If you {heart} Close To My Heart, then this challenge blog is for you!
Each Monday, a new challenge is posted, and Close To My Heart products are required to enter.
Don't have any CTMH products? Then beg, borrow, or BUY from our fabulous roster of Consultants!

Sponsored and created by Independent Consultants for Close To My Heart, all challenges will be posted on Monday mornings with the deadline to enter on the last day of the month or on the Saturday following the month's final challenge. All challenges close at midnight EST. (Each month, the final challenge date will be announced to help you play along. You have all month to play, so join us often!) You might even be in our Top 10!

Monday, July 6, 2015

July's Challenges: Life Is...

Welcome to the new design team term here at H2H!  We are really excited to kick off our July "Life Is..." series with our all-new Team Cashmere creating for you!  We have new team members, but the Heart 2 Heart rules are the same:

  • Use something from Close To My Heart.
  • Mention us in your post.
  • Link up with your deep URL so we can go directly to your project.
  • Have fun and be creative!
Oh, one more thing: all of the challenges for the month are open until the end of the month, so feel free to link up to any of the month's challenges during the month they are active.

OK, you are probably wondering about July's "Life Is..." series.  All of our July challenges will start out with "Life Is..." so to get us started, our first July challenge is LIFE IS A PICNIC!  Our guest designer Gretchen has something fun for us.
Guest Designer Gretchen
New DT Laurie
New DT Angela

New DT Melissa

Are your creative juices flowing?!?  If so then it's time to join the party, er, picnic!  You have until the end of the month to play along with any of our July "Life Is..." series.  We'll be back next Monday with the next installment, and until then we'll be visiting your blogs.  Enjoy the picnic!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Our Two New Teams

Now that you've met the new gals here at Heart 2 Heart, it's time to introduce our new teams for our July-December term.  (I cannot say the last half of the year, because there is no way the year is already half over!!!)  We decide a few years ago to have two teams to offer greater variety and to help the Design Team not be overwhelmed by their duties.  We alternate teams each week, but of course we're all welcome to play along any time.

You may notice that we did a little rearranging and some of our returning DT are on different teams than before.  We think you'll enjoy the variety.  In our tradition of naming our teams CTMH colors, I would like to introduce TEAM SLATE to you!

TEAM CASHMERE's members are:
You can see that we stretch around the world with great representation of our Close To My Heart countries.  Tomorrow, Team Cashmere will be up with our first July challenge.  See you then!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Welcome Our New Design Team Members!

The current Heart 2 Heart designers are so excited to welcome some fresh new faces to our design team!  We are looking forward to a fantastic second half of the year and the creativity these ladies are bringing to the team.
Hi Everyone! I am Angela White and I have been a Close To My Heart consultant for almost 2 years. I started scrapbooking in 2009 but I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I've been married to my wonderful husband for 17 years, and am a mother of 5 (3 are in college, 1 in high school and my youngest is in middle school). I am also a pet mom to our parrott Mickey and  2 dogs, Tinkerbell our Yorkie and Sephora our Boston Terrier. Aside from being a mom and a Close To My Heart consultant, I help my husband manage our family business.

I appreciate having the flexibility to devote time to my crafting and sharing my passion with others.
  I believe that the best way to preserve and share our life's memories are done through scrapbooks, cards and other crafts. I am so excited to be a part of the Heart2Heart Challenges and hope that I can help inspire everyone to share their passion and memories through crafting.

Hi everyone!  I am Melissa Robinson and have been a Close To My Heart Consultant since October 1998! An educator by day, my most recent positions were as a high school and elementary school Principal but am currently working outside of education as a Financial Analyst.

I was invited to attend my first CTMH gathering with my Mom approximately 20 years ago.  She invited me to a "stamp" party and I reluctantly went, feeling sorry for her to have to attend by herself and thinking it was postage stamps (lol)!  Boy did I leave with a different feeling! I love Close To My Heart products and all the fabulous people I have met through this company and who share the love of papercrafting.   

