Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Altered Alice Chapter 7 : Text as Nonsense


Alice didn't dare to argue the point, but went on: `-- and I thought I'd try and find my way to the top of that hill -- '

`When you say "hill,"' the Queen interrupted, `I could show you hills, in comparison with which you'd call that a valley.'

`No, I shouldn't,' said Alice, surprised into contradicting her at last: `a hill can't be a valley, you know. That would be nonsense --

' The Red Queen shook her head, `You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, ` but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!'

-- Chapter 2, Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Welcome again to another monthly challenge at The Altered Alice. Using text as pattern is a trend right now that I really love. Your challenge is to use text as nonsense - not to read but as pattern on your project! Of course you can still have words or sentiments, but we also need to see text used in a non-reading way. We are sponsored this month by Stamp Attack, a British Company well known for (among other things) their fabulous Alice stamp plates. The winner will receive a voucher to purchase a stamp plate of their choice.


I guess you could call my project an "art piece" as it is way too large for a card (11"x 11") and an inch thick. I was having a hard time deciding what to do until I looked at my Tiddly Inks card for this week and thought to expand upon the book cut I used there. The book is a Cricut cut from My Community. I cut the shadow, blackout, and 6 of the regular cuts (stretched a bit in Design Studio) which I trimmed and popped for the pages. I used George to cut the descending concentric circles at different depths to represent the fall down the rabbit hole.


The fabulous DP is Out of Print Tapestry by Basic Grey which is the perfect nonsensical text and whimsical pattern for this challenge. Subsequent pages are stamped with the Large Elegant Word Background Stamp by Heartfelt Creations and all are inked with Distress.


All of the fabulous Alice characters are from the Adventures of Alice Plate from our sponsor, Stamp Attack.

Each was colored with Copics and cut and popped in and around the openings.

I used minimal embellishments because, let's face it, there's a lot going on here. LOL I did use a vertical sentiment stamp by Sweet Pea on the twill bookmark. I was a bit afraid to do it, but the Perfect Printing Pouch by ScraPerfect (see the CHA video HERE with my interview, LOL) honestly made it come out perfectly. (and you all know me and stamping.) I was AMAZED!

Be sure to visit The Altered Alice to see the fabulous first week inspiration by the DT HERE. Our challenges come out the first Sunday of the month and run through the Friday before the last Sunday, with weekly inspiration postings by more of the DT that you won't want to miss. Winners are announced the last Sunday of the month.

Please remember that ALL art forms are welcomed, Atc's, Cards, Scrap layouts, Altered items and whatever you could possibly think of, as long as they fit the challenge (which this week is using text as nonsense, in case you forgot after this unbelievably long post.) They don't technically even have to be "Alice" related, but of course those that do get preferential treatment. LOL So I wanna see some of my blogging buddies join in this month, okay? See ya there!

24 comments:

  1. Wow! This is amazing! Love it.:) And I think it's cool that it's an art piece instead of a card.

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  2. Good lord woman! This is gorgeous and intricate and finely detailed and amazing!!! Really grandiose effort and execution Donna. You are right at home at Altered Alice.

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  3. Hi Donna,
    This is beautiful. I love all that colour and the images you have used are gorgeous. Fabulous crafting.
    Hugs,
    Fiona x

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  4. Oh my! What a fab art piece! So intricate and so mch going on.....love it!

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  5. Oooooh, this Alice altered book is just soooooooo beautiful!

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  6. Holy cow, Donna! Such awesomeness! It's like telling a whole story on just 2 pages. The dp paper was begging to be used on an AA project, don't ya think? Looks like you had a lot of fun making this one. I just LOVE IT!

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  7. Great piece Donna, love the papers and the use of circles to represent the rabbit hole. Wonderful use of the images. Love it. Tracy x

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  8. I just love your creative artistic mind!!!! You never disappoint....Fantastic project!!!


    Sandi (daveshunny)

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  9. That is amazing and it takes layering to a whole new level that I won't try and copy. Lol. How much problem solving did that require!?! LOVE it to pieces! So detailed and so Alice. The Cheshire cat looks cute in the window.

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  10. This is incredible! The layers, the colors, all the details are absolutely incredible! This is a marvelous piece of art!
    Maribel

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  11. What a stunning work of art, Donna. You and your art are truly inspiring!
    Lisa

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  12. Holy Cow Girlfriend, like I've said a Zillion times, Your AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE this! I was strolling thru my dashboard and this caught my eye and I'm so glad I popped over! This is truly a work of ART! Love that paisley paper over the text, is that a stamp or paper or.....!!!???? Love the holes for the rabbit holes, so clever! And of course those stamps are great too and what you do with them, well....... I don't know how your mind thinks of these things but I'm so glad it does, lol! You are so inspiring to me and have taught me sooooo much (Thank You by the way!) I love that book cut and would have never thought to use it but to see you do the things you've done with it I will be doing something with it in the future, I sure hope you don't mind, it won't be as amazing as yours but I have a few ideas I'd like to try! Well as always, another book, lol pun intended, I could go on and on but anyway Thanks Again Girlfriend, Your Amazing!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

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  13. Oh, Donna, this is magnificent!!! I just don't know what else I can say!!!

    You have amazing talent, my sweet friend!

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  14. Oh Donna once again your work just takes my breath away. this is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  15. You are the most amazing person on this planet. This project is just so fantastic there are not enough words...and besides reading the accolades above my posts confirms it.
    Fantastic.
    Hugs
    Carole

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  16. Are you kidding me??? Are you from this planet or one where the citizens are extra-terrestrially talented? I can't think of words big enough or descriptive enough for this project! Girl, you blow me away!! Big hug cuz I love ya!

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  17. Oh my Donna,This card is INCREDIBLE!I LOVE all the great details,AMAZING job as always my talented friend!!:)

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  18. Wow, this sure is a work of art. I would love this for my craft room. Will have to check out those stamps. I still have my project from last months Alice challenge sitting on my craft table just waiting to be finished. Maybe I can tie this one in with last months and join in on the fun:)

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  19. WOW! WOW! WOW! Did you get my brain going with this one. After I re-read your post about 5 times I figured out what you did--directions, not my specialty, LOL! Ingenious!!!! Did I say WOW!!! Just to think of all the home decor possibilities with this. :)

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  20. Wow, this looks so difficult to make. It's just amazing.

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  21. Wow, this looks so difficult to make. It's just amazing.

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  22. OMG what a fest for my eyes.
    Absolutely great idea and brilliant work. I love it.

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  23. Wow, that's an outstanding piece of art. Really wonderful.

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Thanks for making my day!