Saturday, January 20, 2018

I Am Woman - or in this case Women

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!

The Lost Coast Portal Event for January has the theme "I Am Woman" and LCD's website has so many great stamps featuring women.  This is one of my favorites -  Early Stitch n' Bitch.
 
I stamped my ladies with black ink onto white card stock and cut them out.  The only color I added was to their hands and faces and their little wicker basket of yarn.
I mounted them with foam tape to a patterned piece of paper that reminded me of old wallpaper you might find in someone's sitting room.  I edged it with some distress ink and a black sticker border along the bottom.  I punched out the old clock face from a collage sheet and added that above the ladies.  I stamped my sentiment with black ink and cut out around it, edging it with black ink and positioned it to the left side.  You can find this fun stamp Bottom of Wine Bottle at the Carmen's Veranda website along with a lot of other fun new sayings.
I finished this off by mounting it to a piece of torn edged watercolor paper.
Now go see what fun stuff you can make for the challenge!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Familiar and 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!

Hello.  Gail here today with an ATC featuring the gorgeous Owlynn stamp.  I always like to do something a little special to share with you and when my first version of this was finished I must admit I wasn't happy.  So I slept on it, and I decided it wasn't that bad after all when I looked at it again in the cool light of the day.  We have snow today so the light is very cool and very bright!  Part of the problem was that I had decided to emboss using gold embossing powder.  I don't have fine gold powder, so not all of the details were perfect, and the gold also doesn't give such a nice contrast with the colours.  So I redid it with black fine powder and this is the result.

Sometimes it's nice to just let the stamp speak for itself.  This is such a detailed image that I just stamped, embossed and coloured.  It's just slightly bigger than an ATC so it perfectly filled my canvas once I cut it to size.

Here's a picture of my partly coloured image.  Now, I am not very good at colouring.  There are people who take hours and hours on shading and blending and such, but I don't have the skill or the patience.  I used to avoid images like this as too detailed for me, but I have discovered it is very therapeutic to colour.  I suppose that's why adult colouring books took off, but as a stamper we already have access to images.  Just stamp and colour.  That said, Lost Coast Design also have a colouring book with some very fun pages combining many of their stamps LOL.  Anyway, I am just picking out the elements and adding colour using sharpies, Promarkers and distress inks.  Mix and match!  That's me!!!  Went a bit crazy face paint, but I quite like the rebel look.
Here's what I meant about the gold versus the black embossing.  I used sightly darker colours on the black one for the owl and her face paint, but otherwise they are the same.  They look much more intense against the black lines, although I think my yellow flowers were better first time around. And oops, missed a bit of her dress and where did that leaf come from..........
I finished by stamping and embossing the Carmen's Veranda Best Friends sentiment.  I meant to do that before I coloured, in case it all went horribly wrong, but luckily it went OK.  I have used this image on an ATC before, but last time I had the owl as the focus and switched things around a bit.  If you would like to see that one you can find it HERE.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope I have inspired you to get out your woman themed stamps and join our challenge.  You have until the end of the month and someone will be the lucky winner of some Lost Coast dollars.  Hugz

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Learn from Yesterday

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 I Am Woman challenge.
 I started out with a white Copic friendly cardstock and stamped Lycaonia with black ink.
Then I colored with Copic markers.
I also colored the background with Copic markers and took the colorless blender and made "snowflakes" with it for the sky.
Next I added a saying and layered my panel on black cardstock, then a blue card base.
An easy coloring and layering card.

Don't forget to join the I Am Woman challenge.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CHALLENGE #45 - I AM WOMAN

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!

Greetings.  It's time for our new Challenge.
Our challenges are now fortnightly!  A new challenge starting the 1st and the 15th of every month, with chances to win your self some Lost Coast dollars. We will be announcing winners on the 5th of the month, so do pop back and see who wowed the team and gets our snazzy blog badge and the coveted Lost Coast dollars.

