Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Master of Horror

 So here is a simple tag with two of my favorites as to date from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!  Good old Alfred (Alfred Hitchcock Standing found at Carmen's Veranda)  just keeps calling my name.  I have made a locket with him but the soldering has gotten the best of me on it but it will make an appearance here eventually!  This awesome "Grunge Tree" seems to fit him so well, too, and since it is a favorite, why not?

I love these two stamps together...like so many at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda, they just seem made for each other.  And that skull bead?  Oh, I think old Alfred would have had a chuckle!

Get ready for our new Challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity the first Monday of December and enter our November Challenge "Mail Art".
 Follow all the news and how to's on the Portal!  Don't miss out on the fun and fun it is!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

"Soon"~ One Layer Page

kim here today! I have a small one layer page to share.

This is called, "Soon..." since Halloween is right around the corner and the Lost Coaster's team has some amazing projects to share with you everyday starting really soon on October 1!

 I used the magnificent RAVEN silhouette at Lost Coast Designs and the Large TREE with Birds at Carmen's Veranda.

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Send Some Love

Hello Again!

Tera  AKA The Crafty Sugar Addict

Here with another fun Stamped piece of Mail Art!

I have to say I just love this Buddha stamp!! He's the perfect size for everything from pocket letters,  to cards, to even envelope art!! 

Stamps Used: 

I also used metallic sprays and some watercolor to finish everything off :D 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Single Layer Card - Challenge #16

The current challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is to make a Single Layer Project. That means no layers, no embellishments etc. 

I have used Carmen's Veranda Birds Background stamp to make my card, and thought this
image was gorgeous enough without the additional layers :

This Carmen's Veranda background stamp is gorgeous and actually bigger than an average card front.
I have made a standard sized card here, 4.25" x 5.5".

The background is sprayed with Dylusions, then I stamped the image with archival black ink. I then spent some time using a paint brush to color the image, with various inks and stains. I love coloring, and can definitely see the fascination with coloring books, its just so relaxing and therapeutic. 

Here is my work in progress :

To finish off, I added some dark brown and white gel pen detail and accents. My final touch was to sponge on some yellow distress ink to tone it down a little, and I matted and mounted the card front.

I hope you find some inspiration here, and perhaps you will come and join our challenge to make a single layer project, there are only two days left to link up .....

Reminder that you can use any images you want to join our Single Layer Challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity but if you  use Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda images you will get double entry to win the prize.

Also, our first facebook challenge is going on.
Have you checked it out yet ?
Check us out on Facebook : Lost Coast Designs Page and Carmen's Veranda.

Hope to see you there x

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Manga Blue

Hello Lost Coasters!
Leigh here to share a project I made for our current monthly challenge over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, our dedicated event and challenge blog!  

The theme this month is Single Layer.  The challenge ends on Sept 25 so there's still time to get in your entries!  I hope you'll join us!

I used the following 2 of our newest stamps to make my Single Layer card
I started out by stamping this lovely new lady to our Lost Coast Designs Manga collection with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah solar white cardstock and coloured her with Copic markers and added metallic silver detailing with a gel pen.  I love working with the blue/purple colour combo and miss Manga Goth Dots is looking super sassy in those shades!  I used a torn piece of scrap paper to mask her area off and stamped the background swirl design, which is also new to our Carmen's Veranda line and has a nice grungy feel to it, with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  I then used a water colour pen to blur and bleed the design a bit as well as adding more ink with an ink applicator sponge and also worked in some Tea Dye Distress Ink too.  I removed the mask and coloured the exposed background with a brown Derwent Pastel pencil that was blended with a Dove Blender pen and then I added a touch of Peacock Feathers Distress Ink too.  Boy was it hard not to add some kind of embellie to this project coz it was for our Single Layer challenge after all so I blinged it up a bit while adding the illusion of layers by adding Crystal Stickles glitter glue lines over the 2 masked edges and a touch of sparkle to the roses on her Alice band.

I hope I've inspired you to try your hand at creating a single layer project and look forward to seeing your projects in our challenges!

In case you didn't know, something wicked is heading our way...wink wink!  October is just around the corner so become a follower of our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog so you don't miss a thing, there's going to be tons of prizes up for grabs ;0)

Plus, we are so excited about Halloween that we jumped the gun a bit and gave you tons of time to play in our very first Facebook Challenge!  Click the links below and read all about the challenge in the pinned posts at the top of the wall on both of our Facebook Pages!

LCD/CV Facebook Challenge #1 - Sept 7 - Nov 2, 2015

Ciao for now!
LCD/CV DT Leader

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Wearing My Crown

Hello Coasties!
Today's project features some new releases from Lost Coast Design.  At first glance, the two images seem very different from each other.   But, I put the two images together because I felt they both had an Asian feel.  I love this crowned dragon sitting among the bamboo and cherry blossoms.  I went with a gray, blue color scheme.  I also used three different types of ink for the stamping, a mask, and Distress Markers to color.

Stamps: Dragon Crown and Cherry Blossoms from Lost Coast Designs

Love this sweet tempered dragon.  LOL  But, dragons are supposed to be snarly, right??  For more pics and instructions, check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.
See you next time!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Halloween Steampunk Men Card by Bibiana

Hello Lost Coasters fans:
Here Bibiana...

Today, I am sharing with you a Halloween Steampunk card for men...

halloween steampunk men card front

using a "Steampunk men" image with a "Chess perspective background", paired with some dies ...

halloween steampunk men card detail

Great card to give to a men for any occasion ...just change the sentiment and it can be used any time...

halloween steampunk men card side view
Until next time for another craft project...
I Thank you for the company ....

You can find me at my blog:

"Stamping with Bibiana"
Lost Coast Designs stamps: steampunk man interior;  large perspective background;

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Get Ready for the Event of the Year!

Hi all!  Nan here and very excited about what is coming up soon!  Of course, I am talking about the fabulous 31 Days of Halloween hosted by the awesome Tori and Terra at Smeared Ink or as some of us call them Smeared and Smudged and sponsored every single day by Lost Coast designs!  Prizes to be won by bloggers, hoppers, you name it and there is a possibility to win something!  So to start the fever off, I am showing my make of a center step card as inspired by Lindsay Weirich a member of our fabulous design team.  Take a look at this awesome video on YouTube and subscribe to her channel as you will learn and save on craft supplies and have a blast while doing so!

This is really easy to do and then after the few seconds it takes to make the base you can take off with embellishing it.  I used all stamps from Lost Coast Designs:  Crows from "A Murder of Crows", Skull with Wings, Spray Webbing, Grunge Tree, and Butterfly Face all found here.  I added an old sentiment stamp from my stash and papers from my stash as well.  The tree is made by the following technique in my first video try!! also inspired by one of Lindsay's video techniques.  Oh, and the Skull with Wings is used on this without the wings ;)

  Ok, a video was much harder than I expected so my daughter stepped in and helped do the whole thing! 

Lost Coast Designs 

Check with the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for the upcoming 31 Days of Halloween details and some other fantastic events planned just for you! Our current challenge is "One Layer" and can be found at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to enter.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ship Ohoi!!

Ohoi, it's  Granne here and this time I'm feeling the salty wind and seeing all those fabulous sail boats ... in my mind that is ... live far far from the sea...

I took some clear embossing powder, 3 of my DI inkpads and the awesome Spray Webbing stamp from Lost Coast Designs. Must say, this stamp is brilliant!

Rudder, anchor and sentiment are all colored, stamped and embossed - only this time I used white embossing powder. Funny how the outcome is so similar between backgrounds clear embossing powder and white one on the die cuts... Can you taste the salty waterdrops already?

I'll weigh my anchor, see u, :=D

P.S. There is a new "Single layer" -challenge at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, do dive in.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

When Monkeys Fly?

I absolutely love this stamp!  From Carmen's Veranda "Flying Monkey" is so much fun!  And of course, the "Flying Monkeys Background" stamp is equally fantastic!  I made this postcard sized on some paper I made with shimmer sprays and added some Distress markers to color him up.

I added the word "Believe" from the word stamp "Doodle Words" from Lost Coast Designs because you really have to believe in flying monkeys for it to be fun!  Hope to see you at our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for all our challenge and event news!  Some fabulous events coming up but shhh! I didn't leak it!

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Challenge~One Layer Play!


Kim here today and I wanted to share a project for our brand new challenge starting today at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity! Click HERE to hop over to link up and see all the design teams fabulous makes!

The September Challenge is One Layer!

Here is my postcard, it measures about 5.5 inches by 4.5 inches. It is a fun size to use the Grunge Tree stamp, it really is an awesome sized stamp! The skull is Sugar Skull with Flower, both on the Lost Coast Designs website.

As always, for our challenge you can use any stamp as long as it is a rubber or clear, please link up to the post for your entry. If you use a Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamp your entry will count twice, so cool! So happy inking and share your stamped wonderfulness!

Have a great day! Don't forget to come back in a couple of days for more inspiration.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Artful Artist Trading Cards (ATC's)

Hello Again!!! 

It's Tera, Here to show you some super fun ATC's! 

( I LOVE Artist Trading Cards!!! They are so fun to make and collect!! and Now you can even add the to Pocket Letters!!) 

Stamps Used:   

To Create these ATC's I started with some Scraps of painted art journal paper given to me by my mom (Her blog is HERE). They were created with Dylusions paints and various stencils. I cut 3 pieces to 2x3in for stamping on and 3 pieces to 2.25 x 3.25 in to matte on. the final layer is black card stock in standard 2.5 x 3.5 in. I stamped my images on the top layer of each and set them aside to dry (ink on paint can some times be temperamental... although this paint plays well with stamps)

While the tops dried I glued the bottom and middle layers together. 
Next I glued the stamped images to their bases and used a fine tip black pen to draw on some faux stitching.... (I love that it pulls the layers together). 

Lastly I added a few hints of color to small parts of each card to help different features stand out a little more :D   Detailed photos below 

 I hope these inspire you to create some fun pieces too!! I Just love how these came out!!! :D 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Insanity Strolls Through

I love quirky and fun images, and there are so many to be found at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.

Today I am sharing a fun make with you that you might have seen in our August Circles Challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. This is the new image : Ballerina with Fish from Carmen's Veranda. How great and original is he :)

The circles were punched out of thick card stock and added to the postcard. I then used my new Dylusions paints to finger paint the background. I stamped and clear embossed the Whitecaps Background stamp from Lost Coast Designs to add some watery texture around the fish - you can just see it in the pic. I mean, the fish may be on a leash, but he still needs to be able to breath - right ! LOL

The Ballerinas dress is colored with distress inks and blending stubbs. The skin and hat are colored with my copics. I fussy cut the image and clear embossed it.

I used my fine liner with fluid white arylic paint to add the detail and dots around the circles to accentuate them, then I glued my ballerina on top, going around him with grey inktense pencil and shadowed the ground where he is standing.

I printed the wording from my computer, cut them out and added to my circles with co-ordinating finger painting. Doesn't the wording work perfectly with the image :

"Insanity does not run in my family.
It strolls though."

Can you think of any other great quotes to accompany this image ? Please share if you do ...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration here, Nikki :)