Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Altered Alice Chapter Six Challenge:Painting the Roses RED


I am totally honored and excited to announce that I have joined The Altered Alice Design Team! Each month I've ooohed and aaahed over the fabulous "Alice" projects by the talented artists there and to be able to craft among them is a dream come true. So on to this month's challenge.

'A large rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. Alice thought this a very curious thing, and she went nearer to watch them, and just as she came up to them she heard one of them say, `Look out now, Five! Don't go splashing paint over me like that!'
-- Chapter 8, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Of course you know, that they were painting the roses red to avoid angering the Queen of Hearts, so this month's challenge is to use paint on your project. Each member of the Design Team received some glorious shimmering garnet paint from this month's sponsor, Creative Inspirations [Store/Blog]. The winner of this month's challenge will received their choice of 5 (of the 60!) available colors. WooHoo!

I've altered a $1.00 wooden frame from M's by covering it with DP from Stampin'UP and finishing the edges with velvet rick rack and tiny ball trim. The fabulous Queen of Hearts is a digi image by Mo Manning. She was printed 4 times, colored with Copics, and fussy cut to give the layered decoupage effect.

Here you can get a better idea of the dimension. Many crafters who use this technique color their image once, scan it to their computer and print out the desired number of copies. Nope, I didn't do that but it sure would have saved a lot of time. (Note to self: become familiar with the scanner, so coloring doesn't take you all day) Then, if I could just teach Goliath or Jezzie to fussy cut, I'd be all set.

The queen is obviously very upset about the white roses which have just begun to be painted with the Creative Inspirations paint. The large Grungeboard letters were embossed, gessoed (because they're sort of grey and I wanted the gorgeous clear garnet shade to shine), and painted with 2 coats for a really intense RED.

I wish you could see the beautiful shimmer, but my camera doesn't seem to be picking it up, so you'll just have to take my word for it. To highlight the embossing (Swiss Dots, Diamonds in the Rough, and the Roses European Edition) I used some black acrylic paint, and quickly rubbed most of it off. the paint brush is embellished with ribbon and a Fleur de Lis by Jolee's Boutique (because I thought it looked regal, LOL) The rest of the phrase (black letters) were cut with my Cuttlebug Curls and Swirls Alphabet.


The roses were made from tissue paper using a technique I remembered from my childhood, when the only magazine that had crafting articles was Better Homes and Gardens. The leaves are a stamp from Heartfelt Creations. This particular one does not have coordinating Spellbinders dies so I cut them out too.


The Altered Alice challenges begin the first Sunday of each month, with weekly inspiration posts by various members of the Design Team. Winners are announced the last Sunday of the month and you have until the Friday before at 8:00 pm EDT to submit your work. That means you have until Friday, August 26th to get your "Alice" on. I sure hope you'll follow me down the rabbit hole.

28 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh sweetie...absolutely stunning card...wow, love the paintbrush and all the sweet details....awesome! ;) Hugs x

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  2. Absolutely fabulous card, love your interpretation of this months theme, I love the background, the use of the brush, the roses and the dimensional queen. Lovely. Great to have you on the team. Tracy x

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  3. Gorgerous and totally amazing card!

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  4. HOLY CRAP, Donna! It turned out FABULOUS! Love that you included the paint brush and your tissue paper roses are gorgeous! CONGRATULATIONS on the DT...you're off to a phenomenal start!

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  5. WOW AND DOUBLE WOW - YOU HAVE REALLY DONE SOMETHING ON A TOTALLY NEW LEVEL THIS WEEK DONNA.
    amazing
    ann xxx

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  6. OMG Donna this is seriously fabulous! Huge congrats on your new DT! I can't stop looking at this again and again and after reading each detail on how you did it I go back and look again! This is an amazing piece of art! Love love love it!
    Hugs
    Juliexx

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  7. Donna, this card is amazing! You're amazing!!!

    Congratulations on your Altering Alice DT post!!!

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  8. I'm so glad you decided to join the Altered Alice Design Team. I just love, love, love! this card!

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  9. Congrats Donna for making The Altered Alice DT Woot!!! I love your project, the roses are just gorgeous! Love the fussy cutting & layered effect of the Red Queen (she's my favorite character). Again, Kudos - well deserved!

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  10. Woman, I would love just a piece of your imagination for a day! This is FABULOUS!

    (Oh, and no worries that you haven't been over to visit...*sniff*...lol... seriously, if you come over once in a while, I'm happy! No pressure! I'll come here whenever I can, too!)

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  11. No wonder you've been asked to join The Altered Alice! Mat Hattress Lynne knows talent!

    Gorgeous altered frame ... especially the embossed and painted letters ... wow!

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  12. Great project. I can see why you were selected for the design team.

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  13. Ridiculously amazing work! love love love it. the detail and is fabulous, I am in awe of your talent! Congrats on DT, well deserved!

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  14. Gorgeous altered frame Donna. I love the embossed letters, the image, and those paper roses..wow! Maybe you can do a tutorial on them...first time I seen anything like that. I am so excited that you are going to be on the Alice DT, congrats:) As soon as I saw your post this morning I started on my card for the challenge:)I have not gotten too far..but I am going to keep at it!

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  15. Congratulations on the DT spot at Altered Alice, you sooo deserve it!
    This is just amazing work Donna, you have really out done yourself. just beautiful, now I must have that queen.
    :) Can't wait to see what you do next.
    Rosa

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  16. Wow Donna how amazing is this!!!! You are so freakin talented. x

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  17. Donna you are a genius! This is too awesome for words! That paintbrush is sooo clever :)

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  18. This is absolutely fabulous.
    xxx Hazel.

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  19. Holy crap, girlfriend!!! This is FANTASTIC!!!! The image, your creativity, everything! A huge congrats on joining the DT! They are very smart for snatching you up! You're amazing!
    hugs, Sharon

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  20. Congrats on the DT gig! You're creativity is always fresh and over the top! I can't wait to see what you create for this great site!

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  21. Congrats! Love the card and especially your handmade rose. I remember making those as a little girl too. I am so thrilled that you made the DT, didn't have any doubts about it. You always add the final touch to your cards, that paint brush really tops it off.

    Hugz, xx

    ~L~

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  22. It was only a matter of time before Alice got you in! Love this card. It is just perfect, the paintbrush is such a perfect add on. Love that Queen digi and awesome layering.

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  23. Donna, this is FABULOUS! I love, love, LOVE it! So much fun, the paintbrush is INSPIRED and the queen is just too funny for words! Sending you hugs!

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  24. Congratulations...I'm sure the Design Team is happy to have you! What a great 1st project. The image and what you have done with it is awesome. So much detail on this card, I can't stop looking at it.

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  25. beautiful inspiration! You're amazing! Huge congrats on your new DT!

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  26. First, Congratulations! Second, WOW, WOW and WOW! What a gorgeous frame! Your work is stunning!

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  27. Love all the detail, Mo's images are so great. The paint brush is my favorite part.

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  28. OMG this is brilliant.
    So many lovely details. Donna this rock. Love it.

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Thanks for making my day!