Sunday, March 18, 2018

Dr Frankenstein's Hawaiian Adventure

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!


Hello.  Gail here today to share one of Dr Frankenstein's lesser known creations bwahahhahaaahaahhaaa.
Did you know Dr Frankenstein loved Hawaii?  And pineapples!!  Very partial to pineapples.
I started with an oversized piece of bright yellow card and stamped Lost Coast Designs Bubbles Background with Spiced Marmalade distress ink.  Then I stamped Carmen's Veranda Organic Vegetables with black archival, covered it all with clear embossing powder and heated.  I did try stamping the bubbles and embossing, then stamping the sentiment and embossing, but the sentiment kinda melted into the bubbles in an ascetically unpleasing manner.  Embossing both at the same time was much more satisfactory.
To make a Frankenpineapple you need Carmen's Veranda Frankenstein and Carmen's Veranda Pineapple.  These are both large stamps and they fitted perfectly together.  I stamped the pineapple on card and then stamped and embossed Frankenstein on tissue paper.  I ripped around Frank and glued him in place on the stamped pineapple.  The ripped edge of the tissue paper blends seamlessly into the background, but the tissue paper may take colour differently from the background card.  Just saying bwahahaahaha.
I coloured my Frankenpineapple with Promarkers and distress inks.  A bit of galaxy marker for the eye-shadow with a touch of glitter and Frank is ready to hula.

Our current challenge is Say What???   We need to see a wordy sentiment on your stamped creation.  There are so many great sayings and quotes available, I am sure you have something suitable.   Link up your makes for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018


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!

Welcome.  It's time for our new Challenge.
Our challenges are now fortnightly!  A new challenge starting the 1st and the 15th of every month, with chances to win your self some Lost Coast dollars. We will be announcing winners on the 5th of the month, so do pop back and see who wowed the team and gets our snazzy blog badge and the coveted Lost Coast dollars.

Now for our new Challenge!



We want to see your stamped creations with a wordy sentiment or quote.  
The more words the better!!  Leave those singles and pairs at home, we want to see whole sentences of wordy wonderfulness!! 

Please remember we do have some Challenge Rules to follow so look them over to ensure your entries qualify to win this month's prize!

You are welcome to play in our Challenges using rubber or clear stamp images from any company but if you use any of our Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps...we love it when you do...then your entry counts as two which doubles your chances of winning in our Design Team Faves prize drawing.


To ensure you all have a fabulous time playing in our Challenges this is how our Prize system works!
The more entries the better the Prize so tell all your friends to join the fun too!

1 - 4 Entries = one Winner is awarded our Challenge Winner's Badge
5+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $5 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
10+ Entries = one Winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV
and all winners get our snazzy Challenge Winner's Badge to proudly display on their blogs!

If you don't have a blog then no prob, you can still play in our challenges by sharing your projects from public photo sharing sites which includes our Facebook Company Pages for Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda.  If you are using Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda stamps you can now also link up your challenge entry in the Lost Coast Official Fan Group on facebook.  There is a challenge album in photo's.  Please include our Challenge info and the link back to our challenge in your photo's description!  As long as the privacy setting for your photo is public you're good to go.  See, it's so easy to join the fun!  FYI, you can't link up projects shared in closed Facebook groups! 

Here's some inspiration from the team to get us started.  ENJOY!

Cathy made this gorgeous grungy party piece using Carmen's Veranda Farting Unicorn sentiment, Lost Coast Designs Grunge Diamond Background and Birthday Mona
Gail made a fun postcard using Carmen's Veranda Be Crazy Be Stupid sentiment and Lost Coast Designs Drake Dog

Now it's your turn!  Are you up for the challenge?  We can't wait to see your projects!  
Submit your entries in the linky party below by 5 to midnight PST on the 31st and don't forget to follow us so you don't miss anything!  The team will be posting more inspiration throughout the month so check back and join the fun.

Happy Stamping!
Challenge Host

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Raven Shaker Card

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!
Cathy here and I have a fun shaker card for you. As it says Anything Goes so...Shaker it is.

 I started off cutting a large circle from a nested circle die set. Then I stamped Raven Queen on it with Copic friendly black ink. Then I colored it in with Copic Markers.  Next I cut out a circle from some transparency film. Then I used the largest and the second largest circle dies and made a ring from white cardstock.
I then grabbed some sequences and glued some on the Raven Queen circle piece. Taped the transparency film to the cut out ring then added foam squares to it. Then I added my sequences to it and then I took my circle that I stamped and colored Raven Queen on and put it together.  Ta-Da. Shaker card on the way.
Then I grabbed a card base and stamped my corner swirl with Versa mark ink and embossed it with white embossing power. Then I glued the circle shaker to the card base and shaker card DONE.. 
Come on over and play along. You can enter here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Look Who's Fallen Off The Wagon!

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!

Good morning and happy Monday, it's Sue here with my second piece for our current Anything Goes challenge.

I started with this Large Chickenwire Background and stamped it with Distress Oxides in a few colours.

 I just LOVE Birthday Mona, she is such fun! She's been coloured with watercolour pens and pencils then cut out. I also made some extra balloons - you can never have too many balloons.

This sentiment just makes me laugh. If you could swap the word Twinkies (whatever they are) for chocolate it would be the story of my life! This is a Carmens Veranda clear stamp called Twinkies

Then I just layered it all up and stitched together. It's not often that I make a card, but we are coming into the birthday season for my family, so I'm sure she'll find a good home.

I hope that you like my card, and that you'll join in with our challenge. You have until the 14th, so you'd better get your skates on!

Have a lovely day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, March 10, 2018

I Wish...

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!

It's Laurie again with something fun for the "Anything Goes" Challenge
going on at the Portal from the 1st until the 14th of this month.
So it's your chance to get our your favorite stamps and make anything your heart desires!

I used another of the Katzelkraft Stamps for this one:  Party Cat.  I stamped him with black ink onto a background paper I had on hand with brown and cream paints and stencils.  I cut him out then restamped his eyes so you could "see the whites of his eyes"!  I also stamped his little party hat onto white paper and cut that out, coloring the polka dots with green marker.  I attached him with foam tape to a background created with green, gold, and cream paint and the Doodle Circles Background
stamp.  I positioned him to look like he is balancing on one of the doodle circles.  I have him holding a little paper flower, and the saying is from the Pets Live Longer clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  I cut out the part of the quote I wanted to use for this card.  I layered the card with gold then white card stock, and this little guy is ready to get the party started wherever you are!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


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!

We are looking for a few new Lost Coast Designers to join our fabulous Lost Coast Designs/Carmen’s Veranda team!  We are an enthusiastic and friendly team and would love to welcome some fun-loving stampers with positive, professional, no-drama attitudes, who love working with eclectic and quirky rubber stamps, to join us.  
This is call is open until 21st March 2018.  
We are looking for USA based stampers only at this time. 

DT term is one year.

Please read over our DT Requirements carefully and consider your current obligations before applying.  Joining a DT is fun and a way for you to share your love of creating but it is also a commitment.  You are expected to do your best for our team regardless of how many other teams you serve on, so make sure you fully understand what being a Lost Coast Designer entails and feel free to ask questions if you need anything clarified. 

If you think our team is right for you then we’d love for you to apply by emailing Gail (   Please put “Lost Coast Design Team Application” in the subject of your email and provide the following information.  Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to meeting you all! 
  • Name, address, phone number (best number to contact you on if needed) and email address.
  • Short biography - tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to join our Design Team
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
  • List any Design Teams you are currently on and have previously been on.  Please note that past DT experience is not necessary, all are welcome to apply.  
  • Include 3-5 project photos that best shows your style and quality of work (please keep file sizes under 300kB). 
  • Access to a generous selection of quality rubber stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen’s Veranda at no charge. 
  • Access to Nuance Powders which are available to you at wholesale cost - use of these powders is encouraged but not a DT requirement.
  • Your paper art projects proudly displayed at stamp conventions in the USA and Europe.
  • Exposure on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity event and challenge blog, Lost Coast Designs & Carmen’s Veranda company Facebook Pages and our Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda Facebook Fan Group.
  • You get to create with and be inspired by a group of very talented stampers and participate in lots of fun events.
  • Be able to work with all our stamp images, regardless of personal tastes and preferences.
  • Have an active, up to date blog.  We use blogger, so familiarity would be an advantage.
  • Be a good communicator, reliable, dedicated & on time with deadlines and be able to work with themes in a team environment. 
  • You must be able to take good photographs to showcase your art well.
  • Display 3-4 badges (3 permanent, 1 temporary) on your personal blogs to promote Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda and our various activities.  
  • Actively promote our stamps and activities on your personal blog, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, etc, as much as possible.
  • Be an active member of our official Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda Facebook Fan group as well as belong to our private DT group. 
  • Be willing to participate in various events like blog hops, etc.
  • Share at least three project per month on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity blog on assigned dates.  Posts are to be engaging, written in good English, easy to follow, with info on what was made and how it was done, either as a brief summary or in tutorial form. 
  • In October we do an annual Halloween blog hop/event where we post everyday of the month.  Additional projects will be expected at this time, split between the whole team.
  • You are required to comment on challenge entries.  
  • You are required to mail in some none bulky paper art projects to Lost Coast Designs for display at our convention booths across the USA and Europe. 
Happy Stamping!
Assistant Design Team Leader