teeny can be perfect: Chrissy’s mini mixed media canvas.

hot hot hot !!!!!!

Hey ho Gauchey girlies and guys!

Ngaire here again, bringing you   a fab mixed media canvas created for us by the always gauche and sweet as all get out.. Chrissy!

get a load of this wee beauty:

teeny tiny and perfect in every way!

Can you believe this is Chrissy’s  VERY FIRST attempt at a REAL mixed media canvas!

Chrissy says” And let me be honest with you.  It sat on my shelf in a pathetic state for
MONTHS before I grabbed it today and said, “Eff it!” and just glued
random shiz onto it.”

LOLOL.  I love that way of creating! no rules , just do your thang and let the art create where it may!!

This canvas is only itty bitty.  It’s 3×5 inches small!!!! I personally LOVE a small project for its cuteness.. and lets face it.. the ability to FINISH IT QUICK!!!

Chrissy  used all kinds of stuff from the red, blue, and white color kits.   The collage images are from ARTchix Studios.  She also used Adirondack paint dabbers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, RangerAlcohol Inks, and MOD PODGE.  The pink tulle flower zipper flower are both the soert of amazing finds you can recieve in the ever lickable ACME kits.  and get this!! Chrissy MADE  the push pins all by myself with Sculpey and Stickles. WHAT THE??? Clever clogs she is!


Right then.. off to make some serious crafty stuffage.

until next time…

yeah, baby!




Dead sexy Altoid tin and Mooorrrrre…Caution: teeny cute/scary Day of the Dead post ahead.

Hey and hello there my fine friends!

Ngaire here wishing you all  a Happy Día de los Muertos to you!

Yup It is the annual Día de los Muertos celebration here at Gauche Alchemy.

For  those of you who don t know about the Day of the Dead Holiday ( and I , until  recently, was amongst you). Our trusty wiki search tells me this:

The “Day of the Dead” is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skullsmarigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Cool huh? As well as remembering your lost loved ones.. you get to do all sorts of cool and amazing stuff…  as  a non Mexican, non American Aussie.. I can honestly say this holiday appeals to me to the MAX!!

As you may or may not know.. you can find some VERY cool skull beads around the place. They often look like this:


BUT .. get a LOAD of these wee guys…OH my freakin’ goddess of all that is creepy.. LOOK at them!

rocking the sugar skull look!

and to get an idea of how teeny they are ( and how NUTSO Chrissy is for making them…:)


But then… she went COMPLETELY BONKERS and made the most amazing little tin.. unaltered on the outside to masquarade as a simple tin of altoids….

It's a mint tin!

but once opened…. WOW!!!!

I KNOW!!!! can you believe it????

The super talented and ever so crafty Chrissy says:

“Here’s my Day of the Dead tin!I kept it pretty simple because the skulliez are so darn small.

They are decorated using fine tip sharpies and a some what steady hand.”

(***SOME  WHAT????: Ngaire.****)

“For the inside of the tin itself, I just cut black cardstock and
layered some Punchinella over it.  Turns out, the Punchi was

I liked the look of the beads I made the banners with and decided they
matched the feel and look I wanted perfectly.”

Red Punchinella and bead banners

“The little acrylic flower thingies are YEEEEEARS old and have been in my stash for who
knows how long!  The podiums are made from wood micro spools and miniature milk jugs.”

(***OF COURSE THEY ARE !! HOW do you think of these things, woman??***: Ngaire)

there are NO words.

“I just painted them and glued everything together. The beads and the skulliez are from Oriental Trading Company.  I couldn’t believe how fast it came together.  Once I started, it just flowed!”

Chrissy.. you are the skullie  MASTER. I bow before your DOTD brilliance.

and  as an added bonus..we have a SKULLERIFIC layout from Michelle too! Oh how this makes my black heart sing.

"eternal love"

Michelle says:
“For this project I used some papers from the Black Out mixed media color kit, fishing line, a plastic Ikea cake doily and flowers from Prima and Petaloo. The skulls in the photo were made of some very delicate material so they stayed in the store but I snagged a couple of shots before I left. Many of the paper roses were colored black using acrylic paint or Tattered angels Glimmer Glam in “Oil Slick”. “

More cool DOTD stuff tomorrow for your viewing pleasure..and check out some DOTD goodness over at my  Pinterest

until next we meet…

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Albert Einstein




Nina Patena Gets Published!

Hi Ya’ll, it’s Michelle!!

In case you were wondering- WHAT in bloody hell does a scrap chick have to do to get published around here?

We have an answer for you! First (DUH) you have to whip up a great page design but to REALLY kill the competition you may want to consider using Gauche product! It’s unique, it’s special, it’s FLASHY.

That’s what the extremely talented and former GA Captain Nina Patena did and she credits GA for her first pub credit.
No way! WAY!
Go on girl!

Here’s the story in her own words:

“I was looking at my brother’s old photos on Friendster and saw this photo taken at a corporate event of my brother playing with his band. I realized I had never seen this side of my brother before. I’d never seen him play onstage.

So I was inspired to make a layout answering a publication call for an upcoming book from Memory Makers. I knew the layout needed to stand out and that using Gauche Alchemy materials was guaranteed to do that.

I used the following materials from Gauche Alchemy: Blue Streak Mixed Media Color Kit, Foreign Text, and Punchinella. I decided on the blue to complement the shirt my brother is wearing in the photo and of course the punchinella star design to emphasize that it’s about performing onstage. This was a very quick and easy layout to pull off since I had the basic blue embellishments and punchinella to work with from Gauche Alchemy.

This is my first time being published in a book and I owe it to Gauche Alchemy for giving me my big break.”

See? SEEEE? What did I tell you?
It helps that Nina’s layout is really well designed and that the photo is amazing. But we’ll take all the credit we can get- hardy har har.

I really like the texture the page gets from the different materials that Nina has cut into strips.

AND- check this out- there is hidden journaling in the “Special Event” ticket die-cut slipped to the right of the photo. Uhhm- Nina- your brother is H.O.T!
But I digress…
This is also a hybrid layout. The turquoise woodgrain paper is all digi- awesome!

Congratulations Nina- you rock!!! And now everyone knows it!

SmOoChEs BeOtChEs!

Michelle’s Mini Guide to Hipstamatic

Well hellooo there!

I’m Michelle and this is my first post for Gauche Alchemy! I am SO excited! Today I want to take a few minutes to talk up a fabulous app for your iPhone called Hipstamatic.

Norman outlook on the Amalfi Coast- Libatique 73 lens and Ina’s 1969 film

I know this is a pretty sophisticated audience. (You wouldn’t be shopping our delicious wares otherwise!)  But just in case you don’t already have it, Hipstamatic is an app that spices up your iPhone photos with lens and film effects. Each “lens” and “film” combination adds different borders, lens effects, funky colors or enhances contrast. You can also share your photos much like Instagram on Facebook, Twitter or via email (there are more options but those are the ones I use).

Solar Flare Portrait  Chunky lens, Cano Cafenol film

This isn’t a format for lovers of perfect focus or high definition images with lots of detail. The effects aren’t even predictable but that’s the fun part! To the left of the lens graphic on your iPhone screen there is a switch that allows you to choose “high quality” or “standard quality”. Keep the camera on the high quality setting- there are no drawbacks as both settings are relatively low resolution. You will be able to fit thousands of photos in your iPhone – my 32 gig iTouch is currently holding 3,849 photos and there’s plenty of room for more.

Power Plant- John S Lens, Blanko film

Hipstamatic also has a print shop where you can order 4×4 or 7×7 prints and have them mailed to you.  I personally use Adobe Photoshop to add several images to an 8×10 page and print them at home. Printing the square format photos at your local drugstore will only yield images that have been cropped heavily on both sides unless you are a Photoshop software wiz who can add white bars to the photo for proper automatic printing.

My favorite lenses are:

The Libatique 73 gives the photo a gorgeous antique brown and cream tone but also softens and preserves the strongest colors so you get some nice color pop effects.

Helping Daddy Fly a kite- Libatique 73 Alfred Infrared

The Buckhorst H1 evens out the contrast on a photo and gives it a sunny yellow tint.

Buckhorst H1 lens and Ina’s 1969 film

The Watts Lens gives your photos a hot pink cast, especially around the borders and is high contrast so it’s best for inside or cloudy day shots. Photos taken in sunny weather look great but you will get black holes where eyes should be- kinda creepy.

Cloudy Sky- Watts Lens and Big Up Film

My Fave films are:

Big Up film- the companion “film” to the Watts lens, it gives your photos a randomly chosen pink, yellow, white or black duct tape border which is UTTERLY fabulous!

Beach Toes- Watts Lens and Big Up Film

Black Keys Super Grain- gives the photo a stark black and white grainy look with a black border- great for moody “Here’s Lookin’ at you kid” shots.

Reader at High Line Park-  John S lens, Black Keys Super Grain Film

Ina’s 1969- gives the photo a retro slide border and an overall bluish cast. Fantastic retro effect!

Paestum, Italy. Libatique 73 lens and Ina’s 1969 film

Now go on and shoot yourself silly!


Gauche Alchemy Peep Show

Hi everyone!

Maggi here with some more sneaky peekys to whet your appetite for the Gauche Alchemy birthday celebration relaunch extravaganza on 9/1! Our Alchemists have been working hard to bring you some amazing creations in September.

Some things are sweet and some things…well…not so much but they are all drowning in Gauche.

Now, since I write the posts that make the whole world read, I’ve seen all of these projects in their Gauche-y glory and yes…they are glorious.

GA is celebrating their birthday on 9/1 and I’m really looking forward to sharing the new design team’s talent with you!

We have a ROCKIN’ guest designer for September and I cannot WAIT to introduce them to you. You are going to spit booze (or whatever tasty beverage you enjoy while surfing the web) all over your computer monitor when you see what they’ve created with our goodies. But that’s all I can say. No more for you, naughty one, until next month. Nope, don’t try to bribe me, I’ve promised to wait until September and that’s what I mean to do…Come now…don’t pout! …

Oh what hell, here’s a sneak peek from September’s guest designer!

Oh yeah baby! September’s shaping up to be the best birthday month ever! We’ll be celebrating all week with posts out the ying yang. There will be a prize here and if you’re savvy enough to hang with us on our Facebook page, you’ll see even more awesome Gauche stuff to win!

Now help us celebrate GA’s birthday by gluing something awesome onto some awesome something! (And when you’re done, upload it to our Flickr group or Facebook page!)

Collage art– it’s not just for Kindergarten!

It’s a cloudy day here in the desert (quite unusual for May!), and I went in search of some new art inspiration to feed my soul.  And let me tell you, the art world is rich with mixed media and collage work…I was inspired, indeed!

Take a look:

I am really loving the monochromatic quality of this one!  In fact, there just may be a kit full of these neutral, faded tones released soon *hint hint*

 Looking at all this amazing collage work has really inspired me to look at the things around me (even trash!) in a new way.  Receipt from the convenience store?  Ticket stub?  Old letter?  Discarded ribbon?  All of these things can be used to create art that is personal and meaningful.

I encourage you to take some time to think about what inspires you, and how you can incorperate everyday objects into your art.  And then leave us a comment and tell us about it!

**all artwork found on www.notpaper.com**

Before Halloween is too distant a memory…

Here is a clever project from Merdrey!

I had this sunglasses from CHA Summer this year just waiting to be altered! I covered the lens with punchinellas and cluttered stuff from the Black Out mixed media kit and Lady Marmelade mixed media kit at the corners! Now to go ‘BOO!’



And Yvonne – how awesome is this?  Love the Alice in Wonderland graphics and the google eyes on the Cheshire Cat!

I upcycled an old food container and decorated the lid with bits from the various color kits.

Who loves treats

How about you?  Share your Halloween projects with us in our Flickr group!  You never know – you might end up featured in our next ssue of DIRT! (our newsletter).