Friday, April 28, 2017

Forget Me Not

Good morning Lost Coast Designs fans!  This time around I want to share with you how I created the Twinchie I made for the New Stamp Release that was over on the Portal.

I started out by painting a piece of 2x2 matboard black.  Once that was dry, I stamped the Heart from the Fish and Heart Set and colored it in with Primacolor pencils.  I added green metallic thread around the edges and found the sentiment in my stash.

Easy peasy and the black background really sets off the other colors.  You should see how the colors pop in person.

Stay tuned!  As always, there will be more next month from our talented group of designers.

Marilyn aka Tarnished Rose
LCD DT Leader.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hi all Cathy here with my Crayon Smell card.
Don't we all love the smell of a box of new crayons. I know I sure do. That is what I first though of when I made this card.
 So this stamp is from Carmen's Veranda new stamps. I stamped it on Copic friendly paper. Then I colored it with Copic markers. Next I added Glossy Accents to the tops of the crayons. When that was drying I started on the background of the card. I wanted a vintage look so I went though my paper stash and found the one I liked. So then I started on that background. Guess what I used to make it? Bubble wrap and a cap from a old marker. Also paint. I had bubble wrap sitting on my table and I said lets use it for the background. I used the white paint for that one. The cap I used black paint for it. Yes that is it.
Next I cut out the crayon stamp. Edged it in black marker so you don't see the white paper from me cutting it out. Taped that on front of my card, then I printed the saying from the computer. Layered that in black cardstock. That is my card

Monday, April 24, 2017

Another Favorite Background  Technique

Simple Paper Collage

This is one of my favorite background techniques and is simple and fun to do.
I love collage and love working with paper so putting the two together is
a perfect fit and fun project for me.

Here I have created a 4 X 4 card.  I used coordinating paper from a 6 X 6 paper pack 
I had on hand that consisted of predominately pink, blue and green decorative papers.
I started cutting out squares and rectangles of different patterns and arranged
them in a way that looked balanced and interesting to my eye.  Once I had my collage in place, I taped all the pieces together on the back sides then flipped it over and attached it to my
card front.  I punched
a heart out of one of the papers and glued that to the upper right corner.

I then stamped these two cute little birds onto patterned paper with black ink and cut them out.
I attached them atop my collage and dotted the eyes on each bird with crystal effects to give them some dimension.
And voila!  A completed card!

You can find these bird stamps at Lost Coast Designs
under the "Whimsical Birds by Doris Arndt" section.  These are
"Whimsical Flora" and "Whimsical Amelia".

Go forth and create!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Feelin' Groovy

Hi and welcome to the weekend circa 1962. Today I'm sharing my groovy cats with you, as part of our new release event. We've been showing our projects over on the Portal To Creativity and this is how my peace loving cats came about.

Not an exciting photo is it! I started by painting a pice of 7.5 x 7.5 with bright yellow acrylic paint. It has a nicer feel to it than just yellow card.
I created my backgound with Andy Skinner and PaperArtsy stencils. On version 1 I used acrylics through the stencil, but these bled underneath, so on version 2 I used Portfolio pastels, and rubbed them through with my finger. Much cleaner (apart from my fingers)

It was looking far too clean, so I used another Andy Skinner stencil and applied random patches of black gesso with a baby wipe, and lots of white Posca pen. 

So that my Cat Trio stood out against the rather jazzy background I kept them mainly in black and white and just used Posca's on their tails.
Next time I shall keep the background simple then I can really go to town with the groovy cats.
The sentiments were printed on the computer, then everything was stuck and sewn down.
If these cats happen to jump into your basket over at the Lost Coast shop I wouldn't judge you. They are certainly favourites of mine!
Have a lovely weekend, and thanks very much for looking.
Sue x

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Her Name Was Lola....

Good morning and happy Thursday. It's Sue here and I'm really happy to be sharing my first piece with you. The current challenge on the Portal To Creativity is 'favourite background techniques' and one of mine is really high tech and involves erm a drinking straw!

I do have some step by steps, but not many because this technique is so simple, but I feel it really packs a punch.

I do like a nice big card, so I cut a piece of glossy card to 7.5 x 7.5 (inches, I'm very old school) It has to be glossy cardstock not photographic paper as this sucks up the ink rather than letting it travel.
Pick a few colours that you like, and one at a time dot a few drops of alcohol ink on the card, and simply blow through the straw. Canned air is also really good for this, but you can give your lungs a workout for free! I kept the inks just to one side so that my girls wouldn't get lost in the colours.

Aren't these Showgirls fabulous! You can add as little or as much colour as you like. I used just a little red Prisma pen, but any alcohol ink pen would work just as well.
I loved the quote, these girls are definitely in their Happy Place These are Carmen's Veranda clear stamps, and some of them will make you laugh so hard you'll blow your coffee out of your nose!

And we're just about finished. I matted this onto some black card, then a white 8 x 8 card blank. I sewed it all down as I cannot doodle. At. All. Doodling scares me, yet I'm happy to stitch away - weird uh! I added a few sequins to break up the white a bit 'cos white space scares me too, but I'm trying...

Have a very happy day, and thanks very much for looking x

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Favorite Background

Here is how I did my flying Mona favorite background. Got a straw. Cut end into strips. Picked out 3 to 4 paints. Spread out paints on craft mat. Dip straw "paint brush" into paints. Dap on paper. I used mixed media paper but you can use any type. Repeat with other colors of paint. Then I set aside to dry. Then I stamped Flying Mona on a Copic friendly paper. Colored her with Copic markers to match the paint colors I used to the background. Then I cut her out. She needed a little glitter on her so I added glitter to her crown circle.  Edged her in black marker so she blends well. Then I added her to the card and edged the blue ink. Layered the panel on black cardstock. Then added that to a card. When I was done I looked at the card and thought it needed something so I added a saying from Tim Holtz small talk stickers.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Another Favorite Background Technique: Masking + Gelliprinting

Greetings, Lost Coasters! Today I wanted to talk a bit about a cool background technique you can use with any stamped image and a little masking. Fire up your trusty gel plate and let's get going!

I made this piece using the Butterfly Face and Diamonds Borders stamps. I inked them with three colors of Stazon in purple, navy, and turquoise, stamped the images, and cut masks for them. 

Using repositionable adhesive, I tacked the masks down over the stamped images, then got to work with my gelli plate. For this piece, I used the 5" x 7" plate. (I cropped the final piece a bit so that I got a composition I liked.)

Onto the gel plate I rolled on three colors of acrylic paint (blue, purple, lavender) with a brayer. I dragged a pencil eraser (the kind that fits on the end of your pencil) through the paint to make the wavy lines, and pressed a texture plate into the wet paint to get the warped pattern most visible in the purples. (NOTE: Don't worry about being too perfect and precise with this--you want a loose cool arty effect!) Then I printed directly onto the masked images.

There was still a little paint on the plate and not enough textural interest going on in the blue area of the print for my taste, so I put a numbers mask down at the top, rolled just a bit of black paint onto the plate for a dryish, texture-y effect, and printed that on top of the still-masked Butterfly Face. I wanted to keep these numbers in the background as a quiet bit of additional interest, not steal focus from the beautimous Butterfly. 😜

Then--just remove the masks, and voila! You have a quirky, arty piece ready to go in no time at all!

If you try this technique, please be sure to let me know, because I would LOVE to see your projects. 😍 Happy stamping and gelli-printing!

Friday, April 14, 2017


The Lost Coast Portal Challenge for the month of April features a favorite background technique.  I chose a technique called Faux Chin Colle.  There are so many great techniques out there, but I really like the layers and colors you can create with this one.  Here are the steps to follow to duplicate this technique:

This background technique above is called Faux Chin Colle and uses a Gelli pad, acrylic paint, matte medium, stencils, and heavy and light weight papers.

Step 1:  Take a piece of heavy paper the size you want your project to be.  I used a sheet of 9 X 12 Bristol smooth white paper.  Using matte medium, adhere several pieces of lighter weight papers to create a simple collage.  I used a page from a vintage French book and a piece of a vintage map.  Once adhered to your paper, cover surfaces of your collaged objects with matte medium.  Allow to dry.

Step 2:  Select a paint color and cover your Gelli plate with the paint, using a brayer.  I used orange as my first paint color.  Place various stencils atop the paint, then smooth a sheet of light weight paper over the Gelli plate, pressing down to transfer the design to the paper.  I used three stencils for this one:  clock gears, circles, and a lattice design.  Remove paper and set aside.

Step 3:  Leave stencils in place on your Gelli plate and select a second paint color.  This time I used gold paint.  Using your brayer, roll that second color over your stencils only.  Cover with another piece of lightweight paper and press down to transfer the image.  Remove paper.  Be sure to save your lightweight papers from steps two and three as you can use those for backgrounds as well.

Step 4:  Remove stencils from the Gelli plate.  Take your dried collage sheet on the heavier paper and press down onto your Gelli plate, smoothing paper to transfer paint and images over your collage.

Step 5:  Using the Clock Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda, (  I stamped the image using black ink onto a piece of lightly shaded back ground paper.  I cut out around the image and embossed the edge in gold, then affixed it to my background paper.

Here are several more examples of some backgrounds I made using the same technique:

For this sample I used a whole 9 X 12 sheet of background paper.  On my other examples I used half of a sheet for each sample, so this one is larger.  I collaged pages from a couple of vintage books, a page from a vintage writing workbook, and a small sketch from an old gardening book.  I used yellow, orange and gold paints and the flourishes stencil, the clock gears stencil, and a squares stencil.  

For this one I used my matte medium to attach a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue paper to my heavy paper.  I used pink, yellow and gold paints and several stencils, including circles and flourishes.  I love this tissue paper and it makes a beautiful background under you paints and stencils.

For this background, I used my matte medium to attach a strip of paper featuring pocket watches and a piece from a vintage calendar.  I used blue and gold paints and circle, diamond, and clock gear stencils.  This one also has more of the white background of the original paper left as an element.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Design Team Update

Good morning all!  I have an announcement to make!  We have a added two new Design Team Members.  Please help me welcome Sue Davies and Cathy Norton to LCD/CV.

Hi, I'm Sue Davies, also known as Sue the Iron.  I live in the North of England with my husband and two grown children.  I retired from work last year, so in theory I should have lots of spare time - I don't know what went wrong there!

I've been crafting for about 10 years and love to play with inks and paints and most of all - stamps.  There is nothing quite like inking up new rubber or trying a new technique.  I've long been a fan of Lost Coast Designs and their fun, quirky stamps are right up my street so I'm really excited to become part of the team.
Hi, my name is Cathy Norton.  I have three kids, am married, and work part-time at Target.  I really enjoy stamping and got into art journaling about a year ago after watching YouTube videos by Dylan Reavely.  She make it OK to be messy to me.  I also like to make ATCs, mixed media, collage, and altered art.  Digital art is also a fun medium for me to work with also though my first love is rubber stamping.  I'm happy to say I'm a new design team member for Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda stamps.  I'm excited to be on the team and work with the great stamps and other design team members.

Everyone, please make Sue and Cathy welcome.  You'll be seeing a lot of really great projects from them in the very near future.

Happy Stamping!
DT Leader for LCD/CV

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beauty Mystery Magic

Good morning everyone.  Last month, the challenge over on the Portal blog was Black and White. Today I wanted to share with you how I created the Beauty, Mystery, Magic ATC for that challenge.

I started by stamping the NEW 5 Circles onto a piece of paper then cutting them out.  I them set them to the side.  Next, I stamped ATC Gothic Text onto the ATC and then added circles using a lid and white paint.  When that didn't show up too good, I switched to black paint and loved it.  I then took a paintbrush, dipped the bottom in black ink, and added dots around the circles.  Once the paint was dry, I added the 5 Circles I had cut out.  Finally, I stamped Beauty, Mystery, and Magic using Miscellaneous Words, cut them out, and centered them on the ATC.

