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. ;)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pardon the delay...

But we will be back in the morning to announce our winners and new challenge! Thank you for your understanding! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Challenge #59

Happy wonderful Friday everyone! I know many of you have awesome and amazing plans for this weekend so I will keep this short and happy. First off, thank you for your fun interpretations of last week's little fairy picture! All of the entries were so well done, we look forward to seeing your creativity every week. Without further waiting, congratulations to the following cards:

Ladies please contact me at for next week's assignment!
And now please get your passports ready for this week's theme:


In honor of our beautiful world and all of its great countries, let's see a card inspired by a foreign land. Our guest Bar-Tenders have done a wonderful job paying homage to Japan, first with Maya's card using Japan's colors and a fund raiser image from Mo Manning:

And Cassie's card using an adorable image by My Cute Stamps called Konnichiwa:

Our full time Bar-Tenders also created an amazing lineup as well!
First with Thanh's tribute to Japan, using a fund raiser image by Sparkle's Creations:

Anita's adorable tribute to Down Under:

Jan's beautiful tribute to Japan also using a Mo Manning image:

Wanda's beautiful scene of Paris:

My Belle Du jour traveler:

Grab your suitcases and join us on our flight! Show us which country inspired you, we would love to come and visit. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Challenge #58

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I am so excited to post today's announcement, we have 2 new Bar-Tenders who will be joining in on our weekly fun! Congratulations to the following ladies who have just been hired:

They will join in on the fun as full time employees next week. Yay!
And now, a huge THANK YOU for all the amazing entries in our G.R.E.E.N. acrostic challenge last week. Wow - you all were so creative with your acronyms, they all had me smiling at your clever concoctions! Without further ado, congratulations to the following entries:
(Please click their names to discover what their acrostic stood for.)

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at for next week's assignment.

Now are you ready for a picture perfect Spring day? Me too! Especially with this week's photo inspiration:
Isn't she just adorable? Now here's where you have full creative license - you can take this picture literally, you can use the colors from this image, you can create a card inspired by this cutie, just be sure to let us know your interpretation of it!
And starting us off this week is our bar-tender Susan who used this picture as a sketch and image inspiration (brilliant!!):
Susan Margarson

Thanh's beautiful homage with such a gorgeous image!

Julie's wonderful outdoorsy color scheme:

My color combo inspired card:

Come and show us how that spring picture inspired you! Click on the happy blue frog below to link up your work. Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Challenge #57

It's a great day!
Happy Friday everyone, and thank you so much for coming by. We truly love and appreciate your support here on Raise The Bar!
Thank you for your entries in the "I'm just sayin'" challenge last week - just BEAUTIFUL! If you have time to scroll through all the entries, you will see all the beautiful cards made with just sentiments. Amazing, and truly breathtaking!
It was no easy task to decide since everyone's creations were fit to be published in all the popular magazines. ;) Congratulations to the following friends:

(I have been inspired to create more sentiment cards with everyone's entries this week!) Ladies, please email me at for next week's assignment.
And now on to our fun challenge for this week:

Create your own 
G.R.E.E.N. acrostic!

Yes, you have full creative license to create a card or project with this acronym. To jump start your creativity, here are some amazing cards by two of our Guest Bar-Tenders, followed by our full time Bar-Tenders:

Girl image/Ribbon/Embellishment (button)/Embellishment (ribbon slider)/Nestie


Green/Raffia/Embellishment (washer)/Embellishment (bling) /New Image


Guy image/Ribbon/Embellishment: vintage brads/Embellishment: linen thread/Navy cardstock

Green cardstock/Ribbon/Easel card/Embellishment (pearls)/New Image

See? Don't be intimidated to go G.R.E.E.N.! Click on the happy blue frog below, we will announce the Guest Bar-Tenders on next week's post, as well as introduce you to the new DT members joining us here at Raise The Bar.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Challenge #56

Happy Friday everyone!
Thank you so much for your wonderful Mug Shots card last week - who knew there were so many adorable stamps with mugs on them?!?! Don't forget that if you want to be considered for the Design Team, please indicate so by putting {DT} next to your entries.
And without further ado, congratulations on the following cards, it was so hard to choose!

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at for next week's assignment.
And now on to this week's challenge:

I'm just sayin'...

Create a card made with JUST a sentiment - no other images allowed! I have seen these cards everywhere in blog land and have fallen in love with it. And just to show you what I mean, we welcome back our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Renee's classy birthday wishes

Juelmarie's recipe for friendship:

Marilyn's quilted creation:

Stunning, just stunning! Beautiful job ladies, thank you so much for joining in this week!
And now on to our designers:

Anita's stunning fold

Thanh's orange dreamsicle:

Julie's beautiful blue affirmation:

Beautiful sentiments ladies!
Now it's your turn to enter in on the fun. Remember, no big image to take center stage,
keep the sentiment as the focal point. Click on the happy blue guy below to link up your work.