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!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

November Winners!

Where did the time go?!?  With the holiday hustle and bustle, our November winners did not get posted!  I am here today to right this oversight.  Congratulations to our November addicts, who played along with every single November challenge:
*Kelly B.
*I Luv Scrapping 2


Now here are our Design Team's selections for the Top 10:
Through the Window

Katrina

Jody G.

Trending Now
Jody G.

Debi B.
Lilian @ The Leaf Studio

Wonderful Watercolors
Linda

Kelly B.  {3-in-1!}

Give Thanks
Lilian @ The Leaf Studio
Marie
Their projects were certainly worth waiting for!  Thanks for your patience and understanding.  Now our November Top Chick is...




We're grateful for everyone who played along with us!  Thank you!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Our Final 2015 Challenge

It has been a great year here at Heart2Heart!  As 2015 draws to a close, we are going to spring one final challenge on you.  Before we do, though, thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts for stopping by our blog and for playing along with us!  Please leave a comment when you visit this time, even if you don't end up joining us for our final challenge.  We love getting to "see" everyone who stops by.

Our final December challenge to wrap up 2015 is "gifts from the heart."  We know that you're making them this holiday season, and you will inspire others when you link up your projects.  Here is our Design Team's creations to get those creative juices flowing as we finish up 2015.
Lauren
Cynthia
Laurie
Heather Jane
Melissa

Haley
May we all experience peace and love during this holiday season and beyond!  Be sure to upload your project for any of our December challenges no later than 12/31.  See you in 2016!  We wish you the best this holiday season!

Friday, December 11, 2015

December Shout Out #2!

Here's to our holiday rewind (well, technically our rewind to any challenge this year) and JODY G. with the amazing card she created based on a recent H2H sketch!
Are you in the festive spirit yet?  Remember that you can join any of our December challenges all month long.  Thanks for playing with us, Jody!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rewind

Did you see our shout out for last week's challenge?  Scroll down if you missed it!  You have the entire month to participate in any of our December challenges, and this week at Heart 2 Heart challenges, we want you to take it a bit easy as we know life is getting a bit busier than normal with holiday shopping, baking, parties, and all the fun of the season that is now upon us. So this week our challenge is to pick your favourite past H2H challenge from any theme. If your new to H2H you can create an "anything goes" project as long as you use at least 1 Close to My Heart product. So dig into those archives and lets see what you come up with. We are really looking forward to revisiting favourites from the past!


Angela White

Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings

Laurie Levorson

Brandi Robinson - crzy4scrapbooking
We look forward to seeing what you wonderful past projects you share with us!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Seasonal Shout Out #1

This busy holiday month, to help give the Design Team a little more time with their families, we will not be selecting Top 10 or a Top Chick.  We still wanted to recognize our players, so at least once each week we'll be giving a "shout out" to an awesome project.  This week's shout out goes to Sue Reynolds for this cute card:


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

‘Tis the Season: Seasonal Holiday Expressions, That Is!

Welcome to the first H2H Challenge for December! "Tis the Season- Seasonal Holiday Expressions." Use something featured in the CTMH Holiday Expressions supplement and show us what you have made! Will you use White Pines or Nevermore? Or maybe a featured stamp set? Stamp of the Month?


Our Design Team, Team Slate, has been hard at work creating with items from the seasonal before they retire on December 31st! Check in on their blogs below to see what they have created. Leave them a comment so that they know you visited.

Create with Alyson

Crazy4scrapbooking

Heartfelt Sentiments

Scrapping is Heart Work

Allie's Adventures

The Inky Scrapper

HeatherJaneDesign

We hope that you have enjoyed browsing the items the Design Team has created! We are looking forward to seeing your creations too! Remember that you have the whole month of December to play along with this challenge.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Design Team Members Wanted for 2016: January-April

It is time to recruit some new talent to our Heart2Heart Design Team for the new year!  If you love Heart 2 Heart Challenges and want to share your love of creating with Close To My Heart, then consider applying for our Design Team!  If selected, your term will be January-April 2016.  (This term is a little shorter than our usual 6 months because we are realigning our H2H calendar to better match CTMH.)   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 4 month terms but will split the responsibilities with one team inspiring us one week and the other team 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 h2hchallenges@gmail.com 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. Also, we’d like to know where you live because we are looking for geographic diversity too.

*If you are currently serving on a design team or have in the past, tell us about that experience.  Please include a link to the challenge blog(s).

* You MUST know how to write and schedule/publish a post on Blogger. Each DT member will have a couple of weeks (scattered throughout your 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 December 5.  This is a very quick turnaround time, but you will need time to start creating for January 1!  We will make the selection of the new team members by Dec. 10 and the new team will start on January 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.)
*Your term would be January-April 2016 with an option to renew at the end of your term.
*Possibly offer a small prize at least once during your term.

What you get in return:
* Commitment to producing artwork at least once every 2 weeks which gives you an opportunity to create on a regular basis!
* Opportunities to stretch yourself creatively with support from a great team!
* 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 h2hchallenges@gmail.com.)  Thanks!

October Top 10, Addicts, and More!

It is time to pay homage to our dedicated Heart2Heart players!  Congratulations to our H2H Addicts, those lovely people who participated in every single October challenge!  They are, in no particular order,...

*Kelly B.
*I Luv Scrapping Too
*Debi B.
*Artsy April

(Be sure to snag our Addicts badge if you don't have one already!)

Up next is our Top 10 for October.
October sketch challenge
LaJeania
Kelly B.
Crafts by Patti
Hometown
Mary Gunn FUNN
I Luv Scrapping Too
Cricut Capers
Amy Moore
Kathleen
Joyce

Boo!
Kathleen
Marie
Top 10 winners, be sure to grab your blog badge!

Finally, without further delay, we must announce our Top Chick for October, the hauntingly talented...


KATHLEEN!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving from the Heart 2 Heart Design Team!  We are very thankful for all of you, whether you just visit the blog for a little inspiration or whether you link up your own projects to share with everyone.  And speaking of projects, we have a few to share again today.  Our challenge theme this week is "Give Thanks".  First up is a wonderful card from our November Guest Designer Hansi Brittain from Quilting With Paper.  Don't forget to stop by her website to see even more of her amazing work!










Haley Dyer

So let's "Give Thanks" for creativity, Close To My Heart, and feeling grateful!  Link up your CTMH projects below.  We always enjoy seeing everyone's creative artwork!  You have until the end of November to join any of this month's challenges. Thanks for joining us this month and always!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wonderful Watercolors!

Welcome to our Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week as we explore trendy watercolors! Watercolors are a versatile medium that can do everything from bold striking splashes to the softest of washes and color images with artistic flair.  

This trend has taken hold in everything from home decor to fashion which means papercrafting is also exploring this beautiful medium. Close to my Heart recently began offering pan watercolors that have set off an explosion of creativity in the ranks of our Consultants as we get to know one of the new products in our line. I hope you join in the fun this week and grab your own set of watercolors to paint along!
Guest Designer Hansi










We hope you'll join us in exploring the wonderful world of watercolors!  The link below will be open for one month and we can't wait to see what you create with this addictive and fun medium!