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, September 25, 2011

CHAPTER 7: Winner & Honorable Mentions



Our heartfelt thanks go out to this month's sponsor, Stamp Attacka British company that is well known (among other things) for their fantastic Alice stamp plates which have sold to customers all over the world. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played the Red Queen in the Tim Burton Alice movie, purchased plates of Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, which were then delivered to the studio!  Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!


Challenge: Nonsense text - use text as pattern

But before I reveal the winner of this month's challenge, I have two more design team offerings! What can I say, it has been a busy month for all of us and we just couldn't squeeze them in earlier! Plus, of course, you know how I love to draw out the suspense, hah!

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Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY has the silhouettes running across this round stage of folded book pages! Is this fantastic or what? This is a paperback copy of Alice; the wings on either side are the open covers. Each page has been folded and tucked into the center. The title page of the book provided the banner around the top, and NONSENSE was stamped on more book pages and cut out. I love the way she has included the silhouettes stamped onto thin light paper on the inside book covers.

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You can see here how she has cut away a "stage" in the center pages. the "six impossible things" quote has been stamped and wrapped around the inner portion of the cut out pages. Isn't this a wonderful project? I would absolutely LOVE to have this sitting in my library at home, tucked into a niche on one of my countless bookcases! Please go to the JABBERWOCKY and leave a comment for Sue on this fantastic project!


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Guest designer Jess Marin of My Scrap Diary offers a delightful duo of cards as her farewell project. Sadly, the sponsor's stamps went astray so Jess instead brings us some Tickled Pink cuteness! The key background is perfect, and she has her text as pattern on the panel behind her beautifully colored images. I love the way the colors glow against the neutral background. But there is more text, do you see it?

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Jess has filled the clothing and the rabbit with text also! I love the way she has shaded her beautiful colored pencil work to leave the text shining through.  Jess, thanks for such a fun farewell project, so perfect for this challenge! Be sure to go to My Scrap Diary and leave Jess an Altered Alice goodbye and thank you!


The Winner! 


Today's randomly selected winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the Alice stamp plates that the design team used! All entries which featured Wonderland were given two draws at the challenge instead of one.



It probably comes as no surprise that Bonnie McLain, who had four Alice projects and therefore eight chances, is the winner of this month's random drawing! She had four projects and a total of eight chances in the hat this month. The entry that actually won was her amazing "Down the Rabbit Hole" book with the ring binding:


Each page's circular hole is smaller in size than the previous, and we can see fascinating bits of each page poking into the rabbit hole! What a great project! Be sure to go to this post to see some of the other pages of this wonderful little book. But this challenge really sparked Bonnie's mojo, and she made a mini version with accordian construction instead of the ring binding:




I love the way the Queen can be seen at the bottom of the hole! Be sure to visit Bonnie's Art Between the Pages blog for more page views! And Bonnie, I hope you'll display your winner badge with pride! Email me about claiming your prize!

The Honorable Mentions! 

This challenge really had everyone revved, we had lots of entries and they were ALL fantastic! The ones I am highlighting here just had some detail that jumped out at me; if I had enough time I would have listed them ALL! Thanks to EVERYONE for entering and making this such a fun month!


First, I guess unusual construction was a theme this month. I was particularly amazed at what "Izzwizz" from the UK did with this concertina clockwork construction!  The cover is lovely, especially with the handmade charms and gilt edges, and her "Tempus Fugit" text pattern in the background, very appropriate!


But the reason for the honorable mention is inside!


Is that cool or what? The concertina construction allowed her to add layer after layer of gears and sprockets to really give you the feeling of peering into a clockwork! LOVE this! She explains the construction of what she also calls "tunnel cards" with several examples on this post, very interesting!

I love this whole scene filled with text assembled by Debra James of Perth, Australia! The vivid colors and textures make my detail-loving soul happy!

Debra Beight wins an honorable mention for this entry, but the way her blog is set up I can't link the photo from here.  I love the vivid colors, strong graphical design, and the cloud-filled sky! Debra is a newcomer to The Altered Alice but she was also inspired to make several entries. Remember, you can enter as many times as you like as long as each entry is on a separate post!




Sarah Cooper of Scrapbooking is Cheaper Than Therapy recycled an old birdhouse into a text-covered bit of Wonderland!


This one by Anne made me laugh, it is straight out of the Tim Burton movie! It also seemed particularly appropriate as Helena Bonham Carter, the movie's Red Queen, is an Alice stamping fan!

Blackdragon's entry also made me laugh; it says "The height of fashion is to have a very large head and a very small hat!"

Well, I'm out of time. I could have gone on and described every entry! I hope all the honorable mentions will display the above badge with pride and link it back to this post on The Altered Alice! I have included the entries below so you can see how inspired ALL the entries were this month!

THANKS STAMP ATTACK for being such a GREAT sponsor! Please leave a comment before you go, they really keep me going!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week 3, CHAPTER 7: Text as Nonsense


 
Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: `-- and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill -- ' `When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, `I could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.' `No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: `a hill can't be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense -- ' The Red Queen shook her head, `You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, ` but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!' -- Chapter 2, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Using text as pattern is a trend right now that I really love. Your challenge is to use text as nonsense - not to read but as pattern on your project! Of course you can still have words or sentiments, but we also need to see text used in a non-reading way. I have a stack of old books and dictionaries that I use for this purpose.

Our sponsor is Stamp Attack, a British company that is well known (among other things) for their fantastic Alice stamp plates which have sold to customers all over the world. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played the Red Queen in the Tim Burton Alice movie, purchased sets of Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, which were then delivered to the studio!  Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!

The winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the stamp plates that the design team will be using!

You are runningout of time; you have until Friday, September 23 to enter your creation and the winner and honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday of the month, September 25.  All kinds of projects are welcome, they do not have to be "altered art" and as always, entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland are given two chances instead of one in the random prize drawing. You may enter multiple times as long as each project is on a separate post.

We are also saying goodbye to our  current crop of guest designers, so please leave them some special love this month as their projects have been FABULOUS! Thanks so much ladies, you have added so much to The Altered Alice! And stay tuned, there will be some special design team announcements next month too!

Your Weekly Inspiration

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This one's from me, Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio; a Wonderland shadow puppet theater art journal page
I could not resist making a second project to show off the fantastic text-filled silhouettes from the Stamp Attack Alice 2 plate.  I used book pages for the curtains and valance, such fun! The Alice Scrabble tile words and the keys are also from the Alice 2 plate. For all the details, including a view of the PanPastel backdrop prior to everything being added, please visit me at Savvy Sisters Studio and leave a comment! I love hearing from you!


Sandy Scholz of Stempelchaotin has another altered folder from her Mixed-Media Mahem series! Who would have thought manilla folders would ever look this good? I can't wait to see the result when all these folders featuring different techniques are joined in an album! Sandy rejoined the design team too late for me to get our sponsor's stamps to her, but I think the Octopode White Rabbit looks right at home in this setting, don't you?


You can see some of the various ways she has used stencils on this folder. Love the alphabet template she used as a stencil in the upper right corner - I feel a visit to the drafting section coming on! This green and black sunburst is the perfect frame for the rabbit! Be sure to visit Sandy's blog to see more photos and leave a comment!

Now I have a series of artist's trading cards created by Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog. They are fantastic!


I love Queen Alice sitting in this huge chair! And that fringed trim looks so soft and perfect for this homey scene.


Retta stamped the herald rabbit, trimmed it out, flipped it over and stamped the script on the back! What a great way to make a silhouette image from any stamp! She's a clever, clever girl!

I love all the texty snippets on this one, and the vivid rabbit looks so great against the kraft background! The snippet of ribbon creates a ground for the rabbit to stand on and adds more texture.  Fun!

This Cheshire Cat looks very ready for Hallowe'en, although with that bell on his collar I don't think he'll be catching any ravens! LOVE the gray with the deep orange, what a fab color scheme!


Retta has been full of inspiration this month and her final (really!) project is this wonderful birthday card. The background design was hand stamped and if you are looking for the text, click to enlarge. There are words on the music score and I think I also see script in the background.  What's official you may ask?


Too, too funny! I laugh every time I see this! I just had a birthday last weekend and although Retta didn't know it, I feel like she made this card for me! Hah! What a GREAT card! Please visit Retta's blog to leave her a comment on all these fabulous projects!

FRIDAY is your last day to enter, so start thinking up some nonsense and create your own text-patterned projects to enter for the challenge. Be sure to check out the fabulous Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, because if you're the winner you could be selecting a set of your own, or buy a set now with only £1 worldwide shipping!

Don't be late! Enter by Friday, September 23. 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 in the TITLE, for example "Alice Liddell - Illustrated Poem".  The field is long enough that you can also put the name of your piece, but 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, they keep me going and they mean a lot to my talented design team!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Week 2, CHAPTER 7: Text as Nonsense

Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: `-- and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill -- ' `When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, `I could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.' `No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: `a hill can't be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense -- ' The Red Queen shook her head, `You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, ` but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!' -- Chapter 2, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Using text as pattern is a trend right now that I really love. Your challenge is to use text as nonsense - not to read but as pattern on your project! Of course you can still have words or sentiments, but we also need to see text used in a non-reading way. I have a stack of old books and dictionaries that I use for this purpose.


Our sponsor is Stamp Attack, a British company that is well known (among other things) for their fantastic Alice stamp plates which have sold to customers all over the world. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played the Red Queen in the Tim Burton Alice movie, purchased sets of Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, which were then delivered to the studio!  Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!

The winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the stamp plates that the design team will be using!


You have until Friday, September 23 to enter your creation and the winner and honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday of the month, September 25.  All kinds of projects are welcome, they do not have to be "altered art" and as always, entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland are given two chances instead of one in the random prize drawing. You may enter multiple times as long as each project is on a separate post.

We are also saying goodbye to our  current crop of guest designers, so please leave them some special love this month as their projects have been FABULOUS! Thanks so much ladies, you have added so much to The Altered Alice! And stay tuned, there will be some special design team announcements next month too!

Your Weekly Inspiration


I think you will agree that our design team has been ON FIRE with this challenge! First up is one of our guest designer's last post:




Tracy, a.k.a. CuddlyBunny of Not a Moment to Spare has created this charming text-filled mini book. Most of the images are from Stamp Attack, and the large Alice in the Rabbit's house is one of the more rare images that they carry.

 

I really LOVE the way she has used pages of another story but highlighted words here and there to go with our Alice tale! Be sure to click on the pics to enlarge, or better yet, see her blog post for pictures of the other pages! THANK YOU CuddlyBunny for being such a GREAT guest designer for The Altered Alice!


Erin Leveille of Stamp til U Cramp created this wonderful shrine featuring several stamps from Stamp Attack: the Alice silhouette, the Scrabble tiles, the card suits and the key. Erin used a shrine template from the book - Kaleidoscope: Ideas & Projects to Spark Your Creativity. I would say Erin's creativity was sparked for sure! I love all the details and the rich turquoise and gold color scheme. I also love it that she made her own patterned paper by repeated stamping of the key image.


I love all the elements she stamped or punched from book pages, even the grass and clouds!  Be sure to visit Erin's blog to get all the details and see more pictures.



Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created this wonderful set of 12 notecards in a special box! I love the clean style of the cards, each featuring one of the great Stamp Attack silhouettes from the Alice 2 plate.  The colored stamped band behind is a great design element, especially with the way she has lightened and brightened the color at the right end which really sets off the characters. What wonderful one layer cards!


The box is pretty special too. The top panel's background paper says "Jabberwocky" and the Stamp Attack frog messenger image is the perfect image for a set of notecards!  What fun it would be to use these cards and what a charming gift they would make to any Alice fan!  Be sure to visit Magic Delights and leave a comment for Barbara!

Now you should be TOTALLY inspired, so start thinking up some nonsense and create your own text-patterned projects to enter for the challenge. Be sure to check out the fabulous Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, because if your the winner you could be selecting a set of your own, or buy a set now with only £1 worldwide shipping!

Enter by Friday, September 23. 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 in the TITLE, for example "Alice Liddell - Illustrated Poem".  The field is long enough that you can also put the name of your piece, but 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, they keep me going and they mean a lot to my talented design team!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Week 1, CHAPTER 7: Text as Nonsense

Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: `-- and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill -- ' `When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, `I could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.' `No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: `a hill can't be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense -- ' The Red Queen shook her head, `You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, ` but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!' -- Chapter 2, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Using text as pattern is a trend right now that I really love. Your challenge is to use text as nonsense - not to read but as pattern on your project! Of course you can still have words or sentiments, but we also need to see text used in a non-reading way. I have a stack of old books and dictionaries that I use for this purpose.


Our sponsor is Stamp Attack, a British company that is well known (among other things) for their fantastic Alice stamp plates which have sold to customers all over the world. In fact, Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played the Red Queen in the Tim Burton Alice movie, purchased sets of Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, which were then delivered to the studio!  Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!

The winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the stamp plates that the design team will be using!


You have until Friday, September 23 to enter your creation and the winner and honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday of the month, September 25.  All kinds of projects are welcome, they do not have to be "altered art" and as always, entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland are given two chances instead of one in the random prize drawing. You may enter multiple times as long as each project is on a separate post.

We are also saying goodbye to our  current crop of guest designers, so please leave them some special love this month as their projects have been FABULOUS! Thanks so much ladies, you have added so much to The Altered Alice! And stay tuned, there will be some special design team announcements next month too!

Your Weekly Inspiration

My art journal page (Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studios) was inspired by this Stamp Attack image of Alice on the Queen's croquet ground. The Scrabble tiles spelling Alice are another Stamp Attack stamp, cut apart and displayed on a banner of ribbon snippets.The text circles in the background were stamped and then the whole page was colored in using PanPastels (love them!).  The black strip on the bottom was punched and then backed with dictionary paper colored with oil pastels. That takes care of the "text as pattern" required by the challenge; all the circles make me think of colorful painted croquet balls, although I know Alice will be using hedgehogs instead!

It is a journal so I decided to include some writing. I had fun wrapping a quote from the story describing the croquet game around all the text polka dots! I love how this turned out. If you click the image above you can enlarge it enough to read the story. Please visit me at Savvy Sisters Studio and leave a comment, I love it when you do!


Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog has created "The House that Lewis Carroll Built", and what a grand thing it is! Plenty of text as pattern everywhere, even the clouds! She started with a canvas board and tinted and stamped with Distress Inks, such a beautiful layering of images.

The wonderful Stamp Attack images were stamped on white card stock, colored, and cut out. Don't you love the staircase inside the house? Be sure to visit Retta's blog to leave her a comment on this fantastic ediface!

Tracy Evans covered this large letter "A" with pieces of book print from Alice in Wonderland and cut the layers of her flower (centered with an A for Alice) from the same. The wonderful text-filled silhouettes are stamps from our sponsor, as is the "Drink Me" label on the glass bottle atop the A.

Tracy has taken full adantage of the symmetry of the A and decorated both sides as there is no front and back. More Stamp Attack stamps, and then she has cleverly used the playing cards that are arguing about painting the roses red at the beginning of the croquet chapter.  Isn't this great? I just love it that every little pieces is significant to the story. Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog and let her know how much you like it!

Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes has done her Cricut magic again on this fantastic book silhouette. I love the giant paisley-style paper overlaid with text, it is lovely!

I really love the layered "wells" in which each Stamp Attack image is nestled! I love the way Alice is looking down into the well that contains the queen. The whole this is SO beautiful and I hope you will go to Donna's blog to leave her a comment and see all the additional pictures!

Now you should be TOTALLY inspired, so start thinking up some nonsense and create your own text-patterned projects to enter for the challenge. Be sure to check out the fabulous Alice stamps from Stamp Attack, because if your the winner you could be selecting a set of your own, or buy a set now with only £1 worldwide shipping!

Enter by Friday, September 23. 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 in the TITLE, for example "Alice Liddell - Illustrated Poem".  The field is long enough that you can also put the name of your piece, but 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, they keep me going and they mean a lot to my talented design team!