Friday, June 26, 2015

New Ornate Mermaid Frames + Collage Sheets + More‏

Happy weekend everyone! We have several fabulous new goodies in the shop! Brand new Collage Sheets, unfinished wood bits, and of course my favorite, a stunning Ornate Mermaid Frame. I hope you love the beauty of this unique frame as much as I do! I can't wait to dive in!
You can check it out HERE.

Art Time with Cat Kerr!

"Art Life", an exquisite assemblage piece by Design Team Member Cat Kerr!
Stop by Cat's blog to learn more about this stunning piece. And be sure to watch the cool slide show video showing Cat's process too. Fantastic Cat! 

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

An incredibly beautiful postcard by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! We adore the little Charlotte fairy and pretty flowers. So lovely Amy!
Chipboard Postcards Style 3:
She Also Used Our Flourish Cut Outs Style 1, Mini Paper Blooms, and Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Rising Spirit III

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

"The Illustrated Woman" an incredibly cool free standing tattoo art influenced piece by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! Great theme and fabulous composition Gerri!
Small Anatomical Position Woman Art Doll Kit:
She Also Used Our Large Unfinished Wood Spool and Red Baker's Twine

Inspiration By Gena Boone-Curtis!

A stunning mermaid shrine by Gena Boone-Curtis! How fabulous is her gorgeous textured finish! So lovely Gena!
Regal Altar Shrine Kit:

On the Covers!

Yesterday I was relaxinng outside with a cup of tea and two of my favorite art magazines. It makes me feel incredibly grateful and honored to see Retro Cafe Art Gallery kits and cut-outs as part of the incredible artwork on the covers. Of course it wouldn't have been possible without the amazing creativity of Cat Kerr (right) and Kim Collister (left) who created the gorgeous pieces featured! Congrats again to Cat and Kim! So fantastic!

Friday, June 19, 2015

New Charming Tiny Shrines + a Tutorial‏

Happy weekend everyone! I'm so over the moon excited about the new Tiny Charming Shrines! You'll notice that they are perfectly sized for "Charm Size" Collage Sheets as well as lots of Minis. And Inchies, Twincies, Microslides, and more! The smallest Shrine starts at just ONE INCH! Our smallest Shrine yet. I love working small, so I had a blast designing these new TINY shrines. I think you'll love them too! And of course there are lots of other new goodies in the shop too!
You can check it out HERE.

Art Time!

I absolutely HAD to play with the new Tiny 1 Inch Shrine. Working small can be so much fun! Tiny can be so adorable. My shrine may look large in the photo, but it fits in the palm of my (smallish) hand. These little shrines would make great gifts!

 Supplies: Charming Tiny Shrine 1 Inch, Monopoly Hotel, Gelatos, Gold Stickles, Tiny Brass Square Decorations, Mod Podge

I started by covering my assembled shrine with scrapbook paper, and then painting the edges with aqua acrylic paint. I also painted my included unfinished wood pieces.

Next, I added more color with my Gelatos. I LOVE my gelatos and just recently found them after being packed away for a year. I was so excited!

I covered the back of my shrine with Gold Stickes. (It looked much better after it dried.)

I placed tiny 3mm Square Brass Decorations around the edges of my shrine. They fit perfectly!

I spray painted my Monopoly Hotel with white spray paint and allowed it to dry. You could also paint them with gesso or acrylic paint, however I recommend sanding them a bit to give them a "tooth".

I wrapped the base of the Hotel with a strip of vintage text and added the word "happy". I added some details with a fine black micron pen.

So small and sweet!

I loved working with this Tiny Shrine! I can't wait to try out the others!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

A gorgeous postcard by Design Team Member Linda Cain with some fabulous flourish flair! Check out Linda's blog post for the full supply list and more photos!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

"Be Playful", a stunning artist brooch by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! We especially adore the rhinestones she used to represent the paint. Fabulous idea Gerri!
Artist Palette Cut Outs:
She Also Used Our Valentine Word Paper Cuts and Stickles

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

A fantastic Bust Stand Up by Diana Darden! We love the theme and color scheme. Beautiful Diana!
Female Bust Stand Ups:
She Also Used Our Bird Cut Outs and Egg Collage Sheet

Inspiration By Mary Jane Chadbourne!

