Monday, August 29, 2011

Celebrating the Numbers

My sister is about to celebrate a very big birthday and to surprise her, I made a card with the big "6-0" on it. When I'm planning ahead, I like to make cards featuring the person's age. It's a great way to personalize the card. Here are a couple of cards that I made this weekend for two upcoming birthdays.

The first card features the set, "Chicken Coop." This is a fun one because these little chicks are pretty cute doing their thing! I cut the numbers out using my Cricut machine. The background and chicks are stamped using Memento Ink Tuxedo Black and colored in using Memento Markers - Tangelo, Rose Bud and Dandelion. I used BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock in vibrant colors - Think Pink, Orange Tree and Yellow Duckie - all great colors to make this big birthday brighter!

Turning 60 is big so why not celebrate it with
some big numbers!

The set, "Chicken Coop" has the perfect sayings
to make this card sweet inside!
For the second card, I used my Cricut machine again to cut out "8s." I attached them to the background and added one special one to the top of the cupcake. The sentiments and the cupcake are from the set, "Hey, Cupcake!" Liquid Applique adds texture to the frosting for that special, yummy surprise! Kids love this. They always want to touch it and see if it's the real thing! I used Boathouse Collection(TM) cardstock in Forget Me Not and Think Pink.  Enjoy! Smiles, Bobbi

Eight is great when you have a delicious cupcake to enjoy on
 your birthday! Try using brown Liquid Applique for chocolate frosting, too!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Use up your scraps with these bright designs!

I was inspired by a number of fun beach towels I saw at our pool this weekend. By simply using up some of my scrap pieces of cardstock and adding a few accessories, I made these vibrant cards. Enjoy!

Colors used from our BoatHouse Collection(TM) Cardstock:

Brighton Beach White
Black Granite
Pear Salad
Dill Pickle
Think Pink
Pool Party

The colors of this card were based on a striped beach towel I saw.
The pool blue adds a nice contrast.

My daughter loves this one. It's all the rhinestones that act as
the flower centers that make this card really sparkle in the light!

I saw a zebra striped beach towel and just had to make a card
using these fun stripes. I cut them free-hand and attached the
Black Granite stripes to white cardstock. It really makes an exciting background.

A few circle punches and you've got a fun pattern for this card!

Torn pieces of cardstock add texture to the front of this card.
Add flowers with rhinestones for a focal point.

More zebra stripes and more rhinestones - this one is my favorite!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

These cards are groovy, girl!

Rental member, Christi Rogala used one of her first rental sets, "Gals on Flashback Lane" to make these "groovy" cards! These gals came right out of the '70s and '80s eras with their stylish outfits and  funky accessories. The set includes fun phrases - phrases we used to all say back then!

I love how Christi combines the look of the gals with fun and very appropriate paper choices. The contrast of the black with the bold colors really make stunning cards. Your eyes are drawn immediately to the focal point gals. "Stellar" - Christi!

Christi writes, "This was my first time trying your stamps and they were great!  I have found that I can get more creative if I try to stick with just a few supplies - like one set of stamps - it really gets the creative juices going!"

Our '70s gal is ready for a party in her bell bottom jeans
and funky shoes. Let's not forget the harvest gold turtleneck either :)
    Remember leg warmers and those off-the-shoulder looks? This '80s gal does!
    Christi dressed her in vibrant pink to show off those leg warmers!
    The best part is that both the '70s and '80s gals each have their own stamp sets of accessories, too! You can add a lava lamp, jelly shoes, mood ring, disco ball and more to make a "totally tubular" and "far out" scene! For more ideas using this set and the accessories, go to our Raisin Boat Idea Gallery at

    Like these gals? We've got more!
    Check out our "Lifestyles" category on the Products section to see more gals doing everyday activities! We've got gals playing tennis, skiing, teaching, working 9 to 5, and more. Check them out today!   

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    Sympathy Card Ideas

    I keep a selection of cards on hand for those unexpected moments in life. For sympathy cards, I try to have masculine and feminine and a mix of religious and non-religious cards available. Here are two cards that will go in my card box. The cards feature sets:
    It's nice to have these available when you really need them. - Smiles, Bobbi
    This card uses a monochromatic color scheme which offers a serene look to the card.
    By using the leaves in Urban Botanicals and the deep orange tones, this card is fitting for a male.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    "Sneak Peek" sampler pack gets another look!

    Congratulations to our customers who qualified for a free "Sneak Peek" sampler pack this week. All packs have been shipped and are on their way to our wonderful customers! Our sampler pack included many colors of our new Raisin Boat BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock and other accessories.

    I challenged myself to make another four cards using two entirely different sets along with our "Sneak Peek" sampler pack. It was so much fun to see what different looks I could achieve using the same cardstock and accessories. Here's what I came up with using these two popular Raisin Boat sets:

    I used all of the same sampler pack items along with these sets. Let me know if you like the first four original cards or these. We'd love to hear from you!

    Our large butterfly from "Breezy Butterflies" takes center stage on this card. I used the dotted
    cloud  design to make the cool background.
    I also added rhinestones to the butterfly for extra bling!

    Our birdie brad looks perfect on the clothesline from the Raisin Boat set, "Undies in a Bunch."
    It's fun to color these boxers and panties. Add a bikini, too! I put a little rhinestone on the panties.

    Itsy, sweet. There is a lot of fun phrases in
     "Undies in a Bunch" to add to the inside of this card.

    More butterflies and a little Baker's Twine is all this card needs.
    Simple, but a nice card to have in case you miss an important event!

    What have you done with your pack?
    We'd love to see what you've designed. Please share your "Sneak Peek" sampler pack cards featuring Raisin Boat sets with us! - Smiles, Bobbi


    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Helping our four-legged friends with cards!

    Lisa Z, a Raisin Boat customer, shared with us how she is using her talents to help our four-legged friends. Using Raisin Boat cat and dog-themed sets, she is making cards to benefit a non-profit, the Humane Society. Lisa shared a few of her creations with us. I love this idea and her wonderful cards.

    If you like cats and dogs - check out these Raisin Boat stamp sets -
    Here are a few of Lisa's wonderful cards. Lisa's eye for coordinating colorful printed pattern papers is amazing. One of the benefits of stamping is that you can match your focal point image(s) to any printed papers by simply coloring the designs using colored pencils or markers that match your papers. 

    Card features images from the set, "Cattitude." I love how
    Lisa stamped the shopping bag on printed paper.  How cute!
    Card features images from the set, "Cattitude."
    Lisa used a smaller design from the set to make
    coordinating design strips for her cards.
    Card features images from the sets, "Paws to Remember" and "A Dog's Life."

    Lisa changed up the papers and colored in the images to match.
    How cute is this little guy?  Lisa stamped "Woof" right on
     top of the printed papers for a custom "dog-themed" paper, too.
    Card features "A Dog's Life" and "Paws to Remember."
    Celebrate the memory of a pet. This card features images from
     "Paws to Remember" and "Cattitude."
    The perfect card for those dog lovers out there. The set features
    Raisin Boat "Puppy Love" stamp set.

    Have an animal-themed card to share featuring Raisin Boat sets? Share it with us. We'd love to see it! - Smiles, Bobbi 

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Duct, Duct....Card?!

    A few weeks ago, Kim's sister-in-law shared photos of actual clothing her daughter made for a duct tape contest in her city. I was inspired by the idea and shared it with my 9-year old daughter, Olivia. Olivia and I picked out some really cool duct tape at a local store and she got busy making purses and wallets with the tape. She is loving the creativity it offers without having to know how to sew. The adhesive backing makes everything stay together nicely. It's the perfect medium for a 9-year old.  It's also a great summer project to prevent "end-of-summer-boredom." My dad always said that duct tape can fix anything and he was right!

    A purse and wallets designed by a 9-yr old using duct tape.

    I decided to try duct tape on my cards, too. I liked how Olivia could get all this cool pattern and texture by manipulating the tape. The shiny finish of the tape along with the intentional wrinkles and crinkles is really cool. it cards using duct tape! Next, I've got to make some flowers with this stuff....I'm not done with the tape just yet!

    Go wild with duct tape!
    For my first card, I used a zebra print duct tape and matted it with a silver tape. The "B-Birthday" image is from Raisin Boat set, "XOXO." The card base is made from our BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Think Pink.

    Birthday card featuring duct tape and Raisin Boat set, "XOXO."

    I like the strong contrast of black and white with a splash of bright colors such as turquoise and orange. I used the Raisin Boat set, "XOXO" again as well as duct tape and our silk tangerine ribbon. The card base is made from our BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Black Granite.

    Combine the contrast of black and white with bright splashes of color.

    A card for the handy-man!
    Here's the perfect card for many men out there, including my brothers - gears, duct tape and screws! First, I stamped the background using our Raisin Boat "Distressed" background stamp. Next, I layered strips covered in duct tape and adhered them to the card base using our new screw brads (love them!) for a completely mechanical / industrial look. Next, I used our "Get in Gear" set and some fun stripe ribbon. The card also uses BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock, Red Delicious, Brighton Beach White and Black Granite.
    A card made for men - gears, screws and duct tape!
    Just last week, I saw a designer on HGTV use duct tape to cover a headboard. Who knew duct tape could be so versatile?! Have you done any duct tape projects? Let us know here! - Smiles, Bobbi   

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Get your free “Sneak Peek” sampler pack!

    We’ve added 80+ new products to our website,, that you won’t want to miss – including a full line of premium, archival cardstock in our BoatHouse Collection(TM). To share all all of the fun stuff with you, we’re offering a free “Sneak Peek” sampler pack featuring some of our latest products to new rental signups or purchases over $35!

    Want to try our new cardstock to see its quality first-hand, or play with some fun new Raisin Boat products – for FREE? Just sign up for any new rental membership on or before Sunday, August 7, 2011! Or, if you’re already a renter, just place an order by the deadline for at least $35 (before applicable tax and shipping).

    Inside your sampler pack, you’ll receive a sample of:

    You’ll have enough goodies to make four cards – like these fun samples that we did using two sets - "Treemendous" and "Riverwalk Floral" - to show you a few of the creative possibilities! You can easily adapt these card layouts to your current rental set images. This free “Sneak Peek” sampler pack offer is good until Sunday August 7, 2011.

    To make this card:

    - Simply stamp the whimsical floral design from "Riverwalk Floral" on Pool Party cardstock.

    -Stamp a sentiment. We stamped "happy birthday" in two rows.

    - Add silk ribbon provided in your pack to the top portion.

    -Adhere the stamped Pool Party piece to the Brighton Beach White - Ultra  cardstock card base. The Ultra cardstock is heavier and makes a nice, sturdy card base that stands well.

    -Add rhinestones to the centers of each stamped flower.

    -We also added white accent dots on the individual flower petals using our Signo White Opaque pen.
    To make this card:

    - Score the Tiki Hut card base in half.

    - Stamp the tri-circular design from "Treemendous" stamp set on Tiki Hut cardstock. We used Memento Ink Pad Potter's Clay.

    - Punch out a 3" circle from the Tropical Sunset cardstock.

    - Stamp the large flower image from "Riverwalk Floral" stamp set on the Brighton Beach White  cardstock and color. We used Memento ink pad in Rich cocoa to stamp the sentiment and flower and  various Copic markers to color in the flower.

    - Punch the flower out using a 2 3/4" circular punch. Stamp a sentiment. We curved our clear stamp sentiment on our acrylic block to fit the curve of our focal point. Add a rhinestone to the center of the flower.

    - Add stitching lines around the perimeter of the Brigthon Beach White circle. We used Memento Marker in Rich Cocoa.

    - Mat the flower piece with the Tropical Sunset piece using the Sticky Thumb dimensionals in your pack.
    - Lastly, we added the Baker's Twine from your pack around the focal point and adhered the entire matted design to the card base. You're done and on to the next card....

    To make this card:

    - Score the Think Pink cardstock in half. Stamp the tri-floral design on the Think Pink card base front using Memento ink pad, Rose Bud.

    - Stamp the strip of Brighton Beach White with the whimsical scroll design from the same set. We used Rich Cocoa ink. We stamped it so close to the left edge that part of it stamped off of the sheet. Color in the centers of flowers with Memento Marker Rose Bud.

    -Stamp additional accent flowers from the set "Treemendous" in Rose Bud including one on a separate piece. Punch that one out and use a Sticky Thumb dimensional to "pop" it on top.

    - Adhere white strip to Pear Salad cardstock strip. Attach the entire focal point to the folded card base and you're done!
    To make this card:

    - Score the Coffee Bean cardstock card base in half.

    - Stamp the tree, leaves and flowers from Treemendous on the Ivory coast card front. We used Memento inks - Rich Cocoa, Pear Tart and Rose Bud. Your birdie might be a different color. Simply select a matching or coordinating color for the flowers to match your bird.

    - Punch a small hole by one of the tree's branches and attach the birdie brad.

    - Curl your sentiment on an acrylic block to make a rounded corner. Stamp and then round the corners of the cardstock with a corner rounder. Stamp additional flowers around the sentiment.

    - Attach Pear Tart cardstock to card base. Next, use the Sticky Thumb dimensionals to "pop" the focal point on the top of the card front. That's all it takes!

    Memento markers, ink pads, Signo opaque white pen and other supplies are available at

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Tips on storing your Raisin Boat stamp sets

    Customers often ask us how we store our stamp sets. Kim and I each have our own inventory of every Raisin Boat stamp set we've ever released so our individual studios must accommodate an inventory of over 200 Raisin Boat sets now. Whew - that's a lot!

    Kim and I both store our stamp sets in inexpensive clear CD cases. You can purchase them from any office supply store for very little cost. We buy the CD cases in large quantities for the lowest unit price. The cases are regular size. We remove the black inserts (the portion that holds the CD in place) and use the outside casing only.

    Raisin Boat stamp sets are the perfect size to fit in a regular size CD case. We simply fit them inside the case. Our stamps are super sticky so they cling right to the inside of the CD case.

    Close-up view of one set in a CD case.

    We add a label to the spine with the set name and the number of images. This helps us know how many images must be returned to the case before we file it away again :) 

    A close-up view of our sets with the spine labels.

    Lastly, we store our sets in plastic boxes that sit on open shelves. You can easily store 30 sets in one shoe box. We keep our inserts in three-ring, 8.5" X 5.5" binders so that we can easily flip through them to view set images.

    Approximately 30 sets can fit in a shoebox size container.

    Additional tips:

    • Use color CD cases to signify set categories like nature and flowers, sentiments, etc.
    • Slide our packaging insert into the CD case to show all of the images in the set. The clips that hold a CD's art cover will hold your insert in place.
    • Discount stores have creative ways to store CDs from stacks and racks to decorative boxes and more. Most of these storage solutions are not only functional, but can also serve as a design element in your studio. Have fun picking out just the right elements for your space!