Saturday, September 30, 2017

One of Your Five A Day

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Hello Portal Peeps.  Gail here with some ATC's and an idea for your border stamps.


I've used Lost Coast Designs Dominos Border, the central image from Lost Coast Designs Large Tigger Shrine and the fantabulous sentiment from Carmen's Veranda.  Have you checked out the Carmen Veranda clear sentiments??  They rock!!


I started by cutting my ATC's from black card using a Sizzix die.  Then I stamped the Dominos Border 6 times on each ATC and embossed with white powder.  I edged with versamark ink and embossed with white powder again.
Psssst!  This border stamp is on sale at $1!!!  What can you get for $1???   Some beautiful 8" long Borders at Lost Coast Designs!!   Go check em out!  


I stamped the Large Tigger Shrine and fussy cut the central image.  There are so many details on this stamp.  Isn't that a fun little art doll?!  I stamped the Apple A Day sentiment, cut it up a bit and edged the pieces with black archival ink.

Solitude can be good.

 Fruit and exercise.  Sounds healthy.

Thanks for visiting.  Why not join our On the Border Event for a chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.  Use your border stamps in an unusual way.  Or maybe even a usual way!!   See you there.  Hugz

Friday, September 29, 2017

Bingo! on The Border

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

On the Border Event at LCD Portal to Creativity


Hi all - Laurie here.  I've had a lot of fun with the On the Border event taking place here on the Portal to Creativity.   LCD has so many great border stamps - really simple ones and some really elaborate ones that you can even just use portions of.

The sample here uses the Raven with Tree Branches stamp and the Bingo Border stamp


I have a stash of background papers I keep on hand, most of which I have made with my Gelli plate.  This background is one of those and I used yellow, orange and copper acrylic paints and then a couple of stencils and impression plates to create the design.  I stamped the Raven right onto my background with black ink and stamped the Bingo border along the lower edge.  I cut out two of the Bingo chips and mounted them to the upper left corner with foam tape so they stand out a bit.  Using some simple letter stamps, I stamped the word "BINGO' onto a white strip edged black ink, edged it with black, and attached it with foam tape.  I layered my work onto black card stock then with rough edged watercolor paper.

This would make a great Halloween card!  All the right colors for Halloween and that Raven brings Edgar Allen Poe to mind! 

You can link up your On The Border projects until 14th October. 
Happy Creating!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bubble border

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!
Cathy here with a card for our Border event.

First off I want to thank our own DT Iona for this idea for a card. I stared off with some watercolor paper and some Nuance watercolor powers.
Next I stamped the bubble border on the paper twice. Then I started cutting them out. I left one main one as the stamp is and the second one I cut apart. Laying the main full one in the middle and then I picked different strips from the second on I cut up laying it on either side from the middle. I did this till I got a full card how I like it.
Last but not least I stamped the Skeleton on black paper and used white embossing power. Cut around the image and used foam squares to rise it up.  
Ta-Da my card is done. I say grab your border stamps and try them a new way. Mine I didn't even use as a border.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Born To Stand Out

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Helloooo and happy Wednesday, it's my turn to share my 'borders' project for our latest event.


I've used glossy card and alcohol inks for the background.

Then I stamped Spray Webbing and embossed in white.
For my borders I've used Diamonds and Dominos.

I've paper pieced the middle guy from 3 Waiters and given him a hat from the Party Hats 2 set.
The sentiment is one of Carmen's Veranda clear stamps.


I've really enjoyed my play with border stamps this month, and of course they're not just for borders, I made a fab (if I do say so myself) background with the numbers here.



So now it's your turn, please join in with our fun challenge for the chance to win $'s to spend in the online store.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

On the Border, Day 1

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

It's time for a new Event!  This month, we bring you On The Border.  Do you have a lot of border stamps but want to get more use out of them?  Well stay tuned and the designers here will bring you different ways to use those border stamps.  They aren't just for edging your projects.

As always, we will be running a contest with our event, giving you a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  All you have to do is enter your creation below before Midnight, October 14th.  Yep, we give you three whole weeks to show your stuff.  Check the RULES to make sure you follow all the guidelines and then get linked up.  Make sure you use a border stamp somewhere on your piece.

Today, I'm up.
I used Filmstrip Border and Bingo Border in conjunction with a stencil to create a background on my index card.  I sprayed the card with a couple different colors of green ink and let it dry.  I stamped the two borders using archival ink, then added my image and a quote I printed from my computer.  Since I made this for a swap, it's already winged its way to its owner.

Stay tuned.  Tomorrow we will be back to share more inspiration with your.

Now it's your turn!  Click on the Link below to get your entry in.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
LCD/CV DT Leader

Friday, September 22, 2017

Be Ridiculous

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Good morning all!  We continue with this month's Numbers Challenge.  Today, I have an ATC I created using several LCD/CV stamps.
 I started out by spraying the background with several shades of blue and orange ink.  I then stamped the background with some numbers from the Rustic Alphabet Set.  I then stamped one of the images from the Mini Manga Set on a separate piece of card, colored it with pencils, then cut it out and added it to the left side.  I then stamped CV Ridiculous Not Boring on another piece of card I had sprayed with orange ink, cut it out, and arranged it down the right side.  Once the glue dried, I outlined it in black pen.

You can still get in on the fun and have a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber!  Just go HERE and link up your creation before Midnight, September 25th.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn Hughes
LCD/CV DT Leader

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Be Happy

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It's Sue here, and I'm happy to be sharing my second piece for the current 'numbers' challenge.


This is one of those very rare projects that turned out just like it did in my head. Maybe if I imagine myself tall and thin....

White cat in a snowstorm time! The border stamp has been diagonally stamped across the page, then clear embossed. I thought I could do a few lines at a time, but the ink dried too quickly, so I had to stamp a line and emboss, stamp a line and emboss....

It was worth it though, I love how it's turned out! The stamp is the Numbers Border and it's 8 inches long! I had to use a Cuttlebug plate as my stamping block. I've sponged bright Distress inks over the top so the numbers really pop.

Then I've chomped bits out with dies, and mounted onto black card.

I made a Brusho background and stamped the wonderful Medium Doodle Feather. Although this is a really ornate stamp it's really easy to cut out which suits me just fine.

And there we are. Feathers in place, and the Carmen's Veranda sentiment stamped onto a leftover bit of Brusho background.

You still have until the 25th to join in so come on and make the numbers up (sorry!) Just click here to join in the fun.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Godzilla Counts to Ten

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Hi again from Laurie with another sample of something fun you can make for the "Numbers" Challenge for the month of September.

This is made with one of my favorite stamps:  Godzilla!
     I stamped this guy with black ink onto dark green paper - I kind of remembered from the old horror movies that he was dark green in color.  I added a little white around his eye to make it stand out then cut him out (be patient!).  I used a background piece I had on hand that was made using yellow and green acrylic paints, stencils, and my Gelli plate.  I randomly stamped my background paper with tiny numbers and then stamped along the bottom with the Numbers Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

     I then used my vintage typewriter to type the sentiment onto a white square that I layered with a black square then attached it to make it look like Godzilla is holding it up.  Then this was layered with a white piece of card stock.  It would make a really fun birthday card - you could change the "Let's all count to ten" to the age of the recipient to really personalize it.

Don't forget you have until Midnight, September 25th to get your entries in for a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  Just go HERE to link up!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wildling Winter

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Hello.  Gail here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Mistletoe Goth from Lost Coast Designs.

I love this stamp.  So much beautiful detail and so many lovely ways to play.


I started with a piece of card I had used to mop up some dylusion sprays.  I'm always a bit heavy handed with these and end up swimming in colour!!  I picked a bit I liked, stamped Mistletoe Goth and embossed with black powder. 


In addition to the random dylusion spray colours, I used Galaxy markers to add colour to her eyes, lips, nails and the leaves.  I used a white gel pen for the berries and highlights.  I fussy cut the left hand side of the image and also selected point around the image.  At these cut points I added numbers die cut from black glitter card using a sizzix die.

I stuck my image panel over a black glitter card base, leaving a strip of the card base showing.  I die cut Stamplorations Joyeux Noel from black card and stuck it over the black glittery strip.
By the by......  English speakers borrowed the word noel from Old French meaning "the Christmas season."  It can be traced further back to the Latin word natalis, which can mean "birthday" as a noun or "of or relating to birth" as an adjective, in Church Latin a reference to the birthday of Christ.  
Gosh, the things we learn as we craft.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Our current challenge is NUMBERS.  Link up your stamped numerical makes before midnight, 25th September for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars and to get some love and comments from the team.  Hugz




Joining the fun at

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Numbers and Gears

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Numbers and Gears

Greetings to all LCD Portal visitors.  I'm Laurie and I have another "Numbers" September Challenge post to hopefully inspire you to join this month's challenge.
This is a card I created that features the Carmen's Veranda Clock Square stamp.


I stamped my clock square with black ink onto a piece of white paper that I had colored using the Nuance Powders available at Lost Cost Designs.
If you have not used these before, there are some great instructional videos on You Tube.  They are really fun to play with and you can buy them in sets or individually.  I used blues, greens, yellow and a touch of pink.

I then took another background piece I had created with a piece of vintage paper and some stencils and acrylic paints in blue and green, using my Gelli plate.  I stamped it with some various number stamps, using black ink and then attached my Clock Square atop.  I edged it in black ink and layered it with a white panel.


Don't forget you have until Midnight, September 25th to link up your entries to the Numbers challenge for a chance to win some Lost Coast rubber.  Just go HERE to link up!  And you can still do a last minute entry to the Tip Your Hat event.  The linky closes at midnight tonight, so hurry up and get your hat on!!

Thanks for playing!
Laurie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turning Hope to Ho Ho Ho

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Hello.  Gail and Frank here and we just wanted to pop by and remind all you lovely Portal Peeps that the Tip Your Hat event is open until midnight, September 14th.  So if it's got a hat and you used stamps, anyone's stamps, even your friend's bwahahahaha, then pop and hop and link it up to the Tip Your Hat event.


Frank isn't looking very impressed cos he's sure the contract for this gig mentioned a proper Santa hat.  Ho Ho Ho indeed.  Hugz

 Stamps used

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Just a Cat

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Good morning everyone!  The challenge this month is Numbers and we continue today with a tongue-in-cheek ATC I created.
 
 I created a background by heavily spraying with LSG Mists.  I then stamped my numbers using the License Plate Stamp Set.  I stamped my mouse using the Mother Goose Mice Stamp Set on a sheet of watercolor paper and then colored her with pencils.  I positioned her in the lower left corner then stamped CV Just a Cat on some red card, cut it out, and glued it down to the left side.  Finally I added a border using really thin tape (& I see now that it lifted on one corner).

Don't forget to get YOUR entry in for a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  Click HERE before midnight, September 25th to link up your numbers creation.  We also still have the Tip Your Hat event running so if you stamped it and it's got a hat enter it HERE before midnight, September 14th. 

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's All About the Numbers!

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

This month it's all about NUMBERS!  



So much you can do with a theme like this!  I've created a card here with the Steampunk Typewriter Girl stamp from Lost Coast Designs.
I stamped her with black ink onto some cream paper.  I colored her face with Copic Markers and used a silver Uni-ball pen to draw a circle around her face to draw a bit more attention to it.
I created my background with different vintage looking papers to create a collaged surface.  I then stamped with some different numbers with miscellaneous stamps randomly onto my background with black ink.  I edged my background in black ink and attached my little Typewriter Girl into the center with foam tape to give her some dimension.  I have some old typewriter keys so one of those finished her off nicely.  Finishing touch was to rub some Vintage Paper Distress Ink around the edges to accentuate that vintage, old paper look.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

True Friend

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Numbers are on the Menu
Cathy here with a tag I made for the Number Challenge.
Stamps I used: Numbers border and Thick and thin men
First I stamped the men on my tag. Then I did the background.
I used Distress ink and a water brush to make the background. I added some ink from the Distress ink pad to my non-stick craft mat and picked up the color with my water brush.
Next I stamped the numbers border all over tag.  Then I colored with Copic. Next I added stickers and rub-ons.
I hope to see what you come up with the Numbers Challenge.
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Marmalade Me

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Hello Portal Peeps!  Gail here today with a thing.  I actually wasn't sure where this was going or what to call it.  Too big for a postcard.  No canvas involved.  Then I realised a few pieces of thin magnetic sheet on the back and I would have a mega fridge magnet, guaranteed to make me smile if I was having one of those days.....


Yep, happy fridge art, using the wonderful Tabby Cat from Carmen's Veranda.  And in keeping with our current challenge there needed to be some NUMBERS!!



I started by stamping Lost Coast Designs Grunge Border 3" using Colorbox Autumn ink pad.  This has three ink colours on it.  Well, it did have!!  Might have blended them a bit together now LOL.   I stamped the border twice to get the ruler detail in the middle of my panel.  If you haven't checked out the World of Borders section in the Lost Coast catalogue you really should pop over.  So many beautiful designs starting at $1!!  Yep, really.  Definitely worth a visit.  This one is 3" wide and 8" long!!  Huge!!!!  Not a dollar unfortunately, but very reasonably priced LOL.


