Friday, September 28, 2012


Back home after a hastily arranged holiday in Kefalonia and trying to get back into some sort of routine.  It never fails to intrigue me how one week away can create so much extra work on either side of it. 
Still we needed the break - and to see a bit of sunshine.  We stayed in the village of Assos which has a stunning location on an isthmus and a fabulous almost enclosed bay which is a bit like a giant swimming pool- stunningly beautiful with the backdrop of buildings layered up the hillside. I'll add some photos at the end of this post.
Today is Daring Cardmakers Day - and unbelievably I made my card before we went away (one less thing to do this week woowoo).  I needed to get my uncle's birthday card in to the post before we left the UK so Nat's challenge provided a great background for a masculine card

Nat said:
This week I thought it was about time we paid a special homage to that very popular design element that is doing the rounds right now.
The Chevron
Or zigzags if you like!
Just make a card featuring chevrons, zigzags, or even a herringbone pattern and share it with us via the InLinkz gadget on our BLOG

My uncle doesn't enjoy the usual blokey interests of sport and booze etc so it's always a bit of a challenge to come up with something interesting.  He's a real whizz at puzzles though so I thought a few challenging Sudokus might amuse him for a while.  The ones I've used are from the "evil" section, so fingers crossed that I copied the numbers correctly or they may turn out to be even more evil than intended!
 Materials and Tools:
I think the numbers paper is from MME - but I can't remember offhand
Narrow brown ric-rac braid
Sentiment created on Craft Robo; "Birthday" is cut out of the fawn card and layered onto a matching piece of black card. 
 The "Greetings" word is cut from another piece of black and added on top of the fawn.
For the puzzles;
I used a blank Sudoku grid found on the web and then used another website to find the puzzles - I copied the numbers into the grids using Paint Shop Pro 

It all still looked a bit bare and unfinished till I hit on the idea of adding a pencil loop and little pencil - vut down form a regular pencil
I added a couple of extra puzzles inside the card
The Design Team have come up with some fab ideas for using the chevron pattern on cards this week - there's paper of course, but also stamping, masking and various other ideas too.  You can  see them all on the Daring Cardmakers blog - and find links to the personal blogs of all the team so you can find out more about how the cards were made and what was used.
Right, now for a few holiday photos - you can click on them for a bigger view ;-)

First, Assos from the top of the road leading down to the village - just to keep in with the DCM challenge - there are a LOT of chevron road signs and many zig-zag and hairpin bends before you get down there!

This is an early evening panorama taken on the terrace of our accommodation using a funky app on my iphone
and a more regular shot from the same place
And this one is from up on the hillside on the other side of the bay -I've drawn an arrow showing where we were staying - right on the beach, with the sea lapping at the steps - it was as near to being on a boat as you can get without the wobbliness!
Ohhhh go on then - another view from the balcony, this time a night time one

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Keilly said...

Love your creative card, so clever and that adorable little pencil holder!

Your holiday photos are fab! x

Angelnorth said...

Very original take on the chevrons theme - hope your uncole enjoys the puzzles! Your holiday location looks lovely, too!

Kath said...

Photos are lovely, Kathy. It does look spectacularly beautiful. good card too!

Natty said...

I think this idea was just inspired Kathy - a sudoku card... and great choice of chevron pattern for it too!

Traceyr said...

wow your holiday home was right on the beach wasn't it. :) Fabulous photos Kathy.