Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week 2, 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 remark?'
'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
Happy new year! 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. The tents of the knights of old were striped, as are circus tents. Many flags are striped and so are rugby shirts, so stripes can symbolize belonging or affiliation. 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 Saves, which 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 Inspiration:
My card this week is a never-ending card. Each time you flip open the card you get a new image until you get back to the beginning. Here I start with Alice dreaming under the tree.
When you flip open the card you run into the Cheshire cat up in the tree and the White Rabbit checking his watch.

At the next flip we run into the Red Queen in her rose garden. The painters (TJ Designs) are still finishing up the painting of the white roses while the queen gives her usual "Off with her head" command.
Once we flip again we see images of Alice when she is very tall and very small. Will she figure out that the mushroom will help? And there is Tweedledum and Tweedledee all decked out in their stripes.
When you flip again you end up where you started. All of the image stamps used on this card (except the painters) are from the Alice in Wonderland by Danita set of clear stamps from CRESCENDOh. These images were so much fun to play with. The sentiments are from TJ Designs.


Meme said...

Barbara so love this card. I love the never ending card. i so have to try this.

LLove these cute stamps!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful Alice creations.

DonnaMundinger said...

I have always been intrigued by the idea of a never ending card and this one just blows me away! Love love LOVE how you've used the stripes, Barbara! Fabulous creation. xxD