Monday, October 26, 2009

Calling Dr. Stitch!

It's Dr. Stitch on call this week. I don't know about you, but whenever my mojo needs a little boost, I visit the button department of my local craft store. Buttons come in every color, every size, and many, many shapes. Buttons can be shiny or dull, pretty or cute, plastic, metal or wood. I find buttons inspiring.

So my challenge to you this week, to jump-start your mojo, is to make a card or scrapbook page using buttons. You can use buttons you have, or (better yet) you can go out and browse the button department at your nearest fabric or craft store. Find one or more buttons that inspire you and use them on your project. Then, post your card or scrapbook page in an online
gallery or on your blog. If you post in a gallery, don't forget the keyword RESQ20. Then post a link to your card in the comments section below. I can't wait to see your button creations!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Trick or Treats

Trick or Treat Containers

I love Halloween and I’ve already started looking at treats I might do for the neighborhood kiddos or co-workers. I thought I might share some of the ideas I’ve seen with you :

Sour Cream Containers
I’ve seen these done the traditional way, but at a recent stamping retreat, one of the stampers there did a similar treat by wrapping small candy bars (Kit Kats for example) with pattern paper and crimping the ends.

Triangle Treat Boxes
Look at these cute triangle treat boxes by Shelly Tapp. There is a good tutorial here by Barb Mulliken.

Broom Treat Bags
Carolina has come up with a very cute and creative use for brown lunch bags! She’s got more bags, boxes, and containers on her blog.

Envelope Treat Bags
Change the stamps and patterns to Halloween images in this video from ChicnScratch.

Halloween Treat Holder
Another video tutorial from ChicnScratch

Peek-A-Boo Boxes
Heidi did a really cute job with Qbee’s template here.

Halloween Treat Bags and Boxes
The ideas in the slide show from were just so cute I had to share them.

Mr.and Mrs. Frankie Treat Boxes
Cambria Turnbow did such a cute rendition for Halloween of the 2-5-7-10 box found here.

Digital Treat Bag Topper
Here’s a blog freebie from Tracy Blakenship.

Batty for You Treat Topper
This particular design comes from Stamping Sharon, but I’ve seen punchies done like this for an owl topper like this here by Rebecca Wheeler

Stamped Recycled Candy Bags
Jennifer McGuire of Hero Arts does the BEST treat bags using the clear packaging from so many products! You have got to see her “Watch It Wednesday” episode on this!

Boo Treat Holder
One of our crew, poppy or casep, gave me this idea for a simple and quick treat holder made from an envelope. Read her description for the directions!

Sweet Treats
Stampin' Up has a cute "Sweet Treats" set that includes the clear adhesive containers for candy and this Halloween image:

So, in the spirit of the upcoming "holiday season," I thought I'd do a tutorial on another treat container for your ghoulish fiends!

Halloween Kiss Boxes

1. Cut a piece of cardstock to 5" by 5-1/2" as your project base (here I used black).

2. Score from the 5" side (see below) at 1-1/2", 2-1/2", and 4".

3. Turn the scored cardstock so that the 5-1/2" side with the two wider panels is at the top. You will decorate the second wide panel (see below).

4. Add "kisses" to the small panel with snail glue or glue dots.

5. Fold up into a triangle and adhere the flap with a little piece of double sticky tape or redline tape.

So, give it a try. If you make a Halloween treat bag or box, let us take a peek. Post the location here in the comments section. If you post in an online gallery, use keyword or tag RESQ19. Have fun!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Answer Is. . .

Hello!  I'm back from my junket to Western NY and although I had fun with family, it is good to be back in the warm South. (Although I'm hearing that the cold weather may have followed us!)  The location for our Flight Medic Challenge was ACADIA NATIONAL PARK near Bar Harbour, Maine.  No one guessed the location correctly, although some of you were close.  So I put our commenters' names in a bucket and drew one out and the winner of the SIX CUTTLEBUG PUMPKINS is "Opthalmologist."  Email us with your real name and snail mail address and I'll get those out to you right away so you can use them for your fall cards.  Thanks to all of you who stopped by and played the challenge.  I'm off to look at your creations! 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Crackle paint Tutorial

Hi there! Today the Pharmacist
is in the house to give you the Rx!

Here is a fun "prescription" for a great Holiday decoration for your walls!

I have been making alot of frames lately and thought I would give you the how-to on crackle paint!
I made this Spooky Halloween Frame (that I found in the Clearance section at Michael's for $2!) using acrylic Paint and Crackle Paint.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. 2 different colors of Acrylic Paint (one light and one dark)
2. Crackle Paint (I used Plaid Brand)
3. Foam brushes
4. Wood Frame
5. Assorted stamps (I used Boo To You and Spooky Sweets II from PaperTrey ink)
6. Assorted Embellishments


1. Paint your frame with the color you want to see through the crackle (I used bright Yellow to show through black). Usually this is your darker color
2. Let it dry (or if you are impatient like me use your hairdrier!)

