Saturday, October 23, 2010

Oh, Alice! CHAPTER 36: Chess, Chessboard, Chessmen

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"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 (me!) - 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, we 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?

My Card: Sometimes you play the GAME, and sometimes the game plays YOU!

I almost used the image which actually illustrates this week's chapter today, but I kept coming back to this image of the king, so indignant and outraged when Alice scooped him into the air! I printed out the image of the king and the knight and colored them with Copics. I used a glue stick to adhere the colored images to white card stock and trimmed them out.

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The card is kraft card stock (PTI). I did not have a checkerboard stamp, but I thought the diamonds (Stampers' Anonymous) resembled a checkerboard viewed from an angle! I stamped the chess pieces (Hampton Arts), trimmed them out and glued them to th ebackground. The knight and king were popped up on thick foaam mounting tape, but I used glue to stick the edges down flush to the card.  I did not have a sentiment to go, and I don't know if I heard this one before or not, but I thought it captured the way the king feels! I wrote it down on a piece of punched and sponged card stock. For embelliishment, I made a sailor's knot, adhering it to the card with fast grab tacky glue.

Here's some inspiration from the DT before we 'pawn' you off on your own to create this week:
Checkmate! Have YOU met your match? You have until FRIDAY, October 29th to enter your creation on Oh, Alice! and throw your hat (or should I say, crown?) in the ring for this awesome PAPER MANIAC prize this week!

Also, there is amazing Alice blog candy on The Altered Alice. Go take a look to see how you can enter for a chance to win this incredible Printer's tray, created by Donna, our October guest designer! You have until Oct. 30 to enter the drawing, winner announced on Halloween! Be sure to hurry on over, don't be late for this important date!

Please leave me a comment, they really make my day!


  1. Fabuloius Lynn.. i love his face lol
    Lisa ;)

  2. Hey Lynne....I LOVE this card! The images fit so well and I REALLY like the tied knot string thingy across the top.....great job!!

  3. Lynne, This card is absolutely awesome. It's brilliant the way you combined all the images and the sentiment. Using that image of Alice holding the king was a wonderful idea. Oops I'm supposed to be writing a comment, not a whole book. Can you tell I love the card!

  4. Amazing as always, I love it.

  5. Oh Lynne I love it.
    I´m a big fan of your Alice creations. This is again so inspiring and lovely. Perfect.

  6. I laughed and simple SMILED when seeing this today- that is one of my fave scenes too when she just scoops him up and there he is, squirmy wormy on your card- LOVE that sentiment too! I love it-you not only gave us a great challenge but totaly rocked it, as always :) Great job, Lynne!

  7. I just LOVE how you interept these challenges Lynne! What a fantastic card! Love your sentiment!

  8. Your card is wonderful!!! I love the sentiment. So true.

  9. Lynne, images for this card is perfect. Love the diamonds stamp sideways to make a checkerboard. The colors are perfect. Simply put"amazing".

  10. Fantastic card, Lynne! I am always in for a treat when I visit your blog.
    Hugs and smiles


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