Saturday, May 25, 2013

Let's Get Hopping Desert Diva Style! Welcome to Arizona!!

**Giveaway Closed at 52**
Today we are celebrating with Tara over at Craftin Desert Divas for her very first BLOGOVERSARY!!!

If you just happened to have stumbled upon my blog, please start at 
Craftin Desert Divas so you don't miss out on a thing. If you have arrived from my friend Janis's Blog Pause Dream Enjoy then you are in the right spot. 

This is a "Desert" Diva Celebration!!

Since I live in the desert this was an easy project for me! Here is the project I have created for this hop...

It's a page from my Smashbook!! We have tons of family photos from all of our Arizona adventures so I thought this would be perfect! 
Yee Haw Cricut Cartridge for the cactus and fence
Tag stamped with Greetings From Arizona
Notebook Border punch
Burlap and trim

I am originally from New York and came to Arizona in 1992. My Husband and I love Arizona and think it is a great place to raise our girls. We love to hike, run, bike, and raft all through~out the state. I thought I would share some of our Arizona experiences:

It does not snow where we live. We drove our girls to see the snow when they were 7 and 8 years old and they hated it!  9 out of the 12 months the weather is perfect in Arizona. It is the reason we live here. Most people hibernate in the winter, we hibernate in the summer. It is hot in the summer, it is a dry heat but 112 is still hot!  Cd's have melted in my car and bottles of hand sanitizer have exploded. You can where Flip Flops all year round. In the summer it is light from 5:00am till 8:00 pm.

Here is a picture taken in December 72 degrees:
Here is the temperature in my car in July:
We have crazy "Sand Storms"
And Dry Storms:
 And Spooky Storms:

My Daughters and I hunt, capture and kill scorpions all over our house:
 We use a black light to find them.... This one was in my ice-tea:
We LOVE Arizona!

Tara is offering up lots of blog candy for those who are a follower of Craftin Desert Divas and leave a comment on every stop of the hop! Winners will be announced Tuesday May 28th at Craftin Desert Divas!

And I have some blog candy to share too!!
Alphabet Stamps
A bird Stamp
White ink 

Just be a follower and leave me a comment! 
Sorry to due high shipping fees I can only ship within the US

The next stop is my friend Jessica from Jessica's Craft Shaque

Here's the complete line up in case you get lost along the way.

 Entering into:
Paper Playtime: Buttons
Amuse: It's All about the color
Frosted Design: Punches


  1. Great layout! I love it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. very neat project!!! scorpions!!! Oh my..... I love the idea of it being warm/hot year round but I am not sure if I could handle the scorpions! We have snakes here and I am not a fan.

    Cut One Designs by Robin

  3. Wow...such a pretty creation...liked all the elements.

  4. First of all, love your project and all the details. Second, loved seeing your photos, but scorpions? Yikes! I found one in my bathtub one time when we lived in Georgia WHILE I WAS IN IT! Not fun. Gives me the heebie jeebies. Have a GREAT day! (Cool about hunting with the blacklight.)

  5. What a great layout! I love the little pocket and the touches of burlap! Arizona sounds wonderful, except for the scorpions of course lol!


  6. What a wonderful and creative post. We were just in Arizona for the first time in Febuary ,we stayed for four weeks. We just loved it and we are coming back again nest year but this time it will be for 3 months! I am glad I didn't see any of those creepy crawlers or I am sure I wouldn't be coming back LOL! Oh and by the way it did snow one day in February, I am sure we brought it with us so your girls could see it. have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and your wonderful creation.

  7. GREAT smashbook page! I love the texture and the tore notebook edges are great! The die cuts were awesome too. Great job i love it
    Deb C

  8. I didn't realize you and I are both from NY!! What part are you from!??!? I was born in Rochester (Greece to be exact) and then lived in the big city for awhile before coming here when I was 10!! I loveeeeeeeeeee your page ... loving the fence and the cacti!!!

  9. Oh and PS ... I'd said AZ was more livable 9 out of the 12 months!! LOL!!

  10. I love that you shared all these pictures of day we will visit! As long as you stop the sand storms and scorpions from getting me! Great page.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend,
    • Carson's Creations •

  11. Neat idea. We went to Arizona 2 years ago and I still haven't finished my scrap book.

  12. Hi Carri,
    Adorable layout for your smashbook! I love all the detail and the kraft! Nicely done!
    By the way, this week started the new Funday Friday challenges over on my blog. I hope you can join in on this week's awesome sketch challenge!
    Maybe you would like to be a sponsor to one of my challenges to give away some of your wonderful skittles? Let me know!


  13. Great layout! SO much detail in it.

  14. Love your page! It's perfect for the theme! Fabulous details too! OMG! Scorpions!!!


  15. This is a really cute page... i really like it.. good job.

  16. Wow!! from NY to Arizona..thats a huge that you shared your pics. Awesome job on a FANTASTIC page.
    Have a wonderful day,
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

  17. Thanks for sharing -- Love your layout the cactus is really COOL!! what a fun hop.
    Happy Memorial day!
    DIANA L.

  18. I live in AZ as well so I love this Desert Hop! Great job!

    Peace & Luv,
    Dragonfly Journeys

  19. Carri- Your smash book page is wonderful. I knew I had to invite you to join my 1yr celebration since we both live in AZ. Your post is wonderful. I LOVE all the pictures and its exactly how Arizona is. We love it here also and wouldn't live anywhere else. We have to get together soon and craft! Thank you so much for be a part of my hop. You're a wonderful bloggie friend.

    Craftin Desert Diva's

  20. Your smashbook page is so awesome, Carri!! I love all of the design elements you used...the cactus, fence, fabulous!! I love it!! I think I would still be running and screaming in horror if I found a scorpion in the house, let alone a glass of tea!! Ugh!! So happy to be hopping with you!! Have a great Memorial Day weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  21. It is a great layout. i might have to take some inspiration from you to scrap our desert adventure. TFS

  22. Great project. Love all the details.

  23. I am following you on Facebook, but could not follow you on your blog. it would not let me. I wanted you to know that I love all the great pics you put up as I have never been in that part of the county. It looks really nice but HOT. Thanks for the hop and the pics.

  24. Great smash page! I love Arizona too. I was born in Tucson. My Dad was USAF...then trained racehorses until his death in 2004. Prescott and Flagstaff, Jerome and Camp Wood, Yavapai.....Douglas, Sonoita...I have seen it all and can't wait to go back for more.
    bootsandbling at gmail dot com

  25. awesome layout and loved your pictures.. scorpions! are you nuts!!lol thanks for sharing with us at paper playtime :)

  26. Super, super cute! I love the cactus & fence and cute touch of burlap!!

  27. Hi I love the pages of your smash book. The pictures you took of the scorpions are awesome. I didn't see any or hear about any from Emily when she lived there. I miss visiting Much prefer Tempe to Hollywood

  28. Gorgeous smash book page! Thanks for sharing your home town with us, not sure if I like all of the storms or scorpions. But I guess each state has its issues, we just experienced and earthquake a few days ago. Fortunately, we are three hours from the center and we barely felt anything.

  29. love your page!! Wow-does it ever get hot there!! Ughhh..

  30. Love your page from your Smash Book and loved the pictures and to hear some about Arizona. Now the Scorpions would freak me out. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  31. Love you page Carri!! The fence and cactus is great!! Love the tags and photo mats, too!
    Thank you so very much for playing with us for our 'Buttons/Brads' challenge at Paper Playtime!!!
    Now I'm gonna go start at the beginning and do the hop!! :)

  32. Great blog post love your pics your project is great!
    Laura D.

  33. Great page! I live in az also and it's great you showed what it's like.

  34. Awesome post Carri!! Your smash page is amazing! I loved all the pic's from Arizona that you shared! They are awesome!! I am not sure about the scorpion though...Aaaw, not liking those, lol!
    Sherrie K

  35. Great project Carri! Love all the details you added!!
    Now you had me at wanting to move to Arizona with the nice weather...then you posted the heat...nope too hot..then the storms...well we have some wild snow storms here....but you had to post the pictures of the scorpions??? That did me in.....sorry..everything looks so beautiful EXCEPT finding a bug...any bug in a drink~Yikes!!!
    Anyways.....Thanks for sharing and have a GREAT holiday weekend!

  36. Awesome pages and cool pics, you can keep that weather and the creepy crawlies! Especially with them getting in drinks! shiver!

  37. Great page layout. Not sure about anyone else, but I think scorpions would scare me.

  38. Love the smash book page! Looks terrific. I have to say, I think I would be terrified to find a scorpion especially in my tea! LOL. Thanks for the extra chance to win, I am already a follower:)


  39. What a great page! I could never live with those crawling around me!

  40. I'm frightened! But feel like I know a little something about your part of the country. Thank you. Your LO is nice! Thanks for the giveaways!

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  41. Howdy - I have family in Arizona - all over the state from Tuscon up to Williams - I am a follower of your blog and I would love to win your candy - your card is very beautiful - I like all of the elements on your card - we are in daylight savings time so it seems like the sun never goes down! Thanks for the hop and enjoy your week! Gail

  42. Fab layout!!! Love all of your extra touches, especially the burlap piece. Thanks for another fun project on the hop!!!
    ~Donna K

  43. Great layout! Wouldn't want to have a scorpion in my tea glass - ugh. I subscribe to you as fourkidstwocats at msn dot com
    Thanks for the chance to win blog candy!!!!

  44. Oh...MY...GOD!!! SCORPIONS???? Those things ACUTALLY glow? Carri! That's insane that you find them everywhere! Other than that, I think Arizona is AMAZING! Love your project and I love the cool pics of your state! I cant believe it gets to the 130's!!! CRAZY!!!

    Crafty Hugs,

  45. I love the page and those for the scorpions..eek!! I remember them things when I lived in the south, I don't miss them one bit.


  46. Fabulous layout!!!
    Love all of your pictures. :)
    My MIL lives in Lake Havasu, so I have experienced all of the things you are showing. I am NOT a fan of those darn scorpions tho! The first time I took my daughters to her house, they were 2 and 3 years old, and within 20 minutes of being there, we found a scorpion in the house!!! I was freaked out (and paranoid), with the little ones! We see those darn things now every time we go, and I STILL freak out!! LOL!! I can't believe you found one in your iced tea.. that is scary!!
    Anyway, it's a great place to visit. (then go home to beautiful Cali! LOL!)

  47. wow haveing fun trying learn to go from blog to blog hopeing i get all you in i trying i like say ty so much for all you who teach card make ing craft or scap booking or cookking you all the best ty so very much for all the time you all put on your blogs ty
    have great newweek learn and lot and have fun .

  48. Oh my goodness! Those are some awesome photos! Great smash page as well. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs!

  49. So lovely! thanks fpr sharing at Frosted Designs