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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Happy first birthday to.....

Divas by Design, Happy Birthday to us!

Can you guess whose birthday it is?  No?  Really?  I think I might have given you a clue or two, maybe!  It's the Divas and we are a year old today!!!

As this is a very special day for us the prizes are very special too - and we're having a blog hop!  Never been in a blog hop before - so fingers crossed I'm getting this right.

The theme for this challenge is 'Anything Goes' and you can participate in the hop or challenge or both. There will be a prize for the winner of the challenge who (as always) will be picked by Mr Random thingy.  Then there will be prizes for seven hop winners - but in order to be eligible for a hop prize you MUST leave a comment on all the blogs on the hop and the challenge blog itself.

You should have arrived with me from Jayne and your next stop on the hop is Laurie.  If you get lost at all (like I normally do!) just hop back to Divas by Design and the full list is there.  The sponsors and prizes are brilliant so why not pop over to the blog and see for yourself what's on offer.

The winner of the Challenge itself is in for a lovely treat as the challenge sponsor is Mullberry Crafts who are offering this fab prize:



The Design Team were allowed to pick images from two of the sponsors and I got to pick from the wonderful:

Who are offering a prize for a hop winner as well!

Pause, deep breath!  Finally I get to show you what I created for this special birthday.  I made two cards as I really loved the image I picked - I'd not used Tickled Pink images before but I can see me going and getting more.  And here they are:

Card one:
 I used:
Tickled Pink digi stamp - Lil Fashionette  - 60's Willow, coloured with my Promarkers.
The stamp is from a Fiskars set - Make a Wish Quotes, and I inked round the edges for some definition.
The swirl is a Memory Box die - Valerian Flourish.
The papers, frame, ribbon and buttons are all from my stuff and so old that I've no idea where they came from.

Card two:

I used:
Same image as before this time die cut with and mounted onto nestie circles
Sentiment - same stamp set but a different quote.
The papers are My Mind's Eye - Bloom & Grow, front and coordinating back.
The circle is a Memory Box die - Whimsy Circle
The flower and pearls from my stuff.

Both card blanks are from Craftwork cards


Not sure if you can tell, but I was experimenting with different shades for red hair - one is distinctly oranger than red, but I like them both.   I think the second card needs something else, but I'm not sure what so I left it!  Also, while I'm here, can I just say thanks to Arabella for the inspiration for the first card.  I've had these frames for ages, but no idea what to do with them and one of her recent cards really gave me a good idea of how to use them!  Thank you, Arabella - love your cards!


I really don't know where the last year has gone and I can't believe how brave I was trying out for a Design Team.  I had only been blogging for a couple of months, took a really deep breath, stuck my head over the parapet and put my name up for a chance on the Design Team of Divas.  I will always remember the sheer panic I felt when I went looked at the blog and realised I'd been picked!!!!  I'm so grateful to Rebekah and Jo for taking a chance on me and giving me to opportunity to get onto a DT and have really enjoyed working with my wonderful team mates.

Speaking of my Teamies, they have made some marvellous cards for this challenge, please head on over and take a gander.  As well I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone who enters the challenge creates - you are such a talented bunch.

So see you at the Divas birthday bash!

Sarah

A challenge, or two:

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge - Challenge #57, Spots and Stripes (1st card)

Craft your passion challenge - Challenge 104, Dots and Stripes (1st card)

Cupcake Craft Challenges - 186 - Sewing Box (buttons / ribbon on 1st card)

97 comments:

Elaine said...

Sarah this is fabulous in both ways , lovely image well done hugs Elaine
Happy Birthday DIVA's well done on your 12 months

Ella's Design said...

Love both of these, Sarah! Really funky cards! You've coloured that Lil Fashionette image brilliantly on both cards and I love the bright, fun colour combos...great on a day when everything outside is white! Lisa x

Wendy L said...

Great card and I just love the sentiment. Hopping along. xxx

sarah-Jane said...

Fab cards Sarah, both pretty and girly. Loving the red hair.
Sarah-Jane xx

Rebekah said...

Look how much you've grown in that year Sarah lol ;) I love your creations! 60s willow is one of my faves I have her in rubba she is sooo cool! This is so pretty and so funky too! I think you are doing just fine for your first hop lol let's hope it is a success, thanks for your hard work! Hugs Rebekah xx

Alyce said...

How cute!! Love these Sarah and your beautiful colouring :)

Helen said...

Great image and 2 lovely cards xx

Uta said...

Your card is fantsatic. I love the colors and the image is so great.
Hugs, Uta

rachel said...

beautiful image and fab cards - love them! Rachel xx

Joey said...

Two fabulous cards Sarah, love this image! Joey x

DesignerDiva said...

WOW Mrs! get you - two equally fabulous cards! I love your image and how you have designed both your cards to match it - very retro, very 70's, very fantastic! Love the red hair too, I'm such a coward at trying new things but I may have to try that!
Hugs Laurie x

Del said...

