Sunday, May 19, 2013
I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend! I'm super excited about all the wonderful BRAND NEW goodies in the shop! Lovely Mini People, German Dresden, Doll Head Paper Cuts, Stand Ups, a Keepsake Curio Shrine Kit, and so much more! You can see it all HERE!
The Mini People are ADORABLE and so perfect for several of our Shrine Kits! There are Mini Trees too!
The talented Shaun Sheehan created these sweet Mini House Shrines and made great use of the new Mini People and Mini trees. Aren't they just DARLING? And you've got to love the miniature bunting she created from Washi Tape. Wondeful Shaun!
(Art Sample by Shaun Sheehan. Used Mini House Shrine Kits, Mini Green Tree, Mini Dark Green Tree, Mini People XSmall, Tiny Deer, Washi Tape.)
And oh, the new Keepsake Curio Shrine Kit is perfect for holding your treasures! Maybe even use it to display your Mini House Shrines!
(Art Samples in the Curio by Kristin Hubick, Shaun Sheehan, and Debbie Moon.)
Speaking of treasures, Design Team Member Linda Cain created this GORGEOUS Blue Moon Shrine. You can find more photos and a complete Tutorial on Linda's Blog HERE!
I want to thank everyone who took part in the Mini House Shrine Swap! All of the houses have been swapped and they are all on the way to new homes. Some of you have already received them! Here is a photo of ALL of the houses. They totally rocked my world and I was BLOWN AWAY by all the talent. Each and every one was wonderful! AMAZING job everyone!!! Thank YOU!!!
If you would like to see more photos of the Houses, you can find them HERE on Facebook. AND in celebration of the successful Mini House Shrine Swap, Mini House Shrines and Mini Hutch House Shrines are ON SALE this week. You can stock up on them HERE. And don't forget to check out all the fun NEW goodies! Happy Creating! xoxo Kristin
Friday, May 10, 2013
Happy Friday friends! Lately, with all the fantastic Mini House Shrines coming through the door I've been in Mini Heaven! And of course one can never have too many Minis, so several new little wonders have been added to the shop! You can check out all the NEW goodies HERE. And be sure to stop by the Mini Section as well!
One of my favorite new goodies are these cube Alpha Beads. They make the perfect little feet or embellishments for our Mini House Shrine Kits and several of our other smaller Shrine Kits as well! In addition to the 6mm silver, we have several other colors available and even some numbers!
These fantastic Art Samples were created by the amazingly talented Debbie Moon! As you can see, Debbie did a great job utilizing the Alpha Beads in two different ways. Her houses are even more amazing in person!
Here is another awesome house by Debbie Moon. Isn't the paint brush "chimney" brilliant?
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Hey everyone! We have some fabulous new goodies in the shop including 9 new Land of Enchantment Collage Sheets, Magical Moon Charms, and more! You can check it all out HERE!
Our Mini House Shrine Swap is well under way and I'm in love will all of the samples. If you don't already have your houses, it might be a bit late to join in the swap (swaps are due Monday May 13th), however you can still grab some just to make for fun. And they are FUN. Here are some lovely houses from the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team!
Linda has a fabulous Mini House Shrine Kit tutorial that you can check out HERE.
Have a wonderful, creative weekend! xoxo
Friday, April 26, 2013
Happy Friday to you all! We have some wonderfully unique NEW items for you this week! Anatomy Shrine Kits, a new Steampunk ATC Hutch Shrine Kit, tons of Curious Collage Sheets, and even some Vintage Teeth Models (yep). We're celebrating all things odd and awesome!
Speaking of odd, how about some curious Cabinet Cards? These were really fun to create and I definitely have to give tons of inspirational credit and a shout out to my good friend Denise Phillips. Her latest creations certainly had an influence!
Denise has been creating up a storm and will soon be offering CUSTOM digital pet portraits in her wonderful, creative style! And not just dogs either. Denise can do cats, birds, frogs, you name it. Keep an eye on her blog for more details coming soon! I can speak from personal experience that you will love working with Denise!
So of course I jumped right in and started creating with our new goodies. First, the new Steampunk ATC Hutch Shrine.
(Art Sample By Kristin Hubick. Used Steampunk ATC Hutch Shrine Kit, Steampunk Gears (glued together for doll base), Medium Doll Shoulder Head, Stencil Board Gears (used as a mask), Diamond Background Stencil II, Glasses and Monocles Cut-Out, Mustache Cut-Out, Vintage Typewriter Keys, Alcohol Inks, and Molotow White Paint Marker.)
I created the pattern on the outside by first spraying my pieces with silver spray paint. Next I placed stencil board gears over my pieces using them as a mask and sprayed the pieces with black spray paint. Once dry I added some alcohol inks and white paint marker accents.
I also had lots of fun making these ATCs using several of the new goodies! I especially love the new propellers. So many uses for those!
(Art Sample By Kristin Hubick. Used Chipboard ATC Bases, Time Travelers Collage Sheet, Propeller Cut-Outs, Diamond Background II Stencil, Halftone Stencil, Small Onomotoholes Stencil, Arrows Washi Tape, Old Time Clocks Washi Tape, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens, Mod Podge.)
I hope you enjoy the NEW goodies and find some art time for yourself this weekend! xoxo
Friday, April 19, 2013
TGIF Everyone! We have 48 BRAND NEW Washi Tapes in the shop PLUS all Washi Tape is on sale through Monday! The sweet Washi Tape Art Samples above are by Design Team Member Amy Nieman. Don't they just make you want to play with your art supplies? Right now?
Washi Tape is so versatile and it's not just for 2D art! It works great on the sides of our shrines and in particular the Mini House Shrine Kits! This awesome gem is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. Note the Washi Tape on the sides! Visit Linda's blog for a complete tutorial!
Don't forget to grab yourself some Washi Tape at a great low price. Several of the tapes have been discontinued and supplies are limited so get it while you can! xoxo
Friday, April 12, 2013
Happy Friday everyone! We have ALL of the NEW Tim Holtz Idea-ology in stock and ready for you! But hurry, several of the items are limited stock. We also have several Happy Sunny Collage Sheets to get you ready for the summer and more!
You can check them all out HERE!
We love how so many of the Idea-ology products can be used so beautifully with our Shrine Kits. This gorgeous Circus Theatre Shrine by Design Team Member Linda Cain proves it!
You can find more info about Linda's Theatre on her blog post.
You still have plenty of time to join in the Mini House Shrine Swap! I've seen a few samples popping up already here and there and let me tell you they are fabulous. You don't want to miss this one!
You can jump to the Swap Page for more details.
The gorgeous house above were created by the talented Luci Brito for the swap!
Friday, April 5, 2013
Happy Friday! It's time for some New Goodies that will have you shooting for the moon! A few weeks ago we released a Hand, Moon, and Star Shrine Kit, and this week we have them in even smaller sizes! Not to mention a fabulous new addition to our Medium Theatre Shrine Kits and several awesome Collage Sheets. And more of course!
Supplies: Moon Theatre Shrine Kit, Blue Moon Curtains Collage Sheet, Over The Moon Collage Sheet (paper moon girl), German Dresden Aqua Fancy Scalloped Border, and Silver Gilders Paste. Also Black Spray Paint and Black Archival Ink.
I immediately wanted to work with the new Theatre Shrine Kit. I began by spray painting all of my pieces black. Once this was done the rest of my theatre only took one hour to complete! I simply cut out my pieces from the Blue Moon Theatre Curtains Collage Sheet and attached them using an extra strength glue stick. Sanded and inked the edges a bit, and then assembled my shrine. I added a strip of Aqua Fancy Scalloped Dresden to the front, and colored my Star Garland and Frame using Silver Gilders Paste. Finally I attached the moon that comes with the kit and done! I was pretty happy with the way it looked and I didn't want to cover up too much of the pretty curtains so...
I happened to look down and noticed the new Over The Moon Collage Sheet sitting on the art table and was drawn to the sweet girl. I adore paper moon photos and turns out she was the perfect size. I simply did a fussy cut and then attached her to the top of the curtain so she is suspended, just like a real paper moon photo shoot! I also tinted the moon with a yellow colored pencil. I may add more later, but for now I love my little paper moon photo booth!
Have a great weekend! I hope you enjoy the New Goodies! I'm looking forward to playing some more! xoxo
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Hi everyone! Last week I went on a fantastic road trip from Indiana, to Minnesota, to Iowa, and back again! I had a great time and thought I would share some of my photos with you since much of my trip included two of my favorite things (and likely yours), Art + Antiques!
