Tuesday, January 28, 2014

VALENTINE ... be mine!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Did you know …
  •     In Europe, february 14 is believed to be the day that birds choose their mates, or that
  •     ‘Penny Dreadfuls’ were Victorian valentines costing a penny, filled with verses of humorous insults? Oh my!
Well on to my valentine cards featuring “angel in disguise” and “devil in disguise” stamps by LOST COAST DESIGNS. They have a touch of humor and are dreadfully sweet!  For enlarged detail viewing of the designs, click on the image.  Supplies and instructions are shown below. 
Enjoy, and have a sweet day!  Cherri

These three valentines were pretty easy to create, and include design layers, stamping, coloring and punching.  Supplies:  LOST COAST DESIGN stamps include Angel in Disguise, Devil in Disguise, heart & swirls border and old typewriter alphabet.  I love using alphabets because you can spell out whatever you like.  Double-sided card stock cut to fit a 6 inch square envelope … 11 by 5-1/2 inch folded to a square card.  Momento inks – rich cocoa, potter’s clay and lady bug; I find best results with stamping detailed images such as these onto smooth uncoated quality card stock.  I used a little square of Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry stamp pad felt to apply color softly to edges of cut-out stamps.  Two EK Success punches for hearts and corner heart punch.  Ribbon and Prima flowers.  And lastly, I used an assortment of colored and chalk pencils, and gel pens to color the stamps.  The center dot on the paper flowers is just a dab of gel pen.  I used the teardrop ink pad smudged directly at a 45 degree angle along the heart punch and other edges to make them pop.  I inked the letters laying flat on the table and dabbed the heart punch outs upside down onto the ink for lettered hearts.  MY ONLY TRICK is that when I’m cutting out stamp IMAGES, I cut approximately 1/16th to 1/8th inch outside the lines using a bit of a wiggle for my scissors or paper.  Note also, each card has three layers … card stock, stamp and embellishments.  ###

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beautiful Cityscape!

I love how different designers can use the same stamp for totally different looks. I had a chance to play with the Cityscape stamp from Lost Coast Designs this week and came up with this:

Another Lost Coaster, Karen McAlpine used this stamp this week too and got a totally different look, you can see her tags here. One stamp, two totally different looks. Some people think that you are limited by a stamp but that is not the case at all. Have a look at this video if you want to see how I made my multi color stamped card:

You can get many looks from one stamp just with the way you ink it up! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lost Coast Stamps with Stenciled Backgrounds - Reduex

Hello Coasties,
I am back again with some samples made with stencilled backgrounds.  I have written a tutorial showing how to create the backgrounds on my blog, Dreaming and Creating, here.  I used some of my favorite Lost Coast Design to beautifully complement my backgrounds.  Take a look.

That should get you going on some new techniques for the new year.  Give it a try---I find it totally fun and relaxing.  See you next time!
Karen McAlpine

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cityscape Fantasy Tags

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Holiday season.  I had a nice break in the sun down in Florida and I am back refreshed and ready for a new year full of creativity and fun.  I am starting out the new year with two fun tags that ventured into fantasy--a bit.  

I used two of the newest stamps from Lost Coast Design.  I stamped the background with "Cityscape" and added a touch of whimsy with "Flying Car" and "Silhouette Lady with Umbrella".

If you would like more info, click over to the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Hope you are having a great day.  Very cold and snowy where I am--in Michigan.  See you soon.
Karen McAlpine

Friday, January 17, 2014

Victorian Ladies Card

Hello My dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana ,
Today, I would like to share with you this "Victorian"/Vintage looking Card that I made using the set called "Harpers Women" and this rubber set comes with 4 different ladies.

I decided to use 2 of the ladies and in order to make them look like there is one stamp, one lady behind the other I used the "masking" technique!
If you want to know more about  this technique go to my blog: "Stamping with Bibiana"

For this card, I used several "Spellbinders" labels which match very well the theme of Victorian/Vintage looking,  added some ribbon, flower and pearls

I hope you can try to use more than one stamp image in your project and use this fun technique of "Masking" that creates dimension into your projects...

Have a nice day and keep on crafting, hugs...

Monday, January 13, 2014

INTERTWINED ... my Edgar Allen Poe challenge for Somerset

Hello, my name is Cherri Robb and I'm the "newbie" on the Design Team. 

Two years ago I was so excited to have gotten around to submitting an art project for Somerset Studio challenge.  I used Lost-Coast-Design stamps exclusively.  And  YEAH, I was selected for publication ... September/October 2012 on page 132.  They only published two of six pages of my unbound cardboard journal ... so I thought I would share the full artwork photo gallery as posted on my blog:


Enjoy & see You next time!  Cherri