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!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sketch time!

You know you love them! It's sketch week! But before we get to the new challenge, let's wrap a few things up from March, shall we?

First, a great big THANK YOU to our sponsors this month - Lori Brown and Angela Parchey! You both rock! And I have the prize winners to announce and they are  - - - - drumroll - - - - for Lori's prize it is Jen Patrick, entry number 9 from the Times 3 create a scene challenge week and Angela's prize goes to Theresa G, entry 24 from the home decor challenge!! Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net with your mailing info so I can pass it along to our sponsors!

So now we should be starting with new sponsors but I messed up. New sponsors won't start until next week. But that just won't do!! So, we will have a one week prize week this time around and I will be sending out a mystery prize to one lucky participant. Keep in mind, the deadline to enter this week's challenge will be SAT. 10:00 pm EST.
 
Let's get to the challenge then - as I mentioned before it's a sketch - well, actually it's 2 sketches - take a look:
 

 
The sketch can be a circle shaped card or can have a circle element on a standard card. Your choice. Let's see the different ways the Design Team interpreted these sketches, starting with our March Guest DT, Mary Gunn, who is joining us for the last time this week - it's been a pleasure working with you, Mary!

So cute! Mary chose to mount her circle sketch shape onto a standard card - great work Mary!

Lisa made a completely round card, like the 1st sketch posted. Now for the rest of the team:








One little sketch - ok, two - and so many possibilities! Love it! But now it's your turn~ let's see what you can create based on the sketches. And remember, for this week only, you must enter your artwork by this Saturday at 10 pm EST to be eligible to win a mystery prize!!

REMINDER: You MUST use Close To My Heart products in your artwork to be eligible for any prizes or for a place in our monthly Top Ten. This is a CTMH challenge blog, after all! Have fun!
 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Oh Baby

This is the last week for this month's challenges - all entries for any of the March challenges must be posted by March 26th at 10:00 pm EST to be eligible for our 2 great prizes from sponsors Lori Brown and Angela Parchey.

This week our theme is BABIES. We want to see your cards and gift items that are created with a new baby in mind. So let's see what the Design Team created for this theme, starting with a special guest this week, our sponsor, Lori Brown:

So sweet! Thanks for playing with us Lori!









Oh baby - these gals all rocked the challenge! But we want to see what you create for a sweet teeny tiny baby! Make a card or other gift item and post to your blog or other public online gallery. Then leave a link to your post - be sure to link to the exact blog page of the post - not your blog as a whole - so we can find your artwork.

Remember there are prizes up for grabs and a Top Ten to fill!

Friday, March 18, 2011

H2H Scrapbooking - Curve Appeal

There's a new sketch and sample layout posted at the H2H Scrapbooking page - look for the link toward the top of this page and click on over. I'd love to have you join me this week and get some more of your photos in your album!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

From Your Heart to Ours

You are all so creative making scenes with your stamps - so fun looking through all the entries!

This week we are hosting our From Your Heart to Ours challenge. This is an opportunity for you to share not only your artwork, but also a little story or information about your artwork and yourself.

The theme this week is Home Decor. We want to see something that you have created for your home. This can be something you display all the time or it can be something seasonal. Maybe something you've had around for awhile and are proud of or something new you create this week. Whatever it is, it must feature Close To My Heart products in some way (new or old). And we would love to hear what is special about your project - why it was made, who it was made for, what it means to you.

The Design Team has some decor items to share with you so let's see what's in store with the team:









Ahhh, such beautiful items! It's so nice to know that we can use our creativity to brighten up our living spaces as well as creating cards and projects that brighten others' days.

So now it's your turn! Post your home decor and tell us all about it. You have until the end of the month to play along with all of the challenges of the month in order to win one of two prizes from our fabulous sponsors - Lori Brown and Angie Parchey! So keep on posting - we love to see what you are creating!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Times 3

Wow you all really put your best foot forward on that color challenge! Thanks for playing along with us!!

This week, we're going to really challenge you but I think you will enjoy it! Our challenge this week is called Times 3. We want you to use three different stamps to create a scene on a card. These do not have to be from different stamp sets (although that would be cool!) but there must be three separate images used that together create a scene. Make sense? Take a look at what the DT came up with and I'm sure you'll have your thinking caps on in no time!

Up first is our talented Guest DT for March - Mary Gunn!

Wait till you see the complete project at Mary's blog - be sure to check it out! So cute!!









Now it's YOUR turn! Don't forget that there are two great prize packages up for grabs at the end of the month- one from sponsor Angie Parchey and the other from sponsor Lori Brown so be sure to play along all month long to increase your chances of winning! We're looking forward to your Times 3 project - happy creating!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The February Top Ten

It's time to announce the Top Ten picks from all of the February entries and boy, was there a lot of eye-candy to look through! Thanks to everyone who played along with our challenges and we hope you continue to do so!!

Without further ado, here are our Top Ten:

From Sketch week -


From Kissing week -


From Hearts week -


And from "Cold" week -


And our top chick for February and our Guest DT for April is - - - -

Shari Maclaskey! Congratulations to all of the Top Ten!

You will receive your badge code by email. The following people need to contact me to get their badge code (I couldn't find your email address on your blog) - Jess, Tammy, Jody, Amy and Joelle

It's a new month with new challenges and we hope you will continue to be inspired and play along! You just might be in our next Top Ten!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Scrapbooking Layout

I have a new sketch posted over at the H2H Scrapbooking tab for all you scrapbookers who need to get some photos into an album - and you know who you are! Come join me!!

(Be sure to leave any comments on the scrapbooking post HERE at this post - thank you!)