3 Tips for Drawing Attention to Your Photo on a Busy Layout

Want to create a simple black and white scrapbook layout, that's heavy on the texture and draws attention to your photo? Well, that's what I'm going to create today - so join me in having a play, whip out those sprays, reach for your embossing powders and have your embellishments at the ready. Today I'm creating a layout using minimal color, Black, White and a touch of Gold (vintage, bright and matt) and the sparkle for this project (because you... Read more →

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How To Create a Dark Watercolor Galaxy with Amazing Patterns for a Star Trek Journal Page

Ever wondered what the simplest way to create a killer dark watercolor image is and still keep it interesting and vibrant? Well for today's project I needed to do exactly that - create a dark image, full of interest and pattern using watercolors! Why - well I'm on a bit of a mission - Karl Urban (one of my Top 10 favourite actors of all time) is going to be at Comic-Con in Sydney 2016 and so am I (insert... Read more →

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Altering a Distress Ink Background to Make it Your OWN!

I don't know about all of you out there but I ADORE Tim Holtz, I've even been lucky enough to attend 2 of his live, in person classes and meet him - yes there is a little hero worship happening - how could I resist an amazing artist and a really genuinely nice guy!! Tim creates THE MOST divine grungy backgrounds and projects and I love following along and creating with him. My problem begins when I've finished creating my... Read more →

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What Are The 5 Styles of Doodling?

Want to start Doodling but a bit overwhelmed and confused about the styles of doodling and what the differences are? Well in this post I'll take a look at the different styles of doodling (or repetitive art forms) and discuss what makes each of them unique. There five main styles or types of doodle based art are: Zentangle ® Zendoodling Stendoodling Mandalas and Doodle Art Each style or type has its own specific characteristics and forms and all are equally... Read more →

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Testing 3 Minc Mediums (Ink, Spray & Paste) over 3 Popular Sprays!

Today I'm conducting a little experiment and testing 3 Minc mediums produced by Heidi Swapp - the Minc Reactive Screen Ink, Minc Reactive Mist & Metallic Texture Paste, over 3 popular brands of spray - both sparkly and not sparkly. For my test, I decided to use the extremely sparkly Time Travel Teal - Starburst from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Teal Color Shine from Heidi Swapp and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain from Ranger and Tim Holtz. Between these 3... Read more →

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How to Start Using Google Anayltics & What Reports To Look At First

I KNOW many of you reading this will have blogs or websites of your own, so I thought you may like to come along on this Blog Overhaul journey with me! Whether your blog is on TypePad or not, much the information I'll be discussing in this series '10 Ways To Improve Your Blog' is universal. Let's begin with the most important thing you can do to improve your blog! If you have a blog or a site you NEED... Read more →

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My Last Day as a LSG Designer

Feeling a little teary and nostalgic today, I've been on the Design Team for Lindy's Stamp Gang since 2010 and as of yesterday, I am no longer one of the LSG Designers. I'm a little bit sad, as this has been so much fun and an amazing experience, but I'm also excited about what comes next - I'm also not really leaving (Lindy's is my TRIBE!). Don't feel sad for me, this was my choice, the wonderful Tracey owner of... Read more →

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How To Re-Colour Paper Flowers to Make them Glossy & Gorgeous

Just a quick little clip today, I thought I'd share how I change the colour of paper flowers that aren't quite right for the project I want to use them on. This technique is wonderful, as not only is the colour coverage excellent but it also makes the flower more durable - so it's great for projects that may get a bit of wear! Now there isn't a whole lot to this technique so I won't fuss about creating photo... Read more →

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Mixed Media Journal Page Inspired by Jamie Dougherty

Mmmmm June's Colour Challenge colours are from the Grease themed Beauty School Dropout set from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and they are pretty and fun - so what did I do - I watered them down and used them to add extremely subtle colour to a journal page! I have to say - I tried a new way of using my Magical powders and I am in love all over again. You can grab this gorgeous special edition set and matching... Read more →

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My New Studio AKA What The Mess??

Hi All - I thought you might like a peek at my new art studio, please be kind as I've only recently moved in and have not yet found homes for everything! Truth be told it's a royal mess right now and I'm still looking for ways to organise, store and make the most of my space, so any suggestions or products - I'd love to hear them :) ; Enjoy this little look at my creative space, Read more →

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3 Ways to Create Vintage Grunge Effects using Lindy's Stamp Gang Products

Today I'm going to look at 3 different ways to create vintage or grunge effects using your Lindy's Stamp Gang products. Now there are WAY more than 3 ways to do this, but I thought I'd share my 'go to' techniques, the ones that always work, are practically fool-proof and are all quick to do - the result, instant vintage grungy goodness for any project. 1. Vintage / Grunge Background Begin by glueing scraps of paper onto a tag (or... Read more →

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Watercolour Effect Journal Page

Hello again - I hope you are all having an amazing month - I am, you know the kind of month where you walk around smiling, happy and singing to yourself - well that's me right now! The Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge palette for May is stunning - absolutely stunning - it pairs some of my absolute favourite Lindy's colours of al time! I felt completely inspired by these colors so I decided to be brave and try something... Read more →

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Time for a Tidy Up!

