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Mistakes and Hot Messes are Okay!

Have you ever had this great, fantastic, mind blowing vision in your head and then you start to work your magic.  You start to see your vision come to fruition through your fingertips.  You find your groove.  You are totally jivin’ and feelin’ it come to life.  Then, the moment of realization occurs.  You take a step back, tilt your head, look at your completed “vision” and think, “What the hell have I just done??!!”  Don’t lie.  We’ve all done it.  We’ve all had these great ideas but something happens during the process and a disconnect sets in and once it’s completed, you end up with a hot mess that you can’t believe just flowed through your hands and all you can say is, “WTF?”

I’ve had them many times and as luck would have it, I just finished one right on the heels of making it onto one of the hottest mixed media teams around.  Yep.  My project can only be titled as, “WTF happened??!!”

Behold!  The hot mess that can only be described using the words of a very good friend of mine, Jess, “Oh damn!  A whole lot of work for it to look like a snow cone!” hat.
FailHat4-3Aaaaah.  Just look at that in all it’s Easter gone tweaker glory!  Flowers, flowers, wings, and color.  Just an explosion of “Oh my gaud(y)!” all over the place.

Because what every hot mess needs to make it look even more chaotic is GLITTER!  Loads and loads of glitter makes everything exponentially……worse.
FailHat2-1If you EVER feel the need to play “mad scientist” with your sprays, DON’T!  You end up with this psychedelic trip gone horribly wrong in the end.  JUST DON’T DO IT!  And no matter what, a very prettily embossed Relic will not “make it all better.”
FailHat1-1Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but why not highlight the mind altering “WTH” with some…..LED lights!  Because every train wreck of a project should be lit the heck up so all can see and wonder whether you were drunk or unconscious when you put this together.
FailHat3-1I can’t tell you where or when the vision in my mind turned into a snow cone on acid, but I will say this.  MISTAKES ARE OKAY!  Not every project is going to be awesome and beautiful.  But in those mistakes and visions gone horribly wrong is where we learn, grow, and hopefully find some humor.  Every single person who creates, no matter if they are on a design team or not, has at least one project in their closet where they look at it and all they can do is shake their head and toss back a shot of vodka.  This one is mine.  Enjoy and salud!

Cheers!

Rock Star Ambassador with Sandra Evertson

Good morning and what a good morning it is indeed!  I have been holding on to this news for about a week now but I can finally shout it from the rooftops.  I am joining the outstanding Rock Star team over at Relics & Artifacts!
1460252055805-3I never in a million years would’ve thought that I would be part of such an outstanding group of talented artists.  I love these products and truly believe that no matter the artist’s skill level, they will open up a whole new world of creativity for anyone who plays with them.  I look forward to sharing this creative adventure with all of you and hope that you will join me and my fellow Relic & Artifacts Ambassadors for what is sure to be an inspiring journey.

Cheers!

Queen of the Dead, “Maria”

I love doing things out of season.  I also love it when a potentially awesome idea falls apart and turns into something else all together.  Take a look at this bad boy!  Allow me to introduce “Maria”.
DOTDDoll4-2Isn’t she just divine?  She actually started out as something completely different but ended up as this! I’m not going to say what my original idea was only because I hope to be able to bring it to fruition in the future.

I used the large Santos Cage Doll from Retro Cafe Art.  She’s a whopping 16″ tall!  I have a brief tutorial below.  I didn’t get all of the details because that would cause this post to be daaaaaays long.

The easiest way to add some zing to a piece of masonite, chipboard, paper, whatever is BEAD GEL!
DOTDDoll2While that is doing it’s thing and drying (overnight), wrap your posts in sari ribbon.  You can use ribbon or fabric scraps as well.
DOTDDoll1Now it’s time to get on with the details.  I love subtle little details and this one is an easy one to do.  Grab your beads and some wire and to wrappin’! An easy way to secure the first and last bead is to send the wire through twice.
DOTDDoll3When your bead gel is dry, go ahead and assemble the cage portion using a strong adhesive like E6000.

I used the Vintage Halloween Skeleton collage sheet for the upper body and arms.  It’s easiest to print it out onto cardstock and use gel medium to adhere.  You can leave it white or use inks to “stain” it like I did.  Grab your journaling pens and get some doodlin’ on those bones.
DOTDDoll6For the face, I used a skull from the Ancient Soul set of Relics & Artifacts.  The design is done using micro seed beads.  It wasn’t nearly as tedious as I thought it would.  I didn’t even develop a facial twitch.

To finish off the bottom, the easiest thing to use to hid unsightly edges is dresden.  I used the Assorted Design package.  Use some regular liquid adhesive to make it stick.

If you have some the awesome Picado pieces lying around, paint those bad boys up with some acrylic paint and give them a spritz with some shimmery spray.
DOTDDoll7Ok, so who doesn’t love dangly things?  There’s a big dangly ornament in this doll.  Grab the crown from the same set as the skull and the rose from the Flora set.  I painted mine with acrylic paint and added some beads and wire. (It was really hard to get a good photo.)

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I finished my doll off with a lace panel draped like a cloak.
DOTDDoll5I love that this doll is my debut post as a designer for Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  Thank you for the warm welcome and I hope you stick around for more!

Cheers!

Supply List:
Large Santos Cage Doll
Vintage Halloween Skeleton collage sheet
Papel Picado Cut-Outs
Assorted Dresden Design (Gold)
Ancient Soul Relics & Artifacts
Flora Relics & Artifacts
Carved Stone Skull Beads (Colorful Mix)
E6000 Adhesive

2016 One Little Word: *ME*

Hello Muses!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  Things in the last half of 2015 have been chaotic to say the least.  I had to make another unexpected trip back to the states at the beginning of December and that threw my end of the year mojo all sorts of out whack.

But that’s ok because 2016 is just a few short hours ahead and with a new year, comes a new beginning.  2016 is going to be all about…

me-2I’ve already put measures into place to help me achieve all that I set out to do in the next year.  The ball is rolling on school which will lead to a career in a field that has been my calling for some time now.

I’m looking forward to starting my year long art course, Wanderlust, (best Christmas present from the best husband!).  I may even start submitting works for publication.

2016 is sure to an amazing year as long as I focus on balance and on……. *ME*.  Join me on my journey and please share yours as well!

Cheers!

Welcome to Christmas Town!

Howdy Muses!  It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, I know.  I’ve been preoccupied with a new toy….Fallout 4!  I knooooow!  I’m such a geeeeeeek but I can’t help it!  I blame my husband. 😉

I have a holiday project for you today.  Remember Halloween Village I did not too long ago?  Well, I ordered two sets of these villages from Retro Cafe Art so that I can also do a Christmas themed one.  I know!  Novel idea right?

Now don’t those buildings look familiar?  I was going for whimsical without it being cutesy.  Cutesy ain’t my thang.  Nope nope nope.
Want an easy snowy effect?  Bust out that DecoArt Snow-Tex and some Glamour Dust.  Takes literally seconds to apply.
Instead of relying heavily on my embossing powders for this village, which I did use as well, my go-to was an awesome Christmas DCWV stack I had forgotten I had.  The papers were perfect and there were enough patterns that I felt like each house had it’s own look instead of them looking recycled.

These tiny primitive angels were absolute perfection for my li’l church.  I swear by heat embossing when it comes to simple but effective decoration, especially since I suuuuuuuuck at drawing and a big reason why my angels and Santa are creepily faceless.

Gah!  Isn’t my flying reindeer just the bees knees?  You know you wanna touch it.  Just touch it.  TOUCH IT!  It’s ok.  You can.

Let me tell you!  After I was done with this project, it looked like a gentlemen’s club up in here if ya know what I mean.  Glitter e’rywheeeere!

Thanks again for stopping by!  Now go get yo’ holiday craft on!  Now!  Seriously.  Right now.

Note:  I did not link individual supplies in the supply list this time because you can see it’s a lot.  Most of the stuff you can get at Retro Cafe Art.

Cheers!

