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Tuesday 4 February 2014

Pure indulgence

Well you know we are all so busy and my life right now is so busy I wonder how I find time to eat let alone anything else but....having been thoroughly spoilt for my birthday( thanks hubbie and children!)...it would be rude not to indulge in a little playtime ...just for me....So after much deciding...over which set of yummy new stamps shall I play with first...(yes I was lucky some new Tim ones and some new Brett Weldele ones ...and lots of other goodies....very spoilt!) I decided upon this fab gentleman from the ships captain set...and the rest was pure playtime....

So here are the results a large tag ...just for the pure pleasure!

I started by playing with some distress stains....namely faded jeans ...hasn't been off the shelf in an age and thought it might be feeling unloved! and evergreen bough...So I smooshed and spritzed until happy and also did an extra piece which I set aside  for the tentacles to be stamped on.
 I then edged in walnut stain distress ink...gosh I love this colour!

I stamped the tentacles onto the background and added a bit of colour with my trusty distress markers and then when dry a smidge of walnut stain.

Now for this rather captivating chappy! I think he has gone to the top of my favourites...there is something about him...stern yet captivating! maybe its just me . I coloured him with my much loved waterbrush and distress markers...tearing the bottom edge and inking .

finally lots of yummy idea-ology, in my book a girl can never have enough cogs!and some dyed seam binding...and voila happy me and happy playtime pleasures !

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 


  1. Great tag I've just got 3 sets of Brett's stamps first post will be up shortly using one of the other sets yet to use this one yet but you have done the Captain proud!!
    Amanda x

  2. A fantastic tag, looks like you had some lovely new goodies to play with.
    p.s. Belated Happy Birthday wishes.

  3. That's a great image, isn't it? Love the colours - I love walnut with the blues and teals! Lovely stuff. Belated Birthday wishes, too!

  4. How fabulous Trace, I love that new Brett stamp set and you have used it beautifully, he really a fabulous and I love how you used the tentacles too. It is great that you found time to craft just for you too! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Happy Birthday Trace. Fabulous tag. I love the colours and that stamp is brilliant too. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. Lovely. I love the colours and the stamp too. I succumbed to The Presenters as my first new stamp, but this is on my to get list.

  7. Looks like you got some fabulous birthday presents Trace. I like your inking techniques too.

    Julie x

  8. So glad you got time out to play with the new stamps. Fabulous results too! I love those tentacles emerging from the edges and the way the stern man looks against the wrinkle free background. Jenny x

  9. a fabulous tag Trace - love that stamped image - I agree - he is very captivating xx

  10. Fabulous indulgence, just love it xx

  11. Oh wow, you lucky girl, such cool stamps and you used them to such great effect! Wonderful tag and great that you managed to have some time just for you!!

  12. And why shouldn't they spoil you? You absolutely deserve it... And so fabulous to see the results of the spoiling and some playtime too... a fantastic tag using those new images, brilliant! Belated birthday wishes too.... hope you had a brilliant day.
    Alison xx

  13. Concretulations!!! And go on..with playing Ha ha with your new stamps :-) You are good in it!!
    Groetjes, Anja

  14. Wonderful tag, I LOVE it!!! Got to got those new stamps from Brett Weldele. I'm glad you had a lovely birthday & were thoroughly spoiled - just as it should be.

  15. Belated Happy Birthday Trace!

    What wonderful gifts from the family and well deserved for sure.

    Love this tag and the weathered sea dog.

    Chrissie xx

  16. Great stamp and tag! Verry late, but still: Congrats at your birthday and I wish you a new year with beautiful moments and much creativity! Hugs, Gerrina

  17. Gorgeous tag, I love that image, and I have to get some of Brett's new stamps, love them. Happy belated birthday, and enjoy playing with all the goodies.

  18. A fabulous tag, I love those stamps.
    xxx Hazel.


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