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.
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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 31, 2012

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Not only are we ringing in a new year, but we're bringing in an All Star Design Team to inspire you this first half of 2013!  Come back tomorrow to see who's on board!

Our first challenge for the new year will be posted on Monday, January 7.  Happy 2013!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!

This will (sadly) be my last post with Heart 2 Heart Challenges. BUT I am confident that Haley will take the reins and keep you all busy creating in the New Year! And wait till you hear about the new DT! (That's all I'm going to say - wild horses won't drag any details out of me!! LOL)

I want to send out one last thank you to the current Design Team - you have all been wonderful! A big thank you to Haley and Shirley for stepping up and taking my place on H2H. I do want to mention though that I'll still be around - I'll just be in the background and not running the show. Call it an advisory capacity! I hope to play along once in awhile too :)

To everyone that has joined in on our challenges over the past few years, I thank you, too. We wouldn't still be here if it wasn't for YOU! Your creativity inspires us every day and I hope you will continue to play along, week after week.

If anyone feels the need to contact me personally, you can always reach me at mbryt1@bex.net. I will be spending time building my new business, continuing to be "crafty" (and hoping that a grandbaby is on the horizon in 2013). Those are the things I am looking forward to in the New Year! Whatever you hope for in the coming year, I wish you all happiness, peace and success and of course, a very Merry Christmas!

You are always Close To MY Heart!
Mary

Monday, December 17, 2012

November Top Ten!

It's another Monday morning but this one is a little different at Heart 2 Heart - no new challenge! That's right, we're taking a holiday break from posting any new challenges until after the New Year but we would love to see more Christmas card entries for last week's challenge so keep on posting!


We do have something new to share with you this week though - the November Top Ten selections! Here they are - congrats to our picks!

Inspiration Photo week:

 
 
 Grateful week:
 

 
Christmas week:
 


 
Glitter week:
 


 
And our top chick of the Top Ten is -
 
Rachel!
 
 
Congratulations - you inspire us all! There will be no Top Ten for December but we hope you will continue to play along with our challenges!

I will be back again next week with a Christmas wish for you all - until then, have a creative week!
 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Week Number Four


Thanks so much for joining us here at H2H.  This week's challenge is our fourth Christmas Challenge!  It will be our last challenge of the month (as we will be taking a break until the new year to enjoy the holidays) and we would love to see your Christmas creations through the end of the month.  Christmas is getting closer and closer, so amazingly fast!  What crafty things are you doing to get ready for Christmas, are you working on cards, layouts or gifts?  Whatever it is, let your inspiration run wild and get crafty!  So get your Christmas Craft on and share, share, share.

To offer a little inspiration, here are the creations of our Design Team A here at H2H. 






















We hope we have inspired you with our Christmas projects this week!  We’d love to see all of your Holiday creations here too!  Here's how to join in this week's challenge: 
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your Christmas/Holiday project.
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and directly link to your blog post, not your blog home page. 
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating! 
  7. Finally, you have the whole month of November to join us on any of our November challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!
Just a reminder - link to the specific page your artwork is on - if we go to your blog and it's not at the top, we have a hard time looking for your entry. Thank you.
Happy crafting!
Kelly Brandt 



Monday, December 3, 2012

Time for another Sketch Challenge

Welcome to our H2H Challenge this week! Can you believe December has started....where the heck did November go? It's Nancy here to post this week and we have a great sketch challenge for you! We love to see what you come up with using CTMH products and this sketch as your starting point.
 


 Before we get to the inspiration, we also want to send out a big thank you to our Guest DT of November, Alyson! Thanks for hanging out with us this past month! There is no Guest DT for December as we have a short month (taking a little break over the holidays) but a new Guest DT will be back for January!
 
Now, here is what the gals from Team B created:







We hope these cards have inspired you to create something using our sketch this week!  We enjoy seeing your artwork here too!  Here's how to join in this week's challenge: 
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your artwork using our Sketch.
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and directly link to your blog post, not your blog home page. 
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating! 
  7. Finally, you have the whole month of November to join us on any of our November challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!
Just a reminder - link to the specific page your artwork is on - if we go to your blog and it's not at the top, we have a hard time looking for your entry. Thank you.
Happy sketchy creating!
Nancy


Monday, November 26, 2012

Glitter it up! H2H challenge!

Glitter it up! Add some sparkle to your card, layout  or other project using glitter, glitter glue, etc..


We at H2H are challenging you to make something with some "Sparkle" using glitter products.  Don't forget to use Close To My Heart products and please be sure to share your creations with us here!!

Here are some beautiful sparkly and glittery creations by our Design Team A:

Created By: Alyson  Beautiful sparkle!
 
