Monday, September 28, 2009


One of the new features we will have here on Res-Q-Challenge will be "Heartbeats" brought to you by the Cardiologist on call....

The Card-iologist keeps us up to date on what's new and exciting in the world of Crafting and ways that you can incorporate it in your life!

For this first installment Dr. Denise is on duty!

So, while flipping through my latest issue of Creating Keepsakes I noticed lots of retro stuff, like papers and digital brushes. I also noticed a lot of paint splattered 1980's looking backgrounds.
This is such an easy technique to do! There are a few ways to get a good SPLAT of color!

1. Dip a wet paintbrush in acrylic paint and "flick" it on your cardstock. I would suggest 2-3 colors for maximum effect, and don't worry about any big blobs, that is "totally awesome."

2. Try the "rolling marble" technique. Add a few drops of re-inker to an empty SU plastic clamshell box, add a few marbles (you can get them at a dollar store!), roll them around to get inky. Then use a small piece of tape or reposition-able adhesive to attach your cardstock to the top cover of the box. Give it all a shake and viola! Use another box to add a second color, third color, etc. For a detailed and totally fab video of this technique check out Stamp TV with Gina K!

3. Add some re-inker and a few drops of water to a mini mister and spray away! You can even try some glimmer mist on top to add some sparkle!

For this sample I used the rolling marble technique...I think it made a nice patterned paper for a manly card!

recipe: stamps SU Classic Pick Ups
paper- kraft, old olive, white
ink- old olive, more mustard, pumpkin pie, black, copics markers

So this week, challenge yourself to make some splattered, retro creations! Use the keyword RESQ17 and make sure you link your project here in the comments section so we can all see! You may even be featured in our RESQ'd section!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


The winner of the contest, via is.....

Maria Matter!

Please email us here at RESQ with your snail mail and we will get this great package right out to you!

Thanks for playing!

Monday, September 21, 2009

What's the Diagnosis?

The Diagnostician here on the RESQ is dedicated to helping find the source of mojo difficulties--posing problems and puzzles to help get your mojo on the road to recovery! Her “tests” may challenge you to think a different way or explore alternative treatments.

Our diagnostician is in the house and has an interesting puzzle for you. Fill in the puzzle to discover all the elements needed for your card, scrapbook layout, or project. You must use all of the puzzle answers in some way!
Don't forget to post the link to your project in "COMMENTS." If you upload to an online gallery use the keyword, label, or tag: RESQ16

1. Not person or place
2. A little more than two
3. Primary color
5. Interesting elements
1. "Tooth"; coarseness
4. Like a cake sometimes

Completing the clues from our diagnostician, I created this baby card for a friend of mine at Splitcoaststampers who just welcomed her second baby boy last week!
(Card Details: Bashful Blue pattern paper and cardstock, swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder, soft subtles buttons, lettering delights doodlebat font images, ribbon)

Did you get all of the clues? I can't wait to see how you chose to use the clues for your project! Just a reminder! Keep scrolling down to enter our blog candy giveaway! The contest is open until 9/24!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Welcome Back!

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We hope you all had a wonderful summer but if you are like all of us your mojo may need a little first aid! As you can see we have made some changes to Res-Q-Challenge, we hope you enjoy them all!
First we hope you like the new look! Here are a few explanations:
1. First Aid - this section will change weekly with a new tip or trick for card making, crafting or anything! All of the past tips can be accessed from the Navigation Bar.
2. Res-Q'd - in this section we will highlight a weekly challenge project submitted by you!
3. We will post a new challenge every Monday. It will be a different kind of challenge depending on the Doctor on call!
4. In addition to the challenges, we will be bringing you articles following the latest trends, some tutorials, and fun things we have found on the web and in magazines.
5. We will also be bringing you Scrapbook and Digital challenges from time to time.
We are always looking for new ideas...please email us if you have an idea for a challenge or technique you would like to see us operate on! Also, if you have any questions on techniques, products or anything you can't find an answer to, just email us...we can try to help you out! on to our latest Challenge!
Brought to you by our Physiologist on call....
A Physiologist can tell you all about the parts of the body and how they work other words, this is our SKETCH Doctor! So, here is a sketch challenge to kick us off!
You can post a link to your card in the comments area. Please use Keyword RESQ15 when posting in your online galleries so we can find it!

