Sunday, May 24, 2020

Oriental Doll

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!

Thanks for visiting us here at the Portal to check out this current challenge:  East Meets West.
It's Laurie again, and I've created a card for this challenge using the Oriental Doll stamp and the ATC Text Set #1 stamps, both from Lost Coast Designs.

I started by stamping my image with black ink onto a piece of scrapbook paper, then trimmed around the edges to create a border.  I colored the figure with Copic markers.  I restamped the wings onto a piece of paper, cut them out, and traced them onto some gold paper.  They were then cut out and glued over the original stamped wings.  I layered this with a piece of black card stock.  I then stamped the Asian text stamp from the ATC set onto the same paper and trimmed it down to one row of characters.  I edged that in black then punched a hole in the top of the tag and the top left of my card, tying it in place with some cream thread.

We would love for you to share your East Meets West creations with us, in whatever way you choose to interpret this theme.  You might win some free stamps, and don't forget to use some rubber stamping somewhere on your creations!


Friday, May 15, 2020

East Meets West


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, hello to all from Laurie.  Our brand new challenge for the last half of May is "East Meets West".  I have created a gold edged ATC for this challenge using as my background the 
ATC Text #1 set from Lost Coast - the set has 3 stamps and this is the one with the Asian lettering.
Then I used 2 of the butterflies from the Butterfly Set also from Lost Coast.

I began with an Asian themed piece of scrapbook paper in muted shades of green, cream and red.  I stamped my background with black ink.  Next I stamped the 2 butterflies with black ink and using Copic Sketch markers, I colored them, copying some of the butterflies I found in a book I have called "Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World in Color".

I used gold embossing powder and heat embossed the edges of my ATC.  Using a gold pen I added some gold flecks to the butterfly wings then attached them to my background with foam dimensional tape.  

We would love to see your own interpretation of this theme:  East Meets West.  So get out your stamps and get busy creating something to share on the Lost Coast Portal! 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Mayan Man


Hello and happy May!  I hope the spring weather has arrived to wherever this finds you, and that you are all safe and healthy.

I have a fun card today for the new "Turquoise and Terra Cotta" challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity using the Mayan Hieroglphs stamp set from Lost Coast Designs.

My background was created by using some heavy paper, a stencil, some Liquitex Mat Medium and my Gelli plate.  I applied a thin layer of Mat Medium to my Gelli plate and using a brayer rolled it on evenly.  I then placed a stencil atop this and pulled a print.  Next I removed the stencil and pulled another print.  Once these were dry I went over them with different colored inks - this one uses blue and green Distress Inks.

I stamped my Mayan gentleman with black ink onto white paper and proceeded to color him with Copic Sketch Markers in shades of terra cotta and turquoise.  I used a silver Gel pen to add some silver touches.  I attached him to my background piece, stamped my sentiment on a white square that I outlined with black, and attached the sentiment above.  I attached a couple of turquoise enamel dots to his necklace to look like pieces of turquoise.  Final step was to edge the outside with some turquoise ink.

These two colors for this challenge work so well together so play around and see what wonderful projects you can create for a chance to win some free stamps!


Gecko Galz May Challenge: Vintage Botanicals



As a member of the GeckoGalz design team, I have made six ATCs for the May Challenge using the new ATC set of William Morris floral designs.  

In addition, I also used the Botanical Gems, French Botanicals, Jardin, Provence Garden, Papillon Dream and Butterfly Dreams collage sheets.

Come to the Gecko Galz Etsy Store and check out all the wonderful collage sheets, digital paper packs and digital stamp sets.  



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Myth and Magic at the Lost Coast Portal



Card made for the May "Myth and Magic" challenge at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.
This card features the AUD Chicken stamp from Lost Coast Designs.

The background is a piece of vintage book paper that has been stenciled with several stencils and shades of brown and green Distress Inks.  The edge was then torn and aged with Distress Ink.
It was then mounted atop a piece of torn edged off white handmade paper.

The chicken was stamped with black ink onto a square.  Then two sides were torn and all four sides were inked.  This was layered with a piece of handmade off white paper and a decorative brad was attached to the lower right corner.  The final step was to attach this to the center of my background piece.


Saturday, April 4, 2020

April Challenge: Spring's Muse


Here is a project for April for the Gecko Galz Design Team.  This is two envelopes fitted together in such a way as to make a little folder that can
then be collaged on each side.

I used the following Gecko Galz products:

Dreams of Spring Paper Pack (my new favorite!)
Papillon Paper Pack

Darling Girls Collage sheet
Charming Words collage sheet
Papillon Dreams collage sheet
Jardin Collage sheet
Everything is Rosey collage sheet










Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Whimsical Bird Tags



Welcome to the month of April.  Time for a new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Spring Has Sprung.  So use a spring theme to make your projects and be sure to include some rubber-stamping somewhere on you project.

I made three tags for this challenge using the Doris Arndt Whimsical Birds stamps Ruthie, Amelia and Flora.  I cut some pieces of Gelli prints that I had on hand in bright colors which seemed appropriate for springtime to use as my backgrounds.  I then stamped each of the three birds onto a piece of Gelli printed paper, focusing on a single color for each.  I used StayzOn ink for these so it would not smear.

I cut out each of the birds, then restamped the eyes for each onto white paper, cut those out, and affixed them atop my original stamped images.  I did the same thing with the beaks and the legs on orange paper.  For the blue bird with the polka dots, I painted those in with green acrylic paint.  

I glued each bird image to one of my tags.  I then stamped the sentiments Sing, Muse and Happy
onto some white paper with black ink and copied it using a smaller setting on my printer to reduce the size of each word.  I cut those out, outlined them in black ink, and affixed them as shown.

Final step was to punch a hole in the top of each tag and tie some colorful ribbon onto each.

We would love to see your spring creations, so go to the Portal for a chance to win some free stamps!