Staircase Makeover

This year’s “While Dan is Outatown” project is just about done! You may remember when I shared with you how Dan goes out of town on business every March and I start a DIY project while he’s away. Last year I painted the kitchen cabinets. This year I tackled the staircase. It was in dire need of a makeover. It was especially evident after I renewed the grout lines on the slate floor. Since the floor looked so new, it made the tired, old staircase look even worse. The carpet on the steps was matted and stained and the wood trim needed repaired and painted. This project actually got started when I restained the bannister. Dan was still home when I did the bannister but had no idea what I was going to do when he went away on his trip!

DIY Staircase Makeover
Want to see how I did it? I admit it took some time, but it wasn’t hard at all.

diy-staircase-makeoverAs soon as Dan was out the door, I grabbed a pair of plyers and pulled back a corner of carpet on the top step to see what was underneath: padding. No surprise there. Thankfully the carpet came off very easily. No horror story here about thousands of staples.

diy staircase makeoverEven removing the tack strip wasn’t as bad as I had thought it would be. Just a few taps of a hammer onto a small crow bar did the trick.

stair case makeoverThere were a few staples to remove, but that part went quickly, too. I had read horror stories about this part, but I was lucky. It seems that whomever installed that carpet didn’t go crazy with stapling.

diy staircase makeover by createandbabbleThis photo shows what I hadn’t planned on. It seems that a paint sprayer was used when the house was built and there was overspray on the ends of the steps. Now what?

diy staircase remodelSo I was off to Home Depot to get a sander. Even though the layer of paint was light, it was too much for a sanding sponge. I needed a little power behind some sand paper. I got the Ryobi Job Plus base that came with a triangle shaped sanding head: perfect! It took a few hours to sand off the pained and smooth out the finish on the walls.


I found a tube of spackle at Home Depot that goes on pink and turns white once it dries. I used that to fill  all the nail holes, staples holes and cracked molding. Now I don’t know if there’s a “right” way to do this. Paint first? Stain first? I decided to paint first. Since the side moldings were already white, they only needed one coat of paint. I used the same paint that I used on the kitchen cabinets because it goes on so nicely, plus it’s durable.

Since the risers were bare wood, I gave them two coats of primer first, then two coats of the white paint. I waited a few days before I started staining the treads. I used Minwax Wood Finish Ebony. Since these steps are used every day, I went with the every other step method. This part took a few days because I only worked on them about an hour a day. Once the staining was done, I added two coats of polycrylic to seal them.

diy staircase remodel

Here’s a before and after to show what a difference this had made to my hallway!

diy staircase makeover by createandbabbleBefore…

staircase makeover by createandbabble.comAnd now! I still have a few touchups to make but I’m so pleased with how this turned out! Since I don’t get a lot of natural light in this space, it’s hard to capture how much brighter this space is after the makeover, so you’ll have to take my word for it ; )

Tell me, have you removed carpet from a staircase? Was it a staple horror story? We removed the carpet off the steps in my daughter’s house and it was a nighmare! It took four of us all day to remove all those staples. I got lucky with this one!



DIY Stenciled Honeycomb and Bee Pillow {With Stencil1 & FolkArt Paint}

This DIY Stenciled Honeycomb and Bee Pillow is sponsored by Plaid was sponsored by Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints by Plaid Crafts.

Since it is supposedly Spring (or so the calendar says, but not the weatherman!), I’ve been busy bringing some Spring-time decor into my home. Even if it doesn’t feel like Spring outside, at least I can make it feel like Spring inside! I recently stenciled a white pillow cover using a new stencil from Stencil1 and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints.

Now when I started using stencils many, many years ago, the stencil choices back then were, well…limited. And really not too original or inspiring. All of that has changed. These Stencil1 stencils are not your grandmother’s mother’s stencils! Stencil1 is a street art-inspired brand founded by artist, painter, graphic designer and DIY enthusiast Ed Roth.

