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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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Thanks so much Shevaun oxox
Thanks so much - as for the name that's compliments of my husband :) I may have been covered up to the elbows in sparkly paint and he walked past and said "What a Sparkle Tart!" it kind of stuck!
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Hello from sunny Queensland! I've recently been bitten by the Washi Bug (no settle down Mum this has nothing to do with laundry!) and have started collecting a few rolls. First thing that struck me though, is that I was going to pretty much need one of every colour if I was going to be able to use it in my very colourful and usually never-the-same-colours-twice projects. Dilemma - because in March (I hope) we will be moving into our new house, where while I will have my own craft studio - woohoo. BUT it's right near the front door and you will be able to see everything in it - so it will need to be neat! This means I don't have room for walls of washi, baskets, piles or racks - I literally won't have the room to acquire the sheer number of rolls I might want. So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Uma - store horizontal and make sure to keep the nib clean (I use a baby wipe) :)
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Today I'm finding a creative way to use a whole lot of little pieces of leftover blending card, it's too good to just throw out! While I've used Christmas colours to decorate the pieces of card, you could easily use any colour, or even multi-colours. This layering technique is very flexible and you could incorporate previously coloured pieces, re-coloured pieces or even pieces that would have gone in the rubbish. Go crazy creating your very own inky petals to use on a Copic Layered Flower. Materials: Copic Various Inks: YR04, R35, RV32, R27 and Colorless Blender Copic Markers: R27, R35 and R89 Scissors X-Press It Clear Gel Glue X-Press It Blending Card X-Press it Glitter - Gold and Crystal FabScraps Stencils - C73 Stars AtYou Spica Pen - Red Stamps: Hero Arts - Merry Christmas text, Stamps by Judith - Snow and Snowflake Instructions Drip R35 and RV32 onto half... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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A BIG congratulations to Vickie Doswell Random.org picked your comment as the winner of my Christmas Giveaway (counted in the order comments were left on the post)!!! Thanks so much to all who entered, and a special thankyou to Christmas Kingdom for generously providing the $50 voucher! Vickie please email me on katep25 at live.com to collect your voucher :) oxo Kate Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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I hope I'm not the only one who can't resist adding their own little DIY spin on store bought Christmas decorations - please tell me I'm not alone! Well this year I have partnered with a fabulous Aussie store Christmas Kingdom to indulge in my little decoration DIY love and create a table centerpiece using some of their fabulous products and some very special altered baubles. You may have noticed that I love to make things a little more sparkly than they were originally and that one of the products I often use is glitter. I have glitter in a wide variety of forms from chunky vintage glitter glass to micro fine, but which is best when it comes to covering a non-porous surface, like a Christmas bauble? Which allows the colour from the object to shine through, what enhances the look and what works best? Today I will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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This month's colours for December are totally Christmassy - red, green, white, tan and black, but wow are there so many great three colour combos you can make with this! After playing around a bit with the colours I finally decided to use White, Tan and Red - a somewhat classic Christmas combination. December 2015 Limited Edition Spray Set December 2015 Limited Edition Embossing Powder Set Materials Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Poinsettia Red Gold Flat Fabio - Cafe au Lait and Queen of Hearts Red Embossing Powder - Purely White This is my creation using the December LSG Color Challenge Palette I love the contrast between the gorgeous sparkle of thePoinsettia Red Gold Starburst and the chalky finish of the Cafe au Lait Flat Fabio. More photos and full product list here: http://www.sparkletart.com/rsr/2015/12/red-and-tan-poinsettia-christmas-card.html I hope this classically elegant Christmas card gives you a few ideas! Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Welcome back Lindy's fans, I hope you all have your holiday plans more under control than I do! This year over Christmas I am moving house, so instead of my usual flurry of card making and house decorating, I'm packing boxes - LOTS of boxes. In spite of the move, I still wanted to make a quick Christmas card for my Mum and Dad, so I seized the opportunity to create something special using this months' Color Challenge pallet - which is just stunning! I loved the idea of using tan, red and white together and just adore how it turned out, a little vintage and a bit bling. You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Poinsettia Red Gold Flat Fabio - Cafe au Lait and Queen of Hearts Red Embossing Powder - Purely White Others Stamp Pad: Delicata - Golden Glitz, Ranger Archival Ink - Red Geranium... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much - glad you liked it!
