Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Heart In Chains

Hello again to all of you visiting the Lost Coasters Review.  This is Laurie giving you the skinny on this card I made featuring one of the new stamps from Lost Coast Designs - this one is called Steampunk Heart.
I love the steampunk genre and love this little heart with all it's gears and chains.

I stamped the heart onto a piece of paper I had painted with cream and orange paints kind of subtly swirled together.  I used black ink which I heat set to dry completely. I then colored in the elements on the heart with Copic markers in shades of brown, black, rust, and I used a gold Uni-ball pen to make the gold accents.

I mounted the heart with foam tape onto a background I made using with Distress inks covering white paper.  I used several stencils to add more Distress ink - one lattice work stencil and another clockwork stencil - in darker shades of brown and rust.  I then stenciled three hearts with gold ink and smudged more gold ink randomly onto the page.  It's hard to see in my photo but the foam tape raises the heart above the background and give the whole thing some dimension.  Finished product was then mounted onto a white panel.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Paintbrush Poe

Hello all in blog land. It is Cathy here with my paintbrush Poe.
This is how I made it.
First get a cheap paintbrush( I got my from Michael's)
I painted the handle and the bristles with white paint. Then I painted the frame white.

Next I added black paint to the frame when it was still wet so it turned gray in spots.
Then I added black to my paint bristles. Then I rubbed some black paint in spots on the frame. Next I took some purple paint and added it to the bristles. When That was drying I took some gold and rubbed it oh so lightly over the frame to add a hint of gold to it. Then I added it to the bristles. I did add paint to the front and back of the brush and bristles.
So while that was all drying I stamped out my Goth Poe from the new stamps at Lost Coast. Colored it with Copic markers. When the frame was dry I traced the inside oval so I could cut out and add it to the frame.
The last thing I did was glue it all together. It was a fun altered paintbrush to do.
 Thanks for looking. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Collar

Hi it's Cathy here and I have a fast and fun card make.
First I started with a Kraft color cardstock and I embossed it with a embossing folder. I had one with crazy lines over it. It reminded me of how a cat would chase a toy.
Next I stamped the Happy Cat  on Copic friendly paper and colored her in cool grays.
 ( I had a cat the same color when I was a kid)
Then I fussy cut her out. As I was looking at her and seeing that smile on her I thought she needed a collar. So I made her a collar.
This is how I made the collar. Took some velvet ribbon and ran a strip of tape down the back side and the I folded it over. Next I added a bright shinny gold bell. Glued the collar on the cat and the stuck foam squares to rise the cat up. Then I saw I had a fish bone die and added that to the card
Last  I edged the card with some brown ink.
Told you it was fast and fun.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hop Along

Greetings Lost Coast fans.  Gail here with a few more details of my Hop Along tag featuring the gorgeous Whimsical Flora

I've also used the Bubbles Background, but I wanted to try and use it in a slightly different way

Here are the three steps for my tag background.  I stamped the Bubbles Background at an angle off the edge of the tag using Midnight Blue dye ink.    I masked the stamped area and stamped again at a different angle.  I decided it was a bit dark so for the final masking and stamping I didn't re-ink the stamp.  Ye olde second generation stamping.  This obviously gives a lighter impression, which can be fun and useful at times.  Then it all became totally irrelevant, cos in the end I decided this was too dark for the image and re-stamped the whole thing with pale turquoise ink!  Ho Ho Ho

I stamped the wonderful Flora on a scrap of MME patterned paper.  I decided to adjust the angle of her legs and then, since she was then in the hopscotch position, I decided she needed a boot!!   It all made perfect sense at the time!!   I don't seem to have many boot stamps so I drew a boot shape on a piece on red metal foil with an embossing pen and embossed with black powder.  It was a bit bright so I added some black embossed dots.  I want a pair of boots like this!!!

So here she is on the slightly paler version of my tag.  I've edged and grounded her with the Midnight Blue ink and added a bit of bobbly wool.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Our ANYTHING GOES challenge is in full swing on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Do hop over and see all the wonderful entries and inspiration from the team.  And don't forget to link up your makes.

Altered Pages are having a Lost Coast Designs promotion this month so you can also visit them for masses of fun inspiration using Lost Coast Design stamps and also some special offers.  In support of this fun event Lost Coast Designs are also offering our blog readers a very special 10% discount.  Use the code Altered Pages when you check out to receive your discount.  Have a lovely day.  Hugz

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lost Coast Designs and Altered Pages

Good morning everyone.  This month, Altered Pages has partnered with Lost Coast Designs to bring you some wonderful designs from their talented designers, all created with Lost Coast Stamps.

