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, August 27, 2010

Challenge #33

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
Before I begin, I wanted to let you know that 2 of our Bar-Tenders has CANDY! :) You can see them both here on Thanh's and Anita's blog to enter in on the fun. Afterall, we all love blog candy, don't we? 
Thank you all so much for your wonderful work with the sketch challenge. Beautiful creations indeed! The DT call has come to a close, I will be struggling through all the wonderful blogs that were entered and will notify those who will become Bar-Tenders.
For now, congratulations to the sketch challenge entries:


And of course we had to mention our retired Bar-Tender:

Heehee! Thank you ladies! Please contact me for next week's challenge.
And now are you ready for a down home kind of challenge?
This week it is lovingly named after Anita's blog called:
Okay, it need not be a Hovey hut but rather, any type of home, dwelling, house, any type of living area. And to start it off, here's some fun samples by the Guest Bar-Tenders:

Domna's beautiful card,
using a picture of the great Russian writer
Anton Checkhov (located in her town)

Jacki's sweet hillside mansion

Thank you for doing an awesome job on your shifts ladies! I love the interpretation of this week's challenge. :)

And from the Design Team:

Come on over and join us! We want to see the fabulous cards and projects made with huts, homes, apartments, tents - you name it. ;) I will be back on Thursday to announce the newest Bar-Tenders to join our fun team!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Challenge #32

Happy Friday everyone! First off, I will be going through the DT call entries for the week, I appreciate everyone who tried out! Don't forget, if you would like to be considered for our design team, simply put {DT} next to your entry for the week. I will notify the new Bar-Tenders at the end of the month.
And now, thank you so much for your adorable ABC cards! It was so sweet to see all the adorable animals grace your card fronts. Congratulations to the following ladies:

Yay! Please email me so I can send you next week's assignment.
And now are you ready for a SKETCH?

Yes! A sketch! I hope that surprised you? ;)
Here are the adorable cards by our two Guest Bar-Tenders:



Super adorable, I love the prima as a focal point and Flirty Anya taking center stage! Thank you ladies!
And now for the Bar-Tenders:



{ Erika is on vaca - woohoo!}
All you have to do is click on the blue frog below, and promise us you'll enjoy the week, okay?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Challenge #31

Thank you all for letting me post this later than usual. I surprised 2 of my kids and took them to the Jonas Brothers concert last night and didn't expect to get home after midnight! It was worth every minute though (and penny - heehee!). {I will be posting pictures of the concert on my personal blog this weekend if anyone wants to see them.}
Thank you for your Pearly Whites submissions over the week - it was so much fun to see such beautiful and versatile creations!
Here are our top 3 this week:

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me for next week's Bar-Tender concoction. :D
And now on to this week's back to school challenge:
{as in: Animal, Brown, and Clean & Simple}

Haha! You didn't think we'd make it that easy, did you?
We have one of our Guest Bar-Tenders joining us this week, with everyone's summer winding down some of the past designers will join us in future challenges:

Lee's adorable moose

And from our everyday employees:





Click on the happy blue frog below, thank you so much for joining us!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Challenge #30

Happy Friday everyone!
Wowza - I cannot believe that we are on our 30th week of challenges. Amazing! You all have been so wonderful and supportive. Now before I start on to the usuals, I have a couple of announcements.
*First off, there has been a suggestion for prizes. Would that encourage you all to participate? Or is the Bar-Tender badge enough of bragging rights? I originally began this challenge site for us to use what we have already accumulated in our craft supplies. However, I do know how gratifying it is to win a prize!
*This week you may notice less cards from the Design Team. 2 of our wonderful Bar-Tenders have stepped down - Darlene and Audrey were both here when we opened the Bar! Thank you so much ladies for all the hours you've spent mixing up card concoctions, we will miss you! With that said, I am on the hunt for 2 more designers to be here with us. All you have to do is link up your cards and put (DT) next to it, indicating that you would like to try out for the team. This will run throughout August, I will contact the new employees to begin their term in September! I hope you consider trying out, I am a really easy boss. ;) As a DT member, cards need to be completed by Thursday so I can post them to the blog, and everyone is assigned a number to comment on entries for the week. That's it! Hope to see lots of applications...
And now on to the top 3 this week for our sticker challenge:

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me for next week's challenge and your chance to be a guest designer.
This week we want you to show us your
heehee! Create a card using pearls, done in off white colors, or using an image with pearls - the sky is the limit! This week our DT has come up with some beautiful samples, starting with our Guest Bar-Tenders:



And from our Bar-Tenders:



Please be sure to mention Raise The Bar in your post, click on the happy blue frog below to link up your work. Until then, have a beautiful day everyone!