Friday, September 30, 2011

Kelly Pitzlin and her amazing card!

Kelly Pitzlin, Madison, WI, designed this amazing card using Raisin Boat sets, "Christmas Time" and "Polka Dots." Kelly's card is featured in the latest Paper Crafts, "Holiday Cards and More" Vol 6 magazine that just hit news stands!

Kelly created the accordion pleated backdrop to the compass by die-cutting three lacy scalloped circles. She scored between the scallops, cut them open and adhered together to form a a rosette design. Great idea Kelly!

Kelly's design includes three lacy, scalloped-edge die-cuts that were
adhered together to create a rosette. Raisin Boat stamp sets,
"Christmas Time and Polka Dots" were used for this project.

Kelly's work is featured in the latest Paper Crafts, "Holiday Cards" publication.
Check out page 76 to see Kelly's card!

For more holiday card ideas using Raisin Boat stamp sets, visit or Idea Gallery at 

We'd love to see your work published, too!

If one of your works of art is published, we will send you a gift certificate for $50 in Raisin Boat products or $35 in cash. It's our way of saying "thank-you!" Your project must meet the following requirements:
  • Raisin Boat stamp set(s) and/or products must be the focal point of the project. 
  • Your project must identify Raisin Boat stamps on the same page as the published work.
  • There is a $100 per publication maximum and $150 per month maximum for multiple publications.
  • A photo or a copy of the published work in the publication is required to be eligible for compensation. Submit to for submission.
  • Online publications, e-zines and international publications do not qualify for payment.
Links to publication calls for popular scrapbooking and stamping magazines are below. However, please feel free to submit to any publication you enjoy   and notify us of all published works. We will certainly consider compensating you for published works in other publications outside of this list (our decision will be based upon the circulation size of the publication).
Our publication policy is subject to change at any time, and any changes will be reflected on our Website at Please contact us if you have any questions at

We hope to see your published work soon!

Bobbi and Kim

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More "Haunting Potions" Ideas!

Here's a few more ideas using "Haunting Potions" stamp set from our 2011 Halloween releases. If you like to color using markers or Copics, this set is really fun. You can make the bottles/potions any color you wish!
Add the candy from the set, "Halloween All Around" to display around our "Candy Attraction Potion"! I used the "Trick or Treat?" phrase from the same set to create the background design. I colored in a checkerboard pattern design on the bottle for something more playful.

Combine the candy image from "Halloween All Around" with the saying
"Candy Attraction Potion" for fun take on the potion!

In this sample, I added three separate bottles and made each one unique by adding a different label from the set.

Create interesting designs and labels to make one-of-a-kind potion bottles.

Line up our trio of bottles to create borders and longer focal points. Add any words to the center bottle to personalize. The spell book has a very aged and authentic look.

Stamp the trio of bottles to create longer focal points or borders. Add stripes
and dots to the bottles to add interest

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Wow - A Noteworthy card!

We like to feature the work of our rental members and customers on Wednesdays. We call it "Wednesday Wows." Here's one from a rental member in Illinois. Allison M.sent us this card. It features Raisin Boat set, "Symphony for the Soul."

I love how Allison stamped right on to the twill tape using the music notes. This card is so striking, yet only requires one ink pad, one Raisin Boat stamp set and two colors of cardstock and tape. Great job Allison! We love it! - Smiles, Bobbi and Kim

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Haunting Potions" for Halloween

One of our new Halloween releases, "Haunting Potions" was a big hit at the show in Saint Paul last weekend. People like that it is a different kind of Halloween set. The jars are fun to color and combine with other sets. Here's three cards using the set.

In the first sample, I stamped the jars twice to make a longer border of potions. I created the window, ledge and wainscoting using our "Woodgrain" large background stamp (I love that stamp!). The window background was created using a brayer. I added the spider and web to make the window look old and scary!

Use our Woodgrain stamp to create a window. Add the potions, spider and web for a haunting look!

Here's a party invitation for the adult's Halloween party. Combine our set, "Drinks Anyone?" with "Haunting Potions" to create this party invite. Add a spider to one of the drinks for added interest and surprise!

