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!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Winner & Honorable Mentions: CHAPTER 27 - What a Wonderful Dream it Has Been!

AT LAST! Dear friends, here is the post you have been waiting for. Life has a way of wrecking the best laid plans! I will not bore you with the details that have taken me away from the blog for so long, but I am SO relieved to be completing this challenge and giving you the happy news:

Stampotique Originals was the very first sponsor we ever had on this blog, and I am so pleased to be ending our formally scheduled challenges with them as well. They are so generous!
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Winner:
The winner is receiving a $30 gift certificate, and our lucky winner is also entitled to display this blog badge and link it to this post:
With not one, not two, but THREE entries, it is no surprise that our winner is WendyLynn's Paper Whimsies! Please use the email link in the left column to contact me about your prize. Congratulations! WendyLynn is a regular participant in our challenges. The flamingo brooch was the actual winning entry. Here are her three projects:
I think the Mad Hatter needs to take his own advice on this delightful ATC from WendyLynn's Paper Whims! Love the saturated colors, such fun! She has two more projects:
WendyLynn's Paper Whimsies features a brooch made from an altered game tile, I love it! I have tons of Mah Jongg and domino jewelry I've made, so this really appeals to me!
She also entered this lovely scene featuring  a domino, it's great!


Honorable Mentions:
Everyone gets an honorable mention this time; thank you so much for your fabulous projects!
You can all display the honorable mention blog badge and link it here.

First off, a shout out to Creepy Glowbugg, a former design team member from the old Oh, Alice days! Love her fabulous mix of images and papers, which such great coloring!

Lisa Sparkle and Stamps created a wonderful tag booklet using Stampotique Originals stamp of the Tweedles! I love the hot color scheme and the way she divided the image onto the two sides.

Millefeuille created an interesting tunnel card representing the rabbit hole! I absolutely love the way she made this, it is fantastic!

Nadine created this great bookmark with a fun Mad Hatter, and she also created
this wonderful display with the Caterpillar. The inky layered background is wonderful, and I love all the textures and handmade flowers.

Altered Celtic Gypsy created this wonderful Mad Hatter tag. I love the colors and the background.

This great card comes to us from Nicht Niedlich. I particularly love all the torn paper layers and the aged blue color scheme!

Emboss-resist is one of my all time favorite techniques, and this series of tags from DL.Art is a wonderful example of the technique with layers of stamping and embossing. I love the way the detailed drawings look with the detail white embossing powder; go to her blog to see them all.

Love the intensely saturated colors of the sprayed background on this page from Serena Bee of Wondercraft. The quote is great, and so true! That's what keeps us coming back to Alice.
Serena Bee of Wondercraft also made an art journal page that says being a girl sucks sometimes, but I have to say it all seems better when the message is drenched in hot pink!

I love recycled packaging, and this shadowbox is a great example. Just like Wonderland, there is no up or down or sideways, it can be viewed in any direction. My favorite part is that crazy Cheshire grin with the googly eyes! Can you guess how it started? Visit Crafty Inknik to see the tasty origin!

This wonderful spool tassel was created by Minxy, The Altered Inker. Isn't  it great? I love all the charms and fibers.

Crafting Vicky brought us this lovely card; love the digi image, and the quote she chose is perfect for this challenge!


Monique brought us a wonderfully gruesome altered tea chest! The outside is gorgeous, and the inside is full of great details! Her clock shaped easel card with the white rabbit is equally wonderful.

This pendant from Craft My Life has me wanting to try this technique. It is hard to see, but this UTEE pendant is backed by an illustration of Alice in the rose garden!

Crafting Vicky made this charming card, I love the gears and texture and that sentiment is fabulous, all showing off such a cute image!

Leigh S-B created this fantastic top hat surrounded by Wonderland images, I love it! Special condolences on the loss of her dearest feline fur baby.

Le Coin de Catherine submitted this lovely altered gift bag! What a fantastic job, wouldn't you be happy to get a prezzy in this?

Love this masking tape technique used by Sylvie of Barnies Baustelle, I need to try it myself!

Valerka Crafts created this fantastic assemblage. It is so richly layered and textured, be sure to go to her blog for more photos!

Remember all of you are entitled to show the Honorable Mention blog badge shown above! And thanks again to Stampotique Originals for being such a generous sponsor.

To reward you for your patience, I'll have a little bit of blog candy for you soon, so stay tuned! We will keep up with Alice related posts, and I plan to leave the blog open, so don't give up on us. I am so thankful for the great readership and I'd like to send a warm hug to each and every one of you!

Until next time,

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.)
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