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, May 27, 2013

Nip and Tuck

Nope ... we're not talking about that FX TV show!  We're taking about adding sewing to your creations this week!  That's right -- we're adding another dimension to our creations.  You can join in even if you're not a "real" seamstress or can't sew a button because for this challenge you can do it for real or for "faux"!

Before I show you our Design Teams' creations, let me show you what our guest designer this week, Kelly Brandt of Scrapper Chic, created for this challenge:


Isn't that just fabulous????  Now on to our Design Team's awesome creations:
Carol Labuski
Angela Garcia
Haley Dyer
 


Lucy Kelleher

Jody Gustafson

Tamytha Jenkins

Now it's your turn!  What kind of creations have you made using sewing (real or faux) as an element?  Be sure to link up your project below -- make sure you have you used some Close to My Heart products!

Don't forget we are looking for new Design Team members for the July - December 2013 period.  Click on this link to get all the details!

Also we are still looking for entries into our May scrapbook challenge!  Link up your project by clicking here

Have a wonderfully crafty day!

Lucy

Monday, May 20, 2013

Creature Feature with H2H...

Welcome to this week's challenge featuring CREATURES!  That's any sort of creature and any interpretation!  We're looking for you to show us what you've got...
Here's what our Guest Designer and the Design Team has put together to get your creative juices flowing!









Now...we challenge you to make your own creation featuring creatures...any kind, any color, any type!  Don't forget to use CTMH product...it's the rule!  Leave a comment here and tell our wonderful DT members how much you love their artwork...and, don't forget to visit their blogs and check out more pictures of the projects you see above!
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Speaking of Design Teams...we want you!!!  It's that time again where we want to show us your best and be chosen as an H2H Challenges Design Team Member...you can find out more HERE!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Design Team Call for July-December 2013

Do you love Heart 2 Heart Challenges?  Want to share your Close To My Heart love?  Then consider applying for our Design Team!  It is almost the end of the first 2013 design team term, and it's time to apply for the July-December Design Team here at H2H.  If you’re still interested after reading through the requirements, send your application to h2hchallenges@gmail.com.  

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 team members to get a little "break" and gives them additional time to get 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 why you want to be a part of the team and how long you have been a consultant. (Jr. Consultant status is acceptable.)

* You MUST know how to write and publish a post on Blogger. Each DT member will have a few weeks in which they will be responsible for creating the Monday challenge post.  (It works out to be about once every two months.)  Don't worry - I 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 May 31.  I will make the selection of the new team members by June 10 and the new team will start on July 1!

Here are some more things to keep in mind about a position on the DT.  You are committing 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 Facebook Group the Saturday before the challenge begins (for the July-December 2013 term).
*Make an effort to post your artwork on any other boards/galleries you belong to and advertise our challenge blog whenever and wherever 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.
*Participate in any extra programs that we may decide upon as a team.  (These are minimal and FUN!)
*Send in on your choices of winners in monthly awards (Top Ten) at the end of the month.
*Join a Facebook Group set up specifically for team members.  This group is how we communicate with each other and share our projects, etc.
*Visit the blogs of the challenge participants and leave comments.
*Be a member of Pinterest to help keep our boards active there (during your hostess week).  You only have to help on Pinterest when you are hostess (about once every other month), but you can help there more often if you like.

What you get in return:
* Commitment 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 h2hchalleges@gmail.com.)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

April's H2H Addicts and Top 10 Winners

It has been a beautiful spring here at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  We love seeing your amazing artwork.  Thank you so much for joining us, whether you're a novice or professional crafter.  We want to recognize our April Addicts, those wonderful gals who participated in ALL FIVE of April's challenges.  In no particular order, they are...
*Pam Korte
*Kelly Brandt
*Sarah Stone

For the record, Pam and Kelly has participated in every single challenge this YEAR! Way to go, ladies!  You have an extra special place in our hearts!

