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Monday, 28 April 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge

First of all, a huge welcome to my newest followers, both on Google and Bloglovin,  it is wonderful to have you along on my crafty journey.

I have had some wonderful news too, to share with you, it is at the end of this post - if you get that far!

The wonderful Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3 has started up a new challenge (Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3) again this year based around Tim Holtz's fabulous new Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.  Not only that but Linda has a fantastic 'crew' of top designers on board to inspire us all.  The wonderful Mario sent me my signed copy a few weeks ago and I can assure you, if you are a Tim Holtz fan it is a must have.

Challenge #1 is based on Tim's Paint Marbling technique which you will find on page 43 of the new book.  The challenge, which runs fortnightly, is being sponsored this time by Inspiration Emporium who are generously awarding a $50 voucher to spend in the shop.  Alternative weeks will be sponsored by the lovely Linda Coughlin of the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Not only that but Tim and Mario have sent Linda a huge pile of goodies as prizes too.  This is definitely a challenge not to be missed!

We are not able to share the 'how to' of this technique because it would not be fair to Tim but it is a great technique and I certainly had fun doing it.  Here is what I created.



I created the background for the hanging with black card on top of some corrugated card and added some string for the hanging element.  I used my newly acquired Nautical Blueprints stamps - love these!



I used Tim's Paint Marbling technique to create the background onto Ranger Watercolour card.  I was trying to simulate an underwater colour scheme by using Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint and Broken China colours.  I stamped the seahorse onto the prepared card, stamped it again onto Speciality Stamping card, cut it out, coloured it with Distress Markers in Broken China and Peeled Paint and decoupaged it up to give it some dimension.  I also stamped the 'sea horse' words separately and added this.


I stamped the sand dollar and starfish, again onto Speciality Stamping card and coloured with Distress Markers in Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick.  I coated them with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to give them a more realistic appearance.


To finish off I added a word band and some string both here and at the top of the hanging.  This is just one of the 30 plus techniques in Tim's new book, I hope you will join in the challenge too!

Now, if you are still with me, on to some good news for me!  I am shamelessly exercising my bragging rights, as I have had three pieces of good news in the last week or so and I will tell you in the order that I received them.

First up, I won the Design Team Special Mention Award from Country View Crafts for my Tim Holtz inspired mini storage box and I have the opportunity to be a Guest Designer with them too!  I am still thrilled at the number of comments I received on my box but really, it was down to Tim's wonderful Wallflower papers, which I am now totally in love with!

Secondly, I won a Top Three place (along with my wonderful friend Jenny Buttons who has just received a Blogworthy Link Award from Tim himself!!) in the very talented Eileen Hull's Art with Heart Challenge       for my beach hut Artist Trading Block.  I do love doing 3D projects!

Last, but not least, I received a One of the Favorites Award from Craft Hoarders Anonymous for my Tim Holtz inspired Spring Flowers canvas that I did as my Design Team piece for A Vintage Journey.  There are still a few days left to join in the AVJ Spring Flowers challenge.... it would be lovely to see you there!

Needless to say, I am over the moon pleased with these wins, it is always a confidence booster to know that your work is admired and appreciated.  Thank you so much to all of those involved in the choices and thank you to my wonderful followers for all your positive comments on my work.

Hope to see you soon.  Big hugs, Anne xx

50 comments:

  1. Love your under the sea themed hanging Anne. The colours are gorgeous and fab idea to add the Rock Candy crackle! I only got my Compendium of Curiosities III on Saturday and haven't had time to open the cover yet :-(. Never mind, that will soon be rectified ;-).

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  2. Hello Miss Anne this piece is STUNNING, those colors are a dream, amazing effect, I love seahorses, and the star fish and sand dollar is fantastic, love the crackle they do look real .Now Miss Anne you have every right to brag, the box you created was THE BOMB and I said then Mr Tim should give you a shout out for it, Your beach hut was FANTASTIC it looked like a real beach house. Your spring flowers was a FABULOUS creation, your work always inspires me since the day I started following you, thanks for all the inspiration you share and your support it means the world to me, ((( HUGE HUGS ))), hope you have a wonderful week my friend...

