Saturday, January 21, 2017

Alice in Winterland and Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop

Happy Weekend Lost Coasters!
We are currently celebrating Edgar Allan Poe's 208th Birthday with our 2nd annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity this week!  But before I share my 1st Poe project I have my Alice in Winterland card I made for our other current event, Alice in Winterland, to share!
 A Wonderlandful adventure began on January 12 over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!
Alice has fallen down the rabbit hole again but this time she has found herself in a magical Winter Wonderland!  Join the adventure and enter your wintery Wonderland themed projects by midnight PST on January 31st for the chance to win LCD/CV Bucks to spend on rubber at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!
 I had an absolute blast designing this accordion fold double window card featuring the following stamps:

Lost Coast Designs
"Alice" from the Alice, Tweedles and Alice in Chair set
"Alice and Griffin" from the Alice, Dodo and Griffin set
"Alice" from the Alice and the Queen and Sitting Queen set
"Cheshire Cat" from the Rabbits, Cat Face, Hatter, Rabbit with Watch set
"Perspective Floor"
Various Snowflakes from the Small and Large Snowflake sets  

Carmen's Veranda
ATC Birds in Tree
The watercoloured background was created with Nuance water-soluable powder dyes by Magenta
 Who is Alice talking to?  Why, a disappearing Cheshire Cat of course ๐Ÿ˜„
Here's a look at all the panels. 
 I created the wonderful blue background with Nuance Pigment Powders and then die cut the round windows with a Spellbinders die.  I stamped various sizes of the Snowflakes with Turquoise Gem and Sea Breeze VersaMagic inks and then the Perspective Floor and the Cheshire cat face in black Archival Ink.  I masked the cat face with Pebeo masking liquid and stamped the tree.  The rest of the Alice images were stamped onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copics.  I then adhered them to another sheet of Nuance treated cardstock to make the backs pretty and give them more weight before fussy cutting them all out.  The images were adhered to the card with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive and then I embellished the card with various Memory Box die cut snowflakes which I'd blinged up on both sides with Crystal Stickles glitter glue.  I also applied the glitter glue to the stamped snowflakes, outlined the windows (front and back), glittered the entire tree, edged the floor and at the base of the images to ground them and finally the Gryphon for lots of yummy magical winter sparkle. 
Onto my Poe Blog Hop project!  
 Our hop began on Poe's Birthday, January 19th, and ends at 5 to midnight PST on January 23rd.  It is a progressive hop that spans over 5 days accumulating new projects as more Poe fans play so check daily and hop all the participating blogs!  The Blog Roll is in the form of an Inlinkz link up and the HTML code to use in your blog posts is provided over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity on the January 19th's Hop post!  Last year's hop was a huge success and we hope to see lots of fabulous Poe themed creations shared again this year so pop on over for all the info on how to participate and win a prize and enjoy the Poe show!
 There is a PRIZE up for grabs!
One participating Blogger will be randomly selected to win $10 in LCD/CV Bucks to spend on rubber at our Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda online stores!
In celebration of our 2nd Poe Hop we also released 5 new stamps:  4 Zentangle inspired Ravens (available in various sizes) and a standing Skellie!  They are so much fun and I used all 5 on my project share today.

But wait..there's more, we also have a wonderful Poe Hop special for you!
 Place an order, of any value, and receive TWO fabulous FREEBIE rubber stamps!  The special is open to everyone planet wide!  How Poesome is this "Nevermore" text and Raven๐Ÿ˜‰
Now to share my project for Day 1 of the Poe altered alphabet resin cube which I found on clearance last year and I've been saving it for this hop!  It even already had the "P" on could I resist๐Ÿ˜€

a closer look at each panel
 I used the following rubber stamps:
Lost Coast Designs newest Zentangle inspired Ravens:   Raven Mom small, Raven Right Small, Raven Left Small, Raven 1 and Small Skeleton as well as the Scalloped Flourish.
Carmen's Veranda:  Edgar Allan Poe portait and a small "Nevermore" text stamp...which is one of the Poe Hop Freebies you'll get for a placing an order!
In these photos you can see the Skeleton and the metallic gold flourishes
I started out by cutting four 2.5" square panels from Neenah Solar White cardstock and I stamped the Ravens with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Each bird was coloured with Copics and then masked with Pebeo masking fluid.  For the backgrounds I applied Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress inks with Tim's foam ink applicators.  The "Nevermore" text and Poe's portrait were then stamped with black Archival ink, the Skeleton in London Fog Memento ink and the flourishes in Galaxy Gold Brilliance ink.  I used Tim's paper distresser tool to roughen up the edges and applied metallic gold rub-on creme to the distressed edges before adhering the panels to the cube which I'd already distressed a bit more with sandpaper.  I also added gold rub-on creme to the "P" and, more subtly, to all the edges of the cube as well.

That's it for today but I will have more Poe inspired projects to share over the duration of the hop too...I can't help myself, I just love Poe, so see you again soon over in the Poe Hop๐Ÿ˜‰

Now off you HOP to see more fabulous Poe inspired creations by my fellow LCDesigners and our wonderful participating Poe Fans!

Happy Hopping
Leigh S-B
The Sharpie Domino Queen
LCD/CV Manager

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Hi there - Darlene here today to share with you a card I made using the Feather Bird and one of the Dictionary words.  Imagine....

Also on one of the background layers I used Nuance for some colour.  But the bird is embossed onto cardstock then I rubbed ink for the background.

Now can't you just imagine this guy - looking like he has paint dripping off him....sitting there thinking what the heck......gotta luv it !

Don't forget to check out other creativity at Lost Coast - and why not enter some of our challenges !!!
Never know who will win ....

Monday, January 9, 2017

Chilling in January

Happy New Year 2017!
I hope you all had a great Holidays and awesome
New Years eve.

January is showing it's cold face in Finland,
and I must say - don't like it. But I do like the
way it makes nature look like.

I tried to capture the look of the frozen nature by using 
Lost Coast Designs beautiful Shrubbery stamp,
embossing powders and 3 different Distress Inks.

How did I do? Getting chills already? LOL

Want a change to win some fabulous stamps?
Why not enter Lost Coast Portal To Creativity 

Hugs, Granne

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Looking forward to 2017

For my design team make at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativities and their new 'Anything Goes' challenge, I have made an art journal page ... 2016 was not a good year for many people, and I don't know about you but I sure am looking forward to ringing in a New Year :

Happy New Year, I hope its a good one for you, Nikki x

Sunday, January 1, 2017


Hello Lost Coasters!
Happy New Year from all of us at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!

THANK YOU for sharing all your wonderful projects with us and entering our events and challenges!  We have had an absolute blast and can't wait to start creating with you in 2017! 

We hope you have enjoyed seeing all the fabulous holiday projects created by our amazing LCDesigners in December over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity
Our Christmas event linky party closes January 6 at 5 to midnight, plenty of time to pop over on over still and enter your rubber stamped Christmas/Winter projects and win Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda rubber stamps!

Did you know?
Our Events and Challenges are open to ALL rubber stamp companies but if you use any Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps your entry counts as TWO and doubles your chances of winning when the LCDesigners gather for our DT Faves voting!  

Our Prizes are based on the amount of entries we receive too so the more you enter the higher the prize!  Gather all your friends and come and join the fun!

We've got lots happening in January to kick start your creativity!

Our monthly Challenges continue with LCDesigner Marilyn and the January Challenge starts on Jan 2nd!

I will then be bringing you varied Events throughout January starting with a New Stamp Release on January 10th, then a fun twist to Alice in Wonderland on January 12th and mid month I'll be hosting our annual Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop which starts on January 19! 
Annual Poe Appreciation Blog Hop 2017!
Check out our Poe Page for more info and come and join the fun!

Fun times ahead over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so pop on over and Stay to Play๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B
The Sharpie Domino Queen

Thursday, December 29, 2016

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...Peace on Earth!

Hello Lost Coasters! How are your Twelve Days of Christmas unfolding? Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, hopefully you are enjoying a lovely break before the New Year.

On this Fifth Day, by way of encouraging you to participate in our "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" challenge (you have until January 6 to submit!), I wanted to share with you a piece of wall art that I made called "Pax Hominibus":

This was made with the gorgeous Angel with Globe stamp from Lost Coast Designs, whose image is most probably from a Renaissance tarot deck engraving of a card called "The Eighth Sphere." (Ptolemy held that the Eighth Sphere was the sphere of fixed stars that surrounded the firmament, outside of planetary orbits; more info about early cosmology is here if you're a geek like me who digs this stuff!)

