Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week 2, CHAPTER 20: Twinkle like a Bat, Shine like a Tea Tray! 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

Just like the Mad Hatter's song, we want you to create something that twinkles or shines; bats are optional! Think bling, metal, glitter, mirror card; the possibilites are endless! Some of the design team will be using some very unusual Alice-inspired designs. Just like you dress up for Halloween and take on another persona, these racy images have Alice and other characters all grown up and taking a walk on the wild side!
Our sponsor this month is Smeared Ink, home of edgy, wild and fun designs in rubber and digital forms has released a Wonderland Collection; images are available individually or as a set. The randomly-chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive a $15 shopping spree in their online store.
Smeared and Smudged is an online community of rubber stampers and crafters who enjoy using alternative, gothic, edgy, and unique stamps in their designs. "We thrive on different and unusual. We welcome the macabre and devious side of things, and most of all, we embrace ALL types and styles of art. Whether or not you “come to the dark side”, your creations should be a reflection of you. At Smeared and Smudged, the most important thing is being yourself. There are lots of ways to interact with the community!" [ Ning Community | Challenge Blog | Facebook Group ]
Enter your project by Friday, October 25 for a chance at the shopping spree. As always, multiple entries are encouraged (after all, this is a monthly challenge) but each entry must be on a separate post. All projects that meet the challenge criteria are welcome, but entries that feature Wonderland will have two chances with each project entered instead of one.

Inspiration Projects

My first card is a swing card. On the front circle the white rabbit contemplates the time. She has white flock fur and a pink cotton tail.  When you open the card the Cheshire cat appears all curled up with her friend the vulture. Under her are the words "We're all mad here." On the base card I've added a design paper panel from Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland. The word Wicked is embossed on the panel. Up in the top corner are a bling spider web and a bling bat. The right side of the card is dry embossed and highlighted with black soot distress ink. The raven and black cat are die cuts. I used Tim Holtz's technique of dying the rock candy dry glitter with alcohol ink (from the October 12 Tags of 2012).

 My second card is an accordian card with two pop-up images. On the front you see Alice sitting under a mushroom. The woods look pretty spooky around her. The background is a panel of orange glitter paper and the sentiment (Red Eowyn) is on a tag. Flying all around are bling bats.
When you open the card the images pop up. On the first is the red queen enjoying her garden of red, or mostly red roses.
On the second is the mad hatter with her table set up for tea. She is really ready for Halloween with her skulls table legs, tablecloth decorated with bones and the skull tea pot with spiderweb tea. These images from our sponsor Smeared Ink are great fun to work with. I think they are really perfect to get you into the Halloween spirit.

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