Show Stoppers Mini Album with Major Vintage Appeal

Hi there! Scraps, here, with a fabulous project using the new Showstoppers Kit courtesy of Alchemist Misty!


That is one stuffed-with-awesome mini-album, right there! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?


Using the included project sheet from the Showstoppers Kit, Misty created a touching testament to her grandparents with the cover inspiration coming from Grandma, herself!

Misty:  the Marquee [comment] totally sparked my interest! So I decided to stick with the “show stoppers” theme and make the cover a marquee introducing my grandma and grandpa and their love story.

I used my Big Bite [to create the holes] and just kept biting away until my holes were big enough to fit the lightbulb. Then I painted it in with glossy black paint ( I cheated and used spray paint) and once the paint was dry, I added my bulbs.  I printed the now showing from my printer and matted it to a rectangular piece of chipboard then I dressed it up a bit by adding rhinestones to the sides.  I also printed out my movie title from my computer and matted it onto a piece of sequined material that was in the kit to add more sparkle.   One of the magazine pages in the kit was an image of a nurse feeding a wounded soldier, so I cut out her arm and hand, scanned it into my computer so that I could flip the image, allowing me to have a right and left hand.  To the left hand I added flowers that came in the kit, and to the right hand I added tickets that also came in the kit.


The first page introduces our “Leading Man.” Now how brilliant is this? Though she covered some of the “bulb butts” with her framed picture, she used the others to anchor the charm garland topping the page. And, oh, I’m a sucker for a man in uniform–especially a vintage uniform!


Sometimes you get an embellishment and you just don’t know what to do with it. Misty ran into this with the Groucho Marx patch from the Showstoppers Kit.

Misty: That smoker had me stumped?!  Then my grandma said “why don’t you make a marquee with him on it?”

I eventually decided to use smokie as a perfect image for a play on words by adding smoke to the cig and stating that my grandpa was “smokin hot”(…ok, its a little creepy when I’m explaining it that way).

A man in uniform is always smokin’ hot. End of story.


Our leading lady gets her time in the spotlight with a gorgeous patterned paper and fabric rose embellished with a button from the kit–see it sparkle in the very center! This page also used silver punchinella, feathers, ticket stubs and–another genius move–little jewelry bells as picture corners.


Misty: I misted the background in a purple and turquoise then randomly went over it with distress ink.  I cut out an arrow pointing to the previous page, then outlined the arrow with gold beads from the kit.  I also cut out the “nerves of steel” from the g45 paper in the kit, and matted it with some aluminum tape (embossed with my Sizzix). I also cut a star out of the aluminum tape and embossed it.  To the right, lower corner I used the black feather from the kit and placed it under the flower.  The eyelet and gem in the center of the flower were both part of the kit as well.  I added the butterfly from the lady marmalade orange mixed media kit. Then I added a key charm hanging from under the flower.


Among the pleated filmstrip border, punchinella-overlaid background and gems, there’s a darling story that goes with that charming postcard.

Misty: Shortly after my grandpa passed away my grandma and I were looking through her keepsakes and I stumbled upon the postcard.  I think she probably would have hid it if I hadn’t found it first. lol  The front of the card is a groom in bed waiting for his “busty” bride to come to bed for “snuggle time” and she is sitting at a desk writing out the thank you letters.  It was funny enough to know that my grandpa, who was away in the airforce somewhere, sent this…but the sentiment on the back of the card was even cuter.  He says “Of course, I’m only kidding! I hope its not like that when we get married.  What do you think?”

I thought it was so cute (and a little uncomfortable). Just kidding, I loved seeing this side of him.  After seeing their long relationship where they knew each other so well, I liked being able to see this sort of awkward side to him, when he was still getting to know grandma.


Every love story should have a happily ever after. Our couple gets their send-off decorated with a mist-over-modelling paste background (stenciled through heart punchinella), flower-and-fabric flounce and a sweet, to-the-point title whose torched edges give it an instant aging. The dove punctuates the hope of the moment while also balancing an over-torched edge.

Does that just make you want to dig up some old photos?



Peacock Punchinella wedding? YES, PLEASE!

Good Day!

Michelle here!

Today we have a special post to lead us into Valentine’s Day- a punchinella wedding! Gauche Alchemy customers, Stefanie and Corey Rusch, were kind enough to share images from their outstanding November 2011 wedding. The colors of  a peacock feather were the unifying theme and the resulting details were spectacular!

Stefanie and Corey tied the knot at St. John's the Evangelist Church in Essexville, MI on November 5th 2011. Look at her GOWN! I love how the train resembles a peacock's long tail!

As Stefanie says: ” My entire wedding was centered around peacock feathers. I love the colors! My husband and his family are in the wedding industry and I wanted our wedding to be different.”

The bright and elegant color palette made for some really beautiful textural combinations in the Bridal Party Bouquets.

The Bride, Bridesmaids and Flower Girl all carried co-ordinating bouquets with Peacock punchinella leaves. I find the inclusion of actual feathers with the blue and purple flowers to be quite elegant. The punchinella adds just the right amount of pizzazz.

Stefanie used yards of Peacock Punchinella ribbon for the bouquets and the cake. Co-ordinating colors currently in the shop include: Dark PurpleCerulean Steel BlueAqua Green and Light Blue Stars.

Stefanie's bouquet also included portraits of her deceased grandparents so they could be with her on this very special day.

The groom’s boutonniere:

Groom, Corey, and his perfectly executed boutonniere

And then there’s the absolutely outstanding cake!

Stefanie explains: “I loved my cake! My parents have lived next to “the cake lady” for 27 years.  Over the years, I have helped her make Petit fours and set up wedding cakes.  I always dreamed about what my cake would look like.  I could not have dreamed my cake would turn out so beautiful!! I knew I didn’t want a white cake and when I found the peacock ribbon on the website I just went with it.  I think that is the only thing my husband had an opinion on, the cake.  Otherwise, he pretty much just showed up on the wedding day!”

Peacock color punchinella was layered over teal ribbon. A peacock feather cake topper made for a wonderfully dramatic flourish.

Ready for it's close up! WOW! Drool-worthy in so many ways!!

Gauche Alchemy would like to thank Beth Severn of for providing these amazing photos.

I’m officially in the mood to see some more wedding fabulosity!

Do you have photos of unique and/or hand crafted weddings you would like to share? Please link them up to our Flickr group and let us see what you did.

Congratulations to Stefanie and Corey!

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