Monday, February 29, 2016

Doodle Flowers Notecards

Hi There & Happy Monday!!  It's me, Shari with you today, sharing a fun and simple set of note cards that I made with one of our New Lost Coast Design's images - Doodle Flowers
I also used our new Misc. Words stamp to make the little words bands for each card.  These were so quick and easy to make--Let me show you a little bit of what I did.
I stamped the Doodle Flowers onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, but I didn't press down hard, so I'd get a lighter print.  I brought out my set of water colors and splattered different colors onto the background panels, then brushed the same colors onto a few more pieces of mixed-media paper. 
I stamped the largest Doodle Flower onto the water colored panels with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear ep.  I then ran the background panels through my sewing machine to add a stitched border. 
I fussy cut the Doodle Flowers and adhered them to their respective color coordinated, paint splattered, background panels. 

Before mounting the background panels onto their card bases, I spritzed each one with Sheer Shimmer Mist to give them a nice little sparkle.


I created the word bands using our Misc. Words stamp (I can't say it enough-A Must Have!).  I heat embossed, and mounted onto black card stock.  I adhered to the panel with matte Decou-Page and added little enamel dots. 

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  This was such a fun set of note cards to create and really, so easy to make-especially with images like these from Lost Coast Designs (insert nudge nudge, wink wink here)!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pocket Letter with Gibson girls

Thank you all who took part of Lost Coast Portal of Creativity
February challenge: Pocket Letters. It was absolutely awesome
to see all the wonderful letters.

Here's what I did, beeing inspired by the challenge theme
and by the Valentine's day.

Using 4 inks and lots of fabulous stamps

The new fun challenge starts at 7th of March,
I hope you'll stop by at Lost Coast Portal then and join the fun.

I would also like to share few ATC's that I made using 
awesome Lost Coast Designs Seahorse -stamp.

I've always been very fascinated by seahorses,
brilliant colors, delicate - yet a bit strange appearance.
Gorgeous creatures don't you think?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Carmen is Missed

Hi all! Nan back with you for some nostalgia and fun!  I am a huge Jimmy Buffet fan and he has a song called "They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More" and of course that came singing out of my head when I saw the stamp from Carmen's Veranda aptly named "Carmen Miranda".  I had to have her! So many ideas, so little time!  A tag with glimmer sprays and some polymer clay fruit cane slices, and the words from Photoshop from the song, and Carmen is dancing into our hearts again!

It is hard to look at her and not smile, isn't it?  Hope you will keep the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity at your fingertips so you can keep up with all out events and monthly challenge.  And we'd love to see your makes with Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda stamps on our Facebook pages where we also have challenges so lots of places to win prizes from the stores!  Good Luck!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Still Time to Play


Kim today with a quick reminder you have a few days left to join in the fun at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, Pocket Letter Challenge, see it HERE

Today I just wanted to share my Valentine's project that was on the Portal earlier in the month.

I had lots of fun using cardboard, tissue paper, Dymo tape and these fantastic Lost Coast stamps:
Grunge Borders 2" and 3"
Manga Goth with Top Hat
Steampunk Fly Girl (wings)
Calligraphy Heart Square

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentines : The Human Heart

Hi, Nikki here sharing with you my make for the Valentines Event we just ran on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity... I don't know about you but the lovey-dovey Valentines mood lasts for the entire month of February here :)  

Here is a reversed canvas I made for the Valentines event : 

I had this idea in mind for a while, to use the backside of a wooden canvas for my make, entitled
"The Human Heart'.

Amongst my favourite colors are pink and grey, and in this there is also a hint of blue.  I wanted the main focus of this piece to be the blood red heart, so I kept the other elements subtle and co-ordinating. The skeleton stamp I have used is Winged Skeleton from Carmen's Veranda. Yes I fussy cut it, and sponged it in gray and pink ink. The wings were stamps separately on velum, fussy cut and added for dimension.
Here is a closer look :

To do the background I painted the canvas in pale blue, grey and white paint. Then I added strips of printed paper to the background and around the edges. I swiped my grey stamp pad across it, then I stamped the Grunge Black Swirl stamp from Carmen's Veranda onto the background in pink and then added clear embossing powder to it all and head set.  I dripped watered-down gray paint down the background of the canvas.

I then started work on the border. I stamped the Swirls and Dots border from Lost Coast Designs around the border in grey ink. Then I used a stencil and molding pasts around the edges of the canvas, coloring it with pink ink.I dripped watered-down gray paint down the background of the canvas. The let it all dry .... 

While it was drying I stamped the Roses image, which is a stamp by Lost Coast Designs and fussy cut it. I stamped it in gray and sponged in gray and pink.

The words were added using two alphabets by Lost Coast Designs, Old Typewrite Alphabet SOTA was used for 'The Human' and Heart was done using Licence Plate Alphabet Set. I colored the cardstock with blue acrylic paint, then stamped in grey waterproof ink. I smudged the ink when  wet and added white splatters and cut the out. I also distressed the edges :

And another pic of the finished canvas. You can see I added pink tissue paper and white cotton thread behind the main elements, it added a more feminine touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please pop over to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for more Valentines, and other inspiration x

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine ATCs and Votive Candle Holder by Leigh!

