Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Words of Encouragement

Nan again so soon!  Sorry but I will make this one short and sweet :)  I made a set of three cards using the "Doodle Words" from Lost Coast Designs.  Just the words of encouragement and some washi tape, Distress Ink, twine, brads, and some paper from Dragons Lair Designs April kit for the contrast.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Use a Coaster!

Hi, it's Nan again with a time old adage.  What all moms used to say "Use a Coaster!".  So with some cork coaster blanks and some fabulous stamps from Lost Coast Designs, I was off to the task at hand!  I love the new released "ATC Hands" including the "Pictograph Hand" and having four coasters and three hands...hmmmm?  The awesome Dictionary Words set with "Mystery, Hope, Eternity, and Goddess" was perfect for all those markings on the hands were a mystery to me :) 

To finish the set I made a holder out of a leftover cardboard (of course!) roll from some packing and wrapped with some freebie paper from Somerset Studios magazine with "MYSTERY" from the Misc. Words set stamped on the front.

Now I am all set for no watermarks on the table!  Come join us at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for all the news and info on events and chances to win some money to spend at the stores!  All of our linkys are below and I hope to see you there!  

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Too Soon for Swimsuit Girl?

Hi There!!  It's me Shari with you here at the Lost Coaster's Review Blog today-Thanks for joining me! 
I've got a quirky set of cards to share with you that I made using Lost Coast Designs' images-Swimsuit Girl and one of our newer images called Doodle Circles.
These cards were so fun to put together and quick, too.  So quick, that I didn't even take any photos while I was busy crafting away making them--Sorry about that!  But, I can show you each finished card close up and tell you what I did :)
There's a total of 4 cards and I made them all the same, except for the colors of the backgrounds.  I started each background panel with stamping our Doodle Circles with white pigment ink onto mixed-media paper.  I covered with white embossing powder and heat set. 
To create the ombre background, I used my set of Simply Art water colors and a #10 round water color paint brush.  Starting at one end of the panel, I concentrated color heavily and heat set.  Then, using just water, I gently brushed the color down the rest of the panel to create the ombre effect. 
I splattered each panel with a heavy concentration of the same water color paint I used to create the backgrounds with.  I heat set, then ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched elements, and finished each panel with a spritz of Shimmer Mist. 
Swimsuit Girl was stamped onto mixed-media paper 4 times with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  The quote sits really closely to Swimsuit Girl on the stamp, so for the quote word bands, I masked off Swimsuit Girl, inked up the quote and stamped 4 times, and fussy cut. 
All of the fussy cut Swimsuit Girls and the word bands were mounted onto the finished Doodle Circles background panels with matte Decou-Page and then mounted onto their color-coordinated card bases.  I added a shadow around everything with Pumice Stone DI and my water brush then outlined again with white gel pen. 
Swimsuit Girl could be on her way to a beach party--A perfect fit for Team Dream's Let's Party Challenge!  There's one more day left at The Portal to enter your party themed stamped creation, so come on over and join the celebration! 
Thanks again for joining me today!  I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed making and sharing these cards with you!!  See you next time!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Seahorse magic

Hi there, Granne here to show you a Art Journal
spread that I had so much fun making.

I used paints, sprays, inks, die cuts, pencils and a bunch of stamps
from Lost Coast Designs:
I fussy cut the horses and but some green sequins on top of everything.

There is still 5 days to join LCD/CV "Let's Party -challenge" and did you 
knowwe have a new FB group HERE, so hop in and join.

I hope you'll have a great, sunny Easter Week.

Friday, March 18, 2016

More Friends for March!

Hi all!  It's Nan with some more friends to share with you!  They say opposites attract so what about an "Old Cracked Crow" and an "Old Yak"?  Yeah or Nay?  Yeah, of course!  Both wise and both single and ready to mingle! 

The background is modeling paste tinted with lime and sea blue and spread with a palette knife and some fingers!  A Dylusions stencil and some distress inks in Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn then topped on a card.  The critters were stamped first then stamped and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and fussy cut.  A locket to symbolize their friendship and they are ready to move on down the path!

Come join our March Challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where the theme is "Let's Party!" but hurry time is marching on (forgive the pun!)  And check out our brand new Facebook Fan Page!  Don't forget the Lost Coast Designs Store and Carmen's Veranda's Store and each of their Facebook pages HERE and HERE,  too!   And one more day to enter our "We're Not in Kansas Anymore" Oz event!  Prizes prizes and more prizes!  That's all for now! Bye!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Party Dudes! Party On!

Hi Everyone!

It's kim today with a quick reminder for the awesomely fun challenge over on the Portal this month, Let's Party! Get your party on and come play!

