Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #26

Can you believe it’s CC3 Challenge 26? That means we’ve been doing this challenge for a whole year now. Welcome to the newest challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The theme is Smudge Stamping (found on page 42. If you still need a copy, you can get an autographed copy from Tim right here.)

Marjie Kemper CC3C#26

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and a random winner will enjoy a $25 shopping spree on their online store. There are also prizes donated by Tim and Mario for the Curiosity Crew’s favorite project. You’ll 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.

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I haven’t made a tag in awhile, and it sure was fun getting out all my inks and having a play.  Working on a jumbo (8.5″ tall) tag, I used Mr Bright Idea from Darkroom Door, along with lots of background stamps and stencils. The filmstrip is a Sizzix die, and all the metal is Idea-ology. I had a little glitch coloring his lightbulb head, so I stamped that part of it again on a scrap, colored it, and adhered it onto the tag with matte medium.

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Thanks so much for the visit today. Before you go, I’d like to tell you I have an online mixed media class opening up in just a few days with, and this weekend they are hosting a Giveaway of a seat in the class.  I’m super excited about the class! You can find the details for the Giveaway here, and I will post more about the class once it officially opens.

Inventive Ink - Colorful Mixed Media Effects - Online Workshop with Marjie Kemper

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Hope to see you join us for this new challenge at CC3C!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. I love it!! collaged light bulb head guy is great lol.

  2. Your tag is wonderful! So colorful and full of lots of fun details. Love how you used the smudge technique with all the colors.

  3. Funky tag! Cool!

  4. Oh Marjie, your creations are always incredibly special!

  5. Wow, Marjie! I could sit and stare at this for hours! Of course, then, I might miss the deadline for this challenge, with just a few more hours to go! What an inspiration you are!

  6. Fabulous color! It really pops! Thanks for reminding me the technique is not just for brown ink. :).

  7. I always love the colors you use and the light bulb guy is so cool Marjie. Fab tag!

  8. I can’t imagine you having a coloring glitch! LOL! As always, your vibrancy and color layers just draw me in!

  9. snazzy JJ says:

    Love your bright, smudgy, steampunk tag. So funky.

  10. Wonderfully bright & creative tag!! The mix of the filmstrip ribbon looks perfect here!!! This reminds me of watching films in school – those old “You Are There” favies!!! Very well done project! : D

  11. Got side tracked signing up for your Craftsy class. Love this imaginative tag!! Especially the light bulb headed guy! Great design and color! You rock!

  12. Great tag! I love all the wonderful ‘do dads’ you added. That stamped guy with the light bulb head is too cool.

  13. Wooow, Marjie your tag is absolutely amazing! I love your style so much! Bravo!
    Branka xxx

  14. Again congrats on the Craftsy…so exciting! Marjie, what a perfect example of the technique and the way to layer image and color over and over again! LOVE the lightbulb!!! So clever, and so cool!!!

  15. I like that you took a steampunk approach to this challenge, It turned out very cool!

  16. This tag is so much fun, I love steampunk and the fun things you can do with it. Definitely inspiring.

  17. Heheheheh – this just makes me smile. I think his lightbulb head being raised makes him even more wonderful. For someone that hasnt made a tag in a while – you did incredible. I love the colors – the placements – the details – it’s just FABULOUS. Wow. j.

  18. FAB Tag, Marjie 🙂 I love Mr. Bright Idea!! He’s just wonderful sitting amongst all of the bright colors of that background! Just Fab 🙂 🙂 I hope I get to play in CC3#26, too 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  19. The color on this tag is really special! I just love working with big tags… So much room for “stuff”!

  20. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    The layering stencil Queen strikes again !!! Your layers are always so amazing, and Mr. Bright Idea is holding his own quite well !

  21. This stamp is really …..unusual, I love it. The colours on this tag are fabulous.

  22. Jenny Shepherd says:

    Other peoples talent is always an inspiration, this is great fun.

  23. How fun and quirky, hehehe. Love the way your mind works girly. This is a fabulous tag!

  24. Love the stampings on this colorful tag Marjie!

  25. What a fun tag Marjie! Mr. Lightbulb head!! All your work looks AMAAAAYZING as usual!!

  26. What a gorgeous tag! Love Mister Bulb head! And the wonderful background you’ve created! Amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  27. Marjie, this is one of my all-time favorite creations of yours!! Love all the color, texture, layering and did I say color? Fantastic, my friend!

  28. Beautiful tag!

  29. This is AWESOME! I love love love the light bulb and film strip!!!!!

  30. What a colorful take on this technique! I’ve already entered to win a spot in your class. I’m looking forward to hearing more about it.

  31. Fabulous tag Marjie, love all your blended colours Toni x

  32. Wow, Craftsy looks great! I signed up and have fingers crossed to win your class, but I’ll check them out later when I have more time, looks like a lot of cool stuff there. Just love all the bold colors you use; I’m usually too timid to try them myself, but you have seriously mastered making them work so effectively and beautifully.

  33. Ah the workings of the imagination with eureka and cogs and wheels working. xox

  34. Mr Bright Idea looks pretty amazing on that fantastic background and I love the filmstrip. The word band is so appropriate too. Hugs, Anne xx

  35. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Love it! Lots of gorgeous layers & the focal image is great.

  36. Fandabbydozy…as they say over here!!! x

  37. Love this tag, Marjie! What a great collage and Mr. Bright idea is set off brilliantly by the film strip die cut. Looks great with your bright colors. <3

  38. What a quirkily brilliant tag, Marjie – the stamping is stunning, and I adore how the clock is blushing!
    Alison xx

  39. Love your tag, so creative and gorgeous color combo. Smart using the light bulb head.

  40. Marjie…this is really an awesome, COLORFUL tag! I love all of your stsmped and smudged images. That steampunk-ish fellow with the light bulb head….very cool!