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!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winner & Honorable Mentions, CHAPTER 10 - A Lewis Christmas Carroll to You!

The Winner
Random.org selected Miupoftea of Poetry in a Pot of Tea as this month's winner of the $40 gift certificate from Custom Crops! Please contact me (email link is in the left column) and I'll send you the info on how to collect your prize, and you are entitled to display this badge on your blog if you like!

Here is her winning entry; I love the way she's placed the rabbit in a tea cup, the torn red edge on the book text, the houndstooth background and the traditional red and green color scheme balanced with ivory and black neutrals!

Honorable Mentions


All the entries were fabulous, and I would like to grant ALL our December entrants an honorable mention badge! Thanks so much for your Wonderland holiday wishes, and Happy New Year to all our readers!



Kudos to Jan of chai tea 'n me for turning in a whole Christmas tree as her entry! LOVE that hat on top, it is fabulous!




Debra James (top) and LilyPinkScraps (bottom) both used charming Wonderland images fromDilly Beans, and I love the whimsical feeling of these fun Christmas cards!


Debra Beight brought Hannukah into the holiday mix, and I love the way she has the Mad Hatter singing The Dreidel Song while munching a few latkes with his tea!

I adore this "stained glass" image from Bonnie McLain of Love, Light and Peace! She used an elaborate black die cut over a luminous green background. To make her characters look like part of the window, she has edged each of them in back. Lovely!

 
And I have to give Anne of Card Challenges a mention for her set of six Wonderland cards. My favorites were her cards using the Tenniel images, and I love the way the fish footman is now delivering a Christmas card! You can see all of her entries below!

Remember, everyone who entered this month is an honorable mention and can grab the blog badge, I just don't have time to describe what I like about each wonderful Wonderland entry! Check them out:

Note - those viewing in a reader or email may need to click the title of this post to see the link list on the blog.

We'll be back in the new year with a new challenge, and I wish everyone a joyous and safe Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Week 3, CHAPTER 10: A Lewis Christmas Carroll to All!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! This month the design team brings you their holiday wishes, and we invite you to send your holiday greetings to The Altered Alice. You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter. The winner post will either be a little early or late, as the last Sunday of the month falls on Christmas day!

Our prize this month is a $40.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops, the premier online retailer for crafters of all kinds. From Accuquilt to Zva Creative, adhesives to vinyl and everything in between, Custom Crops offers a huge selection of the products you've been looking for at competive prices with fast, friendly customer service. Thanks to design team member Donna for organizing this Christmas prize!


To celebrate the season, we bring you The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. Notice the left panel where Lewis Carroll and Alice kneel to pay homage to the newly born Christ in this wonderful Nativity scene! This month's quote is actually contained within the windows, do you see it?
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The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb,  a must-see for anyone that loves Wonderland. A wonderful Christmas poem by Lewis Carroll is shown in the center three bottom panels, which include characters from Wonderland - the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more! 

Your Weekly Inspiration:


Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies used a real window in this interpretation of the window in Daniell Chapel, and holy moly, what a treat for the eyes! The window was painted gold, Amy printed out each window in grayscale on translucent parchment paper and added color with Copic markers These were adhered to the window glass, and Christmas lights behind add a wonderful glow to this gorgeous window!
On the muntins that divide the panes, Amy glued tiny little Tweety Jill thumbnail images to a Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon.
This little embellishment of beads and charms decorates the top of the window.
And the sides are decorated as well with mosaic tiles and glass pebbles! Gorgeous! Be sure to go to Plucking Daisies to see more photos and leave a comment for Amy!

And now it is time to welcome Meme of Meme's Art Place back to the team! Meme had to take a few months off, and her hand-drawn Cheshire Cat is a wonderful way to return. The cat's tail wraps around the card to hold a little Christmas tree. . .
And when you swing the tail to the side, you see the Merry Christmas message!
Inside is wonderful too - notice the cuts in the center that allow the cat's face on the front to extend beyond the fold. The hand-lettered message shimmers with red Creative Inspirations paint.
Look how sparkly the flourishes and snowlakes are! Be sure to visit Meme's Art Place to welcome her back to The Altered Alice!

I have two Christmas cards to share, and you can visit Lynne Phelps at Savvy Sisters Studio to read all the details!
Be sure to visit me at Savvy Sisters Studio to leave a comment!

So you've seen the projects from the design team to you; aren't they great? I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful, talented design team! Now it is your turn to get busy and make a Wonderland holiday card for the team. You have until Friday, Dec.23 to enter.

Please leave a comment here before you go! Merry Christmas to all!
 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Week 2, CHAPTER 10: A Lewis Christmas Carroll to All!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! This month the design team brings you their holiday wishes, and we invite you to send your holiday greetings to The Altered Alice. You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter. The winner post will either be a little early or late, as the last Sunday of the month falls on Christmas day!

Our prize this month is a $40.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops, the premier online retailer for crafters of all kinds. From Accuquilt to Zva Creative, adhesives to vinyl and everything in between, Custom Crops offers a huge selection of the products you've been looking for at competive prices with fast, friendly customer service. Thanks to design team member Donna for organizing this Christmas prize!


To celebrate the season, we bring you The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. Notice the left panel where Lewis Carroll and Alice kneel to pay homage to the newly born Christ in this wonderful Nativity scene! This month's quote is actually contained within the windows, do you see it?
Click to enlarge
The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb,  a must-see for anyone that loves Wonderland. A wonderful Christmas poem by Lewis Carroll is shown in the center three bottom panels, which include characters from Wonderland - the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more! 


Your Weekly Inspiration:


Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY created an "Alice in Christmas Wonderland" snow-globe, such fun!

You can see all the details in these closeup. Most stamped images are from IndigoBlu.

FRONT of ornaments - click to enlarge
Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created this charming set of four Wonderland ornaments! Each image is stamped and then painted.
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The simple cream backgrounds with accented edges really suits the pen and ink style of the illustrations! What a wonderful addition to any tree!
I think my favorite is the Tweedles, as their round tummies are such a perfect match for the snowman shape!

Erin Leveille of Stamp Til U Cramp brings us a charming snow-globe with Alice all dressed up in her holiday finest!

I love the wreath she is carrying, made from some vintage garland, as it adds so much dimension. The tiny candy canes are the perfect scale for this little holiday scene!


Now we are hoping that YOU will have a Wonderland Christmas greeting for the design team.  You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! Please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week 1, CHAPTER 10: A Lewis Christmas Carroll to All!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! This month the design team brings you their holiday wishes, and we invite you to send your holiday greetings to The Altered Alice. You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter. The winner post will either be a little early or late, as the last Sunday of the month falls on Christmas day!

Our prize this month is a $40.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops, the premier online retailer for crafters of all kinds. From Accuquilt to Zva Creative, adhesives to vinyl and everything in between, Custom Crops offers a huge selection of the products you've been looking for at competive prices with fast, friendly customer service. Thanks to design team member Donna for organizing this Christmas prize!

To celebrate the season, we bring you The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. Notice the left panel where Lewis Carroll and Alice kneel to pay homage to the newly born Christ in this wonderful Nativity scene! This month's quote is actually contained within the windows, do you see it?
Click to enlarge
The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb,  a must-see for anyone that loves Wonderland. A wonderful Christmas poem by Lewis Carroll is shown in the center three bottom panels, which include characters from Wonderland - the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more! Our own Sue Roddis visited this chapel and gave me permission to show her close-up photos here, click to enlarge:

We look forward to seeing your holiday greetings, so send us a Christmas Card! If it features Wonderland, you will have two chances at the randomly awarded prize instead of one. Multiple entries are fine, but each must be on a separate post.

Your Weekly Inspiration:

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Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog was inspired by the same windows featured above, and created this wonderful altered canvas for us to enjoy! Be sure to click to enlarge the image to see the wonderful detail. I love the way the  window panes have been colored, it really looks like light is pouring through! The canvas and windows were painted with watercolor crayons, after the windows were stamped with Jet Black Archival ink. The characters were stamped and colored separately and glued on.


There are so many wonderful details! Lyrics from classic Christmas carols have been penned in around each window - I LOVE that touch! The tiny wreath and angel above adds a wonderful 3D element to the scene. The snowflakes (or stars?) and both stamped and done in bling for loads of sparkle and shine. The corsage of snow covered fir branches, glass ornaments, and a star ornament finish it off wonderfully! Kudos to Retta for such a fab Wonderland Christmas scene! Stop by Foxy's Weblog and leave a comment for Retta on this beautiful creation!

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Tracy Evans created a magical Winter Wonderland in this gorgeous art journal spread. I love the background created with layer upon layer of snowflakes and number stencils, perfect for our holiday countdown! Each bauble has been textured with the IndigoBlu crackle stamp, and the characters are IndigoBlu as well.

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I love the way Tracy has added the text with alternating bits of back and white pen, and the checkered stripes at the border and above and below "Winter Wonderland" tie in with the black and white of the character images.

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Have you noticed the clever way Tracy has dotted in the names of each character around their ornament? Loads of details to love in this art journal spread, be sure to stop by and tell Tracy how you like it!
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Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes created a Wonder-full teapot snow-globe on this fun and charming easel card, with a holiday tea party inside covered with snowy white mica flakes! I love the red, white and silver color scheme, the whole thing really shines.

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One of the things I love best about this wonderful project is that the snow-globe is created from recycled packaging! Donna said this acetate bubble was from a tape package. Be sure to look at all your packaging this holiday before you add it to the trash pile, I'll bet there are some great crafty supplies in the discards and what an extra bonus! The mirrored silver card stock is another wonderful (non-recycled) element; that silver rim around everything adds a lot of elegant shine!

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The beautiful snowflakes are the perfect finishing touch, along with the red bling. Be sure to stop by Popsicle Toes to tell Donna how you like her holiday tea party snow-globe!

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Last but certainly not least, we have a wonderful ornament by Retta of Foxy's Weblog made from an altered mint tin! I would love to hang this on my tree, that's for sure, as it's a real treasure! The tiny wreath and "pine" fringe have such a great retro Christmas vibe!

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Retta primed the whole tin with Mod Podge (GREAT tip), then tinted it with alcohol inks which you can see around the edges of the patterned and stamped paper. I love the layering of images, embellishments, bling and text!

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Then the real treasure is inside - each half of the tin has been treated like a mini shadowbox!

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LOVE the tiny garland, Christmas lights and the tiny Christmas tree with the Cheshire Cat hovering amidst the boughs! The snowflakes hang like paper lanterns over what is now a holiday tea!

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More retro vintage Christmas Greetings - Be sure to stop by Foxy's Weblog and wish Retta a Merry Christmas!

Well, you have had four wonderful Christmas greetings from three of our designers! Now we are hoping that you will have a Wonderland Christmas greeting for the design team.  You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! Please leave a comment before you go!