I cut the piece of the panel I wanted to use and stamped the Like a Trainwreck sentiment from Carmen's Veranda.  I was feeling grungy and very orange so I actually started by stamping with orange ink and embossing with orange powder.  Unfortunately it didn't really pop, so I stamped again with blue ink and embossed with black powder!!  Not sure why I mixed all those colours but I quite like the grungy blurry shadowy effect.  I embossed a piece of orange card with Cuttlebug Ruler Embossing folder and highlighted with orange ink


I stamped Tabby Cat with blue ink on some DCWV cloud patterned paper and fussy cut.  I gave her a neon pink nose and glossy accents on those big sad eyes.


Since someone had mentioned glitter I want a little crazy with the tangerine glitter glue.  I have glitter glue in many fabulous flavours!!  A piece of magnetic sheet on the back and Tabby Cat can take pride of place on the fridge.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you feel inspired to make a stamped anything with Numbers and join the fun with our current challenge.

And don't forget the Tip Your Hat event is also in full swing, so if you have a hatty make you can link that up as well until the 14th of September.  Double fun here at the Portal!!


Tabby Cat is joining the fun at

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Challenge 40 - Numbers

Welcome back to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Good morning one and all!
It's time for our new Challenge for September, but first we have the WINNER of Challenge 39 to announce!  The team had a very difficult choice to make with so many gorgeous projects.  Thanks to you all for playing with us!

The LCDesigners voted on their faves and based on their votes the randomly drawn
WINNER of CHALLENGE #39 is

CRAFTYFIELD


 Congratulations Craftyfield!  Please email Marilyn (mcgoo4@gmail.com) by the end of the month to claim your prize of a $10 gift certificate.  Please provide your full name and mailing address in the email as well as the stamps you would like, you may choose from Lost Coast Designs and/or Carmen's Veranda!

Here's your snazzy Challenge Winner's badge for your blog!
Please link your badge back to us here at LCPtoC, THX :0)
Now for our September Challenge!

CHALLENGE #40

NUMBERS


This month it's all about NUMBERS!  Yep, include numbers somewhere, in some form or fashion.  Scatter them across the background, make them your design element, just incorporate them somehow into your design.

Please remember we do have some Challenge Rules to follow so look them over to ensure your entries qualify to win this month's prize!

You are welcome to play in our Challenges using rubber stamp images from any company but if you use any of our Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps...we love it when you do...then your entry counts as two, which doubles your chances of winning in our Design Team Faves prize drawing.

PRIZES


To ensure you all have a fabulous time playing in our Challenges this is how our Prize system works!
The more entries the better the Prize so tell all your friends to join the fun too!

1 - 4 Entries = one Winner is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
10+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
and all winners get our snazzy Challenge Winner's Badge to proudly display on their blogs!

If you don't have a blog then no prob, you can still play in our challenges by sharing your projects from public photo sharing sites which includes our Facebook Company Pages for Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  Please include our Challenge info and the link back to our challenge in your photo's description!  As long as the privacy setting for your photo is public you're good to go, see, it's so easy to join the fun!  FYI, you can't link up projects shared in closed Facebook groups!

Here's Sue with some inspiration to start us off this month.  Keep popping back as the team will be posting approximately every other day now here.  Or better yet, follow this blog so you don't miss any of the fun!

Hi it's Sue here, and I'm really happy to be kicking off our new challenge, though you wouldn't think so with my sentiment!

Like Feather Bird I can't function without the first coffee of the day!

So I took a very inexpensive A5 notebook with a kraft cover and brayered gesso over the top.

Next, I used some DecoArt paint and a number stencil. It's not rocket science is it, but this is one of my favourite colour combos.

Then fun with stamps! All the words are from Carmen's Veranda clear stamp selection, and the numbers are from Bingo Border.
There is many a true word spoken in a clear stamp sentiment, I always give everything my full ass! This is the back of the book.

And this is the front. Again a CV sentiment, and the wonderful Feather Bird is by Lost Coast. This bird makes me smile every time I see him. For a little guy he has a lot of attitude!

Now it's your turn, are you up for the challenge?  We can't wait to see your projects!
Submit your entries in the linky party below by midnight PST on the 25th!

We will be bringing you more stamping inspiration for the challenge throughout the month!  Yes, now through the 25th, you'll see plenty of inspiration to help your muse, on the average of one every couple of days.
Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host