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  3. wow Anne - this is all such fabulous news - its wonderful that your stunning work is getting the recognition it so deserves - well done you! And your new piece is beautiful too - I love the seahorse and the colours are just fabulous. I will be sending for my copy on Wednesday and hope to join in very soon! Looking forward to our crafty day on Friday - its come around so very quickly! Big hugs rachel xx

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  4. Hello Anne, what a wonderful piece you have produced with the Marbling technique. The colours are perfect as always and I do love that little seahorse. Now on to your recent accolades, Congratualtions on all three of them. Your inspiration and motivation goes before you as we all know,. So that only leaves me to say how much I admire your work and treasure the few pieces that I own. Do a little happy dance and celebrate. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Wow, you're bursting with good news. That's fabulous! Many congrats.

    I love the nautical blueprints and you've certainly done them justice. Such yummy colors you chose (that combo is one of my faves) and the crackle paint is a perfect touch. I always love to see your projects, Anne. Well done again!

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  6. Anne...I LOVE your little hanging! The corrugated back is perfect for your gorgeous marbled background. I love those vibrant colors! And your seahorse really looks awesome! I also love our popped shells. That really pull the brown of the corrugated back into the hanging perfectly. Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  7. Hi Anne, love your sea inspired hanging. The colours are just gorgeous and the background is fab ..... can't wait to have a go at this challenge, my CC3 is ready and waiting.
    You brag as much as you like girl ..... everything you do is stunning and deserves the recognition...... Congratulations!!
    Thanks for your lovely comments over the weekend .... my first thoughts on a name for ted was Aloysius .... still debating that one, and I won't hold it against you that you're a City fan .... I think the Premiership is yours anyway, it's just fun seeing it all go the wire :) Have a great week ... hugs Linda xx

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  8. Hi Anne, fabulous news! Congratulations on all your awards, though I'll say it again because I'm never surprised as your creations are all so stunning!!! I love your hanging, it's fabulous and the colours are so rich and beautiful. Compendium 3 is on my wish list, but just that at the moment I'm afraid! Hugs to you my friend, Carole Z X

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  9. Well done Anne A Huge Congratulations on your fabulous news...so well deserved...your creations are always so beautiful...I adore your hanging the blending of colours is amazing I love the fantastic seahorse..Stunning work as always Anne....Hugs May x x

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  10. Huge well deserved congratulations my super talented friend! I'm so pleased you have been recognised by these three and have received so many positive comments.
    And here's another one - I LOVE your marbled sea and nautical stamping. The colours are spot on and I love how you've crackled the surfaces on the nautical images. Huge hugs to you, Jenny x

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  11. Many congratulations on all your well earned awards Anne! I am always amazed by your beautiful projects that keep me coming back to see what you've created next.
    This is yet another. The colours you have used suit your project perfectly.
    I've always loved Seahorses so will have to add this set to my list of future purchases along with the new compendium.
    Amy x

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  12. Oh, Annie, I couldn't be happier for you to receive these special awards and recognition! While your work is always admired and appreciated by your many fans, it is extra special to win challenges and no one deserves it more than you!

    Your incredible seahorse hanging is another winner in my eyes!! I am swooning over the colors you have expertly marbled together and over that seahorse, sand dollar, and starfish! Honestly, jaw-dropping execution. The texture you have achieved makes that starfish look real and I wanted to touch it! Just extraordinary once again!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  13. Wow-Whee Anne, that is a whole kettle full of good news! Many Congratulations! Each one is, as always, most deserved. Your work is most wonderful and your latest, seahorse piece, is no exception. Enjoy the rest of your week *hugs* Mo :o) xx

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  14. I think this post is great Anne, sharing your well deserved smiles. Your card is totally fab, love the colours. iI was looking at some blueprint stamps today and got a bit confused as they seem to be in different sizes and I wasn't sure which would be best although I am tempted by the larger ones, attention wavered then so I shall have another study tomorrow. Hugs Flora

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  15. I adore your beachy take on the marbling technique, Anne... The seahorse, sand dollar and starfish are each coloured so beautifully and the crackle on the latter two is a brilliant touch. Fabulous to see your work getting so much well-deserved recognition - couldn't be happier for you - and good for you on the bragging!!
    Alison xx

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  16. Hi Anne, I adore your seahorse. you have mastered this marbelling technique to perfection. I like the crackle you have given to the starfish and sand dollar too. I do wish I could do the colour shading as good as you they look so realistic. So pleased to see all the success you are having with your projects, it is long overdue and so well deserved, I know how hard you have worked to get that recognition well done you. Look forward to seeing you Friday. Mo xx

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  17. Huge congrats Anne on your accolades and very well deserved they were too and another stunner...love your nautical hanger...thank you so much for the goodie parcel...hugs kath xxx

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  18. This is beautiful and such well deserved congratulations. Thank you for your lovely words and support.
    Rosie x

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  19. Hi Anne, whose a clever girl. You are allowed to brag as much as you like sweet girl.
    Love the sea horse hanging, just been playing with this technique, didn't know about the Compendium challenge so will go and have a look.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  20. WOW! BIG congratulations on all your very well deserved success Anne, I am so pleased that others can see how totally fabulous you are!
    Your hanging is stunning, I love your design, the colours are perfect and the detailing is just amazing!
    hugs Sue xx

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  21. Whoot, whoot, big congrats on all your wins and so totally well deserved!! This latest piece is just another example of how talented you are, - a truly stunning hanger! And you know what, - I just discovered to my horror that I was not actually following you, - can you believe that? I have had you on my blogroll for ages and ages, and as I usually do my visits from there, I had not even noticed. Well, it's remedied now and I am your latest follower lol.

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  22. Congratulations Anne on your well deserved wins. Love this seahorse and the gorgeous background, the colours look amazing, Cathy x

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  23. So pleased for you Anne with all these very well deserved wins, a pleasure to hear you toot your horn! You go girl! Plus I LOVE this piece too!! Gorgeous lines, hues and marbling and wonderfully nautical. The clear rock on the shells works brilliantly. That little seahorse looks to be a happy camper indeed - no wonder with the gorgeous environment you've made for him. Good luck for this challenge too. Nicola x

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  24. This is fabulous! I love the colours and the marbling technique looks fabulous! Congratulations on all your wins. You deserve them so much, your work is always awesome! xx

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  25. It's lovely yo read your heartwarming post Anne. Your hanging is gorgeous, I have just finished working with these blueprints set and love them too.. Your painty background looks stunning against the black. Many congratulations on your wonderful wins, all your projects are magnificent and deserve to be chosen as winners. Xx

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  26. Woohoo !!! Way to go Anne x Your creations are stunning and these awards are well deserved. X I am so thrilled for you and my dear blog friend Jenny x last but not least your CC3 project is wonderful...adore the beautiful colours.
    Ps hope you bought a lottery ticket !!!

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  27. First: Big Congratulations on your 3 awards. Very richly deserved, and I'm so thrilled that the Powers that Be recognized your talent, skill and ability to translate TH's techniques into all the stunning pieces you share with us. Good for you on receiving an autographed copy of the new book. I'll be on the lookout for it, as I have the other 2. (Just for reading & enjoyment you understand! Love reading the techniques). It's always such fun to read the how-to's when you describe your efforts. Secondly: Love the marbled project, and you certainly captured the essence of the sea colors truly well. Your dimensional sea horse is so pretty.The black against the drab brown corrugated piece is eye-catching. But being an ex-Floridian, my eye was captured by the sand dollar & star fish. Your Rock Candy added the sandy flavor that these items have as they wash up on shore. Well done, Our Annie. As always. Big Hugs to you & TFS the project and your spiffy news with us. PS..could you explain what the Specialty Papers are please. Is this a TH product I don't know? Or something different. Thanks.

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  28. First off, lovely project! :)
    And second, congratulations on all of your awards. You are so deserving of them!!

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  29. This piece typifies why you've achieved what you have! Beautiful colour work, elegant design - great work! Chris xxx

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  30. Hello Anne so very pleased for all the recognition you have received. You deserve all the praise you get, lap it up your work is outstanding. Love today's too, the colours in the marbling effect are lovely, but just love the sand dollar and star fish and the effects created. X

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  31. What a stunning piece Anne - what inspiration to do the marbling on watercolour paper to get that wonderful sea like finish. Fabulous use of those stamps too - I might just have to get those!

    And many many congratulations on all your successful wins - all so well deserved but the beach hut was my favourite! xxx

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  32. Love this - I did a fishy theme too! I adore these stamps - might need to put those on the shopping list!

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  33. Firstly.... MAHOOSIVE CONGRATS!!! Am so chuffed for you hun! x Secondly... I don't think that your photo's are making this piece of art very clear to me... oh no, no, you need to send it directly to me for closer inspections! *teehee* LOVE what you made, the stamp of the seahorse is just so darling... you are right... I neeeeed that set! Thanks for sharing your art with us and joining in with the CC3C x

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  34. Wow... great piece of ART... love the background and the seascape theme... great piece.. and congrats on all your wins this past week... it is a good feeling... and bragging is just another term for letting people who you really are... good for you... you should be very proud... love it all.. Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  35. Well congrats to you!!! you certainly deserve it all Anne I love your work !!! and love the background on this too and that seahorse stamp is fab..I loved your beach hut it was amazing have a great week and lots of hugglesssssss Sue xxx

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  36. I'm late, I'm late - for a very important date - no time to wait because I am late!I
    I saw this yesterday and shamelessly went to see what was going on at Compendium of Curiosities 3 --- then I had to go to by book and see what the technique was and then I had to try and mess around with it my self and then it was bedtime - oh woe is me!! Then this morning I needed to post and then I started playing with my curiosities make and time just flew away. I should shake my head in shame!!!!!
    Congratulations - I am not one bit surprised! And another congratulations - I love that beach house. And one more congratulations - your spring flowers canvas is really beautiful.
    I must have a good eye because I seem to pick talented people to follow closely. You are one in a million!! Looks like you are navigating the sea with your fancy hanging!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  37. Anne, first of all your little under the sea seen is full of beautiful colours and techniques. I am so pleased for you winning all these challenges. Your work is always so inspirational and well explained on your blog. You deserve the recognition.
    Julie x

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  38. HELLO...now I really want to go to the beach!!! Love your gorgeous color Anne! These stamps are super fun and you've rocked them! Thank you so much for playing along in our first CC3 Challenge!!!

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  39. what a gorgeous tage Anne! love the blues in the background and the beautiful ocean theme! I've just ordered Tim's Book #3 so I can join in when it comes to me (hopefully soon!!) and BIG congrats on your accolades! I just KNEW that wonderful beach cottage would be a winner! as well as your other beautiful projects!

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  40. Wow Anne! Absolutely love the colors and the use of the corrugated cardboard! So glad you are playing along with us for this challenge! You are so talented!

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  41. I am starting from the end and working up, because I cheated and went there first! You are an incredible artist and have every right to brag and all three awards are so deserved and congratulations, Anne! Now this CC3C is out of this world or under the sea gorgeous! I love the marbled water feel you achieved using the watercolor paper! Beautiful hanging! Hugs!

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  42. I so love your piece here Anne, fabulous mix of colours. A very well deserved 'well done' on your awards, how wonderful! I love looking at every piece you create. Big congratulatory hugs! Barb xx

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  43. Congratulations on your awards, they are much deserved! Your creation is beautiful, I love seahorses and this one looks so gorgeous against that stunning background!
    Rebecca.

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  44. Very, very cool! I'm inspired to go and work this technique out on some watercolor paper. Those blues and greens a such a pretty backdrop to your focal point. Love it.

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  45. Hi Ann...your little hanging is beautiful. Love the colors and your marbling background! Fabulous! Thanks for playing along!

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  46. Oh well done Anne on all your wonderful achievements but am I surprised NO !!!
    Your crafting is wonderful and you truly deserve each and every accolade.
    Lynn x x x

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  47. Well, of course you should be over the moon! Congrats and absolutely well-deserved! This corrugated art is awesome. Love the clean look, the ocean feel, and well, everything about it. Thanks for playing along with the CC3C. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  48. Anne this is a wonderful card! The new stamps are fabulous and your palette amazing!BArbarayaya

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  49. Anne, you know I love this dreamy blue background - what a super way to use the paints on the sweet seahorse. Thrilled you joined us at CC3C, and congratulations on those special honors!

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