Saturday, October 18, 2014

Delightful Deer Ornaments and More Christmas

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! I'm so excited about our new Christmas goodies. I had a chance to play with them, and I'm totally in love. I'm sure you'll love them too. I know it's not even November, but after my time in the studio I'm definitely in the Christmas mood. In addition to the new goods, the general Christmas Section has over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section is sure to inspire.

Art Time!

These ornaments were so much fun to make, and would make excellent gifts! Handmade gifts are the best. I'll go through my steps below. Please excuse the lovely mess!

First, I covered my plaques with Christmas paper. Trace around the plaques on the back of your paper, cut out, then attach with Glue N Seal. You can file the edges for a perfect fit. I added some stenciling for texture. I used the Flourish Stencil and Sepia ink, applied with an ink blending pad first.

Love the look and it's super easy.

Next I used the Onomotoholes stencil. Using a sponge brush I applied white acrylic paint.

Once my stenciling was done, I inked my edges with black and sepia ink.

The next step was preparing my chipboard embellishments. I knew I was going to cover them with stickles. A great tip is to paint them first in a coordinating color. That way you don't have to be exact with your glitter glue and it makes the pieces really pop! I used acrylic paint.

I covered my pieces with Stickles next. As much as I love getting messy with loose glitter, sometimes Stickles are a nice change. No mess and gorgeous sparkle! I love the way the reindeer turned out. I don't normally leave the Masonite raw, however it definitely worked with these pieces! I did ink the edges of the deer with black ink to add some "shadow". And of course glittered the antlers!

The ornament holes are the perfect size for standard eyelets. Fun tip: standard eyelets are the perfect length to GLUE IN to the Masonite. Simply glue them in and done. They look perfect and provide a nice, finished look.

Once my eyelets were set with the glue, I attached my tinsel stems. I love these thin versions. They are wired, so just wrap the ends to secure.

If you want a fun, quirky look, you can add the included accessories to your ornaments. The deer looks so cute with the glasses, however I didn't end up using them this round. I went with more of a classic look, but still wanted to show you!

So there you have it! Three wonderful gifts ready to go!

Inspiration By Karen Hendrix!
Back to Halloween for a bit! This amazing Pumpkin Doll is by Karen Hendrix! I truly adore the color palette she used. And of course the spider webs. So stunning Karen!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

This spooky little Coffin is by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens. Doesn't he look cozy?

Lynn also created these elegant masked Marie ATCs. What are you wearing for Halloween?
Fantastic creations Lynn!

Inspiration By Lisa Rupp!

I'm loving this Victorian Witch Shrine by Lisa Rupp! How perfect to transform the niche into an apothecary cabinet. And check out those spiders and skulls. This shrine is the perfect mix of Halloween, Steampunk, and Dia De Los Muertos. Three of my favorite things. Awesome Lisa!

Inspiration By Doghead Smith!

Doghead Smith posted this fabulous Carousel on our Facebook page and I had to share. As she stated, her carousel was inspired by Lynn Steven's Scary Go Round. How wonderful to see the inspiration! This display is so magical too!

Tombstone Swap!

Thanks again to everyone who played in the Tombstone Swap. I loved seeing all of the returns popping up on Facebook. That's my favorite part - seeing them in their wonderful new homes.
I recently added all of the Tombstones to Pinterest for those of you not on Facebook. You can check them out here.

 or on Facebook here:

Awesome Tombstones above by Constance Taylor!

Christmas is Coming!

After my time in the studio this week, I'm getting excited about Christmas. I even ordered some Fariy Lights for the studio this week. My old studio had lights (year round), and it doesn't feel the same in the new studio without them. There is just something so magical about the warm glow. Just like in the photo below. Those are my Votive House Shrine Kits from last year. Still a favorite. I hope you're excited about Christmas too! Oh, and Halloween goodies are 20% off this week so it's a great time to stock up. I know some of you partake year round! xo Kristin

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Christmas Goodies and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday Everyone! As we are getting closer and closer to Halloween, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! It will be here before we know it! This week we have wonderful new Christmas Hutch Shrine Kits, Stamps, Minis, and so much more. And don't forget to check our general Christmas Section for over 600 fabulous goodies (all on sale) and especially our Coffee Break Design Christmas Section for tons of unique items!

DOTD Inspiration By Linda Cain!

Design Team Member Linda Cain did an amazing job creating her Dia De Los Muertos Shrine. She used tons of fun goodies, and I'm especially loving those clay faces she created. You can find lots more photos and info on Linda's blog HERE.

Inspiration By Karen Hendrix!
How amazing are these Santos Doll Witches by Karen Hendrix! I honestly had not thought of converting them to witches, but after seeing Karen's dolls, it makes perfect sense. Her trio of witches is especially fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration Karen!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

These Moon and Owl earrings by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst are so precious. Really easy to make, and great for any Halloween gathering!

Tombstone Swap!

