture on a page - journal or scrapbook - you can use this on anything that will stand up to water, paint, layers and Golden mediums! If you don't have all of the same products I use, then substitute the Fiber Paste for Texture Paste or Modeling Paste, if you don't have the Magicals you could use dye inks, watercolours, or even Pan Pastels! Either way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I can't believe it's August and time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge - this year is just flying by! This month was another palette I found quite challenging, so I decided to just pick out a few colours and work with those and pair them with stark black and white and use some of the awesome properties of the Two-toned starbursts. This is the project I created for this month's challenge. What I used: I used the following palette from the challenge - pink, purple and a hint of blue, to achieve this I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Sweet Violet Purple Teal (which has a blue shimmer) & Flat Fabio - Pink Ladies Pink Other Products: Dies: Memory Box - Chloe Stem Die, Spellbinders - Foliage Two and Fancy That - Leafy Swirl Stamp: Hero Arts - Large Flower Pattern Rub-On: Make it Personal -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Well that was a fun blog hop - thank you all so much for getting involved, I loved reading your replies to the question 'What inspires you?' We know you have all been waiting for it, so here are the lucky winners! The winners of the following pack are: Inspiration Lane Instagram – Natalie Price Copic Oz - Connie Cox The X-Press It Blog - Michelle Logan The Inspiration Lane Blog - Roguethreads Kate's Blog - Cathie Borowski Kathy's Blog – Marissa Edna's Blog - Baukje Teresa's Blog - Nattyboots Sharmaine's Blog - Melinda Sweetman And the winner of the major prize (both packs!!) from The Inspiration Lane facebook page is: Casey Elliot!! If you are one of the lucky winners, please send an email to with your postal details! Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning! You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination. Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your favourite doodling pens (you know mine are Copics) and let's get started, because we are creating this masked lady! You Will Need: Copic Multi Liners in 1.0, 0.5 and 0.3 Copic Markers: 0 (Colorless Blender), C1, C3, BV0000, BV000, Y26, E47, E49, E00, E11, E21and E23 Copic Airbrush (optional) X-Press It Blending Journal or Blending Card Magazine Image - Photocopied or Laser printed in black and white (ink jet printed images will not be suitable unless the ink in your printer is Copic safe) Tracing paper Soft lead pencil Favourite Stencils or masks, I used: Memory... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
By now you probably know I like to customise my own embellishments, backgrounds, flowers, ribbons etc. Well with the release of so many new Lindy's Stamp Gang products over the last year I'm in total heaven. I can now create completely unique and custom embellishments for any project I'm working on and I have found I need to but far less as I just grab something in white and I can then make it whatever colour I like. For the following project I took my inspiration form a peacock feather sitting on my desk, the stunning jewel tones were something I just couldn't go past. The challenge was that I wanted to find a way to make my colours 'POP' like they do on the feather - how to do that? After a little thought, I decided to do something a bit different, have a look below..... 'WHAT ?' you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Using the colours in a peacock feather, what would YOU create? Drop by on Friday to see what I've created with this as the inspiration..... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer