Our Blog Has Been Moved!

Hi everyone!

We decided to put our big girl pants on and have moved our blog to our gauchealchemy.com server. (We’re so grown up and stuff :P) Please update your links and bookmarks to: gauchealchemy.com and follow our new feed here. We’ve already updated the code for our blog buttons, feel free to copy them again!

Thanks for your support!

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Gauche Alchemy + Paper Issues = TOTAL AWESOMENESS!

Hallooooo out there!  This is Chrissy to let you in on an awesome collaboration we are participating in!  For the next two weeks, the Paper Issues crew is doing an awesome theme that gets you to think outside of your comfort zone and guess who has eight thumbs and is sponsoring! That’s right! We are!  Here are some awesome projects from a few of the Paper Issues gals (and you’ll probably recognize two of them, our own Gauche Mama, Chrissy and our Newsletter Overlord, Lori!

We also have news of an awesome giveaway on the Paper Issues blog and a 30% off coupon code for our very own sweet shop!  For the Paper Issues giveaway, just head on over to Paper Issues and become a follower as well as “like” their Facebook page.  Here’s the awesomeness you’ll be in the running for:

Now for our awesome little coupon offer.  Just go into the Gauche Alchemy shop anytime between now and the 27th to take advantage of the 30% off coupon.  Upon checkout, use coupon code PAPERISSUES2012 to get 30% off your order!  This excludes the ACME Kit subscriptions though.

Be sure to check out all of the amazing mixed media projects over at Paper Issues and we would love it if you linked up your projects with them as well as within our Flickr group!

Cheers!

Chrissy

ANNOUNCEMENT (washitape washitape washitape)!

HEAR YE!  HEAR YE!  I come bringing news of immense proportions!  Gauche Alchemy studios is proud and INSANELY giddy to announce the arrival of a new category to our shop.    Wanna know what it is?  I’ll give you a little peek…

Oooooooh…so pretty, right?  That’s right, my gauchie friends…WASHI TAPE!  Twenty different variety packs, to be exact. Stripes, plaid, dots, metallic!  We’ve got it all.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Any of these trios could be yours for only $10 with FREE SHIPPING!  How sweet is that?  Stop by the shop and behold the grand array of washi goodness!!!!

Please stop by regularly to see some fantastic examples of what you can do with washi tape! And possibly a giveaway or two.  But you don’t like giveaways, do you?

I promise you will not be disappointed.

Welcome New Alchemists!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to announce some new additions to the team! You guys really went all out during our design team call and this was such a hard decision to make! In fact, we decided to snag more than we originally thought just because we couldn’t pick just one. (It was like having our own bag of creative chips. lol)

We have a new newsletter overlord, all hail Lori Wilbanks!

Lori Wilbanks
Howdy-ho neighbors!! I’m Lori and am supremely excited to be your new NEWSLETTER OVERLORD (I like to say that very dramatically, with a loud, low voice….sometimes with an evil laugh as well, depending on my mood.) I am a single, thirty-something educator, who loves books, coffee, laughter, and naps. I live in sunny (and too hot) Florida and am an aunt to four of the most adorable nieces and nephews.

I started as a scrapbooker in my twenties and my style has changed through the years. Once I was introduced to mixed media and art journaling, and felt the joy of having paint covered fingers, I never looked back. I love learning new techniques and every t-shirt I own has paint on it. 🙂 I like throwing paint and glue and paper on art journal pages, canvases, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. It’s all about the mess, I say. I am so very stoked to be joining this crazy talented team and hoping to learn from each of them…and you! Let’s get messy!

We’ve got two great new writers, meet Marilyn Hughes!
Marilyn Hughes
I’m a happily married mother of a wonderful teenage son living in the southern part of Louisiana. Employed as an Assistant Director of Facility Services for a world-renown Biomedical Research Center, I spend my days number crunching and cracking the whip over a bunch of guys. After a hard day at the office, I consider creating art good for the soul and necessary for my sanity. It’s the best therapy out there.

I gravitate toward lace, ephemera, embellishments, general junktique , and basically anything vintage. While I love anything altered (& will alter anything), ATCs, Tags, and Inchies are my forte. Creating is done while drinking gallons of coffee (love that caffeine), listening to country music, and doing impromptu dancing in my studio. Give me a stack of paper, a pile of assorted embellishments & ephemera, a UHU stick & scissors, tune the radio to Kenny Chesney or Pistol Annies, and I’m one happy lady! YEEHAW!

And our second writer, Jenn “Scraps” Walker!
Jenn "Scraps" Walker
I am a multi-passionate blogger and artist who believes in the power of creativity, cocktails, (parenthetical references) and having a good laugh (generally at my own expense). A creative dilettante (in the best possible sense of the word), my creative methods of choice these days lean towards collage, comics and considering the possibilities of the cases of empty wine bottles I’ve collected. My home studio is called The Abyss, I have a thing for monkeys, and I can’t wait to slap some paint on canvas very soon.

