Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Challenge #28 Thankful

We're "Thankful" for the next challenge! That gives you a big hint on what the theme is. :-) And we have a new set that is perfect for this "Thankful"-themed challenge called  Happy Thanksgiving:



But first, let's congratulate the winner of last month's Halloween challenge, #6 Andrea B., who made the adorable card below. What a clever idea to turn the tree tops from our Central Park set into candies -- we love it, Andrea!





Congratulations, Andrea, you you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to www.RaisinBoat.com, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

All of the Halloween entries were very creative! You can check out each entry by clicking on each person's name. Thank you to everyone who joined the challenge last month. We hope you will continue to share your wonderful creations with us!


Now for Challenge #28, "Thankful." This is a great time to reflect on all that you are thankful for. You can create a journal page, a scrapbook page, a place card for your Thanksgiving dinner, or greetings to have on hand to show your appreciation for a kind act or gift. It doesn't have to be a Thanksgiving theme -- any expression of gratitude will work for this challenge.

You may just win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like. Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice!

Remember you can rent or buy sets from Raisin Boat. No guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge. We look forward to seeing your creations!


Here are the upcoming challenges for 2014 to help you get the perfect sets into your rental Pick List:

October: Thankful
November: Christmas

This current Thankful challenge will close on the 12th of November.

Here are some creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

Linda used ThankfulArboretum Leaves, Growing Love and a fun background technique that she found at Splitcoastampers called Alcohol Marker Marbling.



Gathering at Mom's or Grandma's for Thanksgiving is always special! This card featuring Grandma's Kitchen has that cozy, homey feel. See supplies used here.


 Use our Thankful set with our pre-cut Short Cuts and Leaf brads for a fast and easy greeting, invitation or dinner place card! See supplies used here.

Here's another quick and easy place card idea, this time featuring the dinner plate and border designs in What's For Dinner?. See supplies used here.




It's turkey time with our For the Birds set! See supplies used here.


From a big pumpkin to turkeys to a pheasant, our new Happy Thanksgiving has perfect elements to celebrate this "Thankful" challenge. See supplies used here.



Monday, October 13, 2014

New Release - Camo Man stamp set

"Camo Man" is another new set in our series of hunter inspired sets this fall. The set includes silhouetted wild game animals, quick punch-out sentiments, and a set of organic shapes to create camouflage patterns.

Here's the set and its images:

 
 
I really had fun making the camouflage designs in these following cards. For the first one, I used our Boot Tracks embossing folder for the background, too.
 
 
 
I thought it would be fun to create these Ts using "Summer Lineup" stamp set. The wood background is from "Handy Man" stamp set and the sign, "Welcome to the Cabin" is from the set with the same name.

 
 
 
I didn't want to forget about those female hunters either. "Camo Man" can be for a woman, too, despite its name. I do know a few woman that hunt with their husbands and significant others (not in this family, however)! To make this card, I got out my laundry sets - "Put it Delicately" and "His and Hers." I also used a new set called "Welcome the Cabin" and added the "Hunter since..." I'm going to add year number in there after I decide who is getting this card. It's a cute way to personalize it for the recipient. There's a phrase in the set, "Dressed to Kill" which is pretty clever to use with this the camo pattern.
 
 
 
 
 
The phrase in this set about "hunting down your present" is so cute to use with camo gift wrap. I made the gift and tucked it between some grassy and sticks from, "Sticks in Season" stamp set. 

 
 
You can use this set without the camo pattern, too. The silhouetted animals are quick and easy to use and fit nicely inside the circular and square graphic sentiments, too. 

 
 
I'm going to create a video to show how to get the best looks with the camo organic shapes. Stay tuned for that! Smiles, Bobbi 

 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Raisin Boat!

It's fun to see the change of the seasons in the Midwest and with it comes a change in stamp sets at Raisin Boat! We have just released five new sets with the outdoorsman and hunter in mind.

Here's the first one, "Happy Thanksgiving." The set includes two turkeys, a pheasant, and one large pumpkin along with several nice phrases and thank you messages.

 
 
Here's a few projects I made with this one.
 
A simple tag is a nice addition to a hostess "thank you" gift for the one making the feast this season.
 
 
 

I made some cards, too.  For this next one, I used my Teal Zeal Memento ink to create the sky background. I had so much fun coloring pumpkins with this set. You can make them any color. Love that!

