Steampunked Dress Form

Today I'm sharing a recent creation, I had a huge amount of fun creating this, playing with paint, adding metal pieces, watch parts - I loved creating it and I love the finished Steampunked Dressform even more! I got a huge amount of joy from the knowledge that lots of the pieces I used on here had had a past life, been discarded, then repurposed and used by me for something completely new - adding instant history to my piece.... Read more →

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Finnabair Inspired Copic Journal Cover

Hi - today's tutorial has quite a few steps but the results make it completely worthwhile! Now a few of you may be familiar with the work of amazing Polish artist Anna Dabrowska - better known as Finnabair, and if you're a long time reader of my blog you will know I love and ADORE Finn and her art. so it should be no surprise that today I am taking inspiration from Finnabair's unique complex style and creating a cover... Read more →

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Jane Girls Stencils: Petite Series Blog Hop & Giveaway

OK those of you who have been following for a while will already know about my complete love and adoration, with a mightly dose of respect and gratitude for what she does - aimed squarely at Jane Davenport. If I hadn't met Jane at the Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo a few years ago I probably wouldn't have started drawing, she literally changed the course of my life! Since then I've enrolled in pretty much every online course she has... 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‚Äôs 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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Make a Wish - Layered Journal Page

This is a project where you will need to stick with me - as it goes through several UGLY phases before the final page is complete. This is a really versatile technique, you could try this on scrap pages, cards, journal pages or even canvas. Before I begin, I have to give a BIG thank you to Mixed Media Art who featured this article on their web site, and a shout out to the beautiful Tracy Verdugo, Tracy's class opened... Read more →

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Copic Marker Mermaid

Hello hello. A few of you may know I just took the AMAZING Mermaid Circus class online with Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore - swoon! I've had a ball, though in the usual Sparkle Tart fashion I don't think I'll ever finish all of the lessons! One of the challenges was to draw a face and shade using Copic markers, I won't be telling you Jane's secrets for doing this but I will be showing you my results. Now if... Read more →

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Follow Your Own True North Page for Travel Blog Hop

OK I have to admit I felt a little intimidated when asked to join in on the Basic Grey, Glue Dots and Lindy's Stamp Gang Travel Blog Hop - not only do they have amazing artists on their Design Teams, but I'm so not a scrapbooker (those 12 x 12 double layouts are scary big!). BUT my motto this year has been don't let fear stop you from doing anything - so I said yes and jumped in the deep... Read more →

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Progress of a Mixed Media Journal Page

I started actively learning to draw 18 months ago now if you follow my blog you will have seen some of my efforts, I'm slow but steady in my progress. I try new techniques, I practice, I take classes, I think about what I have learned and how to use this new knowledge, I try new ideas and slowly I am becoming better at drawing. Last year I drew this fairy, she was the first thing I had ever drawn... Read more →

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Flat Fabio Journal Page

I had to use these amazingly bright colours to off set my fabulous new Jane Girl stamp created by Jane Davenport - I knew right away she needed to be stamped in black on something boldly coloured (I have a few more ideas for her as well, but this one HAD to be created first). Now this may look simple at first glance, but there are layers upon layers and the closer you look the more you see, so here... Read more →

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Crayon Art Canvas with Magicals Background

Something a little different today - I'm creating an Off-the-page project using my yummy sparkly paints from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Magicals and Color Shots are amazing pots of powder paint, shimmery, intense and oh so versatile. The Magicals in particular are specially formulated to work as a paint when added to water and are suitable for use on paper, wood, canvas - basically most porous surfaces. The thing I love most about these is you can control the shimmer intensity... Read more →

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Kate's Copic Journal Cover

This is my project for the Lovin' Lindy Blog Hop - I love the way this turned out, it really is one of my favourite projects EVER! I think what helps to make it so special for me is that I've incorporated part of my heart into this one, the images of the beautiful little boy, the soldier and the steampunk man - are all images of my much loved Grandpa, Les Swaby. He's been gone for a while now,... Read more →

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Asian Grunge Flower Card using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Dies

Wow these took a while and talk about LAYERS!!! I won't go into details here about how I created the flowers, as there were sooo many steps and you can see this on my YouTube channel, I will give a full product listing though so you can find what I used if you'd like to try these yourself. Without any more commentary here are my Asian Grunge flower cards using Tim Holtz Tattered FLoral Dies and half my stamping stash...... Read more →

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Opals and Mica Powder Dragonfly Embellishment

WATCH OUT! This is Addictive! I always end up with heaps of left over melted UTEE/Thick embossing powder/ Opals - especially the clear stuff! This embellishment shows you one way to use these leftover bits, and turn them into a stunning piece that you could use on a card front, on a scrapbook page or even as a piece of jewelery! I LOVE this technique - you never know just how it will turn out, but it's ALWAYS beautiful! What... Read more →

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