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!

Friday, August 1, 2014

August's "Inspired by..." Series & Scrapbooking Challenge

For the month of August, we here at Heart to Heart will inspire you with our "inspired by..." series.  Of course we are all being inspired by the release of the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book!
Before I unveil our August Inspired by... scrapbook challenge, I'd like to introduce our guest designer, Gail Gross.
Hello!  My name is Gail Gross and I’m so excited to be a guest design team member this month.  Challenges have become a source of inspiration to stretch my creativity.  Heart 2 Heart is special because it is a CTMH community.  I’ve been a consultant since 2011, and my upline is the consultant who did the gatherings back when I was introduced to stamping over 16 years ago!  Then it was a social outlet for my group of homeschooling moms.  Now, it’s a passion.  My husband of 28 years is a huge support in all that I undertake, and even though my two boys out of the house, they still give feedback on my projects.   My biggest challenge is keeping the dog from eating my projects – she has an affinity for paper.  I just returned from the CTMH Convention and am looking forward to working with the great new products for the challenges this month.   It will be fun to see what you come up with as well, so please, join in!

Thanks for joining us this month, Gail!

Our August scrapbooking theme is Inspired by... nature!  We can't wait to see how you interpret this theme.  There's just one more thing: you need to also incorporate some distressing on your layout.  How you accomplish this is up to you, so be sure to share your technique.

Now, are you ready to be inspired?
Guest Designer Gail


You will have until the end of the month to participate in this month's Inspired by Nature scrapbook challenge.  We can't wait to see how you interpret this!  Don't forget that this challenge must use some CTMH product and be some type of photo art/scrapbooking project.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Picture My Crush?

Hello Crafters!  We're so glad you're here!

This week we are challenging you to use Close to My Heart's exclusive Picture My Life program or our My Crush program in their projects - thus our title "Picture My Crush?".  Now if you don't have our actual collections, there is no reason you can't use Close to My Heart products to create your own Picture My Life or My Crush products. Keep reading below to be inspired!!

First, let me show you our Guest Designer Gina Brandstetter's project:

Isn't this album adorable?  You can check out Gina's blog for more details by clicking here.  What a great idea!

Next up - our design's teams creations for your inspiration:

Jen Patrick

Adeline Brill

Lauren Moore

Lucy Kelleher
Haley Dyer

Well -- were you inspired?  Now it's your turn -- link up your own Picture My Life or My Crush projects using Close to My Heart products.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

You have until August 2 to link up for this one (all of our other July challenges end Thursday) - so link up your projects below!  We can't wait to crush on your project.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some Like it Hot...

Some like it HOT...and so does H2H!!!

This week we want you to show us how you like it HOT!!!  I hope our Design Team members will spark your creativity with our different views on the subject.  You have until the end of the month to play along with any and all of our July challenges, so show us some heat.

Let's start with out Guest Design Team Member, Gina B...

And here is what the rest of the DT has to share...

We hope you got a little inspiration from our projects...can't wait to see what you have to share.  

Don't forget...you have 'till the end of July to link up using the linky tool below!  You must follow the rules you see {{{here}}}.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Spice of Life

Welcome back to our next July challenge!  Remember that you have all month to play along with any and all of our July challenges, and we are loving what you are making!  This week's challenge is the "Spice of Life."  Maybe you'll interpret it as a spicy color combo, maybe it's a spicy recipe, or maybe even a spicy night out! ;)

Our guest designer Gina offers this spicy card...
Team Cranberry is cooking up these fabulous creations for you this week:



So where will our spicy theme take you?  Be sure to link up your CTMH creation before the end of July.  They say variety is the spice of life, and we can't wait to see what you cook up!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

June H2H Winners!

Our June challenges were lots of fun, and they were definitely, um, challenging!  First and foremost, thank you to everyone who played along with us in June.  We hope that you enjoy joining us as much as we love visiting you!

We only have ONE Heart 2 Heart Addict for June!  Congratulations to Hansi for playing along with all of our Monday June challenges!  Don't forget to snag your Addict badge from our badges tab.  Also, please remember that to be eligible for the July addicts badge, you must play along with each and every challenge, including the Red and White Days scrapbook challenge that we threw down on the 1st.

Are you ready for our Top 10 for June?
Everyday Journeys Scrapbooking Challenge:

Rhapsody in Blue:

So Studly:
Living, Loving, Laughing 4 Life
Jody G.

Bows or Bow Ties:
Natalie @ Scrappy Sassy Studios

The Great Outdoors:
Kelly Janes
Aren't they terrific?!?  YOU inspire us!

Now please join me in congratulating our June Top Chick...


Again, congratulations to the June winners and to all of our June participants!  Remember that you have all month to participate in our July challenges, and we want to see YOU!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Up, Up, and Away!

Our new Heart 2 Heart Challenges Design Team is ready to go up, up, and away!  Are you with us?  You can interpret this theme in so many ways: anything that flies, the blue skies, even a promotion or graduation!  You have all month to play along with any of our July challenges, so get your craft on.  First up is our July guest designer, Gina:
Guest Designer Gina
Both of our Design Teams are playing this week to kick off the new DT term.  It's time to introduce our Team Cranberry:

Now let Team Crystal Blue take you away!

(Katy has taken time off this week but will be back for the next Crystal Blue challenge.)
Aren't you impressed with our Design Team?  I am so proud of these ladies and grateful to get to work with them each week. 

Are you ready to take your CTMH artwork to new heights? It's time to soar!  Join us to go up, up, and away!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Welcome, Adeline and Lauren!

It's time to welcome two more CTMH artists to the Heart 2 Heart Design Team.  How about a round of applause for Adeline Brill, AKA Sweet Aline?
 I am a retired high school teacher who started scrapbooking when my youngest son graduated from high school.  I have been a CTMH consultant since 2005 and I enjoy teaching workshops including Cricut classes, scrapbook layouts and mini-books.  I also teach sewing and software classes for a local Bernina store.  I am  originally from WNY but have lived in Tampa, Florida for the last 21 years.

Continue to clap for Lauren Moore, who will be bring her talent to us all the way from New Zealand!

She writes:
I am from Christchurch, New Zealand.  Married now for 6 1/2 years, I am a stay at home mom to 2 boisterous boys, so crafting is my peaceful time.  I have been scrapbooking for six years (starting with my wedding album) , and have only just started making cards this year.  Cards are a lot quicker for me than a layout, but I still love to scrapbook family moments.