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, December 31, 2010

From us to you...

Please enjoy this free little sentiment 
as a thank you for joining in on our challenges. 
{click on image and save to your computer}
We will be back next Friday with a fun new theme
to start off the new year. 
Be safe, and enjoy the transition 
into a whole new decade! 
(By the way, this is ginger ale, 
just in case you are under 21. heehee!)
from the Design Team!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Challenge #47

Happy wonderful Friday everyone! I am so happy that it's the weekend, how's everyone's planning and shopping going? Eeek! Don't even ask me... ;)
Just to let everyone know that this will be the last week of challenges for December. We will start up in January with a really fun photo inspiration so be sure to join in on the fun!
With that note, thank you all for your incredible Tree entries - amazing! Seeing all the beautiful foliage was such a delight. Without further ado, here are our top 5:

beautiful stair step wonder:

wonderful treat holder

amazing tea bag fold tree

card that looks like a Bob Ross painting:

stunning treat and ornament holders

Congratulations ladies! Please visit their blogs for more details on their projects, as well as shared tutorials.
And now on to this week's challenge:
an acrostic for the word "SNOW":
Silver, No ribbon, One designer paper, Wording 

{Please note that 'wording' refers to any kind of text or sentiment on the front of the card.}
This week we have our full time hard working Bar-Tenders:


Don't be alarmed! Below is a trial link that I am testing. If this is something that doesn't quite work out right, please leave your name and a link in the comment section so we can come and visit you.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Challenge #46

Happy December oh wonderful friends! 
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend and end of November went well? It's a beautiful Friday and time for a new challenge here at the Bar. Before we begin, thank you all so much for your support with our challenges. We love meeting new friends and visiting new blogs each week! While the holidays are upon us, please know that we are making all efforts to stop by and comment. We love your participation!!
Without further ado, congratulations to the following entries for our Grateful theme last week:

(love the balance of this card)

(what great stitching to go with that globe!)

(love that fun sentiment to go with Sparkle's image!)

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at so I can give you next week's concoction. :)
And now on to this week's challenge which we truly hope you'll have fun with:


How fun for this time of year, right? Now while it seems obvious that we mean Christmas trees, please feel free to use any type of tree on the card, as long as it is a focal point. Our Guest Bar-Tenders have joined in this week with their adorable creations:

Thank you so much ladies!
And now from our Full Time Bar-Tenders:

Let's see those trees!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Just a reminder...

that this week the Design team is sleeping in with a tryptophan induced slumber. ;)
I will announce this week's top 3 next Friday along with our new challenge for December. Have a wonderful rest of your Thanksgiving weekend everyone, we will see you soon!
The Bar-Tenders

Friday, November 19, 2010

Challenge #45

Happy beautiful Friday everyone! Thank you for your cuuuute baby cards this past week, we loved seeing all the little bundles of joy and sweet sentiments! Before we announce our top cards and new challenge, we here at Raise The Bar want to thank you all so much for joining in on our weekly themes! We will be taking a break next week but will resume on December 3rd for one of two challenges in December due to the holidays. However, we will be BACK with a new year and more fun in January!
Now on to the top 3 cards of our Oh Baby! challenge:

Thank you so much ladies! The beautiful coloring, the incredible out of frame image, and sentiment as a focal point are such inspiring creations. Please contact me for December's challenge in case you'd like to get a headstart.
And now on to this week's theme:

Yes, pretty expected for the soon to be holiday right? :) Let's celebrate with gratitude!
From our Guest Bar-Tenders, here are their amazing cards:


Thank you so much ladies for being Guest Bar-Tenders!
And from our Designers:

We can't wait to see your Grateful cards! :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Challenge #44

WOWZA! What a wonderful week full of entries! You all continue to amaze us, those curvy cards and projects blew us away. It was so hard to narrow down all those entries to a top 3 so we are doing a top 5 instead:

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me for next week's Guest Bar-Tender menu. ;)

And now on to this week's challenge:
**Oh Baby!!**

We want to see your cards celebrating the wee little cuties of the world!
Here are our guest Bar-Tenders for the week with their adorable creations:

Thank you ladies, celebrating a sweet new little one has never been cuter!! :)
And now from our regular employees:

Let's see your baby cakes - er - cards! Just click on the happy blue frog below to link up your work.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Challenge #43

Everyone jump for joy! It's Friday, and I do hope you all are looking forward to some fun crafting this weekend? I know it's getting colder here so all I want to do is color. :)
Thank you all so much for your entries into our Go Go Go challenge last week. I loved seeing the different wheeled images - some of which I am going to have to add to my collection. heehee!
Without further ado here are our top 3:

Sheri of Paper Crafty's Creations

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at so I can send you next week's menu as a Guest Bar-Tender.
And now for this week's challenge:


That's right, we want to see some curves on your card or project - scallops, circles, even a curvy image! For some great inspiration, here is our gallery starting with our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Love those curves ladies! heehee! And from our full timers:

Come on over and join in on the fun! Be sure that your card is NEW and linked up directly to the post. Let's see those curves! :)