(Resqbarbie) Denise's Sample
And if that wasn't enough.....we have a prize to give away! We will be giving away a super prize basket every month!
All you have to do to enter is:
1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Follow us on Google
3. Subscribe to the Blog
For everyone who enters a card here for the challenge your name will be entered TWICE (or as many times as you add a card!)
We will use to pick a number and the winner will receive this wonderful box full of Mojo-Rescuing Supplies!

The contest will end on September 24th!

What's in the box? >>>>>>
A Making Memories Distressing Kit, SU Merci (unmounted), 4 Unmounted Red Rubber stamps, 1 Clear acrylic stamp, 1 Flower shaped chipboard book, 1 package flowers, 50+ 6X6 Patterned Papers, 4 round and 4 square blank coasters, 5 mini ribbon rolls, 1 8yd. roll of satin ribbon, 1 package adhesive gems, 2 metallic gel pens, 1 matchbook notepad, 1 wood mounted rubber stamp, 3 yds. fiber, 1 package chipboard tabs, 3 packs of Mini Me flowers, 2 packages metal book plates, 1 bag of metal typewriter keys, and one HOMEMADE loaf of Zucchini bread in a decorated ceramic mini loaf pan (nut free and individually wrapped) by Denise!
Thanks for joining us today for an exciting new bunch of challenges guaranteed to
RES-Q your MOJO!
Hope to see you back soon!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Res-Q Crew Resumes

Denise (AKA Resqbarbie on SCS, PTI and Stamp TV):

I have been crafty all my life. Ever since I got my very first pack of 64 Crayolas I have been hooked. I started Scrapbooking when I got married back in 2001. I have completed seventeen 12 X 12 albums of my kids, wedding and family but believe it or not I am STILL behind!

I started stamping and card making in 2005 when I attended a Crop for Breast Cancer and met my dear friend Toni who introduced me to Stampin' Up and cardmaking. I was hooked. I found Splitcoast Stampers shortly after that and got involved in Virtual Stamping Night. I have made so many dear friends through VSN, my Res-Q-Crew members being only a few!

My favorite products to use are buttons, acrylic paint and ribbon. I love finding and learning new techniques! My favorite stamp companies right now are Papertrey Ink, DRS Designs, Gina K, and Artful Inkables. This changes practically every week but I am always on the lookout for new companies!

In my previous life (meaning before I had kids), I was a NY City Paramedic and loved my job. I injured my neck and back shortly after 9-11 and have been unable to return to the profession I loved so dearly. This is how the name for this challenge blog came to be. I hope you enjoy it and have fun with it!

Past Guest designer for H&M Stamps and DRS Designs

My SCS Gallery

My PTI Gallery

My Personal Blog- Handmade by Me

Jean (AKA naturecoastcrafter on SCS and Jean C. on StampTV):

As the daughter of a floral designer, creativity is in the genes and I’ve enjoyed doing anything (short of gardening) with my hands! Over the years my creative outlets have included making dollhouse miniatures, needlework, beadwork, wirework, decorative painting, clay sculpting, and whatever was new and trendy. For the past 4 years, I have been expressing my creative energies in papercrafting, especially cardmaking and rubber stamping. My best friend since 1971 (Patricia or casep) led me in this direction when she became a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Due to her expert salesmanship, we had to move to a bigger house to accommodate my addiction and I’ve been totally immersed in the insanity ever since! I became involved in Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoaststampers and made many great friends in that forum as well as on Gina K’s StampTV. I love doing card challenges on SCS and StampTV and am always looking for new, fresh, and different ideas. Some of my favorite designers are Karolyn (Paper Therapy), Denise (Paper Landscaper), and Amy (Pickled Paper Designs), along with my Res-Q-Challenge friends, of course. I’m in the process of developing my own blog, but I’d love for you to check out my gallery on Splitcoaststampers:

My SCS Gallery

Pat (AKA casep on SCS and Poppy on StampTV)

Whenever I was bored when I was a child, my mom would pull out The Make-It Book and we would make something. Thus my love of crafting began. I crocheted and did counted cross-stitch and embroidery. I sewed clothes, costumes, dolls, and animals. I did wood crafts, made miniatures, and built dollhouses. I began making cards about 12 years ago when I first saw a book about cardmaking. At first, I mostly made cards from kits and I didn’t use rubber stamps. Then a friend invited me to a Stampin’ Up! workshop. I started buying stamps and paper and started making my own cards. Eventually I found Splitcoast Stampers and became part of the stamping community. I have made so many friends there, including the members of the Res-Q Crew. Although I still like to do other crafts, cardmaking is my favorite. I love to create a small piece of art and then send it off to someone. Scatter Joy! is my motto.

My favorite products to use are decorative paper, brads, and ribbons. I joke that I have more paper than most scrapbooking stores, but I think it’s actually true! I just can’t resist a beautiful piece of paper.

In real life I am an elementary school teacher. I have taught for 35 years and have taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

I am very excited to be part of the Res-Q Crew!

My SCS Gallery

Michelle (AKA Eliotstamps on SCS)

I've been crafty all my life, though I didn't always know it or admit it! I got my start putting together crafty stuff such as invitations and party favors for events such as wedding showers, baby showers and birthday parties. Over the years, I've dabbled in candle-making, handmade potpourri, holiday ornaments of all kinds and much more. But for the last 10 years or so, my primary focus has been on stamping and scrapbooking, and my interest in stamping really took off when I joined Splitcoast in 2005.

I use mostly Stampin Up ink and paper, but I love lots of different stamp companies - Stampin Up, Gina K, Unity, Lockhart, Rosie's Roadshow and Inkadinkado to name a few. When I win the lotto, I'll be spending some of my fortune at Papertrey Ink and Taylored Expressions, too. My other cardmaking favorites are ribbon, Kaisercraft rhinestones and pearls, Copics and Nestabilities. You can find at least 3 of those 4 on just about everything I make!

To pay for my crafting habit, I work in the media industry. I'm single and live with my cat, Eliot, who can often be found nosing around in my ribbon or trying to lay on my cardstock. When I'm not stamping, I love to read and go for walks on the beach.

My SCS Gallery

My Personal Blog- The Craft Cat

Jacqueline (AKA jacqueline-I know, real original)

Artsy-fartsy! That’s me…I’ve always been involved in something crafty – it just comes naturally for me. In Kindergarten, I painted a picture and brought it home to my mother every single day. As I grew up I dabbled with different mediums; charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, watercolors, ceramics, pottery, candle and soap making…you name it, I tried it. I’ve always been fond of pretty stationery, note cards, and stickers too – I love to write letters and have pen-pals. A few years ago I began scrapbooking. My BFF invited me to a Stampin’ Up! Party and I reluctantly went. I remember saying, “I do scrapbooking, I’m not getting into all these rubber stamps – I’m not buying anything”. Well, call me a liar…because, here it is almost seven years later and I am obsessed with rubber stamps! I can’t get enough. And, because the stamps are so versatile and convenient, it’s easy for me to sit down and whip up a card in a matter of minutes. I still scrapbook and love arranging my photos, but I love the instant gratification of card-making just a little bit more.

I use primarily SU! Cardstock and ink and have lots & lots of stamps but there are way too many delights out there to be exclusive. I just can’t wait to get my hands on new goodies. And, those that know me know that I’m the one who will “push-the-envelope” (so to speak) so I’m always on the look-out for off-beat, sassy images and sentiments. A few of my fav companies and stamp lines include: The Greeting Farm, I Brake for Stamps, Gina K., and Pink Cat Studio. I tend to lean towards open images that I can watercolor or use pencils but I haven’t met a stamp I didn’t like [yet]. I just adore ribbon and glitter (Stickles in particular) and you’ll find them on almost all my creations. Oh, and I {heart} patterned papers…I could sit for hours and just look at paper. My alter-ego is that of Water Conservation Specialist for the Water/Sewer Authority. I promote water conservation by developing programs and teaching people about the value of water and importance of efficient water use. Personally, I am totally in-love with my boyfriend, Joe (to the point of being giddy) and my trusty side-kick, Piper (my Pomeranian) is never far from my side. Both Joe and Piper make me laugh every day and make my life a little brighter. Ain’t love grand? I am thrilled to be a member of the Res-Q Crew…these ladies are a hoot!

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