Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #32

Welcome to the new challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new challenge used Frosted Film (found on page 59). If you still need a copy, you can get an autographed copy from Tim right here. 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.

Marjie Kemper studio door signLately I’ve been juggling a lot of plates, and one of the challenges has been filming videos for one of my favorite manufacturers.  I’ve learned a ton of techno-stuff these last several months, and have been putting it to good use.  It’s still very challenging for me, though, as computer tricks and programs don’t come easily to me. Videos take a tremendous amount of time to edit and it’s a real learning curve to get one down to 5 minutes or less. One thing I realized would help me greatly was if my family knew when I was filming or doing a voice-over, so we can avoid interruptions. I decided to make this studio door sign for those moments.

I used Distress and Archival Inks, Sizzix dies, and lots of stamps and stencils.  The Frosted Film can be found on my stacked flowers.

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If you’ve ever had a hard time lining up the centers of your flowers when you attach a brad, here’s a tip:  pierce them one at a time on an awl and you will easily reach the center.

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I worked on manila card stock and adhered it to a heavy mat board so my sign will last a long time.  The Crop-o-Dile is perfect for cutting the holes to hang it.

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When it was all done I inked up the edges with black soot paint.

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Loved using one of Tim’s on-the-edge dies (Iron Gate) for a dangling accent.  The letters are from the Chip Block die.

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Also, if you are going to be in any of these states during the dates listed, I would love to see you in class!  Please click here for the store names, locations, and class details.

Marjie Kemper Summer/Fall Teaching Dates 2015

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  1. This is really gorgeous! So bright and fun!

  2. Great sign Marjie…and functional too! I love how you used the frosted film on your flower and the colors are wonderful as always. Sadly, I will not be in any of the states you have listed…I would love to take one of your classes.

  3. A great project Marjie! Beautiful and useful what could be better ! Toni x

  4. I knew you would get such deep color on the film!! And I never thought of using the fence that way…I think it’s more useful this way!

  5. What a wonderful idea! I need a sign for my studio that says “Only knock if you have pizza.” I love the dangly part; it really makes the whole thing extra special – sort of regal, really. As always, your colors are fabulous! I am not so brave when it comes to color!

  6. Carol Harper says:

    Of course I love the colors in this sign — they are colors I use all the time. But the concept is fabulous – I can think of so many uses for something like it (I don’t have a studio, so that won’t work!)

    Oh, I so wish I had known about the Indiana classes, they are so close. But with hubby there in Indianapolis this weekend for a daylily regional conference, I can’t justify another road trip so soon after.

  7. beautiful AND functional!! =)

  8. I am a little behind with CC3C comments, but GF I am loving your hanging! The colors are such fun and I love those flowers! Happy Weekend!

  9. What a cool sign … your family will want to come just to look at it … Shhh !

  10. Love the sign, always up in English schools for tests and exams but filming is so much more fun! I love the colours you used. Jan x

  11. This is such a fun sign and great idea for a way to let your family know when you are filming. Great combo of colors and stamping. Your tattered Floral flower is wonderful and I love the film strip border behind it.

  12. I love the layers and brightness of your background. The flower is amazing.

  13. Very pretty project. love the colors. Your tattered flower with the film is beautiful

  14. Fantastic project Marjie! Such a pretty color palette and beautiful frosted film blossom! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Fabulous door sign, Marjie!! It’s totally You and I Love it!! You’re using frosted film in one of my favorite ways–with the Tattered Florals 🙂 I just love the frosty, shimmery effect of those petals!! Just a terrific inspiration creation 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  16. Amanda Pink says:

    Fabulous sign Marjie. As always your use of colour ,stamps n stencils is outstanding n I love how you have added a ‘quirkyness’ to your lettering – a sure way to make ppl stop n read 🙂 The frosted film really does give a cool effect to the flower .

  17. What a cool idea for a reminder note! I love those hanging, interactive type of signs that catch the eye instead of just repeat a msg that everyone overlooks. This little sign will actually make ppl be quiet out of respect for the CUTE way it’s said!!! The tips you gave are what I had to find out on my own early on, but are SO HELPFUL to pass on!! Sorry I won’t be in Indiana the wk you are…we’ll be jaunting off to Minnesota again. But Here’s a huge BOILERMAKER welcome to ya!!! Have fun and in case of rain…bring ur oars. Indiana sure got hit badly this summer. Ugh!

  18. HI, wish I could join you in a class, but I am here in Alaska. Love the blue and green colors. and that sign die is one of my favorites too.

  19. Lyn Coogan says:

    What a great idea, Its so annoying to have the creative flow interrupted (lol) The colours on the sign are really rich and the flowers are lovely.

  20. Great idea, Marjie. I’ve learned to do my videos when everyone is OUT. LOL! Your plaque turned out great.

  21. LOVE! We all need one of these!

  22. Wonderful background for your great Quiet Please sign! Hopefully your family takes you seriously!

  23. great sign, but does it work. You do have boys after all, three of them! Xox

  24. Wonderful sign and idea, Marjie! The frosted film is wonderful with the flowers! Hope the sign works and everyone is quiet when you are dying to film!

  25. this is wonderful Marjie – love the colours x

  26. You are certainly busy. Cool sign…wish dogs could read, because I’d make one for my dog when I’m filming…she always barks at something…lol! LOVE love the colors and the frosted flowers!

  27. Your sign is beautiful Marjie and just perfect for the door whilst you are busy. I love the colours and the way you did the wording creates such interest. I admire your ability to not only create videos but to edit them too and I can only imagine how much time it takes you! I look forward to seeing some of the ones you are currently working on… Hugs, Anne xx

  28. A wonderful wall hanger and I like the use of the die cutting element on the lower edge and that wonderful bloom.

  29. Oh WOW Marjie – love this. What a fabulous sign… perfect for your purposes. And it’s so “kind” looking – not threatening… it just portrays a nice pretty reminder to be quiet. Thanks bunches for sharing a tutorial too. j.

  30. Marjie, I love this sign, I need to create one for my home office ASAP 😉
    The technique you use for the frosted flowers is amazing. Beautiful color palette. Great job with the stencilling.

  31. Great idea for video production, Marjie. I’ll be looking forward to finding out if it worked! I’ve been thinking about my On the Edge dies a lot lately and wanting to pull them out and put them to work. This is just the nudge I needed. Love it!

  32. Oh yes, this is just what I would need for too much noise!
    I love these colors together and the perfect balance of detail.
    Happy 4th of July!

  33. This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the flowers!!!!!!

  34. Girl, I am glad that you clarified the functionality of this beautiful sign because when have you ever known us to BE QUIET?!? ☺️ This is a great piece! Love your multi layered and stenciled background.ove the colors! The black die cut letters POP and warn to be quiet in a nice, whimsical way. The iron gate bottom makes a wonderful decorative edge! Love this!

  35. Jackie Neal says:

    Wonderful Marjie!!
    More online classes please? “)
    Happy 4th to you and your family, my friend! xo

  36. A stunning sign and a great idea Marjie! Wishing you all the best for all your plans and ventures!! I keep wishing I lived closer but have loved your on line classes!!!