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In today's post I am highlighting a product for Lindy's Stamp Gang - Moonshadow Mists. Moonshadow Mists have been around since almost the beginning of Lindy's Stamp Gang, in fact they (or their predecessor - Moonshadow Inks) are what got me hooked on Lindys in the first place. What is a Moonshadow Mist? Moonshadow Mists are vintage themed sprays - they all have a brown undertone (though the intensity of the brown varies) and a wide variety of subtle shimmer colours, to make it easy to match the spray to your project. These are not bright or bold, they are soft and subtle (unless you purposefully overspray, or flick the colour onto your project - to create pools of shimmer!). You can use them by themselves, combine Moonshadow colours or even use these alongside your Starburst Sprays, they are versatile and beautiful, whether you like vintage or not - you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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It's time! Time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge! This month's palette is so completely Autumn colours - reds, oranges, yellows and green. The only thing I could think of when I saw this was 'maple leaves'. While we don't have maple trees where I live in the tropics, or Autumn for that matter (it's green here pretty much all year round!) - I do love the changing colours on the leaves when I visit anywhere with a cold climate. This month's special set is available until November 30th, 2015 and the colours are: Sprays Embossing Powders Golden Sleigh Bells Scotch Broom Yellow Greased Lightnin' Green Oakleaf Olive Canna Lily Burnt Orange Kaiser Rudolph Red Poincianna Red Flame Hollyberry Red Gold Bucket o'Blood Red (Moon Shadow) Gilded Burgundy Brass So I decided to go with my first idea and I created a simple maple leaf page, loved the amazing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Just a little snapshot from my day http://ift.tt/1GwW2aw Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Janet oxo It turned out so pretty I may be making a few more :)
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Today I'm going to show you how to make your own D.I.Y. Ribbon Planner Tassel using leftover ribbon, bits n bobs and your Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. Yes that's right, we are using our Starbursts to colour ribbons, the colour takes beautifully since the 'base' of the sprays is fabric dye. So why not make it yours and create something in any colour or style that you like, coordinate it with your planner, or make a bunch of tassels so you can change your planner bling to suit your page layouts! You Will Need Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays - Tea Pot Purple, French Lilac Violet, Tiffany Lou Blue, Blue Hawaiian Blue, Mad Hatter Mint, Shabby Turbine Teal and Time Travel Teal Other Items Ribbon 8 x 12cm lengths of assorted ribbon or ric rac and 1 x 20cm length of ribbon Beads, embellishments or bling Gold or silver... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Today I am playing with monochromatic colouring. Monochrome is defined as 'using only one colour' this can include all the tints, tones and shades of that hue, for example a PINK monochromatic colour scheme could include wine, raspberry, hot pink, baby pink etc. In support of breast cancer awareness today's project is a pink ribbon. Materials Copic Sketch Markers: RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04 & RV17 X-Press It Blending Card Copic Blending Fluid in a mister bottle Copic Multi Liner 0.5 (Pink) Steps 1. Draw or print ribbon onto X-Press It Blending Card - I've chosen to draw a very light outline. 2. Colour whole image with RV0000 as a base, this will help your colours to blend better. 3. Then add your second darkest colour to mark out the darker areas on your ribbon - I used RV04. 4. Lay down your mid tone, RV02 this should really begin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Lisa, simple and easy to understand is exactly what I'm going for :) I love that I have people like you playing along with me!
Thank you oxo
Thanks so much Roz oxo
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Grab those sunglasses, because the newest Starburst set from Lindy's Stamp Gang is HIGH VOLTAGE!! The colours in the stunning Drop Dead Diva Set are practically neon they are so bright, add in that amazing starburst shimmer and I'm in love! The new set is made up of Sassy Sapphire, Prima Donna Purple, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, Hi Maintenance Magenta and Bling-y Blonde - there is not one colour in here that I don't LOVE! Now in continuing my theme of 'not everything has to be fancy' I've created a really simple journal page, using the colours from the Drop Dead Diva Starburst set. Yes I did it - I used ALL the colours from this month's Color Challenge! So how did I manage this? Well I made a rainbow of course! Some days I don't want to create a time consuming or layered page, I just want to play... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks Lisa, so happy I could help inspire you to play with doodled backgrounds - I had heaps of fun creating mine oxo
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Today I'm playing with a clean and simple scrapbooking layout using Limor Webber's new Neon Graffiti set of Flat Fabios from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Now these neon's are bright, and I mean REALLY bright - the colours are luscious, intense and bold. My first impulse when I received the new colours was to use them the same way I normally do (ie spray it everywhere!) - I quickly found out that when dealing with NEON colours, that less is more! Today I thought I'd share a simple 12 x 12 layout that allows these vibrant neon beauties to really shine. INSTRUCTIONS To create my clean and simple background I've used 12 x 12 kraft coloured card and sprayed a small area on the lower right side with Sidewalk Chalk - I needed to apply 2 coats for the white to really pop. While the white spray is still wet, add... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Janet - I will be more than happy to share how I use this, I can't wait to begin playing with it all - sooooo pretty!
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Today I am using Copic Markers to add hints of colour to printed photos. Sounds easy enough doesn't it! Though it sounds easy, using Copic Markers on glossy photo paper isn't quite as simple as colouring on uncoated paper, there are quite a few factors in play that can affect your results. Not to worry - in the following post I will show you several techniques and go over a few important tips for colouring with Copic Markers on glossy photo paper. Materials X-Press It Gloss Inkjet Photo Paper Printed Family Photos Copic Markers - YG23, BG13 & RV66 Copic Colorless Blender COLOURING ON GLOSSY CARD When colouring on glossy card, your markers will produce results similar to colouring on plastic or acetate. Your colours will not blend like they do on paper, colours will be paler than on paper, there WILL be streaks and colouring over the top may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Pauli oxo Just what I needed to hear :)