Saturday, 26 April 2014

Curiously Paintily Marbled...

Hello!!! Goodly Morning and welcome to the very first Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.   If you haven't heard of the challenge before, here's a little precis of what it is all about:   A few years ago, Tim Holtz published his Compendium of Curiosities book and my lovely friend, Linda Ledbetter, came up with the great idea of making a challenge based around the techniques in the book.  Needless to say, it was a fab challenge and I was gutted when it ended... however!  Tim then published his second Compendium book and again, Linda set up a challenge as before.   Well, it is now time to start the challenge again as Tim has now published the third book in the series.  HERE are all details about the challenge, how to join in etc.


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 Things are a little different this time however... Linda has asked a bunch of us to become part of the challenge and join her Curiosity Crew, I am so honoured to be one of those lucky peeps!   Each challenge will have a sponsor and... extra special news time:  Tim & Mario have donated a mahoooosive haul of goodies for prizes too.  So, not only will there be a chance to win a prize from a sponsor, you can also win a prize from Tim & Mario! 



Every two weeks, there will be a new challenge, we will be working our way through the techniques in the book - and not in order either - tis fun to mix it up!  If you haven't got a book yet, you can order a signed copy direct from Tim HERE.   As ever with the challenge, we won't be showing you how to do the technique, instead we are sharing all our creations :O)  This week sees us turning to Page 43 and the Paint Marbling Technique and is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and the prize this week is a whopping $50 gift certificate!!!  Plus, IE have very generously offered a special code for all entrants of the challenge: just enter CC3C at the checkout.    For my entry, I have used a Size 8 manila tag and Marbled Shaded Lilac, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass and Old Paper Distress Paints.   Once this was dried, I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink for the next step of the technique.



I wanted my tag to be quite faded and neutral in colours so I could really make the gorgeous feather, from Tim's Bird Feather stamp set, pop.  I stamped the feather using Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival Inks and then cut it out, adding little snips through the design to make it a bit shabby.  Next up, I stamped the large nest, also from the Bird Feather stamp set, this time using Tree Branch, Fern Green and Potting Soil Archivals.   The swallow (same stamp set!) was stamped using Jet Black Archival, cut out and coloured with Tumbled Glass and Walnut Stain DI's.  I also inked the reverse of the birdy as he is 3d, I want to make sure there's no little white bits of card showing.    The sentiment, which is from Tim's Nature Walk set was stamped onto card that I had also Marbled.   I added a few bits of stamping to the background of the tag and then layered all the elements on, adding a tie of raffia to make it a bit more natural looking.



Please do take a few minutes to pop around to all my fellow Curiosity Crew members... All of their bloggy details are HERE.   Oh and... just a little heads up: if you comment on each one of our blog posts, you will be entered into the extra prize draw to win something stashly  from the goodies Tim & Mario have donated ;O))    I shall away now... hope you have fun playing along with the challenge - don't forget, you have two weeks to play until the next challenge starts and you can join in as many times as you want :O)   Thanks for looking, have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x

164 comments:

Ruth said...

Beautiful, gorgeous tag Hels, lovely colours, the feather is wonderful.

starcyl said...

This is stunning Hels and now I need the book so I can join you.

Jenny xx

carol edwards said...

Beautiful tag Hels, love the marbling effect, feather and words .will pop along to see other members x

Helen said...

Great start to this challenge, Hels. Looking forward to following it over the weeks - who knows, by the end I may even have the book and be able to join in!

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning Hels, love the soft colours you have used!! Funnily enough as I was leafing through the book before opening my computer this morning (couldn't figure out the time differences either lol,so did not expect everything to be revealed just yet) anyways, I thought it would be that technique... Great inspiration and I can't wait to get started!!

craftyb said...

This is gonna be fun!! Your creation is fab, love all the details, the natural raffia is perfect!!x

TAM said...

As always a fabulous piece of artwork - will have a look at everyone else's later.

Linda said...

Morning Hels ..... gorgeous tag as always. Love the delicate colours and the feather looks fab. Got my book, just need some time to sit play now .... so excited!! Linda xx

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Good morning and the day has come, I have been excited to join in although I haven't got a book yet, they seem to be out of stock :( and cost quite a bit to get from America.
I can't wait to get my book and play along.

Your tag is gorgeous and I want to play (stamping my feet lol)

Denise x

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!! Apologies, no Sunday Stamper from me this week..don't know where the days went :( hugs Carole Z X

Joanne said...

Wow anyone would think you were an expert LOL I love this stamp set and you've certainly made it all pop - love it
Xx

Becky said...

Love the tags the paler colours are lovely.
Becky x

karen barker said...

Great tag, beautiful colours and a great technique

Tracy Welham said...

Wow, that's stunning, you are so talented. Love those words.
Tracy x

Jenny Shepherd said...

Beautiful tag Hels I love the colours you have used. Definitely neeeeeeed this new book and it is on my shopping list, I am just starting to go through the techniques in the other 2 books, I love them!!!

rachel said...

this looks like fun. i'm not having much luck sourcing the book in the uk. can't afford the postage from the us..
any ideas? rachel x

Lisapmac said...

Oh gorgeous, you constantly amaze me xx

janetg said...

You did such a great job on this tag. Love the soft muted colors. The raffia is perfect for this tag

Karin said...

Beautiful muted marbling Hels, I love how your feather pops on your tag. It's stunning, thanks for the inspiration.

corinna said...

loving the tag, hels, like you said the feather really pops. going to take a peek at the others, take care, corinna

Candy C said...

Hels...your tag is simply gorgeous. I love all of the stamps you have used to create such a sweet and shabby piece. Your soft muted background is the perfect canvas for your beautiful swallow, nest and feather combination. I am so happy to finally get to be working with you ...and on THIS crew...well, I am over the moon thrilled! LOVE your tag! Candy

Zuzu's Blog said...

gorgeous tag hels. very natural and earthy and i love that sort of blue and brown together. one of my favourite colour combos.

Cardgenie said...

Oh my!!!! Saturday is finally here - it's been a long wait since you announced the challenge. Your tag is lovely Hels and I can't wait to see what the other CC3 crew members have come up with. Cheers. Jean.x

Bonnie McLain said...

I LOVES your wonderful Tag Hels... as always you have really created a loverly piece of ART here... love that feather... just ordered that stamp... it should be here on Tuesday!!!! HURRY up and get here.. thanks again for all your ART projects and will be looking forward to tomorrow too...

bkazoo said...

great tag. I love the color combination, soothing!

Ruth L said...

Love your tag, it's fabulous!

Lynn Hardy said...

Your tag is beautiful Hels! I love that feather! I wish that I had the third book so that I could join in.

SusanK said...

Loverly tag! Makes me think of the house finch who is currently nesting in the wreath on my front door. She's sitting on 3 eggs...guess I have to go to my art room and play because I sure can't go out the front door! lol

Yvonne said...

Hels...I just love visiting your blog and hearing you talk in my head!!! i can't wait till I can hear it again in person!!! I absolutely love your creation and the colors you chose...so soft and pretty! I am so glad I have this stamp set as I am going to need to play more now! hehehe....So honored and more then a wee bit excited to be a part of this amazing team with you girls!!! big hugs.

Scrapthat said...

I don't need to tell you how beautiful this is Hels...but I will anyway :D Gorgey work girl!! TFS

Ruby Craft said...

Beautiful Inspiration. Love the faded background that compliments all the elements of your tag. Congrats on being on the Curiosity Crew! Look forward to see more of your wonderful art.

JansArtyJunk said...

Beautiful tag Hels, love the marbling effect..have just got my book and can't wait to play along with you all ;) Jan x

steffi said...

That tag is gorgeous Hels, the marbling looks pearlescent :-)

JanBianchi said...

Very nice. I love all the natural look and feel to
the colors and theme. Soft and natural.
Thank you.

Redanne said...

Totally gorgeous Hels! I love the subtlety of your marbleing and your embellishments, as ever are just gorgeous, especially that beautiful feather! Hugs, Anne xx

toni said...

Lovely tag ! The subtle colours are gorgeous with the marbling technique. Love the addition of the natural coloured raffia you have combined both elegance and rustic to great effect x

Mary W said...

I always stop and take a closer look at anything with a feather - love then and your tag.

Annette Green said...

Love this tag, Hels!! Awesome, lovely creation. We enjoyed the same stamp set this round. It's my current favorite, and you showcased it fabulously along with the Paint Marbling technique.

Melody said...

Such lovely colors and sentiment. I know I am going to love following this challenge.

Sherry said...

Great tag & I love your choice of subtle colours.

Linda said...

Love the colors you used! Thank you for the inspiration!

Belinda Basson said...

I love your soft colours and the birds nest. Today is like Christmas...been waiting for it since the book was launched.

Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful tag and love the embellishments.
Hugs
Linda xxx

catherine said...

This is just stunning Hels. so glad to see you as part of the curiosity crew and a fabulous piece to start with
x catherine

Tammy C said...

Hello having difficulty getting a post on your page..sorry if this is duplicate.
Looking forward to this challenge.
Tammy C

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, This tag is stunning !! the marbling technique is absolutely gorgeous and the feather and sentiment are really fantastic. I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Nikki Acton said...

Lovely creation Hels - as usual - Quite soft and subtle for you! Nikki xx

Linda Pekrul said...

Lovely tag! Your soft colours are so pretty!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Stunning, Miss Helsie. Always eager to see your beautiful work!!

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Hels This is genius! Thanks for sharing

Lisa Holstein said...

I love the colors and the addition of the natural fibers. Especially, considering the subject matter!

Susan said...

Wow, Hels! I absulutely LOVE your project! The colors are so soft and "springy". Great start to the Challenge! I am loving being a part of the Crew with you!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Hels, as always, you've taken the technique to a whole new place. A really, really happy and wonderful and beautiful place! Bravo, darling girl!!!

Peg Robinson said...

Hi Hels,
I love everything you do...have for a long time. That said,I am not surprised I am so inspired by this piece. Off to create something now.

Deborrah Cannizzaro said...

Gorgeous tag, and I love the bird. I can't wait to ink up my own fingers this week with this awesome technique!

Brandy said...

What a pretty tag! It looks like the bird is flying onto the tag!

Karen Henderson said...

Gorgeous colours on a beautiful tag. Want to join in the fun....going to retrieve tim's book and make a space on desk to get started
Thanks

Karen Henderson said...

Gorgeous colours on a beautiful tag. Want to join in the fun....going to retrieve tim's book and make a space on desk to get started
Thanks

Karen Henderson said...

Gorgeous colours on a beautiful tag. Want to join in the fun....going to retrieve tim's book and make a space on desk to get started
Thanks

carol watson said...

Beautiful card, love the lilac shade you used and the soft tones you got. Tim and Mario are really generous with their time, talent and prizes. It is also nice of the Inspiration emporium to offer the 10% plus a chance at 50.

nancyd said...

Hi Hels, a gorgeous tag wish I knew
how to join in but not very computer
savvy.
Nancyd xx

Craftychris said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag! xx

TangledRose said...

This is gorgeous! I love reading your blog and your words are so funny! Thank you for the great content and inspiration you have so wonderfully shared here. Have a great day:)

Karen Garrard said...

Great tag Hels. I can't wait to get started. Your newest follower Karen.x

Eileen Bellomo said...

Lovely, soft colors, and great marbling!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

So soft & sweet! Great tag for Spring!

Julie Steed said...

This is such a soft, feminine and romantic tag. Love that feather!

Cindy Marlow said...

Great job on Challenge 1...looking forward to your inspiration through the rest of #CC3C!

Hetty said...

Such great inspiration for the new challenge. Lovely sweet colors.

Diana said...

i love your tag!! the feather is stunning!

Katy Leitch said...

Stunning as always my babe - I may need these stamps................

BarbaraW said...

Your art piece is a beautiful collage of color and images. Love it!

Terri said...

The bird looks like it is swooping down .......really like this!

Kathy Jacobson said...

I love the subtleness of the colors in this tag! Beautiful use of my latest fav TH stamps!

tjs said...

Wow! The soft colors are refreshing. Love your tag & the feather is a nice touch!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh dear, now I know I need the stamp set the feather comes on... what a gorgeous make, Hels! So happy to be playing along with you on Linda's fab CC3C!

Buttons said...

This is such a subtle use of a fantastic technique Hels. You have no idea how thrilled I am to see you right up there where you belong as part of this fabulous crew. Huge congratulations. Jenny x

GreenMonsta00 said...

love the subtlety of your color palette on this tag, it's absolutely stunning.

Sharon Y said...

Fabulous tag! Loving the colors. The feather and birdie look amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

akmoose said...

I just love the feather stamp. Great colors!

barbarayaya62 said...

Lovely tag, lovely colors, lovely feather....I love all in your tag! An amazing project as always! Thanks for sharing with us! BArbarayaya

butterfly said...

So pretty - such delicate, natural colours and gorgeous stamping over that fabulous marble!
Alison x

Cim Allen said...

I love the soft colors .. the way the bird pops off the tag is so cool. Thanks for sharing !

Dakota Bear said...

Beautiful! I love the muted marbeling.

Sandra said...

Stunning tag! Love the beautiful stamps! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

die amelie said...

Love your gorgeous spring tag, Hels!
Beautiful colours and so brilliantly done!
Hugs,
Claudia x

Angela Radford said...

This is a gorgeous tag, love the colour scheme. The marbling works really well.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Marita said...

Oooh your distress paint background looks like a beautiful summer sky! Love love love the colors in it.... makes me want to play with my new distress paints!

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just gorgeous Hels! I love the soft colors you got here.

Shari Trumbull said...

Just Lovely! I'm LOVING the creations that all of you Wonderful Curiosity Crew Members are making! So fun and sooo inspiring--The name of the game!! I hope to join in soon :) XOXO-Shari

SusanK said...

You used one of my favorite stamp sets...gorgeous color selection!

Sue said...

Love this stamp set! Your tag is beautiful.

Kim said...

I always love your work and this is no exception! I love the colors: perfect choice for the subject.

cheri schwab said...

Thank you for sharing your nature tag. I love the colors you choose. I look forward to your future projects!

Jassy said...

Absolutely gorgeous tag, love the colours and the way all components work together.

Pam said...

It's beautiful! Great quote and I especially like the feathers.

Anita Houston said...

What a beautiful tag Hels! It's so you too! I love what you did with those images, the bird off of the tag! Brilliant! So happy to be on this new journey with you friend!

Andrea said...

I love this technique as you can get so many different results brilliant colours or lovely muted colours.
Love your tag.

craftylyn said...

What a beautiful romantic image. The colours are lovely and soft and complement the subject perfectly.

sam21ski said...

Lovely xx

snazzyjj said...

Love your take on Tim's March tag. The marbling effect really brings it together.

Debby H said...

You're softly colored tag is beautiful. I did not think to take the technique that direction. Thanks for the ideas.

Katy said...

Beautiful tag! Love the use of the raffia! :)

Sandra said...

Beautiful tag, love the soft colours you have chosen.
Sandra

Carol said...

I expect I am going to have to get that stamp! Love how it works on your tag!

Jane said...

I am so excited your are part of the design team for CCC3! I have always loved your inspiration, and this weeks challenge entry was no exception. You rocked it with colors, technique, and all things Tim

Sue Lelli said...

I LOVE your marbled BGs and how your feather just POPS on your tag! GORGEOUS, Hels!

Michelle Johnston said...

Beautiful tag! The raffia is a great touch!

Jackie Blackman said...

I love the delicate colours and the way you have used the lilac. I have just bought these stamps and so thank you for inspiring me to use them

SannaS said...

beautiful elegant tag!! =)

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic tag Hels! Your marbled background looks terrific! Thanks for the inspiration!

Minxy TheShabbyPalace said...

Ha Ha... so the time is finally here, AND I joined in.... wonders will never cease... I'm a little green as you have the big birdy set I so desperately crave, and you've used it with my fav colours too.. a perfect project xoxo

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Hels what a fabulously brilliant piece, it is wonderfully gorgeous. I love following everything you do next it is all brilliant.

I got my CC3 today and looking forward to joining the challenge :)
Being so new to it all I am in awe of it all.
Dx

Zoe Guest said...

Absolutely gorgeous as ever, Hels.

S@ndy Diller said...

What can I add - Just love it!

Shelann said...

Loving you romantic marbled tag, it's just geourgous. Excited to get back into the third CCchallenge and it will be especially fun having the "crew" to inspire us!

Petra said...

Nice tag...beautifl with the big feather!

Julia Aston said...

I absolutely love this sentiment and your illustrating it with your lovely tag! your feather and tied fibers look wonderful!

Studio Rose said...

Mahoooosive is my new favorite word! I'm so glad you did a tag; I am doing all tags this time so they can be added to the ones from the first challenge. (Darn, wish I hadn't missed the second one!) The bird and feather motif is one of my favorites and the soft colors are perfect!

Debbie Speijers said...

Love all the elements on this little beauty, love it all!

Sambobud said...

I really like how you used this technique to be so subtle. And just LOVE those new stamps! Great use of the technique to show them off.

Velvet Pearson said...

So pretty and even more incentive for me to try and get my hands on some of the new botanical Tim product.

Jess M said...

The saying on here is so lovely. I'm a sucker for anything with a bird on it.
Jess

StampsandScrapbooks.com said...

Really beautiful, Hels!

JackieP Neal said...

Hels, I love all of your art and this is no exception- such a soft and lovely tag!

iGirlZoe said...

Your background is awesome, it looks like mother of pearl! I really love the stamps you've used and the raffia ribbon gives it a lovely Spring feel. Just lovely! Thanks for sharing and leading us on these challenges. :)

Sue said...

A beautiful tag Hels, I love your swallow xx

Vintage Insparation said...

Love your tag.. can't wait to play...

Rea' said...

What a fun tag love your feather... it "popped" very well! I like the colors you used and your twig like trims and your bird ... Happy Spring !

Lisa H said...

beautiful tag! I love the color scheme. =)

Kourtney Osborn-Vallee said...

Beautiful tag! Love, love, love all the layers. This stamp set is on my wish list.

Renate said...

I`ts a beautiful tag, so romantic!

sara j said...

Lovely, beautiful, subtle colors...I'm really going to have to try the whole marbling thing again!!!

lavendarrose29 said...

Super cute tag. Thanks or sharing

xxxhrmxxx said...

I really am drawn to the pastel tones, they are the perfect base for the rest of your tag.

Mrs O crafty blog said...

fabulous tag Hels.. love this technique... and ive bought all 3 books now... cant wait for our next workshop, Px

Mandy Welch said...

Thanks for letting me play along in the CC3C!
Here's my first project from his book.
http://mandysmarvels.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/my-marbling-project-cc3c-1/

Mandy Welch said...

Thanks for letting me play along in the CC3C!
Here's my first project from his book.

Maura said...

This is so pretty. Great spring tribute!

Tikaani said...

Love the subtle tones - it suits the subject very well.

Tracie said...

This is so pretty! I love the soft colors.

Sarah B said...

just found this challenge - can't wait - love your colour combo x

Iris Martin said...

Thank you for encouriging us to do the cc3c. I love your piece

TangledRose said...

I love your blog and had 'you' bookmarked along time ago! Thank you so much for all the inspiration I have found here and your writing is so WONDERFULLY funny! Have a fabulous day!

Danielle Lounds said...

Delightful tag! So very inspiring. :)

Creative Tara said...

love the soft colors, I always struggle to make them work and your tag is stunning!

Barbara Ettinger said...

I love your use of soft colors in the background

Barbara Ettinger said...

I love the soft colors of your background

Barbara Ettinger said...

I love your use of soft colors in the background

Donna said...

Great looking tag!

Angi MakingMayhem said...

So pretty, Hels! Love the feather, nice touch!

Chary Deiling said...

Your tag is beautiful. I love the soft colors, the use of the stamp set. just beautiful

BrendaB said...

I love the soft colors on this - it's just beautiful!

penny4thoughts said...

Cool tag!

Mary Elizabeth said...

Hels ... love these soft colors marbled on your tag. Beautiful! Perfect of Tim's stamps. Great Curiosity Crew make for the first challenge. Looking forward to technique #2. Thanks for the inspiration! -- Mary Elizabeth

Wanda Hentges said...

A beautiful tag, Hels!!!!!!!!!

Vic said...

Your art is always so wonderful! I love this tag's soft colors.

Deb Lorence said...

This is lovely Hels!

Stacey said...

Lovely soft spring colors. I will definitely be scraplifing this idea to explore my new bird stamp set! Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas!

Elina Strömberg said...

Soft, feminine, and beautiful. Love it!!!

Lisa S. said...

Love your tag and how you used the various stamps. A beautiful tag!

Vic said...

I love this tag! I want to fly!

Lisa :) said...

I loooooove this. The raffia is a great touch!

j3xs said...

wonderful, thanks

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