Friday, June 23, 2017

Duo de Fridas by Sherry Matthews + New Shrine Kits + Frozen Charlottes

Happy weekend everyone! This week we have even more of our DOTD Shrine Kits available in a larger size! Our Flame Arch Shrine and Ornate Fan Shrine have so many design possibilities!
We also have several goodies back in stock, and some intact Frozen Charlotte dolls up for grabs! 

Need some DOTD Shrine inspiration? Check out the Facebook album from our 2013 DOTD Shrine Swap here

(Shrines by MaryJane Chadbourne!)

Feature Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a wonderful bonus post for you this week. Hop on over to Sherry's blog to see how she created these fabulous Frida pieces! Two necklaces and some earrings, fit for any artist. So lovely Sherry!

And while we're on the topic, I had to share Sherry's amazing Frida garden again in case you missed it the first time!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

In honor of summer, here is a fabulous piece by Design Team Member Linda Cain! We ADORE the stamping she used to create the "scales", and check out the amazing "sea foam"! Gorgeous Linda!
Medium Octopus Sea Maiden Articulated Doll Kit:
And hop on over to Linda's blog for links, step-outs, and more awesome photos:

Intact Small Frozen Charlottes!

For my Frozen Charlotte lovers, these little gals are small, and completely intact! No missing limbs. Dolls in this condition are getting harder and harder to find. Grab em' while you can!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mosaic Majesty Shrine By Sherry Matthews + New Shrine Kits

The other day it occurred to me that some of our Mini DOTD Shrine Kits would look awesome in a larger size. A size that would be great for Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts and so much more. They are slightly less deep proportionally too, so images and assemblage bits will really pop. I started with my two favorite designs! And they are both on sale this week! We also have lots of dresden back in stock this week too.

Need some inspiration? Check out the Facebook album from our 2013 DOTD Shrine Swap here

(Shrines by Linda Cain!)

Feature Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a divine project for you today! See how she transformed one of our Shrine Kits using bracelet bits, Sandra Evertson Muse Collection Stamps, and so much more. Absolutely stunning! Read Sherry's full tutorial here on her blog:

Inspiration By Monica Downing!

Monica Downing (aka Amazeballs!) created this fabulous brush using one of our Personalized Paint Brushes as a base. Isn't it just beyond awesome! Monica most definitely lives up to her nickname!

Congratulations Cat Kerr!

Big huge congrats to Cat Kerr for her recent article in the July 1st issue of Somerset Studio! See how she transformed our Phrenology Head Shrine Kits and more to create her stunning pieces. You will definitely want to pick up a copy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Brand New Paint Brush Dolls + Set Sail With Kim Collister

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have lots of goodies back in stock including some fantastic dresden, plus, I'm super excited about our BRAND NEW Paint Brush Doll Kits! I had a blast designing them, and even more fun creating one! I can't wait to make LOTS more! The creative possibilities are endless. Click the listing for links to all the products I used! 
And in honor of Kim's amazing Sailboat project below, the entire Sand and Sea section is ON SALE

Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Get ready to set sail with a fantastic project by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Her wonderful project is so reminiscent of summer and simple days. "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
You can find her fabulous tutorial here:

Congrats Vickie Kammerer!

Big huge congrats to Vickie Kammerer for her Mini Books published in Somerset Studio Gallery Summer 2017! These little creations are pure magic Vickie! As always, you've outdone yourself! Way to go!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Steampunk Shrine By Linda Cain + New Clock Hands

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have lots of goodies back in stock, plus, in honor of Linda' Cain's new post, something new and STEAMY! These brand new clock hands will be perfect for so many Steampunk projects. Plus the entire Steampunk section is ON SALE

Feature Inspiration By Linda Cain!  

Design Team Member Linda Cain has a fantastic project for you! Come check out her wonderful shrine, full of gears and rusty goodness. This would make a great gift for Father's Day or any day. A great way to use the new Finnabair Patina Pastes too. Check out her awesome tutorial here:

More Inspiration By Linda Cain!

I always tell Linda she's the queen of Steampunk, and that's no lie! Here is another fabulous project from Linda, sure to get those gears turning!

Even More Steampunk Goodness By Linda!  
    And one more from Linda Cain, because, well, just LOOK at this amazing shrine!!!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Make a Wish by Chrissy Colon and New Tim Holtz

Happy Holiday Weekend Everyone! We have lots of new Tim Holtz goodies in the shop. The botanical layer die cuts are so awesome! 

Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  

Design Team Member Chrissy Colón has a gorgeous project for you, sure to help your creativity take flight! We love how she combined her pieces, with luscious colors and textures to create her beautiful assemblage. So lovely Chrissy! Find all the details and step-outs on Chrissy's blog here:

Inspiration By Kim Collister!

Here's a fabulous bonus project for your by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Read about her stunning Santos Doll here:

Brush Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

 We absolutely love how Design Team Member Kim Collister altered her personalized paint brush using some paint and a wonderful Relic from the Visage set! The before picture is below!
While these brushes are awesome on their own, you can get out those art supplies and really create some magic!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dream Boat + Frida Garden By Sherry Matthews

Happy Weekend Everyone! If you love the new Finnabair Waxes, you'll be happy to know we have a few more new colors in stock! 

Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a seaworthy project! Set sail on Sherry's dream boat, where there creative possibilities are endless! Such a beautiful project, perfect for the summer Sherry!
Find the awesome tutorial here on Sherry's blog:

More Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!

Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a bonus post for you this week. You've heard of fairy gardens right? Well, how about a Frida garden! Be still my heart! You will adore this fantastic project using our Doors and Picado. Get the details and more awesome photos on Sherry's blog here:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Alice Crown Tutorial by Kim Collister + More

Happy Weekend Everyone! We have lots of goodies back in stock in the shop, including lots of fabulous Dia De Los Muertos charms. These charms are a lovely quality, and perfect for so many projects!

Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a wonderful project for you! Fall down the rabbit hole with Kim and her Magical Alice Crown. Find out how she achieved an awesome metal look on her crown and much more in her blog post! So beautiful Kim! 

Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

A huge congrats to Cat Kerr for her recent appearances on Make it Artsy! We are thrilled for Cat, and completely honored that she used Retro Cafe Art Gallery Shadow Box Shrine Kits (, Dresden Wings (, and Paper Cuts ( during this fantastic tutorial for making resin sheets. And of course some fabulous Sandra Evertson Cast Resin Pieces (
If you don't catch the episodes on your television, you lucky ducks can view this segment here on Youtube:
Way to go Cat Kerr! You're amazing art sister! A star! XOXO


Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  

 Here's a sneak peek of Sherry's upcoming post...

From Sherry: "Wanna see a happy accident? Y'all may know this already, but... if you do a background of Colorburst Powders and add modelling paste through a stencil, the colors bleed through and tint the paste too!" 

You can find ON SALE Color Burst Powders HERE
(You can use them in ways you might use mica powders too!)

Personalized Brushes!  
    We love making these brushes for you! Here are a few that recently went out the door. I've heard a few people say they would be too pretty to use. Think of it this way, they cost less than two cups of coffee at Starbucks. You can also display them as is or altered. They make amazing gifts for art friends and swap partners too! Treat yourself! They are ON SALE right now too!
    Find them here: 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Personalized Paint Brushes + Design Team Inspiration

Hey guys! I've been dreaming this up for a little while now, and I'm super excited to be able to offer these to you! Something new and different from Retro Cafe Art Gallery! I designed three different engraved paint brushes, and you can have them PERSONALIZED with a name or word! They make a wonderful gift for yourself of an artist friend. I hope you like them! Grab them while you can here:


Inspiration By Design Team Member Linda Cain!  

Linda has a glorious project for you! See how she created magic with the new Finnabair Patina Pastes and so much more. Hop on over to Linda's blog, and you'll quickly see why she's a new favorite. Outstanding Linda!


Inspiration By Kim Collister!
Check out this awesome piece by Design Team Member Kim Collister
Now that's using your head Kim. So awesome! 
Also includes some fabulous Teesha Moore collage images.
Phrenology Head Kit:

Inspiration By Monica Downing!  

We are so in love with this Fairy Cottage Shrine by Monica Downing! The composition, the colors, that bird, so awesome! 
Like the rest of Monica's fabulous art, it just makes you smile.
So beautiful Monica!
(Click all three links above to see more of Monica's work!) 


More Inspiration By Design Team Member Linda Cain!  
"Angel Winged Lady" by Linda Cain! Find awesome step-outs in her blog post here:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Goodies + Inspiration

Hi everyone! We have lot of new goodies in the shop including Finnabair Waxes, Memory Hardware Artisan Powder (new colors), and the long awaited Finnabair Patina Effect Paste set.
The Patina Effect Paste set is especially cool. Check out these transformations by Design Team Member Linda Cain!



Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  


Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!


Inspiration By Linda Cain!  


Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

More Inspiration By Linda Cain

(We LOVE how she used IOD molds and Finnabair Waxes to decorate the frame!)