Friday, September 20, 2019

Make It Funny - Many Sheep

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 Portal Peeps.  Gail here today.  I hope you are enjoying all the hillarious projects the team is sharing at the moment.  We have a Make It Funny challenge going on and we would love to see your funny stamped projects.  Go on!  Make us laugh!!  You know you want to!!

There are some new stamps in the Lost Coast Designs shop and I
thought these sheeps was very funny.
This new stamp is called Many Sheep, for obvious reasons.  I paired it with Carmen's Veranda Dare To Be Different sentiment.   Rather than add my sentiment strip right over the top of the sheep I decided to fussy cut the ones that would be covered by the sentiment so the ones above it are peering over the top, like sheeps do, and the ones below are standing in front of it, looking very sheepish!!   I also couldn't resist cutting that last one at the bottom so his nose just sticks out of the frame!!  I must admit I have spent a little bit of time this afternoon checking out all the different expressions on the faces.  Funny or what??

https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/09/challenge-84-make-it-funny.html
So get out your funny stamps and sentiments and link up for your
chance to win Lost Coast Designs dollars!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Make It Funny Challenge: Drink Wine and Knit

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 from Laurie and Happy Autumn - well almost!  Love this time of year so I hope it is beautiful wherever you are.

Our challenge for the last half of September is Make It Funny.  Create something fun with either a humorous saying or image and enter it here on the Portal for a chance to win some free stamps.

I made a card for this one using the Early Stitch 'n Bitch stamp from Lost Coast Designs and one of the funny clear sentiment stamps from Carmen's Veranda.

I had this piece of flowered tissue paper that had always reminded me of my Grandmother's parlor wallpaper.  So I thought it would be a perfect background for my knitting ladies.  I adhered it to a piece of cream colored card stock with Modge Podge then cut it into a square-ish shape and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I layered that with some kraft card stock.  

Next I stamped my ladies onto white paper with black ink and fussy cut them out.  I added a bit of color to their hands, faces, and the knitting basket and yarn with Copic Sketch markers.  I positioned my stamped image at the bottom center of my card and adhered it.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink onto a cream rectangle, edged it with the same Distress Ink, and affixed it above my knitting ladies.

Perfect sentiment for this fun stamp!  

https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/09/challenge-84-make-it-funny.html

Come join the funny fun at the Lost Coast Portal today!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

CHALLENGE #84 - MAKE IT FUNNY

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 #84

MAKE IT FUNNY


We want you to make us laugh.  Don't forget your project also needs to feature real rubber or clear stamping to be in with a chance at the prize.

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 funny card using Lost Coast Designs Coffee Lady and Corner Swirl
with Carmen's Veranda Farting Unicorn sentiment

Lori made this funny card using Lost Coast Designs Party On, Sketchy Rose and Large Chickenwire Background with Carmen's Veranda Stay Weird sentiment

Roni made this funny card using Lost Coast Designs Doodle Circles and No Hat Mona
with Carmen's Veranda My Greatest Accomplishment 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 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

Challenge #84 - FUNNY
September 15th - 30th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Monday, September 30th 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

 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Song and Dance Challenge: dancing birds!

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... still dancing?? Liesbeth here with another inspiration piece. It's still possible to participate our challenge HERE or at FACEBOOK!


This is how I made this card: Onto a piece of music sheet I sprayed some Distress Oxide sprays and water and I also coloured here and there with pink, blue and black soft pastel. With black ink I stamped the swirl. On a seperate piece of white cardstock I stamped the birds, cut them out and glued then on the card. I finished the card by using black charcoal, black fine marker and a white gel pen.

Stamps used: 



Thursday, September 12, 2019

Dance from your heart....

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 Day!

Ink Stained Roni here...I hope you are all ready for some stamping today....

Our current challenge Song & Dance had me thinking of all the times we used to dance around the house on Saturday mornings, music cranked helping Mom to clean the house. To a kid it made chore time seem a bit more fun.


I decided to give the "Housewife" stamp a bit of glamour by adding glitter to her apron, fluffy slippers and hair bow.  I figured she needed transported from her kitchen to a sparkling dance hall.  The background is Iridescent Green & Original (clear) Creative Medium which was applied over a stencil that I then sprinkled with iridescent green flake glitter while it was still wet. I love how it turned out!  I added a computer generated sentiment to help finish it off.


