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Alice in Wonderland Altered Tea Set

by Amy Bowerman

I am over the moon excited to be the guest designer for the Altered Alice (I truly love it there it really is a “Wonderland”).  Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Indigo Blu  and let me tell you their stamps are AMAZING!!  My friends across the pond have created such unique yet versatile stamp sets I had trouble deciding which ones to use for my project…but not to worry the design team will be showcasing Indigo Blu again next month so stay tuned :)

Not only are we celebrating the Mad Hatter at the Altered Alice but we are also throwing in “Twinkles” for this challenge ( ala “Twinkle, twinkle little bat”).  It is no secret that shiny things amuse me. I imagine I may have been a Magpie in a past life.  With that in mind I got my twinkle on…hard-core!

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copper tea kettle


This is how my project began.  Would you believe my Mother was throwing this away?  Not only did I rescue another item from an awful fate in the landfill, I also found the perfect inspiration for my inaugural project as an Altered Alice Designer :)

alcohol ink on copper tea pot

Alcohol ink make everything better

Using a rainbow of Alcohol inks, some metallic mixative, Folk Art Acrylic paint, and my trusty black Sharpie I was able to turn this throw away into a real keeper!  Originally, I was going to do a black and white checkerboard but the copper tea kettle had such a nice patina on it I decided to eliminate the white.  I also wanted to let some of the shiny copper show so I simply edged the tea spout with a swipe of an Alcohol ink soaked Q-tip (these work great for detail work with Alcohol inks…I used the same for the peppermint striping on the handle and for those “hard to reach places”).

alice in wonderland altered tea pot

Mad tea anyone?

Our sponsors “Mad Tea Party” stamp colored with Copic Markers and edged with Distress Ink was the feature here.  I also used their fabulous flourish stamp on the curl of steam.  The steam was cut from Grunge Board and colored with Distress Stain.  The tea-cup charms are from Blue Moon beads Fairytale collection.

tim holtz alterations distress stain perfect pearls

Neon sign

I used a whole bunch of Ranger and Tim Holtz products to create the hanging sign (the hanging sign die being one of them).  I used Grunge board colored with distress stain, die cut, embossed with wood grain embossing folder (Tim Holtz alterations), edged with Distress ink and went over with a mix of Perfect Pearls and shimmer mist to add sparkle and shine.

alice in wonderland altered tea pot

A Charming tea-pot

The tea-pot charm here is also from the Fairy Tale collection from Blue Moon beads.  It then was attached to an old necklace I no longer wear.  Here you can also see the peppermint striping and the crystals that were added to the screws that attach the handle of the tea kettle.

alic in wonderland altered tea pot

And now a word from the Door Mouse…

This side of the steam curl was SUPPOSED to be the other way around but I goofed up and attached the hanging sign on the wrong side :(  It was taken from the original manuscript of “Alice Underground” which I also used here.  This particular part written in a swirling pattern is the story the Door Mouse told Alice to explain his disdain for cats.

It takes two to tango as well as tea for two.   You can’t have tea with out a cup, let alone a Mad tea party.  I scoured my local thrift store in search of the perfect tea-cup and saucer to complete this Mad tea set and get the party started.  I managed to find the perfect mismatched pair…yes that’s an oxymoron and I don’t care! (I’m also a poet and I didn’t know it :)).

alice in wonderland altered tea cup march hare

TIME for tea!!!!

More stamps from our sponsor Indigo Blu such as the March Hare and the famous quote from the Mad Hatter “No wonder your late, why this watch is exactly two days slow!” were mounted on grunge board and colored with Copic Markers.  The pocket watch is another charm from Blue Moon. The watch the March Hare is holding was a perfect fit!!  The other side of the charm was embellished with hearts from my stash, some chain, and gold metallic mixative.  Wire was used to secure and hold the images and charms.  It was also embellished with glass beads to add interest and of course sparkle!  Glass gems a top the moss in the tea-cup add even more sparkle and shine.

alice in wonderland altered tea cup with March Hare

The devil’s in the details…

Here you can really see some of the beading detail.  The back of the March Hare was colored with Distress Stain and stamped with this fabulous crackle stamp from Indigo Blu.  The flourish stamp was used on the back of the quote and embossed with sparkle embossing powder.  Notice how the White Rabbit is on the front of the pocket watch?  I couldn’t resist…it was his watch after all :)

There is still time to join the Mad Tea Party over at the Altered Alice…we will be celebrating Mad Hatter day all month-long!  Also, our wonderful sponsor Indigo Blu is offering Altered Alice readers a special discount on their AMAZING stamp sets so head on over to the Altered Alice for the coupon code.

As always I thank you for visiting its been lovely chatting over a cup of tea :)






{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deborah October 14, 2012 at 4:04 am

Absolutely brilliant altering! The Alice in Wonderland tea kettle is perfect, right down to the ‘steam’.
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2 Shahrul Niza October 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

Amy, this is UNBELIEVABLE!!!. You are like a genie, making everything so glitterly beautiful!. I’m almost a year late to comment this, I guess my watch was exactly a year late! LOL. Happy day to have found your old post :).
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3 Judith October 31, 2011 at 11:54 am

Hi Amy, fabulous work! I love IndigoBlu stamps, and you have showcased them brilliantly here. Your teapot is amazing, so glad that you managed to rescue it! The watch is inspired, Judith xx


4 Debbie R. October 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm

OMG! I have one exactly like that! It’s in a box for a yard sale next spring! I must go and rescue it! Awesome altered art Amy!


5 Audrey Pettit October 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

My gosh, this is so very, very cool! Your altered art pieces are absolutely amazing, Amy!


6 Anonymous October 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm

What a very cool fantasy!


7 anfrea frank October 20, 2011 at 3:17 am

oh my!!!! i’m late for a very impt date!!! U r brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!


8 Robin October 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Amy – you are a creative genius – could i come by for the mad hatters tea party? this is an incredible piece – everything about it is wonderful & magical! Brilliant!


9 Lisa in Tampa October 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

You have done it yet Again, Miss Amy! This project is absolutely magical! I love it and all of your inspirational creations! Thank you for sharing and bringing a little magic to my day!!! ~lisa


10 Susan October 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! This is what you were created to do!! Our world needs more of your ability to see fantasy within reality and reproduce it!! Do what you LOVE…….Love what you DO ! xox


11 Donna Mundinger October 17, 2011 at 8:06 am

Oh WOW Amy! Welcome to the team! What a totally fabulous inaugural project! The details are AMAZING! I’ve been poking round your blog and think you may well be the “Queen of Alterations”. Gorgeous beyond words. xxD


12 Lynne Phelps October 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

This is absolutely WONDER-ful, well worth waiting for! 😉 What fun you must have had in the making of this set! LOVE the alcolhol inks on the copper tea kettle, it’s brilliant! I love the way the words are “elevated” and the March Hare holding what looks like a real watch. One favor – I couldn’t read the text on the back of the curl of steam (my FAVORITE detail) so can you share what is written there? THANKS for such a fabulous debut, you sure are fitting in well with this DT! :-)


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