Friday, October 20, 2017

New 3D Reindeer + Christmas Minis + Three Dolls by Sherry Matthews


Happy Weekend Everyone! Remember our fabulous Victorian Sleigh Kit from last week? Well, the sleighs inspired some really fabulous 3D Reindeer! They come in 4 fabulous sizes and there are deer perfectly sized to coordinate with the Sleigh Kits! Attach them with some cord or ribbon, and you're set! I want to GLITTER my deer! Luckily for you, they are ON SALE along with ALL of our Christmas Goodies! It's never too early to start creating for the holidays, especially Christmas!



Feature Inspiration By Sherry Matthews!  
Design Team Member Sherry Westfall Matthews has a spooky cool tutorial for you today! She shows you how to make not one, but THREE fabulous Art Dolls! Hop on over to Sherry's post to see her awesome Halloween Hag Brush Doll, Voodoo Dolly, and Talavera Angel! Even her names are wonderful! 





Christmas Inspiration!

Design Team Member Kim Collister created these darling Snowmen for an ornament swap last year, and they are sure to make you smile! We love the beautiful winter colors, and of course all the glitter! Such handsome Snowmen Kim! 
(Another fun option Kim and I discussed, is to add a layer of transparency film between the frame and niche so you can add glitter, sequins, etc. and turn them into shakers!)
Inspiration Snowman Shrine Kit:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_4736/Inspiration-Fairy-Shrine-Kit--Snowman--Style-11.htm

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Victorian Sleigh Kits + Tim Holtz Christmas + Santos by Kim Collister


Happy Weekend Everyone! The new Tim Holtz Christmas goodies are in stock and ready to ship! Of course those goodies got me excited about one of my favorite holidays!
I'm super duper excited to bring you our new gorgeous Victorian Sleigh Kits! They come in three fabulous sizes! Perfect for Minis (small), ATCs (medium), Christmas Cards (large), and so much more. The large would make a perfect centerpiece, and I'm thinking I'll fill mine with CANDY! You might want these in all three sizes folks! Luckily for you, they are ON SALE along with ALL of our Christmas Goodies! It's never too early to start creating for the holidays, especially Christmas!







Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister!  

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a beautiful Santos Doll piece for you today, along with a lovely heartfelt post. Hop on over to Kim's blog for a lovely tribute and stunning artwork. She's so gorgeous Kim!
http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/10/i-will-remember-you.html





Christmas Inspiration!

This super cute Santa is the perfect size to go with the Medium Sleigh Kit!
You can find the full tutorial on our blog here: 





Decking the Halls!

The new Sleigh Kits have me really excited about Christmas decorating. I can wait to make one for my mantel, and another for my counter to hold wrapped chocolates or candy canes! And yes, I plan to start in right after Halloween. I absolutely adore the soft glow of Christmas lights and of course all the GLITTER!
I can't wait to see what you guys do with the new sleighs!!! xoxo


Friday, October 6, 2017

New Shrine Kits + Tim Holtz Christmas Stencils + Witch Shrine by Linda Cain



Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some great new goodies in the shop this week. The brand new Tim Holtz Christmas Stencils are in stock and ready to ship. I know several of you are already gearing up for Christmas, so I'll keep that in mind!

I'm really excited about the four new Shrine Kits we have this week! I designed them especially to be a bit taller, so you could add our Manikin Dolls to them! Sort of like a puppet theatre! Click the listings for coordinating links! All four shrines are generously sized, especially the large with an inside of 8.25" tall! And of course they are ON SALE!

 
 


 

Feature Inspiration By Linda Cain!  
    Design Team Member Linda M. Cain has a spectacular shrine for you this week! Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble! Who else is ready for Halloween? Hop on over to Linda's blog to see where witches make their stand! http://cain81art.blogspot.jp/2017/10/the-witchy-majestic-shrine.html
 


 

Congratulations Diane Burkhardt DeVries!

A big congrats to Diane! Some of her wonderful tombstones were published in the latest Somerset Studio Magazine! They look really amazing Diane! Go grab yourself a copy!
 



Tombstone Collections!
 
The Retro Café Art Gallery Tombstone Swap is now closed, however you can view the awesomeness and make some of your own. We had 34 amazing artists participate! A HUGE THANK YOU to our hostess with the mostest Sherry Westfall Matthews for opening all the packages, taking the wonderful photos, and swapping them out! Fantastic job everyone!
Sherry Matthews has posted them all to our album on Facebook
HERE
(Several folks have posted their returns on our Facebook Community Page!)

For those of you not on Facebook, I had to share some of the collections that have been posted! Of course you too can make your own graveyard! They are so wonderful to display. 

The photos from top to bottom belong to Kim Collister, Luci Brito, and Sherry Matthews!
 
 
 


 

Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!
 
This cool Shadow Box by Chrissy may give you some inspiration for our new Shrine Kits! We love the way she used her Picado, and they would work fabulously with the new Kits. If you decide to use the new shrines with our Manikin dolls, how about adding a Skull Cut Out to the face!
Thanks for the awesome, colorful DOTD inspiration
Chrissy! Beautifully done!
Get the full details about Chrissy's piece here:

Friday, September 29, 2017

New Chipboard Art Dolls + Frida Heads + Jackolynn by Chrissy Colon


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some great new goodies in the shop this week. First of all the new Tim Holtz Halloween Paper Pad is in stock and it's fabulous!!!
Also, our awesome Manikin Dolls are now available in Chipboard, offering even more design possibilities. AND we now have a Doll Head Paper Cut set that is ONLY Fridas! Hooray! 






