Thursday, July 2, 2020

Question of the day....Ducks or Squirrels???

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!

Roni here and today I have a creation for our newest challenge #102 - Off the Edge. I decided to use this darling little duck from the Duck & Bunny set and the clear sentiment stamp called Ducks in a Row both from Carmen's Veranda.


I started off by stamping the purple duck on the white panel then once onto scrap paper. I fussy cut the second image to use as a mask to use when stamping the remaining ducks.  I used the mask to cover the purple duck while I stamped the blue duck...I continued stamping in this fashion by covering the previously stamped duck with the mask while stamping the next duck in the row.  

After all the ducks had been stamped I colored each with coordinating colors. I finished them off with a bit of black and white paint pen work.   The sentiment was stamped on vellum then affixed to the white card panel.  This panel was then mounted on a teal card base.

And yes, this is how I feel some days - LOL!!

I hope you join in the fun and share your card for the Off the Edge Challenge!!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CHALLENGE #102 - OFF THE EDGE

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 #102

OFF THE EDGE

The team are really having fun with this theme.
We want to see your stamped images off the edge of your project.

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.

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 lovely card using Lost Coast Designs Daisy Flourish and Butterflies Set
  
Laurie with this fabtastic card featuring Carmen's Veranda Godzilla and Hokey Pokey sentiment with Lost Coast Designs Shrubbery and Butterflies Set

Riet made this awesome card using Lost Coast Designs Victoriana and Carmen's Veranda
 Child of the Moon 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

Challenge #102 - OFF THE EDGE
July 15th - 31st Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Friday, July 31st 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

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Birds In Trees

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!




#101 Background forward.

Hi there, Riet here.
I really had to think about this card, making the background the star isnt that easy.
I am not used to that.
But I just like to work with my distress micro glaze, so of we go.

Distress glaze, distressink spun sugar, victorian velvet, gathered twigs.

Take a little spung and aply the glaze on to the stamp and stamp it on a piece of paper that is 5cm or 2 inch longer than the stamp.

Start sponging the bottem with spun sugar, work your way up with victorian velvet. And at the top gathered twigs. Its so magical to see the birds and trees show up, just love it.
I tore the bottom of the card and distresst it with gathered twigs and stampt the moon child stamp. Matt the card with a off white cardstock, and from the same cardstock I die cut the birds. Easy and swift.
So hurry up and join us in this exciting challenge.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Background Forward: Squares Masterboard Background

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 you Portal visitors and welcome to the last couple of days of our challenge:  Background Forward.  So your projects should prominently feature your background creations.

For this challenge, I have created a 9 X 9 master board background using Carmen's Veranda Square Stamps, specifically:

Calligraphy square
Architecture square
Clock square
Rabbit square
Butterfly square

I stamped each of these using StayzOn black ink onto a variety of gelli prints that I had on hand, all in shades of green and blue.  I cut them into 3" squares and fastened them to a backing to hold them all in place.  Now that I have this master board, I can use portions of it as background for other projects - ATCs, rolos, junk journaling, etc.  I think it will make some really interesting backgrounds.

Let's see what you can do making Background Forward!

Friday, June 26, 2020

You Are My Sunshine!

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!

Today I wanted to share with you a fun background card that uses the beautiful stamp - Sun Tiles Background from Carmen's Veranda.


I created the card by first stamping the Sun Tiles onto a piece of white cardstock using VersaMark ink then embossing with white embossing powder.  I added color by scribbling Marabu Art Crayons over the entire panel using yellow, orange and a touch of red and blending with my finger.

That panel was trimmed then affixed to a red card base. The sentiment was printed from the computer, trimmed, matted and mounted on the card. 

Quick and easy but oh so pretty!

There's still time to play in challenge #101 - Background Forward!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Background forward: 3 background stamps.

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, Liesbeth here showing you another two cards hoping to inspire you for our Background Forward challenge. Join the fun!
For this two coloured backgrounds I used Grunge window wall and Arches and Door. I stamped them using a ,Big and juicy' multicolor ink pad. After stamping I played around with a water brush to water out and colour the image here and there. I stamped some details in black with black ink and the 3rd background stamp: Grunge tree. The sentiments are from Misc. words.







See you next time! 
Liesbeth XX


Monday, June 22, 2020

Background Forward

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 for you.

Stamps Used:
Argyle Background
Again I was watching a video. This one was by Jennifer McGuire and her faux monoprint. So I thought I would give it a try.
Here are some of my backgrounds I did.

