The World's Easiest Page Tabs (and how to make them in under 5 minutes!)

Hello gorgeous people! Are you getting ready to send your kids back to school or perhaps going back to school yourself? It's always nice to start off the year with beautiful stationery and supplies and today I'm going to show you the World's easiest Page Tabs and how to make them in under 5 minutes! So let's get started. SUPPLIES Gather your supplies - you won't need many! Paper punch (I'm using a hexagon shape from Fiskars, circles, squares or... Read more →

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Mixed Media Poppy Canvas using Alcohol Inks and Soft Drink Cans

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... Read more →

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Using Lindy's Starbursts and Magicals on Black

By now you probably know I like to customise my own embellishments, backgrounds, flowers, ribbons etc. Well with the release of so many new Lindy's Stamp Gang products over the last year I'm in total heaven. I can now create completely unique and custom embellishments for any project I'm working on and I have found I need to but far less as I just grab something in white and I can then make it whatever colour I like. For the... Read more →

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Stickles or Distress Paint Storage Idea

I hope I don't sound obsessed here, storage in a small craft space like mine is a constant challenge so I'm often on the lookout for good ideas - is it bad I saw these in a catalogue and instantly thought 'oooooh I'll have to go and look at these and see if my Stickles or Distress Paints will fit?" Sigh - always supplies on the brain... Wall Mounted Nail Polish Organiser Stepped Nail Polish Holder Perhaps we should all... Read more →

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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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Sparkle Tart's Studio at Where Bloggers Create 2013

I am so happy to once again be a part of Where Bloggers Create, an annual blog hop run by Karen Valentine over at My Desert Cottage - where participants get to share their studios, storage and organisation ideas. Big room, small room, one room - detached studio - there are all kinds on the hop and you are guaranteed to find useful tips that you can apply to YOUR space from someone who is participating. Now a quick warning,... Read more →

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Kate's Copic Coloured Apple Wireless Keyboard

OK I promised more details and here they are, this was heaps of fun, relatively easy and mess free and after using it for more than 2 months now, the colours are still perfect! You can watch the whole process in the clip below or read on: The whole idea started when I saw these pins on Pinterest - a rainbow of stickers for your Mac keyboard, I followed the link to find they were no longer available. The wheels... Read more →

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Decorator Wall Cubes with Prima Iron-ons

This is one of my new additions, I bought 2 sets (stock image shown to right) of wall mounted decorator cubes - they give me a place to display art, store jars and show off some of my quirky little curios - all without cluttering my bookshelves or desk. This was something I badly needed to consider as I had so many little things all over the place I constantly had to move one thing to get to another. I... Read more →

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Where Bloggers Create 2012 - Room Reveal

I'm so excited to be able to be a part of Where Bloggers Create 2012, the 4th annual blog party created and hosted by Karen Valentine at My desert cottage. Well it's over 2 months since I began my Craft Room Cleanse, in that time I've tackled projects and techniques I'd never tried before. I've sanded, painted, decoupaged, organised, thrown out and sold a HUGE amount of stuff and I adore my new space. I did end up spending money... Read more →

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Tart-up those boring folders

OK - so hands up if you have one (or a bunch) of those boring folders at home - you know the sort you store plastic pockets inside, use as stamp binders, keep ephemera and ideas in ....... They might look a bit like this, they might have a plastic cover, they have 3 or 4 rings .... this sort of thing. So you saw these in my craft room a while ago - I have masses of them, big... 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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Revealing new room for Where Bloggers Create hop!

OK - so my Craft Room Cleanse and room revamp hit a few snags (mainly technical - thanks to my dead computer), such is life! In an effort to get back on track posting wise (trust me the posts slowed down but my room revamp didn't) I'm going to reveal my new room as part of the Where Bloggers Create party - you can join in too, just go to Karen Valentine's My Desert Cottage Blog and sign up! Don't... Read more →

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Custom Stationary Holder

Wow - I love Col's work - I mentioned him and his online business 'ColCraft' before when I had my wall mounted spray storage created and here I am again with another ColCraft creation. Now this one isn't entirely finished as I'm still mulling over it all - but couldn't wait to show you how it looks and what I'm doing with it. I've learned a great deal from this Craft Room Cleanse and one of the most important things... Read more →

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12 x 12 Paper holder

Sorry to have been so quiet recently - my poor computer died (5 motherboard replacements and still not working right!) and so for the last 4 weeks I've been waiting for my replacement machine to arrive - thank goodness for 3 yr warranties. In the mean time, I really have been busy and have continued with my Craft Room Cleanup. I have made, painted, decorated everything so that I can move it in the future, so even things which may... Read more →

