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, June 24, 2012

Winner & Honorable Mentions, 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 was to create something with a postal theme - stamps, postcards, letters, envelopes; however you chose to interpret that.


The winner will receive a Stamp Attack gift certificate for £13.50, which is equivalent to one of the Alice stamp plates! Maybe the winner will select one of their fantastic fantastic Alice stamp plates or the two new Alice offerings from Stamp Attack: Alice Faux Postage and Mouses Tail, aren't they great?
  
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. Enabler alert: Stamp Attack offers speedy worldwide shipping for only £1 on unmounted stamp orders, so go on and check out their beautiful stamps!


Did you Find Bonnie's Hidden Secret?
Bonnie's elegant expoding box last week contained a wonderful 3D scene, did you go look at it and find the hidden secret? There was a secret compartment under the floor containing the Royal Book of Stamps!



Be sure to stop by Bonnie's blog, Love Light and Peace, to see ALL the wonderful pages in this tiny hidden book, and please leave a comment for our newest design team member!


The Winner!

The winner was randomly selected using random.org. All entries had one chance, and the projects featuring Wonderland received a second chance in the draw. Our winner is Silvia of BarniesBaustelle, from Germany! Silvia, to claim your prize, please email me through the link in the left column, and I will forward your contact information to our wonderful sponsor, Stamp Attack!



Silvia submitted this great art journal page with a stamp-scattered background.  Silvia is a regular challenge participant, so I hope we will see lots of Stamp Attack images showing up in future challenges!


Honorable Mentions!
Everyone mentioned below is entitled to display this blog badge!


I adored this textured collage from Ana Caldatto of Scrap da Ana! Be sure to go to her blog to see all the wonderful details; I especially love the stamping over text paper. Be sure to notice the address, I was so tickled to be included!

I loved this postcard from Mostly Stamped, especially the use of the quote in the address block, some very Wonderland logic going on there!.

I was happy to see this charming digital entry from Altered Celtic Gypsy. I love her fish and frog footmen, so interesting!

"Emerald Queen" of Tattered Roses 41 made this wonderful postcard. I especially love the cut-up and sponged text on the back, and the border of flourishes on both sides.

This fun arched diptych comes from The Scrap Yard, and the layers of texture and dimensional details are really fun.

Sue The Iron gives us another postcard, and I love the vivid PanPastel background covered with intricate line-art images in black.


I love the details on the embossed playing card on this entry from Diana on DL.Art.

Last, it's not Alice, but I really love this entry from Aisling's Hobby Blog.

See you next week with a new challenge; please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Week 3, 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?
  
Your Weekly Inspiration

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My project (Lynne Phelps of Savvy Sisters Studio) is an accordion chipboard album where each panel is three inches square, a perfect size to show off all these fabulous stamps! Each panel was painted, then randomly stamped with the Mouses Tail stamp to make a fun text pattern. It is mostly covered on the front, but you can see it on the back:
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Of course it begins with the Frog Footman (from the Alice 2 set) and the Queen's letter:
And it ends with the White Rabbit, because he's always running late:


Please stop by my blog, Savvy Sisters Studio, to see close up photos of all the panels and especially to leave a comment for me over there, because I do so treasure your comments!


Next up is Amy Bowerman Stucki of Plucking Daisies, who is continuing her series of garden/yard art with a fabulous Wonderland mailbox! Of course she also retains her title as the reigning Queen of Glitterblast spray paint!!!

I'll bet this is amazing in real life as the stamps are embossed on metal! She has embellished with cutouts from the Tim Holtz Postcard embossing folder, I had to use that one on my project also! The cool thing is that it will actually withstand the elements so it can really be used as a mailbox!

I LOVE how she has mounted the sheet metal stamped with the Mouses Tail stamp to the flag! And metal stamped postage is scattered down the sides, as are hearts punched from the backs of real playing cards!
And on the back, we see the rainbow metal embossed with the Postcard folder. Please stop by Plucking Daises to leave a comment for Amy, and to see more photos!


We have a bonus project from our newest design team member; Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace has created an exploding box! It does not follow the postal theme, but it features Stamp Attack stamps on every panel. When the lid is on it looks like a simple hexagon box. But what happens when we take off the cover (which is covered with roses painted red)?

Here we have the Mouse telling his Tail Tale, which Alice reckons has gotten to about five bends long! I love the depth Bonnie has created by making one part of the box a fixed backdrop, and popping up the characters all the way around! And here is the mouse alone:
And more of the outside panels featuring Stamp Attack stamps:


But you know what? There is a SECRET hidden inside this box! And to see it, you are going to have to visit Bonnie's blog! Be sure to visit Love Light and Peace and leave a comment for Bonnie; you will find pictures of all the panels there, as well as the hidden SECRET!


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
Note - if you are viewing this in email or a reader, you will need to click on the title of the post and go to the blog to see the challenge entries!

Please leave a comment before you go!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Week 2, 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?
  
Your Weekly Inspiration

Erin Leveille of Stamp Till U Cramp created a Wonderland mailbox, complete with a key for the flag, along with lots of Wonderland post! I don't think the mail will fit inside the box however, as a the Mouse and his Tail have taken up residence inside in his mossy birds nest! I love the big black ears and music covered body on the mouse.
The mouse has retreated into the mailbox; notice that the mouse's tail is actually the mouse's TALE? Too fun!  Erin continued the fun by making all kinds of envelopes from a variety of papers, stamped and postmarked with our Alice Faux Postage stamp set. The mailbox is also covered with the same stamps. Bravo Erin for such a fun Wonderland postal project! Please visit Erin's blog for all the details and to leave her a comment on her charming project!


Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created a box full of Wonderland memories for Alice to enjoy! The Stamp Attack frog footman is the perfect introduction, and what a great tie-in to our challenge quote. And look at all the wonderful goodies Barbara has created inside!
First we find the Mouse's Tale. Slip the belly band off. . . .
And the Stamp Attack Mouse's Tail appears inside!

Next Alice finds a bundle of postcards! Barbara has done a wonderful job creating these vintage beauties!
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I love the way Barbara has stamped the postage on each in color, and then cancelled it with the postmark seal that is also included with the Faux Postage set. I adore the text filled silhouettes she has used on each postcard; they are my all-time favorite Stamp Attack stamps found on the Alice 2 plate. But that's not all. Hmmm; what else could be inside?

Jewelry! Barbara made shrink plastic charms and affixed them to a bracelet!

Isn't it wonderful? Alice must be a happy, happy girl after rummaging through this box of memories! Please be sure to visit Magic Delights to get all the details and leave Barbara a comment on her fabulous box of Wonderland memories!

Our newest design team member, Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace has created an art journal Tail of Tales for your pleasure! Above is the cover of Bonnie's Alice art journal, which Bonnie created prior to the challenge; isn't it wonderful? I wonder what Alice will see when she pulls back the cover?
Here we have the Mouse telling his tale, which Alice reckons has gotten to about five bends long! LOVE this checkerboard text background, the perfect backdrop for our text mouse's tail, or tale!
The Stamp Attack faux postage stamps form the background for this colorful page. I love the way they ghost through the layers of color and texture. Alice really is in a whirl looking at all these colorful delights! I also love they way Bonnie has created her own paper pattern with the postage stamps. Be sure to visit Love Light and Peace and leave a comment for Bonnie; she'll be back next week with a truly fabulous 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
Note - if you are viewing this in email or a reader, you will need to click on the title of the post and go to the blog to see the challenge entries!

Please leave a comment before you go!