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, November 30, 2012

Challenge #122

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
I cannot believe it is the last day of November.  Wowza, where has the time gone?
Nevertheless, we are here for you every Friday in December up until the 14th, then we'll be taking a break until January 4th. By that time I'll be running around for last minute holiday shopping. ;)
Thank you all for taking the time to participate in our challenge last week!
We loved visiting your blogs to see all of your Thankful cards.
Without further ado, congratulations to the following entries:

Congratulations ladies! Please email me at with the subject as 
GUEST BAR-TENDER for your chance to debut a challenge with us!
And now on to this week's theme as we approach winter:

Let's see those cards made with realllly bundled up images! Not just jeans and a long tee, we're talking serious winter gear here. ;)
To play along please respect the following criteria:
*Only ONE entry per person please!
*All entries must adhere to the challenge of really bundled up images.
*Feel free to combine our challenge with other sites.
With some fabulous inspiration, here are our Guest Bar-Tenders:

Thank you so much ladies! Your Mo Manning cards are beautiful!!

And from our Bar-Tenders:





Friday, November 23, 2012

Challenge #121

Happy Friday everyone!
Here in the US we celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. I do believe all the yummy foods caused me to sleep in, thus the late post. ;) 
I hope you all are off to a great start to your weekend? I know that the holiday buzz is in the air, there are so many people out shopping already! I will spend today in my pajamas and fuzzy socks, online shopping is calling my name. heehee!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Teddy Bear challenge last week! Oh my cuteness, the entries that poured in were so adorable. I had no idea there were so many cute Teddy images out there in the crafting world!
As always it is so hard to whittle down to top picks, congratulations to the following entries:



Please email me at with the subject line as Guest Bar-Tender to become a future guest designer!
And now on to this week's challenge.
Even though yesterday was Thanksgiving, it's always a great time to be thankful throughout the year. This week we want to see your:


{Please note that we ask you only enter ONCE in our challenges, thank you!}
Here with some wonderful samples are the Bar-Tenders and our Guest Designer for the week:

Julie (Guest Bar-Tender)





Friday, November 16, 2012

Challenge #120

It's another beautiful Friday everyone!
Thank you for joining us again this week here at Raise The Bar.  We love your visits, your entries, and all of your support. Your amazing birthday card links were such a joy to visit!

Last week we were graciously sponsored by Krista Smith of Saturated Canary...
have I mentioned how much I love her blog and her store?!?

Congratulations to BANANA STAMPER for winning Krista's prize!
Please email me at for further instructions. :)

And here are our top picks of the week (which was SO hard to choose from!):



Congratulations ladies! My hotmail account is being a bit temperamental lately, but please email me at with GUEST BAR-TENDER in the subject line so I can weed through in case it gets into the other folder.
And now on to this week's theme, a fun one indeed! Did you know that November 16th is


So what better way to celebrate than with a BEAR theme? 
Use any sweet fuzzy Teddys on your card like the fabulous designers did below:


Friday, November 9, 2012

Challenge #119

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
We have quite a long post today so I will cut through the extra chit chat. ;)
First off, thank you thank you thank you so much for your beautiful entries in our Anything Goes challenge!
Here are our top picks from this past week as well as the week before:
Congratulations ladies! Please contact me at with the subject line of
GUEST BAR-TENDER so it doesn't get lost. :)
And now on to this week's
We normally have our first challenge of the month sponsored,
but with the hurricane and inclement weather on the East Coast,
we saved this New Jersey designer for this week:

YAY! It's Krista of Saturated Canary helping us celebrate our


To be eligible for this week's challenge prize from Krista, here are the following requirements:

*Only ONE entry per person please
*Use a birthday theme
*Any vendor image/papers/embellishments will be perfect!
*Feel free to combine our challenge with any others, linking back to us
*Please post a direct link to your entry, and not just your blog

Here are our  Bar-Tender's beautiful creations using her images:

Wanda using Thank You

Peggy using Up, Up, Away

Thanh using Zombie Niamh

Joni using Cinders

Friday, November 2, 2012

Challenge #118

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!
While we recover from the week of Frankenstorm and Hurricane Sandy, please get a jump start on our theme for this week:


*Please note: for this week we request one entry only per person, thank you!

I will be back later to update this post with the top 3 from last week,
but for now here are our lovely Bar-Tenders' creations: