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Mini Deer Ornaments with Retro Cafe Art Gallery

There is always something purely magical about handmade ornaments on a tree.  Sure, the ease and convenience of beautiful store bought is appealing, especially to me as I am very busy all of the time it seems.  But handmade just lends a genuine one of a kind look and always seem to stand out to me.

It’s good thing Retro Cafe Art Gallery has a plethora of cut-outs and pieces to make any kind of ornament regardless of style!  These little beauties are made from the Deer Mount cut-outs and are super easy to do.

Step 1:  Paint your base.  I used metallic acrylic paint and when it was dry, I stamped over the top with a funky cool filigree pattern.

Step 2:  Cover the adorable deer heads with patterned paper.  Glitter the antlers and add itty bitty tied bows.

Step 3:  Add final touches.  I used plain white dresden as my border.  You could use twine, string, or even wire for the hanger but I opted for gold chain and jump rings.

This type of project is perfect for gift giving, ornament swaps, or even for use as gift tags.  I worked in an assembly line fashion and not including drying time, these were done in about an hour!  Can you believe that?!

Stay tuned here for more Christmas and holiday decor items!

Supply List:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Deer Mount Cut-Outs
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Dresden Border Fleur
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Christmas
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Paints
Gesso
Ribbon
Jewelry Chain
Jump Rings
Stamps
Ink
Glitter

A Colorful Day of the Dead Canvas-Turned-Shadow Box for ColoriQue

Who doesn’t love a splash of color, especially during this time of year?  I know I’m a sucker for color, skulls, Fall, and anything Day of the Dead inspired.  You know what else I am?  I am a hoarder of all the cool things because I swear, at some time, **THE** perfect project will come along and I’ll have just the perfect idea for it!

Such was the case for this wood skull, sent to me by my iBFF, Jess Mutty.  She sent about a year or two ago and I’ve held onto it, just waiting for the “AHA!” moment to strike.  And boy did it!  Using one of the thicker canvases I had stashed away, I came up with this piece of decoration that just sings to me.

Take a flat, one dimensional wood cut and give it life by enhancing the features with rolled out Easy Sculpt clay and my signature bead work.

And just look at that vivid, lush color!  That, my friends, is courtesy of the amazing ColoriQue inks by Lisa Jimenez.  These inks are high impact, bold, bright, and absolutely blendable too!

I’ve used them on the clay detailing of the skull, but I’ve also used them on the Papel Picado from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  Just look at that blindingly beautiful pigmentation!

 

In all honesty, I could’ve also colored my metal milagros charms with the ColoriQue ink (because it’s multipurpose as all get out!) as well, but they just looked marvelous in their bare, naked state.  And yep!  I’ve been hoarding those gems for a couple years too.  ::wink::

Add in some colorful glass seed beads to finish off the framing and I can call this bad boy DONE, SON!

Supply List:

ColoriQue Inks by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Turquoise Mountain, Avocado, Honeybee, Ruby Slippers, Grape Vine, Poppy, Black Diamond

Retro Cafe Art Gallery:  Papel Picado Cut-Outs (15 pieces)

ETI:  Easy Sculpt epoxy clay

Liquitex:  White Gesso, Black Gesso

Fire Mountain Gems:  Seed Beads, Undrilled 1mm Round Beads

Ribbon trim

Milagros charms

 

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Jackolynn the Pumpkin Witch

I admit it!  I’m a sucker for pretty paper!  The paper I used for this Halloween gem for Retro Cafe Art Gallery I have been holding on to for years.  You see, I started out as a scrapbooker so I had built up this massive stash of paper.  Fast forward a number of years and I realized that I am probably done with the scrapbooking arena and have my feet firmly planted in the realm of mixed media.

However, the urge to play with paper comes along every now and then and I have to dig through the very little paper I kept and put it to good use.  This piece uses K & Company’s “Que Sera Sera” paper pad.

One of my favorite things to do is to make the simple look complex and complicated.  Jackolynn was constructed using the simplest of techniques.  You’ll be amazed.

Step 1:  Grab that paper you’ve been hoarding and get ready to hack into it.  Trace each piece and cut them out.  Glue each cut piece to its substrate.  See that file in the photo below?  It is THE key to get nice, flush, and fresh edges.

Step 2:  Use an ink pad to ink your edges.  Ready for the mind blower?  Embossing powder!  Get your embossing pad and powders and go to town on those edges!

Step 3:  For the base, add moss for an instant upgrade!

Step 4:  Assemble your pieces and admire at how simple it was to do!

Supply List:

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Articulated Victorian Pumpkin Art Doll Kit
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Pumpkin and Jack-O-Lantern Cut-Outs
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Mini Bats Cut-Outs
Iced Enamels Relique Powder Carnelian
Piccolo Embossing Powders: Gilded Rose Gold, Shamrock Dreams, Girls Night Out, Mossy Glen
Embossing ink
E6000 adhesive
K & Company “Que Sera Sera” patterned paper
floral moss
printable face

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A Journey Through Simplicity

This is my monthly post for the wonderful Retro Cafe Art Gallery and while I usually do technical tutorials, I feel I need to do a different type of tutorial.  This particular step by step serves as a reminder for me.

Often times, I get so wrapped around how big, grand, and detail oriented I feel my projects and creations must be, especially when I am representing another company or shop.  After all, isn’t that what my “claim to fame” is?  Aren’t my creations most noted for the amount of detail that goes into each piece?

The pressures I put on myself are stress-inducing and as a result, I often hit a road block that I can’t seem to get over or through.  What happens in the end is I sit down, get to work, and hate every second of it.  Something that is suppose to be joyous and a release from the day to day turns into the day to day and a chore.  The mojo flees.  The creativity stagnates.  The desire is extinguished.

Please.  Sit back, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and just relax with me as I take you through my journey in simplicity.

It’s important to remember where we started as crafters and artists.  For me, it all started with a piece of pretty patterned paper and a photograph.  While I no longer scrapbook, I do still have remnants of those deeply seeded roots.  As such, it’s only fitting that I use a piece of patterned paper as a starting point.  Since I work in mixed media and I was focusing on more humble beginnings, collage seemed to be the way to go.  Simple yet effective.  On one side, I have this beautiful patterned paper, on the other, newsprint tissue paper.

Once my tiny shrine was assembled, I had to laugh as I sat down to add beads.  I guess I can never truly let go of the smallest details.  I came to understand that these tiny beads which are applied one by one with a needle and glue are very much a part of my art journey.

What this simple, tiny shrine has told me as it came to life is that detail may not be my problem.  Size is.  This teeny piece has taught me that even the smallest of projects and ideas can carry the same impact that larger pieces like my dolls and crowns do.  And maybe it isn’t necessarily about impact but more about heart.  My heart, soul, and a lot of self reckoning went into this itty bitty darling but the vision it has blessed me with is much grander.

“Go big or go home” can be equally applicable to the smallest of undertakings.  It’s okay to keep things simple even if your idea of simple may be a bit different than what is literal.  For me, “simple” means small.  Details can still be big, like the beads and the jewelry finding tucked inside this shrine.  But scale doesn’t always have to be “bigger is better”.

Supply List:

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Mini Houses Shrine Kit
Firemountain Gems Seed Beads
Patterned Paper
Tissue Paper
Mod Podge
E6000
Bookmark Blank
Jewelry Findings