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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Vickie Hallmark - An Amazing Artist!

Has anyone else ever noticed that arty types have the BEST and most interesting jewelry and accessories? You know when you are at a craft fair or store and you notice someone else there has an amazing handmade scarf, or bag or bracelet - well this has happened to me at least! While I didn't find Vickie at a craft fair, I did find her amazing jewelry while searching for art journal ideas - you can read my post here!... Read more →

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Inspiring Artists: Tracy Verdugo

Ever since I saw an interview with Tracy on Lifebook I've had a little art crush - I don't know what's more beautiful the fabulous person that is Tracy or her art! Tracy creates amazing free style art that is colourful, joyful and stunning - you can see it here on her blog - Heartful Musings. Tracy is truly an inspiring artist and person - she talks the talk and walks the walk! If you look at Tracy's blog you... Read more →

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Fan Friday: Jennifer Dove

And this people, is one of the reasons I LOVE and ADORE being a part of the art and craft community, it's people like Jennifer Dove - sharing ideas because they 'Can' and not asking anything in return. The totally gorgeous Jennifer Dove from Just4Fun and Dove Art Studios is posting these fabulous Copic colour combinations tags - called Color of the Day so far there are 46 yummy tags (so far) each with a colour combo and an example... Read more →

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Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

OK so I had THE BEST weekend last weekend. I found out at the very last minute that the fabulous Tracy Verdugo (more about Tracy in a Fan Friday post soon) was going to be teaching one of her amazing Paint Mojo classes only 30 minutes away from where I live! I looked up the web site only to find out the class was full, but figured I'd email anyhow - sometimes people drop out - a few days later... Read more →

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Fan Friday Liesbeth's Arts & Crafts

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is from Liesbeth's Arts and Crafts Blog - created by Liesbeth Fidder. Liesbeth is an amazing artist living in the Netherlands, if it weren't for the Craft Stamper Magazine and the internet, I may never have seen her work. Happily part of the beauty of our currently shrinking world, is that technology allows us to 'get to know' artists living half a world away and Liesbeth is worth getting to know! Currently designing for... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Dina Wakley's Art Journal Freedom

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is a book! What you didn't think every Fan Friday would be a web site did you, and trust me this one is really worth mentioning :O) So before I begin, I must confess that I think Dina Wakley is amazing, I see Dina's work and find myself loving the play of bold colour, I use her stamps have fun, and she also teaches online classes (they are on my 'to-do-list') and I completely... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Crafting the Web by Theresa Momber

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's inspiration is Crafting the Web created by Theresa Momber. Theresa's art makes me let out a sigh of deep appreciation every time I see it - she is truly the 'Queen of Sponging' - just nip over and have a look at the truly beautiful cards and step-by-step tutorials over on her blog: Crafting the Web. I first stumbled across Theresa's blog when looking for ideas to use with my nature stamps, and while I... Read more →

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Fan Friday - The Daily Art Muse

Welcome to Fan Friday, today's site is as eclectic as I am - The Daily Art Muse is an amazing place to browse and drool - the art on here is unique and infinitely diverse. I love looking at this blog to see what I didn't yet know I was in love with already! There are some supremely talented artists who just have blown my mind, doing things I never even thought possible - some so realistic when I first... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Finnabair

Welcome to Fan Friday, now I've gushed over this amazing lady's art before - but seriously she deserves another mention, because Anna Dąbrowska – Pękocka, also known as Finnabair (pronounced Finavar) from Poland, simply rocks! I really don't know where to begin if I'm honest, there are just so many amazing facets to this woman - she teaches classes around the world, has just released her own line of papers with 7 Dots Studio and embellishments and more (Mechanicals and... Read more →

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Fan Friday - The Color of My Dreams

Today's Fan Friday is acknowledging the amazing Copic cards displayed on a fabulous non-English blog The Color of my Dreams by Celia! I've been following Celia's work for a while now as she is amazingly generous with her knowledge, sharing both her cards and her colour combo recipes - this is an amazing resource for Copic lovers, both beginners and experienced. Celia is part of the Design Team for Copic Marker Benelux which is another truly wonderful resource full of... Read more →

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Fan Friday - Vickie Hallmark

For today's Fan Friday I am sharing a truly multi-talented artist who I find completely inspiring - Vickie Hallmark creates journal pages which are truly beautiful to behold and jewelry to die for - you can find her work on her blog, Flickr, Pinterest and Facebook. I had a very difficult time figuring out what to share from Vickie's art - there are just so many beautiful and inspiring pieces, finally I just went with my favourites - it seems... Read more →