Supply List:
Pine Lake Village (Retro Cafe Art)
Chapel Hill Village (Retro Cafe Art)
Christmas Paper Stack (DCWV)
Glitter (DecoArt, Doodlebug, Piccolo)
Snow-Tex Paint (DecoArt)
Bottle Brush Trees (Retro Cafe Art)
Santa (Retro Cafe Art)
String Lights (Retro Cafe Art)
Reindeer (Retro Cafe Art)
Primitive Angels (Retro Cafe Art)
Snowflake (Retro Cafe Art)
Dove (Retro Cafe Art)
Glass Glitter (Retro Cafe Art)
Snowman (Retro Cafe Art)
Star (Retro Cafe Art)
Thread
Beading Wire
Acrylic Paint (Liquitex)
Embossing Powders (Piccolo)
Bead Trims (May Arts)
Ribbon Trim (May Arts)

A Dream Team Fo’ Sho!

Hello Muses!  Today, I get to finally share something that I’ve been wanting to do for such a long time.  Last year, many of you may remember that I was a part of the Art Anthology Dream Team.  I had to take a rather long hiatus because I was having a hard time maintaining the balance between work, family, diving, and my professional art obligations.

Well, after some reorganizing, soul searching, and truly committing myself to balance the things I truly wanted to do, I am proud to announce that I have rejoined the Art Anthology team for the 2015-2016 term.

There are some amazingly talented people in this group and I am humbled and honored to be able to show my work alongside them.  I look forward to putting my best painted foot forward, learning from them, and growing a little bit along the way.  Here is the rest of the Dream Team!

For those of you who do not know what Art Anthology is, you have GOT to check them out and demand, yes.  DEMAND that your local scrapbook store carry these gloriously unique, top quality, HANDMADE IN THE USA paints and sprays.  Not sure where to look?  Check out the Art Anthology blog as well as the Art Anthology site.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Cheers!

Time to Catch Up!

Has it really been so long since I’ve blogged?  Wow.  Time is just flying by.  Things here have been almost chaotically busy with the kids being on summer break, my youngest playing T-ball, and me having a part time job.  Some things end up bypassing the back burner all together.  So I guess I’ll use this post to make a couple announcements.

Firstly, I am extremely proud to announce that I have joined the superbly talented team over at Art Anthology.  Some of you may know that I’ve been a fan of their products for some time and to say that I am thrilled to be part of such a phenomenal team is an understatement.  I only hope to do their products as well as the rest of my teammates justice.

My final announcement is that while Gauche Alchemy may have suspended the retail side of things while I am living overseas, we have decided to keep the blog up and running but we changed the format.  Gauche Alchemy will now be a challenge blog where we hope to stoke those creative fires in new, innovative ways that will stay true to the Gauche Alchemy vision.

This month’s challenge is hosted by Gauche Mama Heather and is absolutely inspiring.

Be sure to stop by the Gauche Alchemy blog for details on this month’s challenge, how to upload your entry, as well as the prize that is up for grabs.

Cheers!

A Journal To “Grow” In

Hello Muses! I’m up on the Basically Bare blog with this nifty, awesome, cool, awesome, perfectly sized, awesome art journal!  Did I mention it’s awesome? 😉

Lately, I’ve been wanting to spread my wings, dig into my stash, and get messy.  With that in mind, of course I grabbed my Basically Bare Art Journal, some paints and my Gelli plate and got messy!  I’ve had my Gelli plate for some time and found it buried in a drawer.  I decided this was the perfect time to put some miles on it.

I am always intimidated by a huge, ginormous, blank “canvas” and end up blanking out, saying, “Eff it!”, and putting the journal away…….clean.  The coolest thing about the Basically Bare art journal (besides the kick butt WATERCOLOR PAPER pages!!!!) is the 5×7 size.  It’s not too big, not too small and let’s be honest.  SIZE MATTERS!  ::snicker::

Oh yeah!  I mentioned WATERCOLOR PAPER pages.  (Can you hear the dramatic echo??!!)  Besides these pages being perfect for, um, duh, watercolor paint, they are perfect for any wet medium you use.  Thick, sumptuous, delicious….oh….um….yeah.  Where was I?  Oh yes.  They hold paints, gels, stamping, and any other ink or paint without warping and without bleed through.  I hate bleed through.  I’m sure you do too.

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I used a mix of acrylic paints as well as Art Anthology Sorbets and Velvets (all wet mediums!).  It’s hard to see in this photo, but there is a nice shimmer over the entire page.  I piled on my layers using a Gelli plate and a brayer and let the layers dry between applications.  The drying prevents the colors from becoming muddy and looking like something you’d find a baby’s diaper.  (Eeeeew….unless you are going for the baby poo look…. o.O )

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The coolest thing about this page are the yellow circles.  I used a totally unoriginal idea to create them.  Take the paint cap to whatever color you are using and use it as a stamp.  Voila!  Instead artsy fartsy circles.  Add some doodling in your circles and they go from “artsy fartsy” to “artsy fartsy hipster I-was-cool-before-cool-was-cool” circles.

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A nice little quote from Professor Dumbledore himself layered over some Art Anthology Sorbet in Imperial and a stencil  finish of the page perfectly!  I totally thing my patronus is a messy art journal.  Totally.

Since my creative juices were flowing, I decided to put together the cover to to my journal because what’s an inspiring book without an inspiring cover?  It’s okay.  We all judge books by their covers.

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“Grow”.  I want this journal to document my growth creatively.  Once again, I busted out my Art Anthology Colorations sprays and my newest favorite paint medium, Stone Effects.  I love how soft the colors are.  They just meld together so beautifully.  And my peek a boo fairy is just awesome in all of her whimsical glory.  She’s owning that page and she knows it.

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The cool thing about journaling is that it’s a great way to make the old new again.  I dug DEEP into my stash and found some ancient flowers, some of which I sprayed with some more Colorations. 

You can also see how beautifully the Stone Effects paint absorbed the Colorations spray in the harlequin background.  I loved that because it colored itself and I didn’t even have to worry about messing it up!  I absolutely love it when the work does the work for you. 

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And what’s a journal without some stamping?!  I busted out my Unity SMAK stamps and went to work.  The “grow” was heat embossed because I was in an all crafty and stashy-diggin’ mood.  Why not bust out that old and make it all new again?  Oh.  And get yourself this art journal!  Seriously.

Cheers!

Supply List
Basically Bare Art Journal
Art Anthology Sorbet: Imperial, Outrageous Orange, Frost
Art Anthology Velvet: Fiesta
Art Anthology Colorations:  Juicy, Heart, Plush, Glorious, Waimea
The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils
Liquitex Basics Paint
Dylusions Stamps
Unity Stamps
StazOn Ink Pad
GlobeCraft Embossing Powder
Prima Resin Fairy
Flowers:  Prima, Maya Road, Petaloo

Dreamcatcher Wreath

Hello Muses!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a post just for doing a post and boy do I have a whopper for you!

This beauty was just published in the latest issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine.  It’s my first time being published with them and they are a great magazine to work with.

I was inspired by Glitz Designs “Wild & Free” collection.  This wreath is a dreamcatcher and man!  It took some time to make!  Each rolled rose is made by hand as well as the web and the feathers.

I love holding on to broken bracelets!  Those beads came from bracelets I had that broke years ago.  I think the “Wild & Free” rhinestones were a perfect accent to the web.

Yep!  More awesome beads!  The feathers were traced from free templates by Red Brolly and Wedding Chicks.  Of course, I used some paper from “Wild & Free”.  To add some of my personal flare to the feathers, I busted out my ol’ sewing machine and used decorative stitching for the spines.

And there you have it!  I love how this one turned out and I think it’s my best one yet!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Cheers!

Scrapbooking Memories Magazine

“Scrapbooking Memories” magazine has taken the plunge and is now available globally!  I know I’ve wanted to subscribe to this magazine for some time but being an international subscriber for and Australian magazine was just too expensive because of the shipping.  To remedy that issue, the magazine has decided to release copies digitally.

 Below is some information from the magazine:

“An issue will be released fortnightly, and can be purchased for the low price of AUD $1.95! It can then be downloaded to your computer, tablet or smart phone to be read at your own leisure. Issues are available for purchase at www.patchworkandcraft.com.au/digital-magazines.html. You can also click through at this address for a free preview of the magazine.”

I’m pretty stoked about this new availability and I do hope that all of you check it out!

Cheers!