"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:
Stempelchaotin, all the way from Germany! Sandy's digital artist's trading cards are works of art. I just keep coming back to look at this piece again and again. I love the way Alice is standing on the sewing machine, and her over the shoulder pose is one of my favorites. The layers of pattern and writing in the background add such rich visual texture, and Sandy's use of color and light is just incredible! Who knew that Alice would look so amazing in green? Sandy does traditional stamping as well as these fantastic digital creations, so I know you are going to love what she will share with you on The Altered Alice!
I also thought that Stampotique's Jasmin made a lovely modern Alice and is perfect with the Giant Schroom and Mushroom Group stamps! I fell in love with Jasmin's shoes the first time I saw her, so on the left I drew a large pair of boots, legs and skirt. I love how this turned out!!! Please visit Lynne Phelps at Savvy Sister Studio to read all the details about this humorous bifold display!
Tracy Evans made a wonderful art journal page with Stampotique's Karin and Mushroom Group stamps. I love the way she did a little surgery on Karin to make her small and tall! I also love the color washed background, and the whole color scheme is so warm and pretty! The book text diamonds down each margin are the perfect finishing touch! Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog to leave a comment!
Sammi Betbeder of Stuff by Sammi used the Stampotique Mushroom Group as the backdrop for this charming Alice ATC! I love the lively colors and subtle patterns of this piece, and the felt flower and string add interesting texture!
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. You have until this Friday!