Quick Watercolour Christmas Card

Can you all tell I've been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately! It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project - must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me. Today I've created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment. You can grab the yummy goodies I've used from Lulu Art of course! The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to... Read more →

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Frida Art Journal Page with Sgraffito

OK how could I resist making an art journal page using Jane Davenport and Kylie Fowler supplies, especially now that Kylie is carrying Jane Davenport supplies in store I kinda HAD to make this page. I was inspired by the riot of colours in the new collage papers and felt like I needed to make an equally riotous and wild page. From there it was a short hop to Frida Kahlo, as it's Frida I think of when I think... Read more →

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Christmas DIY Shaker Card and all My Best Shaker Card Tips!

Today I'm going to share all my best secrets for making a simple Shaker Card, no fussing about just quick, simple and reliable! If that's not enough I've made this card using the beautiful Prima Rose Quartz collection and shimmering Starburst sprays from Lindy's as part of a very special Christmas YouTube Hop with some amazing artists - I can't wait for you to see what Tiffany, Bona, Anita, Lanette and Tantalya have created! SUPPLIES To make a card like... Read more →

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Creative Colour Charts

Looking for ways the creat cool color charts? Then have a look at this idea using supplies from Lulu Art of course! Colour charts - I love to make them but often seem to fall into the trap of having them be purely for 'utility reasons' - I can be a little too practical on occasion. So I've been looking at ways to make them more exciting and interesting while still retaining their original purpose - which is show off... Read more →

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5 Ideas for Decorating Traveler's Notebook Covers

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers. So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers? Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items. If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items! So it's best... Read more →

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Nomad's & Lady Like - Prima Traveler's Journals

Hi there Sparkly peeps! I've been excitedly waiting for my Prima Traveler's Journals to arrive in Australia and gathering supplies to use with them while I wait - yes interpret this as hoarding! Now that they are finally here, I thought I'd show you my brand new Prima Marketing Traveler's Journals (aka Traveler's Notebooks or TN's) in the Nomad's and Lady Like Starter Sets and give them both a quick review. Please let me warn you that my review is... Read more →

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3 Ways to Decorate your Traveler's Journal Inserts

You may have seen over on my Instagram or YouTube accounts that I managed to get my grubby little hands (literally - I've always got paint or ink somewhere) on some of the fabulous new Prima Traveler's Journals in the Lulu Art store - my current favourite is the Nomads set! Each travelers notebook set comes with some plain notebooks tucked inside and well you know me, I couldn't just leave the inserts undecorated! So, I thought I'd show you... Read more →

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Creating a Boldly Coloured Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Today and I'm being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little, to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo. My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints - available from the Lulu Art online store! The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last, using different products for each layer, though I... Read more →

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New Online Art Journaling Class Coming Soon!

Oh wow, I'm so excited - just jumping up and down and squealing to myself - just a little! I feel like I've been buried under a rock for the last few months working on this and finally, my new online class will soon be LIVE over on Big Picture Classes. Watch this space because very soon you will be able to join in with all the yumminess!! While my last class CREATIVE CARDMAKING BASICS looked at using common craft... Read more →

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Wintery Art Journal Page with Washi Background

Today I felt like creating something with a photo of my cat taken over Christmas - who can resist a holiday snap! I decided to use this as an opportunity to have a little play and experiment with a few new techniques and ideas in my art journal. I think the key to this one was the mixed media layered background using washi and deco tape, light molding paste, watercolor paint and sprays, to add soft and subtle color. Let... Read more →

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Gelato Art Journal Page

Hi - hope you are all having an amazing month - I know I am :) This month I got a little carried away with an idea, and setting myself 'to try' goals - I ended up with a very long list! I had been browsing on Pinterest and come across the work of Loui Jover who creates amazing art over the top of book pages. Now this isn't a new thing, but I found it particularly inspiring and couldn't... Read more →

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How to Use Rust Paste for a Fabulous Textured Card

I'm back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art! Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair! There are a few steps involved in creating this card - but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each... Read more →

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Use Paper Scraps to Create a Bargello Card

