Saturday 11 February 2012

Stripily all in the family!

I'm feeling a bit grumpy because everything's gone a bit on the pear-shaped side today... I got up with the lark this morning only to find no water again even though we'd lagged the pipe last week! My hubby works hard during the week and certainly doesn't want to be getting up first thing so off I trotted downstairs with my trusty hairdrier and a hot water bottle to try to get the pipes defrosted...

I didn't get started on the Less is More challenge until this afternoon - and kneeling on a freezing cold kitchen floor with your bottom poking out of the cupboard under the sink does nothing for your mojo let me tell you! This week, Mandi and Chrissie want to see one-layer cards with the theme of Stripes and I had this great (well I thought it was great!) idea of a group of people all dressed in stripy clothes. Come and have a look (you can click on the photo to make it bigger):

I sponged some grass for my people to stand on using a mask made of paper I'd trimmed with scallop border punch. And then out came my lovely All in the Family stamp set and I had great fun creating a whole bunch of cuties! There are so many different heads, arms, legs etc in the set that the possibilities are endless... come and meet the gang:

I think everyone's waiting for the birthday boy or girl to turn up so they can party! I reckon this little pair are twins and they look as if they certainly know how to get up to mischief!

The little girl in the middle feels very grown-up in her new party frock! She will be Dancing Queen of the afternoon while her two companions will be found underneath the buffet table polishing off the remainder of the puddings and looking slightly queasy! 

I thought this pair would do very well on an engagement or anniversary card or, if I dressed them up in something a bit posh, even a wedding card! Can you tell how carried away I got? Well it was then, just as I was attaching the banner onto the pole when I remembered - it's supposed to be a one-layer card! Aaaargh! So sorry, Chrissie and Mandi - I am sitting on the Naughty Step as I type!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: All in the Family, sentiment is from a retired sale-a-bration set
Ink: Certainly Celery, Basic Grey
Card stock: Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, Scallop border punch, stamp-a-majig
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Talking of parties reminds me of a conversation I overheard on the street between an elderly gent and a lady with her small daughter in tow. "How are you?" said the man and then, indicating the little girl who was dressed in a sparkly pink frock, "Are we going to a party today?"The woman looked slightly harassed. "We are going to a party - yes," she replied. "It's tomorrow. We're just practising today!"

Thanks for popping round today. I'm looking forward to seeing all the stripiness over at the Less is More site - see you soon!



  1. Hi Vicky sorry to hear about your day when we lived in the midlands when I was a child I can remember having frozen pipes not a lot of fun
    Just love your striped children...lovely cards


  2. Hello Vicky

    What a Fun card it's BRILLIANT , I love it.
    the little people are fabulous.

    Thank you for the giggle about your pipes.


  3. What a fabulous card Vicky - sorry about your pipes freezing again, mine are the same so no washing again this weekend! Luckily for me they are out in a barn so nowhere near as much inconvenience as yours. Have a good rest of the weekend
    M x

  4. Oh those pipes Vicky!
    Your card is very clever, so original
    Thank you so much
    "Less is More"

  5. Oh dear - not a good start to the day but at least you had fun later on! Love the idea of this, tho I think even I'd be tempted to draw them, lol. Lovely idea, Vicky. Hope your pipes behave tomorrow x

  6. Brilliant take on the challenge.

    Keeping my fingers crossed you have water tomorrow! x

  7. Fun way to use stripes! Bummer about your pipes... hope they fix sooner than later~

  8. What a very nice big family!
    Lovely card!

  9. A super card Vicky - what a clever idea. Hope the weather warms up for you soon. xx

  10. What a brilliant idea Vicky, great card
    Beryl x

  11. Oh dear Vicky, frozen pipes are not fun and I think it's going to be just as cold tonight if not colder!!!
    Cute card, I love the party posse and your little summary about them :0)
    Hope that naughty step isn't too cold!!
    Jenny x

  12. You must have taken ages stamping all these cuties and dressing them in stripy clothes... great idea, great card.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  13. I love the idea that each of these little people have an identity! You are crazy!
    Sorry to hear about your water pipes again. I think you will have to get off the naughty step and sit in the cupboard with a hot water bottle and hairdryer until the bad weather goes away!
    Linda x

  14. Vicky what a great family. I bet their house is chaos in the mornings with so many people trying to get in the bathroom!!! ( I know it's only a picture, I'm sorry...... I'm on Internet overload now I'm back online!!).

    Sorry to hear about your pipes!, hope they defrosted ok.


  15. Love your stripey family Vicky and I'm sure Mandi and Chrissie will let you off just this once. Sorry to hear about your pipes again and hope they are OK tomorrow as we are in for another bitter night. (got hot water bottle on lap as I type)

  16. What a lovely family - take a vote and the majority wins that the sign is OK. Great card.

  17. What a great card, and a super idea! Sorry to hear about the pipes. Hope they are fixed now.

  18. This is such a fantastic idea and perfect execution! I love all their different looks and expressions. You really can make up stories about them all! I hope Sunday gets off to a better start for you!

  19. I certainly appreciated your commentary of all the invitees of the birthday party! Just what I needed! What an adorable card!

    I tried a little sponging - a la Vicky - on my LIM card this week, but I failed miserably!

    And I've got some experience with frozen plumbing so I can empathize and hope everything gets sorted out soon. Spring (I hope) is just around the corner.

  20. Vicky what a super card. I think your mojo has even been IMPROVED by all the plumbing problems! I loved your stories about it too. This would make a great project for a workshop!
    TFS Helenx

  21. Love this cute card Vicky! All lined up ready to go party! Hope that's the last of your pipe troubles!!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  22. Fun and clever all at the same time! Zx

  23. What a fun card. Sorry to read about your pipes.Hope the weather warms up where you are.

  24. I love the fun in this card and can see why your mind went into overdrive for ideas :)

  25. What a great set of cuties - love the card x

  26. Haha, clever you, great idea!

    Vicki x

  27. Never seen these stamps before Vicky but you have used them brilliantly! I can see how useful they would be. Hope the thaw has arrived and no more frozen pipes for you:)
    Val x

  28. Hola Vicky, the concept of your design is FANTASTIC!!! i love your stamp set, great idea, beautiful colours and all people in this card is so funny:D.
    I'm sorry about your problems with the pipes, but...your mojo is bomb-proof.
    Fantastic sparkly girl:D:D:D.
    Have a nice week and a hug from Palma

  29. Loved reading about your stripey family. Super take on the challenge and I think you are going to have lots more fun with these cuties. Your sign is an embellishment Vicky so allowed in my book!! Hope your pipes stay defrosted and the weather warms up for you. x

  30. Such a great, and unique, take on the challenge, Vicky. I love those stripy outfits. Lots of lovely colouring:)

    Lagging pipes isn't a nice job first thing in the morning, or at any time. This freezing weather is supposed to ease off, or so they say. I hope you're not still having problems x

  31. This is adorable, Vicky!! I haven't seen these stamps used in a very long time and they made me smile!

  32. Cute card, I suspect the the banner counts as an "embellishment" rather than an additional layer ;-) Hope your pipes are thawed!

  33. Vicky, your card is just as cute as can be! Very creative too!

  34. This is absolutely adorable, Vicky:)!! Creative and sweet:)!!! Hope things are better at your house, as of this writing:)!!


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