Happy Birthday, Gauche Alchemy!

Hey everyone!  It’s Amy and Heather.

Whoo hoo!  Can you believe Gauche Alchemy is THREE years old? What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Stay tuned this month, as you will be getting behind the scenes glimpses of the innermost workings of Gauche and insights to our humble and crass beginnings…don’t worry, we won’t post anything toooo personal.  Or will we?  You just never know!

We have had a quiet summer – at least from your perspective.  The blog has been silent for the most part, while we scheme our evil plots and hatch our gauche plans.  We’ve got some terrific fun for you this month and in the coming months, starting with our guest designer, Dina Wakley!

As many of you may know, Dina has been an amazing creative force in the mixed media and scrapbooking world for a number of years.  She was, in fact, one of my first true crafty inspirations, and she remains one today!  Her unique style has taken her all over the globe teaching and sharing her love of art.  Needless to say, I was pretty darn excited when Amy and I scheduled a face to face meeting with her!

Heather and I had the pleasure of meeting Dina in person, as she is one of the few designers we’ve worked with who actually live in the same city we do.  It was a bit of hike to get to each other, as Phoenix is one large m-f’er of a city, but we had a lovely lunch with her at Wildflower Bread Company (where I ate like a pig bellying up to the trough, but that’s a different story).

Dina’s cutie patootie youngest son was there to act as photographer, and a good time was had by all.  Dina and Heather seem to be hatching plans to make art and bake bread from the whispers I’ve been hearing… now that’s an event that will require photographic evidence, cuz I can’t wait to see what THAT’S all about!

It’s true!  If I ever make it to her side of town, there will be baking and painting involved!  PS: Can you tell from the picture that it is about 179 degrees where we live?  Talk about a glow!  ** it is actually a delightful combination of oil and sweat, but we prefer to think of it as glowing.  Always a lady!**

And we have another bit of news for you – we are releasing a new kit NEXT WEEK!  I don’t want to give too much away, but if you like mail art, you are going to LOVE this kit.  The new kit has a smaller version and a larger version – one for every budget… and we’ll also be having a ton of giveaways and prizes this month to celebrate our third birthday and our re-launch after our summer of silence.  So make sure you’re following us on Twitter and Facebook – some of the goodies will be given away there.  Also, if you don’t already have a Gauche Alchemy badge or blinkie on your blog, consider putting one up – we’ll be choosing blinkers (badgers?) at random to win fun stuff.


It’s a Contest!

Hello everyone!!!  As most of us (at least here in the US) are looking forward to a holiday weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some Gauche goodness with you all.  Amy and I are so thankful for your loyalty, creativity and shared inspiration.

Let’s start off with the eye candy.  Behold, the Exclusive Acme kit!

Each lot of Acme kits we produce is unique, filled with a special array of Gauche goodies that you are not likely to see anywhere else on our site.  At this time, Acme kits are only available through subscription (6 or 12 months),  but THIS WEEKEND ONLY, you have a chance to get your hands on one of these bad boys for yourself!

  Here’s how:

1.  Leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite summer activity.

2.  Become a fan on our Facebook page!  If you already are, then tell your friends about us and have them tell us who sent them! 

{just one more look at the goods}

We will choose a random winner from all the participants on Tuesday.

I should also mention that if you are currently a subscriber to the Acme kits, we will substitute with any Gauche products of equal value!

Have a fantastic weekend!!!

PS:  You will definitely want to come back on (or before) Tuesday, because we have some very exciting news you won’t want to miss!

PPS:  Don’t forget your sunscreen this weekend!

Choose Your Own Adventure, the Contest

Heather here!

You may have noticed that every month here at Gauche Alchemy, we have a theme.  It could be basic or more abstract, but always with a Gauche twist.

For the  month of May, we’ve got some really fun stuff planned for you, as well as a fantastic Guest Designer.  But for the following summer months, we need your help.  This is your chance to tell us what you would like to see here on our blog.  Oh yeah, and to win some cool prizes!!  Woo hoo- free stuff!!!

So, here is the deal.  We would like YOU, our fabulous readers, to choose the theme for June.  Leave a comment with your ideas, and remember that no theme is too naughty, saucy, crazy or silly here in Gaucheland.  So, give it your best shot!  The creator of the winning theme will receive a ribbon variety pack and a color kit of their choice (my favorite– pink parts, is shown here).Also, one random commenter will win our most popular product, a punchinella variety pack.We can’t wait to hear from you!

Getting Trashy With Deb

Hi there, Deb here! I know most of you are saying, “Who?” Well I admit, I sort of live in the dark ages and haven’t made my official cyber-debut…yet. 😀

I love the idea of re-purposing things, both in our lives and on our craft tables! Let’s talk about blister packs. You know what a blister pack is …..that annoying, impossible to get into, clear packaging that EVERYTHING comes in nowadays? Well, think of the possibilities that open up when instead of throwing away those packaging materials, you get a little “trashy”, punch their lights out and use them for your projects!

I love making my own embellies from this stuff….it’s so simple and FREE!

Use the flattest sides of the packaging and punch any shape to make your own “ghost embellishment.”

And voila! Instant “bubbles” for my layout!

Bubbles are only one option but there are unlimited embellishments you can make from package materials most people just throw away. Do you use up every last bit that you have for your projects? What are your favorite ways to get trashy?

Oh and here’s a bonus tip: You can also use the shaped packaging for easy disposable paint or glue trays. They’re easy peasy and no mess to clean up! 😀

Now go get trashy! 😀

And don’t forget, we’re sponsoring the latest prompt over at These Are a Few of My Favorite Things so create something about your Favorite Band and link it up HERE by Friday, August 13th!
Want to know what else is brewing at Gauche Alchemy?

Go shopping for your own Gauche goodies in our rockin’ Store!
E-mail us anytime: gauchealchemy@cox.net
Join the Gauche party on Facebook!
Stalk us on Twitter!
Drool over Gauche creations and add your own in our Flickr Group!

Gauche Alchemy Kit Subscriptions are Here!

Happy Monday everyone! Maggi here with an EXCITING announcement!  *happy dance*

Ever think to yourself, “I just cannot get enough Gauche Alchemy! I need more vintage-y craft-y awesome-y ephemera-y supplies and materials….more more MORE! My projects beg for the mixed media goodness that is Gauche. I want it NOW!”

Well hang on to your knee socks Veruca Salt because you demand and we provide! Please to enjoy, for the first time anywhere…*drum roll*…the ACME Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit Subscription!

“But Maggi, is this possible?! You mean there’s a subscription to Gauche Alchemy’s amazing ACME kit?!” That’s right my friend, now YOU have the opportunity to subscribe to our most popular kit. Not just that but our ACME kits will now only be available through subscription. *amazed, awe inspired gasp* You have a choice of a 6 or 12 month subscription, each and every kit you receive will be busting at the seams with rich, creamy Gauche Alchemy perfection. And the best part is, you don’t even have to leave your WIP (Work In Progress) because each kit will be shipped to you automatically!

Just like snowflakes, no two kits and no two months will ever be the same! These pictures are merely representations of what you can expect to receive during your subscription term. Here’s how it works:

Visit the Gauche Alchemy store, choose between the 6 month or 12 month subscription, simply add to your cart and check out. This will pay for your first month. We will then set up a PayPal subscription for the rest of your subscription term. The subsequent charges will appear on the 15th of the month and the kit will be mailed on the next business day. You may cancel at anytime, just notify us before the 10th of the month.

Anddddd all this can be yours for the low low price of only $30.00 a month! PLUS shipping is FREE to the US and Canada! (International customers only pay a flat shipping rate of $8.00!) Who loves you baby? Gauche Alchemy, that’s who! 😀 But wait, there’s more!!!

If you choose the 12 month Subscription, you’ll receive an extra $5.00 worth of Gauche Alchemy product (could be a color kit or random bag of awesomeness) added to your kit every month for FREE!

And did I forget to mention the extra 10% store discount that our subscribers receive? That’s right, for the length of your sub term, you’ll receive a personalized (non transferable) code that entitles you to 10% off anything else in our store that you have shipped with your kit!

So let’s sum up:

1. 6 or 12 month subscription – always ships FREE to the US and Canada (Only $8.00 for all other countries)  -Check
2. 12 month subscribers will always receive an extra $5 worth of GA product in their kits -Check
3. 6 and 12 month subscribers receive an additional 10% store discount for the length of their term -Check
4. Gauche Alchemy is awesome -Check and double check! 😉

So there you have it! This just made your Monday, didn’t it?! 🙂 So head on over to the Gauche Alchemy store and sign up for your 6 month or 12 month ACME Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit subscription today!!!

Now go subscribe and then go glue something awesome onto some awesome something! 😀
Want to know what else is brewing at Gauche Alchemy?

Go shopping for your own Gauche goodies in our rockin’ Store!
E-mail us anytime: gauchealchemy@cox.net
Join the Gauche party on Facebook!
Stalk us on Twitter!
Drool over Gauche creations and add your own in our Flickr Group!

Another giveaway? Say it isn’t so!

We interupt this delightful Gauche afternoon with exciting news…our little facebook fan page has reached 250 fans!  In honor of this acheivement, we are giving away a $10 gift certificate to our Artfire store.  Just go to our fan page (or become a fan if you haven’t already), and leave a comment telling us your favorite vintage/recycled/upcycled product or tip!

Now, get clicking!  And thanks for all the support- it feels heavenly.

Gauche Girls Open Up- It’s a Hop!

By Heather Pearson, Gauche Mama

Here at Gaucheland Studios, spring has officially sprung.  We’ve made it through the rains (and the caved-in ceiling that it caused!), and are now working like busy little bees to prepare for the upcoming season.

Along with the new season comes some new design team members!  I know that you have all been patiently waiting for the announcement of our new drafts into the army of Gauche Beauties, and I’m here to tell you that your wait is now officially OVER!  We’ve got the craftiest of all crafty ladies– one who dons vintage specs, one who loves heavy metal, even one who may or may not have been a rocket scientist in a former life!

But to learn all the juicy quirks about our ladies, you’re going to have to play a little game; and if you play your cards right, you’ll have many chances to win some prizes in the process.

Each of us Gauche Girls has chosen a word that best describes why we’re so Gauche! Honey, this is where you need to work it a little!  Here’s what you do:  find all the words and which  hoppin’ hunny they belong to, head back  here & post a comment with your answers – if you get it right, you get a shot at the Wholey Sheet prize pack pictured below from us Head Honchettes over here at Gauche Alchemy!  See, it’s EASY.  Got it?

**And don’t forget to leave comments on each blog as you hop along to win additional crafty yumminess!!!**
Let the word search begin!  Okay, since you asked, I’ll go first!  Here’s a messy little layout I created this week to celebrate my new artwork.  If you look closely, you’ll see some rusty keys, a vintage button, some ribbon and a couple antique brooches hidden in that birds’ nest…what can I say?  I have a true soft spot for all things vintage.  Imagine that?  It’s definitely a VIVID tattoo, and I absolutely love it.  Very VIVID indeed.

Now shake those bunny tails of yours and get hoppin’!
Nina- http://creatinginsolitude.blogspot.com
Erika- http://taylordconcepts.blogspot.com
Nicole- http://madebynicole.blogspot.com/
Lara – http://todreamoutloud.blogspot.com/
Amy- amywing.wordpress.com

Good luck, and we’ll see you back here in a while!

Sharing is caring – techniques and freebies and giveaways, oh my!

You know, I really love blogging.  I like sharing stuff with you.  Usually I try to throw in some of my own thoughts, as well… but this time, I have so much to share,  I just have to throw it all at you.  Don’t duck!  You wanna get plastered with this lovely mess!

First of all, I found this absolutely fantastically wonderful little tutorial sharing the wonders of melted crayons.  You know I’m a fan of the melted crayon myself, as this video tutorial clearly illustrates.  You gotta check this out.

I’ve discovered a bunch o’ tantalizing giveaways – blog candy galore!  Check ’em out – click on each photo to hit the candy store.

There will be several chances to win during Anila's 5th Blog-iversary celebration, from now until March 18. Her blog rocks my socks off - so happy to have hopped across her path!

Paper Popsciles is giving away this heaping helpin' of RAK (random act of kindness, for you uninitiated). They have loads of challenges over there - check 'em out!

And here’s a fantastic blog to visit for any reason… but especially because there is a candy party every week!

Completely drool-worthy ephemeral images - all free all the time... can't beat that!

I missed this week's giveaway by *this* much, but this is a very worthy blog to visit anyway - free images of old postcards every Friday and tons of truly fantastic links.

Another great free-images site!

And even more delightful ephemeral images - free!

Okay – ready for more giveaways?!  Of course you are.

TWELVE Distress Inks. TWELVE!! Deadline is Sunday at midnight. Go! Now!!

This is Ruthie's first giveaway - help pop her blog candy cherry! Deadline is Sunday, March 14.

Well, that should be enough to keep you plenty busy on a Saturday!  Go to it, girls (and any lurking guys…).

And the Winner is…

ROFLMBO! You girls came up with some Gauche-tastic titles for the white color kit. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a string of pearls the same way again *ahem*

Thanks to Crystal I am pleased to introduce our newly named color kit:

Wedding Night

white kit spilled

And the randomly drawn prize winner is: True Blind Faith

Congratulations! Please send us your mailing address to receive your prize!!

I bet you know what’s coming next… It’s time to pick a name for the Red Color Kit:

red kit spilled

I can’t wait to hear what you girls come up with. Some of my first thoughts are:

  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Aunt Flo
  • Red Wings (I know, gross. Sorry)
  • Slaughter
  • That Time of the Month
  • Rag Time
  • Vampire’s Brunch

Have fun!

Brown color kit naming contest

Hey sweetie blog readers:

Now it’s time to name the BROWN color kit.

brown kit spilled

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know the drill – but I’ll reiterate for the newbies.

The name should be gauche – you know, rude/crude/socially unacceptable.  Don’t hold back.  Let US decide if it’s too nasty or “out there!”  Give us your best!

Post about this giveaway on your blog and get an extra entry.  The drawing will be random.  Best suggestion will win the fame and everlasting kudos in the form of seeing their name up in lights on our ArtFire shop!

My suggestion is “Camel Toe!”  *snicker* *snicker*  Beat that!

(I can just imagine the potty jokes…)