Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New set for the new year!

We're starting 2014 out with another new set called, "Icing on the Cake." It includes a layered cake filled with candles, a sweet cupcake, a yummy chocolate covered strawberry and fluffy cotton candy! Plus, in Raisin Boat fashion, this set includes fun phrases to go with these eye-pleasing images.

Here's the set....

Icing on the Cake stamp set now available at www.RaisinBoat.com
  

 Here's a few cards I made with this set, starting off with a 2014 welcome! I used the strawberry on this one. The large cupcake is from another set called, "Hey, Cupcake!"



Here's one for a boy's birthday. You can change up the colors to make this girly, too. It uses three of the focal images from the set.




How about a little fluff stuff? For the softer side....



This is one of those sets that is fun to use Liquid Applique and Pearl Pen. In this next strawberry card, I added "chocolate" using Pearl Pen in brown. I used the Signo pen in white to make the vanilla drizzles, too.


Get your bright colors out and color in the cupcake and tiered cake for this next one. Why go cupcake when you can wish big for a BIG cake! 

card front


   
card inside

I loved working with this set. It's a lot of fun to work with. To see more, check out our idea gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com. To learn more about the products used to make these projects including links to all of the products I used, click here.   Happy New Year! Smiles, Bobbi 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Challenge #18 Something New

With the New Year upon us, this month the challenge is all about something NEW. You can do so much with this challenge! Your creations are in no way limited to a Happy New Year's card or scrapbook page... you could do a project celebrating a new baby, new pet, new home, new job, new phase or fresh start in life, or a new gift from Santa. You might even do a new calendar.

All we ask is that you do some stamping! And Raisin Boat has a lot of new and wonderful stamps to help you with this challenge.

We'll show you some ideas below, but first, let's see who our winner is for the Christmas Challenge! Random Number Generator chose number 12, and that is Pansie Olson with this beautiful card:


Congratulations, Pansie, 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 for this month's challenge...  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 either buy OR rent Raisin Boat sets -- no guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge or any other project.


We look forward to seeing your "Something New" creativity!

Here are a few "new-themed" creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

Linda created the front of this card with Christmas Time,
Days Till Christmas, and Goes with Madison Avenue Gals.

We used Raisin Boat sets, Onesie and Onesie, Twosie
to create this warm welcome for a new baby!


Show us the new baby (child, grandchild, godchild, niece or nephew, etc!) in your life!
The photo prompted us to use A Dog's Life and Puppy Love for this page design.


 
Perhaps someone you know is starting a new chapter -- the Golden Years of retirement! Our set, It's a Bird... It's a Plane, is wonderful for celebrating the new places and adventures in life. Customize the words in the banner with any wishes!


This card, also made with It's a Bird...It's a Plane, is a fitting greeting for anyone
who is moving to a new location, changing jobs, or graduating.


Perhaps you would like to wish someone happiness and love in their new life
of wedded bliss! We created this scrapbook page with Damask Elegance.



 Remember, you can always meet this "Something New" challenge theme by
using one of Raisin Boat's new set releases! Our Crunch Time popcorn set is
one of them, and more are on the way! Grab some popcorn and stay tuned...

Inspire us with your NEW creations, and have fun!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another New Set for the Holidays and Winter Season!

Raisin Boat just released "Winter Heart and Sole" for the Winter season and the upcoming holidays. This set has a real trendy, vintage feel with its snowshoes and ice skates and natural elements. I had a lot of fun working with this set. It works so well to pair it with last week's release, "Deck the Halls" and "Merry Nature." Here's the set and it is available at www.RaisinBoat.com.


To inspire you, I want to share a few cards I made with this set below. For the first one, I used our new Pine Branches Embossing folder to create a background and then added Natural twine in dark brown. Pearl Pen in Copper creates the brad/nail look in the corners.

For a complete list of products used, visit our Idea Gallery now!

I love reclaimed wood and wanted to accomplish the look with my stamps. I made this hanging wall rack for the scarves and mittens. Skates on the floor as well as hanging give it a feel of fun times at the cabin! Oh and that wood...it's from Deck the Halls. I stamped the wood hanger repeatedly to make this design. 


For a complete list of products used, visit our Idea Gallery now! 

For this one, I paired the set with Believe in Christmas for the sleigh. I used the same wood effect that I did on the card above for the background.

For a complete list of product used, visit our Idea Gallery now!


There's more to see in our Idea Gallery. I couldn't stop at just these! Visit us now and see all the looks you can achieve with this set! Smiles, Bobbi 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Challenge #17 Christmas

The title says it all! Yes, Christmas is just around the corner... time to get out those decorations, baking supplies and card-making supplies. What?! You don't have any Christmas stamps -- or you don't want to keep using the same holiday set every year?!

Good news! You can rent your Christmas stamps from Raisin Boat! You will find over 25 holiday-themed sets -- from whimsical to elegant to graphic styles -- in the store. You can rent them and send them back, but if you fall in love with your set, you can put it on your Christmas list! Renters even get a 20% discount on any stamp set they buy!

For the challenge, make a Christmas card, set of tags, wrapping paper, treat, gift, or any other project and link it up below. You will be happy to have your holiday projects underway, and you'll also have a chance to win a free Raisin Boat set of your choice!

We have some inspiration below for this month's theme, but first we'd like to announce our winner from Challenge #16:
number 4, Heather Mills, with this adorable card:




Congratulations, Heather, 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. (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 for this month's challenge...  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 either buy  OR rent Raisin Boat sets -- no guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a Christmas scrapbook page or cards, teacher gift, classroom treats, gift tags or any other project.


We look forward to seeing your Christmas creativity! 

Here are a few cards from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

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This bright and happy card features the brand-new set, Deck the Halls,
along with the versatile word set, You Said It!



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Remember... those elves can pop up anywhere, anytime to see if you're naughty or nice!
This card features Elves Are Watching and Baked Goodness.


Linda Lapotka created these fun tags using Tiki Hut and Bear Cub BoatHouse Collection cardstock and the stamp sets Nature's Reflections, Naughty or Nice, North Pole Toymakers and Dear Santa.


Try creating some treats with our selection of boxes, bottles, tins, and other alterables! The images and poem on this "snowman poop" are from Days Till Christmas.



You just saw snowman poop... now it's reindeer poop! :-)
Check out our fun Night Before Christmas set to decorate various treats (see various tubes/bottles here).



This is a beautiful and serene approach, with no coloring involved!
Let the white liquid qpplique do the "wow" work!


Invite a friend or your child for tag-making time! They're quick and easy, and you'll have a wonderful time creating all kinds of designs together! See all supplies used here.

 For all of you animal lovers out there, here's a holiday card idea featuring A Dog's Life and Let It SnowAdd a little sparkle to the bow and snow with our Stardust gelly roll pens.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

"Deck the Halls" with our latest set!

Raisin Boat just released "Deck the Halls" for the holidays. Its got mittens, a scarf, ice skates and a holiday stocking - all to hang on a rustic wood rack, also included. I had fun with this stamp set today. Here's a few cards I made using the set.

I used the mittens and scarf images to make a background for my favorite phrase in the set. A few punched out circles in the focal point phrase layered with Pearl Pen dots makes for a playful non-traditional holiday card.

For a complete list of products used for this project, visit our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com. 


I used the string of lights from the set, "Elves are Watching" to embellish this card. The skates, stocking and scarf hang from the hooks on the wood holder. I added polka dots to the stocking using our fabulous Signo Uni-ball white pens. Pearl Pens in bright colors make the lights pop from the card.


For a complete list of products used for this project, visit our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com.


Pairs of mittens are a perfect find, but when you're missing one, it's just not the same! Here's a fun way to say "I miss you" around the holidays. The heart is included in the set, too!

For a complete list of products used for this project, visit our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com.

For more ideas like these, go to our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com. Smiles, Bobbi 



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Gift Card Holders using our Clear Boxes

Raisin Boat now offers a perfect size box to use for gift cards called the - Clear Gift Card Box. I remember when my mom used to give all of the grand kids money or a gift card during the holidays. I used to make the card/gift holders for her. These would have been so cute because they are more than just a card. They could even hang on the tree, too!

As my daughter enters the tween years, I'm finding gift cards are a great way to go for friend gifts, too. Girls love to pick out their own things so the card makes sense for them and for me...it's an easy gift to buy.:)

Here's a few I made for the holidays using some of our stamp sets.


Visit our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com for more ideas like these! 


There are so many possibilities with these! I love to use Pearl Pen and Glass Effect Gel on our clear products. On the "Merry Nature" Tree box, I used Pearl Pen in Ice White and Magic Transparent to make falling snow. (All of the products used can be found by clicking on the link below the photo.)

For a complete list of products used, go to our Idea Gallery here.


On the Nostalgic "Dear Santa" box, I used Pearl Pen in Red to make a border around the box front. Our striped ribbons ties it all together!


For a complete list of products used, go to our Idea Gallery here.

On the "Elves are Watching" card, I carried the background design to the front by stamping the Christmas lights directly on the box front. I used Glass Effect Gel (GEG) in yellow, pink, blackberry and turquoise for the lights. Unlike the Pearl Pen, GEG allows light to shine through for a transparent look which is perfect for the bulbs.

For a complete list of products used, go to our Idea Gallery here.


I created a video to show how I made these and share a few tips, too! Here is is.

Link address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beCG0xA_1g0


These are not only nice for the holidays, but anytime of the year and any occasion. I made this one using "Going in Circles" for a tween girl, but you could easily turn this into one for a boy by changing out the colors. I used the same GEG colors as I did in the Elves are Watching example above (minus the turquoise) for a coordinated look with my memento ink colors.


For a complete list of products used, go to our Idea Gallery here.


All of the products I used for each box are listed in our Idea Gallery at www.RaisinBoat.com. Simply click on the convenient clink below each photo above to get the product information.

Get a head start on your holiday gifts by making a few gift card holders today! Smiles, Bobbi

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sympathy Card Box

It's been awhile since we've done a post. We've been busy preparing for the holidays and upcoming shows. Today, I had some time to work in my studio. I love that! My husband is always in need of cards for co-workers so I decided to get ahead of the curve and have a number of cards made up for him to take to work and pull from as the need arises.

I started with sympathy cards. Sympathy cards are always needed at unexpected times. It's so nice to have a collection with different verses to choose from so you have the perfectly worded card for the recipient. Our Sympathy Innies & Outies(TM) are so nice for this because you get 8 different verses. (One is even for the death of a pet, too.) I always use them for my cards. It makes this process a lot whole lot easier. With Innies in hand, all I need to focus on is the card fronts now.

I took a promotional box that I got in the mail from American Express and covered the logo on the front with a stamped design. I filled the box with the cards and envelopes and tied it shut with Baker's Twine in Oyster. It was the perfect size for a set of 5.5" X 4.25" cards. I'm so glad I kept the box. :)




Here's a photo of the box opened. I was able to put 10 cards with coordinating envelopes inside.




Now for the cards...

For sympathy and thinking of you, I always design cards with either a masculine or feminine look. Here are a few of the cards I made with a masculine feel. This first card uses our new set, Merry Nature. I love the pine and birch trees in the set because it takes little to no coloring to be beautiful. The pine tree can be stamped across a sheet for a quick focal scene. We're talking super quick to make this one! I used Memento Northern Pine ink for the trees.




For the birch tree, all I do is run my Copic C3 up the sides of the trunk for shading and then use my Copic C1 marker to run along the outer edges for some additional dimension. It makes the trees pop off the white background. Our leaves are falling from the trees right now so a bare tree feels right to me. The phrase is from the set, "Formal Phrases." This word/phrase is a great go-to set for any occasion.


Same card design, different cardstock colors...




Here's the inside of the card with my Innie(TM). I stamped the tree branches down the side for a coordinated look.



 Our Stunning Silhouettes stamp set is a wonderful set for sympathy cards, too. The flowers are nice for more feminine cards and the cattails look great for men. I added brown liquid applique to the cattails for extra dimension. Dimensionalized with Copic C1 coloring around the cattails. String twine and earthy colors keep the look masculine. If you are a rental member, the cocoa brown stripe ribbon, string burlap twine and the oval window in Dill Pickle used on this card are all available in a rental Keeper(TM), too.




For a more feminine look, I chose to use Stunning Silhouettes and Courage in Bloom stamp sets. I also like using one of our newer embossing folders, Doily.  I sponged the oval background with Memento Summer Sky ink. The queen Anne's lace flower was stamped in Memento Teal Zeal. A simple string burlap twine bow secured with a brushed silver brad finishes the look.



Same floral image using different cardstock....



We just got in a few new embossing folders. This next card uses the With Sympathy script folder. I love the look you get with embossing, It's subtle, textural and elegant - especially with this beautiful script font. I stamped the flowers using the Courage in Bloom set using Memento Morocco and Potter's Clay ink pads. Copper Pearl Pen was used for the centers of the flowers.


I'm off to make a few birthday cards now! Have a great day. Smiles, Bobbi