Week 1, CHAPTER 10: A Lewis Christmas Carroll to All!

December 4, 2011 at 2:51 am 7 comments

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! This month the design team brings you their holiday wishes, and we invite you to send your holiday greetings to The Altered Alice. You have until Friday, Dec. 23 to enter. The winner post will either be a little early or late, as the last Sunday of the month falls on Christmas day!

Our prize this month is a $40.00 gift certificate to Custom Crops, the premier online retailer for crafters of all kinds. From Accuquilt to Zva Creative, adhesives to vinyl and everything in between, Custom Crops offers a huge selection of the products you’ve been looking for at competive prices with fast, friendly customer service.

To celebrate the season, we bring you The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. Notice the left panel where Lewis Carroll and Alice kneel to pay homage to the newly born Christ in this wonderful Nativity scene!  Our quote this month is actually contained within the window, do you see it?

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The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb,  a must-see for anyone that loves Wonderland. A wonderful Christmas poem by Lewis Carroll is shown in the center three bottom panels, which include characters from Wonderland – the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more! Our own Sue Roddis visited this chapel and gave me permission to show her close-up photos here, click to enlarge:

We look forward to seeing your holiday greetings, so send us a Christmas Card! If it features Wonderland, you will have two chances at the randomly awarded prize instead of one. Multiple entries are fine, but each must be on a separate post.

Well, there you have it….December’s challenge from the Altered Alice is out there 🙂 I’m imagining that there will be a record number of submissions this month. Lots of folks already have their Christmas stash out…making cards, gifts, decorations, right?  I’m so looking  forward to seeing lots of Holiday Greetings…won’t you play along? I’d love to see a project from you 🙂  Who knows, maybe you’ll win the prize from Custom Crops!

 I have two projects for the December Winter Wonderland Project. The smaller of the two is an altered mint tin. You may notice that all of the images I used are from our October and November sponsor, IndigoBlu. I prepared the tin by sanding it all around, and then primed it with Mod Podge. The outside was tinted with Ranger Alcohol Ink. Even though I covered pretty much the whole tin with various patterned papers, I wanted to be sure any background showing would be a seasonal color. Hopefully, the inside of the tin proclaims that the holiday festivities have begun, and the gang at the Altered Alice wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season 🙂



My second project is done on a canvas. That’s the little sneak peek I gave you. I love the pastel colors. It’s my own version of the windows in the little church of Lewis Carroll’s hometown. The canvas was primed with gesso. Once dry, I stamped the windows directly on the canvas (using Archival ink). I also stamped three windows on scrap paper, and covered the images on the canvas with the scrap paper before washing the canvas using watercolor crayons. By doing that, I was then able to watercolor the individual panes for a more realistic look. Before removing the scraps, I also stamped the whole canvas with my sheet music stamp, using a gold ink pad. It’s barely visible in the pictures…but it’s there. Around each church window are the words to Christmas carols. The Alice images were stamped on white cardstock, and colored with my trusty Gelly Roll Glaze pens. There are a couple strips of patterned paper on the top and the bottom of the canvas. The Alice characters, the snowflake stickers, wreaths, and other adornments were added last.


Thanks for stopping by….and until next time….Peace


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna Mundinger  |  December 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You have outdone yourself again, deary! Your card could not be more beautiful or more perfect for our theme this week and the little tin is just filled with such yummy details I’m beside myself! Fabulous, FABLOUS work! xxD

  • 2. Tracy Evans  |  December 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    What gorgeous pieces, the stained glass window canvas is inspired and a fabulous piece for our challenge this month as is your wonderful tin decoration. Tracy x

  • 3. Meme  |  December 4, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    What fabulous pieces of art you have created! I love the canvas piece with the beautiful stained glass window. It turned out just gorgeous!

    The tin ornament is also so inspiring!
    Great job, Retta!

  • 4. Jennifer Ferrell  |  December 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Wow I had no idea the memorial stained glass window existed! It’s gorgeous! And your projects are a stunning tribute! Bravo!
    Kindest regards,

  • 5. Erin L  |  December 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The windows couldn’t be more perfect for this challenge. I haven’t even started my project for this week. I think I will be pulling an all nighter.

  • 6. Lynne Phelps  |  December 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these on The Altered Alice! I love these just as much now as then! I think one of my favorite tiny details is still the fact that the window with the Queen of Hearts is yelling “Off with her head” is the one that has “Silent night, holy night. . .” written around it! Oh, the irony hahahah! Merry, merry Christmas dear Retta!

  • 7. Ana caldatto  |  December 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    incrível projeto com vitral!!!


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