Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Altered Alice Chapter 13 The Best Butter Week 3

Happy Sunday! It's the 3rd week of our monthly Challenge at The Altered Alice .

"The Hatter was the first to break the silence. `What day of the month is it?' he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.'
`Two days wrong!' sighed the Hatter. `I told you butter wouldn't suit the works!' he added looking angrily at the March Hare.
`It was the BEST butter,' the March Hare meekly replied.
`Yes, but some crumbs must have got in as well,' the Hatter grumbled: `you shouldn't have put it in with the bread-knife.'
The March Hare took the watch and looked at it gloomily: then he dipped it into his cup of tea, and looked at it again: but he could think of nothing better to say than his first remark, `It was the BEST butter, you know.'"
--Chapter 7; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

For the month of March, how could we resist a challenge honoring the March Hare? We are challenging you to use "the best butter," as in butter yellow!

Our sponsor, Red Eowyn, is offering a one sheet of Alice in Wonderland stamps to the randomly selected winner of this month's challenge! The March Hare is the owner and illustrator's favorite Alice character, so of course we had to do her challenge in March. Red Eowyn has beautifully cleaned up the original Tenniel illustrations to make truly clear images that are a delight to stamp. The unmounted sheets include a variety of fun Alice sentiments, so be sure to check them out. In addition to Alice stamps, Red Eowyn also has wonderfully realistic animal stamps and some amazing dragons in the Fantasy category! Free U.S. shipping is included.

You have until Friday, March 23 to show us your best butter! Entries that feature Wonderland will be given two chances at the random drawing instead of one. Multiple entries are allowed but each must be on a separate post.

I made a Tent Card using instructions from SplitcoastStampers. I've tweaked the proportions to make it large enough to use my Nesties Labels Seventeen for the window cut-out. The long piece is 12 x 5 , folded in half to make the standing part and I've widened the added base accordingly. Here's a side view to show the dimension both in and out.

The pocket watch was cut with my Cricut using the Disney Classics cartridge and mounted on acetate to add structure and allow me to attach Tim Holtz Game Spinners for hands. The clockworks inside were cut from chipboard in my Cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz Die, painted with acrylics, and the "best butter" is a Viva Pearl Pen.

The fabulous March Hare stamp is from our sponsor Red Eowyn. It's so perfectly detailed that I didn't find the need to color, but I've added a miniature butter knife to his hand, as Alice looks on in horror. I fussy cut the image and popped it on a double shot of Nesties Labels Thirteen. The large butter knife behind was cut twice (once flipped) from mirror card stock using my Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge and glued together to be double sided. The handle was embossed with a Cuttlebug border. Lots of that "best butter" still on the knife.

The sentiment is a mix of computer generation (cut and mounted with Nesties Petite Ovals) and the Cuttlebug Monogram Seals Emboss Plus folder. I used a metallic gel pen to enhanced the embossed letters and mounted each on a punched circle. Please remember that our Altered Alice Challenges run nearly the entire month with weekly inspiration so be sure to scroll down to see the fabulous inspiration from week 1 and 2 as well. The winner and honorable mentions will be posted on Sunday, March 25th, so be sure and bring out you "best butter" yellow and play along by Friday, March 23rd.


  1. Whoa...this is fantastic. I love the design, of course, but the images and how you've design around them.... wonderful. I love your layers. Always do.

  2. This is totally awesome Donna :-) I love the shape of the card. The different elements are amazing - the cogs inside and the huge knife :-) Wonderful creation and I LUV the drippy butter every where. You never cease to be an inspiration :-D xxxx

  3. OMG ! so lovely creation ! Superb !

  4. Very striking.. i love how you have "BEST" down the side. You did an amazing job as usual. hugs

  5. The knife with the the butter is so stinkin cute!

  6. Wow!! Donna you have done it again! This is an amazing design my friend. Love all the added details, and of course the color "Butter". Lovely color as we start Spring tomorrow, I guess or maybe a late winter, lol.
    Been missing commenting on your wonderful creations, but then you know why.

    Hugz, xoxo


  7. Great job! Love the shape of the card. To butter knife was the best idea!


  8. Have I told you lately that I think all of your projects are top notch? Well, I think they are :)

  9. Yeah, this is truly stunning - wow. :)


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