Sunday, February 5, 2023

JANUARY 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 January 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 #158

SLIMLINE

is

Anne Squire
 
Thanks for using Lost Coast Designs stamps Anne
Congrats Anne, you win a $5 gift certificate

WINNER of CHALLENGE #159

WINGED THINGS

is

Valerie Hayes 
 
who entered in the fb fan group with these cool rocks.
Thanks for using Lost Coast Designs stamps Valerie.
Congrats Valerie, you win a $10 gift certificate

 Congratulations Anne and Valerie!  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

LOVE AND HEARTS

 for your chance to win Lost Coast Dollars.
 

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Love From Salvador

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 card for the Love and Hearts challenge.  I've combined Lost Coast Designs ATC Doodle Heart with Carmen's Veranda Salvador Dali and Nights Into Mornings sentiment. 
I stamped Salvador Dali and masked him.  I stamped the doodle heart with red ink and the sentiment with black ink.  Then I went a little swipe mad with my black archival ink pad and grunged it up.  To finish I used a blending brush to add some pink to the heart.
 
Join the Love and Hearts challenge with your stamped anything featuring love and/or hearts for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Love and Hearts Challenge: My 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!

And welcome to the first day of February and the first day of our new challenge:  Love and Hearts.  Perfect for this month with Valentine's Day coming soon.   

For this card I used the Chloe Face stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  Such a lovely stamp!  I stamped Chloe with black ink onto a piece of tea dyed paper and fussy cut her out.  I edged this with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and added a bit of color to her cheeks and lips with Copic Sketch markers.

For the background, I used a scrap collection of Tim Holtz papers that I had been saving to make a collage.  The collage was done on a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 card stock, so this is just a portion of the collage.  I edged this
with the same Distress Ink and added a bronze "heart in hands" charm to the bottom.  Final step was to layer this with a piece of cream card stock.  

Show us your love this month and submit your stamped projects here on the Portal to have a shot at winning some free stamps!



CHALLENGE #160 - LOVE AND HEARTS

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 February, the month of love, and 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 #160

LOVE AND HEARTS

We want to see your stamped anythings featuring Love and Hearts.
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 used Lost Coast Designs Chloe Face 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 #160 - Love and Hearts
February 1st - 14th Please read over out RULES to be sure your entries qualify you to win!
ALL rubber stamp companies are welcome.
Linky closes Tuesday, February 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

 
 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Christmas Angel

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 there is still time to link up your stamped Winged Things to the challenge linky, or share on the fb fan group if you are using Lost Coast Designs and/or Carmen's Veranda stamps.  There are a nice lot of entries but still room for some more. 
I like to make a few Christmas cards every month so I don't have a big stress later in the year and today I've used the beautiful Lost Coast Designs Christmas Angel with Halo.  
 


I started by using a snowflake stencil and blue ink on a pale blue background.  Always love a bit of tone on tone.   Then I stamped Happy Christmas in blue ink using Lost Coast Designs Misc. Words.   
 
I stamped the Angel using blue ink on white card and coloured with sharpies and distress inks.
Thanks for dropping by.   You have until the last minute of the month to add your project to the Winged Things linky.   Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Wings challenge

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.
Stamps Used:


First, I took one stamp from Pieces of Architecture and stamped it with a teal distress ink. I then took a stamp from Pieces of Calligraphy and stamped it in gray ink. Then I sprayed water on it so it would spread the ink and blur the stamping. I then took some gray distress spray ink and sprayed it in the middle. Dried it with a heat gun. After it was dry, I then took a number stencil with some black ink and stenciled the two corners, and I edged the piece in black ink.


On another sheet of paper, I stamped the Flying moon and the Eye chart square. I cut out the eye and the wings from the moon. Next, I then colored them with Copic markers and glued them together.
After they were dry, I added them to the front of the panel. I then added it to a white card base.


You can join all the winged fun here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

# 159 "Winged things" challenge , i made a printers tray.

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 my contribution to the LCD/CV challenge "Winged things".
I made this printers tray (20x30cm) for a stamp friend's birthday.
It contains quite a few stamps, but I especially like the butterflies.
Here's a list of what I used and a brief description.
Spike and Lucy. (only the girl)
Sentiment from Carmens Veranda, 

Distressink
Broken China
Twisted citron
Fossilized amber
Rustic wildernis
Rusty hinge
Black waterproof ink.

For the frame, i used acrylic paint in the same colors.
For the spletters some white and brown paint.
Pencils for coloring.
White gellpen.
Nuvo aqaua shimmer for some glitter accents.
I first drew the frame on paper, so I knew exactly where the compartments were.
This makes it easier to determine where which stamp will be placed.
First I sanded the frame and painted it in various colors.
When that is drying I smeared the ink with water on the paper.
Then I stamped the stamps, 
The big butterfly of the Bitterfly set I stamped each wing turned left and right.
And I glued the 3 small butterflies loose so that they have depth.
Then I stamped the background around the stamps. 
Color the details with the pencils.
You can finish the it of with a white gel pen.
Don't forget to do some stamping on the edges of the frame as well.
Just splash the white and brown paint and you're done.
make a small Happy birthday tag and bind it to the foil giftrap.
I hope you enjoyed it and that you will soon get started for our challenge. 
You can win new stamps, so come and participate. 
The challenge runs until the end of this month.
Good luck.












Sunday, January 22, 2023

Winged Things #159 - Sea Wings

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 fun idea for the challenge #159 - Winged Things. My card today was inspired by one of the new mini collage stamps - Mini Maritime Collage. It's got such a great vintage feel to it that I just love.


So I started with the main image which I stamped it onto a page from a vintage book on stenography using a walnut stain ink. I gave it a light brushing with water to give it a bit more character.

The background was created by stamping an image from the fun new set Brush Strokes onto a light blue piece of cardstock with 4 different colors of VersaFine Clair ink. I started with the darkest ink on each end working my way towards the center.

The background panel was mounted onto a bright blue card blank which I then wrapped with a bit of sisal twine and added the main image once it had dried.

Hope this inspires you to join in on the fun....Winged Things

Friday, January 20, 2023

Winged things: Dragonfly 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 everyone, this time I'd love to show you a very simple technique with a great effect in our Winged things challenge!


I made this three ATC cards using the big dragonfly from the wonderful insects stamp set More Bugz. I stamped it with Distress Oxide Black Soot onto white cardstock and sprayed it with water till the ink starts flowing. Magical! Of course you can also try it with other colours of Oxide ink! I let it dry well and added some words from Misc. Words and matted everything on black cardstock.
Hope to see you participating this nice challenge! See you next time!





Liesbeth XX




Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Race Is On!

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 some inspiration for the Winged Things challenge.  I didn't really have any particular idea in mind today, so I went through my Lost Coast Designs stamps and pulled out anything with wings.  Well, that was quite a pile!!  I whittled it down to a few contenders and decided to go for a sky scene...... 
I had so much fun making this!!!!  
I started with pale blue card, put some salty ocean distress oxide ink on my craft mat, spritzed with water and and smooshed my card through it.  When it had dried I stamped Lost Coast Designs MRaven1 with black archival ink.
I masked the raven and stamped Carmen's Veranda Flying Monkey background, cos you can never have too many flying monkeys!!!   I used black archival for the monkeys and when I removed the raven mask I decided I wouldn't have enough contrast.  So I stamped both the raven and Lost Coast Designs Flying Pig 2 on white card, coloured with distress and Pro-markers and fussy cut them.
I mounted the panel on a black cardbase and then placed the raven and the pig so they just overlapped the panel both sides.  I positioned the raven slightly offset of the stamped image underneath so he gets a bit more wing and tail feathers.  I added glitter glue to the pig's wings but it's not so visible in the picture.
Join the Winged Things Challenge with your stamped anythings featuring things with wings.
Real rubber or clear stamping and the theme must be the focus of your project.
Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, January 16, 2023

# 159 "Winged things" Butterfly mixed media portret.

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,  Riet here.
Yes there is a new challenge at, 
Lost Coast designs and Carmens Veranda stamps.
"Winged things"
I really like challenges, 
they put your brain to work and stimulate creativity. 
So if you're interested, come join the fun and join the challenge.
You have a chance to win new stamps, and who wouldn't want that. 
You can even participate with stamps from other brands, 
but you prefer our stamps.
Please read the rules to avoid disappointment.
Today my contribution to the challenge.
I drew a mixed media portrait.
 And with my red-haired granddaughter in mind, this came out.
I worked with Van Gogh watercolor paint and Derwent inktense pencils.
Everything has been done with the watercolor except her hair.
I colored it with the inktense pencils.
I stamped the background with 
The beautiful text "Art gives my soul wings to fly" is from Carmens Veranda.
These are the inks I used for stamping.
Versafine onyx black for the butterfly.
Archivel ink coffee.
Distressink Rusty hinge, Twisted citron and Evergreen bough.
I hope you will join the challenge, it is for everyone and it doesn't matter if you are beginner or advanced.
That's it for now, I wish you a nice day.


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Winged Things: 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!

So glad you are here today as we start a brand new challenge:  Birds or Bugs or Winged Things.  So many choices - which will you choose?

This card features the Butterfly Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda and one of the butterfly stamps from the Butterfly Set over at Lost Coast Designs.  The background is a piece of decorative rice paper layered over a piece of vintage text and sealed with Modge Podge.  I stamped a couple of butterflies to the rice paper using black ink - this step was done before I sealed it.  I then edged the panel with gold ink.

The Butterfly Square was heat embossed onto white water color paper using gold embossing powder.  I then trimmed it into a neat square shape and edged it with gold ink.  I then took two different Tim Holtz Distress Spray Inks - one aqua and one green - sprayed them on my craft mat individually, added water to both, and painted the background with a paint brush, using the inks like water colors. 
I mounted this to a black square and affixed it to the center of my background panel with foam tape.  

If you are not familiar with the collection of square stamps at Carmen's Veranda, be sure to check them out.  There are so many in so many wonderful and creative designs, I'm sure you will find something to fall in love with!

Enter your creations on the Portal for a chance to win some free stamps.  And don't forget to feature rubber stamping in your projects.





CHALLENGE #159 - WINGED THINGS

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 #159

WINGED THINGS

 
We want to see your stamped projects featuring things with wings.
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 problem, 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!
 
 Roni used Lost Coast Designs Brush Strokes, Mini Bug Collage

  
Laurie used Carmen's Veranda Butterfly Square and Lost Coast Designs Butterfly set


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 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 #159 - Winged Things
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 Tuesday, 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

 


 

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Slimline Cards: Keep Calm and Sparkle!

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 with another Slim Line card for the current challenge here on the Portal.  This one uses the following stamps from Lost Coast Designs:
one mannequin from the Mannequin Set
one butterfly from the Butterfly Set
the Daisy Flourish stamp
and
the Keep Calm clear stamp from Carmel's Veranda.

My background is a gel print made with green and blue Distress Oxide Inks and a circle stencil.  I cut this into the shape of a slimline card and edged it with green Distress Oxide Ink.  Using the same green ink, I spritzed this on my craft sheet and stamped the Flourish stamp into the ink then onto my gel print.

The mannequin was stamped with black ink onto white card stock and cut out.  I colored the corset with blue and green Copic Sketch markers.  I stamped the butterfly from the Butterfly Set onto white card stock, cut it out, and colored it with the same markers.  I cut it in half and attached it to the back as wings for the mannequin.  This was then glued to the card front and a green satin bow was added to the waist of the mannequin.

The sentiment was stamped with black into onto a white square edged with green ink and affixed below the mannequin.

We are looking forward to seeing the fun and artistic slim line cards you create for this challenge.  A lucky winner will receive some free stamps!!




Tuesday, January 10, 2023

One In A Million

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.  I have been having fun with the Slimline challenge and also thinking ahead to Valentines day.  I actually started something completely different and then I spotted Lost Coast Designs Many Sheep and Carmen's Veranda Sheep Doll and a card was born.

I stamped Many Sheep on a panel of white card and trimmed it to fit my slimline base, making sure lover baa was in the picture.   I edged the panel with black ink and stamped Lost Coast Designs ATC Doodle Heart with red ink.  I stamped Sheep Doll with black ink on white card, added a little pink and silver, fussy cut and added her to the card.  A touch of grey promarker to ground her and we are ready for the month of love.

You have until 23.59 PST on the 14th January to join the challenge for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars.  Hope to see your lovely stamped slimline card in the gallery.  



Sunday, January 8, 2023

Just waiting

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 slimline card for you.
Stamps used:

I started out with some distress ink colors. I used ink splat stamp from Brush strokes and inked it up. Then I sprayed it with water and stamped. It made it have a watercolor effect. Clean off the stamp and move it, pick a different color and repeat the process.
Next, I stamped the number border on the bottom of the panel and set it aside. I stamped the old lady with the Coffee and colored it with the same colors I used to stamp the background. Cut her out and placed her on top of the number border.
I layered the panel on black cardstock. I then stamped Saying and cut out and layered that on black and added that to the top of the card. I mounted on a white card base.
 

I hope you will join the challenge here.