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!) See the above calendar for specific challenge closing dates.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Color Challenge

It's time to say goodye - and hello - to some H2H people starting with our October sponsors - Nichole and Jena. Thanks for sponsoring us this past month - we appreciate you!!! The drawing for their prizes will be held and posted later this week so be sure to come back and see if you're a winner!

Our new sponsors are Wendy and Teri and here are their prize offerings for November:

From Teri, you could win a CTMH chair caddy filled with a few goodies as a suprise! Woot! Woot! Who doesn't like a good surprise? You can visit Teri at her blog The Midnight Artist.

Wendy has the following prize goodies up for grabs:


Included is a Caboodle WOTG, an envelope pack, a circle album and a little petite perk (autumn). You can stop by and say hello to Wendy at her blog Just Paper and Ink. These will be our last sponsors of the year so be sure to play along with our challenges all month long and increase your chances of winning one of these two great prizes!

I also want to thank Debra, our outgoing Guest DT, for playing along with us in October and welcome our new Guest DT, Allisa, who will be joining us in November. You can read a little about Allisa on this post.

And finally, we have a sad farewell to send out for DT member Brenda, who has decided to step down from her spot. All for good reason though - Brenda is just one super busy lady! Thanks for hanging with us at H2H, Brenda, and best wishes for the future from all of us!

Now on to the challenge. We have a color challenge for you this week. The colors are Autumn Terracotta, Juniper and Bamboo:


or use something close. Here is what the team came up with, starting with our Guest DT, Allisa:

Fabulous! And perfect for the Fall season! Thanks Allisa!







Beautiful work, ladies! Now it's your turn. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE PRODUCTS FROM CLOSE TO MY HEART OR THE LINK WILL BE REMOVED. We have had a lot of entries not follow this one rule so please be sure you have included CTMH products in your artwork.


Friday, October 28, 2011

It's almost November!

Before we get started with a new month of challenges, I have an October update and an introduction. Remeber you have until Saturday night at 10 pm EST to play along with all of the October challenges to increase your chances of winning one of two sponsored prizes.

In addition to the prizes being offered at H2H, our sponsor Nichole is also offering a separate opportunity to win another prize - read on:

"I did a post on the Autumn/Halloween project and I added a give-away bonus that anyone who comments this week on your challenge (the Fall/Halloween challenge here at H2H) and on my H2H story post for this challenge (click here to comment) I will be adding a "Wicked" SOTM FREE (for this week's challenge participants) just in case anyone is interested in that stamp set and missed out".

So leave your comments for a chance at a Wicked stamp set!! Thanks Nichole!

No on to our introduction of the Guest DT for November - meet Allisa:




"Hello, my name is Allisa Chilton.  I joined Close to My Heart way back in 1997 when the company was known as DOTS.  I have seen a lot of changes in the company over the years and think we are just getting better and better with each new catalog.  I met my original upline in an online chat room.  She mailed me a DOTS catalog and I then made my first Christmas cards.  I mailed her one as well.  She then decided I needed to become a consultant. The rest is history.  I am mostly a scrapbooker, making handmade cards comes in a close second. I just recently joined the blog world and H2H Challenges.  I love participating in the challenges and seeing all of the great artwork that is submitted.  I am thrilled to be a guest design team member for November.  I look forward to seeing all of the great submissions".
 

Welcome Allisa! You can visit Allisa's blog at Rocky Mountain Paper Crafts or her website here. We look forward to seeing what Allisa shares with us in November!

See you all Monday for a new challenge!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween/Autumn Challenge

This is our last challenge of the month so you have until this Saturday at 10 pm EST to get your entries for all of this month's challenges posted and be eligible to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors!!

The challenge is Halloween or Autumn. Anything goes so make it fantastic!! Let's see what the DT whipped up starting with our Guest DT Debra:

Spook-tacular!! I love cute Halloween and Deb, you certainly got the cutest spiders ever~
Thanks for playing along with us this month!

We also have an entry this week from one of our sponsors, Nichole - take a look:

Thanks for playing along with us this week Nichole! And of course, for sponsoring us this month also!







Fang-tastic!! Be sure to visit the DT's blogs to see more on each of their submissions - and leave them some much deserved love while you're there! Then get your artwork linked up below and join in the fun! Be sure your project includes CTMH products or your link will be removed.



Monday, October 17, 2011

LIKE us on Facebook!

Our newest challenge is in the post below so scroll down to see what's happening!

As Facebook has changed their site (numerous times), in the course of doing so they changed the way Pages are set up and our old Facebook page is gone. So I have a new one started but we need "like"ers!! Follow the link HERE and like us on Facebook. We will post blog updates there as well - join us!

