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.
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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!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

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Our Final DT Member Intro

Today we're meeting Katy - the 6th DT member for this round:


And here's a little info to go along with that lovely photo:

"I am a born and raised West Texan about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my 30th birthday (sounds so much better than 35 don't you think)!!! I have three very ACTIVE boys at home (ages 15, 10 and 2) as well as an overgrown boy whom they call "Daddy".
I am an Investment Advisor during the day and look forward to coming home to my family and scrapbook room each night.

I have been a CTMH Consultant since November 2002. I have been lucky enough to attend each Convention since then and have had the pleasure of teaching at Extravaganza in 2005 (Las Vegas) and 2006 (Salt Lake City).

I enjoy being in close proximity of family, friends and all of God's beauty. I cannot turn down good food and occassional dates with my honey!! I am a sappy lush when it comes to Hallmark commercials and Chick-Flicks. My favorite things are: Sushi, 80's Music, Old Churches, anything "crafty" and all things CTMH!!!

I am so excited to be on the "Heart 2 Heart Challenge Design Team" and am looking forward to getting started!"

To visit Katy on the web, you can find her blog here: http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com/ and her website here:  http://scrappinkaty.myctmh.com/

So that rounds out our wonderful team - aren't they great?

Before we get started with our 1st challenge Monday, I will be posting a little intro about myself in the next coming days as well as all the great opportunities coming your way when you participate in our challenges - I can't wait! See you soon!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another DT Intro!

We still have some introductions of DT members and next in line is Angela Garcia:

And here's a little info about Angela:

"I am a Mom and Wife by profession, but a crafter at heart. I’ve been a CTMH consultant for 3 years, but a loyal customer for many more. I live in Arizona where I’m more than happy to spend the hot Summer (and Spring and Autumn) months inside crafting. My patient husband of 10 years and our energetic three boys have come to accept the fact that our dining room table is often covered with paper, stamps, and tools. When I’m not creating with paper and ink, I’m thinking about creating with paper and ink. I’ve also been known to dream about creating with paper and ink. Some may call this obsessive, but I prefer to think of it as an intensely focused passion.


As a mom and wife, I don’t have as much time in the day as I’d like. That is one of the reasons I love CTMH and our Faster. Simpler. Easier.® philosophy...I can create a lot in the little time I have.

On the rare occasion I’m not crafting, doing housework or helping with homework, I can be found with my nose stuck in a good book. They are, after all, made with paper and ink".

A gal after my own heart! If you want to check out Angela a little more, her blog can be found at http://angelascraftcloset.blogspot.com/ and her website is at http://thecraftcloset.myctmh.com/

Welcome to the Team Angela - we're happy you're here!

Another intro tomorrow and more about our 1st challenge - it will be here soon - are you excited?? Be sure to spread the word! The fun starts next Monday, April 5th!

Blogger problems

I have another DT intro for everyone today but am waiting until Blogger fixes their image problem. So please come back later and check to see who else is on the team!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let's Meet another DT Member - Tracey!

I'm thrilled to have Tracey Mason on our 1st team - she is one of my sidelines. Here's a little about Tracey:

Tracey began papercrafting 10 years ago and has been a consultant with CTMH for 8 years. During this time she has been featured many times in CTMH Idea Books, Keynotes, is a Training Academy Instructor, taught at a National Tour, presented New Accessories at convention and has been an Extravaganza teacher at 4 conventions.

Tracey has been crowned a Stamping Royalty contest winner for StampIt Magazine (heat embossing catagory) and has been published many times in Papercrafts, StampIt and Memory Makers. In addition to teaching for CTMH, Tracey has also worked with Memories Scrapbooking Expos and has taught countless Expo classes in Ohio, New Jersey & Florida.

Recently Tracey moved to Maine with her husband and two of their children. She is proud to have her oldest daughter a freshmen in college majoring in Animation. Tracey also loves photography and reading and would never leave home without her camera or her Kindle.

Tracey's blog can be found here: http://tmasonstudio.blogspot.com/ and her website at http://stampcrafting.myctmh.com/

Leave a comment welcoming Tracey - we're happy to have her!!

More intro's coming soon!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Another Awesome DT Member Intro!

Let's welcome another terrific DT - you may know her from the corporate CTMH BB - she will be a great addition to this team!

Helen Onulak:










Here's Helen's bio:

"I’m married to Ken, absolutely the best guy in the world and my best friend. We celebrated our 24th anniversary in October. We have three boys: Kenneth (21), Robert (19) and Andrew (17). All three are currently in college. We’re also fur-parents and have two dogs (Beagles) and two cats (one is a Manx and the other an mix of what we believe to be Egyptian Mau and Abyssinian).

I’ve lived here, there and everywhere…or so it seems. My husband and I have moved more times than I can remember and have lived in many different states. Right now, we call New Jersey home.

I stamp, scrapbook, knit, crochet and have done many other crafts. I always joke that I haven’t met a craft I didn’t like. My favorite is paper crafting and maximizing the use of a CTMH Level 2 paper pack through the creation of scrapbook pages and greeting cards.

I started stamping when my boys were little. It was a great way to create personalized birthday cards for all of the parties they attended. I fell in love with CTMH products and eventually became a CTMH Consultant as a way to support my hobby…getting the products at a discount. About seven years ago I was laid off from the corporate world. At that time, I chose to take what had been a hobby and make it my career. I love mentoring others and helping them achieve their dreams, goals and aspirations. I was thrilled to earn the Mediterranean Cruise and excited to take my husband on this trip of a lifetime."

If you want to visit Helen on the web, her blog can be checked out here: http://www.hookedonstamping.com/ and her website is: http://heleno.myctmh.com/

Welcome Helen!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcome to Team member Jayma!

We have another new member to introduce to you - please welcome Jayma!

Here's her bio:

"I am a marketing editor/copywriter by day, papercrafter by night! I have the two best jobs in the world for me...I get to spread the love of Jesus while working at Gospel Light Publications, and I get to spread my love of crafting through CTMH products! I am 29 (for the first time) and have been married 3-1/2 years. My husband and I met while working at Starbucks together in college. We moved to Los Angeles last year for his job, but I will always consider San Diego my home. *sigh* I miss it. Mommy to my 3 fur-babies: the BEST Husky/German Shepherd/Wolf you've ever met, and 2 kitties. Auntie to 2 little ones who I adore. I love snowboarding, scrapbooking, cooking, photography, graphic design...pretty much anything where I get to be creative. I feel so lucky to have found Close to my Heart...I truly believe we have the best products on the market!"

If you want to check out Jayma's blog you can find it here: http://jaymamalme.blogspot.com/ and her website here: http://jaymamalme.myctmh.com/

So excited to have these gals on the team! Watch for more intros soon!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Let's Welcome our Design Team

Our 1st Design Team has been chosen and I would like to start the introductions.

First up is Carol:


"I am 53 yrs. old...I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 34 years...although it has not always been rosy, it has been worth it...it is a work in progress...a mom of 2 grown children...a son (30) and a daughter (24)...grandma to 3 little girls...step grandma to 1 little girl...I have been behind a camera since the age of 8 and look at everything as if it were a photograph...I have been a serious scrapbooker for 11 years or so but actually started scrapbooking way back when I was young...my granddaughters and my garden are the subjects of many of my scrapbook pages...I currently do not work outside the home as I chose to leave a retail job after 15 years of too much stress. I am working my CTMH business full time and hoping to never have to go back out in the 'real' working world."

You can stop by Carol's blog at http://iluv2cre84u.blogspot.com/ and her website is located at http://cal06.myctmh.com/

Thanks for joining us Carol!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Our Kick-off Officially Begins....

We will be officially kicking off our new challenge blog this week with the introductions of our 1st Design Team! I am so excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get the challenges rolling! Be sure to check back during the week and meet the team!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Few days left to apply for our 1st DT!

Calling all CTMH consultants! There are still a few days to apply to be on the 1st Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog's Design Team! If you are interested, please drop my at email at mbryt1@bex.net.

The challenges are in places for April and we will be kicking off with the 1st one on April 5th! Hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

While You're Waiting....

While you are waiting for our challenges to start in April, I thought you would enjoy watching this great, winning video created by consultant Tresa Black for the Close To My Heart “Clearly the Best” YouTube contest -

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Coming Soon!

Our Design Team is being chosen...our challenges being created....Stay Tuned - we will launch our first challenge on April 5th! Meanwhile, sign up to be a Follower! We will have some fun posts to bring you over the coming weeks while waiting for the challenges to begin so be sure to stop back and bring a friend. We love company!