Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Litte Fortune Card Reading?

Nan here with a new obsession to show you! I have been collecting the tarot cards that Lost Coast Designs has and this dapper Lord of the Non-Linear Thoughts became my focal point on an A4 sized card. I used the 3 inch Grunge Border using the parts to catch the tire treads since after all it is one for the men and boys so also their toys:)  Distress Inks watered down on glass made up my background with the number "3" mirrored from the card stenciled with a Dylusions stencil with inks.  I stamped the card portion separately and attached to the front after inking it down to go with the grunge look of the card.  Now what non-linear thoughts are I have no idea but in my mind linear translated to lines so on went 3 (of course) round eyelets.  I will Google it after writing this up so I will know next time....learning everyday still!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Let's Dance

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share a project I created for Skelli-Fest and give you a step-by-step on how I went about creating it.

1)  Stamp the Spiderweb background in Unicorn pigment ink onto your tag.  Emboss with either white or clear EP.  The goal is to protect the stamped image during the next step.
2)  Sprinkle on Nuance powder in Scarlet and Gray.  Spritz with water and dry.
3)  Remove EP by placing a sheet of typing paper over the tag and ironing until it's all been lifted.  Your iron needs to be hot and it may take several passes to get it all off.  I used two sheets of paper on before I got all the EP removed.
4)  Stamp Dancing Skeletons in black Versafine ink and emboss with black EP.
5)  Using the Old Typewrite Stamp Set, stamp "Let's Dance" with black Versafine ink and double emboss with black EP.
6)  Ink the edges with a black ink pad.
7)  Tie on a piece of black fiber.

You're done!  A fun, spooky tag that was a joy to create.

Well, that's it for now.  Stay tuned for more stamping fun!

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


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monkey Face

Happy Sunday - Darlene here to share with you my second post of my Half-O-Ween make.

I absolutely LUV the Monkey Face from Carmen Verandas stamps.  Have done a few cards now with those huge eyes staring at me.

For this card, needed to make it a bit scary so I gave him these bloody red eyes.....Hello ..

I masked his face after I stamped it and one corner of the cardstock to make the full moon effect..(have to have that on a halloween theme don't you think?!) .then sponged some ink onto my cardstock.

.....of course the bats flying around his head is making him angry....and he will get his flying monkeys out if he has to !!!!!  Watch out !!!

Hey - don't forget to sign up with Lost Coast Challenges !!!  always a fun time !!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Two Skellies Dancing in the Moonlight

Hi, all! Nan popping in a bit late for the party but with two skellies who just had to come out for Skellie Fest anyway!  What a fab time and awesome skellies everywhere!  These two were so excited about the fest they got out under a golden moon and danced their little hearts out, literally!  They hail from Lost Coast Designs and are appropriately named "Dancing Skeletons".  I love these two and always have fun playing with them :)

Thanks for letting them have their moment in the moonlight even though the fest is over.  Please check out our challenge for June and our next event at the  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so you won't miss out on any of the fun or chances to win wonderful stamps! 

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Monday, June 13, 2016

SKELLIE-FEST altered wood container tutorial!

Hiya Lost Coasters, Happy Monday the 13th!
Today is the finale of our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's 2nd annual SKELLIE-FEST over on our event and challenge blog!  You've still got time to get in on the action and win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda by entering your skeleton/skull themed projects in our linky party HERE by midnight PST tonight!

Today I'm showing you how I made my altered wooden container created for Day 1 of SKELLIE-FEST!
I used our fab Lost Coast Designs stamps on this project:
Skeleton and Roses, Skull Flourish and Long Swirl.

I found this unfinished wooden container in the craft section at Target and just loved the triangular sides.  
The triangle sides of the container aren't identical so I started out by numbering the sides with a pencil.  I then traced each panel individually with white cardstock and cut them out.  I made sure I had the orientation of each triangle right before numbering them accordingly.
The stamping fun came next.  I first randomly stamped each panel with the Long Swirl flourish stamp in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink all over to add a subtle interest to the background as well as the open areas of the Skull Flourishes.  Before stamping I removed some of the ink from the stamp onto scrap paper for a lighter more distressed effect.  I then stamped alternate panels with the Skeleton and Roses and Skull Flourish stamps in Onyx Black Versafine ink.
Before I started stamping all the panels I applied Black Soot Distress Stain to the top, the bottom and all the side edges of the container and left it to dry while I did my stamping.  The stain dries fast but you can speed up the dry time with a heat gun if it's still damp.  I then ran each stamped cardstock panel through my Xyron to add permanent adhesive and adhered them to the container. 
To further enhance the distressed look I sanded back all the cardstock edges with sandpaper and applied Tea Dye Distress Ink to age and colour each panel and Black Soot Distress Ink to all the edges.  To complete my project I adhered skull feet from a Halloween decoration in place with hot glue.  They finished off my container nicely don't you think!  I love how it turned out!
Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!  Now dash on over and enter your skeleton themed projects in SKELLIE-FEST by midnight PST tonight!