3. Paint over with an even coat of the crackle paint. This will be clear but will leave a shine on top of the color. Make sure you evenly cover it and try not to reapply or paint back and forth.

* see the shine?
4. Let it dry...try to let this coat dry a little longer....In the meantime, stamp out some embellishments to add on your frame. I stamped and cut out a bunch of things not knowing what I may want.

5. Be brave! Paint right over your nice shiny color with your top coat. Again, go for even strokes in one direction. DO NOT keep painting back and forth, you will lose the crackle effect. You will start to see crackles as it dries.

** after 5 minutes of drying....
***see the crackles! :)
6. Embellish your frame as you like!

The felt leaves were self adhesive...
I cut a circle for the moon and stamped the witch on it. Then, I cut a circle the same size out of clear acetate and inked the edges with white craft ink. I attached it behind the frame with a stapler. The other embellishments I added with craft glue dots.

Aren't my little Pirates adorable??

Hope you enjoyed this Prescription...See you next time!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Since no one was successfully able to decipher the Medic's location....Jean will pick a number at random and send some fun die cuts to the winner....

which she will announce later this week!

Monday, October 5, 2009


Note from our 911 Dispatcher:  "Our medics are on a special mojo mission this week. Can you guess where they are? Include your guess in the Comments section below! We’ll announce their location next week when we post a new challenge. Everyone with the correct location will be entered into a drawing for a set of 6 of the cuttlebug pumpkins in the sample card!  Sorry but Resq crew are ineligible!"

Flight Journal, [DATE] The flight up here from the heliport was pretty scenic at this time of year. The leaves are beginning to peak and the reds, yellows, and oranges along the ridges are really spectacular. We took off from the central heliport in downtown Manhattan around 2 PM and we were enjoying schooners of beer and fresh sweet and buttery treats on the wharf by 6:00! We’ve been looking forward to this pretty simple mission as we’re ready for some cooler weather and awesome scenery. I love the rocky coastline here and the winding road to the top of the mountain (with an automotive name) will provide the eyes with some pretty amazing leaf-popping. I just hope we don’t get behind a tourist bus! We’re hoping for a clear day atop the mountain as we’ve heard you can see foreign soil sometimes. This area is known for windstorms and even a hurricane on occasion and I’m sure we’ll think about Hurricane Bill’s recent pass-by and the tragedy here as we make our way to our mission. One thing for sure, when this mission is over, you can find us soaking up some sun lying on the grass near the pond and enjoying some of the famous tea and popovers in this beautiful spot, nationally preserved now, but long ago discovered by “Cajun” folk.

Our rescue plan is to reacquaint our client with the beauty of her surroundings. We’ll point out some of the natural elements that may serve to jumpstart her mojo. The REDS, YELLOWS, GOLDS, ORANGES, COPPERS, AND BROWNS alone should do the trick. We’ll suggest that she use a combination of at least THREE of these colors and utilize some ELEMENTS FROM NATURE in designing her card or scrapbook layout. The one stipulation we’ll insist on is that her design carry a CHEERFUL OR UPLIFTING SENTIMENT. If you’d like to help us with our mission, please provide us with a link to your creation in the Comments section. If you upload to an online gallery please use RESQ18 for your keyword, label, or tag!  Don't forget to guess the location!

Image: Cuttlebug 3 x 3 Combo Pumpkin Spice shaded with Pumpkin Pie ink by Stampin's Up  Paper: Papertrey Ink Text-style Autumn Abundance (leaves); white cardstock; old olive and chocolate chip cardstock by Stampin’ Up Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive by Stampin’ Up Stamps: Studio G Dollar Stamps from Michael’s (leaves); Sentiment by Stampabilities Embellishments: “Harvest” for Hobby Lobby (gingham)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World card Making Day Challenge #4

Welcome to the Res-Q-Challenge Health Fair for World Card-Making Day. Your final stop at today's health fair is the dreaded vaccination station!

Now don't worry, I'm not going to make you roll up your sleeve for a shot today. Instead, I want you to put your needle to work on a card with some paper-piericing. Paper piercing is a great way to add a little fun detail to your card projects. You can use a simple line, add a few pierces to your corners, or pull out a piercing template to create an ornate flourish or other design. You don't need any special supplies - you can use an old computer mouse pad and a thumb tack, push pin or sewing needle to do your piercing if that's what you have on hand. Just be careful not to pierce your finger, or we'll have to send the Res-Q squad over! :)

When you're done with your creation, upload it to your blog or an online gallery and post a link here in the comments section. Don't forget to add RESQWCMD4 to the keyword, tag or label of your card when uploading to an online gallery.Everyone who comments on or participates in all four of today's health fair challenges will be entered in a prize contest! Thanks for playing and Happy World Card-Making Day!

