Friday, November 17, 2017

Escutcheon Ornament Kits + Inspiration By Sherry Matthews + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some fabulous new Kits in the shop! When I saw Sherry's Design Team Post (below), I was inspired to create some wonderful Christmasy Overlays for our Escutcheon Plate Ornaments! This way, the hard part is done for you, and you can add your images and embellishments to make some fabulous pieces. These kits are limited, so grab them while you can! You get all three masonite ornaments, 3 decorative card stock paper cuts, plus 3 gold glitter cut outs for the circle frames!

 All of our Christmas Goodies are currently ON SALE and we have lots!




Feature Inspiration by Sherry Matthews!  

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a bit of holiday magic for you today! Check out her darling door plate ornament, complete with Santa key. A wonderful way to deck the halls! Find the tutorial on her blog here: https://sherrymatthewsart.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/holiday-magic/
(P.S. as Sherry pointed out, you can also use our Santa Head Paper Cuts on those Skeleton Keys!)





Inspiration By Sylvia Larkin!  
    We love this stunning Steampunk Santos created by Sylvia Larkin! 
      From Sylvia: "I am Blessed"
      This fabulous Steampunk Santos stands for all the Blessings we receive on a daily basis: our connections with others, people we love, Nature, Literature, Music, Faith and the Arts. Her glasses allow her to visualize her many blessings even more.Each of the wooden supports contains a message about blessings.
      So beautiful Sylvia!



Inspiration By Rose Mary Maris!

Rose Mary did a wonderful job with her Crown Shrines! Each one is a tribute to an amazing woman and their partners on the backs. We love the concept, and of course, all the bling. So pretty Rose Mary!





More Christmas Inspiration!

This winter themed Crystal Keepsake Box is one of my favorite Christmas projects! You can find the full tutorial HERE on our blog!

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Christmas Goodies + The Coral Queen by Linda Cain + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some fabulous new Christmas goodies in the shop! Lovely natural Sisal Trees and Wreaths, Mini Deer (my favorite), and more! All of these goodies are perfect for all of your Christmas arting and crafting. Who else is working on some homemade gifts this year? It's the perfect time to get started. 
 All of our Christmas Goodies are currently ON SALE and we have lots!






Feature Inspiration by Linda Cain!  
    Design Team Member Linda M. Cain has a treat for you! Read more about her fabulous Coral Queen Paintbrush Doll as seen in the latest Somerset Studio Magazine! A wonderful publication and impressive Art Doll Linda! Check it out here: https://cain81art.blogspot.com/2017/11/coral-crowned-articulated-paintbrush.html





Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  

 We adore this stunning Santos Doll Chrissy Colon! A wonderful combo of Retro Cafe Art Gallery and Sandra Evertson's Relics and Artifacts! Beautifully done.
    You can read more about her on the Muse blog here: 


Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos Inspiration!

We hope you had a wonderful Halloween and a fabulous Dia De Los Muertos! Our customers have been sharing some FABULOUS art, so we wanted to share a few pieces with you in honor of two fabulous holidays! If you're still creating Halloween, that's totally great. There's always next year!


A delectable Frida Pumpkin Doll by Gena Boone-Curtis!




A festive Catrina Shrine by Teresa Hall!




A whimsical Pumpkin Gal by Paula Wayne!




Christmas Inspiration!

There was definitely a chill in the air this morning. It's that time of year to get cozy around the fireplace! And hey, you can even make your own mini version! This is one of my favorite Christmas projects. You can find the tutorial and supply links here: http://krishubick.blogspot.com/2014/11/staying-warm-by-fireplace-shrine-and.html
Fireplace Shrine Kit: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5890/Fireplace-Shrine-Kit.htm

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sleigh Ornaments + Christmas Ephemera + Paintbrush Dolls by Kim and Linda


Happy Weekend Everyone! Our 3D Sleigh Kits inspired some flat sleigh ornaments this week! I love 3D, but the sleigh cut outs have tons of uses too. Make them into ornaments, use them as gift tags, mount the chipboard versions to Christmas cards, and so much more!
We also have the popular new 2017 Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera packs in stock and ready to ship. These always go fast and are in limited supply since they are seasonal, so grab them while you can!  
Luckily for you, they are ON SALE along with ALL of our Christmas Goodies! It's never too early to start creating for the holidays, especially Christmas!





Huge Congratulations to Linda Cain and Kim Collister!  
    A big huge congratulations to design team members Linda M. Cain (first two photos) and Kim Collister (second two photos)! Both of these talented ladies had wonderful articles in the latest Somerset Studio Magazine! Grab your copy today to read more about their fabulous paint brush dolls! Way to go ladies, they are so wonderful! If you're inspired to create some of your own, you can find them here (ON SALE!).







Feature Inspiration By Linda Cain!  
    How about some Paintbrush Doll tutorials! Hop on over to Linda's blog to learn more about her Paint Brush Totem Doll! Lots of tips and product links:

    (And stay tuned to learn more about her Coral Queen Doll!)


Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister!

You can also learn more about Kim's fabulous DOTD Brush Doll on her blog! Hop on over for more fun photos and links!
http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/07/she-wore-flowers-in-her-hair.html


But wait, there's more! Kim did a write up with more stunning photos of her latest Paint Brush Dolls. Check it out here:
http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/10/up-up-and-away-with-paint-brush-dolls.html





Inspiration By Rose Mary Maris!

One of our customers, Rose Mary Maris posted this stunning piece on Facebook recently, and I just had to share. She started with our Exquisite Santos Doll Kit and Santos Head Paper Cuts and ended up with a stunning masterpiece! Don't you just love how she has her displayed as well. Truly a treasure! Amazing job Rose Mary!



Friday, October 20, 2017

New 3D Reindeer + Christmas Minis + Three Dolls by Sherry Matthews


Happy Weekend Everyone! Remember our fabulous Victorian Sleigh Kit from last week? Well, the sleighs inspired some really fabulous 3D Reindeer! They come in 4 fabulous sizes and there are deer perfectly sized to coordinate with the Sleigh Kits! Attach them with some cord or ribbon, and you're set! I want to GLITTER my deer! Luckily for you, they are ON SALE along with ALL of our Christmas Goodies! It's never too early to start creating for the holidays, especially Christmas!



Feature Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  
Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a spooky cool tutorial for you today! She shows you how to make not one, but THREE fabulous Art Dolls! Hop on over to Sherry's post to see her awesome Halloween Hag Brush Doll, Voodoo Dolly, and Talavera Angel! Even her names are wonderful! 





Christmas Inspiration!

Design Team Member Kim Collister created these darling Snowmen for an ornament swap last year, and they are sure to make you smile! We love the beautiful winter colors, and of course all the glitter! Such handsome Snowmen Kim! 
(Another fun option Kim and I discussed, is to add a layer of transparency film between the frame and niche so you can add glitter, sequins, etc. and turn them into shakers!)
Inspiration Snowman Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4736/Inspiration-Fairy-Shrine-Kit--Snowman--Style-11.htm

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Victorian Sleigh Kits + Tim Holtz Christmas + Santos by Kim Collister


Happy Weekend Everyone! The new Tim Holtz Christmas goodies are in stock and ready to ship! Of course those goodies got me excited about one of my favorite holidays!
I'm super duper excited to bring you our new gorgeous Victorian Sleigh Kits! They come in three fabulous sizes! Perfect for Minis (small), ATCs (medium), Christmas Cards (large), and so much more. The large would make a perfect centerpiece, and I'm thinking I'll fill mine with CANDY! You might want these in all three sizes folks! Luckily for you, they are ON SALE along with ALL of our Christmas Goodies! It's never too early to start creating for the holidays, especially Christmas!







Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a beautiful Santos Doll piece for you today, along with a lovely heartfelt post. Hop on over to Kim's blog for a lovely tribute and stunning artwork. She's so gorgeous Kim!
http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/10/i-will-remember-you.html





Christmas Inspiration!

This super cute Santa is the perfect size to go with the Medium Sleigh Kit!
You can find the full tutorial on our blog here: 





Decking the Halls!

The new Sleigh Kits have me really excited about Christmas decorating. I can wait to make one for my mantel, and another for my counter to hold wrapped chocolates or candy canes! And yes, I plan to start in right after Halloween. I absolutely adore the soft glow of Christmas lights and of course all the GLITTER!
I can't wait to see what you guys do with the new sleighs!!! xoxo


Friday, October 6, 2017

New Shrine Kits + Tim Holtz Christmas Stencils + Witch Shrine by Linda Cain



Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some great new goodies in the shop this week. The brand new Tim Holtz Christmas Stencils are in stock and ready to ship. I know several of you are already gearing up for Christmas, so I'll keep that in mind!

I'm really excited about the four new Shrine Kits we have this week! I designed them especially to be a bit taller, so you could add our Manikin Dolls to them! Sort of like a puppet theatre! Click the listings for coordinating links! All four shrines are generously sized, especially the large with an inside of 8.25" tall! And of course they are ON SALE!

 
 


 

Feature Inspiration By Linda Cain!  
    Design Team Member Linda M. Cain has a spectacular shrine for you this week! Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble! Who else is ready for Halloween? Hop on over to Linda's blog to see where witches make their stand! http://cain81art.blogspot.jp/2017/10/the-witchy-majestic-shrine.html
 


 

Congratulations Diane Burkhardt DeVries!

A big congrats to Diane! Some of her wonderful tombstones were published in the latest Somerset Studio Magazine! They look really amazing Diane! Go grab yourself a copy!
 



Tombstone Collections!
 
The Retro Café Art Gallery Tombstone Swap is now closed, however you can view the awesomeness and make some of your own. We had 34 amazing artists participate! A HUGE THANK YOU to our hostess with the mostest Sherry Westfall Matthews for opening all the packages, taking the wonderful photos, and swapping them out! Fantastic job everyone!
Sherry Matthews has posted them all to our album on Facebook
HERE
(Several folks have posted their returns on our Facebook Community Page!)

For those of you not on Facebook, I had to share some of the collections that have been posted! Of course you too can make your own graveyard! They are so wonderful to display. 

The photos from top to bottom belong to Kim Collister, Luci Brito, and Sherry Matthews!
 
 
 


 

Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!
 
This cool Shadow Box by Chrissy may give you some inspiration for our new Shrine Kits! We love the way she used her Picado, and they would work fabulously with the new Kits. If you decide to use the new shrines with our Manikin dolls, how about adding a Skull Cut Out to the face!
Thanks for the awesome, colorful DOTD inspiration
Chrissy! Beautifully done!
Get the full details about Chrissy's piece here: