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, September 27, 2012

Meet our October Guest DT!

It's almost time for a new month and with it, a new Guest DT! But first a big THANK YOU to Amy who was with us in September. It was great creating alongside you Amy!

And now, let's meet our October Guest DT, Tracy Holmes:



I am the stay-at-home-mom of two great kids and married to a wonderful man, who lovingly supports my paper crafting addiction!  I discovered paper crafts about two years ago while organizing my kids birthday parties.  It was such a blast researching and creating the invitations, decorations and loot bags, and since then, I have gotten into cards, 3D projects and the odd scrapbook page. In May 2011, I became an Independent Consultant for Close To My Heart, and more recently asked to join the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette design team.  It has been such an inspiration and boost to my creative mojo, and I am continually amazed and awed by the wonderful talent of the paper crafting community.
Welcome Tracy - we're glad to have you on board for the month. While we wait for Tracy's first project coming this Monday, be sure to stop by her blog and say hello: Paper Craft Nut.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Christmas Time! Part One

I KNOW!  Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner and my FAVORITE - Christmas!!!  This week's challenge is to create anything Christmas.  This will be the first of our Christmas challenges and you get to pick whatever - be it a card, tag, scrapbook page, etc.   Grab those Close to My Heart goodies and show us what you can do with them.

This is our last challenge for September so please make sure to get your entries in for all the September challenges by thius coming Saturday at 10:00 pm EST!!

Take a look at what our guest designer, Amy, has whipped up for us:


And now what our design team B has come up with and I do hope it will inspire you:














Love it!  Aren't you just ready to play along???? I hope so. 


Here's how to join in this week's challenge:
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your Christmas 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. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating.
  7.  Please consider turning off word verification if you'd like to get comments (you can always enable comment moderation if you're concerned about spam).
  8. Thank you to all our H2H participants and Design Team.  You all help keep our creativity on!



Monday, September 17, 2012

Sketch Time


We're excited to share another cool sketch for you to try! Here at H2H, we love seeing what YOU create - are you up for it?  Use this sketch as the starting point and let those creative juices flow.

Remember to use some of your favorite Close To My Heart products.  You'll have until early October to play along with any of our September challenges, so what are you waiting on?  We love and appreciate our H2H players!


Now let's see what our guest designer, Amy, has created.  

Thank you, Amy!

Here's the talented Team A, starting with Kelly:






 
 
Are you inspired?  We hope so!  Now it's your turn!  Please use some CTMH products and this sketch as the basis of your creation.  Upload your project to your blog or an online gallery (using keyword H2HSketch16).  Please consider turning off word verification if you'd like to get comments (you can always enable comment moderation if you're concerned about spam).  You have all month to play along, so get your sketch on!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

August's Top Ten (finally)

I am so sorry for getting August's Top Ten posted so very late into September.The truth is, I simply forgot. My bad! So here they are, better late than never:

Sympathy card challenge:



 
Dog Days challenge:




Color challenge:



Back to school challenge:



And the top chick of the Top Ten is:

Tracy!
Congratulations to all! Your badge information will be in your email inbox soon!

See you all tomorrow for another challenge!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Scrapbook Layout from Cheryl

We're back to our monthly scrapbook layout sketches from the talented Cheryl and wait till you see the awesome sketch she has for you this month! Just follow along to the H2H Scrapbooking page (use the tab at the top of the page) and be sure to leave any comments on this post.

Here is Cheryl's sample layout to pique your interest  :


Enjoy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's Time to GO BIG!


Thanks so much for joining us here at H2H!  If you thought it was hard to fit all your bling and embellishments onto last week’s mini cards, then this is the week for you!  It’s going to be a big one!  Biggie cards, that is!  The challenge is to create a card larger than the standard A2 (4 ¼” by 5 ½”) that we all make so often.  We would love to see what you create, so get crafting, and don’t forget to GO BIG!  

To offer a little inspiration, here are the creations of our September Guest Designer Amy, followed by those of Design Team B here at H2H.



Created by: Amy (our FABULOUS September Guest Designer)



Created by: Angel  


Created by: Dorothy


Created by: Dania



Created by: Haley


Created by: Nancy


Created by: Cheryl
       
We hope we have inspired you to thing BIG!  We’d love to see your BIGGIE cards here too!  Here's how to join in this week's challenge:
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your BIGGIE card!
  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. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating! 
  7. Finally, you have the whole month of September to join us on any of our September challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!

Happy crafting!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Time for a Mini Card Challenge @ H2H


Happy Labor Day! This week is all about mini cards! WHAT? Yes, you got it right!! We will challenge you to create mini cards smaller than a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card. The purpose of our challenges is to help you expand your imagination as immense as the Universe is, and when you combine it with the wonderful line of products that Close To My Heart has to offer you, we are 100% sure you will create a unique and amazing project. You'll have the whole month of September to join us on any of our September challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!
 
H2H designers, as well as followers, would love to see what YOU create...come and share your art with us! For a start, we want to share with you our SEPTEMBER Guest Designer, AMY's creation:
 
 
 
Created by: AMY [GUEST DESIGNER]
 
And now, here is Team A's inspiration for you this week:
Created by: KELLY

Created by: SHIRLEY

Created by: ERIN
 
 Created by: CAROLINE
 
 And of course....
Created by: MADELINE :0) [ME]
 

Here's how to join in this week's challenge:
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your MINI CARDS.
  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.
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating.

Here at H2H, we love to see what YOU create, so let's go! AND don't forget to check out our Design Team's blogs by clicking on their names each week. They have lots of inspiration for you every day!
Happy CRAFTING!!
Madeline