For the month of July, when you make a purchase at Lost Coast Designs, enter Altered Pages as your discount code when you check out to receive 10% off your purchase.

Take a few minutes through out the month to visit Altered Pages and leave them some love.


Find Your Happy Place

Good afternoon and happy Friday. It's Sue here with a few more details and pictures of how I made my happy tag.

I started by painted a large wooden tag with Deco Art Media acrylics in red and yellow.

Then added some greens and purples. I'm really liking how it looks now.

Well we can't have that! time to cover it all up. I put some vaseline in random patches, then painted with white acrylic and stamped all over with the script stamp from Leonardo's Accessory Set.

When this was dry I rubbed the tag with a damp cloth to remove the patches of vaseline and anything that went over the top. This is my favourite part 'cos it's always so unpredictable.

Then I went over again with a coat of transparent yellow oxide to age it a little more.
Time for some more stamping now.
I've used Rustic CheckerboardLeonardo's AccessoriesDoodle Dolls 1Fish and Hearts Set, and CV Happy Place

There's still loads of time for you to join in, and what could be easier than 'anything goes'. I hope to see you over on the Portal.

Have a fun weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

C is for Cat

Good afternoon everyone.  It's Marilyn again and I want to share with you how I created my Anything Goes tag called C is for Cat.

I used Floppy Ear Cat and CV Just A Cat.

I stenciled on the background using the TH Splash stencil and some modeling paste.  Once that had dried, I sprinkled Nuance powders and spritzed on some water until they mixed and ran together.  Next I stamped my images onto some mixed media paper, both with black ink.  I gave the CV Just A Cat a mist with some LSG spray to match the background, cut everything out, and adhered it to the tag.  To finish up, I added some lines around the edge and a brad.

Stay tuned for more how-to's from out talented bunch of designers.

Until later...........

Monday, July 3, 2017

New Challenge

Gail here today just to let you know that there's a new challenge starting over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Hop over and check out the inspiration from the team and link up your stamped anythings for a chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.

See you there.  Here's a peek of one of our anythings

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hello Fly By

Hello.  Gail here today with my project for the I Can Fly event.  There is still time to link up your things with wings projects for a chance to win some loverly Lost Coast Designs and/or Carmen's Verandah rubber.  Come on, you know you want to.........

I used Lost Coast Designs Whimsical Flora and Grunge Border 3".  

This border stamp is huge!!  8" x 3"!!!  First I stamped one end of the border on the RHS of the card.  Then I turned it round and stamped the other end of the border stamp on the LHS, so the measuring tape edges were next to each other.  There are so many lovely details in the stamp.  I used Neon Radiant Green ink.  

I stamped Whimsical Flora with black archival ink, coloured her with pencils and then fussy cut.  The hello is part of Poppystamps Hello plate die cut from red card, which I had also stamped with the border stamp using red ink to give a little subtle texture.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Don't forget to check out the Lost Coast Portal of Creativity for masses of inspiration and the I Can Fly event.  The linky is open until 30th June.  Hugz

Monday, June 26, 2017

Not My Circus

Good morning, and happy Monday. It's Sue here with my second 'Flying' piece, and this has been inspired by an old master (no not really lol)

This is a divider for a 'make it yourself recipe card box' These just happen to be postcard size so that's what I shall be storing here (certainly not recipes ;-)).
I started with a very roughly painted background.

Then I stamped it with Loopy Calligraphy.

Next came more background stamping with the Leonardo Accessories Set.

Can you tell that I love creating backgrounds lol. To finish mine I stamped the text from Leonardo's Accessories Set.

I used some graph paper to stamp my Steampunk Pony. I used a couple of colours so I could decide which to use. I really liked the Blue Print Sketch one but then decided that the black one fitted in better with my piece.

My guy on horseback is also from Leonardo's Accessories, and the border is from the Fish and Heart set. This is one of my favourites and I've used it loads already.

Carmen's Veranda's Flying Monkey has been watercoloured and after slight surgery he can now ride the pony.

Not My Circus is one of the new Carmens Veranda clear stamps, I don't know who coined the phrase, but I'm crediting it to Leonardo.

There's still time to join in our I Can Fly challenge, so I hope to see you over on the Portal. Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking x

Saturday, June 24, 2017


I love all things that can fly - birds, butterflies, fairies, etc - so this Lost Coast Event was right up my creative alley.  Being a cat lover as well makes it a perfect match.

