Friday, August 12, 2022

Background in Focus: Cottontail

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 Laurie again with another project for our "Background in Focus" challenge.  If you are anything like me, you have a lot of background stamps in your craft stash, so here is your chance to focus on some of those by bringing those backgrounds to the foreground.

The stamps I have used here are:

My background shrubbery was stamped with green Distress Oxide ink onto a piece of scrapbook paper.  I edged that panel with the same green ink.  The bunny was stamped onto white paper with black ink and fussy cut out.  I colored him with Copic Sketch markers and added a touch of Glossy Accents to his eye.  I attached him to the card front as shown, using foam tape.  The final step was to stamp the Swirls and Dots border stamp onto a piece of strip of light green paper and affix it to the left side of the card front.

Please join the fun for the challenge and get creative with your background stamps.  You have a chance to win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

149th challenge, Background in focus.

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 blog visitor, Riet here.
Today I have a colorful card for the challenge at Lost Coast designs.
So I thought I'd go ahead and make it very colorful.
I used the versatile LCD background stamp Bubbles.
Together with the Anchor Fish and a text from the sheet Party words.
I also used Lalinea shadowpaint and white embossing powder and Versamark.
And now the explanation of how the card is made.
I used lalinea shadowpaint, which is an ink/watercolor with very bright colours.
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The colors of this ink also flow very nicely together.
I started with the bubbles stamp and stamped it on the paper with Versamark.
Sprinkle with the white embossing powder and heatset it.

Take a paintbrush and different colors of the ink.

Color in the stamp with the ink, and this does not have to be neat,
the colors should be mixed.
Be careful that it doesn't turn into brown mud.

Let dry well, repeat the whole process with the anchor fish and the text.

I stuck a black paper behind the text and fish.
Then the fish and text stand out better.
Just matt with black and you're done.

Actually an easy card with a lot of impact.
Now I'm curious what you make with your background.
Join the challenge and have a chance to win new rubber stamps.
You can even participate with other brands, as long as there are stamps on your work
I hope to see you at the challenge and wish you goodluck.


Monday, August 8, 2022

Background in focus

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, Cathy here with a card for you today.
Stamps Used:
Grunge diamond background

I took a white card base and stamped Grunge diamond background in distress purple ink. Then I punched out a circle and stamped Roses with the same purple ink then I punched out a black circle and layered it. Lastly, I added some bling to the Roses circle.



You can join the challenge here. 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

It's All About The 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!

 Good morning and a very happy Saturday, welcome to the weekend!

It's Sue here, and today I'm sharing a card that I made for our Backgrounds In Focus challenge.  I think this one holds the record for the most stamps used by me on a card lol.

I've been seeing lots of retiform lately, with some beautiful examples from my blogging friend Angela (Felix The Crafty Cat). I must admit, I'd no idea how it was done, but I knew that I liked it. So, much YouTube watching later I decided to give it a go!

I made my grid with a blue distress ink and a blender.

Then I added some stamping - LOTS of stamping. I really like how these two colours look together.

I told you I used a lot of stamps!

These are the ones that I've used;

Pieces of Caligraphy

Leonardo Accessories

Steampunk Fly Girl

Steampunk Icarus

Steampunk Pony

Misc Words

CV Leonardo Man

There's still lots of time to join in with our challenge, so please get stamping and remember to keep the Background In Focus.

Take care, and thanks so much for looking x



Friday, August 5, 2022

JULY 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 July 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 #147

CELEBRATE IT!

is

Cari Woodmansee Jacobson 

with this fabulous card featuring Lost Coast Designs Gibson Girl
entered on fb

Congrats Cari, you win a $10 gift certificate


WINNER of CHALLENGE #148

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

is

Janis
 
with this cute snowman card
Congrats Janis, you win a $10 gift certificate

 Congratulations Cari and Janis!  Please email Gail (craftynomad at gmail dot com) by the 15th 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

Background in Focus


Link up your stamped Background In Focus projects
 for your chance to win Lost Coast Dollars.
 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Backgrounds in focus: Tree & moon

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! As Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda come with lots of beautiful backgrounds stamps I LOVE this topic! for our new challenge ,Backgrounds in Focus we use them as the most important image. 


Here I used the big Grunge tree background stamp, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink onto a white card. I punched a two inch circle from masking paper and added the mask on top of the card. I sponged the card with Stormy sky, Broken china and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks. Also a tiny bit of black ink around the circle, before I removed the mask. Using the blues and Wild Honey Distress ink I sponged some whiffs of colour, also on the moon. As the finishing touch I stamped the Carte Postale stamp at the bottom of the card.




Hope you give it a try and participate our challenge! See you next time!

LiesbethXX

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

#149 Background in focus, the new challenge at lost Coast designs.

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, Riet here with a new step by step tutorial.
What a nice challenge to expose the background stamps.
LCD has very nice background stamps, which can ease take a leading role in your project.

Now the description of this card.
What did I use:
LCD Background stamp Gears 2 and,
Distress Oxide: Saltwater taffy, Peacock feathers, Bundled sage,
Crackling campfire, Ground espresso
Distressink: Vintage photo, , Antique linen, Walnut stane.
Stazon Timber brown.
Markers or color pencils.
Gold glitter for the wings.
White gel pen. 

And this is how I made the card.
Spread the 3 colors over your craft sheet and spray a little bit of water.
Pass your paper through this.
Let it dry well between colors.
     With Distress oxide Ground espresso we now stamp the background.
We repeat this with Distress oxide Crackled campfire.
Let it dry very well.
And this is what it looks like, as if the gears have rusted.


With these 3 colors you sponge the edges, starting with the lightest.
With some brown paint or ink we make some stains on the background.

Stamp the dragonfly on a clean pice of paper and on to the background.
Color the dragonfly and give the wings a little bit of gold shimmer.
Cut the dragonfly out. 
Gleu only the body on the card and make it look if it fly's away.
Make a banner with the dragonfly text the same way as the card.
Stick on with raised tape, mat the card with brown cardboard.
Now your done, hope you have fun with the card.
Now it's up to you, show your idea with a background stamp.
 Join the challenge and maybe you'll win new stamps. 
You can even enter with other brands. 
Please read the rules to avoid misunderstandings.













Monday, August 1, 2022

Backgrounds in Focus: Gears

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 August and welcome to a brand new challenge here on the Portal:  Backgrounds in Focus.  So think background stamps and bring them to the foreground, and make them the "focus" of your work.

It's Laurie here with a steampunk inspired piece for this challenge using the Gears background stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

The first step was to stamp my gears onto a piece of coffee dyed tracing paper.  I used StayzOn black ink so it would not smear since the surface of the paper is kind of slick.  I layered this over a piece of text from a vintage book and trimmed the edges.  Using my sewing machine and black thread, I stitched around the perimeter.

Next I dug out my little collection of gears and other steampunk goodies and randomly selected some to glue atop my stamped image.  I added a vintage label  to the lower right corner as well.  

What fun  or interesting background stamps do you have in your stamp collection?  We would love to see what you do with them for this latest challenge.  Random winner gets some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda!




CHALLENGE #149 - BACKGROUND IN FOCUS

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 #149

BACKGROUND IN FOCUS


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 inspiration from the team to get us started.  ENJOY

Cathy used Lost Coast Designs Bugs Background and Bugz stamps.

Gail used Carmen's Veranda Sun Tiles Background
    
Laurie used Lost Coast Designs Gears Background stamp


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 23.59 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 #149 - Background In Focus
August 1st - 14th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Sunday, August 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