Baby, You’re a Star!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show off the first project Lenna Young Andrews created with our Showstoppers kit!

Take it away, Lenna!

Altered Mini Album
I looked through the kit to see what would inspire me and really wanted to work with the long ticket album. I liked how there were other things in the kits that coordinated so nicely with the “ticket” theme –actual ticket stubs, a ticket stamp, show theme papers . . .

Mini Album Cover

The funny cartoon included in the old magazine pages caught my eye and I used the actual album page/cover as a template and cut the cartoon to fit the cover.  I included the words from the cartoon, added one of the ticket stubs from the kit and used a Sea Sponge to sponge brown paint around the edges. As I was doing this it came to me that this should become a photo book and the people in the photos would be the stars. My theme was born!

I took the fibers and a shell button from the kit and used household Goop to adhere them to the cover. Using more of the fiber that came with the kit, I tied additional strands on to my original loop. I dabbed a bit of tacky glue onto the ends to prevent it from fraying. I also chose 4 small gold beads from the kit and used tacky glue to add them to the cover round the shell button.

Found Objects Close Up

I practiced writing with a white Sakura Glaze pen on some of the cartoon magazine page scrap. It worked fine, so I went ahead and ‘cemented’ my theme by writing “baby you’re a star” on the cover. I sponged on Bright Gold Lumiere paint to  compliment the brown paint and when this was dry, sealed the cover with a Gloss spray finish. When that was dry added the 2 Prima flowers.

Covering Mini Album with Paper

I then looked through the nice assortment of scrapbook paper and wallpaper to use to prepare the pages of the album. I cut the pages the same way as the cover with the wooden album page as a guide and used the same paper for both sides of the spread of pages to unify them.  All of the pages are covered with either scrapbook paper or a wallpaper sample from the kit… I used my xyron adhesive to make each page I cut out into a large sticker that I could then place down on the blank album page and burnish it to stick. It worked very well.

Found Objects Mini Album

I started choosing photos for the pages. My husband had just taken a series of photos of me with my new camera and I thought it would be cute to have a photo of me taking pictures of the “stars” in my life: my dogs & my husband. The little strip of film from the kit was just so appropriate! I used it as a border for the first photo of me taking pictures and was amazed to find there was exactly enough to use it as a border for the other 2 photos of me I included!! The xyron came in handing for attaching the film strip pieces too.

Found Objects Mini Album

I attached the photos and film strip with my xyron. On the page with the circles, the wallpaper was too dark to show off the film strip nicely so I backed it with a lighter piece (a trimmed photo border) before xyron-ing the whole thing into the book.

Mixed Media Mini Album

I used tacky glue to add a strip of sequins (kit) under 2 photos and my xyron to attach a section of star punchinella to one page. I added journaling about my pups under their photo and used tacky glue to add rubber stamping a feather to their page!

I added a couple of star rubber stamps to the pages to continue the theme and used a micron pen to write a bit.  I also used a sparkly copper Gelly Roll pen to add emphasis to the names and the stars. I knew the word rubber stamps I had chosen would not show up on the darker papers in my album, so I stamped them with white permanent ink on white paper, ran them through my xyron to make stickers, cut them out and placed them where I wanted!

Mixed Media Stamping

I rubber stamped with permanent ink directly on my photo of my 2 dogs, giving them STAR dog tags! I used a micron pen to draw in collars, made little stickers for their names and added an extra sequin from the kit for a little extra sparkle.

Mixed Media Mini Album Pages

Mixed Media Mini Album Collage

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Wonderful album Lenna, the theme you zeroed in on is perfect! Don’t forget to grab your very own Showstoppers Kit in the Gauche Alchemy store!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Gauche Scrabble!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo. Jo altered some Scrabble tiles and added her own Gauche twist to them. I just love them! Take it away, Jo!


Welcome to Gauche Scrabble!

Altered Scrabble Tiles

For this project I altered some wooden Scrabble tiles (I get mine on Ebay and in charity/thrift shops) and used my Gauche girlfriends for inspiration :o) First, I edged the tiles with black Staz-on and then I roughly cut out small squares from the Paper Napkin Art Kit. I stuck a napkin square on the front of each Scrabble tile using Mod Podge, trimming the edges once dry. Instant background – easy, huh?! While they were drying I covered a Scrabble tile stand with Mod Podge and another section of napkin, Mod Podging over the top to make sure it was properly stuck down. Then I had fun with the Gauche team images and Gauche materials. I simply collaged bits and pieces from the Black Out and Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kits, Punchinella, fabric scraps, black duct tape and finally added some bling. Done! BTW, Michelle gets the highest score because she is on H which has a score of 4!

Altered Art Scrabble Tiles

You could make one of these as a lovely personalized gift – I’ve made them with a word on each tile where the first letter of the word spells out someone’s name, or each tile could include their hobbies or family members. The possibilities are endless and they’re great fun to do (and very small!).

Thanks Jo, these are too cool!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Fun With Paper Collage

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo. Jo has created some paper collaged postcards and they are AWESOME! Take it away, Jo!


mixed media postcards

For this project I took my creative cue from the vibrant colours on a children’s book page from the ACME Kit and decided to have some FUN with the kind of colours that I never usually use. For these 4×6 postcards (or 6 x 4’s depending on your angle), I wanted to focus on experimenting with the backgrounds.

