Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The lost city of Ancient Kamiros

During our holiday to Rhodes we also made a visit to Ancient Kamiros where there are the ruins of the old city dating  from 2-3 BC. It had in fact been rebuilt on this site after a devastating earth quake in 226BC.  Kamiros was an important city on Rhodes in antiquity, together with Lindos and Ialysos. The city was built with a superb vantage point overlooking the sea and high up.
This photo is taken on the steps of the main street, what a view to look at. The coast of Turkey is visible opposite.

At the North West edge are the remains of the Fountain Square and a sanctuary dedicated to the gods and heroes of Kamiros
Some of the pillars have inscriptions in ancient Greek.
The ruins of the houses are arranged on the slopes of the hill, either side of the "high Street"
At the top of the town was the acropolis, little of this remains. However there are still parts of the cistern which provided water visible and the stoa, which would have been a covered walkway.
We found a shaded spot to eat our picnic lunch, how about this for a picnic with a view

 I wanted to make a GD card for Nicecrane for today's card. All this antiquity inspired me to made a vintage card.

I used one of the pre coloured Vintage Cute Babies Cards set. Although these are not strictly Christmas images I wanted to get some more of my Christmas card stash made and I thought these were  perfect. They are available to buy here Also is you would like to see some more lovely DT cards do pop over to the Nicecrane Blog here there is a very cute Freebie over there at the moment!

They are perfect to re size as I wanted to use my favourite Spellbinder floral oval dies to cut it out. I also wanted to use Kraft paper and found that this went through my printer perfectly. I used the top left image for my card.

And a close of of that gorgeous Vintage image.

I  made some handmade paper using Distress Ink on Kraft paper which I embossed with a snowflake pattern, this is just visible under the focal image. I also used some fun holly paper from my stash. The holly and Santa's sleigh die cuts are Cheery Lynn. I cut the sleigh using gold mirror card which is soo difficult to photograph.  I added a snowflake charm from my jewellery stash and some red pearls as holly berries. The ribbon is from last year.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Winter Wonderland The holly and the ivy
A Creative Romance Dies/punches
Crafty Ribbons anything goes with ribbon
Make it Monday Linky party #159
Woopsi Daisy Ribbons and bows
Bearly Mine anything goes
Papertake Weekly Stetchie I have used Sketch #51
Party Time Tuesdays anything goes
Oldie but a Goodie Dies/punches my floral Oval die was one of my first buys in December last year.
Simon Says Stamp Celebrate my Spellbinders Oval dies are available in their web site shop
Country View Crafts layers
Natalie and Amy embossing you can see my embossed handmade paper behind the focal. I used a snowflake design.

I would also like to give a shout out the Ribbon Girls who are having another generous giveaway here

We are now officially in autumn but there still seems to be some lovely sunshine about. I even managed to cut the lawn when I got home this afternoon. Downton Abbey is back on our screens too ;0) This morning I returned to my silversmithing class and we have some interesting projects lined up to make. The first one is to make a metal orchid out of copper and I have been sawing out the pieces today. Enjoy your week and Keep Crafting. Thanks as always for all your kind visits and a really warm welcome to my newest followers.

Someone else has been enjoying the sunshine, I spotted my sweet Billy flat out late this afternoon high up on our kitchen roof....bless

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. gorgeous creation, just perfect for our challenge at the Winter Wonderland and loving all your photo's looks fabulous
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. Thanks for your crafty ribbons entry this week
    P x

  3. Hello dear Jane,

    Thank you for showing some more of your holiday wonders, those views are simply breathtaking! And that vintage card is so pretty, and just perfect for the Downton Abbey-theme also :)

    Happy silversmithing, and kisses to that pretty boy again!


  4. Stuning and amazing red colors here Jane, love the funny Santa, your ribbon,,and all over the way you used my mother and child pict,,,,,You are Rock, Jane.

  5. Jane, thanks so much for showing us those photos of that beautiful spot.. such memories for you both!

    That card is simply a work of art.. lucky person who will receive this!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. beautiful card, thank you for joining us at whoopsie daisy, hope to see you again and good luck ... julie xxxxx

  7. Hello Jane,

    Wonderful ruins and views on Rhodos!! So interesting, thanks again for sharing your holiday pics.

    I LOVE this card---all the layers and details.

    Have fun at your class--I hope some day I'll be able to attend some jewellelry making sessions, too.

    Happy Tuesday,
    Anne and all

  8. Gorgeous vintage card Jane, the santa & sleigh die is so cute.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  9. What a fascinating place Jane, I just love that blue sky and sea! :)
    Your card is so pretty, I love the vintage image.
    Your orchid sounds wonderful, looking forward to the big reveal.
    Hav a great rest-of-the-week,
    V xxx

  10. Hello Jane, So nice to read your blog and what a lovely one. Those views are so stunning, I would love to have a picnic under that tree! Your cards are so fancy, detailed and impressive. Wonderful job! We can't wait for Downton Abbey here!!!!!

  11. Beautiful elegant card Jane, love the background paper you made,and such a gorgeous image.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  12. More beautiful photos of your holidays, Jane - not that I'm envious or anything?! ;)
    Love your vintage Christmas card with that pretty image, handmade paper and fab die cuts!
    Hope you enjoyed your silversmith class and can't wait to see your copper orchid, sounds wonderful!
    Nice to see Billy enjoying the late sunshine, let's hope it's lasts a little while longer! Hugs, Lisa x

  13. stunning card jane and I love your holday piccies too! Thanks for joining us at WD this week and good luck x

  14. Fabulous card and image Jane. Visiting from MIM..Loz

  15. Another wonderful post!
    I'm enjoying each adventure so much Jane!
    Thank You for sharing the wonderful shots, it's as if we were there. Lovely card too and I cannot wait to see that orchid!

  16. Fabulous card - love the vintage feel and colours - love Billy too ;o)

    Thank you for joining our challenge over at Papertake Weekly - I wish you the very best of luck.

    Enjoy your weekend.


    Hazel x

  17. Another wonderful card, again super use of dies. Thank you so much for once again entering my challenge theme on an Oldie But A Goodie, and good luck!

  18. What a pretty card you have made. It fits the Bearly Mine Challenge this week well of “anything goes”. Thank you for taking part and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team) PS Stunning photos!!!

  19. Love your card! Great colors and design. Thank you so much for joning us at Bearly Mine Challenge this week. Hope to see you again soon :)

    Hugs, Natascha

  20. Another wonderful card Jane. Thanks for joining us at Bearly Mine, good luck and hope you will join us again.

  21. Wonderful vintage card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts this month.

  22. I am so enjoying viewing your stunning holiday pics Jane. LOVE your Billy, he's a real cutie. Lovely vintage card too. hugs Sharon


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