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, June 26, 2017

Technique Time: Watercoloring

Welcome to the final challenge for the month of June! This week, it's all about a technique - using watercolors. That may scare the pants off some of you but it really isn't as difficult as it may seem, especially if you are just starting out! There are SO many ways to use watercolors on projects - from splattering paints to detailed coloring of images to "smooshing" colors together with plastic wrap on top... the possibilities truly are endless.  You can use our watercolor palette or our watercolor pencils or even our inks could be watercolors...  How do you interpret this final June challenge?

Just a reminder that you do need to use some Close To My Heart products in your project.

There is still time to enter any of the other June challenges - you have until the end of the month to link up with any or all of the following challenges:
Now, let's take a look at how the design team chose to focus on watercolors. 



We look forward to seeing what you choose to do with watercolors! Use the link below to share your artwork.  You have until Friday to link up to any of our June challenges.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Emoji

Hello! And welcome to Heart 2 Heart challenges. We sure hope this weeks challenge will bring a smile to your face as we are about to go all Emoji on you! That is right we are all about the super hot, super trendy, and oh so fun and silly emojis! The kids love these things, they are every where so why not bring them into your paper crafting. Remember, you have until the end of the month to play along and we would really love to see what you come up with.  (Thanks to everyone who has already uploaded their projects to our Fiesta and Pretty Pockets challenges!  You have all month to play along with any of June's challenges!)

To help spark some creative inspiration...here is what our design team has come up with.

Alyson Mayo

Jenifer Benner

Laurie Levorson Crafty Sisters Creations

Sue Bruch

Brandi R - crzy4scrapbooking


Suzanne R - iluvscrapping2
You have until the end of the month to play along, we would love to see what you come up with. Add your projects using the link below!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

May Addicts, Darlings and Sweetheart

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

As always, we want to recognize our "perfect attendance" participants who entered a submission to every challenge of the month. Thank you so much for your participation. 

SwedeMom
Scrapperchic Creations



This past month we had 3 participants for the H2H Perfect Attendance - Grab your Addict Badge here and post it proudly on your Blog.  Thank you for joining us each week in May!  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...Let's see how many of you will become a future Addict in June (See Links Below).  

OUR MAY DARLINGS ARE...

TEENY TINY 

COMING UP ROSES 

EVERYDAY LIFE 





RIBBON  



  




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



OUR MAY SWEETHEART is the amazingly talented...

Jody G.!



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



If you missed the 1st May Challenge "Color Challenge" click HERE.  

or the 2nd Challenge "Fiesta" click HERE

Our current 3rd challenge "Pretty Pockets" is HERE.

You still have time to create, submit and earn 
the Perfect Attendance "Addict" Award for June ... 
and the Darlings or Sweetheart Award!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pretty Pockets

Welcome back to Heart 2 Heart Challenges!  For our North American participants, summer is getting into full swing!  Remember that you have all month to play along with any of this month's challenges.  We hope that you will join us!  (Our May winners will be posted soon so be sure to check back.)

This week's challenge is Pretty Pockets.  Maybe you'd like to make a layout of a favorite article of clothing, or maybe you want to put an actual pocket onto a project.  Of course each Close To My Heart paper collection has two sheets of pocket-style rectangles, and we've got an awesome line of Picture My Life products.  No matter how you interpret this challenge, we want to see your Pretty Pockets and of course some CTMH products.

Here are Team Emerald's inspiration this week:
Lauren

Jennifer K.
Suzanne R.

Melissa

Aren't their projects lovely?  We can't wait to see what YOU contribute.  Thanks for visiting!  Don't forget about our June color challenge and the Fiesta challenge.  Link up to this POCKET challenge below.  Have a great week!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fiesta!

Welcome to another challenge at Heart 2 Heart. This week, it's all about FIESTA! Celebration! Kick up your heels and have some fun! Fiestas are celebrated in all cultures around the world in so many ways. Your fiesta may be taking part in a parade or participating in a traditional custom of some sort that includes dancing and feasting. It may be simply sitting around a barbecue. This is your chance to share your fiesta with us! 

