Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Upcoming Event: Lost Coast Design Blog Hop

Calling all fans of Lost Coast Designs!
We are hosting a progressive blog hop starting March 11 here on the Lost Coaster's Review blog and EVERYONE is invited to participate!  
Please grab the blog badge below, link to this post and spread the word!

"50 Shades of GREEN" 
Readers Progressive Blog Hop Giveaway!
Win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs!

Members of the Lost Coast Designs DT will kick off 
the hop on March 11 at 11am PST!  
Hop our blogs to get inspired and then come and join the fun! 

How to Participate:
1.  Make a project using only Lost Coast Designs and/or Carmen's Veranda images with a green monochromatic colour scheme only!  White cardstock & black ink can be used but you must only use shades of green for your colour palette!

2.  Publish your projects on your own blogs any time between March 11 through to March 30 and provide your readers with all the details about our blog hop.   

3.  On March 11 you will be given an inlinkz code to embed into your post.
You embed the code by doing the following:
Draft up your new post like you always do and then switch your post draft to HTML view for Blogger or TEXT for Wordpress, insert the code, then switch back the view to compose mode & publish your post as normal.  Don't worry, it sounds complicated I know but it really is as easy as copying and pasting some text into your post to include our inlinkz blog hop collection and keep the blog hop rolling!

4.  Once you've published your project on your blog, copy your post URL and link it up to our blog hop by adding it to the inlinkz blog hop roll that is now included in your post, exactly the same way you join in on challenges!

5.  Enjoy hopping all the projects that will be added throughout March and leave a comment on each blog post as well as on the Lost Coaster's Review blog to qualify for the prize!

The hop will close at NOON PST on March 30th and the winner announced on March 31st! 

One winner will be selected from all the entries & win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs!  I will also award some Honourable Mention blog badges to projects that catch my eye ;0)

This is going to be so much fun!
May the luck of the Leprechauns be with you!
Happy Stamping!

written by:
Leigh S-B

Monday, March 2, 2015

Vintage Stamping Challenge- Olde Worlde

Hello Everyone!
Time for a new challenge on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog!  The theme for the month of March is:

Olde Worlde---things that look old (or are old) vintagey things, Victorian things--- you get the idea. There must be some stamping on your project.

The challenge is sponsored by Flonzcraft Stamps and they are offering a $20 gift certificate!!

For my Olde Worlde project, I used a vintagey locomotive stamp and added Steampunk elements.





Materials List:
Stamps: Old Steam Locomotive and Happy Birthday Greetings, Wishes both from Flonzcraft Stamps
Ink: Onyx Black Versa Fine, Black Soot Distress Ink
CS: Kraft; Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up); Black; and Gold
Dies: Banner and Ticket from A Muse Studios; Vintage Flourish from My Favorite Things
Embossing Folder-Gears from Tim Holtz
Silver Metal embellishments and Silver brads
Spray Inks
Template: Mini Cosmic Swirls from Crafters Workshop



Instructions:

  • Make a card from Kraft CS and layer with black CS
  • Make the background paper using a template and spray inks
  • Cut the background paper to size and distress edges with Black Soot ink




  • Dry emboss a piece of gold paper and cut out one of the gears
  • Add Gear to card base
  • Stamp the Locomotive with Onyx Black ink on Crumb Cake CS and layer with black
  • Add to the Card base
  • Die cut all the elements from gold paper
  • Add metal stickers to banner and add brads to card





  • Stamp two wings and cut out
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on ticket and distress with Black Soot ink
  • Add wings and ticket
  • Stamp a sentiment on the inside





This will make a great masculine Birthday card and I already know who it is going to.  Let's see your Olde Worlde project!!   Just link it up on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog.

Still trying to get back in the swing of things after my Father's death.  Not an easy thing to do, but I am taking it one day at a time.

See you soon!  Love ya
Karen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Spring Colors: Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Everyone,
There are a few days left of the Vintage Stamping Challenge's February Challenge.  The Challenge is sponsored by Flonz Craft Stamps!

The Theme is:
Bring on Those Spring Colors


Materials:
Stamps:Cute Chicken from Flonz Craft
Ink: black Stazon
CS: White; Yellow; Pool Party from Stampin' Up
DP: Sweetness stack from Authentique
Ribbon: Offray
Hello Die Cut: Stampin' Up
Circle and Scallop Circle dies: Spellbinders








The Cute Chicken is paper pieced and added to die cut circles.  So sweet for a baby card or a welcome Spring card too.


See you soon for the March Challenge.
Karen

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Dear Dad

Dear Friends,
I know I have not been blogging lately.  Unfortunately, my dearest Father passed away Feb 2 after a cardiac arrest.  He was 76 years old.  I am very sad and having a rough time getting back into the swing of things.  This is my first post since he passed away.  I am hoping that posting this memorial for him will help me to move forward.  I miss so many things about him.  He was my gardening buddy, and we would have long conversations about gardening.  And, he had lots of great stories about growing up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  So, he now rests in the arms of my Heavenly Father.





Karen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tall Trees on the Bike Trail

Hello Dreamers,
How is your day going?  Well, I hope.  Doing good here.  Did my grocery shopping already this morning.  So, that means I get to goof off for a bit.  Yea!  LOL  Today, let's take a bike ride with a project made with stamps from Lost Coast Designs.


Materials List:
Stamps: Tall Trees Background and Bike Border from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Mushroom Adirondack,Versa Fine Black
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans and Forest Moss
CS: Black; Not Quite Navy - Stampin' Up
Sheet Music Paper (or sheet music stamp would work too)
Metal disk embellishments
Ribbon Slide -Stampin' Up
Tweed Ribbon


Instructions:

  • Make a card from Not Quite Navy CS and add a layer of black CS
  • Stamp the Tall Trees stamp onto the sheet music with Mushroom ink
  • Stamp one of the Bikes from the Bike Border with Black ink
  • Distress with the Distress inks




  • Add the stamped piece to the card base
  • Add the silver metal embellishment
  • Wrap the tweed ribbon around the card
  • Slide the ends of the ribbon through the ribbon slide and tie in a knot

I was using the paper with sheet music as a scrap to test the Tall Trees stamp...My husband is a musician and prints lots of sheet music.  And, when it does not print correctly, he hands it to me and says, "Can you use this?".  Of course I can.  Anyway, I liked the way the trees looked on the sheet music and just went with it.  And, that is my design process for this card...in case you were wondering.  

Challenges for my Bike Trail in the woods card:
Simon Wednesday: anything goes
Love to Scrap: anything goes
Amusing Challenge: anything goes

See you next time for more crafty fun!!  Have a great day!  Love ya.
Karen

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAS Vintage Ladies

Hello Dreamers!
I am back today with the last three of my Vintage lady cards. I went more CAS with today's cards and did not do any distressing!  See my other Vintage Ladies here and here.  I made the cards in three colors ways for the Vintage Stamping Challenge sponsored by Flonzcraft Stamps.  There is still time to make a project using something "new".   See all the details on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog




Materials List:
Stamps: Flowers Engraving and Vintage Fashion Girl - Twenties 2 both from Flonzcraft Stamps
Sentiment Stamps: Stampin' Up
Ink: Black and Vintage Sepia Versa Fine; Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze,  and Wisteria Wonder from  Stampin' Up
CS: White; Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, and Wisteria Wonder from  Stampin' Up
Yarns
Pearls



Instructions:
  • Make three cards from cardstock that coordinates with the ink color
  • Stamp the flower and sentiment on white CS with a lighter pastel colored ink
  • Stamp the ladies with Black or Vintage Sepia inks
  • Add the stamped piece to the card base





  • Add Pearls
  • Tie yarn around card




Some fun Challenges for my CAS Vintage Lady cards:
Creative Card Crew: shabby chic
Sweet 7:something new---I used two new stamps
Dream Valley: anything goes
My Creative Moments: anything goes


I will be back later in the week with my Lost Coast Design project.  Hope you are having a great day!!  Love ya.
Karen

Throwback Thursday for January

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone is doing well!  I have been busy taking care of household things, but today I am back with a fun post.  I am participating in Bibiana's Throwback Thursday!  See all the details on Stamping with Bibiana.  You can link up through Feb 12.
I selected a card made for Valentine's Day made with Stampsmith Stamps.




I did take some new photos of the card.  You can check out  the original post from January 2011.  Love these fun Lucy stamps!


I stamped on white glossy paper and added distress inks.  I Hand Cut the hearts--oh my!  I hand cut and did not use a die.  Well, this was made in 2011.  LOL.  I added some glitter glue around the edge of the heart.  


What a blast from the past!   I still have this card in my design team projects box.  Maybe I should send it to someone!
Hope you are  having a great day!!  I will be back tomorrow with more of my vintage lady cards.  And, I have some Lost Coast Design projects too.  See you then.  Love ya.
Karen