Saturday, December 29, 2012

Red Carpet Studio "Sweet" Challenge

It's the fifth Sunday of the month, which means we're having an anything goes challenge featuring the card design team AND the layout design team!


Our challenge this week is inspired by "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Create any sweet-themed project! Cards layouts, 3D, altered items, any paper crafts are welcome as long as they feature something sweet. Think candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc.




Our fabulous sponsor this week is Vampire Craftin! One lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive a FREE blog makeover!






Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday January 8th and will receive a special badge for their blogs.
 

Here's my project for this week's challenge:
 
This was a super quick card to put together. My girls love peanut butter and jelly!! When I saw these on Lettering Delights Stuck on You file, I knew these would be a big hit at my house. The papers are all from my stash. I did ink around the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. Added PK491 Everyday Character Faces, Cardz TV Garden Greetings sentiment, Recollections crafting tape and 3 small buttons and it was complete. This weeks prize is a blog makeover!!! How awesome would that be to win. Hope to see your entry this week.
 
Happy New Year!!
 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge: Anything Goes!!



Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch#52:  ANYTHING GOES
Create any type of project!!

Starts: Friday, December 28th, 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, January 3rd, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by random.org) Announced: Thursday, January 3rd late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is



Cardz TV Stamps
http://www.cardztvstamps.blogspot.com/
Prize: 1 Stamp Set of the Winner's Choice

Here's my project for this challenge:

Isn't he a cutie?? When I saw this I knew I had to give it a try and make him. I did add some Recollections Tinsel Glitter to his body. Crinkle ribbon and a gem to his hat. I made his scarf out of some green Raffia from Michaels. I really like the way he turned out.
 
TARA
 

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Winner!!

Winner of the Owl Be Home For Christmas Blog Hop is......

SHartl this is what she said .....

Ha ha! That owl makes me laugh with his big eyes and fun hat!! Love him!
 
Congrats!!! SHartl you have one week to email me your address.
 
Thanks to everyone who left wonderful commments.
 
I still have a $100. GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY going on HERE. As soon as I reach 500 followers I will pick a winner.
 
Thanks.
 

 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Owl Be Home For Christmas Blog Hop

Hello Friends!
  Welcome to the Owl Be Home For Christmas Blog Hop!!



We are so happy you are here! Please be sure to start at the beginning at Heather Lynn's blog http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/ so you don't miss out on a thing! We have all made some super cute owl themed projects to share with you today! You will not only get some inspiration~ but you could win prizes, too! Heather Lynn is offering one hopper a really fun prize. You must FOLLOW and COMMENT at all of the stops to have a chance to win the Grand Prize! There will be lots of other candy offered along the way! Please take your time and visit all of the blogs! You have all weekend to do so. Please be sure to let us know at the last stop (at Pinque Peacock) that you followed the rules to be included in the random drawing for the Grand Prize!

Here is my project for this hop:
I decided to do a owl shaped card. To get the shaped owl card I used the Wild Card 2 cartridge. His cute little hat is from Create A Critter 2 cartridge. The papers are Recollections Kraft cardstock and Recollections Bright Christmas pad. For the wood grain look on the branch I used Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Bricks and Bark. The sentiment from Scrappy Moms Winter Wishes is perfect for this owl hop!!
 
Here is my blog candy for this hop:
 
Here are my simple rules to win my blog candy.
1. You must be a follower.
2. Leave a comment on this post.

I'll pick a winner using Random.org on 12/27
Open to US & Canada residents only due to shipping cost.


Here is the wonderful line up we have for you this weekend!

Heather Lynn-http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com
Teresa-http://www.createenjoyshare.blogspot.com/
Jenn-http://scraphappensembellishit.blogspot.com/
Jessica Esch~ http://chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
Ashley - http://thebloghopprincess.blogspot.com
Lisa - http://indymermaid.blogspot.com
Melissa Kelsey - http://kelseymel.blogspot.com
An'Jenic Gibson - http://anjenicgibson.blogspot.com/
Cindy- http://www.cindys-greencricut.blogspot.com/
Julie- http://jk-littlebitofbling.blogspot.com/
Joe- http://scrapbookjoeblog.blogspot.com/
Christina Capps - http://cema1cema.blogspot.com
Janet R -http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com/
Paula http://scrapyourworld1.blogspot.com
Tara-http://www.craftindesertdivas.blogspot.com/  <---YOU ARE HERE!
Heather D.-http://joemamainks.blogspot.com/
Norma-http://lilhoneybeestudios.blogspot.com/
Pinque Peacock-http://pinquepeacock.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for joining us!! We really appreciate each and everyone of you!

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

TARA

Challenge:
FCCB
Die Cuttin Divas
Paper Playtime
Celebrate the Occasion

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy December Celebrations


Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at

Ch#51: December Celebrations
Create any type of CELEBRATION project.
(Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc.) 
Starts: Friday, December 21st 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, December 27th , Noon EST
Winner (chosen by random.org) Announced: Thursday, December 27th late afternoon



Our Sponsor this challenge is


Cardz TV Stamps
Prize: 1 Stamp Set of the Winner's Choice

Here's my project for this challenge:

I decided for my celebration project I would share my daughters birthday party invitation. My oldest daughter Alivia's birthday is on Christmas day. We celebrate it early so her friends can attend, this is the card/invitation I made for her 10th birthday party.

This is from Kadoodle Bug Designs Birthday Party Dogs. I used glitter on the balloon and tied it to his hand with twine. I did add some "sprinkles" to the cupcakes by adding Liquid Pearls.

Tara
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winners

Here are the two winners from my Christmas giveaways.....

Giveaway #1 goes to  Veronica at mommyscraftycreations

Giveaway#2 goes to  Janice this is what she said ... Awesome giveaways! Good luck with the house hunting!

Congrats Veronica & Janice!!! Please email me your address so I can mail out your goodies.


TARA

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop!



If you arrived here from Shelley's Blog, then you are on the right track! If you just stopped by and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Jenn's Blog.

We are so happy to have you join us today! You won't want to miss out on any of these whimsical mushroom projects!


One grand prize winner will win a the goodies pictured at your first stop (Jenn's Blog)! Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. There will also be other blog candy along the way! Make sure you return to Jenn's Blog and link up to be in the drawing for the goodies :)

Here's the project I made for this hop...

This adorable fairy and mushroom is from Kadoodlebug Designs! The papers are from Recollections Habitat pad. I did ink all the edges in Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. All the sparkle is from Studio G Glitter Glue. I think this card is so cute.
 
TARA


Now make sure to head over to Tammy's Blog Next.


  1. Jenn http://scraphappensembellishit.blogspot.com/ <--- START HERE
  2. Heather http://heathernovinger.blogspot.com/
  3. Angela http://angelascraftyspot.blogspot.com/
  4. Shelley http://shelley-scrapbookingforfun.blogspot.com/
  5. Tara http://craftindesertdivas.blogspot.com
  6. Tammy http://cuttinandstampin.blogspot.com
  7. An'Jenic http://anjenicgibson.blogspot.com/
  8. Norma http://lilhoneybeestudios.blogspot.com/
  9. Kim http://rydenkim.blogspot.com
  10. Tess http://sassycricutcrafting.com
  11. Robin http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/
  12. Melissa http://mywatermelonmoon.com
  13. Jennie http://jenscrapstoo.blogspot.com/
  14. Jenn http://scraphappensembellishit.blogspot.com/ <--- Link Up For CANDY :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree Blog Hop

Welcome to the Oh Christmas Tree Blog Hop, brought to you by the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio!


Today the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio have teamed up to share with you all sorts of Christmas tree projects to help you get ready for the Christmas season!

 If you're looking to start at the beginning of the hop, please visit Ashley's blog. If you've come from Tonya's blog, you're in the right place!
 
For today's hop, I made...

For this hop we all made a card with a Christmas tree on it. I wanted to do something different so I chose to use my Art Philosophy cartridge to get the shape of the tree. Then I used a Close To My Heart stamp to get the design on the tree. I stamped the design with some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

 Had to add a little bling to the trees, so I used Liquid Pearls to make it look like tiny ornaments. I'd like to wish you a Happy Holiday!!

We have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment on every stop of the hop!
Paper Piecings by Nikki
$15 Gift Certificate


$6 worth of digital stamps

Participants have through Sunday evening to hop. The winners of the blog candy will be announced on Made Especially For You on Tuesday December 18th. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting to be eligible to win!

Your next stop is Kristy's blog. Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:


Happy Hopping!

TARA

Saturday, December 8, 2012

RCS#14 Frosty The Snowman

It's time for another card challenge!




Our challenge this week is a card challenge - create a card featuring either a snowman or snowflake.


This week's challenge is inspired by the classic Christmas movie, "Frosty the Snowman."



Our fabulous sponsor this week is Crafty Sentiments! The winner will receive their choice of three digital stamps.




Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the card design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday December 18th and will receive a special badge for their blogs.
 
Here's the card I made ....

Here's my first digi card. This is an adorable snowcouple image that was provided to us by Crafty Sentiments Designs. The background papers are from Paper Studio Cardstock and Bo Bunny Mistletoe Collection. I cut out two of the large lacey circles from Spellbinders Nestablities. I thought the sentiment from Cardz TV Snow Day was just perfect for this card! What a great challenge with the holidays here.

Make it a great day!!

TARA

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy Blue & White Challenge


Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges!

Ch# 49: Blue & White
Create any type of project featuring BLUE & WHITE.

Starts: Friday, December 7th 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, December 13th, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by random.org) Announced: Thursday, December 13th late afternoon

Our Sponsor this challenge is

Prize: Train Talk Stamp Set


Here's my project for this challenge:
 
 
This santa bag is from SVG Cuts Big Christmas Gift Bags SVG Kit. He was really simple to put together. I used paper from my stash. I did use my Cuttlebug Divine Swirl folder for his moustache. Added a little rhinestone bling in his hat and some glitter on his hat to finish him off. I do think it would have looked a little better if I had prettier paper inside the bag itself, but that's all I could find today. Blue & White are great colors for a Christmas project so make sure you join in on this challenge. Can't wait to see what you make!!
 
TARA
 

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

2 Christmas Giveaways!!

Christmas Giveaway #1
Christmas Giveaway #2
 
First of I want to say that I feel that I have been MIA lately. So, I wanted to give you a couple of updates on my life. We have just started to look for a new home. We will be staying in the same area and hope to be moved by February(might be wishful thinking on my part).With this in mind I have been working on getting my design teams and hop projects done. Also my oldest daughter Alivia's birthday is on December 25th, so we are going to be celebrating her birthday this Saturday. I did make all her invitations and will share them shortly. This week I'm going to make some goody bags for all the guest that will attend her party. Along with all of this I can't believe Christmas is just a few weeks away!! I hope to return to my normal posting after the holidays.
 
I also wanted to share some exciting news that I have been chosen to be the June guest designer on Scrappy Moms Stamps Blog. I'm super excited!! Here's a list of the 2013 Guest Designers....

January - Georgiana from Carson's Creations











 
Congrats ladies!!
 
I'm in the Christmas giving mood!!! So I have TWO Christmas giveaways.
 
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post.
3. Second entry by posting about my giveaway or displaying my giveaway on your blog, come back and leave a comment that you did.
 
The winners will be chosen by Random.org and this is open to US & Canadian residents only due to shipping cost. I'll announce the winner on 12/16.
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
TARA

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Red Carpet Studio Black & White Challenge

Our challenge this week is a card challenge - create a black and white card! One accent color may be used.


This week's challenge is inspired by old black and white films.

The real turning point from black and white to color in the movies was the film "The Wizard of Oz." This 1939 movie starts out in black and white, transitions to color, and then back to black and white again. This was the first time many movie goers saw color in film. Some notable black and white movies include "Young Frankenstein," "Night of the Living Dead," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," "Schindler's List," "Psycho," and most recently, "The Artist."


Our fabulous sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps! The winner will receive their choice of five digital stamps.




Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the card design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday December 4th and will receive a special badge for their blogs.