I created this square 4 X 4 card for this event using the Party Cat stamp ( and one of the new clear phrase stamps at Carmen's Veranda (

I stamped my kitty with black ink onto white paper and cut her out.  I gave her blue eyes and added a bit of pink marker to the tip of her nose and the inside of her ears.  I cut out the party hat she comes with and traced that shape onto some dark blue scripted paper, cut it out, and gave her a new party hat. The butterfly wings are from a collage sheet I had on hand, so I fastened those on, and she's ready to fly!

My background is four different torn strips of paper - two are from some decorative paper I had on hand and two are from background papers I had created.  I attached them all in a horizontal fashion, torn edges up, and edged the border with blue Distress Ink.  Kitty goes on atop those.  I stamped "Muse" with black ink on white paper, cut it out closely around the letters, edged with black ink, and attached with a piece of foam tape to give it some dimension.

And my kitty is ready to Fly!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rhino 4x4 tile

So I started out with Strathmore Artist Tile 4x4.

 I wanted to see how Distress Oxide worked with Nuance Powers. So I did one color of the Distress Oxide (wilted violet). I had to use my favorite color. Then I did the smooching technique with the Distress Oxide. Dried that and then made a watercolor out of the blue, green and purple  Nuance powers .( had some orange left over from when I did the first 4x4 tile so I added it here too)
Next I added them to my 4x4 tile. I hit that with a heat gun to dry.  When dry I stamped the Grunge Diamond Background from Carmen's Veranda.

 When I was looking at it I thought it still needed something so I splattered black and white paint on it. When that was drying I stamped my Rhino and Winged Skeleton and colored with Copic markers
I cut the wings of the skeleton and attached them to my rhino and then I took a stamping block that had waves on the side and traced that with a thin black marker to give some lines for the rhino to stand on then I glued the rhino in place.

They were fun and fast.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Flying Doll

Flying Doll with Golden Wings

I love all things with wings - birds, butterflies, fairies, angels - you name it!  So this month's event called "I Can Fly" was right up my alley. 

For this piece I used the Lost Coast "Calligraphy Doll" stamp (  I stamped her on plain paper with black ink then colored her with Copic Sketch markers.  I rubbed some Inka Gold paste onto her wings to give them some shimmer and shine.  I then cut her out, leaving the calligraphy background behind.  I mounted her onto a background paper I created using the background technique called Faux Chin Colle which I described in the Favorite Background Technique challenge in April.  For this one I used my Gelli plate, a piece of a vintage French book, and yellow, orange and gold acrylic paints, and a flourish stencil.  I edged the whole thing with gold pen and she's ready to fly away!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paw Printz

Hi, Gail her today with a few more details of my Paw Printz card

I love Happy Cat and doesn't he just look so pleased with himself.  

You know, I got so carried away stamping paws I forgot to take pictures, so we just got this one where I have stamped and masked Happy Cat and then started stamping a part of  Pawprints Border in different colour inks and embossing with coloured embossing powders.  I picked up a embossing powder selection of fun colours when I was in the UK last year.

So here he is, with all his pawprints in place.  I generated a sentiment on the computer with a bit of cat speak.  Well, what I imagine is cat speak LOL.

Thanks for dropping by.  The Postcard Challenge is ongoing and have you seen the I Can Fly event that started yesterday??  There's a winner announcement as well!  Inspiration and Mr. Linky over at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Hope to see you there.  Hugz

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Los Tres Caballeros

Hello and happy Sunday. I can officially report that Summer has now arrived, and so instead of complaining about the rain, we Brits are now complaining about the heat. If we think it's too hot for us, think how these poor guys must be feeling!

Over on the Portal To Creativity we have a postcard challenge which my caballeros were eager to enter.

I started with my 6x4 piece of glossy card, which is the number one rule for postcards. The 6x4 bit - non glossy is also ok. I inked through my stencil with Stazon inks in yellow through to red.

Next I stamped my noble gentleman (Skull Flourish) and embossed him with black EP. Then I stamped him again on a post it note (other sticky backed pieces of paper are available) and masked him. I have to admit masking doesn't really float my boat, but needs must!

Woah now there's 3 of 'em! My lead caballero, although very handsome in orange, wasn't really standing out enough so he was stamped again in white and layered up.

I still needed some words, so I used the ones from Tres Caballeros, and for a while it was all done. But then I got around to thinking, what if....

The whole world looks better through googly eyes!
So please join in with the fun, you don't need to use Lost Coast or Carmen's Veranda stamps, but of course we love it when you do.
Have a fun day, and Happy Father's Day to those who are cellebrating today xx