Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy DOTD + Sale + Mini Trophies + More



Happy Dia De Los Muertos everyone! You know we Retro Café Art Gallery love everything DOTD! Here are a few of our favorite Design Team Projects in no particular order. Enjoy! xo





    We also have a few of these fabulous skulls back in stock!





Mini Trophies!
We have ADORABLE Mini Trophy Cups in the shop! Check out these darling pieces by Andrea Ockey Parr! The possibilities are limitless! (photo used with permission)



Artist Trading Coin Inspiration!
    I had an absolute blast creating these sweet Dollie Artist Trading Coins. I'm officially hooked even more!!!
    You can find the Dollie Collage Sheet HERE and the rest of the ATCoin supplies HERE 

Friday, October 19, 2018

NEW Artist Trading COIN Label RUBBER STAMPS + More + Video



Hey everyone! So as you know we've been playing with Artist Trading COINS lately! (Thanks again to Joanne Hodges for started this fun new addiction!)
And I'm beyond excited to let you know we have SIX new Artist Trading Coin Label Rubber Stamps in the shop! Along with a handy acrylic stamping block or tracing template, some ADORABLE ATCoin Easel Stands, and more! Be sure to check out the video below too! Can't wait to see your creations! 





I had fun highlighting the new goodies, hopefully giving you a few tips and tricks! Check out the video HERE


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Artist Trading COIN Label Collage Sheets and Stickers + a Video + More



Hey everyone! So as you know we've been playing with Artist Trading COINS lately! Joanne Hodges started this fun addiction, and I personally have been having a blast coming up with some new supplies to fuel this endeavor. Joanne said she's so happy you guys are having fun creating the coins! 
And speaking of FUN, I'm so excited about our new ATCoin Label Collage Sheets and Stickers. I made a quick video which you can find below!


I had fun highlighting some of the new goodies! Check out the video HERE





ATCoin Box Inspiration By Kim Collister!
    Design Team Member Kim Collister came up with the most amazing ATCoin Holder! She started with our ATC Box, but as always knocked it out of the park. The holder can be used for ATCards, ATCoins, and business cards. Check out Kim's post to see how she took her kit(s) to the next level. Bravo Kim!
    http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2018/09/artist-trading-coin-holder.html






Halloween Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!
    Design Team Member Sherry Matthews is definitely one of the Queen's of Halloween, so it's so fitting that she now has the perfect crown! Sherry created the most exquisite crown using our Tombstone Bases. It's absolutely to die for (pun intended). And if the crown itself wasn't a masterpiece, you have to see all the stunning professional photos showcasing her creation! Outstanding Sherry!
    https://sherrymatthewsart.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/queen-of-halloween-2018/


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Artist Trading COIN BACK Stencils + Tim Holtz Halloween + More


Hey everyone! I hope you're ready to get your spook on with all the wonderful new Tim Holtz Halloween goodies! They are in the shop and ready to ship! We also have some wonderful new Minis and Halloween Molds too. And some old favorites that have been re-stocked! Now is a great time to shop! Many of the Tim Halloween goodies are limited run by the manufacturer so grab some goodies, even if you save them for next year!




In addition to the awesome Artist Trading Coin BORDER Stencils, we now have Stencils for finishing the BACKS! And of course they all work together, because that's how I roll! Check out the video HERE





Inspiration By Jackie P Neal!  
    Jackie had the brilliant idea to use one of our Fairy Boxes to hold her Artist Trading Coins! And she did an outstanding job arting it up too! She also did an amazing job using her Artist Trading Coin Border Stencils! You can find this box and other boxes that would work nicely for holding your coins HERE
    Just beautiful Jackie


Inspiration By Linda Cain!
    Design Team Member Linda Cain created the gorgeous House Ornaments below. You can find out how to make these charming pieces on Linda's Blog HERE. Absolutely stunning Linda!







Inspiration By Kim Collister!
    Design Team Member Kim Collister has been busy creating this extraordinary Dia De Los Muertos Santos! You can read all about her piece and see more amazing photos on her blog HERE.
    Breathtaking Kim!



