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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
We are excited to announce that we are looking for some talented new crafters to join our family of blogs! If you are a talented paper crafter, scrapbooker, card maker, mixed media artist or anything in between – then we want to hear from you! We are looking for bloggers to post 1-2 times per month, over a six month period, who also have an active social media presence. Depending on your interests, you will have the opportunity to post on Inspiration Lane, Copic Ozand The X-Press It Blog. As a member of our design team you will receive a generous amount of products, distributed by X-Press Graph-X Supplies. Please note that at this time, applicants must be living in Australia. Applications close April 22, 2014 To apply send an email to with the following information: Contact Details including your name, address, phone number and email address. A brief... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
We are so thrilled to be able to announce a brand new Guest Design Team call for 2014. This call is what we are calling a “seasonal call”, as we plan to change the Guest DT members every season. We know it has been a while, and you have all been anxiously waiting, so here are the details. What are we looking for? Lindy’s Stamp Gang products are unique products in the industry that turn every project in to magic. Besides being a polite, friendly, drama-free crafter, we are looking for several team members that: are 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 are able to create detailed tutorials in either written or video form (with the ability to take good photographs and/or video to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I know it's nowhere near Halloween - but this card has been waiting in the wings for a while and I just had to post it :) Even if you don't like Halloween - you will have to LOVE the Albrecht Durer Watercolor pencils from Faber Castell - just watch the clip - they are amazing! Why do I like these delicious pencils so much? Well firstly you can use them as a pencil to get a huge variety of effects, but with the swish of a wet brush they turn from soft and subtle to intense and vibrant. You can layer them like pencils or paint like watercolours, you can scribble on scrap card and use it as a portable palette. You can use other mediums (like pencils) over the top for extra special effects and colours. You can use them on plain card or watercolor card and they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
OK so I HAD to post about this amazing company - I'm sure many of you would have seen the little images at the bottom of each of my posts, which link to other blog posts of mine. Well if there is a cross posting application out there I've tried it - or at least looked at it (many are just not compatible with TypePad). So far on this blog I've trialled: LinkWithin - ok but not customisable and often shows the same posts Outbrain - pretty good links but not very customisable Zemanta - able to link to posts from similar blogs, but will only link to posts on your own blog from the last 3-6 months, so people miss loads of content Zemanta had the most promise and Outbrain produced the best links, but I wasn't 100% happy with any of them - Zemanta in particular has terrible... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
I receive quite a few emails asking my opinion on certain books (word has gotten around that I'm addicted!), people want to know whether such and such a book is useful, well written and if they are worth the money they cost - I buy rather a lot of books (I'm a bibliophile - a lover of books!). So I thought I'd share my library with you all. For the moment this is just a list of the books I currently own - but eventually this will be reviews, stars and my opinion on which to buy - especially if one is better than another any why. This wonderful list will live under the heading of Kate's Bookshelf - I image it will take me a while to complete, but here is a little kick starter in case you are looking for some eye candy... A Compendium of Curiosities -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi everyone! Today I’d like to share a few ideas which combine to produce a super sparkly , magically stunning card a little like this..... To make this yourself you will need: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals from the Mad Hatter Set - Cheeky Cherry and Curiouser Chartreuse Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio - Curiouser Chartreuse Lindy’s Stamp Gang Glitters - Brocade and Chartreuse Double sided sticky shapes (I made mine using dies from Memory Box and a double sided adhesive sheet - I used a sheet from XPress It the product is called Mask It) Rubber stamps from Stampscapes - Prickly Branches Versamark Stamp Pad Low tack masking tape - I used Judikins Eclipse tape Cardstock for base card and layering - I used papers from The Paper Temptress Assorted Rub-ons - I used Kaisercraft Instructions Start by laying some low tack tape, just below the middle of the card... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
The colour palette for the April Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge is very fresh and reminds me of spring, so what better theme than blue birds! While I sometimes find these challenge palettes, well challenging! - this time I had a ball and I used the entire colour palette on this one card and I do love how it looks - let me know what you think about it! This card turned out pretty darn cute if I say so myself - I hope my Mum likes it as I'm sending it to her for her birthday today. What I used for the background: Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays: Starburst: Time Travel Teal Flat Fabios: Summer Lovin' Sun, Ocean Breeze Blue, Hibiscus Rose and T-bird Turquoise What I used on the front: Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Delphinium Turquoise Embossing Powder: Spanish Moss Green Magicals: Steampunk Sepia, Bells of Ireland, Delphinium Turquoise,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
OK so this was one of those faces I drew while watching TV (I do this quite a bit as I'm easily bored and much better entertained while multi-tasking!). This face had several morphs on it's journey, I kept messing with the mouth, hair and nose - but I finally settled on using this for my class with Jane Davenport - Express Yourself and felt brave enough to give my girl a sneer - well that's what I was aiming for anyhow! I think next time I may try for a stronger emotion as to me the face still looks a bit serene, like only the mouth is sneering - even though I tried this in the mirror and only the mouth does move. Next perhaps joy or sadness.... The background was black gesso with Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz colours sprayed over a stencil - this was surprisingly wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Just a little snapshot from my day working on a journal background using Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio sprays as the background and over stamped with Dina Wakley stamps - yum yum! Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
When I post little things off to people I'd often like to include a simple Thank you or Thinking of You card - but for the most part all I have are elaborate birthday cards made with friends or family in mind. I just don't make that many simple cards suitable for a Thankyou. So my challenge today was to make some clean and simple and FAST cards (a real challenge for me!) that I could use as needed. Well these quick 10 min cards are totally perfect, not only as a thankyou but also for using up odds and ends of scrapbook papers and flowers and the odd left over embellishment! What I used: Papers: Fancy Pants - Forever Yours/Love Story, Bo Bunny - Ad Lib, Webster's Pages - Country Estate, Your Life. Beautiful Flowers - various Prima packs Rub Ons - Finishing Touch Ideas Prima - Say it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
You may have all noticed that I haven't published a new video on my YouTube site for a while - I've had a few emails asking when the next one is coming up and I haven't been able to answer - why? Well I've had a few computer dramas :( So I thought for a laugh (or a grimace in sympathy perhaps) I'd let you in on what's been going on at my end of things over the last few months... Towards the end of last year my faithful Logitech webcam (which I had been using for 2 years to record all my clips) began to play up, so I bought a new one. This awesome new model (C920) comes with a 'feature', where it randomly ceases to work and you have to uninstall everything and reinstall for it to work again. This can even happen WHILE YOU ARE FILMING!!!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
With so many excited people entering this competition I know my chances are slim - but I'm here to enter anyway. I would love to try this new product of yours (well new to me at least!) I'm interested in seeing if I can get the spackle to adhere to some flowers (perhaps in splatters) and then mixing the Galatos with water and painting this on. I think that it would make for some ultra cool flower embellishments, though am also pondering using chipboard shapes with the same technique and of course paper - hmm so many possibilities!
Kristin if you were standing in front of me I'd hug you right now! If you have any supplies you want to know what to do with just ask me over on the KISS group - happy to help in any way I can!
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2014 on Doodled Journal Page at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks Jo :)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2014 on Doodled Journal Page at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Hi Phil - to my knowledge they don't make a brush tip (the kind you are talking about) you can see all the Molotow marker tips here: BUT you can put the paint in these into a waterbrush like this - so you could easily get the effect you mention! Molotow also sell large bottles of the paint that is in their markers for use in refilling, but there is no reason you can't just buy the refill bottle and use it in a waterbrush if you want to.
I've just been to a Women's Day breakfast (yes a day early) where many successful strong women talked about how Women's Day came about and shared stories of special women and how they had overcome obstacles in their lives. Towards the end of the breakfast I had trouble staying as all I could think about was how grateful I was for how far women's rights had come, and how incredibly upset I was that there was still such a long way to go. Both my Mother and Grandmothers have worked all their lives (Mum is still working at over 60!) I admire these amazing ladies so very much, they raised families, had jobs, where there when needed, and raised wonderful male and female children who respect the opposite sex. It doesn't matter if you stay at home and look after the kids, or go to an office to work, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Martice - I love using negative space to add some 'pop' :)
Thanks so much Janet - I've been practicing for a while now before I got up the courage to share any of my doodling :)
OK so this one was a bit of a challenge (I'm waiting for the smaller Hazel and Ruby alphabet stencil masks to arrive!) but in the mean time I thought I'd have a play with what I've got! Today I decided to try combining a range of products to produce a colourful doodled journal page in my journal. If you wanted to try this on a less time consuming scale it would also make a fabulous card front or scrap book page accent! Inspired by Tracy Verdugo I decided to try a layered effect for this page, playing and trying new things is part of what I enjoy the most about crafting. Sometimes you discover an awesome new look other times it's a learning experience - this turned out to be a combination of the two, but I would definitely do this again. What I Used: X-Press It Blending Card... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks Kate - you are so right I've ruined just a few by trying to use over surfaces they were apparently not meant for :(
Thanks Janet - you are so lucky - seeing a grape hyacinth is on my bucket list!
Thanks Jo - it certainly was fun to make something with such high impact sparkle :)
OK I don't know if I'll be doing this particular technique a whole lot because I don't like working on plasticky surfaces (will explain this below), but it was heaps of fun to try! I'm taking Mastering Twinks with the fabulous Dion Dior and one the exercises was to create a flower garden on a black paper or a black gessoed page (I used black gesso). Now I've been itching to try this for a while, so instead of sticking exactly to the class suggested project (which was whimsical flowers) I used the same techniques and created the page below (this idea had been buzzing around in my head for a while). Now while creating this I learned 2 very important things: I LOATHE working with liquid masking Fluid (aka Frisket) - I couldn't get the fine lines I wanted, I created blobs where there shouldn't have been any, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Sparkle Tart by Kate Palmer
Thanks so much Linda - I bet you can create something equally stunning!
Thank you Janet - I'm rather fond of that flower myself :)