Saturday, March 31, 2012

True Scrap 3: The fun and inspiration of a scrapbooking event -- at your computer

We were excited to see Raisin Boat featured with a big thumbs up on Lain Ehmann's blog and podcast not too long ago. You can check out the cool scrapbook page she made using our "Full Circle" background set and also link to her podcast that talked about Raisin Boat -- just go to Lain's blog at:

Lain blogs her scrapbooking inspiration and has written several books on scrapbooking. She's also the great mind and organizer behind an amazing upcoming online event called True Scrap 3, of which Raisin Boat is a sponsor. True Scrap gives you all the fun and excitement of in-person scrapbooking events, without the hassle and expense.

No airplanes or hotels. No babysitters. No lousy convention center food. Just pure inspiration, community, and fun -- right to your computer!

Here are some of the many perks of participating in True Scrap 3:

*Get inspired by 15 instructors like Nic Howard, Shimelle Laine, Jennifer Gallacher, and a dozen more.
*Hear an exclusive interview with scrapbook legend Becky Higgins.
*Learn to USE your stash in new and creative ways.
*Interact with other fantastic scrapbookers, LIVE, in real time!
*Get replays of everything to watch and re-watch at your leisure!

For details and registration info, go to and hurry! If you register today (March 31, 2012), you still qualify for the Early Bird discount!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time Flies - A Fishing Vest Designed for Dad!

Here's a fun project for Father's Day. I made a fishing vest and created a scene inside the vest using two cool fishing sets from Raisin Boat - "Time Flies" and "Relax and Reel." If you rent one, you will want the other, too. They work great together. Or, if you like to keep your sets, purchase both. You'll get more out of both of them by having the two.

You can really "tailor" your vest for Dad. Make it look new or make it look old and worn. Match it to his current vest that he wears. With Copics, you can make it any color you like! Down to the pockets, you can make it what you want. Don't forget the "XL Love" tag. That image is from Raisin Boat set, "Tag You're It!"

This is a really fun card to make and it is quite easy. For a list of the materials used, see our Idea Gallery at or click on the photos below. - Smiles, Bobbi

Monday, March 19, 2012

And the winner is...

Thanks to all of you who participated in our blog giveaway, in honor of Donna's Moxie Fabber recognition, by becoming a follower or leaving a comment! Such nice cheers for Donna!

Through a random number generator, we have our winner....

... and it's Amy J! Congratulations!

Amy J, if you see this, please claim your free "Spring Is in the Air" set by emailing with your mailing address.

If you didn't win this time, please don't be sad  -- there will be more blog candy coming! We'll keep you posted on this blog, so stay tuned!

"Time Flies"...working with our latest set!

It was a gorgeous day yesterday in the Madison area. With the sun shining through the windows, I had time to put in a video rental and just create in my studio. I love spending my afternoons creating little works of art. :)

With my Copic markers in hand, I colored away. "Time Flies" when you can spend your day working with our latest set...

Our latest set celebrates fly fishing
and the peacefulness of the outdoors.

Here's a few cards I made. This is a fun set to work with if you like to color. If you don't like to color, you will appreciate the silhouette images also included in the set.  You can determine how much time you want to spend simply by how you use the set.

The fisherman silhouette is stunning when placed in a setting like this.
Get creative with your foregrounds and backgrounds. This
set has the images to make an entire scene.

Add extra emphasis on the fish by cropping and popping
the image on your card front.

Use a metal hanger with the vest for a
bit of surprise!

By simply using the foliage, you can also use this set
for a simple "thinking of you" card, too!
Ribbon is from Raisin Boat.
As the saying goes...."Time Flies" when you're having fun! I had a lot of fun working with this set. Watch this week for more ideas using "Time Flies" :) Smiles, Bobbi

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Memento Inks arriving soon at Raisin Boat!

