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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!

Monday, August 30, 2010

How fancy are your folds?

There were a lot of wonderful stitched projects last week (gonna be hard to pick our top 5 once again!) but now we're moving on to a new challenge!

But before we get to that, I want to announce the winner of the prize from sponsor Ruth Nava and that winner is......drumroll......#21 - Kathy! Congrats Kathy! Send your mailing address to me at mbryt1@bex.net and I will forward it to Ruth. Also, a great big THANK YOU to Ruth for being a great sponsor! Thanks for joining us and offering this week's prize. Don't forget, you can visit Ruth's blog at The Scrap Chick.

So this week, we are including fancy folds on our cards and other projects. If you Google stamping and fancy folds, you will get some great ideas or better yet, take a look at what the Design Team came up with - loads of inspiration for you!








Be sure to click on each designer's name to go to their blog and find out all the details on how they included the fancy folds challenge. And leave them a little love while you're there - they deserve it!

Now we want to see what you can create with fancy folds. Post your artwork on your blog or other online gallery and then come back here and leave a link in Mister Linky below. We'll be around to check out what you create and you might just be in the next Friday Five!

Have a great week!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Five - Back to School!

Our Friday Five this week certainly doesn't need to hit the books when it comes to creativity! Check out their awesome Back to School projects:


Congratulations! I will send out your badge code later today. Lela - I could not find your email address - please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net for your code.

We're having a great time checking out your stitching projects for this week so keep them coming in!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Stitching up some artwork

We loved everyone's Back to School projects - thanks for playing along! Our prize winner was selected by Random.org and the winner of Christine's awesome package is......19. KIM! Congratulations Kim! Please send me your address so Christine can get your prize sent out. My email is mbryt1@bex.net

A BIG Thank You to Christine for sponsoring our prize. Don't forget that you can find a link to Christine's blog and website (as well as all of our tremendous sponsors) on our sponsor page.

This week, we are welcoming a returning sponsor - Ruth Nava. Ruth will be providing a prize to a lucky player from this week's challenge which is all about STITCHING! This can be real stitching or faux stitching, hand stitching or pen drawn stitching - whatever you would like as long as we can see signs of stitching on your artwork (and of course, you use mostly CTMH products!)

Our Guest DT, Amy, is joining us for her final challenge as part of the DT and she sewed up a great project - take a look:

Isn't that adorable? Thanks Amy for joining us - we've enjoyed your beautiful artwork!

And now for the rest of the team and their stitched projects:








So what do you think? Pretty darn awesome, aren't they? I always enjoy seeing what variety this team - and all of YOU - come up with, each and every challenge. Are you ready to get stitching? We are looking forward to seeing what you can create. Sew (hehehe) get creative, post your artwork and then leave us a link. Be sure to post before 10:00 pm EST on Sunday in order to be eligible for Ruth's prize!

Ready, set, STITCH!

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Fabby Friday Five

You were all so creative with the sketch from a week ago that we had a hard time picking just five favorites but pick them we did! Here are our top picks for the week:

Click on the picture for the full version.

Great job everyone! It is so much fun for myself and the Design Team to hop around to all the blogs and see what you are creating! Keep up the good work and be sure to spread the word about our challenge blog to your customers too! Get them involved and just think of all the opportunities that can come from seeing so much awesome artwork!

There's still time to play in this week's challenge. The theme is Back to School - let's see what you can create for students, teachers...anyone headed back to the classroom!

Have a wonderful weekend and we'll be back Monday with another new challenge!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back to School with H2H!

Sorry for the delay in getting this post up but believe me, it is worth the wait!

Here's what's happening this week - we are creating Back To School projects! Cards, layouts, altered items - whatever makes you think of heading back to the classroom!

Joining us this week is our talented Guest DT member for August - AMY! And our prize sponsor for the week is Christine David! You can visit Christine on the web at Create with Christine. Here is the wonderful package Christine will be sending to one lucky player:


Includes:
*Around the Block Stamp Set ($22.95 value)
*Notice the Details Stamp Set ($22.95 value)
*Exclusive Textured Stickers (not avail. for purchase)
*Exclusive Collection of Embellishments in Twilight and Colonial White (not avail. for purchase)


So let's get started and see what the DT (and our Guest DT) have whipped up for our Back to School theme. First up, take a look at what Amy created:

How sweet is that? To find out more, you can visit Amy at Amy's Art from the Heart.

And now for the rest of the team:








Looks like this group is ready to get school started! We hope you'll join us and create something with the theme of Back to School. Then come back here and leave us a link so we can check out your artwork. You might just be a prize winner or be chosen in our next Friday Five! Have fun creating!

Challenge delayed

This week's challenge will be a bit delayed as I just returned from vacation and do not have the post ready yet. It should be up no later than noon today so come back again soon!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tagging our Friday Five!

It's time to announce this week's Friday Five! These tag creations really inspired us so kudos to the following creations:


What a great variety! And I am so happy to see our previous DT members playing along as well! Congratulations ladies!  I will send your Friday Five badge info but it won't be going out until Sunday evening as I am actually our of town on vacation as you're reading this so hang in there and I will get it to you soon!!

Don't forget about this week's sketch challenge - we are enjoying seeing everyone's take on the sketch! And I'll be back Monday with an all new sketch and our Guest DT, Amy, will be joining in the fun as well! See you soon!

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's time to get sketchy!

This week we are working with a sketch. The fun of sketches is seeing how many different ways it will be interpreted so we are looking forward to your creativity! Here is the sketch and the Design Team's artwork:










So what ideas are brewing in you after seeing all of that fabulous artwork? Create something awesome, post it to your blog or other online gallery and then come back here and leave us a link by Sunday night at 10:00 pm EST so we can see your artwork. You might just be in the next Friday Five!

Oh and before we get to creating, I want to thank Lori Miller again for sponsoring last week's prize! I put in all of the participants numbers at random.org and the winner is.....#14 Debbie Carriere. Congratulations! Debbie, please email me your mailing address so I can send that over to Lori. Don't forget that you can always visit any of our sponsors by visiting our sponsor page.

Have a great week!

Friday, August 6, 2010

This week's Friday Five

First off I have to say, that while the color challenge from July 26 was definitely challenging, you all put on your creative thinking caps and made some awesome works of art! Way to go! So once again, it was tough narrowing it down to the top 5 but in the end, here is the Friday Five selections:


Fabulous creations! If you want to see the entire project, just click on the photo to visit each creator's blog.

Belinda - I don't seem to have your email address but I think you have a badge already so email me if you need me to resend it. mbryt1@bex.net

Congratulations to our top five! Now it's your turn! Create an awesome tag for this week's challenge and link it up here before Sunday night at 10 pm EST and you could be in our next Friday Five!

See you on Monday with another new challenge!