Friday, March 25, 2016

Two New Tutorials‏

Art Time Feature With Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a truly spectacular tutorial for you using our Divine Shrine Kit! "Dreamers Come In" indeed! This bright, bold, colorful Shrine makes our heart happy! Find the full tutorial on Kim's blog:

Be sure to check out the full tutorial!

Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  

We adore this amazing "Believe" Shadow Box Shrine by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Absolutely incredible texture and colors! And what a unique way to use the Circle Shrine! And of course gorgeous Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson! So beautiful Cat!
Mega Circle Shrine Kit:
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit 5" x 7" x 1":
She also used our Dresden, Brass Crown, and Brass Sparrow
You can find the full tutorial by Cat on the Relics & Artifacts blog here:

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!  

A beautiful "Mother's Love Tea Cup" by Gerri Herbst! This would be a lovely project for Mother's Day, or any day! So sweet Gerri!
Tea Cup Stand Up Style 1:
She Also Used Our Ornate Fleur Cut Outs Style 3 and Pink Scalloped German Dresden

Inspiration By Kristin Hubick!  

In honor of Easter and Spring, here is a sweet little egg project by Kristin Hubick! These little eggs are so much fun, and have a perfect 1" circle center. So many possibilities!
Circle Egg Shrine Kit:
(Scroll to the bottom of the listing linked above for the full supply list!)

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Art Script Words + Tim Holtz + a Tutorial by Cat Kerr

Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of Brand New Tim Holtz goodies in stock! Quote Bands, Alpha Dice, Gadget Gears, Remnant Rubs, and more! oh my! And we have even more new Art Script Words! Set #7 is perfect for making limitless combinations!

The new Art Script Words look amazing colorized! And just think with a touch of glitter how much they will shine! The thinner Stencil Board works are absolutely perfect for art journaling too!

Art Time Feature With Cat Kerr!  

Design Team Member Cat Kerr has a fabulous tutorial for you this week! We love how she combined so many cool elements and techniques to make this fabulous shadow box assemblage. And that beautiful decorative piece at the top was created from our IOD molds! See the full tutorial to find out more!

This is just one of the many cool process photos. Definitely check out the entire tutorial and let Cat know you stopped by! 

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!  

We're loving this cool hanging mobile by Amy Nieman! The base is an embroidery ring, covered with paint, strips of washi tape, fibers, and embellishments. And of course she made great use of our Paper Cuts! So creative Amy!
She Also Used Our Fish Paper Cuts and Washi Tape

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

We love this gorgeous necklace created by Sherry Matthews! And the beautiful way she has it on display. Such a wonderful piece Sherry!

(Hey, the new Finnabair Pocket Watches would make cool vessels too!)

Inspiration By Gena Boone-Curtis!  

In honor of the first day of Spring this Sunday, I wanted to share something fitting. This gorgeous piece from the archives by Gena Boone-Curtis seemed perfect! Happy Spring friends!!!
Queen Bee Articulated Art Doll Kit:
Also Used Our Santos Head Paper Cuts and Small Honeycomb Stencil

Friday, March 11, 2016

Brand New Tim Holtz + Welcome Two New Design Team Members

Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of Brand New Tim Holtz goodies in stock! Distress Crayons, Dapper Design Tape, Display Hangers, and so much more! We're loving those cool glass domes too. We also have some stunning Chipboard Script Words in the shop!

Check out the Distress Crayon video here

Inspiration By Tracy Delisle!  

Adorable mini houses by Tracy Delisle! We're loving the bright sea colors and the adorable embellishments. Makes us think of summer, and we're ready. So fabulous Tracy!
Mini Hutch Houses Shrine Kits:

Inspiration By Jaci Swarts!  

Absolutely stunning Garden Santos Dolls by Jaci Swarts! We're loving the gorgeous floral arrangements she added to the cages. They are so beautiful Jaci!
Medium 3-D Articulated Santos Doll Shrine Kit:
She Also Used Our Santos Doll Head Paper Cuts and Butterfly Paper Cuts

Welcome New Design Team Member Kim Collister!  

It's my absolute pleasure to welcome the talented Kim Collister to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team! We've shared Kim's fabulous work in the past, so we know you're in for a real treat! We're thrilled to have you Kim!


