Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Trrrrapped, Me Hearrrties!!!

OK, so I just HAD to reprise a character for me mateys in this CT.  After using Finnstamper's mouse stamp, and creeping everyone out with a photo of a real mouse caught in a trap (well, it IS winter here), mouse traps were still on my mind too.
Look at that pose!  SOMEbody sure is in control here!!!
Some hapless thief has been caught in her trap, long ago, and is now little more than a skeleton.  I used an Indian Ink stamp pad to stamp onto fabric, cut 2 pieces, stitched with random-colour cotton round the edges in a herringbone stitch (inserted stuffing before completely closing it up), and coloured it with gelly roll pens, tombows, and whatever else came to hand.
No self-respecting Piratess would be without a map - just as bait, of course!!!
Stamped the map onto paper vellum, daubed the inkpad round the edges, then rolled it up and secured with a cigar label.
Believe it or not, she also has her own songbook - "printed" on tyvek for durability when at sea.  Don't you love the swashbuckling teddybear?  Who would have thought they, too, have a Dark Side! Like the map, it can be rolled up and secured in a cigar band.
Aaaand, Me Harrrties, she has her own Little Black Book!!!!  A Sailor has a girlfriend in every port, why wouldn't a Piratess have a list?  Butter Side Down Stamps must have known, for they have a good collection of scurvy Pirates:

They were all heat embossed, tombow pens for some judicious accents, and inkpad daubers for "atmosphere".  Each individual page was inserted into a black paper as book covers, holes at the top and thread through to hold all the pages in place.

Some more details around the mousetrap:
Tilting the front up, one can see bone, dice, skull.  Inside the wee bottle a wee person.  Part of the bottle was dipped in some left-over resin, then into some river sand.  Shells and part-shells glued round the side edge include some "local" paua shell - NZ's version of abalone.
 From the back, the piratess seems rather translucent. After stamping with Stazon, then colouring her in and fussy-cutting, I then mixed some holographic sparkle glitter into some ice resin and liberally poured it over the image.  When set, trimmed some of the over-pour, and cut the spade and leg so they could be manipulated (gently!)  On the back, stamped some of her crew, before attaching to the trap with glue.  She is also kept upright by part of the trap mechanism.  The trap had been painted with Jacquard Lumiere in several colours.
So here she is, with quite a collection from a stash of old earrings & jewellery spilling out of the chest.

Goodies came from:
Viva Las Vegas Stamps:  Piratess, Map, Rat Pack, bone,
Silvercrow Creations  have bottles, tiny people, as well as the music & ship stamps.
Butterside Down index.php?main_page=index&cPath=11 for the Motley cast of characters as well as Blackbear the Pirate, and a sea serpent.

19 September is Speak Like a Pirate Day.
Arrrr Me Harrrrties, Yohoho! Pass that Bottle of Rum! 
Even Evil Froggie can have a swig!


  1. Wow...she is one fabulously fearsome pirate!!! :D XXX

  2. OMG! How fun and fabulously creative. Love seeing all the bits and bobs. xxD


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