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 25, 2012

Challenge #106

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
What are your plans on this gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend? We are enjoying a 4 day stretch of nothingness except honoring those who served our country and basking in the sunshine. Sounds like a plan to me!
The Bar-Tenders and I want to thank you all for your continued support here on our challenge blog. We love meeting new friends who participate as well as seeing our regular talented crafters! With summer quickly approaching, we have decided to do just ONE challenge for the months of June, July, and August, all of which will be sponsored by a fabulous company. This means you have all month to play along in our theme, perfect for a laid back vacation! We will debut our challenge for June on the 1st, then will see you back here on July 6th, and then again on August 3rd. :)And I am keeping my fingers crossed that time in between goes nice and sloooooow...
And now back to our regularly scheduled program, thank you all so much for your beautiful entries paying homage to our armed forces! Having a hubby in the military, I truly appreciate the love and support of all of our hard working soldiers.

Congratulations to our top picks of the week:

Yay! Congratulations ladies, please email me at with the subject line of Guest Bar-Tender (so it doesn't get lost in the junk mail).
And now on to this week's challenge, celebrating the graduates of the month:


Whether it is from Kindergarten, Middle School, High School, or beyond, let's show these graduates how proud we are of them!

From our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Karla's money holder:
 (wish I was receiving this!)

Mary's adorable Kindergarten card:

Louise's beautiful Saturated Canary:

Thank you for being Guest Bar-Tenders, ladies, and debuting this week's challenge theme!
And now from our uber talented designers:






Friday, May 18, 2012

Challenge #105

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I hope this post finds you all well and enjoying the week. We have had the prettiest weather here in the NE, which is perfect for my daughter's 11th bday party this afternoon. We sent out 24 invites, thinking that half would decline. Only to have 20 RSVP with a yes. lol! So I'll be pretty busy today, getting everything together! 
This weekend is also a very special day for something else, but we'll get more to that in a second. For now, thank you so much for your beautiful Mother's Day entries! I love all the creative cards that were linked up, showing how much appreciation we have for the matriarch in our lives!
Congratulations to the following entries:

Karli's sweet Mojo interpretation:

Ladies please email me with Guest Bar-Tender in the subject line at
so you can debut a future challenge with us! Thank you all so much again!

Saturday the 19th is Armed Forces Day, and being a military wife, I wanted to pay tribute to those men and women in uniform. This week we want to see your:

 military and patriotic cards

And here to start off the lineup of inspiration is our Guest Bar-Tender Hilde, followed by the Design Team:





Friday, May 11, 2012

Challenge #104

Happy beautiful Friday everyone! Are you all ready for the weekend? I know that with all the end of the year testing going on at school, my kiddos are so ready for some relaxation. And speaking of tests, thank you all for your wonderful Report Card inspired creations this week! You all passed with flying colors! ;) Congratulations to the following entries that included text on their designs:

Wonderful job everyone! Ladies, please contact me at with the subject line of GUEST BAR-TENDER so I can avoid it going to the junk file. Thank you all so much for your continued support here at Raise The Bar!

And now on to this week's challenge which celebrates the hardest job that ever exists:

Let's see your beautiful creations honoring the matriarchs in our lives!
Here with some fabulous inspiration are our Guest Bar-Tenders:



And from our Bar-Tenders: 





Friday, May 4, 2012

Challenge #103

Happy beautiful Friday everyone! And for all you Stars Wars fan, May the 4th be with you! (<----sorry, saw that on Facebook and thought it was hilarious, haha!)
Thank you all so much for your beautiful tropical entries last week. Along with the always adorable images we see every week, we also had a wonderful bunch of Bombshell images which was fun to see!
Before announcing this week's challenge, we would like to send our congratulations to the following projects:

Glenda's sweet tweets:
Mary's Cheeky cutie
Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at with the subject line of GUEST BAR-TENDER. I look forward to hearing form you!
And now for this week's challenge. With school quickly coming to an end, we want to see those

(let's see LETTERS, TEXT on your card)

From our wonderful Bar-Tenders: