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, March 26, 2010

Challenge #11 - April Fool!

Hello everyone and happy Friday to you!
Before I explain this week's challenge, I would like to thank you all for joining in on the fruity fun! Your entries were so sweet, and I love that the new link system we have showcases everyone's work. Thank you again!
And now on to congratulate the top 3 winners of Fruits Of Labor challenge:

Congratulations Peri!

This card was so cool with the retro/vintage vibe, yet it had all the cool paper piecing and fun DP to accent it. The patterns mix so well together!

Congratulations Stephanie!

What a fun and whimsical card, and a sweet story to go with it. Stephanie made this for her mom who loves tea. And check out that cherry embellishment!

Congratulations Laurel!

This was such a fun entry! I love the clever way she did the apple tree, and all the added details makes me smile!
Ladies please email me so you can join us in debuting next week's challenge. :D

And now for this week's assignment:     
Show us a style that you normally don't do! Ack! A challenge indeed! ;) 
Here are some wonderful samples by the design team:

Vix - Guest Designer
(hates doing male cards)

(usually does cute TGF style images)

(never does blonde hair, use stickles, nor black cardstock)

(never does punch art)

(usually vintage, but did clean and simple)

(usually does cutesy)

(Victorian - sooo not me!)

Soooo...did we convince you? heehee! Show us your April Fool card and join in on the fun! Click on the blue frog so we can all see your wonderful work. Have a beautiful week everyone, take care!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Challenge #10

Happy Friday friends!
Thank you all for that overwhelming response to Go Green last week. I saw that it was quite popular and was so happy with all the entries! It was hard to choose so there is a top 3 this week:

Congratulations to the following crafters:

Congratulations ladies! Such a wonderful array of talent everywhere. Ladies, please email me at so I can send off next week's assignment. :D

And now on to this week's challenge:


Yes! We are sweetening up the week with any card or project using fruit (yup, tomatoes too! heehee!). Here are some ripe and ready samples for you to enjoy from the design team:

Guest Bar-Tender
Lori Padberg







Thank you ladies! And now it's your turn to show us your Fruits of Labor. We are using a new system now, so simply follow the instructions below and we will come by and pay you a visit. Thank you for your continued support every week here at Raise The Bar, we love having you!
Have a wonderful week friends!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Challenge #9

Happy Friday and welcome back everyone!
Thank you all so much for joining us last week with our book challenge. We loved seeing the variety of images from all these wonderful companies!
Congratulations to Lori from Lori's Purple Giraffes with this adorable fairy card:

The colors of this card is amazing with this sweet fairy! Please contact me so you can join us for the new challenge next Friday.
And now on to this week's challenge:

Interpret this as you desire - either a recycled item on your card, all green hues, a St. Patrick's Day image, the choice is yours! For some wonderful ideas, here is a sweet lineup from our 3 Guest Designers:


Irit (all recycled products)

as well as our Design Team:






Oh I have a feeling that this is going to be a fun week!
Be sure to leave your direct link in Mr. Linky so we can come and pay you a visit. And we love to read comments so you are welcome to leave one! Have a wonderful and happy week everyone, we will see you soon!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Challenge #8

Hello everyone and happy Friday!!! Guess what? Mr. Linky was so honery that he disappeared with all of the links, I have them in a personal file, but had to end the 3s challenge early so that I could use Mr. Linky in today's posting. My apologies! I am still learning about this widget and will be upgrading my membership so this doesn't happen again. To compensate, there are 3 winners this week - thank you all SO much for your patience and understanding! Without further ado here are the top 3:

*Removed for publication* Congratulations Irit!

Congratulations ladies! Please email me so that I can send you the information for next week's design.

And now on to this week's challenge:


To honor this great celebration in March, use a BOOK somewhere in your card/project and commemorate all of our achievments in our lives.
Now this may sound 'different' and you may not think you have a book image, but search your stash and you'll be surprised at what you discover!
Here are some incredible samples by the wonderful Design Team:

Guest Designer 
Judy Applegarth

and her wonderful Bookwormabella
and her adorable Wendy (TGF)

and her book cover by Elly Walton

with her sweet Crafty Secrets image

featuring an Inktegrity critter:
My card
created with a charity image by Inktegrity

Wonderful samples ladies! I knew you would go down in history with this challenge! ;)
So now we've got you thinking...and I know you have an awesome image in your stash. Come on and join us, Mr. Linky is waiting for you - and I am keeping my fingers crossed that he behaves this time.
Happy week to you all!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Ladies, my apologies for Mr. Linky's honery attitude. I didn't realize that he disappeared, thank you all for linking up in the comment section. Since this was a mistake, I am extending this contest into Saturday (it will overlap the challenge that we will announce on Friday).
So PLEASE come and join us in our 3s challenge posted below, and re-link if yours somehow disappeared into Linky cyber space!
Thank you for your understanding. :D