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, May 27, 2011

Challenge #68

First off, thank you for your beautiful Memorial Day tribute cards, they were all so beautiful! This post is a little different than the other Fridays as we have a couple of announcements. First off, the winners of this past challenge as well as this current challenge will be notified individually. The reason being:

Haha! Yes, the reason is because Raise The Bar will be on a summer hiatus! The Bar-Tenders are going to take a breather, start off our summers, plant our gardens, and return on AUGUST 5th with new challenges and fun surprises! This is just a little vaca, so please don't unsubscribe or forget about us. Since we have one more challenge for this week, we will feature the past two groups of winners will help us celebrate our return in a couple of months. This also gives you plenty of time to join in on this challenge as it will be extended to two weeks instead of one!
Without further ado, this week's theme is:


Since this is the last few weeks of school, let's show off our thank you cards to teachers, mentors, tutors, and those who help mold the future. We have a beautiful lineup this week as always! 

Thanh's Whimsie thank you note

Julie's wise owl

Anita's head of the fairy class

Jan's sweet school girl

Wanda's little reader

Joni's bookworm

Friday, May 20, 2011

Challenge #67

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
First off, today is quite the post with last week's winners as well as this week's top picks! Wow - there were so many beautiful entries for both challenges! Without further ado, here are the winners for our  FLOWER POWER challenge:


Oh my stars, just beautiful blossoms everywhere! And below are the winners from our Apples and Oranges challenge using green and orange in your creation:



Ladies please contact me at for next week's challenge before we go on a summer hiatus.
This week as we honor our military for Memorial Day weekend, I thought it was appropriate to create sympathy cards. There are so many beautiful and thoughtful creations done by the wonderful Design Team:





Thank you ladies! I know they've inspired you to create a thoughtful, heartfelt card. Link up your card by next Thursday, so we can come by to visit you!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Challenge #66

Happy beautiful challenge day everyone! Phew, are we glad that blogger is back up and running again! Since it put a bit of a delay on commenting, we will be back here tomorrow with an updated post of the winners for last week's "Flower Power" challenge.
We're still debuting our NEW challenge today and it is a special one indeed, a color combo called:


This is a special one because it happens to be my daughter's favorite color combo and May 14th is her 10th birthday! I also think it's so summery and fun so I couldn't resist. ;)
Here are some YUMMY samples by the amazing designers, starting with our Guest Bar-Tenders:



Awww! Thank you for the sweet cards Svitlana and Nikki! My daughter will just squeal when she sees this post. :)
And now on to our awesome Bar-Tenders:




Now it's your turn! You can use other colors, of course, but please be sure to have lots of happy greens and oranges (any hues) in your creation. {It need not be a happy birthday card either, the girls were just so sweet to do this!}
Please note that when you link up your card, this week will just be a text link. Our regular inlinkz thumbnail widget will be adjusted soon. :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Challenge #65

Happy May everyone! Thank you for your beautiful beachy creations last week, I felt like it was summer in blogland. :) Congratulations to the following crafters:

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


Create a card using 3 patterned papers and flowers! The Guest Bar-Tenders did a beautiful job with their creation debut today:
Thank you ladies! 
And now from our Bar-Tenders:






Now it's your turn to show us some flower power! Just click on the happy blue frog below to link up your work, and we'll come by to pay you a visit.