My supply/stamp list:
Nuance for color

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lets get this party started !

There is a new Challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity : Lets Party !

Nikki here, sharing a card I made for the challenge, featuring Party Girl from Lost Coast Designs : 

Party Girl was stamped in elderberry memento ink, coloured with copics and white gel pen highlights added,  and I fussy cut her.

For the green in the background I used a gelli print background, then inked up the Sunflower Background from Lost Coast Designs in green ink. Without putting the stamp onto a block I rolled sections of it here and there on the background. I also stamped the sunflower onto another piece of white card stock, then punched this into shapes : the circles and scalloped strip you can see. I sponged a little of the elderberry ink onto them and glued them down. Finally adding some lines with an old credit card and ink.

The words were stamped on my typewriter and the card front matted and glued together.

I really like the contrast here of the elderberry and green, and she is such a great image to work with.
And there's plenty more where she came from .... Check out the other inspiration at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity or the wonderful, varied and unique images at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.

Thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Poe Poetry and Journal Stenciling!

Howzit Lost Coasters!
Today I'm sharing a handwritten and rubber stamp illustrated poem by Edgar Allan Poe I created for our first annual Poe Appreciation Day blog hop back in January hosted on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog.  Pop on over to my blog for more info and photos coz here today I'm concentrating on how I began this project which features Carmen's Veranda Edgar Allan Poe stamp and Lost Coast Designs' Lettering/Journaling stencil.  

"A Dream Within A Dream" 
Glass framed painting presided over by my E. A. Poe Living Dead Doll and his Raven
For this project I used a sheet of heavy weight Canson watercolour paper and started out by randomly applying Black Soot and Tea Dye Distress Ink to the stamp simultaneously to achieve a variegated effect.  I then worked at the Poe image by manipulating the stamped ink and applying more directly from the ink pads with a water brush until I was happy with the result.  TIP:  You can also use Distress Markers for similar results.

Once the painting was dry I added the journaling segments using Lost Coast Designs large journaling stencil.  The stencil is made of the same plastic as store bought stencils and is strong and easy to use.  It measures 6 x 9 inches to fit many journaling books and I used the entire stencil on this project but you can easily just use a portion of it for smaller projects from cards to ATCs, it is a very versatile tool to have in your crafty stash!  I taped the stencil down with removable tape and applied Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks with foam ink applicators.  The photo below shows the stenciled areas when I removed the stencil.  I then applied more Tea Dye to the areas that were blocked out by stencil to reduce the starkness. 

 I hand wrote the Poe poem with black Micron pen in various nib sizes and applied white acrylic paint to the text with a fine liner paint brush.

If stenciling is not your thing then we do have Journaling Letter Guide rubber stamps available in 3 sizes, these are a must have if you enjoy adding your own text to your projects!

Large 5.5 x 7.5 inches

Card size 5.5 inches high

ATC size 3.5 inches high

 Before you go, did you see all our fabulous news for March?  We launched our new Facebook Fan Group on March 3rd, announced our Design Team Call as well as some hints on what activities are upcoming!  Click HERE for the entire scoop!  Plus our monthly blog challenge for March is underway, the theme is Let's Party!

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today :0)

Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Whoo is Watching You??!!

Hello Everyone,
Stopping in today to share a fun and whimsical project made with stamps from Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda.  I used a new release from LCD and paired it with a fun CV stamp.

I stamped Megan's Owl with a green dye ink and Eyeglasses with black ink. Both images were colored with Copic Markers.  Isn't this just too fun!!??  What great images for an all occasion card!

To see the full post for more pics and instructions on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!!
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March News: New FB Group, DT Call and Upcoming Activities!

Hello Lost Coasters!
We've got lots of exciting new things happening and fabulous news to share so lets get to it!

First up, our brand new LCD/CV Facebook Fan Group launches today!  YAY!!!!  Come and hang out with us, share your Lost Coast Designs and Carmen Veranda makes with us and play in our FB Challenges and other fun activities too!  Click on the badge and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!

 We've got lots of fun activities lined up for you for March at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, our event and challenge blog!
  • Our monthly blog challenge starts on the 7th, so pop on over for tons of inspiration and join the fun!
  • Plus we also have 2 awesome events at LCPtoC this month is a DT Blog Hop on March 12 that will having you "flying with the monkeys" and the other involves flora and fluffy tails, oh my!  So hop on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, become a follower and Stay to Play!  
  • All our events and challenges have fabulous prizes up for grabs and you really don't want to miss a thing!  
Lastly, it's time for a

We are looking for some new LCDesigners to join our fabulous Lost Coast Designs - Carmen’s Veranda team!  We are a relaxed but energetic friendly bunch and would love to welcome some fun-loving stampers with positive, professional, no-drama attitudes, who love working with eclectic and quirky rubber stamps, to join us.  This is an open call and successful applicants will be notified as I select new members.   We are looking for North America and Europe based stampers only.  Please note that there are some limitations for Europe based members which I will discuss with you. 

