Monday, September 18, 2017

Godzilla Counts to Ten

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 again from Laurie with another sample of something fun you can make for the "Numbers" Challenge for the month of September.

This is made with one of my favorite stamps:  Godzilla!
     I stamped this guy with black ink onto dark green paper - I kind of remembered from the old horror movies that he was dark green in color.  I added a little white around his eye to make it stand out then cut him out (be patient!).  I used a background piece I had on hand that was made using yellow and green acrylic paints, stencils, and my Gelli plate.  I randomly stamped my background paper with tiny numbers and then stamped along the bottom with the Numbers Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

     I then used my vintage typewriter to type the sentiment onto a white square that I layered with a black square then attached it to make it look like Godzilla is holding it up.  Then this was layered with a white piece of card stock.  It would make a really fun birthday card - you could change the "Let's all count to ten" to the age of the recipient to really personalize it.

Don't forget you have until Midnight, September 25th to get your entries in for a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  Just go HERE to link up!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wildling Winter

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.  Gail here today sharing a card using the gorgeous Mistletoe Goth from Lost Coast Designs.

I love this stamp.  So much beautiful detail and so many lovely ways to play.


I started with a piece of card I had used to mop up some dylusion sprays.  I'm always a bit heavy handed with these and end up swimming in colour!!  I picked a bit I liked, stamped Mistletoe Goth and embossed with black powder. 


In addition to the random dylusion spray colours, I used Galaxy markers to add colour to her eyes, lips, nails and the leaves.  I used a white gel pen for the berries and highlights.  I fussy cut the left hand side of the image and also selected point around the image.  At these cut points I added numbers die cut from black glitter card using a sizzix die.

I stuck my image panel over a black glitter card base, leaving a strip of the card base showing.  I die cut Stamplorations Joyeux Noel from black card and stuck it over the black glittery strip.
By the by......  English speakers borrowed the word noel from Old French meaning "the Christmas season."  It can be traced further back to the Latin word natalis, which can mean "birthday" as a noun or "of or relating to birth" as an adjective, in Church Latin a reference to the birthday of Christ.  
Gosh, the things we learn as we craft.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Our current challenge is NUMBERS.  Link up your stamped numerical makes before midnight, 25th September for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars and to get some love and comments from the team.  Hugz




Joining the fun at

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Numbers and Gears

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!

Numbers and Gears

Greetings to all LCD Portal visitors.  I'm Laurie and I have another "Numbers" September Challenge post to hopefully inspire you to join this month's challenge.
This is a card I created that features the Carmen's Veranda Clock Square stamp.


I stamped my clock square with black ink onto a piece of white paper that I had colored using the Nuance Powders available at Lost Cost Designs.
If you have not used these before, there are some great instructional videos on You Tube.  They are really fun to play with and you can buy them in sets or individually.  I used blues, greens, yellow and a touch of pink.

I then took another background piece I had created with a piece of vintage paper and some stencils and acrylic paints in blue and green, using my Gelli plate.  I stamped it with some various number stamps, using black ink and then attached my Clock Square atop.  I edged it in black ink and layered it with a white panel.


Don't forget you have until Midnight, September 25th to link up your entries to the Numbers challenge for a chance to win some Lost Coast rubber.  Just go HERE to link up!  And you can still do a last minute entry to the Tip Your Hat event.  The linky closes at midnight tonight, so hurry up and get your hat on!!

Thanks for playing!
Laurie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Turning Hope to Ho Ho Ho

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.  Gail and Frank here and we just wanted to pop by and remind all you lovely Portal Peeps that the Tip Your Hat event is open until midnight, September 14th.  So if it's got a hat and you used stamps, anyone's stamps, even your friend's bwahahahaha, then pop and hop and link it up to the Tip Your Hat event.


Frank isn't looking very impressed cos he's sure the contract for this gig mentioned a proper Santa hat.  Ho Ho Ho indeed.  Hugz

 Stamps used

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Just a Cat

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!

Good morning everyone!  The challenge this month is Numbers and we continue today with a tongue-in-cheek ATC I created.
 