Don't forget that participating in every challenge throughout the month makes you a Heart 2 Heart Addict. There has been just one challenge before this one - a colour challenge - so it's not too late to get caught up! 

Now let's take a look at how our Design Team shares their FIESTA! 







You have until the end of June to link up with this or any of the June challenges. 
Don't forget to use at least some Close To My Heart products in your project. Thanks for joining us!


Friday, June 2, 2017

DT Call!

Don't forget that our Design Team is accepting applications for new members through June 5.  Read all about it HERE!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Color Challenge - Emerald, Blossom and Lemon

Thank You to all the inspirational crafters who joined us last month!

Please join us for the our June Challenges  


This is Sue Reynolds from Iluvscrapping2, honored to host the Emerald Team and the first challenge for the month of June.  This week's Challenge is all about "Color", and what a great combination of colors using CTMH Emerald, Blossom and Lemon...even sounds yummy. Let your imagination go wild on how you use these colors...if you don't have these colors you may substitute closest to these colors so you can still join in the fun.  

Check out the Design Team's inspirations for this week's challenge.  


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We hope our Design Team projects have given you inspiration to create.  We look forward to your participation.  Now it's your time to be creative with these colors and share your project...you have until the end of the June to link up.  


There are still three days left for the May challenges...if you have missed any of the challenges you still have time to submit for the following themes


Monday, May 22, 2017

Ribbon!

Welcome to another Heart 2 Heart Challenge!  This week Team Ruby is inviting you to create something awesome with ribbon.  Ribbon can be one of the best options for adding color and texture to your design.   No ribbon...no problem...how about using a ribbon stamp to accent your card or layout?  So many possibilities!  Please remember that we do ask that you use at least one Close to My Heart product on your project.

As we approach the end of the month, may we also invite you to look back at May's challenges and if you have not already done so, submit a project for each one.  We love to recognize all contributors that achieved  "Perfect Attendance"!  You can click below to go to our earlier challenges:


With all that being said. we hope you find inspiration from the ribbon projects created for you by our design team!











You have until the end of the month to add your ribbon project or your creations for any of the other May challenges.  We can't wait to see what you make!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Design Team Call: July-December 2017

It is time to recruit some new talent and fresh faces to our Heart2Heart Design Team for the rest of the 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 July-Decemberl 2017.  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 6 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 June 5.  This is a very quick turnaround time, but you will need time to start creating for July 1!  We will make the selection of the new team members with notification sent out no later than June 10.  

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 July-Dec. 2017 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!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Everyday Life

Thank you to everyone who has joined us this month!  We have another opportunity for you this week: Everyday Life is the theme this week for Heart 2 Heart Challenges!

Maybe you’ve got a favorite from the CTMH Everyday Life collection, or maybe you want to immortalize life’s little everyday moments. Either way, we would love to see your take on this challenge.

The Design Team has been busy creating some Everyday Life projects as inspiration.


Jennifer Kelly
Angela White
Lauren Moore
Melissa Robinson



Have an Everyday Life moment? Share it with us using the InLinks below!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

April - Addicts, Darlings & Sweetheart

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

As always, we want to recognize our "perfect attendance" participants who entered a submission to every challenge of the month. Thank you so much for your participation. 


Jody Gustafson
SwedeMom


This past month we had 2 participants for the H2H Perfect Attendance - Grab your Addict Badge here and post it proudly on your Blog.  Thank you for joining us each week in April!  We love what you shared.    

Remember you can go back to any theme in May and still enter a project up to the last day of the month and earn this badge. New H2H Themes announced every Monday and can usually be combined with other challenges...Let's see how many of you will become an May Addict. 

If you missed the 1st May Challenge "Teeney Tiny" click HERE.

Our current 2nd challenge "Coming Up Roses" is HERE.


OUR APRIL DARLINGS ARE...

APRIL SHOWERS 


WHIMSY-CAL 





WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD 



marygunnFUNN.com

ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL
  



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



OUR APRIL SWEETHEART is the amazingly talented...
Jody G!



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


If you missed the 1st May challenge, click HERE.
The 2nd May challenge is HERE.
You still have time to create, submit and earn 
the Perfect Attendance "Addict" Award... and the Darlings or Sweetheart Award!