Friday, 12 January 2018



What a year!

An extension, 5 months or more of dust, mess and lots of disruption.
Not to mention water leaks, from storms when there was just a piece of  tarp  covering the roof to leaking pipes which weren't connected properly.
The school holidays came and went with not a lot of decorating taking place. Then the shock of my dad being diagnosed with esophogus cancer, less than 3 months went by and my dad is no longer with us. 
We had a month to normalise the house before Christmas, the tree and decorations came home from where they were stored at grandma’s and put up. I even managed to make a few special cards.


Fingers crossed this year will go a little smoother.

This year I’m planning on joining in with a few challenges, the first one of this year is Paperartsy and the first topic is ATC’S (Artist Trading Cards).
 I've created a few of these little works of art about 10 years ago, I didn’t actually swap any as I wasn’t sure on how, when, where etc.
Sooooooo after a few minutes reading up on the topic I thought I’d give it ago and maybe win myself  an apron.
Then lack of motivation hit, as I sat in the dining room staring at my craft mat and stamps, I'd hit a wall.

Some of you may think this next bit is, well, gross but clean!

As I was emptying the fluff from the tumble dryer I was draw to the colour and texture of it, there was a fine purple base from my daughters bedding and pale turquoise lumps from a pair of fluffy socks.
I wanted, more like needed to save the, um," fluff ".  In an effort to preserve the fluff I placed it on a non stick craft mat and gently/generously  covered with  clear sculpture medium, this took several days to completely dry.

Amazingly it worked!  I decided to go along the fabric route to be a tad different. ATC sized fabric rectangles  measuring 3.5" x 2.5" were used to create a base, the fluff layer was cut slightly smaller and glued onto the fabric with regular PVA glue. Using a few stamps from PA Eclectica range by Tracy Scott ETS01/02 the images were stamped onto canvas and cut out. 

Stitches in different coloured threads were used to attach the stamped images to the ATC bases. To complete the card a few small talk phrases were added from Tim Holtz Idea-ology  range were trimmed and glued into position. 

I have 4 altogether however I've only finished 2 as the sewing through the layers is a bit tough on the old hands. I'll tag on the finished ones when they are finished. 

If you would like to see more inspiration pop on over to the PaperArtsy blog here and have a go at winning a PaperArtsy Apron.

Sue X


  1. How creative ! And a great result !

  2. What an amazing use of fluff! This is so creative, and the stitching is beautiful!

  3. Now that's what you call up-cycling, looks great and very creative, well done you!
    Happy craftin


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