For this weeks black and white card challenge I decided to use one of my favorite cartridges Create A Critter 2. I thought this cute little penguin with his scarf was perfect.  The black and white polka dot paper is from Bazzill Basics Paper Licorice. Doesn't it looked like snow in a dark sky? I then tore a piece of white cardstock and added Recollections Tinsel Glitter to make it look like snow hill.  The sentiment is from Cardz TV Snow Day.

Here's a close up of the snow hill. This is a super fun challenge. Hope you to see your entry!
 
 
 
Have a great day.
 
TARA

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge: Anything Goes!!


Happy Friday! Don't you just love Fridays? 
Today is the start of a brand new challenge at

Ch#47: Anything Goes!

StartsFriday, November 23rd 12:00 am EST
Ends: Thursday, November 29th, Noon EST
Winner (chosen by random.org) Announced: Thursday, November 29th late afternoon
Our Sponsor this challenge is


Cardz TV Stamps
Prize: 1 Stamp Set of the Winner's Choice

Here is my project for this challenge:

I thought this crow was adorable with her big hat and sunflower! I just recently got a Cameo and this is my first SVG image that I put on a card. I have to say that I'm really enjoying having both machines. This was super simple to put together but I think really cute!! I just love anything goes challenges, so go make something and be sure to enter into this weeks challenge.  The winner gets to pick a set of Cardtv Stamps. Woo Hoo!!

Material:
SVG Cuts- Autumn Cuddly Friends
Recollections Spice Market Paper
Lily Bee Design Autumn Spice Paper
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink
Bakers Twine
Swiss Dot Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Grand Labels 4
Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Ovals Large
My Craft Spot Happy Thanksgiving Sentiments

TARA

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Winner!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm spending mine at my house with my sister and her family. I even think later tomorrow I may head out and do some shopping! I'll be busy this weekend as we always put up our Christmas tree. The girls are super excited and can hardly wait.
 
The winner for the Tic Tac Toe blog hop is Rexann Menz.
Congrats Rexann!!!
Please email me your address so I can mail out your prize.
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Tara

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tic Tac Toe Blog Hop

This is a super fun Tic Tac Toe Blog Hop by the Scraps To Treasure Team!! We had to use the Tic Tac Toe board above along with only using your scraps to make a project. I chose to do the bottom row across which includes buttons, mist/paint and ribbon. There is blog candy for this hop, but you must comment on everyone's blog in this hop to win. I also have some blog candy that I'll be giving away. If you have arrived from Lucy's you are in the right place. If you just happen to be visiting my blog please start from the beginning.



 Here's my card I made for this hop...

The papers are all from my stash. I always have a ton of buttons so I decided to make a wreath out of buttons. I also added some ribbon and adhesive rhinestones.

 
Here's a close up of the paper that the wreath is on.  I sprayed a green glimmer mist on the paper. It really does give it a pretty shine.  I did ink the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink.

Here's my blog candy for this hop!
 
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post.
 
I will announce the winner by using Random.org on 11/20. This is open to US and Canadian residents only due to shipping charges.
 
Your next stop is Robin S
 
Enter our 500 Follower Giveaway someone will win a 
 $100. Joanns Giftcard!
 
 
Here's a complete list of the lineup in case you get lost.
Blog Hop Line up:

 1. Cicily - www.pinkdalmationscrapper.blogspot.com/
2. Paula - http://preciouspagesbypaula.blogspot.com/
3. Lucy - http://love2createitall.com/
4. Tara - http://craftindesertdivas.blogspot.com/
5. Robin S. - http://scrapandchat.blogspot.com/
6. Suzanne - http://www.zannieberry.blogspot.com/
7.Lissa Marie - www.somanycrafts.com/
8.Tahi - http://tahisscrapcorner.blogspot.com/
9. Robin C. - http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/
10. Pam http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com/
11. Liz Cline - http://tryin2craft.blogspot.com/
12. Robin L. - http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com/
13. Camille - http://shortonideasaz.blogspot.com/

 Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!!

Tara

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winner!!

Winner for the Thankful Blog hop is ....

Camille Short

Congrats Camille!! Please email me your address so I can get your goodies mailed out to you.

Thanks.

