Sunday, May 29, 2016

Half-O-Ween share by Darlene

Well - it is about 5 more months until Halloween when the ghouls and goblins will be coming out.....and still a couple of more days to participate in the Half-O-Ween event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!!!!!! Last day is May 31st.

Today I would like to share the first card I made for Lost Coast, being as I am a newbie on the Design Team.

Using the Owl from the  Anthropomorphs set and using some inks for the background swish - I kept the colours traditional......

Stamped onto some ribbon the Happy Halloween - almost made it look kinda ghostly.....

Here is a closer look......

Of course the Owl had to dress up for the Half-O-Ween Party !!!!  Has his party hat on and ready to rock and roll!!!!

Don't forget there is still time for our first blogiversary give away !  On til June 16th !!!!


Come join all the fun over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Simply Impossible

Good morning!  I'm soooo happy to be with you today.  Welcome to my first post as a LCD designer!  I wanted to jump right in, so I created a couple of items for your viewing pleasure.  They are really quite simple since I only had a view images to work with, but I do love the way they turned out.

I started with a standard cardstock ATC blank then stamped it with Spray Webbing using sepia ink.  I then fussy cut a couple of images from an Alice collage sheet and added them to the card (they got moved around quite a bit until I was happy).  I outlined the words in black and white pen then added three pink flower embellishments.

To create this card, I started by stamping Grunge Tree with sepia ink onto a piece of plain card and then trimmed it up.  Since I was going for simplicity in order for the tree to stand out, I pulled out my trusted quote book and found one that really resonated with me.  I printed it out, trimmed it up, and glued it down to my card.  It was too plain so I outlined it with a brown marker.  Finally, I adhered my image to a prefolded card.

It's so great to be here designing for LCD.  Stay tuned for more wonderful stamping projects!

Until later..............


Monday, May 23, 2016

Ghostie BOO Birds & Nuance Backgrounds

Happy Half-O-Ween Lost Coaster's!

Leigh here to share some Half-O-Ween inspiration featuring Whimsical Birds by Doris Arndt and Nuance Powders by Magenta now available at Lost Coast Designs!

We are currently celebrating Halloween in May every 2nd day until May 31st over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Stop by to see lots of spooktacular projects and then dig out your Halloween stamps and join the linky party for the chance to win a fab $15 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!

 For Day 1 of Half-O-Ween I made these 2 ATCs featuring both the large and mini versions of Whimsical Flora.  These are our latest addition to the Lost Coast Designs line of quality rubber stamps consisting of 8 large birdies and 2 sets of minis.  

Both ATCs started out the same way with a scrumptious background created with the fabulous Nuance Powders by Magenta.  We currently stock all 15 colours but it's just been announced that 5 new colours are heading our way...SQUEEEE!  
 I had so much fun just letting the powders do their magic.  I tapped micro specks of grey, violet, hot pink, orange and golden yellow onto the ATCs and then spritzed with water.  While wet I smooshed an ATC blank on top of another to transfer the colour and also played around with the colour soaked up by the paper towel to make even more backgrounds.  I then dried them all with my heat gun and ironed them flat.  
I stamped Lost Coast Design's large Spiderwebs background onto both ATCs in Tea Dye Distress Ink.
On the first ATC I created the pale moon using a circle punch as a mask and Cloud White VersaMagic ink dabbed on with a piece of paper towel and I also stamped the Cracked Grass and Sky with Brilliance Platinum Planet to add the little stars and dots to the background of both ATCs.
I continued building my scenes by stamping the large and mini Cracked Tree in Onyx Black VersaFine ink and added shimmer and shine to the branches with "Perfect Pearl" Perfect Pearls powder mixed with water and applied with a paint brush.  The light catches the shimmer only at certain angles for magical effect.

 Now for my Ghostie Birds...both Whimsical Floras were stamped twice on Neenah cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I fussy cut out the entire bird from the 1st set and just the heads from the 2nd.  The heads were adhered with pop dots and I also applied Judikins Diamond Glaze to their eyes for extra dimension and shine.  The "BOO" text was stamped with Old Type Writer Alphabet set in both lower and upper case, one was left plain and the other I coloured with purple Prismacolor pencil.  I drew the frames with a black Micron pen and added black Prismacolor pencil and adhered the "BOOs" to the ATCs with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive.

That's it from me today, I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made these two Ghostie BOO Bird ATCs and don't forget to stop by Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for more Half-O-Ween fun!

