Friday, April 18, 2014

Challenge #22 Moms and Dads

Spring is finally here, and the trees and flowers are coming up. We don't know about you, but we never thought it was going to happen this year!  Spring brings important days for cards, such as Mother's Day and Father's Day, in honor of which we will soon be releasing brand-new sets. Watch your email and our website starting next week for these fun new releases!

This challenge isn't only about Mother's Day and Father's Day. It's also a great time to plan ahead for the birthday and thank you cards you will want to send to them throughout the year.

But first: The winner of Challenge # 21 is #7, Linda Hardesty, with this handsome card she created for a special little guy in her life -- her grandson, in honor of his First Communion. Thank you to everyone who joined the challenge. We hope you will continue to share your wonderful creations with us!

Linda used her rented set First Communion for her card. Congratulations, Linda, you you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Now for the next challenge: Create a card for your mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, or really any special parent-like figure in your life. Remember that it can be a birthday, special day, or thank you card -- whatever you may need in the coming months! It doesn't have to be limited to a Mother's Day or Father's Day card. You could even make a scrapbook page or a gift. Just remember to do some stamping.

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, just like Linda, you can rent or buy sets from Raisin Boat. No guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge. We look forward to seeing what you make for those special people in your life.

Here are the upcoming challenges for 2014 to help you get the perfect sets into your rental Pick List:

April: Moms and Dads
May: Graduation 
June: The USA
July: Summertime
August: Birthday
September: Halloween
October: Thankful
November: Christmas

This challenges will close on the 12th of May.

Here are some creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

Linda created this beautiful card using Foreground Forest and Hydrangea Bouquet. The flowers were colored using Inka Gold Lava Red, Green/Yellow and Pearl Pen Yellow.

Moms are truly amazing! This card says it all with Courage in Bloom and All About You.
See all supplies here.

Mom or Mom-in-Law would love a gift of these adorable note cards and mini-envelopes in a tin, made with our Garden of Weedin' and Sprinkled Wishes sets. See all supplies here.

Bobbi made this special scrapbook page in celebration of her mother-in-law, who has passed, in celebration of her and the warm relationship she had with her grandchildren. See supplies used here.

Make a card using our Fore the Golfer and Golf Pro sets "fore" a father or father-in-law who loves to hit the greens! See all supplies here.

Does your father or father-in-law take special pride in his lawn and his lawn equipment? Lawn King is the perfect set to pay tribute to him! See all other supplies used here.

Bet Dad has come to the rescue with a car repair or two over the years. Thank him for being there with this fun card, featuring Race Fan (customize the side of the car with anything!). See all supplies here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New 3D Stamp Paints will add shimmer and dimension to your projects!

I used to have this dream in college that I was faced with a math exam final at the University of Wisconsin and I had forgotten and/or not attended the class all semester. That is how I felt this morning when I realized I have not published anything on our blog since January 12!  Thank goodness we have Linda Lapotka publishing our monthly challenges for us. She's kept our blog busy with entries to our fun monthly contest.

Kim and I have been very busy the last few weeks preparing and heading out to shows. We've gone as far as Mesa, Arizona last month. We've had a great time at our shows and as well as continuing to service our online customers. We love meeting new people and new customers. It's been great. 

Since our last post, we've added new stamp sets and new products. Our latest product intro is 3D Stamp Paint. If you have not used this product yet, you have to get it! It is so fun to use. I did a demo at the Madison Mingle show in Middleton, Wisconsin a few weeks ago and the ladies loved it. We almost sold out of the colors. In fact, the group called me the next day to see if I could bring more for them to purchase.

Once you start working with it, you will want all of the colors. It's fun to use one color, but very exciting to play with all of the colors. It's the blending of the colors that makes the opportunities and results amazing. I really like doing resist techniques and using the paints with our embossing folders, too. The paint is shimmery and blends together beautifully.

Here's a few cards I made, but be sure to check out all of the ideas in our Idea Gallery at Our Idea Gallery lists the colors of paints we used for each card creation.

Here's a link to a video I created showing the "101" of using the paints with embossing folders and also a resist technique project. 

If you have not tried this product, you will love it. It's got so many possibilities! Smiles, Bobbi