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, February 26, 2012

Winner & Honorable Mentions, CHAPTER 12 - Hearts!

Today the winner and honorable mentions are announced, but first I will torture you with a few more design team projects, starting with mine!

Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio created two humorous art journal pages:
This one features the wacky March Hare image, and I combined it with the Valentine Hearts Banner. He looks so rough, I couldn't resist adding a snarky sentiment: "She knew it was true love, because she loved him even before coffee!"
The next journal page features the Whimsical Dream Castle, the Queen of Hearts and the Heart Stems. Please stop by Savvy Sisters Studio and leave me a comment, I really love hearing from you!

Next, we have a project from Anne of Anne's Crafty Corner, a guest designer from the Octopode design team! I love the fun Page Boy Rabbit, which is one of the exclusive rubber-only designs from The Octopode Factory!

Last, we have one more dresser drawer from Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies! I have to say this is my favorite drawer yet. We see the Drink Me Potion and the Eat Me biscuit on either side of the small curtained door!
Love the pink checkered floor. Glitter makes the potion bottle gleam and the jeweled key and heart bling add dimension and sparkle.
I love the paper curtains, hung with jump rings from a tiny rod! The door is cut from Disney picture book; doesn't that talking doorknob bring back memories?
The coloring is fantastic and the glitter and bling are perfect, but that real doily adds so much! I love the attention Amy pays to all these details and I'm sure you do to, so be sure to stop by and leave a comment for her on Plucking Daisies!


And now what you've all been waiting for!

Winner!
Random.org selected #18, so Leintje* from the Netherlands is our winner! Leintje made this fabulous box to hold her Altered Alice challenge projects, so I was really tickled when her project was randomly chosen. Please email me through the link in the left column about claiming your prize!
She used the transparent glass on top of the box to great effect, with items above and below the glass adding so much depth. Visit Leintje* to see more photos of her great project.

Honorable Mentions!
ALL of the entries this month were fabulous! I will list as many as I can until I run out of time. :-)

Dawn in the UK of Craft-Addiction has delighted us again with an original inked and watercolored sketch for our hearts challenge! Keep an eye on her blog, because she may be releasing some of these lovely creations as digi stamps!

Ana Cristina Caldatto of São Paulo, Brazil made this wonderful set of Alice trading cards! See more photos at Scrap da Ana.

Love all the vintage trim and layered images on this entry from Narah-Kimberly of Vinegar and Glitter.

I love this crackled gold playing card from scrapclose2theheart.


This entry from Debbie Buckland of Arty-Crafty in New Zealand really grabbed my fancy as it has funny quotes from the Tim Burton movie, and what a great Queen of Hearts image. The scrappy look and hand stitching are so appealing!


ArtWolf2009 created this fun crown, where every element has significance to the Wonderland stories!

Sylvia of Barnie's Baustelle created this wonderful heart. I love the sentiment, and those button eyes on the Cheshire Cat make me really happy!

I was tickled to see an entry from Jess of My Scrap Diary, who was a past guest designer on The Altered Alice! How can you resist a Hatter who says he throws WILD tea parties?

ALL of the entries were wonderful, so if you have not checked them out before, please take a look at them now:


Please leave a comment before you go, and check back next week for a new challenge!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Week 3 - CHAPTER 12 Challenge: Hearts!

"First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did. After these came the royal children; there were ten of them, and the little dears came jumping merrily along hand in hand, in couples: they were all ornamented with hearts. Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them Alice recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing her. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King's crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS."     -- Chapter 8; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
Since February contains Valentine's Day, we are challenging you to show us your HEART (or hearts), in whatever form you'd like to interpret that! Our sponsor this month is The Octopode Factory, who is offering a $30 Etsy shop gift certificate to one randomly selected winner.
The Octopode Factory has amazing and unique images born from the fertile imagination of Lily Chilvers. The Etsy Shop carries her digi stamps and collage sheets, and she has large and small rubber stamps available through her blog. Be sure to check out all the incredible Alice in Wonderland characters and digital stamp sets, and visit!  And for fun and inspiration, be sure to visit Lily's blog and The Octopode Factory Friday challenge blog, or TOFF for short!

This is a very short month, so you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! As always, projects that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the prize instead of one. Multiple entries are fine, but each must be on a separate post. Please join us!

Your Weekly Inspiration



First, I owe Meme an apology as I accidentally posted her wonderful Queen and castle a week early. Please visit Meme's Art Place this week to leave a comment and get the details!

Now we have the next installment on the Alice in Wonderland dresser, which is an ongoing upcycling project by Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies! As you can see, two more of the small drawers at the top have been painted since last month's striped drawers: a chessboard drawer and a Cheshire Cat drawer. Then Amy transformed one side of the dresser! Such fun, let's look at the details.
The chessboard drawer background is made of punched squares of black glitter cardstock over a silver painted base. Alternating squares are decorated with hearts punched from playing card backs - I love that detail, so appropriate. The Octopode Queen of Hearts is near her distressed playing card at the left.
This darling Octopode White Rabbit is available exclusively in rubber, three sizes are available. Go to THIS blog post to read all the details and see more photos of the chessboard drawer!
Next up is the Cheshire Cat drawer! I love the colors on this one. And the way Amy has shown the vanishing of the Cheshire Cat is so creative!
Look at the way she has trimmed the cat down to eyes and a grin at the left end!
And here the Cheshire Cat is dancing on his head, and another vanishing cat on the right! Love the doodles on the die cut leaves she has decoupaged as a background to the cats.
In case you are wondering where the hearts are on the Cheshire drawer, both drawers feature these heart drawer pulls created by Amy. But we are not done!
Next, Amy began on one side of the dresser; the theme for this side is "The Golden Afternoon" and it is so charming! I love the deep blues and greens of the background; the shimmering pearlescent paints almost make this scene look underwater!

Octopode's Retro Alice wanders amidst the garden of living flowers! I love the saturated colors, eye candy to be sure!
The Octopode Rocking Horsefly soars on his heart-shaped wings through this truly magical Garden. Be sure to stop by all three posts from Amy to see many more photos on the whole process; seeing the different steps along the way is really fascinating!!!

Time is flying; you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! If you are viewing this in a reader or email, please click on the title of this post to see the link list on the blog:
So get busy and show us your heart!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 2 - CHAPTER 12 Challenge: Hearts!

"First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did. After these came the royal children; there were ten of them, and the little dears came jumping merrily along hand in hand, in couples: they were all ornamented with hearts. Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them Alice recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing her. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King's crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS."     -- Chapter 8; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
Since February contains Valentine's Day, we are challenging you to show us your HEART (or hearts), in whatever form you'd like to interpret that! Our sponsor this month is The Octopode Factory, who is offering a $30 Etsy shop gift certificate to one randomly selected winner.
The Octopode Factory has amazing and unique images born from the fertile imagination of Lily Chilvers. The Etsy Shop carries her digi stamps and collage sheets, and she has large and small rubber stamps available through her blog. Be sure to check out all the incredible Alice in Wonderland characters and digital stamp sets, and visit!  And for fun and inspiration, be sure to visit Lily's blog and The Octopode Factory Friday challenge blog, or TOFF for short!

This is a very short month, so you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! As always, projects that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the prize instead of one. Multiple entries are fine, but each must be on a separate post. Please join us!

Your Weekly Inspiration

Welcome today's guest Debra James, a member of the Octopode Factory design team, and her wonderful Queen of Hearts playing card. I love the card layout and all the rich red and gold details, perfectly framed by the bold checkerboard border. Debra started with Glinda the Good Witch, also available as part of the Oz set to make her queen, so keep an open mind as you look at all the Octopode characters!


Erin Leveille of Stamp till U Cramp made this lovely Valentine, complete with the key to Alice's heart! Erin created her own background paper by repeating the Octopode Key to Wonderland motif, tinting the paper with PanPastels and adding India ink and gel pen doodles; the perfect backdrop for Modern Alice!

We have a painted canvas from Meme of Meme's Art Place. I love the way she turned the Heart Stems into a striped picket fence, and the way she has popped the fence up from the background gives the piece so much dimension!
Meme has done a beautiful job with coloring, as you can see in this closeup!


Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created three charming Valentine's Day Cards, beginning with this easel card featuring Alice and the Mad Hatter.
Next we have a horsefly, Wonderland-style of course! I love it how the horsefly's wings are heart shaped, tying in perfectly with the conversation heart background, so cute!
Last, Barbara has the Queen of Hearts and her flamingo croquet mallet! I love the way she has juxtaposed these two digi-stamps to make a perfect Wonderland scene. The lacy heart and  matching backdrop die cuts are a lovely frame for the Queen! Be sure to stop by Magic Delights to leave a comment for Barbara.

This is a very short month, so you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! If you are viewing this in a reader or email, please click on the title of this post to see the link list on the blog:

So get busy and show us your heart!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 1 - CHAPTER 12 Challenge: Hearts!

"First came ten soldiers carrying clubs; these were all shaped like the three gardeners, oblong and flat, with their hands and feet at the corners: next the ten courtiers; these were ornamented all over with diamonds, and walked two and two, as the soldiers did. After these came the royal children; there were ten of them, and the little dears came jumping merrily along hand in hand, in couples: they were all ornamented with hearts. Next came the guests, mostly Kings and Queens, and among them Alice recognised the White Rabbit: it was talking in a hurried nervous manner, smiling at everything that was said, and went by without noticing her. Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King's crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS."     -- Chapter 8; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
Since February contains Valentine's Day, we are challenging you to show us your HEART (or hearts), in whatever form you'd like to interpret that! Our sponsor this month is The Octopode Factory, who is offering a $30 Etsy shop gift certificate to one randomly selected winner.
The Octopode Factory has amazing and unique images born from the fertile imagination of Lily Chilvers. The Etsy Shop carries her digi stamps and collage sheets, and she has large and small rubber stamps available through her blog. Be sure to check out all the incredible Alice in Wonderland characters and digital stamp sets, and visit!  And for fun and inspiration, be sure to visit Lily's blog and The Octopode Factory Friday challenge blog, or TOFF for short!

This is a very short month, so you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! As always, projects that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the prize instead of one. Multiple entries are fine, but each must be on a separate post. Please join us!

Your Weekly Inspiration


Tracy Evans has gifted us with this vibrant art journal spread celebrating the Queen of Hearts! She has used a variety of mixed media techniques including stenciling and sprays.

To add interest, torn paper heart shapes were used in a variety of ways. Tracy hand-lettered the Queen's most famous quote, and I LOVE the way she has drawn extruded 3D letters with the striped edges!

The Queen of Hearts was stamped separately using the Octopode's rubber stamps, colored and trimmed out. This way Tracy did not need to do any special masking to isolate the Queen from all the fabulous background techniques. Be sure to visit Tracy's blog for details and to leave a comment!

Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog has three projects, starting with this fun tag; notice the battle scene at the bottom of the tag! I love the snarky caption! I also love the way she has mixed the diamond and hearts in the background.
Retta's next tag is much sweeter in feeling! Chipboard letters spell Alice down the side and add a lot of dimension, and Octopode's Retro Alice looks out from the corner

The last (but certainly NOT least) of Retta's projects is this wonderful heart teapot! Retta used this Octopode freebie from Lily's blog to great effect, and I love the way the Octopode Retro Alice and Queen of Hearts are on each cup.  Retta is the queen of snarky captions and this one does not fail to add humor! Please drop by Retta's blog to leave a comment!

Donna Mundinger, the Queen of 3D and author of Popsicle Toes, cut out a dress shaped candy box on her Cricut and then decorated it with the Octopode Queen of Hearts, trinkets and more die cuts!
You can see all the layers of dimension, and I LOVE those tasseled earrings!
The back is as much fun to look at as the front. Love the "ummmm" she has added to the stickered sentiment!
Hmmm, what's that hiding inside the Queen's skirts?
Candy for Donna's sweetie! Please stop by Popsicle Toes to leave a comment for Donna on this amazing candy box! 

This is a very short month, so you have only until Friday, Feb. 24 to submit your entry! If you are viewing this in a reader or email, please click on the title of this post to see the link list on the blog:

So get busy and show us your heart!