Friday, July 22, 2016

Brand New Niche Frames + Inspiration


Happy Weekend Everyone! Remember those cool Niche Shrine Kits from last week? Well I decided to elaborate on them, and made so cool new Frames to fit the fronts! The sizes coordinate with the Shrine Kits of course, but the frames can also be used for just about any other project! There are also several other new and newly back in stock goodies, including some authentic Frozen Charlotte dolls! 
(And I added more goodies to the 40% OFF and 30% OFF sale sections!)






Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  


Design Team Member Cat Kerr has an amazing tutorial for you today, sure to help you think outside the box! Cat will definitely get your wheels turning with this fantastic piece. (all puns intended!) She did an amazing job showing the step outs to achieve her wonderful ombré look. You don't want to miss this post! Hop on over and let Cat know you stopped by: http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2016/07/today.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!






Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a marvelous bonus post for you this week! "Have You Seen My Queen" is a delightful doll packed with color and tons of FUN! He's clever and playful, and hanging around just waiting for his queen. Could that be YOU?
Find the full post here: http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/07/have-you-seen-my-queen-whether-its-love.html
Large Articulated Male Art Doll Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3720/Articulated-Art-Doll-Shrine-Kit--LARGE-Male.htm




Inspiration By Kathleen Codyrachel!  

How cute is this Frida Octopus Sea Maiden by Kathleen Codyrachel! Don't let the photo fool you. This tiny Frida is a mere 3" tall. For such a small size, Kathleen packed in so many sweet details! We especially love her Halo (http://ow.ly/waRl302tjYV). Beautiful job Kathleen!
Tiny Octopus Sea Maiden: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_7064/Articulated-Chipboard-Octopus-Sea-Maiden--TINY.htm
Tiny Doll Head Paper Cuts: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5693/30-TINY-Fairy-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts.htm




Inspiration By Kristie Taylor!

We're loving this gorgeous canvas by Kristie Taylor! Kristie incorporated so many wonderful elements including our Large Gears (http://ow.ly/eJrd302oycF), Ten Seconds Studio Verday Paints (http://ow.ly/mOKD302oyjE), Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts (http://ow.ly/KBxe302oyDc), and so much more. Fantastic texture and colors. Read more about this wonderful piece on Kristie's blog: http://kristietaylor.blogspot.com/2016/07/you-lift-me-up.html

Friday, July 15, 2016

Brand New Niche Shrines + Tons of Inspiration


Happy Weekend Everyone! I had tons of fun designing our brand new Niche Shrines! These cool shrines have a niche built right inside! It's like a shrine inside a shrine! The perfect place to store a small treasure! This shrine would look great with some of the new Stencil Board Picado adorning the front and perhaps a small DOTD embellishment (On Sale!) tucked inside the niche. But this versatile shrine can be used for any theme. Makes an excellent Theatre too! And you could even turn it horizontally for an interesting look. And they come in three cool sizes! I can't wait to see what you create with them! 




Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!  

We're "Dream Catching" today with Design Team Member Kim Collister! Check out Kim's blog post to see how she created her fabulous Tea Cup Fairy (http://ow.ly/8bCe3027WNj). We're loving the amazing attention to details and whimsical style she poured into her piece. So wonderful Kim! What's in your cup this weekend?
http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/06/dream-catching.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

This stunning "Depths of my Heart" pendant by Sherry Matthews may have your heart beating a little faster! We adore Sherry's amazing sculpting around the Relics & Artifacts heart and her gorgeous mixed media chain. And of course the way she incorporated the fabulous brass stampings. Truly a masterpiece Sherry!
Brass Ship: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5440/Brass-Ships--Set-of-2.htm
Brass Seahorse: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5443/Brass-Seahorses--Set-of-4.htm
She Also Used Our Pearls, Color Burst Powders, and Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Ex Votos II



Inspiration By Krizia Krizziebear Ruano!  

We're loving this gorgeous little Frida Shrine created by Krizia Krizziebear Ruano! Absolutely stunning colors and textures! And who doesn't love "Art" and "Frida"! Beautiful piece Krizia!
Inspiration Fairy Shrine Kit Style 1: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4140/Inspiration-Fairy-Shrine-Kit--Style-1.htm
Fairy Head Paper Cuts: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4143/19-Medium-Fairy-Art-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts.htm




Inspiration By Kristie Taylor!

Feast your eyes on this amazing Dia De Los Muertos shrine by the talented Kristie Taylor! She started with our Radiant Antiquity Shrine (http://ow.ly/68XT302fdRO) and finished with a masterpiece! The bright, bold colors really bring her piece to life. So gorgeous Kristie! You can read more about Kristie's shrine and find more photos on her blog: http://kristietaylor.blogspot.com/2016/06/day-of-dead-shrine.html

Friday, July 8, 2016

New Goodies + Mermaid Inspiration + More



Happy Weekend Everyone! We have lots of new goodies in the shop, but of course our favorite thing is the new Stencil Board Picado Cut Outs. They come in 5 sizes including a super tiny MICRO size, measuring just 1/4" x 3/8". SO CUTE! Wouldn't they be wonderful on our Mini DOTD Shrine Kits? The cool shrines above were created by the talented Sherry Matthews for our 2013 swap. You can find the whole album on Facebook for even more inspiration here.





Art Time Feature With Linda Cain!  

Design Team Member Linda Cain has a stunning Mermaid Shadowbox Tutorial for you today! It's packed full of treasures from the sea, and I promise you will find more detail each time you check out her fabulous photos! It's time to dive in! http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-mermaid-shadowbox.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Rose Mary Gossman!  

We are so in love with this stunning Mermaid Santos by Rose Mary Gossman! The shells, seahorses, and coral bits add a beautiful, natural touch. And she's so perfect tucked inside that awesome shrine. Amazing job Rose Mary!
Medium Mermaid Santos Doll Kit: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5759/3-D-Articulated-MERMAID-Santos-Cage-Doll-Shrine-Kit--MEDIUM.htm
She Also Used Our Brass Treasure Chest, Crab Cut-Outs, Fairy Head Paper Cut, Skull, and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Paper Pad
(P.S. you can create a similar, smaller version with our Exquisite Shrine (http://ow.ly/M1il301XM2f) and Mini Santos (http://ow.ly/b5Su301XM5d). She will fit right inside!




Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!  

Linda O'Connor created an amazing display piece that is also functional using our Butterfly Sticks! A perfect combination of pretty with a touch of grunge! A great place to store your treasures. Fabulous piece Linda!
Butterfly Stick Stand-Ups: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6117/Butterfly-Sticks-Stand-Ups-Set-of-Three.htm
Linda's Blog Post: http://lindaoconnor79.blogspot.com/2016/07/getting-my-pretty-on.html




"Wounded Deer" by Sherry Matthews is a wonderful piece paying tribute to the famous Frida Kahlo painting (posted below!). What a beautiful and clever way to honor Frida. Fabulous idea and design Sherry!
Reindeer Inspiration Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4735/Inspiration-Fairy-Shrine-Kit--Reindeer--Style-10.htm
Fairy Head Paper Cuts:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4143/19-Medium-Fairy-Art-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts.htm

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy July 4th Storewide Coupon Code SALE + Inspiration and New Goodies


Happy Holiday Weekend Everyone! In addition to the fabulous New Goodies in the shop, we are having a STOREWIDE SALE! Use discount code: HappyJuly at check-out for an additional 10% off your entire order, including sale items! 

(Kim Collister's Patriotic Santos Doll post can be found here.)





Art Time Feature With Chrissy Colon!  

Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has a fabulous tutorial for you today! Come check out Chrissy's "Springy Summer" Santos Birdcage Doll! She's packed in tons of stunning details, including treasures hanging inside the cage. Find the awesome step-outs and full supply list here:
http://twistedmusedesigns.com/springy-summer-santos-doll/

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Huge Congrats Cat Kerr!  

On the stands now!!! Design Team Member Cat Kerr is on the cover of the July/Aug. issue of Somerset Studio magazine with her stunning "Believe" Shadow Box project! We have our copy, do you have yours? Amazing cover Cat Kerr!
Mega Circle Shrine Kit: http://ow.ly/ZOhI4
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit 5" x 7" x 1": http://ow.ly/ZOhfc
She also used our Dresden, Brass Crown, and Brass Sparrow. And RELICS & ARTIFACTS by Sandra Evertson





Huge Congrats Kim Collister!  

Huge congrats to Design Team Member Kim Collister for her wonderful "Building Paper Dolls" article in the current July/Aug. issue of Somerset Studio Magazine! We love the way Kim incorporated so many of our Paper Cuts (http://ow.ly/cMKc301MsmM) and Doll Heads (http://ow.ly/UQbe301Msy3) into her fabulous creations! Go grab yourself a magazine and turn to page 84 for some wonderful inspiration. Amazing job Kim!




Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!

We adore this incredible shrine by Linda O'Connor! Linda created tons of movement with her chipboard filigree, and added lots of rich color to create this stunning piece. And don't miss the adorable Tiny Fairy nestled in the corner. So wonderful Linda!
Large ATC Elevated Shrine Kit: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6087/Elevated-Shrine-Kit--Large-ATC.htm
Tiny Inspiration Fairy: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5694/TINY-Inspiration-Fairy-Shrine-STYLE-1--Set-of-TWO.htm
She also used our Angel Wing Cut Outs, Wood Finial, and Chipboard Flourish
Find more photos on Linda's blog post: http://lindaoconnor79.blogspot.com/2016/06/a-side-track.html

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brand New Relics and Artifacts Fabric Flowers + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We're super excited that the brand new Relics & Artifact Fabric Flowers by Sandra Evertson are in stock and ready to ship! So many stunning colors and styles, and of course they all work beautifully with the cast blanks! The bloom combinations are all beautiful and unique, just like the rest of the Relics & Artifacts line! You'll want to grab them all! 








You're going to love this fabulous tutorial by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Her stunning shadowboxes will have your heart BEE-ting a little faster! In addition to her wonderful art, she also included some lovely information about the meaning and symbolism of our busy, buzzing friends. You can find the full tutorial here: http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2016/06/just-bee.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Sherry Matthews created a beautiful tribute piece! And she was lovely enough to create a step by step tutorial for you! Find the details surrounding this gorgeous piece of art on Sherry's blog! Thank you so much Sherry! <3 i="">
https://sherrymatthewsart.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/one-heart-one-pulse/




Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!  

Linda O'Connor sure created some magic with our Butterfly Stick Stand-Up! We're loving all the gorgeous altered flowers, and of course the fabulous crackle. And the way she attached a small sign to the wing was so clever! Beautiful job Linda!
Butterfly Stick Stand-Ups: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6117/Butterfly-Sticks-Stand-Ups-Set-of-Three.htm




Inspiration By Kim Collister!

We have a wonderful bonus project for you today by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Kim used our Large Santos Doll Kit (http://ow.ly/4Ypg301ziAN) standing at 17" tall to create this remarkable "Forest Guardian"! She combined several other RCAG goodies along with the wonderful Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts pieces to create her fantastic doll. Stop by Kim's blog for more details and photos!
http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/04/the-forest-guardian.html

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Cherry Blossoms + Color Burst Powders + Inspiration


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some wonderful new goodies in the shop including the Ken Oliver's Color Burst Powders! You can do so many wonderful techniques with these powders and you can find a short video here to get you started (scroll to the bottom)! Of course the sky's the limit!

I also designed some wonderful new Cherry Blossoms that have so many wonderful creative combinations! You can also buy some branches and blossoms separately too. I can't wait to see them arted up! Because you can also layer the flowers, you can really achieve some amazing dimension!


All of the Relics & Artifacts are still ON SALE too! The brand new Relics are flying off the shelf so grab them while you can! 
(photos by Sandra Evertson, used with permission)




Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a wonderful tutorial for you! Her "Shrine of a Different Kind" is sure to put a smile on your face! Kim has added so many wonderful details to her bird cage shrine, which is sure to inspire. Just beautiful! Check out Kim's post for the full details: http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/06/a-shrine-of-different-kind.html


 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!