Tara

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Red Carpet Studio Card Challenge

 
 
 
Our challenge this week is a card challenge - create a masculine card. Anything goes!

This week's challenge is inspired by old western films.

A Western films is defined as a movie set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier. It's hard to think of westerns without thinking about Gary Cooper, The Lone Ranger and, of course, John Wayne. A few popular westerns include "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly", "Young Guns", "3:10 to Yuma", "Dances With Wolves" and "High Noon".

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Dude Time Doodles! They are giving away a $10 gift certificate!

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the card design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday November 20th and will receive a special badge for their blogs.
 
 
Here's the card I came up with for this weeks western challenge. Thought it would be fun to use a little cowgirl that's ready to rope you in! The image is from County Fair cartridge. These papers are from My Minds Eye Dolled up stack. I thought the paper was perfect for her jean skirt and handkerchief. I embellished it by adding a star brad in cowgirl and then added some lucky horseshoes to finish if of.
 
Every second week of the month Red Carpet Studio will host an award show for the winners who won the previous month's challenges. The nominees will include each week's randomly chosen winner and also each week's spotlight submissions, categorized by the different challenges. The four winners of each week's challenge will be running against each other so bloggers can vote for which creation they like best based on creativity, skill, and the use of the challenge inspiration. Go vote!!

 
 
 
TARA

Thankful Bloghop

Hello and welcome to the ‘Thankful’ Bloghop! This is the time of year we really reflect on what we have to be thankful for. One of those things I am thankful for is scrapbooking and all the crafts, supplies and people that go along with it. A group of people is joining me today, and tomorrow, to share projects that all have the word ‘thank’ on them.


Here's the project I created for this hop....

I used the Artiste cartridge to create this pie box. How pretty would this be to give to your guest to take a piece of pie home with them?! The papers from Recollections Night & Fall paper pad were the perfect colors. I added some ribbon, raffia and leaves to give it more of a Fall theme.

Here's a close up of the top. I used My Craft Spot Stampin Around Fall stamp set and Tiny Doilies dies. I then added some adhesive rhinestones to complete the tag. I hope you will visit everyone's blog and see what they created, as there is a variety of projects!!


In addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy available too. If you comment on everyone’s bloghop post you will be entered to win the goodies. You don’t have to become a follower of the ‘Afternoon Scrapper’ blog too, but it would be great if you did. The prize is a mix of paper, stickers, mists, stencils stickers and more as pictured here:

                                                        Afternoon Scrapper blog candy:
 
Here's my candy for this hop:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post.
 
I will pick a winner on 11/14 using Random.org this is open to US & Canada residents only due to shipping cost.
 
TARA
 
Challenges
 
Here's a complete this of both days of the hop

Day 1, Saturday, Nov. 10
1. Melanie Rozwood http://afternoonscrapper.blogspot.com/
2. Miranda Enclade http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/

Friday, November 9, 2012

Turkey Toe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Turkey Toe Blog Hop, brought to you by the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio!

Today the design teams of Made Especially For You and Red Carpet Studio have teamed up to share with you all sorts of turkey-themed projects to help you get ready for Thanksgiving!

 If you've come from Eileen's blog, you're in the right place.

For today's hop, I made..
I think this turkey from Create A Critter 2 is perfect for the Fall season! I used an "S" fold card and did distressing around the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink. My papers today are from Recollections Spice Market & Bo Bunny Forever Fall. To finish it off I did some doodling with a white Jelly pen around the tips of his feathers, added a Raffia bow with button and adhesive gem. 
 
Here's a closeup of the turkey. Isn't he cute?! To give him a little extra bling I added some red and black glitter glue. I hope you all go through and leave some love for everyone and have a great Friday. Gobble! Gobble!
 

We also have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment on every stop of the hop!
Paper Piecings by Nikki
$15 Gift Certificate



$15 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate

Prize Package from Scrappin' Fab Pam

Participants have through Sunday evening to hop. The winners of the blog candy will be announced on Made Especially For You on Tuesday November 13th. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting to be eligible to win!

Your next stop is _Stephanie's blog. Here's the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:


Happy Hopping!

TARA
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