Monday, November 30, 2015


Hi There & Happy Monday!!  It's me Shari and I'm here today with my very first official posting for Lost Coast Designs!!  I'm so honored to be here as a part of the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda DT and am so Thankful to have been given this opportunity.  Thus, today's creation of Thanks--

 This is Annie and she can be found in our Nostalgic Children category of stamps and I've framed her using one of our ATC Borders stamps.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create this card...

I've gathered up my pieces of stock that I'm going to use for stamping and layering.  I'm using a piece of an Autumn inspired master board for the background, that I made back in September. 

 This is what the master board looked like before I cut it into pieces for backgrounds.  It's a gelli print I made using a combination of Dylusions acrylics and Distress Paints.  I randomly scattered Tattered Leaves die cuts onto the gelli plate before pressing the paper down to make the print. 

I've got my background panel distressed and cut down to size and I'm using a piece of Kraft Core to mount the gelli print background panel onto.  I gave the piece of kraft core some interest and ran it through the old Big Shot with an embossing folder. 

I stamped the ATC Border image onto a piece of coffee stained mixed-media paper and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I then added a little gilding to the frame by lightly running my glue stick over the raised, embossed texture then pressed onto a piece of gold foil. 

Annie was stamped twice onto coffee stained mixed-media paper with Jet Black archival ink and fussy cut.  She's layered here on the card and I popped one of her images up through the frame with foam squares. 

I separately stamped, heat embossed & fussy cut her little feathered friend here, too. 

I mounted Chit Chat stickers onto kraft crepe paper and glued to the background panel then finished with machine stitching. 

Before Annie and her frame were adhered into place, I ran both panels through my sewing machine to add the stitched border, then everything got glued down with matte Decou-Page and foam dots/squares.  Annie and her feathered friend aren't going anywhere. 

Thanks so much for joining me here for my Very First blog posting for Lost Coast Designs & Carmen's Veranda.  I'm so looking forward to a fun and creative future here at the Lost Coaster's Review and hope you'll join me here from time to time!! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Preview with Overalls Santa

Hello All,
Hope the Thanksgiving turkey was yummy!  We had a nice dinner in my new house!  Lots of good food and my family!
Today, I want to share a vintagey Christmas card I made using Overalls Santa from Carmen's Veranda.   I also added one of the sentiments from the Party Words set from Lost Coast Designs.

This, oh so cute, folksy image was stamped with black dye ink and colored with alcohol markers.  Check out my blog, Dreaming and Creating, for more pics and instructions.  See you soon!
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Beauty and Harmony

Hi to everyone, DT Granne here today, showing you some cards I made.  As soon as I saw this (Back view woman) image at Carmen's Veranda I just loved it!! She is so beautiful, she can be sad ... or in love ... or enjoying summer nights ... or anything really. Tickles my imagination.

I got myself some Prismacolours from the flea market and so wanted to try them out, so I stamped this gorgeous image to kraft and started coloring.

Those fabulous sentiments are from Lost Coast Designs, first I think I would use them for X-mas cards but there is so many different occasions and styles where to use them. Fits perfectly for the lady image too, or what do you think?

If you'll hurry, you still can join our current mail art challenge at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, or there is a new challenge starting at December 7th ... And 1st of December stars new challenge at FB AND awesome fun:

So do come and play with us, :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Still Time to Enter the Mail Art Challenge!

Nanette here again with some Christmas mail art!  Our Lost Coast Designs Challenge is still open for a few days, we close on the 27th so get those stamps and get messy with an envelope!  I finally got my Derwent Inktense blocks last week...squeee!  I gently tore an envelope from Betty Jo from a swap to use as my template.  Then loads of watercolor blocks and stamping with the wrong ink that smeared horribly so covered with a coat of light green paint and left it!  Came back and started over and added some stencils and embossed the inked images :)

 I used the wonderful "Elf With Star" from Carmen's Veranda and the "Christmas Lights" from there too.
Had to add "Merry Christmas" from Party Words comes from Lost Coast Designs and it has a ton of sentiments on it so well worth having in your stash!

That's it for me today!  Come play with us we have events coming up that you can keep up with on the amazing Lost Coast Portal to Creativity ...just look at the side bars and click on the things we have going on and it will take you right there...magic!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mail Art Sunday


Hope your day is awesome! kim today with another piece of mail art to share with you. You still have a few days to enter your creation with us on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge blog HERE
Please remember to add some stamping we'd love for you to use our stamps but any company is fine.

I used a variety of stamps in making this piece.

Thanks so much and hope you come back to play!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dia de los Muertos

At the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity this month, we had a Day of the Dead event, or Dia de los Muertos. This means it's All Soul's Day, celebrated in early November in various European and Latin American countries, especially Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family who has passed, and help support their spiritual journey.

