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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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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 I feel like it's time to cut my hair (oh wait I just did that LOL). You know what I mean! I hope you all won't mind, but I'm going to be a bit more ME. You will notice a few new things creeping into my blog, I have a few hidden passions that I'll be sharing with you, yes all crafty related - I won't post too many photos... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Reimo - I had to wait for a bit but I got the Cricut Explore :)
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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 some of your scraps and offcuts from other projects, they can be a variety of colours, patterns, textures - pretty much anything. I like to make sure there are some with sparkles and some without just for a little variety. Cut shapes from your scraps, you can use dies if you are working on larger projects like scrapbook pages, or punches if you are creating something smaller like a tag... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Janet - the inks look luminous over the metal - so pretty! Hope you have an amazing day oxox
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Today I am using Copic Various Inks (Alcohol Inks) to colour an unusual material and create a unique and vibrant Copic coloured poppy canvas - it's just a bit of fun today. What's the unusual material? Empty Soft drink/Soda/Pop cans, though you could use thin metal sheets or even metal coated cardstock if you have any. TECHNIQUE Using X-Press It Triple Tac Glue (or other matt glue) adhere some pretty soft coloured FabScraps papers onto your canvas. You may like to overlap the papers or add torn elements as I have on mine. Wait for the adhesive to dry and then lightly brush Gesso over the surface, use a baby wipe to rub back any areas that become too heavily covered or hard to see. This helps the background to appear more unified and softens any edges. Flick a few droplets of Lindy's Stamp Gang Down the Rabbit Hole or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Sheila - a quick spray with Workable Fixative or a Gloss Varnish should stop any migrating mica :)
Thanks so much Gabriele - there is so much you can do with the adhesive sheets, I'm hoarding a few!
Hi Jeanette - mine do the same, very difficult to work with a kitty rolling about demanding attention and looking at you with puppy-cat eyes!
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The LSG Challenge colours for April are just so fresh and vibrant - I was really looking forward to playing with some of these! So to have a little fun! This is the first project I've been able to complete having moved into our new house. ** CONFESSION ** I haven't finished putting everything away just yet and the majority of the room is a hideous mess - but I'm working on it. By necessity I could only work on a small project, I decided on creating some cute tags to send to my family to let them know our new address. You may have seen how these started a little earlier in the week, in case you missed it here they are... TECHNIQUE I had to make a few of these so didn't want anything overly fussy, large or time consuming (I get bored with making the same thing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
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Just a little snapshot from my day http://ift.tt/1RywAXb Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Johanna - while I haven't specifically seen a starter kit for doodling, you could get what you need at Michaels, or your local news agent - begin with a spiral bound notebook with thick paper if you can get one and a pen or pencil. Your friend could also try adding colour with kids markers or pencils to begin with. Start cheap to see if you like it first oxoxo Hope your friend enjoys this I have a few doodling YouTube clips as well - https://www.youtube.com/user/CraftyKatePalmer
Hi thanks so glad you liked it! You can find me on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/user/CraftyKatePalmer
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It's time - time for a little makeover! I picked up a really cute little canvas journal/book cover on sale, gold with white stripes - white and I don't mix all that well, so I decided to give it a little 'Sparkle Tart' treatment and make it over using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang! Yes Magicals on fabric - a match made in heaven. Now what colour to use, it's summer here in Queensland (Australia) so I'm seeing lots of blue sky - so why not a blue colour scheme, so many beautiful blues in the Lindy's range to choose from.... You Will Need: Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Shabby Turbine Teal, Hydrangea Blue, Tiffanylou's Blue and Delphinium Turquoise Golden: Airbrush Medium, Fluid Acrylics in - Carbon Black, Cobalt Teal, Micaceous Iron Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise and Irridescent Gold (Bright or Deep) Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Printed Canvas journal/book cover Stamps: Pam Carriker... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Great tip - thanks Mike!
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!