Monday, February 25, 2013

Naughty Leprechauns spotted at Raisin Boat! Meet Liam and Sheamus

We spotted an old friend in our Raisin Boat Idea Gallery this weekend. He popped up again this year, just in time for St. Patrick's Day on March 17. Meet Liam the Leprechaun and his friend, Sheamus (Shay-mus, like the WWE wrestler :)). Well, at least that is what I've named them. These two are from the Raisin Boat sets, "Cheers to Good Luck" and "Go for the Gold" stamp sets. They are both very charming and witty, but very mischievous. We first spotted them last year in a few projects. Remember these boys? My armoire smelled terrible for days!

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Well they are back again. Over the weekend we spotted Liam creating all sorts of messes. He apparently got into the extra paint I had sitting downstairs and decided to give a few makeovers. He started with Molly Brown's doghouse. Molly Brown is our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. While she may look and sound Irish. She did not like what Liam did to her castle! His attempt to make all things Irish really put Liam in the doghouse, in my opinion. I'm not looking forward to cleaning up this mess! I might have to leave this one for the husband to clean up. :)

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Next, Liam moved to the his neighboring holiday celeb's pad, Easter Bunny. Liam thinks the world and every holiday should be about the Irish so he decided to give Easter Bunny a makeover, too. Apparently, green is the new black this year. We're wondering if that bunny tail will ever go back to white. We sure hope so since Easter is also just a few weeks away!

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He also stole all of our jumbo eggs out of the fridge and painted them. I do like the fun designs he chose! Very festive.

I'm keeping my eye on these two naughty boys. We've been busy at Raisin Boat so it's hard to know where they are at all times. I just know they have more in store for us....Stay tuned for more adventures with Liam and Sheamus.

Smiles, Bobbi

Friday, February 15, 2013

Challenge #8 It's All About Flowers

It's time for challenge #8 -- our second challenge for 2013! I don't know about where you are, but here in Wisconsin, it has been pretty gray and dreary. We are counting the days until the first flower blooms! That's why we thought a great theme for this month's challenge would be, "Flowers".

First, I want to announce the winner of challenge #7, and that was #7: Donna Polley, with this adorable card:

Donna used Raisin Boat stamp sets Playing Cupid and Wild About Ewe Honey.

Congratulations, Donna, you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice!
Please email with the name of your set selection and your mailing address.

For this month's challenge, you can use any stamp set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps). That's right, use any stamp set you wish for this challenge, but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a stamp set of your choice!

So break out those flower stamps and get started! If you are looking for some new flowers to add to your collection, or if you want to rent one, check out the wonderful collection Raisin Boat has in stock here.

We look forward to your "Flower" creations for this challenge! Here are a few ideas to get
 you started:

Kim made this card with Hydrangea Bouquet and added
white liquid applique for that fun, puffy flower effect.

You could give someone a bouquet of flowers, or just a hug, with this handy idea!
Bobbi used Urban Botanicals and No Loss for Words.

For this sunny birthday greeting featuring the poppy from Blissful Blossoms,
Bobbi went simple, but delightfully high in eye-pleasing contrast.

Linda used BloomTiki Hut card stock and Memento Ink for both cards.
All can be found in the Raisin Boat store at

Want to learn how Linda colored this image? Check out this video!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here's comes baby!

Both Kim and I have recently needed a baby card or two. Kim's friend had a little boy and my friend had a baby girl. While our kids are now past the baby stage, I can still enjoy all things baby through card-making! From cute little cheeks to precious onesies and bibs, baby stuff is too cute! Here's a few baby cards we've made this month.

In our Hearts Forever

The first card features images from our very popular, "Loads of Love"" stamp set, part of our laundry stamp set series. Baker's Twine makes a great line for the laundry. Our Cloud Embossing Folder is a nice backdrop for the cute onesie and bib.

