Thursday, November 15, 2018

CHALLENGE #65 - CUTE

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 #65

CUTE

Show us your cute stamped makes.  That's it.  Anything cute.  Ready, set, stamp!!!!

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.

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 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 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!

Gail made this card and tag using the oh so cute Carmen's Veranda Duck and words from Lost Coast Designs Misc. Words set. 
Roni made is gorgeously cute card using the new Pixikin
and this amazingly cute, oh so cute Creepy Doll Teddy1 card
 also using Carmen's Veranda Smell Cake
OK, so the team are proving that creepy can do cute.  How about you.  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


Monday, November 12, 2018

Yellow, Green and Orange Skull

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 with another Day of the Dead project.  We are celebrating DOD here on the Portal until the 15th of the month, so you still have time to enter your creations.

This is an ATC I made using the Black Nose Sugar Skull stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  There are three different sugar skull stamps to choose from, so be sure to check them out.  All three are great and really lend themselves to being colored and decorated.
I stamped my skull onto white card stock with black ink and cut it out.  I then colored it using yellow, orange, and green markers.  I outlined around the teeth with black to make them really stand out.  I added some "jewels" in orange and green and some Glossy Accents for the eyes to give them some dimension.

 I used another one of my Gelli prints with yellow and green paints and cut it to fit my ATC.  I edged it with green ink and using black ink, stamped the Swirls and Dots border stamp along the bottom.  I mounted my sugar skull with foam tape as shown giving it a bit of dimension.  And that's it!  So easy, fun, and colorful!  Show us what fun things you can make using the DOD theme.

If you haven't visited all the wonderful projects from the team for the Lost Coast Designs Mayan Blog hop then please do.  You can leave comment until the end of the month and be in the draw for Lost Coast Dollars!


And then there's our design team call!!! 
Maybe it's you we are looking for!
Make sure you are following so you don't miss any of the exciting happenings. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

DESIGN TEAM CALL

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 a few new Lost Coast Designers to join our fabulous Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda team!  We are an 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. 
This is an international call open until 30 November 2018.  

DT term is one year starting January 2019

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 (craftynomad at gmail dot com)   If you have applied before please feel free to reapply.  We do not keep your personal information on file so you need to send a new application if you wish to be considered. 
  • Name, address, phone number (best number to contact you on if needed) and email address.
  • Short biography - tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join our Design Team.  Please mention if you own any Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda stamps and have you ever entered our challenges.
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, 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). 
DESIGN TEAM PERKS
  • Access to a generous selection of quality rubber stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda at no charge. 
  • Access to Nuance Powders which are available to you at wholesale cost - use of these powders is encouraged but not a DT requirement.
  • 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.
DT REQUIRMENTS
  • 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. 
  • In October we do an annual Halloween blog hop/event where we post everyday 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 non-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.  If you wish to strutt your stuff in addition to your application we have two challenges a month and there is also a blog hop where you can comment to win some Lost Coast Designs dollars!

Happy Stamping!
Gail
Design Team Leader

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Back to the Day of the Dead

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 and I hope you liked the Blog Hop we had, but right now we are back to Day of the Dead Challenge.
Like my other card. I started off with a napkin. I glued the napkin on some cardstock. Set aside to dry.
Die cut the new skull from Tim Holtz out of white cardstock. Save eyes and nose. Color them with black ink.  Stamp on the skull with sketchy lily stamp   on the top of the skull. Then on the mouth stamp corner swirl stamp on it.
Then glue the skull in the cardstock napkin. Next add the eyes and nose back. Then you add a row of colorful flowers across the top of the skull. After that is done trace the sketchy lily with colored glitter. I also added some sliver glitter to the eyes and nose then I edged the whole thing with the same sliver glitter.
You can add you challenge make here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

LOST COAST DESIGNS MAYAN BLOG HOP - DAY 2

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 and welcome to Day 2 of

LOST COAST DESIGNS

MAYAN BLOG HOP!

 Have you seen the amazing new Mayan Stamps in the Lost Coast Designs Shop??

The team have had a blast playing with these amazing images and also Lost Coast Designs Mayan Stele stamp which, as you will see, makes a fabulous background and much more.

We hope you had a chance to check out all the awesome Day 1 projects from the team.  Everyone got a bit carried away playing with these beautiful stamps so we decided to have another day of fun and inspiration!!

So hop around and leave some love on all the teams blogs and then come back here and share your thoughts on the teams projects by the end of November.  There will be prizes for a lucky hopper which we will announce on the 5th December in our winners post.  Ready, set, hop!!