The Ed Roth designs are so unique. The sets include a background pattern, a silhouette, and a detailed design that make it easy to achieve a truly artistic look. The large size (12 x 12) is perfect for larger surfaces such as walls, floors and furniture. The 6×6 designs are great for adding accents to smaller projects. Each stencil is made from mylar that is easy to clean with soap and water.

Here’s how I made my Stenciled Honeycomb and Bee Pillow:

Step One – Gather Supplies

  • Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencil
  • FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint
  • Stencil brushes
  • white broadcloth fabric for pillow cover
  • Painters Tape
  • Repositional spray adhesive
  • Sanding sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plate

Step 2 – Stencil the Background


Dip the stencil brush into the paint and then dab and swirl the brush onto paper toweling until the brush seems dry and most of the paint has been removed.

diy-stenciled-pillow-by-createandbabble.comUsing a circular motion, apply the paint over the stencil onto the fabric. I try not to fill in the entire shape to keep the design from looking flat.

To add more dimension to the honeycomb shapes, I went back over the design with just a hint of pink paint. That’s what I love about stenciling. You get to customize the look by using the paint colors of your choosing and match your decor!

Step 3 – Stencil the Bee

This where I got creative with the colors. Since I’m stenciling this pillow to coordinate with a floral pillow that I had previously made, I chose to pick up the colors in that pillow, so I used a bright green paint color for the silhouette of the bee. I sprayed some repositional adhesive to the back of the stencil to be sure the paint didn’t seep under the stencil and then swirled on the green paint.

Then I taped the details of the bee over the previously stenciled silhouette and got extremely creative by using purple paint. Hey, it’s your bee – you can make it any color you want! I do recommend FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – they are great on any surface including both indoor and outdoor applications. They are even dishwasher safe!

A little trick of mine was to go over the bee with a sanding sponge ever so lightly. I think it makes the design look less painted-on and more like it’s woven into the fabric.

Now I have custom fabric to make my pillow cover. Look for a tutorial coming up soon on how I make pillow covers with a zipper! Gasp! Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think.

Step 4 – Stand back and admire your pretty pillow!

I love how it coordinates with the floral pillow and just screams Spring! That is what is so great about stenciling: making it your own. You can create beautiful things and customize them to work with your style and decor.

Whether you want to stencil a pillow cover, a wall, a canvas, placemat (well just about anything!), you can find the Ed Roth Stencil1 line at JoAnn Fabrics & Craft stores. To find more inspiring stencil and paint projects. visit Plaid Crafts on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. For even more inspiring Stencil1 ideas, see the projects below made by some very creative bloggers:

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint by Plaid Crafts.  All opinions are 100% mine. For more information, see my disclosures here.


DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitations

The Princess is here! In case you missed the announcement on my Facebook Page, my granddaughter was born on February 23! She is a doll and I love her to pieces! I’ll show you a photo of her at the end of this post. But first I want to show you the invitations that I made for the baby shower back in January.

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In keeping with the pink, gray and white theme that was used in the decorations, I used the same colors for the invitations.

DIY baby girl shower invitations

And of course I had to use glitter! All princesses love glitter! And grandmothers. Grandmothers love glitter, too!

diy baby shower invitations by createandbabble

And a tiara, of course!

diy baby shower invitation using silhouette

These were fairly simple to make using the Print & Cut feature of the Silhouette.

  • I drew a rectangle to the size I wanted: 5 x 7.5″ for the invitation
  • I then filled the rectangle with a pink and white diagonal stripe pattern.
  • I grabbed a bracket frame and color filled it with white and placed it over the top portion of the rectangle
  • Then I drew a rounded rectangle filled with white which is where I typed the invitation details.
  • I used Janda Quirkygirl font for all of the text
  • Don’t forget to turn off the cut lines on the shapes that are inside of the rectangle.
  • Turn on the registration marks, print and cut!

