G45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

 Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

Hello, G45’ers!  I have been having soooo much fun with my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland goodies!  This month, we were asked to create a dimensional project using 2 Staples boxes to go along with the September #TheDarkSidewithG45  Challenge.  (You can check out the details on that HERE.  There are some fabby prizes up for grabs!) I scrounged around in the Closet of Shame until an idea began to form in my brain: Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Here are the basic details.  I built the base from an 8×8 Matchbox Book.  I had to fill in the window with chipboard, and construct two side pieces to close off the box.  Once the box was covered with paper from the collection, I began to build up a dimensional scene using fussy cut images, an altered bottle, two altered 3×5 Staples Matchboxes and a host of Petaloo flowers.


Tips and Tricks for Halloween in Wonderland Tea With Alice Table Decor

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Let’s talk about the rusty tea table in this little tableau.  Now that was fun to build!  I had a 4″ diameter bottle cap and a couple of salvaged empty thread spools lurking in the Closet of Shame.  These were painted with a light coat of gesso to create a little tooth, then altered them using Prima Rust Paste.

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-5What does the Mad Hatter use for a tablecloth?  How about a chipboard spider web painted with Black Soot Distress Ink and Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint? Dinner plates are chipboard buttons from the HIW collection.  I found tiny cutlery in my embellie cart.  Napkins?  Rolled Purple Glitz Ribbon tied with Black Burlap String.  Centerpiece?  Mini pumpkins painted with Clear Rock Candy Crackle Distress Paint!  The cute teacup charms were tapped with Eggplant Alcohol ink.  And do you spy the Steampunk Doily carpet?  How fun is that?

Stand Up and Be Counted

halloween-in-wonderland-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2To make these fussy cut images stand up, scrap pieces of cardstock were cut to measure about 1″ wide.  They were scored in the center, then one side was glued to the back of the image and the other glued to the box base.  I used the edge of a pencil to gently curve the shape of the images before adding the little hinges.

Drink Me: Altered Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The Closet of Shame housed this tall skinny Olive Oil Bottle.  It was just the perfect shape and size to serve as Alice’s infamous Drink Me Potion Bottle.  Once again, Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint was put into action to give the bottle a creepy, spiderwebby, magic potion look.  Then I added some borders, Pretty Petaloo Flowers, Ribbon, Clock Hands and the wonderful focal image.  This is why I have a Closet of Shame, people!  What if I had not saved this bottle?  Perish the thought!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea and Cookies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6You can’t have a Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice unless you have some tea and cookies, right?  These 3×5 matchboxes were covered with designer paper and fussy cut images from the collection.  I added tea bags to one box and cookies to the other.  The boxes are not glued down so that the tea and cookies can easily be removed.  They flank the altered bottle on either side.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea Pots

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-7A friend gave me these cute porcelain napkin rings and of course, I put them in the Closet of Shame.  They were dressed up for this tea party with the help of Ranger Alcohol Inks.  (Eggplant and Pesto) Chipboard Spiderwebs, spiders and mini pumpkins fill the center.



Another Drink Me Potion Bottle

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10Just like the story goes, there is a second bottle of “Drink Me” potion.  This time, it’s green glitter in a small glass vial.  It looks harmless enough doesn’t it?

Pumpkins and Posies

halloween-tea-with-alice-halloween-in-wonderland-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9This festive cluster of pumpkins and posies adds a pop of color to the composition.  The pumpkin was, you guessed it, painted with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  After the paint dried, I drizzled Pesto Alcohol Ink onto the surface.

Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Video Tour

Sometimes, it’s easier to get the flow of a piece when you see a video. This one is very short (under 3 minutes) but you might catch some details that are missed in the photos.  I hope you enjoy!

So, what do you have lurking in your Closet of Shame?  Why not dig it out and make something fabulous to share it with us at #TheDarkSidewithG45 Challenge?  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!




11 thoughts on “G45 Halloween in Wonderland Tea with Alice Table Decor

  1. Anita Houston

    I’m blown away! I so want to come scrounge around in that closet of shame…more like Mary Poppin’s brocade satchel…magical! I LOVE every bit…the bottle cap table…swoon…the napkin rings…brilliant addition…and the olive bottle…of course a must! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Pinned!

  2. Janet Saieva

    Oh Kathy…this is absolutely breathtaking! You are such an amazing and talented artist! Love, love, love this work of art!

  3. soozyb2013

    LOVE the drink me bottle. I do love this paper collection! This must have taken you the day to do, never mind find all the lovely pieces used in this piece. I would really like to get into your closet of shame!!!!! <3 Thanks for sharing Kathy, really is amazing.

  4. Judy B

    I love it Kathy. I don’t have a closet of shame per se, but I do like to keep little things that I think would look good altered and added to some mixed media. Hubby thinks I’m crazy. lol

  5. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, Kathy! I bet this was such fun putting this together! But, oh, my! The amount of time and work that went into it–certainly worth it from my point of view! What a fabulous Halloween gift to give a special someone! I think my favorite part of this are those napkin rings! How in the world do you remember everything you have? I only have a couple of boxes, and I forget what’s in there! Storage and cataloging tips, please!! You have done an amazing job using that Halloween in Wonderland collection! Big hugs!

  6. Gretchen Wilson

    Oh my gosh! This is so awesome! Can’t imagine how many hours it took you to do this wonderful piece! So much detail! You are so creative Kathy!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Gretchen! It was a time consuming project, but so much fun. And it’s always a treat to work with these gorgeous papers!

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