 I created a background by heavily spraying with LSG Mists.  I then stamped my numbers using the License Plate Stamp Set.  I stamped my mouse using the Mother Goose Mice Stamp Set on a sheet of watercolor paper and then colored her with pencils.  I positioned her in the lower left corner then stamped CV Just a Cat on some red card, cut it out, and glued it down to the left side.  Finally I added a border using really thin tape (& I see now that it lifted on one corner).

Don't forget to get YOUR entry in for a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  Click HERE before midnight, September 25th to link up your numbers creation.  We also still have the Tip Your Hat event running so if you stamped it and it's got a hat enter it HERE before midnight, September 14th. 

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's All About the Numbers!

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!

This month it's all about NUMBERS!  



So much you can do with a theme like this!  I've created a card here with the Steampunk Typewriter Girl stamp from Lost Coast Designs.
I stamped her with black ink onto some cream paper.  I colored her face with Copic Markers and used a silver Uni-ball pen to draw a circle around her face to draw a bit more attention to it.
I created my background with different vintage looking papers to create a collaged surface.  I then stamped with some different numbers with miscellaneous stamps randomly onto my background with black ink.  I edged my background in black ink and attached my little Typewriter Girl into the center with foam tape to give her some dimension.  I have some old typewriter keys so one of those finished her off nicely.  Finishing touch was to rub some Vintage Paper Distress Ink around the edges to accentuate that vintage, old paper look.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

True Friend

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!

Numbers are on the Menu
Cathy here with a tag I made for the Number Challenge.
Stamps I used: Numbers border and Thick and thin men
First I stamped the men on my tag. Then I did the background.
I used Distress ink and a water brush to make the background. I added some ink from the Distress ink pad to my non-stick craft mat and picked up the color with my water brush.
Next I stamped the numbers border all over tag.  Then I colored with Copic. Next I added stickers and rub-ons.
I hope to see what you come up with the Numbers Challenge.
 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Marmalade Me

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 thing.  I actually wasn't sure where this was going or what to call it.  Too big for a postcard.  No canvas involved.  Then I realised a few pieces of thin magnetic sheet on the back and I would have a mega fridge magnet, guaranteed to make me smile if I was having one of those days.....


Yep, happy fridge art, using the wonderful Tabby Cat from Carmen's Veranda.  And in keeping with our current challenge there needed to be some NUMBERS!!



I started by stamping Lost Coast Designs Grunge Border 3" using Colorbox Autumn ink pad.  This has three ink colours on it.  Well, it did have!!  Might have blended them a bit together now LOL.   I stamped the border twice to get the ruler detail in the middle of my panel.  If you haven't checked out the World of Borders section in the Lost Coast catalogue you really should pop over.  So many beautiful designs starting at $1!!  Yep, really.  Definitely worth a visit.  This one is 3" wide and 8" long!!  Huge!!!!  Not a dollar unfortunately, but very reasonably priced LOL.


I cut the piece of the panel I wanted to use and stamped the Like a Trainwreck sentiment from Carmen's Veranda.  I was feeling grungy and very orange so I actually started by stamping with orange ink and embossing with orange powder.  Unfortunately it didn't really pop, so I stamped again with blue ink and embossed with black powder!!  Not sure why I mixed all those colours but I quite like the grungy blurry shadowy effect.  I embossed a piece of orange card with Cuttlebug Ruler Embossing folder and highlighted with orange ink


I stamped Tabby Cat with blue ink on some DCWV cloud patterned paper and fussy cut.  I gave her a neon pink nose and glossy accents on those big sad eyes.


Since someone had mentioned glitter I want a little crazy with the tangerine glitter glue.  I have glitter glue in many fabulous flavours!!  A piece of magnetic sheet on the back and Tabby Cat can take pride of place on the fridge.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you feel inspired to make a stamped anything with Numbers and join the fun with our current challenge.

And don't forget the Tip Your Hat event is also in full swing, so if you have a hatty make you can link that up as well until the 14th of September.  Double fun here at the Portal!!


Tabby Cat is joining the fun at

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Challenge 40 - Numbers

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!