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Fan Friday

Welcome to the very first Fan Friday post!I'm so excited to share the myriad of inspiring blogs, people, colours and ideas that I gain so much from on a daily basis. These are not shared in any particular order and are vastly ecclectic, so don't be suprised by anything you see on Fan Friday posts. I decided to create this continuing segment in response to the huge popularity of my Most Artistically Inspiring People series, which even all this time... Read more →

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Had a ball at Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo

Some of you may have seen me at the Brisbane Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo over the long weekend - I was demonstrating my fingers off over at stand 83 - Passion 4 Paper. In spite of being so busy I didn't get to eat lunch for the first 2 days - I had a fantastic time. I met so many lovely ladies including a few people I knew from the Stamp Happy group on Yahoo, plus briefly caught up with... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 10 Jane Davenport

The last person on my list is....... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 10 Jane Davenport for Providing Lifelong Artistic Tools I'm going to sit here and have a cry (just a little one) while I write this, how do I say thank you to this amazing lady who has given me a tool which I will use for the rest of my life and one which brings such happiness? All I can hear in my head as... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 9 Ching-Chou Kuik

The ninth person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 9 Ching Chou Kuik for Watercoloured Wonders I can't wait to show you the amazing art work of Ching Chou Kuik. This lady is the reason I got into Copic markers, which is the reason I met Mandi, which is the reason I saw Jane, who is the reason I took my first ever drawing lesson - so really Ching Chou and her work started... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 8 Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair)

The eighth person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 8 Anna Dabrowska for Inspirational Industrial Baroque OK - so I've had a couple of posts on minimalist artists I LURVE - let me do a 180 turn around and introduce you to the fabulous Finnabair aka Anna Dabrowska-Pekocka, who makes the most lavish and amazingly complex pages I've ever seen (OK so she makes other sorts of things too lol - check out her... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 7 Louise Nelson

The seventh person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 7 Louise Nelson for Artful Absences Phew - Louise is such a busy lady she almost didn't see my email in time for me to post this lol, so glad she did as it wouldn't be my top 10 list without her. Why is Louise so busy - check the list of places she is creating art for and you will understand: Scrap 365 Tattered... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 6 Dion Dior

The sixth person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 6 Dion Dior for fabulous use of Zen-Sparkles Come on - you didn't think I would have a list without someone sparkly did you? Whose blog are you reading again??? No 6 on my Most Inspiring Artists of 2011 is Dion Dior, you can find her blog over at Dion Dior & More. Dion's blog is personal, artistic, moving and incredibly inspiring. I LOVE Dion's... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 5 Lori Vliegen

The fifth person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 5 Lori Vliegen for absolutely Elegant Journaling Next let me introduce you to the work of Lori Vliegen, she has the most amazing style of journaling - OK so you're not into journals - no problem, just imagine her work on a card front - her style really is incredibly versatile. Lori has a fabulous blog Elvie Studio where she shares her journals, her thoughts... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 4 Mariette van Leeuwen

The fourth person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 4 Mariette van Leeuwen 'Queen of Minimalism' Let me introduce you to the Queen of Minimalism - Mariette van Leeuwen. Mariette has her own blog (no don't go there yet - you won't be back here for a while) and a huge body of work on Flickr - nope not giving you that link either, you'll be gone for hours! I promise to put the... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 3 Joanne Sharpe

The third person on my list is.... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 3 Joanne Sharpe for BOLD use of Colour I first saw Joanne's work in an issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine, I was just learning to use my Copic markers and was devouring every book, on-line resource and magazine article I could find. I walked into my local Newsagents (where the 'new' issues for overseas magazines are often 4 months behind) and there it was!... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 2 Mandi-Lee Klinger

The second person on my list is... 10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 No 2 Mandi-Lee Klinger for Inspiring use of Copic Markers and the ability to Inspire Confidence in others Considering how much of a chatter-box I am I find it relatively funny when I have trouble putting something into words - like now, I've re-written this a few times trying do this awesome woman justice. OK, here goes - Mandi-Lee is a freelance graphic designer, teacher, talented... Read more →

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10 Most Artistically Inspiring People of 2011 - No 1 Marta Ramirez

Hi All - many people share their favourite projects on their blogs around this time of year - I love looking through everyone's favourite projects, but I've decided to be a little different (I know I know that's just me all over - I can hear my hubby chuckling!). I'm not going to share favourite work of my own, I'm going to share the people who have made that work possible, those who have inspired me in some way -... Read more →

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