Sunday, October 2, 2011

Celebrating The Mad Hatter with Twinkles

The Hatter shook his head mournfully. `Not I!' he replied. `We quarrelled last March--just before HE went mad, you know--' (pointing with his tea spoon at the March Hare,)
`--it 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

At The Altered Alice we celebrate Mad Hatter's Day twice a year as the date is taken from the price on his hat - ten schillings and a sixpence or 10/6. That means it is on October 6 here in the United States, and on June 10 in the United Kingdom. But mainly it is just a great reason to party with the Mad Hatter twice a year! Your challenge is to celebrate the Mad Hatter, and as OPTIONS you can use something that twinkles or shines AND/OR you can bring some spookiness into it since we are all having a "Twinkle twinkle little bat" sing-along around our mad tea table!

My project this month is the Hatter's tea cup made from a Sizzix Bigz die run through my Big Shot. Because there were no layering features, I cut the cup several times and added layers of DP from the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland stack and also popped the rims and handle. Instead of using the saucer from the die, I substituted my Oval Nesties to more easily layer that as well. The Hatter Stamp is on the Alice II set from our fabulous sponsor this month, IndigoBlu. I've added a small bat brad and gem to the center of the clock and a black rosette made from a Tim Holtz die and Stickled around the edges for some "twinkle".

Our prize this month is an A5 sized unmounted stamp set from IndigoBlu (a £13 value), or an equivalent amount of A6 stamps. IndigoBlu is a fantastic new British stamp company that makes "Quintessential English Rubber Stamps" right there in England.

In fact IndigoBlu is sponsoring The Altered Alice for October AND November, and the design team will be working with these two fantastic Alice stamp sets, titled appropriately "Alice I" and "Alice II". Most Americans don't know what A5 and A6 mean so I'll just tell you, these sets are huge!
I encourage you to go visit All stamps are on sale right now with their introductory pricing, but that won't last forever, and the designs are all wonderful! In addition, the Head Honcho Alfie says The Altered Alice readers can take 10% OFF during the challenge; just use coupon code AlteredAlice in the voucher code box at checkout! Thanks Alfie!

On the tea bag tag I've added a glittered bat cut from a large EK Success border punch and another gem for more sparkle.

The frame was cut twice using my Nesties Fleur di Lis Squares from adhesive Fun Foam and stuck together to hold the wire for my purple glittered flying bats. These were also trimmed from the border punch, run through my Xyron and sprinkled with Doodlebug Sugar Coating.

They were backed in black for a shadow effect and WooHoo, more gems! "Twinkle, twinkle" little bats..." Be sure to stop by The Altered Alice for more inspiration from the DT and welcome Retta as a permanent member. She, Tracy and I make up the first week's offerings. We have new ones every week so don't forget to pop in every to The Altered Alice every Sunday. October is a long month with five Sundays, so you'll have no excuse not to join us in our Mad Tea Party celebrating Mad Hatter Day, US style! Enter by Friday, October 28; our randomly drawn winner and the honorable mentions will be announced on the last Sunday, October 30. Just make sure YOUR watch is not two days slow! Go get your "Alice" on!

I also entering this in The Corrosive Challenge Blog Purple Passion challenge, the Forever Night anything Goes Challenge, and the new ABC Anything Goes Challenge where my dear friend, Leah, is a new Design Team member. WooHoo, Leah and the newly relaunched ABC Challenges!


  1. You are an inspiration, Donna. I adore your teacup..all those little goodies you've added would make the Mad Hatter proud! I love how you used the little bat on the pocketwatch...clever!

  2. SHUT UP!!! OMG, I don't even know what to say. For once, Margie is at a loss for words. Extremely creative and what a fabulous interpretation of the excerpt! The details and design are just amazing, Donna!

  3. Stunning, Donna! I love absolutely everything about it! The Fleur de Lis Nestie is pure genius and the bats are fabulous, especially the one you added to the pocket watch! Amazing creation! Thank you for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge for "Purple Passion"! :)

  4. Wow! This card is awesome! I love all the extra details you've added to make this such a cool card. Thanks for joining us the Corrosive Challenge "Purple Passion".

  5. You are sooooo awesome, Donna! Always love love love the details on your projects and this one is no exception!

  6. I am with Margie... WOW.. what an AWESOME creative card..... you have really out done yourself on this one girl... WOW - I just don't even know what to say... hugs

  7. Wow this is awesome! Love the detail!

  8. Donna, you did it again! The tea cup is fantastic. I love how everything just pops!

  9. I am so SO GLAD you joined The Altered Alice's twisted tea party. This teacup really rocks and I hope you self-medicated with wine when you finished this creation. Every detail is perfect and the frame even makes me think of the rim of a tea tray, lol! What a wonderfully bat-infested creation!

  10. This is so awesome, Donna! You must actually dream in 3D! So much detail and creativity! You can't see me, but I am doing the "I'm not worthy" bow. Pure genius, my friend!

  11. Awesomeness in all its glory.... I love reading all about what you've done, and then I dive into the creation which always blows me away.

  12. Wow, you always have such fantastic details, as always love it!!

  13. Well hello...I come by way's of ABC... =)
    I was pretty tickled I gotta say when I saw your name of the (very very) daunting list of participants!

    Dear friend..this is one I've just G O T to see in person..looks too complex to totally appreciate if not to see in person...
    But man do I love this!!!!!

    Thanks for the kind shout out!!! =)

    Love ya!!!

  14. So clever Donna! It is amazing. Love how you thought the make the cup 3D and add a tea bag plus whack a cool frame through it all. The images and detail are awesome. Lewis Caroll would be proud of this! You won't ever need to buy those new 3D TVs must see your world in 3D. Love it! x

  15. OMG - this is just STUNNING !!!
    Ike xxx

  16. OMG I just love this. It is amazing and the detail you put into it is wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us this week for our "anything goes " challenge over at Forever Night Challenges. I hope you have a great week and Good luck.


  17. How cool would these be as table center pieces for a Halloween party or Mad Tea party! Love it

  18. Your teacup is amazing, Donna! Love those awesome bats!!
    hugs, Sharon

  19. gorgeous project, lovely teacup very effective xx

  20. OMG!!! Umph, all I'm going to say is I LOVE THIS!!! You are waaaaay toooo much!

  21. Awesome Thanks for joining us at Forever Night Challenges "anything goes"

  22. What a lovely idea and brilliant work.
    Absolutely awesome. I love it.


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