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I cut the tiara out of glitter vinyl. You can barely see it, but in the photo above, I intentionally printed the shape of the tiara to help with placement of the teeny, tiny, fragile glitter vinyl tiara. The glittery dresses were made using Silhouette’s double-sided adhesive and Silhouette’s glitter. I just love that stuff; both the double-sided adhesive and the glitter. If you haven’t tried the Silhouette Glitter yet, I highly recommend it and I’m a bit of a glitter snob! And while you’re ordering the glitter, go ahead and order some of the double-sided adhesive, too. You’ll love it!
I love how they turned out and think they look better than the pricey store-bought invitations!

As promised, here’s peek at our princess!


Sweet, little Melanie!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. The House on Hillbrook // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry


Pot ‘O Gold Giveaway

Happy Monday! How about we start off the week with a giveaway! A nice, big giveaway! Kind of like a Pot ‘O Gold?


Major Sponsors for this Giveaway are:

First Home Love Life / H2O Bungalow

The Everyday Home / Denise Designed

Sweet Pea / Create & Babble


Please leave a comment and tell us what you would

love to buy with your lucky winnings.

You must only leave a comment, but completing other tasks or

all tasks will allow you extra chances of winning.

Good luck everyone!

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Spring Linky Party

Spring! Spring! Wherefore art thou?!? I’m sure, in fact I’m positive that I’m not the only one that can’t wait ’till spring finally gets here! Well since we can’t control the weather or how much more snow gets dumped on us, let’s think Spring anyway. Who has been working on anything Spring! Here’s your chance to show it off! I’m excited to be one of many, many bloggers (over 30!) hosting a MEGA Spring Linky Party.
So dust off an old post or show off your new one. You’ll get tons of exposure and find more Spring inspiration!
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Easy Heart Appliqued Onesies

Did you know how amazing the Silhouette Cameo (or Portrait) is at cutting fabric?!? If you haven’t tried it yet, you just gotta! I cut out some cute, little heart shapes to make sweet, little, heart-appliqued onesies for my soon-to-be-born granddaughter. Yes! It’s a girl! She’s due any day now and if she’s here by Valentine’s Day these onesies will be perfect for her to wear on her first Valentine’s Day!

easy heart appliqued onesies

I found the pretty pink and white heart-patterned fabric at JoAnn’s. Following the directions on the Silhouette fabric interfacing, I simply cut  a piece of the interfacing a bit smaller than my 12 x 12 square of fabric. Then I ironed the interfacing onto the back of the fabric. Next I trimmed the fabric to the same size as the adhered interfacing and removed the paper backing. Then I placed the fabric (interfacing side down) onto a cutting mat. I selected “fabric” in the cut settings and switched to my blue blade. (How smart of Silhouette to make a blue blade so we remember not to cut card stock with it!)

easy heart onsies by createandbabble

I am just so impressed at how well that machine cuts fabric! It amazes me every time! I didn’t have to cut any attached threads at all. I just lifted the corner and peeled away the excess fabric leaving nicely cut hearts on my cutting mat.

easy heart adorned onesies by

Since I used the “clean cut” interfacing, all I had to do was iron the hearts down on the onesies, holding the iron for about 8 seconds.

heart appliqued onesies

I just had to put a heart on the bottom! I was losing daylight fast when I took that photo so the bottom heart wasn’t ironed-on yet, but you get the idea! I have some hearts left over. Maybe I’ll make a pillow!

With a brand new baby in the family, I’m sure there’s a lot of onesie decorating in my future.

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Because my daughter was a competitive gymnast, I just had to make a “future gymnast” onesie for her baby shower a few weeks ago. I used my favorite medium (glitter vinyl)!

Have you got any onesie ideas you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear them!

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As a reminder, Silhouette America is offering the Designer Edition software for 40% off the regular price for my readers. Use the promo code: BABBLE to be sure you get the discount! And if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait yet, and you’ve been waiting for a sale, your wait is over! Silhouette has two bundles to choose from that will save you a bundle! The Cameo comes with the Designer Edition software and two sets of sketch pens for only $269.99 and the Portrait bundle is only $129.99! Again, the promo code: BABBLE will get you those prices!

Silhouette Challenge

Once again, I am participating in the monthly Silhouette Challenge with some pretty awesome bloggers. Please visit them by clicking on the links below for more Silhouette inspirations using fabric!


  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress


FULL DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliates links which means that I will earn a small commission if you make a purchase using my affiliate code. As always, I only promote products that I use and love and you all know how much I love my Silhouette!


Silhouette Cameo Giveaway

You all know how I feel about my favorite crafting tool, right? Well exciting news! I’ve joined up with some fabulous blogs to bring you this incredible Silhouette Cameo giveaway!


If you’re the lucky winner, what would you make? If you need ideas, you can see some of things that I’ve made here.

Like the invitations for my daughter’s wedding.

DIY wedding invitations-createandbabble

And how I use it to make stencils to paint furniture and fabric:

Or how about using glitter vinyl instead of rhinestones (one of my favorites!)


Enter the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Baby Girl Shower Decorations DIY Style

In case you haven’t heard: IT’S A GIRL! Yes, my first granddaughter is due in a few weeks and I am so excited! And when my daughter’s friend contacted me to ask if I would help her with the baby shower decorations, of course I said yes!


The first decision to make was the color scheme. Of course pink! And glitter. Lots of glitter. Glitter is a color, right?!?!

Baby Girl Banner by

I saved a lot of time making the banner using the Print and Cut feature of my Silhouette Cameo. It meant I didn’t have to run all over town to every craft and scrapbook store looking for just the right patterned paper. I made my own!

Digital Papers from Etsy


I found the perfect digital papers on Etsy.

baby girl banner bracket shape

I started with a bracket label shape, resized it to fit four on my 12 x 12 page, added two small circles on each shape (to cut holes for the ribbon) and filled it with one of the patterned digital papers.

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For the next layer, I used a scalloped circle from the Silhouette Online Store, resized it and filled with a pink and white striped pattern. Once all of the shapes were printed and cut, I added glitter to the edges of the scalloped edges by applying white glue with a small artist brush first, and then sprinkled on the glitter.

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The last layer was either a cut out of the baby graphic that I found on Google images or a light gray paper medallion (Design ID #21879)

Using 3D adhesive foam squares to put the layers together, added dimension to the banner. I found the sweet pink “It’s a Girl” ribbon at Michaels and used it to tie the pieces of the banner together and added a self-adhesive pearl to the center of each bow.

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I love how it is so softly pink, gray and glittery! A pretty way to celebrate the arrival of a precious baby girl!

baby girl banner-3 by createandbabble

This banner was made with the same shapes. I used Silhouette’s Double-sided Adhesive sheets to make the letters.

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I love how the Silhouette black glitter sparkles.

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Yes, one more banner!

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I used shapes from the online store and cut them from card stock and Silhouette’s gold and silver Premium vinyl.

Is there a baby/wedding shower in your future? Will you make any of the decorations?


The PINcentive Blog Hop – Week 18

Welcome to the eighteenth week of the blog hop!  This week, I thought it might be fun to let you in on the numbers.  You know the numbers I’m talking about right?

The winners of our hop get some major Pinterest exposure when their content gets pinned by my team of pinners (below) and by, YOU, the blog hop participant!  I’m happy to report that the number of times our winner’s content gets pinned has been averaging around 60-70 times!  As fantastic as this number already is, there are still many times our winner’s posts are pinned well over 100 times!  Take a look for yourself at, what I’m calling, Our PINcentive Blog Hop Pinterest All-stars

The PINcentive Blog Hop Pinterest All-stars via Cropped Stories

 Oh, and if you’d like to pin these fabulous posts as well (if you haven’t already), feel free! 

Biscoff Cheesecake Shooters / DIY Laundry Detergent
Crockpot Cranberry Cider / Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cakes
DIY Ribbon Organizer / DIY Infinity Scarf

As always, a BIG THANK YOU is in order to everyone that has been linking up.  More so for making it EXTREMELY difficult for our co-hosts to choose winners each week and providing us with such great recipes, crafts, tips, parenting advice, tutorials, (you name it)!  Your content has truly been a pleasure to read, and it keeps getting better each week!

If this is your first time linking up; WELCOME!  I am extremely excited to provide this link up for you today and the opportunity for you to increase your traffic, followers, and improve your page rank!


Each week, 3 winners will be chosen by our co-hosts!  As a winner, you will have the opportunity to:

  • have your post featured,
  • co-host our next hop and choose our winner (a great way to make new friends and increase your following),
  • priority seating (which means I’ll add your post to our link up manually), and
  • have your content pinned a minimum of 31 times by my Pinterest Incentive Program (PIP) team members below. 

Additionally your content will be pinned by the each blog hop participant!  That’s right!  Blog hop participants will be required to pin the winner’s content.  The number of link ups we have will determine the total number of times your content gets pinned so, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD!  It will only benefit you in the long run!

Now, according to proper blog commenting etiquette, REQUESTS TO FOLLOW BACK are in poor taste.  For this Blog Hop, HOWEVER, let’s rid ourselves of this rule (that’s right; throw it right out the window)!  For this PARTY, they are ENCOURAGED and ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE! 

The Pinterest Incentive Program Team Members via Cropped Stories

If you’d like to connect with these lovely ladies, or pay them a visit, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you! 




The PINcentive Blog Hop Hosts via Cropped Stories


Host: Elena @ Cropped Stories (Instagram / Google+)
Co-host: Nicole @ Pharr Away (Instagram / GFC / Bloglovin’)
Co-host: Natasha @ Serenity You (Bloglovin’ / Facebook / Google+)
Co-host: Kera @ Nugget on a Budget (Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest)



Co-host: Meg @  Lip Gloss & Lumber (Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter)
Co-host: Melissa @ Two It Yourself (Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram)
Co-host: DeDe @ Designed Décor (Pinterest / Instagram / Google+)

The PINcentive Blog Hop Rules via Cropped Stories

Link up anything and everything with the exception of giveaways, link ups, and paid product reviews.
Posts must be family friendly and published in the past month.


1. Follow the Host and Co-hosts via a minimum of one method they’ve chosen to include above.

2. Display the Blog Hop button on your website (preferably in post or a sidebar).

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 For a smaller size, please visit my PINcentive Blog Hop page.

3. Spread this wonderful opportunity and Tweet about it!

Please, for the prospective winner’s sake, don’t skip this step.


The PINcentive Blog Hop Week 17 Winners via Cropped Stories

DIY Dry Erase Calendar / DIY Dollar Store Chalkboard Tray / Free 2014 Blog Planner Printable

5. Link up using your post URL (NOT the URL address of your main page).
Please provide the TITLE OF YOUR POST under Name/Title.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN, mingle, make some new friends, pin to your heart’s desire, and leave some comment love!

Do not use the customized Pin It button that may appear when you hover over a participant’s thumbnail image.
Using it will ONLY pin the thumbnail image (linking you back to the website you are currently on) and not that person’s post.
To pin correctly, please click on the text link below the thumbnail image to pin directly from their page.

I reserve the right to remove any links that do not meet these requirements.




Silhouette Promo

Did you receive a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait for Christmas and need supplies? Or did you use up everything you had in your stash for Christmas?

Silhouette America is offering a 30% discount* to all my dear readers. Save 30% off materials and supplies that are in stock AND also the Silhouette Designer Edition Software. Go to   Enter BABBLE at checkout and receive the 30% discount.

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If you’ve been wanting to try a special media, sketch pens or need stock up on supplies, now is the perfect time!

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*This discount does not apply for subscriptions or shape downloads, nor does it apply for machines.