Friday, May 15, 2015

New Exquisite Santos Doll Kit + Flourish Shrine Kits + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm super excited about this week's goodies. First, we have THREE fabulous new Ornate Flourish ATC Shrine Kits! They are very cool, and can be used both vertically OR horizontally. You can thank Linda Cain for requesting the header flourishes which inevitably turned into shrines! Yeah! And my new favorite, the Large Exquisite Santos Doll Shrine Kit. She's stunning, and definitely large standing at over 16 inches tall! We also have new Collage Sheets and brass goodies. So many cool things this week!
You can check it out HERE.


I couldn't wait to play with the new Santos Doll Kit! If you've been following along, you many notice I modified my Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit from a few weeks ago. You can find that tutorial HERE.


I can't wait to see what you create with this fabulous Kit!




Art Time with Cat Kerr!

They say great things come in small packages, and Design Team Member Cat Kerr is proving just that! Cat's "Itty Bitties" are so sweet, with tons of amazing details. Can you guess what she used as the clouds? So clever Cat!
 

Check out Cat's blog post for a full tutorial and more stunning photos: http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/05/itty-bitty-things.html


Aren't Cat's frames delicious? Find out how she made them in her blog post!




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

 A beautiful and bright Santos Doll by Design Team Member Linda Cain! We love the stamping that was used on the bust. And check out those butterflies inside the cage! Awesome Linda!
Small 3-D Articulated Mermaid Santos Cage Doll Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../3-D-Articulated-MERMAID-Santo...
Hop on over to Linda's blog for more photos and details: http://ow.ly/MVy9x 





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A stunning journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Gorgeous colors and excellent use of those fabulous wings Amy!
Papillons Madagascar ATC Size Collage Sheet - SC10:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../Papillons-Madagascar-ATC-Size...
(She Also Used Our Small Chevron Stencil and Gelatos)




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

An absolutely incredible shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! Brilliant use of the Chipboard Flourishes and Regal Stencil Border Lynn! And a beautiful heart!
Large Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit: http://ow.ly/MPBki
Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Rising Spirit II: http://ow.ly/MPBCj
(She Also Used Our Collage Sheet DP304, Large Regal Stencil Border Strips, Ornate Chipboard Flourishes, Verdigris Gilders Paste, Cabin Cupboard Alcohol Ink)

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Archivist Collection + Storewide Coupon Code‏


Happy weekend everyone! We some fabulous new goodies in the shop! Absolutely stunning Flourishes, gorgeous new Collage Sheets, and the wonderful Archivist Collection. The Archivist Collection is a fabulous mix of Parisian and Steampunk. A perfect combination!
You can check it out HERE.




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

An incredible project by Design Team Member Linda Cain, with a wonderful ancient flair! We love how she used the Archangel Relics & Artifacts! Hop on over to Linda's blog for tips and full product links. So gorgeous Linda!


Linda's project from last week will definitely give you some inspiration for the new flourishes. Check out Linda's blog post for more!




Inspiration Gerri Herbst!

An enchanting Butterfly Shrine by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! The colors are so delightful! Perfect for warmer days ahead!
Butterfly Box ATC Shrine Kit Style 1:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6150/Butterfly-Box-ATC-Shrine-Kit--Style-1.htm
She Also Used Our Mini Printed Wood Butterfly Buttons, Marie Collage Sheet CV30, Collage Sheet DP289, Laurel Wreath Cut Outs, Paper Flowers, Stickles, German Dresden Border Fancy Scalloped Violet




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A beautiful, inspiring journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Now is the right time for ART indeed!
Finnabair "Now is the right Time" Cling Mount Stamp Set (scissors & words)
http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../Finnabair-Cling-Mount-Stamp-S...
She Also Used Our Gelatos




A Huge CONGRATS to Design Team Member Cat Kerr!

Please help me in congratulating Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Her gorgeous design team art is currently on the COVER of Somerset Studio Magazine! Way to go Cat Kerr! What a fabulous achievement!!!

 You can find Cat's Design Team project as featured on her blog: http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/01/in-my-hearti-know-way.html






Storewide Coupon Code - A Gift for YOU!

In honor of Mother's Day and beautiful May, we have a storewide coupon code for you! And speaking from experience, fur babies definitely count toward celebrating!!!
The coupon code works for 10% off your entire order, including sale items now through Monday at midnight! You work hard and deserve some fun goodies to play with!
Use Discount Code: HappyMay
 
at check-out!
Happy Shopping! xoxo

Friday, May 1, 2015

Brand New Radiant Antiquity Shrine Kit + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We some fabulous new goodies in the shop! A gorgeous new Radiant Antiquity Shrine Kit, new Collage Sheets, fabulous gear charms, and so much more! I can't wait to play with the new Shrine Kit!
You can check it out HERE. 
Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

Guess what, the Chandelier Pendant RELICS & ARTIFACTS that everyone's been waiting for have arrived! You can find them here



Art Time with Linda Cain!

How amazing is this Salvaged Elevated Shrine by Design Team Member Linda Cain! Stop by Linda's blog for more photos, step-outs, and the full supply list. Even the back is fantastic. Loving those fish scales!
 

Supplies Used:
Finnabair-Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel 
Finnabair-Art Basics - Soft Gloss Gel 
Finnabair-Art Extravagance-Copper Crackle Texture Paste 
Finnabair Art Ingredients-Micro Beads-Silver, Copper, and Berry 
Finnabair Art Ingredients-Glass Beads-Turquoise
Inka Gold-Copper, Yellow Gold, and Silver 
Vintage Mechanicals-Finnabair-Large Flowers 
Tim Holtz-Idea-ology-Tiny Vials 


Hop on over to Linda's blog for more!





Inspiration By Luci Brito!

A sweet as can be Exploding Box by Luci Brito! The inside is just as amazing as the outside. Fabulous Luci!
Medium Carousel Exploding Box Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../Victorian-Exploding-Picture-B...
She Also Used Our Miniature Coffee Cup




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A wonderful journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman, full of sunshine! I love that she's holding a coffee cup! So fun Amy!
Hello Dollie II Collage Sheet:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_481/Hello-Dollie-2-Doll-Digital-Collage-Sheet.htm
She Also Used Our Gelatos and Washi Tape




Inspiration By Tristan Robin Blakeman!

An incredible canvas by Tristan Robin Blakeman! We love the way he incorporated the Keepsake Case! So clever Tristan!
Crystal Clear Keepsake Case - Medium Ornate Fleur:
http://ow.ly/MmBCm
Sandra Evertson RELICS and ARTIFACTS - Archival Cast - Figureheads: http://ow.ly/MmBDU 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SIX New Mini Framed Shrine Kits + a Tutorial‏


Happy weekend everyone! We some fabulous new goodies in the shop! Of course my favorites are the new Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Kits! I've had this idea swirling around in my brain for some time, so I couldn't stop at just one. There are SIX new designs, two each of three different sizes! Each Shrine is surrounded by a lovely ornate frame, perfect for displaying your art and/or treasures. You'll want them all! So I've put them on sale for you!
You can check it out HERE.

Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

 I hope you're enjoying the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson as much as I am! I just can't get enough! So I used them again this week!




Art Time!

Of course I had to play with the new Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Kits. I was especially excited that Sandra's Milagro Relics fit PERFECTLY! I thought it would be fun to do a trio of Shrines. They ended up looking like cool little museum boxes! These are extremely easy to create, so this tutorial is short and sweet!

 Supplies Used Mini Framed Shrine Kits, Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Milagros, 3" Candle Stick, Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Mod Podge, E6000.)
 


I wanted to show you how cool Sandra's Relics can be, even left in their original state. They look like authentic antique doll parts inside the Shrines!


Starting with completed Shrines, I sprayed everything with gold spray paint. I painted them outside, placed within a cardboard box for easy peasy clean-up!


I picked out my favorite body parts from Sandra's Milagros Set.


I cut pieces of paper for the backs of my Shrines. I liked the red, which reminded me of red velvet lined boxes. If I had red velvet, I would have used it!


I attached my Milagro pieces using foam dots (for a bit of lift) and trimmed the edges of the frame with silver faux rhinestone ribbon. And that's it! I kept this project pretty simple to highlight the beauty of the Milagros!


I may have to make three more!


Here's another fun project from last week.


And If you prefer even more bling, this tutorial is great too!


Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

A lovely Queen by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! I just love the bits of lace and tulle! Beautiful Cat!
Victorian Dollie Collage Sheet
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_1690/Victorian-Dollie.htm
She Also Used Our Word Paper Cuts, Laurel Wreath Cut Outs, Paper Flowers





Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!

