Washi Thank You Card

Good morning everyone!  Marilyn here with a quick project from our very own Mama Amy.  She has created a wonderful “Thank You” card that I believe you will love.  Amy, please tell us how you made this beautiful bright and happy card.
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Washi Tape Thank You Card

I begin the card by laying down drywall tape as the base, then layered floral washi tape from our Green Washi Tape Combo Pack and aqua striped tape from our Diagonal Stripes Washi Combo Pack over it.  Next came some Heidi Swap neon letters and Basic Grey chipboard pieces.  Lastly I inked the edges and chalked over the drywall a bit.

Washi Tape Envelope

For the envelope, I added chevron washi tape from the Green Washi Tape Combo Pack to give me a decorative area in which to write in the mailing address.

This card was done for a special person whose very kindness brought tears to my eyes.

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Amy, thank you for a wonderful, thoughful card.  It’s so great that you were able to repay a great kindness with one of your own.  Anyone would be thrilled to receive the beautiful card you have created.  Plus, I LOVE the chicken!

Until later…………………….
Smiles~
Marilyn

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Year in Review- Gauche Guests for 2011

Hello Michelle here!

Here we are well into the second week of January but I’m still in review mode- nothing like a good look back at how far you’ve come to more clearly see where you are going. Holy MOLY did Gauche Alchemy have an incredible line up of  mixed media artists in 2011 or what?

Prepare for a feast for the eyes AND the mind. Links for each month and the artist’s personal website are provided in case you’d like to read further. Happy 2012!

March’s Guest designer,  Julie Fei Fan Balzer, started the party with this beautiful page:

March's guest- Julie Balzer. "Looking Forward" using the Hot For Teacher Kit

I love how Julie outlined the circle and turned all those patterns and colors in the Hot for Teacher  kit into an amazingly cohesive and unique design.

April’s Guest designer, Amy Tsuruta, made me reach for my Sizzix machine:

Amy used ouchless cardboard and items from the Gauche Acme subscription to really add dimension to this wonderfully modern ATC.

I LOVE that corrugated butterfly! I’m definitely going to try this! Amy used  Ouchless Cardboard, Scarlet Fever Red Mixed Media Color Kit and the Acme Subscription Kit. Our new Moshi Moshi kit features Japanese newsprint as well.

May’s guest designer, Julia Stainton, showed our readers how to incorporate Gauche ephemera into their projects:

Julia really hit home with this delicate and visually complex Mother's Day card. How gorgeous is that mix of beige, silver and white? LOVE!!!

Julia used clear punchinella, items from our Wedding Night White Mixed Media Kit  and papers from our Acme Subscription kit but you can reach similar results using our Bare Nekkid and Nearly Nekkid neutral tone kits.

Gauche took a small breather over the summer but came back strong in September with Dina Wakely  who rocked the house with this project using bee’s wax and paint:

LOVE Dina

Dina used the Going Postal Mail Art Mixed Media Kit– WOW!!! Just WOW!!!

In October Gauche had some fun with the Halloween theme and introduced the  Monstrous Mutant Robots from Outer Space kit and Guest artist July created several fantastically whimsical pieces:

This mini book is AWESOME. The color, the painted bits- LOVE!! Those three square brands on the bottom along with the torn and doodled edges are great details.

In November Frieda Oxenham quietly tilted the axis of my creative horizon with several projects you can check out here:

Frieda used a napkin, punchinella and corrugated cardboard to make a show stealing 10 by 10 mini quilt but it was this layered and evocative ATC that stole the show for me.

Frieda used our Bare Nekkid kit to make this ATC- the layering and red accent stitching on the leaves make for an beautifully subtle work of art .

And lastly, in December, Cat Kerr took the Knick Knack Paddy Whack Kit and ran gleefully away with it:

Absolutely, positively smashing!! Love every detail in this project!

More on Cat’s wonderfully detailed process can be read in the original post here.

There you have it. Inspired yet? I am going straight to my crafty corner after this sentence to get started on my next project- if it has an ounce of the creativity shown here I will be extremely happy.

Chells out!

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Gauche Alchemy Theme Day: Projects in the Mist

Hellooooooo everyone, Maggi here! 😀

I hope you’ve all had a good week! We here at Gauche Alchemy are ready to get your weekend rockin’ by sharing this month’s theme day which is…*drum roll*…Mist! That’s right, this month we decided to mist up our projects. Do you like using mist on your projects? Mist is basically a paint or ink that you spray out of a bottle causing it to “mist” on your paper or page. Voila, Projects in the Mist!

(For those of you counting, I’ve used the word “mist” 7 times already. 😛 And P.S.-Did you know that we just happen to have a fabulous selection of mist available in the Gauche Alchemy store? Well, we do so head on over and stock up without ever leaving your keyboard. :D)

Now, let’s see what our DT ladies, who got all misty over theme day this month, did for their projects…

Lara: For my misting project I decided to use the latest prompt at A Year in the Life of an Art Journal as my inspiration in addition to the “misting” prompt here at Gauche Alchemy.

However, for my misting technique I chose spraypaint as lately I’ve been super inspired by graffiti and I like the opaqueness spray paint creates. There’s five layers of paint on this page (I know, I have a problem) – the first layer is my “palette” layer – paints I’ve used on other projects throughout the last couple of months. Over that to make it more cohesive I used acrylic paint with some molding paste and Punchinella to stencil it. I then slathered my hands in paint to do the imprint. Then I cut out outlines of my hands, used them as masks while I also took some lovely plastic canvas from the Wholey Sheet Kit and lightly spraypainted over the entire page. I then sprayed some “Merlot” Glimmer Mist for a soft drippy effect and then dripped more acrylic paint at the top. Finally I put some alpha stickers on that say “Stop – Are You Happy.” I wanted to journal more but then decided that one sentence says it all. And my art journalling these days has concentrated more on visual evocation than literal. But that one sentence produces an answer that then produces so many more questions….

Yvonne used pieces from our Scarlet Fever Mixed Media Color Kit for this awesome layout:

Hello my name is

Erika: I used glimmer mist extensively on my art journal page. It was used to create the background, used for both negative and positive masking.

Stamped the butterflies, and bubble wrap with glimmer mist and created coffee rings by pressing a cup into the mist and transferring. Painted the heart with glimmer mist and last but not least added splatter by flicking the glimmer mist off a paint brush.

Kas: Well, I ended up spilling on my project, so I had to do some quick rethinking as my fever wasn’t going to let me re-do the other project. So with some scissors and a few assorted things from various GA kits…I have a cute card to send my friend. (sometimes things happen for a reason!)

I used Red Velvet Glimmer Mist for the sun and Patina for the ocean. The ribbon, monkey and palm tree are from GA Mixed Media Color Kits.

Angela: Did you know you can paint with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist? The soft colors of the Glimmer Mist give a shimmery watercolor effect, and there’s no need to use water, just dip your brush directly into the mist bottle. That really cuts down on the mess!

For this card, I used the Bombshell Stamps Hawaiian Girl stamp set. I stamped the image of the Hawaiian girl on white textured cardstock using black StazOn ink (This is important! StazOn ink will not smear when it gets wet!) I then used a fine detail paint brush and painted over the stamped image with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I used quite a few colors of mist on this card, but you could get a nice effect with only a couple of mist colors.

Once my image was dry (it only took a few seconds), I mounted it on this cute card that I made with Gauche Alchemy Ouchless Cardboard and palm tree wallpaper sample.

And as for yours truly (uh, it’s Maggi again) lol, I decided to share with you an older project of mine but this use of mist has special meaning to me because it was the first time I ever used any sort of mist.  (And you never forget your first time, am I right? 😉 ) lol  So I started with ATCs using pictures of Jimi Hendrix, lyrics from his song “Manic Depression” and Punchinella.

Now the special “mist meaning” was that I totally screwed these up.  LOL  The cardstock I used for the background was blue, I added a crackled paint effect but the Hendrix pictures were black and white.  I say “were” because I got WAY too close with the paper and misted the living snark outta these ATCs.  lol  Ah well, the effect actually worked and it served as a lesson that even your creative mistakes can be used to your project’s benefit so never be afraid to try something new!  🙂

And there you have it, Misting Madness!  Do you have a misting project to share with us?  We’d love to see it!  Just include a link in your comment on this post so we can take a look or even better, upload it to our Gauche Alchemy Flickr group!
Now you know the drill: Go glue (or mist) something awesome onto some awesome something!  😀

*Final “Mist” Usage Count: 30

Stephanie Gets Sketchy

Hello everyone in Gaucheland!

Steph here, with a quick & easy project that is also very handy to have around!

I love creating cards and like to keep track of the card sketches you can find online, so this January I started keeping a “sketch book”. The one I made was completely filled by the last day of May (how convenient – couldn’t have happened better if I’d planned it that way!), so I needed a new one for June – on. Enter Gauche Alchemy + a cheap spiral notebook from the back-to-school section at Wal-Mart! (HA!)

I used one of the 12×12 papers out of the BabyKiddoCutie Paper Craft Kit as well as various elements from the Wedding Night & It’s All Gravy Baby! Mixed Media Color Kits. The doily & flowers were sprayed with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist, so they’re actually rather sparkly… (Hey. Look. I didn’t use ANY pink OR black OR teal. There was no freakin’ way I was going without shimmery too!)

And there you have it, folks – a quick & easy way to store all your sketches you find online – and you’re never stuck with the ‘I know I saw this sketch somewhere but I have no idea where or when’ blues!

