Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Camera skills

How annoying is it when you cannot get a decent pic of something no matter how hard you try?!
I have been in front of 3 different windows in the craftie space, outside on the top of the recycling centre (well not ME, but I put what I wanted to photograph on the top of it...), laid down on the grass, placed on top of some real pretty cream lace, on top of plain white card, put onto dark card, taken on 'Auto' setting, 'Close Up' setting -  you name it, I've tried it and now I confess to being competely and absolutely defeated!

I was such a happy person when I finished this 'cos I thought it was sooo pretty and one of my better efforts at vintagey. My followers and friends will know that I am rarely satisfied with my creations - marks her report card - can do better!!! But this was one that I was pleasantly pleased with......... such a shame that my camera skills do not extend to a faithful reproduction!

But will describe it for you anyway - all the papers used inside and out are from Prima Botanicals pad.(Scrummy!!!).
Distressed, edges inked with Antique Linen DI and stitched onto cream cardstock.
I folded over the top right corner to reveal another paper layer and secured it with a metal bird charm.
Collaged elements (postcards, stamp etc) all taken from same paper stack.
The birdcage was painted with white acrylic paint, then I rubbed Weathered Wood and Peeled Paint DI over it and sealed it with some gloss Mod Podge.

I threaded some seam binding (coloured with Vanilla promarker) therough the top of the cage and secured with a flower.
The cream heavy lace is from my stash as are all the flowers - (which are in real life a soft peach colour hence my annoyance with the pic!). I added some glamour dust to the flowers and a pearl flourish.
I inked the edges of the tag with Dried Marigold DI, stamped the sentiment with Vintage Sepia, coloured the string with the same vanilla promarker and added a few more pearls. The tag is secured behind a punched, inked and glittered tiny butterfly.

Challenges -
Crafts and Me - Add a Flower
Crafter's Cafe - Stitching
Everybody Art - Vintage
Craft Room Challenge - Vintage
Crafty Cardmakers - Winged Things
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop- Lace and Pearls
Ribbon Girls - Pearls
Penny's Paper Crafty - Sew Charming
My Mum's Craft Shop- Anything Goes

It's been a nice day here, although not warm enough to be out and about without a jumper! But at least the sun is shining.... thanks for calling in - enjoy the rest of your day. x


Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,lovely

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello Viv. What a stunning card you have made. Love the papers, brilliant design, and I love all the extra details, fab texture with the lace too. Love the Birdcage and fabulous flowers.
Lots of love, Sandra xx

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful I love the folder corner and all the stitching just love every little bit you are so right to be proud of this. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge. XOXO Zoe

Unknown said...

totally stunning!!!!! top marks its a beauty my sassxxxxxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

It is gorgeous Viv, I like the stitching the papers that cage and the flowers.
Kevin xx

Mau xx said...

No wonder you were pleased with it Viv its gorgeous! I adore the colours together. Its all beautiful...and the picture certainly looks good to me :)
Hugs Mau xx

Meggymay said...

I think your photo looks good, don't stress out. The vintage look and details are gorgeous Fantastic papers and stitching as well.
Thank you for sharing it with us over at Crafty Cardmakers this time.
Yvonne x

Sheryl said...

Gasp! Viv! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love how you stitched the folded down corner! It's beautiful! What lovely soft and pretty colors with the lace! Simply stunning!
I enjoyed scrolling down to see all of your gorgeous creations!
I hope that your having a great week!
Warmest Hugs, Sheryl

Jules said...

Hi Viv


Love the vintage feel. So many beautiful elements and the turned down corner is a great touch.

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

Unknown said...

Hi Viv this is just beautiful what a super card I love all the feminine details , the turned down corner , such a fabulous design, stitching too Great work .
Well done Hugs Elaine

Carol Willis said...

It really is beautiful Viv, love the gorgeous papers and all the fabulous details.
Caz x

coops said...

wow so beautiful vivi.i love the soft colours and really gorgeous vintage details :D
thanks for joining in the Crafts and Me challenge this week :D

xx coops xx

Heather said...

Such a beautiful creation Viv, your colours are so pretty and your your details are your sensational!!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us at the Everybody Art Challenge.

Peet said...

This is so gorgeous, Viv!
Thanks for joining us on the Pretty Little Ribbon blog.

Viv said...

Hi Viv, it's a gorgeous card and I bet it took a long time to make too. Only fellow crafters know what goes into making a lovely card like this.I don't know why you are unhappy with the pic, it looks great to me.I know what you mean about being your own worse critic I rarely like mine when I finish them....I just see what I should have done when I see a pic lol.That includes one which took me all day recently too arghhh!!! :)Viv xx

Chana Malkah said...

Very Pretty! Great stitching. Thanks for joining us at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.


Anonymous said...

This is very pretty!

Deanne Saunders said...

Sweet card!! Thanks for taking part in Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Hope to see you again for our next challenge.

Jan said...

Really, really pretty Viv. If this is a bad photo then the original must be absoloutely STUNNING !!! xx

hazel said...

A beautiful card, the colours are lovely and I love all the elements and stitching. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

annesyme said...

Stunning card Viv, no matter you couldn't get the "perfect" photo. I love all the little details. The lace is gorgeous and the papers to die for.
Anne x

Shelby said...

I think the picture turned out well and definitely shows off this gorgeous feminine card. Love how you've turned down the corner and the pearls and lace is exceptional!


Esther said...

Hi Viv - I share your photo frustration, I often have trouble getting a good shot - but we can still see how beautiful your project is - love all the elements and colours, you should be very happy ! Thanks so much for joining our Collage Challenge at Craft-Room..Esther xx

Suzie McFloozy said...

What a fabulous project - so very pretty and feminine & perfect for our anything goes challenge over at MMCS - thanks for playing along & good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Maria said...

This is stunning, I love all the detail you've added and the beautiful vintage colours. The stitching sets it off perfectly. You are right to be very pleased, it's gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with our Collage theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge and good luck in the draw.

Maria x

HappyCrafter said...

This is gorgeous! The stitching, the beautiful lace and the fabulous pearl swirls, I can only imagine how stunning it is in real life! As for the photo thing, my camera that I loved was stollen a few months back, and since then I've tried 3 different ones and my phone and have not been able to get a decent picture, so I totally relate!! Take care, and happy crafting.

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

I am another one who is frustrated when it comes to taking my photos fact I can take more time taking hundreds of shots than crafting! Your piece is a stunner by the way ....I adore your attention to detail. Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room "collage" challenge this fortnight. Wishes, Suzanne :)

Leslie Shepherd said...

Wow Viv, that is an awesome card. It is so detailed. I haven't been online for a while, so I thought I would check in with my SBS sisters and see who was still online.
So glad to see you are still creating!! Hugs to you! Leslie

Ribbon Girl said...

Gorgeous card - love the turn down corner detail - and the colours look loveley - thank you for joining in with the Ribbon Girl monthly card challenge to add pearls, Mary G x

cass said...

Beautiful vintage card

Lee said...

Nuffin wrong with this pic lol,I do know what you mean though.

Anyway,this truly is a STUNNING creation.Hope you are all ok.Hugs xx

Diane Louise J said...

Your card is absolutely stunning, beautiful papers and lace, lovely birdcage too. Thanks for joining in the challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty 'Sew Charming' Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again for our next challenge.
Diane x

Sophie said...

Wunderschön, ein Traum von Karte.

Ich bin begeistert, und auch der ganze schöne Blog ist wunderbar.
Und nun bin ich ein neuer Fan von dir :-)

Ganz liebe Grüße

Flutterby Trina said...

Stunning - Love all the stitching! Thanks for playing along with us this week at My Mums Craft Shop with our Anything Goes challenge! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!

Ally said...

so very beautiful, Viv! Loving these papers too and this work looks so shabby chic, love it!
Hugs, Alessandra

Mrs A. said...

You do vintage so well. Love the second card the best. The turned over/down page at the top is sheer class. Hugs Mrs A.

Annette said...

Beautiful card ... Amazing paper and love all those cute embellishments...
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week...

Annette xx

Julia said...

Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.

Jean said...

This is a lovely pretty card. I love the gorgeous papers and lace. Jean x

Rhonda Miller said...

This is lovely. Thanks for joining us at CCCB.