A stunning cross by Tracy Delisle. Absolutely beautiful finish Tracy
Large Exquisite Cross Kit Style 1:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5216/Exquisite-Cross-Kit--Style-3.htm
She Also Used VerDay Paint Patina





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
The most adorable little Dress Forms by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! She made them for a friend's wedding. They would make perfect magnets or pins. Fabulous idea Amy!
Dress Form Cut Outs:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4870/Dress-Form-Cut-Outs--8-Pieces.htm
She Also Used Our Heart Skeleton Key Charms, White Half Pearl Trim, Paper Flowers




Inspiration By Brenda Harris!
 
Gorgeous jewelry pieces by Brenda Harris! The color really makes the Cameos Pop! So lovely Brenda!
Sandra Evertson's RELICS & ARTIFACTS Cameos Set: http://ow.ly/LCx39 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit + a Tutorial‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have several cool new goodies in the shop for you this week! I'm especially excited about the New Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit! I had a blast designing this kit for you, and I think it may be my favorite to date. The kit perfectly holds our Mini Santos Doll Kit as well as several of the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson! It's a nice, large kit, which makes it extra fun!
You can check it out HERE.

Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

 I hope you're enjoying the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson as much as I am! I just can't get enough!




Art Time!

I had a blast playing with the new Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit and of course, more Relics! I love the larger size of this shrine, and the cool design! Since I went for more glitz and glam last week, I decided to do something a bit more primitive. Of course this kit would look great with tons of bling too!
 

Supplies Used Large Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit, Relics and Artifacts Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II, Black and Sepia Archival Ink, Matte Mod Podge, E6000, Red Stickles, Copper Beaded Chain, Brass Jump Rings, White Fancy Scalloped DresdenColor Dusters, White Sharpie Paint Marker

I absolutely love the way my Shrine turned out! It's even more striking in person.

I started by removing the eye screw from my Relic heart. Simply give them a few twists with some pliers, and you can unscrew them very easily! Initially I was going to glue my pieces to the back of the shrine, but then I had an idea! So I left the eye screw in the flame.

I gave everything a quick coat of acrylic paint using sponge brushes. I purposely let some of the Masonite show through on the shrine since I was going for an aged look.

I wanted stamping on my heart and flames, however they have amazing texture making stamping difficult, so I did the next best thing. I stamped on a piece of vintage sewing pattern tissue. White tissue paper would work just as well.

Coat the back of the tissue with Mod Podge, and GENTLY smooth over the heart. The tissue is very fragile, and can easily tear. Cut or tear the edges to remove the excess.

Coat the top with Mod Podge as well. This will make the tissue more transparent.

I did the same tissue technique to the flame, and then glued the two piece together with E6000. For fun, I added some Dresden around the seam and added some decorative dots to my shrine.

To give my Shrine more of an aged look, I brushed on some Sepia Ink around the edges using a Color Duster.

I decided to hang my heart from a bit of vintage chain. I simply drilled a small hole in the top of my shrine and added the chain, using a jump ring on the end to hold the chain in place!

Finally I attached my heart to the chain with another jump ring. I LOVE the look of the suspended heart, and it was super duper easy!

I can't wait to see what you guys make with new new Shrine Kit and of course the Relics & Artifacts. I know I'm having tons of fun! xoxo

If you prefer more bling, the tutorial from last week might be more up you alley!




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

A stunning set of ATCs by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! The finishes are absolutely gorgeous Cat! 
Stop by Cat's blog for the full tutorial and supply list:
http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/04/revamping-atc.html




Inspiration By Marie Garot!

We are completely over the moon about this fabulous shrine by Marie Garot! The details are fantastic! So magical Marie!
Moon Shrine Kit (with charm holes):
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3817/Moon-Shrine-Kit.htm
She Also Used Our Brass Wings, Brass Crown, Brass Hands, Star Cut Outs






Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A beautiful journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! The house and the doll are just adorable Amy!
Hello Dollie Bodies Collage Sheet:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_673/Hello-Dollie-BODIES-Doll-Collage-Sheet.htm
She Also Used Our Gelatos




Inspiration By Luci Brito!
 
These two incredible pieces were created by the talented Luci Brito. Luci has an amazing eye for color and phenomenal patience when it comes to applying her jewels! Gorgeous!
Large Steampunk Gear Shadow Box Shrine Kit:
http://ow.ly/LJ1BU
Sandra Evertson's RELICS & ARTIFACTS: http://ow.ly/LCx39
VerDay Paint and Patina Set: http://ow.ly/LJ1Ep