I made some Dia de los Muertos ATCs, and I really liked the monochromatic look, with a splash of color : 

Here is my make, 3 ATC's featuring the Skull Flourish from Lost Coast Designs :

For these ATC's I wanted a very textured background. I used molding paste and colored it with grey acrylic paint. Then I applied it to the ATC base with a pallet knife and stamped into it with the skull flourish while the now grey paste was still wet :

 I then left the molding paste to dry and went to clean my stamp. I just used an old toothbrush and bar of soap. Its important to wash the stamp before the paste dries on it :

I sprayed the ATC background with black and white dylusions and let it blend and drip. Then I left it to dry. When it was dry I tore the edges, and sponged lightly with grey ink.

I stamped the skull flourish in black ink onto La Blanche card stock, and added a little embossing powder while the ink was still wet and heat set it. I fussy cut it and glued it onto my textured background. I used a C3 copics to go over some of the shading on the skull to add dimension.

See the texture : 

I typed the words on my typewriter and added the flowers and embellishment.

Finally I matted the textured ATC front onto grey card stock that I had edged in grey ink and stamped the mini skulls. It is very faint, but if you look closely you can see them along the edges. 

Here are individual pics of the three ATC's :

Don't forget that we have our monthly challenge on the Lost Coast Postal to Creativity

This month we are asking you to make Mail Art. I love mail art, there is nothing nicer than receiving a wonderfully decorated envelope in the mail, stamped and addressed to you.

Here is my creation, using one of the mini flying ladies, circle frame, Old Typewriter Alphabet SOPA from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda background stamp, Postcard background.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found some inspiration here, Nikki x

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A compendium of Halloween projects by Leigh!

Hello Lost Coasters!
Guess where I am today...I'm having a blast at the Original Rubber Stamp convention in Long Beach California hanging out at the Lost Coast Designs booth, YAY :0)
It's my turn to share some DT inspiration today and I've got a few more projects to show you.  I made these for the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop we participated in over on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog in October.
Tomorrow is also the finale of our Day of the Dead celebrations and the last day to enter your DOTD projects in our contest HERE!  Pop on over and follow us because we host loads of fun events and challenges each month for you to play in and win fabulous prizes!

My 1st project today is paying homage to the Master of Horror, Alfred Hitchcock and his movie classic, The Birds!  I typed up sections of the attack scenes from The Bird's screenplay to create the background for this altered project.  The movie was filmed in black and white so I only used black ink for all my stamping and distressing.  For more info and photos see my LCPtC post HERE!
BOO! to the Birds
I used the following stamps
Lost Coast Designs
Filmstrip Border
Tall Trees
Perspective Floor

Carmen's Veranda 
Alfred Hitchcock
Flying Birds
ATC Birds in Trees

 My 2nd project is an altered bottle encrusted with stamped clay and altered dominoes.  See my LCPtC post HERE for more info and photos!
Belladonna Dropps - Apothecary Bottle
Taketh only one as more causes a mild case of death!

 My 3rd and last project for today is a card, see my LCPtC post HERE for more info and photos!
Ghouls Nite Out
I used the following stamps
Carmen's Veranda 
Halloween Background
 the pumpkins and kitty are also part of the large Halloween background stamp!

Lost Coast Designs
large Manga Girls from left to right:
Manga Goth with Socks
Manga Goth Harlequin
Manga Goth with Boots
we also have a mini Manga Girls set too!

Well that's it from me today!  Thanks for stopping by to see my projects and I hope you'll join us over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and Stay to Play  There's loads to see and do!  Don't forget to get your entries into our Day of the Dead contest by midnight on Nov 15 and you can also enter our current monthly challenge, #18 Mail Art, HERE!  Plus, we'll be getting into the spirit of the season with our A Carmen's Christmas contest starting on Dec 1 so mark your calendars and come and join the fun ;0)

 Have a fabulous weekend!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Day of the Dead Celebration Festive Skull with Hat

Hello Everyone,
Today's project is a "Festive" Skull wearing a Fabulous hat, darling.  This project was made for the Day of the Dead Celebration on The Portal to Creativity blog.
I used two stamps colored  with Copic Markers to make this card:
Skull with Hat - Carmen's Veranda
Birds in Trees Background - Lost Cost Designs

For more pics and instructions, head over to Dreaming and Creating for the full post.  I am still in the process of unpacking in my new home.  Lots of work to do yet to set up a work area!!   Hope you have a great day!
Karen McAlpine

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2 cards 2 holidays: Halloween and Day of the Dead By Bibiana

Hello Lost Coasters:

Here Bibiana
with 2 cards for 2 different holidays made with Lost Coast Designs Stamps...
These cards were made for the special events/challenges held at the "Lost Coast Portal to Creativity" Blog for LCD