Feature Inspiration By Chrissy Colon!  
    Design Team Member Chrissy Colon has a fantastic project for you! I know many of you are in full on Halloween mode and Chrissy's amazing doll is sure to inspire! And we just love the combination of paper, glitter, and embossing! Meet Jackolynn the Pumpkin Witch over on Chrissy's blog here: http://twistedmusedesigns.com/jackolynn-the-pumpkin-witch/





Inspiration By Karen Hendrix!

We had to share this absolutely amazing Halloween piece by Karen Hendrix! We adore the combination of the Divine Shrine Kit, Mini Santos Doll, and lots of black Dresden. The dramatic colors have created a wonderful antique look! Hauntingly beautiful and completely gorgeous Karen! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Charms + Vintage Goodies + Tombstone Swap Photos + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some lovely new goodies in the shop including amazing charms (mini crowns, pocket watches, and more), plus these AWESOME vintage price tags that are just perfect for collage and assemblage! A definite must have and a very unique item!





 
Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister! 
    * We're sharing this fabulous piece again since we had a short store closing after this was posted! *
    Step right up and feast your eyes on this incredible Dia De Los Muertos Carousel Doll by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Kim has taken this project to a whole new level, creating a magical DOTD masterpiece! Bursting with stunning colors and details, you don't want to miss this one. Have a look on Kim's blog: http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/09/dia-de-los-muertos-carousel-shrine.html





Linda Cain Halloween Past Inspiration!

Here's a wonderful project from the past by Design Team Member Linda Cain! Halloween ornaments are fun and fast to make using our wonderful cameo frames. And you can hang them just about anywhere. From a doorknob, from a light fixture, adorn your fireplace, or make and entire banner. The possibilities are endless!
You can find the tutorial here on her blog: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2014/10/halloween-cameo-owls.html




Tombstone Swap Photos!

The Retro Café Art Gallery Tombstone Swap is now closed, however you can view the awesomeness and make some of your own. We had 34 amazing artists participate! A HUGE THANK YOU to our hostess with the mostest Sherry Westfall Matthews for opening all the packages, taking the wonderful photos, and swapping them out! Fantastic job everyone!
Sherry Matthews has posted them all to our album on Facebook HERE. Check them out! 
(Tombstones below from top to bottom by Luci Brito, Kaleigh Brewer, and Deb Moon)



Friday, September 8, 2017

New Halloween Brads + Stunning DOTD Carousel by Kim Collister + More


Happy Weekend Everyone! We have some lovely new goodies in the shop including six FUN new brad styles! Owls, Aliens, Witch Hats, and more! Several that are great for your Halloween projects!
And if you haven't grabbed them already, we still have some of the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls in stock, but they are going fast!
 





Feature Inspiration By Kim Collister!  
    Step right up and feast your eyes on this incredible Dia De Los Muertos Carousel Doll by Design Team Member Kim Collister! Kim has taken this project to a whole new level, creating a magical DOTD masterpiece! Bursting with stunning colors and details, you don't want to miss this one. Have a look on Kim's blog: http://www.kimcollisterstudio.com/2017/09/dia-de-los-muertos-carousel-shrine.html





Linda Cain Halloween Past Inspiration!

Here's a wonderful project from the past by Design Team Member Linda Cain! This Halloween ATC Box is the perfect place to store those fabulous ATCs and Tombstone ATCs. You can find the tutorial here on her blog: http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2013/09/gothic-tombstones-and-halloween-atc.html




Swap Reminder!

Just a reminder, tombstones for the swap are due at Sherry Matthew's studio on September 15th. That's just ONE week away! So get those tombstones mailed!
Of course if you don't have your tombstones already, it will be too late to play in the swap. But you can still make some for yourself or for a friend!

Friday, September 1, 2017

New Tim Holtz Paper Dolls + Halloween Ephemera + Tombstones by Linda Cain


Happy long Weekend Everyone! I'm so excited about the new Tim Holtz Ephemera packs and even more excited about the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls! So many uses for these sets, and you get lots in each pack! You're gonna want them both! 
 





Feature Inspiration By Linda Cain!  
    Design Team Member Linda Cain has posted all four of her fabulous tombstones! Stop by Linda's blog for the info and links to her last two tombies. It's much cooler here today, so we're really getting into the fall spirit! Thanks for the extra boost Linda! http://cain81art.blogspot.com/2017/09/two-tombstones-done-and-on-blog.html

    And if you missed them, check out her previous tombstone posts!






Congratulations Kim Collister!

Design Team Member Kim Collister has a wonderful bonus post for you this week. By request, she's put together a fantastic write-up about her recently published Shelf Shrines. Each one is more beautiful than the next. Stop by Kim's blog for the full details! http://www.imgirlwithoutwings.com/2017/08/come-little-birdie-shrines.html