Many of you have seen me post the wonderful art of Diana Darden, well on my trip I had the pleasure of meeting Diana! She has the most fantastic studio (pictured above) and is very prolific in her work as you can see. Her work is fantastic and she does amazing things with our Coffee Break Design Shrine Kits!
Diana sells her work in several galleries, such as Three Rooms pictured above. Her Male and Female Articulated Art Doll Shrine Kits are so cool! Diana has a Facebook Fan Page where she often posts her work. Go like her page and you won't be sorry!
Maybe it was the lack of sleep, maybe it was the sugar and caffeine, but Diana and I had a blast in the short time I was visiting!
Thanks to Yelp and my iPhone navigation, I was able to hit several antique stores on the road, 10+. My favorite was definitely Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis.
This store is a mixed media artist's dream come true. Bins and bins of treasures, just waiting to be picked!
How often do you seen this? Not often enough in my opinion!
Now not to worry, I didn't forget about you. While I was away I planned to buy up some things for our weekly Random Wednesday giveaway on Facebook! Several of the included items came from Hunt and Gather and others from the many antique stores I visited. I also added in several other goodies from the shop. I'm a huge fan of mixing antique and modern supplies. So here it is, this week's Random Wednesday Giveaway! And yes, you even get the cigar box! Everything you see below and several things you don't see!
Go leave a comment on the Random Wednesday post on Facebook (the post with the same photo above) for a chance to win! You have until Saturday when a winner is drawn!
Now, how about some eye candy from the awesome Retro Cafe Art Gallery Design Team!
Gerri Herbst created these beautiful cards using our Bunny Ear Cut-Outs as well as our Roses Roses and Screen Siren Collage Sheets. These sweet cards are sure to make anyone smile!
Linda Cain created this stunning piece using the Medium Circus Theatre Shrine Kit, Steampunk Gears II, Star Cut-Outs, Large Oval Cameo Frame, and several Idea-ology Embellishements. I would love to see the show that would take place in this theatre!
Amy Nieman created this awesome work of art using the 6 Pane ATC Window, Hello Dollie Collage Sheet, and Falling Heart Border Stencil. This wonderfully whimsical piece makes me so happy!
Friday, March 15, 2013
Happy Friday! We have some fantastic NEW goods in the shop for you! What you see above plus many many more!
I know you are loving our Mini House Shrine Kits, and I thought why not merge them with our Hutch Shrine Kits? And voila!
I was simply over the moon excited to play with our new Moon Shrine Kit!
Supplies: Moon Shrine Kit, Owl Paper Cuts, Theatre Character Stand, Art Deco 2 Step Crackle, Gothic Fence Cut Out, Star Cut Outs, 10mm Pink Mushrooms, Star Face Bead, Prima Genie Stone, 7mm Jump Rings
I found the Theatre Character Stands very handy to add my owl. I simply painted one the same color as my shrine and glued in my Owl Paper Cut! (my glue was still wet in the photo but dried clear. I'm sure you were worried. lol)
I was really happy with the way my background turned out. First I painted the whole thing aqua with acrylic paint. Then I dry brushed some white paint over the aqua in certain areas. Already looks very moon like! Next it was time for the crackle. I ADORE the Deco Arts Two Step Crackle. It's very easy to use. Simply follow the instructions on the bottles. The crackle you get will be clear, so the under color shows through. To highlight the cracks I simply brushed on some brown acrylic paint and then with a semi-moist paper towel rubbed it off so the paint would remain in just the cracks! Other colors such as gold, silver, or black would look cool in the cracks as well.
It was fun adding a charm dangle and some fibers. Not something I get to do often.
Here is a close-up of the crackle. Yummy right?
"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." - Les Brown
"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." - Les Brown
I also had a blast playing with our new Star Shrine Kit!
Supplies: Star Shrine Kit, Ballerina, Frosted Optical Lense, White Paper Roses, Night Sky Star Stencil, Pink Viva Pearl Pen
For this shrine I stared by covering the whole thing with decorative papers. I stamped the inside (before assembling the pieces) and then dry brushed some white acrylic paint here and there. I stenciled on some stars and then attached my bits to the inside. To give the crown a lovely chippy look, I painted it and then sanded it in certain areas to reveal the dark masonite underneath. Finally I tried out the new Viva Pearl Pens. I must say they were super easy to used and I loved the results! They also dried really quickly!
There are plenty of other New Goodies in the shop too!