Friday, February 28, 2020


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 my inky friends...Roni here.  I have really been enjoying the Monkey See, Monkey Do challenge #93. LCD/CV have lots of great monkey images to use but you're not limited to monkeys... This challenge also encompasses "Repeat Stamping" which is a technique where you simply stamp the same image over and over and over.  Well, I decided to use both monkeys and repeat stamping in one card....

Don't you just love that image and that sentiment (Too Many Options) is perfect for this little trio - Three Monkeys.

I stamped one of the images from the set - ATC Text Set 2 SATC2 on the background cardstock in Tulip Red VersaFine Clair ink which is visible IRL but for some reason I just couldn't capture it on film. I think the slight texture of the cardstock and color matching from the ink is playing tricks with the camera making it look like lots of texture.

I stamped these little guys on a piece of watercolor paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Once dry I watercolored them using Prima's Watercolor Confections and a bit of shimmery frost Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint.  I mixed up the shimmery paint and picked a little bit of it up along with my colored paints to create a slight shimmer which shows up beautifully IRL.

There is still time to join our challenge...
don't miss out on the fun!

Also, If you love our stamps you don't want to miss this either...
we have a call for our Design Team...

Thursday, February 27, 2020


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!

We are looking for some new Lost Coast Designers to join our fabulous Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda team!  We are a small, enthusiastic and friendly team 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 call is open until 29th February 2020.  
International applications welcome.

DT term is one year.

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.  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 Lost Coast Designer 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 Gail (   Please put “Lost Coast Design Team 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.
  • Short biography - tell us a little about yourself, why you would like to join our Design Team and what you think you can add to the team
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, You Tube channel 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 keep file sizes under 300kB). 
  • You will be compensated for your work with a generous selection of quality rubber stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda. 
  • Your paper art projects proudly displayed at stamp conventions in the USA and Europe.
  • Exposure on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog, Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda company Facebook Pages and our Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda Facebook Fan Group.
  • You get to create with and be inspired by a group of very talented stampers and participate in lots of fun events.
  • Be able to work with all our stamp images, regardless of personal tastes and preferences.
  • Have an active, up to date blog.  We use blogger, so familiarity would be an advantage.
  • Be a good communicator, reliable, dedicated & on time with deadlines and be able to work with themes in a team environment. 
  • You must be able to take good photographs to showcase your art well.
  • Display 3-4 badges (3 permanent, 1 temporary) on your personal blogs to promote Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda 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 Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda Facebook Fan group as well as belong to our private DT group. 
  • Be willing to participate in various events like blog hops, etc.
  • Share at least three project per month on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog on assigned dates.  Posts are to be engaging, written in good English, easy to follow, with info on what was made and how it was done, either as a brief summary or in tutorial form, photographic or video.
  • In October we do an annual Halloween blog hop/event where we post every day of the month.  Additional projects will be expected at this time, split between the whole team.
  • You are required to comment on challenge entries.  
  • 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. 
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Happy Stamping!
Design Team Leader

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Monkey see, monkey do: Medieval City

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 everyone, Liesbeth here. Here's another inspiration card for our Monkey See, Monkey do Challenge. Click HERE to read everything about it, and how to participate!

This time I have chosen repeat stamping using one stamp (Small Cityscape) I love this technique, it's so easy ...with a great effect! It looks like an old medieval city. 
This is how to do it: 
Use a dark blue water soluble ink.. I used Memento Luxe, but Distress ink also works. Without an acrylic block, stamp the city at the bottom of the card. Repeat the stamping, bend the stamp to stamp just smaller pieces of it. Don't re-ink the stamp every time, use the 2nd and 3rd and 4th print as well. Try to stamp lighter and lighter, it looks like the buildings are further away. Let the color run out here and there with a water brush. Paint a tiny bit of watered down brown Distress ink here and there. Sponge the edges with blue ink and finish with a text (I used Imagine Faith Destiny Inspiration)
I hope you English isn't perfect ;-) ...if not: please feel free to ask! 
See you next time!

Liesbeth XX

Monday, February 24, 2020

Tall Tales

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 card featuring Reindeer Gnome and some repeat stamping for the current Monkey See, Monkey Do challenge.  This gnome strikes me as a teenager and I can imagine hem's parents saying 'You're not going out wearing that are you!!  But I figure it's a pretty good hat for the days hem's gnoming at the bad advice bureau!!
Obviously the signage is for near and far sighted customers!!

I started by stamping Lost Coast Designs Fruit Pods Background on my white card base with Prickly Pear archival ink.
I stamped Carmen's Veranda Bad Advice sentiment on a scrap of white card with black archival and used the Prickly Pear ink to edge and add some colour to the white card.  I popped it up on a scrap of craft foam.
I stamped Reindeer Gnome on white card with black archival, coloured with Promarkers and glitter glue and fussy cut.  The Bad Advice sentiment I stamped on white shrink plastic, shrunk it and added it to the card on a Gail design 'wood post'!!
Join our Monkey See Monkey Do challenge with your stamped projects featuring monkeys and/or repeat stamping for a chance to win Lost Coast Design dollars!!!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Monkey See Monkey Do: Liars and Their Pants

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 to all from Laurie with a fun card for the "Monkey See, Monkey Do" challenge going on until the end of February, right here on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

For this card, I used the Pants On Fire clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda,
the Cheesecloth background stamp from Lost Coast Designs, and the Monkey Face stamp from Carmen's Veranda.
I started with my background, taking a piece of scrapbook paper with just a little bit of brown and green color to it.  I heat embossed the Cheesecloth background stamp with clear embossing powder onto my background paper.  I then used some Distress Spray stains in shades of rust, brown, and green and sprayed these randomly over my paper.  I blotted up the excess and dried my page.

Next I stamped my Monkey Face onto white card stock and colored it with Copic Sketch markers. I stamped my sentiment onto white card stock with black ink and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I positioned this at the bottom of my card then attached Mr.Monkey Face directly above this.  I layered my card front with a white panel, edged that with the same Distress Ink, and finished it off by added some Glossy Accents to the monkey's eyes.
Let us see your Monkey and/or repeat stamping creations before the end of February for a chance to win some of the awesome stamps from Lost Coast and Carmen's Veranda!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Love Hearts

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 I made for you.
Stamps Used:
Two Gnomes
Calligraphy square
So for my take on the Monkey See Monkey Do Challenge  I took the  Calligraphy square stamp and a heart stencil and put the heart stencil over the front of the card and stamp the Calligraphy square with some red distress ink. When I was done stamping I then took a blending sponge and blended the extra ink from the over stamping on the stencil. That is what gives the heart the ink blended look.
Stamp Two Gnomes on white Copic friendly paper and color with Copic markers. I added some white highlights to them and cut out.
I then added some black washi tape for the Two Gnomes to stand on.
I hope you like the card and join in the fun.

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Design Team Call??