Just goes to show what you can do with just two colors.  

Stay turned as our designers will be sharing their creations and how they were made through the month.

Marilyn aka Tarnished Rose
DT Leader

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Orient Enchantment Event: In-Depth Look at Projects

Hello again, Lost Coasters, and welcome to a post where I'll tell you how I made each of the projects that were posted to the Portal to Creativity in the hopes of inspiring you to participate in our Orient Enchantment event.

I made three ATCs using stamps from the India Set ...the first is "Do More Than Exist," whose directions are the simplest...

I stamped the god from the India set onto a gelli print, then colored him with creamy colored pencils (leaving some of the background showing through) and with white and shimmery copper gel pens. Then I affixed stick-on copper gems to the card and outlined the pattern with more white and copper gel pen. Oh, and added a text label, of course!

For "Talk To The Hand," I scraped some white gesso onto heavy cardstock with a palette knife and let it dry. This gave a bit of texture and a nice base for the next layer. I got out some Distress Crayons, scribbled some color here and there, and blended it with my fingertip (the gesso helps the Crayons smear more evenly than they do on plain paper).

Using permanent black ink, I stamped the Calligraphy Square from Carmen's Veranda for a little background interest. Next I stamped the mehndi hand from the India Set, colored it with gel pens in fluorescent and glitter greens as well as metallic golds and white, and cut it out and collaged it to the card along with the computer-generated sentiment.

To finish the card, I scraped some black glitter paste through a stencil to get the little ball effects on the sides...added 3D dots made of shiny white Enamel Accents and metallic gold Pearl Pen...and edged the whole piece in more black glitter paste. This added dimension and texture to the finished ATC.

For "I Is For Indian Peafowl," I first stamped the peacock from the India Set onto white cardstock and masked him off, then stamped the Taj Mahal behind him and masked that off. Next I applied Distress Inks with a mini blending tool around the masked images, then used the spritz-and-flick method to forcefully apply water droplets to give a mottled effect to the ink background.

Next I stamped the Clover Scroll Border along the bottom of the ATC and embossed the image with silver powder. I colored the clover scrolls with colored pencils, and added a border of dots made with metallic blue, gold, and white gel pens.

I painted the peacock with various colors of Twinkling H2Os--the shimmer on him was amazing in real life! Since the famous mausoleum is white, I left the Taj Mahal uncolored, revealing the plain white cardstock underneath the mask.

Lastly, I stamped and embossed the capital I from the Old Typewriter Alphabet, collaged the genus label onto the card, and edged it all in black chalk ink.

And there you have three very different ATCs, but all with a touch of exotic India. I hope you have fun with the India Set (there are many more wonderful stamps included with it than shown by these three projects!), or check out the Persian and Asian stamp sets from Lost Coast Designs as well for a little more Eastern flavor.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

UNMASKED! Building a (Black and White) Collage Doll with LCD Stamps

Greetings, Lost Coasters! Today I have a tutorial for you on how I made this zany collaged doll for our Black & White challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. These same principles will help you build any sort of rubber-stamped collage.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the Cliff Notes version of the tutorial… For tons of photos, explanatory details, and A VERY COOL REVEAL VIDEO showing the masks being peeled off layer by layer to reveal the final collage, visit my blog! I lay it all out for you there!  😁

1. Plan out the composition. 

Gather the stamp images you'd like to use and start playing with them. You can stamp them and roughly cut them out to experiment with how to position them relative to each other. You could also use software such as Photoshop or InDesign to make a sketch. 

The stamps I used to make this piece were:

Elements from the Doll Accessories Set
Black Flourish
Bishop from Chess Set

2) Decide on your focal point. 

In all likelihood, this will be the image you stamp first--the one that appears on top of all the other layers in the collage, in the foreground. In my composition, it was the eyeglasses image.

3) Determine the order of operations.

Now you have to figure out the order in which you are going to stamp. Determine what is "foreground" and what is "background," and proceed in a logical order. The things that go behind, in the background, get stamped last.

4) Using your sketch as a blueprint...start stamping! 

I recommend the use of a stamp positioner or stamp press tool such as the MISTI. This allows you place each stamp exactly where you want it to print, and to re-ink the stamp to get perfect coverage in case an image prints a little unevenly the first time. 

5) Cut a mask for each image as you work. 

After you stamp each image on the "real" paper, stamp off onto some scrap paper, and cut that print out to use as a mask. I used repositionable adhesive to stick down my masks precisely over each image before stamping the next layer atop it. 

6) Remove the masks; oooh and aaaah.

Again, for a much more in-depth explanation packed with tons of tips, visit me here. And if you have any questions whatsoever about this process, please ask me in the comments over there. I’d love to help you guys try this out if you’ve never done a stamp collage before!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wanderlust ATC

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Wanderlust ATC for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Hi Maintenance Magenta, Luscious Lime, & Sassy Sapphire.  I then stamped the two larger stamps from the Travel Stuff Set using Versamark ink and embossed with black EP.

I cut a section of the paper out to ATC size and edged with black ink.  Next, I stamped the hansa hand from the India Set and cut out.  I colored the hand with Prismacolor pencils.  Before adding the hand to the ATC I splattered the background with yellow and orange paint.

Finally, I stamped Wanderlust from the Travel Quotes Set onto a piece of cardstock then sprayed it with LSG Yellow Rose of Texas.

Thank you for joining me today.  Until later........................

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Journey ATC

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Journey ATC I made for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Canna Lily Burnt Orange, wiping it with a baby wipe to remove some of the color.  Once it was dry I stamped the map from the India set using sepia ink and then cut it to fit my ATC. 

I then stamped the Matsya from the India set on another piece of paper using teal ink and clear embossed.  I painted the details using Metallique Ancient Coin and then cut him out.

Lastly, I stamped the "All journeys" quote from the Travel Quotes set using Timber Brown Stazon ink onto a piece of cardstock I had colored with watered down LSG Canna Little Burnt Orange.  I then assembled everything, popping up my image and saying with pop dots.

That's all for today!
Until later........................

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Design Team Update

Good morning all!  I have an announcement to make!  We have a new Design Team Member.  Please help me welcome Laurie Davis to LCD/CV.
My name is Laurie Davis and I live part of the year in Andover, Mass. and spend the winters with my husband of 50 years (yikes!) in Palm Desert, CA.  We have two sons and a daughter and two grandsons - one in California and one in Massachusetts.  So we spend our time chasing them from one side of the country to the other.

I got into stamping and paper crafting about 15 years ago and was first introduced to rubber stamps at a Stampin' Up party.  I bought my first set and I haven't quit yet!  I not only love stamping but also journaling, mixed media, collage, assemblage, calligraphy - any kind of paper crafting really.  I am part of several swap groups and am a new member of the Lost Coast Designs Design Team.  I love Lost Coast Designs stamps.  To me, they are much more fun and interesting than some of the cutsie rubber stamps that are produced by a lot of the stamp companies out there.

I am excited by this new "creative" opportunity and look forward to working with all the other Design Team Members.
I'm sure Laurie will amaze you with her projects.  Stay tuned!

Don't forget, the Design Team Call is ongoing.  Go HERE to view all the details, then mail your application to Marilyn at  

Happy Stamping!
Interim LCD/CV DT Leader

Friday, February 24, 2017


It's time for a Lost Coast Designs Design Team Call!

We are looking for some new LCDesigners & one special LCDesigner Leader 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.

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 Marilyn (LCD/CV Interim DT Leader) at   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 24 projects per one year term (2 per month) 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 14 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 2017 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! 
Happy Stamping!
Interim LCD/CV DT Leader

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Is For Lovers: Or, When I Am King You Shall Be Queen

Hello stamplings! Today for your creative delectation I'm going to walk you through the piece I made for our Lovers event, "When I Am King." (You have two more days to enter your lovers-themed art --until midnight, February 25th--for your chance to win cool stuff! Click on the link in this paragraph and find out the deets if you haven't already entered!)

