Saturday, July 25, 2015

Brand New Halloween Goodies + Vintage + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of great goodies in the shop this week! TONS of fabulous Halloween goodies, plus some awesome Vintage Finds! Those Antique Black Optical Lenses have my heart beating a little faster. They are great for any project, but could definitely work for Halloween too! Yeah!
You can check it out HERE.




"Momma's Book Shelf" by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! This incredible shrine is heartfelt and full of love! Stop by Cat's blog for the supply list, step-outs, and the inspiration behind this fantastic piece! http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/07/mommas-book-shelf.html


Head on over to Cat's blog post for more!




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

A super pair of merfolk crowns (one for the queen mermaid and one for the king merman) by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! We especially love how she layered the coral, crabs, and seahorses. And the bases were made from toilet paper rolls of all things! Brilliantly fabulous Gerri!
Limited Edition Colorful Coral Cut-Outs: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6481/Limited-Edition-Colorful-Coral-Cut-Outs--6-Pieces.htm
She Also Used Our Seahorse Cut Outs, Red Crab Cut Outs, Brass Shell Charms, Silver Stickles, Gold Stickles, Flat Back Pearl Cabochons, and Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon





Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

An adorable Tiny Mermaid Shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! We love how the mermaid tail projects forward, and of course that fun funky fish! Fabulous Lynn!
Charming Tiny Shrine Kit 1 Inch x 2 Inch:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/.../Set-of-TWO-Charming-Tiny-Shri...
She Also Used Our Fairy Microslide Collage Sheet (mermaid), Mini Fairy Bloom Flower Cut Outs, Rhinestone Chain, Word Paper Cuts, Dresden Fish, Turquoise Stickles, and Crackle Paint




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

Check out this stunning shrine assemblage by Design Team Member Linda Cain! We adore the colors and all the fabulous bling. Excellent use of a cabinet card too. So awesome Linda!
Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Kit Style 6:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6379/Mini-Ornate-Framed-Shrine-Kit--Style-6.htm
She Also Used Our 3" Candlestick
Hop on over to Linda's blog post for more inspiring photos and step-outs: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2015/07/vintage-assemblage-shrine.html





Halloween Inspiration by Linda Cain!

I still adore this Halloween ATC Box by Design Team Member Linda Cain from last year! It's fantastic, and still very relevant! It's especially perfect for holding all of those Tombstone ATCs that you either create or receive in a swap! Linda shows you not only how to make this cool box, but also shows some really cool Tombstone ATC background techniques in her blog post here! Definitely worth a second (or first if you're just tuning in) peek.




4th Annual Gothic Tombstone ATC Art Swap!

Last week I announced the Tombstone Swap and we already have LOTS of sign-ups! But definitely the more the merrier so don't miss out! Join in!
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It's time for the 4th annual Gothic Tombstone ATC Art Swap! You can read all of the details right HERE. Please read the guidelines fully as there are a few changes. I can't wait to see all the gorgeous art. This is always such a GREAT swap! Happy Creating!
 

Need some inspiration? Check out the 2012 Tombstone Swap, 2013 Tombstone Swap, and the 2014 Tombstone Swap (also on Pinterest)!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

4th Annual Gothic Tombstone ART SWAP + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of great goodies in the shop this week, including the new 2015 Tombstone set! So you know what that means. Art Swap! Yeah! The Tombstone Swap is always my favorite, so I couldn't wait to jump right in!
You can check it out HERE.




Halloween Art Time!

I loved making my Tombstones! It's never too early for Halloween in my opinion. And I already knew what I wanted to do! When I released the new designs last week, I immediately knew I wanted to use the Mischievous Cats! Along with some fun accessories.

 

Supplies Used Tombstone Bases IV, Mischievous Cat Cut-Outs, Glasses Cut-Outs, Mustache Cut-Outs, Little Devil Cut-Outs, Witch Hat Cut-Outs, Mask Cut-Outs, Ledger Paper Collage Sheet CV56 (sticker paper), Diamond II Stencil, Fancy Brass Bat Charms, Fancy Brass Owl Charms, Rustic Lodge Alcohol Ink, Black Archival Ink, Sharpie Paint Marker White  and Black, Micron Pens, E6000, Matte Glue N Seal



I started by covering my tombstones with Collage Sheet CV56 in sticker paper. One of my favorite sheets with so many uses!


Next I stenciled on some diamonds using gold spray paint.


I painted my kitties accessories with orange acrylic paint.


To create some dramatic edges, I lined them with my black sharpie.


I added color to my brass bats with alcohol ink and black archival ink. Amazing what a little patina can do. I love how they turned out. I assembled all my bits and then added a few finishing details with my markers and pens!


I had a blast making my tombstones for the swap and I can't wait to see yours!




