Friday, September 30, 2011

A Fabulous $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway and Denise Phillip's Coffee Break Design Shrine Kit Samples!

 I'm sure you've heard me mention Denise Phillips before! She is a FANTASTIC Mixed Media Artist and a huge fan of Retro Cafe Art Gallery and Coffee Break Design products, and boy does she know how to use them as you will see from her amazing projects! The first uses the ATC Shrine Kit, Alpha Beads, Acrylic Cabochons, Corked Vials, and Denise's magic. You will often see fabulous nature themes throughout her work!

This next piece is AMAZING!

 For this gorgeous piece, Denise used several Coffee Break Design and Retro Cafe Art Gallery products including the Halloween Mini-Dash Shrine Kit, Spider and Web Cut-Outs, Bat Cut-Outs, Alpha Beads, Silver Scalloped Dresden, and a Blue Ballerina (which she painted black, clever girl!). She made it for a dear friend who happens to have a birthday on Halloween!

 Denise tells me she has now added a pedestal and doilies!

Denise has a fabulous blog and she posts regularly. She started it fairly recently and is off to an amazing start... that being said... the GIVEAWAY!

Retro Cafe Art Gallery will be sponsoring TWO $25 Gift Certificates! One and this blog, and one on Denise's blog! Denise calls me the "Contest Diva" so it seems only fitting!

1. To enter a chance for the gift certificate on this blog, simply sign-on as a follower on the right side-bar, and then leave a comment letting me know you've done so and you are all set.
2. Next, if you hop on over to Denise's blog, she will also be giving away a Gift Certificate in the same format so you have TWO chances to win!
3. Deadline to enter is Saturday October 15th. I will use a random number generator on October 16th to select the winner!
4. As you know I always like to sweeten the pot. If you are a winner and also a FACEBOOK fan I will make the Gift Certificate $40! Let me know in your comment. Please only comment once (or twice if you want and I will delete one of the posts before drawing the winner)! You can simply hit "like" below!.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Design Team Work and NEW Antique Brass Box Feet!

I have some fantastically haunting Design Team work to share with you! The above journal page is by Bianca Mandity. Bianca used several Coffee Break Design Stencils in her page including Ugly Witch, Large Psychedelic Circle Set, and Night Sky. I love all the depth she created in her page!

 The above and below pieces were created by Gerri Herbst. In the above page, Gerri incorporated the Edgar Allen Poe Collage Sheet, Mysterious Bird Cut-Outs, and Gravestone ATC Borders.
For the fabulous banner below, Gerri used the Vintage Halloween Collage Sheet, Witches, Hats, & Cats Cut-Outs, Bat Cut-Outs, Spider Web Cut-Outs, and Small Fancy Gothic Windows. Both of Gerri's pieces are spooky and beautiful at the same time!

Lastly, this awesome assemblage piece was created by Jennifer Ingle. Jennifer used a Quatrefoil ATC Arch, ATC Arch Base, Fractured Doll, Film Strip RibbonTissue Tape, German Dresden, Glitter, and several other finds for her piece!
I just adore the rusty nails!

And for some brand new goodies, we have some fantastic Antique Brass Box Feet that fit several of our Shrine Kits perfectly! Available in "Fancy" and "Filigree", these feet are a must have!

You still have until October 14th to enter the Anything Goes Halloween Contest and we will be announcing a great giveaway very soon!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Congrats to the Winner of Debrina's Gorgeous Art Piece!

Today is the day to pick the winner of this lovely art piece by Debrina Pratt!
And the winner is... drumroll... ... ...

Number 11, Jan Vermillion Thomason! Congrats Jan, I will be contacting you! Funny how the generator is all number ones.
Thanks to all who commented and played along to tell us your favorite Land of Enchantment Collage Sheet at Retro Cafe Art Gallery!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Over 22 New Goodies!

I've added several new goodies to the site including these fabulous vintage sleepy eyes that really work! These would be great for steampunk art or anything Halloween!

Other new favorites include Mini Silverware Sets, Peacock Feathers, Alterable Paper Mache Hands, Mini Bottle Caps, Alpha Beads, and SO much more! Check it all out HERE!

I've also added several new Land of Enchantment Business Card Templates! They are all so gorgeous. See them all HERE.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a piece of Debrina Pratt's beautiful artwork! Deadline is Saturday. Enter now!

And Finally, check out all the AMAZING entries for the Halloween Contest! You have until October 14th to enter yours.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Land of Enchantment Design Team Work and Halloween Mini Dash Shrine Kit Winners!

Hooray! The winners of the Halloween Mini Dash Shrine Kits are Shelly, Steph, and Kristi! I'll be emailing you for your addresses! Congrats!

