Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Altered frame and my camera is poorly!!

Hi all

As you may have gathered from my heading I am not at all 'appy!! One minute my camera was perfectly OK, merrily letting me snap my altered frame from all angles, trying with the flash, without the flash, zooming in, zooming out, with that little tulip thingy icon on (macro) and the next minute it is throwing a right wobbler!! First of all it was screaming at me the memory card needs formatting, well I was a bit peeved as this would mean losing all the photos I had just taken - BUT I could live with that. So I went along with it's suggestion to format and next thing the lights are flashing (on the camera not that house or paparazzi haha - yes I am in Bolton, yes I live around the corner from Mr Rooney's "business acquaintance" but I am not that desperate to earn £1200 a night... well, hmmm thinking of all the crafting stuff I could get lol) anyhow, I digress, the camera then starts shouting (well not literally) that it can't read the memory card!!! I have made sure it isn't locked, blown on it, rubbed it, shouted, screamed and swore at it but it still won't work arrrgggghhhhh!!!! Will borrow my Mothers camera in the morning and try and take another shot in daylight as the grunge rose looks really dark on this picture!

Soooo for now there is an even more rubbish photo than normal of my little altered frame.

First of all I used alcohol inks for the backgrounds (thanks Ei for the nudge in getting out from their dark hiding place lol) and then using Stazon stamped various PaperArtsy Hot picks stamps (1004). The texture on the frame was not made with any super crafty stuff, I don't own any gesso, ferro or terra so I erm used pollyfilla it is probably;y some heinous crime against crafting but needs must!! I tried making an impression using a deeply etched stamp but all I ended up with was a gunky stamp and having to apply more polllyfilla to the frame, as it was a day of improvising I got a dessert fork and dragged the prongs through the plaster to add texture. Once it had dried I sponged distress inks over it and then sprayed some Crafty Notions Kingfisherlicious spray over it.

The flower at the top is another PaperArtsy stamp (HPXT02) stamped again onto an alcohol inked background. The moth is from the (HP1004) plate and I blinged it up with some Suze Weinbergs Bedazzles (but you can't see it in the photo), watch/clock parts are a recent eBay purchase. Rose at the bottom is Grungepaper again stamped with PaperArtsy flowers and die cut, I sprayed more of the Kingfisherlicious onto the flower and added some more Bedazzles using glossy accents.

Think that's about it for now, will try and get some more decent photos tomorrow, will have to ask my colleague if she can work out whats wrong with poorly camera (she is a photographer on her days off). I am entering this into the following challenges:

CraftyCardmakers - Use alcohol inks
Sir Stampalot - Distressed (both me and the frame are distressed lol)
The Artistic Stamper - Sing a Rainbow

***Edited***: Here are a couple of new photos but not sure if they are much better really!


  1. Morning Sarah

    What a really gorgeous piece of work. The colours are stunning and all blend together beaautfully with the frame.

    Sorry about the camera problems.I am far from a natural with a camera, but always thibk blogging would have been impossible before digital. Imagine the waiting from prints to be developed each time we did a card. Does ot bear thinking about.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Penny Black at Allsorts this month and good luck.

    B x

  2. Hi again Sarah

    I knew exactly what I had done literally as I clicked go, I had just moved over to Stampalot from PB and still had that in my head.

    Sorry, of course I meant to say thanks for joining us at Stampalot.

  3. Stunning just love all the work and detail on your frames makes a wonderful wall hanging love it. Had the same problem once with a memory card, replaced the card and that solved the problem perhaps they do wear out LOL xx Zoe

  4. The camera may not be any good, but the artwork is! How big are the frames?

  5. Hi Sarah,
    Sorry to hear you are having problems with your camera. I hope you get them sorted out.
    Your altered frame is stunning and I am so impressed that you used polyfilla and a fork - how resourceful and creative.
    Thank you for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.
    Clare x

  6. OH dont ask me re your camera- i got a new phone the other week and cant get to grips with the camera on there!
    Love these little frames - and the rainbow colours inside
    Lisa ;)

  7. It's absolutely brilliant, Sarah. Nothing whatsoever wrong with using Polyfilla - it's probably the base of all these arty crafty things anyway - just costs more, lol. Love what you've done and the colours are just fab. Amazing result! Shame about the camera but that's the trouble with electronics - easier to fix our old mechanical stuff. I'll be looking for your name in the papers, linked with Mr Rooney, he, he - doesn't bear thinking about. Good to see you getting time to play again.

  8. They're fabulous, and the only reason a better photo might be a good idea is so I could get a better look! I love them!

    Thanks for joining us in the Spotlight at Crafty Cardmakers this time.

  9. Grr to cameras!! Can't live with them, can't live without them lol. Hope you get it sorted soon. Love your artwork, very detailed, colourful and certainly a treasure for any wall Sarah. Thanks for sharing at Sir Stampalot.

  10. Sarah, I am so glad you dusted off those pesky inks...! What a wonderful project you have created!(you aren't even one of my follow-ups but your project caught my eye straight away and I had to have a nosey...!LOL!)
    Thank you so much fo sharing with us at CraftyCardmakers this week!

  11. A beautiful creation. I love the distressing , thanks for joining us at the Sir Stampalot Challenge and good luck!

  12. Well, after all the fiddly doo daa (problems with camera) you have uploaded some lovely photos of a great project Sarah. I like everything about it but must mention that rose - it is fab!

  13. Great project Angela, the colours look fab on these piccies so they must be wonderful in real life. The roses look gorgeous with the bedazzle beads on them. :-) xx

  14. Angela this is just stunning! Well done you on the polyfilla tip....... now if only I could find some that doesn't go rock hard if you forget to seal it duck's bottom tight!

    I love your sense of humour, you had me giggling all the way through your post. Did your memory card get consigned to the bin? If so drag it out, it would look great on a technology inspired card.

    Just gorgeous.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our Spotlight.

    Lin xx

  15. Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  16. stunning! Thanks for joining our distressed theme at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  17. wow,wow,WOW! What an absolutely stunningly gorgeous project Sarah, you have totally rocked that frame Hun.....beautiful! Warmest wishes Anita..xxx

  18. This is fabulous, made more so by the use of Polyfiller. I love it when someone makes use of a cheap alternative to some form of crafty stuff - very crafty. As for making extra money - no amount of dosh could be worth THAT, LOLOL. Thanks for joining our spotlight at Crafty Cardmakers this week. xx

  19. Really love your work Sarah, the colours you have used are so vibrant and stand out brilliantly from the frames. I also love the flowers, the rose at the bottom is just stunning! Thanks so much for joining in with the Crafty Cardmakers challenge.
    Jenni x

  20. How lovely is this and and thank you for joining in the challenge at ASCT


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