Friday, May 26, 2017

Make a Wish by Chrissy Colon and New Tim Holtz

Happy Holiday Weekend Everyone! We have lots of new Tim Holtz goodies in the shop. The botanical layer die cuts are so awesome! 

Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  

Design Team Member Chrissy Colón has a gorgeous project for you, sure to help your creativity take flight! We love how she combined her pieces, with luscious colors and textures to create her beautiful assemblage. So lovely Chrissy! Find all the details and step-outs on Chrissy's blog here:

Inspiration By Kim Collister!

Here's a fabulous bonus project for your by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Read about her stunning Santos Doll here:

Brush Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

 We absolutely love how Design Team Member Kim Collister altered her personalized paint brush using some paint and a wonderful Relic from the Visage set! The before picture is below!
While these brushes are awesome on their own, you can get out those art supplies and really create some magic!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dream Boat + Frida Garden By Sherry Matthews

Happy Weekend Everyone! If you love the new Finnabair Waxes, you'll be happy to know we have a few more new colors in stock! 

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a seaworthy project! Set sail on Sherry's dream boat, where there creative possibilities are endless! Such a beautiful project, perfect for the summer Sherry!
Find the awesome tutorial here on Sherry's blog:

More Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a bonus post for you this week. You've heard of fairy gardens right? Well, how about a Frida garden! Be still my heart! You will adore this fantastic project using our Doors and Picado. Get the details and more awesome photos on Sherry's blog here:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Alice Crown Tutorial by Kim Collister + More

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have lots of goodies back in stock in the shop, including lots of fabulous Dia De Los Muertos charms. These charms are a lovely quality, and perfect for so many projects!

Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a wonderful project for you! Fall down the rabbit hole with Kim and her Magical Alice Crown. Find out how she achieved an awesome metal look on her crown and much more in her blog post! So beautiful Kim! 

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

A huge congrats to Cat Kerr for her recent appearances on Make it Artsy! We are thrilled for Cat, and completely honored that she used Retro Cafe Art Gallery Shadow Box Shrine Kits (, Dresden Wings (, and Paper Cuts ( during this fantastic tutorial for making resin sheets. And of course some fabulous Sandra Evertson Cast Resin Pieces (
If you don't catch the episodes on your television, you lucky ducks can view this segment here on Youtube:
Way to go Cat Kerr! You're amazing art sister! A star! XOXO


Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

 Here's a sneak peek of Sherry's upcoming post...

From Sherry: "Wanna see a happy accident? Y'all may know this already, but... if you do a background of Colorburst Powders and add modelling paste through a stencil, the colors bleed through and tint the paste too!" 

You can find ON SALE Color Burst Powders HERE
(You can use them in ways you might use mica powders too!)

Personalized Brushes!  
    We love making these brushes for you! Here are a few that recently went out the door. I've heard a few people say they would be too pretty to use. Think of it this way, they cost less than two cups of coffee at Starbucks. You can also display them as is or altered. They make amazing gifts for art friends and swap partners too! Treat yourself! They are ON SALE right now too!
    Find them here: 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Personalized Paint Brushes + Design Team Inspiration

Hey guys! I've been dreaming this up for a little while now, and I'm super excited to be able to offer these to you! Something new and different from Retro Cafe Art Gallery! I designed three different engraved paint brushes, and you can have them PERSONALIZED with a name or word! They make a wonderful gift for yourself of an artist friend. I hope you like them! Grab them while you can here:


Inspiration By Design Team Member Linda Cain!  

Linda has a glorious project for you! See how she created magic with the new Finnabair Patina Pastes and so much more. Hop on over to Linda's blog, and you'll quickly see why she's a new favorite. Outstanding Linda!


Inspiration By Kim Collister!
Check out this awesome piece by Design Team Member Kim Collister
Now that's using your head Kim. So awesome! 
Also includes some fabulous Teesha Moore collage images.
Phrenology Head Kit:

Inspiration By Monica Downing!  

We are so in love with this Fairy Cottage Shrine by Monica Downing! The composition, the colors, that bird, so awesome! 
Like the rest of Monica's fabulous art, it just makes you smile.
So beautiful Monica!
(Click all three links above to see more of Monica's work!) 


More Inspiration By Design Team Member Linda Cain!  
"Angel Winged Lady" by Linda Cain! Find awesome step-outs in her blog post here:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Goodies + Inspiration

Hi everyone! We have lot of new goodies in the shop including Finnabair Waxes, Memory Hardware Artisan Powder (new colors), and the long awaited Finnabair Patina Effect Paste set.
The Patina Effect Paste set is especially cool. Check out these transformations by Design Team Member Linda Cain!



Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  


Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!


Inspiration By Linda Cain!  


Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

More Inspiration By Linda Cain

(We LOVE how she used IOD molds and Finnabair Waxes to decorate the frame!)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fantastic Design Team Projects

Hi everyone! We have a newsletter completely packed with Design Team inspiration! Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy! Click the links for the full tutorials!
Also, scroll down to see what we were up to while we were gone over the holidays!

La Guardarropa Shrine By Kim Collister

Find Your Tribe By Sherry Matthews

Flaming Heart  By Chrissy Colon

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Alcohol Ink Colors + Minis + More

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some super new goodies in the shop! First we have the new Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Sets! And guess what? There is a set called RETRO CAFE that matches our website colors! How cool is that! Plus lots of new adorable Minis and more!

We adore the new RETRO CAFE Alcohol Ink Set! Check it out! 
And fun tip from Design Team Member Chrissy Colon, Alcohol Inks (which are ON SALE) work great on Sandra Evertson's Relics and Artifacts Resin Blanks!

Inspiration By Teri Reed!  

In honor of Halloween last week, we were loving this amazing Tombstone assemblage created by Teri Reed! It has the perfect combination of spooky and mystery. And of course the RELICS & ARTIFACTS piece is the perfect touch. So awesome Teri!
Gothic Tombstone Bases V:
Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts Visage:

Inspiration By Mary Jane Chadbourne!

We were also honoring Dia de los Muertos last week! These stunning Heart Shrines were created by the talented Mary Jane Chadbourne! We adore her fantastic colors, amazing textures, and beautiful compositions. Just gorgeous Mary Jane!
Fancy Flaming Heart Shrine Kit:
Classic Flaming Heart Shrine Kit:
She Also Used Our Deco Art Perfect Crackle and DOTD Collage Sheet 1

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!  

"The Journey IS the Destination", a beautiful assemblage piece by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! We adore the fun combination of her paper bits, and of course the lovely metal embellishments. Such a lovely, thought provoking creation Cat!
Escutcheon Door Plate Frame Style 3:
She Also Used Our Moth Paper Cuts, Santos Head Paper Cuts, and White Sharpie Paint Pen

Keeping Warm By The Fire!  

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:
Fireplace Shrine Kit:

Friday, October 28, 2016

New Minis + a Festive Banner by Chrissy Colon + More

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some great new goodies in the shop! If you love Minis, then you're in luck. Several new bits, especially great for Christmas art plus several back in stock minis! And since Dia de los Muertos is next week, some fabulous new Limited Edition Engraved Sugar Skulls! Grab em' while you can!

LOTS of Christmas Stamps were just marked 30% off!!!

Art Time Feature With Chrissy Colon!  

Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has a beautifully festive project for you! Check out Chrissy's tutorial to find out how she created this wonderful Christmas banner! She combined stunning beadwork, resin, embossing, and so much more. Awesome photos and step-outs Chrissy! Check it out:

 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

We adore this Theatre by Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is certainly a favorite movie of ours, and what better way to pay tribute to the late, great Gene Wilder. Sherry's piece is full of incredible details and color, and features one of her amazing sculpted pieces. Such a marvelous piece Sherry! "A World of Pure Imagination" indeed.
Medium Circus Theatre Shrine Kit:

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!  

A little something as we get closer to Halloween, sure to make you giggle, by Design Team Member Cat Kerr. Cat found this quote on a Halloween tombstone site and thought it was the funniest thing. She decided to use a Shrine Triptych instead of a tombstone, and we absolutely love it. So much fun Cat! Be sure to read the caption!Large Basic Shelf Shrine Triptych:
She Also Used Our Bat Cut Outs, Mini Bat Cut Outs, Spider Web Corners, Chandelier Cut Outs, and Tim Holtz Letter Labels

Inspiration By Stampington & Company!  

Did you happen to catch Stampington & Company's newsletter today? They had an awesome tutorial using our Pocket Watch Shadow Box Shrine Kit . You can find the full tutorial on the Stampington & Company website here:

Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

Decking the halls with this lovely little Votive House by Design Team Member Linda M. Cain. These little houses have so many creative possibilities and are especially fun for Christmas, which will be here before we know it. Make sure to hop on over to Linda's blog where you will find links to the supplies she used, as well as step-outs and other views of her fabulous house! Such a fun project Linda!
Blog Post:
Votive House Kits: