Friday, April 29, 2016

Almost Mothers Day Coupon Code + Fairy Shrine Tutorial by Chrissy Colon‏

Happy Weekend Everyone! Since it's almost Mother's Day, we have a coupon code for you! Mothers work hard (that includes fur baby moms and caregivers) and what better way to relax than with some fun new art goodies! Use Coupon Code: Retro10Off at check-out for 10% off your entire order, including sale items. Now through Tuesday 5/3 at midnight! You deserve it!

Art Time Feature With Chrissy Colon!  

We adore this magical fairy shrine by Design Team Member Chrissy Colon! We especially love the tiny treasure chest bursting with fun! And of course, the GLITTER! Hop on over to Chrissy blog for more info and the full supply list:

 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!  

We adore these beautiful tags by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! So elegant, and a wonderful way to use those Chipboard Script Words! Stunning details and lovely composition Cat!
Chipboard Script Words:
She Also Used Relics & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson

Inspiration By Donna Kishbaugh!  

A trio of TINY Steampunk mermaids by Donna Kishbaugh! We especially love the creative tails and glitter she added. Really cool pieces Donna!
Tiny Articulated Chipboard Mermaid Art Doll Kit:

Inspiration By Kim Collister!

A fabulous project from the archives! "Sea Messengers", an amazing set by Design Team Member Kim Collister. Check out Kim's blog post for tons of stunning photos, links, and more about her process. She even made tiny suction cups out of paper clay for the tentacles. So cool Kim!

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Sand and Sea Goodies + Three Fabulous Design Team Tutorials

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have even more new Sand and Sea goodies for you this week! Stunning Coral, lovely Seaweed, new Finnabair, and our Octopus Sea Maiden gone TINY by request (you know who you are!) Everything goes wonderfully with our large Sand and Sea Section! (which is ON SALE this week. Woot!)

Art Time With Cat Kerr!  

We're running away and joining the circus with Design Team Member Cat Kerr and her amazing Circus Wagon! Her wonderful piece seems to be coming to life! Hop on over to Cat's blog for the full tutorial and lots of magic!

 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Art Time With Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has created some adorable Fairy Topiaries for you! She combined tons of wonderful elements to create these fun and whimsical assemblage pieces. Stop by Kim's blog for the full details!

Art Time With Linda Cain!  

"Listen to Your Heart", a gorgeous journal page by Design Team Member Linda Cain! We love the way she used our Chipboard Script Words ( and so many yummy Finnabair products to create this wonderful page, full of color and texture! Hop on over to Linda's blog for step-outs and supply links:

Inspiration By Martha DeGroat Richardson!

Our Steampunk Theatre turned Sea Shrine by Martha DeGroat Richardson! We love this transformation, and the wonderful colors and textures. Such a cool piece Martha!
Steampunk Theatre Shrine Kit:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea + a Steampunk Santos Doll by Kim Collister‏

Happy Weekend Everyone! We're so excited that the brand new Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath The Sea Collection is in stock and ready to ship! Stunning sea inspired paper, ephemera, and stamps! And of course they go wonderfully with all the goodies in our large Sand and Sea Section! (which is ON SALE this week. Woot!)

Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!  

Feast your eyes on an incredible Santos Steampunk Doll by Design Team Member Kim Collister! You're going to adore the cool finishes and amazing vintage pieces Kim incorporated into this stunning masterpiece! Can you spot the mousetrap? That's right! Check out the amazing full tutorial on Kim's blog:

 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Inspiration By Martha DeGroat Richardson!  

A stunning mermaid frame by Martha DeGroat Richardson! We're in love with the gorgeous shades of blue, and that bit of netting is the perfect touch! You can almost smell the ocean!
Ornate Mermaid Frame Stand-Up:
She Also Used Relics & Artifacts

Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

For those of you that missed her last year, an incredible Octopus Sea Maiden by Design Team Member Linda Cain! We ADORE the stamping she used to create the "scales", and check out the amazing "sea foam"! Gorgeous Linda!
Medium Octopus Sea Maiden Articulated Doll Kit:
And hop on over to Linda's blog for links, step-outs, and more awesome photos:

Merfolk Inspiration!  

If you're looking for even more Seaside inspiration, check out our Merfolk Swap album. So many amazing pieces!
(Merfolk below by Lynn Stevens)

Friday, April 8, 2016

New Medieval Goodies + Steampunk Angel Tutorial By Linda Cain‏

Happy Weekend Everyone! We were so excited about last week's Enchanted Forest goodies, that we just had to whip up some more Medieval Goodness! Weaponry, Dragons, and Griffins! Being a huge Game of Thrones fan, I had a blast with this heraldic theme! And of course the new goodies look amazing with our Large Castle Antiquity Shrine Kit. See for yourself!

And check out the new Medieval Times Category!