Before you go...did you know we are also celebrating our first Blogiversary at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and we're giving away BLOG CANDY?!  Click HERE to see how you can get in on the action and celebrate with us ;0)

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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweet Friends

Happy Friday!!  It's me Shari with a bittersweet posting today, as this will be my last blog posting as a member of the LCDesigners.  I've more than enjoyed my tenure on the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda DT and will miss coming to you with monthly shares and special event creations.
For my farewell project, I created two simple cards using images from our Nostalgic Children category-Annie and Georges & Louis, along with words found in our Misc. Words stamp and pieces of our Cat Quotes and 2" Grunge Border
Both of these cards were really easy to make and I love the clean, yet grungy look of them.  Let me show you  a little bit of what I did to create these simple cards with big "Ooomph"--
 I smooshed Distress Ink Minis directly onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water, then pressed onto mixed-media paper.  These are colors from the #1, #2 & #3 DI mini sets--Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo. 
I just LOVE this earthy monoprint of color and those deeper spots of saturated color--Perfect!  Just what I was hoping for--this is going to be a great background!

 I made another Distress Ink water color background, this time using a round acrylic stamp base and all of the inks in DI Mini set #4--
The softer color palette for this background is so pretty and I'm sorry that the photo does not do it justice-I hate that!  The way that these lighter colors of lilac, yellow and pink melded together-with that darker splotch of green--Love It!!
I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border, then I splattered the card with Shaded Lilac DI using a round water color brush and heat set.  I used our Cat Quotes stamp, un-mounted, with Jet Black Archival to stamp the random pieces of script onto the background then I spritzed Black Soot DI onto the areas of the script with my air art tool. 
I stamped our Annie image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I adhered her onto the panel with matte Decou-Page then outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  She just didn't pop enough for me, so I gave her an additional outlining with white gel pen. 
I masked off our Misc Words stamp and inked up the word 'Sweet' with Jet Black Archival and stamped onto mixed-media paper.  I fussy cut into a word band, mounted onto black card stock and attached to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  A couple of enamel dots finish this panel off.
I made this card in the same manner, except I'm using our darling Georges & Louis image along with our 2" Grunge Border and I stamped everything using Potting Soil Archival. 
Before I adhered G&L into place, I splattered Mowed Lawn DI over the surface of the panel with a round water color brush and heat set.  I used our 2" Grunge Border, un-mounted, and stamped random pieces of it onto the panel, then spritzed Ground Espresso DM onto the surface with my air art tool.   
Our Misc. Words stamp is a true must-have for the, what seems like, endless word band possibilities!  I adhered G&L and the word band onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and finished with a couple of enamel dots. 
Thanks so much for coming by today for my last Lost Coaster's Review Blog posting.  I've appreciated and relished the chance of being able to create, and hopefully inspire you, with Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda images. 
 I'd like to take this time to give our Fearless LCD/CV DT Leader, Leigh, a Great Big Thank You for having me on The Team and a Huge Thank you to Linda, LCD/CV Company Owner, for allowing me the opportunity to represent your brand! 
Thanks for the memories!! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What does your eyes see?

I find this Flagstone Background stamp fascinating...

I can see lots of images "hiding" in there, just
waiting to get some color on and be revealed.
Like this big red heart:

I used Inktense pencilt to color and 
black powder to emboss the word from the Misc. Words -set.

Wouldn't this be fun to color with kids and see what they see in it?

Hugs, Granne

P.S. Still time to play with our May challenge: "A splash of bright / neon color" and check out our new FB fan page here AND welcome to our 1st Blogiversary party here AND coming soon is a Half-O-Ween event. So stay tuned, lots of fun around Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :D.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mid-month May News: New DT and Guest Designers and our 1st LCPtoC Blogiversary!!!!

Hello Lost Coaster's
We are busy welcoming new full time and guest designer DT members to our wonderful family!
I will be announcing additional new members soon but today I'm thrilled to welcome these talented ladies!

Guest Designers
Patti H
Sadly we also now bid farewell to two LCDesigners, it has been a pleasure to create with these ladies and wish Shari T and Kim J all the best in their future endeavors!
Keep a look out for Darlene's 1st project share here on our DT blog later this month and you will see our Guest Designers creating in our upcoming events!  Once all of our new DT members have joined us you will be able read their bios and to get to know everyone over on our Meet the LCDesigners page!

We are super excited to also be celebrating our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog's 1st Blogiversary on May 16th!  Stop by and join the party, we will have BLOG CANDY up for grabs :0)

Don't forget to enter your projects celebrating WOMEN in our current event, WOMEN RULE THE WORLD!  The linky closes at midnight PST tonight!

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Be you, bravely

Recently we had a fun event over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, where we showcased some of Lost Coast Designs cracked critter stamps. If you missed that event, you can go HERE to view the DT makes. 

Kim made this ATC, using one of the adorable critters from Mini Cracked Critters Set 1 :

The background is made with various stencils, modelling paste and acrylic paint.

Why not pop over to Lost Coast Designs and check out what other critters there are :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Diamonds ATC

Nikki here and I would like to share an ATC with you today, featuring the gorgeous gal Manga Goth Dots from Lost Coast Designs. 

Our challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity this month is to add a splash of neon or bright color. I think the pink is pretty bright here, it makes the flowers in her hair appear even bigger !

This gorgeous gal is colored with copics and gelli roll pen for her dress. I wanted to give it a PVC, leather sort of look. She is pretty sassy wouldn't you agree? Hence the words from the song 'Single Ladies' by Beyonce :
"If you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it"

See the bling on her finger ? Looks like someone 'liked it' ! LOL

For the background I have used two background stamps. Firstly I stamped Grunge Black Swirl from Carmen's Veranda in a taupe color. Then I stamped the Fourth Dimension stamp from Lost Coast Designs in peacock feathers distress ink and embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder.  I don't normally use much bling, but really thought this ATC was calling out for it. 

Finally I added a few more gems to the background, the words which I typed on my typewriter and I edged the ATC in black ink.

Thanks for stopping by and please go and check out our challenge.

Have a lovely day, Nikki x

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Flower Girl In Five Color Combos-Women Rule the World Event

Hello Everyone!
Karen here with you today sharing my projects for the Women Rule the World Event.  We are honoring Mother's Day by making Women themed projects.  You may link up  your Mother's Day and female themed projects on the Portal to Creativity blog.  Any stamps are acceptable, just be sure you add stamping.  There is a really nice prize too!
My projects feature the Flower Girl stamp. I inked the stamp with two different colors of Distress ink to get this interesting effect.  
I also added handmade backgrounds to the cards made with stencils, spray inks, acrylic paints, or a mono printing plate.
Take a look at this lovely Lady!! 

So glad you stopped by!  For more info on making these projects, see the instructions on my blog, Dreaming and Creating. See you next time!
Karen McAlpine

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cracked Wisdom

Hello, Nan here to share today!  I hope you enjoyed our Cracked Critters Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  There's still time to get in your entries for the chance to win that $10 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda, deadline is midnight PST on May 7th!

I have a wise Cracked Owl from the Mini Cracked Critters Set One from Lost Coast Designs and he is the star of my card :)  Forgive the pun!

An A2 kraft card with star cut out and red paper behind with the owl stamped.  I stamped the owl again on white paper and colored with watercolor pencils before gluing on the stamped red paper.  A flower embellie to serve as a closure for the twine to wrap around and he is ready to give out his words of wisdom.

As always check out the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for the rest of the teams makes and all the info about upcoming events and the new challenge will be starting soon for May!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

May News: Lots of exciting activities for you this month, come and join the fun!

Hello Lost Coasters!
We've got lots of exciting activities happening this month over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where we host all our events and monthly challenges, so lets get to it!

 First up, our new Challenge for May began today!  The theme for Challenge #24 is A Splash of Neon or Bright Colour.  LCDesigners Nikki, Kim and Nan created some fab projects to inspire you and on May 15 stop by for our mid-way post with even more wonderful inspiration by our DT!

 Next up we have a fabulous new event starting tomorrow! 
 Join us for

 We are celebrating Women in honour of Mother's Day and featuring our female themed rubber stamps!  The event kicks off tomorrow at 9am PST and then join the LCDesigners every day as we countdown to Mom's Day on May 8th!  Enter your own "ladies ROCK" projects by midnight PST on May 15 for the chance to win a $10 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda

 Plus, don't forget you still have the chance to win the $10 prize by playing in our current event

  Then later this month things are going to get downright spooky as we celebrate Half-O-Ween!
Join us if you dare...bwahahaha!

We are just a hive of activity over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, so pop on over, become a follower and Stay to Play!

 We are also excited to say that our Design Team is busy expanding and soon I will be announcing who our fabulous new LCDesigners are and you will get to meet them all later this month!
Our Design Team call is on going so if you love our stamps and enjoy our activities then have a read of our DT Requirements and submit your application, we'd love to hear from you!
Click the banner below for all the info!

Before you go I'd also like to remind you all that we now have a wonderful LCD/CV Facebook Fan Group!  Come and hang out with us, share your Lost Coast Designs and Carmen Veranda makes and play in our soon to launch FB Group Challenges and other fun activities too!  Click on the badge and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!

See you tomorrow for Women Rule the World!
Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader