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!

Monday, February 25, 2013

CAS - Clean and Simple

Welcome to the last H2H Challenge of the month and we've got a GOOD ONE for you this week!
 
It's all about keeping it CLEAN AND SIMPLE (CAS)...
 
Here's what our Guest Designer and DT have for you to get your creative juices flowing. 
 
Remember you have 'till midnight on Saturday, March 2nd to get ANY AND ALL February Challenges posted! 
 
Let's get on to the FUN STUFF...You can click on the DT Member's name under their creation to visit their blog and see additional photos and details.  Don't forget to leave 'em some love!
 
 
Our guest designer Rachel has this egg-cellent CAS card for us:
   

 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't forget to read the guidelines at the top left and use the 'linky tool' below with a link that goes DIRECTLY TO YOUR H2H CHALLENGE POST! 
 
Thanks for playing along...you'll have 'till Saturday, March 2nd to link up this challenge as well as any of the other challenges for this month:
 
     

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tag! You're It!

How about those LOVEly creations last week? Thanks to everyone who is joining us.  Remember that you have all month to play with any of our February challenges.  This week's challenge is TAGS.  Tags come in all sizes and have a variety of uses. You can use tags on a card, on a scrapbook page as an accent or journaling spot, on a gift box/bag, dangle on a door knob, make a tag mini album, etc. Another great thing about tags is you get to use up some of your scraps. So grab your favorite paper pack and those scraps and start building some tags for this week's challenge.

This week our "A" Design Team has created some amazing tags.  Please click on each designers' name to learn more about their project on their blog.  First up is our guest designer, Rachel. Thank you so much Rachel for your awesome inspiration!

And here is the rest of our amazing design team...







Now it's your turn to show us your Tag because You're It!  Be sure to use mostly CTMH products and link up below. We can't wait to see what you come up with! Don't forget you have all month to enter your project for February. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Love is in the Air

It's that time of year. No, unfortunately not when the weather starts warming up. But our hearts sure are! Thanks to all of you who are playing along with any of our February challenges! You have until 3/2 to link up your project.  Did you check out our January Top 10?

This week our "B" Design Team has created some eye candy with their take on our theme, "love is in the air." Please click on each designers' name to learn more about their project on their blog.

First up is our guest designer, Rachel. Thanks for joining us this week!


And here is the rest of our amazing design team...



 


Now it's your turn to show us your take on "Love is in the Air." Be sure to use mostly CTMH products and link up below. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

January Addicts & Top 10!

First and foremost, our All Star Alumnae Design Team wants to thank EVERYONE who has played along in 2013!  We love seeing all of your creations.  You truly inspire us, so much so that you make it really hard to narrow down our favorite choices from all of our wonderful January submissions.  In our minds, you're all winners for playing along right here!

Before we get to our Top 10, we'd like to recognize all of our H2H "addicts" who played along with all of the January challenges.  We are so proud of you!  Be sure to grab your badge from our sidebar at left.  (If I've left anyone off the list, it is certainly an accident.  Please email me at h2hchallenges@gmail.com if I've made an error.  Thanks!)
*Joanne Barnes
*Amie Kiger
*Pam Korte
*Hansi
*Pam E.
*Kelly Brandt

Now it's time to announce our January Top 10!  Please grab your badge from our sidebar too.  Congrats to...

Week 1: Snow Much Fun
Amy G.

Amy M.
Week 2: Hot Cocoa
Amie K.
Hansi

Jeannie
Week 3: Fancy Folds
Pam K.

Tracy H.
Week 4: All That Glitters
Amie K.

Kelly B.

Wendy C.
Our January "Top Chick" is....   drumroll please....

Amie K.


Again, we would like to congratulate everyone who plays along here at H2H and especially our January winners.  Our February challenges are in full swing, and you have until 3/2 to play along with any of them.  Hope to see you here again soon!