Great for Halloween parties for the adults! Add a spider in the drink or other
fun Halloween designs to add an element of surprise. The cards uses sets,
"Drinks Anyone", "Haunting Potions", and "Scary Voices."

You can personalize the jars' labels with the words in the set, a fun image such as the bat from "Scary Voices" or create your own custom label. We kept the middle jar front open for added flexibility as well as the large single potion bottle in the set. 

Add words or a design to the front of the bottle. Personalize for your recipient!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Raisin Boat - On the Road in Saint Paul, MN

We just returned from a fabulous show in Saint Paul, MN - Rubber Stamp and Scrap Expo. We met many wonderful crafters from Minnesota and surrounding areas. Our friends got to do a free make-n-take card. They got to see firsthand the quality difference of our stamps! They are amazing clear stamps :)

Our booth was filled with exclusive Raisin Boat stamp sets, ideas and samples, Boathouse Collection cardstock, must-have accessories and you! Thanks to all of you who came to our booth.

We'll be back in Saint Paul in May, 2012. Visit us!

Next stop...."One of a Kind" scrapbook and stamping show in Madison, Wisconsin. We'll be doing live demos, a free make-n-take project and more. Come see us soon!

Renters, Dianne and Donna helped us at our Make-n-Take table.

Our booth was full and busy on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of photos
were taken of our samples, too!

We enjoyed meeting all of you. Come back to see us online at or at the next Saint Paul show in May, 2012!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just released - Three new sets for Halloween!

Three new treats in time for Halloween!
We just released three new sets in time for Halloween - Scary Voices, Haunting Potions, and Halloween All Around! You can purchase them at

“Eeek! Beware…” What would Halloween be without creepy words and sounds of "Scary Voices"? This set adds just the right scary voice to your Halloween projects.

Use these generously sized words to accent other Raisin Boat images, or all on their own – they create gorgeous patterned paper! The skull, spider, bat, and eyes in the set also enhance the words for borders, focal points, or backgrounds.
Haunting Potions

Escape to your stamping lair with “Haunting Potions” to concoct something fun for Halloween! The ancient jar has a number of add-on names for whatever potion your project calls for – you could even write in your own creative label. Add labels to the tall jar in the trio if you wish, too!

The spell book could also double as a fairy tale book for an entirely different usage, perhaps as a “Once upon a time…” journal box on your scrapbook page.

Enjoy the perfectly punch-able circles in “Halloween All Around” – on their own, or with the set’s other images stamped nicely inside! With its “Eye love candy” theme and other possibilities, this is a great set for treat bags.

Try cutting out a “B” with your die-cut machine, then use the circles in this set as “O”s to make a designy “BOO”. Or, stamp the big eyeball on any color of cardstock and punch it out for really “eye-catching” creative possibilities. It’s All Around fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Host a Rock Star Party in Style!

We hosted a "Rock Star" themed party for our twins' birthday. For the invitation, I used the concept of a "backstage pass." We sent each child his/her own pass to the party. The kids were picked up in a black limo, they walked the red carpet and got their photo taken before entering the party.

The party was backstage (well back patio :)) complete with a stage, Rock Band, music, bubbles, flash and more. It was lots of fun to see all of the kids come decked out like rock stars. Some even had colored streaks in their hair! They went all out.

Here's the completed invitation that features our Raisin Boat set, "Rock Star" I first set up the invitation and printed it off using my printer. Then I stamped the images from the set to give it life and color. 

Front and back side of the party invitation. The invitation features our latest set, "Rock Star."

The invitations were tucked inside a clear vinyl protector and connected to a real "Rock Star" lanyard. They had to wear these to the party to get in. When we mailed them, we slid the pass into a black folder that I made using our Black Granite 8.5" X 11" cardstock. I added a punched out silver glitter star to the front. The invitation tucked inside this black cover. 

