Saturday, July 4, 2015

Storewide Coupon Code + New Goodies‏


Happy holiday weekend everyone! We have several fabulous new goodies in the shop! Brand new Collage Sheets, Fabulous Octopi, and adorable little boats! The tiniest pirate ship makes me so happy! And there's more too! Scroll down for a storewide coupon code!!!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Linda Edkins Wyatt!

I have a super cool tutorial to share with you! Linda Edkins Wyatt shows you how to create Faux Lace from Recycled Tea Bags, incorporating our ATC Box Kit and Large Manikin Articulated Art Doll (http://ow.ly/OUKVi).
Thanks for the great technique Linda! Here's the link to Linda's fabulous post: http://lindaedkinswyatt.blogspot.com/2015/06/tutorial-faux-lace-from-recycled-tea.html





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A super sweet ATC by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Gorgeous colors, and such a true statement! Love it Amy!
Mini Printed Wood Butterfly Buttons:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6222/Mini-Printed-Wood-Butterfly-Buttons--Set-of-6.htm





Inspiration By Kim Collister!

 Celebrating the weekend with a stunning patriotic Santos Cage Doll by Kim Collister! Stop by Kim's blog for more stunning photos and tons of inspiration. You have to see a full shot of this lovely lady!
http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2015/06/of-thee-i-sing.html
 




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

Have you seen Design Team Member Cat Kerr's cool altered rulers in the latest Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine? If not, you should go grab yourself a copy! Such a wonderful idea, and big congrats Cat!
Vintage Number Cut-Outs (Stencil Board):
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5424/Vintage-Number-Cut-Outs--22-Pieces.htm
She Also Used Our Little House Cut-Outs, Bee Cut-Outs, and Insect Cut-Outs (all in Stencil Board)





Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!

We're loving this stunning Frida Kahlo shrine by Tracy Delisle! Gorgeous colors, great texture, and the wings were the perfect touch! Beautiful Tracy!
Charming Tiny Shrine Kit - 2 Inch:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6513/Set-of-TWO-Charming-Tiny-Shrine-Kits--2-Inch.htm
She Also Used Our Large Wing Cut-Outs, Mini Metal Roses, Brass Crown, and Day of the Dead Collage Sheet




Storewide Sale!

In honor of Independence Day and YOU, now through Tuesday at midnight EST, take an extra 10% off your ENTIRE order including sale items!
Use Discount Code: HappyJuly
at check-out! xoxo 

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Ornate Mermaid Frames + Collage Sheets + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have several fabulous new goodies in the shop! Brand new Collage Sheets, unfinished wood bits, and of course my favorite, a stunning Ornate Mermaid Frame. I hope you love the beauty of this unique frame as much as I do! I can't wait to dive in!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Cat Kerr!

"Art Life", an exquisite assemblage piece by Design Team Member Cat Kerr!
Stop by Cat's blog to learn more about this stunning piece. And be sure to watch the cool slide show video showing Cat's process too. Fantastic Cat!
http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/06/art-life.html 





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

An incredibly beautiful postcard by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! We adore the little Charlotte fairy and pretty flowers. So lovely Amy!
Chipboard Postcards Style 3:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6281/Chipboard-Postcards--Style-3--Set-of-4.htm
She Also Used Our Flourish Cut Outs Style 1, Mini Paper Blooms, and Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Rising Spirit III





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

"The Illustrated Woman" an incredibly cool free standing tattoo art influenced piece by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! Great theme and fabulous composition Gerri!
Small Anatomical Position Woman Art Doll Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_2647/Bakers-Twine--Classic-Red.htm
She Also Used Our Large Unfinished Wood Spool and Red Baker's Twine




Inspiration By Gena Boone-Curtis!

A stunning mermaid shrine by Gena Boone-Curtis! How fabulous is her gorgeous textured finish! So lovely Gena!
Regal Altar Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6316/Regal-Altar-Shrine-Kit.htm





On the Covers!

Yesterday I was relaxinng outside with a cup of tea and two of my favorite art magazines. It makes me feel incredibly grateful and honored to see Retro Cafe Art Gallery kits and cut-outs as part of the incredible artwork on the covers. Of course it wouldn't have been possible without the amazing creativity of Cat Kerr (right) and Kim Collister (left) who created the gorgeous pieces featured! Congrats again to Cat and Kim! So fantastic!

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Charming Tiny Shrines + a Tutorial‏


Happy weekend everyone! I'm so over the moon excited about the new Tiny Charming Shrines! You'll notice that they are perfectly sized for "Charm Size" Collage Sheets as well as lots of Minis. And Inchies, Twincies, Microslides, and more! The smallest Shrine starts at just ONE INCH! Our smallest Shrine yet. I love working small, so I had a blast designing these new TINY shrines. I think you'll love them too! And of course there are lots of other new goodies in the shop too!
You can check it out HERE.


Art Time!

I absolutely HAD to play with the new Tiny 1 Inch Shrine. Working small can be so much fun! Tiny can be so adorable. My shrine may look large in the photo, but it fits in the palm of my (smallish) hand. These little shrines would make great gifts!
 

 Supplies: Charming Tiny Shrine 1 Inch, Monopoly Hotel, Gelatos, Gold Stickles, Tiny Brass Square Decorations, Mod Podge



I started by covering my assembled shrine with scrapbook paper, and then painting the edges with aqua acrylic paint. I also painted my included unfinished wood pieces.


Next, I added more color with my Gelatos. I LOVE my gelatos and just recently found them after being packed away for a year. I was so excited!


I covered the back of my shrine with Gold Stickes. (It looked much better after it dried.)


I placed tiny 3mm Square Brass Decorations around the edges of my shrine. They fit perfectly!


I spray painted my Monopoly Hotel with white spray paint and allowed it to dry. You could also paint them with gesso or acrylic paint, however I recommend sanding them a bit to give them a "tooth".


I wrapped the base of the Hotel with a strip of vintage text and added the word "happy". I added some details with a fine black micron pen.


So small and sweet!


I loved working with this Tiny Shrine! I can't wait to try out the others!





Inspiration By Linda Cain!

A gorgeous postcard by Design Team Member Linda Cain with some fabulous flourish flair! Check out Linda's blog post for the full supply list and more photos! http://goo.gl/zv2R9u



Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

"Be Playful", a stunning artist brooch by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! We especially adore the rhinestones she used to represent the paint. Fabulous idea Gerri!
Artist Palette Cut Outs:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6098/Artist-Palette-Cut-Outs--16-Pieces.htm
She Also Used Our Valentine Word Paper Cuts and Stickles
 



Inspiration By Diana Darden!

A fantastic Bust Stand Up by Diana Darden! We love the theme and color scheme. Beautiful Diana!
Female Bust Stand Ups: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3665/Stand-Ups--Female-Bust.htm
She Also Used Our Bird Cut Outs and Egg Collage Sheet




Inspiration By Mary Jane Chadbourne!

An incredible Art Doll by Mary Jane Chadbourne! We adore the bright, bold colors and amazing textures often seen in Mary Jane's fantastic work. She's gorgeous Mary Jane!
Large Articulated Dress Form Art Doll Shrine Kit Style II:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5034/Articulated-Dress-Form-Art-Doll-Shrine-Kit-Style-II--LARGE.htm
She Also Used Our Santos Halo Cut Outs, Rhinestone Chain, and Tim Holtz Industrious Border Stickers





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A gorgeous little Framed Shrine by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! We love the paint finish on the frame and the sweet mushrooms. Beautiful Amy!
Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Style 5:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6378/Mini-Ornate-Framed-Shrine-Kit--Style-5.htm
She Also Used Our German Cotton Spun Mushrooms and Brass Winged Heart Charm

Friday, June 12, 2015

New Divine Antiquity Shrine Kit + Vintage Goodies + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have some wonderful new goodies in the shop. Of course the stunning Divine Antiquity Shrine is my favorite! It's large, and gorgeous! We also have lots of cool vintage items, brass, and more! Grab it up while you can!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Linda Cain!

Design Team Member Linda Cain has really outdone herself this time! Feast your eyes on this absolutely incredible Exquisite Shrine. Hop on over to Linda's blog for the complete supply list, step-outs, and more stunning photos! We're loving that embossed metal Linda. Check it out: http://goo.gl/6MZYG4
 

Products Used:
Ornate Flourish  - Style 5 and Style 2 
Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts - Skull and Heart 
Gilder's Paste - Patina  and Coral Red
Inka Gold - Gold and Copper
Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel 
Art Basics - Heavy Black Gesso 





Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!

A beautiful Seahorse Shrine by Tracy Delisle! We love the painted sky niche and of course the fabulous texture. So cool Tracy!
Seahorse Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5401/Seahorse-Shrine-Kit.htm




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

"Gentle Soul", a stunning mixed media art pendant by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! So many gorgeous details packed inside this small piece! Beautiful Cat!
Brass Square Treasure Box: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_1603/Brass-Square-Treasure-Box.htm
She Also Used Our Brass Owl Head, Brass Whimsical Crown, and Santos Head Paper Cuts




Congrats Kim Collister!

