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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 don't know about all of you out there but I ADORE Tim Holtz, I've even been lucky enough to attend 2 of his live, in person classes and meet him - yes there is a little hero worship happening - how could I resist an amazing artist and a really genuinely nice guy!! Tim creates THE MOST divine grungy backgrounds and projects and I love following along and creating with him. My problem begins when I've finished creating my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Marta - she is one of my favourites as well! If you weren't happy with your doodling - can I suggest Stendoodling - it's really simple and surprisingly rewarding!
Thanks so much Kathy - I'm currently working on a few 'series' of informational posts to give people a bit of a jumping off point for my favourite types of art. I hope you all will find them useful :)
Want to start Doodling but a bit overwhelmed and confused about the styles of doodling and what the differences are? Well in this post I'll take a look at the different styles of doodling (or repetitive art forms) and discuss what makes each of them unique. There five main styles or types of doodle based art are: Zentangle ® Zendoodling Stendoodling Mandalas and Doodle Art Each style or type has its own specific characteristics and forms and all are equally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm conducting a little experiment and testing 3 Minc mediums produced by Heidi Swapp - the Minc Reactive Screen Ink, Minc Reactive Mist & Metallic Texture Paste, over 3 popular brands of spray - both sparkly and not sparkly. For my test, I decided to use the extremely sparkly Time Travel Teal - Starburst from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Teal Color Shine from Heidi Swapp and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain from Ranger and Tim Holtz. Between these 3... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I KNOW many of you reading this will have blogs or websites of your own, so I thought you may like to come along on this Blog Overhaul journey with me! Whether your blog is on TypePad or not, much the information I'll be discussing in this series '10 Ways To Improve Your Blog' is universal. Let's begin with the most important thing you can do to improve your blog! If you have a blog or a site you NEED... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks Vickie - absolutely use what you have! You could also do this with watercolours, thinned down acrylic paint - the list is endless! I hope you have fun trying it out oxoxo
Aww thanks so much Cassandra oxoxo
Thanks Cassandra - now I just to decide where to begin :)
Thank you Patty, my 'helpful addition' has now taken over my chair lol!
Thanks Cathy - I may have to reveal it in parts as I start.
Thanks so much Janet - I can't wait to get started!
Feeling a little teary and nostalgic today, I've been on the Design Team for Lindy's Stamp Gang since 2010 and as of yesterday, I am no longer one of the LSG Designers. I'm a little bit sad, as this has been so much fun and an amazing experience, but I'm also excited about what comes next - I'm also not really leaving (Lindy's is my TRIBE!). Don't feel sad for me, this was my choice, the wonderful Tracey owner of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Oh my goodness, I only just saw this - thanks so much DIna - I still love your book!
Thanks so much Mary, I didn't HATE the original flower, just didn't love it - plus I'm a Libra so we like to change our minds often lol.
Just a quick little clip today, I thought I'd share how I change the colour of paper flowers that aren't quite right for the project I want to use them on. This technique is wonderful, as not only is the colour coverage excellent but it also makes the flower more durable - so it's great for projects that may get a bit of wear! Now there isn't a whole lot to this technique so I won't fuss about creating photo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Mmmmm June's Colour Challenge colours are from the Grease themed Beauty School Dropout set from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and they are pretty and fun - so what did I do - I watered them down and used them to add extremely subtle colour to a journal page! I have to say - I tried a new way of using my Magical powders and I am in love all over again. You can grab this gorgeous special edition set and matching... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi All - I thought you might like a peek at my new art studio, please be kind as I've only recently moved in and have not yet found homes for everything! Truth be told it's a royal mess right now and I'm still looking for ways to organise, store and make the most of my space, so any suggestions or products - I'd love to hear them :) ; Enjoy this little look at my creative space, Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Today I'm going to look at 3 different ways to create vintage or grunge effects using your Lindy's Stamp Gang products. Now there are WAY more than 3 ways to do this, but I thought I'd share my 'go to' techniques, the ones that always work, are practically fool-proof and are all quick to do - the result, instant vintage grungy goodness for any project. 1. Vintage / Grunge Background Begin by glueing scraps of paper onto a tag (or... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hello again - I hope you are all having an amazing month - I am, you know the kind of month where you walk around smiling, happy and singing to yourself - well that's me right now! The Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge palette for May is stunning - absolutely stunning - it pairs some of my absolute favourite Lindy's colours of al time! I felt completely inspired by these colors so I decided to be brave and try something... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hello to all my beautiful subscribers and first-time readers. Just wanted to give you all a little 'heads-up' - I'm feeling like it's time for a tidy up and a change for my blog and maybe the Sparkle Tart YouTube site. Please don't be concerned if you notice things appearing or disappearing, or looking a bit different. I'm not going anywhere, but I feel like it's time for a little refresh and perhaps even a slightly different look - basically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Reimo - I had to wait for a bit but I got the Cricut Explore :)
Anyone else out there have trouble throwing away scraps of pretty papers or card, or bit's you've cut off other projects that have interesting colours or patterns, or ANYTHING sparkly??? Come on I KNOW you do - who can throw away bits of Lindy's starburst paper gorgeousness. So to help you use some of that stockpiled yumminess I'm going to show you a really simple idea for using scraps to make a fun card suitable for any occasion. TECHNIQUE Gather... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer