Thursday, September 13, 2012

Joan's Gardens Challenge

Hello my friends and thanks for stopping by my blog today!  

The card I have to share with you today is of a card style that I have been wanting to try and hadn't taken the time to do so because it's a bit out of my comfort zone.  Well this week's challenge at Joan's Gardens MADE me step outside my comfort zone and 'give it a whirl' and I'm so happy with the outcome.  I hope you like it too!

The challenge at Joan's Gardens this week is 'simply' to create a STAIR STEP CARD.
Now mind you I had NO CLUE where to begin so thankfully Selma has once again given me guidance.  If you'd like to play along and need help with measurements, pop on over to Selma's blog and then share it at Joan's Gardens.

Here's a list of items I used to make this creation:
Paper:  White cs, Black cs, FabScraps 'High Tea' design paper
Images:  TJ Designs 'Vintage Trading Card Collage Pack' (
Accessories:  Sticker Sentiment from my scrapbooking stash, Spellbinder classic & scallop oval dies, White Orchid flowers, Cheery Lynn Designs B165 Lace Corner Deco E die, Marianne LR0156 Leaf Die, Tim Holtz distress ink, scrap of lace from Goodwill.

Other qualifying challenges:
Inky Impressions - Pink and Brown
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - More than one fold
Party Time Tuesday - More than one fold
Wild Orchid - Layer It Up

Thanks again for stopping by today and I hope you are having a FABULOUSLY FUN day!


  1. Wow Darlene, I love this. I can see you doing lots of these for your craft show. Great job!!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge!!!

  2. Hi Darlene, This card is beautiful. Love the old photos

  3. This is wonderful. I love the design and the images are fabulous.

    hugs Sue

  4. wow sweetie this is gorgeous love it to bits......superb and so really caught me eyes hugs sassyxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. It is a wonderful card. Love how you usted the old photos on the steps.

  6. Wow stunning card. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  7. Wow is right! This turned gorgeous!

  8. A lovely vintage card, really gorgeous.,

  9. This is just gorgeous, love the layout & those photos are perfect!

    Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  10. Hi Dar - you did wonderful on this card! Very, very nice - I love Vintage and this is fabulous!

  11. Beautiful~beautful the vintage should enter it in the Cheery Lynn Challenge, I think it is corner and edge dies this have inspired me once again to get busy...mine is in the making, but not nearly anything like your gorgeous creation!!

  12. Wow, what a beautiful project.

    Thanks for joining us at My Time to Craft this week, Wedgie xxx

  13. thank you for your lovely comment and wow what a stunning piece, I do adore true vintage and this is simply wonderful a great style too
    Hugs Kate xx

  14. Oh wow Darlene, this is simply stunning! Love all these wonderful vintage photos, such a fine combination of photos and flowers! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira x

  15. Oh what a lovely card, love the old style photo's used along with your pretty embellies. Thanks for joining us this week at My Time To Craft.
    Kim xXx

  16. oh so beautiful!

    Thank you for joining us over at Whimsy ... Anything Goes.

    xoxoxo Carly

  17. Gorgeous card and beautiful shape!
    Thanks for playing with us at Cheery Lynn designs challenge this week!
    Good luck, love from France, Kianel.

  18. Hi sweetie this is so gorgeous, fabulous colours too, thank you for joining us at Wild Orchid Craft's this time hugs pops x x

  19. Beautiful Card! Love the colors, image and style!
    Thanks for joining us at My Time To Craft!

  20. Beautiful card i love the pretty papers. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

  21. Darlene, This is beautiful. Such pretty papers. Thank you for joining us this week for the Inky Impressions challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again soon.


  22. Wow- looks like you took the plunge head on regarding the challenge- this is just gorgeous! I love the flowers and the images- and the lace and the die...... I have never made a stair step card...I'll have to give it a of these days!

  23. This is gorgeus! I love the vintage style you've implied and the photos as well :-) Thank you so much for joining us at Inky Impressions challenge and I'd love to see you again :-)

  24. Hi Darlene... It's been a long time... Summer is coming to a close and I am trying to get back into blogging and getting some Christmas cards done... Love your project here. I hope you and mark are doing well.. Miss you!!

  25. Hey Dar,

    AWESOME - you do fantastic work and this you you really killed. LOVE IT! Looking forward to sharing time with you again soon, you give great pointers. Again Great job.

  26. gorgeous creation!!!
    thanks for joining us at MTTC!!!

  27. Beautiful , thanks for joining us at Pennys paper-crafty challenge , good luck ...Hugs Sue DT xx

  28. Absolutely gorgeous and very elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  29. Wow Darlene. This looks like you have been creating stair step cards forever. This is gorgeous - a real show piece. Thanks for joining us again this week in our challenge at Joan's Gardens.

  30. I see we share a love of vintage. My secret dream was to win the lottery, buy & restore a "painted lady". Love everything about your card

  31. Darlene!
    Congratulations on winning this week's challenge at Joan's Gardens. The card is beautiful and the attention to detail is awesome.

  32. Wow, Darlene: This card is gorgeous. I love Vintage, and your card is stunning. I love these stair step cards.

    Margie F.


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