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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dragonsdream tio - Alice and the Rabbit situation

Hello there from the gorgeous one

Yes it's the oh so cute Podgy here today to show you my tag for the current Dragonsdream tag challenge, this fortnightly challenge is one of the bears' favourites, the recipes are always so interesting, and they really get our paws itching to craft. The blog can be found Press paw here

The recipe for the current challenge is Alice and the Rabbit situation. Alice in Wonderland is another cubhood favourite of ours so we were really excited to start. First we had a little fight over who would actually get to create the tag, then the other bears were worn out arguing and agreed to sleep on it and draw straws when they woke up, so I sneaked off to craft this:

With the ingredients for the challenge, Alice - Rabbit - Situation, I decided to take as my central theme Alice caught in the confusing situation of growing and shrinking with every sip of drink or bite of cake she has. My tag shows Alice in a growth spurt after taking a sip from the 'drink me' bottle. I used the tape measures to depict her gargantuan frame.

I found both the tape measures and the phrase 'lengthen or shorten' in a stamping magazine dedicated to haberdashery. I thought they fitted my theme really well. The rabbit is cut from a book of images we have, he's incredibly small to really enhance just how large Alice has become. He's reading the Alice in Wonderland book, trying to find out what will happen next, possibly? Alice herself is our lovely Blade Rubber stamp. The circle button is to show confusion as is the circle background.

I started as usual by distressing my blank tag in blue inks, I then misted over it with glimmer mists and left it to dry. When I came back to the tag I thought it looked a little flat and boring, so ran it through the Cuttlebug, with the circles embossing folder to add interest, and the element of confusion.

I think Alice must have felt she was going round in circles what with alternately shrinking and growing.

These are my images ready to go on the tag

I decided to craft in the lounge, so as not to wake the other bears (I didn't want them to find me mid- craft, I wanted to present them with a fur acompli, or something like that!!)

Our good friend Florence had lent her Alice Octopede stamps to us, so I stamped and cut the 'drink me' bottle and inked it in Broken China distress ink.

Once I'd decided on the placement of my elements I started glueing and sticking.

I just had to pose with my finished result. Hopefully the other bears won't read this post, I told them the bearies came and made the tag!!

With love from the bears 🐻


  1. Podgey! what a clever bear you are :D - loving the circles backgroud, very clever idea linked in with Alice. I was wrong, the Alice stamp I have is different. Lovely tag, hope the other bears not too annoyed you sneaked away and did this one as I know you all wanted to do it!

  2. Great work, Podgy... I love your long-necked Alice and the ruler to measure her! The other bears have got competition, I can see...
    Alison x

  3. Fantastic tag Mr Bear... love the background embossing & colours... Love the whole design & details.. Thank you for dreaming with us at TIO... May x

  4. Great fun tag Podgy ! Love the teal blue colour too - are you in your Judo suit to celebrate the Olympics ? Very daring of you ink & craft in a white outfit - I only have old dark clothes to ink & paint in as I know I'm bound to get messy ! Take Care Ali x

    1. Well I'm not one to brag but I'm actually taking part in the Bearlympics and was chosen to represent Bearland. I had to craft in my suit as I needed to rush off to my next event.

  5. I really like Alice in Wonderland. Well, okay I used to but then my older brother developed a penchant for dressing like her (don't ask!) so she was a bit warped for me but I still enjoy a good Alice tag. I love the growing Alice and the ruler you used to depict her growth and all the circles to show confusion.

  6. Wow, that is one very clever bear - does he hire out his services? If he does my craft I could get to watch even more Olympics!!
    Love your take on the Alice tag - very spooky image of her with that long neck. . . . . !! Great embossed background too.

  7. I love the Alice long neck image, it's kinda creepy looking but creepy is good LOL. your tag is awesome thanks for sharing at TIO

  8. Great tag, love the idea of the tape measure. Thanks Beary much for sharing with us at Dragons Dream. Elizabeth x

  9. How cool, your tag looks wonderful, love the long-necked Alice. Thanks for dreaming with us at TIO this fortnight.

  10. Nice one Podgy, I love your embossing and the little rabbit. Thanks for sharing with us at TIO (and your secret's safe with me) x


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