Friday, December 28, 2012

Challenge Winner

Hi everyone, sorry we are so late on posting the winner of the Thank You Challenge. December sure got busy. The entries this month were fantastic!

Using a Random Number Generator, entry number 8 was selected as the winner. That was Colleen from Creative Paper Room -- congratulations,  Colleen! Here is her amazing card using Handy Dandy Helpers:
  
Colleen, you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice!
Please email customerservice@raisinboat.com with the name of your set selection and your mailing address.

Be sure to stop back on January 15th for the next fun challenge here at the Raisin Boat Blog.

We hope you are having a wonderful holiday! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Gift Tags

It's been a great holiday so far because I've actually had time to do the things I love to do in preparation for the big event. We host my family on Christmas Eve and my husband's family on Christmas day. Both groups are 20-35 people so it's a lot of prime rib, turkey, etc. These are the times that I wish I had a bigger oven!

With the snowstorm, I was fortunate to have my hubby home an extra day. Plus, having the holiday fall right after a weekend, helped us get everything set up and in order sooner. Yesterday, was my wrapping day and I had time to make some "just in time" holiday gift tags. I put on the Lifetime channel (one feel good holiday movie after another) and I had a great day! I wrapped and made tags to match as I watched and cried during each sappy movie.

Sometimes I like everything to coordinate. My husband tells me I shouldn't be buying any more gift wrap because we have too much downstairs in storage. (I love paper and I'm drawn to all kinds during the year-end sales!) So, instead of making everything match, I tailored each gift to the person. What I love about stamping is that I can make my creations any color and design I want. I'm not stuck with what the manufacturer thought looked good. Here's a few of my wrapped gifts I wanted to share.

For my brother-in-law who likes the outdoors, I used "Nature's Reflection" with a little liquid applique and pearl pen for snow on the trees and red berries.

 
 
 
 
For my sister-in-law who loves traditional pieces. I used "Dear Santa" stamp set for a classic, vintage look.
 
 
For my nephew who is a junior in college this year. I used "Sparkle and Splendor" for a more contemporary look.  Pearl pens in the colors of the bulbs on the wrap finished the black snowflake on the tag. I love non-traditional colors for bolder looks under the tree.
 
 
I used "Sparkle and Splendor" for my sister-in-law's gift tag. Pretty wine glasses are in this box so I wanted the gift to reflect a more sophisticated look. Pearl Pen in Kiwi added to the snowflake's beauty.
 
 
 
A close-up view of the tag on the wrapped gift.
 
 
For my nephew who loves a very graphic look in his apartment, I used "Days Till Christmas." I kept this one contemporary and bold. He's still in college so I kept it youthful, too. I added Pearl Pen to the lights to make them 3D and bright like a light!
 
 
 
 
For my grand nieces, some fun little tags with animals on them. I used "What a Zoo, Too!" for these easy gift tags.
 
 
 
 
 
The gifts are now wrapped. Now it's time to prepare the food for tonight's celebration.Enjoy your holiday with family and friends. If you are driving, be safe. Happy holidays to all of you!
 
Smiles, Bobbi

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Totally "Tubular" Treats!


If you're looking for an inexpensive way to share a treat, small toy or gift, use our clear tubes. They come in square and round shapes. Here's a few I made this year for gifts.

Say Merry Kissmas with our cute reindeer from "Night Before Christmas." The "Merry Kissmas" phrase is from "Days Till Christmas" stamp set. I filled the tube with Hershey chocolate kisses.


The "Night Before Christmas" set also includes a few funny phrases. Here's a few I made.


 
 
 
 
Using the snowman, marshmallows or Whoppers make a great treat inside this next one!
 

My friend, Donna Polley took a more vintage approach to her treat tube. She used "Dear Santa" for her tag. I love the little jingle bell she added. It's so cute with the old-fashioned peppermint treat.


If you need a little treat for your significant other or hubby, here's a fun idea. Use Raisin Boat set, "Leave Your Mark" with "Days Till Christmas" to make this tag. Don't forget that you can add Pearl Pen, Glitter Liner or Paper Pen to the outside of the tube to dress it up.



You can these inexpensive tubes for toys such as a jacks set, candy, pencils and pens, and more.
I think all of these treat tubes deserve the 1980s phrase "totally tubular!" Smiles, Bobbi

 


Friday, November 30, 2012

Brad fad or just having fun?

I'm having so much fun with all of our fun brads at RaisinBoat.com. We got so many cool ones in for the holidays and now we are getting some in for Valentine's and Spring, too.

Here's just a few cards and projects that I made using some of our new brads.

Gumdrops - They are sugary and sparkle just like the real ones! Place them in the hands of our elves and make anyone - young or old - just smile!


Stack them up. Hopefully, none will fall. :)
 
 
Click here for a list of Raisin Boat products used.

 
 

Santa Hat - Add the hat to a cute animal and turn a non-holiday Raisin Boat set into a holiday set! I used "What a Zoo, Too!" stamp set for this card. I did the same using the penguin in the set, too.







Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat Products used. 
Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat Products used.



 
Holiday Lights - Brightly colored lights allow you to add a string of lights to just about anything! Just use our Le Pen fine black marker to make the string.


Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat products used.
 
Tree ornaments - Add them to any tree...even our tree in the stamp set, Treemendous!

Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat products used.
Deer and Deer Head - We have both. I made this card with the standing deer and some liquid applique for the snow. I love the trees from Silent Night stamp set. You can add lots of snow!

Click here for a list of Raisin Boat products used.

See all of our brads in our store. We have new Lady Bugs, Love bugs (great for Valentine's day!), Popsicles for summer time, Medical for the health care professionals you know. Here's a look at the adorable mushrooms we just got in.

Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat Products used.
 
Cooking, baking and autumn brads - We've got them all. I used a number of them on this next Thanksgiving invitation.

Click here for a list of the Raisin Boat products used.


Fruity Brads - Add a fun brad to your next jar of preserves or sweet treat, too! This is the label at the top of a canning jar. I added Coffee bean dotted ribbon to finish.

Click here for a list of Raisin Boat products used.

Click here for a list of Raisin Boat products used.

Check out all of the fun brads in our store at www.RaisinBoat.com. Here's a link to all of them!

Smiles, Bobbi

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Pinterest contest winner!
Plus a reminder -- our Cyber Week deals end tonight!

We recently ran a contest asking you to "pin" your Raisin Boat favorites to a board on Pinterest.com, and the response was fantastic! Thanks so much, all of you, who participated in the contest. We loved seeing the samples from our Idea Gallery and the stamp sets that you pinned as your favorites.

We already announced the winner in our e-newsletter, but wanted to post the name here, too -- just in case you aren't signed up yet for our newsletter. And the winner is...

Darci Baker

A big congrats to Darci, who wins an entire year of free stamp set rentals through our Puddle Plan (two sets per month)! Darci, that's a nearly $100 value and 24 different stamp sets of your choice to play with -- for FREE! Please email us at customerservice@raisinboat.com to claim your prize.

Thanks again, everyone! Please keep pinning your favorite Raisin Boat sets and samples from our Idea Gallery. We really appreciate you helping us show the endless possibilities and fun with Raisin Boat!

Also, please sign up for our e-newsletter at www.RaisinBoat.com to stay up-to-date on all of our latest exclusive specials, stamp set and other new product releases, contests, Design Team Calls, and much more!

One last important reminder... our Cyber Week specials end tonight at midnight! You still have time to take advantage of the great deals if you hurry. What a perfect reason to grab a gift for someone -- or for yourself! Check them out in Monday's blog post below!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals!


Don't miss our 5 exciting "Cyber Monday" specials at www.RaisinBoat.com!
 
 
Read below for our special offer with these fun new Heidi Swapp acrylic memory display stands --
just one of 5 great deals for Cyber Monday!
 
As an online company, www.RaisinBoat.com is celebrating Cyber Monday starting tonight, and extending the deals through Wednesday, November 28!
 
The following 5 specials begin right now and end at midnight on Wednesday. Enjoy one, or all five -- it's up to you! Grab them to treat yourself or to give as holiday gifts!
 
But hurry -- all deals are only good while supplies last!
 
Click on each deal listed here to see details and samples, or simply scroll down.
 
You choose the sets! Don't miss our brand-new set releases below...
 
You'll love these easy and quick ovals, circles, frames, and other pre-cut cardstock pieces that you can layer!
 
What a great gift idea to make recipe books or calendars with this adorable Heidi Swapp memory display! See samples below.
 
Get our rentangle window tins for just $1.99 each - a more than 33% savings! Check out our samples below for ideas on the fun goodies you can put inside.
 
Our 8 different new holiday Innies and OutiesTM verse packages finish your holiday cards the quick and easy way!
 
Buy any 4 Raisin Boat stamp sets, get any 1 set FREE!
 
You choose which sets to buy -- the purchase of any four sets at www.RaisinBoat.com gives you the chance to pick out any Raisin Boat set for FREE! Simply enter the product's Item Number for the free set you want in the Comments box during checkout. If you are taking advantage of more than one deal and getting multiple free items, separate the item numbers by commas.
 
The sets can be ANY Raisin Boat sets, but before shopping, you'll definitely want to check out our new set releases.
 
Click on each set name below to see the full set, plus many more samples with it!
 
Includes cute little images and verses ideal for holiday tags, labels, and treats -- plus numbers to make Advent calendars or other Christmas countdowns.
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
Not just for the holidays! This set includes many images and creative options for the baker -- or anyone who just loves baked goodies!
 
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
 
Another great set of verses and images designed for fun holiday tags on homemade gifts and much more! You can even give the gift of "Reindeer Poop" or make "Reindeer Food" with this set -- the kids will love it!
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
A fun cooking set perfect for making recipe books, dinner place cards for weddings or parties, dinner invitations, and more.
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this recipe holder sample!
 
Also, don't forget about the other holiday sets we released a few weeks ago! Here's a quick rundown on each, plus a few more samples -- just in case you missed them in our previous newsletter!
 
A beautiful set of dazzling, vintage-looking snowflakes! Bling up your snowflakes with Pearl Pen or Glitter Liner.
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
 
Make beautiful vintage postcards -- also great for scrapbook journaling!
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this sample!
 
 
The adorable elf face makes a beautiful ornament! He can also hold onto any gift card and other notes.
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this ornament!
 
 
Features a cute little elf getting packages ready for the holidays and another elf just hangin' out in the chimney! This card features our new Short Cuts and the pointsettia from our Dear Santa set.
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used in this card!
 

 

Buy any 4 of our new Short Cuts packages, get 1 FREE Pretty Labels Short Cuts package (you choose the color)!
 
You'll love our convenient new Short Cuts -- pre-cut circles, ovals, frames and labels in lots of our BoatHouseTM Collection Cardstock colors that you can layer or use alone for fast and easy projects! The card bases are even scored and folded, ready to go.
 
Buy any 4 of our Short Cuts packages, and get 1 package of Pretty Labels (any color of your choice) for FREE! To view the 8 color choices of Pretty Labels, click here and scroll down toward the bottom of the screen until you see "SC Pretty Label".
 
Simply enter your free Pretty Labels Item Number in the Comments box during checkout so we know what color you want. If you are taking advantage of more than one deal and getting multiple free items, separate the item numbers by commas.
 
See samples featuring our Short Cuts below (the first and third sample feature Pretty Labels):
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat Short Cuts and stamp sets used in this sample! The Pretty Label shown here is in Pear Salad.
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat Short Cuts and stamp sets used in this sample!
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat Short Cuts and stamp sets used in this sample! The Pretty Label shown here is in Summer Lime.
 
 
Buy this memory display PLUS any stamp set -- Get a free recipe AND calendar download!
 
With the purchase of our new Heidi Swapp Acrylic Memory Display stand ($14.99) and any one Raisin Boat stamp set ($14.99), you'll get two free Raisin Boat-exclusive downloadable templates that you can print at home:
  • 2013 calendar blank cover, twelve month pages and notes page
  • Blank recipe book cover and recipe page
You'll have the templates you need to make adorable gifts like those shown below! To receive the templates, simply note "Send templates" in the Comment box during checkout. Templates will be sent to you via email within 24 hours of purchase.
 
Note that the memory display stand is also perfect for shower gifts, photos, children's art, holiday cards, countdowns, baby's firsts, vacation memories, wedding keepsakes and much more! 
 
Stamp the cover (featured at the top of this newsletter) and pages using your favorite Raisin Boat sets to personalize. For the cover and the inside pages in this sample, we used our new Favorite Recipes set and our fun new cooking brads.
 
This calendar cover and inside page shown above and below feature our Damask Elegance stamp set.
 
 

 

 
Save big on our rectangle window tins!
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat stamp sets and products used in this sample!
 
These adorable hinged tins (sized 5.25" x 3.33") have a full window top so the contents can be seen! Stock up today while these tins are at a 33% discount, and add any of the following or other goodies:
  • recipe cards
  • gift cards
  • holiday gift tags
  • jewelry
  • candies (Hershey Kisses fit perfectly and you can stamp a circle label to fit on the bottom of each Kiss!), or other goodies in this adorable hinged tin box
Stamp tags and labels -- even candy wrapper labels! -- using your favorite Raisin Boat sets to make this gift tin uniquely charming.
 
 
Not just for Christmas gifts! Click here to see the Raisin Boat stamp sets and products used in this sample!
 
 
Click here to see the Raisin Boat stamp sets and products used in this sample!
 
 

 

Buy 1, get 1 FREE on our new holiday Innies and OutiesTM!
 
Simply attach one of our new holiday InniesTM (a sentiment preprinted on our premium cardstock) to the inside of your holiday card, sign the bottom, then use an OutieTM (a coordinating envelope) to send it!
 
This sample shows how the holiday Innies fit inside your standard (5.5" x 4.25" folded) greeting cards. This sentiment is from our Holiday Joy to the World Innies and OutiesTM. Click here to see the Raisin Boat products used for the beautiful snowflake cover design. You could even stamp snowflakes on your Innie to coordinate it with the cover!
 
 
Buy one package of holiday Innies and OutiesTM and get any other holiday Innies and OutiesTM package free! We offer 8 different holiday verses to choose from. If you're done with your cards, stock up for next year! You can even select a different holiday Innie and OutieTM package as your free one.
 
Simply enter your free product's Item Number in the Comments box during checkout. If you are taking advantage of more than one deal and getting multiple free items, separate the item numbers by commas.
 
We even have special verses designed to work with our popular elf stamp sets, such as Handy Dandy Helpers, North Pole Toymakers, Elves Are Watching, Elves On Staff, and Elf Express. ... See "Holiday Presence of Love" and "Holiday Tiny Words" below for elf-oriented greetings.
 
Read all 8 different Raisin Boat-original verse selections of our holiday Innies and OutiesTM (some portrait-oriented, some landscape-oriented) by clicking the linked titles below. Each package comes with 25 inserts (all with the same verse, designed for mass production of your holiday cards) and 25 delightfully smooth white envelopes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is what our Holiday Tiny Words Innie looks like inside your elf-themed cards!
Click here for Raisin Boat products used in this card!
 
 
*This offer does not apply to our standard Innies and OutiesTM -- holiday Innies and OutiesTM only.