Have you hosted a rock star party? If not, give it a try. It's a lot of fun. The kids loved it. Here are some things we did in addition to the limo ride and red carpet to fit the theme:
  • We made sugar cookies and cut out cheese in the shape of stars.
  • My nieces helped me at the party. They assisted with games and took photos. The wore black and silver shirts that read, "Paparazzi."
  • We had bubble machines everywhere to make it look like smoke around the stage area.
  • We had an assortment of hats, sunglasses, microphones and more for the kids to dress up for the center stage. The girls got into the pink wig!
  • We made an inexpensive stage out of inexpensive lumber and created a backdrop using long silver, sparkly fringe. It made a great backdrop for photos, too.
  • For the thank you, I created a "rock star video" using photos and footage from the party. We used Hannah Montana's song, "Rock Star" for the video. The kids thought it was great and the moms loved seeing the kids in action at the party. It's a great keepsake of the event, too. (I tucked one in each of my kids' scrapbooks, too.)
"Rock Star" is a great theme for young and old. For our family party, my brother and son came dressed as ZZ Top!  Madonna was there, too. Of course, my kids didn't even recognize these slightly older rockers! 

If you are in need of a theme that can work for boys and girls, this one is for you. Being the mom of a boy and girl set of twins, I like these universal themes so that we can have one big party (that everyone can agree on) instead of two! - Smiles, Bobbi

"Turn it Up!" with Rock Star Stamp Set

Turn it up with "Rock Star" - Get big impact by stacking the speakers, repeating the guitars and adding lightning bolts to accent the images. Add an ITunes gift card inside for a really fun gift and card set! - Smiles, Bobbi
Punch out the center of the large drum using a 1-1/4" circular punch.
Use clear acetate in the center drum to create a see-through, glossy drum.
Use three 4" X 1.5" stripes in coordinating colors (I used Red Delicious, Sun Porch nd Orange Tree.
Stamp the guitar in black. The pick tops it off using circular punches!

Want really big sound? Turn it up by stacking the
speakers up. Add the guidar using Sticky Thumb dimensionals.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just released - Rock Star

We celebrate the “Rock Star” in us all with our latest release!

No matter our age, we all have a rock ‘n roll heart at times. Our new “Rock Star” release is the perfect go-to set to create cards for: 
  •  Your teen who jams out in the basement
  •  Your husband whose guilty pleasure is “Rock Band” on the Wii
  •  Your friend who adores going to concerts
  •  Your nephew who just started guitar lessons
  •  Your child’s Rock Star birthday party invitations
  •  Any other music lover!

This 20% discount rocks!
This week only, get “Rock Star” at a 20% discount! Offer ends Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 10:00 PM CST.

Rockin’ your scrapbooking world
The images in “Rock Star” are ideal for creating background patterned paper or borders, as well as headers for your journal boxes. Add different phrases or images inside the drum head to personalize it for any occasion.

Use the set's elements to create interesting borders, accents and fun graphic designs.







Thursday, September 8, 2011

Slam, Dunk with Varsity Locker!

We all love interactive cards and with our latest set, "Varsity Locker" you can add a little action and fun to your card!

On Tuesday, I showed you how you can make the locker open and add things inside, but how about a spinner card, too? Try this - Use the basketball net and ball to create a slam, dunk!

First, stamp the locker and hoop on cardstock. Then, punch out a vertical track to the net. Add your ball to the track by using our circular Sticky Thumb Dimensionals. Circular dimensionals work best so that the ball can slide down the track.

To make the ball actually spin, add weight to it by attaching dimes or pennies to the back. Make sure your track is long enough to allow for some spinning action.

To add weight, simply stack the following items by attaching them to each other in the following top-to-bottom order:

  1. punched out ball image
  2. circular-shaped dimensional
  3. dime or penny
  4. dimensional
  5. dime or penny 
In my sample, I simply used one dimensional on the back of the ball due to the size of my track. It moves down, but does not spin.

Lastly, attach the ball to the track and the locker to the card front. The locker should be attached using dimensionals so that your ball has room to move from the back.

I used BoatHouse Collection(TM) Cardstock in the following colors: Pool Party, Elephant Safari, Brighton Beach White and Pear Salad.

This card is really easy to make and fun to receive.  I guess you would call that a "slam-dunk!"  - Smiles, Bobbi

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Get wordy with Varsity Locker!

I love the graphical look of using large words on the front of a card with some unexpected element in or by the word. With our latest set - "Varsity Locker," I used the volleyball and soccer balls to make parts of the word. Take a look...

With the first card, I found it so easy to stamp the same word down the front because I can position easily with our clear, see-through stamps and acrylic blocks. The set, Alpha Bold was used for the letters. All of our cards use our BoatHouse(TM) Collection Cardstock, too.

Stamp the same word repeatedly down the front
of a card for a striking graphical look. It's easy
 to position with our see-through stamps and blocks, too!

Do you have trouble getting your letters straight?! Raisin Boat offers acrylic blocks with grid lines. These blocks are essential when positioning a long row of letters for a card or scrapbook page. Once they are straight on your block, you will have perfect results every time. I used our 2" X 7" block for this next card and it turned out nice and straight!

Use our stamp set, Alpha Bold and an acrylic block with
 grid lines to stamp the words nice and straight!

Remember that the designs in the set can be used as backgrounds, too. In the next card, I stamped the volleyball repeatedly to make a fun background design.

Use the balls to make exciting backgrounds and then
use them in your words. They make great "Os" or exclamation points!

I also like to use just the balls as focal treatments, too. These are really simple cards to make and when you "pop" a ball up using our Sticky Thumb Dimensionals, you get a pretty cool card that didn't take long to make! (These are great for children's birthdays, etc.) The best part is that we've sized the balls to punch out neatly using standard sized punches such as the 5/8" and 3/4" circular punches.

The balls are sized to punch right out using a punch so there is
no hand-cutting involved in making the card.

Stamp a ball repeatedly across the front. Color and "pop" one up using
Sticky Thumb Dimensionals for added interest.
The Happy Birthday is from the set, too!

Have fun and enjoy our latest set, "Varsity Locker" Don't feel "locked" in to using just the locker. Get creative with your words, too! Smiles, Bobbi 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

It's back to school...and back to our weekly set releases at Raisin Boat!

Introducing “Varsity Locker”, our newest set and a must-have for school-related scrapbook pages and cards! With its large locker image and plenty of add-ons to dress it up, you can wish your favorite student good luck on sporting events and tests, send a custom message with the wipe-off board, and much more! I have had so much fun with this set!

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The locker can be stamped directly on colored cardstock for a quick, no-coloring approach, or on white cardstock to allow shading to your heart’s content with Copic markers. For this card, I stamped black on our Elephant Safari grey cardstock. It's simple and looks really cool. I also used the "caution" word to create tape to go around the locker. Kim and I added that word in the set just in case you know someone with a really messy locker!  

Add "caution" tape for those messy lockers! Just stamp our word on
Sun Porch cardstock and you've got tape! The stars
are from another new set we will be releasing next week.

For my scrapbook page, I stamped the locker multiple times to create a row (school hallway) of lockers. This allows you to achieve the right scale for your page. It’s also easy to do because you can position your image nicely with our see-through stamps! Various elements from the set were used to personalize the lockers. I used the pennant to create the page title. Try adding the date to the wipe-off board for extra personalization!  To color in the lockers, I used W1, W3 and W5 Copic markers for a warmer metal look.

Don’t forget the many coordination opportunities with our Raisin Boat sets – it’s why we created even our lowest rental plan level to allow two sets at a time instead of just one. For example, Graffiti Gab is perfect for backgrounds and adding fun phrases to your lockers! The Brick large stamp is also a really nice background to use to represent the inside of a school.
Using "Graffiti Gab" stamp set and our "Brick" background, I added a fun background
 to this locker that can be opened for a sentiment or journaling.
Inside, I filled the locker with lots of balls and a pennant.
I hand drew in a shelf and added some books.

Be creative! Personalize your lockers with "wallpaper" designs and add the items that your student is interested in. In the next sample, I created a "Be You" using the "U" to represent a University of you! I used pattern paper for the front and added a guitar and balls to show the interests of my niece.

Add items that interest your student. Be creative.
Use images from other sets that represent the person's passions and hobbies.
This card also features Graffiti Gab and a new set coming out next week! Stay tuned!

Stay tuned for another release next week! And yes, new Halloween and Christmas sets are just around the corner! Smiles, Bobbi