Please join me in congratulating our April Top 10!
Pun Fun Week:


Raindrops Keep Falling:

Button Up:
Bake a Cake:
Tuck It In:
Aren't these submissions fabulous?  It is so hard to narrow down our favorites to only one, but we did it.  April's Top Chick is....



Winners, be sure to grab your badge from the sidebar.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Don't forget about our cool May challenges going on right now.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Let's See Those May Flowers

Remember those April showers? Well now they have brought the May Flowers and we want to see Yours!
Flower photos, layered flowers, paper flowers, Cricut cut flowers, stamped flowers, resin flowers, fabric flowers...oh so many ways to share flowers. Our design team has collected quite a few gorgeous flowers to share with us. Click on their name to see more about their project.  Now we want you to create your favorite flowers and join us for this week's challenge.
Up first is our talented guest designer, Kelly:







Be sure to link up your flower project to the InLinkz collection below. You have until the end of the month to participate.  Don't forget that you must use some Close To My Heart products in your creation, or your link will be removed.  Thanks!  We look forward to seeing your beautiful flowers.

Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

Hello, and welcome to a new week of Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

This is a very special week to celebrate the often unsung heroes of our kids...TEACHERS! We want to see you create something special this week for a teacher in your or your kids' lives.

Our Guest Designer Kelly has this cute card to share:

Here is some inspiration from our Design Team. Click their name to read more about their projects.













Be sure to link up your teacher appreciation project to the InLinkz collection below. You have until the end of the month to participate.  Don't forget that you must use some Close To My Heart products in your creation, or your link will be removed. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy National Scrapbooking Month! *Special Challenge*

In honor of National Scrapbooking Day today and the entire National Scrapbooking Month (which is how we paper addicts refer to the 5th month of the year), we are encouraging all of you Heart 2 Heart players to share a favorite layout (old or new) with us!  Use the "scrapbooking" tab to link up your layout.  Remember to follow our H2H guidelines of using some CTMH products in your project.  Please also mention in your post that you're sharing with us at H2H for NSM 2013.

Here's some extra special inspiration from some of our Guest Designer Kelly and some of our Design Team:
Guest Designer Kelly
Jody

Katy

Carol
Angela
Paige
Jayma
Lucy
Tamytha
If you'd like to share a special layout with us for National Scrapbooking Month, go to the H2H Scrapbooking tab at the top of the page and link up your creation there.  (The link will be open the entire month, so please join us!)  Happy scrapping!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Our May Guest Designer

Won't you join me in welcoming our May Guest Designer, Kelly Brandt?  She's probably no stranger to you Heart 2 Heart fans, because not only was she our March Top Chick, but she has participated in every single challenge so far this year.  That's right, EVERY. SINGLE. CHALLENGE!
Here's what she writes:
Hi! My name is Kelly, and I live in Kamloops, BC.  My hubby and I have two great sons (19 and 22), and two great dogs. I am a Business Administrator by day and a paper-a-holic for life. I have a Doctorate in the Close to My Heart Training Academy.
 
My crafting craziness was set in motion when my friend forced me to do my first scrapbook.  Oh, it was painful and I never wanted to do it! It was of my youngest son's hockey days. Well by the time that weekend was over, I was hooked and haven't looked back!  Five years now, thank you Sharon! Next came a Cricut, a Big Shot and a room dedicated to scrapping in the house. Now it is an obsession for sure, and a way of relaxing and having the feeling of being free from everyday stuff. I have sold CTMH for two years and have two groups of awesome ladies in my monthly clubs. I love to blog so I can share what I love, and hopefully instill this great craft in others.
 
I am thrilled to be the May guest designer for H2H, as it is my favorite challenge out there, and one that I am totally dedicated too.
 
Happy crafting.
 
Kelly
Thanks, Kelly, for joining us this month!  We look forward to your creative take on our May challenges, which will begin on Monday.  

Remember, you have until Saturday to complete our final April challenge.