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

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CHAPTER 5 Challenge - Week 3: Tea-Things

`And ever since that,' the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, `he won't do a thing I ask! It's always six o'clock now.' A bright idea came into Alice's head. `Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?' she asked. `Yes, that's it,' said the Hatter with a sigh: `it's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles.' `Then you keep moving round, I suppose?' said Alice. `Exactly so,' said the Hatter: `as the things get used up.' `But what happens when you come to the beginning again?' Alice ventured to ask. 
The Mad Hatter's tea table was full of tea-things, with place settings all the way around and many teapots and teacups. Your challenge this month is to have a teapot or teacup on your project, and, as an option, to use something OTHER than a stamped image as your focal point!

That's because The Altered Alice design team will be showing off with digital collage sheets from One Crabapple [Etsy Store | Blog], which has of the most interesting and different Alice in Wonderland categories I've seen! The winner will have their choice of five collage sheets from One Crabapple!

The owner and artist is taking care of some family priorities, so if the store is closed when you visit, just put in your email in to be notified when it reopens. Take a look at the Sold Items to see all the products while the store is closed. It is well worth waiting for I promise; most of the design team members had a difficult time making  their choices and a couple of us needed all of everything in the Alice category, see for yourself:

July is a long month, so you have almost four weeks to enter your project! Plenty of time for even our stragglers to play along, just be sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4:00) on Friday, July 29. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced the last Sunday of the month on July 31.

Your Weekly Inspiration

Donna/Meme of Meme's Art Place has created a really fun card for us in beautiful tones of aqua and gold, grounded by the ivory and black neutrals. The eyelash yarn she has used for trim adds a great punch of black texture for drama.

I really love this card, especially the way Alice is peering through the window of the elaborate frame. It looks like you are seeing the inside of the card but that is actually not the case - this view of Alice is part of the front of the card.

Inside is a humorous take on the old "coffee, tea, or me" line. Donna/Meme said she thought this high-heeled Alice had a sultry look and she is right! I wish I had thought of posing her in a teacup like this, it is absolutely brilliant! I also love the way she has set the whole tabletop scene, it has a real sense of depth and scale. Be sure to stop by Donna's blog to leave her a comment. 

Several of the design team members are running late for this very important date, so I will have a HUGE inspiration post for you next week.  There are some AMAZING creations headed your way! You still have time to make something for this challenge and get it in before 11:59 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC -4:00) on Friday, July 29. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced the last Sunday of the month on July 31.

To enter your creation, use the linky tool below - just click the link below the thumbnail images. Please list YOUR NAME or YOUR BLOG NAME when you link your entry. The field is long enough that you can also put the title of your piece, but please, please, please put your name first. (Note - if you are viewing this in email or through a reader, you will need to click on the title of this post to view it on the blog.)

Please leave a comment before you go!


  1. Meme rocked this challenge! I love how she used the frame as a window.

  2. HeeHee! Isn't this a saucy one? I thought you were seeing into the inside too. What fab dimension! Love it! xxD

  3. Hi! I've just added my entry. Loving all the entries so far and the stunning inspirations.

  4. oooh 9 days to enter.... Got a saucer and some boots to make and I'm done.... hopefully I get them done soon.


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