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, October 29, 2010

Challenge #42

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I hope you all had a safe and creative week with fun plans ahead. Before I begin today's post, please join me in saying goodbye to our designer Carla! Carla is stepping down from the Design Team, we wish her ALL the best with her future endeavors and will miss her talent! Thank you Carla!
And now for the top 3 of the orange, black, and purple combo (which, by the way, I didn't realize was also another theme for another challenge!!):

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me for next week's challenge and your opportunity to be a Guest Bar-Tender.
And now on to this week's theme:

Go Go Go!

We want to see any type of vehicle or anything with wheels on your creations. Pretty appropriate since this is the season that I feel like we never stop moving...

From our Guest Bar-Tenders:


Oh Super cuteness! I love Lindsay's vintage themed locomotive! And how cute is Faye's sweetie on her bicycle? Thank you ladies!
And now for the Design Team's creations:

Click on the cute blue frog below to link up your work. Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Challenge #41

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
Thank you all so much for your hobby cards, I loved seeing all the wonderful activities on your submissions! Once again, this was a hard week - you all really know how to Raise The Bar!
Congratulations to the following entries:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me for next week's assignment at
And now for this week's challenge - are you ready for some COLOR?

Now this doesn't have to be a Halloween card even though the colors may suggest it. You can have one main color as the focal point and little splashes of the others! We don't want to deter anyone from entering in thinking that this is just for October 31st. ;)
Here are some wonderful color combo cards from our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Juanita's adorable Teddy flying high

Susie's beautiful bouquet

Sweet cards ladies! Thank you so much for being designers this week!
And from our Full Time Employees:

Anita's sassy round easel card

Thanh's web delight
Dana's stunning beauty

Carla's happy witch

Julie's nestie wonder

Joni's welcome gate (a free image HERE!)
Now it's your turn to get colorful! We want to see your beautiful work, you have until next Thursday at noon to enter in on the fun for your chance to be a Guest Bar-Tender.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Challenge #40

Happy Friday everyone!
Wow, what a beautiful week full of wonderful pink cards! You all are so awesome, thank you for the sweet entries in last week's challenge. I do hope you consider sending that one off to some special friend in your life, just to let her know she was on your mind. :)
Before we begin the announcement of our Guest Bar-Tenders for next week, the random winner of Kristy's beautiful buttons goes to:
 #5 Katie Tate

Congratulations Katie! Please email me so I can get your address off to Kristy.

And now for our Pink picks of last week (ohhh it was sooo hard):

Congratulations ladies! Please email me for more information about next week's challenge. And now for the theme of the week:


We want to see a hobby/sport/interest on your card or project.Come on, you know how multi-talented you are! To start us off, here are some adorable cards by our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Deborah is in her garden

Shannon is baking up a yummy dessert

Eeek! So cute - I love that Deborah's fun embellishments go with her image, and Shannon's cutie pie holding a sweet pie! Thank you ladies for joining us this week.
And from our full time employees:
Anita is tending to her flowers

Julie is reading a few good books

Carla is stitching up a storm

Thanh is golfing away!

Dana is stamping in her pretty apron

Joni  is should be working out

Come on and join in on the fun! Click on the blue frog below to add your name and card picture. We will be by to visit, until then have a wonderful week everyone.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Challenge #39

Happy Friday everyone! 
Another week and a new challenge - this one with a very special surprise! Thank you all so very much for the beautiful entries last week. We loved seeing the recipes on everyone's cards, you all are so creative! In no particular order, here are the winners of our F.A.L.L. Acrostic challenge:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me for next week's assignment as Guest Bar-Tender at

And now are you ready for this week's challenge?
For the FIRST TIME in Raise The Bar history, we have a PRIZE! And a very special one to go with our theme:


Yes ladies, it is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we want to show our support in every way that we can. Use pink in your cards as well as a female image OR any cancer awareness image as the wonderful lineup below shows. Here is the adorable prize this week:

These are handmade buttons by my friend Kristy Ketterlin, owner of  Buttons & Bows blogspot as well as THIS wonderful button shop on Etsy! Thank you so much Kristy!

Since this a first time for a prize, there will be the top 3 winners as usual, but this set of buttons will go to a RANDOM winner! Woohoo! Please come on over to follow the Buttons & Bows blog HERE as well, where her newest buttons debut.

And now on to the Raise The Bra cards this week from our Guest Bar-Tenders:




And our Full Time employees, including Dana Christiansen, our new Bar-Tender:

Thank you for joining us with this important cause.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Challenge #38

Woohoo! It's finally Friday! I love every day of the week, but this one always has me smiling. ;)
Thank you so much for bundling up with us last week - all of your entries were so creative and snuggly cute. Congratulations to the following cards:

Please contact me for next week's challenge so you can debut it with us!
Before I announce the new theme, we want to bid a loving adieu to the one and only uber creative Erika Taylor. Thank you so much Erika for gracing us with your amazing work!
And now for our new theme an acrostic challenge of the word FALL:

Flower, At least 2 ribbons/fibers
Lots of Leaves

Fun stuff! Here are our Guest Bar-Tenders from last week showing off their stuff:

Thank you so much ladies!! I love all the warm colors you've used in your cards. :)

And now on to the Bar-Tenders' samples:

The fabulous Erika's last Bar-Tender card:

Come and celebrate October with us, click on the blue happy frog below to add your link and card.
Thank you so much for joining us, we love your company!