Now for our new Challenge!

CHALLENGE #45 


I AM WOMAN



We want to see projects featuring women.  Any age, any style, just show us bashful girls or wise crones and every in between and help us celebrate the ladies.

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.  If you are using Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps you can now also link up your challenge entry in the Lost Coast Official Fan Group on facebook.  There is a challenge album in photo's.  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 some inspiration from the team to get us started.  ENJOY!

LAURIE with this gorgeous fun card using using Birthday Mona and Do I Smell Cake 
SUE made this lovely tag using Feather Diva With Face
 and Fly
PUFF made this quirky card using stamps from Mini Flying Ladies for the face, from Doll Accessories for the body, and from Mannequins for the dress
 
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 5 to midnight PST on the 31th and don't forget to follow us so you don't miss anything!  The team will be posting more inspiration throughout the month so check back and join the fun.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host


Friday, January 12, 2018

Soul Circles

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 to share some final inspiration for our Doodle challenge.  This is an ATC made by Marilyn using Lost Coast Design 5 Circles and Carmen's Veranda Art Wings to Fly clear sentiment stamp
 You have until 5 to midnight on the 14th January to link up your stamped makes to our Doodle challenge.  Dig out those doodle style stamps or add some squiggles and wiggles with a pen and join the fun for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Raven Doodles

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 raven doodles for you.
I made this card using stencil and stamps and a ink pad or two.
 Here is a close up of the stencil and corner swirl stamp I used.
What I did was take a white cardstock and a circle stencil (I used Tim Holtz).
Tape it down over the cardstock and pick your color of ink. (I used my favorite color purple)
I used Distress ink for this because it is easy to blend. I took the corner swirl stamp and stamped it over the stencil. Next I took the blender and the leftover ink on the stencil and blended it into the circles. So you have the dark ink from the stamp and the lighter ink from the blending.
Next I took the Raven right small and black ink and stamped it in the middle(ish) of the paper.
Last I took the Farting Unicorn saying under the Raven.
Added it to a black card base and I was done.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Licensed To Party

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 to share a party card.  Did you know Lost Coast Designs are now selling the Katzelkraft Cats and Dogs stamps???  These are so fun.  Meet Party Cat.
I decided he needed to disco like it's 1999........
I started by stamping Lost Coast Design Fourth Dimension using blue and green radiant neon ink.  I used a ripped piece of paper to mask off the top of the image to make my disco floor
I stamped Party Cat with Distress Ox Fossilised Amber, cos I wanted those party doodle bubbles and spirals to be yellow.  Then I used the same ink to stamp Cracked Sky many times.  Love those little stars and spirals.
I used License Plate Alphabet and stamped the letters using the green and blue neon inks.  I outlined the letters with gel pen to add some definition.  Here's a quick snap to show how that doodled outline makes the letters pop.  I also doodled a faux stitched border and edged my letters with grey archival ink.
I cut the panel with a stitch die and mounted on a white card base.  Party Cat was stamped, embossed and fussy cut.  I made him orange, cos they say gingers have more fun.  Then I added my letters.  PARTY!!!!
Our current challenge is Doodle and you will find the linky HERE

Thanks for visiting.  
Don't forget to drop by all month for fresh inspiration from the team.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Doodle in Dreams

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!

Our Challenge for this month of January is "Doodling", and there are so many great "doodle" stamps on the Lost Coast Designs website. 

For this card, I used Face With Heart Stamp and Doodle "Dream" clear stamp.  
I used black ink and stamped the face directly onto my background, then used Copic markers to add some color.  My background is made with my Gelli plate and rust, yellow, and brown acrylic paints and various stencils.  I then stamped the word "Dream" with black ink below the face.  I layered this with a brown piece of card stock then layered that with a torn edged piece of water color paper.
  
Now you go and create your own "Doodle" and enter the challenge for a chance to win free stamps from Lost Coast Designs!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Winner of Challenge #43

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!