Art Time Feature With Linda Cain!  

Design Team Member Linda Cain has a fabulous Steampunk Angel tutorial for you today! We love how she incorporated her Relics & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson, Finnabair products, and IOD moulds to create this stunning piece! Amazing textures and colors. Find the tutorial and supply list on Linda's blog:

We're loving those Finnabair paints. Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Inspiration By Cindy O'Neal!  

We're loving this sweet Bird Cage Art Doll by Cindy O'Neal! Perfect for spring, with a lovely Marie inspired twist! So beautiful Cindy!
Articulated Ornate Bell Bird Cage Art Doll:
She Also Used Our Marie Head Paper Cuts

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!  

A fantastic altered paintbrush by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Such a creative piece, with a wonderful message. Paint splattered at it's best. So cool Cat Kerr!

Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!  

Anyone else feeling lucky today? A brilliant Hand Shrine by Tracy Delisle ! Happy weekend friends!
Hand Shrine Kit:
She Also Used our Mini Dice and Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs

Friday, April 1, 2016

G45 Enchanted Forest + Brand New Castle Antiquity Shrine Kit‏

Happy Weekend Everyone! We're excited that the brand new Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest collection is in the shop and ready to ship! And oh my, check out the fantastic new Castle Antiquity Shrine Kit that coordinates perfectly! Any Game of Thrones fans in the house? April 24! We can't wait to see what you create!

Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has a fantastic tutorial for you! Meet "Maria", an amazing Dia De Los Muertos inspired Santos Doll! She has so many fantastic details, including intricate beadwork. Find the full tutorial here:

We adore the way she wrapped the bars with colorful fibers. Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Inspiration By Denise Phillips!  

We're loving this cool nature inspired shadow box assemblage by Denise Phillips! Her framed bird is stunning, and check out those wheels. A marvelous piece Denise!
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit 5x7x2:
She Also Used Our Resin Elegance Frame, Verday Paint and Patina Set, and Pulley Wheels

Stop by Denise's blog for more awesome photos:

Inspiration By Aideen Fallon!  

Check out this egg-stra cute Faberge piece by Aideen Fallon! We adore the little chicky peering out! Just darling Aideen!
Large Exploding Faberge Egg Kit:

You can find a sweet little how to video on Aideen's blog:

Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

Here's one of our favorite Spring pieces from the archives, by Design Team Member Linda Cain! There are so many amazing components in Linda's piece! Hop on over to Linda's blog post for gorgeous step-out photos and the complete supply list:

Friday, March 25, 2016

Storewide Coupon Code Sale + Two New Tutorials‏

Happy weekend everyone! In honor of Easter and Spring we have a storewide SALE for you! Now through Monday at midnight, use Coupon Code: HappySpring for 10% off your entire order, including sale items (for 20% off or more)! (Offer good for new orders placed between now and Monday 3/28 at midnight. You must use the code at check out. Place the code in the "discount code" box and hit recalculate before checking out.)

We have some new goodies in the shop too!

Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a truly spectacular tutorial for you using our Divine Shrine Kit! "Dreamers Come In" indeed! This bright, bold, colorful Shrine makes our heart happy! Find the full tutorial on Kim's blog:

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  

We adore this amazing "Believe" Shadow Box Shrine by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Absolutely incredible texture and colors! And what a unique way to use the Circle Shrine! And of course gorgeous Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson! So beautiful Cat!
Mega Circle Shrine Kit:
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit 5" x 7" x 1":
She also used our Dresden, Brass Crown, and Brass Sparrow
You can find the full tutorial by Cat on the Relics & Artifacts blog here:

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!  

A beautiful "Mother's Love Tea Cup" by Gerri Herbst! This would be a lovely project for Mother's Day, or any day! So sweet Gerri!
Tea Cup Stand Up Style 1:
She Also Used Our Ornate Fleur Cut Outs Style 3 and Pink Scalloped German Dresden

Inspiration By Kristin Hubick!  

In honor of Easter and Spring, here is a sweet little egg project by Kristin Hubick! These little eggs are so much fun, and have a perfect 1" circle center. So many possibilities!
Circle Egg Shrine Kit:
(Scroll to the bottom of the listing linked above for the full supply list!)

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Art Script Words + Tim Holtz + a Tutorial by Cat Kerr

Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of Brand New Tim Holtz goodies in stock! Quote Bands, Alpha Dice, Gadget Gears, Remnant Rubs, and more! oh my! And we have even more new Art Script Words! Set #7 is perfect for making limitless combinations!

The new Art Script Words look amazing colorized! And just think with a touch of glitter how much they will shine! The thinner Stencil Board works are absolutely perfect for art journaling too!

Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  

Design Team Member Cat Kerr has a fabulous tutorial for you this week! We love how she combined so many cool elements and techniques to make this fabulous shadow box assemblage. And that beautiful decorative piece at the top was created from our IOD molds! See the full tutorial to find out more!