DT term is one year but a 6 months option is available too so please specify which option you are interested in.  We are also looking for Guest Designers as well, GDT info is listed beneath the Design Team requirements below.  

Please read over our DT Requirements carefully and consider your current obligations before applying.  Joining a DT is fun and a way for you to share your love of creating but it is also a commitment and you are expected to do your best for our team regardless of how many other teams you serve on so make sure you fully understand what being a LCDesigner entails and feel free to ask questions if you need anything clarified. 

If you think our team is right for you then we’d love for you to apply by emailing Leigh (LCD/CV DT Leader).   Please put “LCDesigner Application” in the subject of your email and provide the following information.  Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to meeting you all! 
  • Name, address, phone number (best number to contact you on if needed) and email address.
  • 1 year or 6 month DT term.
  • Short biography - tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join our DT
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
  • List any Design Teams you are currently on and have previously been on.  Please note that past DT experience is not necessary, all are welcome to apply.  
  • Include 3-5 project photos that best shows your style and quality of work (please try and keep file sizes small).

  • Access to a generous selection of quality rubber stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda at no charge. 
  • Access to Nuance Powders which are available to you at wholesale cost - use of these powders is encouraged but not a DT requirement.
  • Your paper art projects proudly displayed at stamp conventions in the USA and Europe.
  • Exposure on our Lost Coaster’s Review DT blog, Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog, Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda company Facebook Pages and our LCD/CV Facebook Fan Group.
  • You will be featured on our Meet the DT Blog Page with a bio and an optional photo.
  • You get to create with and be inspired by a group of very talented stampers and participate in lots of fun events.

  • Work with all our stamp images regardless of personal tastes and preferences.
  • Be a good communicator, reliable, dedicated & on time with deadlines and able to work with themes in a team environment. 
  • Be able to take good photographs to showcase your art well.
  • Have an active personal blog to share your creations.
  • Display 4-5 badges (4 permanent, 1 temporary) on your personal blogs to promote LCD/CV and our various activities.  
  • Actively promote our stamps and activities on your personal blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, etc, as much as possible.
  • Be an active member of our official LCD/CV Facebook Fan group as well as belong to our private DT group. 
  • Be willing to host a challenge or 2 on our Facebook Fan group and participate in various events like blog hops, etc.
  • Share one project per month on our Lost Coaster’s Review DT blog on assigned dates - posts are to be engaging, written in English, easy to follow with info on what was made and how it was done, either as a brief summary or in tutorial form. 
  • You will be on Blog Challenge Duty, as part of one of our 2 teams, every second month which involves creating an inspiration project, commenting on the entries and voting for the winners.  
  • You are free to make whatever projects inspire you from cards, ATCs to altered and mixed media art.
  • However, you are required to mail in some none bulky paper art projects to Lost Coast Designs for display at our convention booths across the USA and Europe.  There are no deadlines or quantity limits for this part of your DT commitment.


A minimum of 12 projects per one year term with the option to make more and a minimum of 2 extra projects for the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop broken down as follows: 
  • A minimum of 6 projects per year for our monthly Blog Challenges.
  • A minimum of 6 projects per year to be divided equally between our Blog events and Facebook group events.
  • Make a minimum of 2 projects for an annual Halloween blog hop/event in October (participation for 2016 will be determined later this year).
  • Mail in paper art projects to Lost Coast Designs for display at convention booths in the USA and Europe! 

If you are unable to commit to 6-12 month DT terms then being a Guest Designer might be right for you!  Guest designers are invited to create projects for our varied activities hosted on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog and Facebook Fan group.  We are looking for stampers who already have a few of our Lost Coast Designs or Carmen’s Veranda stamps that you can use initially and then you will receive free rubber stamps for future guest spots.  Details will be discussed with you.  If you would like to be a Guest Designer please put “LCD Guest DT Application” in the subject of your email and provide the following information:
  • Name, address, phone number (best number to contact you on if needed) and email address.
  • Short biography - tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to be a Guest DT.
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
  • List any Design Teams you are currently on and have previously been on.  Please note that past DT experience is not necessary, all are welcome to apply.  
  • Include 3-5 project photos that best shows your style and quality of work (please try and keep file sizes small).
Happy Stamping!
Leigh - LCD/CV DT Leader