Saturday, July 30, 2011

Design Team Work

I have more fantastic Design Team art to share with you! For the above journal page, Design Team Member Bianca Mandity used the following stencils: Outlaw, Blobz, Small Bulge Holes. For the journal page below Bianca used: Hello Deer, Small Gradone, and Fancy ATC Frame 1 as a stencil! She also added a moustache cut-out to the deer and a vintage carnival ticket to one of the pages. I love how colorful these 2 pages are!

This sweet pieces is by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst using the Pink Dresden Doilie and the Best Friends xoxo Collage Sheet. I adore how frilly and pink this piece is!

I also have this cool shrine to share with you created by Design Team Member Jennifer Ingle using the Elegant Winged Heart Milagro Shrine Kit, Classic Brass Crown, Tim Holtz Corked Vials, Tim Holtz Trinket Pins, Steampunk Parts Collage Sheet, Marth Stewart Glitter, and a Frozen Charlotte. The glittery fire is my favorite part! And check out the cool crackle on the wings!

I'm constantly blown away by the talent that is the Retro Cafe Art Galley Design Team!
Don't forget to join in the fun and enter the Shrine Kit Contest. There is still plenty of time. Check out the Facebook album for the current entries and some inspiration!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Collage Sheet Giveaway Winners!

Using a random number generator, the winners of the Collage Sheet Giveaway are:
1, 12, 19, 24, and 25
Teresa, Ann, Luci, Maija, MaRyKay
I will send you ladies a message, but if you don't hear from me send me a message!

The current contest is the Shrine Kit Contest. Don't worry, I'll keep reminding you. Check out the awesome entries so far in the Facebook album.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Teri Calia's Shrines

I have some FANTASTIC pieces to share with you from guest designer Teri Calia! For the gorgeous shrine above, Teri used the MEGA Circle Shrine Kit, Cross Shrine Trinkets, Acrylic Hand Tags, and the Full of Grace Collage Sheet. I LOVE how she brilliantly used the Cross Shrine Trinkets as "feet" on the shrine. The MEGA Circle Shrine can stand on it's own, but the crosses really add to the piece!

For this next piece, Teri used the Large Cigar box Shrine Kit and the Full of Grace Collage Sheet. She replaced the lid with this cool frame. The back of the Cigar Box is covered with tissue paper and paint. Ah, so cool. Thanks for the AWESOME samples Teri! I hope these pieces inspire you to participate in the Shrine Kit Contest going on right now! There will be 2 random number $50 Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificates and 2 $50 certificates through voting for a total of $200!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stencil Giveaway Winner and More Art Samples!

Today is the day to pull the winner for the Coffee Break Design Stencil pack! The random number generator selected #2, so the winner is... Roberta! Congrats!

There is still time to enter the new Collage Sheet giveaway if you haven't already and don't forget to play in the Shrine Kit contest too!
Speaking of the NEW Collage Sheets, I have a few wonderful samples for you.

And last but never least by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst using the Vintage Grunge ATC Backgrounds Digital Collage Sheet

Thanks for the awesome samples ladies! xo

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SHRINE KIT CONTEST and GORGEOUS Art Samples! $200 in Prizes!

It's contest time again and this time we are playing with the Coffee Break Design Shrine Kits!

The Rules:
1. Create up to 3 pieces of art using any Coffee Break Design Shrine Kit (any of the kits in this category count, even the shelf shrines and tiny shrine charms - it doesn't matter where you purchased the kit, or how long ago it was!) and send us your photos. You can have 1, 2 or 3 entries. The art can be whatever you wish. A stand alone shrine, a shrine as part of another piece, jewelry, etc. Just as long as each piece has at least one of the products in the Shrine Kit category!

2. Email your photos to subject: Shrine Kit Contest. Please do a separate photo for each entry. Files between 200 -300 KB preferred. I will post these photos on our Facebook page in a special album as they are received. Please include your full name in your email. Again, we only need photos, not the actual art!

3. Deadline is September 2nd. This will give you 6 weeks to get your shrine photos to us!

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

The Prizes:
1. $200 in gift certificates will be awarded - our biggest contest yet! Two winners, which will be selected using a random number generator will each win a $50 gift certificate to Retro Café Art Gallery! I’ll be using the photos in the Facebook album to create the number system.

2. A THIRD and FOURTH winner will also win a $50 gift certificate to Retro Café Art Gallery. Christopher, my unbiased judge, will pick his top 5 favorites which will be posted to this blog. Then YOU will vote for your favorite by leaving a comment! The top 2 will win the certificates.

3. ALL players will receive 2 special digital collage sheets just for playing, so everyone WINS!

4. There must be at least 6 entries for the contest to take place. In the event that there aren't enough entries, all contestants will be given a prize!

