"Alice crouched down among the trees as well as she could, for her neck kept getting entangled among the branches, and every now and then she had to stop and untwist it. After a while she remembered that she still held the pieces of mushroom in her hands, and she set to work very carefully, nibbling first at one and then at the other, and growing sometimes taller and sometimes shorter, until she had succeeded in bringing herself down to her usual height.
It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes, and began talking to herself, as usual. `Come, there's half my plan done now! How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another!"Well, just like Alice we have been through a change in location and changed form from weekly to monthly, but the challenge chapters remain familiar despite all these puzzling changes!
-- Chapter 5, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
To reflect all these puzzling changes, the challenge is to make something that features a dress form, OR to make something that changes in form! While it is not required that your project include Alice in Wonderland, we do encourage it. If your project does feature Wonderland you will get two chances in the prize drawing instead of one!
STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS is sponsoring our first challenge with a $30 gift certificate for one lucky winner, and their design team is going to play along! Be sure to visit their Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog where you can play every week! They are famous for artist Daniel Torrente's quirky characters, but they actually have many artists and quite a few different styles. Jo Capper-Sandon is my favorite with her wonderful mushrooms, and other lines include Janet Klein's flower characters (click next a few times to see them) that remind me of the garden of living flowers! There is something to please everyone at Stampotique Originals!
Here is your weekly dose of Alice inspiration:
Our design team member Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY created this wonderful art journal spread featuring sewing pattern covered pages! Alice has been altered into a dress form, standing behind my all time favorite Stampotique stamp - the Giant Shroom!!! More pattern tissue was pasted over card then the mushroom was stamped and cut out. Love the scissor cutting line on one of the mushroom tops!
She starts off with faint colors, then gets more and more vivid and sparkly until at last she becomes the glamorous glitz girl as shown on the cover of this clever accordian! Bravo Donna, so creative! Donna also created a fabulous collage for us:
Donna of Meme's Art Place began with a 5 x 7 inch piece of wood, then added layers of paint, paper, drawing, rub-ons, embellishments, and melted beeswax form this WONDERFUL collage! Donna, if this piece EVER needs a new home, I have wall space for it, lol! Donna's paper mache dress forms inspired my effort, and this amazing project may very well inspire me to try an Alice collage! Donna says that this collage explains WHY Alice is LATE, so you must stop by her blog to read the amusing story!
Stampotique guest designer Lisa Somerville of Splendiferous Creations contributed this lovely card featuring the Giant Shroom and Mushroom Group. Isn't it beautiful? I love that quote!
the kathryn wheel submitted this fun Alice who has grown so tall she needs to bend her head to stay in the frame! The Karin stamp has had her legs extended, such fun! Love the bright colors, the lovely inky background, and the cute bottle in one corner!
Our own Barbara Washington of Magic Delights has turned the amusing Bob's in Time Out image into the Caterpillar in this funny card! I love the way she has set the text in a wavy block, and the measuring strip to remind us that Alice is exactly three inches high is a great touch! The embossed wood grain is the perfect backdrop!
PLEASE visit each of our designers who have worked their magic to inspire you this week! I am so thrilled to be working with such a GREAT design team and guests, so join me in visiting their blogs to leave them some love!
To enter your project in Chapter 1 Challenge go to this post.