 
To help with the coloring, we created a new set of Copics that includes the colors I use over and over, especially on these cards. It's called Early Autumn and it complements our Rustic Pier tones well. Here's a link to them - Early Autumn.  These markers were used for this next card. Shading the pumpkins in C1, C3 and C5 really makes them jump off the page, too. Two of those markers are in our Skipping Stones marker collection.

 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFexbcbuzDw&feature=youtu.be
 
 


I love the pheasant in this set, too. You can make it come alive with the coloring of the feathers. The Grassy Silhouette embossing folder was used for the background.

 
This last one uses all of the colors in the Early Autumn Copic collection. Love this warmth of this scene. It's so easy to do, too. I did "pop" the breast of the turkey to create a 3-D effect, too.


 
I hope you enjoyed these samples. Here's a link to all of them in our Idea Gallery. You can find all of the Copic colors and supplies I used to make these, if you are interested.
 
This set really puts me in the spirit of the holiday. I'm so thankful I get to do this for our business! Smiles, Bobbi
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Challenge #27 Halloween

This has to be one of our favorite times of year! The children are back in school, the temperatures are getting cooler, the trees are turning, and Halloween is just around the corner. That makes it the perfect time for a Halloween Challenge!

But first, let's congratulate the winner of last month's Birthday challenge -- #7, Laurie Pickerel, who made the adorable card below.  All of the Birthday challenge entries were so creative! You can check out each entry by clicking on each person's name. What a great way to get inspired!




Laurie used Raisin Boat set Fore the Golfer to create this clever birthday card for a gal golfer. 

Congratulations, Laurie, you you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to www.RaisinBoat.com, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Now on to Challenge #27... It's that time of year to get your spooky on! Raisin Boat has 19 wonderful Halloween sets to help you out. You can create a decoration, a scrapbook page of your little goblins, a card or whatever you would like with a Halloween theme.

You may just win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like. Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice!

Remember you can rent or buy sets from Raisin Boat. No guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Thank you to everyone who joined the challenge. We hope you will continue to share your wonderful creations with us!


Here are the upcoming challenges for 2014 to help you get the perfect sets into your rental Pick List:

September: Halloween
October: Thankful
November: Christmas

This current Halloween challenge will close on the 12th of October.

Here are some creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:


Linda created this fun 3X3 one-drawer Easel Tag Card using Halloween All Around and Haunting Potions.



Using Handy Candy, you can put an image of a treat or an eyeball in the fingertips -- or an actual candy! It's fun to color the candies in all different wrapper patterns.



Did someone say "treats"? Our furry friends would love to celebrate Halloween with you -- check out our humorous Howl-ween HoundsDig Halloween, and Canines in Costume, plus our great accent set, Fright Night.


This guy from Wrap Party is taking a shortcut to the Halloween bash through the cemetery (gravestones were made with the top of the coffin image in the set -- customize their epitaphs with your creativity!).



Don't forget we offer all kinds of treat bags, bottles, and tins for your Halloween goodies -- check them all out hereScary Voices is a perfect word set to add that spooky touch to your treats.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Challenge #26 Happy Birthday

Summer is all about celebrating! The entries in last month's challenge were so creative. You can check out all the entries by clicking on each person's name. What a great way to get inspired!

The winner for Challenge #25: Summertime was #10, Amy Marshall, with this  adorable card:

Amy used Raisin Boat set Off to Party to create a clever summer card complete with sand, sun and fun! See the "Wash me" message in the window from all the sand? :-)

Congratulations, Amy, you you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to www.RaisinBoat.com, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Thank you to everyone who joined the challenge. We hope you will continue to share your wonderful creations with us!

Now on to Challenge #26... It's that time of year between "Summer Celebrations" and "The Holidays," which makes it a great time to stock up on birthday cards. With so many birthdays to celebrate all year, wouldn't it be nice to have a pile of hand-made cards ready whenever you need one?

Well, here's a chance to do just that and maybe win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like. Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice!

Remember you can rent or buy sets from Raisin Boat. No guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge. We look forward to seeing your creations!


Here are the upcoming challenges for 2014 to help you get the perfect sets into your rental Pick List:
August: Birthday
September: Halloween
October: Thankful
November: Christmas

This challenge will close on the 12th of September.

Here are some creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:



One of our most beloved birthday-themed sets is Wish Big, featured in this colorful sample. The candles can be colored in or two-step-stamped with solid or designed fills. See supplies here.

Birthdays are for monkeying around! The backdrop for this card was created with the Birch embossing folder and ink refills (watch our tutorial video here). See supplies here.