 

Created By: Caroline  Check out those Fab letters!

 


Created By: Erin  Love that Glitter!

 

Created byShirley  Gorgeous glitter ribbon!

 

Created by: Madeline  Lots of Sparkling going on here!



 
Created by:  Kelly  Love the shine of the snowflakes!


 
So come and get your glitter and sparkle on and share with us here at H2H!  Be sure to create with some of your favorite Close To My Heart products to qualify!!  Happy Scrappin' and Stampin'!
 
 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Week Number Three!

Thanks so much for joining us here at H2H.  This week's challenge is our third Christmas Challenge!  Christmas is getting closer and closer, so amazingly fast!  How are your preparations for Christmas coming along?  What kinds of crafty things are you doing to get ready for Christmas, are you working on cards, Christmas layouts or gifts?  Whatever it is, let your inspiration run wild and get crafty!  
To offer a little inspiration, here are the creations of our November Guest Designer Alyson, followed by those of Design Team B here at H2H. 


Created by: Alyson (our FABULOUS November Guest Designer)

 
Created by: Angel  


Created by: Dorothy
 
 

Created by: Dania
 
 

Created by: Haley


Created by: Nancy


Created by: Cheryl
       

We hope we have inspired you with our Christmas projects this week!  We’d love to see all of your Holiday creations here too!  Here's how to join in this week's challenge:
  1. Use mostly Close To My Heart products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your Christmas/Holiday project.
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and directly link to your blog post, not your blog home page. 
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site. 
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating! 
  7. Finally, you have the whole month of November to join us on any of our November challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!
Just a reminder - link to the specific page your artwork is on - if we go to your blog and it's not at the top, we have a hard time looking for your entry. Thank you.
Happy crafting!
Dorothy

 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

October Top Ten

Whew! Where has November gone? I know it's not over yet but here it is the middle of the month and I am just getting to the October Top Ten! So sorry for the delay! Without further adieu, here are the DT's picks:

Week 1 - Rolling:


 
Week 2 - Birthday with numbers:

 
Week 3 - Christmas:

 
 
 Week 4 - Halloween/Pumpkins:


 
Week 5 - Neutrals:
 
 
 
And our top chick of the Top Ten is............
 
KIM!
 
Congratulations! Keep playing this month and you could be a Top Ten member too!
(Amy M and Hansi - I do not have your email address. If you could contact me at mbryt1@bex.net I will send you the Top Ten badge information. Thanks!)
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Time to be grateful!

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping in for this week's H2H Challenge! It's Erin here and I'm feeling all kinds of things because this will be the last time I post for the Design Team A, the end of our Design Team term is coming up and Mary Vogel, the wonderful woman who has hosted this blog and all its challenges is moving on to other joys in life as Haley and Shirley take the reins (A big THANKS to Haley and Shirley!!!).

The theme this week is Gratefulness. Thanksgiving is coming up in the US in a few weeks (we Canucks had ours back in October) and we'd like to hear and see what you're grateful for in your project this week. This week my inspiration is dedicated to Mary because I am very grateful for all the work and dedication she puts in to operating this blog and making sure we're all on track and organized, and ALWAYS with a wonderful spirit that would make you bend over backwards for her. Mary - please know that we are all grateful everything you do and that you are going to be sorely missed by all of us - past and present Design Teams!

And now, without further ado, Design Team A's inspiration for you this week, starting with our Guest Designer for the month:


Created by: Alyson
 
I would like to encourage everyone to stop by Alyson's blog this week and leave her some hugs! Her husband is having major surgery this week and they can use some prayers and good wishes so please drop by and leave her some words of encouragement. Thank you - Mary.

Created by: Caroline


Created by: Erin
 
 
Created by: Madeline
 
 Kelly Brandt
Created by: Kelly
 
 
Created by: Shirley

 
Itching to play along this week yet? Here are the guidelines to follow:
  1. Use mostly Close to My Hearts products, though it doesn't have to be 100%.
  2. Create your project, showing us what you're grateful for!
  3. Post your project to your blog or other online gallery.
  4. Come back here and link directly to your blog post, not your blog home page.
  5. Mention Heart 2 Heart somewhere in your blog post, indicating that you are playing along with us and link to our site.
  6. Consider adding the H2H badge to your blog. We'd love to spread the word and see more crafters participating.
  7. Please consider turning off word verification if you'd like to get comments (you can always enable comment moderation if you're concerned about spam).
  8. Finally, remember that you have the whole month of November to join us on any of our November challenges and be eligible for our Top Ten!
As always, a big thanks to all our weekly participants and our Designer Team members!! We love to see your artwork; the inspiration works both ways!