I used this celestial imagery as a starting point for adding my own holiday sentiment to the piece--"Et in terra pax hominibus," which, if you are familiar with the Latin Mass, means "And on earth, peace to mankind."

If you want to learn more, you can find out the details of how I planned and made this piece over on my blog here. And good luck with this month's challenge! You ARE entering, right??

Peace be with you this holiday season and always!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Spread Your Wings

Good morning everyone!  I hope your December is going great and that Santa leaves a lot of gifts under your Christmas tree this year.

Since this marks my return to the team after being off several months, I wanted to share a couple of ATCs I completed.  These were fun to create and can be done with a minimum of fuss or muss!

 This bright and sunny ATC called Spread Your Wings was created with one of the larger stamps from the Large and Small Square Tiles Set One.  I stamped it on a separate piece of card and colored with with markers.  I created the background using inks and strips of tape, masking strips of the ATC until I had my pattern.  Then I added the stamped image about a 1/3 of the way down.  I used rubons to added the marks to the edges and the words directly under the image.  The black butterfly was an acrylic piece I painted.

For Use Your Wings I colored the background with ink then stamped Flagstone Background in a different colors.  Then I stamped around the edges with Tire Tracks Border.  Finally, I stamped Flora from Mini Whimsical Birds 2 onto a piece of card, colored her with markers, then fussy cut her out.  I positioned her so she was "standing" on the bottom border and added the Use Your Wings word sticker.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Until later....................

Monday, December 19, 2016

Naughty or nice????

Merry Christmas to all you crafters out there !!!!  

Darlene here today to share with you a card I made using the Flying Ballerina stamp.  For this card I stamped her onto cardstock and fussy cut her out....and I did remove the wings  :(   But I did add the Christmas hat from the Part Hat set two.....
The dress is coloured with some chalk.  Then popped her up to give the card some depth.

Some nice bright cardstock for the base - then ripped corners with some music cardstock.  Added on the Snowflake and ribbon  and of course - the saying....She does have a bit of a mischievous look don't you think?

Come check out Lost Coast for other great Christmas ideas !!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Noel Angel: A Study in Silver and Gold

Seasons' Greetings, Lost Coasters! Today I have a Christmassy piece of wall or table art for you featuring some of Lost Coast Designs' very coolest (IMO) stamps! (Oh, who am I kidding...I love almost all LCD images so much, it's like trying to choose a favorite kid.) Anyway, I dig the medieval/Victorian Gothic vibe of these stamps so much that I had to combine them, with metallics, for some holiday glitz and festiveness! Here's the piece:

But this "official" scan doesn't capture the depth and sheen of all the metallics very well, so here's a photo of the piece in different light too, so you can see what we're really dealing with here!

Here's how I made it.

First I took some acid-free scrapbook paper that was printed with a sort of linen fabric-looking pattern, then brayered on some thin layers of silver and gold acrylic paint diluted with iridescent medium. This gave a rich-looking shimmer to the background.

Next, I got out this awesome angel from the Fortune Women set, inked it up with black permanent ink, stamped it...

...and then cut out a mask of the figure. I placed the mask over the stamped image using repositionable glue, and got out this fab arch from the ATC Misc. Set 6...and stamped right over the masked image.

Next, I got out some (slightly used) washi tape and masked off the area below the gothic arch where I wanted to stamp this Clover Scroll border, which I love SO BAD:

Here's what those impromptu masks looked like before stamping. 

After adding the scroll border, I pulled out my trusty Rustic Alphabet Set with its strong period feel, composed the word NOEL, and stamped that once in my permanent black ink. Then I overstamped it with embossing ink, offsetting the word just a TEENY bit to provide a hint of shadow, and embossed the word in gold powder.

Now it was time to add silver and gold gel-pen accents to the angel, border, and arch. And the piece was finished...

...Except for putting it in a frame, like so.  ๐Ÿ˜Š  Et voila!--a shimmery angel in gold and silver.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

X-mas Wreath with Whimsical Sylvie

Hi there, is Granne here feeling all Christmassy,

(colored with Prisma Colors) and Party Words.
Wreath is made using 2 different bunches and some droplets.

Such  a bright card it turned out, what do you think?

Happy, happy X-mas time for you all!

P.S. If you'll find time to stamp and create, please do link
to our December challenge: Party Critters, as you can use any
stamped image that goes with the theme.