ALICE CHALLENGES: Challenges begin the first Sunday of the month with weekly inspiration posts from the design team. You can submit your link at the bottom of the Week 1 post for each challenge. Winner is announced on the last Sunday of the month, and submissions close on the Friday prior to that, 8 p.m. EST (GMT -5). No backlinking please, for the monthly challenge submissions we want new creations! Please LINK to The Altered Alice challenge you are entering and mention The Altered Alice in your post. Welcome to Wonderland!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Week 2, CHAPTER 9: Falling Leaves and Their True Colors

"`Off with her head!' the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.
Nobody moved. `Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) `You're nothing but a pack of cards!' 
At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face." 
-- Chapter 12, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
I wonder if the Wonderland story took place in the Fall of the year? Autumn has arrived in the northern hemisphere.  Just as Alice recognized the court characters as playing cards, the trees are losing their cloak of green chlorophyll and showing their true colors of gold, burgundy, scarlet, chartruese and orange. Your challenge is to show us a project drenched in fall colors!


Our prize this month is an A5 sized unmounted stamp set from IndigoBlu (a £13 value), or an equivalent amount of A6 stamps. IndigoBlu is a fantastic new British stamp company that makes "Quintessentially English Rubber Stamps" right there in England.

The design team will be working with these two fantastic Alice stamp sets, titled appropriately "Alice I" and "Alice II". Most Americans don't know what A5 and A6 mean so I'll just tell you, these sets are really big!

I encourage you to go visit IndigoBlu.com. All stamps are on sale right now with their introductory pricing, but that won't last forever, and the designs are all wonderful! In addition to the introductory discount, the Head Honcho Alfie says
"The Altered Alice readers can take an extra 10% OFF during the challenge; just use coupon code AlteredAlice in the voucher code box at checkout!" 
Thanks Alfie!

Enter by Friday, November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving); our randomly drawn winner and the honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday, November 27. Multiple entries are encouraged, but each must be on a separate post. As always, entries that feature Wonderland in some way will get two chances in the drawing instead of one.

Your Weekly Inspiration:
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Erin Leveille of Stamp till U Cramp created this wonderful domino necklace. Alcohol inks added lovely splotches of fall colors, then the Alice girl and word were added in black. The final coating of Glossy Accents not only seals the design but also holds the layer of copper microbeads around the edge and a few of them drift across the design; be sure to enlarge to see the detail. Tim Holtz trinkets finish off this fun necklace. Be sure to stop by Erin's blog to leave her a comment on her wonderful design!


Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created three wonderful vintage postcards! I love the vintage color and the spatters, and the mix of images is wonderful! I love that executioner stamp in the upper left corner, I think this is his first design team appearance and it is another IndigoBlu exclusive!

I see lots of lovely Distress colors here. Am I the only person in the stamping world who did not buy the limited edition fall colors of distress inks (I am adamantly opposed to buying ink pads without a reinker!)? I love the purple and gold mix and the diffused look of the images. The little punched corner detail also adds to the vintage charm and ties the three designs together.

Love the crackle background stamp on this one, it adds such fabulous texture. I love the colors layered over the crackle!

Of course Barbara gave the same attention to detail on the back of her postcards, love that! I also love the way she included an IndigoBlu stamped quote in the message area of each card! Be sure to stop by Barbara's blog to leave a comment on her wonderful postcards!


Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY created this fabulous art journal page literally covered in falling leaves! Lots of layers add wonderful depth on this page. The gessoed background is covered with Distress Inks (those limited edition fall colors again), misted, and then the IndigoBlu crackle stamp was applied and the wonderful scrolled flourish stamp also.
Each die-cut leaf was stamped with a different character. I love the way Sue shaded around the edges of each leaf. The more intense application of Distress Ink makes them both stand out from the background and blend in as she used the same shades.
The IndigoBlu sentiment was cut apart and adhered over the leaves. I love all the layers of color, crackle, and cut-outs; the page has so much depth and the fall colors are fabulous! Be sure to visit JABBERWOCKY and leave a comment for Sue on this great project!

Your challenge is to show us a project drenched in fall colors - orange, russet, burgundy, gold, yellow, nad charteuse, your pick!  Enter by Friday, November 25 (the day after Thanksgiving); our randomly drawn winner and the honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday, November 27. Multiple entries are encouraged, but each must be on a separate post. As always, entries that feature Wonderland in some way will get two chances in the drawing instead of one.

Please leave a comment here before you go, we love to hear from our readers!

5 comments:

  1. These are all wonderful projects. I love that domino necklace, and the copper microbeads around the edge finish it off beautifully. Will get my entry finished & uploaded in the next couple of days. Thanks for a terrific blog. Maddy x

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  2. Great pieces from the Design Team, all so unique. Fab. Tracy xv

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  3. Fab design team inspirations !

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  4. Just love your DTs projects! They all have turned out so wonderfully!! Thanks for the challenge! I am a big fan of AIW!!! So by you having challenges it gives me a reason to play and make AIW stuff :) I hope you like my new creation, it is going to be added to the one I made for the last challenge. I am going to hang them both in my bedroom. I just love playing w/ Modpodge! He he!

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  5. Just stopping by to see how the challenge is coming along...and my oh my, what a pleasant surprise! Look at all of these wonderful entries!

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