Sunday, November 18, 2012

CHAPTER 21: Gratitude

 'You ought to return thanks in a neat speech,' the Red Queen said, frowning at Alice As she spoke. . In fact it was rather difficult for her to keep in her place while she made her speech: the two Queens pushed her so, one on each side, that they nearly lifted her up into the air:'I rise to return thanks--' Alice began: and she really DID rise as she spoke, several inches; but she got hold of the edge of the table, and managed to pull herself down again.-- Chapter 9, Through the Looking Glass
The US Thanksgiving holiday is this month, and many people are dedicating the month to a spirit of gratitude; after all there is nothing like counting your blessings to make you realize how many blessings there are! Our theme this month is GRATITUDE, and you can interpret that any way you like as long as you explain it in your post. Enter by Friday, Nov. 23; all entries are welcome but those that feature Wonderland will have two chances instead of one. Multiple entries are encouraged, but each must be on a separate post to have additional chances at the prize, which is quite wonderful!
The theme ties in nicely with this month's sponsor, Nature's Blessings, who have offered a $30 shopping spree to the randomly chosen winner! Lynne, the Mad Hatter of The Altered Alice, credits Nature's Blessings stamps as the beginning of her love affair with Alice in Wonderland stamping, as they have beautiful rubber versions of the original Tenniel illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland AND Through the Looking Glass. Without Nature's Blessings, The Altered Alice might not exist! In their words:
As avid readers and bibliophiles, we fell in love with the beautiful line drawings in the books in our family library. Our antiquarian stamps are a collection of our favorite images. If your tastes range from the classically elegant to the quirky and fun, then we make stamps for you! We also offer a variety of original art: be sure to visit John Wagner's page of Calligraphy and Art Lettering, and Laura Ann's pages of stamps for holidays and special occasions.

My inspiration................
 I was trying to make them look like they where ripped out of a book. I wanted them to be colored in a tinted type look. Then made to look old. I think I accomplished this by using Distress Markers and Distress Inks by Tim Holtz.
 I really like the tinted look and the torn paper.
 These stamps have so much detail. I just love them.

 We look forward to seeing your interpretation of our gratitude theme! Enter your projects at the Altered Alice blog by November 23, and PLEASE include your name or blog name in the TITLE. This helps Lynne enormously when it comes time to had out the honorable mentions!


DonnaMundinger said...

Oh Donna, what a fabuous vintage vibe you've achieved! LOVE your coloring and distressing. Beautiful cards! xxD

Lynne Phelps said...

Donna, these are just GORGEOUS! They really do look like hand tinted images from an old book. Wonderful challenge project!