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!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Design Team Call!

Do you love Heart 2 Heart Challenges?  Want to share your love of creating with Close To My Heart?  Then consider applying for our Design Team!  It is almost the end of the first 2015 design team term, and it's time to apply for the next round of the Design Team here at H2H.  Your term will be July-December.   If you’re still interested after reading through the requirements, send your application to h2hchalleges@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 teams members to get a little "break" and gives them additional time to get their 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.

* You MUST know how to write and publish a post on Blogger. Each DT member will have a couple of weeks (scattered throughout your six month term) in which you are responsible for hosting/writing the Monday challenge post. 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 23.  We will make the selection of the new team members by June 1 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 a challenge every other week (each of your team's weeks) and have your artwork for each challenge posted to the DT Facebook Group the Saturday before the challenge begins.
*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 an H2H page on Facebook that I would like DT members to join but this is optional.  (The Facebook DT group is required.)
*Participate in any extra programs that we may decide upon as a team. You are also expected to weigh in on your choices of winners in monthly awards (Top Ten).
*Join a Facebook Group set up specifically for team members.
*Visit the blogs of the challenge participants and leave comments.
*Serve as H2H blog hostess about once every other month.  (You must know how to use Blogger to do this.)
*Be a member of Pinterest to help keep our boards active there (during your hostess week).
*Your term would be July-December 2014 with an option to renew at the end of your term.
*Offer a small prize at least once during your term.

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.) 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring into Spring with Flowers

Another great week at Heart2Heart Challenges, are you up for it? Get out your stash of flowers or cut a few on the Cricut (my favorite flower making tool!) and play along.  (You have until Saturday to link up to this final April challenge.  All previous April challenges close on the 30th.)  We can't wait to see what you make!

Our guest designer, Katrina has some fashionable flowers for us!

Guest Designer Katrina

And our design team has some pretties created just for you.

Debbie Reed

Shirley Ross

We are looking forward to having you join in and share your floral creations.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Once Upon a Time

Here at Heart2Heart Challenges we are looking at all things fantasy with our Once Upon a Time Challenge.  What is your favorite childhood memory? Do you have a favorite place to travel?  What about childhood stories, bedtime routines??  How will YOU interpret Once Upon a Time?

Let's check in with the design team to see what they've created for you:



What will you create this week?  We can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!  Don't forget to use at least some Close to My Heart products in your design.  When you're finished, add your project down below to our link up! 

P.S.  Don't forget about our Lucky 777 giveaway!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time to Announce...

...our March Heart 2 Heart Addicts and Top 10!  You guys really inspire us!  We are so impressed by your creativity, and we appreciate that you take time to join us and get inky.

Our H2H Addicts are those insanely dedicated players who participate in each and every one of the month's challenges.  Our March ADDICTS are...
*Debbie Bonczek
*Lori Brown
*Katrina Brown, who once participated in all FIVE challenges (the scrapbook one too!)

Way to play, ladies!  Don't forget to snag your badge if this is your first time earning this honor.  (Just a quick note: your last name does NOT have to start with a B to be considered for the H2H Addicts badge!)

Now the ballots have been cast, the votes have been tallied, and it is time to announce our March Top 10!

Triple Play:
Hillary
Mary
Feeling Lucky:
Hansi
Pamela
Pantone Spring 2014:
Debbie B.
Michelle
Carmen
Country Flair:
Mary

Jody
Cricut Me March Scrapbooking:
Adeline

Aren't these projects great?  We are really proud of everyone who participated in March, and special recognition goes to our Top 10.  Now, which one do you think has been selected as our Top Chick?

Did you guess...


Mary Gunn FUNN!

Again, congratulations to all our Addicts, our Top 10, and our Top Chick Mary!  Be sure to grab your badge blog from our sidebar.

You still have the rest of April to play along with any of our April challenges, so get crafting now!  Also, if you haven't entered our 777 giveaway, click HERE.  Thanks for sharing your CTMH love with us!

Monday, April 14, 2014

H2H Color Challenge...Sweet Leaf & Lagoon

Has spring finally hit your corner of the world?  Many of us on the H2H DT are thawing out, or at least wishing for spring!  This week, we are challenging you to use the spring-y color combination of Sweet Leaf & Lagoon.  (You can find this lovely duo in the CTMH Skylark collection, but you aren't limited to Skylark.)

Our Design Team has made several projects to inspire you...
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You have 'till the end of April to link up your project below.  Remember to use CTMH products!

Don't forget about our Lucky 777 giveaway!

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's a Cricut Challenge!

Has your Cricut been making a lot of "chirping" sounds lately or has it been rather quiet?  Here at Heart 2 Heart Challenges, we're asking our readers to use the CTMH cartridges to create something unique with one (or more!) of the die cuts.  With 700+ images on our cartridges (times 3 cartridges!), the possibilities are endless!

Let's check in with the design team to see what they've created for you:


 


 


What will you create this week?  We can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!  Don't forget to use at least some Close to My Heart products in your design.  When you're finished, add your project down below to our link up!  Happy Cricut Crafting!

P.S.  Don't forget about our Lucky 777 giveaway!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Laugh It Up April: Scrapbooking Challenge

April Fool's Day (and spring break) threw off our posting schedule just a little bit, so thank you for your patience!  It is time to announce our April scrapbook challenge: Laugh It Up April!  We want YOU to share one of your funniest memories with us!  We all have them- the "wild and crazy" things we did as a youngster, the funny things our kids say, or anything else that tickles your funny bone.
Guest DT Katrina
Are you ready to make us laugh?  Here are the challenge requirements:
* 12" x 12" layout(s) OR mini album showing us your funniest memory of all time.
* Must incorporate CTMH Bakers twine on the layout.
* At least 1 photo required.
LaJeania
Debbie

Be sure to click on our H2H Scrapbooking Tab to find the InLinkz link up tool to add your funny moment. Let's laugh it up this April!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Please Welcome our April Guest Designer!

Has spring fever hit anyone else?  We are on break this week, which helps to explain (a little bit at least) why I am posting a bit later than I would like.  Please join me in welcoming our amazing April guest designer, Katrina Brown!
Katrina writes:
I am so excited to share some of my “scrappy” ideas with you this month as a guest designer!  I hope I can give some inspiration as so many have inspired me here at Heart 2 Heart! 

“Research” as my son and husband call it is one of my favorite pastimes.  I am entertained and inspired by all the videos from CTMH, the pictures on CTMH site, and of course the great creations on Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog!  

I think I like the creative process more than the actual project itself; I believe that is a trait I take after my dad who would always do all the work to figure out something and then not actually make it!  

I adore my family, friends, photography, horses, music, and paper!  When I can combine two or more from that list, I’m ecstatic! 

My favs:  periwinkle, bread, ice cream, coffee, flip flops, jeans, Brahms, Donny Osmond, ,,,and a day without a clock!  You can fill in the categories!  

I love, love, love my CTMH consultant!  I’ve known her since the moment she came into this crafty world........she’s my daughter!  Four generations of us enjoy spending time together playing with all the goodies from CTMH; how much better does it get?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Are You Up for A Sketch Challenge

It is time for a sketch challenge here at Heart2Heart. Do you find that you are always falling back on the same recipe for a card? It is easy to do what you know and that is why it is fun to try your hand at a sketch.

Our challenge this week is this sketch - have fun!




Now for Team Creme Brulee's take on this sketch

Debbie Reed


LaJeania Hicks


Pam Korte

Katy Taylor


Shirley Ross

Now it is your turn to challenge your sketch skills -- looking forward to seeing your creative projects.