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, January 25, 2013

Challenge #128

Wow - is it already the weekend? Yippee!
Well either we're a bit busy with our 2013 Resolutions,
or Thanh's amazing card was too intimidating to CASE? ;)
So a HUGE thank you to our solo entry for last week's challenge:

Yay Trina! Please email me at for more info!

And now on to this week's theme that I know you all are familiar with.
Since social media has taken over, I want you to


All you have to do is use patterned paper with text on it.
Script, words, messages, you name it.
There are so many awesome companies who design them.

Here with the wonderful samples are our Bar-Tenders:
Just a few guidelines:

*Please post a direct link to your entry, not just your blog
*Please feel free to enter in with other challenges
*Have fun!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Challenge #127

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I cannot believe we're already past the halfway mark of January. Yikes!
And to think I've already broken my resolutions. (heehee! Just kidding...)
Thank you all for joining us in our 1-1-1 challenge last week!
Here are our top 3:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at
with GUEST BAR-TENDER in the subject line so I can spot it easily. ;)
And now for this week's challenge.
She's from Canada, she just got back from CHA (lucky girl!), she's a friend of mine, and a longtime Bar-Tender...

CASE Thanh's card:
(copy and selectively edit)

Isn't this a beauty? I just love all the patterns, the layout, and the sweet design.
You can CASE any part of this: the layout, the theme, the colors, just have fun!

From our Guest Bar Tenders:
(CASE-ing the layout)

(CASE-ing the theme and layout)

(CASE-ing the layout, rotated)

Thank you ladies, you did a wonderful job being inspired by Thanh!

And now from our Bar-Tenders:

(CASE-ing herself - lol!)

(CASE-ing the colors, theme, and layout rotated)

(CASE-ing the layout)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Challenge #126

Happy Friday everyone!
Thank you so much for your patience - whew!
Now that everything is packed up and we are back into the swing of school,
I think I am back on schedule again. ;)
I think...teehee!

Thank you for your beautiful samples using last week's sketch!
The winner of Rick St. Dennis' images is...

SARAH T. of Aunt Bee's Pickles

Yay Sarah! Congratulations! Please email me at so I can put you in touch with the illustrator himself for your prize.

And now for our top 3 picks of the week (so difficult!!):

Thank you so much ladies!
Please contact me for more info about being a future Guest Bar-Tender.
And now on to this week's challenge, please only ONE entry per person - thank you!:

Honor Today's Date: 1/1-1
Explanation: Use only ONE of something on your card - for a total of three
(i.e. one button with one patterned paper and one ribbon, etc.)

Thanh is out at CHA and we are still currently looking for a couple more designers to have fun with us here at Raise The Bar!

Peggy's beauty:
using one patterned paper, one ribbon flower, and one button:

Joni's creation:
using one patterned paper, one flower, one ribbon:

Monday, January 7, 2013

A special lineup from Rick St. Dennis' DT!

Happy Monday everyone!
Today I am so excited to bring you a gallery of Rick St. Dennis' amazing images,
courtesy of his wonderful Design Team. Thank you ladies!

They were so gracious to provide samples of his amazing images that can be found at his Etsy store here, using our current sketch:

Hellen Cullum



Aren't these just so pretty? Rick St. Dennis has such a range of images, it was so much fun to shop his site. To enter in our challenge using our current image, click here to link up.
Thank you so much for coming by today!

Friday, January 4, 2013

RTB #125

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start?
Thank you all so much for your amazing participation in our last challenge.
We loved all the snow cards!
A couple of announcements before we post the top picks of December:

First off, Wanda has decided to step down from our DT. We loved working with Wanda and are truly going to miss her! Because of this, we are looking for a few more people to design for Raise The Bar. If you are interested, please post DT CALL right next to your name. We will keep this open until the middle of January so if you can't play along this week, you will have next week to put your name in.
And, like last year, we are excited to have sponsors back for our first Friday challenge of each month. While we love  having challenges to feature our Guest Bar-Tenders, we also love being able to give away prizes from these fabulous companies!

Without further ado, here are our top picks of the LET IT SNOW challenge:

Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at with the subject line as GUEST BAR-TENDER to help us debut a future challenge!
And now on to this week's challenge, the first Friday of January, sponsored by an amazing designer:

I couldn't stop smiling when I was contacted by their coordinator in December. Rick St. Dennis is an amazing illustrator, author, and designer, and his images are just so much fun!
You can find his store here on Etsy.

This week we are having a sketch challenge to celebrate his fun designs:

Helping us with this week's theme are 2 of our Guest Bar-Tenders, Karen and Kimberly:
Karen Letchworth

Thank you ladies!
And now from our Bar-Tenders:
Thanh using Cupcake

Peggy using Star Pixie Trio


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

RTB #124 Challenge reminder

Happy New Year's Day everyone!
I just wanted to pop in and thank you so much for such a fun year of 2012 challenges.
We look forward to many more in 2013!

Don't forget - you have until Thursday at noon EST to join in on our current theme of


Here are a couple more samples for this theme:

Joni {that's me!}

Click HERE to join in on the fun!
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!