Monday, 12 September 2011

Masculine Monday - Autumn Days reflection card

Good morning! I'm back to my routine of starting the week with a masculine card and what could be better to inspire me than the Less is More challenge! Mandi and Chrissie are asking for one-layer cards with a 'seeing double' theme this week, and that got me thinking about reflections. Come and have a look:


There's a distinctly autumnal feeling in the air here and that's got me reaching for my lovely Autumn Days stamp set - perfect for those country living men in our lives! I thought it would work well using the reflection technique - yet another great reason for owning a stamp-a-majig! You just stamp the image you want reflected on the imaging sheet and then press the sheet onto the card stock wherever you want it. Let's have a closer look:



The image comes out indistinctly - which is just how it would be if it were reflected in water - and because the imaging sheet is clear, you can see exactly where you're putting your reflection.  I used a scrap piece of paper to make a line to divide my water from my land and sponged Soft Suede and Always Artichoke in for the land and Bashful Blue for the water. I love this technique!

I haven't put a sentiment on this card as I'm using it as a notecard, but it would be easy to add one. Earlier this year I made another card using this stamp set and I'm just thinking that it would be nice to make a set of these cards.

Supplies needed for today's card:
Stamps: Autumn Days
Ink: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Regals markers, stamp-a-majig
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Click here to view the Last Chance List - full of stamps and accessories, some at up to 40% off! These items are available only while stocks last - and I have to say some things are sold out already!


I've had an exhausting weekend trying to sort out my Crafting Square Metre - the picture above shows how messy it's become. I've taken down the cupboard and shelving which were parting company with the wall; put all my stamps and other stash in boxes, filled and painted the walls and sadly that's it for the moment. I'll hate living with all that mess so I'll be trying to figure out some amazing space-efficient way of storing everything as soon as possible. If you have any bright ideas do let me know! I was rather touched by all the comments that seemed to assume I really was buying that amazing craft cupboard I showed on Friday's post but I have to tell you that it's just a little bit over my budget! (Well, okay a lot over!)

Thank you for coming to visit today. I'll be back tomorrow and I'll hope to see you then.

36 comments:

  1. Your pheasant is beautifully colored and I love the reflection technique. This just goes to show that you don't need a big fancy room to make beautiful cards!

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  2. I love the autumnal colours on this card Vicky and the reflection technique is brilliant! I've got to get one of those stampamajigs or make one like Chrissie suggests:) Apologies for not commenting on your ATC for some reason your post didn't come up on my sidebar and I've only just seen it. It's fab, so beautifully put together and I love the colours. The smoke effect is great:) I was only thinking earlier this evening that It was a while since you had posted, blogger must have been playing up:)
    Val x

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  3. Hi Vicki! Have faved your lovely pheasant card for next time I get out Autumn Days (which I bought because of your amazing inspirations!)
    Re your craft space- my "room" is actually one large cupboard in our guest room. With a bit of planning (and discipline !!- not at the moment Lol!!) everything fits in there and the doors are closed to turn it back into a guest room.I have a table which can fold flat and be stored away as well under the bed. Would the budget extend to ANY type of large cupboard? Good luck!

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  4. Both cards are beautiful, I love the autumn colours you have used and the mirror technique.

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  5. What a beautiful card ... I have never seen that technique before and it's just brilliant! What a fun stamp set - TFS
    Cheers, Karen
    alteredscrapbooking.blogspot.com

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  6. Lovely autumn cards Vicky just love the reflections idea...and you have just reminded me I must blow the dust of this stamp set and use it....

    Anne

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  7. The way you have coloured your pheasant is fabulous, what did you use to add the colour so specifically to the stamp?
    It's a fabulous card using a technique that I've yet to master.
    Just beautiful Vicky!
    Your craft metre looks INCREDIBLY tidy, I hang my head in shame over the muddly space I work in!
    Thanks so much for such fab inspiration each week.
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  8. I've just cleared out my craft cupboard (yes it is a walk in cupboard), it took 2 days!!
    Now to keep it tidy for more than a week!! lol

    Love your reflection technique, must try that one as I've only seen it done with a brayer before.

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  9. Hello Vicky

    A beautiful and stunning card. Your reflection technique is fabulous. I love the Autumnal colours, and that pheasant is just perfect.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  10. Such a beautiful card Vicky. The coouring of your pheasant is just fab! I love your little crafty square metre too, so tidy!! I have a whole bedroom and mine is no where as near tidy!! I suppose the more compact the space the more tidy and organized you need to be!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  11. Vicky, only you could describe your craft table in the picture as 'a bit messy', it looks fine but I totally understand the need to purge yourself occasionally - can't wait to see the finished results. Your 'pheasant reflection' card perfectly captures the essence of Autumn.

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  12. I'm an autumn girl and I just love this card. Fabulous colours and technique. My goodness your workspace is so tidy, maybe you need to get a large (ikea) cupboard with doors, you'd still have easy access but it could all be tidied away. xx

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  13. Brilliant idea Vicky and the reflection is so realistic too. Love your crafting sq metre, that computer would be too tempting for craft shopping that close to my workspace!
    Jenny x

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  14. Lovely autumnal card. I'd say your craft space is TIDY!

    Hugs, Sandra

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  15. Gorgeous cards, I love the relection on the first card, and the image of the pheasant. Very autumnal!

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  16. Fabulous reflection technique, Vicky. A really lovely card:)

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  17. What a lovely pheasant card Vicky ( we get so many pheasant's here, saw a golden one once also, just all one colour & there is a white one too).I am also tidying my craft room, I just stamped with all my inks and made a list of them all for ref :O)Viv xx

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  18. Gorgeous card Vicky, I love this technique but not used it for a while (another reminder you've given me!) I think your crafting square metre is amazingly tidy, believe me the more space you have the untidier it becomes - I have quite a large bedroom and it usually looks like a bombs been dropped!
    M x

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  19. This is beautiful, Vicky. I love all those gorgeous fall colors.

    I have a shelf/cupboard in my tiny laundry room for my craft stash. I pull it out a bit at a time and work on the floor or at the kitchen table. :) Ann

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  20. Vicky this card is breathtaking , the stamping and colouring are just amazing I applaud you ! standing ovation even ! As for your very tidy work pace I too feel ashamed in comparison mine is such a wreck no matter how much i tidy !

    Marie

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  21. Lovely card, well done. You can view my cards here and here .
    Maureen........x

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  22. Outstanding card Vicky
    Wonderful stamping, as always
    CAn;t believe you crafts form such a small space! You deserve that unit, shall we star a petition for you to give your hubby lol
    Good to see you
    Thank you
    Mandi
    "Less is More"

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  23. WOW this card is stunning, what an intersting technique, perhaps in a few years I may get around to being able to do something like this LOL.

    As for your craft area, I think we all would wish for the perfect area, I share my corner with a double bed in a small room which we sleep in when having visitors. All I can say you produce the most amazing cards in a tight space.

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  24. Your card is just fabulous - great colours and I do like the pheasant stamp.

    I think your crafty area is really neat and tidy. I'm very aware that I'm lucky to have a room to craft in, but it does mean that I can leave it looking like a tip!!

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  25. Stunning card. Why didn't I use my Stamp a magig (well lego and acylic block) I just stamped on my craft sheet and hoped for the best!
    Sandra

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  26. Stunning card, I like the one you made earlier too!
    Anne
    x

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  27. I live in the countryside and love all things country, and this pheasant certainly fits the bill. I love what you've done with him. I totally understand the crafting space situation as I work at a desk in the corner of our very small sitting room. Oh to have the craft room of my dreams! Hope you solve yours soon (I am a very tidy crafter, too!)

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  28. Love this card. Such gorgeous colours and the reflection looks fab :o) Can't believe you think your craft space is untidy... I have a whole room and you'd be horrified at the state of it! Lisa x

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  29. Vicky what a fab card! I love the colour combo, and the reflection is just perfect.

    I'm sure that the right storage/crafting space will come along soon.....however, the more space you have you will always want more ( just like chocolate really!!!!)

    Bev.x

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  30. A M A Z I N G card!!! Everything has already been said but i will add your posts are always full of inspiration and wonderment:-)

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  31. That is a great interpretation of the "seeing double" challenge. Your stamped images are wonderful and the colors are perfect for an autumn card!

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  32. So beautiful and amazingly stamped. Love these colours and image - it's Autumn in ink! Love it.

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  33. Very neat crafting area Vicky!

    Super reflection on your card. Lovely scene. x

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  34. I missed this card somehow when you submitted it for the challenge Vicky, it's absolutely stunning.
    Congratulations on being 'showcased'- very deserved.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x