"`Why, what are YOUR shoes done with?' said the Gryphon. `I mean, what makes them so shiny?'Blacking was shoe polish, and whiting is a fish, if that helps you make sense of our shiny story! Our first challenge of September starts with some exciting news! Today we are still sad about the departure of some of our friends (dear Kim and Kristie) from our Twisted little table, but we are thrilled to welcome some new members! A glistening welcome to Andi Murdock and "Creepy Glowbugg" Gloria! We also are thrilled to be bringing back Emma Eads as our faithful "Dormouse" and welcome to Kellie Winnell as our September Guest Tea Party Member. We know they are going to shine, so be sure to visit Oh, Alice! to see all their creations, plus see who won last week's challenge....
Alice looked down at them, and considered a little before she gave her answer. `They're done with blacking, I believe.'
`Boots and shoes under the sea,' the Gryphon went on in a deep voice, `are done with a whiting. Now you know.'
`And what are they made of?' Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity. `Soles and eels, of course,' the Gryphon replied rather impatiently: `any shrimp could have told you that.'
`If I'd been the whiting,' said Alice, whose thoughts were still running on the song, `I'd have said to the porpoise, "Keep back, please: we don't want YOU with us!"'
`They were obliged to have him with them,' the Mock Turtle said: `no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.'
`Wouldn't it really?' said Alice in a tone of great surprise."
Speaking of shine...and sparkle....we welcome SPARKLE CREATIONS as our sponsor this week! Sparkle is offering a wonderful prize-a $20 credit to the Sparkle Creations store to one random winner this week, IN ADDITION to a coupon code for ALL WHO ENTER this week's contest! How generous is that? On your HONOR, just enter 10OHALICE after you link your card here to enjoy a 10% discount until September 13th.
My Vintage Fairy Tale White Queen Card:
Unfortunately I missed the deadline to request one of the charming Sparkle images from our generous sponsor. I have had this image from an online coloring book site for a while and I thought she would make a great White Queen, so I decided this was the right challenge to use her!
I stamped this wonderful flourished banner, then used a Multiliner to write "The White Queen" in the center. I used a glue pen to add some icey blue glitter to the W and Q. I shaded it with blue and gray Copic markers then carefully trimmed it out.
I printed the image with my black and white laser printer onto color laser printer paper, then colored her with Copic markers. I used a ball point glue pen to pinpoint where I wanted to adhere the silver glitter on her crown. Then I did the same to adhere icey blue glitter to her necklace and the bodice of her dress. Liquid Pearls was added last to the trim at the top and bottom of her bodice. The final touch was a silver paint pen to rim the edge of the panel. I wanted to pop it up, so I adhered the whole thing to a piece of white card.
On my pale blue background panel, I used Versamark clear ink to stamp a large flourish and heat emboss it with clear detail powder. It was too subtle, so rather than start over I ran the panel through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I highlighted the embossing with a Versamark Dazzle pad, brushing it directly onto the raised areas for some lovely shimmer. I edged this panel with the silver paint pen, then I wrapped some silver ribbon around it - uh oh, too garish!!! I put a white ribbon on top so just an edge showed; much better! I tied a bit of twine around to pinch the ribbons where I wanted to place a bow. I made a tripple looped bow from white organza ribbon and wrapped a bit of the silver ribbon around the center. I adhered the White Queen image and sentiment with pop dots and it was done!
I am pleased with how it turned out, especially with the banner, as I wanted it to look like an illustration from a vintage fairy tale book!
I have submitted my sparkly White Queen to the following challenges:
- Charisma Cardz Challenges: #35 - Inspired by a Song ("A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procul Harum - I know I'm showing my age, this was the theme song for the senior prom when I was a freshman in high school!)
- Craft Your Days Away: #3 - Girly 'N' Glitter
- Crafty Cardmakers: Glitter and Sparkle
- A Crafty Little Place: Anything Goes
- Crazy 4 Challenges: Book Related
- One Stop Craft Challenge: Photo Inspriration - Caterpillar/Butterfly (the caterpillar photo made me think of Alice in Wonderland right away, I know, I'm hopeless, LOL!)
- Stamp Something: Something Cute
- Stampin' for the Weekend: Shabby or Vintage (a vintage fairy tale book illustration!)
Please leave me a comment, I really LOVE hearing from you!
Stamps: Hero Arts - background flourish; See-D's - Once Upon a Time set (banner); Hello Kids online coloring book image.
Paper: HP - color laser printer paper; Papertrey Ink - Spring Rain card stock; Georgia Pacific - white card stock.
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versamark - clear, Frost Dazzle; Copic - alcohol Sketch markers.
Miscellaneous: Ribbon; Krylon - silver leafing pen; Paper Studios - clear self-adhesive crystals.
Tools: Cuttlebug - Victoria embossing folder; Bow-Easy.