Alter and Up-cycle Prima Paper Flowers

In keeping with this month's theme of RECYCLING we are going to use a few unloved supplies and left-over scraps in today's post, which is a little bit of fun and a cool way to use all those odd flowers you have collected over the years! You guessed it - we are going to alter and Up-cycle some paper flowers, because no-one likes to have random flowers hanging about that you can't use! Keep reading and we will take a... Read more →

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Recycled Packaging in Art Journals

Today I'm going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging that you get on your art supplies! I hope I'm not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging. I mean that's not so weird right - they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product! Well, my latest purchase... Read more →

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Artist Interview for Lulu Art

I am so excited to announce that I will be a part of the Lulu Art Design Team for 2017. Kylie the owner of Lulu Art asked me to have a chat over a virtual coffee and let you all know a bit more about myself, so here goes.... A bit about myself Where do I begin, I’m a 40- something artist/crafter who likes to collect fabulous supplies. My husband called me a ‘Sparkle Tart’ and now everyone else does... Read more →

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Bird Art Journal Page using Negative Space

Today I'm creating a page with Masks. If you saw my last post you'll know that this month I'm playing with Masks and Stencils, and throwing in a few Magical Powder Paints for a little touch of sparkle! I can't wait to show you how I've created my own blue wren mask and then used this as negative space in my art to create a simple, but eye-catching art journal page. Gathered together some favourite supplies: I used my journal,... Read more →

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Stencil and Masks - What's The Difference?

To kick off the K.I.S.S.ing Class (that's Keep It Simple Sparkly) I thought we would take a quick look at Masks and Stencils and find out what's the difference between the two. For something that many of us use so often, it can be a little bit challenging to wrap our heads around what is a mask and what is a stencil. Masks and stencils are amazingly fabulous art tools that help you reproduce a particular pattern, image, design or... Read more →

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Sparkle Tart's K.I.S.S.ing Class: About to go LIVE!

Well, it's all go at my place right now, I'm working on the first clips for my K.I.S.S.ing Class on YouTube - that's Keep It Simply Sparkly for those who need to know. I decided to create a FREE year-long class with a new clip EVERY week to share my first love - sparkles! For the month of February we will be looking at Masks, Stencils and Magicals (powder paints). I can't wait to show you a few great ways... Read more →

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Playing With the New Magical Shakers from Lindys

Sparkly hello!!! This week I've had my first look and spent time playing with the new Magical Shakers from Lindy's, released at Creativation 2017 (CHA). There are 10 new colours, and they are a fabulous rainbow of yumminess! Now they are the same formula as normal Magicals (which are a powdered watercolor dye), so you can do all the same things you would normally do, but they are in a fancy new bottle making them easier to use and a... Read more →

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Creative Cardmaking Basics Starts January 23rd

I'm so excited! I had so many people asking me why I was so quiet in the last quarter of 2016 - well it's because I was busily working away on my very first online class, being hosted over at Big Picture Classes! What's the class about? Well you all know I love my supplies - all of them! I thought I'd start by showing new card makers how to use their basic supplies in a few different ways to... Read more →

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Happy New Year 2017!

I wanted to drop in and wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year in 2017. With everything going at the moment, there is no better time to spread a little arty sparkle and shine - which is exactly what I will be doing in the new year oxoxo In 2017 I'm kicking things into high gear with: My very first online class with Big Picture Classes - this one is aimed at Beginning Card Makers (more info... Read more →

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Cards to Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts

Did you know I was one of the artists who contributed work in Colleen Schaan's book Cards To Canvas? Well it's true and I'm still pinching myself! Cards To Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts, is a book designed for crafters who want to LEARN some stamping and cardmaking techniques, DABBLE in some mixed media fun, and then APPLY those techniques and mediums to canvas wall art (or desk art)! Crafters can delve into the world of mixed-media art using... Read more →

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Lindy's and Imaginarium Blog Hop: Black and White Layout

Welcome to the 2016 Lindy's and Imaginarium Hop - a match made in heaven with fabulous chipboard elements from Imaginarium Designs and gorgeous sprays, paints and powders from Lindys! This HOP is massive! Come and join the fun with the amazing Design Teams from Lindy's and Imaginarium Designs combining their creative forces for a massive blog hop and it's starting RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW! There are prizes galore and so many stunning projects to inspire you! It's so easy... Read more →

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3 Tips for Drawing Attention to Your Photo on a Busy Layout

Want to create a simple black and white scrapbook layout, that's heavy on the texture and draws attention to your photo? Well, that's what I'm going to create today - so join me in having a play, whip out those sprays, reach for your embossing powders and have your embellishments at the ready. Today I'm creating a layout using minimal color, Black, White and a touch of Gold (vintage, bright and matt) and the sparkle for this project (because you... Read more →

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How To Create a Dark Watercolor Galaxy with Amazing Patterns for a Star Trek Journal Page

Ever wondered what the simplest way to create a killer dark watercolor image is and still keep it interesting and vibrant? Well for today's project I needed to do exactly that - create a dark image, full of interest and pattern using watercolors! Why - well I'm on a bit of a mission - Karl Urban (one of my Top 10 favourite actors of all time) is going to be at Comic-Con in Sydney 2016 and so am I (insert... Read more →

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Altering a Distress Ink Background to Make it Your OWN!

I don't know about all of you out there but I ADORE Tim Holtz, I've even been lucky enough to attend 2 of his live, in person classes and meet him - yes there is a little hero worship happening - how could I resist an amazing artist and a really genuinely nice guy!! Tim creates THE MOST divine grungy backgrounds and projects and I love following along and creating with him. My problem begins when I've finished creating my... Read more →

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What Are The 5 Styles of Doodling?

Want to start Doodling but a bit overwhelmed and confused about the styles of doodling and what the differences are? Well in this post I'll take a look at the different styles of doodling (or repetitive art forms) and discuss what makes each of them unique. There five main styles or types of doodle based art are: Zentangle ® Zendoodling Stendoodling Mandalas and Doodle Art Each style or type has its own specific characteristics and forms and all are equally... Read more →

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