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Kate P. (aka Sparkle Tart)
Australia
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.
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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 6 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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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 7 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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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 7 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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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
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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 random.org 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 michaeltrent@gmail.com ) 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 inspirationlane@xpressgraphx.com.au with your postal details! Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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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
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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
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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
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Hurray!! It’s time for a blog hop! We’ve all been working hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win some amazing prizes! For commenting on my blog you go into the draw to WIN this amazing prize pack below. Our brief for the hop was to use products from X-Press It, Copic Oz and Inspiration Lane suppliers to create a mixed media canvas that represented ourselves. Now I did a little head scratching over this one, but finally settled on a few things it HAD-TO-HAVE if it was representing me: Sparkle, Colour, Birds, Copics and Drama - I think I squeezed all of this onto my canvas. I've also snuck in a '25' plate as this is the date of my birthday in September - the 25th. I've added a few peacock... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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OK so I don't usually pass on chain-letters or those chain-blog kind of things, but when I was tagged by Ivett from Ivett Carrillo Design Studio (you can read Ivett's post here) and asked to answer the following questions and share some other artists I adore - well I couldn't see a good reason why not to participate. You all know I love to spread the joy and share other amazing artists :) 1. What am I working on? Hmm - I'm always working on something new, whether it's combining products and techniques in mixed media pieces, journal pages or trying out new card designs. Over the next month I will begin editing the video for a Mixed Media class I am working on using Copic products, I will be finishing several journal pages, creating a post on Doodling and hoping to begin working on a Color Journal for myself.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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OK I'm so excited for the Copic Oz, X-Press It, Inspiration Lane Mixed Media Blog Hop that's happening this Wednesday morning (Australian EST). Wait until you see the prizes on offer - I wish I could enter the prize draw myself - there is a little peek further down the page!! We were asked to create a mixed media canvas that represents ourselves!!! What do you think mine will have on it??? These are a few of the goodies I've used - but not all! I'm loving using the bright papers, tissues and washi from Hazel & Ruby! Looking for an excuse to follow the hop - well then check out what's on offer as prizes AND there are over 10 chances to WIN! You will all have the chance to win one of the new Mixed Media Journals before I even see them! I told you I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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The Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge for July is full of bright summery colours, but I just wasn't feeling bright or summery (it's winter here in Australia), so the palette was proving to be quite a struggle! I had a look back over my last few projects for the color challenges and realised all of them were vibrant and had bags of colour - so I decided to change it up a bit and try something on the other end of the spectrum! I decided to use the two palest colours in the palette (the blue and the creamy beige) and create a light on white card - something with a wintery feel - you could even use this as a Christmas card. What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays: TiffanyLou Blue and Clam Bake Beige Embossing Powder: Tilt-a-Wheel-Teal from Under the Boardwalk set Dies Memory Box: Bramble Circle,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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You may have noticed that I LOVE to use beautiful resist cardstock designs in my art, I may be a tiny bit addicted! The reason that I love this is because it looks simply stunning when used in combination with Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang! The last time I posted a resist card I had quite a few people ask me about the paper I used - which happened to be discontinued :( This can be a bit of a problem as I have purchased are not always available anymore, so what can you do - well why not make your own, it's quick, simple and allows you to have exactly what you want! First I'm going to make something that looks a lot like the card I