Today we are looking at a simple way to use some of those beautiful paper scraps we all collect. You know you have them, stashed in a draw, bucket or folder, all those pretty pieces you couldn't throw away because they were too lovely, the paper was expensive or you might use that one day... Well, that day is today - so go and grab those fabulous paper scraps and join me in making a paper Bargello card - Sparkle... Read more →

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Alter and Up-cycle Prima Paper Flowers

In keeping with this month's theme of RECYCLING we are going to use a few unloved supplies and left-over scraps in today's post, which is a little bit of fun and a cool way to use all those odd flowers you have collected over the years! You guessed it - we are going to alter and Up-cycle some paper flowers, because no-one likes to have random flowers hanging about that you can't use! Keep reading and we will take a... Read more →

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Recycled Packaging in Art Journals

Today I'm going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging that you get on your art supplies! I hope I'm not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging. I mean that's not so weird right - they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product! Well, my latest purchase... Read more →

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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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Bird Art Journal Page using Negative Space

Today I'm creating a page with Masks. If you saw my last post you'll know that this month I'm playing with Masks and Stencils, and throwing in a few Magical Powder Paints for a little touch of sparkle! I can't wait to show you how I've created my own blue wren mask and then used this as negative space in my art to create a simple, but eye-catching art journal page. Gathered together some favourite supplies: I used my journal,... Read more →

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Stencil and Masks - What's The Difference?

To kick off the K.I.S.S.ing Class (that's Keep It Simple Sparkly) I thought we would take a quick look at Masks and Stencils and find out what's the difference between the two. For something that many of us use so often, it can be a little bit challenging to wrap our heads around what is a mask and what is a stencil. Masks and stencils are amazingly fabulous art tools that help you reproduce a particular pattern, image, design or... Read more →

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Sparkle Tart's K.I.S.S.ing Class: About to go LIVE!

Well, it's all go at my place right now, I'm working on the first clips for my K.I.S.S.ing Class on YouTube - that's Keep It Simply Sparkly for those who need to know. I decided to create a FREE year-long class with a new clip EVERY week to share my first love - sparkles! For the month of February we will be looking at Masks, Stencils and Magicals (powder paints). I can't wait to show you a few great ways... Read more →

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Playing With the New Magical Shakers from Lindys

Sparkly hello!!! This week I've had my first look and spent time playing with the new Magical Shakers from Lindy's, released at Creativation 2017 (CHA). There are 10 new colours, and they are a fabulous rainbow of yumminess! Now they are the same formula as normal Magicals (which are a powdered watercolor dye), so you can do all the same things you would normally do, but they are in a fancy new bottle making them easier to use and a... Read more →

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Creative Cardmaking Basics Starts January 23rd

I'm so excited! I had so many people asking me why I was so quiet in the last quarter of 2016 - well it's because I was busily working away on my very first online class, being hosted over at Big Picture Classes! What's the class about? Well you all know I love my supplies - all of them! I thought I'd start by showing new card makers how to use their basic supplies in a few different ways to... Read more →

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Happy New Year 2017!

I wanted to drop in and wish you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year in 2017. With everything going at the moment, there is no better time to spread a little arty sparkle and shine - which is exactly what I will be doing in the new year oxoxo In 2017 I'm kicking things into high gear with: My very first online class with Big Picture Classes - this one is aimed at Beginning Card Makers (more info... Read more →

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Cards to Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts

Did you know I was one of the artists who contributed work in Colleen Schaan's book Cards To Canvas? Well it's true and I'm still pinching myself! Cards To Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts, is a book designed for crafters who want to LEARN some stamping and cardmaking techniques, DABBLE in some mixed media fun, and then APPLY those techniques and mediums to canvas wall art (or desk art)! Crafters can delve into the world of mixed-media art using... Read more →

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Lindy's and Imaginarium Blog Hop: Black and White Layout

Welcome to the 2016 Lindy's and Imaginarium Hop - a match made in heaven with fabulous chipboard elements from Imaginarium Designs and gorgeous sprays, paints and powders from Lindys! This HOP is massive! Come and join the fun with the amazing Design Teams from Lindy's and Imaginarium Designs combining their creative forces for a massive blog hop and it's starting RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW! There are prizes galore and so many stunning projects to inspire you! It's so easy... Read more →

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