About Kim:

 Imagination is the key to my secret garden, my creative way down the rabbit hole, my looking glass.
I don't set out to produce art about one subject or the other. My creativity is inspired by a whimsical life, triggers of nature, passages of time and objects of beauty and color. Most often I work from the inside out. Though I work quite intentionally, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques, my unconscious is the undisputed project manager. Inspired  and invigorated by the world we live in, I remain in awe by the ghosts of the past and the brilliance of the artists whose work immobilizes me to the core. I am a gatherer of beauty and whimsy, nature and found objects, all of which have proven a most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality. Working without the fear of perfection frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents and grace to influence the finished product.

All my life I have been an artist with one foot in and one foot out. When I began this journey of opening my Etsy shop in 2005 and jumping into the art world with both feet, I totally stepped out on faith. When I saw this quote, I thought it related so well to my blog name... "I fly without wings".. on my horse of faith!
 "When God created the horse, he said to the magnificent creature; I have made thee like no other. All the treasures on earth lie between thy eyes. Thou shalt carry my friends upon thy back. Thy saddle shall be the seat of prayers to me. And thy shall fly without wings, and conquer without sword, oh horse ..... of faith".                 
 Author unknown.

Kim Collister is a mixed media artist, Texas transplant, living in Central Arkansas with her husband and her dog, Harley. She has been featured in numerous publications with Stampington and Company and she is a member of the Design Team for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. She works as a financial aid counselor in a local university by day and most nights and weekends she can be found in her studio doing what she loves. She welcomes email at

Below is an example of Kim's amazing work. You can find the full post HERE
Stay tuned for more!

Welcome New Design Team Member Chrissy Colon!  

It's also my absolute pleasure to welcome the talented Chrissy Colon to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team! We've shared many of Chrissy's projects in the past, and we know you're going to love what she creates. We're ecstatic to have you Chrissy!


About Chrissy:

My name is Christina Colon.  I currently live in Okinawa, Japan with my husband, four children and two dogs. 

I have been paper crafting for more than a few years and started out as a traditional layout gal.  Since then, I have ventured into card making, mini albums, altered art, and other off the page projects.  I find that my favorite things to create are mini albums, off the page projects and wreaths, which you will see plenty of.

My style can best be described as eclectic, unique and technical with a dash of whimsy and meth (but without the "junky" part).  I like to mix traditional with modern and I love to experiment with different color and pattern mixes.  I gather my inspiration from my everyday surroundings.

When I'm not sitting at the table working on some kind of project, you can find me at the beach with the kids or SCUBA diving, at the gym doing some Crossfit, or even on my couch indulging in an epic RPG video game.  I also love to read, hike, and mess around with the kids.



We adore this fabulous Regal Crown by Chrissy. You can find the full post HERE
Stay tuned for more!

Friday, March 4, 2016

New Finnabair Art Alchemy Paints and Memory Hardware Artisan Powders‏

      Happy weekend everyone! The wonderful new Finnabair Art Alchemy Paints have arrived and    the colors are even more stunning in person! Awesome metallic brilliance! We're loving the handy    container they come in too. Also, the brand new Memory Hardware Powders are also in stock. You  can check out a cool video on how to use this cool new product here.

Art Time With Linda Cain!  

Fantastic embellishments by Design Team Member Linda Cain using Iron Orchid Moulds, Finnabair Mica Powder, Paper Clay, and those Art Alchemy Paints! All in the shop! Check out Linda's post to see how it's done! Fantastic Linda!

Inspiration By Kristie Taylor!  

Meet "Herby the Love-bot" by Kristie Taylor! A wonderful combination of supplies and thrift store finds. He's absolutely wonderful Kristie!
Large ATC Elevated Shrine Kit:
She Also Used Our Gears and Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson

Stop by Kristie's blog to see what his fabulous wings are made from!

Inspiration By Monica Downing!  

"Trust do NOT want to unlock my CrAzY!!!" by Monica Downing. Anyone else feel like this?Ha! What a wonderfully wild, awesome piece of art Monica! Just love it!
Escutcheon Plate Frame Style 3:
(Images from Teesha Moore and Nancy Baumiller)

Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!

"Just Keep Swimming" by Chrissy Colon! This fabulously funky trio is sure to put a smile on your face. We especially love those eyes! Absolutely delightful Chrissy!
Check out Chrissy's Blog for more cool photos, step-outs, and supply links!