Friday, December 19, 2014

Vintage Pink Santa Tutorial and Storewide SALE‏

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Art Time!

Last week I told you I was dying to make my Vintage Pink Santa, so that is exactly what I did! I'm so pleased with the way he turned out! He was really easy to make too!

I'm so in love with my Santa. I may leave him out year round! I started by painting my Masonite pieces pink. You can use any color you would like. Red, Cream, Blue, Aqua, Green, Gold, etc. etc. All acceptable Santa colors in my opinion!

I painted his hat the same color. The cardstock is nice and sturdy, so it worked great.

Of course my Santa had to have GLITTER! I decided to use Pink Art Sugar and it looked awesome! The Art Sugar is extremely easy to work with, and gives an amazing sparkle!

Working on a paper plate, I brushed on a thin layer of Matte Glue N Seal (this worked great), and then covered my pieces one by one with the Art Sugar. Tap off the excess, and then funnel the glitter back into the jar. Repeat for all of the bits you want glitter on. I did the front of Santa, the top of the base, and his hat.

Normally glitter is very hard to photograph, however this stuff is so sparkly, that you can definitely see it. It's even better in person though!

Next, I used my Glitter Snow to add my boots, cuffs, and coat trim. This worked perfectly, and added some nice dimension!

I wanted my trims to match my beard, so once the glitter snow was dry, I painted it with some cream acrylic paint. Yes, the Glitter Snow is paintable! Great discovery!

I finished him off with a little ric rac belt and snowflake buckle, a pink pom pom, and some bottle brush trees!

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

How adorable is this altered candle tin lid ornament by Design Team Member Amy Nieman using our Reindeer Cut Outs!  Just precious Amy!
(She Also Used Our Glitter Jingle Bells, Silver Snowflake Charms, Green Bottle Brush Trees, and Christmas Word Paper Cuts)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created this stunning winter wonderland Crystal Clear Keepsake Case. How amazing are those icicles! Gorgeous Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Snowflake Cut-Outs, White Bottle Brush Trees, Christmas Word Paper Cuts, Glass Glitter, and White Mica Flakes)

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

These fanciful Angels were created by Design Team Member Linda Cain. I still can't get over Linda's skillful painting. Such talent Linda!
You can see the full supply list on Linda's blog, along with a few more photos!

I can't decide which one I like more! In addition to the awesome painting, I really love the "make-up" on the faces! Such a great detail!

Gift Certificates!

If you still need a gift for that crafty friend or relative, Retro Café Art Gallery Gift Certificates are the perfect solution. Sent directly via email.
Or you may want to give a hint hint to your loved ones!

I'm all set for Christmas, other than cooking Christmas Day! Our shipping schedule will be the usual, other than no shipping on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I'll be cooking, eating, and watching lots of movies with Chris and Zeus on those days! We did our traveling to visit family and friends on Thanksgiving, so we'll be around if you need us!

It's been years since I've bought egg nog, but after watching cousin Eddie on Christmas Vacation, I just had to have some. Cheers to you and yours!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support this year. I'm excited for 2015 and TONS of creativity ahead! Of course I'll still "see" you next Saturday. I'm sure the rest of 2014 will be great too.
xoxo Kristin

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Primitive Angel Christmas Tree Gift Tutorial and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! I'm SO in love with the new goodies this week. They were inspired by my Christmas fireplace mantel, which you can see below. I'm just dying to play with the new Vintage Santa!
In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Art Time!

I'm totally in love with the new Vintage Santa Stand-Up, and I have plans to make him PINK as I've always wanted a vintage pink Santa, however, priorities! I had some handmade gifts to make, so I came up with these sweet Tiny Primitive Angels in an equally adorable and functional magnet box. The receiver can stick the box to the fridge and either keep the Angel inside, or add a different treasure.

This was a really fun project. I enjoyed making the boxes just as much as the angels. Of course there are so many routes you can go with the boxes. The possibilities are endless!

To make my Angels, I attached paper to the bodies, and then doodled with my white and black pens. I added the Tiny Head Paper Cuts, and attached the wings and halos. I finished them by adding some Stickles to the wings/halos and attaching some vintage rhinestone trim. So sweet!

Next I stamped the front and back of my boxes.

I added magnets with E6000.

I wanted to personalize my gifts, so I used our "You Pick" Letters. I used the 1.5" size which was perfect. For a smaller letter the 1" would work well too.

I painted my letters with red acrylic paint, and then added dots with my white paint pen. They reminded me of the vintage red light-up marquee signs which are making a come back lately. I do love those signs!

I attached my painted letters to the front of my boxes.

