Saturday, December 11, 2010

Oh Alice! CHAPTER 43: Christmas Greetings - "From a Fairy to a Child"

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LADY dear, if Fairies may
For a moment lay aside
Cunning tricks and elfish play,
'Tis at happy Christmas-tide.

We have heard the children say—
Gentle children. whom we love—
Long ago, on Christmas Day,
Came a message from above.

Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,
They remember it again—
Echo still the joyful sound
"Peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Yet the hearts must childlike be
Where such heavenly guests abide;
Unto children, in their glee,
All the year is Christmas-tide!

Thus, forgetting tricks and play
For a moment, Lady dear,
We would wish you, if we may,
Merry Christmas, glad New Year!
Christmas, 1867.

Welcome down the rabbit hole once again my friends!  DT sister Erin found this poem by Lewis Carroll in the back of a copy of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. In researching the history of this poem, Erin found the The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. 

The 3 center panels contain verses from the Lewis Carroll poem used as today's inspiration!  The window was designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb and depicts a Nativity scene.  This is a must see for anyone that loves Wonderland. Notice Lewis Carroll and Alice in the left panel, and the bottom section of each panel includes characters from Wonderland - the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more!

For our Oh, Alice! challenge this week let's get into the Christmas spirit. The challenge is to use red, green, + one color.  You can still use other colors for hair and skin.  Just make the main use of color red, green, + one.
Our wonderful sponsor this week is Pixie Dust Studio.  The lucky winner will win their choice of 2 digital images.

My "Touch of Depp" Card

I am using one of the charming Pixie Dust Studio Wonderland images called "A Touch of Depp" and it is so much fun to color - and how can you go wrong with a Johnny Depp inspired image! I printed this Mad Hatter image with a black and white laser onto color laser printer paper and colored with Copic markers. I tried to match the look of Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland movie, but shifted his outfit into various colors of rich reds and greens in keeping with today's challenge. I also made the sentiments and banners on my computer and printed and colored them the same way. I covered the back of all my colored images with glue stick and adhered them to cheap white card stock and trimmed them out.

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 My colors were inspired by this great patterned paper from Nikki Sivils. I love the rich muted colors of this Happy Holly-Days Christmas collection, and this page of border patterns was the inspiration for this week's card.  To help the Mad Hatter stand out better against the bold prints, I mounted my cutout on black and then trimmed it again and mounted it with pop dots. The banner sentiments were adhered with foam mounting tape that gives it dimension but not as high as the pop dots.

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Finishing touches included rimming all the edges with a Krylon Pale Gold Leafing Pen, and a double-looped bow  of soft sage green satin ribbon made on my Bow-Easy.

Now let's see what the rest of my design team sisters have created for you this week!

So get your Santa hat on, turn on your favorite holiday music and get crafty for your chance to win your choice of 2 digital images!  You have until 8 p.m. on Friday the 17th of Dec to play along by entering your creation at Oh, Alice!

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


  1. OMG Lynne what a fest for my eyes.
    So wonderful Mad Hatter card. He is so cute.
    Unbelievable coloring. Wow wow wow.

    Have a lovely weekend my dear.

  2. Okay! I concede! You WIN! This card is amazing! The coloring is just stunning! I even enlarged it to see the details! LOVE how his hair turned out. The colors are quite lush and just perfect!
    BTW, I noticed you do web design and such. Would you be interested in creating a watermark for me? Just wondering. If not, no biggee.
    Happy Holidaze Lynne!

  3. Fabulous card - love the image .. definitely reminded me of Johnny Depp lol
    I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas
    Lisa ;)

  4. Hi Lynne, I love the richness of the colours on your card and that bow is simply stunning. Wonderful piece Lynne. Tracy Evans x x

  5. Now how crazy is it that it takes someone from the USA to tell me about a window in a church only 30 miles from my home here in UK!!! I am now planning a trip to go see the Alice window before CHristmas!!! Thanks for the info :)

  6. I'm in love with the eyelashes, so cute. Your coloring is awesome.

  7. Lynne may I say just fabulous darling! Fabulous!

  8. Such an exquisite creation! Love it!

  9. Great coloring on this image, beautiful!

  10. Amazing card, such a fabulous design and gorgeous colour work
    love tasha xx

  11. Your colouring is always awesome. I agree with what one of the readers said about the orange hair--it turned out great! Your bows are always so perfect.

  12. Lynne, I love stopping by here. Your coloring is always amazing! Gorgeous card.
    Hugs and smiles

  13. Awesome card Lynne, love how you have colored up your MAd Hatter! And your bow is just perfect! I just wanted to let you know that I have a blog award for you over on my blog!

  14. Lynne, this is wonderful and your coloring is beautiful. You do beautiful work, I love visiting your blog. Hugs Linda Duke

  15. Your card is just gorgeous and I love your coloring techniques.


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