used for my last resist project, muted tones on white card - this is the look I'm going for.. First you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Has anyone else ever noticed that arty types have the BEST and most interesting jewelry and accessories? You know when you are at a craft fair or store and you notice someone else there has an amazing handmade scarf, or bag or bracelet - well this has happened to me at least! While I didn't find Vickie at a craft fair, I did find her amazing jewelry while searching for art journal ideas - you can read my post here! I've been drooling over Vickie's bird jewelry for a while now and I just kept coming back to her 5 moons bracelet, there was just something about this that called my name. So a few months before Christmas (as I'm always hard to buy for) I emailed Vickie to ask if she had time and how much a custom bracelet like the 5 moons would cost - well there began... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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A week or so ago I announced a little contest over at Mixed Media Art http://www.mixedmediaart.net - you were asked to comment on the post and let me know what YOU would do next with my Rainbow Grunge Art Journal Background. The prize was a set of the new Industrial Chic sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Well there were so many entries (over 90) that I decided to give away 2 prizes rather than just 1: And the winners are da da da da dah dah!!!!!! Carole Furlong and Joan McAlpine Carole Furlong says: “I love this – the lovely warm yellow survives to the last layer – gorgeous. I would use as a background in my art journal. I think I’s do something like a technical drawing over the top – scaffolding, pipes, conveyor belts and that sort of thing – would be a great contrast to the prettiness... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I'm having a play and combining my Copic Markers with some of my new Bruynzeel Design Aquarel (Watercolor) Pencils to see what happens! I'm hoping I can create a finished piece that is subtly coloured and allows me to use the translucency of watercolours to enhance my Copic coloured image. Now this project could end up as a card front, journal page or even a framed piece - the choice is yours. What I used: Copic Markers: Blender, YG0000, YG00, YG01, Y06, Y08, C1, C3, YR27, YR68, YG61 & YG63 Copic Multi Liners: 0.3 Yellow & 0.3 C00l Gray Spica AtYou: Clear and Gold Bruynzeel Aquarel (Watercolor) Pencils: 59, 55 & 61 Molotow Paint Marker - any size Begin by choosing an interesting flower and tracing this onto your paper, try to make your pencil lines as light as possible. Go over image with your Multi Liners and erase... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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I received a little parcel yesterday and inside were some yummy new products from Lindy's Stamp Gang, the new Under the Boardwalk Flat Shot colours were calling my name so I decided to sit down and just splash some colour around in my journal to see how they behave - and I really do mean that I splashed them around! What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Shots from Under the Boardwalk set: Tilt-a-Wheel Teal, Raspberry Lemonade, Pop Rock Purple & Orange Dreamsicle Magicals: Time Travel Teal Prismacolor Pencils: Black, White, True Green, Aquamarine, Parrot Green, Deco Aqua, Light Aqua, Cool Grey 50% & Cool Grey 70% Stabilo All Pencils: Black and White Pilot Choose 0.7 Pens: White & Silver Blending Stump Stillman and Birn Journal - Zeta series Derwent Fine tip Water Brush Derwent 4B Graphite Pencil Pitt Charcoal Pencil: Black & White Small paintbrushes Script lowercase foam alphabet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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So I'm looking for a personal electronic cutter and honestly finding the whole thing a bit confusing, so to help me (and hopefully some of you all as well) I've created a comparison table so it's easier to see what the differences are! First what am I looking for specifically, what do I want to do with it? I'm looking for one machine that can: Cut paper Cut fabric - to make flowers or t-shirt logos Cut Matt board or chipboard to create my own embellishments Cut adhesive backed material so I can create custom stickers Cut plastic so I can create my own stencils (really important) Would be nice to sketch and emboss Fine detail cutting would be an advantage Mac or PC compatible Allows custom designs to be uploaded is a must! I don't plan on carting it around so weight is not a concern. These are the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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This month's Color Challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang is full of vibrant exciting colours and I couldn't wait to play! The first thing I did was grab the colours that I had that were closest to the challenge colours and spray a journal page just to see how they looked together - the answer - super yummy! To create this background you will need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Sprays: Hibiscus Rose, Caribbean Blue and Kissin' Kenickie Coral Starburst Sprays: Tea Pot Purple and Sea Mint Green I just sprayed patches of colour one at a time until my background was coloured - I'm working in my Stillman and Birn Zeta series journal. This is how it looked once dry - I've used all the challenge colours though some have come through more strongly than others. I'm having a lot of fun lately playing with drama in my journal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer