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, March 25, 2012

Winner & Honorable Mentions, CHAPTER 13: The Best Butter!



Today is the day we announce the winner of one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps from our sponsor, Red Eowyn, but first a couple more design team projects! 


Design Team Projects:

Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies is continuing with her Wonderland garden art projects! Isn't this flower bed going to be gorgeous when all the flowers come in? Today's additions include the Mad Hatter stake (to the left of the teapot), the flamingo and the hedgehog!
Front of garden stake
Back of garden stake
This wonderful stake has the Mad Hatter on the front and fanciful leaves with embossed texture on the back, and the "Twinkle, twinkle little bat" stamp from our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is stamped all over the back. Be sure to watch Amy's blog for her post about all the steps she used in creating this. But what would an Alice garden be without a flamingo?
Amy upcycled an old plastic garden flamingo by coating it with Glitterblast spray paint and other paints; love the texture that gives the plastic! Isn't that vintage-looking crowned heart the perfect embellishment for a royal croquet mallet flamingo?  But you can't play croquet without a ball!  Hmmm. . . I think I see a hedgehog!
Amy took a buttery yellow rock from her yard and added broken china spines to this darling hedgehog! I LOVE THE HEDGEHOG, don't you???
And they make a wonderful Wonderland pair! Be sure to visit Plucking Daisies and look around; its a pretty amazing place and you'll find plenty to comment on!

And here is my art journal project (Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio), based on the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland movie. I love the final battle scene where Alice is dodging the Jabberwocky and trying to gather her courage to slay this hideous monster. This does not follow the books, but I still love her six impossible things. This art journal spread took a detour from where I intended it to go, and I had some major difficulties with adding the text and line art; you can read about in the details on my blog.

I used the Jabberwocky and the champion Alice stamps. I LOVE these images and it is rare to find them in Alice stamp collections, but  Red Eowyn has them! Please stop by my blog to read all the details and leave a comment if you can!

Winner!

Random.org selected #7, so Blackdragon of Suffolk, UK, wins the Red Eowyn prize of one full Alice in Wonderland sheet of unmounted rubber! Contact me via the email link in the left column with your choice of Alice plate and mailing address!

She submitted this wonderful tag featuring an Alice in Wonderland paper doll! I just love all the detail, it's really lovely.

Honorable Mentions!

ALL of the entries were just fantastic this month. I hope you will cruise through the Linky list below and leave some comments for our fabulous entrants. EVERYONE who participated AND submitted a project featuring Alice in Wonderland is entitled to an honorable mention badge this month:
NOTE: I've noticed some of you have broken Alice badges on their blogs. If you load the picture from this URL, the image should work: http://i641.photobucket.com/albums/uu132/lynnephelps/AlteredAliceHonorableMentionBadge.png
If that does not work on your blog, I suggest saving the image to your computer and uploading it to your blog through your blogging software.

ALL of the entries are great, so I will just highlight a few that particularly caught my eye for some reason!

I am a huge science fiction and fantasy fan, so this "Time Rift" comic book (or graphic novel) style image from Ike's World  really wowed me!

LOVE this one from Artwolf2009 - look at all the layers of color and the fun quirky images. To top it all off, it has a wonderful verse: "Dreamers might not have a plan, but realists don´t have visions."

This offering from Izzwizz features a dapper March Hare and a great advertising jingle for butter! The tone on tone stamping over the background sponging is pretty special!

Ana Cristina Caldatto of Scrap da Ana features realistic looking melted butter made from gel medium and some yellow oil paint! Amazing texture, and photographed amid vintage china butter dishes.

I love all the energy and action on this tag - you will have to go to to Dragonsweb to see all the closeup photos to see the details.


Bonnie McLain's art journal spread from Love Light and Peace is loaded with layers of stencils and textures; I love the way the various styles of harlequin diamonds unite the two pages!

Sue the Iron made me laugh with the psychologist asking us if we are dreaming of rabbits?  Well, yes, hares too, LOL! The black ink spot border is a great finishing touch; what great stamps!

Last, I could not ignore an Alice in Wonderland TREE among the entrants! Bravo, Leintje!

For those of you not specifically called out, it is only because I am out of time. You can see all the fabulous entries here:
Thanks again to  Red Eowyn for supplying us with these fabulous stamps and prize! Please be sure to visit our wonderful sponsor, and please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Week 3 - Chapter 13 Challenge: The Best Butter!


"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'"
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare?  We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!
Our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post.

Your Weekly Inspiration
Donna/Meme of Meme's Art Place created this fun tag with an emboss-resist background. The dry embossed texture in the background adds a lot of textureas does the wrinkled and dyed seam binding is wonderful, but what I love the most is the snippets of Alice book text that have been torn and highlighted with green. Be sure to visit Meme's blog and leave a comment!

Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes has created a wonderful 3D card for us to enjoy. She has done a lot with her Cricut cut outs. I especially love the pocket watch frame, gears and letters cut from mirrored card stock! "You're the BEST" is a great sentiment to go with her butter yellow card; this is the best butter for sure!
You can see how the card works in this side view. It is a tent-topper fold, and the watch acts as a  frame for clear acetate, to which the clock hands are mounted. Then the clockworks inside are popped up to various levels, enhancing the depth even more.
Donna always gives amazing attention to detail, so she even cut out a butter knife from the mirror card stock and placed it in the March Hare's hand!  Alice is looking on, horrified at the thought of lubricating the clockworks with butter! Be sure to stop by Popsicle Toes to leave a comment for Donna.

Time is running out! You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter by entering in the Linky tool below!
If you are in an email or reader version of this post, click on the post title (Week 2 - Chapter 13) at the top to come to the blog and see all the wonderful entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Week 2 - Chapter 13 Challenge: The Best Butter!

"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'"
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare?  We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!
Our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post.

Your Weekly Inspiration


Barbara Washington of Magic Delights has lavished us with the best butter in her gorgeous canvas background drenched in yellow PanPastel! Here we see all kinds of characters from Red Eowyn going about their afternoon's activities in Wonderland!  Such a fun scene to enjoy.
You can see the lovely canvas texture and the painted path. The characters were colored and carefully trimmed out before they were adhered to the background.  Whoops - looks like the White Rabbit just dropped those gloves!
It looks like the Red Queen is arguing with the White King.  Hmmm, it seems the Red Queen is never in a good mood!
The Unicorn and the Lion are having a chat! Red Eowyn has many of the exciting but lesser known original Tenniel illustrations like this pair from Through the Looking Glass. Be sure to visit Magic Delights and leave a comment for Barbara about her Afternoon in Wonderland!

Erin Leveille of Stamp till U Cramp has outdone herself this month with the Mad Hatter's Hangover Kit! Erin found this fun box with its elastic closure in the dollar bin at her local craft store and has upcycled it into a real treasure!  And what better image for the top than this Red Eowyn image from the Mad Hatter's tea party, stuffing the dormouse into the teapot.  Hmmm, looks like drunken revels to me! I wonder if they spiked the tea?
You know how difficult it is to get a good stamped impression on a curved or irregular surface. Erin stamped on thin tissue paper, then Mod-Podged it onto the box. She used a variety of media to color and add shimmer to the image, and some worked well over the Mod Podge and others did not. Be sure to stop by her blog for photos of the process and all the details!
Inside is more butter yellow and hangover green! The quote inside the lid says "I do wish I had not drunk so much!" Of course that was about Alice drinking the potion to change sizes, but still is good advice for the rest of us!
To complete the Mad Hatter's Hangover Kit, Erin has stocked it with mints, Tums, Tylenol, mouthwash, and dry crackers.  Brilliant job Erin, and so, so funny! Be sure to visit Erin's blog to leave a comment about this funny kit and to see all the process details.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter by entering in the Linky tool below!
If you are in an email or reader version of this post, click on the post title (Week 2 - Chapter 13) at the top to come to the blog and see all the wonderful entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Week 1 - Chapter 13 Challenge: The Best Butter!

"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'" 
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare?  We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!
Our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post.

Your Weekly Inspiration

Tracy Evans created this charming card using the Red Eowyn March Hare as Messenger stamp. She is really laying on the best butter with all the different yellows in this card, and she has even included the Mad Hatter's watch, a victim of the best butter!
I love the background, where Tracy has pieced torn bits of this very chapter of Alice in Wonderland; what a wonderful touch! The stitched edges around various elements adds another layer of texture.
Some embossed hearts stand out with a bit of buttery yellow sponging. I love the way Tracy has complemented all those warm yellows and ivories with cool Alice blue; charming! Even the yellow buttons tied with bits of blue and white bakers twine help to keep the balance. Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog to leave a comment!

Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog's altered wooden cigar box showcases a truly mad March Hare canvas in the center. Layers of paint have been painted, sprayed, and dabbed on in a wonderful melange of color, with a good bit of Distress Ink thrown in for more texture!
I love the March Hare and the Dormouse from the Tim Burton movie. There is a page from our challenge chapter, love that text element.
Retta used an image transfer technique to apply the March Hare image to the small canvas. The crown of grain and the feathery fur really add a lot to this crazy March Hare face, so fun!! Be sure to stop by and leave a comment for Retta on this great cigar box makeover!

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter by entering in the Linky tool below!
If you are in an email or reader version of this post, click on the post title (Week 1 - Chapter 13) at the top to come to the blog and see all the wonderful entries!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and please leave a comment before you go!