What would a birthday be without cake? Our Fill With Cake set offers plates you can dress up with various patterns and sayings. See supplies here.

This birthday card would also be cute for a girls' sleepover party invitation -- promising pancakes for breakfast! :-) Add "syrup" with Pearl Pen Magic Transparent and a dollop of whipped cream with white liquid applique. See supplies here.

Whatever your recipient's astrological sign, you can customize his or her card with images from What's Your Sign?See supplies here.

A little humor for the guys! Don't Blow It and Icing on the Cake come together for this masculine greeting. See supplies here.




Thursday, July 31, 2014

You'll be "Happy Together" with our latest stamp set!

Our newest stamp set is called "Happy Together." It includes artistic branches with beautiful flowers. You can add even more flowers with the individual blossoms included. You also get two birds that can perch atop the branches, too. The set's branches and birds are all in silhouette form which is nice if you don't like to color. To add a pop of color, add a flower and color it in! I've got a few samples here to share.

I used our multi circle embossing folder for this card. I needed a quick wedding card and this is what I came up with for the happy couple.
 
 
Pearl Pen in Silver Chrome borders the overall card front. I like the Copic V04 marker color. I used it for the flowers on this one.
 

I distressed the background brick embossed design using my little
Pigment inks in Chestnut brown. Love that little guy! :) I like the burlap texture. I reminds me of a bird's nest. How fitting!
 
 
There are more ideas in our www.RaisinBoat.com idea Gallery here for the "Happy Together" stamp set.
 

Free as a Bird Stamp Set - a great coordinating set

 
"Happy Together" stamp set works really well with our recent release, "Free as a Bird." Here's a few ideas using this set, too.
 
More Silver Chrome Pearl Pen for the birdcage! Love the vine design in this set.
 
 
I used a Copic B02 to a Copic B00 to make the gradation of color for the background.
 

I had to get out my brayer for this background. I used Memento inks in Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves and Dandelion to create the gradation of colors. Silhouette Designs scream brayer to me!

This is my favorite one. A little Bahama Blue brayered on the back with these
stunning silhouette images....add the flower and "ta-dah....Beauty!"
 
 
You can see all of the samples along with all of the products I used in our "Happy Together" section of the Idea Gallery and "Free as a Bird" section.
 
 
Both sets are now available and shipping at www.RaisinBoat.com. Have a great day! Smiles, Bobbi 
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Challenge #25 Summertime

After a VERY long and frigid Wisconsin winter, we feel more than ever that summer is definitely worth celebrating! :-) If you have some summer birthdays, art journal pages, scrapbook pages or anything else that depicts summertime, this month's challenge is for you. 

But first: The winner of Challenge # 24 is #9, Donna Whitten, with this adorable Fourth of July decoration: 



Congratulations, Donna, you you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to www.RaisinBoat.com, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Thank you to everyone who joined the challenge. We hope you will continue to share your wonderful creations with us!

Now for the challenge: Create an invitation, card, table decoration, banner, art journal page or scrapbook page about a parade, picnic, flowers, garden, beach/pool, ice cream, the great outdoors, etc., -- anything that depicts “Summertime.” It can be whatever you may need to create and use! Just remember to do some stamping.

Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like.

Remember you can rent or buy sets from Raisin Boat. No guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge. We look forward to seeing your creations!

Here are the upcoming challenges for 2014 to help you get the perfect sets into your rental Pick List:
July: Summertime
August: Birthday
September: Halloween
October: Thankful
November: Christmas

This challenge will close on the 12th of August.

Here are some creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

Linda created this berry cute card using Icing on the Cake and Strokes of Wisdom.


This card, made with Cool Treats along with beachy corner accents from Splash,
will have you chasing down the ice cream truck on a hot day!


We seem to be on a food/beverage pattern here so far, fitting for a summer filled with picnics and parties. The tomatoes from our Garden of Weedin' set helped make this fresh card, along with the glasses from Drinks Anyone?.

This card, featuring Sprinkled Wishes, is sure to get your ideas bloomin' for this summer challenge! After all, any floral creation says "summer"...

Summer is all about R&R at your favorite escape -- such as the cabin! We used a brayer to create the sunset and grassy areas to support the images from Pier Happiness on this cozy, peaceful card.


What would summer be without flip flops and friends? Fill our clear curvy bottle with a candy treat for a fun summer surprise gift. The flip flops, dressed up with stylish flower brads, are from Perfect Partners.