Sunday, October 23, 2016

Imagination is Boundless

Hello everyone!  Marilyn here (yep, I baaaaccckkk!) to share with you a masculine greeting card.

I stamped Thick and Thin Men onto a piece of watercolor paper I had gesso'd black with Versamark ink and thin embossed the image with different colors of embossing powder.  I cut the image out using a Sizzix die and then mounted it on top of a piece of scrapbook paper.  I ran a piece of twine through a Tim Holz word band and then around to the back of the paper, securing with tape.  I then mounted that onto a piece of colored cardstock.

That's it for me for today!  Stay tuned for more great projects.

Until later.............................

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Hello there fellow crafters ! Darlene here and today I am going to share how I put my Catrina together.

Started with a regular skeleton ...used cotton balls to put under the halter top. The halter top I stamped the Skull crown onto it with black ink.  Then glued some fake hair onto the skull and decorated with some ribbon flowers and some lace for the veil.

 The skirt I shredded the material a bit and stamped with the Raven with Tree Branches and the Crows border.  (also in black)

Both the halter top and the skirt were tied in behind.  Over top of the stamped skirt I added some old sheer curtain material - so give the stamped skirt a bit of a muted look.  Added a black ribbon to tie around the waist to pull it all in.

Added a flower onto the halter and her wrist for a bit more colour....and done .....

Are you enjoying the 31 days of Halloween at Lost Coast !!!  My goodness the talent out there is AMAZING !!!!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Haunting ....

Monday, October 17, 2016

"7 Gates to Purgatory" Candle Holder

Hiya Lost Coasters!
Leigh here's my turn to share some Halloween goodness!
 Our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog is participating as a Wicked Blogger again in the annual 31 Days of Halloween blog hop this month!  It's not too late to hop on over and join in the fun, there's lots to do and see all month long plus we are giving away TWO PRIZES in our October Challenge - SCARY or WEIRD, the Challenge started earlier than normal on Oct 1st and closes later on Oct 31st!  The Challenge Linky is at the bottom of the Day 1 of 31 DOH post!

love the glow of a flameless tealight candle!
 Today I'd like to tell you a bit more about my Day 1 of 31 Days of Halloween project.  It's an altered container I turned into a candle holder and features one of our NEW STAMPS unveiled this month, the wicked cool coffin skellie called RIP!

Our New Stamps are to die for!
 I found the unfinished wooden container in Target's craft aisle and it truly was a match made in Heaven Hell....the geometric sides of the container are actually coffin shaped and it has seven sides so I could not resist doing a Seven Deadly Sins theme.  

Here it is in all it's colourful crackled glory with skull beads for feet
 I started out by staining the wooden container with Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Stain and while it dried I stamped the RIP stamp seven times onto white cardstock in Onyx Black Versafine Ink.  I coloured each coffin by randomly applying Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye and Fired Brick Distress Inks with foam ink applicators.  I then cut them all out, adhered them to the container with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive and covered the entire piece with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. 

Seven Deadly Sins:  Envy, Gluttony and Lust
 While the crackle paint dried I created the "Seven Deadly Sins" text in Photoshop CS6 and printed them out on printer paper.  I fussy cut out each word, coloured the background with black Copic marker and the words themselves with a metallic gold gel pen.  Each word was then adhered to the candle holder.

Seven Deadly Sins:  Wrath, Sloth, Greed and Pride
 The finishing touch was to give my candle holder the wicked cool skellie feet.  They're skull beads from a Halloween decoration and I just adhered them to the base with hot glue.  I prefer the glow of a flameless tealight candle but this is what it looks like with a pillar candle too.

the flame of the candle represents the Cleansing Fire of Purification
 Thanks for stopping by to see my project!
Have a spooktacular week and as always...Happy Stamping!

 Leigh S-B


Friday, October 14, 2016

Who Says Poe's Raven Was A "He"? (Besides Poe?)

Gothic Greetings, Lost Coasters!

Are you in the Halloween spirit yet? Well, you will be when you take part in the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity spooky stamped art contest! Enter YOUR Halloween-themed art that uses rubber stamping (any company) for a chance to win one of TWO gift certificates to spend at the Lost Coast Designs store! See here for details.

As you are no doubt aware (clever reader as you are!), Lost Coast Designs is also participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop, for which I am contributing a few projects. This one right here... my own take on Poe's famous poem "The Raven" (visit my blog to read the full text of this sad and spooky Gothic classic!).

Now, Poe tells us that his raven was a boy. "PAH!" I say! Balderdash, even! Who needs your sexist raven-tropes around here? Not I! My raven is a WOMAN, do you hear? And not any slinky hot sexy young chick (<--see what I did there?) either. Mine is a GRANNY RAVEN and she has zero darns to give if you are shocked by this!!

I made this card by collaging the image of Lost Coast Designs' fabulous Old Lady Raven (that's what I'm calling her) from the Big Anthropomorph Birds set onto a background that I printed on my (beloved) Gelli plate. There's a bit of washi at the bottom and a hand-drawn spiderweb (with artist's pen and glitter gel pen) on the card too...and a single word, lovingly rendered in Bodoni for that Poe-period feel.

I hope my little piece gets you in the spooky spirit, and that you enter lots of art in the contest. We want you to win some of these fabulous Lost Coast Designs images!

Love and monsters, 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Halloween is on it's way ...

Halloween is on of "the" seasons in crafting world.
I'm happy to be in a 2 teams that are taking part of the
BIG hop: 31 Days of Halloween.  Soooo, all though I have
made quite a few projects for the hop, these are the ones
that are already been posted:

I used Distress inks to make the background and stamps from
and to make the smily cat to pop a little bit more,
I added some color on him with a Copic.

A bit darker side AJ page

Stamps from Carmen's Veranda: Large People Skull 
Black page, watered white Gesso and embossing powder.

Have you used your Halloween stamps already? Yes?
Well then, why not link up to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity
challenge, the theme is Scary of Weird...

All the best to all, thank you for stopping by, hugs, Granne!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Snappy Pumpkin with Doodles Background

Hello Everyone!
This is my ( Karen) post #1 for the 31 Days of Halloween Event.  Lost Coast's Portal is participating in this event as a "Wicked Blogger". Check out the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for all the details. The complete blog roll is listed there.
The Lost Coast Design Team is also Celebrating a New Release!  Check out all the new stamps here.  The LCD October Challenge's Theme is Scary or Weird. Be sure to link up all your Halloween/scary projects there for a chance at the prize.

Check out my project for the 31 Days of Halloween!!  I used one of the New Release stamps to create a fun background for this Halloween card.  I added a snappy Pumpkin Scarecrow and some embellishments to create this folk artsy card perfect for sending to a friend.

Stamps Used: Scarecrow Pumpkin - Carmen's Veranda, and ATC Doodles Set - Lost Coast Designs

Isn't this little guy cute!!   A great stamp to use for kids' Halloween cards too.
Check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.  Stayed tune all month for more Halloween/Scary inspirations from the Design Team!!  See you again soon!
Karen McAlpine

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Hello Lost Coasters!
Woohoo, it's finally OCTOBER and we're counting down to HALLOWEEN in style!


Lost Coast Designs unveiled some fabulous new stamps yesterday!  Dash on over and add them to your collections!   Stop by Lost Coast Portal to Creativity all month long to see what the LCDesigners have created with them starting with my Day 1 project featuring the coffin skellie called RIP!!


 The most anticipated blog hop of the year is underway and Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is participating as a Wicked Blogger again this year!  The LCDesigners are hard at work over their crafty cauldrons cooking up SPOOKTACULAR eye candy for you to feast your eyes upon for 31 days straight!  Come and hop with us!  

Plus....our celebrations don't end on October 31st as we roll directly into our November Day of the Dead event!  We will have a daily DOTD share starting Oct 31 through to Nov 2 and more inspiration midway on Nov 9 so dig out your Sugar Skulls and get ready to play!

Challenge #29


Oct 1 - 31st

 Our October Challenge started a few days earlier this month as part of our Halloween celebrations!  We're giving you lots more time to join the celebrations and have TWO PRIZES up for grabs this month so round up all your friends and join the fun!


Lost Coast Designs will be at Artsy in Loveland Colorado on Oct 22, 2016! 
Linda Malcolm will be in the store along with hundreds of our amazing LCD rubber stamps. You’ll be able to purchase on the spot as well as have an opportunity to take a special class with her later in the day. The trunk show will be open all day, but if you’d like to get into Linda’s class call Artsy right away or stop in the store to reserve your seat. It’s limited to the first $10 paid students.

5649 McWhinney Blvd,
in the Outlets of Loveland,
Loveland, CO, 80538
970 613-1631

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is proud to be a CRYPT KEEPER again this year!  Click on the skull to see how other blogs around the world are celebrating Halloween!
We hope you'll join us for a Spooktacular good time!
Happy Stamping!

Leigh S-B
The Sharpie Domino Queen
LCD/CV DT Leader

Monday, September 26, 2016

Anything Goes...with Nuance Powders :)

Hiya Lost Coasters! Today I have two quick projects up for the "Anything Goes" challenge that I wanted to tell you a little bit about and hopefully get your imagination and hands busy creating.  :)

I just got some of the Nuance powdered pigments this month and have been having lots of fun playing with these. Just a tiny sprinkle of powder and some spritzes of water = hours of entertainment! (OK, so I am easily entertained. But you probably will be too--these powders are COOL!)

The first project I wanted to share with you is this card to usher in October:

This was made by sprinkling autumnal colors of the powder onto white watercolor paper, keeping the sprinkles mostly to one side of the card. I then sprayed the paper with several spritzes of water. Where you use more water, the color runs and flows together, as in the big splash of fiery red and orange on this piece; drier specks of powder can also be seen moving away from the "splash" area, which gives an interesting textured look. (You might have to enlarge the pic to get a good look at this effect.) The amount you spray is up to you! Dryish or wet, these powdered pigments look fantastic, and the colors are beautiful.

Next I took two Lost Coast Designs stamps: an abstract background from the ATC Grunge Set, and the Gothic text block from ATC Text Set 1. To ink them, I stamped into the still-wet "splash" from the Nuance powders; I wanted to carry over the colors from the splash, so I stamped the abstract grunge set stamp into the white area of the card, then stamped the Gothic text block several times to add depth and interest to the splash area. It's OK that the text is wet and messy--it's just to add texture and isn't supposed to be legible. No need to be careful with this technique!

I then gave the whole thing a spritz of heirloom gold shimmer know, because I like shiny stuff. (Actually, it's super subtle in real life, the shimmer--I didn't use much!)

After drying this background with my trusty heat tool, I then composed the word "October" using the Rustic Alphabet Set  and embossed it with a mixture of green and copper embossing powders for a sort of verdigris patina look. Then I used a bullet-tipped embossing ink pen and wrote the word "welcome" and embossed it too.

I edged the card with chalk inks...mounted it on a shimmery pale gold card that I edged with heirloom gold metallic ink...then mounted the whole thing on piece of green cardstock, which I daubed with chalk ink for a soft sort of suede-y look in real life. And that was it for that project!

Now, for the second project that I made for "Anything Goes" using my new Nuance powders.  :) What is special about this ATC is the "cracked-glass effect" that I used to make it seem like the card is encased under a piece of...well, cracked glass.  :)  If you want to learn how to do this easy and fun technique, go have a look at the tutorial up on my blog and tell me what you think!

Here's the piece:

Happy creating...and happy fall!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hello our crafty friends, Darlene here to share with you today a card I made with the fall season now upon us.

Using alcohol ink background that I made -  I stamped the Shrubbery with black ink.  Thinking Fall, and how all the plants are now going back into mother earth - the word Harmony seemed to fit.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.

Join us over at Lost Coast Designs and check out the other wonderful creations - even better - check out our challenges - maybe you will win !!!