Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Don't Forget to Fly

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 all.  This is Lori with another card for the Tweet This Challenge that I hope you will find inspiring.  Being the newbie, you may not know that I am deeply in a love to acrylic paint right now.  It seems to be my go to medium, even for cards!  Below is a card that I built around a back drop made with acrylic paint and crackle medium. 

Lost Coast Designs Stamps:
  • Broken Letters
  • 3 Birds

  • White card base (4 5/8” x 6 ¼”) and panel (¼” smaller around than card base).
  • Black card stock (trimmed smaller that panel (with room to tear edges on top and bottom)
  • White cardstock piece for stamped bird image
  • Ranger Archival ink, jet black
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint (Titnanium White, Spicy Mustard)
  • DecoArt Americana D├ęcor Crackle Medium
  • DecoArt DuraClear Statin Varnish
  • Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens
  • Uni-ball Signo Broad white pen
  • 3M double sided foam tape
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink; Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo
  • Re-purposed plastic mesh
  • Sheer Black Ribbon
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Small Talk stickers

  1. Apply crackle medium to black card stock in a thin coat and allow to air dry.
  2. Once dry, quickly (don’t overwork it) apply Titanium White and Spicy Mustard acrylic paint over crackle medium surface.  Allow to dry.
  3. Seal crackled surface with satin varnish. Dry with heat tool and then tear card stock at the top and bottom.  See card for example; finished torn piece is approximately 4 ½” in height and 4 5/8” wide. Set aside.
  4. Stamp white card stock panel with stamp from broken letters set in archival ink.  Cover entire surface.  Use blending tool to blend oxide ink around edges.  Edge script panel with archival ink and then set aside.
  5. Stamp a bird from 3 Birds set in Archival ink and seal image with satin varnish.  Once dry, color bird with Artist Pitt Pens. (I used several shades of orange, yellow and browns).
  6. Fussy cut bird image out and put a final seal of satin varnish on it.  Dry with Heat tool.
  7. Add highlights to bird with white pen.
  8. Retrieve crackle background element and adhere a strip of plastic netting as well as sheer ribbon across the lower portion of the panel.  See card to placement.
  9. Adhere bird over netting/ribbon with mounting tape.  Again, refer to card image for placement.
  10. Choose saying from the Small Talk sticker set and stick to upper left portion of crackle element.
  11. Adhere the finished crackle panel with bird to center of script panel.
  12. Adhere script panel (with finished crackle panel and bird) to card base.  Edge card base with archival ink.


Be sure to link your “Tweet This” project for a chance to win!  I am looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Happy day!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Watchful Raven

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 all Cathy here with a Lost Coast Portal challenge. Tweet this is what it is called and we want to see birds on your makes.

I started out with a A2 size white cardstock and grabbed some of my Distress Oxide inks and did the smooching technique with the inks.
Next I used the Goth Raven stamp and stamped it out on white cardstock.  I stamped the branch 2 more times to give the branch a longer area to go off the card.  I colored it in with Copic markers.  Then I glued a eye to the raven.  Why?  Because he sees all the other birds flying around him.
 Next I used the flying birds background stamp.  The stamp is very large. So I cut one of the birds from the corner of the stamp so I could have a single stamp.  You can't even tell it is missing when you stamp the whole background. I used that single stamp and stamped around the Goth Raven. Then I glued the raven to the front and there we have the card I made.

I hope to see what you all come up with this  Tweet This Challenge.
You can join here.

Friday, May 18, 2018


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 is such a fun challenge for mid-May - "Tweet This".  We want to see birds on your project.  Lots of fun stamps to choose from both Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  

For this card I used the Whimsical Ruthie and the Carmen's Veranda clear stamp, Best Friends.
I created some bright background papers using my Gelli plate and some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in green and blue.  I then pressed the Doodle Circles stamp onto my plate before pressing my white paper to the plate so not only did the paint colors transfer but also the image of the circles.

I stamped Ruthie twice on white card stock and cut her out.  I took my painted papers and stamped Ruthie with black ink and cut just her body out.  Then I glued the painted bird bodies onto my stamped images and colored the beak and legs with yellow marker.  I cut two little party hats for my birdies and stamped them with black dots and glued them to my birds.  

My background is a piece of scrapbook paper that I smudged with blue and green Distress Oxide inks then stamped some swirls and little flowers with the same inks.  I glued my birds as shown then stamped my sentiment on white paper, cut it out, and rubbed a bit of blue ink around the edges.  I attached it with some foam tape, inked the edges of the card front with blue ink and affixed it to my white card base.  

