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, July 24, 2017

Fabulous Fonts

Many paper crafting projects include some type of text: a sentiment on a card, a title and/or journaling on a scrapbook page, a sweet sentiment on a home decor item, and so much more.  This week, our final July challenge, we are challenging you to show us some fabulous fonts!  Get out those alphabet stamps, play around with your computer skills, anything with a font!

Our design team created these projects to inspire you:
Sheila

Kelly
Melissa
Haley


Sue Reynolds

You do NOT have to use the July stamp of the month, Storytime Alphabet to participate this week.  Just show us a mix of fabulous fonts!  As always, you have until the end of the month to participate in our challenges.


Here are the rest of our current July challenges:

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Stitches

Welcome to another terrific challenge at Heart 2 Heart! 

This week, we are challenging you to thinking about the world of stitching... Stitches can come in many forms. The obvious is some form of stitching on your project and we will come back to that in a moment. But there are other types of stitches as well - laughing until you are "in stitches," or possibly the medical type of stitches, or even the stitches to hold together a heritage style of book. 

Most people would think of stitching on a project for this challenge - and that is what all of our design team members chose to do in some way or another. I personally love to stitch on my cards and layouts and have been doing it for many years. I have compiled a list of suggestions on my blog for hand-stitching, machine-stitching and even for faux-stitching for those of you who may not be ready to delve into the real thing yet. If you are looking for some hints and suggestions, please feel free to take a look here and don't be afraid to ask questions! 

Let's take a look at the inspiring projects from our design team! 

















You have until the end of July to enter this or any of the other July challenges. We would love for you to be a Heart 2 Heart Sweetheart (by participating in every challenge of the month!) 
Be sure to use some Close To My Heart products in your creation. 

Add your project using the link-up below! 


You can also find our other current challenges:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Winners - Addicts, Darlings and Sweethearts

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. 

Scrapperchic Creations


This past month we have 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 June!  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 July (See Links at bottom of Post).  

OUR JUNE DARLINGS ARE...


COLOR CHALLENGE 

FIESTA 

PRETTY POCKETS


EMOJI  


WATERCOLORING TECHNIQUE
  




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



OUR JUNE SWEETHEART is the amazingly talented...

Jody Gustafson



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



If you missed the 1st July Challenge "No Worries" click HERE.  

or the Current Challenge "Oh the Places You'll Go" click HERE



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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Oh the Places You'll Go

We, at Heart 2 Heart, hope you will join us for this week's challenge, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"  You can base it on Dr. Seuss or interpret the theme however you see fit; just be sure to incorporate Close To My Heart products in your artwork when you do!

To help your creative mojo, check out these fun designs provided by members of our Design Team and then be sure to link up to us using the link at the bottom of this post.





Haley Dyer

We enjoy seeing your artwork and look forward to your participation this week and through the rest of the month.  You can also join our No Worries challenge HERE.  Have a wonderful week!


Monday, July 3, 2017

July 2017 Challenge #1: No Worries

Summertime, and the livin' is easy!  The current Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions features the nautical, summer-y No Worries collection, so we are kicking off this month with the No Worries challenge.  Use the paper pack, the Workshop Your Way collection, or any twist on the theme "No Worries" and join us in July.  (The featured colors of this collection are Cashmere, Glacier, Lagoon, Sapphire, Whisper, and White Daisy.)  We have our entire team here to inspire you!
Sheila

Sue B.
Alyson

Laurie

Suzanne R.

Kelly
Becca

Brandi

Haley
I don't know about you, but I love the variety of projects featuring No Worries!  Are you ready to create?  We can't wait to see what you've got!  Join us!  You have until the end of the month to link up your project.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Welcome Our New Designers!

It's finally time to announce our new designers!  We are so excited about the creativity and talent that they are bringing to our team, and they can't wait to get started!  You'll see them soon, both here with their inspiration projects and on your blogs as they visit and comment.  Please join us in welcoming...

Sheila Bennett 
From the heartland of America, I'm excited to join the H2H Design Team and be challenged to be more creative, more often.  I love all the friendships and opportunities that I’ve had over the past 15 years with CTMH, and look forward to whatever the future brings.  In addition to being a CTMH consultant, I am also an independent designer for Origami Owl.


Becca Whitham
At this point in my life, I can be summed up in a few phrases: I am an empty-nesting Army wife, an Inspirational Historical Fiction author, a stamping and paper crafting addict, and a Chai tea lover. My husband joined the Army as a Chaplain back in 2009, and when he was walking out the door for a year-long deployment in 2010, he made me promise to do something about all the stories I'd written over the years. My first publication came out in 2015, and I'll be up to ten published stories by the end of this year. My husband and I have two grown children and a craft cabinet that I think the Army and the IRS should allow us to claim as a dependent still living with us. I'm thrilled to be part of the new H2H Design Team so I can put that craft cabinet to work.

Tamytha Jenkins
Hi there! My name is Tamytha Jenkins.  I live in Merritt Island, Florida, with my husband of nearly 25 years. I’m proud to be called mom by my 20 year old daughter and my 16 year old son and the human mom to two cats and two dogs. In order to feed all of these mouths (and help support my paper crafting habit and okay…a few other bills), I teach full time as a middle school science teacher and have done so for almost 15 years. 

I was introduced to scrapbooking when I was pregnant with my daughter and then discovered stamping soon after.  It’s been a huge part of my life ever since. I was fortunate enough to work and teach in both a stamping store and a scrapbooking store. Paper crafting also helped me overcome postpartum depression, as I had a friend practically force me to a retreat and after doing so, I realized just how therapeutic being creative was for me. On my next crop, in 2010, I ran into my former D.O.T.S. consultant and she gave me a Close To My Heart Idea Book. After drooling over it all night, I joined the next day. My only regret was taking nearly 10 years to make that decision.  Otherwise, I have loved every single minute being a part of Close To My Heart, including the life-long friends that I’ve made and creative opportunities like this one.

I’m so thrilled to be back on the H2H Design Team. I’ve been on the design team a couple of times in the past (2012 & 2013) and I can attest to how the challenges can stretch our creativity and move us out of our comfort zone if we allow it to do so. After selecting artwork to take with me to display for the Consultant Showcase at the CTMH Convention later this month, I became aware that many of my favorite (and most popular) pieces were created based on the challenges presented here. Very shortly afterwards, I saw the Design Team call and jumped at the opportunity again. I look forward to seeing what the challenges will bring out of me for the next six months. It is also my hope that you will join us and take the challenge…whatever it may be. 

Kelly Brandt
Good day y’all. My name is Kelly Brandt and I live in British Columbia,Canada,  with my hubby of 28 years, two great sons, and my 2 great four legged friends, my dogs. I have ben crafting for as long as I can remember but really became addicted to scrapbooking about ten years ago and that addiction has grown into my passion “sharing what I love, anything paper.”

I have been published numerous times in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine, taught classes at local scrapbooker stores, and have been a H2H Design Team Member in the past. Challenging myself to become a better crafter is one of my favourite things to do, I always encourage fellow crafters to look outside the box and try new things even if they are out of their comfort zone. That is how we learned grow. 

I am looking forward to being with this great group of crafty ladies at H2H, and also look forward to seeing everyone’s craftiness.