Creating with the Stars 2014 Contest Link Up

Creating with the Stars Link Up

Game On friends!  It’s time to enter your favorite DIY project from 2013-2014 for a chance to be one of the 12 contestants in the 2014 Season of Creating with the Stars.  This is where it all begins and where you get to see what insane talent there is out in blogland. Prepare to be blown away!

As if you could have possibly forgotten, let me remind you about our fabulous group of Blog Stars for this year.  Each of our 12 contestants will be paired with one of these awesome bloggers as a mentor throughout the competition.  Some of these stars are in it to win it!

CWTS Blog Star Banner


If you need any reminders about all of the details for this season of Creating with the Stars, click on the image below, and you’ll be taken to our main announcement post.  It’s full of all the juicy details about dates to know, prizes, round themes, sponsors, and more!



Now, a few “rules” to remember before linking up!

1- You can only link up one project as your entry. No multiple entries please.

2- Your project has to be from 2013 or 2014. We’re sure you’ve done some awesome things way back when, but those won’t count as an entry.

3- Follow East Coast Creative on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram so that you’re kept up to date with all our CWTS announcements and updates (sorry to be a pain, but this one is a requirement- we’ve made it nice and easy for ya though!)


East Coast Creative

4- Please share that you’ve entered to be a contestant in Creating with the Stars on any social media platforms you use.  Tag us if you can and use #CWTS2014. Remember that one contestant will be picked by EC2 Blog based on a few different things, one of which is popularity! So send your readers and fans to come check out your entry project!
5- Enter your project by March 12, 2014 at 11:59pm EST- We’re East Coast girls, so don’t don’t forget to adjust if you’re in a different time zone!
  That’s it! Easy Peasy Right?!?



     Before we get to linking… we’ve gotta thank our amazing group of CWTS2014 Sponsors!  Without these companies, this competition wouldn’t happen!  Show them some blogger love and visit our CWTS Sponsor Page.  These companies love bloggers and are great to work with!  We truly appreciate each one of them!   CWTS LOGO 2014 Sponsors Final

    There are 18 days and counting until I leave for the Occidental Grand in Punta Cana with Apple Vacations and you could win your own trip too!  Make sure you enter daily for your chance to win!  For all the details about this insane prize, visit our Apple Vacations Dream Vacation Giveaway Post.  (It has lots of swoon-worthy beach pictures, perfect for this winter weather!)   Vacation Giveaway Graphic REVISED a Rafflecopter giveaway

Okay, friends- that’s it!  Good Luck! We can’t wait to see all of your projects!

12 CWTS Contestants will be notified on March 16th via email and announced here on EC2 on March 17th

Most people aren’t having trouble linking back to EC2, but if you do, just submit your link for moderation and we’ll approve it right away.  Thanks! 





  1. says

    I can’t even imagine the planning that went in to all this Monica and Jess! So excited I can finally enter – had great fun following along and voting last year. I follow you on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest but I’m not on Twitter – hope that’s ok?

  2. says

    This is super awesome! I appreciate all your hard work in putting this contest on, and I am so excited to participate! Thanks so much!

  3. says

    I entered my shutter island–couldn’t decide, but thought this included some of the various weeks contests–repurposing, paint. Hopefully, I entered it–keeps saying no link back even though there is :). Thanks, what fun!

    Beyond The Picket Fence

  4. says

    Linked up to my Emerald and Gold Painted Bookcase. I love this project, here’s hoping some other people do too! Fingers crossed!

  5. says

    Woo Hoo!! So excited to see all of the amazing talent and so happy to submit my link for consideration. For some reason it said I didn’t have a backlink but I do, I see someone else had that trouble to so just give me a shout if there is any trouble with my link. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun contest!

    • Monica says

      Hey Karah! Hope you’re well! I approved your project, so you’re all set! Some people were having issues, but I think it was a cache issue. So glad you linked up!!

  6. says

    Hi ladies! so excited to check out all the links. Mine includes a backlink to your blog, but it kept telling me it didn’t- i tried the plain old blog link and then tried linking directly to this post, and it kept saying that. so i entered and i think it has to be approved. i don’t know what was wrong! thanks for your help!

  7. says

    Thanks for hosting. i had a little issue entering as well last night with the back link and it seemed all the ones I tried were in the link up this morning. I erased all but one. So excited to see all the amazing projects! Lesley

  8. says

    Hi everybody! I ‘m having some difficulty with the backlink I entered it to my blog. But it’s saying I don’t have one! Can you help me out? I literally had an alarm set so I could get up first thing and enter, and now I can’t do it! Help!! Thanks Kathy P.S. So exciting!!

  9. says

    I hope I did everything right!! It said no back link when I linked directly to the post then I added a link just to the blog and I think it worked. Thanks for hosting!

  10. says

    There are NO WORDS for how excited I am about this contest! Of course I hope I am chosen, but I honestly can’t wait to see all of the inspiring projects that come from the contestants. A huge thank you to you ladies for offering this contest. It’s a HUGE opportunity for new bloggers like me. My fingers are crossed!

  11. says

    This is such a great contest! Can’t wait to see all of the fabulous creations! I’m so excited to enter this year now that we aren’t moving all over the country and I can actually decorate my house : ) Have a great week!

  12. says

    I’m in AWE of all the beautiful projects and photographs already submitted! I’m going to get organized, submit something and walk around claiming that it’s just an honor to be nominated. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with ANY of these bloggers from what I’ve seen! Thanks, as always, for organizing this… it’s really SUCH fun to be a part of! xx Charlotte

  13. says

    Yay!!! Love, love, LOVE this contest! I’ve already found a dozen new favorite bloggers from the linkup and I CAN’T WAIT to see all the amazingness that comes from the competition part! I looked forward to this all year! Woot woot!

  14. says

    Thank you so much for this awesome contest and opportunity! All the link ups are fantastic so far! When we tell our followers about the contest, should they just click on our link up to support us, or is there a way to vote?

  15. says

    Thanks for hosting this awesome competition. I linked up #115, the Faux Tufted Bed Project. I’m super excited about the contest!

  16. says

    This is my first year to enter and I’m beside myself with excitement! I deleted my entry and re-submitted to change my linkup picture. Hope that’s okay! :)

  17. says

    What a fabulous contest! I am so excited! It’s so nice when the bigger blogs encourage “little guys” like me to show our stuff! A big thank you to the ladies organizing! I’m so excited to participate and check out all the great DIY eye candy!

  18. says

    I am so excited about this opportunity. Even though I am fairly new to blogging I have been a DIY, let’s see if I can do it kind of girl. So far I have accomplished many challenges in my life by facing them head up, hands busy, willing to learn. I can;t wait to see where this journey will lead me and the many whom have applied. Best of luck to all.

  19. Fredric Rosenthal says

    What your secret? How to you have time to do these magnificent projects. The Princess Room is a dream room. The unbelievable part is you were able to do this on a bare bones budget. Martha Stewart would be proud to show the world what people can do with a limited budget. I hope you write a book or even better have a cable show. This way you can reach millions on how to shop smart and use items from the attic. Being creative is a gift. Thank you for sharing it your imagination and creative cost saving tips.

    I sent a copy of this to my brother wife. She a professional artist with a 3 year old daughter. Now shell get the upgrade from a cute room to a Princess Suites. On behalf of Adelaide who now 3 1/2. She will soon have a Princess Room.
    Bravo Lynda, Bravo …

    • Monica says

      So glad you heard about us through Shelley, we’re so glad she’s one of our blog stars this year! Good Luck! :)

  20. says

    I’m so excited for this contest. I put in the DIY built in bookshelves that my husband and I built, since it’s my most popular post on my blog. Thank you for hosting such a creative and fun challenge.

  21. says

    It was so hard to decide what to link up!!! I linked up my Coral and Mint Living Room Makeover! I hope everyone likes it! Tons of hard work and a crazy amount of DIY projects went into that room. Thanks so much for hosting such an awesome link party and competition! So much talent in blogland deserves to be recognized! I sure love this! xoxo

    Can’t wait to see who makes makes the cut! It’s always so exciting!


  22. says

    I would have so loved to link up a project this year but if I was picked competing wouldn’t fit in the schedule this year. 7 months pregnant, house renovation, plus living at my parents with limited space and access to my craft and DIY supplies would make for a tough time. I’m excited to follow along anyways and hope you’ll be continuing the series again next year!

  23. says

    Was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish my project in time for the submission deadline. Just linked up the herringbone ceiling and the flat washer chandelier in my laundry room! Talk about cutting it close! Super excited to participate. Thanks for offering us this wonderful opportunity.

  24. kATHIE wILSON says

    #163—this lady is FULL of super ideas not just this one! Check her out! This lady is so talented and full of common sense ideas that many of us “normal” moms would NEVER think of doing. I’ve been following her ideas for some time and totally in awe of her creative and innovative DIY’s!

  25. says

    Linked up my project while I was away on vacay, and now just having time to go through the other submissions. SO much amazing talent!!!! There are now a huge number of projects on my “to do” list…!!!

    Keeping my fingers crossed! :)

    (from #144)

  26. says

    hello there .. I’ve read that you guys where having a link up contest last week and i asked my husband to link up for me a project we have made this year and he kind of went over board and linked them all since yesterday I’ve been trying to delete all of them but one .. i really hope you understand this and that wont interfere with my chances to win.. thanks you so much ..
    xo alina..

  27. Kambo says

    So many cute ideas. Since I am born to craft I love what #295 did with the studio reveal. My wheels are turning.

  28. says

    I just read about this all less than 24 hours ago and I can’t even describe the excitement! I am kicking myself now for not taking photos of all of the home improvements and up cycling projects completed last summer! My blog was geared towards primarily paper crafting and I’m still very new to blogging and photography so I have mucho room for improvement there! Thanks ladies for such an incredible opportunity! I just got to go through the other designers projects and am so excited to follow #CWTS2014! Seriously, what a dream!

    Jessica Kephartt #275

  29. says

    For some reason by backlink isn’t showing but it’s here:

    Guess what? I’m throwing my hat in the ring for East Coast Creative’s 2014 Creating with the Stars! If you love this project, it would be amazing if you would hop over to the contest entry post {here} and click on my entry (#206) to vote for it. And while you’re there, you can enter to win a dream vacation getaway! Thanks so much!!

  30. says

    Well what better way to start a blog than to jump right in by joining a contest! ” Love life- live life – what the hey?” I say! Good Luck to all! Such awesome creativity out there! Can’t wait :)


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