And now for some GORGEOUS Design Team Samples using the new Land of Enchantment Collage Sheets at Retro Cafe Art Gallery!

First up is Bianca's awesome piece using the DP137 ATC Sized Skeleton Collage Sheet. Bianca started with our semi-gloss printed sheet and created an image transfer! This is what Bianca said to me in an email: "They really transfer quite cleanly. I think it's the paper you use. So fantastic. I got a wild hair and decided to see what would happen if I used the varitone ink on top of the transfer--it was magic! Any place that the transfer tore leaving a rough spot, took the ink and then browned up, so it looks all vintage and distressed, rather than sloppy." So there you have it, our paper is great for image transfers and works beautifully with our Varitone Ink! Bianca also used the new Mysterious Birds Stencil and the Ink Blot Stencil. Read more about her piece here.

Next up is the this fabulous piece by Gerri using the DP136 Salvaged Maps ATC Collage Sheet. I love the look of these vintage map images and I love how Gerri personalized her sample! Gerri also used the Rounded Square ATC Frame and a Black Mat Board Witch Cut-Out in her creation. Read more about Gerri's piece here.

This sweet card was created by Jennifer, starting with the DP124 ATC Sized Collage Sheet. The chair, butterfly, and even the punched out scalloped bit are all from this fabulous collage sheet! I love how Jennifer created a window with the 3-D effect of the butterfly in this card. Read more about Jennifer's piece here.

I also wanted to share this adorable card by Jan DeBellis using the DP142 Vintage Whimsy ATC Collage Sheet. Jan was the first to snatch up some Land of Enchantment Sheets and I was surprised and very impressed when she emailed me this card same day! Thank you for letting me share your beautiful work Jan!

I hope these gorgeous pieces provided some inspiration! So many amazing possibilities with the Land of Enchantment sheets! And if you haven't already, don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY for a fabulous piece of Debrina's Original Art!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Debrina Pratt's Land of Enchantment Collage Sheets at Retro Cafe Art Gallery and a GIVEAWAY!

I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this! Retro Cafe Art Gallery and Debrina Pratt have teamed up to offer GORGEOUS Land of Enchantement Collage Sheets in the shop! Debrina and I go way back to early 2000 when we were both just starting out. I'm honored to call her a friend and now a business colleague, because, well, she is amazing in so many ways! And of course I love fairies (I even have one tattooed on my back) and anyone who knows Debrina, knows she herself is a sweet pixie who loves fairies too!

The best part about Retro Cafe Art Gallery carrying Debrina's sheets, is that for the FIRST TIME EVER you can get them in printed format! Of course you can get them as a digital file, but now you can also get them professionally laser printed on Semi-gloss Paper, Transparency Film, Sticker Paper, Fabric Sheets, or Vellum!

So just how many sheets are we talking about? Well, we are starting with 236! Yes, you heard me correctly, 236 amazing sheets have been listed! We have several categories including ATC Sized, Circles & Ovals, Squares, Microslides and Dominos, Assorted, Vintage Children, Tags, Cards, & Labels, and even some Larger Images!

We are also carrying Debrina's fantastic Business Card Templates, which you can have customized if desired. Isn't that deer the sweetest?

And for the BEST PART OF ALL, Debrina is offering up the gorgeous creation above to one lucky winner! She made this special piece of original art just for this launch, and maybe just for you! Her art is so wonderful and very sought after, so you don't want to miss this!

Giveaway Rules:

1. To enter the giveaway for Debrina's gorgeous art piece above, simply leave a comment on this blog post letting me know your favorite sheet from the Land of Enchantment Collection at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

3. Share the love by posting about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, etc. and should you win, I too will offer up a lovely prize (a Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificate) so you win twice as big! Let me know if you have done this in your comment. Feel free to grab the lovely blog button at the top of the page, created by Debrina, to spread the word!

3. Be sure I have a way to contact you if you are the winner!

4. Deadline to enter is Saturday, September 24th. I will use a random number generator to select the winner on September 25th!

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the new Land of Enchantment Collage Sheet Collection at Retro Cafe Art Gallery!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Coffee Break Design Shrine Kit and Graphic 45 - Amazing Project Nicole!

What a fantastic thing to wake up to yesterday - our Fancy Flaming Heart Milagro Shrine Kit - on the Graphic 45 blog! Nicole Eccles, a designer for Graphic 45 made it all possible. She created this gorgeous piece as a birthday gift for Diane Schultz, Owner and Designer of Graphic 45! The Shrine Kit looks amazing with the new Graphic 45 Metal Door Plate and their assortment of yummy papers. They really do have the most amazing papers. To read more about how Nicole created her wonderful piece, check out her blog post! Thanks Nicole and Graphic 45 and of course, Happy Birthday Diane!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Halloween Mini Dash Shrine Kit Giveaway and Jennifer Ingle's Amazing Sample!

