Monday, January 24, 2022

Waltzing Cowboys

 There is another this fun challenge going on right now at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity through the end of the month:  Man Cave.  What fun images does this bring to mind for  you?  We hope you will share you creations on the Portal before month end.


This card was made using the Waltzing Cowboys stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Hokey Pokey Clinic clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.

My background for this came from my box of Gelli prints, and this one was made on a piece of vintage paper with brown and cream paints and some stencils.  I cut this into a square shape and layered it with a piece of dark brown card stock.  My cowboys were stamped with black ink onto white card stock and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  After fussy cutting them out, I glued them to my card front as shown.

Next my sentiment was stamped with black ink onto a scrap of coffee dyed paper that was then edged with black ink and attached to the lower right corner as shown.  Final step was to punch two holes in the left side and tie some twine and a piece of decorative metal into a bow.

Come join us for this one.  Just be sure to feature rubber stamping on your projects and you just might be the lucky winner of some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Steampunk Fly Girl

I have another project for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity "Let's Fly" Challenge, going on for a couple more days on the Portal.  For this card, I used the Steampunk Fly Girl stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I love all things steampunk, and this is one of my favorite steampunk stamps from Lost Coast Designs.


This started with a piece of vintage book page that I layered over a piece of white paper with Modge Podge.  I added a second layer of Modge Podge atop my vintage text and  smoothed a piece of decorative decoupage or rice paper onto it.  I smoothed it all down and let it dry.  I cut it into a squarish shape with some deckle edged scissors, allowing the vintage book page to show on 3 sides.  I edged those sides with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

My Steampunk Fly Girl was stamped onto a piece of coffee stained paper with black ink and fussy cut out.  I then affixed her atop my card front with some foam dimensional tape.  I typed the word "Fly into my computer, enlarged it, and punched it out in a circle shape.  I edged that with the same Distress ink and glued it to the lower right corner.  I then glued a vintage optometrist's lens atop the circle.

We are so excited to see your "Flying" projects before this challenge ends on the 14th.  Be sure to include some rubber stamping in your projects for a chance to win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!  Enter your projects on the Portal before January 15th!



Saturday, January 1, 2022

Let's Fly Challenge

 The new year starts off on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativitywith a "Let's Fly" challenge.  Lots of ways to interpret this one - birds, angels, butterflies, etc.  I've done a tag for this one using the Whimsical Flora stamp and the Doodle Circles background stamp, both from Lost Coast Designs, and the Sing clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.


I cut out two tags, one larger that the other so I could layer them. The bottom layer is yellow scrapbook paper and the top layer is pinkish scrapbook paper.  I edged both with Distress Oxide ink in Fired Brick.  Next I stamped both with the Doodle Circles background stamp in the same ink.  I added some little dots with a black marker for a bit of extra interest.  My bird was stamped onto yellow paper with Oxide ink and fussy cut out.  I glued her to the lower portion of the tag as shown and added some googly eyes because everything is more fun with googly eyes!

 The sentiment was stamped with the same Oxide ink onto yellow paper, cut out, edged with ink, and positioned above the bird with foam tape.  Final touch was some yellow and pale pink ribbon through the hole in the top of the tag.

We can't wait to see your "Flying" creations over on the Portal, and don't forget to include some rubber stamping!


Friday, December 24, 2021

Pompom Gnome Wishes You A Merry Christmas!

 It's Christmas Eve, which means there is a week left of the Gnomes challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This is the Pompom Gnome stamp from Lost Coast Designs featured on this holiday tag I have put together.  


This background is a piece from a larger page that I have cut down to tag size.  I used a piece of vintage music paper and, using Modge Podge, glued this holiday rice paper to my book page.  I love the transparency that you get when using tissue paper or rice paper. You always get a little peek at what is beneath!  I edged the tag with some Vintage Photo Distress ink and punched a hole in the top for some red ribbon.  I added some decorative red trim to the bottom of the tag.

My Pompom Gnome was stamped onto white paper with black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  I fussy cut him out and attached him with foam tape to my tag front.  A pompom was added to the tip of his cap, which goes right along with his name!

