Sunday, March 24, 2019

Circus Dog and 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!

Hi again from Laurie with another project for the Round and Round challenge going on now here on the portal.

This time I decided to make an ATC.  I took a page from a vintage book and stamped it with the Doodle Circles background stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I edged my ATC with black ink then, using orange, yellow, and green markers, I colored around the edges of all the circles.

Next I stamped a cute pup from the Circus Dogs Set and cut him out, coloring him with a tan marker.  I added a jeweled collar to give him a little bling.  I stamped the rubber ball from the same set and cut it out, coloring it with orange, green, and yellow markers.  I attached it to the lower portion of my ATC, and using foam tape, affixed the dog atop the circus ball.  
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-72-round-and-round.html
You still have until the 31st to enter your stamped Round and Round makes for this challenge.  You could be the lucky one to win some free stamps!!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Circles, Distress Inks and a Little Vintage 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!

Hi, it's Dot here with a fun little card for you to have a go at!
It is slightly vintage and uses Distress Inks.


Does this 50's Girl look like she is floating away in the bubbles?
It is a fun one to make and you can any image you like to this background, I just thought that this vintage girl might be a fun one to use.

Here we go ...

Step 1:  Make a circle mask using a circle die.  Attach it to the center of your white cardstock.

Step 2:  Carefully blend some Iced Spruce Distress Ink onto the card.  And a light bit of Picked Raspberry here and there as well.  Not too heavy though.

Step 3:  Using a circle stencil, lightly blend some Picked Raspberry ink into the largest circle.  Ever so lightly.  Then on a medium sized circle, blend the same colour heavily.  If you are having trouble keeping the colour to the circle that you want, mask around it so that you are only using the one that you want. Using the Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, stamp some circles from the ATC's Doodle Set.

Step 4: Blend some Black soot around the mask to give it a lovely edge. Remove the mask at this stage.  Blend Black Soot through some smaller circles on your stencil so that they go into the white space of the previously masked area.

Step 5: Stamp the 50's Girl onto some photo copy paper and cut her out.  Work out where she will be sitting.  Her hand looked like it was floating so I stenciled another black bubble for her to rest on.

Step 6:  To finish - attach to girl to the card.  Add some more circles, if you like, with white acrylic paint and a pen lid. Edge the card with black Archival Ink.  Mount your card onto black card, then white and then black again  

This 50's Girl has a gorgeous vintage feel and is heaps of fun to play with.

The challenge this fortnight is
and is all about circles. 
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-72-round-and-round.html

You will see the link over on the side here,
or on our face book page - here!


Happy Stamping everyone,
Dot x

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

20 Past Frank and Other Stories + A Giveaway

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.  It's been too long since I had a date with Frank so I decided to make myself a pendant for the big day.  I got a bit carried away, but, as you know, good things come in threes......
Meet the Franks.......

I cut a piece of shrink plastic with a Sizzix die and stamped Frank with black archival.
I masked Frank and stamped Carmen's Veranda Dice Background with Mowed Lawn distress ink.
I coloured Frank with Shabby Shutters distress ink and used my heat gun to shrink him.  Here's a sort of before and after photo.  My circles went from 8.5cm to 3cm.  I liked it so much I decided to make a couple more.
For this one I used Brunhilda's shield and Colourbox Irish ink for the background stamping.
I used the PMC Circle Frame stamp here.  Didn't get a perfect impression, but remember, when you shrink the colours intensify, so I thought I'd go with it.
So here's my three shrunken Franks.  I found a selection of metal findings that I get from a company here in Norway called Korthobby.  The flower at the bottom comes shaped so I ran it through my Bigshot to flatten it out.  It looks nicer with curves, but thought it would be easier to stick everything together if everything was flat.
Calling this one Flower Frank.
This ring made me think Emperor Frank
Calling this one 20 Past Frank.  Incidently, I used water when I coloured this one with the shabby shutters distress ink.  The other two I applied the ink with a sponge and no water.  The water is a bit more tricky with the whole shrink plastic thing, but you get a brighter shade of green.  
Thanks for dropping by.  
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-72-round-and-round.html
You have until the end of the month to link up your stamped Round and Round makes, or your stamped makes featuring round things for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.  Remember, the more players the bigger the prize........  
And we are also sponsoring the Penny Black and More Challenge this month where they want to see Circles so link up there as well for another chance to win.....

For a chance to win one of these three pendants (chain not included) leave me a comment on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog telling me which Frank you like the best, and one on the facebook fan group post to say you did that, and I will pick one lucky person and announce the winner on the 5th April.  