Monday, February 4, 2013

1st February Challenge - Home Decor

Good Monday morning to you all and welcome to February! I don't know about you but I sure don't want to believe the groundhog's prediction of 6 more weeks of winter! Spring can't get here fast enough for me! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for another awesome challenge! 

This week's challenge is all about home decor! We all have our own style of home decor, right? So this challenge is going to be lots of fun. Think about that one piece of home decor that you've been wanting to make and just get started on it! I can't wait to see what you create! I think you are going to be inspired and blown away by Design Team A's creations so kick back with a favorite beverage and check out their blogs below.


Here is what February's Guest Designer Rachel Loesch has created for us! Didn't I say you'd be blown away? 


Rachel

Angela

Carol

Haley

Jody


Lucy


Tamytha


I'm sure impressed with all this gorgeous home decor. How about you? Now it's your turn to show us what YOU can create. Read the rules below and get started now! Remember, you have until March 2 to join in any of February's challenges. 

Here are the rules if you choose to play: 
*Our challenges are open to everyone!
*To enter, use the challenge of the week to inspire you and post your results to your personal blog or other online gallery.
*Be sure to come back here and use a direct link* to your challenge post so we can see your artwork!
*In order to enter a challenge, you must use CTMH products but your project does not have to be 100% CTMH.
*If you use something from another company, please consider including details in your project's description.
* You MUST mention H2H challenges in your blog post (and a link back to us would be appreciated).

*Spread the word about our challenge blog by including our badge on your blog.
*Most importantly, have fun creating - the Close To My Heart way!
*Any entries not following the above rules are subject to having their link removed.

(*To direct link, please leave a link that takes us directly to your blog/gallery page that includes your challenge post - not to your blog home page. To do this, after you've published your post, click on the title. That URL in your browser window is the one that you want to copy & paste into the InLinkz.)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Introducing our February Guest Designer...

Rachel Loesch!  We're excited to have her share her talent with us this month.  (You, too, could become a guest designer by playing along at H2H and being selected to the Top 10 for the month.)
Hello! My name is Rachel, and I live in Sacramento, CA. I’m happily married with a very supportive husband who understands my passion for crafting. Besides paper crafting, I enjoy baking sugar cookies and cake pops. It’s not so much the baking that I enjoy, but the decorating (and the eating)!
I consider myself more of a card maker than a scrapbooker since I rarely do layouts, although I really need and want to work on my scrapbooks. I got completely hooked on paper crafting with the introduction of the Cricut. I bought the original Baby Bug as soon as it came out and remember showing it off to my scrapping friends at our monthly crop. Now, I have an Expression, Cake and Imagine machines, plus everyone in my group has a Cricut, too!

I became a CTMH consultant almost 5 years ago, mainly as a hobbyist. I was so thrilled with the introduction of the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge that I decided to try to focus on building my hobby into a business. So last year, I attended my first CTMH convention in Dallas, Texas. WOW!! I sure had a blast and learned a lot, it was so exciting!

When the CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge was unveiled, I was beyond amazed at all it could do! I was rooming with my upline, Mary Thompson, during the convention and we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning chatting about how we couldn’t wait to get Artiste and play with it at home. We decided to start a blog devoted to projects made with the CTMH cartridges and products, and our “Cricut with Heart” blog was born! Our first post was on July 31, 2012. It’s still going strong today with over 160 projects posted. We’re getting new blog followers all the time and we’d love to have you join us. It’s so wonderful to get feedback from our blog readers!

I am super excited to be chosen as the guest designer this month. I’m in love with the new Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book and all the new products, and can’t wait to see what the H2H All Star Design Team has to share. Thanks for having me, and I hope I can inspire at least one person with my creations. Happy Crafting!"

Friday, February 1, 2013

January Challenges End Saturday!

Just a quick reminder that the Linkies will close Saturday night for all our January challenges. We'll be back Monday with our first February challenge, and our January Top 10 will be posted mid-week. Thanks for joining us and showing your CTMH pride!