It's all in the numbers!

Thanks to everyone who played along with our challenge last week - your layouts were truly beautiful!

This week we're offering up a challenge that doesn't require words - we're looking for numbers! Create anything you want but you must include at least one number on it!

We have a number of inspiring projects from our DT to show so let's get to it!
First up, our Guest DT for October - Debra!

Beautiful - and perfect for this time of year! Thanks Debra!








Now it's your turn! Let's see those numbers this week. Remember, you must use Close To My Heart products or your link will be removed. Happy crafting!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New scrapbooking sketch posted!

Did you know that our very talented team member, Cheryl, creates a scrapbook layout sketch and sample every month on the 15th to share with everyone here at H2H? Perfect timing too as we have a scrapbooking challenge currently posted! Check it out and give it a try - you know you have photos just waiting for some attention! The link is above - H2H Scrapbooking. Enjoy and a big THANK YOU to Cheryl~

Monday, October 10, 2011

Our next Challenge - From our Heart to Yours

Sorry again for the delay - let's get right to the challenge!

It's From Our Heart to Yours week and the theme this time is sharing stories. The Design Team has created layouts that include journaling a story and they are passing the challenge along to you!

We want to see a scrapbook layout this week - single or double page - that includes journaling about the photos. Tell us a story! Layout can be paper crafted or created with Studio J. Here are the DT's entries - be sure to visit their blogs for further details:







Now it's your turn to share a story with us. Post your layout with journaling to your blog and then link up below. Remember, you have all month to play along with our challenges to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Also, I want to acknowledge the people who played along with all of the September challenges - they are:

Allisa
Belinda K.
Heather H. (rockingpaperscissors)
Karen C
Lisa Bzibziak
Miriam Pranther
Tammy
Sheila H
Wendy Coffman

If anyone was missed, please contact Haley at inkyscrapper@gmail.com. If you completed all the challenges of the month, you are welcome to visit our Badges page and grab the Addicted to H2H badge code for your blog. Thanks for joining us all month long!


Challenge posted soon

Sorry for the delay but the new challenge will be posted later this morning......

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Prize Winners and Top Ten - September

Throwing in a quick post to announce the Top Ten and prize winners for September (before we get any further into October already!)

The prize winners of the goodies from our September sponsors are:

From Week 3 (Die Cuts) - #20 Elizabeth and from Week 5 (Sentiment Only) - #6 Miriam
Congratulations ladies - please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net with your mailing information!!

Now on to our Top Ten -rather, our Top ELEVEN!! I just couldn't narrow it down any further (plus we had 5 weeks to pick from so 11 is fair).

Week 1 - Color challenge:


Week 2 - Your favorite color combo:


Week 3  - Die cuts:


Week 4 - Cardstock only:


Week 5 - Sentiment focus:


And our Top Chick of the Top Eleven is...........Allisa!


Congratulations to everyone who played along this month!

Emilee and Lisa Gordon - I could not find your email address - please contact me at mbryt1@bex.net if you would like a Top Ten badge -

See you all Monday!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome to October

It's a new month once again (where does the time go?) and we have some new sponsors to introduce but let's first say farewell and thank you to September's sponsors: Heather Hunt and Kelly Jo Ratcliff. Remember if you ever want to find any of our sponsors, they are listed on the Sponsors page (see the tab above).

Our new sponsors for October are Nichole Lewno and Jena DeVries - welcome ladies! Here are the prize packages these gals are offering this month  -

From Nichole at Creatique Candy -

All items in the prize package are discontinued and can only be won via participating in the H2H blog challenges throughout the month. Includes:
Spring Harmony: Sassy Strands, Organdy Ribbon Rounds, and Die-Cuts
3"x3" Kraft mini album
Express Postage My Acrylix Stamp Set
Just Blooms Paper flowers assorted
Sonata L2 Paperpack

And from Jena  at Live, Love, Laugh, Scrapbook -


A Miracle Scrapbooking Kit! Thanks ladies - now let's get the challenge posted so you can all get busy entering for a chance to win one of these packages of goodies!

This week is one of our favorites - a sketch!

Remember, you can rotate it to fit your design. Take a look at what the DT created with the sketch:







I am always so impressed and inspired with how many ways one little sketch can be interpreted! Beautiful work ladies!

Now it's your turn...let's see what you can create with the sketch. Link up below and you're on your way to winning one of the packages from our terrific sponsors! And be sure to check back with us later this week when I announce the Top Ten from September and the winners of the September prizes!