It’s time to kick off another amazing season of
Creating with the Stars!
This contest is our biggest event of the year and being that it’s our 2nd year hosting CWTS- it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Last year’s talent and projects blew us away (you can check out a recap of last season here), but we already can tell CWTS2014 is going to be even more amazing! Whether you want to be a contestant or just love playing along and voting, we’ve got something awesome for you! (Make sure you get to the bottom to hear about the insane prize that’s up for grabs!)
We have TONS of info to share with you- so get comfy and read through all the details!
Things will be done pretty much like our first season.
Link party for everyone. 12 contestants chosen. Contestants and Stars teamed up. 4 weeks of competition. 3 eliminated each week. 1 grand prize winner. Insane prizes and promotion for blog contestants.
How to Become a CWTS Contestant
A massive link up will begin on March 3rd, where anyone can link up their best DIY project from 2013 or 2014 (no projects from 2012 or before please) for a chance to become one of the 12 Official CWTS Contestants!
Link to Contest Entry Link Party (begins March 3rd)
Once the link-up closes, on March 12th, the blog star team will comb through every amazing project and each choose their top 3 favorites. From those, we will assemble the first 11 contestants. But wait, aren’t there going to be 12 contestants you ask?? YES! Jess and I are going to have a wild card pick that we get to choose!! There have gotta be some perks to running this shindig right?
The coveted 12th spot will be chosen by us based on which project we LOVE and we’ll also take into consideration, how many times that project has been viewed. So, send all your peeps over to check out your project and click on your link. It can only help your chances. No lame robot like clicking okay!?! It won’t solely be based on clicks, but we will use that as a factor in our choosing.
The 12 Contestants will be notified via email on March 16th and announced to the world on March 17th!
Creating with the Stars Rounds
We’ll have 4 weeks of challenges, each week with a different theme!
Click here to see the projects from each round last season!
2014 Blog Stars- An All-Star Lineup!
This is our favorite part of this competition- Our Blog Stars! This contest is all about mentoring and giving new faces a platform to share their creativity with the world! We’ve hand picked our blog stars based on yes, their talent and reputation in the blog community, but also for their desire to walk alongside another blogger and mentor them through this contest! The prizes and recognition are an amazing perk of CWTS, but the mentor relationship from a blog star is completely priceless!
Here are this year’s amazing Stars!
Talk about talent right?? Wouldn’t you love to be paired up with any of these incredible bloggers?
Make sure you’ve added them to your daily reads!
New This Year- Celebrity Judge!
Back in the fall, I put this picture on Instagram- you might have thought I was just joking (because I kind of was), but there’s no joking around when it comes to the amazing Martha Stewart!
We’ve been bursting at the seams over this one people! We’ve teamed up with Martha Stewart Living and they’re going to be choosing a favorite project from all the projects that make it to the last two rounds. They can’t wait to see what the blog world can come up with! How amazing would it be to know that Martha and her editors have chosen your project as their favorite?
And of course we’ll have an extra fabulous Martha-style-prize for our Celebrity Judge Favorite Project Winner!
CWTS on TV
We love being able to bring creative ideas all across the nation through our TV show “Knock It Off” so we’ve partnered with ABC6 Philadelphia to share Creating with the Stars throughout the competition! There will be 3 different segments on their show FYI Philly that will feature CWTS. The first segment airs today and is an overview of CWTS with some major announcements (you’re almost to that part). Midway through the competition we’ll be featuring all 12 contestants and some of our favorite projects. And, after the winner is crowned, we’ll be featuring the winner his/her blog, and any projects that have knocked our socks off throughout the competition. Now, you might not live in the Tri-State Area, but guess what?? 3.5 million people can tune in to this show! We’re so excited to have yet another platform to promote all of your creativity and awesomeness!
Sponsors, Prizes, & More!
The very biggest prize from CWTS is being named the champion and having the world take notice! Last year’s winner Sarah Dorsey has gone on to do some amazing things in the last 12 months! But we’ve also rounded up some amazing sponsors that have put together incredible prizes. We’re really thankful to all of these companies for making CWTS possible.
Grand Prize Round
$1000 Visa Gift card from ForRent.com (Contestant)
$500 Visa Gift card from ForRent.com (Blog Star)
$500 Wayfair Giftcard
Ryobi Ultimate Combo Tool Kit
$250 Lucent Lampworks Gift card
$150 Minted Gift card
$150 of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Decorative Paint Products
$150 Modern Masters Paint Gift Card
$150 of Rust-Oleum Paint Products
$150 Royal Design Studios Gift Card
$150 of Worthwhile Wear Product
Blog Refresh from Sweet Theory Design ($100 value)
Now, those are some rocking’ prizes- kind of a DIYer’s dream!!
But we started thinking about EVERYONE at home… shouldn’t we somehow thank our voters too?? Get ready, this is where Epic begins friends…
Dream Vacation Giveaway!!!
Voters, Readers, Contestants, Stars… Anyone (YOU!) Could Win!
We teamed up with Apple Vacations, America’s Favorite Vacation Company and Occidental Grand Punta Cana to put together a dream vacation package that’s well… dreamy! Say adios to all this cold and snow and you and a friend or loved one will be headed to sunny, warm Punta Cana Dominican Republic for 4 all-inclusive nights of luxury! You can enter once a day from March 24th-April 16th here on EC2 blog (contest entry page coming 3/24) and the winner will be announced on Monday, April 21st!
This giveaway is just the icing on the cake that is CWTS! I did about 5 minutes of fist-pumping when Apple Vacations and Occidental Grand Punta Cana told me about the amazing trip they were offering! My kids thought I was nuts!!
Follow Along with #CWTS2014
We’re so jazzed up about this season and we hope you are too! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@EastCoastCreative and @Jess_EC2blog) to keep up with the inside scoop and tons of updates! If you’re working on a CWTS project or just loving it up- us #CWTS2014 to share it with us!!
We’ll be giving you tons more little details in the next few weeks. Got questions? We’ve got answers- feel free to leave a comment or email us and we’ll get back to ya!
Let the Creating with the Stars Awesomeness Begin!
A huge shout out to the amazing Jamie who is the design genius behind all the CWTS2014 graphics and logos!
Check her out for any design needs you might have. She’s incredible!