Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 1 Challenge - Week 2: 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 quite a few changes! But our familiar Alice challenges have arrived safely in at their new home although in a new monthly form.

To reflect all these 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 features Wonderland you will get two chances in the prize drawing instead of one, and what a prize it is!

STAMPOTIQUE ORIGINALS is sponsoring our first challenge with a generous $30 gift certificate, and their fabulous design team is going to play along!

Now let me explain how this new monthly challenge works:

•1st Sunday of the month: The new challenge will be posted with the link tool, and a few of the design team samples will be posted.
•2nd Sunday: Additional design team samples will be posted.
•3rd Sunday: The last of the design team samples will be posted.
•Last Sunday of the month: A winner will be announced and some of your projects may be given an "honorable mention".

We are starting a week early with the February challenge because we didn't want to leave you with a gap, so we will spread the design team samples over four weeks and the winner will be announced on February 27th. You have a whole month to submit your creations, so we are hoping that a lot more of you will decide to play along!

Here are my creations:

I made a card and a scrapbook page with the same materials on both.  Why reinvent the wheel, right?  My inspirations started with the Hambly Couture paper I found in my stash.  That set the color story for my project.  I love this striking ribbon from Stampin Up and thought it would add a bold look.  The polka dot paper is October Afternoon Thrift Shop.  The stamp was a birthday gift from a friend, it's a new set from Close to my Heart called Find Your Style.  A little charcoal twine from The Twinery and a button to finish it off.

For my scrapbook page I also used the Martha Stewart Loops punches.  The banner is from Jenni Bowlin.  Just apply the ledger banner stickers to the chipboard banner and add the twine.  Behind my dress form is some bits and pieces and a Jenni Bowlin Apothecary Sticker.  I stitched a circle and added a few buttons and an old piece of seam binding with a stick pin.  I also reached into my vintage lace and ribbon for the lace behind the bow and the black twill tape between the designer paper and the loops punch.  I used wide red line tape to gather the striped ribbon on the bottom.

Enter your links on The Altered Alice before 8 p.m. EST (GMT - 5) on Friday, February 25th. A winner will be announced on Sunday, February 27th. Check back at The Altered Alice each Sunday between now and then for more inspiration!


Ann Leek said...

Very cute!

Lynne Phelps said...

I LOVE this color scheme, and the two creations are just brilliant! Outstanding job on all the details - every single thing is just perfect!

the whimsical butterfly said...

WOW! These are FABULOUS Erin! What a great theme and LOVE the kraft on Black!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous details, love the papers, images, ribbons, all beautifully put together. Wonderful striking pieces. Tracy Evans x

Meme/Donna said...

Love, Love, Love this Erin! The Card is gorgeous and the layout is just as great!


You done did great!

I am still jealous!