I currently reside in Irving, Texas and am the Director of the Heartfelt Sentiments Team.  I am honored to have been selected as a member of the H2H Design Team and look forward to celebrating your creativity!
Hello, Crafty Friends!  My name is Laurie Levorson and I am beyond excited to be a new member of the Heart 2 Heart Design Team!  I am the happy wife of a wonderful husband, the proud mother of two grown sons, and the giddy grandmother of an 18 month old perfect little boy!  I have lived all my life in a small town near Lincoln, Nebraska.  I recently retired from 32 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade and happily joined the Close To My Heart family a little over a year ago.   I love to read, golf, and garden but my favorite place at home is in my craft room.  I caught the paper crafting bug about 10 years ago and have been addicted ever since!

I look forward to sharing my work on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog and making new blogging friends! 

Hi. I'm Heather Jane Schmuckal, I live on our family farm near Traverse City, MI. I have been a Close To My Heart Consultant for over 4 years. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we chase around our three children. My family tree has many talented and artistic role models in it. As a baby I toddled down the isle of my Grandmother’s arts and craft store where she taught painting classes. I grew up with the encouragement to follow my talents where they might lead me. During elementary school I was the gal that the other kids asked for my help on the cards we were making for the nursing home. In high school, art class was my favorite- I did Independent Study. I earned many awards during high school and college, a billboard with my design, and a few cash prizes. I worked as a graphic artist until my third baby was born, since then I have been a happy homemaker. I have been scrapbooking for about 18 years, since I discovered an album my Mom had put together of her college years. Seeing a story told of a time my Mom was not just “my Mom” was inspiring! I want to tell my story!

Hello!  I’m Paige Dolecki from Stampologist.com and I’ve been a CTMH Consultant for the past 7+ years.  I’m addicted to creating beautiful things with our stamps and our amazing Cricut cartridges and love sharing my passion with my customers and friends!  My family calls my craft room a cave of wonders because my kids know they can probably find just about anything they need for a project in Mom’s room.  My husband and I have a daughter in college at Washington State Univeristy, a son who is a high school senior and a son who is in his last year of middle school.  Besides getting creative on a regular basis I am also a Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and enjoy teaching students how to achieve their own black belts through mentoring and instruction.  I’m looking forward to being on the Heart 2 Heart Design Team and sharing inspiration with my fellow Close to my Heart fans!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Introducing Our July Guest Designer

The Heart 2 Heart Design Team is delighted to welcome Gretchen Stumme to join us this month!  Here's a info about her.

Hi!  My name is Gretchen Stumme and I have been a crafter/artist for as long as I can remember.  I’ve tried a variety of mediums at one time or another, but paper-crafting has stuck as one of my favorites.  I bought my first stamp to use on the back of my wedding invitations and was instantly hooked. 

I am a Marketing Specialist as well as a Close To My Heart consultant.  I love teaching workshops in book making, paper arts, and quilting.  If you don’t find me in my studio behind my paper cutter or sewing machine, I’m probably out and about behind my camera.  The local zoo animals are my favorite subjects! 

I grew up in Connecticut, but have lived in Upstate New York with my husband Dave since our college years.

Please welcome Gretchen!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thank You!

Before we introduce our new Heart 2 Heart Design Team for the rest of 2015, we must say THANK YOU to our retiring DT.  Thank you, Katy, Lucy, Debi, and LaJeania for all the time and effort you put into inspiring us with your artwork and for the time you spent visiting our players' blogs and commenting on all the fabulous projects you've seen.  We wish you the very best and hope to see you back to play with us again!

With love from your Design Team members and fans!

Monday, June 29, 2015

There's Still Time!

No, that's not the name of today's challenge, but it is a call to action!  There is still time to play along with any of our June challenges, but only until tomorrow.  The link ups will close, and Team Canary and Team Thistle will have one final job to do before their design team term ends: choose the June Top 10.  You can't win if you don't play, so join us today!

We'll be back on July 1 to introduce our guest designer, and then we'll start introducing our July-December Heart 2 Heart Design Team.  Check back often for the latest news!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let Them Eat Cake!

Our challenge this week is "Let Them Eat Cake!" We are excited to have you play along with us this week and to see your interpretation of this fun challenge! For a little inspiration, check out these designs from our guest designer and our design team.

April Watkins
Guest Designer


We can't wait to see how you interpret this fun challenge!  You have until the end of the month to play along with any of our June challenges.  Our only requirements are to use (some) Close To My Heart product and to mention us with your post. Happy Crafting! 

Also, due to the transition to a new design team starting in July, this challenge is our last challenge for June.  You have until the 30th to play along with ANY of the June challenges!  We hope to see you join us!