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!

Monday, May 13, 2013

CHAPTER 27: What a Wonderful Dream it Has Been!


"`Who cares for you?' said Alice, (she had grown to her full size by this time.) `You're nothing but a pack of cards!'
At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.
`Wake up, Alice dear!' said her sister; `Why, what a long sleep you've had!'
`Oh, I've had such a curious dream!' said Alice, and she told her sister, as well as she could remember them, all these strange Adventures of hers that you have just been reading about; and when she had finished, her sister kissed her, and said, `It WAS a curious dream, dear, certainly: but now run in to your tea; it's getting late.' So Alice got up and ran off, thinking while she ran, as well she might, what a wonderful dream it had been."
-- Chapter 12, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Chapter 27 will be the last regularly scheduled challenge here on The Altered Alice. Due to pressures of work, health, and family activities I am not able to keep up with running the monthly challenges any longer.We will continue to have random challenges, Alice posts and Linky tools so you can show us your Alice and perhaps some blog candy now and then, but it will not be in formally scheduled challenges. Please continue to subscribe and to share your Alice artwork! The last post is still open for you to share old Alice favorites.

Just as our very first challenge was sponsored by Stampotique Originals, we are ending with a Stampotique challlenge! They are offering a $30 gift certificate for one lucky winner, and their design team is going to play along! Be sure to visit their Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog where you can play every week! There is something to please everyone at Stampotique Originals! I like the symmetry of ending as we began. Sue Davies of their design team created this for the challenge kick-off!


Anything goes, so show us your best! We will begin on Mother's day, May 12 and end on Father's Day, June 16. Your last day to submit projects will be Friday, June 14. Multiple entries are encouraged but each must be on a separate post. For our last challenge, only Wonderland projects are allowed!

Design Team Inspiration

Barbara Washington of Magic Delights created a charming Wonderland puzzle! I adore jigsaws, so this project really caught my fancy.
Barbara has been a Stampotique fan for a long time, and has used quite an assortment of Stampotique images both new and from her collection: Alice, Daff, heart flowers, mushroom group, giant shroom and puss puss. I love the stenciled background, what great texture. The "expect the unexpected" is the perfect sentiment for Wonderland. Please visit Magic Delights and leave a comment there for Barbara!



I love this beautiful tag from Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace! She has used the sentiment and stack of suitcases from Stampotique.
The tag is the perfect accompaniment to this lovely paper suitcase. . . . and inside:
An Alice in Wonderland tag alphabet set! They are charming and it is so much fun to see what character or image she has used for each letter of the alphabet. To see all 26 tags, visit Love Light and Peace and leave a comment for Bonnie while you are there! It is well worth the visit!

Donna, a.k.a. Meme of Meme's Art Place, created a charming mixed media piece. She has used the same "Enjoy Today" sentiment as Bonnie, and "You give me wings"; both are by artist Maria Sabina Raita.
You can really see the layers and dimension from this angle. I love the gentle whimsy of this creation! Be sure to go to Meme's Art Place and leave a comment for her, and check out her other posts on recent publications in Stampington magazines!

Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes has wowed us again with her dimensional magic! She has included her trademark alphabet beads along the top of this frame card. All images are Stampotique by artist Janet Klein (who has also released a Wizard of Oz collection, in case you are a fan), including Mushroom Forest, Alice, Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Catepillar [sic].
You can see all the layers in this angled view. I love the way she has overlapped various die cuts to create depth.
Some closeups. The Mushroom Forest in the background is one of my favorites!
Be sure to stop by Popsicle Toes to read all about this creation and leave a comment for the queen of dimension, Donna Mundinger!

Amy Bowerman of Plucking Daisies hosted a Mother's Day brunch, and wanted to send all the Mums home with a little something. She created these wonderful heart favor bags, and stamped canvas with Stampotique images for the tags and labels!

For a tutorial on how to create this heart-shaped favor bags, visit Plucking Daisies and leave a comment for Amy while you are there!

You have until June 14, 2013, to enter your Wonderland project for a chance at the $30 gift certificate from Stampotique Originals! 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.)
Thanks so much for reading The Altered Alice! Please leave a comment before you go.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

CHAPTER 26: For the Love of Wonderland


"So she sat on, with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality--the grass would be only rustling in the wind, and the pool rippling to the waving of the reeds--the rattling teacups would change to tinkling sheep- bells, and the Queen's shrill cries to the voice of the shepherd boy--and the sneeze of the baby, the shriek of the Gryphon, and all thy other queer noises, would change (she knew) to the confused clamour of the busy farm-yard--while the lowing of the cattle in the distance would take the place of the Mock Turtle's heavy sobs." -- Chapter 12, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Changes are coming for The Altered Alice. Due to pressures of work and other pesky distractions, our last regularly scheduled challenge will begin on May 12. So this week we are sponsor-free and the design team members are sharing any projects they like that show their love of Alice.

I invite you to do the same and show us your love of Wonderland. You may enter older projects for this challenge only. Enter by the end of June to share the best of your Wonderland creations with our community. 

We will of course have honorable mentions and a challenge winner, but you will be playing for the glory this month as we do not have a sponsor.

Our last regularly-scheduled challenge will be sponsored by Stampotique, who took a chance on us and sponsored our very first challenge. I like the symmetry, alpha and omega, closing the circle.

We may have challenges in the future, but they will be more spontaneously scheduled, and in the meantime we will share "Alice sightings" and miscellaneous Alice projects with you, so stay tuned!

Design Team Inspiration
We'll go in alphabetical order!

Amy
Check out Amy Bowermans's retrospective of design team projects, including:
The amazing and famous Alice dresser!
A fantastic altered copper tea kettle, love that steam!
And of course altered tea cups! Be sure to check out her post that waltzes through Amy's Wonderland, with pics of many more projects and links to the original posts. Be sure to leave a comment for Amy while you're there!

Barbara
Barbara Washington of Magic Delights made a fabulous art journal spread, I love Love LOVE it!
The background is incredible. I love the energy the radiating lines and circles give to the layout.
I love the image of Alice reading under the tree, that image was new to me. Check Barbara's blog for more info!
I really love the handwritten quotes and border, it adds so much! And the mix of stamps is super, don't you think? Be sure to go to Barbara's blog and let her know in a comment!

Bonnie
Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace revisited some old favorites; a hat box and a wonderful rabbit hole mni book!
Visit Bonnie's blog to see the original post where you can see all sides, this hat box is gorgeous!
This rabbit hole book is one of my all time favorite Alice projects, I absolultely adore it!
And further down!
Still falling! Be sure to visit Bonnie's blog for more photos, and leave a comment while you are there!

Donna
Donna Mundinger of Popsicle Toes made a fabulous flip book, where each page is divided into head, torso and legs! Fun fun fun and ever so charming!
Who are you is about to be the big question as we mix it up!








And now for my favorite combo of them all: 
So silly and so amusing! What fun to flip through and make your own combinations! Be sure to visit Donna and leave her a comment on this fabulous flip book!

Meme
Meme does not have a project for us this month, but she has been busy busy busy as several of her projects have been published in Stampington magazines! Be sure to stop by Meme's Art Place to see her latest creations, it is well worth the trip!

Show us your Alice! Share your love of Wonderland! You can link old favorites or new creations. Enter by next Friday and I'll comment on a few new favorites next Saturday!