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.
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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!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Introducing our October Guest Designer

Congratulations and welcome to our October guest designer, Becca Whitham!

I am a former D.O.T.S/CTMH consultant who still loves (and has way too much of) every scrap of paper and stamp.  In my non-crafting life, I am an aspiring author.  I've won a couple awards, finished a few novels, but am still several years away from having a publishable novel ready to sell.  I am an Army wife and mom currently living in Oklahoma, but Washington State will always be home.  My husband and I have been married almost twenty-nine years.  We have two grown children, one son-in-law, and no pets...or grandchildren...not that I'm, you know, hinting at anything. 

Thank you, Becca!  We're excited to have you join us here in October!  

Don't forget that all of our September challenges end Monday.  There's still a little time to link up!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Alphabet Soup

While the "lazy" days of summer fall behind us, we are excited to see so many of you playing along with our challenges!  Even if you can't play each week, feel free to leave our DT a little love in the comment section.  You have until the end of the month to play along with any of our September challenges, including this final one.  Thank YOU for making us a part of your online/crafty life!

Is the September weather starting to cool off where you are?  Is there a nip of fall in the air?  If so, then it's time to dish up some alphabet soup!  What do we mean by this challenge?  We are interpreting it to use multiple alphabets in your creations.  Maybe different stamp sets, maybe some Cricut love, or a little chipboard thrown in the mix?  No matter how you stir it, be sure to show off those cool fonts.  Variety IS the spice of life, after all!  As always, you are free to interpret  our challenges any way to your heart (or taste buds?) desire, as long as you use some Close To My Heart products in your creations.  (Please remember to mention your favorite challenge blog in your post and use the deep URL when you link up.)  Also, if you fail to use anything CTMH, we'll have to delete your entry.  Thanks for understanding.

Now, let's see what our guest DT, Wendy Coffman, has whipped up.  Thank you, Wendy, for sharing your talent with us throughout September!

Team Twilight got their creative juices stirring to share the following delectable creations with you.



 Lucy


Aren't these "soup-er?"  (Groan!)  Now it's time for you to make up your own alphabet soup and then join us!  Use the InLinkz tool below to link up your project(s).  You have until 9/30 to complete this and any of the H2H challenges. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

August's H2H Addicts and Top 10!

Where has the time gone?!?  Sorry to be so late to announce August's Heart 2 Heart ADDICTS and TOP 10!  Thank you to each and every one of our H2H players.  You are all wonderful to us!  The following lovely ladies participated in every August challenge.  Congratulations to...
*Jo Armstrong
*Hansi
*Debbie Reed
*Lillian Yeh

The DT had a difficult time as usual narrowing down your amazing projects, but we managed to select the following fabulous creations!  Congratulations to our August Top 10!
Bon Voyage:
Jo
Hansi
Lillian


Sentimentally Yours:
Becca

Jo
Lisa
Sing a Song:
Jody
Becca
Make a Scene:
Gretchen
Hansi
Our August Top Chick is the amazing...

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How about a little comment love for these talented ladies?

There is still time left to play along with all the of the September challenges, so maybe we'll see YOU here next month!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things!

Hi everyone!  Can you believe it is time for another challenge? September is just flying by!

We have a little bit of a Sound of Music theme going on right now at H2H, and to follow up last week's "brown paper packages tied up with string," Team Sunset is moving on to a few of our favorite things!  I don't know about you, but I sure got excited at the thought of this one!  :)

To get your creative juices flowing, we have a stunning showcase of "Favorite Things" to show you from our Design Team, starting with our Guest Designer, Wendy Coffman



Now check out each of the blogs for the members of Team Sunset as they reveal their own favorite things...

Melinda Everitt

Paige Dolecki

Pam Korte
Amie Kiger
Shirley Ross
Katy Taylor

So, tell us, what are YOUR favorite things?  Or, maybe you are humming along with the song right now looking for inspiration...raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens?  Creme colored ponies and crisp apple strudels?  Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes?  So many possibilities!  We sure can't wait to see what you are inspired to make for this one!   If you need a refresher of the rules, go HERE.  Just remember the MOST important rule--HAVE FUN CREATING!!!!  :)

Now go get your sparkle -or your favorite thing- on!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String



In the lovely musical The Sound of Music, Maria (Julie Andrews) sings a very catchy song titled, My Favorite Things.  Within this song, there is a line she sings that says, "Brown paper packages tied up with string..."  Do you know that song?  I bet you just sang it (in your best Julie Andrews impression, of course) while reading that sentence!

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we are asking all of you to interpret our challenge for this week.  You guessed it: brown paper packages tied up with string.  Perhaps you'll use Kraft or our neutral card stock.  Maybe you'll incorporate some of our bakers twine collection into your artwork.  Whatever you choose, we know you'll all create gorgeous artwork for us to admire!

Let's see what our September Guest Designer and Twilight Design Team created this week, shall we?


 

  

 


 

Now that you've viewed our artwork, we can't wait to view yours!  Please remember to create with at least some of the wonderful Close to My Heart products that you surely own.  We hope you enjoy the challenge for this week!  Don't forget to provide your link down below, as well.  Happy crafting, everyone!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Color Challenge: Sunset, Barn Red, Cashmere, and Gypsy

It’s does not seem possible that the month of September is already here! This week to help celebrate the first of the Fall colors that are beginning to grace the trees in the northern states we have a color challenge! It is up to you on how to interpret the color challenge. You can use neutral colors and must have CTMH sunset, barn red, cashmere and gypsy somewhere in the project. Have fun with this challenge featuring fall colors.

Our September Guest Designer: Wendy Coffman – Stamping Rules!

Wendy Coffman


Design Team Members:

Pam - kraftykorte

Amie Kiger

Katy Taylor


Paige Dolecki


Shirley Ross
Melinda Everitt


Now it is your turn to inspire the Heart2Heart design team with your interpretation of the color challenge. Please remember that the project must have CTMH sunset, barn red, cashmere and gypsy somewhere in the project.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September's Guest Designer

It's time to introduce our September Guest Designer, and this talented lady is no stranger to H2H and our fans!  Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Wendy Coffman!


Hi! My name is Wendy Coffman, and I blog over at Stamping Rules. By day I am a busy mom to three active little boys, scratch cooking gluten free food, attempting to scale Mount Washmore, and volunteering at our co-op preschool. At night, usually fueled by too much Earl Gray and dark chocolate, I escape upstairs to my "Stamp Pad", where paper crafting gives me a mental vacation while creating beautiful keepsakes to preserve memories of our family and friends. I like to joke that I scrapbook mainly so I can remember all the good reasons why I love my sweet little rascals after a long day. I've been married for 15 years to my best friend John, who supports my addiction to all things CTMH with generous amounts of babysitting, patience, and praise for completed projects. I'm so excited to be a Guest Design Team member here at Heart 2 Heart this month!