CHAPTER 8: Celebrating the Mad Hatter, with Twinkles!

October 2, 2011 at 8:07 am 3 comments

The October Challenge at The Altered Alice is as follows:

The Hatter shook his head mournfully. `Not I!’ he replied. `We quarrelled last March–just before HE went mad, you know–‘ (pointing with his tea spoon at the March Hare,)
`–it was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!

How I wonder what you’re at!”

You know the song, perhaps?’

`I’ve heard something like it,’ said Alice.

`It goes on, you know,’ the Hatter continued, `in this way:–

“Up above the world you fly,

Like a tea-tray in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle–“‘

— Chapter 7, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

At The Altered Alice we celebrate Mad Hatter’s Day twice a year as the date is taken from the price on his hat – ten schillings and a sixpence or 10/6. That means it is on October 6 here in the United States, and on June 10 in the United Kingdom. But mainly it is just a great reason to party with the Mad Hatter twice a year! Your challenge is to celebrate the Mad Hatter, and as OPTIONS you can use something that twinkles or shines AND/OR you can bring some spookiness into it since we are all having a “Twinkle twinkle little bat” sing-along around our mad tea table!

Our prize this month is an A5 sized unmounted stamp set from IndigoBlu (a £13 value), or an equivalent amount of A6 stamps. IndigoBlu is a fantastic new British stamp company that makes “Quintessential English Rubber Stamps” right there in England.

In fact IndigoBlu is sponsoring The Altered Alice for October AND November, and the design team will be working with these two fantastic Alice stamp sets, titled appropriately “Alice I” and “Alice II”. Most Americans don’t know what A5 and A6 mean so I’ll just tell you, these sets are huge!

I encourage you to go visit All stamps are on sale right now with their introductory pricing, but that won’t last forever, and the designs are all wonderful! In addition, the Head Honcho Alfie says The Altered Alice readers can take 10% OFF during the challenge; just use coupon code AlteredAlice in the voucher code box at checkout! Thanks Alfie!

My Design Team project is being published this week…I’m calling it the Mad Hatter Tea Party…original, huh? My piece is an altered chipboard box. It started out like this:

Seeing that it’s October…it’s not only Mad Hatter Day (to us Yanks)…it’s also Halloween season. I thought that maybe I’d combine the two 🙂 I measured, cut and glued the patterned papers to the box, and stamped the IndiBlu Tea Party Stamp to white cardstock and colored it with pencils and made sure that it shows through the window box. I enjoy going through all of my Halloween embellies and deciding which ones to use, and where to place them.

Here are a few more pictures of my Mad Hatter Halloween Tea Party:


You’ll also see that my term as a Guest Designer expired….I’m not sad though, because I’ve accepted Lynne’s offer to fall down the rabbit hole as a permanent member of the Design Team! 🙂 I am thrilled to be on the same team as these talented women who all have a love of Alice.

So go on over to the Altered Alice , check out the news, and see this month’s inspiration. Why not leave a comment while you’re at it. The Altered Alice loves comments 🙂


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tracy Evans  |  October 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Wonderful to have you join us down the rabbit hole and another fabulous creation. You would never believe this started out as a simple box, it’s a wonderful transformation. Love your Halloween tea party. Tracy x

  • 2. Lynne Phelps  |  October 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Welcome, welcome, welcome teamie! Fantastic box transformation. I am a huge pack rat and this is inspiring me to see if I can alter something in my own stash. LOVE the red eyes, it changes the whole thing from childhood to macabre with that one change. All the little details are so well thought out and fun to look at!

  • 3. Erin L  |  October 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    The perfect Halloween shadow box. My favorite piece of it is the skulls in the corners. Very spooky!

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