Laters!
S

Ad Inspiration Redux

Monday we announced a new fun little feature here at Gauche Alchemy – a challenge of sorts – to see how different people creatively interpret this awesome ad:

Monday, we saw what some of the design team did, let’s catch up with the rest of the design team, offer a little more inspiration and remind you you have until Sunday night (Midnight EST) to link up your work to be put in the running for the Wholey Sheets Kit!

Last Friday, Nicole offered a tutorial on creating amazingly gorgeous translucent paper. With that paper she created, and the ad as inspiration she made this:

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Lara made this postcard for a friend:

She says: “The image is from an Adobe Photo Library I found at work. The background is some old Basic Grey papers i cut and put back together. I used that Punchinella which is behind the girl also for the stencil of the dots. The text at the bottom is from some super old old old book i got at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. The paper lace I misted with my new Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist to match the paper better.

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Kas said of her piece:
“When I saw this ad for inspiration it was the ad I had been waiting for.  Too cool, retro, slick & fashionable.  The perfect ad to inspire this layout of my “gun-slinging” days.  When I was a “tween” my father signed me up for a gun safety class, which led to an invitation to join a Junior NRA rifle team.  You may say….10-13 year old girls (and some guys) what could they do.  Well, I worked my way through the ranks and shot competition beating out many a humbled and embarrassed adult male!!  It was a great confidence booster for a young girl.  Truly something you would never guess about me.

I printed the ad on vellum and colored on the back with Copic markers to give it that Pop Art look.  Punchinella makes a great background for some of my “miniaturized” awards.  The rest of the goodies are from Gauche Alchemy Color Kits: White Wedding Night, Blue Winter SLush, and Blackout.  The stamp around the edge is from Bombshell Stamp’s Cherry Bomb set.

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Andrea’s layout uses Ouchless Cardboard as the canvas and miscellaneous items from the Envy Green Mixed Media Kit.

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Passion re-ignited? Ready to go create?
Remember to link up your lovelies here by Midnight EST on Sunday April 26 and we will choose a winner by random who will win the awesome Wholey Sheets kit!
For bonus chances to win if you post about the challenge somewhere else and let us know, your name will be entered in an additional time!
AND an additional bonus – upload your creation to our Flickr group for yet one more entry!

Yvonne!

Hi to you! Yvonne here – Greetings from Singapore! I’m so happy to be part of the Gauche Alchemy design team and I look forward to sharing my creative adventures with you and being inspired by you too! 🙂

Happy 2 C U

I love to make stuff, especially using unexpected “found” stuff around my house (or someone else’s! ;). The years of saving little trinkets and ephemera finally paid off when I discovered scrapbooking. I am no longer a “junk collector” but a thing-finder and treasure-keeper…;)

Fashionista

My style is constantly evolving but it always involves some form of upcycling and colour! 🙂 like this tiny art piece (at least to me..) that uses scraps and packaging!

Altered item

I’m a challenge blog junkie and try my best to play along whenever I can…it is a great way to get your photos scrapped and make new friends! I scrap the everyday stuff, laugh at myself a lot…

Laugh

Confess my guilty pleasures…

My guilty pleasure

And share the joy I have playing with my nephews…;)

B is for boys

See you soon and have a fun day! 😉

Fun day

And if you missed our previous introductions last week:
Maggi
Andrea
Erika

Kas

Erika!

Hi Everyone, I’m Erika Taylor and I’m UBER excited to be working with Gauche Alchemy. I’ve got a smokin husband named Mark, who is my biggest supporter and fan and we have two zany and wild children aged 2.5 and 5. I’ve been paper crafting for over a year, but you could always find me with scissors, glue, crayons and construction paper when I was a little girl. I’ve got a crazy personality and love to make people giggle, either with me or at me. I’m also a Canuck and they do say we are among some of the funniest people on the Planet MUWHAHAHAHAHA.

Creatively, I love trying new things and revel in new techniques, tools and supplies. I am very eclectic in my style and sometimes look from one project to the next and think “Did I make both of those? or was I abducted by aliens during one of the processes of creation” I guess I’ll never know the answer to that one. The Aliens are pretty good at covering their tracks lol. You can usually spot my stuff by the crazy amount of layers I smack on a project. What can I say, I’m like an onion….many layers. I also am a quote junkie and love playing piano in my spare non crafting time.

Here are a few of my most favorite projects I’ve created this past year.

Come on by my blog and take a look. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and leave some love. You can find me at http://taylordconcepts.blogspot.com. I’m so lucky to be a part of some great Design Teams including Bombshell Stamps, and would love for you to see what else I do creatively. So hop to it!

Toodles
Erika Taylor

Also (in case you missed it) meet: Maggi and Andrea