10 min Thank You Cards

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... Read more →

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Quilt Card using Scraps

This is my Rose Quilt card using scraps and offcuts from other projects. I decided to use the March Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge as inspiration for this one and have chosen the soft rose pink and the dark champagne as my base palette with green as an accent. Now when I say I made this card from scraps I'm serious, I constantly have a little pile of scraps I can't seem to throw out, the end of ribbon rolls,... Read more →

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LSG February Color Challenge

This month's Lindy's Stamp Gang colour challenge has colours that remind me of winter (it might have something to do with the photo for the challenge!). I decided to try a card based on a square design, with a flower in the middle and I've used the colours of pink, light blue, white and accented with gold. If you're planning on participating in the challenge this is the challenge colour combo. This is the card I've created for the challenge,... Read more →

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Happy Valentines Day 2014

I saw an amazing card on Pinterest recently, and I adored the idea - it was a red button heart on a piece of craft card - you can see it here on my Pinterest board. So I set about making something similar - and FAILED DISMALLY! I don't know why but I am truly horrible at using someone elses' design! Even if I follow it exactly - mine never looks as good as the original, I just physically just... Read more →

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Low Stress Christmas Card using Moonshadow Mist

OK - I kind of have a love/hate relationship with handmade Christmas cards. I LOVE the idea of sending my crafty friends (and my Mum and Dad!) a handmade card to show how much I appreciate them, the handmade touch really adds something special. I HATE (read here loathe with a burning passion) making to exact same thing, 20-30 or 40 times - over and over and over and over. So when you have to make the same thing over... Read more →

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Picture Frame Card Inspired by Kathy Jones

OK - not sure how many of you follow the Copic Oz blog but recently the massively talented Kathy Jones posted am amazing idea showing her take on a 'Living Card', this idea totally appealed to me and I HAD to try it! The following is my version of a faux living card. What I used: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays from the Mad Hatter set: Tea Pot Purple and Mad Hatter Mint Embossing Powder from the Mad Hatter set:... Read more →

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Neon Pink and Navy Non-Traditional Christmas Card

The crew over at Lindy's Stamp Gang are really excited to introduce the August color challenge! It is our hope that we encourage you to try new color combinations, and introduce you to new Lindy’s Stamp Gang colors! So the rules: Help us spread the word! Share our color challenge graphic in your blog post and link to the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog http://lindystampgang.wordpress.com , where the challenge can be found. For every 50 people that enter, we’ll have one... Read more →

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Magical Textured Background for LSG October Color Challenge

The crew over at Lindy's Stamp Gang are really excited to introduce the October color challenge! It is our hope that we encourage you to try new color combinations, and introduce you to new Lindy’s Stamp Gang colors! This is my example for the October Challenge - now I really did just use the colours shown, but some of my Magicals mixed a little creating new shades so it looks a little altered from the original colours of: Witchs Potion... Read more →

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Sea Goddess for LSG September Color Challenge

The crew over at Lindy's Stamp Gang are really excited to introduce the September color challenge! It is our hope that we encourage you to try new combinations, and introduce you to new Lindy’s Stamp Gang colors! This is the project I created using the September colours - Dark purple, Light Purple, Dark Green and Pinky-peach.... What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Products: Magicals: French Lilac, Cosmopolitan Pink, My Mojito Green, Green with Envy Green, Cocklebells Coral, Witch's Potion Purple... Read more →

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Cute as a Copper Penny - Top Hat Steampunk Marci

I am so excited to be playing along with Team Friday from La-La Land Crafts for their Summer CHA release - thanks Irina! I simply adore steampunk and when Irina asked if I'd like to join in with the DT gals for this special release there is no chance I was going to say no. The new stamps, dies and shapes are available now, so head over to your local stamp store and put in your order. For those of... Read more →

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Clean & Simple Cards Using Magicals & Versamark

Hi - just dropping by to share 3 clean & simple cards, all based on the one layout and all using the same products - though in different colours and with slightly different techniques. Now I'm warning you all, these are way more simple than my usual cards and once you get started making these it's difficult to stop since they are so much darn fun! So what's the deal? All 3 cards use Versamark Watermark ink and Lindy's Stamp... Read more →

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Copic Blog Hop for Koala Kids

Welcome to the Copic Blog Hop – you are @ Sparkle Tart's page, the next stop is Copic Australia on Facebook We are SO happy to be part of this exciting blog hop as there are is awesome BLOG CANDY to be won (A Copic Prize Pack which includes Copic Markers, a NEW X-Press It Blending Journal and a Bundle of Bonus Fabscraps Goodies) but it is also in support of a great cause (Koala Kids) to support Kids with... Read more →

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Lindy's Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome to Lindy's Birthday Blog Hop! Today's hop, is in honor of Lindy Plakinger, who founded Lindy's Stamp Gang along with her husband and her family. While the amazing lady herself may no longer be here with us to celebrate, we love to get together once a year to celebrate her birthday, honor her daughter Tracey (who kept the business going after her mum passed away) and make sparkly creations, as tribute to the uniquly fabulous products she created.... Read more →

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Rainbow Resist Card using Color Shots

Hi Peeps - today I have a quick, fun and funky rainbow coloured card using Color Shots from Lindy's Stamp Gang to show you. What I used: Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Shots: Bells of Ireland Green, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Hottie Patottie Hot Pink, Bachelor Button Blue, Witch's Potion Purple, Rhododendron Rose Red and Marigold Yellow Orange. Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray on leaf - Bells of Ireland Green Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz - Royal Amethyst Fire Pink Paislee Resist... Read more →

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Hemlock for Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop! Today the design team is featuring stunning new images from the Rebecca Sinz collection. To enter into the prize draw, you must visit each blog on the hop and leave a comment at every stop. On Monday, March 18, 2013 we will pick one winner who will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Sweet Pea Stamps store! Sweet Pea Stamps Blog - start here Nataliya Ali Sharon Holley Karina Connie Kate... Read more →

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3rd Anniversary for Sparkle Tart Blog!

I've just had my 3 year Blog Anniversary - woohoo. I can't believe how things have grown and changed in such a short amount of time, the pace of things really surprises me some days. I'd had a web site before I moved over to my much loved TypePad blog, I found maintaining the site very time consuming - this blog is so much easier to create, maintain and honestly find your way around - so thank you TypePad :O)... Read more →

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Rainy Day Card

For my final September Guest Designer card for Sweet Nothings Stamp Co, I've chosen to use this rather cute image titled Rainy Day Sophie. She was just screaming out for something shabby chic, with a bit of sparkle - so that was what I've done. When I was little I used to love exploring in the rain - though I don't remember ever taking an umbrella! I may have gotten in to trouble once or twice while doing this he... Read more →

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Sweet Nothings - September Creative Challenge

Good Morning Fellow Crafters! I am so excited to be joining Sweet Nothings Stamp Co. and it’s very talented Design Team for a September Creative Challenge. I was lucky enough to be asked to participate as a Guest Design Team member for the month of September, many thanks Lina for the invite. This means I got to play with some of the gorgeous Sweet Nothings digi images and tag along as a DT member this month - heaps of fun,... Read more →

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Sweet Pea Card using Ching Chou Kuik's Toucan

Woohoo - I was able to play along with the regular Sweet Pea Stamps DT for Variations week - you can see everyone's take on using the Toucan image on the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog. What I used: Toucan image from Sweet Pea Stamps, designed by Ching chou Kuik Impression Obsession Cover-a-card stamp - Lg Paisley Paper Doily from eBay (coloured with Bells of Ireland Green Starburst Spray) Flowers from I Am Roses Stickles Glitter Glue - Stardust Wooden Charm... Read more →

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Pretty in Pink Tag

Hmm you can tell when I'm working on projects for a craft show, as the blog goes rather quiet. I've just returned from Melbourne Paperific and I will be posting a few of the projects I created over the next weeks. Up until recently making tags didn't interest me all that much - now I can't make enough of these beautiful little treasures, I've even considering making Christmas tags instead of Christmas cards. Today I thought I'd create a tag... Read more →

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Sweet Pea Suprise Christmas Blog Hop - Poinsettia Card

Now I have to admit I've done some double dipping here and used the same background that I was playing with for some of my Christmas cards (stay tuned for the video clip coming very soon!), I couldn't resist I LOVE the background and honestly I adore this card with the Sweet Pea image, it's even better than my Christmas cards!!!!! What I used: Sweet Pea Stamp: 'Lilly' from Ching-chou Kuik's Fantasy Art Collection sheet 14 Paper Inspirations: Art Brush... Read more →

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Dear Santa - Define Naughty - LaBlanche Stamped Card

This has to be one of my favourite Christmas cards that I have made - sorry but I only made the one and it went to my Mum. This one is a combination of - 'I wonder what would happen if' and 'wow I love that stamp' the result is a somewhat vintage Christmas card with a little bit of cheeky mixed in. What I used: Distress Ink Pads: Festive Berries and Black Soot (on Santa), Walnut Stain and Brushed... Read more →

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Special Delivery using Present Fairy from Miranda's Card Creations!

You know how some projects just sort of come together without lot of fiddling - well this was one of them. I generously received this image via Paper Creations Ink Challenge Blog, provided for use by the fabulous Miranda van den Bosch and after I created the Magical Mica background - all the rest sort of fell in to place. The background led to the Copic colours in the image, I used the same colours on the flowers as I... Read more →

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Naughty but Nice - Ornament Kitty Card

This was soooooo much fun to make – there was no way I could resist this super cute little stamp when I saw it – it reminded me way too much of my own kittens. The very first Christmas that we had our new kitties I put out our small table Christmas tree (as I have done for years) – it did not occur to me that this might be seen as romping good fun until far too late! We... Read more →

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Pan Pastels over White Velvet Card

OK one small thought has led to a new favourite technique. I've bought some Pan Pastels and have yet to really use them, I also had some beautiful soft white Velvet Cardstock (which I've been hoarding) from The Paper Temptress - I figured I'd play with both and WOW what amazing results! What I used: Cardstock from The Paper Temptress White Velvet Card Amethyst Mica Card Epic Black Thick Columns Ribbon - Olive Green Stamps from: Darkroom Door - Thinking... Read more →

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