A fun and whimsical card good for any occasion - change up the sentiment to Happy Birthday, Thank You, Miss You, etc.
Link up your birdie makes to our Tweet This challenge for a chance to win Lost Coast Dollars!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Duck Shit

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.  The new challenge here at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Tweet This!!   We want to see birds on your projects.   Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda have lots and lots of amazing bird themed stamps and the team will be showcasing these the next couple of weeks.  Carmen's Veranda's Duck insisted on making another outing!!
He's just so adorable!!  Here he is showing his rebellious side!  

I stamped Lost Coast Designs Grunge Border 3" using Wilted Violet distress ink on grey card and cut it with Sizzix Deckle Edge die.  This gave a nice subtle look, but you can still see the details.  
I stamped Duck on yellow card using Potting Soil archival and fussy cut and adjusted his wings so he looks a bit more animated.  I stamped the Carmen's Veranda Giveashitometer sentiment and embossed with black ink.  Actually, knowing ducks, I am not sure this sentiment is quite correct, cos ducks shit a lot!!  But there you go!!  Artistic license.  Oh, and despite my usually dislike of punctuation on sentiments I actually felt this one needed a few more full stops, so I used an embossing pen and some more powder to make it a bit more open ended.  I mounted it on a yellow card base that I stamped with Carmen's Veranda Dice Background and the brown archival ink.
Thanks for dropping by.  Link up your Birdie makes for a chance to win Lost Coast dollars and don't forget to drop back often to see more amazing inspiration from the team. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


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!

Greetings.  It's time for our new Challenge.
Our challenges are now fortnightly!  A new challenge starting the 1st and the 15th of every month, with chances to win your self some Lost Coast dollars. We will be announcing winners on the 5th of the month, so do pop back and see who wowed the team and gets our snazzy blog badge and the coveted Lost Coast dollars.

Now for our new Challenge!



We want to see BIRDS on your stamped makes!!

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.


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.  If you are using Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps you can now also link up your challenge entry in the Lost Coast Official Fan Group on facebook.  There is a challenge album in photo's.  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 some inspiration from the team to get us started.  ENJOY!

Lori made this gorgeous colourful creation using Long Swirl, Calligraphy Doll, 3 Birds and Carmen's Veranda Born to Stand Out sentiment.
Sue made this amazing arch using Lost Coast Designs Kingfisher and Joy background
Cathy made this striking mixed media card using Numbers border and Raven Right Small

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 5 to midnight PST on the 31st and don't forget to follow us so you don't miss anything!  The team will be posting more inspiration throughout the month so check back and join the fun.

Happy Stamping!
Challenge Host

Monday, May 14, 2018

Say Hi to A New Lost Coast Teamster

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 and welcome.  Gail here to announce some happenings!!  Recently we appointed two new teamies.  Unfortunately, due to those things in life that happen unpredictably, Ginny has had to leave the team after a very short time.  We are very sorry to see her go, but sometimes life just get in the way!!  That said, it opens up an opportunity for us to invite another amazing artist to join our team. 
Please say a huge hi and hello to Lori Warren.  
 In case you don't know her here's a little bit about Lori
Hi, Lori here.  I am explorer of all things mixed media, designer and card maker who fell in love with rubber stamping about 20 years ago.  I love the versatility of rubber stamps and feature their use in Card Making, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, Art Journaling as well as other paper crafts.  I love to teach and have provided hands on instruction on how to use rubber stamps to create cards, art journal pages, as well as mixed media and paper crafts.  I have also had the pleasure of my artwork being Published in National Craft Magazines and other sites.

My current crafty adventures involve blogging, designing, and producing tutorial videos.   I love trying new things so you never know what I might dive into next.

Instagram: @loriscardscreat
Twitter: @loriscardscreat

If you are familiar with Lori's work then I am sure you already know what an amazing artist she is.  If you haven't been lucky enough to cross her path then you are in for a huge treat!  Come back tomorrow when Lori will be showing her first gorgeous creation for the start of our new challenge!
It's gonna be AWESOME!! 

There is still time to join our current 
Orange and Yellow Challenge
    Join up your stamped creations with yellow and orange as the main colours for a chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to leave a little love so we know you were here.  Lurkers welcome, but we do love when you take the time to comment!!