Monday, September 3, 2018

New Artist Trading COIN Border Stencils


Hey everyone! I'm super duper excited about our new Artist Trading Coin Border Mask Stencils! Such a handy little thing with SO many uses. I was so excited that I even made a little product demo video! Truth be told, it's my first so no judging please! Ha! And I did it in one take without editing. I hope you like it! The second photo below shows just SOME of the border combinations you can use with these little stencils!


I did a thing! You can watch my little demo video HERE.






Inspiration By Kim Collister!  
    Design Team Member Kim Collister knocked her Artist Trading Coins OUT OF THE PARK! How gorgeous and colorful are these! She also had the brilliant idea to advertise her Etsy Shop on the back of her coins! You can read more about how to get one of Kim's Coins and visit her Etsy shop on her blog here: http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2018/08/artist-trading-coins.html   
    Kim made great use of our Paper Cuts in her coins. They are awesome since they are ready to use! You can find several that she used and more in the Paper Cut section of the shop. She used Birds, Moons, Fairy Heads, Santos Heads, Doll Eyes, Sugar Skulls, Skeleton Illustrations, Frida Heads, Fish, Alice, and more!





    Two of Kim's Coin backs on the far right (the blue coins) make great use of the Artist Trading Coin Stencils! Even her backs are stunning! Way to go Kim!





New Website Features!
I wanted to let you know about some exciting new website features over at Retro Café Art Gallery. First, and best of all, the cart now shows you thumbnails of the products in your cart! So you can see your full order and all the goodies in one place! Updating and removing quantities is also much easier! There is also a new "View All" area in product pages. Click it and everything will show on ONE page rather than scrolling page to page! If you've tried these new features let me know what you think. If you haven't yet, head on over and shop! xoxo


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Artist Trading COIN Kits


Hey everyone! So nice to "see" you! Today I have something new, fun, and exciting for you. The latest craze! Artist Trading COINS!!! Yes, that's right. You all love Artist Trading Cards, well now we have COINS! Fun 2.5" circles! I don't know about you, but I love working with circles, so this was right up my alley. And of course we have some amazing supplies (on sale!) to get you started!
Below is an amazing video created by Craftyhodges, that will give you a nice introduction to Artist Trading Coins. I created a Kit that comes with all the basics you need to get started. So get rolling!!! (see what I did there?)

 

Check out this amazing video by Craftyhodges HERE.
 

Artist Trading Coin Stencils!  
    I designed these really cool stencils to work perfectly with your 2.5" coins. Two of the designs even have an engraved circle area, so you can line your coin up just right. This was an addition I made after I played with the first set, to make our lives easier! Available separately or included in the Kit!
 
 

My Frida Artist Trading Coin!
    I couldn't wait to play with these cool coins, and this is what I came up with! Here's my supply list:

    I simply attached a background paper to my chipboard coin, added one of the stencils (all included in the new kits), attached my Frida Head, and then did some doodling! 
 

Artist Trading Coins by Mandy Chilvers!
    I wanted to share these stunning Artist Trading Coins by Mandy Chilvers! Aren't they just gorgeous? You can see more of Mandy's work HERE on Instagram.
    Now grab a Kit and start creating. Show us what you make! XOXO


Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Fairy Tale Shrine by Sherry Matthews + Valentine Postcards by Chrissy Colon


Happy Weekend Everyone! Do you love Finnabair's Alchemy Paints as much as we do? We have plenty in stock, and best of all, they are all ON SALE! One of my favorite things about them besides the fact that the paint is awesome, is the handy container they come in. Nothing is more frustrating than clogged up bottles. Not to worry with these lovely jars! Grab em' while you can!





Feature Inspiration by Sherry Matthews!  
    Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a truly enchanting project for you! See how she transformed one of our Niche Shrine Kits to look like an antique book, complete with fairy tales! This delightful project will get your creative gears spinning. Truly brilliant and magical Sherry! Find the full tutorial here: https://sherrymatthewsart.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/i-believe-in-fairies/





Feature Inspiration by Chrissy Colon!
Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has some stunning Valentine Postcards for you today! These beauties are sure to make your heart skip a beat. See how Chrissy incorporates paint, paper, stitching, and more! Find her delightful tutorial on her blog. And while you're there, check out Chrissy's fabulous new website and shop, with lots of incredible OOAK art pieces!
https://www.twistedmusedesigns.com/twisted-muse-designs/2018/1/22/ad432hlcr37zzt188vuht3hrlxe7jr