An incredible Art Doll by Mary Jane Chadbourne! We adore the bright, bold colors and amazing textures often seen in Mary Jane's fantastic work. She's gorgeous Mary Jane!
Large Articulated Dress Form Art Doll Shrine Kit Style II:
She Also Used Our Santos Halo Cut Outs, Rhinestone Chain, and Tim Holtz Industrious Border Stickers

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A gorgeous little Framed Shrine by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! We love the paint finish on the frame and the sweet mushrooms. Beautiful Amy!
Mini Ornate Framed Shrine Style 5:
She Also Used Our German Cotton Spun Mushrooms and Brass Winged Heart Charm

Friday, June 12, 2015

New Divine Antiquity Shrine Kit + Vintage Goodies + More‏

Happy weekend everyone! We have some wonderful new goodies in the shop. Of course the stunning Divine Antiquity Shrine is my favorite! It's large, and gorgeous! We also have lots of cool vintage items, brass, and more! Grab it up while you can!
You can check it out HERE.

Art Time with Linda Cain!

Design Team Member Linda Cain has really outdone herself this time! Feast your eyes on this absolutely incredible Exquisite Shrine. Hop on over to Linda's blog for the complete supply list, step-outs, and more stunning photos! We're loving that embossed metal Linda. Check it out:

Products Used:
Ornate Flourish  - Style 5 and Style 2 
Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts - Skull and Heart 
Gilder's Paste - Patina  and Coral Red
Inka Gold - Gold and Copper
Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel 
Art Basics - Heavy Black Gesso 

Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!

A beautiful Seahorse Shrine by Tracy Delisle! We love the painted sky niche and of course the fabulous texture. So cool Tracy!
Seahorse Shrine Kit:

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

"Gentle Soul", a stunning mixed media art pendant by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! So many gorgeous details packed inside this small piece! Beautiful Cat!
Brass Square Treasure Box:
She Also Used Our Brass Owl Head, Brass Whimsical Crown, and Santos Head Paper Cuts

Congrats Kim Collister!

A huge congrats to artist Kim Collister! Her stunning Santos Cage Doll is on the cover of the current Somerset Studio Gallery magazine! Her article is fantastic too. Go out and get your copy. Awesome job Kim!
Large 3-D Articulated Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

New Octopus Sea Maiden Doll Kit + Colorful Coral + More‏

Happy weekend everyone! We have some fantastic new goodies in the shop. Of course I'm completely loving the new Sea Maiden Art Doll Kit! Totally cool and unique! And that colorful coral is swoon worthy! Grab it up while you can!
You can check it out HERE.

Art Time with Kim Collister!

We are enamored with this incredible Antiquity Santos Doll by Kim Collister! The details are absolutely amazing! You must stop by Kim's blog to read more about her process and view some stunning close-up photos. Check it out here:

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

A "Love Bird" by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! How sweet is that tulle!
Bird Sticks Stand Ups:
She Also Used Our Pink Bakers Twine

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!
A stunning altar shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! We love how she painted the shrine to look like marble! What a fabulous ancient look Lynn!
Arched Altar Shrine Kit:
She Also Used Our Statues 1 Collage Sheet, German Cotton Spun Mushrooms, and Sandra Evertson's Relics & Artifacts Visage

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

A gorgeous, colorful, creative House Shrine by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Completely awesome at every angle Amy!
Votive House Shrine Kit Style 2:
She Also Used Our Winged Heart Cut Outs, Battery Powered Votive Candle, Wee Ones Collage Sheet, Resin Frames, Metallic Jingle Bells, German Dresden Aqua Fancy Scalloped, and Gelatos

Sand and Sea Inspiration!

Check out our Mermaid Swap photos from last year for INCREDIBLE beachy inspiration! You can find the gallery on Facebook and on Pinterest! So much talent!!!