We have not one but TWO new video chicks! First up is Mary Brockway:

Mary Brockway
Hello! My name is Mary and I live in Arizona with my husband and 3 children. I’d say my creative adventures are pretty eclectic. One day I may create a fabulous piece of chunky jewelry with found objects and the next a card or journal. The one thing that’s a constant, is that I’m going to change! I LOVE tinkering around with things and finding new ways to use old items. OH! And there WILL be sparkle. And stitching. Love that, too.

And last but not least, Amy Lassiter!

Amy Lassiter
I am a Momma to 3 daughters, ages 17, 12, and 10, and the wife to my best friend from college. I am a classically trained soprano, and sang opera professionally before deciding to focus on my family (I’ve never regretted that decision). I do sing locally, and hold a part time job as a church soloist and section leader. I also hold another part time job as a librarian. Other than my paper crafting and mixed media crafting hobbies, I enjoy photography, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery, and antiquing and thrifting.

I began crafting as a child. As the youngest grandchild in my extended family, and an only child, I got to spend lots of quality time with my very crafty grandmothers. My maternal grandmother was an artist, and taught me oil painting, sewing, tatting, and other various forms of crafting. My paternal grandmother taught me crochet and doll making. I started scrapbooking/paper crafting/creating mixed media art about 18 months ago in earnest. Before that, I scrapbooked, but in a very simple way. I have started to fall into a style that is uniquely mine, and I am discovering more pieces of “my style” as each day passes. My projects are very artsy, creative, eclectic, and unique. I believe in staying true to my style, because for me, the time I spend creating projects in my studio is therapeutic, and a form of self-expression….the joy is very much in the process. As right brained as I may be, I view my crafting as a job, and I am very reliable; I work very well within deadlines, and I believe in giving my best, most creative work every single time.

Welcome ladies!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Stop the Show! It’s a New Kit!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you our newest kit! Presenting: Showstoppers!

Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit

The Showstoppers Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit is FULL of amazing vintage ephemera, new patterned papers, punchinella and embellishments. Your projects are sure to make the Best Dressed list! Can we say Award for Best Artist? (They give awards for that, right?) You know, I love all of our kits but this one…oh my, Maggi needs it! (Don’t tell the other kits I said that.)

Altered Art Mixed Media Kit

Here’s what you get:

-A random assortment of 11 awesome pages of Gauche Alchemy ephemera (of course)
-An assortment of patterned papers from the likes of Prima, Graphic 45, and others
-A KaiserCraft “Big Ticket” mini album
-A 12×12 piece of our wallpaper paper
-A Tim Holtz “Tickets” stamp
-A Gauche Alchemy “TekniKolor Color Kit” containing various bits and bobs
-A large black sequin fabric swatch
-A small coordinating fabric swatch
-Various lace and trims
-A Groucho Marx patch
-Tickets
-1 Piece of punchinella
-1 Piece of PVC punchinella
-1 12″ strip of film

*Please note the pictures above are merely representations of what you’ll receive; due to the nature of vintage ephemera, each kit is unique!

**This kit is only $39.00 and ships F-R-E-E to the United States and Canada! All other countries pay only $8.00 to ship!**
Scrapbook Paper for Mixed Media

Vintage Ephemera for Mixed Media

Found Objects for Mixed Media

Um, hello! It’s fabulous, right? Strut down the red carpet to the Gauche Alchemy store and get your very own Showstoppers kit today! (Watch out for paparazzi)

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Work for Gauche Alchemy!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to ask a question: Do you love Gauche Alchemy???  Are you irreverent, snarky, creative AND maybe just a wee bit coo coo bananas? If so, we want to put you to work! 😀

Here at Gauche Alchemy, our goal is to support and encourage creative thought and expression by providing materials that help artists of all types think differently about their creative pursuits. We endeavor to be the “jumping-off point” for your next great idea! We are all about upcycling, as well as digging up the best manufactured products we can find and we’re looking for 3 creative, dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team!

Current Open Positions:

Blog Writer

Blog Writer Wanted

Writing should be as much (or more!) your passion as creating projects. We are looking for 1 writer who is committed to writing the best darn blog posts on the ‘net, incorporating content from designers’ projects (including your own) to trolling the web for eye candy and inspiration. We’d like your thoughts on art, life and everything. This position entails writing 6-7 blog posts plus one newsletter article a month. Writers post on an alternating weekly schedule (meaning one week you’d post on Wednesday and the next you would post on Monday and Friday) working two weeks ahead. We will keep you flush with goodies from our stash and you may design to your heart’s content (we encourage it!) but you will not have specific deadlines for projects, only your blog posts.

