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, January 25, 2016

It is all about the ABCs

Hello and welcome! We are thrilled you stopped by to see what this weeks challenge is! The challenge this week, should you choose to accept it is.....all about the ABCs! That is right we are all about letters this week. So the challenge is to incorporate letters into your project, that is it, just use letters in your project, how hard is that! 

To get you started with some design inspiration, here are the fabulous projects that our design team came up with:



Angela White

Brandi R. - crzy4scrapbooking


Jenifer Benner

Laurie Levorson


So there you have it, the challenge....A, B, Cs  and you have some awesome design inspirations. So now it is your turn to show us what you got? We can not wait to see your creations.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

December Shout Outs

Congratulations to the following crazy crafters who participated in each of our December challenges!  We are inspired by your dedication and creativity!

Thanks to...
*I Luv Scrapping 2
*Cheryl E.
*Amy Moore
*Jody G.

Now, if you'd like to be recognized at the end of this month, you've got to play along.  It's not too late, because all of our challenges are open for the entire month they are issued.  Make this your year to shine!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Introducing Team Pomegranate for our By the Number Challenge!

A big crafty hello from Team Pomegranate!  Just like the fruit we're named after; we are super powered bringing you huge doses of inspiration to keep your crafting mojo going!

This week week Team Pomegranate is taking on our "By the Number" challenge and incorporating numbers into our projects. This challenge could get you thinking about personalized birthday or anniversary cards, art journaling in your new 2016 planner, or even creating a keepsake dated layout.  Just be sure to mention Heart2Heart Challenges in your project write up and include some Close to my Heart product in your project!  

Here is what our Pomegranate Design Team came up with this week:






Remember, you get all month to play along but be sure to mention Heart2Heart Challenges and use some CTMH product.  We're looking forward to your "By the Number" creations!  You can also join any of the other January challenges until the end of the month.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Introducing Team Peacock and a Frozen Challenge

Now that you've met all of our designers, we are going to divide off into our two teams: Team Peacock and Team Pomegranate.  Both teams are really excited to have you join us for any of our January challenges.  We can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week!  Just don't forge that since we are a Close To My Heart challenge blog, you need to use some CTMH in your work.  (As always, you have the entire month to link up to any of the January challenges.)  

This week Team Peacock is bringing you the latest challenge: Frozen.  Whether you love, hate, or haven't seen the movie, maybe you'll use it as your inspiration.  If not the movie, then maybe looking out your window might serve as your inspiration.  Maybe your mind is on a frozen treat.  No matter how you choose to interpret this challenge, we hope you'll join us!  Now for Team Peacock's creations:
Lauren
Brandi
Angela
Laurie
Jen

Haley

If you're ready to jump into this Frozen challenge, join us by linking up a direct link to your project below.  We'd appreciate it if you'd leave us a comment.  Feel free to visit our designers' blogs to learn more about their individual creations.  Thanks for joining us!

Monday, January 4, 2016

One

Hello 2016!  The new Design Team is very excited to be kicking off the best year ever with YOU.  If this is your first time or your fiftieth, we're glad to have you stop by.  We hope to inspire you each week to stretch your creativity and to get crafty with (at least some) Close To My Heart products.  Yes, that's right, we are a challenge blog dedicated to using fabulous Close To My Heart products.  Each Monday we post a new challenge, and challenges are open for the entire month.  At the end of the month when the InLinkz closes, we tally up our favorites and announce the best of the best for the month.  (Winners have the opportunity to become guest designers here too.)  Sound like fun?  You better believe it!

Our first challenge for 2016 is ONE.  You can interpret that however you like!  Your one and only, a first (birthday, milestone, etc.), the number one, or the month of January, the ideas are limitless.  We can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge.  Our entire design team is playing this week, so here is our inspiration for you.

Alyson

Angela

Brandi
Haley
Heather Jane

Jenifer
Lauren

Laurie
Melissa
Paige
Terrie

Are you impressed?  Are you ready?  Are you inspired?  We can't wait to see your ONE creation!  Of course, you can link up as many projects as you'd like through January 31.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Introducing Our New Designers


Please help welcome our two new design team members, Jenifer Benner and Terrie Shortsleeve!

HI there!! I'm Jen from the "Jen's Messy Studio" blog & Facebook. I am a Deaf stay at home mom to 3 boys, Connor (18), Duncan (14) and Aiden (12). My husband, Jeff and I have been married for over 19 years now. I met my husband 20 years ago when he was home on leave from the United State Air Force. After a very brief courtship, we were married 6 months later. I am bi-laterally cochlear implanted with Advanced Bionics’ implants.

I have been scrapbooking and rubber stamping for over 13 years now. I have been hooked since the start. I do host crop nights in my home. I joined Close to my Heart in August of 2008 and haven't looked back since then. You’ll see that I will mix up a lot of various products from different companies in my personal artwork.

When I am not in the Studio; you can find me curled up on the couch reading the kindle. I LOVE to read. The boys keep me very busy with their sports also. There are times where you'll find me watching old TV shows from the 90's with my husband.

You can also find me on the following design teams:



    I’m Terrie Shortsleeve and I’m a military wife stationed in Europe.  San Antonio is my home (GO SPURS GO!!), though!  My husband and I will celebrate our 27th anniversary this year. We have one daughter who attends university in Washington DC.   I have been a CTMH consultant since 1996, but had to take a break between 2005 and 2013 after the military moved us 4 times in five years.  Hubby deployed in May 2013 and our daughter left for school in August 2013.  By November, I was so bored and lonely and I knew that papercrafting would make me happy and fill my hours.  I also knew that CTMH has the absolute best products available, so the solution was obvious!  I’ve been back for over 2 years and have never been happier!

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Happy 2016!

    Here's to a new year and a new start at Heart2Heart Challenges!  We have new design team members to introduce to you and a brand new challenge kicking off on Monday!  Please visit often as we ring in the new year.  We wish you and yours the very best in 2016!

    How do you like our new look?