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, December 3, 2018

Photo Inspiration

Welcome to the first December challenge at Heart 2 Heart!

We have a perfect photo to start off the month! It's simply gorgeous...


Use this photo to inspire your project! 
Maybe it's the subject.
Maybe it's the colors!  Suggested Close To My Heart colors are:
  • Charcoal
  • Heather or Toffee
  • Glacier
  • Lagoon
  • New England Ivy
Maybe it's something completely different. How you interpret this photo is what matters. 
It would help us if you provided some indication of what interpretation you chose in your post (colors, subject, etc.) 

Let's take a look at how the design team used this photo to develop their projects. 













With such a beautiful photo awaiting your attention, we can't wait to see what you create! 
Don't forget to use some Close To My Heart products in your project. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Design Team Call 2019

If you're interested in serving on our Design Team for January through April 2019, please read all about how to apply HERE.  Applications are due no later than November 30.  Thank you!  Scroll down for our current challenges...

Monday, November 26, 2018

Color Challenge: Sugarplum, Sapphire and Sage


Welcome to this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge where we are asking you to create artwork using a unique Close To My Heart color combination of Sugarplum (light pink/purple), Sapphire (blue), and Sage (green).


These are the colors shown above. You can also include any neutrals and then Link Up at the bottom of this post. Please be sure to include Close To My Heart products in your creation.


This color combination can be found on page of Close To My Hearts newest How-To book, "Love of Color". Contact your Consultant for more information as you will love this book of colorful and creative inspiration.

To get your creative juices flowing, here is some artwork share by some of our Design Team Members!




Haley Dyer 

Suzanne Reynolds 

We look forward to seeing how you combine these three colors together for a little twist this week.

Wishing you a week of creativity and blessings! 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thankful Heart

Welcome to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog! Michelle here, again, to share with you another challenge!

With Thursday being Thanksgiving in the US, this week we are all about our Thankful Hearts.
Some people have been doing the 30 day of thanks, others just sending out cards to friends and family, and some others have just been thankful they have their lives. The fires in California have been devastating. I am thankful that I know so many people who are able and willing to donate items to the people and the pets that are needing help.

So, please send up a positive thought to those in need, whether it be California, New York, the next county, or even around the corner.

So, that all being said, should we turn our eyes to our design team's thoughts on Thankful Hearts? Let's take a look!
Brandi has this beautiful 2 page layout for us.



Alyson has this beautiful butterfly card with so much glitter!


Laurie has this fun fall colored card for us.


Sue has a different butterfly card, not sparkly, but still beautiful!


And last, but not least I have this fun, fast card, which also has a butterfly on it!


I hope you have enjoyed the fun artwork that we have shared with you today! We would love for you to play along! Create artwork with "Thankful Heart" in mind, and once you have it shared online, share with us in the link up below!
Before you go, though, have you seen that Heart 2 Heart is having a design team call? If you LOVE Close to my Heart, and love creating artwork with CTMH products, maybe apply to be a part of the team! Check out the information that was posted HERE.

Thanks for playing along! We can't wait to see what you create and share with us!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Spotlight On...

Welcome back to H2H!  Is anyone else's year flying by?!?  We appreciate everyone who takes time out of their busy schedule to visit us.  We hope that we are inspiring you to create and share.

This week's challenge is a fabulous technique challenge but is really open to interpretation.  You do NOT have to use the spotlight technique to participate in this challenge.  As always, our challenges are open until the end of the month they are issued, so share your work with us!  Also, remember to use something from Close To My Heart on your project.  Our spotlight will be on YOU!
Our design team has some beautiful inspiration for you!
Amy

Melissa

Suzanne

Katy

If you were stumped at first, I hope that you're inspired to create now!  We'd like to shine our spotlight on you, so be sure to come back by the 30th to link up your submission!  Thank you!


Sunday, November 11, 2018

October Winners - Addicts, Darlings and Sweetheart

We loved seeing all of your amazing October creations!
Thanks for sharing with us and being part of our challenges. 
We love how YOU inspire us!


PERFECT ATTENDANCE BADGE:  This month we had three participants awarded  the H2H Perfect Attendance Award for participating in each challenge of the month. 


Become a November Addict... Don't forget you can go back to any theme in the current month and still enter a project up to the last day to earn this badge. New H2H themes are announced every Monday and can usually be combined with other challenges.  Please invite and encourage your friends to participate.  We love seeing what you create! 
(See current challenges at bottom.)

Let's see how many of you will become a future 
Perfect Attendance Addict for November! 

OUR OCTOBER DARLINGS ARE...

Inspirational/Color Challenge 

Holiday Expressions 2  



Layout Sketch 


Glitter Glam 


Pumpkin Spice 

Jody Gustafson 


We are very excited to see some new names
and some "old" friends in the Top 10!!!!!
Congratulations! 
Darlings...be sure to display your H2H blog badge proudly!




OUR OCTOBER SWEETHEART is the amazingly talented...

Debi Gardner


Congratulations, Debi!!

November - Addicts, Darlings and Sweethearts 
will be announced by the 15th of the next month.

Our current October challenges still open are...
Inspired By Nature 
and more to come each Monday! 

Remember, if you aspire to seeing your name in our Winners post, then you have to play!  (Honestly, we wish that we could feature more of your work!  Scroll through our InLinkz and leave your fellow H2H players a little love from time to time.)  
Happy crafting

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Design Team Call: 2019

It is time to recruit some new talent and fresh faces 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 2019.  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, location, 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 CTMH 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.  (We can help you learn if you don't already know how.) 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 - the team will be around to help out with this as well but please only apply if you are comfortable blogging.

*You must be able to join our DT Facebook group.  We use this group as the most effective means of communication and where you post your artwork when you're not hosting.

* 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 November 30.  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 with notification sent out no later than December 5.  

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) by the deadline.
*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 Jan-April 2019 with an option to renew at the end of your term if mutually agreeable.
*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!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Inspired by Nature!

Happy November!  What does it look like outside where you are?  Nature can offer so much inspiration to us as we go about our papercrafting.  No matter if it is flora or fauna; the mountains, plains or beaches; there is something around every corner that can influence our creative process.  You may be inspired by a color combination, a particular shape or a evoked emotion...it is all good.  We will love it if you inspire us by linking your nature-inspired creation to our post.  Just remember, we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product. You have until the end of November to link-up.

Here are projects from the Design Team...looks like we are already thinking Christmas, but please don't feel you are limited to that!









Thank you for visiting our blog today.  We have some awesome challenges coming up, so we hope you will check back weekly!  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Pumpkin Spice

Welcome to our last October Heart 2 Heart challenge - Pumpkin Spice.


It seems like once October hits in the North America and much of our countries have leaves turning colors and falling off trees, and everyone gets super excited about pumpkin everything. We thought it would be fun to see how you interpret this challenge be it the color orange or pumpkins or something with some spice or anything else you can whip up. We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Lets take a look at what the design team came up with.










This is the last week to link up with this or any other October challenges:
  • Glitter and Glam!
  • October Sketch Challenge
  • Holiday Expressions 2
  • Photo Inspiration and Color Challenge
Because the month ends on Wednesday, we've extended this week's challenge ONLY until Saturday the 3rd.  Otherwise, you have until October 31st at 11:59 pm to join the other October challenges. Remember you must use at least one Close to my Heart product on your project. We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Glitter and Glam!


Hello, Crafty Friends--
This is Laurie from Crafty Sisters Creations to introduce the challenge theme for this week here at Heart 2 Heart.  It's all about GLITTER and GLAM!  One of my favorite sayings is "When in doubt, add Glitter!" so this theme is right up my alley.  This challenge will give you the chance to really glam up your artwork with Glitter Paper, Shimmer Brushes, Tinsel Embossing Powder, Shimmer Trim and anything else that will add that special bit of bling!  Take a look at what the Design Team created--








Please share your artwork using the link below and don't forget about the other challenges that are still open for October--Color Challenge, Holiday Expressions and our Layout Challenge.