Hello LCD Fans!
Happy Valentine's Day!
We, the LCDesigners, have been counting down to today with a week of LOVE and sharing over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  If you missed it then stop by and check out all the fabulous Valentine inspired projects and find out how you can win a $10 shopping spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  We'd love to know what you love about our rubber stamps and what you think of our activities at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity so write us a little review on your blogs and include some of your past or new projects featuring our stamps.  Then share your review with us via the link-up on the Day 1 post HERE!  You have until tonight at midnight PST to submit your review posts!

Today I'm sharing the 4 projects I made, 3 ATCs and a Votive Candle Holder.
"Love Me Love My Cat" ATC
Lost Coast Designs Cracked Party Cat, Grunge Border 2" "Love" Misc WorldsLove Dictionary, Hearts and Curls border and Hearts border...which is currently on sale...and the words "Me, My and Cat" are handwritten.
 "Let Love Fly" ATC
Lost Coast Designs Cracked Chicken, Grunge Border 2", Hearts and Curls border, Hearts border, "Love and Fly" from the Misc Words set and "Let" is handwritten. 

"Love Adventure" ATC 

 All the ATCs started out the same, I created a background with Fired Brick and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks applied to white cardstock with foam applicators.  I cut out the ATCs (Artist Trading Cards are 2.5" x 3.5") and stamped them with the Grunge Border in Fired Brick, making sure the Heart was prominent on 2 of them.  The Heart and Curls and Hearts borders were stamped in either Shaded Lilac or Fired Brick Distress Ink.  The Love Dictionary was also stamped in Fired Brick and all the black stamping was done in Versafine ink.   All the images were coloured with PrismaColor pencils with metallic gold details done with a gold gel pen and fussy cut out and adhered to the ATCs with pop dots.  The handwritten text were done with a black Micron pen.  For lots of yummy dimension and sparkle I applied Vive Pearl Magic Transparent White and clear Wink of Stella to all 3 ATCs and completed my Wonderland inspired ATC one with a brass clock charm and a tiny white button brad. 

"Love is in OUR Hands" ceramic Votive Candle Holder 
 I wanted this one to convey the message that Love is in our Hearts but it is also in our Hands and what we do with it is up to us!

I stamped the ceramic candle holder with Lost Coast Designs ATC Hamsa hands with black StazOn ink and coloured the designs with Sharpie markers in my signature "Sharpie Domino Queen" technique.  The message was handwritten with a black Sharpie.   To protect the stamping I spray sealed with Krylon Artist's Workable Fixative and Gloss sealer. 

Here's a view of the holder in the evening, I love the little hearts it casts on it's surroundings!

Thanks for stopping by to see my projects and I hope you''ll write us a review and let us know how much you love LCD/CV ;0)

Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Floral Cards and Bird Tags featuring new stamps by Leigh!

Hello Lost Coasters!

Before I share my projects for today I want to let you know about our Valentine's Day countdown happening at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity this week.  Write a review on your blogs and tell us how much you love our stamps and activities and win a $10 shopping spree at LCD/CV so come join the fun!

 The projects I'm sharing today were made for our January New Stamps Showcase event featuring Lost Coast Designs new stamps!  If you missed the fun then pop on over and start on Day 1 and also check out our NEW IMAGES at Lost Coast Designs, they are so awesome you're going to want them all!

First up, my trio of single stemmed floral cards.
I used the following of our new LCD stamps:
Open Rose, Tulip, Doodle Flowers and Misc Words as well as the Little Diamonds background.

I made 3 fussy cut floral cards, 2 tall and skinny plus 1 small gift card, using the Distress Inks watercolour technique.  The flowers were stamped on watercolour paper with black Versafine ink and watercoloured with Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Mustard Seed Distress Inks and a water brush. 

I made the tall and skinny folded card bases from white cardstock and stamped those with the Doodle Flowers in Mustard Seed DI.  The watercoloured panels were adhered to the cards and I cut away the entire right hand side of the card fronts on all 3 cards.

The floral cut aways are visually dramatic and are suitable for any occasion with the addition of single "word" sentiments!
The photo above shows them closed with the stamped diamond pattern now visible in the cut outs making the front and interiors all part of the overall design.  I used Sage VersaMagic ink to stamp the interiors, first stamped onto scrap paper to remove some ink before stamping into the cards for a more distressed effect.

 Up next are the two tags I made for Day 1 of the New Stamps Showcase featuring
"Goodbye 2015"  
showing the fussy cutting and layers
"Happy New Year 2016" 
showing the fussy cutting and layers
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll join us over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and Stay to Play!
Happy Stamping!
Leigh S-B
LCD/CV DT Leader

Monday, February 8, 2016

Queen of Everything

Hello Everyone,
Karen here with a cute regal card to share today.   I have used four stamps to create this card, two of which are newly released.

Stamps: Misc. Words; Grunge Border 2 InchPrincess of EverythingFern Background all from Lost Coast Designs

I changed the original sentiment on the stamp from princess to queen.  Queen is from the Misc. Words set (A must have set!!  I just love it.)  Isn't she sweet?   I think you could also use this for a Valentine's Day card.  
If you would like to see the full post with more pics, materials lists, and instructions, and a tip on stamping photo stamps,see my blog, Dreaming and Creating.

Note: The Valentine's Event Starts today on the Portal to Creativity Blog.  Check that out too!! 

See you again soon with my Valentine's day projects.
Karen McAlpine