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

Sunday, February 20, 2011

CHAPTER 1 Challenge - Week 4: Changes in form and dress forms!

"Alice crouched down among the trees as well as she could, for her neck kept getting entangled among the branches, and every now and then she had to stop and untwist it. After a while she remembered that she still held the pieces of mushroom in her hands, and she set to work very carefully, nibbling first at one and then at the other, and growing sometimes taller and sometimes shorter, until she had succeeded in bringing herself down to her usual height.
It was so long since she had been anything near the right size, that it felt quite strange at first; but she got used to it in a few minutes, and began talking to herself, as usual. `Come, there's half my plan done now! How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another!"
       -- Chapter 5, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Well, just like Alice we have been through a change in location and changed form from weekly to monthly, but the challenge chapters remain familiar despite all these puzzling changes!
To reflect all these puzzling changes, the challenge is to make something that features a dress form, OR to make something that changes in form!  While it is not required that your project include Alice in Wonderland, we do encourage it. If your project does feature Wonderland you will get two chances in the prize drawing instead of one!
STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS is sponsoring our first challenge with 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! They are famous for artist Daniel Torrente's quirky characters, but they actually have many artists and quite a few different styles. Jo Capper-Sandon is my favorite with her wonderful mushrooms, and other lines include Janet Klein's flower characters (click next a few times to see them) that remind me of the garden of living flowers! There is something to please everyone at Stampotique Originals!
Here is your weekly dose of Alice inspiration:

I am so excited to share the amazing digital artwork of Sandy Scholz of Stempelchaotin, all the way from Germany! Sandy's digital artist's trading cards are works of art. I just keep coming back to look at this piece again and again. I love the way Alice is standing on the sewing machine, and her over the shoulder pose is one of my favorites. The layers of pattern and writing in the background add such rich visual texture, and Sandy's use of color and light is just incredible! Who knew that Alice would look so amazing in green? Sandy does traditional stamping as well as these fantastic digital creations, so I know you are going to love what she will share with you on The Altered Alice!

Terri DeVine of DeVine Designs by Terri has created this airbrushed gem of a wall hanging!  Terri stamped Stampotique's Jasmin stamp and colored it with Copics, then she carefully masked it and airbrushed the background. The  words of the sentiment "Each life needs its own quiet place" were cut apart - love that snipped up text look!  Alice was always changing, never the same from one minute to the next, so Terri's offering is all about Alice's changes through time. Terri is a brand new blogger, so please visit to leave her a comment and a warm welcome to the team! You will also find all the details of the Copic coloring on her blog post.  Terri is also a good photographer and took all the dress form pictures for my Week 1 post! Thanks Terri!

I also thought that Stampotique's Jasmin made a lovely modern Alice and is perfect with the Giant Schroom and Mushroom Group stamps!  I fell in love with Jasmin's shoes the first time I saw her, so on the left I drew a large pair of boots, legs and skirt. I love how this turned out!!! Please visit Lynne Phelps at Savvy Sister Studio to read all the details about this humorous bifold display!

Tracy Evans made a wonderful art journal page with Stampotique's Karin and Mushroom Group stamps. I love the way she did a little surgery on Karin to make her small and tall! I also love the color washed background, and the whole color scheme is so warm and pretty! The book text diamonds down each margin are the perfect finishing touch! Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog to leave a comment!

Sammi Betbeder of Stuff by Sammi used the Stampotique Mushroom Group  as the backdrop for this charming Alice ATC! I love the lively colors and subtle patterns of this piece, and the felt flower and string add interesting texture!

PLEASE visit each of our designers who have worked their magic to inspire you this week! I am so thrilled to be working with such a GREAT design team and guests, so join me in visiting their blogs to leave them some love!

To enter your project in Chapter 1 Challenge go to this post. You have until this Friday!


  1. Fabulous art from everyone, love how everyone interprets the challenge, very inspirational. Tracy Evans x

  2. Wow, lots of eye candy. I actually have several flower girls from Stampotique and am quite hooked on them. What a variety of stamps they have.

  3. Oh, these are all fabulous! I need to go visit some blogs. Great job ladies!

  4. WONDERful WONDERland creations everyone! Thanks to everyone on the design team for this month's AMAZING inspiration projects!


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