Monday, March 1, 2021

Mini Me Tripytch

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 1st day of March to all from Laurie!  When March comes, thoughts turn to spring.  I hope that you are looking forward to some warm and wonderful spring weather coming soon, wherever you are.

Our challenge for the first half of March is "Mini Me".  So think making something small like ATCs, ATC coins, inches, twinchies, etc.  Given that, I have created a trio of ATC coins using Moon Owl, Chicken, and Shark stamps from the selection of Carri's Menagerie stamps at Lost Coast Designs.

Starting with the Moon Owls, I found a piece of scrapbook paper with a tree and circle cut that out.  I edged it with brown Distress Oxide Ink and inked the center of the coin with green and gold oxide inks.  I stamped my owls onto white paper with brown ink and fussy cut them out.  I added some orange marker to their beaks and glued on some googly eyes for each.  I attached them with foam tape as shown.  I punched a moon shape from silver paper and attached it above the owls.

Next are the sharks.  I circle cut a bluish piece of scrapbook paper and using green Distress Oxide ink I stamped it with the Doodle Circles background stamp.  I then stamped my sharks onto white card stock with blue ink and fussy cut them out.  I edged my circle with the same blue ink and glued googly eyes onto both sharks then attached them with foam tape.

And last but not least, are the chickens!  I circle cut a piece of greenish card stock and stamped it with the Shrubbery background stamp using dark green ink.  I then stamped my chickens onto white card stock with red ink and fussy cut them out.  I glued them to my circle and added some googly eyes to both.

We are excited to see what mini creations you can come up with.  Be sure to feature some rubber stamping in your work and you just might win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda!


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.  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!



 Show us your Tags, Artist Trading Cards and Coins, Bookmarks, etc etc.  Anything as long as it's small and don't forget to stamp.   Please do not link up cards, even small ones LOL.  Real rubber or clear stamping and the theme must be the focus of your project.  A small stamped sentiment in a sea of die cuts or digi images will not qualify to win the prize and you may be deleted!!!!  Bwahahhaaahaha.

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 random prize drawing.


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 chosen by the team is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = one randomly picked winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at
Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda
10+ Entries = one randomly picked winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at
Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda
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 problem, 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!

Liesbeth used Lost Coast Designs Victoriana and Daisy Flourish
Riet used Lost Coast Designs Sleeping Lucy, Dictionary Words and Flourish.
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 so check back and join the fun.

Happy Stamping!
Challenge Host

Challenge #117 - Mini Me
March 1st - 14th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Sunday, March 14th 23.59 PST.
All entries must be entered in our link up but your don't need a blog to win.  See our RULES page for more info


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Winged things: Calligraphy Doll

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 everyone, Liesbeth here on the final challenge day for Winged Things! I made this very easy big card using only one stamp: Calligraphy Doll. The background is just a piece of design paper. I stamed the calligraphy doll stamp on it, and also onto another piece of (lighter) design paper and cut out the doll. I made a shadow around the doll on the bachground using charcoal pencil, and glued the cut out doll onto it. I finished with color pencil here and there.

Soon the new challenge will start, hope to see you! 
Liesbeth XX

Friday, February 26, 2021

Winged Things: Flying Mona

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 as we near the end of February - already - and the end of the "Winged Things" Challenge.  You still have a couple of days left in the month to get your projects posted on the Portal and a chance to win some free stamps.

I made a postcard for this one, using the Mona Flying stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Forget Shit
clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  My postcard measures approximately 4 x 6 inches.

I started by covering a piece of card stock cut to 4 x 6" with a piece of a vintage letter with beautiful calligraphy type handwriting.  Next I tore a part of a flowered page from a vintage nature book,  inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and affixed it to the left side of my card.  I inked around the other edges as well.

