Monday, June 18, 2018

Wheely Little Fishies Swimming Round

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 a round hangy thing.

Well, what can I say!!  I was feeling summery, so I went with some super bright colours. And our challenge is Round and Round, so I found a few stamps with circles, Lost Coast Designs Circle Frame and Bubbles Background, and I also borrowed the cute little fish from Carmen's Veranda Ballerina with Fish!!  Then I decided to go whole hog and just make it Round!!
I started by stamping Bubbles Background on green card and embossing with Wow Evergreen embossing powder.  I stamped twice to get the size I needed and then cut my card and a piece of greyboard using my cutting compass.
I stamped the Circle Frame on pale blue card using Salty Ocean distress oxide ink and fussy cut it.   Then I stamped and embossed the fish from Ballerina with Fish many times.  Squeeee!!  It's so cute.  Look at that little wheel!!  I fussy cut them and decided to colour them in a rainbow of colour, using my gel pens, and a sprinkle of glitter.  I reverse stamped a couple of them. 
I stuck the Bubbles circle and the greyboard circle together sandwiching a piece of neon wool in between.  I thought it added Seaweedy feel to the whole piece!  I popped the Circle Frame on foam pads and then added the Carmen's Veranda Happy Place sentiment.
A summer sea themed hangy thing for my happy place!
Add your Round and Round circle makes for a chance to win Lost Coast Dollars.  And don't forget to follow us so you won't miss any of the amazing inspiration from the team.  We are sharing new makes all month.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lost in 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!

Howdy my inky friends! Roni here with a card inspired by the latest challenge - #55 - Round and Round.  I knew immediately I wanted to make a card using this wicked circle background stamp!  It is just to cool and the possibilities are endless!


I also used one of my favorite color combinations to create this card with a fun new (to me) medium Marabu Art Crayons.



I stamped the design onto watercolor paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. I then began drawing color into the circles using Kiwi, Turquoise and Plum.  I used a waterbrush to blend and spread the color around the circles. It is so easy to use and the colors stay vibrant even after they have been blended.

Once I was satisfied with the circles I trimmed the panel to fit onto an A2 green card base. The sentiment was then stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock and mounted on green cardstock to match the base and mounted to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now it's your turn!  
Be sure to join in the fun for your chance to win!!

Challenge #55 - Round & Round

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Friday, June 15, 2018

CHALLENGE # 55 - ROUND AND ROUND

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 #55

ROUND AND ROUND


We want to see circles on your stamped makes.  Or maybe circular makes??  Your choice.  As long as we see circles and rubber or clear stamping it is in the running to win some Lost Coast dollars. 

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 = a Winner chosen by the team is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = a randomly selected Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
10+ Entries = a randomly selected 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 made this gorgeously cool card using Lost Coast Designs Steampunk Bicycle Lady and Doodle Circles Background and the fun Carmen's Veranda Inappropriate Behaviour
Cathy is right on trend with the newly popular Artist Trading Coins using Bubbles border, Cat Wavy Face and Doodle Circles Background stamps from Lost Coast Designs
Lori made this beautiful card using the dragonfly from Lost Coast Designs More Bugz, script stamp from Broken Letters and Harmony

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 30th 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!
Gail
Challenge Host


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Meet Trevor

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 Thursday, it's Sue here and I'd like to introduce you to Trevor and his brothers.
Now Trevor insists that I point out that he is the star of my piece, and the whole reason for the Mini Me challenge - his brothers wouldn't agree!

 I started by cutting 3 ATC's from some left over pieces that I'd used to clean off my brayer. These are sometimes my favourite pieces.

 Then I stamped, coloured, and cut out the Katzelkraft Umbrella Cat and two of the cats from Lost Coast More Cats.

I gave Trevor a typed up sentiment 'cos he likes to feel special - his mother always said that he was special!


And there we are - definitely smaller than a card! I hope you like my ATC's and thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Feline Smiley

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 the gorgeously smiley Lost Coast Designs Cheshire Cat en masse....
Sometimes a large stamp on a small space can have a big impact.
The current challenge here at the Portal to Creativity is Mini Me, so I went with a boat load of ATC's (Artist Trading Cards)
I started by stamping Cheshire Cat with Salty Ocean distress oxide ink on various blue scraps
with Picked Raspberry distress oxide on more scraps
and with Fossilized Amber distress oxide on some other scraps.
I was trying for tone on tone effect.  I found that the oxide ink works better on a smooth or glossy surface than an absorbent one, that it was pretty good with all that texture on this very cool stamp, and that I tended to prefer the results on the paler backgrounds.  Very nice chalk look when it dries as well.
Then I used a Sizzix ATC die to cut out my cats and picked 9 I liked best.  I was heading for my first pocket letter, but got distracted.....  There was this little voice in  my head.  It said
I smilez at you
 Nothing beats a feline smile.  I used Lost Coast Designs License Plate Alphabet and the Salty Ocean DOx on various scraps of scraps I had already used and arranged the whole lot on a piece of patterned paper.
Don't forget to link up your small stamped makes by 5 to the witching hour on the 14th for your chance to win Lost Coast Dollars.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Butterfly Joy


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!

Butterfly Joy

Hello all,

This is Lori with a new project for the Mini Me Challenge. Art Journaling is another one of my favorite ways to use rubberstamps. It is a great way to try new ideas and experiment with new products. Below is an itty bitty journal page that I created in my mini 4”x 4” album.



Lost Coast Designs Stamps:
  • More Bugs; Butterfly
  • Long Swirl
  • Harmony, Peach, “Joy”, Freedom

Materials:
  • Faber-Castelle Gelatos: Galaxy, Stardust, Fig, Satellite
  • White cardstock piece for stamped butterfly image 
  • Ranger Archival ink; Jet Black, Deep Purple, Cobalt, Cool Graphite
  • DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust, Ultra Fine Glitter Paint
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, Lamb Black
  • DecoArt Americana Premium, White Gesso
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens
  • Metal feather embellishment

Instructions:

1. Apply a coat of gesso to your Art Journal substrate (my book has pages of heavy weight mixed media paper). Allow to dry or use heat tool.

2. Apply Gelatos over gesso surface, randomly applying multiple colors. Then blend with wet baby wipe until you achieve your desired look. Allow to dry or use heat tool.

3. Going in a left to right motion, apply matte varnish. NOTE: Gelato colors with react to varnish; this is how I achieved the streaky color in the background. Allow to dry or use heat tool.

4. Using Long Swirl stamp, stamp swirls across the left side and bottom of the page. I stamped with Cool Graphite first, then again in Deep Purple and repeated with Cobalt.

5. Apply paint splatters with black acrylic paint. Dry and then apply another coat of matte varnish. Allow to dry.

6. Stamp butterfly, with black archival ink, directly onto the journal page in the upper right corner (see picture for placement).

7. Stamp a 2nd butterfly (with archival ink) onto a separate piece of white cardstock. Seal with matte varnish and allow to dry. Once dry, color with Artist Pitt Pens.

8. Cover butterfly image with a coat of Glamour Dust paint.

9. Fussy cut butterfly and adhere (glue down the middle of the butterfly only, leave wings free) over stamped butterfly on the journal page. Adjust wings to lift off of page.

10. Adhere metal feather embellishment over the body of the butterfly.

11. Stamp “Joy” saying at the bottom of the journal page in black archival ink.

12. Edge page with Artist Pitt Pens (I used grey tones); blend with fingers or sponge along the way. This will create a nice border.

Done!!


Be sure to LINK your “Mini Me” project for a chance to win!   I am looking forward to seeing all of your Mini Creations!

Happy day!
Lori