Happy Stamping!
LCD/CV DT Leader

Friday, June 10, 2016

Love you to death - notebook cover

We have a 

Of course I wanted to join the party and here's what I made using 
Lost Coast Designs stamps: 

For the first time I tried out the "Faux Leather" technique (YouTube has a many tutorials about it) and really liked it, especially with embossing folder. I used old magazine paper (first layer) and kraft paper &embossing folder (second layer) 3-4 Distress Inks and brown Stazon to stamp on papers. For the final touch I smeared some golden Inka Gold.

I stamped the image on kraft paper and colored it with Prismacolors. 
Then added few charms that are way too heavy for cards 
but perfect for this notebook.

On top of Skellie-fest you can also join the monthly challenge, the theme is "Something see-through" AND there is also 1st Blogiversary Blog Candy Giveaway! So lots of fun for you to hop in and enjoy, :=)

Hugs, Granne

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Unrequited love ATC

There are a few things going on over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, there is our new challenge which is to use something see-through (like acetate) and the Skellie-Fest. I have created an ATC that fits both of the these challenges/events.

Here is my make, an ATC featuring the awesome Winged Skeleton from Carmen's Veranda : 

For my main focal image, I stamped the winged skeleton onto the acetate in black versamark and embossed it in clear powder. I then coloured the back of the image with alcohol markers. I went around the edge in dark grey and added the punched out red hearts. 

Here is a close up : 

There are so many layers here .... The base is a playing card with acrylic paint in black and red. Then I added some white splodges of paint. Next I added a layer of vellum with butterflies on it. Then finally I added the top layer which is acetate. I made the frame from stamping the Swirls and Dots border from Lost Coast Designs onto black card stock and embossing it in a pewter colour. I then cut it down and distressed it and made it into a thin edge border. Finally adding brads and sentiment. I had a happy accident with the sentiment. I typed the words 'unrequited love' on my type writer and when I came to add some of the pewter embossing powder around the sentiment, it also adhered to the typed letters so I was able to embossed them in a matching colour.

Here is a pic of the light catching the front of the ATC, you can more clearly see the detail, layers and texture : 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check out our events and challenges :)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Photo Stamp and Stamped Background

Hi Coasties!
Karen here today to share this project that includes one of Lost Coast's Nostalgic Children photo stamps.  I also layered several stamps to create a background.

List of the stamps used:
Rose BoyATC Border SetRustic Checkerboard BorderFern Background all from Lost Coast Designs

A mask was used with the ATC Border when stamping Rose Boy.

Check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating for complete materials list and instructions.
Skellie Fest and Skull Appreciation Blog hop starts today on the Portal to Creativity blog!!  

Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June News: SKELLIE-FEST, Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop and New LCDesigner announcement!

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 we are in the midst of celebrating Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's first Birthday with a fabulous BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!  
 Time sure flies by when you're having lots of fun!  Thank you for following us and playing in our events and challenges over the last year!   We've had a blast bringing you our fun activities and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your wonderful projects and can't wait to see what you create next!  We have so much in store for you so please continue to follow our adventures!
Click the BLOG CANDY badge above to find out how you can win it, event ends June 16!

 LCDesigner News!

Next up, I'm delighted to announce that Marilyn B Hughes has now joined us as a full time LCDesigner and you were already treated to 2 of her fabulous projects on May 26th, check them out HERE as well as LCDesigner Darlene's first clawesome project on May 29th HERE!  
Stop by our MEET THE DT page and get to know all our fabulous LCDesigners!
I also want to share a spooktacular Halloween in May project created by our newest Guest Designer PattiDee, you'll be seeing her projects in our upcoming events often!
Oh my it's June already, Wow!  Are you ready for what's in store for June, sit for a spell and rest your weary bones coz it's time for our 2nd annual 


 SKELLIE-FEST begins on June 4th with a big SKULL APPRECIATION DAY blog hop so mark your calendars and join us on Saturday over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and bask in all the wicked cool skull themed projects then enter our SKELLIE-FEST linky party for the chance to win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!
Day 3 of SKELLIE-FEST is also the start of our new monthly Challenge for June so stop by to see what Team Inpsire has been creating for you and also on June 15 for our mid-way post with even more wonderful inspiration by our LCDesigners! 
Later this month we'll also be sharing some masculine inspired projects in honour of Father's Day!  It's going to be another packed month of stamping fun over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  Become a follower and also sign up for LCPtoC's emails to make sure you never miss a single one of our activities!
Before you go I'd also like to remind you 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 Saturday for SKELLIE-FEST!
Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader