Compendium of Curiosities #3 ~ Challenge #12

CC3C #12 - Marjie Kemper

Welcome to the newest challenge (Challenge #12 is Distress Photo Tinting) celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new theme is Distress Photo Tinting (found on page 41 – if you still need a copy, you can get one autographed by Tim right here.)

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are fabulous prizes available from Tim and Mario as well. You can find the Rules and FAQs at Linda’s site… please take a moment to read these so you are definitely in the running for the prizes – we have had some problems lately with people having to be taken out of the mix because they've missed one of the few requirements.

CC3C #12A - Marjie Kemper

I started out with a tag and spread modeling paste through Tim's Measured stencil, let it dry, and then added Distress Ink in blues and oranges. After that set for a moment, I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink through another stencil, as well as around the edges.

CC3C #12B - Marjie Kemper

More stencils, and more ink.

CC3C #12D - Marjie Kemper

I used this B&W photo of my mom when she was a teenager… wasn't she awesome!?!?  I colored her apron, the bushes behind her, and the sidewalk she's standing on using the Distress Photo Tinting technique in the book.

CC3C #12C - Marjie Kemper

After attaching the photo to the tag I added embellishments including Remnant Rubs, Measuring Tape, and Idea-ology Alpha Parts.

CC3C #12 - Marjie Kemper

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  1. Lisa on October 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Not only do I LOVE your tag and all your layers, but that photo just gets me. I have a very similar one of my grandmother by herself and with three girlfriends getting ready for a bake sale. Great memories.

  2. Peg Robinson on October 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Hi Marjie. Cut photo of the chef. Your mom must be a good cook. Love your colors as always.

  3. Chary on October 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Your background is stunning!! love the picture of you mom, the blue apron really pulls your attention to her picture. beautifully done

  4. Deb Lorence on October 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    This is a wonderful tag Marjie! Great picture of your Mom!

  5. Jan Smith on October 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    One of my favourite distressing techniques and you have done a wonderful job with it Marjie… Great choice of photo to tint too! Jan x

  6. Belinda Basson on October 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I wonder what yummy treats she has on her plate? What a great photo and an interesting tag too.

  7. Studio Rose on October 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

    She is awesome, and this tag is scrumptious! I ADORE the color scheme and the fun embellishments. What a cheery piece!

  8. Lisa S on October 9, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    You favor her so much Marjie and I love this photo. A mom with a plate of baked goodies is always a comforting thought. Beautiful tag!

  9. Lisa H on October 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    You choose the best colors for your projects Marjie! This is wonderful.

  10. Bobbi Smith on October 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Love this photo of your mom, Marjie. Beautiful photo tinting and I love all the layering of the stencils.

  11. Kimberly Cobb on October 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Love the picture of you Mom and how you made her apron standout with the photo-tinting technique. Lovely background as well

  12. Craftycreations on October 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Wow what a wonderful piece of work = stunning colours and a great phototinting

  13. Kim Young on October 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Great photo of your Mom! and as always, love the colors you use!

  14. Kay Mitchell on October 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    The intense colors are great and the embossing too!

  15. Laurie Y on October 9, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Marjie, I love the photo of your mom. Such rich colors you used too, love it.

  16. kim on October 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I love how you tinted the photo! So pretty. I always love how you handle color and texture! Such a fun tag you created, thanks so much for inspiring!~kim

  17. Barbarayaya on October 9, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Your use of color is always amazing! I love it, you mix the shades in a way so amazing and unique! Beautiful photo and beautiful tag! BArbarayaya

  18. Lyn Coogan on October 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    What a jolly lady your Mum looks. I love the colours on this tag, and all the stencilled accents.

  19. Sandra on October 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Beautiful picture of your mom and love the stunning background behind it! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Sara Emily Barker on October 8, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Wow! I love all the coloring in the background, and how you’ve picked that up in the tinted of your Mom’s apron! What a fun tag!!!!

  21. Vic at Vic's creations on October 8, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Love the photo tinting colors! Such an interesting background! It’s all goes so well together to make your mom the focus! So pretty!

