Stampotique Challenge 147 (Tutorial)

Kemper art journal 05192014

Today I'm joining in the challenge at Stampotique (SDC-147) to use a tag.   The Stampotique stamp I chose is the large carousel designed by my friend France Papillon.  It reminds me of a circus tent.


I started with a coat of gesso followed by some Golden fluid acrylics.  While the page dried, I stamped and cut out the carousel and the little girl (Stampers' Anonymous).


After painting the carousel, I added a flag pole from a Sizzix die and attached my tag with thread and a fun little button that's been waiting for its purpose.  Lots of stenciling adds interest to the background.


The sentiment is an old favorite from Catslife Press, stamped with jet black archival ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

Thanks for visiting today. I'm leaving Wednesday to teach at ArtWine Retreat so this post is it for me this week.  I'll be back on Saturday with a project for the next Compendium of Curiosities challenge.



  1. Corrie on May 29, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Wonderful, love the colours and the carousel looks wonderful in its disguise as a circustent ! Love it…
    Thanks for joining us over at Stampotique !
    Corrie x

  2. Alison/craftytrog on May 25, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! xxx

  3. Renee Zarate on May 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Gorgeous colors, love the theme!

  4. Corrine on May 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Sweet. xox

  5. tincan on May 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Oh Marjie – this is just too darling! I love every bit of it especially the happy bright colours. Also wanted to say a late thank you for leaving a nice comment on my blog a few days ago!

  6. Kimmie H on May 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Love the color palette you chose, it’s so warm. I know I have said this to you before, but it bears repeating…I LOVE your work. You are so creative and talented. When I need a dose of inspiration, I always love to look to you and your work. (((HUGS))) Kimmie

  7. Samantha Read on May 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Love this, great use of the carousel!
    thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique :)

  8. Kathi R on May 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Wow! Wonderful piece of art!

    I love your background, the stamps you used, and the color palette.

    Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

  9. Lynne Moncrieff on May 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    It definitely reminds me of a circus tent.
    The stand-out details are that wonderful sentiment stamp and the addition of the flag pole and that sweet button detail.

  10. Jackie P Neal on May 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Fabulous page Marjie! And I loooove your colors! Very cool stamps and great fancy cutting! and one other thing, I am wondering how you used the remote in this project? heehee

  11. Caroline Duncan on May 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous page! I just love how your colors seem so vibrant, but yet translucent too giving the illusion of so much depth. What a great stamp of a carousel tent… very fun! And we have the same remote controls here for our Direct TV… lol. Have a great time at your retreat!

  12. Silvia on May 20, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    That’s an outstanding page, love every detail.

  13. Terry on May 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Great journal page, Marjie! I love that carousel and the sentiment is priceless! I so have got to get cracking on my glitter time! Hugs!

  14. Kay Wallace on May 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, Marjie! You and France make a winning team here with this journal page! Great colors, too!

    • Kay Wallace on May 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Oh, yes…thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge this week! ;-)

  15. Claudine Criner on May 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    This is fantastic Marjie. That stamp is one of my favorites and I love the way you used it here. Well done!!

  16. butterfly on May 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I love this carousel, and that golden background is a wonderful setting for it. The sentiment has sent me hotfoot off in search of Catslife Press… what a brilliant stamp! Altogether lovely.
    Alison xx

  17. kaz on May 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful! I love the colours you have used. Thanks for joining my challenge onStampotique this week.

  18. Diana on May 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    i love this page.. the warmth of the whole thing from colour choices to the cute sun on the flag pole tag!!

  19. Redanne on May 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Marjie, the colours on this are just delicious! I really love the carousel stamp and it really does look like a circus tent too, especially in the colours you used. I think that sentiment is so lovely……..

    Have fun at the retreat! Anne xx

  20. Valerie-Jael on May 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Lovely journal page with gorgeous colours! Valerie

  21. Ruth L on May 20, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Oh Marjie just love it, every little detail, the colors, the sentiment and of course France’s carousel, just perfect!

  22. Boo on May 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Wonderful page. It’s amazing that as soon as I saw the quote I thought of Cat’s Life Press and as I read on
    I was right.. it was Cat’s Life Press.

  23. france papillon on May 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    i don’t like it, i luuuuuuurve it! That winged little girl perfectly fits in there, not to mention the sentiment of course.
    Thank you so much hon!
    Wishing you a frangifantastic time teaching at the retreat xx

  24. *Arwen* on May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    So beautiful <3 I love the quote – how romantic!
    Thanks for joining us at SDC :)

    xx Arwen

  25. Carolyn Dube on May 20, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Such detailed cutting on this great page! Have a great time teaching at ArtWine retreat! Looking forward to seeing the pics!

  26. Jackie on May 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

    How clever to use Frances stamp in that way!
    What a lovely sentiment you have used as well
    Thank you for joining us at stampotique designers challenge

  27. Jessica Sporn on May 20, 2014 at 7:36 am

    that is just beautiful and I love that sentiment. It goes perfectly. lucky students who are taking class with you this weekend…. xoxo

  28. Astrid on May 20, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Fabulous!! That circus tent looks amazing!! Lovely spread and I do like that sentiment!!!

  29. Kirsten Alicia on May 20, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Gorgeous page, I love the colours & the little girl works so well with the carousel. Safe travels tomorrow & have a great time.

  30. Julie Tucker-Wolek on May 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    This is gorgeous!!! I love love love that carousel!!!!!!!!!!