Thursday, June 28, 2018

Artist Trading Coins

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 some Artist Trading Coins
I started out using a 21/2 inch die because I do not have a punch that size. I must say I like the die because I can see where I want to cut. I started out making the middle of the ATCoin. I wanted them to me sturdy so I cut some 100lb weight cardstock and glued 2 of them together. You can use cardstock you really don't care for anymore because you will be covering it up with a top and bottom piece.
 This one I have used Alcohol ink and just run my paper through it on a craft sheet. Next I stamped the doodles circles on it. On scrap white paper stamp the duck and color with Copic markers. Cut out. Add bunny ears on top of duck. Then glue duck to ATCoin and add saying. Edge with black ink and glue to middle.
 This one I also started with Alcohol inks. I then stamped Adrien on the ATCoin. I made a mask and then I stamped doodle circle for the background. Add saying and edge in black and glue to the middle.
 This one I started with distress ink for the start of the ATCoin.  Stamp the doddle circle for the background. Then stamp Happy Cat on ATCoin. On scrap white cardstock stamp Happy Cat and color with Copic markers. Cut out and add to ATCoin. Edge with black ink and add it to the middle.

For the backs of all the ATCoins I used pattern paper that matched the colors on the front.
Come join Challenge #55

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Clocks 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!

Hi again from Laurie, bringing you another project for the Round and Round Challenge. 
For this card, I used the Clock Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda and the Doodle Circles stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  There is a whole collection of the "square" stamps with all sorts of interesting designs at the Carmen's Veranda website.  You can use them individually or used them repeated as a background.

I stamped my square with black onto a piece of white card stock that I had colored with blue and green Distress Inks, blending the colors together.  I layered that with another piece of white paper.  My background is made using Distress Oxide inks on my Gelli plate, once again blending the colors together.  Using black ink I stamped the Doodle Circles onto my background page and colored in the circles with green and blue markers.  I added some crosses to a few of the circles for some added interest.  I then attached my clock gear square atop my background and layered that with a white card base.  

So let's see what fabulous creations you can make using circles of any kind!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Altered on the Vintage

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Altered on the Vintage


Hello all,

Lori here!  On one of my latest outings (in the search for vintage treasures), I found a vintage Avon bottle shaped like a pocket watch.  It was so cool that I just had to have it, even though I wasn’t  quite sure what I was going to do with it.  
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Then, BAM, the Round & Round challenge came along and an idea just popped into my head.  Let’s alter it with rust effect paste and the  Lost Coast Designs Large Doll Face stamp.
   

Lost Coast Designs Stamp:
  • Large Doll Face


Materials:
  • Prima, Finnabair – Rust Effect Paste
  • Ranger Archival ink; Jet Black
  • DecoArt Americana DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Gesso, Black
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Found items and other embellishments
  • Tissue paper
  • Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pens


Instructions:

1. Apply a coat of black gesso to the pocket watch bottle - every-where except the clock face.
2. Apply rust effect paste to bottle.  Again, every-where except the clock face.
3.  Stamp Large Doll Face onto tissue paper with Archival Ink and cut out.  Adhere over clock face with Matte Varnish. Allow to dry.
4. Use Artist Pitt Pens to add color to the doll face.
5. Embellish with gears, wings, and other embellishments (that have also been treated with rust effect paste).  
6. Seal the entire piece with matte varnish

Done!!


Now I really want to see your Round & Round challenge project so be sure to LINK your project for a chance to win!  

Happy day!
Lori

Friday, June 22, 2018

Round and Round by Sue

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 Friday. It's Sue here and I'm really happy to be sharing my piece for our fun Round and Round challenge.




I started by making an inky background with some stencils and Distress Inks.

Then I die cut some circles to stamp through. Is this a stencil or a mask, I'm not quite sure, but it does both so it could be a stask or a maskil. Anyway I stamped the lovely Lost Coast Designs Chloe Collage through it with some Wendy Vecchi gray ink.

Then I stamped other images from Leonardo's Accessories Set  in brown and plum.

 Now it was time for the scarey bit! I outlined all of my circles with a black Stabilo pencil then hit it with the water spray. The watercolour pencil spread out beautifully, I just blotted with kitchen towel before it ran all over the page. I also did a little gentle splatter with other watercolour pencils.


And there we are, all done and sewn into my journal.
 There's still a week left for you to join in with our challenge.  Link up your stamped makes featuring circles for a chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!!
Have a great weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bad Ideas

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 you.
 I stated with the doodles circles background and I stamped it on the card front.
 Next I stamped Robust Dancer on white paper and colored her in with Copic markers. Then I fussy cut out and edged it with black marker. Glued her down. Then I added some round gems to her outfit.
Next I stamped the saying on white paper and cut it apart. The saying is from the Hanging Branch Cat from KatzelKraft the at Lost Coast Designs sells.
Here it is all together.
Come join Challenge #55 here. Let the circles abound.

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bookmarks

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 all. Cathy Here.
Well today I have made some bookmarks for your viewing pleasure.  I have made 3 in total for Lost Coast Designs new challenge MINI ME - smaller than a card. Well mine are longer than a card, but definitely smaller, so they still count...
To start out I did the backgrounds all the same. The first two I used Distress inks and the smooching technique. The last one I used Distress Oxide inks and the smooching technique.   

The one above I used pinks and oranges colors in inks on white cardstock. Then I stamped Katzelkraft Monsters all over the edges of the bookmark. Next I stamped the saying from Carmen's Veranda Currently Unsupervised, cut it down to just 2 words, and glued it to the bookmark. When that was done I backed it with some black cardstock. I did that to all 3 of my bookmarks. Then I laminated them.  

 So for this on I used blues and greens of the inks. Next I stamped a small butterfly from the Bugz set. I felt it still needed more so I grabbed my number border stamp and stamped that randomly on it.

Last one!  This time I used the Distress Oxide inks. For this one I used another Katzelkraft stamp that Lost Coast Designs is selling. It is called Hanging Branch Cat. I stamped it at the top of the bookmark. Next I stamped the tree crown on the top of the bookmark to it looks like trees and leaves.  Then I grabbed a saying sticker and added to the bottom. Lastly I added some stars with a stencil and regular distress ink. 

Come join Challenge #54 Mini Me 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Courage, Wisdom & Promise ATC's

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!

In keeping with Challenge #54 - Mini Me I wanted to make one of my favorite mini forms of art...ATC's.  Ink Stained Roni here with a fun technique using Marabu Art Crayons.


It's always fun to play with new toys and I recently purchased a set of Marabu Art Crayons just to see what they would do and oh my...are they ever fun!  

I started off by rubbing different colored crayons directly onto my rubber stamps. 

I misted them with water and let it set for about 10 seconds or so.

I then pressed the watery stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper and let it set there for another 10-15 seconds to make sure the paper soaked up the color.

When I removed the stamp I was left with a really cool watery image as you can see.

I then stamped directly over the image using VersaFine Clair - Morning Mist (gray) to give the image some definition.

Next I scribbled some of the crayons around the images, spreading it around and blending them together with a waterbrush. 

After it had dried I used a white gel pen to add a bit of pen work surrounding the image, stamped & added the words and called them good!



It was fun to see how the colors from the stamp floated over the paper creating haunting and sometimes eerie colored images.


It was fun to choose the words for each card...at first I was thinking heart, mind and soul but I wanted something a bit difference and settled upon these.


Hope my little cards inspire you to join in on the fun!!

Stamps:


Challenge #54 - Mini Me
June 1st- 14th

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

You have until June 14th to link up your entries

Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Thursday, June 14th at 5 to Midnight 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.