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, February 26, 2010

Challenge #7

Happy Friday everyone!
Thank you so much for joining us for last week's No Stamping challenge. I can tell that it was a bit difficult not to ink! ;) However, there were some amazing creations in Mr. Linky - you all are soooo creative!
This card by Judy Applegarth caught our eye: zero stamping, but her Mom's beautiful picture was more than words could ever express:

Wonderful job Judy!! Please email me at so we could discuss next week's challenge and feature you as a Guest Bar-Tender.

This week it's all about the numbers:
Three's Company!

That's right - use increments of 3 anywhere on your card: 3 embellishment, 3 brads, 3 designer papers, you name it. Fun right? Here is what the incredible Design Team came up with for this week:

Sparkle's lovely Anya

Audrey's Mo cutie

Suzi's Gor-Juss triplets

Anita's Sassy Charlotte

Darlene's Vintage sweetie

My little Harmony

See how fun this challenge is? Come on and join us! You can do this one easily, Mr.Linky is waiting for you! ;)
Have a wonderful and safe week everyone, we will see you soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Challenge #6

Hello friends and thank you again for joining us in another week of Raising The Bar! We loved reading what stamps/sets/supplies meant the world to you. Among the popular items were copics, Cuttlebugs, stamp sets and images that you would never part with as they brought you so much joy!
There was one stamped card that touched our hearts the most, made by Lisa Buttafuoco:

Not only is this a sweet card with such wonderful details and a great color combo, but the story that tied in to this stamp set is so touching. I can't even put into words how sentimental this set is to her, so please visit her blog HERE to read more about her story...and bring some tissue with you.
Congratulations Lisa! Please contact me at so I can send you the blog badge.

And now on to this week's challenge:


That's right friends! No stamping allowed - except for a sentiment. This includes rubber, clear, photopolymer, digital - NONE allowed for an image. You can use an embellishment as a focal point, a picture, even the actual sentiment itself. 
And for some wonderful inspiration, the fabulous Design Team's cards:

From our Guest Bar-Tender,
Erika Taylor's incredible floral fantasy:

Sparkle's amazing Sympathy card:


Darlene's Vintage Beauty:

Anita's bold sentiment card:

My punched birthday boy card:

Suzi's brass-stenciled fish wonder:

Audrey's sweet angelic inspiration:

Another awesome week from the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Bar-Tender Erika! Thank you ladies - I love the inspiration using pictures, stencils, sentiments, embellishments, and dies as a focal point!
Now let's see what you can do - I know, I know...It may be hard but raise the bar and challenge yourself to another level.Mr. Linky is waiting for you. ;)
Have a wonderful week everyone!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Challenge #5 Be Mine Forever

Hello everyone and welcome to week #5! Thank you all so much for joining us last week, Valentine's and hearts were really popular with great reason!
Before I explain the next challenge, here is the winner of last week's Heart To Heart talk challenge:
What an awesome grunge/rock'n'roll type of card! I loved the way it matched her blog too, and the Cuttlebug folder works wonderfully with these colors. Congrats Erika! Please email me for more info on next week's challenge at

Now on to this week's challenge:

Okay, it sounds corny but really it has nothing to do with a significant other! This week's challenge is to use a stamp/set/item that you will never ever ever sell or give up. Ever. And we'd love to hear your story when you post your card.
Here is some inspiration by my awesome Design Team:

Guest Bar-Tender Teri
loves her digital kits:

coveted Bella line:
{hearts} this inspiring Bible verse:

Suzi cherishes her Dress Me set 
from The Greeting Farm:

Darlene adores this wondrous beauty:

Anita chose her beautiful Roses In Winter set
from Stampin' Up:

And going with the Stampin' Up theme
Here is my cherished Godspeed set:

Thank you designers! You all are so awesome, your work every week continues to inspire us all! Thank you again to the talented Teri for joining us this week.
Now it's your turn to show us your stuff! You know the routine, Mr. Linky is waiting for your name. ;)
Have a wonderful week everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Challenge #4

Happy Friday everyone! I have to say that last week's challenge truly brought out some amazing cards! I giggled as I saw how old many of your papers were (and gulp - how many I own as well). When it came down to the winner, I had to go with Teri's card here:


See that DP? It is from an older Debbi Moore CD, which just amazed me. If I owned a CD with downloadable papers, I would never be able to find it. lol!  Congratulations Teri, and a huge thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun.
And now for this week's challenge...
It's time to have a Heart To Heart Talk heehee!
I know, this was expected as Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so let's see some hearts on your cards. Here's an array of inspiration from the wonderful Design Team:

Sparkle's delightful sweet-heart:

Audrey's adorable sweetie:

Darlene's Vintage Beauty:

Suzi's happy patterned heart:

Anita's Regal Heart:

My own truckload of hearts:

And now, you know what to do! Have some heart and show us what you've made. ;) heehee! Thank you all for your support here, enjoy your weekend everyone!