What you have to is ink the paper with dye ink. I used Distress inks. You have to add a lot of ink to make this work. The orange and yellow one I just took the pad and swiped it across the paper. I did the same for the one I used. The circle one I tried with a blending tool. 
Next you have to dry it completely because you are going to heat emboss with clear embossing power for the next step. If the ink is not dry the embossing power will stick to it and we don't want that. After you heat emboss your image, background on the inked cardstock take another white sheet of cardstock and tape it to the top(or bottom) of the embossed piece.
Have you die cutting machine out because that is what you are going to use to make the second piece with the white 'emboss' area.
Cover the white cardstock so it doesn't get sprayed with water. I used a paper bag. Spray the embossed piece with water. A lot of water. I sprayed it at least 5 to 6 times. Then fold the white cardstock over (because you taped it to the other it is like a hinge)  run it through your die cutting machine. I did mine about 4 times back and forth. you then take it out and you have the white 'emboss' resist on the other piece. If you missed a spot you can just spray it again and run it through. Set aside to dry and now you have 2 backgrounds for the price of 1.
I then just added it to a white card base and added a die cut flower to the front.
Come join the fun challenge here
Also the sale is still going on. 25% off . Go get some stamps.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Background Forward: Forgetful Penguin

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 a fun card for this current challenge:  Background Forward.  So rather than having your background just be in the background, create an interesting, creative background and let it be the feature of your piece.

I used four different background stamps for this, all from Lost Coast Designs:
Little DiamondsWhite WavesLarge Chickenwire, and Idinkera.  I also used one of the penguins from the Grumpy Penguins set and the clear stamp phrase Forget Shit from Carmen's Veranda.

I started by stamping each of my backgrounds with black ink onto some scrapbook paper that is primarily white but has some bits of green here and there.  I cut each piece into 1 1/2 inch squares until I had a total of 16 squares.  I then glued the squares in random order onto black card stock and trimmed around the edges.  I machine stitched around the border with black thread.

I added a bit of color with some orange and green Distress Ink sprays here and there.

Next I stamped my penguin onto white paper with black ink and cut him out.  He looked too white against my background, so I stamped him lightly with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink and colored his beak orange.  I stamped my sentiment on white paper with black ink and edged it in black.  I attached both the penguin and the saying with foam tape to give them each some dimension.

We would love to see your wonderful featured backgrounds and hope you will join us for the fun and different challenge!


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Happy Dice

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 in a very hot Norway.  Keeping cool is my number 1 priority at the moment so I decided to relocate to a shady corner of the garden and play with stamps and distress markers.
We started a new challenge yesterday called Background Forward, and we want to see background stamps or stamped backgrounds as the star of your project.  Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda have some awesome background stamps.  I used Carmen's Veranda Dice Background
I started by stamping and embossing the Dice Background on white card.  I used gold embossing powder, which looks very pretty, and I was tempted to just leave it like this.  An idea for a quick card in the future.........
I coloured the dice with bright distress colours and then spritzed to get the worn look.  The sentiment is from Lost Coast Designs Party Words.
Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe and keep well.  Grab you stamps and join our
Background Forward challenge for a chance to win Lost Coast $$$$$$'s

Monday, June 15, 2020

CHALLENGE #101 - BACKGROUND FORWARD

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 #101

BACKGROUND FORWARD

We want you to use a BACKGROUND STAMP or make a background using real rubber or clear stamps and we want it to be the star of your project.  You can add a sentiment, embellishments or an image, but the stamped background must be obvious and prominent. 

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.

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 ideas from the team to get us started.  ENJOY!


Cathy stamped Lost Coast Designs Grunge Diamond Background, added clear gesso and alcohol inks and Carmen's Veranda Too Much Happy sentiment for a beautiful card.

Liesbeth made this lovely card using Lost Coast Designs Flagstone Background stamp.  Then she decorated with distress glazes, embossing powder, stickles and rock candy and added the Congratulations from the Party Words set.
  Here's a close up of all those yummy colours and textures!

Riet used Lost Coast Designs Birds in Trees Background stamp and watercolored
for a gorgeous result!!

Now it's your turn.  Make your background beautiful and the star of your project!  
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 #101 - BACKGROUND FORWARD
June 15th - 30th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Tuesday, June 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

 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Dog Gone Fun Birthday!

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!

I hope you're all having a wonderful day. Roni here, I just wanted to let you know that you still have a bit of time left to help us Celebrate our 100th Challenge...


I decided to celebrate with some dog friends...I love these darling little pups and thought they would make a perfect way to celebrate. I stamped the Many Dogs background stamp onto kraft paper. I then found a dog that looked like our old basset hound Cecil and colored him with Prismacolor colored pencils.  I trimmed the panel, edged it with Tulip Red VersaFine ink and mounted it on a black card.


I then stamped the Heart from the ATC Doodles set and fussy cut both inside and out. It was then used to frame Cecil.  Finally I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Party Words set of stamps, trimmed it and mounted it on the card.


