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!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meet our July Guest DT

We're almost ready to kick off a new month and a new DT term and today I want to introduce you to our July Guest DT - Marg Van Patten:


I hail from the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" and enjoy all that Minnesota's four seasons have to offer ... most especially the photo opts! I've been snapping photos since childhood and never did anything creative with them until I was introduced to scrapbooking in 1996. I attended my first crop in 1998, fell in love with the "sport" and never looked back! I continue to advance my skills by participating in local and online workshops. I began digital scrapbooking in 2008 and dabble with cards, party favors, and home decor projects on a regular basis. While I enjoy most forms of paper art, traditional paper scrapbooking is my first love. Some of my other interests include entertaining family and friends, reading, gardening, moderate exercise, cooking, and listening to music.


In 2010 a dear friend and fellow crafter encouraged me to start up a blog and paticipate in challenges. Even when I don't have time to enter a challenge, I hop on through some of my favorite blogs, like H2H, for inspiration. There's huge amounts of talent here at H2H and I'm both honored and excited to be the DT Guest this coming month.


You can visit Marg at her blog: I Didn't Have Potatoes. She'll be joining us starting this coming Monday and we're happy to have her! Welcome Marg!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Announcing our new Design Team members!

I have a quick announcement today to share with everyone welcoming our new Design Team members who will ALL be starting July 2nd! Yep, you will get to meet each person in more detail on Monday when the entire team participates in the weekly challenge!!! But for now, please send a big congrats to the following new members:

Team A:

Kelly Brandt     http://kbrandtscrapperchic.blogspot.ca/    
     
Caroline Bredeson      http://www.cjmacbred.blogspot.com              

Erin Schulte            http://www.imcreaterin.blogspot.ca      

Madeline Morcelo       http://www.inkingfromtheheart.blogspot.com      

Shirley Ross        http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com           


Team B:

Angel Shifflett        http://www.angelctmh.blogspot.com        

Nancy Ball                http://www.ballisticdesign.blogspot.com        

Dorothy Seiler          http://dorothyscreativeoz.blogspot.ca        

Cheryl Cuddie         http://www.cherylcuddie.blogspot.com           

Dania Boise            http://www.dania-storiesinpictures.blogspot.com/    

I will soon have their links posted on the sidebar but in the meantime, feel free to stop by their blogs with the URLs posted here and tell them hello.

I'll be back in the next day or two to introduce you to July's Guest DT. See ya then!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Wedding challenge

So many things to share with you before we get to this week's challenge.

First off a big thank you to June's Guest DT, Laura Charko. We've enjoyed having you with us this month! There will be a new Guest DT announced later this week so stay tuned!!

I also want to extend a HUGE thank you to my incredible Design Team who are sharing their last artwork of their term this week with you. You have all been fantastic and consistent and artisitic and I have enjoyed working with you all. You will be missed but I hope you will still join in our challenges!!

Today is the last day to submit your application for the next round of the DT if you're so inclined. By tomorrow morning, a new DT will be chosen and they will be hard at work preparing for thier first challenge on July 2nd.

And now on to our challenge. It's all about WEDDINGS this week. Create a wedding card or gift, layout or other wedding related item. Here is what the Design Team created starting with our existing Guest Laura:








Are you ready to join us? #1 rule - PLEASE use Close To My Heart products in your artwork! Looking forward to what you create!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DT Applications

There is still time to apply for a spot on the next round of the H2H Design Team! You can find all the details on this post: New DT members. Send in your application today!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Ribbon Challenge

Thanks to all of those that played along with us for last week's challenge honoring Dads.  If you didn't get a chance to play along, it's not too late. You have until the end of the month to submit your project in order to be considered for June's Top Ten.

This week's challenge is to use a staple of every crafter's supply stash....RIBBON.  All you need to do is use ribbon on your project.  It's probably safe to say, we've all done this, so we'd love to see you kick it up a notch by using two or more different ribbons on your project, but it's not required.

What is required is that you...
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.  
  2. Use at least one kind of ribbon on your project.
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and directly link to your blog post, not your blog home page. 
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site. 
Failure to follow the challenge rules will disqualify your project and your link will 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.

Up first, our Guest DT, Laura:



Allisa Chilton

Haley Dyer

Mary Gunn FUNN

Tamytha Jenkins

Ann Marie Lessner

Jen Zimmerman
If you want more details on the design team's projects, simply click on the designer's name to be directed to their blog.

Now it's your turn!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Time for some scrapbooking!

Cheryl has another great sketch for all you scrapbookers to play with - it's over at the H2H Scrapbooking page. Here's her sample, just to get you inspired:


Pop over and join in the fun. Be sure to leave your comments on this post!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

May Top Ten

Sorry for the delay but some months it is just beyond hard making these Top Ten choices! Thanks to my great Design Team who help out along the way - I couldn't do it without them!

Speaking of the Design Team, I'm still taking applications for the next round of DT members starting in July so I hope you will consider trying out! The details on how to apply are in a post below so scroll down and check it out.

Ok so on to the Top Ten choices for May.

Mother's Day challenge:





Polka Dot (and Stripes) challenge:




Distressing challenge:




Add a Photo challenge:





Fabulous creations, everyone! And now for our top chick of the Top Ten.......


Congratulations Marg!
And congratulations to all! Your badge info will be emailed to you soon. Becca and Jane, I couldn't find your email address so if you need a badge, please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net.


Stay tuned tomorrow for a new H2H scrapbook sketch and we'll be back again Monday with an all-new challenge!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Father's Day!

* For information on how you can apply for our next Design Team round, please scroll to the post below this one and apply today!

This week at Heart to Heart, we want to see your creations made just for DAD!!!!!
It can be a scrapbook layout, a card, altered object and so on! Make it just for DAD!

Let's start with a with this gorgeous artwork from our Incredible Guest Design Team Member, Laura Charko!
And the rest of our Super Talented 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.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Design Team members wanted!!

It is almost the end of another DT term and it's time to apply for the next round of the Design Team here at H2H!

We will continue to have TWO Design Teams!! The teams will both have 6 month terms but will split the responsibilities with Team A inspiring us one week and Team B inspiring us the next. This allows the teams members to get a little "break" and gives them additional time to get their artwork ready for their week's challenge.

If you would like to be considered for one of the teams, here is the application process:

* Email me with your Name, Address, Blog Address, Email Address and a little bio about you. Be sure to tell me how long you have been a consultant (you MUST be a CTMH consultant to be considered for the team but you can be in Junior status) and why you want to be a part of the team.

* You MUST know how to write and publish a post on Blogger. Each DT member will have a couple of weeks in which they will be responsible for creating the Monday challenge post. Don't worry - I (and/or Haley) will be around to help out with this as well but please only apply if you are comfortable blogging.

* You must send photos of three of your pieces of artwork. DO NOT send me a link to your blog to look at your artwork there - I want you to pick what you consider three of your best and include them with the application.

ALL applications must be received by June 25th. I will make the selection of the new team members by June 29th and the new team will start on July 2nd!

Here are some more things to keep in mind about a position on the DT:

* You must be willing to join a Yahoo Group set up specifically for team members.
* You must be able to participate in every challenge for your team's week (posted by 6:00 am on Monday mornings) and have your artwork for each challenge posted to the DT Yahoo Group the Saturday before the challenge begins.
* You must be willing to post your artwork on any other boards/galleries you belong to and advertise our challenge blog whenever and where ever you can so we can continually grow in numbers of participants. We currently have a group at Paper Craft Planet and on Facebook that I would like DT members to join but this is optional.
* You will be expected to participate in any extra programs that we may decide upon as a team. You are also expected to weigh in on your choices of winners in monthly awards (Top Ten).
* You will be expected to visit the blogs of the challenge participants and leave comments.

What you get in return:

* Committment to producing artwork once every 2 weeks gives you an opportunity to create on a regular basis!
* Increased blog traffic which will hopefully lead to an increase in your business!
* Fun and fellowship with the entire team and a chance to meet new consultants and CTMH fans!


I think that about wraps it up. What are you waiting for? Send in your application today!! (Any questions can be directed to me at mbryt1@bex.net).

Monday, June 4, 2012

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - Color Challenge

What is black and white and red, blue, purple, yellow, green or orange all over?
This week's Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge!

We'd love to have you play along with us!
So get your black and white supplies plus ONE other color of your choice lined up to create!
Yep, your entries must use black, white and ONE other color only!

We'll start with a lovely entry from our Guest Design Team Member, Laura Charko!








Be sure to follow all of our posted rules and use Close To My Heart products in your artwork!!
CU this week!