Spread the Word and get a Gift:
1. If you would like to help spread the word about our contest, you will get our brand new Beautiful Roses Digital Collage Sheet free as a Thank you! One sheet per person, though you are welcome to post in multiple places with great appreciation.

2. Post about this contest on your blog, Facebook, website, etc. and link back to THIS post. Email me at and show me where you have posted, and I will email you your digital collage sheet! So even if you don’t play, you can still win! Feel free to use the button above, though it’s not required.

(click photos to enlarge)

And now for some wonderful inspiration, I have two fantastic design team projects to share with you! The first is from Design Team Member Gerri Herbst. Gerri used the Exquisite Shrine Kit and oodles of fantastic glitter for her project. For the lustrous body of the shrine, Gerri first covered it with gesso, and the coated it with ModPodge and various Martha Stewart glitters!

The image is from the Best Friends xoxo Collage Sheet.

This Exquisite Shrine sparkles and shines with creativity, just like Gerri. I love it!

Next up, Jennifer Ingle created this amazing Steampunk Doll using the Small Elevated Shrine Kit. The main body of the shrine and legs were covered with Tim Holtz Nostalgic Tissue Tape and the masonite gears were altered by adding foil leafing in gold, copper, and bronze!

Inside the body you can see part of the Steampunk Parts Collage Sheet and some Tim Holtz Game Spinners.

This piece is stunning Jennifer. You did amazing things with the Small Elevating Shrine Kit!

So are you inspired to get your shrine on yet? Send in those entries early so you don't forget! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I started the Facebook album off with some fun samples, so check that out too!

8 Fabulous NEW Collage Sheets and a GIVEAWAY!

I have 8 wonderful new collage sheets to share with you! Check them out, available in Digital and Paper formats! You know I heart the Dollies :).

And of course I have to share some close-ups of my favorites with you! I'm sure these will come as no surprise :).

So I guess this calls for another GIVEAWAY? I'm on a roll lately! I even added a "Current Giveaway" section to my right sidebar to keep us up to speed.

Leave a comment on this post telling me which of the NEW Collage Sheets above is your favorite, and I will use a random number generator on July 29th to pick 5 lucky winners who will receive their favorite NEW Digital Collage Sheet.

If you are a winner and a FACEBOOK fan I will send you 2 sheets!
Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you are a winner, and let me know if you like us on Facebook in your comment.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Design Team Art

I have more fantastic Design Team work to show you! The above piece is by Gerri Herbst. Gerri incorporated the Fancy Frame 2 ATC Frame and a sweet image from the Best Friends xoxo Collage Sheet into her piece. I love the gorgeous purples!

Gerri also created the piece above using the Fancy Frame 3 ATC Frame and another image from the Best Friends xoxo Collage Sheet! Check out that awesome crackle finish on the frame!

And here is another fantastic journal page by Bianca Mandity using several Coffee Break Design Stencils including Welcome (I love how she used the stencil to illustrate "Off with Her Head"), Optical, and Optiswirl.

Bianca also put together a video, so you could see the evolution of her page. It's cool seeing how she builds her layers!

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Shrine Kit Giveaway Results!

Today is the day to pull names for the New Shrine Kit Giveaway!
The random number generator selected: 58, 14, 37
Congrats to Patti, Jan, and Cindy! I will be sending you your favorite of the new Coffee Break Design Shrine Kits!

And don't for get to enter the current giveaway for a chance to win some Coffee Break Design Stencils! You can enter HERE by leaving a comment.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

37 New Coffee Break Design Stencils Added and a GIVEAWAY!

I just finished adding 37 more Coffee Break Design Stencils to the site for a new total of 103 on the site! Here are a few of my favorites from the newly listed stencils, but you can check them all out HERE! The 37 newest stencils are at the top of the page.

And here are a few of Bianca's latest journal pages!

The page above incorporates the Numbering with Block Stencil. The page below incorporates the Lettering with Block Stencil, Half Three Stencil, and Fall Guy Stencil. Many of the stencils also come with the inside piece which can be used as a mask and/or can be used to add shadowing. On Fall Guy below, after Bianca stenciled the guy, she put the cut-out of the guy back on top of the image to cover him while she added the orange shadowing!

And you know I love offering GIVEAWAYS!

Simply leave a comment on this post and I will use a random number generator on July 25th to select a winner! The winner will receive a pack of 5 Coffee Break Design Stencils that I have put together!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Congrats to the Accessory Cut-Out Winners!

The Accessory Cut-Out contest has come to an end. While there weren't enough entries for voting this time, all three entrants won Retro Cafe Art Gallery Gift Certificates! Check out these cool pieces!

By Barb Smith using the Purses and Handbags Cut-Outs!

Stay tuned, I'll be announcing the next contest soon. I think you will really like this next one.