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

We're loving this fabulous little Pug Magnet by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! The angels loot great with animal faces too. So cute Amy!
Small Angel Art Doll Cut-Outs:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5821/Small-Primitive-Angel-Art-Doll-Cut-Outs-Short--Set-of-3.htm
She Also Used Our Dresden Crowns, Tim Holtz Rub-Ons, and Stickles




Inspiration By Diana Darden!

Getting into the Halloween spirit with a fabulous Victorian Pumpkin Doll by Diana Darden! This gal is definitely a 'treat'. So lovely Diana!
Medium Articulated Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5624/Articulated-Victorian-Pumpkin-Art-Doll-Kit--MEDIUM--Jack-o-Lantern.htm





Inspiration By Kelly Hoernig!
 
A big congrats to Kelly Hoernig! Her gorgeous Seahorse Shrine is a feature article over at The Pixelated Palette (http://pixelatedpalette.net/). Such gorgeous painting on your seahorse Kelly!
Seahorse Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5401/Seahorse-Shrine-Kit.htm




Inspiration By Kim Collister!

"Sea Messengers", an amazing set by 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!
http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2015/07/sea-messengers.html




Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

"Under The Sea", an incredible shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! We are especially loving how she used her mermaid, crab, and treasure chest! Just gorgeous Lynn!
Ornate Flourish ATC Shrine Kit Style 3:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6433/Ornate-Flourish-ATC-Shrine-Kit--Style-3.htm
She Also Used Our Large Silver Mermaid Charm, Brass Treasure Chest, Colorful Crab Cut-Outs, Collage Sheet DP104, Sea Shell Paper Cuts, Brass Crown, German Dresden Shell Border, Vintaj Metal Patina Verdigris, Copper Alcohol Ink, Stickles Peacock and Turquoise, and Colored Bird Word Paper Cuts





4th Annual Gothic Tombstone ATC Art Swap!

It's time for the 4th annual Gothic Tombstone ATC Art Swap! You can read all of the details right HERE. Please read the guidelines fully as there are a few changes. I can't wait to see the gorgeous art. This is always such a GREAT swap! Happy Creating!
 

Need some inspiration? Check out the 2012 Tombstone Swap, 2013 Tombstone Swap, and the 2014 Tombstone Swap (also on Pinterest)!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Brand New Halloween Goodies + More‏


Happy weekend everyone! It's that time of year when we start gearing up for my all time favorite holiday, Halloween! I know it seems early to some of you, but others have been ordering for weeks. That's always my cue! If you're not quite there yet, we still have lots of Sand and Sea inspiration (and more) coming your way.
I had a blast designing some new Halloween goodies! We have so many cool things already, but I love stepping up to the challenge! I'm seriously in love with the mischievous cats and those amazing chandeliers! And oh my, the haunted mansion chairs. So fun!
You can check it out HERE.




Inspiration By Gena Boone-Curtis!

A fabulous "Octo-Frida" by Gena Boone-Curtis! We're loving the colors and wonderful textures! So awesome Gena!
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Frida Kahlo! (born July 6, 1907)
Octopus Sea Maiden Articulated Art Doll Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6483/Medium-Octopus-Sea-Maiden-Articulated-Art-Doll-Kit.htm





Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

"Fairy Whispers" by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! Such a beautiful piece, full of personality Gerri!
Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Kit Style 4: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6377/Mini-Ornate-Framed-Shrine-Kit--Style-4.htm
She Also Used Our Mini Wood Butterfly Buttons, Collage Sheet SC13, and Tickled Pink Stickles




Inspiration By Linda Cain!

We're loving this exquisite Steampunk Santos Doll by Design Team Member Linda Cain! The stamping is incredible! Stop by Linda's blog for more details and awesome photos: http://goo.gl/1fXX9Z




Inspiration By Kristen Goin!

A wonderful Mermaid Theatre Shrine by Kristen Goin! We adore the vibrant colors and amazing textures in this piece! So beautiful Kristen!
Medium Theatre Mermaid Art Doll Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4654/MEDIUM-Theatre-Art-Doll-Shrine-Kit--Mermaid.htm
She Also Used Our Mermaid Tail Collage Sheet, Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Gold Shell Dresden, Large Brass Mermaid Charm, Colorful Coral Cut-Outs, and Glitter Mermaids Collage Sheet
 





Halloween Inspiration!

This Haunted House Shrine by Design Team Member Linda Cain is one of my all time favorites. I'm sharing again to help get you in the mood! You can check out Linda's blog for the full supply list here.
 

There's much more to come! I hope you're as excited about Halloween as I am! And speaking of Halloween, ALL the goodies are ON SALE. That's over 600 items! Have fun! xoxo

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