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On a Stroll

I used a 3-1/2" scallop circle to make a baby carriage for this next card. Simply cut the circle in 1/2 and turn one of the pieces 90 degrees. The stamp set, "Baby Face" includes a baby blanket and a baby face to add to the carriage. Use our white gel pens to add the finishing touches to the stroller. Our Tree Embossing folder makes a nice background for the carriage. Our Baby Face set includes two styles of faces to choose from. You could use one face stamped twice for identical twins or use both faces for fraternal twins, too! (Leave it to me, a mom of twins, to think about that! :))

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We're Talking All Baby

Kim likes quick and easy cards and this one fits that description. Using, "Talking in Circles" and "Onesie," Kim stamped various squares in fun colors and then added "Congrats" and "New Baby" to the front. I like the non-traditional baby colors she chose for this card.

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Fairest One of All

I used the "Baby Face" stamp set again to make this next one. Our Mirror, Mirror cardstock was used for the mirror part of the hand mirrors. Our white pen adds a little more delicate detail to the mirrors. I used our BoatHouse Collection(TM)  ribbons in Lemon Glaze, Sweet Cheeks, Brighton Beach White, Lavender Bloom and Sky View for the bows on each mirror. 

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You can check out more baby cards in our Idea Gallery on our Website at Smiles, Bobbi

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sweet and simple classroom or office treats

Who doesn't like a lollipop? Designer, Donna Polley shared these sweet and simple lollipop treats with us. She used Teatime Treats stamp set from and some patterned paper to make the lollipop holders.

Here's a side view to see the actual size and positioning of the lollipop.

How to make the Sweet Treats Lollipop Holder:

  • Cut a  8-1/2" long X 2" wide strip of pattern paper or solid cardstock stamped with your favorite Raisin Boat stamp set.
  • Score the strip at 3-1/2" and 5". You will now have three sections of 3-1/2", 1-1/2" and 3-1/2" long to make up the 8-1/2" length.
  • Punch the edges of  the strip for a decorative edge. To make a scallop edge, turn your punch upside down, insert your strip from the top of the scallop punch cutout (do not use the slide-in part of the punch like you normally would use). Punch your strip piece so that only one side of the punch is punching the paper and the rest of your strip is coming out on the top of the punch (not inside). Any size scallop punch will work as long as it is wide enough to fit the width of your strip. See photo below.

  • Add a fun design to the front like Donna's hearts and "sweet" image. Layer and adhere to one side.
  • Add a "To/From" to the other side if you are making them for the classroom. Or, make a tag to attach with the bow.
  • Fold on the score lines and insert the lollipop.
  • While holding the two edges of the strip together, punch two holes at the top. Add some string or ribbon to keep the lollipop in a straight, upright position. Donna used our narrow 1/4" red/white gingham which works great for small projects, like this one.  Tie in a bow.
  • You're done and ready to give! 
This is a quick and really cute design for those who like to make a treat for the classroom, senior center, hospital or office. You can get sugar-free candy to include, too! 

Thanks Donna for the clever and quick treat idea. Smiles, Bobbi 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Registration now open for True Stamp 2013!

We've got exciting news to share! If you've been lacking in the creative mojo, or wondering how you can get more life from the stamps you already own... or you just want to spend a day with a bunch of super-cool crafty people, then look no further!

My friend Lain Ehmann of True Scrap has pulled together six of the hottest stamping companies around to offer a full day of inspiration and fun... Including Raisin Boat, Technique Tuesday, Unity Stamp Co., Lawn Fawn and more. We'll be revealing all our best stamping tips, tricks, techniques, and secrets in the ground-breaking True Stamp event.

True Stamp is a one-day, online, LIVE event on March 9. Yep, that's right – all six instructors will come to YOU via the magic of the Internet in a state-of-the-art web room. You'll watch class demonstrations, chat with instructors and other students, and have the time of your stampy life – all without leaving home (or even changing out of your PJs!).

You'll learn from experts such as Shari Carroll, Angela Magnuson, Bev Grey, Kelly Marie Alvarez,  Kim Hughes, and us - Kim Ziehr and Bobbi Lemanski.

If you're tired of just staring at your stamping supplies or creating the “same old” projects, then check out True Stamp.

Sign up by Friday, February 8 and save over 50% off your registration. Pay $47 (regularly $97). Don't wait!

To Register: 

  • Simply click on the link on the right, (right below the True Stamp 2013 image) and 
  • Check out. It's that easy! 

We hope you can join us for this fun, informative, easy-to- attend event! We'll be doing lots of projects to inspire you through these long, winter months!

Smiles, Bobbi and Kim