Sunday, September 15, 2019

Make it Funny Challenge: Drink Wine and Knit

The Lost Coast Design challenge for the last half of September is "Make It Funny".  

I made a card for this one using the Early Stitch 'n Bitch stamp from Lost Coast Designs and one of the funny clear stamps from Clear Stamps at Carmen's Veranda.

I had this piece of flowered tissue paper that had always reminded me of my Grandmother's parlor wallpaper.  So I thought it would be a perfect background for my knitting ladies.  I adhered it to a piece of cream colored card stock with Modge Podge then cut it into a square -ish shape and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I layered that with some kraft card stock.  

Next I stamped my ladies onto white paper with black ink and fussy cut them out.  I added a bit of color to their hands, faces, and the knitting basket and yarn with Copic Sketch markers.  I positioned my stamped image at the bottom center of my card and adhered it.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink onto a cream rectangle, edged it with the same Distress Ink, and affixed it above my knitting ladies.

Perfect sentiment for this fun stamp!  Come join the funny fun at the Lost Coast Portal today!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gecko Galz: Steampunk Autumn

The September Challenge at Gecko Galz is "Steampunk Autumn"; a combination of two of my favorite themes.

I have created a collage page, an ATC coin, and an ATC card for this challenge.

The first shown is the collage page.  The background is one of the Shabby Ledger papers.  I have zig zagged stitched around the edges with black thread.  The collage elements include items from:
Owling for You collage sheet, Bugs collage sheet, Butterfly Dreams collage sheet, Mad About Men collage sheet, Library Cards collage sheet, Sentimental Journey collage sheet, The Mechanical Life collage sheet, and Charming Words collage sheet, and the Time Flies ATC set.  Once all my items were placed as I wanted them, I straight stitched around the entire outside border.

The second item is my ATC coin.  For this I have used an element from the Industrial Age digital stamp set and the Owling for You collage set.  I added one of my own vintage metal gears to enhance the steampunk element.

And the final piece is my ATC card.    For this one I used Steam Punk ATC set as my background, some text from the Sentimental Journey collage set, and the owls from the Owling for You collage set.  Again, I added a vintage brass tag from my own collection.  

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sing, Baby, Sing!

Happy September to all from Laurie with a fun post to help kick off our new "Sing and Dance" Challenge here on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This one goes through the 14th of September so you have a couple of weeks to create your singing and dancing projects and share them here.

For this one, I used the Showgirls stamp from Lost Coast Designs, the Large Chicken Wire background stamp, also from Lost Coast, and the Sing clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

I used a sheet of vintage music paper as my background.  Using Distress Oxide Inks in shades of green, yellow, and orange, I stenciled over the whole page.  I randomly stamped bits of chicken wire with black ink, and stamped the word Sing at random as well.

Next I stamped my 3 showgirls onto white paper.  Using Copic Sketch markers, I colored them to coordinate with my green, yellow and orange background.  I then took a sparkly silver marker and added some glitz to each of them - in their hair and along the trimmed edges of their costumes.  I fussy cut them out and using foam tape, attached them to the center of my card.

I layered my background with a piece of black card stock them zig zag stitched all around the border with black thread.  And that's a wrap!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

LCD Wood Challenge: Evil Eye

I have made a card for the latest Lost Coast Designs challenge using the Grunge Tree background stamp and the Evil Eye stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs.

I began by creating a background, using a circle stencil and green and blue Distress inks.  I cut around the edges with some deckle-edged scissors and mounted my piece to a black background.

Next I stamped my image onto white card stock and began coloring it with Copic markers in shades of gray and brown, using yellow for the claws and eyes.  I added some Crackle Accents to the eyes and teeth to give them some shine and make the stand out.  Finally I fussy cut my image and affixed it to the front of my card.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Anything Goes: Raven

I have another entry for the "Anything Goes" challenge at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I tried out a lot of different ideas for this one, but I had this cool background I wanted to use, and the Raven With Tree Branches stamp from Lost Coast Designs won out. 

I made this background using some astrological tissue paper I found online - really I loved the patterns on these papers.  I took a page from a vintage book and using matte medium I adhered my tissue paper to the book page.  I let it dry well then cut it into a square shape, trying to incorporate as much of the design as I could.  I edged it with black ink then mounted it to a torn edged piece of black card stock.

I stamped my Raven with black StayzOn ink onto another page from a vintage book and cut it out.  
That was a bit of a challenge, but slow goes it and it came out perfectly.  Using a glue stick I pasted the raven as shown and gave him a tiny black rhinestone for an eye.  I then sprinkled around a few matte silver star sequins for a finishing touch.

This one gets me in the mood for Halloween - can't wait!!  Please join us here on the Portal and submit your "Anything Goes" projects by the 14th of July for a chance to win some awesome free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Gecko Galz August Challenge: Shabby Chic Seaside

The new challenge at Gecko Galz for August starts on August 1st and runs through the end of the month.  The theme is:  Shabby Chic Seaside.  Here are some projects I made using Gecko Galz products:

This tag uses the Sea Shore Sweethearts collage set and the By the Shore digital paper pack.

This card uses the Sea Nymphs Collage Set. 

This ATC coin uses the Sea Life collage set, Summer Seas collage set, and By the Shore collage set.

This trio of ATCs is made using the By the Shore collage set and the Summer Seas collage set.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Here is a project I made for the Lost Coast Design new challenge: "Anything Goes"!  The sky's the limit and you can turn your creative side loose to go crazy.  Or, if you need some inspiration,  check out the blogs of all the Lost Coast Design team members and see what they have gotten up to with this one.

I let my feminine, fashion side fly with this card and used the Mannequins Set stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  I started by using pink acrylic paint and a stencil on my Gelli plate.  I had not cleaned off a previous print so you can see bits of orange and green peeking through, which I really like.  The stencil makes a really nice and symmetrical background for this project.

Next I stamped my mannequins onto my background using black StayzOn ink.  I then stamped the bodies of the mannequins onto some Japanese origami paper I had on hand and cut out just the corsets for each and glued them atop my original stamped images.  I added some black German scrap trim to the sides and bottom and die cut the broader black boarder at the top with black scrapbook paper.  I finished it off by adding a strip of bling to the top portion.

You have until the middle of August to enter your projects on the Lost Coast Portal to have a chance to win some free stamps!!