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 !!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Zentangle Creature Cards by Leigh!

Howzit Lost Coasters!
Before I share today's cards here's a quickie reminder about our current challenge #28.  September is Anything Goes, always a fan fave so come and join the fun over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  Also check out the LCDesigners' midway challenge inspirational projects too, they're all truly fabulous!

I made these two fun square shaped cards featuring stamps from our newest line of Zentangle stamps, Zentangle Squares and Creatures!  They are so much fun to play with and so versatile.  You can colour up a storm or go traditional Zentangle and work only in black and white with pencil shading like I've done on these two.

For the fish one I used Zentangle Square One with Zentangle Checker Fish because all the circles reminded me of bubbles in water.  Both images were stamped with Onyx Black Versafine ink but on the background square I first inked up the stamp, stamped off most of the ink on another piece of cardstock and then stamped the image for my project.  I then re-inked the stamp, wiped off the ink in the areas I wanted the grey image to show with a baby wipe and over stamped the design to achieve the solid black areas.  I then coloured and added shading to both images with a graphite pencil and blended with a tortillon stick.
For the cat one I used Zentangle Square Two with Zentangle Cat because the swirled pattern reminded me of a ball of wool (yarn) and I added in some squiggly lines too with a black Copic fineliner.  I also applied Black Soot Distress Ink to the background square.

I then trimmed and cut out all the images, layered on black cardstock and added everything to white folded cards made from sheets of white cardstock.  I then embellished them with black and white Inkssentials Enamel Accents.

Here's a look at the other stamps in our Zentangle line.
Thanks for stopping by to see my projects today!
Happy Stamping and have a great weekend!

 Leigh S-B


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

And You Think You Look Different?

Hi all!  It's Nan with a stamp fellow I have felt a kindred spirit with from day one I say him!  In a cookie cutter world, he is like me an odd duck and I love that!  He has an official name "Face with Tongue" at Lost Coast Designs but I have always called him Tongue Guy and he likes that name, too!  So by the colors I used you can tell what I am in the mood for and getting all ready, black, mystery....Halloween, anyone?

Still lots of time to get in on our "Anything Goes" Challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity; these are the greatest cause anything goes :)  And keep in touch with the Portal for all the fabulous upcoming events we have around the corner!  I wouldn't miss it for the world and you shouldn't either!  Share the fun I say so come see us and find out all the ways to win goodies from our stores!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Going CAS

I really don't have a particular style
to do my crafting. I just create what ever I feel, LOL.

Recently I have made few very CAS cards 
and I really liked both. The basic idea was to use
awesome Shadow Frames -set, 
that I'm very happy to have in my stash.

This was made using 2 DI ink pads and 
the bigger circle from the Shadow Frames -set
and the cutiest White Cat from Carmen's Veranda

For this card I also used 2 colors of DI ink pads and
a stamp from the Shadow Frames -set with the fun
little birdie, Whimsical Sylvie.

Did you know that we have Anything goes (as long as there
is rubber stamping - any company's stamps goes) challenge
going on at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity? 
With a change to win some of these fabulous stamps..
So hop to the blog and play with us, :=)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Feather Diva in Purple with Bling

Hello Everyone,
Karen here today to share a fun project!  Now, you are going to love the stamp that I used on my project.  It is really outrageous.  That is one of the things I love about Lost Coast Designs; the stamps are so unique.  I paired this "Diva" with a bright border in contrasting colors. Awesome cool!

Stamps: Feather Diva with FaceGeometric Border both from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Pale Lilac Marvy; Real Red Stampin' Up
Marker: Rhubarb Stalk Memento
CS: White, red, lavender, and purple
Red Baker's Twine
Purple narrow ribbon
Red Rhinestones

Isn't she fabulous!!??  And of course she has plenty of bling!  For more pictures and instructions, check out the full post on my blog, Dreaming and Creating.
Hope you are having a great day!  
See you next time.  
Karen McAlpine
Dreaming and Creating

Monday, September 5, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge

Today we have a brand new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, Anything Goes. As much as I like the challenge of creating to a theme, its fun to be free and create whatever your heart desires :)

I have used this gorgeous stamp, its her first inking, and I loved her even more than I thought I would. Meet Feather Diva with Face

For this card I created a water color background with nuance powders and a water spray bottle. I firstly added the orange and red, then when it was dry I added the blue across the top and made it run with the water. 

Feather Diva was stamped into the background in black, then I also stamped her onto plain white card stock and also onto a co-ordinating colorised piece of card stock. This was all fussy cut, her face and feathers colored with copics. I paper pieced her dress. I used a charcoal pencil to add some shadows and the ground. I like to ground my images, rather have them floating. I also used a saying from Travel Quotes and lightly stamped images from the travel stuff set in the background. 

Thanks for stopping by, and go and check out the other inspiration from the DT for this challenge, and more :) We have regular events and giveaways, its lots of fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity :) 

Hugs, Nikki x

Friday, September 2, 2016


Helloooo Lost Coasters!
WOWZA!  Can you believe it's September already!  Where has this year gone, it's nearly Halloween and Christmas already...YIPPIE ;0)

First up a quickie reminder about our current Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event


Have you checked out all the fabulous SQUARE LCDesigner and Guest Designer inspiration and joined the fun?  Hop on over and catch up quickity split!  You've still got time to get your SQUARE projects in for the chance to win a shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and or Carmen's Veranda!  Linky party closes at 5 to midnight PST on Sept 4th! 

You can use ANY stamp companies to enter all our monthly events and challenges but if you use our Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps..and we do LOVE it when you do...then your entry counts as two in our DT Faves voting and doubles your chances at winning our prizes! 

 Update on our nasty GREMLIN ATTACK!
Our websites were down for a few days but we're pleased to announce that all the Gremlins were rounded up and now we've just got Gizmo keeping an eye on your orders!  Phew!

Next up for September is our monthly Challenge which starts on Sept 5th....our challenges always start on the first Monday of the month and end on the 25th!  Come and join us!

 Event-wise the LCDesigners are taking September to prepare for the most anticipated event of the year, the annual 31 Days of Halloween blog hop which starts on October 1st!   We are participating as a Wicked Blogger again this year and that means we are sharing one project every single day for 31 days straight!  Oh Yeah!  It's exhausting but its always so much wicked good fun!  We dare you to join us and countdown to Halloween with us in Lost Coast style!

 31 Days of Halloween 2016

Keep your eyes glued to LCPtoC coz you just never know, we just might have a spontaneous event just for the fun of it...we like to keep you on your crafty toes heheheheh!

 PLUS....Come and join the fun in Facebook land!
Join our Facebook Fan Group where you can stay up to date on our shenanigans and share your LCD/CV creations with us as well as share your projects on our company Facebook Pages too!  Click on the badges above and below to be magically transported to all our creative realms!

 Pop on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and follow us or subscribe to our blog and get our activities delivered directly into your inboxes!  We always have loads going on and we'd love it if you'd Stay to Play with us!

Have a fabulous holiday weekend!

LCD/CV DT Leader

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's Hip 2 B Square When You Are a Medieval Rabbit/Bunny/Hare/Leporid

Greetings you artsy people! (And yes, you just read the word "leporid" for the first and possibly last time today.) 

Today I have a medievalish make for you to help get your creative juices flowing for the Hip 2 B Square challenge (you still have time to enter your square-y projects through September 4!).

I always like to discuss the creative process with artists, so I thought I would tell you a little more about the thinking behind my featured piece--"Le Lièvre" (The Hare)--and how it was made. The FULL details-- including which famous medieval works inspired me in the design of this piece—are over on my blog here with more juicy photos and historical eye candy to get you in the mood. :)  Click and read!

But in front of you at this moment is the Cliff Notes version.

For the "square" theme, I chose this Rabbit Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda. I stamped the Rabbit Square on heavy ivory watercolor paper, and embossed it with detail gold so it would be WICKED SHINY. (Yes, I’m from Boston. Don’t judge.)

Then I painted it with water-soluble oil pastels in shades of green, blue, and gray, keeping the bunny buff-brown and "white."

To up the medievalish gambit, I stamped Lost Coast Designs’ most awesome and utterly ravishing Antique Text Border, and embossed and painted it too, then cut it out and mitered the corners around the center image.

The finished result looked like this:

BUT because the gold isn't really shiny enough for my liking in the photo above, here's another where you can really see it catch the light. AHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhh...wicked shiny, yeah.

Remember to check out the Muse of Mixed Media blog for deets on the famous medieval tapestries and manuscripts and such that formed the creative bedrock from which my little Lievre was sprung.  ;)

Leave me some love in the comments (here or over there) and I will love you back! xo

Saturday, August 27, 2016

HIP 2 BE SQUARE "Leonardo" Artist Trading Block

Howzit Lost Coasters!
 Are you all enjoying our HIP 2 BE SQUARE event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity?

 Our fabulous team of LCDesigners and Guest Designers are currently sharing daily SQUARE projects through to August 31st and our Linky Party closes at 5 to midnight on September 4th so why not get in on the action for the chance to win a shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda? 

Enter your projects that are either square shaped, involve squares in some way or feature our SQUARE shaped rubber stamps...we've got quite a collection of them: 

Today I'm sharing the "Leonardo" themed Artist Trading Block (ATB) I made for Day 1 of HIP 2 BE SQUARE!

An Artist Trading Block is an altered or decorated cube and they are traded just like Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).  Craft stores sell wooden blocks in various sizes or you can make your own out of heavy weight cardstock or cardboard.  Sizzix has made life even easier with their ATB dies and you can also get ATB files for cutting machines like the the Cameo, etc.

For my ATB project I made my own cube specifically sized to fit our SQUARE Carmen's Veranda stamps which all measure 2.75 inches square!

I started out with a sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch black cardstock and prepared two pieces as shown in my photo below:  the left panel measurement is 3.5 inches wide by 10 inches long and the right panel is
 4 inches by 9.5 inches.  I wanted my ATB to be 3 inches squared so that each of my stamped panels would have a .25 inch black border.  I scored the folds with a bone folder, slotted the two pieces together and adhered the flaps with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive to form a 6 sided cube.

I then cut out 6 2.75 inch squares from tan cardstock and stamped them all with Onyx Black Versafine ink.  Two of them are decorated with the Carmen's Veranda Cracked Face Square stamp.  I've had these CV square stamps for many years now and I originally planned to use the Calligraphy Square too but couldn't find it in my stash, well guess what I found yesterday when I wasn't looking for it!  PHAH!  The rest of my panels were stamped with Lost Coast Designs Cosmos Collage and the Leonardo Accessories Set.

Each panel was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and the backgrounds done with Derwent pastel pencils and blended with a Dove Blender pen.  I distressed the edges of each panel with Tim's Paper Distresser tool and applied Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I then adhered each panel to the ATB with Quick Dry adhesive and also added the little "Leonardo" text from the Leonardo Accessories set.

I'm really pleased with how my ATB turned out!  They're so much fun to make so why don't you give one a go and share with us?  Enter your SQUARE projects in our HIP 2 BE SQUARE Linky Party by 5 to midnight on Sept 4th! 

FYI...I've got more templates on my LeighSBDesigns blog if you'd like to check them out!

I'm sharing my project in the Simon Says It's Hip to Be Square Challenge :0)
 Thanks for stopping by to see my project today and have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!

 Leigh S-B