For those of you who participated in the Retro Café Art Gallery Tombstone swap, they are shipped and should be arriving any day now! We had 40 amazing artists and 190 incredible tombstones! As always, everyone did an AMAZING job, and all of the tombstones were so different and unique! Thank you to all who participated!
Since the winter holidays are always so hectic, our next swap will be sometime after the New Year, so open those boxes slowly and enjoy! 
See the full Tombstone Album here:

Awesome Tombstones above by Constance Taylor!

Above is a photo of the swap boxes ready to go. Below, me popping in (with my Starbucks) to say hi! Cheers to another great art swap!
(Photo taken yesterday on my way to a fabulous 4 year old's birthday party!)

Inspiration By Linda Cain from Christmas Past!

Here is a fabulous Votive House Shrine Kit project by Linda Cain from last year. I still ADORE these Votive House Shrine Kits and I'm sure you will too. You can get the full scoop on Linda's blog HERE

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dia De Los Muertos Goodies and More

New Goodies!

Happy Saturday everyone! It's time to celebrate my second favorite Fall holiday, Dia De Los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). Contrary to the name, this holiday is truly a celebration of life! You can read more about this wonderful holiday on Wikipedia here. We have fabulous Winged Sugar Skull Ornaments, Skeleton Figures, Mini (adorable) Foods, and much more!

Inspiration By Betty Richardson!

This fantastic Frida Shrine is by Betty Richardson. She did a beautiful job with her embellishments and I absolutely love the crown!

Betty created THREE amazing Fridas and you can read about them all on Betty's blog here. It's a wonderful post, sure to inspire!

Inspiration By Vickie Kammerer!

Once again I'm sharing Vickie Kammerer's article in the current Stampington & Company Somerset Holidays & Celebrations. What better way to inspire you to try the new Layered Winged Sugar Skull Ornaments! Vickie always does amazing things with her Dia De Los Muertos art! Here she used our Sugar Skull Ornaments, Dia De Los Muertos Fairy Shrine, Metal Roses, and Coffin Cabochons.

Inspiration By Marie Z. Johansen!

I love the way Marie Johansen turned our Winged Flaming Heart Cut-Outs into these fabulous, colorful, wearable pins! As you can see, she even painted the edges. Such beautiful detail Marie!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

Design Team Member Gerri Herbst created this wonderful DOTD decoration using our Sugar Skull Paper Cuts, Flaming Heart, and Stickles. The base is a repurposed frame. So clever Gerri!

Mini DOTD Shrine Inspiration!

For a real TREAT check out photos from our 2013 Mini DOTD Shrine Swap. The album is packed full of amazing DOTD art! The Shrines below were created by the talented Luci Brito! If you've never tried your hand at DOTD art, now's your chance with all of the goodies on SALE!

The following categories are entirely ON SALE!
CLEARANCE (Check this brand new section often for savings up to 40%)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stunningly Unique Mermaid Santos Doll Kits and More‏

New Goodies!

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm beyond excited about our brand new Mermaid Santos Doll Kits! Yes, you heard me right! Two of my favorite things, combined to make a stunning, unique doll, that you won't find anywhere else. Just for the heck of it, I Googled "Mermaid Santos" and nothing came up. How cool is that? And don't forget about our awesome new Prima Finnabair goodies from last week. They look delicious!

Mermaid Santos Inspiration By Lisa Rupp!

Lisa Rupp is largely behind the inspiration for our new Mermaid Santos Doll Kits. Using one of our other Santos Doll Kits, Lisa created this amazing Santos Sea Maiden. When I saw Lisa's doll, I knew what had to be done! Our Mermaid Doll Theatres were also part of the inspiration and would look great with the Santos!

Inspiration By Bonnie Ashurst!

"Haunts Ville" by Bonnie Ashust is certainly a hoot (pun intended!). Bonnie used our Votive House Style 6 plus TONS of other Retro Café Art Halloween goodies for this impressive haunted house. So creative Bonnie!

Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!

These STUNNING Steampunk Santos Dolls by Linda O'Connor may give you some great ideas for altering the new Mermaid Santo Dolls! Linda O'Connor is amazing when it comes to adding found objects to pieces. You can read more about her wonderful dolls and view more photos HERE on her blog! Awesome Linda!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

Design Team Member Lynn Stevens created these charming Halloween treats, mostly out of dominos and Collage Sheet DP282. She used several of our Halloween Charms too. Such a wonderful grouping Lynn! Anyone would be super lucky to get a treat like this!

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

Diana Darden created this sassy Victorian Pumpkin Doll! I love the face she used and the Mysterious Bird was a great touch too. Not to mention the wonderful flow of her color palette. Lovely Diana!

Tombstone Swap Reminder!

Don't forget, Tombstones for the Art Swap are due October 6th. That's a week from this coming Monday, so you should be getting them in the mail soon if not already. I've started to add the received Tombstones HERE on Facebook. Really awesome work so far!

The fabulous tombstones above are by Mary Jane Chadbourne! And below you can see I've started to work on my handmade gift for the swappers! Those aren't cookies on my baking sheet!

xoxo Kristin