Simple, quick, and fun!  Please be sure to share your Gnome projects on the Portal before the end of the month, and you may win some stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  Don't forget to feature rubber stamping in your projects!

Merry Christmas from Pompom Gnome and me!



Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Two Gnomes Gift Card Holder

I'm back with another Gnome creation for the month long challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This time I have created a little gift card holder, which you could make in any colors suitable for any occasion. In this case, I went with Christmas colors.


This was made using the Two Gnomes stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I started by stamping my gnomes with black ink onto first white, then green and then pinkish-red paper.  I fussy cut the gnomes from the white paper, then cut corresponding bits of clothing, hats, and shoes from the green and pink paper and glued them atop the original stamped images as shown.  I decided it would be fun to mix and match their colors rather than make one all green and the other all pink.  A bit of color was added to their noses and mouths with a Copic sketch marker.

The card holder itself is a piece of green cardstock cut to fit a gift card and my stamped image.  I die cut a circle from some coordinating Christmas paper and glued that to the front of the card holder.  I glued the gnomes atop the circle, punched a hole in the right side and threaded some twine through it to tie the card holder closed.  Last step was to round the corners as shown.

Inside I used the same coordinating paper to create a little pocket for the gift card, glued it in place and tucked the gift card inside.  I finished it off with a bit of die cut trim in the same paper along the top edge.

Now it's your turn to show us what fun things you can create with a Gnome theme.  Be sure to feature some rubber stamping in your projects for a chance to win some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!



Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Gnome Challenge

 Hello to all at the beginning of the last month of 2021.  There is a holiday mood on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity, and the challenge theme for the month is: Gnomes.  


According to the dictionary, a gnome is an ageless creature of folklore who lives in the earth, usually guarding treasure.  I've made a holiday card using the  Santa Gnome with Toys stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I guess you could say this stamp depicts this little Santa Gnome guarding a treasure of toys in his sack.


I stamped my gnome onto white card stock with black ink and used Copic Sketch markers to color him.  I then fussy cut him out for placement on my card front.

Next I took a 6 x 6 pad of various Christmas papers and cut a bunch of thin strips of many of the patterns. These were then glued down to my white card base in a pattern, starting at the outer perimeter of the paper and working my way into the middle, trimming the strips as they got shorter and shorter.  I die cut a circle from one of the papers and placed it directly in the middle of the card front.  The Gnome Santa was then affixed to that circle with some foam tape for dimension.  The final step was to layer this with a piece of Christmas red card stock.

We are excited to see what creations you can make for this challenge using your gnome stamps.  And be sure to check out the Lost Coast Designs new stamps page to see the great variety of fun gnome stamps available.



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

It's A Wrap Gift Box

There is a fun and unusual challenge going on right now on The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity , "It's A Wrap".  So for this one, we want to see what you can make in the way of gift wrap, boxes, bags, tags, etc. using your rubber stamps.


I decided to go with a gift box for this one.  I had this round paper mache box on hand already, so just needed to dress it up!  I used the Ledger and Little Diamond background stamps from Lost Coast Designs and the Architectural Square stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  

I started by stamping the ledger stamp 4 times with black ink on off white scrapbook paper.  I evenly cut all four stamped images with a paper cutter to the same size.  I then turned them over and taped the pieces together to make one large "ledger page".  I put my box lid upside down onto my ledger paper and traced around it.  I cut out around that pencil line to get the top for my box.  I edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued it to my box top.  There was enough of my stamped paper left to cut 1" strips to glue around the edges of the box lid.  

Then I stamped my diamond background with black ink onto the same scrapbook paper.  I had to stamp three times to get enough to cover the sides of my box.  I cut those to 3 inch pieces and glued them around the edges of the bottom of the box.  I also distressed the edges with the same distress ink.

After fitting the lid onto the box, I tied some black ribbon around the box.  I stamped my Architecture  square onto the same card stock and cut it out, inking up the edges.  I punched a hole in one
corner and tied it with the same black ribbon as a gift tag.  The back side of the tag is plain so plenty of room to right on.

Come join us for this super fun challenge - we are excited to see what fun wrapping things you can create, and don't forget to use your rubber stamps!