Good morning one and all!
It's time for our new Challenge for September, but first we have the WINNER of Challenge 39 to announce!  The team had a very difficult choice to make with so many gorgeous projects.  Thanks to you all for playing with us!

The LCDesigners voted on their faves and based on their votes the randomly drawn
WINNER of CHALLENGE #39 is

CRAFTYFIELD


 Congratulations Craftyfield!  Please email Marilyn (mcgoo4@gmail.com) by the end of the month to claim your prize of a $10 gift certificate.  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 LCPtoC, THX :0)
Now for our September Challenge!

CHALLENGE #40

NUMBERS


This month it's all about NUMBERS!  Yep, include numbers somewhere, in some form or fashion.  Scatter them across the background, make them your design element, just incorporate them somehow into your design.

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 Design Team Faves 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 is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
10+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
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 Sue with some inspiration to start us off this month.  Keep popping back as the team will be posting approximately every other day now here.  Or better yet, follow this blog so you don't miss any of the fun!

Hi it's Sue here, and I'm really happy to be kicking off our new challenge, though you wouldn't think so with my sentiment!

Like Feather Bird I can't function without the first coffee of the day!

So I took a very inexpensive A5 notebook with a kraft cover and brayered gesso over the top.

Next, I used some DecoArt paint and a number stencil. It's not rocket science is it, but this is one of my favourite colour combos.

Then fun with stamps! All the words are from Carmen's Veranda clear stamp selection, and the numbers are from Bingo Border.
There is many a true word spoken in a clear stamp sentiment, I always give everything my full ass! This is the back of the book.

And this is the front. Again a CV sentiment, and the wonderful Feather Bird is by Lost Coast. This bird makes me smile every time I see him. For a little guy he has a lot of attitude!

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 midnight PST on the 25th!

We will be bringing you more stamping inspiration for the challenge throughout the month!  Yes, now through the 25th, you'll see plenty of inspiration to help your muse, on the average of one every couple of days.
Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NEWS - Changes Taking Place

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!

NEWS NEWS NEWS

There are some changes taking place here at the Portal and on the Review.  Effective September 1, 2017, ALL posting will occur right here on the Portal.  I am merging the two blogs into this one.

What does that mean to you?  Well, you will find everything you need to right here.  Monthly Challenges will still continue, but you will get individual posts from each designer showcasing their Challenge inspiration (along with how they created them) instead of two general posts with just images and links.  AND Challenges will now begin on the SECOND OF EVERY MONTH.  As always, Challenges will run through midnight on the 25th of each month.

As for Events, they will take place starting on the 26th of each month and the linky for them will remain open for two weeks.  Each DT member will post their Event projects to give you inspiration for your entries starting on the 26th and running though the end of the month.

Still have questions?  Drop me a line at mcgoo4@gmail.com.

Thank you and Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
LCD/CV DT Leader

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tip Your Hat Day 3

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!

Good morning!
It's the third and final day of our inspirational postings for the Tip Your Hat event. 

Don't forget, you have until midnight, September 14th to post the link to your project.  Link up HERE for your chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.

Now, here's our design team:
LAURIE created her The Beauties card using Waiting For Mr. Right
CATHY created So Many Crowns card using Flying Moon, Mini Crowns, and ATC Gothic Text
and finally, MARILYN created her Funky ATC using Cracked Critters and Misc Words
Don't forget, get your linky in by midnight September 14th.  Just click HERE and go to the bottom of the page.
Our next Challenge beings September 2nd.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
LCD/CV DT Leader

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tip Your Hat Day 2

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!

Good morning!
It's Day 2 of the Tip Your Hat Event and we've got more hat-ty goodness in store for you.

Don't forget, you have plenty of time to get in on the fun.  Just link your project HERE by midnight, September 14th for some chance to win LCD/CV rubber.

Without further ado, here's our wonderful design team with more to share:

SUE used Megan's Christmas Bird to create her Christmas card
LAURIE used Three Waiters and CV Sing to create her 3 Tenors card
and last for today,
GAIL used Flying Egyptian and CV Broken Look Beautiful to create her Broken, Still Beautiful card
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final day of Tip Your Hat inspiration.  But again, never fear, you can enter YOUR creations until midnight, September 14th.

Our next challenge begins September 2nd.

Happy Stamping!
Marilyn Hughes
LCD/CV DT Leader

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tip Your Hat Day 1

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!

Good morning one and all.
First, I want to announce the Winner from the New Stamp Release event we held in July:

DEBI TULLIER you won!

You have won a $10 LCD/CV gift certificate and the use of our Winner's Badge.  Just drop me a line at mcgoo4@gmail.com before 9th September and let me know what stamps you would like.

Now, on with the event!
 We are back again with a new event you can play along with.  This month we are all about Hats.  For the next three days we will be featuring stamps with hats, or adding a hat to a stamp that maybe needs one, or two.  Or hats in the background.  Whatever you like, as long as there's a hat.  
We are looking forward to seeing your creations so leave your hat on and join the fun.

Enter your Tip Your Hat project in the linky below.  You have until Midnight, September 14th to play with us for a chance to win some Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda rubber.  Don't forget to check out our RULES for all the necessary guidelines.

Here's some inspiration from the team to get us started:

LAURIE created Best Friends using the Milo and Raphael and CV Best Friends.

CATHY created her card using Silhouette Man With Cane.

SUE created a free standing piece called You Can Keep Your Hat On using Tres Caballeros and Party Hats 2.

 Gail created an ATC called Moove It, Moove It! using Carmen Cow.
We will be back tomorrow with Day 2 and more inspiration from our design team.


Have fun and I hope you play along.

Marilyn Hughes
LCD/CV DT Leader

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Challenge #39 Stenciled Background - Mid-month Inspiration

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 back!
We are now halfway through the month of August so that means it's time for some mid-month inspiration.

CHALLENGE #39

STENCILED BACKGROUND

Now here are our designers with some more inspiration to kick-start your imagination!

SUE brings you Raven Love using CV lEdgar Allen Poe and CV Dogs Like Me
 

LAURIE brings your A Touch of Gold using Girl With A Curl

LAURIE created another card titled Study in Pink using Mona Flying
CATHY brings you Cheshire Cat using Cheshire Cat
CATHY also created Flying Mona using Flying Mona and CV Too Much Happy
And last but not least
GAIL brings you Walking the Fish using CV Ballerina With Fish, CV Stay Weird, and Grunge Border 3"
Now it's your turn, are you up for the challenge?  We can't wait to see your projects!  
Submit your entries HERE below by 5 to midnight PST on the 25th!

Our next Challenge begins September 2nd!
Yes, we are moving the starting date of our Challenges to the 2nd of each month.
Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host

Monday, August 7, 2017

Challenge #39 - Stenciled Background

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!

Good Monday Morning!
It's time for our new Challenge for August but first we have the WINNER of Challenge #38 to announce!  We had a plethora of entries this month and Wow, y'all blew us away!  It warms my heart to see how many of you entered.
The LCDesigners voted on their faves and based on their votes the randomly drawn
WINNER of CHALLENGE #38 is

LYNEEN



 Congratulations Lyneen!  Please email Marilyn (mcgoo4@gmail.com) by the end of the month to claim your prize of a $10 gift certificate.  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 LCPtoC, THX :0)
Now for our August Challenge!

CHALLENGE #39

STENCILED BACKGROUND


Okay, here goes!  Create any stamped project and use stenciling for your background.  Easy peasy, right?

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 Design Team Faves 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 is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
10+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
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! 

Our LCDesigners have some fabulous inspiration to share, so ENJOY!

SUE created her Twinkle Twinkle Starry Cat using Cat Star Wings
LAURIE created Butterfly Girl using Head in Hands

GAIL aka IonaBunny created Bad Advice Baby using CV Happy Skeleton, Grunge Border 3", and CV Free Advice

CATHY created her Steampunk tile using Bird on Bike and CV Steampunk
MARILYN created Say Cheese using Happy Cat

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 midnight PST on the 25th!

See you again on the 15th for more LCDesigner inspiration!
Happy Stamping!
Marilyn
Challenge Host