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 27, 2011

Winner & Honorable Mentions, CHAPTER 9 - Fall Colors

 Before we get to our winner, I have one more design team project to share - mine (Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio)! This fun card featuring the IndigoBlu Tweedles says "We've been through a lot together. . ."
"And most of it was YOUR fault!" This just seemed like the perfect thing for Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee to say to each other! Please stop by Savvy Sisters Studio to leave a comment for me, I sure appreciate it when you do!

The Winner

Lucy Edmonson of True Colours is our winner this month, randomly selected from all the entrants! Lucy is from North Hampshire in the United Kingdom, so she may already be familiar with IndigoBlu. This is Lucy's first time joining in our monthly challenge. I wonder if she will pick one of the great Alice sets and join us again? Lucy, please reach out to me through the email link in the left column!  Lucy's challenge project was a wonderful altered canvas, and I love what she did with shrink plastic and a molded key. The "curtains" give a great sense of depth, it is really wonderful.

Lucy's 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.

This is Lucy's first time joining in our monthly challenge. I wonder if she will pick one of the great  Alice stamp sets and join us again? Lucy, please reach out to me through the email link in the left column!

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!

Honorable Mentions:

All the honorable mentions are entitled to display this blog badge with pride! We had a stellar crop of projects this month. I will describe as many as I can before I run out of time, LOL!

Dani Dietrich from Berlin, Germany submitted this fabulous set of 9 artist's trading cards. I really LOVE they way they all work together to form a larger image when you arrange them together. I love the layering of the images and text, it is all just wonderful, and the girl reading her book in the lower left corner is perfect! Visit DanisArt to leave her a comment!

Valerka from Russia created this amazing crown for the Queen of Hearts! It has a very organic and fluid design with lots of natural elements. Not only did Valerka wow me with her crown, but she also did a fabulous photo shoot dressed up as the Queen of Hearts to model the crown!


Be sure to stop by Valerka's blog to see all the other great photos of her in costume, modeling this lovely crown!

Larisa of "the difference: I see that I write .....", another entrant from Russia, submitted this pretty card. I love the way the fall-colored leaves are exploding from behind the beautifully colored image!
Welcome to Sid of Harpies Crafty Corner from Manchester, U.K., another first time player! This one caught my eye because of the wonderful layering of stamping and paper leaves in the background. I also loved the doodled scribbles, black around the text and under the cat, and the Souffle pen around the paper leaves!
I love the "crinkled ink" technique that Amy of artfully distressed (Lincoln, U.K.) used on her background, which really sets off the scene she created with the IndigoBlu stamps. Love that Lollipop Tree, and the White Rabbit with the different stamps to fit the banner is such fun!
KristyLee of KristyLeesWorld submitted a wonderful collage, and she even included the image and quote from the challenge text! I love the layering and all the metal elements, such fun!
In a fun twist on the challenge, Schleifhexe of Creativchaos from Germany gives us fall leaves by moonlight! Love the March Hare and the die-cut clock, those images are perfect together!



Narah-Kimberly of Vinegar and Glitter, a belly dancer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., submitted a lovely hand-drawn Alice with leafy background.

ALL of the entries were wonderful, but I am out of time! You can look through the rest of them here:


Please leave a comment before you go, they make the effort worthwhile!

Winner post delayed, coming soon!

I just wanted to let you know I am having some computer problems, so I will post the winner and honorable mentions later today! I apologize for the delay.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week 3, 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:

Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies created a whole Wonderland tree, I LOVE this!  She used an actual branch from her yard which she rooted in a teacup planter.  Some of the leaves are real leaves, stamped and embossed with IndigoBlu images, while others are die-cut paper. Take a look!
IndigoBlu flourish stamped leaf and a bead charm wired onto the branch
IndigoBlu Executioner on a real leaf, and paper leaves
IndigoBlu running Mad Hatter on real leaf and Alice charm
Curioser and Curiouser!
White Rabbit
Paper leaves with Alice, Mad Hatter, quote, and crackle stamps from IndigoBlu
You will need to visit Plucking Daisies to leave a comment for Amy and get all the details on the construction of this fabulous Wonderland tree!
Our dear Sandy Scholz of Stempelchaotin is never afraid to try something new, and she has now ventured into stamping and stitching on fabric! I love the way she has attached the chain and clasp to each ribbon tab; that and the metal trinket pins add an edgy look.

I love the Tweedles! The fabric texture is great and the splashes of colors add so much energy. I really like the exposed seams.
The red stitching is so vivid, and I love the way she has partially outlined the Mad Hatter with the red stitching.  Fun and different! I hope Sandy tells us what she has stuffed inside, I wonder if they are sachets? We will have to find out on Sandy's blog when we visit to leave a comment on her new endeavor!


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.
Wasn't it interesting that neither of our design team projects involved stamping on paper as the primary element?  What kinds of things other than paper do you like to stamp on? Please leave a comment here before you go, we love to hear from our readers!

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!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Week 1, 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:

Tracy's Autumn in Wonderland Card
Tracy Evans made a lovely chunky ATC, also known as an artist's trading block, and a matching card! She used the soft golds, greens and browns of fall in these coordinated projects. I love the way the trees frame the tea party on this card!
Tracy's Chunky ATC
The IndigoBlu crackle stamp is the perfect background, I adore that stamp! The diecut leaves are a perfectly compliment to the stamped leafy tree.

Notice Tracy's trademark jump ring letters - she uses jump rings and dimensional glue to create these tiny metal-framed letters that look like little typewriter keys. Love that! This side features another rare image from IndigoBlu, the pensive Mad Hatter.

The opposite side features my ultimate fave March Hare stamp! The Alice in Wonderland stamp is also for IndigoBlu.
The sides are wonderful as well. Love the Tweedles on top, and the crackle stamp is also part of the Alice sets! Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog and let her know how much you like this great project!


Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog created three great fall colored projects, starting with this fun set of ATCs,  Love Retta's lively use of color!  The IndigoBlu White Rabbit stamp is so fun and different, as they have placed a gift in his hand and added a banner to the horn, with three different stamps to put inside the banner. "Art" is used above and "Happy Birthday" is used below on this fun card, and there is also a "Love" stamp to fit in the banner. Fun!

Love the parade of White Rabbits on this great birthday card! The brown background is perfect for the warmly colored rabbits, and that wild strip of color across the bottom is the perfect finishing touch!
LOVE this pocket organizer made from a file folder!  There is a tutorial for a similar project on Splitcoaststampers if you would like to make one; it is such a fun and useful project.
Hnmm. I see a familiar coupon in one of htese pockets, and I love that wildly colored "White" rabbit! The stitching accents are great.


Be sure to stop by Retta's blog to leave a comment on these fabulous projects!


The amazing Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes created this fabulous fall 3D teapot container with the tea party inside, embellished with cut and embossed leaves! Love these rich warm colors.
Once again, Donna has shown her Cricut title as the Queen of 3D!
The tassel on top is such a neat finishing touch!
Love these embossed leaves, stamped with that fabulous IndigoBlu crackle stamp. It sure adds great texture to the leaves. Be sure to stop by Donna's blog to leave a comment on her wonderful fall-colored 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!