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

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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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  1. Lisa H on April 25, 2015 at 1:30 am

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

  2. Kimberly Cobb on April 25, 2015 at 12:54 am

    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. Leigh Ann Hofferth on April 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Funky tag! Cool!

  4. Stefania on April 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Oh Marjie, your creations are always incredibly special!

  5. Sara Emily Barker on April 24, 2015 at 6:27 am

    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. Kathy D on April 23, 2015 at 10:39 pm

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

  7. Lisa S on April 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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

  8. Kim Young on April 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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

  9. snazzy JJ on April 23, 2015 at 11:28 am

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

  10. Lyla Larimore on April 21, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    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. Maura on April 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    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. Clareene Forbes on April 19, 2015 at 7:06 pm

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

  13. Branka Islentjeva on April 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

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

  14. Anita Houston on April 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    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. Jenn on April 16, 2015 at 8:56 pm

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

  16. Brittany King on April 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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

  17. [email protected] on April 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    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. Shari T on April 16, 2015 at 11:01 am

    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. Carol Harper on April 15, 2015 at 7:46 am

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

  20. Rosann aka Rea' on April 15, 2015 at 2:47 am

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

  21. Lyn Coogan on April 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

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

  22. Jenny Shepherd on April 14, 2015 at 5:39 am

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

  23. Yvonne Blair on April 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm

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

  24. Julia Aston on April 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Love the stampings on this colorful tag Marjie!

  25. Helen Tilbury on April 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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

  26. Sandra on April 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

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

  27. Annette Green on April 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    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. Lulu' on April 13, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful tag!

  29. Julie Tucker-Wolek on April 13, 2015 at 9:15 am

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

  30. Ruby C on April 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    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. Toni on April 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Fabulous tag Marjie, love all your blended colours Toni x

  32. Lisa M/Studio Rose on April 11, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    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. Corrine on April 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm

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

  34. Anne R on April 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    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 on April 11, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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

  36. Alison/craftytrog on April 11, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Fandabbydozy…as they say over here!!! x

    • Marjie Kemper on April 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      I’ve never heard that, Alison! Thank you!

  37. Cheryl Grigsby on April 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    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. butterfly on April 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

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

  39. Judy on April 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

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

  40. Candy Colwell on April 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

    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!