Hope you all have a lovely day and dance to your hearts content!


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Learn how to blend with pigment ink, revisited - Song and Dance Challenge #83

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, with a bit of inspiration for the Song and Dance Challenge.  For this project, I thought I would break out my long neglected pigment inks.  With so many wonderful inks available, I haven't used pigment inks as much as I used to.  They are great for blending and stamp a nice detailed  image.  So, this is pigment ink revisited.  Be sure to check out the Quick Tips Mixed Media Video below.


Lost Coast Design Stamps:
  • Ballerina 2
  • ATC Misc. 6 Set
  • Little Diamonds Background
Other Materials:
Pigment Ink
Paper & Fabric Flowers
Ribbon
Adhesive Gems
Sticker Sayings

Quick Tips Mixed Media Video

Now it's your turn.  Create and share your "Song and Dance" inspired piece and share it at the linked site below.




Happy Day,
Lori



Friday, September 6, 2019

Be your beautiful self

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 fun card for you today.
Stamps:
Thin dancer
Robust dancer
I stamped both dancers  and colored them with Copics. Then I cut out.
I added sparkle to the wings and bling to the waist of one of the dancers . I then took brown cardstock and made the base for the card added some old music paper to it. Next I glued the Thin dancer down. I added foam tape to the Robust dancer and added her.
To finish off the card I added a saying and some bling to the top of the card.
Come join the fun here

Thursday, September 5, 2019

AUGUST CHALLENGE 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!

Welcome Portal Peeps
It's time to announce the WINNERS of our August 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.  We had lots of entries for the Anything Goes challenge!  Not so many for the Wood challenge!!  The team had a wonderful time checking out your fabulous creations.  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 and he said

WINNER of CHALLENGE #81

ANYTHING GOES

is

Lia

with this striking giraffe silhouette card

Congrats Lia, you win a $10  gift certificate


We only had 4 entries for the Wood challenge so the DT have voted for the winner.

WINNER of CHALLENGE #82

WOOD

is

Vivian Foo

with this beautiful page using Lost Coast Designs Whimsical Birds

Congrats Vivian, please take the blog badge.

 Congratulations Lia and Vivian!  Lia, 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

  SONG AND DANCE

https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/09/challenge-83-song-and-dance.html

Link up your stamped projects inspired by the theme
 for your chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Wedding Singer

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 little inspiration for the current Song and Dance challenge
I've used Carmen's Veranda's Monkey with Banjo and Lost Coast Designs Door stamps.
I stamped the Door on grey woodgrain card base that I had cut with a stitched die and  coloured with distress inks.
  I stamped the Monkey on the same card, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.
I adhered the Monkey to the card and done!!
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/09/challenge-83-song-and-dance.html
Join the challenge with your stamped makes inspired by the the Song and Dance theme for your chance to win Lost Coast dollars!  See you there!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

CHALLENGE #83 - SONG AND DANCE

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 #83

SONG AND DANCE

We want to see your stamped makes featuring dancers or based on a song.
Remember you the theme and rubber or clear stamping must be the focus of your project for it to be eligible to win the prize.  Please state the stamps you used and the way you were inspired by the theme in your post if it isn't obvious.

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 fun card using Robust Dancer,  PMC Circle Frame and Carmen's Veranda Flying Monkeys Background
  


Laurie  made this lovely card using Lost Coast Designs Showgirls, Large Chickenwire Background and Carmen's Veranda Sing clear stamp.

Liesbeth made this beautiful card using Lost Coast Designs Ballerina 1, Floral Ironwork stamp (ATC Misc. 4) Flagstone background and ornaments from Victoriana set on an alcohol ink 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

Challenge #83 - SONG AND DANCE
September 1st - 14th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Saturday, September 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




Friday, August 30, 2019

Tree Hugging

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 tutorial for our Wood Challenge #82


I have been eye-ing off the bark out the front of my place
for some time to make something with, so I was
pretty pleased when this challenge came around.

The tree out the front is called a Paperbark tree.
The bark starts peeling away from the trunk
and has the most amazing colours.