A huge congrats to artist Kim Collister! Her stunning Santos Cage Doll is on the cover of the current Somerset Studio Gallery magazine! Her article is fantastic too. Go out and get your copy. Awesome job Kim!
Large 3-D Articulated Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4992/3-D-Articulated-Santos-Cage-Doll-Shrine-Kit--LARGE.htm

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Octopus Sea Maiden Doll Kit + Colorful Coral + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have some fantastic new goodies in the shop. Of course I'm completely loving the new Sea Maiden Art Doll Kit! Totally cool and unique! And that colorful coral is swoon worthy! Grab it up while you can!
You can check it out HERE.




Art Time with Kim Collister!

We are enamored with this incredible Antiquity Santos Doll by Kim Collister! The details are absolutely amazing! You must stop by Kim's blog to read more about her process and view some stunning close-up photos. Check it out here: http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2015/05/found-ancient-relics-artifacts.html





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

A "Love Bird" by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! How sweet is that tulle!
Bird Sticks Stand Ups:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6116/Bird-Sticks-Stand-Ups-Set-of-Two.htm
She Also Used Our Pink Bakers Twine





Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!
 
A stunning altar shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! We love how she painted the shrine to look like marble! What a fabulous ancient look Lynn!
Arched Altar Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6353/Arched-Altar-Shrine-Kit.htm
She Also Used Our Statues 1 Collage Sheet, German Cotton Spun Mushrooms, and Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Visage




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A gorgeous, colorful, creative House Shrine by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Completely awesome at every angle Amy!
Votive House Shrine Kit Style 2:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4771/Votive-House-Shrine-Kit--Style-2.htm
She Also Used Our Winged Heart Cut Outs, Battery Powered Votive Candle, Wee Ones Collage Sheet, Resin Frames, Metallic Jingle Bells, German Dresden Aqua Fancy Scalloped, and Gelatos





Sand and Sea Inspiration!

Check out our Mermaid Swap photos from last year for INCREDIBLE beachy inspiration! You can find the gallery on Facebook and on Pinterest! So much talent!!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Finnabair + Charms + Free Collage Sheet‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have some fantastic new goodies in the shop. BRAND NEW Finnabair, tons of gorgeous brass charms, Collage Sheets, and more. I'm totally in love with the new Blue Mirrored Shells. They are limited edition, so grab em' while you can!
You can check it out HERE.





Art Time with Linda Cain!

 A breathtakingly beautiful sacred heart by Design Team Member Linda Cain! Can you guess how she created the center? It's brilliant. Find out by hoping over to Linda's blog post, which includes supply links: http://goo.gl/BJFXMW  




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

 A beautiful little tag by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst showing off some fabulous patriotic colors! So pretty Gerri!
Heart Bird Trinket Keepsake: http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../HEART-Bird-Trinket-Keepsake-K...
She Also Used Our Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Christmas Red and True Blue Stickles, Tim Holtz Vial Labels, and Valentine Word Paper Cuts





Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A stunning graduation card by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! We love how she combined the flourish with our postcards, and the beautiful blues. Gorgeous Amy!
Chipboard Postcards Style 1: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6279/Chipboard-Postcards--Style-1--Set-of-4.htm
Ornate Flourish Cut Outs Style 1: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6343/Ornate-Flourish-Cut-Outs-Style-1--Set-of-2.htm




Inspiration By Rhea Freitag!

An incredibly gorgeous Santos Doll by Rhea Freitag! We especially love the fabulous bits inside her skirt! Check out Rhea's blog post for some stunning close-ups: http://starrgazercreates.blogspot.com/2015/05/steampunk-santos-doll.html
3-D Articulated STEAMPUNK Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit - SMALL: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5272/3-D-Articulated-STEAMPUNK-Santos-Cage-Doll-Shrine-Kit--SMALL.htm
 



Sand and Sea Inspiration!

One of our all time favorite summer projects. Faux Mosaic Seahorse Shrine. You can find the tutorial on our blog, along with some cheesy beachy jokes. Sorry not sorry: http://krishubick.blogspot.com/2014/05/seahorse-shrine-kits-and-more-ocean-fun.html




A Free Gift for All!

Just our little way of saying THANK YOU for being the most amazing customers! You guys really are the best!!! We love seeing the stunning art created, and sharing in this wonderful creative journey together!
Download this brand new Safe Travels Collage Sheet HERE on our site.
 XOXO