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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.
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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 steps (the clip shows it all), I'll just include the basic recipe so you can do this yourself. Mix 2 drops of water with 2 small amounts of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Powder (this is a sparkly watercolour powder) - stir until all the little granules have dissolved. Add an equal amount of Glossy Accents to the Magical mixture and stir slowly with the end of a paintbrush or a... 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 embossing powders over on the Lindy's Stamp Gang site and YES they do ship worldwide. Now any of you who know Jamie Dougherty's work (ie Jaylynn Scraps, creator of Bloom Girls) will recognise Jamie's influence in the face I have created, that's because I drew this as part of Jamie's online class that I was taking - Bloom Girls 2 where Jamie describes in detail how to create a Bloom... 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 paper surface) using Golden Matt Medium, while still wet spritz front and back of tag with water, wait about 20 seconds for the water to seep in and then crumple using your hands. This creates texture and will result in a more interesting background. Spray Golden Doubloons Moonshadow mist on the bottom third of the tag, spray Sandra Dee Sepia Flat Fabio in the middle and add Long John's Silver... 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 I've been thinking about for a while now! Included in this month's set are: SPRAYS: French Lilac Violet (starburst), Pineapple Paradise (Flat), Bells Of Ireland Green (starburst), TiffanyLou Blue (starburst), Tea Pot Purple and Tilt-A-Wheel Teal EMBOSSING POWDER: Venus Violet Blue, Sunset Yellow Orange, Ghouly Goblin Green and Angel Wings Mauve To create my project this month I used 4 Starburst Sprays (TiffanyLou Blue, Tea Pot Purple, French Lilac Violet... 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 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 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 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
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!
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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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 -
Hi thanks so glad you liked it! You can find me on YouTube here
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