I peeled a heap of the layers from the tree and brought them inside to dry.

You can peel the bark super thin, which is what I did, and you can layer them up
any way that you like.

I chose some that had different colours and textures and glued them together
with gel medium.

The stamp 'Evil Eye' was stamped onto some tissue paper.
Then on the back of this I painted some
white acrylic paint ... carefully.

Once it was dry it was easy to attach to the bark
with gel medium.

I added some branch effects by using a small section of the
Grunge Tree stamp with brown archival ink.

The bark was easy to rip to the size that I needed for my card.
Then it was a simple task of attaching it with gel medium.

The words, from Carmen's Veranda, were stamped
with white ink onto black card and cut out.
After edging with more white ink I attached it to the bark.

The card still needed something else ...
so I painted the eyes of the Evil Eye's eyes with blue acrylic paint.

There is still a little bit of time to enter our Wood challenge
for this fortnight.
Either here or over on facebook.



Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Monday, August 26, 2019

Wood Challenge: *Magic*

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!
There's still time for you to join our Wood Challenge till August 31st!
I hope to inspire you with this card. I made the wood grained background by wiping (direct to paper) my Distress Ink pad Vintage photo onto strips of paper of different widths). I sponged the edges of the strips, again with Vintage Photo and glued then on a card.  I stamped Large tree crown and ATC tekst set 1 also on the background. 

I stamped Ancient woman 4, added some colour and fussy cut her, then stamped the word, ripped and inked the edges.

Stamps I used: Large tree crown, Ancient woman 4, ATC tekst set 1, and Misc. Words.

https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-82-wood.html

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Just because

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 you today.
I have a simple and quick card for you all today.

Stamp Used: Cherry Blossom

These are the steps I did to make this card.
1. Get white cardstock, cut it smaller then the card base.
2. Stamp Cherry Blossom  in brown ink.
3. Grab a green marker and 2 different pinks and color the leaves green and the dots with the 2 different colors of pink.
4. Glue to front of pink card base.
5. Add word sticker.
Done.
Quick, right?
I think you could make these up in batches and have on hand when you need a card.

I hope you will join us in the wood challenge. You can enter here.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wood Challenge: The Evil Eye

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 from Laurie here with a project for the current challenge: Wood.  Lots you can do with this theme, but it might make you think!
I made a card here using the Grunge Tree background stamp and the Evil Eye stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs.

I began by creating a background, using a circle stencil and green and blue Distress inks.  I cut around the edges with some deckle-edged scissors and mounted my piece to a black background.

Next I stamped my image onto white card stock and began coloring it with Copic markers in shades of gray and brown, using yellow for the claws and eyes.  I added some Crackle Accents to the eyes and teeth to give them some shine and make the stand out.  I fussy cut my image and affixed it to the front of my card. 
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-82-wood.html
So put on your thinking caps and see what creations you can make with the Wood theme.  We can't wait to see what you make, and you just might win some free stamps!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Through the Keyhole

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 peek through the Keyhole at Weeping Man.
Hmmmmm, seems that he spotted us!!
Since the current challenge theme is Wood I decided to stamp Carmen's Veranda Keyhole on woodgrain paper and emboss with gold powder.  I added some more colour using Promarkers and then I cut the center out of the keyhole.
I stamped Lost Coast Designs Weeping Man on white card with brown archival ink
and watercoloured with Brusho's.
Green hair??  Maybe that's what he's crying about??
I masked Weeping Man and stamped Lost Coast Designs Leaves Background.
I placed the Weeping Man panel behind the Keyhole panel and mounted it all on a dark brown base card.
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-82-wood.html
Thanks for dropping by.
Don't forget to link up your stamped makes inspired by the word Wood for
your chance to win Lost Coast dollars.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Rustic Wood

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!

Ink Stained Roni here with a fun rustic card for our newest challenge... Wood!


I made a fancy fold card using Lost Coast Designs Trees Background and Carmen's Veranda All Who Wander sentiment and wood grained paper.


https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/2019/08/challenge-82-wood.html
Join the fun and link up your stamped Wood inspired projects
for your chance to win Lost Coast dollars.