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!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Color Challenge!

Thanks to everyone who played along with our challenges through the month of August. Saturday was your last day to play along and be eligible for the fabulous prizes from our fabulouser sponsors! Thank you Melinda and Lisa for sponsoring us! Want to know who won those great prizes? The winners are......drumroll.......Amy White and Karen C. (BusyBusyHoneyBee)....please contact me with your mailing info at mbryt1@bex.net and I will forward it to the sponsors.

I also have a new "award" to give to a few special participants. It's our Addicted to H2H award and can be earned by anyone who plays along with every challenge during the month. For August, the winners are:

MaryGunnFUNN http://marygunnfunn.blogspot.com/
Belinda K. http://queenbeesmusings.blogspot.com/
Sheila H. http://bigredscraps.ning.com/profile/Sheila
Elizabeth http://ejoym.blogspot.com/
Mrs. Chad T http://www.mrschadt.com/

If you should be on this list and we missed you, contact Haley at inkyscrapper@gmail.com. The code for the Addicted to H2H badge can be found on our Heart 2 Heart Badge page (link at the top). Display it proudly and thanks for playing along with us all month long!

No on to the current challenge. As we just ended the August challenges and the September challenges don't start until Labor Day, this is a non-prize week. I'm sure you will all be inspired to play along, even with no prizes at stake - especially after you see the awesome artwork from the Design Team!

Here are your colors for the week:  PEAR, SORBET, and COCOA


And here's the artwork you've been waiting to check out:







Are you ready to get your color challenge mojo going? We can't wait to see what you create! Just link up below - and be sure to use Close To My Heart products in your creation! And if you haven't been to our H2H Scrapbooking page, be sure to check and see what's new there, too!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School!

It's that time of the year when kids of all ages are heading back to the classroom. So to celebrate (if you're a Mom, you know you're celebrating!) we are creating cards and other goodies for Back to School. And we have a lot of artwork to share so let's get right to it!

First up, we have a card created by one of our sponsors this month, Lisa:

Super job Lisa! :) Thanks for playing along!

Next up is our Guest DT member, Debi:

How cool is that? Be sure to stop by Debi's blog to check this creation out more thoroughly~love it, Debi!

And now for the rest of the team:








Now that's going back to school with class! Come join the fun and get your back to school creation linked up below. And don't forget, there is still time to play along with all of this month's challenges. The deadline for ALL AUGUST challenges is this Saturday, Aug. 27th at 10:00 pm EST.  You might be in our next Top Ten!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Scrapbooking Layout Posted!

Sorry for the delay - the new sketch and layout sample from Cheryl are now posted at our Scrapbooking page - take a look and play along!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

CASE challenge

This week we have a different kind of challenge that we are offering From Our Heart to Yours! The Design Team is sharing cards with you this week that show what they consider their personal card-making style. You can check out what they have to say about their style (and the details about their card) at their blog and then here's your challenge:

Pick one of the DT cards to CASE. That stands for Copy And Share Everything. You do not have to copy it exactly but take the idea for your card from one of the DT cards below. Use the design of the card, the colors, the stamps - whatever you want to CASE from the card. Then create your own artwork and tell us which card you were inspired by and how you made it your own.

Make sense? Take a look at the DT cards below and check out each of their unique styles:







Now let's see your rendition of one of these cards. Remember, you are not copying the card exactly, but rather using elements that can be replicated in your own piece of artwork. CTMH products are a must! Happy CASEing~

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's been a little Hot, Hot, Hot!

Are you feeling the heat this summer? Then you've come to the right place because this week at H2H, we want you to show us "HOT" in your artwork. This could be shown in colors, images, words...whatever will make us think of the word "hot". Are you ready to get cooking?

Before we get to the samples, I just wanted to tell everyone a little about a special new badge availabel at H2H. It's called the Addicted to Heart2Heart badge and will be awarded to anyone who plays along with every challenge during the month. We are starting with the new badge this month so if you played last week, and continue to play each week until the end of the month, you will earn the badge to proudly display on your blog. Want to see what it looks like? Well you'll have to wait just a little bit longer because I ran out of time this weekend to get it ready. That's what happens when housework calls!

So let's get on with our hot artwork samples! First up is our Guest DT for August, Debi:

Debi's got the idea! Great interpretation Debi!








Such cool artowrk for our HOT theme! What will you create that says "hot"? We can't wait to find out! Play along by posting your artwork to your blog (be sure you use Close To My Heart products) and then link up here. And here's wishing you a cool week!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

July Top Ten, Winners and new badge!

I have a few announcements today so let's get to it:

First, I have randomly drawn the two participants from July's challenges to win the prizes from our generous sponsors and those winners are:

Belinda K and Violet!  Ladies, please send your mailing information to me at mbryt1@bex.net and I will send it along to the sponsors. Congratulations!

I also want to let you all know that there will be a new badge available starting tomorrow that can be "earned" by playing along with all of our challenges each month. We want to recognize those that play week after week so if you played this past week, you are eligible for the new badge if you continue to play each week in August. September will start a new month and so on. We see a lot of the same players weekly and want to be able to give them a little something special for all their continued support so keep playing along!! And thank you!

Now on to our July Top Ten:

From Inspiration, Part 1 week:


From Inspiration, Part 2 week:


From Doilies and Lace week:


And from the Sketch week:


And our Top chick of the Top Ten is.......

Jane! Congratulations to everyone in our Top Ten.

Keep playing along and maybe YOU will be in our next Top Ten!

**  Jennifer, Erin and Amy - I do not have your email address. If you would like the Top Ten badge information, please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net. Thank you.

See you all tomorrow for a new challenge!

Monday, August 1, 2011

August and Birthdays!

We have a lot of Birthdays in our family in August including my awesome son who turns 23 today! You can see my little bloggy tribute to him at Ridiculous Lab. Thanks for allowing me to plug my blog and my son. Now on to our next challenge!

In honor of the Birthday boy in my house, our theme is kid's birthdays. This can be cards, layouts, or other projects but it must be themed toward a child of any age (and of course it must include CTMH products).

Before we get to the samples, I do want to thank our outgoing sponsors, S'andra and Tonya. We enjoyed having you join us and I will send you your prize winners names later this week. Stay tuned for the winners to be announced later in the week. With the exit of these 2 fabulous sponsors, we welcome 2 new sponsors - Melinda Everitt and Lisa Sargent - welcome ladies and thank you for sponsoring prizes for August participants.

Here is the prize coming up from Melinda:


and the goodies from Lisa:


And all you have to do to possibly win is play along through the month with any of the challenges we post every Monday morning. You have all month to play along with one or more so we hope you'll join us!

Ok enough stalling - let's check out the samples from the DT:








Don't you wish you were a kid again? Be sure to visit the DT's blogs to find out more about each of their great contributions to this week's challenge. And then play along! Just link up below and be sure to leave the link to the specific page of your blog where your artwork appears. Happy creating~