Happy Friday! I hope everyone who enjoys Thanksgiving had a lovely day yesterday. I'm joining my friends in Belgium today with the color challenge they're hosting over at Art Journal Cafe.

I used paints and archival inks on this one, along with Tim Holtz's tissue wrap, and the Sizzix Washer Border and Word Play dies.  Speaking of Sizzix… I'm hosting the product focus today over at Frilly and Funkie, and we're focusing on the Word Play and Cargo Numbers dies.

Lots of play with the colors and blending… I really enjoyed this. I stamped the cage on clear plastic packaging and adhered it with some matte medium. The vine is a punch, and I used some black enamel accents to make a chain to hang the cage.

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  1. Lisa Sackett on December 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Yummy coloring…absolutely lovely.

  2. Alexa Noble on November 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love this with all that texture, inking and stamping – gorgeous! x

  3. Marjie Kemper on November 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Evie – I used a toothpick to put tiny spots of the medium in (hopefully) unseen areas.

  4. Lynne Moncrieff on November 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful layers Marjie and I particularly like how the bird has flown from the birdcage.

  5. Artful Scrapbooking on November 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    This is beautiful!! Love that trick of stamping on the clear packaging and then adhereing with matt medium. Do you put a layer of medium underneath the whole clear piece or just in some areas??? Thanks-Evie

  6. lechatquitousse on November 26, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I love it Marjie, particulary all thiss textures… Thank you for your participation to our challenge
    Carol, one of the Frappucinos

  7. Chris'Scrap on November 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    oh waaaaaaaaouuuuuuuuu !!!! su-per-be !!!!!

  8. michele s on November 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    this is absolutely stunning Marjie! wow, the color choices and the composition are masterfully done. xo

  9. Teresa Jaye on November 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    this is just lovely Marjie. The colors and depth are amazing.

  10. Sandra on November 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    This is amazing Marjie! So gorgeous, love the black with red! I’m in love with it! Hugs, Sandra

  11. kathy/NorthCarolina on November 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I have a real fondness for art that shows a bird outside of a cage….it just speaks to me! This piece is wonderful…the texture on the right hand border, the ghosted layers, the wonderful black branch growing up from the base and then that singular bird, winging its way to freedom…love it! The “Fly” in red just sets the whole thing off. You have such a gift for using color to move my eye throughout an entire piece so that I don’t miss a single delicious detail.

  12. Renee Zarate on November 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Really beautiful take on the color challenge. Love it!

  13. Sharon on November 25, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Oh wow this is striking Marjie!!

  14. louison on November 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm


  15. Wanda Hentges on November 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    A Wonderful page, Marjie!!!

  16. Helen Tilbury on November 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Wow, wow, wow!!!!!! Marjie this is amazing!!

  17. Lena on November 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    LOVE the texture and depth here! Beautiful page!

  18. Cathy on November 24, 2012 at 5:05 am

    This is terrific. Very moody in its feel, yet uplifted by the bird and text. love it!

  19. chris on November 24, 2012 at 12:00 am

    J’aime beaucoup ta page et l’ambiance sombre que tu as donné. C’est totalement différent de ce que ça m’a inspiré mais c’est magnifique.

  20. Lynn Stevens on November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Very striking Marjie. Great layers!
    Hope your Thanksgiving was great and you got to gobble till ya wobble!
    hugs Lynn

  21. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on November 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wauw wauw Marjie….this is such an amazing and creative page! A kind of soulfeeling???!! Love everything on it! Definitely a Pin :-)
    have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

  22. Anita Houston on November 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I love that you embossed this…fabulous! The colors are gorgeous and love all the stamped images! Love the cargo die!

  23. Silvia on November 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Marjie, this is a wonderful page. Love the colors, the stamping, the textures and all.

  24. Annette G on November 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

    wow Marjie this is such a fab page, loving the great colours and textures. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

  25. Jessica Sporn on November 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This is stunning! Thanks for sharing how you made the birdcage. Love that the bird is flying free!

  26. france papillon on November 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

    oooooh the texture, i’m drooling!! saying i love your take on our colorcombo is an understatement ;)
    thanks for playing with us, hon. Sending you a big hug!
    xx france

  27. Dean Designs on November 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I just love that birdcage. Wonderfully done. Thanks for sharing!!
    Happy Crafting

  28. Corrine on November 23, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Love the layers…deep, dark and moody….xox

  29. Julie Tucker-Wolek on November 23, 2012 at 4:01 am

    This is GORGEOUS!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee the colors and loving the birdcage and birds!!!!!

  30. Valerie-Jael on November 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Love this one! Valerie

  31. Shahrul Niza on November 23, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Oh my stars!!. Marjie, this is mysteriously gorgeous!!. LOVE LOVE every images; bird cage, birds, musical notes :). What difference it makes to add black to anything. Layers are awesome and I’m distressed-ly happy!! LOL. Hugs.

  32. Brenda Brown on November 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Fabulous layers and depth to this piece Marjie. I hope your etsy shop is taking off.
    Hugs Brenda xxx