Wednesday, March 15, 2023

So glad you are back and hope you are planning to take part in the latest challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Black and White.  I've made a card for this one using the Mini Fish Collage stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  Since the theme is black and white, I stuck to this and only used those two colors.  Harder than I thought it might be!  But the design is super simple.

My mini fish collage is stamped with black ink onto a white rough edged square of paper.  I edged the square with black ink and layered it with a piece of black card stock.  I added a black gem for the fish's eye.  The background layer is a piece of rice paper in a black and white pattern, also edged in black ink.  I attached the fish collage with foam tape to the center.  So easy but the black and white color scheme is always striking.

Come join the fun and share your black and white makes over on the Portal!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Tulip Gnome

 Greetings on this 2nd day of March and second day of the "Spring Has Sprung" challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I've made a tag for this one using the Gnome with Tulip stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  It's just one of a whole collection of fun gnome stamps over at Lost Coast Designs.

My tag is made with tissue paper on a gel plate in place of regular paper.  It's obviously more fragile than regular paper, so be gentle when you are working on the tissue.  I used paints in pink, yellow, and green and a stencil to create the design.  Once dried, this was then glued to a piece of vintage book page.  I rounded the corners and edged this with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink.  

My gnome was stamped with black ink onto a white piece of paper and fussy cut out.  I colored him in with Copic Sketch Markers and glued him in the center of my tag.  Final step was to tie a piece of blue seam binding to the top of my tag.

We are excited to see all your spring creations - don't forget to feature rubber stamping in all your projects!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Wine Drinking Karaoke Cat

 Hi all on this 28th day of February where we are currently running the "Make It Funny" challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity through the end of the month.  Both Carmen's Veranda and Lost Coast Designs have some great stamps and sayings that fit the bill perfectly for this challenge.  This card uses the Karyoke Cat from Lost Coast Designs and the 2 to 3 glasses of wine clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

My background here is a gelli print made on a piece of tissue paper using a stencil and red, orange, and yellow acrylic paints.  I have layered it with a piece of vintage book paper and edged it with red ink, then layered the whole onto a piece of bright yellow card stock.

The cat was stamped with black ink onto white paper and fussy cut out.  I colored him with Copic Sketch markers and used a white Gel pen for his fangs and a silver pen for his microphone.  Glossy Accents were added to his eyes, and he was affixed to the lower portion of the card with foam tape for some dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with red ink onto a white square, edged with red ink, and placed above the cat.

We are excited to see what funnies you can create for this challenge.  Don't forget to feature some rubber stamping!  Some free stamps could be coming your way if you are chosen a winner!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Mr. Monkey and the Hokey Pokey

 Hi again and welcome to another challenge on The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge - "Make It Funny".  Who can resist?  So many fun ways to make some funny projects for this challenge.

This little index card starts with some Distress Mica Spray ink splatters and sprays onto a piece of white water color paper.  After drying, I stamped it with the Grunge Black Swirl background stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  I used black ink but the stamped image is very light - I think the mica sprays prevented it from being more pronounced, but I kind of the like the faint shadow effect it has.

Mr. Monkey was stamped using the Monkey Face stamp from Carmen's Veranda and black ink on kraft paper card stock.  I fussy cut him out and accented his eyes with a white marker.  He was edged with Distress Vintage Photo ink and affixed to the bottom of the card with foam tape.  

The Hokey Pokey sentiment was stamped with black ink onto white card stock and cut out.  The corners were rounded and it was also edged with Distress Ink before being attached to the upper left corner as shown.  The entirety was layered with a piece of brown card stock.

Be sure to post your funnies here for a chance to win some free stamps!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Heart In Hands

 Welcome to the first day of February and the first day of the new challenge at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Love and Hearts.  Perfect for this month with Valentine's Day coming soon.   

For this card I used the Chloe Face stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  Such a lovely stamp!  I stamped Chloe with black ink onto a piece of tea dyed paper and fussy cut her out.  I edged this with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and added a bit of color to her cheeks and lips with Copic Sketch markers.

For the background, I used a scrap collection of Tim Holtz papers that I had been saving to make a collage.  The collage was done on a sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 card stock, so this is just a portion of the collage.  I edged this
with the same Distress Ink and added a bronze "heart in hands" charm to the bottom.  Final step was to layer this with a piece of cream card stock.  

Show us your love this month and submit your stamped projects over on the Portal to have a shot at winning some free stamps!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Butterfly Square

 So glad you are here today as we start a brand new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Birds or Bugs or Winged Things.  So many choices - which will you choose?

This card features the Butterfly Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda and one of the butterfly stamps from the Butterfly Set over at Lost Coast Designs.  The background is a piece of decorative rice paper layered over a piece of vintage text and sealed with Modge Podge.  I stamped a couple of butterflies to the rice paper using black ink - this step was done before I sealed it.  I then edged the panel with gold ink.

The Butterfly Square was heat embossed onto white water color paper using gold embossing powder.  I then trimmed it into a neat square shape and edged it with gold ink.  I then took two different Tim Holtz Distress Spray Inks - one aqua and one green - sprayed them on my craft mat individually, added water to both, and painted the background with a paint brush, using the inks like water colors. 
I mounted this to a black square and affixed it to the center of my background panel with foam tape.  

If you are not familiar with the collection of square stamps at Carmen's Veranda, be sure to check them out.  There are so many in so many wonderful and creative designs, I'm sure you will find something to fall in love with!

Enter your creations on the Portal for a chance to win some free stamps.  And don't forget to feature rubber stamping in your projects.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Keep Calm and Sparkle Slimline Card

 Hi again with another Slim Line card for the current challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This one uses the following stamps from Lost Coast Designs:

one mannequin from the Mannequin Set
one butterfly from the Butterfly Set
the Daisy Flourish stamp
the Keep Calm clear stamp from Carmel's Veranda.

My background is a gel print made with green and blue Distress Oxide Inks and a circle stencil.  I cut this into the shape of a slimline card and edged it with green Distress Oxide Ink.  Using the same green ink, I spritzed this on my craft sheet and stamped the Flourish stamp into the ink then onto my gel print.

The mannequin was stamped with black ink onto white card stock and cut out.  I colored the corset with blue and green Copic Sketch markers.  I stamped the butterfly from the Butterfly Set onto white card stock, cut it out, and colored it with the same markers.  I cut it in half and attached it to the back as wings for the mannequin.  This was then glued to the card front and a green satin bow was added to the waist of the mannequin.

The sentiment was stamped with black into onto a white square edged with green ink and affixed below the mannequin.

We are looking forward to seeing the fun and artistic slim line cards you create for this challenge.  A lucky winner will receive some free stamps!!