I stamped Mona with black ink onto white card stock and colored her with yellow and orange Copic Sketch Markers.  I fussy cut her out - the stamp comes with wings but I cut those off with the idea of adding some larger butterfly wings.  I found a beautiful yellow and orange butterfly, cut it out, and positioned it behind Mona.  I found a few extra orange flowers that I fussy cut out and attached to the lower right corner.  I attached Mona as shown and added some fancy flower buttons to the front of her dress.  I added a vintage postage stamp to the upper right corner and edged the whole card with black decorative sticker trim.

My sentiment was stamped with black ink onto a white square edged with black.  I had to reduce the size on my copier as the original stamped image was a bit large to fit as I wanted it.  I affixed my sentiment with foam tape to the upper left corner, and she's done!

Please join us for this "Winged Challenge".  You just might have some free stamps "winging" your way!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

# 116 Winged things.

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!

Hallo everybody, Riet here.
How are you all doing. 
Hope you are crafting so you can join our challenge.
For this challenge "Things with wings", I made this dragonfly.
And this is how I made it.

This is what I used:

Large florish  
Dragonfly from the More bugs set.
I am a child of the moon

Key lime pie
Haunted shadows
Caribbian blue
Distress Micro glaze
Stazon black
white gellpen
Distress seedless preserves
Markers or pencils (what your preference is)

How its made.
I really love the glaze resist and use it a lot.
Just love the effect with ink on water base.
And its so easy to use and with great results.
So start with the glaze on your florish stamp.
I stamped it random on the paper.
Then I sprayed the glimmer mist.

It looks so jummie, and the colors blend so well together.
And I love the shimmer of the glimmermist.
Let it dry, I did not use the heattool this time.
The paper was very wet, and I did not want to lose the drops effect.

And how pretty is this and so easy.
Now we stamp the dragonfly on a thin peace of paper.
And color it as you like.
You can take the same colors as the background, 
but it is also pretty when you use different colors.
That way the dragonfly pops more.
I often use a gelpen on my art.
Just love the effect, as specially on the wings of dragonfly's or butterfly's.
It gives it just that little bit special look.
I went along with stamping the Carmen Veranda's child of the moon frase.
Cut it in 4 pieces and hit the edges with the seedles precerves ink.
So you see that you can use a stamp in many different ways.
Now glue everything on and your done.

The team and I would love to see what you can make with wings.
Show us please, join the challenge, and than you can win some rubberstamps.
The challenge runs till the end of the month.
Read the rules first and join us with this lovely challenge.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Starry Starry Night

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 a very happy Monday. It's Sue here with my second piece for our Things With Wings challenge, and I've made a journal page.
I knew that I wanted to use Steampunk Icarus as my main image and in a Starry Night homage.

I started by stamping and embossing the circles from Leonardo Accessories in yellow, but they turned out to be a sort of burnt orange. The Cracked Grass and Sky was embossed in white. My journal is textured watercolour so it can take loads of water, which is my next stage.

Then dipped and dried (many many times) in the blue distress inks. They resisted the ink beautifully, but I wasn't a fan of the colour of the circles so I stamped them again, cut them out and added them to my background.

I added some yellow Portfolio pastels, and
was much happier with this, so now on to the main images! 
I collaged some book pages and gave it a coat of gesso then I stamped my row of houses onto it using the stamping platform.
And it was an epic fail! The texture was too uneven for all of the stamp to hit it. That made perfect sense after I'd spent an hour of my life that I would never get back doing it!
So, on to plan B! Stamped onto my super smooth card and coloured with Distress Inks. Then my favourite - fussy cutting - shoot me now. I've heard that some people actually enjoy this ?????? But, they do look nice when they're done, don't they!
This is my leading man - Steampunk Icarus who today has flown too close to the moon! The moon is actually the centre part of the Goth Shrine.
I typed up the sentiment on my computer and added to the page.
These are the stamps that I've used. They are all by Lost Coast, and can be found here.
Goth Shrine (moon)
Cracked Grass and Sky (this would come to you in one piece, I'm terrible for cutting up my stamps - sorry not sorry!
And there we are, all done! It's not quite as it was in my head, but then again I'm no Leonardo! Don't forget to join in with our challenge, just feature something with wings! Have a great day, and thanks so much for looking x