Tsukineko has unveiled twelve new Memento ink colors and they'll be arriving at Raisin Boat soon! The Memento ink pad line is our favorite because they work so well with Copic markers and BoatHouse Collection(TM) cardstock. 

There will be 12 new colors to choose from. We’ll have the ink pad, dual-tip marker and ink refill at Raisin Boat as soon as they’re released! Here's a swatch of the 12 new colors. The fresh, new colors will join the existing 24 color line-up. 

Get ready to add these new faves to your collection this Spring! They are expected to arrive this month! - Smiles, Bobbi

Candy - All dressed up for the holiday!

When I was a child, I couldn't wait to see what candy was waiting for me in my Easter basket. Now as a grown up, I can't wait to put candy in baskets...tins...bags.... and more!

With our nice selection of alterable items at, it's fun to dress up our alterables for any holiday.

Here's a few I made for our show last weekend. These are inexpensive gift ideas that are also nice reminders of those Easter baskets from our childhood years!

You're eggs-tra special!

I filled our square tin with large white malted milk speckled eggs. They are so cute in there! I added a tag using our set, "Spring is in the Air." The bow is using our new BoatHouse Collection(TM) ribbons that match our cardstock line.

For a quick gift, fill our square tin with candy eggs and add the message,
"You're eggs-tra special" from the set, Spring is in the Air.

Eat your Beans!

Our rectangular tin makes a great container for brightly colored jelly beans! I added a tag using our bunny from "Bunny Hop" and finished it off with more Raisin Boat ribbons. The same set also has a phrase that says, "Eat your beans...jelly beans, that is!"which would be really cute on a tin of bright beans, too. See the card below for a tag idea.
Fill a rectangular tin with bright beans and add a matching tag!

"Bunny Hop" includes cute phrases to use on tags and cards!

Sweet Mini Pails for Easter

We just added these adorable pails to our store. They come in a couple of sizes. This is the smallest one at 2.75" X 2.75". It's the perfect size for a handful of candies. Here's some ideas to dress it up.

I used "Bunny Hop" for the top design and added ribbon in Sky View to finish the side.

Get the right ribbon color everytime with
BoatHouse Collection(TM) ribbons.

I added a cushion dimension to "pop" the tulip in his hand. Since the lid sits down below the pail edge, it's protected by the pail's sides.

Use Copics to color our bunny. In this example, I
color-blocked the background for interest.

Here's another pail using the colors Lemon Glaze, Sky View and Sweet Cheeks. This one is so sweet and cute. It would make a great bridal or baby shower table decoration or guest gift idea. 
Use Hershey colored eggs - they match beautifully with our
BoatHouse colored ribbons, too!

The Clear Scallop Edge Boxes make cute egg and jelly bean holders! Put the eggs or beans inside or on top for a cute gift idea.

Raisin Boat offers other ways to package candy, too, such as the purse box and the clear bottle. Browse our selection and find the right fit for you! - Smiles, Bobbi
Our clear bottles are inexpensive and pretty with
their cork tops. They have a natural organic feel to them.
Our purse boxes can be used in so many ways. Add a gift
card or a large bunny for the older kids.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Celebrating this week's Moxie Fabber with a giveaway!

Imagine our excitement when we discovered that the latest Moxie Fabber of the Week is none other than Raisin Boat customer, Donna Polley! Congratulations, Donna, on this exciting and well-deserved recognition of your creative talents!

Donna acknowledged Raisin Boat as her favorite manufacturer in her Moxie Fab interview. Here is an excerpt from her interview, which you can view in its entirety at

Who is your favorite manufacturer and why? What is your favorite all-time collection and why? Have you created a paper crafted project using this collection?

My favorite manufacturer would have to be a new stamp company I heard about from a friend called Raisin Boat Stamps. I love the wide variety of designs they offer, and the fact that you can buy or rent them is sheer genius! They come out with new stamp sets almost every week, too. They are so creative, even their name is clever. "Raisin," because they are "raisin'" their kids, and "Boat" contains the initials of their four children. My favorite collection is the cute little elf sets they came out with this past holiday season.

