Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Retro 2 Go

I won't be blogging for a while as my husband & I have just launched a new business to compliment his classic VW restoration business. Retro 2 Go.  We'll be selling retro/vintage/nostalgic camping, campervan and festival accessories at VW shows/music festivals and vintage fairs and also online. 

I would welcome comments on the new website - it's a work in progress and I'm learning a lot as I go along.  Thanks.  Gigha x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Art Journal Calendar page - March

I decided on little doors for my March calendar page.  I think they turned out quite well.  My favourites are the little Hobbit doors and March 2nd and 19th.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

I is for Inchies

I love making inchies, although I usually make them from scraps of fabric.  
These have been made from card and scrummy Dylusions inks.

Dylusions ink inchie tag
Inchies tag
Dylusions ink inchie tag

Dylusions ink inchie tag

Thursday, 28 February 2013

H is for...

Hairy Husband!

He's the love of my life and brightens up my day xxx

Mr Klinky
Original photo

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Steampunk Style Bunting

I really enjoyed making this Steampunk style bunting. To decorate, I used various bits and pieces including wine bottle foils, an old trouser button, studs, washers, watch parts, die cuts and keys and off-cuts from other projects.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Tag Tuesday - Letter G

G is for Gigha

This is the beautiful Isle of Gigha, after which I am named.  It's a small Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland. A 20 minute ferry ride will take you to this beautiful, island with soft  sandy beaches and a mild climate and higher than average sunshine.
Gigha has a long history, having been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times and is the ancestral home of Clan MacNeill. It fell under the control of the Norse and the Lords of the Isles before becoming incorporated into modern Scotland and saw a variety of conflicts during the medieval period.
I first visited the island way back in 1987.  Last June we spent a week camping on Gigha and enjoying the Isle of Gigha Music Festival as part of our 2000 mile UK tour in our 1974 Volkswagen.

Scottish Mist

Monday, 18 February 2013

F for Felt & Fabric

Felt and fabric tag
Felt & Fabric Tag

Tag Tuesday Letter F

I needle felted the letter 'F' onto a frayed fabric scrap, then needle felted a tiny heart and flower and then embellished with a few beads.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

E is for Embossing

Embossed Elegance...

My Tag Tuesday contribution has been painted in off white acrylic and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Golden Lustre.  I added an embossed flower which I rubbed with Sunset Gold Lumiere.  

Monday, 4 February 2013

Dylusions Ink Tags

Stamping frenzy...

I just love these Dylusions inks couldn't wait to get some onto these tags.  I'd seen this technique before and wanted to try it out.  I also went a bit mad with loads of stamps and this is the finished result.
finished tags

I sprayed three different inks; crushed grape, London blue and bubblegum pink and than misted them liberally with water.
spray inked tags

You'll get very messy but it's really great fun!
ink stains

This is Dyan Reaveley's ghosting technique. You spray water through a strencil using a misting spray
ghosting teqhnique

I love the effect
ghosting effect
I then started stamping...
stamped tags

...and kept building layers until I was happy with the look
stamped tags

Finally, I inked the edges of the tags...
inked and stamped tags
...and tied tham all together with a black ribbon

Dylusions Tags

Dylusions Tags

Dylusions Tags

Dylusions Tags

Dylusions Tags

Friday, 1 February 2013

Calendar Challenge - February

I take part in the Art Journal Calendar challenge on Kate Crane's Blog.

Art Journal Calendar page
Art Journal Calendar  - February
This is my page for February...

Art Journal Calendar  page - February
Art Journal Calendar  - February

Thursday, 31 January 2013

D is for Devon

Tag Tuesday

I am lucky enough to live in a part of Devon that is not only a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', (AONB) which is nationally protected for the beauty of its landscape, but is also a World Biosphere Reserve.  Biosphere Reserves are places where conservation and sustainable development go hand in hand.

I don’t have the skills to do the landscape justice on a small tag so I’ve done the Devon County flag instead.

Beautiful Devon

Photo courtesy of the North Devon AONB
Photo courtesy of the North Devon AONB
Photo courtesy of the North Devon AONB
How can you not love Devon?

Find out about the North Devon Coast AONB

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Letter C

C is for Courage

My Tag Tuesday this week is a tribute to the courage and bravery of my beautiful friend Sue who passed away this week.  Rest in peace, bird.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Tag Tuesday 'B'

Letter B
I made two tags for Tag Tuesday this week.

B for Birthday: My first tag is for my beautiful daughter Alex's birthday.  I used purple and black acrylic paints and added a tiny embossed heart, a die cut flourish and finished with a purple velvet ribbon.

B for Birthday

B for Baby: and the second one is of her daughter, my gorgeous baby granddaughter, 6 month old Molly.  I made this tag with pink and white acrylic paints, stamped it with hearts and swirls.  I added Angelina hearts and a pink sari silk ribbon.
B for Beautiful Baby