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

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Week 1, CHAPTER 19: Lovely Garden and Bright Flowers

"...she tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted! Alice opened the door and found that it led into a small passage, not much larger than a rat-hole: she knelt down and looked along the passage into the loveliest garden you ever saw. How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head though the doorway; `and even if my head would go through,' thought poor Alice, `it would be of very little use without my shoulders."-- Chapter 1, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Your challenge this month is Garden and/or Flowers! Enter your creations by Friday, September 28, 2012. Multiple entries are allowed, but to count as a separate entry each must be on its own blog post. All entries are welcome, but projects that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the drawing instead of one.

The winner will receive 3 digi images from The Stamping Boutique, which has a wonderful Alice in Wonderland line we will be sharing with you! Tracey Malnoski is the owner and illustrator, and she has previously designed stamps for Unity, InStyle, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. Her Stamping Boutique has it all: digital images, red rubber stamps, and themes that include fairytale, whimsy, sentimental, and candy. Please visit the Store and their wonderful Challenge Blog!

Your Weekly Inspiration

Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace created a fabulous accordion book that is zig-zag folded with two pop-out stages on each side. The garden theme is established with her lovely heart frame and flowers, and we see Alice peeping through the keyhole at the colorful garden! I love all the text layered over the brilliantly colored background textures.
Each side of the book has two of these pop-out frames; this one shows a charming Alice image surrounded by card suits. I love the way Bonnie included her own illustrations of tangled doodles around the frame opening and her lovely flowers. Clearly Alice is happy in this beautiful garden!
The Mad Hatter image is my favorite! Bonnie surrounded the frame with more of her original doodles and flowers, lovely! To see the Queen and the Cheshire Cat frames on the other side, you will have to visit Bonnie's blog.
The back with Alice in a teacup is as lovely as the front. Bravo Bonnie for such a fab project! Please stop by Love Light and Peace to leave a comment for Bonnie and to see the other two pop-out frames!

Our fabulous Tracy Evans has created a royal garden fit for this sassy Queen of Hearts! The large flower at left and the metal posy corners help to emphasize our theme, as does the color scheme of rose pinks and reds. 
The way Tracy combined the digital image and the text stamp is really brilliant. She even has the Queen word from the stamp centered on her flower; you know how I love those texty details!
Tracy did some paper-piecing and popped up layers on the dress. I love the text inside the dress, it adds so much to the image! Thanks Tracy for such a great project. Be sure to stop by Tracy's blog to leave her  comment!

That's it for this week; we'll be back with more inspiration next week. Be sure to enter your flower/garden project in the linky tool below by Friday, September 28, 2012 and 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.)

Please leave a comment before you go, I love hearing from you!


  1. maravilhoso tema do Mês!
    vou inspirar-me!

  2. I love your challenge site...always so much eye candy...

    thanks for the newest challenge...I had fun working on my piece!

  3. Wonderful inspiration pieces, as always.

  4. Wonderfull,greeting fom Belgium


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