Thanks so much for your kind words, Donna! To celebrate Donna and her recognition, we're offering blog candy -- one of our most popular stamp sets, "Spring Is in the Air". This is the same set featured in yesterday's blog post sample with the bunny behind (fluffed up with liquid applique).

Please check out the set below and see our Idea Gallery for all of the fun things you can do with it!

Win this free set by becoming a follower of our blog, or if you already follow us, by leaving a comment!
Here's how to qualify for our random drawing for the free "Spring Is in the Air" set:
- Become a follower of our blog by Friday, March 16.
- Or, if you already follow our blog, leave a comment by Friday, March 16.

We'll use a random generator to draw a name over the upcoming weekend, so watch for the winner!

Donna, we hope you enjoy your special week!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Our customers ROCKED the Rockford show!

Bobbi and I and the Raisin Boat crew were in Rockford, IL this weekend for the StampScrapArtTour -- what a great time! So many friendly faces, and tons of excitement and energy! It was an adrenaline rush for everyone there, and we always love getting to meet and talk with our customers in person. Thanks very much to all of you who came to visit us!

With such a gorgeous weekend and a welcome glimpse of the first robins in the area, it was a perfect time to think spring in our free Make-and-Takes. We kicked things off on Friday night with some spring chickens from our "Chicken Coop" and "Chicken Soup" sets. 

Below is the card we made Friday night using the Copic Sketch Markers that coordinate with our BoatHouse Collection TM cardstock. Our Brighton Beach White cardstock is perfect for Copic coloring!

These chicks are ready to help someone celebrate their birthday right! I also got thinking this weekend that it would be fun to have a cluster of balloons pulling that entire coop of partying chickens up, up into the sky (the coop is cropped on this sample but is a complete image in the set). I will have to make a sample and share that.

We do also have a large Chicken Wire background that covers an entire cardfront, but thought the little chickenwire image from "Chicken Soup" was a nice touch in the corners here.

Now for the free Make-and-Take we did on Saturday and Sunday! We used our "Spring Is in the Air" set with a touch of white liquid applique to give the bunny an irresistibly fluffy behind. If you're making this card at home, it would also be cute to add a dot of yellow liquid applique in the centers of the flowers.

We curved the normally straight "Winter is behind us" phrase on the acrylic block to fit the arc of the circle.

Both of our Make-and-Takes feature our brand-new "Sky View" cardstock, available in 8.5x11 and 12x12. It's a gorgeous, vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the "Think Pink" and "Red Delicious" mattes on these cards.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming shows! We'll be in St. Paul on May 19 and 20, and in Milwaukee on May 26 and 27 with more show specials and free Make-and-Takes, and we can't wait to meet you there! Ask us for your free Angel Policy stamp, too!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thankful for Spring

When you live in Wisconsin like Bobbi and I do, March brings some hope that the warm weather is not all that far away anymore! We're thankful to Donna Polley for giving us an early taste of spring through her beautiful samples -- and for giving us brilliant new insight into our "Thankful" set!

Donna used the twig wreath from the set, which was traditionally designed for fall and winter cards, and transformed it into a bright and happy spring wreath on the cards below. Some butterflies here, some flowers there, and ta-da!

We love them, Donna! It's always fun to discover new and flexible ways to use our images. Happy spring, everyone!

The words shown here are from our "Formal Phrases" set.

Donna used the leaves from our fun "Treemendous" set for the greenery on this wreath. Add a beautiful bow with our springy gingham ribbons, or perhaps Bakers Twine, which lies flat for mailing. We have lots of happy colors to choose from -- including our new line of grosgrain ribbons that coordinate with our BoatHouse TM Collection cardstock!

What can you think of to add to your twig wreath... Maybe some eggs with our Pearl Pens? How about one of our pretty little bird brads? Have fun thinking - and stamping - spring! - Smiles, Kim