Sunday, May 24, 2015

American Gothic with a Twist - Lost Coast Design

Hello Dreamers,
Back today after a busy week--getting the garden all beautiful.  Spent the whole week working outside.  But, today it is time for some fun cards.  I know we are all familar with the Gothic couple painting.  Well, Lost Coast Designs added a little twist ----Party!





Materials List:
Stamp: American Gothic Party from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Onyx Black Versa Fine
CS: Solar White - Neeneh; Brown; Glossy Black; Gray
Stencil: Chicken Wire Crafters Workshop
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz
Bakers Twine
Sheer Black Ribbon



Instructions:

  • Make a card base from gray CS and add a layer of brown CS
  • Create a background paper with the chicken wire stencil and brown spray inks; Cut a rectangle
  • Dry emboss Glossy Black CS and trim to equal size of the Chicken wire background rectangle
  • Add both rectangles to the card base



  • Cut  a rectangle from brown and gray CS of equal sizes
  • Stamp the American Gothic Party couple on Solar White CS with Onyx Black ink 
  • Position the stamped piece over the brown and gray rectangles
  • Wrap bakers twine around card and add a knotted piece of sheer black ribbon


Wouldn't this be fun as a birthday card?!  And talking about a party, Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda Stamps are having a huge 10 week long party to celebrate the opening of our new blog!!

Lost Coast Portal To Creativity:  head over to check out all the details.


Here is just a small sample of all the fun going on:

How YOU can Play and Win the Prize!
Click on the links below, check out ALL our fabulous stamps, shop, create and submit your projects featuring Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps or a combination of both into the Inlinkz collection below by midnight PST on July 22nd!
  1. Become a Follower of Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!
  2. Please only link up projects using our stamp images.
  3. One exception to the rule is...you CAN use sentiments by other companies if your project "needs" it!
  4. Include a link back to this post when you share your projects on your own blogs!
  5. Grab our blog badge, share it on your blogs and spread the news of our grand opening!
  6. Your submissions are not restricted to just the new LCD and CV stamps, you can submit projects featuring ANY of our stamps BUT if you do use our new images then your name will be entered into the prize drawing TWICE!
I will have more New Release projects in the month of June, so see you soon!!
Have a super weekend!  Love ya.
Karen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cutesy is the Word for Today

Hello Everyone!
More cutesy cards for you today!  The cards were for a card order.  The images are from Baby Bud Designs and are colored with Copic markers.








Entered in the
Love to Scrap Challenge: anything goes


Getting lots of work done in the garden.  Heading back out there now to do some more weeding and put together some pots with annuals.  Hope you are enjoying your day!
Karen

Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Blog Launch with Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda

Hello Everyone!!
Some exciting news concerning Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda Stamps!!! We are having a super fun celebration for the opening of the new Blog!! Lots of fun and prizes!!


Here are all the details as written by DT Leader, The Fabulous Leigh :

  • Our brand new Event and Challenge Blog where the stamps of Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you Twice the Inspiration and Double the Fun!
  • We've got so many fabulous events planned for you this year! There's going to be lots of Design Team eye candy and many events for you to get involved in and win prizes galore!
  • You can look forward to awesome blog hops, new stamp release news, A Different Point of View segments, articles, contests, tutorials and Guest Designer features and more, much more!
  • PLUS our Lost Coaster's Review Challenges will now be hosted here starting with the June Challenge on June 1st! Our challenges will continue to start on the first Monday of every month!
  • Exciting times ahead so become a Follower and STAY TO PLAY!


****Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda offer a sophisticated line of unique, quirky and alternative images covering vintage, Steampunk, game pieces, collage, shrine, angel, gothic, horror and much more to excite your creative impulses!


To celebrate our grand opening we are throwing a 10 week long event (approx. 2 months) to showcase the stamps featured on the NEW IMAGE pages of both stamp lines!
Win a $20 gift certificate to spend at either company or a combination of both!
How YOU can Play and Win a Prize!

