Sunday, 23 April 2017

5 Patterns for Daring Cardmakers, and a tale or two from Paris

The dare over on Daring Cardmakers this week was to use five pattern papers on your project, I kept it small scale and used some hexagon shapes against a stencilled background, the butterfly was a free die from a magazine

So Kath and I are back from our adventure in Paris. Once we had got over the trauma of a two hour wait at passport control to enter the country, we found our hotel, and quickly wished we hadn't......let's just say that it hadn't had a good spring clean since the last millennium. Various elements of the room didn't work, a light in the bathroom would have been a luxury, and the loo stopped flushing, at regular intervals, leading to a bizarre conversation the next morning

"Room 201, the toilet is not flushing"
"When did you notice this?"
"In the middle of the night"
"Did you report it?"
"In the middle of the night?! No!"
"You should have reported it"
"Would you have sent someone to mend it in the middle of the night?"
"Well, I am reporting it now - will you send someone to mend it?"
"No, it is too early, you should have reported it in the middle of the night"

Added to this were various incidents on the Paris Metro, where we couldn't work out the ticket machine, which took our money but failed to spit out our tickets, leaving us pressing buttons and trying to make our plight understood to some disembodied French person at the other end, while a long queue of impatient Parisiennes formed behind us, clucking and tutting at our incompetence - when it reached the point when we thought we may destroy the rather fragile French/British alliance permanently, we cut our losses and left without the tickets, until a really kind person talked us through what we had to do, after that there was no stopping us, we whizzed about on that Metro like pro's.....

The weather was freezing, I mean really really bone chillingly cold. We had both optimistically packed nice little tops, which we had imagined would look fetching as we sipped an aperitif or two on the Champs Elysee. The reality was rather different as we layered up every garment we owned in an effort to get warm, and that was just in bed in the non functioning hotel.........

Does it sound as if we had a super time? Despite all of the above, we did, we really did. We laughed until tears rolled down our faces as one disaster after another unfolded. We met some really lovely people, and some people who were so rude it was hilarious. Thanks Kath, I hope the trauma doesn't need intensive therapy to recover from........xx 


  1. What an adventure you two had!
    Pretty card... love the butterfly!

  2. Love your card Enfys. Sorry to hear about your Paris trip, but knowing Kath she would keep you entertained. This is where Good British humour comes into its own. Hugs Rita xxxx

  3. Sounds like your had a fun time in spite of all the disasters!

  4. Sounds as though you had a brilliant time and made lots of memories. Love the card, what a good idea to use 5 different papers - I'll have to get my thinking cap on x

  5. Love your card, Enfys, quite an achievement to incorporate five patterned papers!

    Sounds like you and Kath had a great time in Paris, managing to laugh your way through all the disasters. It will certainly be a trip you won't forget! xx

  6. Sounds like you and Kath had a brilliant time as usual.
    Love your card. Xx

  7. One of those things that gives you something interesting to talk about later but isn't great at the time. Bet you loved getting home more than usual. Hope you picked up some bargains somewhere along the route. x

  8. I always love your adventures, so thank you for sharing! I love your card, you did such a great job and have now convinced me that 5 patterns will work!

  9. Maryellen WebberMonday, April 24, 2017

    So glad you and Kath survived your visit to Paris. You never cease to amaze me with your ability to laugh off your adventures!!! Very pretty card!!!

  10. Typical visit to Paris! Some rude, some lovely, and the great thing is you had a lovely time with a wonderful friend and laughed a lot lol! The bad will be forgotten and it will be a lovely for you and Kath to remember the funny parts xx

  11. Awww sounds like lots of fun you both had and you can forgive the mishaps too! sending lots of love x

  12. Your Paris adventure sounds really "intersting" ;-). I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip anyway.
    Your card is very pretty and perfect for spring. I love the hexagons in the background and the butterfly and the sentiment as a focal point. Great use of paper scraps!


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