Monday, October 5, 2015

Alice in Halloween-land

     I had some wonderful inspiration for this card, not the least of which are some early childhood memories of Halloween and costumes.  Once I was beyond the age where my mom chose my costumes and dressed me for Halloween Trick or Treating, my first demand for a costume was to be Alice in Wonderland.  Don't ask me why -- my First Grader's thought process is not part of my memory.

     But my mother dutifully sewed an "Alice" costume for me from some blue and yellow fabrics she had on hand (no, there weren't any costume stores back in those days - we made our own.)   The following year, I still wanted to be Alice and fortunately, the costume still fit, although it was a bit short.  By Third Grade, when I wanted to be Alice again, my mom had to let out a couple of seams and add a ruffle to the hem so that the jumper would be long enough.  And there it ended.  By Fifth Grade, I'd had a growth spurt and no amount of costume alteration would let me wear it one more time.  But I still remember my first costume and whenever someone mentions Alice in Wonderland, I always think of Halloween.  Probably nobody else associates those two things, but I do.

     So this card, with a great "Alice" image by Rick St, Dennis, is a salute to childhood Halloween, even if it's done in the blue and yellow of my first costume instead of the traditional Halloween colors.  :-D

     I colored her with my ProMarkers but the background behind her is done with powdered chalks, applied with a cotton swab.  This is my second attempt at doing black hair and, while it's better than my first attempt, I still have lots to learn.  Practice, practice, practice.  :-D

     The scallops are done with a border die from Cheery Lynn and because they are a separate piece, I had to adhere them to the sides of the rectangles.  I added the sentiment and then left it alone to show off those wonderful scallops.

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     OK, enjoy your day and Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie     


*Vicki* said...

Just fabulous and some wonderful coloring here Connie! :)

Teresa Arsenault said...

Great card and what a lovely memory.

Danielle Vincent said...

Awesome story and beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at MTTC for our Alice in Wonderland challenge!

Shelly Schmidt said...

That is an awesome story! I love that you used the costume over and over. I do not think I watched the entire Alice movie until recently...... if I did, I do not remember it! Love your card and your coloring- and the pretty die.

Linda Simpson said...

Thank you for sharing your Halloween memories. I do love this image and her hair looks wonderful.
Linda xxx

Michelle said...

Great colouring. Lovely card.
Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination.
Good luck. xxx Michelle (DT)

shulsart said...

Love your Halloween memories, thanks for sharing. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

Juliz Design Post said...

How nice to make Halloween memories on your card, sounds like a very special dress that's close to your heart. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
Julie x

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

We never had Halloween when I was growing up here in the UK, but I loved your story of the costume and I love your colouring and card.

Annalisa G said...

Great colouring there is so much detail in the image and this card looks great thanks for joining us at the stamping boutique challenge blog -Annalisa (DT)

Sassy Raggedy said...

I always love to read your stories of when you were younger. Those memories are so special. Your card is wonderful. Please forgive me for the posts I have missed. Have not been feeling well and have missed so much posting. However, I have viewed everything I have missed. Hugs, joann

min hverdag said...

Lovely card. Thank you for sharing it with us at Craft your passion. DT Susanne

Carla's Cards said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Artistic Inspirations!

Peanut said...

Great job colouring that image, NC.
hugs, Asha

DonnaMundinger said...

Loved hearing your Halloween memories. Love the color palette. Beautiful work! thanks so much for joining the RSD October Progressive challenge. xxD RSD EDT

Lena said...

Definitely a precious childhood memory to be treasured. And so your love for Alice in Wonderland continues and comes through clearly in this lovely card you made.
Thank you for sharing your project with us at Wags ‘n Whiskers.
Have a wonderful day!
♥ Lena - DT
Lena’s Creations

Deborah Frings said...

I think your card is gorgeous. Alice is beautifully coloured and I like the soft, chalk background. Lovely sentiment too! Thanks for playing along with the Progressive Challenge! Deborah, RSD EDT XX

lorby said...

Your memory and your card are precious. Thank you for entering our October Challenge at Chalk N Stock. DT Jearise

Monique's art said...

looks great thanks for playing at Sparkle and Glitter