Monday, July 26, 2021

Critters Challenge: Morning Stretch

There is a new challenge going on Lost Coast Portal to Creativity called Critters, and this is a project I made for that challenge.

For this I used the Yoga Cat #9 stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Mornings should be moved clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  My background is a Gelli print done over a piece of vintage book page, turquoise and yellow acrylic paints, and a decorative stencil.  I stamped my Yoga Cat with black ink onto white card stock and fussy cut it out.  The sentiment was likewise stamped with black ink onto a white scrap, cut out and edged with turquoise ink.

I layered my background with white card stock and positioned the Yoga Cat and the sentiment as shown.  
Such a fun and easy card that you could send to anyone, just to let them know you are thinking about them.

Check out the Portal and share your Critter creations for a chance to win some free stamps.  Be sure to feature some stamping in your projects.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Critters: Two Pups

For the latest challenge on The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity called "Critters" I created a card using
 the Circus Dog Set from Lost Coast Designs and the Fun and Games clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

For my base, I took a white square of card stock and using Modge Podge, I adhered some decorative rice paper to the base layer.  After letting it dry well, I edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and layered it with a piece of black and white striped scrapbook paper.

Next I stamped two of the dogs in the set onto white card stock using black ink and fussy cut them out.  I colored one tan and one gray and added paper collars to each.  I then stamped my sentiment onto white paper with black ink and die cut it with a circle die.  I layered that with a larger black die cut circle and adhered it to the top center of my card front.

Using foam tape for dimension, I attached the dogs below the saying, facing each other as if one was giving the other some advice.  I think this is just a perfect sentiment for these stamps!

You can enter your "Critter" projects at the Portal and a randomly chosen winner will get some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda!

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Christmas in July with Santa Mona

I made a tongue in cheek Christmas card for the latest challenge on The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge - Christmas in July, featuring the Santa Mona stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the  Dear Santa clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

I started by stamping my Mona onto a piece of white card stock with black ink and adding some color with Copic Sketch Markers.  I fussy cut her out and attached her to a piece of holiday paper in reds and greens that I had die cut into a circle.  I layered that with a larger green die cut circle and added some bling to the background and a pom pom to her hat.

Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink onto a white square and edged it with red.  I affixed my Mona to my card front and using foam tape added the sentiment below the image as shown.   Last step was to round the corners on my card front and she is ready to be mailed!

So get out your rubber or acrylic stamps and create some Christmas goodies - and be sure to share them on the Portal for a chance to win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Fit for A King

  Im here again with another project for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity for their "Inchie Twinchie" background challenge.

The idea is to create a stamped background for a project using "inchies and twinchies" - one inch by one inch squares or two inch by two inch squares.  I fudged a bit on this one and made my squares one and a half inches - so I guess I can call them Inchies and a Half!

I started with a Gelli print I had on hand, and using the Doodle Circles and White Waves background stamps from Lost Coast Designs, I stamped each stamp onto the Gelli print using black ink.  I then cut out each into one and a half inch squares.  I mounted those in alternate order onto a piece of Kraft card stock and trimmed around the edges. 

 Next I stamped the Chess Knight from Lost Coast Designs onto a piece of coffee dyed paper and fussy cut it out.  I then mounted my cut knight to a piece of black card stock and cut around it for the second time.  I adhered this to the right side of my card front with foam tape to give it some dimension.  I added some gold Nuvo Crystal Drops to the top of the crown.

I stamped the Hokey Pokey Clinic clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda onto a scrap of my coffee dyed paper using black ink, cut it out and layered it with a piece of black paper.  I attached it to the left of my knight and my card is done!

So get out your rubber stamps (or clear acrylic stamps) and make an Inchie Twinchie background project for a chance to win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Inchie Twinchie Background: Steampunk Pony

 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!

Happy Summer to all you Lost Coast bloggers and welcome to this new challenge:  Inchie Twinchie Backgrounds.  If you don't know what inchies and twinchies are, think little one inch squares for inchies and two inch squares for twinchies.  For this challenge, you will create a background using inchies and or twinchies to make a background, using some rubber stamping.  

I have a sample below that uses the following stamps from Lost Coast Designs:

The Ledger  background stamp
The Gears background stamp

I started with some Tim Holtz papers and stamped the Gears and Ledger background stamps onto two pieces using black ink.  Using my blade cutter, I cut one inch squares of each pattern and glued them in alternating order onto a piece of black card stock.  I made 5 rows across and 5 rows down to form a square.  I trimmed around the edge of the black paper to create a border.  

Next I stamped my Steampunk Pony onto a piece of off white paper using black ink.  I layered this with a piece of black card stock and glued this to the center of my inchie background.  I added some gears for the wheels and that's a wrap!

Can't wait to see what you can create with inchies and twinchies.  If it's your first time making something like this, I think you will find it's a lot of fun and you can create some really interesting backgrounds with this technique.  Be sure to post your photos for a chance to win some free stamps!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Under The Sea

Here with a fun project for the current challenge at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity:  Under the Sea.  For this, I made a shaker card, which I've not done for quite some time and had a lot of fun with.

For my card I used the new Spikey Fish stamp and the Bubbles background stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs.

For my frame, I chose a Gelli print I made using green and yellow acrylic paints and some bubble wrap to make the design in the paint.  I cut a window into the center of the print and attached a piece of clear acrylic, taping it in place on the back side.  I then added two layers of foam tape all around the opening on the back side, making sure there were no gaps in the tape.  I stamped my spikey fish with black StayzOn ink onto a Gelli print scrap mostly in pale green and fussy cut him out.  I gave him a bright turquoise rhinestone for an eye.  I took a piece of pale blue paper and using the Bubble Background stamp, lightly stamped in green ink.  I wanted the bubbles to show but not overwhelm Mr. Fish.

Next I gathered an assortment of sequins in different shapes and sizes and most in shades of green, blue and silver.  I laid those down atop my fish then, removing the backing from the foam tape,  carefully pressed the front down, securing the foam tape firmly around the edges of the opening.  I back this with a white layer and it's done!

You can enter the challenge now through May 30th.   Just be sure to feature some rubber stamping for a chance to win some free stamps from Carmen's Veranda and Lost Coast Designs!

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Vintage Postcard

I made a vintage looking postcard for a challenge going on at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  The challenge is mail art, and for this postcard I used the Chloe Face stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Loopy Background stamp, also from Lost Coast.

I took a vintage-y looking piece of scrapbook paper and cut it to a 4 x 6 postcard size.  I edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it an antiqued look.  I stamped my Loopy Background on the left side of the card with black ink, then stamped Chloe Face atop that using the same black ink.  I found an old 2 cent stamp which I affixed to the right corner and typed out an address label and attached that where the address would be written.

I really like the old feel of this, and it was so simple to make.  Go over to the Portal and check out this challenge!