Art Time Feature with Kim Collister Part 2!  

You are in for another treat from Kim Collister! Kim has put together a second wonderful tutorial for you. And this time she shows you some wonderful ways to use your beloved Dresden Foils. Hop on over to Kim's fabulous blog post for the details: http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/06/she-hath-wings.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Martha Richardson!  

We had to share this amazing sea themed Chandelier by Martha Richardson, created for the Relics and Artifacts team with a little Retro Cafe Art Gallery love sprinkled in. We're just loving all the wonderful details. So beautiful Martha! Here's the link to her project: http://www.sandraevertson.com/news/2016/6/1/from-the-tribe-relics-artifacts-guest-ambassador-martha-degroat-richardson

She used our Coral Cut-Outs and Seaweed Cut-Outs so beautifully!




Huge Congrats Cat Kerr!

A huge congrats to Design Team Member Cat Kerr for her Storytellers article in the current Stampington & Company Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine! On the stands now! We love the way she incorporated our Tiny Inspiration Fairies (http://ow.ly/GjQf301mKxN) and Face Cut-Outs (http://ow.ly/csvM301mKRd) into her wonderful wearable masterpieces! Go grab yourself a copy today. Fantastic job Cat!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Brand New Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson + Inspiration


Happy Weekend Everyone! We're super excited that the brand new Relics & Artifact by Sandra Evertson are in stock and ready to ship! You're going to love the new styles and of course they all work beautifully with the rest of the line! So many amazing combination possibilities! 






All of the Relics & Artifacts are ON SALE too! Happy Shopping!
(photos by Sandra Evertson, used with permission)




Art Time Feature With Linda Cain!  

Design Team Member Linda Cain has created a wonderful tutorial for you, featuring her Enchanted Forest Treasure Shelf! Her piece is not only stunning, but very useful too! And don't you just adore the back piece she made! Check out Linda's blog for the step-outs, supply links, and more awesome photos! Beautiful Linda!
http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2016/06/an-enchanted-forest-treasure-shelf.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





More Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

"Fearless", a fantastic journal page by Design Team Member Linda Cain! So many luscious layers, and oh my, that crown! Have you been "fearless" in your art lately?
Ornate Flourish Cut Outs Style 4: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6422/Ornate-Flourish-Cut-Outs-Style-4--Set-of-2.htm
Chipboard Script Words Set 5: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_7025/Chipboard-Art-Script-Word-Cut-Outs--Set-5.htm
More details on Linda's blog: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2016/06/fearless-just-for-fun-journal-page.html




Inspiration By Mandy Chilvers!  

An egg-stra sweet journal page by Mandy Chilvers! We're loving the awesome layers and cool vintage bits. And of course the lovely fairies. Great page Mandy!
Hello Dollie Nature Fairies Collage Sheet: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_737/Hello-Dollie-NATURE-FAIRIES-Doll-Collage-Sheet.htm




Huge Congrats Cat Kerr!

Have you heard the wonderful news? Design Team Member Cat Kerr is on the cover of the July/Aug. issue of Somerset Studio magazine with her stunning "Believe" Shadow Box project! We are over the moon excited for her! Definitely one of the best covers yet Cat Kerr! Huge congrats! Make sure you grab yourself a copy!
Mega Circle Shrine Kit: http://ow.ly/ZOhI4
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit 5" x 7" x 1": http://ow.ly/ZOhfc
She also used our Dresden, Brass Crown, and Brass Sparrow. And Relics & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson.





Grab up some Relics & Artifacts today, and make some stunning art!
(photos by Sandra Evertson, used with permission)





Nature's Gifts!

Yesterday on my daily walk, I found the sweetest little abandoned nest on the ground. I took a photo, but didn't decide to take it with me. Later I wished I had, thinking of all the creative things I could do with it. I made a plan to possibly grab it the next day if it was still there. 


Then today, the fabulous new Relics & Artifacts arrived and I just KNEW I had to go grab the nest since it would be beyond perfect for the new Finch. Luckily, it was right where I left it. Nature's gift.