Here at RTB we are so excited to kick off a new year of crafting!
We encourage you to challenge yourself, raise your own level of crafting, and keep your resolution to use those new stamping items. And yes, we will even use those supplies that you just had to have in your collection. ;)

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Fond Farewell and Thank You!

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
Can you believe it's almost May? Gulp. I don't think I'm quite ready for it yet, but at least the summer is right around the corner. ;) The end of April also means a close to our challenge site *sniff sniff*. While we are all excited for new things on the horizon, it is a bittersweet goodbye as I've loved blogging every Friday here on Raise The Bar and meeting new friends.
As promised, the month of April had some 'secret' sponsors and prizes for whomever joined in on the challenge of that week. Thank you all for your beautiful entries for the entire month of April!
Here are the winners of each week:

Winner of The Greeting Farm giveaway (one single stamp of choice):
Marina of My Perfect Life

Winner of a gift certificate to By Lori Designs:
Vickie O'Dell of HeARTful Stamper

Winner of images from QKR Stampede:
Leanne of Paper Dolls Creations

Winner of a goodie bag from yours truly:
Paula of Scrap Addict's Attic

YAY! Please contact me at with RTB WINNER in the subject line.

And now to bid adieu, our last cards from my two fabulous designers Peggy  and Thanh:

Peggy, wishing you the best with TGF's Hatter Bean:

Thanh, encouraging you to Chase Your Dreams!
(sentiment from a new TGF set):

And my card, hoping that your heart
 blooms with happiness
(sentiment and Pup from TGF):

Thank you to all the sponsors who have made contributions to this challenge site. Thanh, Peggy, and I will be continuing our journey as designers together for The Greeting Farm, so this trio cannot be so easily separated. lol! We hope your creative path continues to wonderful opportunities, happy projects, and more importantly, creations that continue to put smiles on loved ones' faces.
Have a wonderful day and know that we truly appreciated all of your cards and support!
Love and Aloha always,

Friday, April 19, 2013

Challenge #140

It's Friday!
Happy day everyone, I hope your week went well? First off, sending all our love and thoughts to crafters and families who were affected by Boston and Texas this past week. :( Although the weather has been beautiful, all the recent events have been so heartbreaking and gloomy. It's such a reminder to take each day as a new opportunity to be thankful.

And speaking of, thank you all for the beautiful entries in last week's Lock the Door challenge! As I mentioned in Friday's post, every week has a secret sponsor for our last month of challenges. All winners will be announced on the last Friday of this month, so be sure to play along as much as you can.

Congratulations to the following crafters for our Lock the Door challenge:

Please click on their names to hop over to their blogs - these creations were amazing!
Ladies please email me at for your chance to be a Guest Bar-Tender!

And now on to this week's challenge, sponsored by a lovely company (heehee!):


Joining us are our Guest Bar-Tenders:


And from our Bar-Tenders:


Friday, April 12, 2013

Challenge #139

Hello and happy Friday everyone!
My apologies for the late post, it's raining cats and dogs here so I had to do a special trip to the bus stop to keep my girls dry. :)

But other than that, it has been a beautiful Spring week! How about in your neck of the woods? I am definitely ready for flowers, sunshine, and the kids to be in shorts. The laundry is definitely easier when the weather gets warm.

Thank you to those who participated in last week's challenge of "Pack Your Bags" - since we had 4 lovely crafters who participated so a huge congratulations to them:

Marina of My Perfect Life
Rachel Taylor of Blossom Cards
Melissa of Sunshine Honey Bee
Sidan of Wenig Oder Viel

Thank you ladies! Please email me at for next week's theme.

Before I announce this week's challenge, just thought I'd add in a little note. Every week in April, we are being sponsored by a fabulous company, however, instead of announcing it every week, it will be one big celebration at the end of the month. YAY! Now only those crafters who participated in that week's challenge will be eligible, so be sure to play along as much as you can!

Okay, with that said, join us this week for our theme of:

(use any image/paper/embellishment with a key/door/house)

Here are the fabulous Bar-Tenders with some awesome inspiration:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Challenge #138 and an announcement!

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I hope your week is going well, it is finally starting to feel like spring here. I am not a fan of the cold weather so I'm looking forward to warmer days. :)
Before we announce the top 3 of this week's challenge, I wanted to personally thank you all for being a part of Raise The Bar. When I started this site, it was a chance for me to challenge my own self, to raise my own bar when it came to creating, and of course being inspired by your designs as well.
Thanks to you, I've been introduced to some wonderful stamp and paper companies, just by adoring your work! I have also met the most wonderful group of designers who, week after week, have produced such amazing cards.
This summer is a huge transition for my family - we have our oldest going off to college, our youngest starting Kindergarten, and moving where the Army sends us. My husband will hit 20 years of active duty, and we've been fortunate to live in Virginia for 8 of those years.
With that said, Raise The Bar will close its doors at the end of April. By coincidence, the two remaining Bar-Tenders Thanh and Peggy, have been handpicked to be on The Greeting Farm's Design Team, so we will all still have the chance to create together! YAY! From the Bar to the Farm... ;)
Every challenge of this month will have a goodbye theme, more on that in a bit.
For now congratulations to this week's top 4 designers (just because it was so hard to choose!!):

Kathy of Will Stamp for Wine
Danni of Danni's Dreams
Vicky of Crafting Vicky
Leona of Cards by Leona

Congratulations ladies!
Please email me at for your opportunity to be a Guest Bar-Tender.

And now for this week's challenge, in the theme of saying 'Goodbye' to all the Raise The Bar followers:

Pack Your Bags
(use any image/embellishment/paper with a bag/suitcase)

And here are our wonderful Guest Bar-Tenders:

 And our Bar-Tenders:



Friday, March 29, 2013

Challenge #137

Happy beautiful Friday everyone! And a Good Friday at that. ;) I hope you all have wonderful plans for this Easter weekend? Thank you so much for all of your lovely entries for our Hop Into Spring theme - those images that you used are SO adorable. I think a bit of shopping is in store for me this weekend. ;)
Before we announce the picks for the week, stay tuned for some big news here at Raise The Bar that will be posted with next Friday's challenge!
Now on to the winners...
Congratulations to our 3 crafters:

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at
with the subject line GUEST BAR-TENDER. Thank you so much!

And now for our newest challenge:

And here are Thanh and I with our cards (as we both decided to rotate it!):



Friday, March 22, 2013

Challenge #136

Happy Friday everyone!
 I hope you have wonderful plans ahead for the weekend?
Even though it is technically spring, it sure feels like winter here!
Regardless of the weather,  we want you to create a card with our new theme:

Spring is a 'hop' away!
(use any image of a bunny, chic, or baby animal)

Here with adorable samples are the designers:




Friday, March 15, 2013

Challenge #135

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
Thank you all so much for your entries in last week's challenge,
we had so many adorable "That's My Boy!" cards!
Congratulations to the following crafters:


Congratulations everyone!
Please email me at to be a Guest Bar-Tender.
And now on to this week's challenge:

Celebrate Music in our Schools Month!
Use any image depicting music (instruments, song)

Joining us this week are two of our Guest Bar-Tenders:


Thank you ladies! :)
And from the Bar-Tenders: