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 14, 2017

November Winners - Addicts, Darlings & Sweeheart

We loved seeing all of your amazing November creations! 
Thanks for sharing with us and being part of our challenges.



As usual, we want to recognize our "perfect attendance" participants who entered a submission to every challenge of the month.  This past month we had 2 participants for the H2H Perfect Attendance

Lisa Bzibziak
Jody Gustafson

Grab your Addict Badge here and post it proudly on your Blog.  Thank you for joining us each week in November!  We love what you shared.  

Remember you can go back to any theme in any given month and still enter a project up to the last day to earn this badge. New H2H Themes announced every Monday and can usually be combined with other challenges...we are already into our second week December themes...please invite and encourage your friends to participate.  


Let's see how many of you will become a future 
Perfect Attendance Addict in December!
(See current challenges at bottom.)  

OUR NOVEMBER DARLINGS ARE...


ENCHANTMENT ABOUNDS 


COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS









DO BE BASHFUL








ANYTHING GOES 















Congratulations! 
Darlings...be sure to display your H2H blog badge proudly!



OUR NOVEMBER SWEETHEART is the amazingly talented...

Lisa Bzibziak




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


You still have time to create, submit and earn 
the Perfect Attendance "Addict" Award for December
and one of the Top 10 Darlings or Sweetheart Award!
and 
We are partnering with Color My Heart – Color Dare Challenges, as they are holding two color challenges this month…a traditional green and red and a non-traditional challenge. Both challenges have an optional Silver and Gold component and your Critters can also be the perfect match-up.


If you missed the 1st December Challenge "Silver and Gold" click HERE.


or the Current Challenge "Christmas Critters" click HERE




Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Critters

Christmas is almost upon us, can you believe it? In the spirit of the holidays, and to be sure you take some time for yourself, we invite you to participate in this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge. Our theme is "Christmas Critters". You can interpret it anyway you like, just be sure to incorporate Close To My Heart products when you do so. In fact, you can actually participate in two challenges with the same piece of artwork as we are partnering with the Color My Heart Color Dare Blog this week. 

If you need some creative inspiration, we hope you can find it with these artwork ideas from several of our Design Team Members.




To share your artwork with us and others, link up below. This and other December challenges close on December 31, 2017. You have until then to share your artwork. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Have fun creating!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Silver & Gold

"Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure its worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth”
(From: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")

Silver and gold have been valued and admired since the beginning of time. Today is no different. In fact, you no doubt have noticed how trendy mixed metals are right now…clothes, jewelry, home d├ęcor, paper crafts and more. They’re everywhere and not just because it’s the holiday season. It’s perfectly acceptable to mix any metallics…gold, silver, copper, rose gold, etc.

Because it’s trendy and because the Holidays are around the corner, we are hosting a Silver and Gold Challenge this month. We’re also super excited to be partnering with Color My Heart – Color Dare Challenges, as they are holding two color challenges this month…a traditional green and red and a non-traditional challenge. Both challenges have an optional Silver and Gold component. It’s the perfect match-up. However, keep in mind that you can do more with Silver and Gold than just holiday-themed creations. Anniversaries and weddings come to mind, too. So don't let yourself feel limited!  Check out our design team's creations for a little inspiration.

Becca Whitham

Sue Bruch

Alyson Mayo

Suzanne Reynolds

Laurie Levorson

Kelly Brandt
Tamytha Jenkins

You can check out our participation requirements over in the right column, but the main thing to remember is to use some Close To My Heart products in your creation, to mention H2H, plus include a link back to us, when you share your creation on your blog, online gallery, etc.  Also, once you link up here, be sure to go join the Color Heart challenge also!

We look forward to seeing our creations!


Friday, December 1, 2017

DT Call for 2018!

It's time to "hire" some new designers to the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog!  If you're interested in learning more, click HERE.  Applications are due no later than 12/2/17, so hurry!!!

Scroll down for our current challenges or use the sidebar at right to find them.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Anything Goes!

It is "Anything Goes" challenge week, and we would love to see any and all projects you create using Close To My Heart products.  It doesn't have to be made entirely using CTMH, just one or more qualifies for the challenge.  This challenge will be open through Saturday, December 2.   



To get you started, here is some inspiration from a few of our Design Team members.  The first one is my daughter's wedding invitation which I "altered" to create a congratulations card for them.    









Remember to schedule a little creative time during the busy holiday season.  Thank you for joining us!  You can play along with this or any of the November challenges through the end of the month, with this challenge being extended through the 2nd.  Happy crafting!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Do Be Bashful!



Hello, Crafty Friends!

This is Laurie from Crafty Sisters Creations to introduce this week's challenge here at Heart 2 Heart--Do Be Bashful!!  This challenge can be interpreted in so many ways from Bashful, the CTMH Color of the Year to feeling bashful about something or a bashful-looking character, or even to Snow White's little dwarf friend, Bashful!  Here are the projects the Design Team has created for your "Bashful" inspiration:




















We sure hope this gets your "Bashful" creative juices flowing and you feel inspired to create your own projects!  Please link them up below for everyone to enjoy.  You have until November 30 to enter your projects for this challenge.  There is also still time to enter the Enchantment Abounds and Count Your Blessings challenges too.  We love it when you share your talents!  

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Design Team Call for 2018!

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 2018.  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 2.  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 7.  


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 2018 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!