Hope you enjoy the card and Cecil :)

Remember you still have a bit of time to join in on the fun of our 100th Challenge!!



Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hallo, Its me, Riet, with a happy post.

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!


# 100 Celebrate
 Party clowns in orange and green.

Hello everyone, come and join the challenge at Lost Coast Designs blog.
And what a fun challenge team leader Gail has chosen.
Celebrate, yes let's celebrate life, especially now in corona time.
Join our challenge and lets celebrate and party all together.
You can still join until the 14th, on the 15th there is a new challenge.
Take a chance in winning some rubber.

This is my take on this theme.




What I used:
Black stazon and black distressink.
Dylusion paints and spray’s,
Freshe lime, squeezed orange, polished jade, lemon zest.

In the background I used some Dutch Doobadoo masks.
Wyber, metall 2 and bubbles.

The cutting die’s are from Joy Crafts,  lets party and flags.

Color pencils, or what color medium you like to use.

And now to work, dear stampers, have fun.
I first sprayed the 4 dylusion colors and let it dry. I used  an a4 so that I had some paper for the baloons and flags. I cut the flags twice and the balloons once.
Then used the DDBD masks with the paints. And cut a piece of paper 12cm x 20cm.
In the time it is drying I stamped with black stazon the clowns and colored them.
Now the background has dried I used a black and white color pencil
Around the bubbles and wyber masks.With some black distress I made the shadows on the flags and balloons. Now cut out the clowns and glue them on with the flags and balloons. I always matt my work, but it is not necessary.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.
And please show as your work and join the challenge.
There are some nice prices to win.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Do I smell cake

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 birthday card for you. Since it was my birthday yesterday I made a birthday card.

Stamps Used:
Large peekaboo kitty
Hat from party Mona
Do I smell cake

So I was watching a video the other day and they did something called rip and flip. What you do is take a  piece of pattern paper and cut them to the size you want for the front of the card. I made mine a little smaller then the card front so you can see the card base. Make sure that you have the piece of pattern paper larger then what you a re going to attach them to.  Now you are going to rip it and flip it. Flip the piece of pattern paper so you get the 2 sides on the front of the card base.

You can see it better here in the close up. Next I colored and cut out  Large peekaboo kitty. After that  I cut out the hat from the birthday Mona and added to the Large peekaboo kitty.
Stamp the  Do I smell cake on a white scrap. I added some pink bakers twine and some pink sequence. Added the saying to the top and placed it all on a shimmer card base.
Come join the new challenge here.
The sale is still going strong. Cone get some stamps for 25% off.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Rambling Gnome

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!  I hope your week has started well.  I am sharing a simple birthday card today using Lost Coast Designs Sunglasses Gnome and Crackle Background.


This guy makes me smile!!  Looks like a Norwegian up the mountains!  Maybe he will yodel!!  Ooh, that would make him a Swissman up a mountain.  Roll credits for the sound of music...........   

Pale blue base card.  Scrap of medium blue stamped with Manganese archival ink and Crackle Background stamp.  Sunglasses Gnome stamped on a deckle cut panel, edged with Promarker and coloured with Promarkers and Distress markers.  Happy Birthday from the Party Words set stamped with the Manganese archival ink.


Link up your stamped celebration makes for a chance to win.

Friday, June 5, 2020

MAY 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 May 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 #98

TURQUOISE AND TERRACOTTA

is

Sylvia Koning 

with this beautiful scene
Congrats Sylvia, you win a $10  gift certificate


WINNER of CHALLENGE #99

EAST MEETS WEST

is

Chantal

with this awesome card using Lost Coast Designs Flying Car
Congrats Chantal, you win a $10 gift certificate

 Congratulations Sylvia and Chantal!  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

CELEBRATE IT


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

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Celebrate it! Day 4

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! We are celebrating our 100th challenge! Hope you'll join the party and celebrate (and stamp!) with us! Here's the information you need to participate: Celebrate it! Blogpost.
Liesbeth here with some inspiration for you: an easy one this time.. no bleaching, no masking. Just stamping using 3 tones of blue ink: light, medium and dark! I used Adirondack ink: Cloudy blue, Sailboat blue and Eggplant. Distress ink will also work perfectly.
I stamped the background with some text stamps using the lightest ink. After that I stamped the other images, and on a seperate piece of paper I stamped the sentiment and the hat, cut them out and sponged the edges. On the card, I flew out some of the ink a little bit with a water brush, just water. I finished by adding the  text (sticked on a blue mat) and the hat.
Stamps used: ATC misc. 6, ATC misc. 7, ATC Doodle set, Rustic checkerboard border, Party words, Party hats 1, Einstein, Butterfly.






Liesbeth XX