Greetings
It's time to announce the WINNER of Challenge #43 Christmas/Winter!

We would like to thank everyone who entered their lovely festive projects and it was so nice to see so many using Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda stamps.  You of course get an extra chance in the random draw for using our stamps on your projects.  Thanks for playing with us!

We used Mr Random and he said

WINNER of CHALLENGE #43
is

KIRSTEN 


with this gorgeous festive creation

 Congratulations Kirsten!  Please email Marilyn (mcgoo4@gmail.com) by the end of the month to claim your prize of a $5 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)
 

Our current challenge is

DOODLING

Link up your stamped projects using doodle style stamps,
 or add some hand drawn doodles,
 for your chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Down With The Fishes

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 (although it's actually afternoon here in the UK) and a very Happy New Year to everyone. It's Sue here with our first challenge of the year at Lost Coast Designs, and it's 'Oodles of Doodles' Now this would normally strike terror into my heart, but my resolution for this year is to 
a) lose half my body weight (only joking - or am I....) and 
b) be a bit less of a perfectionist/control freak/not such an uptight arse - we can say this in England, it's not swearing - honestly! So, to celebrate the untightening of my arse - not sure if we can say that?? I didn't make my piece until the morning it was due, and I'm now typing up my post an hour and 15 before it due EEEEEEK!!
Anyway, here it is



So, in keeping with the theme of 'no worries' I decided to start in my brand new, pristine journal! But it's a cheapo one which is great because it doesn't matter if I mess up in it.



I't a black journal, so my first layer is white gesso, and then some colour.



I've used a mixture of Amsterdam, and Dina Wakley acrylics, and just brayered a background.



I also made a mop up sheet to use later.



Time for some stencilling and doodling with a white pen and black acrylic.



On my mop up sheet I stamped some images from the Fish and Heart Set and cut them out.



Then I sewed them onto a couple of tags.



I stamped the fish onto the circle from the Shadow Frame set so that I could reverse stamp it. It's not as 'perfect' as the normal stamping, but remember resolution (b) lol



The circles from the Leonardo Accessories Set have been stamped and cut out from the mop up sheet. You can also see the Large Chickenwire Background in the corner.


So there we are, all done with seconds to spare lol

It's your turn now, please join in with your doodles, however you make them for the chance to win some Lost Coast $'s. 

Submit your entries in the linky party by 5 to midnight PST on the 14th and don't forget to follow us so you don't miss anything!  The team will be posting more inspiration throughout the month.

Thanks very much for looking, and I'll see you later in the month xx


Monday, January 1, 2018

CHALLENGE #44 - OODLES OF DOODLES

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!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello 2018 and hello to you!  So glad you have dropped by.  New year, new ideas, new challenge.  We are going two weekly!  A new challenge starting the 1st and the 15th of every month, with chances to win your self some Lost Coast dollars. We will be announcing winners on the 5th of the month so do pop back and see who wowed the team and who gets our snazzy blog badge and the coveted Lost Coast dollars.

So, here we go.  Our first challenge of 2018 is

CHALLENGE #44

DOODLING


We want to see doodles on your project.  You can use doodle style stamps or freehand it, but we are a stamping challenge so there must be some rubber or clear stamping on the project as well.  Do check out the Doodle Stamps and Backgrounds categories at Lost Coast Designs for doodley ideas.

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...and 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 some inspiration from the team to get us started.  ENJOY!

CATHY made a card using Corner Swirl,
 Raven Right Small and Carmen's Veranda Farting Unicorn sentiment
GAIL made an ATC using Carmen's Veranda stamps
 White Cat, Cracked Grass, and Zen Create
and a tag using Frankenstein, Bubbles Background and Right Kind of Weird


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 5 to midnight PST on the 14th and don't forget to follow us so you don't miss anything!  The team will be posting more inspiration throughout the month.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host
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