I added a bit of paper shred to my boxes, and then tucked the Angels inside. Perfect fit!

While I was photographing, I came up with another idea.  You could turn these into ornaments too. Simply poke two holes in the top of the tree box, and string through some wire or a tinsel stem. Attach the angels to the bottom. They would make cute little tree ornament shrines! This was such a fun and festive project. I hope the receivers like them!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!
This brilliantly beautiful Laurel Wreath Ornament is by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst. I love the traditional, yet vintage look of this piece. Just stunning Gerri!
(Also Used Our Large Brass Christmas Tree (perfect!), Gold Stickles, Red Stickles, Cottage Path Alcohol Ink)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created this gorgeous, graceful Medium Primitive Angel. I adore silver and blue Christmas colors, and the Laurel Branch is such a great touch. Beautiful Lynn!
(Also Used Our Laurel Wreath Cut Outs, Silver Scalloped Dresden Trim, Silver Glass Glitter, Christmas Word Cut Outs, Santos Head Paper Cuts, Faux Silver Rhinestone Ribbon, and Collage Sheet CV58)

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

These have to be the most fabulous clothespins I've ever seen! By Design Team Member Amy Nieman Using our Colorful Suns Collage Sheet and Collage Sheet DP191. These would make adorable and functional Christmas Gifts. Or use them on your creative gift packaging. Just brilliant Amy!

Inspiration By Karen Sullivan!

This fanciful Christmas Carousel is by Karen Sullivan. Not only is it gorgeous, it also spins! Karen attached a small lazy susan to the bottom. Can you hear the music? So amazing Karen!

Her lovely top!

She even decorated the area that gets covered by the top! Beautiful details!

Christmas Inspiration!

I had a bit of fun decorating for Christmas this year. As many of you know, we moved this year, so this is our first Christmas in our "new" home. I've never really decorated for Christmas before. Never even had a Christmas tree as an adult. But our double sided fireplace was begging for it, and once I got started, I didn't want to stop. My decorating even inspired this week's new goodies!

This is side one.

And side two. Similar, yet different.

I was playing around with the new goodies, and they fit in very nicely!

The new Reindeer Sticks have new homes!

Here are a few other decorating shots. Of course the tree has more ornaments, candy canes, and presents now. No doubt I'll add more next year. I figured I should pace myself (a bit). 

Merry Christmas! xoxo Kristin

Friday, December 5, 2014

Captured Angel Ornaments and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! This week we have glass domes in three fabulous styles plus several coordinating goodies. I just had to have some Houses and Angels to fit inside! The TINY Primitive Angels are ADORABLE!
In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Art Time!
When I saw the new Glass Domes I was in love! And I just had to have some Little Houses and Angels to fit inside. I love that the domes can be used as ornaments or pieces to sit on a mantel or shelf.

This was a really fast and fun project. First, I painted all of my Masonite pieces and the chipboard bottom of my Bell Ornament with acrylic paint. I added a bit of vintage sheet music to the angel for her dress.

Once my paint was dry, I distressed my edges and added some detail to my Angel's dress.

The Tiny Angels are SO cute!

It's a good idea to arrange your pieces and then try out the glass top BEFORE gluing your pieces down. The sides flare, so you will want to make sure it all fits. I glued my pieces down with E6000.

Once my glue was dry, I added Glitter Snow with a paint brush. I just LOVE this stuff. It's about the consistency of toothpaste (maybe a bit lighter in weight) and is very easy to manage. I also added a bit to my tree and houses. The houses look adorable with their "snow drifts".

Finally I attached my glass top a added a tinsel bow, which can also second as an ornament hanger. Tip: Obviously you can't actually "tie" a bow with the wire. Form a bow by bending the wire, and then twist the loops around each other. I love my sweet Bell Ornament!

Inspiration By Mary Jane Chadbourne!
Mary Jane Chadbourne used our larger Primitive Angel Art Dolls to create these stunningly festive ornaments! Each one is so creative. Beautiful job Mary Jane!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created this gorgeous glittery Christmas Tree Hutch! The pink and silver is so pretty and vintage. Amazing job Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Plastic White Deer, Cotton Spun Mushrooms, Glass Glitter, Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Christmas Word Paper Cuts, White Bottle Brush Tree, and Collage Sheet CV58)

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This fabulous Votive Church Shrine is by Design Team Member Linda Cain! You can find more gorgeous photos of this piece on Linda's Blog. I love how this piece is so reminiscent of vintage Putz houses. Absolutely stunning Linda!

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

This lovely Victorian Scrap Angel Ornament is by Sherry Matthews! Her wings are so pretty and that tiny cameo she's wearing is just perfect. So gorgeous Sherry!