I made this first card for Halloween...event held on the month of October...
The background uses several hat stamps which can be used separate or as a background
and the main image is this silhouette fun flying witch...

halloween card with witch

The second card is for "Day of the Dead", celebrated this past November 2nd in Mexico and Central America, remembering our loved ones...

day of the dead card front skull

This fabulous skull traditionally is made out of sugar and placed in the altars...mine mimics a chocolate sugar skull!

day of the dead card front skull

and lots of flowers as all the tombs and altars are decorated for this special day in Mexico!

day of the dead card front skull

the challenge "day of the dead" by the way is still running all through the month of November, so do not forget to stop by the blog: "Portal of Creativity" and add your "Day of the Dead" creation using LCD stamps...

thanks for the visit 

you can find me at my blog

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sun Goddess

Lost Coast Portal To Creativity has a fun challenge this month: mail art. 
I have never done it before (so that I've recognized doing it anyway) 
so it was great to try it. 
I watched some videos about it and then decided to go my way, lol.

I took a brown envelope, my Prismacolors and wonderful Sun Goddess 
and awesome Journaling Letter Guide stamps and had fun with them.

First I stamped with Goddess several times, then masked those images 
and stamped with Journaling stamp and then I just colored it, 
simple really but I like the colorful result...

And of course I had to do a matching card, using same stamps + Joy stamp.

I used VersaMark, Lindy's Stamp Gang powders, 
and sprayed water and stamped.
For the background and for the sentiment I had some brown DI ink.

After adding more water, I stamped again:

So with one layer of powder I got four lovely images... 

Do come and join our mail art fun HERE and there is still time to play:

Hope you'll have a wonderful artistic November, hugs, Granne

Friday, November 6, 2015

Let's Play with Mail Art

  Our challenge this month at Lost Coast Designs is to make some mail art.  So find some envelopes you have laying  around to pay bills with and make them fun to send your money off in!  Here is my companion envelope to the one I made for the start of the challenge.

This shows the envelope flap as I try to carry the design to the back as well.  I used the "Sun and Moon" stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  I also used parts of the "Grunge Window Wall" stamp for an added layer.  Some watercolor pencils, gelatos, and a baby wipe! and some stenciling and added layers did the job.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cityscapes Postcard~Mail Art November

Hi Happy November!

 It's kim today, sharing a bit of mail art with you! I love making postcards, hope you like it!

The theme this month at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Mail Art,  I really hope you have time to play along, all of us here love to see your creations!

My postcard is fairly standard at 6 inches by 4 inches. The background is colored using distress inks.
These are the stamps I used:

Have a great day and can't wait for you to play!


Monday, November 2, 2015

November News and New DT Welcome!

Happy November Lost Coasters!

WOW, can you believe it's November already!  We, the LCDesigners had a spooktacular time participating in Smeared Ink's 31 Days of Halloween blog hop for 31 days straight where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda sponsored the daily Scavenger Hunt prizes too!  If you missed all the fun then pop on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and sit a spell and catch up!  We had tons of spooktacular projects every day!  Become a follower of our event and challenge blog so you never miss out on our fab activities ever again ;0)  

Right now we are currently in Day 3 of our our Dia de los Muertes - Day of the Dead Contest!
Dia de los Muertes is a celebration of loved ones lost, a holiday to celebrate and honour their lives!  There's really nothing macabre about it as it is a joyful event filled with love and memories!  Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated for 3 days, from Oct 31 through to Nov 2, so we have been celebrating with daily offerings so far and will return again on Nov 5, 8, 12 and 15 for tons of fabulous DOTD creations by my fellow LCDesigners!

We invite you to enter all your DOTD themed projects in the linky HERE  for the chance to win a $15 spending spree to LCD/CV!  The contest closes Nov 15 at midnight and the winner announced soon after!

 Today is also the last day to enter our LCD/CV Facebook Pages Challenge at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!   Click on over, read the pinned posts and enter  
Challenge #1 Something Wicked this Way Comes!
win a $15 spending spree to LCD/CV!  

In December we have a very festive contest for you to look forward to!  Mark your calendars and come and join us for our A Carmen's Christmas contest to win a $15 spending spree to LCD/CV!

I'm also very pleased to announce we have a fabulous and tremendously talented lady joining our LCD/CV DT!  Please join me in giving Shari T a very warm welcome!  Shari has already been showing off her projects during our 31 Days of Halloween blog hop and will share her 1st post here on Lost Coaster's Review at the end of November!

 Get to know Shari...her bio is up on our LCDesigners Page!

Sadly we also bid farewell to Tera!  We wish you all the best in your crafty adventures Tera!

Thank you for stopping by for all our news and we look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader