Monday, April 15, 2013

Button Challenge at Heart 2 Heart

This week at Heart 2 Heart the challenges is to use buttons. How hard is that?  Easy, right?  It's probably safe to say that we all have a "supply" somewhere.  A jar, a drawer, whatever.  We have enough buttons in our arsenal to easily replace every button, on every piece of clothing we own, for the rest of our lives! 

This SHOULD have been an easy challenge, but it wasn't.  I actually had lots of ideas, but I really struggled with settling on one.  I think my creative mojo is, well...not absent...but rather being choked?  Yeah, that's it.  Choked.  Life is pretty crazy around here and it's getting to me.  Without going into all the "drama" don't come here for the drama, after all...I've got some pretty big, life decisions to make here soon and as much as I like to think I'm easy going and ready for's not really true.  If I'm honest with myself, I don't like change and it scares me.   With this looming life change and with our state standardized tests this week, grades due at the end of the week, a card class Monday evening, and a weekend trip to prepare for, I think I'm just feeling a bit...okay...a lot...overwhelmed.  

With all that being said, all my thoughts of trying to do something unexpected with buttons, just didn't happen.  Who knows maybe I can come up with something else before the week ends?  But just to be on the safe side...don't hold your breath. I wouldn't want you to pass out. ;) At any rate, I went with a clean and simple sketcch design from Retro Sketches for my card, as well as inspiration from both Play Date Cafe and an CAS-ual Fridays.

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Papers:  White Daisy CS, Pacifica CS, Sunset CS, Sky CS, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamp Used: Word Puzzle
Inks: BlackSky, Sunset, Pacifica
Embellishments: Black button assortment, Silver Glitz Glitter Gel, Millennium Pen (EK Success)
Other: Cricut Art Philosophy, SpongeMicro-tip ScissorsPaper Trimmer3D Foam Tape, Liquid Glass, Scoring Board (Martha Stewart), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

So here's what you need to know to play along with the Heart 2 Heart challenge this week...and every week.
  1. Use mostly CTMH products.
  2. Incorporate the current challenge.  In this case, buttons.
  3. Link your project back to Heart 2 Heart Challenges from your blog post or online gallery.  If you are linking from a blog, you must link directly to the actual post, not your entire blog.
  4. You also need to mention Heart 2 Heart in your blog post. (Please don't make us guess.)
  5. Finally, please, please, please, we ask that you consider turning off word verification, as it does make it easier (and less time consuming) for the design team to leave comments, as well as other visitors to your blog. ;)
Don't have any CTMH products?  That's an easy fix!  Simply contact your local Close To My Heart consultant (or go here to find one near you) or you can place an order by going to my website.  If you'd like an Idea Book of your own, you can either email me (if you're local) or simply use the Paypal button in the side bar.

To encourage you to follow Heart 2 Heart (and me...hee hee), I'm going to give away a little blog candy this week...a paper pack of your choice.  

Here's what you need to do to enter to win the blog candy.  

  1. Follow the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog.  Leave a comment on this post that you are now following (or are already a follower), and you will receive an entry for the blog candy.
  2. Follow my blog.  Leave a comment on this post that you are now following (or already following) my blog and you will receive another entry for the blog candy.
I'll announce the winner in a week, Monday, April 22nd.  Unfortunately, I'm only shipping to US addresses.  I will do my best to contact the winner via their blog and/or email address, but sometimes that's not as simple as it sounds, so be sure to come back and see if the winner is you and feel free to contact me.  Either way, once I have your prize selection and mailing address, I will ship it out to you.

If you are the winner, you will chose from one of the following paper packs.

Before I go, I'm also going to link my card above up to these other fitting challenges: Catered Crop and Paper Pretties.

Until next time...


  1. Absolutely stunning. Loving the sparkly touches.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. I already follow your blog and would like to enter for your "blog candy" contest! I always love your creations and that's why I follow you! Sorry you are feeling so overwhelmed with life and decisions. It's always hard to get through these things, but I've learned, go with your gut and your heart, and not logic! good luck.

  3. Love those glittery touches ... great job with the sketch & colors ... off to follow your blog.

  4. Oh, I love all that sparkly goodness. Love it.

  5. This is very pretty! I really like the buttons! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog!

  6. I think this is just lovely! So clean, yet so sparkly. I love it!!

  7. Hi Tamytha! I am finally getting around to buttons...see what I did there? Hope it put a smile on your wonderfully creative face! I hear you loud and clear right now. That word, choked, is how I am beginning to feel with all the balls I am juggling in my head. I said a quick prayer for you to have peace with your decisions coming up and wish you the very best. You did a fantastic job picking my favorite buttons to use for this one! Love them combined with the flowers. :)

    1. Thanks so much for the prayer and kind words. I found it interesting that you prayed for peace. That's what I've been praying for myself. :) I'm having trouble making a final decision, but have a few weeks to do so. Hopefully, I'll get clarity soon.

  8. your rosettes look stunning! this is a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us in the Play Date Cafe!
    -Rachel w k

  9. I absolutely love the bling and the rosettes. I have been a follower of your blog for quite a while and I always enjoy seeing your creations. It would be great to win.

  10. Very cool card! I'm already a follower of your blog.

  11. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. I'm a follower of the H2H blog as well.

  12. Thank you for this opportunity to win some CTMH Blog Candy!!!!
    I'm a follower of your Blog!!


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