Monday, March 18, 2019

Life is too short circle 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. I have a circle card for you.
Stamps I used:
 Doodles Circle Background
Bird on Bike 
Life is too short

I started out by taking a circle paper and did the smooching technique with my Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped Doodles Circle Background on the background and added it to a black circle card.

Next I stamped Bird on Bike  on a scrap piece of paper, cut it out and glued it on the bottom of card.  Okay I have to admit something..... I added the Bird on Bike crooked on the bottom!  I was about to toss it in the trash and I spotted the Life is too short saying and a idea came to me of how to save it.
Come join the fun for our circle challenge here.
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-72-round-and-round.html

Friday, March 15, 2019

CHALLENGE #72 - 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!

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!

CHALLENGE #72

ROUND AND ROUND


We want to see stamped makes featuring round things, or round stamped makes, or both!!

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!

Cathy made this fun and quirky tag using Cat 2, Bubble Border, Doodles Circles Background, and the rhino from Isle of Aud Animals. 
Gail made Artist Trading Coins using Lost Coast Designs PMC Circle Frame, Butterfly Mermaid with Face, and Carmen's Veranda Quiet Chaos Madness sentiment.
  Lori made this gorgeous 5½" art journal page using Lost Coast Designs Gears Background, ATC Misc Set 6, Lori's Butterfly, and Carmen's Veranda Art Wings to Fly sentiment.
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 31st 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, March 14, 2019

We're All Quite Mad Here....

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 Friends...

Roni here with a few very "Mad" Altered Trading Coins...


It's time to jump down the rabbit hole and join Alice's friends for these coins.
I had a few scraps of left over from a recent paint pouring session and decided they would fit these crazy characters perfectly. Each image from the Rabbits, Cat Face, Hatter, Rabbit w/Watch set of stamps was stamped using Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink then colored with Memento Dual Tip Markers then fussy cut (the rabbit was die-cut) and affixed to the circles cut from the paint poured papers.  I then printed off a few quotes from the book and added them to each card.

Here is a closer look at each....




I hope you enjoy these very mad, mad, mad coins!
You still have a bit of time to enter before our next challenge but you better hurry...


https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-71-atc-challenge.html

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A Great Way to Experiment.

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,

Lori here, it's time for a new challenge and this week it's all about ATCs, ATC Coins or Chunkys.  I really like these smaller projects; it's a great way to experiment with new products, color schemes and stamps.   For example, the mix of color that I used on the ATCs below is not my go-to color scheme.  However, working with these colors on a smaller scale made it really fun.!

ATC challenge 3.1.19 main wm
Lost Coast Designs:
  • Dictionary Background
  • Large Chickenwire Background
  • Sketchy Flower
Instructions:


I hope you will click below and add your ATC, ATC Coin or Chunky project to this week's challenge:

Click here

ATC badge
Happy day!
Lori

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Owling Badass

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 project for the ATC Cards, Coins and Chunkys going on right now at the Lost Coast Portal.  You still have until the 14th to enter your projects and a chance to win some free stamps!

I made another ATC coin for this project - after years of doing standard ATCs it's been a lot of fun to make the coins for a change of pace.
I used some background paper I had on had made with my Gelli plate and some blue, green, and yellow acrylic paints.  I started by stamping my coin with the Medium Shrubbery background stamp, using StayzOn black ink.  I then die cut a "branch" from a floral die cut set and colored over it with black marker.  I attached that across the lower portion of my coin.  I then stamped the Moon Owl onto white card stock with black ink and cut him out.  I restamped the beak and eyes onto yellow paper, cut them out, superimposing them over the original stamped image.  I positioned my owl perched on the branch, and using a white Gel pen, I dotted some "stars" into the sky.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment Once A Badass from Carmen's Veranda onto white paper.  It was a bit large for my coin, so I used my copier to reduce the size, cut it and and attached it to my coin.
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-71-atc-challenge.html

So get your crafty on and show us your ATC cards, coins and chunkies!


Friday, March 8, 2019

ATC Coins by Dot


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, it's Dot here with a quick and easy project for you using some fun stamps and alcohol ink to make some Artist Trading Coins.






The stamps used on these coins are Three Monkeys, ATC Text Set 1, ATC Grunge Set,
 ATC Doodle Circles and Daisy Flourish.

Step 1: This is a play with alcohol inks and blending solution on some Yupo paper. You can play is much as you like with these.  I added in some tiny dots here and there by adding blending solution with the tip of a brush and blowing on it.  This stops it from spreading into bigger circles and is heaps of fun.

Step 2: I added some Alcohol Lift to the ATC Doodle Circles, stamped it onto the background. Let it sit and then buff.  The effect looks brilliant in real life.

Step 3:  Stamping! Where would we be without our stamps!  The script is from ATC Text Set 1 and is stamped in a light coloured Archival ink.  In black archival I've stamped some random patches with the ATC Grunge Set and Daisy Flourish stamps.  The Three Monkeys was stamped onto some photo copy paper and cut out.

Step 4:  Using white acrylic paint and some lids add some more circles to the background. I've also gone in and added some lines with the acrylic paint using an old credit card.

Step 5:  To finish, attach the monkeys and then attach some words. I chose some chit chat stickers that kind of went with each of the monkeys.  I've also edged around the coins with black archival ink.

Now I have some coins that I can either use in my Art Journal,
on cards or swap with others. They are so handy to have.

The main stamp used was Three Monkeys

It's a great set to use with the monkeys all together, or as cheeky little monkeys all on their own.


You still have until the 14th of March to enter our
ATC, Coins and Chunky's Challenge which you can find
either on the side-bar, or on facebook.
You could win free stamps.

Hope to see you there.

In the meantime,
Happy Stamping!

Dot x



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Pearl ATCs

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 some ATCs for you.

Stamps Used:
Window and Door set
Fortune Men set
This first one I used glossy cardstock and Distress Oxide sprays. I wanted to see if the sprays would stay on the glossy paper.  It did.  I did wipe off the Oxide (cloudy) film with a baby wipe.  I stamped the door from Window and Door set with archival ink so it would stay on the glossy paper. Trim it a little to fit on a black ATC base.
Stamp a image from Fortune Men set on white paper and cut out. Add to front then and a saying.

 For my next one I wanted to try the Alcohol Pearl ink. Here are some of the ATCs I made with the AI Pearl and regular Alcohol ink.  Can you see the shimmer.
For this one I used the window from the  Window and Door set.  Stamp it with archival ink. Trim it down to fit on a Black ATC base
Stamp the wizard from  Fortune Men set on white cardstock. Color in and cut out. Add to front and also add a saying.

Come join the ATC challenge here

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

FEBRUARY 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 February 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!

Please do read the rules and also the challenge guidelines which are written under the challenge badges on the challenge post and in the sidebar.  We have to disqualify entries that do not comply with our rules or challenge themes.

We used Mr Random

WINNER of CHALLENGE #69

LOVE AND HEARTS

is

MERCY 

with this lovely bookmark that she entered via our fb fan group
using Carmen's Veranda Rosebud
Congrats Mercy, you win a $10  gift certificate


WINNER of CHALLENGE #70

HIP TO BE SQUARE

is

INGUNN


with this beautiful CAS card

Congrats Ingunn, you win a $10 gift certificate

 Congratulations Mercy and Ingunn!  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 Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.
 

Our current challenge is

ATC's

https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-71-atc-challenge.html

Link up your stamped projects featuring
 for your chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.

Want another chance to win??  Lost Coast Designs is proudly sponsoring the
Penny Black and More Challenge
This is a stamping challenge and their theme for March is
Going Round In Circles
Join the fun for another chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!

Hope to see you here and there!!  Hugz

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Serendipity

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 and I decided to make some Artist Trading Coins for the current ATC Challenge that is running for the first two weeks of March, here at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.   Have you made ATCoins??  They were a new thing last year and became very trendy.  I love em!  2.5 inch circles of fun!!  Big enough to add lots of details, small enough to be a quick idea.  I like to make them as a trio so here we are with Swimsuit Girl in vintage style.

I stamped Swimsuit Girl on various paper scraps using Potting Soil archival ink and fussy cut
I cut my coins using a 2.5inch die from another scrap of patterned paper.  I thought the girls looked quite good just like that, but decided to stamp the background a bit as well.
 I used the long clear Serendipity sentiment from Carmen's Veranda, stamping it across the three coins using the same Potting Soil ink.  Then I stamped sections of Lost Coast Designs Grunge 3" Border above and below the main word.
 Edged with the same ink and added the Beach Babes and done!!
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/03/challenge-71-atc-challenge.html

Hope you liked my coins.  Grab your stamps and make some ATC's, ATCoins or ATblocks/chunkies and join our challenge for a chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!!


Want another chance to win??  Lost Coast Designs is proudly sponsoring the
Penny Black and More Challenge

This is a stamping challenge and their theme for March is
Going Round In Circles

Join the fun for another chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!

Hope to see you here and there!!  Hugz