Cathy 

Gail  

Laurie

Lori 

Roni

Thursday, November 8, 2018

LOST COAST DESIGNS MAYAN BLOG HOP - DAY 1

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 and welcome to Day 1 of

LOST COAST DESIGNS

MAYAN BLOG HOP!

  Have you seen the amazing new Mayan Heiroglyph Stamps in the Lost Coast Designs Shop??
The team have had a blast playing with these amazing images and also Lost Coast Designs Mayan Stele stamp which, as you will see, makes a fabulous background and much more.
Hop around and leave some love on all the teams blogs and then come back here and share your thoughts on the teams projects.  We will be back again tomorrow with some more inspiration.  The more comments you leave the better chance you have to win a prize!  Ready, set, hop!!

Cathy 

Gail  

Laurie

Lori

Roni

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Day of the Dead Artist Trading Coin Card

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 with a card I made. Mind you it started out as a Artist Trading Coin.

Stamps Used: Skull Crown

I first made the coin by die cutting the spider web paper from 2 1/2 in circle die. Then I stamped the Skull Crown stamp on some black cardstock and embossed with white embossing power. Then I cut a smaller circle from the stamped image and added some string to the spider web paper. Layered it all together. Color the eye sockets with some sliver glitter. Set aside to dry.
Next take a napkin and glue it down to some cardstock. When dry trim and mount on a layer of blue and sliver cardstock. Next but the Artist Trading Coin in the middle of the layers. Then mount all the layers onto a black cardstock card base.
On the bottom of the card pick out some flowers that match the napkin and add them. I also added sliver glitter to tie it all together.
There you have your Dia de los Muertos card.
You can enter you make here.

Monday, November 5, 2018

OCTOBER WINNERS

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 WINNERS of our October Challenges!

WOW!!  What a response to both challenges.  We would like to thank everyone who entered their lovely 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 would also like to thank everyone who took the time to leave comments.  The team worked extra hard in October and it's lovely that you took the time to leave a little love.


We used Mr Random and he says.......   

WINNER of CHALLENGE #62

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

is

LYNEEN 

with this gorgeous spooky creation using Lost Coast Designs Goth Poe stamp

Congrats Lyneen, you win a $10 gift certificate


WINNER of CHALLENGE #63

CATS AND DOGS

is

D. ANN C.

with this beautiful blingy cat spinner card

Congrats D Ann, you win a $10 gift certificate

 Congratulations Lyneen and D. Ann!  Please email Gail (craftynomad at gmail dot com) by the end of the month to claim your prize.  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

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS


Link up your stamped Day of the Dead projects
 for your chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Double Trouble by Roni

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!


A not so scary twosome!

This pair of sugar skulls were stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink and then colored with Radiant Neon inks.  I love how the neon inks make them pop!

The background was made by stamping the flowers (again with Radiant Neon inks) and masking as I went. So easy yet it produces such an amazing backdrop for the wickedly cool duo!


Lost Coast Design Stamps used:
Imagine:
VersaFine Clair Inks
Radiant Neon Inks
FantaStix

Friday, November 2, 2018

Day Of The Dead Candles

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.  Welcome.  Gail here today with an idea for some Day of the Dead decorations.  Now, here in Norway Day of the Dead is not celebrated, but celebration it is, despite it's gory title.  So I decided to use Lost Coast Designs 3 Small Skulls and decorate some candles.
These stamps are approximately 2.5" high and I used 3" pillar candles.  These images are also available as larger and smaller versions.
I started by stamping and embossing my images on white tissue paper.  The embossing is not strictly necessary but it did add a bit of gloss to the final project.  I coloured the images with Promarkers and ripped around them.  Rip your tissue paper, don't cut it.  A cut edge shows at the end, a ripped edge doesn't.  I use a piece of baking paper to hold my image in place against the candle.  This also helps avoid burnt fingers LOL.   Heat gently with the heat tool til the image sticks to the wax.  You can always heat it a bit more if need be, but over heating will result in a melted candle!
Aren't they just adorbs!!!!  Can't wait to have these on display! 
Thanks for dropping by.
Don't forget to join up your stamped Dia De Los Muertos makes for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars!!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CHALLENGE #64 - DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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 #64

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Yep, it's time to celebrate Day of the Dead. 

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.
 

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 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 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 this beautiful colourful card using Lost Coast Designs Small Skeleton

Laurie made this gorgeous card using Lost Coast Designs Day Of The Dead Angel
Lori made this stunning card using Lost Coast Designs Black Nose Skull and Doodle Flower background.
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!
Gail
Challenge Host