Saturday, March 28, 2009

You're a Gem!

Happy Banana Split Sunday everyone!! Before I let you know about this weeks challenge, I want to give you an update on the April stamp releases. Typically you would see us doing our Week of Peeks this week, but as our manufacturer is going through some changes with his office, we have decided to move our release date to the middle of the month. So, we will be doing our Week of Peeks starting April 6th, and the new stamps will be available in the store on Monday, April 13th. We'll be keeping this schedule - so look for our new releases to be mid-month from now on.

Now...on to this weeks challenge! This week we have a prize - the Top Banana will be able to choose a bottle of the new metallic dew drops from the store! We carry three of them which you can see in the picture below. The new dew drops are larger now, and also come in a larger bottle!!

So, in honor of the fun shiny gems, we'd like to see you use gems on your project! It doesn't have to be dew drops - it can be any kind of gem. You can use pearls, or rhinestones, or beads...

Don't forget to give us a direct link to your entry using Mr Linky so you can be entered for the prize! As usual, we'll announce the Top Banana when we post the next challenge next week.

Here's what the team came up with for the challenge...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Banana Bandit

Congratulations to Lynette - had selected you as our Top Banana this week!! Lynette, please send us an email with the name of the 2RedBananas stamp set you'd like and the address you'd like it mailed to. You can choose any set from our February or March releases!

Are you ready for our next challenge?? This week we have an inspiration challenge. This picture is of a print called "The Banana Bandit". So fun, I know! Don't you just love the rich southwestern colors? Do you see the bandit? The little guy in the sombrero stealing a banana? Hee Hee.

If you're new to doing an inspiration challenge - all you need to do is have a look at this photo and let it inspire you to create. Perhaps the colors, or the layout, or whatever you choose. Be sure to post a link to your creation back here with Mr. Linky so we can all see it!

And here's the samples from the design team this week. To get more information or see other pictures of their cards, just click on one of the pictures below to go to their blog.

Deb Felts

Jami Bova

Jeanette Fincher

Maraya Gates

Teresa Grau

Wendy Kastner

Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Spring Themed Challenge

Thanks for all the participation in our sketch challenge last week! You guys totally rocked that sketch!!!

OK....I was looking at the calendar when I was coming up with the challenge for this week and I thought about doing a St. Patty's day challenge. But that only gets through half the week. Then I realized Spring begins this week!!! Woo Hoo!! I don't know about you all, but I am very ready for some warmer weather.

So to celebrate this, I thought we would do a Spring themed challenge. You can create anything you like that's inspired by Spring. This could be the images, the colors, the project itself...whatever means Spring to you! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

To make this week even better - we're offering a prize! The "Top Banana" will be chosen at random from the Mr Linky entries on this post (be sure to use Mr Linky to be entered). We'll announce the winner next Sunday, the 22nd.

What's the prize you ask? The Top Banana can choose ANY one stamp set from the 2RedBananas exclusive stamps. You can see them in the store here.

If you upload to SCS or PCP, don't forget to add the keyword 2RedBananas!

Here are the samples from the design team this week. To get more info on each one, click the image to go to their blog.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Banana Split Sketch!

Seriously...what could be better than bananas and ice cream? A sketch you say? OK... we can do that too! We're very excited to begin our weekly challenges. We plan to have a little of everything, and offer prizes every now and then as well. During our first blog hop, so many of you said you liked sketches, so we're starting with a fun sketch. You can flip it, rotate it, even change it up a bit, as long as we still recognize the sketch.

I tend to use the term card because that is what I make the most of - but you can use the sketch for whatever you'd like - a layout, a card, an altered item... If you upload your work to other online galleries, please use keyword 2RBBSS01 (2 Red Bananas Banana Split Sunday #01).

Then be sure to link your card back to this post using Mr. Linky so we can all see your work! Mr. Linky will only be available during the week of the challenge, but feel free to use the sketch later on too. There will also be a link at the top of the sidebar with the current challenge. So, no matter when you come to visit us here, you'll be able to find the latest challenge quickly.

And here's the samples from the design team for a bit of inspiration... To get more details on any of their cards, just click on their card below to hop over to their blog and check it out!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Banana Split Sunday!

Happy Friday!! The Banana Bunch has decided to start hosting a weekly challenge. Each week will be different. There will be sketches, inspiration challenges, color challenges, supply challenges, and what ever else we can dream up for you. We'll try to offer up prizes at least a couple times a month, but hope you'll try to join us all the time just because we're a fun bunch of bananas!

Ready for the name....?

Banana Split Sunday

Isn't that fun?! Our first challenge will be this Sunday and it will be a sketch challenge. (I know how many of you love sketches!)

I know...there are so many challenges out there already. But we don't mind if you combine them. And if you don't have any 2RedBanana stamps yet, you can still play. If you do have 2RB stamps, why not show them some love.

So check back on Sunday for the sketch, the team's samples, and all the details.

Hugs, Jami

Monday, March 2, 2009

Our Inspiration Challenge Winners & More Challenges

Wow, what great odds everyone had for this challenge. That's what happens when you help start out a new company :) Thanks to everyone who participated, the cards were fantastic! And without further ado, chose these numbers:

True Random Number ServiceRandom Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

3 & 5

Timestamp: 2009-03-02 21:06:22 UTC

That's Crafty Aggy and Cassie L. - Congratulations ladies!!! Please send your snail mail addresses to me and which stamp set you would like and I'll get them right out to you.

In other news :) we will be hosting some challenges soon. Jami will be heading this up, so I will let her tell you all about them, she has got some fabulous ideas! So if you didn't win this time, don't give up, we will have some more chances to win some fun stuff!

Until then, go browse through our newly released stamps, I know you'll find something you like!

Here they Are!! :)

Good Morning!!! After looking at our 'sneak peeks' all week, you can now see the stamp sets in the entirety! They are so much fun and such a variety to choose from.

Jami Bova has illustrated 3 sets for us this month.
"Gunther's Greetings"
"Caring Critters"
"Wrapped in His Love"

We also have the March Journaling spot to add to your collection as well as some FUN quotes you can use on just about anything!

Abbey Westemeyer has illustrated 4 sets for us this month. These seasonal sets will take you from St. Patrick's Day through the end of Spring :) So adorable!

Remember, the Inspiration Challenge is open until 4pm EST today. Your chances of winning are still incredible good so jump to this post and check out the details, then let's see what you see in our projects :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Bunnies and Eggs

Good Morning! It's Day 7 of our Week of Peeks. The last set to be showcased for this release - but it's a REALLY cute one! This one is called "Bunnies and Eggs", appropriately named for an Easter set don't you think? There are four stamps in this set, 3 images and one sentiment. Really cute things!

Teresa made this card and I love the shimmery egg paper than she used for her background. If you look closely you can also see the gem she used for the bunnies nose....hmmmmm....that may be some inspiration for the inspiration challenge on the 2RedBananas blog :) Teresa has more details on her blog.

You can also check out Maraya's blog and Jeanette's blog for more projects using these stamps!

Remember, the Inspiration Challenge will be closing tomorrow afternoon, so you have all day today and most of the day tomorrow to create something based on our creations. I KNOW you all love challenges and this one is easy. Plus you have a REALLY good chance of winning one of the newly released stamp sets! So get creating. Here is the post for all the details :)

Enjoy blog hopping and have a great day creating your entry for our Inspiration Challenge :)