Sunday, November 27, 2011

82 Fabulous New Goodies, Project Inspiration, 10% Off SALE, and a GIVEAWAY!

 
I'm so excited about the AWESOME new products we have for you! All 82 of them (plus the new Collage Sheets for a total of 102!). I just couldn't stop myself this time around for our largest release yet! The first thing I'm really loving is our new BASICS collection. TONS of blanks - ATCs, Microslides, Dominos, Circles, Squares, Letters, and so much more in just about ever size, style, and material you can think of! Many people have asked for certain shapes with different holes etc. so now everyone is set! Check it all out HERE.



Here are a few more of my favorites! I know Christmas isn't even here yet, but I was excited to start working on my second favorite holiday (aside from Halloween) Valentine's Day! I threw in some St. Patrick's while I was at it. Above, Heart Skeleton Keys!


Circus Muscle Man Stand-ups (several styles).


Beautiful Cameo Frames and Profiles!
Also sized to fit our Crystal Clear Acrylic Cabochons.


"Candy" Hearts - in Classic, Current, and my favorite Anti-Valentine :). 


Yummy!


Vintage ruler charms!


 And 14 new Valentine and St. Patrick's Day stencils!



There are WAY too many new goodies to list, but you can see them all HERE!



With Christmas around the corner it was time to start working on some handmade gifts! I put several of the new products to the test and I can tell you they are fabulous! I plan to create tutorials on each piece below in the future, so I won't go into too much detail, but I will tell you which products I used.


Mini Journal Necklaces
Supplies:


I used the 1" Rounded Square Stencil Board blanks to create the mini journal. The pages rotate open :). Complete with mini pencil.



Junk House
Supplies:
House Shrine PendantKey Charm, Gilders Paste (Black, Patina, Inca Gold), and Silver Pin Back




Bird Bracelet
Supplies:


Earring Tree (hehe)
Supplies:



Day of the Dead Brooch
Supplies: 


I had a blast making these! I also found that because I was making them with a specific person in mind, the ideas were flowing like crazy!



And here are all of my gifts under the tree :).

I have a gift for YOU too! In honor of "Post Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" I'm offering 10% off EVERYTHING SALE in the shop. That includes an additional 10% off Sale items! Now through Wednesday. Sale ends at Midnight December 1st.

At check-out use Discount Coupon code: CYBER



And well, of course a product release like this calls for a GIVEAWAY!

1. We will be giving away FOUR goodie packs filled with samplings of the new products!
2. To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me which handmade gift above you would like to see first as a tutorial!
3. Deadline to enter is Saturday December 10th. I will use a random number generator on Sunday December 11th to select the FOUR winners!
4. As you know we always like to sweeten the pot. If you are a winner and also a FACEBOOK fan you will get an extra surprise with your winnings! Let us know in your comment if you are a fan and please only comment once! Simple click HERE and "like" us!

Also, don't forget - latest blog CONTEST is coming to an end soon. Deadline to enter is December 4th so you better hurry! There are tons of fabulous prizes!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Design Team Inspiration and Over 20 Brand New Collage Sheets!


It's time again for some wonderful design team inspiration! The above piece is by Gerri Herbst featuring the Best Friends xoxo Digital Collage Sheet. She turned a little pot into a fabulous pencil/supply holder.


This gorgeous piece by Gerri features the Jewel Tone Vintage Collage Sheet, Best Friends xoxo Collage Sheet, and a Butterfly ATC Frame. I just love the depth of the piece. 


For this beautiful piece Gerri used the Versaille Quatrefoil ATC Arch Window. I just adore how she embellished the top! And of course all the pink.



And last but not least, a card by Gerri featuring William and Anna!



Next are some adorable ornaments by Jennifer Ingle! Jennifer started with the 3 Small Chipboard Houses, which are PERFECT for making ornaments!


She added some Red Scalloped Dresden, Mica Flakes, Glitter, and other goodies to create these sweet Christmas houses!


Adorable Jennifer!


You could also use the Medium Chipboard Houses to make some ornaments!




And keeping on with the holiday spirit, a wonderful Christmas book by Bianca Mandity. The cover is an old book, which she transformed into a binder style book using a small Tim Holtz Ring Binder. See how she installed it here.


This page features another Christmas Muse Token.


Another Muse Token and Gold Dresden Antlers.


The background for this page is a Vintage Medical Prescription.




And finally, a Journal Ticket and an image from the Assorted Christmas Squares Collage Sheet are featured on this page. I do believe Bianca will have more fantastic pages to share, so stay tuned!


I'm also excited to announce over 20 BRAND NEW Collage Sheets. As always available in digital and paper formats! These are a few of my favorites but you can see them all HERE!


 

I hope you enjoyed the inspiration!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Door Shrine Kit Giveaway Winners!



 Here are the winners of the Door Shrine Kits!

Congrats to M. Salois, Judith, Electra, and Jane S.

Please email me at retrocafeart@gmail.com with your address so I can ship our your prizes. Also let me know if you are a Facebook fan. We'll have another giveaway soon, but in the meantime you can enter our CONTEST with tons of fabulous prizes! AND stop by our Facebook page every Wednesday for a random drawing giveaway!


Friday, November 4, 2011

ATC Sized Mica, Large Mica Pieces, and Fabulous Art Samples!


Hooray, the fabulous Mica I had at CREATE in August is finally listed! Best of all, we have ATC SIZED Mica and lovely Large Mica pieces too.


Our Mica is a lovely amber color and is very shimmery in the light! It's also the perfect thickness in my opinion. I couldn't be happier with it! I'm also happy to offer it at great prices.


And for some inspiration, here is a gorgeous book created by Bianca Mandity! Don't you just love how she made the sewn pages from organza and ribbon?


On the front toward the bottom, you will see a little house shaped piece created from our Mica and Short E-Z Set Eyelets. Mica can be punched and looks great with an eyelet finish. You can also cut it into different shapes using scissors or run it through a die cut machine. Bianca cut her sweet piece with regular scissors. She also used painted Masonite Gears and the Steampunk ATC Backgrounds Transparency sheet. Because it's a transparency, it looks awesome within the sheer pages. 


Here you can see another image from the Steampunk ATC Backgrounds Transparency sheet. She also used some gears as a stencil/mask on the left layout. At the top right corner you can see some embellishments made from our House or Shrine Acrylic Tags!


I love how she also created the binding from ribbon and Eyelets!


More images from the Steampunk ATC Backgrounds Transparency sheet and a Trinket Pin. Such an AMAZING piece Bianca!



And finally here is an ATC created from Mica, a Masonite ATC Base, and Short Copper Eyelets.
I hope you enjoyed the projects and you're ready to try some ATC Sized Mica pieces and Large Mica pieces! Another tip - Incredi-sheets are amazing for attaching Mica to your projects for a crystal clear permanent bond!