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!

Monday, January 27, 2014

In the Spotlight!

Isn't it lovely when challenges can be interpreted in different ways?  This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, there are two ways that you complete our challenge.

We want you to put someone or something in the spotlight! Is there a certain event that has recently happened that you would like to spotlight?  Perhaps someone you know ran in a marathon, danced in a recital, was recognized for a special award, or received a trophy on a sports team. 

Or, perhaps you have been itching to try out the spotlight technique that can be used when stamping.  Whichever way you decide to create this week, we can't wait to see your finished product!

Let's see what Team Cocoa has created this week!

First up, our guest designer Debbie:


Now, for our design team:

 


 


Don't forget to use at least some Close to My Heart products in your project.  This challenge, along with all our January challenges, even our scrapbook challenge, will end at the end of January- this Friday!  Just link up your project below so that we can view your finished product.  We hope you have fun creating!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Heart2Heart Challenge is a Two Faced Challenge

Welcome to another wonderful challenge. This week our Two Faced challenge is really a keen idea to help you use both sides of those two sided pattern papers. Yes, the Two Faced challenge is use both sides of a two sided pattern paper --

We would love to have you play along. Create a cute Two Faced themed project, be sure and use some cool Close To My Heart products, use the link below and share!

Our guest designer, Debbie, has shared a Cloud Nine inspired project


Now for Team Creme Brulee

Katy Taylor

LaJeania Hicks

Pam Korte


Debbie Reed

Shirley Ross

Thank you for taking the time to check out our Two Faced Challenge artwork and we hope that it inspires you to create a little goodie using both sides of a double side paper. Don't forget to come back and link it here. You have until the end of January and the only rule - use and mention Close To My Heart products.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Give Me a C - T - M - H!

Good Morning Crafters!!  Thanks to everyone who has joined us in the new year!  You have all month to play along with any of our January challenges, including our scrapbook challenge, Sentimental Journey.

This week our challenge is all about "CTMH". That's right, we want you to create a project using the letters "C", "T", "M", and "H" in some way.  You can use the letters themselves or use a product or technique using the letters.  Maybe you want to use Card stock, a Technique, etc.  OR you can come up with another clever way to incorporate the letters into your project!

Be sure to use some CTMH products in your creation, explain how your project fits this week's challenge, and of course be sure to mention your favorite challenge blog, Heart 2 Heart, in your post.

Check out our guest designer Debbie's gorgeous creation:

And our Team Cocoa designers' creations:
Brandi Robinson


Lucy Kelleher

Jen Patrick
Brittany Sanfillippo

How will you interpret this challenge????

You have until the end of the month to participate in this week's challenge, and all of the rest of January's challenges as they're unveiled.  (Don't forget about our other challenges this month too!)  The only rule that we have is that you use and mention Close To My Heart.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, New Beginnings

It's time for the first challenge of 2014, and we're all about NEW beginnings here at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  Our first challenge is to use something NEW on your project: maybe a new product, a new technique, a new baby, or anything that is NEW to you.  Be sure to use some CTMH products in your creation, explain how your project fits the NEW challenge, and of course be sure to mention your favorite challenge blog, Heart 2 Heart, in your post.  Thanks!

Now for a little NEW inspiration, first up is our new guest designer, Debbie Bonczek.
Both of our teams are playing this week, so here we all are (in no particular order).  You'll want to check out each DT's blog to find out the "new" element as it may or may not be readily apparent.


Jen





Now that you've seen our NEW inspiration, how will you interpret this challenge?  You have until the end of the month to participate in this first challenge, and all of the rest of January's challenges as they're unveiled.  (Don't forget about our Sentimental Journey scrapbook challenge this month too!)  The only rule that we have is that you use and mention Close To My Heart.  Happy crafting in 2014!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year, New Design Teams

We've already introduced our new H2H Designers, and now we'd like to share our new teams with you too!

Our Creme Brulee Team will feature:
Shirley Ross
Katy Taylor
Pam Korte
LaJeania Hicks
Debbie Reed

Playing on alternate weeks is our Team Cocoa:
Lucy Kelleher
Brittany Sanfillippo
Jen Patrick
Brandi Robinson
Haley Dyer

"See" you Monday with our first weekly challenge of the year.  Don't forget about our new monthly scrapbooking challenge feature.  You have all month to play along with any of the January 2014 challenges.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year, New Guest Designer

It's time to introduce our January 2014 guest designer, Debbie Bonczek!  We're so glad to have her help us kick off the new year.


Crafting has always been a part of my life, with early memories of a potholder loom and door-to-door sales when I was very young in the 70’s.  But there was a day back in 1997 when my sister-in-law’s sister took me to a scrapbooking class, and I was hooked.  It turned into a love of all things paper . . . and stamping is one of those!  I love stamping and ink, and I became a big fan of Close To My Heart shortly thereafter.  What’s not to love about those gorgeous clear stamps? 

I love the entire creative process, and these days it is my therapy and keeps me from quitting my day job, which supports my inky habits.  After a long day at the office, I try to enjoy some time cutting, folding, inking, and gluing.  I’m a big fan of challenges, because they push you to explore creativity from different angles and to think outside of the box.  They also give you the opportunity to look at everyone’s creative designs inspired by the very same challenge.  I hope you will all play along with us this month.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

*NEW* Monthly Scrapbooking Challenges Begins TODAY!

Here at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we have something NEW up our sleeves (or from our craft bag?) for 2014!  We are issuing a monthly scrapbooking challenge in addition to our regular weekly Monday challenges!  You will have the entire month to play along with the month's theme.  (You can find the monthly challenge by clicking on the H2H Scrapbooking tab at the top or click HERE).  That's also where you'll find the InLinkz link up tool to add your submission.)  We'll be selecting at least one of our Top 10 monthly winners (and possibly our Top Chick) from our scrapbooking contestants, so get those memories preserved, CTMH-style, and link up before the month is out.

Our January challenge is Sentimental January.
           * 12" x 12" page layout(s) involving a sentimental moment with friends, family, or pets (past or present).
           * Must use a CTMH Exclusive Stamp Set featuring a sentiment, and let's see some journaling. 
           * At least 1 photo is required.

We have to extend a huge THANK YOU to our scrapbook captain, Sandra!