Those DPs are great, especially love the paisley one on your 2nd card. Still loving those Memory Box dies too, although I still haven't managed to grab the ones I want, always out of stock :-( Wd on getting two cards done, I struggle some days with one lol xx

Babette said...

There both gorgeous, but the second one is my favorite. Love the sentiment.
Hugs,
Babette

Tracy said...

Two fantastic creations, just lovely both of them. Love those dainty detailed Memory Box dies. Tracy xx

Tags said...

These cards are gorgeous, I haven't tried doing redheads at all yet, I just don't know what colours to use! Yours turned out really well :)

I'm following your blog now, I had a look at your other cards, they're all lovely :)

Tags xx

judit said...

Wow, this is beautiful, great colouring and I love the colours. The sentiment is fab! judit x

kbrandy4 said...

Hi Sarah, lovely card and beautiful image, thanks for a fab hop!!
Hugs
Hazel xx

Eskimo Frosting said...

Wow stunning card Sarah. Love the way you have coloured the image.

Hugs
Jayne
x

Rose said...

Ahhh . . . lovin' 'em both, Sarah. TFS. ~ Rose

Rose Petal said...

Hello Sarah. I just love both of your cards, and I like that you have focused on the sentiment, which makes them very special.
Love Sandra xxx

lindyloo said...

Hi Sarah
fab cards xx
lindyloo x

Zora said...

Beuryful card love how you coloured the hair on this image.

Margaret said...

Two fab cards. Good luck with the diet!!

Margaret :o)

Vicky said...

They are both so gorgeous Sarah...:o)

big hugs Vicky xx

Karen Wilson said...

Gorgeous card and what a fun image too. The sentiments are great!! I love the 'hip' feel of them!! TFS!

Wendy said...

Love them both Sarah, they are so gorgeous, love the image you picked and both coloured beautifully, fab red hair, great layouts too.
Wendy xx

Michelle said...

Your card is really great.
Thank you for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
LG Michelle

Dora said...

Aww how fun Sarah, the image is adorable and love the gorgeous colours on your card. Hugs xxx

Kjersti said...

Two great cards Sarah! Love the red hair and the lovely colours!
Happy birthday!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Marie said...

Yaaaay first birthday lets keep the party going. Great card. Thanks for sharing.

laney said...

wow 2 fabulous cards Sarah!!those images are fab and you have coloured them perfectly!!
hugs
laney

Jane said...

Wow 2 lovely cards...love your colouring and the frames. Hi via the blog hop.
Jane x

Lily Anuska said...

I like both cards Sarah. Cute image and coloring. Beautiful Valerian Flourish die and wonderful sentiments. Have a nice day. Lily

Sue said...

Aww these are both gorgeous Sarah! I love the image and your colouring is fab! Gorgeous papers and embellies. I love the frame in the 1st card and the lovely flower in the 2nd one!
Congratulations on your 1st Year - to all the Divas by Design Team!!
Big Hugs!
Sue xx

Aartje said...

You did a great job, I love the images and the sentiments are beautyful
Hugs Aartje

coops said...

stunning cards sarah.really love the fab image and gorgeous designs on both :D

xx coops xx

Wishcraft said...

Gorgeous cards Sarah, what a fab image! Love the sentiments you've used on both cards too :o) Lisa x

Debora said...

Both are fabulous cards! I love how you colored Willow and everything about second card is giving me the 60's vibe!

Anita said...

Both cards are beautiful Sarah. I'm so glad I met you through this DT!

Shelby said...

So glad you discovered TP images...they are a lot of fun to work with! You've done a gorgeous job with her and both cards are fantastic. Congrats on the anniversary!

Shelby

Olga said...

Congratulations on the celebrations and I just love your creations! It is beautiful...so hip!

Mary J said...

They are both so fab Sarah! Lovely fresh and sassy!

Cards by Alison said...

What fab cards love the image. Happy Birthday to all you Diva's. Alison xxxx

Samantha said...

2 beautiful cards I LOVE the images and the die cuts you have used are fabulous too! Good luck with your stash diet too! have you lost much Stash? Great Hop on the B-day Blog hop stop! thanks hugs me x

Julie said...

Sarah, love these two cards! The image is pretty. And love those Memory Box dies they are just so wonderful!

Pamela said...

Hi Sarah, both beautiful cards.

Pam x

Lisa Jane said...

LOve the bright cheerful springlkie colours in both your cards
Thanks for joining us at LCI this fortnight
Lisa x

JennyH said...

Both lovely cards......I love that Memory Box flourish : )

Happy Birthday Divas!!

Flowergirl said...

Both are beautiful cards Sarah, such a goprgeous image x
wendy x

Christine L said...

Gorgeous cards Sarah.... love your colouring and layouts!

Hugs
Christine x

Dora said...

yay me again Sarah, hopping along now Hugs xxx

Julie said...

Beautiful cards Sarah and what an amazing collection of die cuts you've used,how lucky are you! Thanks for sharing them with the Ladybugs,Julie.x

Bonnie said...

Cute card, like the way you colored her & the background paper you used

Vicky said...

Really pretty card love the swirls hugs vicky

Little K Smith said...

Fabulous cards hun and I totally agree with the sentiments ;D
Kelly.x

Elizabeth Hart said...

Just adore both of your fun and funky cards - fabulous paper choices too! Super cute.

JLJ Designs said...

Sweet cards! I love all the flowers.

Jen

Stressed Stamper said...

2 stunning cards - n0ot seen those images - love them
Sarah-stressedstamper

mags said...

Love these cards. The images are great and love what you have done with them.
Mags
x

Jo Davies said...

Beautiful card love it, Happy Easter Jo xxx

Renuka said...

I love the way you have used the swirl. beautiful cards..

Catherine said...

Wow, I love both of your cards but particularly the second one!!!

Dot said...

Wow I love both of your cards, and the sentiments you have used is just fab!!
Dorte,xx

Arabella said...

Hi Sarah! Gorgeous cards! I love that red hair! Fabulous sentiments too! And aren't you sweet for mentioning me!

Hugs!

Arabella

Hazel said...

Beautiful cards sarah - absolutely stunning.

Take care

hazel x

Andria said...

Lovely cards, images and those sentiments are fantastic, could do so much with htem :).

Wendy Fraser said...

Fab cards, such great sentiments xxx

Billie A said...

Happy Birthday/Anniversary.. Great cards. Both are darling love the embellishments. Image is darling and colored great.

Danielle Vincent said...

The image you used with the Lucille Ball quote is just perfect. Beautiful work!!

Berit Synnøve said...

Love your cards. And the swirl on the first card is gorgeous.

Hugs Berit

having a {me} day said...

What a gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake. keeley

Skylark said...

I love your very pretty cards Sarah and the sentiments are sweet too. Thanks. Stef x

sallysbitz said...

Two stunning cards Sarah x
I do love how you have used the same image on both your cards & how different they both look, love it x

Congrats on the Divas 1st Blog hop, glad to be part of it x

hugs sally x
sallysbitz.blogspot.co.uk

DistinctiveLMNts said...

I love the image you chose. I'll have to check out that site.
Smiles
Lisa

sparklingblackrose said...

These are fantastic, love the images :-) Elaine-xxx-

Debbie said...

Love both of them Sarah...fabulous images.
Debbie x

Delphine said...

They are both gorgeous! Beautiful images and I love the layout of your first card! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

DesignerDiva said...

Hello! its me again, I'm on duty this time lol - took me hours to scroll to the bottom of all these comments lol

Everything I said before about these fabulous cards plus.....Thanks for sharing with the Ladybugs this for Diane's Spots & Stripes and good luck with the challenge
Hugs Laurie xx

Molecraft said...

Two fabulous cards Sarah, great image choice, love them both!
Helen x

Karen C said...

Oh how I love this! Such a happy creation! So glad I 'hopped' by!
Hugs,
Karen C
www.busybusyhoneybee.wordpress.com

Roxx.T Barnes said...

ooh I love that image! I'm going to check out Tickled Pink's website.You did a wonderful job with the coloring..both red's look great!

Roxx

Ephemera said...

Wow two gorgeous cards to enjoy, loving this Easter hop. x

mandy said...

Both cards are fab Hun love the floral papers and fab stamps hugs Mandy xxx

julieprice3 said...

Wonderful cards, I love this sweet image, very pretty
Hugs Julie P

mylittlecardstudio.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful cards. Love the image and your choice of papers. Hugs, Jill x

Berni said...

Both cards are brilliant Sarah! I love the hair on both of them.

Great design

Berni x

kim said...

Beautiful cards Sarah, love them both, super image beautifully coloured, love the designs.
Congrats on Divas first blog hop.
Kim xx

scrap joanny said...

amazing cards :-)) great image and colors - perfect for us challenge = thank so much for playing with Craft Your Passion - hugs Joanna

Inkypinkydelights said...

Two lovely cards! Judy x

Crafting Vicky said...

soooo very cute both of them. And I love the sentiments you used. Great cards.

Sandy said...

Congrats on the Diva's First Birthday, a fun hop too.
Love both of your gorgeous cards, the hair looks fabulous!! Love those swirls and great layouts.
Sandy

Janja said...

Very cute, both.

Hugs, Janja

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Wow, stunning card and Happy Birthday Divas.

xxxtglxxx said...

Love these two cards Sarah - amazing how different they both look too. Gorgeous papers, (I think I have that frame somewhere in my stash too) and I loooooove your dies!! :)

hugs

xxalisonxx

Annette said...

This is two stunning cards! Love the colours, papers and details!
Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes!
Hugs Annette

kunda said...
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kunda said...

Both cards are really beautiful! Just loved the way you have used the embellishments and the swirls! Super like :)