Hello to all my beautiful subscribers and first-time readers. Just wanted to give you all a little 'heads-up' - I'm feeling like it's time for a tidy up and a change for my blog and maybe the Sparkle Tart YouTube site. Please don't be concerned if you notice things appearing or disappearing, or looking a bit different. I'm not going anywhere, but I feel like it's time for a little refresh and perhaps even a slightly different look - basically... Read more →

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C.A.S. Sparkly Card made with Scraps

Anyone else out there have trouble throwing away scraps of pretty papers or card, or bit's you've cut off other projects that have interesting colours or patterns, or ANYTHING sparkly??? Come on I KNOW you do - who can throw away bits of Lindy's starburst paper gorgeousness. So to help you use some of that stockpiled yumminess I'm going to show you a really simple idea for using scraps to make a fun card suitable for any occasion. TECHNIQUE Gather... 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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Simple Butterfly Tag using Limor Webber Stamps

The LSG Challenge colours for April are just so fresh and vibrant - I was really looking forward to playing with some of these! So to have a little fun! This is the first project I've been able to complete having moved into our new house. ** CONFESSION ** I haven't finished putting everything away just yet and the majority of the room is a hideous mess - but I'm working on it. By necessity I could only work on... Read more →

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Magical Heidi Swapp Journal Makeover

It's time - time for a little makeover! I picked up a really cute little canvas journal/book cover on sale, gold with white stripes - white and I don't mix all that well, so I decided to give it a little 'Sparkle Tart' treatment and make it over using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang! Yes Magicals on fabric - a match made in heaven. Now what colour to use, it's summer here in Queensland (Australia) so I'm seeing lots of... Read more →

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DIY Watercolour Washi with Lindy's Stamp Gang

Hello from sunny Queensland! I've recently been bitten by the Washi Bug (no settle down Mum this has nothing to do with laundry!) and have started collecting a few rolls. First thing that struck me though, is that I was going to pretty much need one of every colour if I was going to be able to use it in my very colourful and usually never-the-same-colours-twice projects. Dilemma - because in March (I hope) we will be moving into our... Read more →

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Copics: Inky Petals Christmas Card

Today I'm finding a creative way to use a whole lot of little pieces of leftover blending card, it's too good to just throw out! While I've used Christmas colours to decorate the pieces of card, you could easily use any colour, or even multi-colours. This layering technique is very flexible and you could incorporate previously coloured pieces, re-coloured pieces or even pieces that would have gone in the rubbish. Go crazy creating your very own inky petals to use... Read more →

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Altering Christmas Baubles: Which Glitter Works Best?

I hope I'm not the only one who can't resist adding their own little DIY spin on store bought Christmas decorations - please tell me I'm not alone! Well this year I have partnered with a fabulous Aussie store Christmas Kingdom to indulge in my little decoration DIY love and create a table centerpiece using some of their fabulous products and some very special altered baubles. You may have noticed that I love to make things a little more sparkly... Read more →

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Red and Tan Poinsettia Christmas Card using Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Layered Poinsettia

Welcome back Lindy's fans, I hope you all have your holiday plans more under control than I do! This year over Christmas I am moving house, so instead of my usual flurry of card making and house decorating, I'm packing boxes - LOTS of boxes. In spite of the move, I still wanted to make a quick Christmas card for my Mum and Dad, so I seized the opportunity to create something special using this months' Color Challenge pallet -... Read more →

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What Are Moonshadow Mists & How Do You Use Them?

In today's post I am highlighting a product for Lindy's Stamp Gang - Moonshadow Mists. Moonshadow Mists have been around since almost the beginning of Lindy's Stamp Gang, in fact they (or their predecessor - Moonshadow Inks) are what got me hooked on Lindys in the first place. What is a Moonshadow Mist? Moonshadow Mists are vintage themed sprays - they all have a brown undertone (though the intensity of the brown varies) and a wide variety of subtle shimmer... Read more →

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Watercolored Autumn Leaf Journal Page

It's time! Time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge! This month's palette is so completely Autumn colours - reds, oranges, yellows and green. The only thing I could think of when I saw this was 'maple leaves'. While we don't have maple trees where I live in the tropics, or Autumn for that matter (it's green here pretty much all year round!) - I do love the changing colours on the leaves when I visit anywhere with a cold... Read more →

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Make Your Own Custom D.I.Y Ribbon Planner Tassel

Today I'm going to show you how to make your own D.I.Y. Ribbon Planner Tassel using leftover ribbon, bits n bobs and your Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. Yes that's right, we are using our Starbursts to colour ribbons, the colour takes beautifully since the 'base' of the sprays is fabric dye. So why not make it yours and create something in any colour or style that you like, coordinate it with your planner, or make a bunch of tassels... Read more →

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Monochromatic Colouring - Pink Ribbon

Today I am playing with monochromatic colouring. Monochrome is defined as 'using only one colour' this can include all the tints, tones and shades of that hue, for example a PINK monochromatic colour scheme could include wine, raspberry, hot pink, baby pink etc. In support of breast cancer awareness today's project is a pink ribbon. Materials Copic Sketch Markers: RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04 & RV17 X-Press It Blending Card Copic Blending Fluid in a mister bottle Copic Multi Liner... Read more →

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