Saturday, March 8, 2014
Hi Everyone! I'm running away to the Circus again this week and I'm having so much FUN! I loved our Circus Wagons from last week, but decided I also wanted some that were open at the top, for holding ATCs and other treasures. And so it was done! I love the way our Wagons really roll, so I also designed several wheel sets that can be attached to many many projects. And of course some fabulous ATC Circus flair! Come join me for some Circus-y fun!
My ATC collection is growing so I played with one of our new Circus Wagon ATC holders. I started by painting the assembled wagon (sans the wheels) with aqua acrylic paint. Next I used our Diamond Stencil, an Embossing Dabber, and UTEE, stenciling on the UTEE. I also used the Gold UTEE on the wheels. I did some doodling and attached a few Acrobat Paper Cuts to the new Masonite Cut Outs. I attached the Acrobats and a Small ATC Flag to the front. Finally I went through one of my old books and found A.T.C. to attach to the flag (my favorite part!). The wagon can hold LOTS of ATCs, both vertically and horizontally. Love!
Supplies: Used Cirus Wagon ATC Holder Style 1, Acrobat Cut Outs, Circus Paper Cuts, ATC Size Circus Flags, Diamond II Stencil, Emboss It Dabber, Gold UTEE, Star Cut Outs, White Sharpie Paint Marker. ATC: Glasses Cut Outs, Hat Cut Outs, Fancy ATC Frame Style 2.
Supplies Used Glasses Cut Outs, Hat Cut Outs, Fancy ATC Frame Style 2, Fancy Frame Style 1, Pretty Woman Collage Sheet, Mustache Cut Outs, Glue N Seal Matte, ATC Base
Design Team Member Amy Nieman created this cool Sweet Heart Fairy based on the movie Moulin Rouge! I especially love the way she altered the Fairy Head. Such talent!
This gorgeous Spring Santos Doll is by the talented Kim Collister! This doll makes me even more excited for Spring! She also used several of our Paper Cuts, Cradle Nests, Sacred Heart Trinket, and more. Fantastic Kim!
I just adore this amazing Steampunk Shrine by Design Team Member Linda Cain! Everything Linda creates is amazing, however her Steampunk is always my favorite! You can find more info and photos on Linda's blog HERE.
Here is another way to display and store your ATCs. This lovely Ornate ATC Shelf is by Design Team Member Amy Nieman. So pretty and distressed!
This beautifully mysterious Bird Cage Doll is by Gena Boone Curtis. The way she placed the moth is perfect, and of course I love Frida all day long! Gorgeous Gena!
Think SPRING Everyone!!! xoxo
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Happy Saturday everyone! Last week we had a blast with our new Carousel Shrine Kits so I decided to keep the Circus theme going! We have Wagon Shrine Kits (that really roll... zoom zoom), Circus Dolls, Circus Animal Cut Outs, and so much more. Talk about FUN! We have some new Tim Holtz goodies too!
I'm in love with the Circus Wagon Shrine Kits. I love all THREE and would love to make a whole Circus Train using one of each! One down, two to go! Woot!
Supplies Used: Rollig Circus Wason Shrine Kit 1, Flourish Cut Outs, Circus Flag Cut Outs, Circus Animal Cut Outs, Circus Paper Cuts, Carousel Horse Cut Outs, Carousel Horse Paper Cuts, Large Onomotoholes Stencil, Glue N Seal
Of course I had to play with one of the dolls too! I went for the MINI, which was super fun and super fast. My favorite part is the bit of lace at the bottom. I was really wishing I had some Pom Pom Fringe but the lace worked out too.
Supplies Used: Articulated Circus Art Doll Shrine Kit MINI, MINI Doll Head Paper Cuts, White and Black Sharpie Paint Markers, Circus Paper Cuts, Halftone Stencil, Vintage Typewriter Key, Glue N Seal
The large bird cage charms that I used on the Mini Santos Doll a few weeks ago are back in stock now. I only had a few initially, but now we have more!
This sweet Bird Cage Doll is by the talented Kim Collister! I just love the sweet pastel colors she used! She also used several of our Paper Cuts. Best of all, her entire collage is on an old paint set! See the inside below. Awesome Kim!
Isn't this Angel Doll by Design Team Member Linda Cain fantastic? The colors are so gorgeous and rich. They make me think of summer, which can't get here soon enough! You can find more info on Linda's blog HERE.
