Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 at 5:00 am 3 comments

*Cheers* to a new year, good health, and fresh beginnings.

Another Altered Alice Challenge begins today: CHAPTER 11: Stripes!

“At the two-yard peg she faced round, and said, ‘A pawn goes two squares in its first move, you know.
So you’ll go VERY quickly through the Third Square–by railway, I should think–and you’ll find
yourself in the Fourth Square in no time. Well, THAT square belongs to Tweedledum and
Tweedledee–the Fifth is mostly water–the Sixth belongs to Humpty Dumpty–But you make no
‘I–I didn’t know I had to make one–just then,’ Alice faltered out.”
— Chapter 11, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

When I think of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I always think stripes and plaids. Lewis Carroll does not mention the patterns they are wearing, but so many illustrations and movies have clad them in mismatched stripes and patterns. Your challenge this month is to use STRIPES.

Jenny Doh, formerly the managing editor of the famous Stampington publications, has started an artist’s community website called CRESCENDOh. There is an online shop selling all kinds of things including charming CRESCENDOh clear stamps, including the Alice in Wonderland by Danita set that the design team is showing off. But the heart of the site is all the stories; stories by artists of all kinds, stampers, quilters, paper crafters. Each shares a tale of how art has changed their life. For some it is a joyous outlet, but for many others it has been a way to stay afloat in times of tragedy or grief.  As I thought about this challenge, the theme of STRIPES seemed appropriate. Stripes decorate circus tents and tents of the knights of old. Stripes are birthday wrapping paper and elegant Regency wallpaper. Stripes are the traditional garb of prisoners, and stripes are also how the marks of a whip are described. Stripes can represent so many different things, and the creative process has been many things to the people who have contributed stories to the CRESCENDOh site.

Author Jenny Doh is donating a signed copy of her latest book, Art Saveswhich is not only full of eye candy but is also full of the stories of how art changes lives. “Discover not only the HOW but also the WHY, through the stunning projects and unique stories of 20 exciting multi-media artists.” Thanks so much to Jenny for contributing such a meaningful prize to start off 2012!

Enter your project featuring stripes by Friday, Jan. 27. The winner will be announced the following Sunday. As always, entries that feature Wonderland will have two chances at the random drawing instead of one. You may enter as often as you like but each entry must be on a separate post. All posts must mention and link back to the challenge.

My project for this month, I made a wall hanging and little sachets with images from our sponsors stamps.  Aren’t those images just the cutest, ever? I drew and cut a heart pattern onto tracing paper and drew the hearts onto the wrong side of different remnants. I cut out the heart shapes, and used my Hello Kitty sewing machine to sew them together while stuffing them with cotton batting that I had in my stash. That little Hello Kitty sewing machine is the best investment I’ve ever made…lol. I used Ranger archival ink to stamp the images, and colored them with my Gelly Roll Glaze pens.


Please stop over at the Altered Alice and see Tracy Evans‘ inspiration this week. I’ve had a sneak peek….and you’re all in for a treat 🙂

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


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Alpha Stamps Day 5 Giveaway is a Circus Theme! To be determined at a later date…if at all

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Meme  |  January 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Retta these little pillows are adorable! Great idea! these images are just so darn cute!

  • 2. Donna Mundinger  |  January 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Retta, honestly these are too precious for WORDS! the whole sweet idea gives me shivers it’s so cute! Love how you’ve colored the images and where can I get a Hello Kitty sewing machine? LOL Sorry I’m so late in visiting. I’m struggling this month. xxD

  • 3. charlene  |  January 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    cute, cute, cute! love these!

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