Saturday, October 23, 2010


"They don't keep this room so tidy as the other,' Alice thought to herself, as she noticed several of the chessmen down in the hearth among the cinders: but in another moment, with a little `Oh!' of surprise, she was down on her hands and knees watching them. The chessmen were walking about, two and two!

`Here are the Red King and the Red Queen,' Alice said (in a whisper, for fear of frightening them), `and there are the White King and the White Queen sitting on the edge of the shovel -- and here are two castles walking arm in arm..."

--Ch. 1: Through the Looking Glass

The challenge this week is again the brainchild of DT member Lynne-to use some aspect of the game of chess! You might want to use a checkerboard pattern, or feature a King, Queen, Knight or Castle (Rook), or some other aspect of the game we haven't thought of - we just need to be able to clearly see CHESS in your creation!

We are THRILLED to announce that there's a prize this week, too! Thanks to our generous sponsor, PAPER MANIAC, this week, they are giving away a set of Artistic Outpost Alice in Wonderland mini-stamps AND a sheet of E.A.D. Designs Stickerz! How awesome is that?

Here's some inspiration from me before I 'pawn' you off on your own to create this week:

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I created a chessboard piece by weaving cardstock together, and using Ranger distress inks to age it. The chessboard is adhered only on three sides so it's perfect for a journaling pocket, ephemera, etc. The image of Alice and the March Hare are Ching-Chou Kuiks' stamps. I used Stampers Anonymous images for the sentiments on the card and page.

This project mirrors my earlier "I'm Late" page. Frabjous day saw the death of the Jabberwocky, so I have him "trapped" under glass on the chessboard. The red and white floral crowns denote which side of the chessboard each queen challenged from, along with the champion. This was such a fun page to work up - I hope you enjoy it!

Checkmate! Have YOU met your match? You have until FRIDAY, October 29th to enter your creation and throw your hat (or should I say, crown?) in the ring for this awesome PAPER MANIAC prize this week! We'll announce the winner here in Wonderland during our next challenge!

See you soon!


  1. Gawd, I love that spread. GORGEOUS. I love the idea of weaving paper. I'm going to have to try that. :)

  2. So cool Ky, this altered art book is going to be amazing. Love how you used the weaving to make the checker board.

  3. this is a beautiful creation! So much texture and layers...
    Love your project and I'm loving the inspiration I'm receiving from it!!

  4. OMGOSH!!!!!! I soooo need to learn how to cross over to your world. You have COMPLETELY taken off as an artist ever since you started doing these journal pages and mixed media. I am in AWE of this page, Ky! Both of them! You should be VERY proud-these are just amazing, my friend!!!

  5. WOW KY, this is AMAZING! Love your chess board and all the little details that you have put into this. You sure do some fantastic things Ky!

  6. Ky~love this inky mixed media fabulous art! This is so me. I love getting inky and mixing things up! Great job!

  7. Wow this is out of this world, awesome creation
    love tasha xx

  8. Ky, I have sent you a couple emails BEGGING you to let me feature your previous art journal page on The Altered Alice - the right half of this spread. Now I'm on my KNEES asking you to let me feature both pages in this spread on The Altered Alice! Your name and blog links will be prominently featured - the goal is to send the viewers back to your blog to explore. I LOVE IT, please let me know!!!

  9. Wow what fab pages! I love frabjous day especially......and I echo Lynne, you should let them be shown on Altered Alice!

  10. Another fab page to your book! Love it!


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