Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Let's Celebrate at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Here is a project for the "Let's Celebrate" challenge going on here on the Lost Coast Portal until July 14th.  So you still have time to make something fabulously celebratory to enter for a chance to win some free stamps.  

For this birthday card I used the  Queen of Everything clear stamp, the Coffee Chihuahua Katzelkraft stamp from Lost Coast Designs, and the smallest butterfly stamp from the Butterfly Set at Lost Coast.

I created my background using Oxide Distress Inks on watercolor paper.  I stenciled my ink colors onto the paper then spritzed it generously with water, let it run a bit, then set it with a heat gun.  I stamped the butterfly randomly with black ink and also edged the panel in black.  

I then stamped my little Chihuahua onto white paper with black ink and cut him out.  I colored him with Copic Sketch markers and added some gold pen to the spikes on his red collar.
I positioned him on my card front then stamped my sentiment onto a white square with black ink.  I trimmed it down to size, edged it with black, and positioned it so my little Chi chi is holding it up and glued both down.  Final step was to layer this with a white panel and you've got a fun birthday card for any dog lover!

Come celebrate with us at the Lost Coast Portal and share your creations!!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Midsummer Night's Dream Challenge: Gecko Galz


The monthly customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz Blog for July is "Midsummer Night's Dream".  And there are some dreamy collage sheets, papers and digital stamps in the Gecko Galz Etsy Shop for you to choose from to join us in the challenge.

Here are the projects I made for this challenge:


This was made with the Gecko Galz Tag set 


For this one and the one that follows, I used the Midsummer Night's Dream Collage Set.  




This collage page was made using the Artful Visions, Text Ture Dominoes, Once Upon A Dream, Jardin, Altered Beautifully, and Tic Toc and Cameos collage sheets as well as the Rusty Bucket ATC set, the Gecko Galz tag set, and the BB Weekend paper pack.



This was made with the Altered Beautifully Collage set.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

Two Day Frida Kahlo Blog Hop - July 6th and 7th!



Hi and welcome to the Day 1 of the 2 day Frida Kahlo Blog Hop that is going on right now at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  The hop will go on July 6th and 7th in celebration of the new Frida stamps at Lost Coast Designs.  So be sure to check the Portal for other great Frida creations by the Lost Coast Design team.

I have made two cards for this Blog Hop, and the first one featured today uses the new Frida with Roses stamp.  I used a background that I made with Distress spray inks and a stencil.  After placing the stencil onto white paper, I sprayed it with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.  I then turned the stencil over and pressed it onto the paper to add another layer of ink.

I stamped Frida directly onto this background with black ink, then turned it on the diagonal and used a square die to cut it out.  I die cut a larger square out of red paper and attached them together, then added another white layer.  I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edge of the red layer.  The final touch was to add some red paper flowers to Frida's hair.  



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Waltzing Cowboys: Lost Coast Design "Celebrate" Challenge


Card made for the Lost Coast July Design Challenge:  Let's Celebrate.

Made using the Waltzing Cowboys stamp and the Medium Shrubbery Background stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Smell Cake clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

Enter you celebration creations today for a chance to win some free stamps from the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!  You have until July 14th to enter your creations!



Sunday, June 23, 2019

Girl With A Curl

There is a new challenge going on until the end of June at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Add A Human Face.  I have made a square collage piece using the  Girl With A Curl stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Postcard Background from Carmen's Veranda as an inspiration piece for this challenge.

I started by stamping the girl onto a scrap of cream paper then tore around the edges to give it a rough look.  I added just a hint of color with some pink Distress Ink to her cheeks.  

I had on hand some Tim Holtz decorative tissue paper that I had died using coffee.  I stitched my girl's face onto a square piece of that tissue paper.  Next I took some leafy die cuts and stamped them with the Postcard Background stamp to add some text, then glued them to opposing corners. 

For the final step, I took a rough edged piece of hand made cream paper and stitched my tissue paper square to that.  I love this Girl With A Curl stamp and like the vintage-y feel of this collage piece.

Please visit the Portal and show us the projects you can create that Include A Human Face.  You just might win some free stamps!!


Saturday, June 1, 2019


There is a new challenge going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  For this challenge, we want you to use the colors Yellow, Lime and Black for your creations.  And don't forget that you must include some rubber stamping in your work - digital stamps don't count!  So get out your rubber or clear or acrylic stamps, or whatever you have in your stash, and make something fabulous!

I've made a card for this challenge with one of my favorite stamps from Lost Coast Designs:  Annie.  I also used the Carmen's Veranda background stamp Grunge Black Swirl and the Carmen's Veranda clear saying stamp In Front of A Salad.

I took a piece of yellow and green background paper made with acrylic paints on my Gelli plate and stamped the background with some green Distress Ink.  I then stamped Annie with black ink onto white paper and colored her dress yellow and also added some color to her face.  I cut her out and glued her to the front of my card.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink then copied it on my copier, reducing the size to 75% to make it fit the front of my card better.  I outlined it with black ink and glued it to the lower right corner.  I outlined the card front with black ink and layered it with a white layer.  

Come and join in the fun at the Portal - you just might win some free stamps!!