Friday, April 29, 2016

Wizard of Oz Tutorial using Nuance Powders and Distress Inks

Hello Lost Coasters!
Leigh here today to share a tutorial on how I made the backgrounds for my "We're Not in Kansas Anymore!" tags.  These were so much fun to make and pretty easy to do too.  If you missed our Wizard of Oz DT blog hop then click HERE to catch a tornado to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where we host all our fun Events and Challenges.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore - tag set
My 5 tags feature the following stamps:
Carmen's Veranda Wizard of Oz characters
Carmen's Veranda Flying Monkeys background
Lost Coast Designs large Cityscape

To create my "yellow brick road" I randomly embossed the 5 manila shipping tags with a Darice Brick Wall embossing folder, placing the folder at weird angles so each tag was slightly different.  Using the direct to paper method I applied Mustard Seed Distress Ink to enhance the embossed design in a very loose and random manner.

 Lost Coast Designs now carries the Nuance powders by Magenta.  Nuance is a water-soluable powdered dye that comes in 15 vivid and bright colours.  The colours are available in individual 5-gram containers or as a boxed set so you can easily grab a colour or two to play with but trust me, you're going to want the whole set ;0)

I used Jade and Grass Green for the next step and randomly sprinkled the tiniest amounts of the powder onto the other side of my tags...these colours are so vibrant you really only need the tiniest speck of powder for a big result!  The magic happened when I spritzed with water to create the yummy mottled effect.   I heat set the tags to dry them before going onto the next step.

 I stamped my "Emerald City" in Peeled Paint Distress Ink using Lost Coast's large Cityscape stamp, we also have a new smaller version too!

 Then I stamped the flying monkeys with Black Soot Distress Ink.

I then worked some more on my "yellow brick road" - I applied Scattered Straw Distress Ink directly to the embossed bricks for a variation in of shades of yellow and also added some touches of Yellow 627 Marvy Le Plume alcohol marker for extra detail.  

I finished off the tags with red glitter glue applied to all the edges.  Stop by my blog, LeighSBDesigns, for info on the Oz characters and more photos!

Thanks for stopping by to see my tutorial today!
Don't forget that there's still time to play in our CRACKED CRITTERS SHOWCASE event.  Pop on over for some seriously wacky inspiration and then enter your own Cracked Critter creations in the linky on the Day 1 post HERE by midnight PST on May 7th for the chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda! 

Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Exploding Cracked Critters Party Box

Hi all! Nan coming at ya with an pop up card just popping with Cracked Critters since you can find our awesome Cracked Critters Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity going on right now!  I used Lizard Dog (LOVE him!), and the Cracked Mini Critters Set One Party Cat, Cracked Owl, and Cracked Chicken.  I added some Party Hats and Misc. Words all from Lost Coast Designs new releases. 

A little embossing and distress inks and the fiesta is ready to start!

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Party Cat Pendant

Hi There & Happy Saturday!!  It's me Shari here with you at the Lost Coaster's Review Blog today--Thanks for stopping by!  I've got a little jewelry project to share with you that I created using one of our Party Cats images and our Doodle Circles stamp.  It's a mostly experimental piece, made with questions like "what will happen if I do this?" and "what will happen if I do that?"   Well, this is what happened--
I've just started to learn soldering, in an attempt to make my own soldered glass jewelry pieces, and this pendant is one of my first experiments.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to create this--
I started by stamping this darling Party Cat image onto shrink plastic with Jet Black Archival and let air dry. 
I fussy cut the image and you can see it's almost 4" tall--before the heat meets the shrink...
Here's Party Cat all shrunk down to a wee 1 1/2" stature. 
I stamped a piece of mixed-media paper with our Doodle Circles image with Jet Black Archival and cut down to fit the size of the pendant glass-1 1/2" x 2".  I adhered Party Cat in the center with a little dab of matte Decou-Page and added a couple of black enamel pearls, then I applied a layer of Diamond Glaze over the top-I'm glazing this to create a flat surface for the glass to sit flush with. 
Glaze dry, there is still a bit of a raised surface with Party Cat, but, since I'm experimenting, and don't know how well any of this is going to solder once it's all assembled anyway, I'm going for it!
I've sandwiched the stamped and glazed tile between two pieces of flat glass, wrapped foil tape around the perimeter and burnished all of the edges.  The whole tape-wrapping thing--I'm not very good at it and you can see that here, but I'm still going for it!!
My soldering is far from perfect and there are some chunky spots, but overall, I think this is pretty neat!  OH--OK, something that happens during soldering--the piece heats up and in this case, it made the diamond glaze 'melt' around the inside perimeter.  Even though that's a boo-boo, I'm totally OK with the hazy aura that was mistakenly created. 
I was so concerned with what was going on with the front of this piece and all of my soldering mistakes, I almost forgot about the reverse side!  Easy Peasy--a few chit chat stickers to create a quote and there you go! 
I created the beaded dangles and attached around the soldered jump ring and this pendant is finished!  Even with its imperfections, it's still pretty cute, if I don't say so myself!
Well, Gosh--This pendant fits perfectly with this month's Team Inspire challenge theme of Anything Goes!!  There are 2 days left until the challenge link closes at 11:55pm PDT on the 25th, so bring your stamped creations over for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda
Thanks Again for joining me here today!!  See you next time!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tag the Gift

It's not going to be much longer,
when summer holidays starts and
I'll be needing a bunch of gift tags / thank you cards 
for the teachers and coachers - so this year, I decided to start early.

I embossed some words from Misc. words -plate 
and  Feathers stamp using white powder
- awesome movement and details on that stamp. 
Then I stamped edges with white ink on Daisy Flourish stamp.
And for the final touch, I used black powder to emboss 
one of the Butterflies to the vellum and added a ribbon.

One done XX to go, LOL.

Hugs, Granne

P.S. Get your stamps inked and join our "Anything goes" challenge. You can use any company's images to join, but if you use any images from Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda you will get two entries into the draw to win the prize

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Come Play with Us "Anything Goes"

Hi all, it's Nan here getting a bit grungy!   Anything Goes?  Yes, not much easier than that, right?  And you still have until the 25th to get those makes in for a chance at some shopping fun at Lost Coast Designs, so get up ...right after you take a peek at this...and head for the linky HERE :)

I am in love with something else.  These little mini grunge fold up books.  They measure 2 x 2 and seem impossible to do what they do but they work with very little effort.  I used Distress Inks and crumpled and wet and inked, then repeated.  The covers are cardboard :) squares covered with the paper then stamped to make sure the image is in the right place but I waited until I had put it all together to stamp my front so it fits the grunge title very well!

Stamped with Winged Skeleton from Carmen's Veranda 

Cracked Tree and Crows Border from Lost Coast Designs 

Hope you give one of these a try!  They are super fun and you can look on Youtube under "mini grunge book" and it will tell you how to do it :)

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Day Play ATC Pair by kim


It's kim today with a colorful ATC pair to share. Spring is definitely popping up in many places and I love the bright color it brings. I made a pair of ATCs in my favorite happy colors. Hope you like them!

My ingredients list:
Water color paper
Heat embossed in WOW Opaque Bright White

Still oodles of time to play with us over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity site, our theme is Anything Goes just make sure to use a rubber stamp somehow :)

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, April 11, 2016

We're not in Kansas anymore ATC

Howdy all, for anyone who follows our Events and Challenge Blog, the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, you will know that we recently had a Wizard of Oz themed event.

Who is your fave character in the Wizard of Oz ? Dorothy ? Tin man ? The Wizard ? There are so many great characters to choose from. But there is one group of critters who don't get much airtime, so I decided to honour them .... The Flying Monkeys. Here is my ATC : 

This is one of the monkeys from Three Monkeys by Lost Coast Designs. This one is the speak-no-evil. Its open to interpretation obviously, but I personally think he's laughing about all this freaking people out business ... LOL.  He is stamped in Memento black ink and coloured with copics and gel pen, then I fussy cut him.

The tremendously large and imposing wings (arent they gorgeous) are from Carmen's Veranda. I stamped them onto velum with stazon and clear embossed them. I coloured the back of the wings white with a faber castell artist pitt pen and fussy cut them. And finally glued them to the monkey.

The background was painted with acrylic paint using an old credit card, then I added white lines and dots, and edged it in white. I glued on the flying money and cut off the section of wing that overhung the ATC. Finally I typed the words on my typewriter.

Hope you will pop over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and visit Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda online stores to get a better look at these stamps :)

Have a lovely day, Nikki x

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Clock Lady Wasting Time

Hello Coasties!
Well, I was spending some "time" stamping this Whimsical Carmen's Veranda stamp, Clock Lady.  And, I thought the Argyle Background would be a perfect fit.   Clock Lady is great for Steampunk projects too.

For the full post and Materials list check out my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Thanks for stopping and by and see you next time!
Karen McAlpine