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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 3 - CHAPTER 14 Challenge: Splendidly Dressed!

"After a time she heard a little pattering of feet in the distance, and she hastily dried her eyes to see what was coming. It was the White Rabbit returning, splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other: he came trotting along in a great hurry, muttering to himself as he came, `Oh! the Duchess, the Duchess! Oh! won't she be savage if I've kept her waiting!'"-- Chapter 2; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
April has arrived, which (in the northern hemisphere) brings thoughts of wearing your Sunday springtime best and perhaps donning an Easter bonnet! So we want to you to show us your Sunday best; ruffles, ribbons, lace, frills; however you want to interpret the challenge!

Enter using the Linky Tool below by Friday, April 27. All entries are welcome but Alice in Wonderland entries are encouraged and will receive two chances at the drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are great but each must be on a separate post.
The design team is so excited about showing off the brand new Wonderland Perfectly Clear™ Stamps from our sponsor, Stampendous (Website | Blog). This Alice is all dressed up from her shining shoes to the top of her hat, not to mention her frilly parasol! We will have THREE winners this month, and they will each receive the same Wonderland stamp set the design team is using!

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Your Weekly Inspiration

Be sure to visit the posts about this challenge on the Stampendous blog; the latest post is HERE.

We have LOTS and LOTS of pictures today, so if you are on dial up go ahead and make some coffee and come sit down for a while to enjoy all the fabulous creations! I apologize for the lateness of this post; I had some internet/computer issues which prevented the post going out on time.

First up is Donna/Meme of Meme's Art Place with this wonderful easel card! I love the monochromatic color scheme and the use of the circular element at the top. The bold white she left in Alice and the White Rabbit echoes the lacy white elements while contrasting beautifully with the turquoise striped background.
I adore this Stampendous White Rabbit image, and I love the way Meme has slipped a link of chain over his wrist to connect to the pocket watch. That metal element really adds a lot of vintage charm.  The stamp set comes with several items that can be placed in the rabbit's paw, fun!

Next is my card (Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio) which features a Copic colored Alice mounted on an sponged emboss resist card base. This is such a gorgeous Alice image to color!
The doily was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Stampendous White Detail powder. It almost looks real and the sponging really made it pop;  All in all a vivid background for Alice and it was fun to wrap the effect around to the back of the card. Please stop by Savvy Sisters Studio and leave a comment if you have time!

Next up are some designers from the oh, so talented Stampendous team, then I'll have another special treat from The Altered Alice to wrap up!

Pam Hornschu of The Pampered Stamper created this dramatic card in "painting the roses red" and made great use of Stampendous embossing powder to add texture and drama! I love the inclusion of a real distressed playing card, and I also love the way she placed the White Rabbit image as though it is holding onto Alice!
I love the vintage sepia tones of this lovely card by Janelle Stollfus of Rain Puddles Design! Notice the fabulous use of embossing powder with various inclusions at the bottom. The teacup and teapot background paper is perfect for this card, and the ribbon adds a final frill to this splendidly dressed card! Also, Fran of Fran-tage fame has come up with some fantastic tutorials on the embossing techniques, but sure to check out Stampendous on YouTube!

Wendy Price of Paper, Ink & Smiles decorated a chunky bangle bracelet, isn't it fantastic? What Alice fan wouldn't be thrilled to show this off on her wrist? Wendy, anyone on The Altered Alice team would be happy to offer this a good home if it ever gets in your way, LOL! All the details are on Wendy's blog post if you'd like to create one of your own!

Lea Kimmel of (th)Ink Positive made two pendants that have an entirely different feeling from Wendy's chunky bangle, going for vintage charm instead of a modern bold! I love the way Lea used text from the story behind this darling image of the Cheshire Cat; what a cheeky grin this Cheshire has!
Lea Kimmel also created this White Rabbit pendant. LOVE the way she has used jump rings to attach items to each paw! I may have to duplicate this one, it is so charming and fun, and the jump rings will give the piece a lot of movement when worn!
The back is just as neat as the front; each piece was swiped over a Versamark pad and entirely covered with Stampendous embossing powder. I totally *NEED* some of this Aged Taupe embossing powder; doesn't it give the pendant a great finish on the back?

Well, I warned you that we had a lot of photos in this post, didn't I? Now we are back to an Altered Alice design team member, Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies! Amy has continued with her Wonderland garden and we also have another installment on the Alice dresser!

Amy created a wonderful cinder block garden, extending the Wonderland zone around her house! Only Amy, our Queen of Upcycling, would even dream of stamping on cinder blocks, much less making such a fantastic success of it!
Alice is down to just a few inches tall and wandering in Amy's garden! I wonder if Amy's flowers can talk? Anything is possible in this Wonderland garden! Amy has a fantastic tutorial on coloring metal with Copics, so be sure to go to Plucking Daisies to get all the details, as I'm just going to wow you with the pictures! Notice the frame created from the tile floor stamp in this Wonderland stamp set.
I love the teapots propped in the corner!
The White Rabbit adorns another planter.
Notice the Cheshire Cat lurking on this leafy plant stake!
And another Cheshire Cat over near the Mad Hatter's tea party section of the garden. Be sure to check Amy's previous garden challenge projects, it is becoming quite magical at Amy's house! HERE is the Plucking Daisies post on the Cinder Block Garden!

But that's not all!  We have another installment on the Alice in Wonderland dresser makeover from Amy, the Queen of Upcycling! Challenge after challenge has seen this dresser go from trash to artwork!!! Go to THIS POST to see the entire evolution of the amazing dresser.

Remember we started with this:
And now we have THIS!!!

So where is the Stampendous Wonderland set?  Well. . . What Wonderland dresser would be complete without Alice on the looking glass?
Which is ever changing depending on what is reflected, which only seems right when you are peering into the Looking Glass world!
Then, take a close look down the right and left edges of the front of the dresser:
That tile floor stamp is AMAZING when you mirror it, it gives almost an Op Art effect! Interspersed on the rainbow colored strip and between the card suits are the heart, the "ace" stamp, the Cheshire Cat, and more!!!
I see that tile floor stamp even on the dresser feet! So cool!  Hmmm. I think the only undecorated part left is the trim along the bottom and maybe one side. Anyone want to take any bets on what Amy will be doing for next month's challenge on The Altered Alice??? Be sure to keep an eye on Plucking Daisies to find out!

Well, I have to say this has been the longest blog post I've ever done, and every bit of it was magical. Of course I was putting together the world's longest post while having internet/computer issues, I sure wish there was an internet cafe in this tiny town. I hope you have enjoyed this week's inspiration as much as I have. Be sure to leave comments on the blogs of all these wonderful contributors, I am so thrilled to have the talented ladies of Stampendous playing along. 

YOUR projects have been AMAZING this month, and there is still time for more submissions! Remember multiple entries are welcome as long as each is on a separate post, so get your projects in by Friday, April 27 for a chance at winning this fantastic Stampendous Wonderland stamp set. (Note - if you are reading this in email or a reader, please click on the title of this post to go to the blog. You won't want to miss the incredible projects submitted by our readers for this challenge!)

Please leave a comment before you go!


  1. What fabulous creations ladies and so lovely to see the Stampendous DT joining in too. Inspirational pieces from you all. Tracy x

  2. Incredible works of art ladies. I love each and every one of them.


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