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!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Welcome our June Guest DT

Just a reminder - you have until this Saturday at 10:00 pm EST to enter the May challenges and be considered for a spot in our Top Ten!

Now on to an introduction - but first, a farewell. Thank you to Susie Rostad for joining us as our Guest DT in May - we enjoyed having you and your artwork here with us!!

Now say hello to our June Guest DT, Laura Charko:


Here's a little info from Laura:

" I am a crafter through and through! I just can't look at a piece of paper, a new stamp, or an embellishment and not imagine creating something with it!  More than anything, I love to share my passion for papercrafting, vinyl work, and stamping with everyone! I really do believe that EVERYONE is an artist and I strive to help others uncover their creative side.   I enjoy working on custom projects for those looking for that "perfect" gift or card, and love to pass along helpful tips, tricks, and ideas I find and learn along the way through my blog.  It is an absolute honour to be the guest designer for the month of June, here at Heart2Heart!  I look forward to sharing ideas with you all, and can't wait to see what you come up with too! "


You can pop by and say howdy to Laura at her blog KOLA Designs. Glad you're here with us this month, Laura!

And finally, June will be the last month for the current design team members so watch for details on how YOU can apply to be part of the next team to be posted soon!

See you Monday with a new challenge!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Add a Photo Challenge

This week our challenge is to add a photo to a project. For many of us Scrapbookers our photos are the most important aspect to our craft. Used on a scrapbook layout they capture a moment or tell a story. You can also incorporate photos on cards, home made frames or other 3D projects.

Show us how you add photographs to your projects and please share your story behind the photos as well!

Here is some artwork from the Design Team to get your inspiration started, kicking off with this layout from our Guest DT Susie~

Thanks for playing along with us this month Susie!

 Amy



 Lucy


As a reminder here are the updated rules/guidelines for our challenges:

* All links must be to artwork that fits the challenge for the week and contain Close To My Heart products. If it does not include CTMH products, the link will be removed.

* All links must be directly to the specific post with the artwork for the challenge. To do this, compose your post, publish it and then click the title of the post. This should take you to a page that has only that one post on it. This is the page we need a link to - not to your whole blog. If the link sends us to your entire blog, your link will be removed.

* Your blog post MUST mention that you are entering the challenge at H2H and link to our site. If you don't mention H2H in your post, your link may be removed.

* Please consider turning OFF word verification for your comments as it makes it much more time consuming for our DT members to leave you comments.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Distressing Challenge

This week's challenge is to add some distressing to your project and be sure to tell us how you used distressing!

Our guest designer Susie Rostad created this beautiful card:
Susie

And here's the artwork from the rest of the design team:
We hope you'll find some wonderful ideas here - and please share your creations with us! Don't forget to include CTMH products.  Get crafty, post your creation online, and then copy and paste your direct URL into Mr. Linky, below.


As a reminder here are the updated rules/guidelines for our challenges:

* All links must be to artwork that fits the challenge for the week and contain Close To My Heart products. If it does not include CTMH products, the link will be removed.

* All links must be directly to the specific post with the artwork for the challenge. To do this, compose your post, publish it and then click the title of the post. This should take you to a page that has only that one post on it. This is the page we need a link to - not to your whole blog. If the link sends us to your entire blog, your link will be removed.

* Your blog post MUST mention that you are entering the challenge at H2H and link to our site. If you don't mention H2H in your post, your link may be removed.

* Please consider turning OFF word verification for your comments as it makes it much more time consuming for our DT members to leave you comments.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May Scrapbook Layout

Cheryl is back with another great scrapbook layout for you to try! Click over to the H2H Scrapbooking page (link at the top - see it up there?) and check out her sketch that goes with this great finished layout:


Leave any comments here at this post. Enjoy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Polka Dots and Stripes Challenge!

This week's challenge is a salute to trendy polka dots and stripes!  Get your spotty polka dotty fun on and create a project to share with us this week.  Want to step it up a design notch?  Add some stripes for flair and pizazz!

This week's challenge works perfectly with the new Close to My Heart special "Dotty for You" papers.  So perfectly our entire design team independently chose to work with these papers this week!  While you don't have to use this particular paper, you do need to use Close to My Heart products and mention this challenge site in your post!  Have fun playing this week!

Here's the Design Team's work starting with this month's Guest Designer, Susie Rostad:







We can't wait to see what you create!

Paige
If you missed the April Top Ten post, scroll down! I also want to recognize the players who participated in every April challenge. They are:
Arlene B.
Jen Rubio
Jody Gustafson
Cindy L.
Gail Gross
Lisa Bzibziak
Pamela Ellison

Good job ladies! Be sure you pop over to our Badges page and grab the Addicted to H2H badge code for your blog. And keep on playing with us!!

Please enter this week's challenge below. PLEASE FOLLOW ALL POSTED RULES OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE REMOVED. Thank you.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Top Ten Dozen!

April was a long month with 5 weeks of challenges here at Heart 2 Heart so I'm stretching our usual Top Ten to a dozen fabulous entries - perfect for Mother's Day!

Here are our choices:

Easter/Spring week:




Sketch week:


Stitching week:





Photo Inspiration week:



Flowers week:


And our Top chick of the Top Ten (Twelve) honor goes to:

Laura! Congratulations!!


Emails will be going out with badge codes in just a few minutes. Barb, I need you to contact me with your email address please! I couldn't find it on your blog.

See you all tomorrow with another Heart 2 Heart challenge!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner (less than a week, kids!!! so go buy your mama something nice!) and while we have just one specified holiday for Mom, shouldn't we celebrate our Mothers every day? So this week we want to see what you create for your Mom. Here's some sweet samples from our DT, starting with our new Guest DT Susie:

Sooo pretty! Glad you're joining us this month Susie!

And now for the rest of the team:







What Mother wouldn't love to get these beauties??! Now we want to see what you create! Just follow the rules below and then leave your link.

* All links must be to artwork that fits the challenge for the week and contain Close To My Heart products. If it does not include CTMH products, the link will be removed.

* All links must be directly to the specific post with the artwork for the challenge. To do this, compose your post, publish it and then click the title of the post. This should take you to a page that has only that one post on it. This is the page we need a link to - not to your whole blog. If the link sends us to your entire blog, your link will be removed.

* Your blog post MUST mention that you are entering the challenge at H2H and link to our site. If you don't mention H2H in your post, your link may be removed. This is a new rule.

* Please consider turning OFF word verification for your comments as it makes it much more time consuming for our DT members to leave you comments.

We'll announce the Top Ten for April soon! Thanks for playing along with us!
BE SURE TO INCLUDE CLOSE TO MY HEART PRODUCTS BEFORE LINKING UP!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Please welcome....

First want to give a big shout out to Geri, our April Guest DT - thanks for joining us!! You can visit Geri at her blog here: Home Sweet Home.

And please welcome our May Guest DT, Susie:


"My name is Susie Rostad. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 20 years. I have been married to my husband Tim for 22 years (next month, May 19th). We have 3 sons: Caleb is 20, Jesse is 18, and Josiah is 16. I began scrap-booking and card-making in the early 90's when my boys were young. I loved the creative outlet that these hobbies offered. I was introduced to D.O.T.S. back then but never seemed to keep a consistent consultant to stay informed with the company, so I was excited to become a CTMH consultant in January 2011. I live in Fergus Falls, MN, and we raise chickens, have 2 cats, and our dog Buddy. I am honored to be the May Guest Design Team member for H2H!"

Pop by and leave a warm welcome for Susie at her blog: Susie's Stamping Corner. Susie will be with us starting this coming Monday when we announce our next H2H challenge!  Have you entered all the challenges for April? You have until this Saturday at 10 pm EST to enter and be eligible for a spot in our Top Ten - or maybe even be our next Guest DT!

See you Monday!