You must possess the ability to meet deadlines and stay in consistent communication with the team.  Knowledge of SEO principles and procedures a plus, WordPress experience preferred but not required however you do need to have a knowledge of blogging and basic HTML coding (i.e. creating links and uploading pictures). This is a 6 month position.

Newsletter Overlord

Newsletter Writer Wanted

We’re looking for an overlord to ROCK our monthly newsletter! You’ll be responsible for receiving newsletter articles from our writers (as well as adding your own short articles), creating an exciting monthly newsletter using Mad Mimi (Mad Mimi experience a plus but not required) and sending it to our subscribers on time. In addition, this position also requires that you create 2 projects a month that will be shown on our blog. You will be sent a design kit of GA products to enable your creative muse! This is a 6 month position.

Videographer

Videographer Wanted

If you like to create video how-to’s on all things artsy and crafty, this is the job for you. You will be responsible for one video a month, due on the 1st of the month, which will be posted to our YouTube channel and distributed across the web in a variety of social media outlets. We want to see creative tutorials and process videos to inspire artists of every medium. You should know how to work a camera and do some simple editing (to add our website address to the frame, for example). SEO knowledge a plus. You don’t have to be a professional – but the videos need to be clear and concise (5-10 minutes at most). You will be kept flush with goodies to inspire your creations and you will occasionally be assigned tutorial topics that we’d like covered. This is a 12-month position.

*All members of the design team will receive a discount in the store along with a generous Alchemist kit, filled with Gauche Alchemy greatness!

To apply, send the following to maggi at gauchealchemy dot com by midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 30th with the phrase “2012 DT Call” in the subject line.

All applicants please send us:
Name:
Location:
Your blog address:
Are you currently on any other design teams? (Previous DT experience is not required)
Your favorite type of project to create:
Which products in our shop inspire you the most?
Why do YOU want to work for Gauche Alchemy?

For writer applications, send a sample of your writing (blog posts will suffice – but give us specific posts you’d like us to look at – you can list 2 or 3, please provide direct links) and 2-3 pictures of your best projects.

For newsletter overlord applications, please provide direct links to 2-3 of your best blog posts and attach 2-3 pictures of your best projects or links to where we can see them. Please also let us know if you have any experience with Mad Mimi or newsletter writing in general.

For video applications
, please provide a 1-2 minute video (upload it to YouTube or similar video service online and give us the link). Use this as an opportunity to show us your style. You may appear in the video personally or do voice over or even just do brief written instructions on screen – whatever works for you and showcases you best. Show us your idea of a good tutorial. It need not be art-related. Show us how to fry an egg – whatever you like, but make it fun and interesting.

Good luck everyone, we look forward to receiving your application! If you have any questions before you apply, please feel free to e-mail me at maggi at gauchealchemy dot com

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something! (Then send it in with your application!) 😀

While you’re at it, celebrate National Craft Month with Gauche Alchemy!

Everything in the Gauche Alchemy store is now 10% off through the end of March in honor of National Craft Month! Sweet!

Maggi

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Moshi Moshi Gauche Alchemy!

Hi everyone!

Maggi here to announce our super cool new kit for January! Please to enjoy our Moshi Moshi Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit!

I just love this kit! I got some time to play with it before it hit the Gauche Alchemy store and let me tell you, it rocks! Most of the contents in this kit came straight from Japan. It’s got a little bit of kawaii, a little bit of vintage goodness and a whole lot of awesomesauce! (And yes, I did just say “awesomesauce”, this kit is that cool.)

Here’s what you get:

– 1 12×12″ Tinkering Ink floral paper
– 1 12×12″ Basic Grey Wisteria paper
– 1 8.5×11″ Bazzill cardstock
– 1 sheet vintage origami paper
– 1 5″x12″ piece of PVC punchinella
– 1 swatch of fabric with sticker adhesive on the back
– 3 Japanese children’s book pages
– 1 sheet of Japanese newspaper
– 1 sheet vintage dressmaking book page


– 1 Chinese foreign text page
– 1 Japanese foreign text page
– 1 page from a Japanese tourist book
– 1 card of vintage Japanese embroidery floss
– several Japanese paper game pieces
– 1 swatch vintage silk kimono fabric (pattern varies)
– adhesive fabric book tape swatch
– Bento box food picks and cupcake liner (pattern varies)
– small Asian-themed bookmark
– novelty eraser from Japan (in this photo, the milk carton – varies)
– a patterned binder clip and a novelty wooden clip
– mini patterned packing tape roll
– fabric-covered button from Japan
– tiny seed bead trim from Japan

I want to make sure you note that this kit includes some of our new PVC Punchinella and let me just tell you, I LOVE the PVC Punchinella.

Our Moshi Moshi Mixed Media Paper Crafting Kit is now available in the Gauche Alchemy store!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something! 😀

Maggi