Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Gauche Girls Open Up Blog Hop !

If you've stopped by the Gauche Alchemy blog today, you'll see that a brand-spanking new team has been announced, (AND I AM ON IT!!  woo hoo)  and in honor of that, all the Gauche Girls are Opening Up.  If you haven't started at the beginning of our hop, Hop on back to the Gauche Blog and start the fun there. There are RAKs up for grabs along the hop, so make sure you comment on each Gauche Girl's blog for a chance to win some serious yumminess.

Now for the fun part: 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 to the GA Blog & post a comment with your answers - if you get it right, you get a shot at a kick-ass prize pack from The Head Honchettes themselves! See, it's EASY. If you have already started on the hop you should have come from ANGELA.

My word is
The dictionary defintion of chaos was something to the effect of craziness before the creation of something huge (it said a universe...I took it a little more vaguely)
That's kind of how I create. 
It seldom ends up as it starts and always seems a little crazy & messy before I am done. 
Chaotic also often fits other aspects of my life. 
I am a homeschooling, work at home mom, that also likes art, music, scrapbooking, and generally making a mess.  So while at the end of the day (or week) most things I need to do get done,
the path there is sometimes a "little" crooked.

oh yeah....the coffee....well that keeps me going. 

"Chaos fueled by caffeine"
If I had those sweatpants with the words printed on the back....that's what mine would say!!

List and techniques....
Dollar store frame
Bombshell Stamps "Love & Luck" set
Prima flowers
Coffee wrapper
various alpha stamps
vintage dictionary
Guache Alchemy goodies (Scarlet Fever/ Envy / Punchinella)

First I took a dollar store frame. and removed the glass (don't worry I am saving it for another project!)
I removed the cardboard back which I will replace at the end.
Cut burlap approximately 2" wider than the frame so that it will overlap to the back.
The coffee wrapper was stitched on.  I painted and inked the edges. 
I stamped the Bombshell stamps (birds) on with Staz-on ink. 
I used the punchinella below the coffee wrapper first as a mask, then as a stamp, then I glued it on the burlap.  My picture and the words were printed on vellum. 
The photo is attached with staples, the words with a pin out of my GA goodies. 
The ribbon, button, butterfly and flower centeres are from my GA goodies.

After preparing the front I hot glued it onto the frame by stretching it over the edges. 
I then replaced the cardboard back.

Now you need to check out Steph's blog.... and stare at some more Gauchy Goodness and get to know the rest of the team.


  1. I'll have to come back by and do this. Welcome Kas.

  2. Love all these different elements on this one canvas. :)

  3. Love the birdie - is that the Bombshell stamp? Love the texture look of this.

  4. oh crap - i almost bought a bunch of coffee burlap this weekend on sale! Then i thought - nah it will sit and collect dust cause i won't know what to do with it - D'OH!!! Brilliant idea with the frame!!!!!

    So excited you're an alchemist and can't wait to see more awwww inspiring creations!!!!!

  5. Oh boy oh boy, now I need to get some burlap! lol Awesome awesome project and I'm so with you on the coffee!

    Welcome to the team! I love forward to working with you! :D

  6. Ok, all this inspiration is putting me into creative overload!!! Is the title stamped/painted directly onto the burlap? LOVE this! :) Can't wait to see more of your gorgeous art. So glad we'll be working together. ~Angela~

  7. Yes the title is stamped onto the burlap. I was amazed at how clear it came out. I used foam stamps and acrylic paints. The birds are Bombshell Stamps and I used Staz-on for them.

  8. What a cool project!!! I love your style - congrats on joining the GA team!

  9. YAY!!!!!! I love that we're on another team together!!!!!!! Great frame thinger, btw - love how you used burlap!!!

  10. This is one fun and inspiring project. Thanks for the tutorial too. I'm going to have to try this one.

  11. Bombshell girls UNITE!!!! Congrats Kas and love the use of burlap

  12. This creation is truly tasty. I love it!

  13. Inspired project.. and love the tutorial!

  14. wow! I love your art! Im new to GA , and its nice to get to meet all ya DT's ! : P

  15. Kas! My Bombshell co-hort, homeschooling, artsy counterpart - I am loving what you did here.

    You really struck a chord in me when you said,

    "So while at the end of the day (or week) most things I need to do get done, the path there is sometimes a "little" crooked."

    It's encouraging to know I'm not the only one.

    Super-cool project. So glad to have you with us on the GA team.

  16. love this! Congrats, GA is lucky to have you!

  17. Wonderful project, Kas! I love burlap - the texture is divine. Thanks for the tut.

  18. Oh Kas, freaking fantastic as always! I love the burlap background and the layout is perfect! ;D

  19. I LOVE the burlap! The Dollar Store is my favorite place to pick up alterable items! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Love the inspiration to use some burlap I have from coffee bags. Thanks, Denise

  21. kas, really like that pink layout.

  22. I love your project...especially the burlap base...too cool! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    Looking forward to working with you! :)

  23. Just thought I'd pop back by and let ya know that I started this project with what I have on hand- the burlap is now glued to some cardboard and getting ready to paint with punchinella before I head to bed. Happy happies.

  24. Kas, what a fab project and I love that you word is "chaotic"! So cool!

    By the way, I have a little something for you on my blog, so swing by and have a look ;D Hugz - Cheryl