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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Week 2 CHAPTER 20: Twinkle like a Bat, Shine like a Tea Tray! was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!How I wonder what you're at!"You know the song, perhaps?' `I've heard something like it,' said Alice. `It goes on, you know,' the Hatter continued, `in this way:-- "Up above the world you fly,Like a tea-tray in the sky.Twinkle, twinkle--"'-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Just like the Mad Hatter's song, we want you to create something that twinkles or shines; bats are optional! Think bling, metal, glitter, mirror card; the possibilites are endless! Some of the design team will be using some very unusual Alice-inspired designs. Just like you dress up for Halloween and take on another persona, these racy images have Alice and other characters all grown up and taking a walk on the wild side!

Our sponsor this month is Smeared Ink, home of edgy, wild and fun designs in rubber and digital forms has released a Wonderland Collection; images are available individually or as a set. The randomly-chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive a $15 shopping spree in their online store.

Smeared and Smudged is an online community of rubber stampers and crafters who enjoy using alternative, gothic, edgy, and unique stamps in their designs. We thrive on different and unusual. We welcome the macabre and devious side of things, and most of all, we embrace ALL types and styles of art. Whether or not you “come to the dark side”, your creations should be a reflection of you. At Smeared and Smudged, the most important thing is being yourself. There are lots of ways to interact with the community! [ Ning Community | Challenge Blog | Facebook Group ]

Enter your project by Friday, October 25 for a chance at the shopping spree. As always, multiple entries are encouraged (after all, this is a monthly challenge) but each entry must be on a separate post. All projects that meet the challenge criteria are welcome, but entries that feature Wonderland will have two chances with each project entered instead of one.

Your Weekly Inspiration

Wonderland is taking a walk on the wild side with these macabre images from Smeared Ink!

Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created this fun swing card with the White Rabbit on the front and the Cheshire Cat on the flipside! She has embellished both sides with sparkling black spooky cat, raven, bat and spider web. The Cheshire Cat image is perfect for Halloween, with the vulture perched on the cat's hip and the wonderful "we're all mad here" quote.

Barbara created a second fun special fold card which feature the other Alice images from Smeared Ink; Alice, the Queen of Hearts and one crazy Mad Hatter! We have the nymphet version of Alice huddled under the magic mushroom on the cover, along with sparkling bats and the song lyrics from our challenge quote.

Unfolded card.

The Queen of Hearts.

One crazy Mad Hatter! Again, a perfect image for Halloween with a big dose of the macabre, with the bone printed table cloth and skull legs! Please stop by Barbara's blog to leave a comment about her fun and spooky cards!

On a different note, Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies altered and upcycled a plastic tea set into something sparkling and fun! The teacup with the stamped Danita images decoupaged all around is my favorite piece of the set.

I love all the attention to detail that Amy has poured into this cute tea set. Please stop by Amy's blog to get all the details, including a full tutorial, and to leave her a comment!

Enter your project by Friday, October 25 for a chance at the shopping spree. PLEASE include your name or blog name in the TITLE. This helps me enormously when it comes time to had out the honorable mentions! (Note: if you are viewing this post in a reader or email, please click on the title of the post to go to the blog to see the entries or submit a project.)

NOTE: It took me a while as it's my first time, but I successfully created this post on my iPad using the Blogsy app, which I highly recommend! It made it really smooth and in some ways it is easier than Blogger. Thanks for the tips!

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