Postcard Collage

First, I sprayed the blank postcards with Cosmic Shimmer Mist (Teal wash), and then I sprayed over this with a darker shade of Shimmer Mist (Ocean Sunlight), using various styles of Punchinella as a stencil. I used the sprayed side as a stamp and also sometimes used a baby wipe to smear the excess ink through the cut out holes, which gave a lovely soft effect.

Postcard Paper Collage

Once these were dry I used a bottle cap dipped in gesso to leave random circular shapes over the cards. I then stuck on tissue paper scraps (mine are mostly Decopatch scraps), and highlighted the gesso circles and edges of the card with Sun Yellow Dy-na-flow. This paint has a wonderful intense colour that I wanted for these cards but you could use acrylic paint or ink too.

Paper Collage Mixed Media Postcard

I stuck on the fun little cartoon characters and added foreign text from the page – I have no idea what they’re saying, but I assumed that as they came from a children’s book they wouldn’t be rude! I outlined the wording and central character with Periwinkle Dy-na-flow.

Mixed Media Postcard

To finish off I added funky eyelets in the corners and threaded through some ball chain, to which I attached a super cute mini rubber duck from the Banana Hammock Yellow Mixed Media Color Kit. Playing with Gauche Alchemy products really help me move out of my comfort zone, using funky colours and images that I would never usually do. And you know what? It was such fun!

I just love these, you rock Jo!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Nature Lesson

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you a nature lovin’ altered shadow box curio from from Alchemist Jo. Take it away, Jo!


Altered Shadow Box
I have LOVED looking at Maggi’s and Chrissy’s Curio Boxes that they made from the wonderful Knick Knack Paddy Whack Kit and wanted to have a go at doing one myself – and I wanted to have a go NOW! In one of my ‘things to alter’ box I found a curio box that I got cheap because it had a scratch on the acrylic (but I don’t really mind about that).

Raw Shadow Box Ready to Alter

With this box, the acrylic ‘lid’ slides off. I gave the box a coat of white gesso to seal the wood, and then applied a coat of brown acrylic. I used a crackle glaze medium but, as usual, didn’t read the instructions properly, and applied the second coat of acrylic paint too soon so it didn’t crackle, more flaked. But you know what? I really liked that look, it gave it the look of something that’s been kicking around in a garden shed for many many years and that was pretty much the look I wanted anyway. See, there are happy mistakes!

Mixed Media Shadow Box

The ‘feet’ are 4 beads, painted the same way as the box and applied with a glue gun.

Box Legs Made From Beads

I then had lots of fun filling the box with curios from nature that give us lessons in life…… A heart shaped pebble (love), a shell (Home), a feather (be gentle), eggs (nurture), a seed head (expand your horizon), a seed pod (protect), a leaf skeleton (find the beauty within), and a dead moth that got blown into the house one day (seize the day).

Nature Themed Shadow Box
The eggs are polystyrene eggs painted with acrylic paint and dotted with brown. I used some Ouchless Cardboard for the shell to sit on and the leaf skeleton (which needed to be raised nearer the lid or it seemed to disappear) and some white net from the Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kit for the seed pod.

Finally, I screwed the clasp into place.

Wow, that was such fun to put together!

Thanks Jo, you have a way with nature! And I just love how your “mistake” produced this amazing peeled paint look, *love*.

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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Cheryl’s metal breakdown video

Hello Gauche fans!

Michelle here with a great faux metal D.I.Y technique video from Cheryl! I love the look of aluminum foil and corrugated board together!

Check it out:

Fun, fast and totally unique! This is definitely something to try for a masculine themed card or for any project where you want the look of metal without the physical weight.

Thanks Cheryl!

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Paint Messin’ with Cheryl

Hi everyone! Maggi here to present the newest video from our own Alchemist Cheryl!

Today, Cheryl is getting messy with paint and plastic bags. She shares a great technique that you will definitely want to use on the background of your next project!

Now, get out your paints and plastic bags, give this technique a try and then go glue something awesome onto it! 😀


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The Busy Bee

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo, who created this altered canvas back:

Punchinella Mixed Media

For this project, I was inspired by a piece of Punchinella – to me it looked like honeycomb and was also the gorgeous colour of milk and honey. I had a small (7″x5″) blank canvas that I wanted to use but I thought the back was far more interesting than the front! I really liked how there was a big rough chunky frame around a smaller canvas area (4″x2″ approx).

Back of Canvas Becomes a Frame

First, I brushed some gesso onto the wood to act as a primer (I didn’t want the wood to just suck up the ink). When that was dry I roughly dragged Distress Inks (Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint) all over the frame, including the outside edge. I used some Ranger clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the frame, although it dried with a very fine crackle so isn’t very clear in the photos.

I painted the inside canvas area and inner part of the frame with gold acrylic paint. I cut a piece of the Punchinella to size and stuck it in the middle area with Mod Podge..

I found a wonderful image of a bee hive at The Graphics Fairy and, having strengthened my copied image with thick paper, stuck it onto the bottom right hand corner. I rubber stamped the bees onto old paper (an end paper from an old book) and cut them out, sticking them onto the frame and inner honeycombed area.

Mixed Media Punchinella Canvas

Finally, I rubber stamped the words, “The busy bee has no time for sorrow” by William Blake, and stuck them onto the frame, outlining each word with Distress Inks.

It was such fun to get away from dark wintery colours and this little frame made me feel rather Spring-y!


Fantastic work Jo! And don’t forget, you can stock up on our Punchinella and everything in the Gauche Alchemy store at 10% off through the end of March in honor of National Craft Month!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi 😀

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