Do you guys know the children's rhyme "Lavender's blue, dilly dilly"? I took it as my inspiration as I was looking at our fab king and queen chess pieces from the Chess Set. You know how some men will promise you anything, right? LOL So here's our lovable braggart king making you his queen.

Here's how I did it.

Using permanent (waterproof) ink, stamp the awesome king and queen onto hot-press (for a smooth surface) watercolor paper. Stamp and cut masks for the figures, and place the masks over the stamped images.

Sprinkle blue, purple, and gray Nuance powders liberally about! At this point, your piece will look approximately like this:

Now go town and mist the powders with water to your heart's content. Watch the magic happen as they bloom and blend! I like to leave them a little dry in spots for texture, but you're the boss here.

I next used a checkerboard stencil to suggest a chess board, and spritzed some more color through the stencil. (Did you know that you can use the Nuance Powders to make your own sprays? Yep--just put a bit in a mister, add water, and you're good to go!)

Let dry, and stamp "king" and "queen" with the Old Typewriter Alphabet, and emboss with silver EP. I outlined the letters in black artist pen to help them stand out, which also has the advantage of giving the letters more of a funky, arty, handmade look. The other text was computer-generated and collaged on.

With the masks still in place, drizzle and splotch some white and silver acrylic paint to bring light to some of the dark areas and add a little dimension to the piece.

When dry, remove the masks, and paint the figures with pale washes of lavender, blue, and purple. Accent the figures with sparkly silver glitter gel pen to further catch the light. Edge the piece with lavender chalk ink.

You are done! Admire the fruits of your labor...and maybe go give the king a kiss for elevating you to royal status!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hugs and Kisses

Good morning friends.  Today I'm sharing the step-by-step process for my Hugs & Kisses journal spread I created for the February Challenge over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

1)  Tear strips out of old book pages and glue them to the bottom half of each side.  Gesso.
2)  Spray LSG Peony Scarlet Red, Autumn Maple Crimson, and Opal Sea Oats all over the pages.
3)  Add texture using the TH Doily stencil and glossy transparent text paste.
4)  Stencil TH Mini Countdown with Versamark ink and embloss with black EP.
5)  Stamp CV Klimt Kiss on mixed media paper with Versamark ink and emboss with black EP.  Color with markers and cut out.
6)  Add a die cut Hugs and Kisses to the left side of the page and Klimt Kiss to the right.
7)  Scatter die cut hearts across both pages and use a brown Pitt pen to add highlights.
8)  Splatter spread with LSU Luminous Lemon, Luscious Lime, Midnight Rendezvous Raven, & gesso mixed with water.

Thank you for joining me today.  Stay tuned for more step-by-steps from me and others on the LCD team.  Oh, don't forget, you still have a few days to get your entry in for the February Challenge.  Click HERE for all the details and the Linky.

Until later................
Marilyn (aka Tarnished Rose)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Be Mine

Good morning lovelies.  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  I know I did.  Continuing in that vein I wanted to share a quick Valentine's ATC with you.  It really and truly can be for any time of the year, if you want someone to know how very dear they are to you.

I started out by trimming a red piece of cardstock to ATC size.  I stenciled on hearts using Adirondack Raisin and them stamped Cat Quotes randomly with SU Cherry Cobbler.  Next came some rub-ons from 7 Gypsies.  I stamped Be Mine with SU Cherry Cobbler and then fussy cut out, separating the Be Mine sentiment from the rest of the stamp (two stamps in one! gotta love it).  I added that to the center of my ATC, keeping the main image slightly below center (rule of 1/3).  I then used Cranberry Stickles and Frosted Lace Stickles to add dots of color all over the ATC.  Done!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Check in a little later this week for more step-by-steps from me and other members of the LCD team.

