Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Preview with Carmen's Veranda Stamps

Hello Everyone!
Hope the Thanksgiving dinners were yummy!  I hosted my first holiday gathering in my new house!!  Very fun.  Lots of good food and my dear family all together.

For today's post, I am sharing a little Christmas cheer.  This post is also a preview of the upcoming December Events--

The  Christmas Event begins Dec 1 and will be hosted on the Portal to Creativity Blog

This Winter Holiday Event will be hosted on the Lost Coast Design and Carmen's Veranda Facebook Pages

Materials List:
Stamps: Overalls Santa from Carmen's Veranda; Party Words from Lost Coast Design
Ink: Black dye; Vintage Photo Distress
Copic  Markers
CS: White, white textured, Midnight Muse (Stampin' Up)
Spellbinder's die cut rectangle


  • Make a card from Midnight Muse CS and layer with white textured CS
  • Stamp Overalls Santa with black dye ink on White CS
  • Color with Copic markers

  • Cut out with die and distress the edges with Vintage Photo ink
  • Add a layer of blue CS
  • Add to card front

  • Tie a bow in ribbon and glue to card
  • Stamp sentiment with black ink on white CS and add to card

A few fun challenges for my Overalls Santa!
Simon Says stamp: anything goes
Merry Monday: Christmas card - blue white with texture

Well, lots to do here.  Still a bit of cleaning up from the big dinner yesterday.  You know, take the extra leaves out of the table, put the extra chairs back in the basement. ... That sort of thing.  
I hope you are having a lovely day!  See you again soon.  I will have more Carmen's Miranda Christmas during December.  And new challenges for Lost Coast Designs and Vintage Stamping Challenge!!! 
Love ya,

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Day of the Dead Celebration With Lost Coast Design

Hello Everyone!
I am now moved into my new house and am still super busy unpacking, cleaning, trying to figure out where to put stuff, etc.....
I do have all my stamping supplies out of storage and I am working on setting up a work area.  I have lots of room in the basement, but the lighting is not that great.  I am also working on sewing some valances for the kitchen.  Yup, I like to sew too.

Today, I have a card I made before the big move.  This card is for the Day of The Dead Celebration on the Lost Coast Design Portal to Creativity Blog.

  • You can use ANY stamp companies on your entries BUT if you use only LCD/CV stamps your entry will count as two and doubles your chance at winning the prize! 
  • Become a Follower of Lost Coast Portal to Creativity
  • Submission must link directly to your project, not just your blog home page
  • Include our event info and link in your blog post 
  • No backlinking to old projects published prior to the start of the contest
  • Please leave us a comment after you link up, we do love hearing from you!
  • No limit on how many times you can enter
  • No limit on how many events or challenges you can combine ours with
  • You may enter our events and Challenges even if you don't have a blog.  Upload your project to a photo sharing sites or personal Facebook accounts, and set the privacy setting to "Public", include the name of the event or Challenge in your photo description! 

Stamps: Skull with Hat - Carmen's Veranda and Birds in Trees Background - Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Black dye, Red Pepper Adirondack
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone and Black Soot
CS: White, black, red, and gray textured
Copic Markers
Black  and red ribbon
Baker's Twine


  • Make a card from gray textured CS and distress edges with Distress inks
  • Stamp the Birds in Trees background with Red Pepper ink
  • Color the trees with gray copic makers
  • Add a layer of black to the Trees background and add to card front
  • Wrap ribbons and bakers twine along right edge

  • Stamp the Skull with Hat with black die ink and color with Copics.  I also colored the black ink areas with a black copic to really darken the black
  • Add a layer of black and red CS and add to card
I hope you will join the fun in our Day of the Dead Celebration!!
I will keep you posted on my progress re working area.  I really need to get back to making cards!  It is time to start on Christmas cards...Yikes.   Oh, speaking of Christmas, Carmen's Veranda is hosting a Christmas Event this year!!  Stay tuned for more Details on that!!    

I hope you are having a great day!! See you soon!!