Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome Cat Kerr to the Design Team and Elevated Shrine Kits‏

Happy weekend everyone! I'm really really excited about this week's new goodies! I've redesigned our cool Elevated Shrine Kits! Now they are sturdier, easier to assemble than ever, and come in more design choices! They are so unique and have endless potential! We also have gorgeous new Collage Sheets and embellishments too.
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Valentine's Day Section filled with 100s of great goodies, and our Coffee Break Design Valentine Section filled with tons of unique products!

A Big Welcome to Cat Kerr + Inspiraton!

I have some very exciting news to share! Please help me in welcoming the extremely talented Cat Kerr to the Retro Café Art Gallery Design Team!

Cat's work is always so inspirational and heart-felt. No doubt she will be a wonderful asset to the team. We're over the moon excited over here!

About Cat:
Cat Kerr is a Mixed Media Artist/Instructor that lives in Central Florida with her husband and two kids. Her work has been featured in numerous Stampington publications such as Belle Armoire Jewelry , Somerset Studio and Sew Somerset. She currently teaches online and at retreats around the country. To see more of her work, online shops, and teaching schedule, you can visit her at

Here is a shot of Cat's amazing art studio! It just oozes inspiration...

And for an extra special treat, Cat has created an amazing tutorial for you, using our Sailboat Kit and other goodies! Just look how creatively she used the pieces. You can see the full tutorial HERE on Cat's blog!

Learn More About Cat's Work:
(I bought a "Small Cosmetic Bag" to store art supplies!)
Go say "Hi"!

Elevated Shrine Inspiration By Jennifer Ingle!

How amazing is this Steampunk Robot by Jennifer Ingle using one of our older Elevated Shrine Kits! Really gets the gears turning doesn't it? So fabulous Jennifer!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This gorgeous Valentine Cameo is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. Don't you just love the fabulous layers? Check out Linda's blog post HERE for some tips and the full supply list!
Stunning Linda!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

Here is a sweet little project idea from Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! She created a necklace by attaching a Mini Primitive Angel to a Bottle Cap! Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day! Awesome idea Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Distressed Valentine Bottle Caps, Tiny Fairy Doll Head Paper Cuts, Vintage Sheet Music Heart Paper Cuts, and Icicle Stickles)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

I adore this romantic Crown Shrine by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! I especially love the way she decorated the crown with bling and Stickles! Really makes the entire piece sparkle and shine! Beautiful Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Vintage Valentine Collage Sheet SC3, Vintage Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Retro Grunge Valentine Heart Paper Cuts, Mini Heart Stencil, Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, White Half Pearl Trim, Red Metal Roses, Valentine Word Paper Cuts, and Gold Stickle)

2015 Valentine Tutorials!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Crepe Paper Vintage Valentine Tutorial + More‏

Happy Saturday everyone! It's time to make some Vintage Valentines! And we have everything in the shop to do it! Big hearts with ruffles, oh yeah!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Valentine's Day Section filled with 100s of great goodies, and our Coffee Break Design Valentine Section filled with tons of unique products!

Art Time!

I've been dreaming of vintage crepe paper Valentines! Pinks, reds, glitter, and tons of ruffles! Once I had the crepe paper in hand, I designed the perfect large chipboard hearts! I love that they are nice and big. Once you add the ruffles, they are over 8 inches! 
Let me begin by saying I am not a sewer. In fact, I had to look up how to wind my bobbin and thread the machine. And then I spent about an hour thinking my machine was broken with a bobbin timing issue. Just when I was getting ready to disassemble my entire machine, I realized I was turning the knob the wrong way. Doh! But fixed. it was! If you don't have a sewing machine, you could hand sew the crepe paper, or just glue the crepe paper to your heart, pleating as you go. This is easy folks. It all worked out my first attempt! (once I figured out my machine that is!)

I began by cutting two 36" lengths of crepe paper, pastel pink and hot pink. I sewed the two pieces together, overlapping them a bit. I used the longest stitch (2.5 on my machine) and the greatest tension (8 on my machine) and just sewed in a straight line. The sewing causes the paper to ruffle. You don't even need to pull the strings. The greater the tension, the more ruffle you will have. Look, it's already almost a heart!

So easy. This took under a minute!

Using Matte Glue N Seal, I glued my ruffle to my largest heart piece. You just want to make sure your heart frame will hide your stitching.

It easily worked into a heart shape.

A great way to make sure your ruffle is fairly even, is to check the back!

Next I added the Music Sheet Collage Sheet to my center heart, and fussy cut two collage images. I inked all of my edges.

I also covered the heart frame with recycled wrapping paper from Christmas (thanks Sherry!). I then attached my two hearts to the large heart using Matte Glue N Seal.

I wanted to make a rosette for the center so I stitched another piece of crepe paper using the same settings above. The piece I used was about 7 inches long.

It was already forming a circle!

I glued the ruffle to the back of my collage image.

Next I glued the rosette to the center of my heart and added Pink Glam Stickles around the "frame" on my image. I picked Pink Glam since it's more transparent. I still wanted my image to show through.

I also wanted to add some crepe paper flowers. To make my flowers, I folded my crepe paper in half, and sewed along the folded edge with the same settings above. Then I simply rolled and glued.

I tied a ribbon through the holes, and it's ready to hang! This piece makes a super sweet door knob hanger! Mine is hanging in the studio of course!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This gorgeous Snowflake Shrine is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. The texture and sparkle is beyond fabulous. Check out Linda's blog post HERE for some step out photos and the full supply list!

Just beautiful Linda!

Inspiration By Lisa Rupp!

How cool is this edgy Steampunk Santos Doll by Lisa Rupp! We love that she added the Medium Gear Wheels to the base, making her roll! Lisa is know for her incredible Steampunk creations, and you can see why!

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

This adorable Primitive Angel Doll is by Design Team Member Amy Nieman. This is one of the small angels, measuring just 2.5 inches tall. So sweet Amy!

(She Also Used Our Star Washi Tape and Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

And last but not least, a stunningly romantic Cupid Stick Stand Up by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! I especially love the awesome assemblage she created at the base! Perfect Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Brass Arrow, Vintage Valentine Heart Paper Cuts, Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Valentine Word Paper Cuts, Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, and Red Stickles)

Around the Studio!

The Retro Café Art Gallery candy bar is now complete. What better way to fill these awesome apothecary jars. Now you know where those sweet treats in your orders come from! Hopefully I can resist eating it all myself!

I also wanted to let you know that we have an awesome announcement coming up! I'll fill you in Monday on Facebook and next Saturday right here in the newsletter!

Happy Creating! xoxo

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vintage Valentine Heart Flower Tutorial + More‏

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm here with some fabulous goodies that you are going to "heart"! Brand new Collage Sheets, Heart Flowers, Unfinished Wood, and more!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Valentine's Day Section filled with 100s of great goodies, and our Coffee Break Design Valentine Section filled with tons of unique products!

Art Time!

I love it when a good art plan comes together. I designed the new Heart Flowers with this vision in mind. And I absolutely "heart" the way they turned out! Not only that, you can make small, medium, and large flower hearts. The small is just 2" tall, and oh so cute cute cute!

I began by wrapping my spools. I did each one different! The music spool started with a layer of acrylic paint. Then just wrap and glue! I used vintage music sheet, a silver tinsel stem, and red twine.

My favorite is the Tinsel Stem spool. So easy since the stems are wired. The red or gold would look adorable too!

Next I worked on my stems. I started with a layer of white acrylic paint.

I tore up bits of music sheet and washi tape, and glued them on.

Once dry, I trimmed the excess with scissors, and filed any remaining bits with my file set. I LOVE my file set!

I added some paint and doodling to my stems, and then finished off the hearts with the Vintage Music Collage Sheet. I trimmed out my hearts and then lined them with glitter. Simply add a line of glue around the edges, sprinkle with glitter, and then tap off the excess. I added a little heart bling to each flower. There are SO many different directions you could go with these sweet flowers. They would make amazing little gifts! It may be only 7 degrees here, but I can still "grow" some flowers!!!

Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

This super sweet Valentine's Day card is by Design Team Gerri Herbst! The little Vintage Valentine Cat is so adorable! Fantastic Gerri!
(She Also Used Our Circus Flag Cut Outs, Heart Cut Outs, and Stickles)

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

How cool is this edgy Steampunk Heart Ornament by Diana Darden! The combination of Steampunk and Valentine is a favorite of mine. Perfect Diana!
(She Also Used Our Inka Gold)

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

I'm always a fan of art that is beautiful and functional. This trinket box by Design Team Member Amy Nieman is just that! And the Alice Collage Sheet was the perfect choice. So cool Amy!
(She Also Used Our Silver Reindeer Charm, Christmas Word Paper Cuts, Star Cut Outs, Washi Tapes, and Paper Mache Box)

Inspiration By Kimberly Heil!

These absolutely Bee-autiful Ornaments are by Kimberly Heil! The vibrant colors make me happy, and the pops of glitter are the icing on the cake. Stunning Kimberly!
(She Also Used Our Multi Color Copper Wire)

2015 Valentine Tutorials!