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, February 25, 2011

Challenge #55

Hello Friday!
Thank you all so much for joining in on our cartoon character challenge, we loves seeing our favorite icons - from Strawberry Shortcake to the Simpsons, you all are so creative!
Before I introduce our new theme, we here at Raise The Bar are looking for a few more employees. heehee! That's right - we'd like to add to our Design Team and want you to apply! All you have to do for the next couple of challenges is add {DT} to your name. We'll pay you a visit, and will announce the new members on the 11th of March.
And now on to the following entries who make up our winners round for the week:




Congratulations ladies!
Please contact me at for next week's assignment.

And now for this week's theme:
As we say goodbye to cold weather, we want to see your

No no, not as in criminal lineups! heehee! Let's pull out any image we have of hot drinks - lattes, cocoa, and coffees. To start you off with some awesome inspiration, here are this week's Guest Bar-Tenders, uh I mean Bar-istas:




Oooh! I love love love their gallery today! I think I'll celebrate and use my Keurig as they've got me in the mug mood right now. Thank you ladies for serving up some hot inspiration!
And now to our full time always so talented Bar-istas:





Come on and join in on the fun! Click the happy blue frog below to participate and don't forget to add {DT} next to your name if you'd like to apply to be a Bar-Tender.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Challenge #54

It's another beautiful Friday and a new challenge here at Raise The Bar!
I hope this post finds everyone doing well and ready to enjoy the weekend? Thank you all for your beautiful Valentine creations without the reds and pinks, I know you all raised your own bar as the entries were just breathtaking in every other color! As always, it is such a difficult decision to narrow down a top 3:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at for next week's assignment as Guest Bar-Tenders. And speaking of, since I was so tardy in announcing last week's winners with our overwhelming Hearts entries, they will be joining in on the fun next week as we say 'goodbye' to winter. (hint hint) I hope this has your wheels turning! heehee!
This week we are paying tribute to something that we love no matter what our age is:

Children's Cartoon Characters

Yes! Let's celebrate our youth by creating a card inspired by a much loved character. It can be from a book, a movie, a tv show, let your imagination soar!
Here are some adorable designs by our Bar-Tenders:

Anita's inspiration:

and her adorable card:

Thanh's sweet tribute:
(my daughter will go crazy for this picture!)

and rainbow-licious card:

Julie's little blue muse:

and card that would make Gargamel swoon:

And here's my rootin'est tootin'est hero:

and the card that Woody inspired:

So come on and join in on the fun! We would love to see a little picture of your cartoon character inspired card. Link up below by clicking on the happy blue froggy and we will fly, flutter, ride our horses, and magically appear at your blog.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Challenge winners!

Wow! You all are making our jobs SO hard to decide!
Thank you to all who entered our hearts challenge, my apologies that this post is up so late. Congratulations to the following crafters with their sweet designs:

Ladies please email me at for your upcoming assignment. Thank you all so much for being patient with me, I just love it when the Bar gets so busy! :)
Have a beautiful Tuesday everyone!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Challenge #53

Happyyyyyy Friday everyone! Are you ready for a beautiful weekend?
If you are stopping in to check out the winners' round, please check back for an edited post - with 170+ entries we want to be sure that everyone was visited with their adorable hearts entries. Thank you all for your participation and support!
Today's challenge will give you something to ponder over as it is a bit unconventional. heehee! So get ready to put on your thinking caps for:

A Valentine's Day card 
with NO pink or red

We have a fun lineup this week with adorable samples, first up from the Guest Bar-Tenders:



Eeek! I love it! Puppies, little girl with flowers, and monsters - what fun images! Thank you ladies!
And now for the full timers and their concoctions:

elegant love card

blue and brown beauty

purple yummy creation

old school love
{inside says "to my sweetie pie"}
Come along and join in on the fun, just click on the happy blue frog below.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Challenge #52

It's a wonderful Friday!
Happy beautiful day everyone, the weekend is finally here. :)
Oh those beautiful entries from last week's challenges were so wonderful! Thank you for the purple/blue/yellow combos, all the original ideas were so creative.
Here are the picks of the week:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at for next week's fun challenge.
And now on to this week's theme:


 To celebrate all the love in this month, we want to see cards - BUT it must have a heart image somewhere on it. As you can see, we have a fun little lineup below to get you inspired:
From our Guest Bar-Tenders:


And joining in on the fun with a sweet little cupid from Inktegrity:

And from our Bar-Tenders: