Challenges have been discontinued, but I hope you will enjoy browsing through this wonderful archive of Alice-inspired art!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

CHAPTER 2 Challenge - Week 1: Hall of Doors

"There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, `Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!' She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof.

There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again."
     -- Chapter 1, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This month's challenge is to use a door or doors, and preferably for the door or doors to open and close so we can see what lays beyond! While it is not required that your project include Alice in Wonderland, we do encourage it. If your project features Wonderland you will get two chances in the prize drawing instead of one!

I am thrilled to announce that The Octopode Factory, the slightly mad brainchild of 17 year old artist Lily Chilvers, is our March sponsor! We are celebrating because Lily has moved into the world of rubber! That's right - RUBBER STAMPS! The Octopode Factory will have both digital stamps AND rubber stamps on some of her most popular images, which includes most of her AMAZING Alice in Wonderland images!. Read about the new range of Octopode Factory rubber stamps and how to order.  Lily started with her quirky digital images, and she has gifted the design team members with some of her wonderful Wonderland digital sets. Most of the digital images we will be using are those that are now available in rubber,
One lucky winner will win a $30 gift certificate for digital images from The Octopode Factory's Etsy store! Enter by Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) and a winner will be announced on Sunday, March 27. Show us your DOORS!

And now for some inspiration from The Altered Alice design team!
Sammi Betbeder of Stuff by Sammi designed this amazing book featuring the Alice in Wonderland digital stamp set. The cover is a wood door with a peephole in the middle. . . and who do you think is peeking out at us?  Here is the back page, where we see Alice's blue eye peering through:

But surprise, surprise, surprise, Alice is looking through much more than a door! Here are all the intervening pages between Alice on the inside back cover and the door on the front cover:

Page 1: Notice the text background? I see our hall of doors quote again!
Page 2: The peephole again with this fabulous Octopode White Rabbit! Notice how Sammi has mirrored the text about the White Rabbit exactly on the two pages, a very looking glass touch!
Page 3: The Queen of Hearts and her scepter, with appropriate mirrored text!
Page 4: What great Tweedles, and I am falling more and more in love with Sammi's mirrored text!
Page 5: I love this crazy Cheshire Cat!
Page 6: I think "Mad" is the operative word when we are looking at the Octopode Mad Hatter!

PLEASE visit Sammi's blog to leave her some love when you comment on this FABULOUS door book! What an amazing and inventive project, and Sammi's coloring, as always, is exquisite!

The papier mâché book box lid on Tracy Evan's project has transformed into a wooden door and features Octopode RUBBER STAMPS! A key and the "drink me" bottle are hanging from the crystal doorknob - LOVE that! A pocketwatch die cut acts as a porthole peering through to some of the text in our story! The old-fashioned letter tiles are have a fabulous vintage look that is perfect the title of our story. On the outside of the door, we have the card-scale Octopode Alice who has managed to shrink through the door and entered Wonderland.

The door swings open, and we see inside the book box where the large sized Alice wonders how to get out of the hall of doors! What a GREAT interpretation of this month's challenge! I love the way the inside of the box has become a shallow 3D room, with the black and white tile background and a real table! And did you catch that The Octopode Factory rubber stamps come in two sizes: a smaller "card-scale" and a larger "journal-scale" to give you lots of options.

Now we see all the carefully thought out details! The table is made of dominoes, which seems so appropriate in a land where playing cards and chess pieces have come to life! All kinds of watch faces litter the ground, and we can almost here the White Rabbit racing away muttering about how late he is! The hearts are a foretelling of things to come, and the "drink me" bottle is absolute perfection!

PLEASE visit Tracy's blog to leave her a comment about her wonderful Wonderland creation! I love it and I know all the Alice fans out there will love it too!

Also think about visiting The Octopode Factory blog and letting Lily know how much you appreciate her sponsoring our challenge this month! As a brand new challenge blog, we are desperately seeking sponsors and The Octopode Factory is a great fit!

Start thinking about what doors YOU will take us through as you design your own challenge projects! Enter them here before 8 p.m. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) on Friday, March 25 and we will announce the winner on Sunday, March 27. In the meantime we'll be back each Sunday with weekly inspiration from The Altered Alice design team!

Please leave a comment for the design team and me before you go! Thanks for looking!


  1. Again the samples of the design team are absolutely adorable and Octopode is just the perfect sponsor!

  2. I'm looking forward to everyone's entries!

  3. I lovbe these stamps and what the DT did with them. So unique. I hope to join in this week's tutorial.

  4. Fabulously inspiring work and wonderful new challenge! Hoping to participate this time. I'm a HUGE Octopode fan! xxD

  5. Fabulous challenge and awesome projects! Think I have an idea for this!

  6. Thank you so much for another fun challenge packed with inspiration!

    Have a great day!

  7. Hi Lynne.
    I have added my link and have entered the challenge. I have included a door and all but the watercolour paper is recycled.
    The examples above to inspire us, are wonderful, as, ever!

    Sue xxx

  8. This has been challenging, but so much fun. Part 2 of the open door isn't able to be shown in the one thumbnail, but it is there with Alice peeking thru. ...Pat M

  9. fun! so sorry I linked my first one wrong--but I did figure it out. Now I can't figure out how to delete the first (wrong) link...maybe if I drink this bottle that says "drink me" it will help.

  10. I enjoyed doing this, will have to bookmark for next months challenge.


  11. Just posted my link. Going to take some time to look through all of the submissions. Great stuff from what I've seen so far :)

  12. Thanks Lynne for this challenge. I thank you that you give us the opportunity to see wonderfuls works of Alice.


THANKS so much for participating in the experience that is THE ALTERED ALICE!!! Your comments mean the world to me, so thanks in advance for taking the time!