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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

CHAPTER 2 Challenge - Week 2: Hall of Doors

"There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind, and was just in time to hear it say, as it turned a corner, `Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it's getting!' She was close behind it when she turned the corner, but the Rabbit was no longer to be seen: she found herself in a long, low hall, which was lit up by a row of lamps hanging from the roof.

There were doors all round the hall, but they were all locked; and when Alice had been all the way down one side and up the other, trying every door, she walked sadly down the middle, wondering how she was ever to get out again."
     -- Chapter 1, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This month's challenge is to use a door or doors, and preferably for the door or doors to open and close so we can see what lays beyond! While it is not required that your project include Alice in Wonderland, we do encourage it. If your project features Wonderland you will get two chances in the prize drawing instead of one!
I am thrilled to announce that The Octopode Factory is our March sponsor! We are celebrating because Lily has moved into the world of rubber! That's right - RUBBER STAMPS! Lily started with her quirky digital images, and she has gifted the design team members with some of her wonderful Wonderland digital sets. Most of the digital images we will be using are those that are now available in rubber,
One lucky winner will win a $30 gift certificate for digital images from The Octopode Factory's Etsy store! Enter by Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) and a winner will be announced on Sunday, March 27. Show us your DOORS!

And now for some inspiration from The Altered Alice and Octopode Factory design teams!

Octopode Factory guest designer Amy of Paper & Gluestix created this wonderful mix of elements in strong, bright colors! I love the whimsical Octopode drawings in conjunction with the photographic digi elements like the rusty hinge and realistic door. I LOVE the shaped background - diamonds stamped over book text and painted with gold and turquoise!

Our own Sue Roddis of JABBERWOCKY posed this knock-knock riddle with a fun answer inside! "Alice who?" might better be "which Alice?" as she has featured several of the Octopode Alices that are available in this digital set and some are also available in rubber!

Sue took a small stretched artists canvas and used the back side to create this wonderful niche, and added a cover of canvas covered card stock! The cupcakes and flowers are from the digital Alice Elements set and also in rubber!

My favorite detail is the way these "eat me" cupcakes are growing like flowers!

PLEASE stop by JABBERWOCKY to see additional photos and leave Sue a comment about her fun creation!

Who is lurking behind this Stampotique Welcome Door? Erin Leveille of Stamp Till U Cramp has created this magical world with a cigar box! On the outside of the lid we see a fairly normal scene in this charming room. Tiny framed portraits include the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter and give us a hint of what is to come!

When we fully open the door in the lid, we see Alice from the digital set of four Octopode Alices staring at us! And when you open the lid fully, you see the whole scene! So, so clever and fun!

PLEASE be sure to stop by Stamp Till U Cramp and let Erin know how you like her clever scene!  I have seen this in real life and the colors are so incredibly brilliant and the detail is fantastic!

In a twist on the door idea, Octopode Factory guest designer Fatma of Fatma's Place has placed the Mad Hatter (available in digital or rubber) into a charming scene in front of arched gate opening! I love the contrast of the super detailed background versus the wacky Mad Hatter image!

Our own Barbara Washington of Magic Delights started with a wooden door on this charming triptych! Barbara adores the classic Alice images as much as I do, so I was not surprised to see Tenniel's Alice crouching beside the keyhole!

As we pass through the door, we enter an Octopode Wonderland, where even Alice has changed into someone different than before! Barbara has incorporated both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Elements digital sets in this magically delightful scene!

PLEASE visit Magical Delights to leave a comment for Barbara about this fun creation!

Octopode Factory guest designer Audrey from the Netherlands of My Art Room created this charming door book! We begin with the Stampotique Welcome Door but once we pass through it is all Octopode! I like the way she has shaped all the pages to match the door outline and used some knotted twine to make a little book.

Inside we see all four Octopode Alices! I love the vivid backgrounds, and the way she has chosen different bits from the Elements set for each panel!

So what creations are you preparing for the challenge? Link submissions close at 8 p.m. Eastern time (GMT -5:00) on Friday, March 25th. If you have Octopode we'd love to see it, but you can use any kind of stamps you want.  Several of these creations used the Stampotique Welcome Door, but since they were created and in honor of this challenge, Lily has created a fantastic Quirky Door digi stamp! So if you just needed a great door image to get going, here it is:

You can link your door creations at the bottom of our CHAPTER 2 - Week 1 post!  Come on, we want to see what's behind your closed doors!


  1. Fabulous creations, love everyone's take on the challenge, very creative. Tracy Evans x

  2. Fantastic projects, everone! Love the creative ways you all used doors!

  3. Wonderful blog! I am a fan of Amy and the Octopode Factory - love seeing them both here! I also linked a couple of Alice pieces that I have made recently. I will be back as I am now a follower, thank you! xoxo

  4. Wow! More fantastic inspiration pieces! You guys are creating some of the most fantastic bits of arts anywhere!

  5. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW. Each and every card is so so creative. Love them all.

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  7. olá fiz minha participação no link,
    espero ter entendido as regras do desafio!!!

    e fiz uma compra ontem da imagem digital da alice com fábrica Octopode,
    usarei numa proxima ocasião!

  8. WOW! The creativity here ASTOUNDS me! xxD

  9. Estou pirando vendo suas construções!!! ADOREI seu blog!!!


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