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Hutch Style Storage for Craft Room

OK I have this amazing space and gorgeous looking desk - I was determined to create something equally useful and gorgeous to go with it. I had been speaking in a previous post about buying a hutch - I looked high and low and couldn't find anything 'just right' for me, what I did find was too small, too big, too expensive, cost too much to ship and most of it would not make very good use of the space... Read more →

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Craft Spray Storage Unit (Starbursts, Dylusions, Mists & Glimmers)

I LOVE my sparkly sprays, Starbursts, Glitz Spritz, Moonshadow Mist, Dylusions, Glimmer Mist, Maya Mist, Mr Huey's, Perfect Pearls - the list goes on, and on, and on...... I'm thinking you may know I love the Starburst Sprays from Lindy's Stamp Gang most of all! I've been keeping them in a large plastic drawer unit - you can see my old way of storing sprays below: It became clear that this was no longer going to work for me, I'm... Read more →

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Revamping Laminex Craft Desk

On my list of things to do in my craft room clean up, was altering my old brown craft desk. Don't get me wrong this desk has served me well for over 15 years now, I rescued it from a closing down office for $80 and have been using it ever since. The desk is nice and big, sturdy and has 4 drawers on one side which are nice and roomy, I like my desk - I just dislike the... Read more →

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Decorator Wall Stickers and Transfers

OK - I'm back with another update, letting you know how my redecorating, remodelling, revamping of my craft room is going. After moving everything out of my desk space and having the light bulbs swapped over the first thing I did was add my wall art (you can read about where I got these on my previous post). The velvet blooms and the tree stick well, are easy to remove and didn't leave a mark when I moved and re-applied... Read more →

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Craft Room Clean Up - Step 1

Here is my first update for my Craft Cleanse / Craft Room clean up - Oh my what a mess! So before I could do much of anything I needed to move my craft desk. This meant moving everything off the desk so the desk itself could be moved. You don't realise exactly how much stuff you can fit onto a desk until it's sitting on your bedroom floor - my craft room/bedroom currently looks like this. I'm continuing to... Read more →

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Organising your Craft Room

I have spent the last 30 days scouring the internet, searching for storage ideas and inspiration, making decisions, sourcing items and scavenging supplies (yep me scavenging! Mrs I-Must-Have-It-Now) and I (and hopefully some of you) am now ready to put some of my plans into action. As I found out relatively quickly this task was never going to be quick or painless. Re-organising is messy, difficult, time consuming and often frustrating as you come across things that cannot be changed,... Read more →

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Day 30: Decorating and making it pretty

I thought I'd plan a little decorating today. Now I cant really paint a feature wall, most of it would be covered by furniture, so when I saw these wall decalsit was perfect (I bought a few different kinds - velvet and vinyl). I bought a solid black orchid, a bird & tree and a velvet hanging vinyard bloom. They are supposed to be really easy to apply to the wall and to customise the pattern so you can fit... Read more →

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Day 28: Storing Metal Dies

Wow don't metal dies multiply when you're not looking! I was suprised to find I owned 20 when I bought this cute little purple Spellbinder Wizard Die Carrying Case case! Then I discovered it wouldn't fit the large Spellbinder labels dies I wanted to store in it - so I moved to these great magnetic binders. I don't remember where I first saw them in use, but I know Jerri Kay also uses them - the only thing I know... Read more →

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Day 25: Craft Room Colour Scheme

Choosing the colour scheme for my craft room - this was the easiest thing I've had to do this month. I have black storage drawer units, I have green drawer units, I have white walls and I have purple folders. So my colour scheme is black, white and green with a tiny bit of purple as an accent. This might explain why I liked this craft room so much, it's almost where I want to be... I also have kind... Read more →

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Day 24: Cleaning up - no really!

While some may doubt you - so far this is what cleaning up looks like.. Desk has some new components (copic holder) but is covered with items being sorted in preparation for culling, moving and sorting. I know eeeek! Spare room has bed covered in stuff being sorted into piles for sale (no I am not able to take over this room as a craft room, my family like to sleep here). Cupboard has bags and boxes of items to... Read more →

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Day 23: Storing Adirondack Paint Dabbers

Paint dabbers - I have almost all of these little beauties produced by Ranger and they are making the drawer which I have them stored in rather heavy and difficult to open. I have them all upside down in an effort to make them easier to use (and for some reason I thought it would help to keep them from drying out). I am also now collecting the Jenni Bowlin colours - so the drawer won't be getting any lighter... Read more →

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