Saturday, January 16, 2021

Happy Gnome-aversary

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.  Hope you are having a splendid day.  
Gail here with some more Gnome fun.
Neon alert!!!!  And GNOMES!!!
I stamped Lost Coast Designs Fruit Pods Background and the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Party Words on a black card base and embossed with Leaf embossing powder.   I stamped Pointy Hat Gnome and Sweater Gnome on white card, coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut.  A little glitter on her pom-pom and done.

Join the challenge fun for a chance to win.  Show us your GNOMES!!!

There's also a chance to win this weekend over at the Lost Coast Designs Official group on fb.  Hop over and join the fun.

Due to the mass cancellation of stamp/scrapbook shows Linda is running an online virtual convention.   Use coupon code QUARANTINE to get 25% off any purchase of Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps.  Katzelkraft stamps, stamp accessories and Stencil Girl stencils are not included in the sale.


Friday, January 15, 2021

CHALLENGE #114 - GNOMES

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 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 #114

GNOMES


We want to see your project featuring gnomes.  Lost Coast Designs has had three releases with the cutest gnomes in the blogasphere.  23 gnome stamps and 4 gnome homes are available in real red rubber from the Lost Coast Designs store.  Share your stamped gnome projects with us.  Your gnome must be a real rubber or clear stamped image for a chance to win 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 used Lost Coast Designs Silly Gnome
and Carmen's Veranda Spirit Unicorn sentiment

Sue used used Lost Coast Designs Three Gnomes and Stone House 
 

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 #114 - Gnomes
January 15th - 31st Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Sunday, January 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

 
 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Party Like It's 2017

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 a very happy Thursday. It's Sue here and speaking in my best BBC voice, in a change from our scheduled programming instead of a new piece for our Something Beginning With B challenge I'm sharing a couple of my favourites from 2017! 
Aaah 2017, the year was dominated by Ed Shearon in the charts,  Moonlight fought La La Land for the best picture Oscar. And I made these!


My black bird book cover.
This book still goes between my craft room and the computer daily. I write down what stamps I use 'cos I can never remember them afterwards. It was made with Feather Bird from Lost Coast Designs and of course the sentiment is one of Carmen's Veranda's.


And this is my black birds on a bright bokeh background! It was made with Stayzon inks on a glossy card background. I've used 3 Birds from Lost Coast and again a Carmen's Veranda sentiment.

I hope you've enjoyed our trip back to 2017, and if you're quick you still have time to join in with our challenge, just link up here.
Thanks so much for looking, and I'll see you again tomorrow when our new challenge begins. Take care and have a great day! xx



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Butterfly Square

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 project of gold embossed butterflies using the 
Butterfly Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

This was very simple.  I took three coordinating pieces of some of my stash of Gelli prints and heat embossed the butterfly square with gold embossing powder onto each one.   I cut them to three inch squares and layered them with glossy gold card stock.  I made tags with two of them, punching a hole in the upper left corner and threading with gold ribbon.  For the other two, I mounted them onto white card bases and made little matching envelopes for a pair of note cards.

So many fun things that start with "B" - show us what you can make!!



Sunday, January 10, 2021

Challenge #113,Things beginning with a B, Beautyful girl, Bird.


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!

B for Bird.
How are you all, hope you are crafting.
Because this is a fun challenge.
Something with a letter B makes you look at a different way at your stamps.
So our team leader Gail made a great choise with this challenge.
For this card I used the lovely vintage stamp Annie.
Also used the Victoriana set.
And the dictionary stamps.

What I used for this card.
Resist fluid.
A stencil with numbers.
A stencil with ABC.
Stazon Timber brown.
Distress oxide:
Iced spruce.
Antique linen.
Ground espresso.
Abandoned coral
Versa magic  Malted Mauve.
White gellpen.

How to make this card.

First I made a mix with the distress oxide antique linen and iced spruce on my craftsheet.
Then I incorperated the colors here and there on the paper.
Keep the colors on the paper light.
Now put the numbers stencil on your background and spray the resist flued.
Dry this very well.
Now with some abandoned coral and a little water you make the rest of the color on the card.
Make sure that you still can see the other colors shine trough.
With the dictionary stamp and stazon timber brown we make some prints. 
I chose to stamp it without the big word on top, but that is for you to decide.
The corner stamp is the stamp from the Victoriana set.
I stamped it half on the edge of the paper and made a corner stamp of it.
Stamped it with the stazon timber brown.
The medalion with the face is stamped with the Versamark Malted Mauve.
Now take a thin piece of paper and stamp Annie with Stazon timber brown.
Color the image with markers or pencils.
Glue her on the card and ad some highlights with the white gellpen.
The word “bird” is written with a stencil.
With the Maulted Mauve I made some splashes on the card.
Glue the card on 2 layers of cardstock, and your done.

 Now the team would love to see what you make with the letter B.
So join our challenge, and maybe you will win some rubber.
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/search/label/Monthly%20Challenge
And dont forget to read the challenge rules.
https://lostcoastportaltocreativity.blogspot.com/p/challenges-rules-and-winner-badge.html


 

 

 


Friday, January 8, 2021

Back To Black

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 Sue here.
Good morning and a very happy Friday. Firstly can I say how happy I am to be back! So much has happened since I was last here, Brexit, Covid, and new Blogger!
My lovely Lost Coast/ Carmen's Veranda stamps have all been sitting very patiently in their box so they are delighted to be out again!  Here is my piece for our fun Beginning With B challenge.

I started by making my background. I did my first one in full colour, but then decided that I would quite like it just in black, and there's the first B.

These are the stamps that I've used. You can tell that they've been very well-loved can't you! I've always been told that Archival ink conditions the stamp, so it's a quick wipe then back in the box. None of that cleaning malarky!
There's a (B)ackground. a (B)order,  and the (B)ack of the couple.

The quote is by Oliver Hardy, and I thought it went nicely with the image. I've just typed it up on the computer.

All of the stamps used today are by Lost Coast Designs.
I've used Spray Webbing
Diamonds Border
Don't forget to link up to our challenge for the chance to win some Lost Coast dollars to spend in the store.

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for looking x

Just click here to join in! xx

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Something beginning with B: Bishop

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 with a B for our new challenge! Read everything about it HERE, and join the fun!
I really love the Chess stamp set, so I chose B from it: Bishop! I also used ATC text set 1. On a painted scrap of paper I first stamped the bishop with black ink  and masked it.  I stamped the chess board (also from the Chess set) with blue ink and the texts with pink and white ink. I finished with charcoal (shadow around the bishop), colour pencils  and I sponged the edges black. I glued it onto a pink and a blue piece of cardstock.
If  there are any questions, just ask in the comments below :-)
Have fun!


See you next time, 
Liesbeth XX

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

DECEMBER WINNER

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 WINNER of our December Challenge!

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, including some lovely entries in the Lost Coast Designs Fan Group as well.  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 #112

WINTER BLUES 

is

Yvette 

with this pretty fairy card

Congrats Yvette, you win a $10 gift certificate


 Congratulations Yvette!  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

SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH B

 for your chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.
 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Brown bookmark with a book reading bird

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 bookmark for you today
Stamps used:
 

 
 
 
I started out with some cream cardstock and sprayed some brown distress ink on it. I spritzed it with water first to make it move. Then I took another sheet of cardstock and sprayed that with water and laid it on top to pick up the extra spray. Let it dry.
Stamp pieces of calligraphy in the same colour brown randomly all over the paper. 

Stamp the bird reading the book from mother goose birds. Color with Copic marker and cut out.  Add some saying stickers around and glue the bird on top the sayings. 

Cut and layer on black cardstock and you have a bookmark. 

Come join the new challenge here

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Blue Brown Bird Ballerina

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 my first card for the Something Beginning with 'B' challenge.  I've combined the colours blue and brown, which always look good, with a strangely quirky combination of stamps.  
I've gone all swan lake!!!   Lost Coast Designs Ballerina, Bird and blue Bubbles Background.  Beautiful Bs'!!  I actually did this originally as a one layer card, stamping the dancer, masking, stamping the bubbles, masking and then stamping the swans.  But my swans were wiggly, so I stamped them again and just cut out all the little rectangles.  I pieced the rectangles together on a blue card base, fussy cut the already stamped dancer and bubbles and added them on.  I'm enjoying the fun exuberance of this card.  
 
Join the challenge for a chance to win and don't forget to check back all month for more awesome inspiration from the team.

Friday, January 1, 2021

CHALLENGE #113 - SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH B

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.  
 

 HAPPY NEW YEAR

 
 I hope that you had a happy and safe New Year celebration. 
Here's hoping 2021will be a fabulous year for us all.
 
It's time for our first challenge of the new year.
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 #113

SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH 'B'


You can make anything that has real rubber or clear stamping and things that start with the letter B ie. blue, black, beige, brown, burgundy, bear, banana, box, book, boxer, bugs, beer, bingo, boys, butterflies etc. etc. etc. 
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!

  
Laurie made this gorgeous vintage style card using Lost Coast Designs Head in Hands stamp
Brown, Black, Beauty, Butterfly


Riet made this lovely card using Lost Coast Designs Raven with Tree Branches and Just Faces stamps.
Bird, Black, Branches
 
 
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 #113 - Something Beginning with 'B'
January 1st - 14th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Thursday, January 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