Click on the links below, check out ALL our fabulous stamps, shop, create and submit your projects featuring Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps or a combination of both into the Inlinkz collection below by midnight PST on July 22nd!
1. Become a Follower of Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!
2. Please only link up projects using our stamp images.
3. One exception to the rule is...you CAN use sentiments by other companies if your project "needs" it!
4. Include a link back to this post when you share your projects on your own blogs!
5. Grab our blog badge, share it on your blogs and spread the news of our grand opening!
6. Your submissions are not restricted to just the new LCD and CV stamps, you can submit projects featuring ANY of our stamps BUT if you do use our new images then your name will be entered into the prize drawing TWICE!


Check out our new Lost Coast Designs stamps!
Check out our new Carmen's Veranda stamps!
The Lost Coast Design Team have created some fabulous eye candy for your inspiration!


******My projects for the Blog launch are two fun bookmarks using a stamp from Carmen's Veranda. 



Materials:
Stamp: Wienermobile form Carmen's Veranda
Ink: Black dye
CS: red, brown, orange, yellow, and white
Ribbons and yarn
Fabri-Tac glue



Instructions:

  • Stamp the Wienermobile on white CS with black dye ink and cut out.  
  • Add to three layers of cardstock.  
  • Punch hole in end and add ribbons and yarn.  
  • On the first bookmark, I braided the ribbon and held it together with a few dots of Fabri-Tac glue.






Who remembers the Wienermobile???    I actually just saw it the other day.  A local grocery store was having a grand opening event.  And there was the Wienermobile in the parking lot. And, I had just finished making these projects.  I thought it was fate that I use them for this post.  LOL   The wienermobile lives at a local museum ( The Henry Ford) so, I do get to see it now and then.  When I saw the stamp in the Carmen's Veranda catalog, I just had to have it!!  Too fun!!

****So, check out all the fun stamps and events!!  Hope to see your project on the new blog!!  
Karen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sweet Cards For Your Little Ones

Hello Dreamers,
Thought I would share a few cards I made for a card order.  The cards were to be suitable to send to children.  The cards are pretty cute....Take a look.



The first two cards are made with Baby Bud digis.  The ultimate in cuteness! They were colored with copic markers.


I put decorative paper in the printer so that I could paper piece this Baby Bud.









This owl digi was colored with Copics and cut out.  I added a tag from an Authentique paper pad.



Entering my Sweet Cards in the
Clear it Out Challenge: theme - green, stash - green things----I used several shades of green CS, and some mint green DP

See you this weekend for a blog launch event--Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!!  Lots of events and prizes too!!  See you then. Love ya.
Karen

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More Fun ATC's with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Hope you are enjoying Spring weather.  It has been very nice here in Michigan, USA.  I am getting lots of things done in the garden.  My hostas are growing like crazy!  The forget-me-nots are blooming and so pretty.

I wanted to show the other three  ATC's that I made for the May Lost Coast Design Challenge.  Just make an ATC (artist trading card) using at least one Lost Coast stamp and link up on Coasters Review blog.  See the other ATC's here.



 Materials:
Stamps: Diva with Face, Harpers Women, Party DogsATC Misc #3Travel QuotesParty Words, all from Lost Coast Designs
CS: white cut to ATC size- 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Ink:
Diva- Black, Wild Honey and Crushed Olive Distress
Party Dogs - Black, Mushroom Adirondack
Harper Woman - Black, Shell Pink Adirondack
Red Marker
Copic Markers
Lace trim
Pearls
Ribbons



 Instructions:

  • Stamp Diva with Black ink, distress with Distress inks listed above.  Use a red marker to ink sentiment stamp and to color dots around face.  Add pearls and ribbons.




  • Stamp Background with Mushroom ink.   Stamp dog with black ink and cut out.  Color dog with Copic Markers and add to card





  • Stamp background with Shell Pink ink.  Stamp woman with black ink;color with Copics; and cut out.  Add to card.  Stamp sentiment with black ink. Staple ribbon to card. Glue lace trim to bottom.






*******A few super fun Challenges for my ATC's:
2 Crafty Girls: vintage
Crafty Cardmakers: make your own background
613 Avenue: anything goes + celebrate option

Love making ATC's.  They are great fun all those little left over pieces--that are too good to throw away.  I like to use ATCs as business cards too.  Hope you have a great day!!  Love ya.
Karen

Monday, May 4, 2015

ATC Challenge with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Time for a fun new challenge on the Lost Coast Design's Blog, Lost Coasters Review!  The theme for the month of May is:

ATC's

Make an ATC (2.5 x 3.5 inches) using at least one Lost Coast Design Stamp. Link up on the LCD Blog.  Check out all the Lost Coast Stamps designed to fit perfectly on ATC's here

ATC's are a nice small size.  A Great way to use up all those scraps of CS, paper, ribbon, etc.....I usually like to make a stack once I getting going.  I have a collection to share with you today.   I will detail two of them today and the rest later in the month.




Materials List
Stamps: ATC Misc #3, Travel Quotes, Tweedles, Party Words all from Lost Coast Designs
CS: white cut to ATC size- 2.5 x 3.5 inches
Ink: Mushroom and Lake Mist Adirondack; Black Versa Fine
Copic Markers
Edge punch
Buttons
Pearls
Ribbons


Instructions:
  • Cut  ACT's from White CS-cut slightly smaller if adding a layer beneath white CS
  • Stamp two ATC's with the Tree from the ATC Misc #3 set with Mushroom and Lake Mist inks
  • Color background behind tree with Copic Markers on one of the ATC's
  • Die cut edge from brown CS and add to ATC
  • Stamp sentiment with black ink
  • Glue ribbons to upper corner




  • Stamp Tweedles with black ink and color with Copic Markers
  • Cut out Tweedles and add to ATC with dimensional adhesive
  • Stamp sentiment in black ink
  • Add buttons and pearls


ACT's are great for business cards, tags, or why not write a message on the back and send to someone special.  Let's see what you can make for the challenge!  Check back for the details on the other three ATC's.  Hope you are having a great day!  Love ya.
Karen

Shabby Chic May with Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Friends!
The first Monday of the month----Time for a new challenge on The Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog!!  The challenge theme for the month of May is:

  Shabby Chic 

Make a project in the Shabby Chic style and link up on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog.  Your project must have some stamping.

The challenge is sponsored by: Flonzcraft Stamps.  Flonzcraft is offering a $20 gift certificate!!!

I made a small wall hanging piece using corrugated cardboard as the base.



Materials List
Stamps: Flowers Engraving from Flonzcraft Stamps
Ink: Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet Distress inks
CS: Very Vanilla and Blush Blossom from Stampin' Up
Gelli Plate, Acrylic Paint, and Embossing folder to make Background paper 
Tan Ribbon
Pearl Trim- from Hobby Lobby
Vintage crochet piece
Corrugated Cardboard
Lumiere Paint
Old Paper Crackle Paint- Ranger

 Instructions:

  • Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to size and tear the top layer of brown paper off exposing the ridges
  • Paint the cardboard with Lumiere and crackle paints
  • Let dry
  • Add the crochet lace and tie ribbon around cardboard


  • Make the background paper with a Gelli plate/or use a piece of distressed CS
  • Stamp the Flowers Engraving stamp onto Vanilla CS by inking the stamp with both Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet inks
  • Tear the CS and distress edges with distress inks


  • Add stamped piece to CS background
  • Add pearl trim
  • Add to cardboard


  •  Add ribbon at top of piece to use for hanging 


I will hang this in my living room--so fun to make decorating pieces from elegant stamps like Flowers Engraving.  Hope you join us with your own Shabby Chic project.   Hope you have a super day!
Karen