Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #8

CC3C-08 Marjie Kemper

Welcome to Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #8!  Our new theme is Faded Layers (found on page 58 – if you 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.  The rules and FAQs are readily available at Linda Ledbetter’s site… please know one thing we do ask is that you not post tutorials on this technique, as we’d like to encourage people to get their own copy of the book.

CC3C-08A Marjie Kemper

I had such fun making this 5X7 canvas!  I used one of Tim’s texture fade embossing folders (Rays) and my choice of alchohol inks were Caramel, Cranberry, Wild Plum and Willow.  That text up on top is one of Wendy Vecchi’s background stamps.  The little bird is one that was published in The Stamper’s Sampler in the Spring. I figured when it came back to me, it needed a new home.

CC3C-08B Marjie Kemper

Here’s how my paper looked before I added the embellishments of bird, velvet ribbon, and Idea-ology word band.

CC3C-08C Marjie Kemper

I used my Xyron 150 Create-a-Sticker to apply adhesive to the ribbon.  I like to rub against the edges with a stylus to make sure there’s no stickiness… it works like a charm.

CC3C-08D Marjie Kemper

I pierced the ribbon while it was still on its backing paper, and attached the word band with brads straight through the ribbon. Double-stick black foam squares pop by bird up, and I added the word “Fly” with Tim’s tiny Label Letters.

CC3C-08E Marjie Kemper

Please be sure to visit the main CC3C site and view all the design team’s work.  Every challenge is chock full of inspiration and the submissions we’ve been receiving have really blown us away.

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  1. Denise Shepherd says:

    Loving your canvas with the dark outline. This is a work of art. I just loved learning the new technique it is a fabulous one and I experimented with different colour combos and thou time would try using pearl mixative before the last stage to bring something different to it. Wow what a sheen it gave.

    Denise xx

  2. Gorgeous canvas. The colors are awesome. Love the bird against the wonderful background.

  3. Fabulous Marjie! Love your vibrant faded lyres and the little bird is so sweet xx

  4. Tracy Evans says:

    Your faded layers are so striking on this piece Marjie and I adore the background colours and the bird. Fabulous. Tracy x

  5. Love your little bird, pretty!

  6. This is a wonderful canvas Marjie!

  7. WOW!!!! stunning…. =)

  8. Those colors just pop!! That canvas has such impact. I love the simple use of the ribbon. Have a great week.

  9. I love the texture and the colours!

  10. Great challenge, great technique. Thanks so much!

  11. Gorgeous rich colors! I love the project, thanks for making such a helpful tutorial:)
    Have a great day!~kim

  12. what a lovely piece of art 🙂

  13. Love the colors of your background and how the bird sits just right on the canvas. Thank you for a lovely example of the faded layer technique.

  14. Gorgeous vibrant colours, the bird is beautiful against the backdrop of the embossed canvas. Beautiful.

  15. Amazing piece, Marjie! Love the great color and the bird is so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Sandi Parrott says:

    Love the colors and the faded layers technique on the bird. Very pretty.

  17. Beautiful piece! Such a cool background for the bird – love it!

  18. Wow…Your canvas really caught my eye Marjie…it’s Striking!! You have done a fabulous job with the faded layers ….Thank you for the beautiful inspiration …Jan x

  19. Beautiful background, I like the horizon effect behind the bird.

  20. Such an amazing piece of art! I love to hear that making a piece is fun for the creator.

  21. FAbulous canvas! Your colors are always so rich and bright! This piece is totally wonderful, i love the black touch! BArbarayaya

  22. Love how you used the stencil and the colors are wonderful together Marjie! Love it!!!

  23. This is way too cute and clever! Nikki xx

  24. Love the bright cranberry and plum colours on this, bird is so cute too , inspired !!

  25. Wow. I love it. The colors, amazing. Thanks for sharing

  26. Love your bird!

  27. Wonderful canvas Marjie!!! Love the rays and great choice of colours. Karen.x

  28. Your background is so beautiful!!! I have no idea how you did it. It’s too cool! I love your birdie as well. It is so cheerful! Your colors are spectacular. Beautiful project!

  29. such a beautiful make – I love the background and the bird – brilliant – such happy colours xx

  30. I looked twice at this before reading your post and was surprised to learn you had made a canvas. It’s just fantastic. I am completely in love with the colour too.

  31. Janet Goshorn says:

    Beautiful canvas – I love all “Bird” things

  32. great effect

  33. Love this one! Beautiful

  34. glenda schoepp-drake says:

    love how you added the texture first then inked- going to try that out.

  35. The background paper made with the technique is so vivid, and I like the effect of the texture fade combined with it.

  36. It’s so awesome!!

  37. Fabulous canvas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  38. aw, I love that little bird. Great canvas! =)

  39. This is wonderful! I love the color choices you made.

  40. Such a rich colour pallet for the little birdie to play against. Lovely.

  41. Cim Allen says:

    AMAZING !!! This project is so cool .. it caught my eye with the poppy colors and the bird is super sweet !

  42. Marjie, every time I look at this gorgeous piece, my heart lifts. The way you have the rays spreading out beneath the little bird is just magical. You get the sense that the bird is rising far above his own dreams and imagination. The color palette is so warmly inviting and the simplicity of the design really lets each element shine. One of my favorites from one of my favorite artists!

  43. That’s such a fantastic canvas Marjie. Love the sun ray background and you’re so right, the bird works perfectly with it. Thank you for the inspiration. Jenny x

  44. Wonderful bird with fantastic colors!
    Sandy xx

  45. This chunky canvas ROCKS Marjie! I adore the bird!!! The background is fabulous! So unique and just beautiful!

  46. Another fantastic project in great colors.

  47. Gorgeous canvas!!! The colors are so cheerful!

  48. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Such a pretty canvas… it took me a minute to “see” all the layers … OMG how fun is that… your bird is so cheerful! Love how the texture fade background and the colors give it a sense of “movement” … such a cool effect !!

  49. Colleen O'Lear says:

    What a bright and festive bird. He just pops off the sunburst background

  50. I think your birdie is happy in her new home 🙂 beautiful as always this
    susan s

  51. The sunray embossing background is so perfect for that flying beauty! Love the colors and the birdie is so happy with his new home! Love this, Marjie!

  52. Marjie, Your background is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the elements and details added- wonderful piece you have created! hugs “)

  53. Love your canvas, Marjie! That Wendy background is one of my favorites, but I haven’t used it in a while. I’ll be bringing it back out now! Your Faded Layers are perfect. Love this.

  54. I love this bird! Your faded backgrounds are great! Nice job!

  55. snazzy JJ says:

    Love how you have combined some many techniques in this very beautiful project.

  56. Love this background and how you created it for your bird – Fab Marjie. xox

  57. Amazing canvas Marjie, I feel like flying! 😉

  58. How beautiful, Marjie! I love the colors and the darling bird! the background technique is beautiful using the Rays texture fade!

  59. Marjie, another stunner. The color knocks my socks off. I love how you used the texture fade and the text and stencils. Oooo Love it all.

  60. So simple and yet so pretty and well, just stunning! The background is amazing!

  61. Beautiful piece.

  62. Jan Bianchi says:

    Wow what a special piece of art! I love the layers and how they all work together! And I love the little metal word piece your choose.

  63. Julia Sanders says:

    Holy Smokes Marjie. This canvas is just gorgeous. I am in love love love with that beautiful birdie againt such a bright background contrasted against the black border. WOW. Seriously this is a great use of Tim’s faded layers. TFS

  64. Marjie LOVE LOVE LOVE your art. You always create the most awesome pieces. Whether it is a canvas, journal or card… You have such an amazing talent of using colors to their best. Most of your work is so very vibrant which I just LOVE !!!
    Your little bird is fabulous. It makes such a great impact since it’s almost the only thing on the canvas. The pretty velvet ribbon and the wordband dont take away the focus from that super pretty bird.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your lovely ART !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  65. Your colors awaken my soul! Beautiful
    Sandy xx

  66. This is a fabulous piece! So inspirational. So vibrant and beautiful! This piece makes me think calm and peaceful thoughts.

  67. Great piece, Marjie. I’m also glad to see someone else uses as much foam tape as I do!

  68. Just gorgeous!! What a lovely new home for that beautiful bird — the text at the top is awesome. Love the dry embossing idea too. Great inspiration Marjie!! — Mary Elizabeth

  69. What a beautiful effect with those colors!

  70. YOU are so smart! Running the paper through a Texture Fade and THEN doing the faded layers technique on it. Now that’s using the old creative noodle! I love what you did with the rays. Fabulous choice of colors and your birdie is adorable. He has a perfect home on this canvas. You did a fabulous job on this challenge, Marjie. <3 Candy

  71. How lovely that your birdie flew home to you and looks to be very happy indeed 🙂
    Gorgeous depth to your background, it actually brings to mind textile, such as silk, very beautiful.

  72. Super cool background, Marjie, and I love that bird! Great project in warm summer colors!

  73. Once again you’ve achieved just amazing depth in a 2D environment…and the color is so rich….yummy!

  74. I love this,Marjie! Great use of the folder behind the bird.
    The bird is beautifully decorated.

  75. Kirsten Alicia says:

    That is gorgeous, the alcohol inked background looks great.

  76. What a wonderful wall hanging you created Marjie! Love the contrast of the red against the black frame – your background is a gorgeous background for your lovely bird!

  77. Beautiful colours Marjie and the little bird is delightful (I thought I recognised him!) and the canvas makes a wonderful backdrop. Anne xx

  78. I just LOVE you piece. Not sure where your bird came from but I love it! And of course I always love your colors!

  79. Marjie, I have to say that you take something very simple and turn it into a MASTERPIECE.,.. I not only LOVE it, but am totally in AWE of that ability… Just love it all.. that bird is wonderfully created and the background is yummy plus… great project. Love, Light and Peace…Bonnie

  80. Well, this little bird found a good home! Love the colors, the bird fits perfectly. I’m off to pin!

  81. LOVE your colors, Marjie!! This is a Fantastic canvas–so colorful and playful!! I’ve gotta get that Rays texture fade–I love the effect it’s given you here, especially with the Faded Layers technique! Another Gorgeous creation, Marjie!! Thanks for the inspiration for CC3 # 8! WOW!! XOXO-Shari T.

  82. Color, color and more color! And I love how you used the rays to create a floor or base for the bird. Very clever!

  83. The colours you have used are really appealing. That texture fade is on my need list as I have the stencil just like it and want to combine them.

  84. Love this, Marjie! The colors are absolutely fabulous and the bird is drop dead gorgeous! That velvet ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!


  85. This is gorgeous! I love love love that bird!!!!!!

  86. Just gorgeous, I love the faded background on this, beautiful color and just love what you have done with the Rays , little splotches of shinyness! (please forgive my description lol!)

  87. Marjie, this is gorgeous. I think your background using the faded layers is amazing. The colour is so vibrant and you can see the layers through the colour – fantastic. Jean.x

  88. Oh Marjie! That bird is so cute! Great depth of colors too!

  89. Gorgeousness, love those delish colours and your little birdy is just so cute! x

  90. Beautiful canvas Marjie. Love the colours and the bird is perfect with is stencilled details.
    Annie x

  91. your layers are gorgeous and love your use of colour here for the background and the bird! A great piece x

  92. Perfect home for your sweet bird.

  93. Fabulous and I just love the look of that bird!! The background look fantastic too!!