This is just one of the many cool process photos. Definitely check out the entire tutorial and let Cat know you stopped by! 

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!  

We're loving this cool hanging mobile by Amy Nieman! The base is an embroidery ring, covered with paint, strips of washi tape, fibers, and embellishments. And of course she made great use of our Paper Cuts! So creative Amy!
She Also Used Our Fish Paper Cuts and Washi Tape

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

We love this gorgeous necklace created by Sherry Matthews! And the beautiful way she has it on display. Such a wonderful piece Sherry!

(Hey, the new Finnabair Pocket Watches would make cool vessels too!)

Inspiration By Gena Boone-Curtis!  

In honor of the first day of Spring this Sunday, I wanted to share something fitting. This gorgeous piece from the archives by Gena Boone-Curtis seemed perfect! Happy Spring friends!!!
Queen Bee Articulated Art Doll Kit:
Also Used Our Santos Head Paper Cuts and Small Honeycomb Stencil

Friday, March 11, 2016

Brand New Tim Holtz + Welcome Two New Design Team Members

Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of Brand New Tim Holtz goodies in stock! Distress Crayons, Dapper Design Tape, Display Hangers, and so much more! We're loving those cool glass domes too. We also have some stunning Chipboard Script Words in the shop!

Check out the Distress Crayon video here

Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!  

Adorable mini houses by Tracy Delisle! We're loving the bright sea colors and the adorable embellishments. Makes us think of summer, and we're ready. So fabulous Tracy!
Mini Hutch Houses Shrine Kits:

Inspiration By Jaci Swarts!  

Absolutely stunning Garden Santos Dolls by Jaci Swarts! We're loving the gorgeous floral arrangements she added to the cages. They are so beautiful Jaci!
Medium 3-D Articulated Santos Doll Shrine Kit:
She Also Used Our Santos Doll Head Paper Cuts and Butterfly Paper Cuts

Welcome New Design Team Member Kim Collister!  

It's my absolute pleasure to welcome the talented Kim Collister to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team! We've shared Kim's fabulous work in the past, so we know you're in for a real treat! We're thrilled to have you Kim!


About Kim:

 Imagination is the key to my secret garden, my creative way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass.
I don't set out to produce art about one subject or the other. My creativity is inspired by a whimsical life, triggers of nature, passages of time and objects of beauty and color. Most often I work from the inside out. Though I work quite intentionally, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my unconscious is the undisputed project manager. Inspired  and invigorated by the world we live in, I remain in awe by the ghosts of the past and the brilliance of the artists whose work immobilizes me to the core. I am a gatherer of beauty and whimsy, nature and found objects, all of which have proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. Working without the fear of perfection frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product.

All my life I have been an artist with one foot in and one foot out. When I began this journey of opening my Etsy shop in 2005 and jumping into the art world with both feet, I totally stepped out on faith. When I saw this quote, I thought it related so well to my blog name... "I fly without wings".. on my horse of faith!
 "When God created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature; I have made thee like no other. All the treasures on earth lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thy shall fly without wings, and conquer without sword, oh horse ..... of faith".                 
 Author unknown.

Kim Collister is a mixed media artist, Texas transplant, living in Central Arkansas with her husband and her dog, Harley. She has been featured in numerous publications with Stampington and Company and she is a member of the Design Team for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. She works as a financial aid counselor in a local university by day and most nights and weekends she can be found in her studio doing what she loves. She welcomes email at

Below is an example of Kim's amazing work. You can find the full post HERE
Stay tuned for more!

Welcome New Design Team Member Chrissy Colon!  

It's also my absolute pleasure to welcome the talented Chrissy Colon to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team! We've shared many of Chrissy's projects in the past, and we know you're going to love what she creates. We're ecstatic to have you Chrissy!


About Chrissy:

My name is Christina Colon.  I currently live in Okinawa, Japan with my husband, four children and two dogs. 

I have been paper crafting for more than a few years and started out as a traditional layout gal.  Since then, I have ventured into card making, mini albums, altered art, and other off the page projects.  I find that my favorite things to create are mini albums, off the page projects and wreaths, which you will see plenty of.

My style can best be described as eclectic, unique and technical with a dash of whimsy and meth (but without the "junky" part).  I like to mix traditional with modern and I love to experiment with different color and pattern mixes.  I gather my inspiration from my everyday surroundings.

When I'm not sitting at the table working on some kind of project, you can find me at the beach with the kids or SCUBA diving, at the gym doing some Crossfit, or even on my couch indulging in an epic RPG video game.  I also love to read, hike, and mess around with the kids.



We adore this fabulous Regal Crown by Chrissy. You can find the full post HERE
Stay tuned for more!