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, May 31, 2010

Let's Get Sketchy!

Happy Memorial Day and welcome to a new challenge week!

This week we are featuring a sketch challenge but before we get to that, let's award a prize from our wonderful sponsor from last week - Ruth Nava! Random.org picked our winner from all entries and that person is #7 - Brittany! Congratulations! Brittany, please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net with your mailing information so Ruth can get your prize out in the mail. And a big THANK YOU to Ruth for sponsoring a challenge week here at H2H!

Another little information to share with you before we get to this week's challenge - this is the last Guest DT post for our fabulously talented Deneen! Thank you for being a part of the team for a brief time - we love your artwork! Watch for an announcement regarding the June Guest DT in a couple of days!

Ok now on to our sketch and artwork! Remember that a sketch is just an inspiration - feel free to flip and adjust to suit you - we just need to be able to tell that your artwork was based on the sketch. Here it is:


 Now let's see what the team created based on this sketch, starting with Deneen:

Here's the 1sr of Deneen's cards and here's the 2nd:

So different from one another and yet so perfect with that sketch! Great job Deneen!








Inspired yet? Then join in the fun! Just create your artwork based on the sketch and upload to your blog or other public online gallery. We'll stop by and see what you've been creating and you might just land in our next Friday Five!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Friday, May 28, 2010

This Friday Five worked the color challange!

I know the colors were a little challenging last week but everyone did a great job using them in their artwork - you're all amazing! But the Friday Five is, well, just 5 so, hard as the choice was, here we go - congratulations to the following creators:




Such a great variety of color interpretation - stars, a bird, a butterfly, a frog and a flower - awesome!
If you want to see the full card, click the image to go to the blog. And leave some love for the winners while you're there!

** Brenda, Dawn and Jody - can you email me please so I can send your badge info to you? My email is mbryt1@bex.net.

A new challenge will be posted Monday along with the announcement of our June Guest DT! Deneen, our current Guest DT will be playing along with us again Monday and I can't wait to see what she comes up with!  And don't forget, you have until Sunday night at 10:00 pm EST to enter the Stamp your own Background challenge! See you soon!

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Challenge time - Stamp your own Background

Before we get to the new challenge, I want to introduce our sponsor for this upcoming challenge week - Ruth Nava. Ruth has a couple of fun goodies for one lucky participant this week - here's some pictures:


Thank you Ruth! Please take a minute to stop by Ruth's blog and see what she has created along with us for this week's challenge and leave her a little lovin' for sponsoring our prize this week!

We are also welcoming Deneen to the team this week as May's Guest DT member! Deneen has been wowing us with her artwork and now she's going to add a couple of samples for this week's challenge which is to Stamp Your Own Background! Let's see what she and the rest of the team created to inspire you!



Both of these gorgeous samples are from Deneen - awesome!















So many fun and different looks and that's the beauty of creating your own look with a stamped background! To check all of this artwork further, be sure to visit each team member's blog.

Now it's your turn. Grab your CTMH stamps and create a background for your project. Post it to your blog or other online gallery (use keyword H2H8) and then come back here and leave a direct link to your post. You might win Ruth's great prize package and you might just be in the next Friday Five! Happy Stamping!



Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Five - late night

I'm sorry for the delay getting this post together. Had family things that were of much greater importance but all is ok. Thank you to everyone who contacted me through Facebook with positive thoughts and prayers.

So now onto our Friday Five from technique week! I am going to keep this short and sweet so let's get to the top 5, as chosen by our Design Team:






 









Dawn






Vicki




Click on the links to see the whole project and find out about the great techniques used.


Congratulations ladies!! I will send out your badge info later this evening.

There's still time to enter this week's challenge - maybe you will be in the next Friday Five! See you all on Monday with another great challenge!

Friday Five is late

My apologies - the Friday Five will be posted later today. Had a family emergency that needed my attention.

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's a new week and a new challenge!

It's a new week but before we get to the new challenge, I have a prize winner to announce. The winner of the great prize package from Deneen is Becky Sorenson! Congratulations! Please send your mailing address to me at mbryt1@bex.net and I forward the info to Deneen.

I also want to thank Deneen again for being a great sponsor and we are so looking forward to your weeks as our Guest DT. Deneen will be joining the team for the last two weeks in May so stay tuned for her incredible artwork then! And you can always visit our sponsor page and find links to all of our great sponsors' blogs/websites. Pop over and leave them a little love, ok?

Now on to this week's challenge. It's a color challenge and maybe one that will make you think. We are working with Ocean, Topiary and Desert Sand (and of course a neutral like cream, white or black).







Here is what the Design Team created with these colors:







Are you inspired yet? Well we can't wait to see what you can create with these colors! Just post your artwork to your blog or other online gallery - PLEASE DO NOT use your MyCTMH site if you are a consultant unless you can link to the page that features that one specific piece of artwork! If you link to the entire gallery, you are not eligible for any prizes. Also, this is H2H7  - if you post at a public gallery, please use this keyword so we can find your entry easier!

Be sure to leave a link here to your artwork so we can check you out. You might just find yourself in a Friday Five! Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 14, 2010

New Friday Five - all about Mom

We have 4 new inductees into the Friday Five hall of fame and one returning member - these gals all let the creativity flow in their Mom creations. Here are this week's Friday Five:


To get a closer look, click on the photo to go to the creator's blog - and be sure to leave them a little congrats while you're there.

Are you ready to be in the next Friday Five? There's still time to show us (and tell us) all about a great technique - see Monday's post.

Until Monday, have a great weekend and be creative! Congratulations again to our Friday Five! Your badge information will be sent out to you soon!

EDIT: Tammy and Dawn - please email me at mbryt1@bex.net so I can send you the badge info. Thank you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A techie challenge for you!

It is so much fun looking through all of your posts every week - what a lot of talent! Consultants and CTMH fans alike - your artwork impresses us every single week!

Before we get to the new challenge for the week, I want to thank Adeline once again for being our prize sponsor! The lucky winner, drawn at random from all entries (and it's rare to come up with the #1 entry on this list) is Benjaman! Congratulations! If you will email me please at mbryt1@bex.net I will get your mailing information over to Adeline and she will send out your prize.

Here's the fun news - this is a back to back prize week so there will be a prize package to be won this week as well! Our sponsor is none other than our newly chosen Guest DT for May - Deneen! And look at the goodies she is going to be sending to one lucky participant:


This is one fabulous prize and you can see more about it at Deneen's blog. Thanks Deneen for sponsoring our challenges!

Ok, so now on to the next challenge. This week you can create whatever you like but it must include a technique that you can tell us about. Oh, there are tons of techniques - just Google stamping techniques if you need to find one. And we want to see what technique inspires you to create! Don't forget that you must use mostly Close To My Heart products in your artwork.

Now are you ready to see what the DT came up with? Take a look:













Want to know what technique each team member used? Then pop over to their blog (their name is the link) and read all about it!

Now it's your turn. Let's see how techie you can be! Post your artwork to your blog or other public online gallery and then come back and leave us a direct link (see the rules and directions in the sidebar).  We'll make our rounds and check you out and you might just win a prize, become a member of the next Friday Five and maybe even be selected the next Guest DT!

Have a great time creating!