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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Your comments are very much appreciated!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. The intense colors are great and the embossing too!

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

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

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

  20. 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. 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 says:

    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. fabulous background which enhances your beautiful mum’s photo

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

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

  28. Adorable! She is just the cutest thing ever!

  29. 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 says:

      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 says:

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

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

  34. Rosann aka Rea' says:

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

  36. Such a great 50’s look

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

  43. 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 says:

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

  45. 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 says:

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

  46. Janet Goshorn says:

    Love your tag – beautiful colors and background.

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

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

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

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

  54. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Gorgeous tag, the background looks wonderful.

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

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

  57. Gilda ( McStamper) says:

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

  58. Jan Bianchi says:

    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. 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 says:

    Sweet tag!

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

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

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

  64. Love it!!! x

  65. 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 says:

    Very lovely Marjie!! TFS

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

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

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

  70. 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. 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. Looks absolutely fabulous!
    Great job!