Until later.................
Marilyn (aka Tarnished Rose)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another New Release from Lost Coast Designs!

It's Nan again with a fabulous full Small Skeleton that is being reminded by his skull friend that with those wonderful wings he need not walk!  How happy this made my skellie friend, hence his party hat!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new releases from both Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda's Stamps as much as I am enjoying playing with them!  Such fun and with the fantastic events we have been and are having, it is just that much more fun!  I hope you have entered our Steampunk Queen of Hearts Event; make sure you visit the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   to see our last amazing project from one of the design team today!

The Small Skeleton's helpful wings and fun party hat are from the Doll Accessories set which is full of fun things!  The Persian Skull that is helping out our pal with some advice comes from Lost Coast Designs, too, along with the Old Typewriter Alphabet set for the word "fly".  The smaller words set I picked up in Japan and it is very interestingly made.  

Please check out our monthly challenge "Lovers" HERE and of course, all of our event information and all the details of all we have going on visit The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity !


Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Promise of Amore!

Hi, it's Nan with you today and a little brave Matador Monkey!  He is a new release at Carmen's Veranda Stamps and I just love him!  And as Valentine's Day quickly approaches, he is promising his everlasting love to someone.  He seems very determined about it, too!

Hope you have enjoyed this little guy like I have and hop on over to Carmen's Veranda and see all the odd, quirky stamps that are offered there!  There is a showing from Lost Coast Designs Stamps in the word "Promise"  from the Mis. Words Set

As you know, but just so you can't say you didn't :) the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity     is where it is all happening all the time!  An event starting up today!  The Steampunk Queen event!  Check out the Portal for Leigh's lovely offer and get all the details!  Our monthly challenge is "Lovers" so make sure you play there also!  The more you play the more stamps you can earn!


Friday, February 10, 2017

"Steampunk Queen of Hearts" Mad Hatter's Top Hat

Happy Friday Lost Coasters!
We're going down the rabbit hole on another adventure into Wonderland over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and this time we've found ourselves in the realm of Steampunk ruled by the Queen of Hearts!
Mattel's Ever After High Lizzie Hearts doll
Buckle up coz things are getting steamy as we countdown to Valentine's Day with daily LCDesigner project shares!  Come and join the adventure and link up your own Steampunk Wonderland creations in the linky HERE!  You have until midnight PST on February 24th so play with us for the chance to win some LCD/CV rubber!
Join Us for another Wonderland adventure! 
I'm a huge Alice in Wonderland fan so of course I have the Ever After High Wonderland character dolls in my collection.  For my project I made Lizzie Hearts an oversized Mad Hatter's top hat!
 I designed and created the top hat from scratch using red cardstock that I'd embossed with a large embossing folder (Regency Crafter's Companion) and enhanced the design with Black Soot Distress ink.  I then happily decorated it with lots of fun embellishments and stamped elements.

I altered a 9 of Hearts playing card and stamped it with Lost Coast Designs large Gears background in Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink and embossed with gold and silver embossing powders.  I distressed the edges of the large playing card and the mini Queen of Hearts playing card with Tim's paper distresser tool and applied Black Soot Distress ink to the edges.  I stamped Lost Coast Designs Queen of Hearts with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock, coloured her with Copics and a metallic gold gel pen and fussy cut her out.  I also stamped up the leaves from Lost Coast Designs large Rose in Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink, embossed with a combo of gold and silver EP and fussy cut them out.  I then painted the leaves with Grass Green and Jade Nuance Powders.  I also stamped up a few card suites and hearts using Lost Coast Designs Heart Diamond Spade Club Border and Hearts and Curls Border in Galaxy Gold, embossed with gold EP and fussy cut them out too.  Next I cut out various greenery from black cardstock using Tim Holtz Garden Greens dies and applied metallic silver and gold rub-on cremes to the pieces.  I embellished my top hat with black tulle, red and white paper roses and assorted brass gears.

Here's a closer look at all the details!
Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!
Have a great weekend!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Manager