World Card Making Day Challenge #3

Next in line at our Health Fair today....

Stop by and check your Blood Pressure!

This challenge is brought to you by the cardiologist on call, Denise...

Stamping and crafting are hobbies and these are things that are supposed to relax you and make you happy....right?
Well, if you are like me, there are some things that just drive your blood pressure SKY HIGH! For some people it is coloring in open stamps, for some it may be using certain colors, some people feel faint when they think about making a scrapbook layout....what makes YOUR Blood Pressure hit the ceiling???

For me...I practically have a stroke when someone tells me to use glitter! I know, all you bling fans (hey Lee!) are going crazy right now, but it's true. I can never get the glitter to stick right, always make a huge mess, and end up wasting more than I get on my paper.

SO....after I had a calming cup of Cozy Chamomile Tea...

and watch You Tube videos of cute puppies and kitties rolling around...

I broke out my box of glittery stuff (which was buried under my past year's tax forms LOL)....

Took me a while but here is what I came up with...and managed to keep my blood pressure down to a respectable level....

recipe: Stamps- Unity Distressed Dots BG, Papertrey Ink Winter Swirls, Vintage Labels
Ink- Aqua Mist, Colorbox Silver, Black
Paper- Aqua Mist, White
Accessories- Martha Stewart Glitter, Nestabilities, ribbon

Here is a close up of the glitter....I used Martha Stewarts Glitter ALOT better than hat and stick powder for me...just takes some drying time....

Well, I'm off to "Shake off The Glitter" as Katy Perry would say....Hope you keep your BP in check!

World Card Making Day Challenge #2

Here is our next Challenge brought to you by Pat (casep on SCS)...

We're having a Health Fair today at the Res-Q Challenge. One thing you can do at a health fair is to have your vision tested. We are all familiar with reading the letter chart. It's actually called a Snellen Chart!

My challenge is for you to make a card featuring a large letter on the front. Your letter can be stamped, or chipboard, or cut out of a magazine. Just be sure it is big and bold like the letter chart.

Get that mojo going and make a card!

Use keyword RESQWCMD2 in your online galleries and make sure you post it here to be entered in the contest!

World Card Making Day Challenge #1

Welcome to the Res-Q-Challenge Health Fair for World Card-Making Day. We’re so glad you could join us! Let’s get things started with your hearing check. What’s that you say? A HEARING check? Yep, time to check those decibel levels! Your challenge is to make a card that SHOUTS, “Pay attention to me!” Either make it LOUD and BOISTEROUS or include an embellishment that turns up the volume on your sketch! Here’s my sample, and be sure to come back at 2:00 PM (EDT) when Pat, our “ophthalmologist” on call will check your vision. Have fun. Let us know where your “Hearing Results” are located by leaving us a comment below. If you upload to an online gallery use RESQWCMD1 for the keyword, tag, or label. I said, "HAVE FUN WITH THIS CHALLENGE!!!!!!"

[Riding Hood Red and Blush Blossom cardstock by Stampin' Up; Basic Grey Indian Summer Designer Paper; Making Memories Jumbo blossoms; EnFrancais and Verses Rubber Stamps; Close to Cocoa (SU) and Black Ink; Organdy wired ribbon with wire removed.]

Friday, October 2, 2009

World Card Making Day Challenge Schedule

Here is a schedule of the challenges that we will have Saturday, 10-3-09 here on Res-Q-Challenge (all times are EST):

12 noon-Hearing check hosted by the audiologist on call, Jean

2pm - Vision check hosted by the opthalmologist on call, Pat

4pm - Blood Pressure Check by the cardiologist on call, Denise

6pm - Get your Immunizations by the Technician on Duty, Michelle

We will also have some fantastic prizes!

All you need to do is comment and/or post a submission for any or all of the 4 challenges on October 3rd...Make sure you subscribe and/or follow us on Google for a more chances in the drawings!
You don't have to submit an entry for each challenge, you can just leave us a comment so we know you stopped by! You will get one entry for EACH comment or card submitted though!

We will have a prize for each contest so enter as many submissions as you like for more chances to win! We will pick using with all the entries from all 4 challenges, and add any new subscribers and/or followers!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

World Card Making Day

Join us on Saturday October 3rd for our very special event in honor of

We will be having a HEALTH FAIR! Join us for 4 challenges and some great giveaways! Starting at Noon EST....See you there for your annual

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