I think it's giveaway time don't you! I will be giving away 3 of these amazing Coffee Break Design Halloween Mini Dash Shrine Kits!

Check out this fantastic sample by Design Team Member Jennifer Ingle. In addition to the fun kit, Jennifer also used the Stand-up Dead Trees, ATC Gravestone border, Happy Hallow 3 Digital Collage Sheet (the bird background), and Happy Hallow 5 Digital Collage Sheet (the heart). The cute bat and spider come with the kit! I just adore how she attached the bat!

I also love how she brilliantly used the Gravestone ATC Border! Not just for ATCs as you can see!

And of course, I love the glitter!

Now for the GIVEAWAY details:

1. Simply leave a comment on this blog post - just for fun, tell me your favorite Halloween memory!

2. Deadline to enter is September 17th.

3. On September 18th I will use a random number generator to select 3 winners who will all receive a Halloween Mini Dash Shrine Kit.

4. Winners who also "like" us on Facebook will get an extra gift. Let me know in your comment if you are a fan! xo, Kristin

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Shrine Kit Contest Winners!

The winners of the Shrine Kit Contest have been announced. By popular vote on Facebook, the winners are Sherry Matthews (above) and Mary Jane Chadbourne (below). Sherry's piece above is all hand painted, starting with the Chub Heart Shrine Kit as the base. Mary Jane worked with the Fancy Flaming Heart Shrine Kit to create the amazing Day of the Dead piece below. AMAZING job ladies!
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Robin Craig and Virginia Smith won the random number draw. All four ladies won $50 Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificates! You can see all of the beautiful entries HERE.
Come play in our new Anything Goes Halloween Contest happening NOW! 4 fabulous prizes will be awarded!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Anything Goes Halloween Contest!

Can you guess what time it is? That's right - it's contest time again! Last month we did the Shrine Kit Contest, which was such a blast and the entries were phenomenal! You can see them HERE on our Facebook Page. We are in the midst of voting and announcing the winners!

This month in honor of my favorite holiday, I thought a Halloween Contest would be fun! And since I love Halloween so much, this is an open contest and you can submit any type of Halloween art! It doesn't even have to have Retro Cafe Art Gallery products in it so everyone can play!

The Rules:

1. Create up to 3 pieces of Halloween Art! You can have 1, 2 or 3 entries. The art can be whatever you wish. Your art does not have to include Retro Cafe Art Gallery products this time around.

2. Email your photos to subject: Halloween Contest or post them to our Facebook Wall and we will move them to the Halloween album. Please do a separate photo for each entry (and just 1 photo per entry). Files between 200 -300 KB preferred. I will post these photos on our Facebook page in this Halloween album as they are received. Please include your full name in your email. We only need photos, not the actual art!

3. Deadline is October 14th.

4. We love our International customers and you are welcome to play!

The Prizes:

1. There will be 2, $50 Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificates awarded! One through popular vote and 1 using a random number generator. In addition 2 other winners via the random number generator will each win one of our Halloween Image CDs! So 4 fabulous prizes!

3. ALL players will receive a special digital collage sheet just for playing, so everyone WINS!

New Coffee Break Design Stencils and a Gift Bag Idea!

I have 4 BRAND NEW Coffee Break Design stencils to share with you!
4 Butterflies



And my favorite Eyes (set of 2).

My good friend Bianca has been wanting an eye stencil for quite some time now, so as part of her birthday present I designed one for her! I had some other goodies for her too, so I needed a gift bag. I refuse to pay 4.99 plus for a cute bag, so I bought a plain kraft bag for .59 cents and stenciled several Coffee Break Design Stencils on the bag, including the new Eye Stencil and voila! Super cute customized bag in under 10 minutes!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Acrylic Charm Winners and Shrine Kit Contest Finalists - Please Vote!

Here are the results for the Acrylic Charm Giveaway!

JeanM, Mimi Cross, & Steph - Congrats!

The top 10 finalists for the Shrine Kit Contest have also been announced! Please go HERE to vote for the top 2! If you don't have a Facebook account, you can still view the album. The top 10 are listed at the front. Simply leave you vote here as a comment after viewing the album.

And finally, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a $25 Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificate at Ephemeraology. Simply leave a comment HERE for a chance to win. Deadline is Monday so hurry!