  22. Tracy Evans on October 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Marjie, hope you are well. Love your tag , your use of colour always inspires me and your. Background is a gorgeous foil for your vintage image which is tinted beautifully . Love the little phone embellishment and touch of tape . Tracy x

  23. Joanne Parkin on October 7, 2014 at 10:39 am

    fabulous background which enhances your beautiful mum’s photo

  24. Ruth L on October 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Marjie it is a gorgeous tag, and a fantastic tinting, everything looks so easy and perfect each time on your work, just love looking at them!

  25. penny4thoughts on October 6, 2014 at 10:43 am

    What a great way to use your Mom’s photo!

  26. Janna Gay on October 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    It’s lovely Marjie, lots of lovely textures and inks, wouldn’t expect anything else from you. Love your mum in her pinny too x

  27. Rhea on October 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Your use of color and texture once again just blow my mind! What a great inspiration!

  28. Jess on October 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Adorable! She is just the cutest thing ever!

  29. Carol Harper on October 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Your Mom is fab! Was she in culinary school? What us she holding? This tag brings these, and more, questions to my mind! Very evocative!

    • Marjie Kemper on October 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Carol. She had baked something but we can’t tell what… and we have no idea why she has the chef’s hat. I love that shot!

  30. Cim Allen on October 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I love the tag, the photo of your mom is too cool. I love love love modeling paste and Tim’s layering stencils .. they add such great texture to alot of projects. The colors are perfect !

  31. kathy/NorthCarolina on October 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Marjie…this is such a delightful tag! That pic of your mom is fabulous! She looks so proud of herself! What a treasure!!! I love your gorgeous background, too. The stenciling and amazing color palette just drew me right in! Magnificent!

  32. Nicole on October 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Your mother is adorable! Love your tag and how you featured this great image.

  33. Anita Houston on October 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Another favorite Marjie! LOVE the photo of your gorgeous mother! You colored her and the tag just perfectly! ADORE this!!!

  34. Rosann aka Rea' on September 30, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Marjie, I think you are the layering stencil Queen… your stencil work is awesome, textures, layers ad colors too OMG ( they ARE so fun ) and yes your mom is awesome too !

  35. Julie lavalette on September 30, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Amazing tag and like your colour mix. Your mum looks very pretty.
    Julie x

  36. Jo on September 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Such a great 50’s look

  37. Cheryl Grigsby on September 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Moms were teenagers?? What?? ?? I’ve got to go sit down. Seriously, this is a fabulous photo, your mom is a beauty, and I can’t wait to take your background class at CHA. <c <c <3 <c

  38. Susan Mostek on September 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    I am really enjoying this challenge as I love it when people incorporate family photos into their art! Your mother is absolutely lovely and the photo so perfect! I love the fact that you used the bright colors we love so much!

  39. Yvonne Blair on September 29, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    What a fun picture of you mom…and I can see the resemblance beautiful girl! Love how you tinted the photo and kept the background colorful…you have a gift with color for sure! Sweet sweet tag girly! Fabulous job!

  40. Terry on September 29, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Love the photo of your mom, Marjie! You look so much like her or to me anyway! This tag is awesome and the background is perfect for the photo! Love this!

  41. Mary Elizabeth on September 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Oh Marjie! What a fantastic tag. I’ve already pinned it. Wonderful background for that photo with all the stenciled layers and those glorious colors. Your Mom was awesome!! Love this photo (and the pop of color you gave the apron). The love you have for your Mom pops in every detail. — Mary Elizabeth

  42. Kay Wallace on September 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    What a lovely–not to mention very personal–tag, Marjie! You have scored big on this challenge!

  43. Shari T on September 29, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Just a FABULOUS tag, Marjie!! Your Mom is sooo cute in her blue apron and chefs hat!! You’ve picked a GREAT photo to tint using Tim’s technique!! OH–is the picture an original, or did you reprint it onto glossy photo paper? I’m not sure if I’m going to tint an original picture or goof off with scanning pics onto glossy photo paper–I’d think the smoothness of the gloss would help with tinting. This is a good CC3 challenge!! The ideas are spinning out of control!! :) :) XOXO-Shari T.

    • Marjie Kemper on September 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Shari. That photo is a copy on glossy paper – I was tempted to try it on the original, but too scared to use the original!

  44. Annette Green on September 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    LOVE this photo of your mom, Marjie! That chef’s hat is the best. Fantastic tag!

  45. Gigi on September 28, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    That is a fantastic tag. One question….. did you use an original photo, or one you copied yourself with photo paper? It turned out beautiful.

    • Marjie Kemper on September 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Gigi. That photo is a copy on glossy paper – I was afraid I’d ruin the only (original) oldie pic.

  46. Janet Goshorn on September 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Love your tag – beautiful colors and background.

  47. Lynne Moncrieff on September 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    She looks to be so happy and full of life and very beautiful.
    I like that you coloured her apron in such a bold colour and how you incorporated the colour into the background.
    A great energy to this tag.

  48. Anne R on September 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Wonderful colours Marjie and you certainly take after your Mum, it is a beautiful photo. Anne xx

  49. Judy Shea on September 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Oh this is beautiful, just like your mom. Art and cooking. Perfect.

  50. Jessica Sporn on September 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

    What a fantastic photo. Her smile, her outfit! Love how you colored her apron to pick up the teal in your tag. I see you in her face and generous spirit!

  51. Debbie Reid on September 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Oh my soul Marjie! What a fabulous photo of your mom! Love this tag! Fabulous technique as always! Big fan of you creative mind! :D
    Wishes From A Broad

  52. Candy Colwell on September 28, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Marjie…I LOVE what you came up with! This is so YOU with the vivid colors and stencil layering. Your tag provides such a cool background for your Mom’s photograph! You are right. She was cool! I love how you have mixed an ultra modern background with a vintage photograph and it looks fabulous!! <3 Candy

  53. Jan Hill on September 28, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Wow love your amazing stencilled background, such depth and colour. The photo looks great, your mum looks so happy x

  54. Kirsten Alicia on September 28, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Gorgeous tag, the background looks wonderful.

  55. Vicky tovar on September 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

    So cute. I love your Tag showcasing your Mom… Amazing.

  56. Carolyn Dube on September 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Not only is your mom awesome – so is this tag!

  57. Gilda ( McStamper) on September 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    You blog is one of my favs. Love this project.

  58. Jan Bianchi on September 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Marjie this turned out wonderful! I love this tag and the retro feel to it! So well done in tying it all together….Oh, my. Love the pic of your mom and your background is wonderful! Alot to catch with the eye!

  59. Jackie P Neal on September 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Marjie! Fabulous! This is my all time new favorite! What an awesome picture of your Mom- who I knew it was instantly because I saw You!! Such a beautiful young lady! Your colors as always are right on and compliment each other so well! I love it! “)

  60. Victoria Sturdevant on September 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Sweet tag!

  61. Corrine on September 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Love this tag. It is so charming and fun colors. xox

  62. Renee Zarate on September 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Wonderful colorful tag! I love the photo of your mom, great idea!

  63. Julia Aston on September 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    What a wonderful background you created for your tag Marjie! love the photo of your mum – all colored up so nicely!

  64. Alison/craftytrog on September 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Love it!!! x

  65. Peggy L on September 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Marjie, I just LOVE your tag! I have a lot of old photos that my parents left behind when they passed away, and I was wondering what I was going to do with them. Hmmmmm, I wonder what I could do with ALLLLL of those vintage photos? LOL. You are so good Marjie, and this tag, like all of your other work, is just as impressive and beautiful. I can hardly wait for your next piece!

    Peace and Love,

    Peggy L

  66. Dolly aka scrapthat/scrapscrapthat on September 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Very lovely Marjie!! TFS

  67. SusanK on September 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Love the photo of your mom! I bet she wishes her apron really was that gorgeous color!

  68. Julie Tucker-Wolek on September 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Love love love this! LOVING how the apron pops!!!!

  69. Sue W. on September 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Fabulous, Marjie! I love that so many of the Crew have used real photos of real people in their lives with this challenge.

  70. Hels Sheridan on September 27, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Awesome tag Marjie and as soon as I saw it I thought “that has to be Marjie’s Mum” because I can see you in her, you look so like her. Loving all the gorgeous colours and dimensions on your tag… Mwah x

  71. Astrid on September 27, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Love the gorgeous colours on this fab tag Marjie, and brilliant photo tinting! Can’t believe how the weeks fly by…. never got round to the last challenge :(, hopefully will manage this time….

  72. Donna on September 27, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Looks absolutely fabulous!
    Great job!