Challenges have been discontinued, but I hope you will enjoy browsing through this wonderful archive of Alice-inspired art!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Week 1, CHAPTER 16: Going Postal!

The Fish-Footman began by producing from under his arm a great letter, nearly as large as himself, and this he handed over to the other, saying, in a solemn tone, `For the Duchess. An invitation from the Queen to play croquet.' The Frog-Footman repeated, in the same solemn tone, only changing the order of the words a little, `From the Queen. An invitation for the Duchess to play croquet.'
Then they both bowed low, and their curls got entangled together.
--Chapter 6, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Just like the Queen's letter to the Duchess, our challenge this month is to create something with a postal theme - stamps, postcards, letters, envelopes; however you choose to interpret that. As always, all entries that meet the challenge theme are accepted but Wonderland entries are encouraged (they get two chances instead of one in the prize drawing). Friday, June 22 is the last day to enter this month's challenge.

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 Alice stamp plates! We will be showing off two new offerings from Stamp Attack: Alice Faux Postage and Mouses Tail, aren't they great?
Design Team Announcement

Remember last month, challenge player Bonnie McLain entered a series of art journal pages with Alice searching all over Wonderland to find out the Top Secret? (See them here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7)

All is revealed at last!

Notice that Wonderland stamp?
And that lovely Wonderland Postage seal?

That's right, our most prolific challenge player Bonnie McLain has accepted our invitation to journey down the rabbit hole with The Altered Alice design team, and I love it that she has announced it with her art journal story. Please visit Bonnie's blog, Love Light and Peace, and give her a very warm welcome to The Altered Alice!

Your Weekly Inspiration
Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes has created an accordion pleated booklet of postcards from Wonderland! I love the soft colors and patterns she has chosen. I remember puchasing postcard booklets like this as a girl on our family's travels!  Above is the front of the booklet, and here is the other side:
And all the postcards inside:

Be sure to visit Popsicle Toes to see individual photos of each postcard and to leave a comment for Donna!

Donna created a second project for us, and I just LOVE this bookmark! How fun to mark the place in your tale with the Mouse's tail! The Alice stamp is from the Stamp Attack Alice in Wonderland plate. This is a triangular pocket bookmark that fits over the corner of the page. It is easier to see the construction on the back:
What a little gift this would be for any reader or Alice in Wonderland fan! Be sure to visit Popsicle Toes to leave a comment for Donna!

Tracy Evans has combined the Wonderland challenge with the Queen's Jubilee to create this patriotic design! I love the inky background of Distress Inks spattered with water, such a great texture and so much more interesting than flat color.

The Fired Brick and Faded Jeans color scheme has been used throughout, and Tracy has really maximized the impact with the way she has used the two colors. I love the way she has colored the Stamp Attach Faux Postage Stamps!
Tracy's use of the Union Jack stencil on not only the flag but the teapot is really inspired, and I love the way she has trimmed the Wonderland Postage oval to make a label for the teapot! Be sure to visit Tracy to leave a comment on her Jubilee Postage project!

Friday, June 22 is the last day to enter this month's challenge, so get busy! Enter below using the Linky Tool. Please put your name as the TITLE when you submit your project
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  1. Welcome Bonnie! Looking forward to seeing your monthly projects here at the Altered Alice. Great inspiration for week one, Ladies. I love the soft colors. Well done!

  2. great blog with nice article written is really like by me...having alot of info of this kinds of glad to see it..raaly thanks for share it to me

  3. Thank you for the fun challenge and the great DT inspiration
    I would love to win these stamps
    DIANA L.

  4. Love the inspiration pieces! Beautiful as always!

  5. The team have made some fantabulous stunning artwork with my stamp designs.



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