Friday, August 19, 2016

Cool New Anatomy Paper Cuts + Charms + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! I'm excited to report that we have THREE awesome new Anatomy Paper Cut Sets in the shop! Just in time for Halloween. They are really great with our Tombstones, and also work beautifully with ATCs, Tags, Journal Pages, and so much more! I can't decide which set is my favorite! We also have some cool new charms and awesome skeleton beads waiting for your Halloween and DOTD projects!





Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  

"Zero Circle", an amazing Shadow Box Assemblage by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! You will love this tutorial, filled with great tips and tons of inspiration. Beautiful, expressive piece Cat!
So grab a cup of your favorite drink and hop on over to Cat's post for some awesome creativity:

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Jackie P Neal!  

This wee little mermaid by Jackie P Neal sends a wave of delight! She was created during a Mermaids Weekend with girlfriends, organized by Jackie, which we also love. We adore how she combined the elements to create a tiny little assemblage inside a real shell! Complete with shell bonnet. And just look at those wonderful "scales" on the body. Awesome texture and composition Jackie! So wonderful!




Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

A gorgeous Frida Journal Cover by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Writing inside this beauty would be pure delight. Amazing layers and colors Kim!
Frida Kahlo Collage Sheet III: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5464/Frida-Kahlo-Collage-Sheet-III.htm




Inspiration By Heather Tracy!  

The talented Heather Tracy of Thicketworks has created a most fabulous "Memento Mori Plaque" with a complete tutorial! We are amazed by the way she transformed our Plastic Skulls (http://ow.ly/Dlsn303i8lq) and other goodies, to design this wickedly cool piece! She even included a video showing you how to distress your Dresden Trim. Hop on over to Heather's blog post and be prepared to stay a while! http://thicketworks.com/altered-art-memento-mori-plaque/





It's RCAG Gothic Tombstone Time!

I know some of you already have your 2016 Tombstone Set in hand! And are working away! If you haven't ordered any, take my word for it, once you see the samples popping up you're going to want to play. 
 
We can't wait to see what you create with the New 2016 Tombstones! Let's get this contest started! Find all of the details HERE!

And we hope you will join our NEW Inspiration Community Group on Facebook! We're already having so much fun! Click the link from the Contest Page to join!

2015 Tombstone ATCs by Luci Brito!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brand New Tim Holtz Halloween In Stock + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We're excited that ALL of the Brand New Tim Holtz goodies are in the shop and ready to ship! There are 15 goodies to pick from, and I'm having a hard time picking a favorite! But most likely the cool ephemera! So many of the goodies work great with our Tombstones too! Grab em' while you can! Often the seasonal items are discontinued fairly fast!





Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!

Design Team Member
Kim Collister has a wonderful tutorial for you today. Take a journey with Kim and her sweet Alice to complete a magical ATC Box! Your cards will look amazing displayed in such a cool container. Amazing job Kim!
Grab a cup of coffee or better yet, some tea and head on over to Kim's post: http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2016/08/alice-journey.html

Be sure to check out the full tutorial! How cute does Alice look filled with ATCs!





Inspiration By Cat Kerr!  

A big congrats to Design Team Member Cat Kerr who has an amazing tutorial on the Cloth Paper Scissors website! We especially love how she creatively used our Chunky ATC Kit as an assemblage base for her absolutely stunning Relics & Artifacts Finch! Hop on over for tons of inspiration from Cat:
http://www.clothpaperscissors.com/blog/pretty-bird-three-dimensional-mixed-media-art-project

Chucky Dimensional ATC Kit - 1 Inch: http://ow.ly/u1er3034vBk
Small Unfinished Wood Box Feet: http://ow.ly/XEZn3034vIJ
We also have Iced Enamels (http://ow.ly/sx2A3034v3n) to go with your awesome Relics and Artifacts (http://ow.ly/3E9w3034vhQ)




Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

A stunning journal page by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Frida looks amazing surrounded by roses and bright, happy colors! And it's the perfect time of year for her. Wonderful page Kim!
Frida Kahlo Collage Sheet IV:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5465/Frida-Kahlo-Collage-Sheet-IV.htm




Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!  

An awesome Frankie Radiant Shrine by Tracy Delisle to get you into the Halloween spirit! We adore the imagery she used, and of course that wonderful, rusty Verday finish! This larger shrine makes an excellent display piece. Ridiculously cool Tracy!
Radiant Antiquity Shrine Kit: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6392/Large-Radiant-Antiquity-Shrine-Kit.htm
Verday Paint and Patina Set: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3066/VerDay-Paint-Patina-Set.htm




It's RCAG Gothic Tombstone Time!

Depending on when you ordered, some of you may already have your 2016 Tombstone Set in hand! If you haven't ordered any, take my word for it, once you see the samples popping up you're going to want to play.



I'm already planning my next set. I'm thinking Dia De Los Muertos with bright backgrounds, Mini Stencil Board Picado, Crazy Sugar Skull Cabs, and hand colored frames from our Playful Frames Collage Sheet. Can you see it?



I had to share this cool photo from last year, by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! It's so inspiring! 
(Tombstones from left to right created by Bonnie Ashurst, Amy Nieman, Mary Jane Chadbourne, and Deb Moon)
 
We can't wait to see what you create with the New 2016 Tombstones! Let's get this contest started! Find all of the details HERE!

And we hope you will join our NEW Inspiration Community Group on Facebook! It's only been a week and we're already having so much fun! Click the link from the Contest Page to join!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

2016 Gothic Tombstone ATC Contest + New Halloween Goodies


Happy Weekend Everyone! We're excited to announce that the BRAND NEW 2016 Gothic Tombstone ATCs are here! And the shapes are just fabulous if I do say so myself! I enjoyed designing them, and had even more fun playing with them (see below). There are several other fabulous new goodies too including Stencils, Cut Outs, Charms, and more! And make sure you read to the very bottom of the newsletter to learn about our 2016 Tombstone ATC CONTEST!





Art Time Feature With Linda Cain! 

Design Team Member Linda Cain has an amazing project for you! See how she transformed our ATC Box into an extraordinary work of art! You will love how she cleverly combined her materials, and as always, she has some wonderful tips for you. Hop on over to Linda's blog for the full tutorial: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2016/07/an-altered-atc-box-for-rcag.html

 Be sure to check out the full tutorial!





Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Do you recall Design Team Member Kim Collister's lonely King from a few weeks ago? Well great news, his queen has been received!!! Kim transformed our Large Dress From Doll II (http://ow.ly/8mmK302QByP) along with a sweet face from Collage Sheet DP267 (http://ow.ly/dSdv302QBM6) to create a gorgeous doll fit for a King! What a tremendous pair!

And Kim's original King post using the Male Doll (http://ow.ly/pfjX302QC9x) here: 




Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Feast your eyes on this amazing Circle Shrine by the talented Sherry Matthews! Sherry is a master when it comes to painting, and just look at that fabulous texture! Such a beautiful piece Sherry!
Mega Circle Shrine Kit: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_1501/Circle-Shrine--MEGA.htm





 The backgrounds are always my favorite part, and where I spend the most time. I started by adding two coats of orange acrylic paint. 


 I arranged each of the four new Stencils on my Tombstones. (TIP: I put the tiniest dab of glue on the back of the stencil to hold it in place.)


 I spray painted over the stencils with black spray paint and inked the edges. I painted my Baroque Frames and Mini Script Words with a lovely purple, added my Skeletons, and finally finished with some white dots and Mini Bats. And that's it! Super fun! 



We can't wait to see what you create with the New 2016 Tombstones! Let's get this contest started! Find all of the details HERE!

AND we have a BRAND NEW Inspiration Community Group on Facebook! We hope to see you there!!! Click the link from the Contest Page to join!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Brand New Halloween Stamps + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some cool new Halloween Stamps in the shop. I've got my eye on that Bat Woman! And that Moon Face would look awesome on an art doll! And those Bat Wings... swoon. They are in limited supplies so grab em' while you can!





Art Time Feature With Chrissy Colon!  

No need to feel crabby today. Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has an amazing tutorial for you! Dive under the sea with Chrissy to find out how she created her fabulous crustaceans! They are sure to put a smile on your face. Awesome project Chrissy!
Find the full post here: http://twistedmusedesigns.com/under-the-sea-crabby-fun/

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!







Inspiration By Brenda Harris!

We really love the way Brenda Harris dressed up our little Fairy Stand-Up. She looks like an Ice Skating Fairy Queen! So brilliant the way you brought her to life Brenda!
Small Fairy Stand-Up Style 3: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_7036/Stand-Ups--Fairy-Style-3.htm
Tiny Doll Head Cut-Outs:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_5693/30-TINY-Fairy-Doll-Head-Paper-Cuts.htm





Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

This stunning card by Design Team Member Linda Cain will have you feeling anything but blue! We especially love the way she used our Ornate Flourishes, and of course her brilliant color scheme. So elegant Linda! You can read more about Linda's card here on her blog: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2016/07/a-whovian-blue-card-of-love.html





Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

This incredible piece by Sherry Matthews incorporates some of our simple Masonite Tiles! We adore the way she transformed them and combined them so beautifully with her other elements! Her piece looks like an ancient artifact, perhaps uncovered from a sunken ship. So cool Sherry!
Masonite Inchies: http://ow.ly/5eR9302Fb8G
Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts: http://ow.ly/p4ct302FbeA
She also used our Color Burst Powders

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