Taking a trip back to the Circus, check out this fabulously fun Doll by Diana Darden! Those polka dots are just too cute! She's wonderful Diana!
I want to say a big thank you to all the artists who played in our Sweet Heart Fairy Swap. All of the swap returns were mailed out Wednesday, and by the looks of it, most have landed in their new forever homes! I had a great time making handmade hearts for all the players, and you can see them all below!
(Fairies by Amy Nieman!)
You can view all of the entries on our Facebook Page and Pinterest Page. INCREDIBLE work artists! xo
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Happy Saturday everyone! We have some awesome new goodies in the shop! I'm just about over the moon for our new Carousel Shrine Kit and Carousel Doll Shrine Kit! Both were fun to design, and I couldn't help but hear carousel music in my head as I was working. The Carousel Doll Shrine Kit is a perfect compliment to our Theatre Doll Kits and more!
Can you hear the carousel music and feel the warm summer breeze on your face as you whirl round and round? I sure could as I was playing! Starting with my already assembled kit, I spray painted my entire piece with gold spray paint. These kits just BEG for German Dresden so I added the Mini Scalloped on the "poles" and Baroque Fuschia around the bases. Two strips per circle worked perfectly. The pearls and flowers around the doll are just thrown in. The decorative border holds them in. The beads rolling around reminded me of the game Hungry Hungry Hippos :). In the center I added a little Giraffe Paper Cut standing with a Theatre Character Stand. He's a bit hard to see. He's shy :).
Supplies Used: 3-D Articulated Carousel Doll, Turquoise Inka Gold, Fairy Doll Head Paper Cuts, Glue N Seal, Mini Antique Gold Scalloped Dresden, Fuschia Baroque Dresden Border, Carousel Horse Paper Cuts, Paper Roses, Round Pearls, Circus Paper Cuts, Theatre Character Stands.
It's worth mentioning that the NEW Carousel Shrine Kit can be combined with our Victorian Exploding Box Kit to create a Double Decker Carousel! Or you can use just the lid! ADORABLE! I'm offering the lid as an add-on so you don't necessarily need to by the whole box kit.
I'm loving our new Carousel Horse Paper Cuts. The Carousel Kits come with the Classic Horses, however this set can also be used. As I was working I thought of Wizard of Oz, "A Horse of a Different Color"! Remember?
I'm still working on my handmade hearts for the Sweetheart Fairy Shrine Swappers! I used our Masonite Hearts, Lots of Paper Cuts, Washi Tape, and my favorite Gold UTEE! I'm anxious to try the other UTEE colors!
This STUNNING Santos Doll is by the talented Denise Phillips! I absolutely love the cool tribal flair. Those gorgeous feathers are from Denise's bird Buddy! You can read more about this piece on Denise's blog HERE. Thank you so much Denise!
This gorgeous Santos Doll is by the talented Lisa Rupp! We met Lisa a few weeks ago and I'm thrilled to share her work again! You can read more about Lisa and her amazing creations HERE on her website. Thank you so much Lisa!
Just wanted to say hi so you could put a face with the name (and art goodies) for those of you not on Facebook! This is moi, the one designing all of those Coffee Break Design Kits and Cut-Outs, packing those orders etc. etc. This is my happy art face (which I have most of the time!). I was trying out a side braid for the first time, otherwise, I don't take too many selfies. Since I had one handy, I thought I would share. It's wonderful to meet YOU!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Happy Saturday everyone! We have some awesome new goodies in the shop! You know we love MINIS so we could not resist a MINI version of our Santos Doll Shrine Kits! They are the same size doll as our Mini Theatre Shrine Kits and now there are MINI Fairy Doll Heads to fit them all! Not to mention super Chalkboard Sign Paper Cuts, embossing goodness, and more.
The Mini Santos was so fun to play with! I decided to emboss all of my pieces with Gold UTEE before assembling. And I tried stamping directly into the UTEE for the first time. I loved the result and was even happier once I rubbed on some Inca Gold! I simply coated one piece at a time, first covering with my Embossing Dabber. I dumped my UTEE onto a paper plate, shaking it a bit to distribute. Once you have the embossing ink on your piece, just place it in the UTEE pile. You will get nice, thick coverage. Heat with your embossing tool, and if you want to stamp into it, simply press your rubber stamp into the UTEE and then let it SIT. Once the UTEE is cool (a few minutes) your stamp will pop right off. UTEE will not harm your rubber stamps. Just be patient and let it cool before removing.
Supplies Used: Mini 3-D Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit, Mini Fairy Doll Head Paper Cuts, Small Angel Wing Cut Outs, Embossing Dabber, Gold UTEE, Turquoise Inka Gold, Chalkboard Sign Paper Cuts, White Sharpie, 10mm Brass Cabochon Tag, 6mm Jump Ring, Silver Bird Cage Charm.)
(Photo below shows the UTEE embossing/stamping I did on the back and bottom. I loved the way the compass came out on the bottom.)
Fun tip: As you can see, my birdcage is hanging from the bottom. I had no desire to drill, so I started thinking and then I grabbed a 10mm Cabochon Tag and bent the loop to a 90 degree angle with my jewelry pliers. I then glued the tag to the bottom (make sure the loop is in the center) and then covered the tag up with UTEE. Finally, I attached my bird cage charm with a jump ring. Perfect! This is a great way to form a charm hanger for any type of dangle you desire :).
This STUNNING Valentine Santos Doll is by the talented Kim Collister! I keep looking at her and seeing more and more incredible details! Her embellishments are just fabulous. You can read more about Kim's doll and find more photos on Kim's blog HERE. Thank you Kim!
Here is another lovely piece by the queen of romantic art, Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! Lynn used our Scrap Angel Ornament, Brass Crown, and Valentine's Day Word Paper Cuts to create this gorgeous piece!
I'm over the moon about UTEE at the moment and here is great project by Design Team Member Linda Cain showing you how to use it to create something of a faux solder look! You can find more info on Linda's blog HERE.
FINAL Swap Reminder, Sweetheart Fairies are due in hand February 24th! That means they should be mailed within the next few days to make it on time. To be fair to all participants, we are firm about our deadlines! Get them flying this way!
These lovely ladies were created by Swapper Rebekka Reinsch!
I'm still working away, making handmade hearts for the Sweetheart Fairy Shrine Swappers! That gorgeous paper there is from swapper Bonnie Ashurst! She wrapped her swap box in it, and I'm re-using it! Too lovely for the trash :).
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Happy Saturday everyone! We have some super sweet new goodies in the shop including lots of embossing supplies and my favorite, Antique China Doll Shrine Kits! They are SO Retro Café Art Gallery and I'm so in love! They come in two styles and of course the Doll Head Paper Cut is included! Sweet!
I decided to play with one of the new China Doll Shrine Kits (of course!). And while I was at it, did a bit of embossing too! It was my first time using the Embossing Dabber, and I really loved it! Tons of control and as promised, gives you plenty of time to add your powder. The other extra fun part of this project was using our Hinging Tape to attach the doors to my shrine. I do love metal hinges, but sometimes they can be a bit tricky. Using the hinging tape was a breeze and it will stay put forever.
Supplies Used: Antique China Doll Shrine Kit Style 1, Medium Double Doors, Angel Wing Cut Outs, Ornate Crystal Door Knobs, Hinging Tape, Sweet Bent Antique Doll Arms, Glue N Seal, E6000, Emboss It Dabber, Black Embossing Powder, Black Archival Ink, Sepia Archival Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Paper Roses
(Photo below shows the embossing I did on the back and sides.)
Back when we had our Mini Day of the Dead Shrine Swap, I fell in love with this shrine by artist Constance Taylor! And I know several others did too! This shrine was a big part of the inspiration behind our new Door Cut Outs. You can get them in two sizes. Small, to fit the Tall Mini DOTD Shrines and Medium to fit the ATC Shrines. Thank you for the awesome inspiration Constance!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I had to share this adorable piece by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! Gerri used our Cupid Stand Up and Brass Love Letter Charm. The base is a repurposed candy container. So clever and cute Gerri!
Not exactly a Valentine's Day piece, but most certainly romantic, is this gorgeous Santos Doll by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens using our Medium Santos Doll Kit and Santos Doll Head Paper Cuts. Below is her home in Lynn's beautiful studio. She is fabulous!
Swap Reminder, Sweetheart Fairies are due February 24th!
These lovely ladies were created by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens!
We have a FREE Vintage Candy Ad Digital Collage Sheet for you. Our way of saying thank you for supporting Retro Café Art Gallery! This vintage ad was generously donated by artist Sherry Matthews for us to edit and share with YOU! Thank you so much Sherry! Feel free to share this "candy" with your friends too!
Download it FREE on our site HERE. xoxo
Download it FREE on our site HERE. xoxo