7 Unlikely Craft Storage Ideas

OK so if you follow me on IG you would have seen me cleaning up, and cleaning up and still cleaning up my craft room over the last 12 months. I've had to come up with some unlikely craft storage ideas and solutions to cope with my stash as it’s no secret that crafting can take up a lot of space. Beginner and seasoned crafters alike will amass all kinds of creative materials that they use for most, if not... Read more →

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Organising your Art | What to keep & what to throw?

Have a look around your studio or maybe even your house, are things feeling a bit cluttered? Do you have a pile of art, layouts, cards, or canvases waiting for attention, pages that need to be added to journals, kids artwork from the last 10 years or so, a stack of paintings from that very generous friend? If you love art, you’ll probably love having a home full of it. I do! For the last few months (you may have... Read more →

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Studio Safety Tips for the Arty and Crafty

Did you know that arts and crafts can be dangerous!!! Just think of all the times you almost stabbed yourself with a bookbinding needle, almost took a sip of your paint water, or burned your hand on hot embossing powder or a heat tool! Yes, art and craft can be a dangerous hobby! So let's take a quick look around the studio and look at a few quick tips to hopefully prevent some pain and perhaps crafty injuries, read on... Read more →

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Jane Davenport Art Time Watercolors Color Mixing Chart and Review

Hi gorgeous people, today I'm playing with some wonderful new Watercolors from self-confessed art supply addict Jane Davenport. I know I know, Don't I have enough watercolors already - well maybe yes, but these have something the others don't - a fabulous little wrist band and palette so you can have both hands free to paint and hold a journal! I'm going to begin with a quick review of the products, because with a price of $58 Australian you may... Read more →

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Prima Watercolor Confections: How I store and organize them

One Palette to RULE them ALL! The dream of many a Prima Watercolor Confections lover out there - well I did it (almost)! Hello gorgeous people! I've spent much of the Coronavirus lockdown swatching my watercolors, it seems I have a few more than I thought! It turns out I have quite a few Prima Watercolor Confections, (I'm only missing one set - Currents). For those who haven't seen these, the Prima Watercolor Confections are creamy watercolors that come in... Read more →

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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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