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Monday, March 6, 2017

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #34 "Black and White"

Ok, let's get ready for March's challenge at the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   and the theme is Black and White!  Really easy if you think about it so think about it then get those entries into us for a chance to win a chance at some stamps!  I wanted to use the Gibson Girl's Faces set because using black and white made me think of elegance.

I used a stencil from the Artist's Cellar and modeling paste from Liqutex over a piece of  black sparkly fabric.  The some black Distress Ink after the paste dried.  I stamped the girl's faces and fussy cut and glued; I wrapped some of the same black fabric and added a spare junk earring and a label holder.  I used the Party Words set from Lost Coast Designs Stamps  to stamp the sentiment.

I sure hope you will be joining us for this challenge!  I can't wait to see what fabulous things you make to show us!  And as always you can find all the good stuff at The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  so visit us often so you don't miss out on anything!


Friday, March 3, 2017

March Challenge at Dragons Lair Designs "Anything Goes"

March is here and at Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog  the theme is "Anything Goes" my very favorite theme!  So no excuses come play with us!  I have been scrapbooking for my late beloved Daddy!  These kits from Dragons Lair Designs Store make it so easy to make memories last a life time for my children and their children. This makes me happy as their Papaw was a funny man who loved his only child, me, like no other dad I have ever seen!

This was from a visit to the plantations in south Louisiana.  Daddy walked through some moss and I said make a wig and of course he did making us all laugh!  That is his legacy one of laughter and love!  This kit was a Showcase Sunday Freebie but at Dragons Lair Designs Store there are lots of masculine kits you can use for dads, sons, and any guy!

Buy, download, then either work with the items digitally, start digitally then print out and complete your crafting as a hybrid project, or print straight out and do your usual papercrafting.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Walls Using Sin City Stamps!

I know most of my friends know that my friend Kim Johnny is the new owner of Sin City Stamps!  I have been playing up a storm with my first two orders from Sin City and here is one of my all time favorites and it is brand new but I love it!

I used the stamp sheet Barbed Wire Brick Wall and after layering up about 10 layers :) I started embossing and the theme came to me in a jolt!

The face is from the Natural Beauty set but can be purchased separately, also!

Hope you visit Sin City Stamps and start a wish list or buy your favorites!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Special Challenge Month at Dream in Darkness with Sin City Stamps!

What an awesome month this is going to be!  Our own CT Kim is the new owner of Sin City Stamps!!  And to celebrate we are all using Sin City Stamps for the whole month of March!  And that means there will be Sin City Stamps for a prize!  Here is my fun yet darkish make for this month!

This started out as one of my catch all sheets and was a fabulous blue shimmer and green and lots of white spaces.  I took some watercolors and made the light side lighter and the dark side a bit darker.  I wanted to show the ups and downs of Las Vegas with the dark and light sides.  I used every stamp in on the sheet Las Vegas Fun! and what fun it was stamping some on the actual journal page and some on white cardstock that I colored and fussy cut out.  I glued the winning hand and the big cash (which is glued on top of actual shredded money from SilverCrow Creations sent to me by CT Anne) and on the loosing side a small stack of cash and small amount of shreds of cash.  Lots of color play and embossing on Grumbacher modeling paste which turned out fabulously!

I hope you will visit Dream in Darkness Challenge Blog and enter your odd, weird, dark, steampunk, in any media form this month!  And please go to Sin City Stamps and check out all the fabulous stamps Kim has ready for you to order and have in hand to create!

We also have a Sin City Stamps Fan Club on Facebook that we would love to have you join!  We just had two wonderful weekends and gave a ton of stamps away!  Surprise giveaways will happen all the time so make sure you join!

So two things!  Enter at Dream in Darkness and visit and buy something from Sin City Stamps OH! and join our the Sin City Stamps Fan Group on Facebook!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another New Stamp!

It's Nan again with a fabulous full Small Skeleton that is being reminded by his skull friend that with those wonderful wings he need not walk!  How happy this made my skellie friend, hence his party hat!  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new releases from both Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda's Stamps as much as I am enjoying playing with them!  Such fun and with the fantastic events we have been and are having, it is just that much more fun!  I hope you have entered our Steampunk Queen of Hearts Event; make sure you visit the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   to see our last amazing project from one of the design team today!

The Small Skeleton's helpful wings and fun party hat are from the Doll Accessories set which is full of fun things!  The Persian Skull that is helping out our pal with some advice comes from Lost Coast Designs, too, along with the Old Typewriter Alphabet set for the word "fly".  The smaller words set I picked up in Japan and it is very interestingly made.  

Please check out our monthly challenge "Lovers" HERE and of course, all of our event information and all the details of all we have going on visit The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity !


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Steampunk Queen Event at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

Wow, what a twist on Alice! But that is just what you will find in our latest event at the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity !  I had to put on my thinking cap and then took it off because it just was no good :)  Steampunk is not my easiest style to work with and I think I ended up with a steampunk/Finnabair style Red Queen but I loved the process of getting her there!  Once again I used my sherpa, the Art Sherpa that is, to give a fabulous process to try with acrylic paints and with that and a hand drawn queen mask the fun began!  There is quiet a rainbow on my entire table right now and it makes me smile! 

I had no masking medium...Grumbacher's Frisket is on my wish list at the top after this fun techinique!  So I splashed her on cardstock and fussy cut her out...easy solution :)  The a DP run through with a cogs and gears embossing folder and she had her home.  I used two of Lost Coast Designs Red Queens from the Alice and Queen Sitting Queen Set colored with Spectrum Noir Markers trying to use some of the colors in the big splashed queen.  Fussy cut and attached to the bottom then the agony/fun began as I searched for gears and cogs that I darn well know I have but nothing was found.  Then the fabulous Doll Accessories stamp set from Lost Coast Designs and found some awesome (to me) things to give a steampunk feel.  Goggles and eyes, watches, thimble, coin, mirror for her to admire herself, key , and then some bits and bobs of old jewelry under for the stamped pieces to rest on and around.  A brown piece of cardstock run through the same embossing folder to layer her own and she was done!

 The Steampunk Queen Event starts on February 11 - 14 

Now it is just a shame for me to have all the fun and for YOU to miss out on the chance for fabulous prizes from all of our events!  And to find out all of the details go to the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  . Our monthly challenge "Lovers" for February, our designer's Review pages, and of course all our exciting events!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Lovers Theme at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

I am not a Valentine's Day person since the  loss of my husband.  Sort of the Scrooge of Valentine's Day ...bah heart bug! :)  But the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity   monthly challenge starts TODAY and the theme is LOVERS.  Ok I told myself I can work with that go all romantic and elegant!  Then I remembered my new release stamp of the puppets Kukla and Ollie and it was over at the point! And they are new releases at Carmen's Veranda Stamps ! It became puppet love all the way!

Yes, puppets fall in love too spending all that time in a trunk together....hmmmm, think about it!  So I took a strip of DT Valentine's paper and glued to the bottom intending to leave it as a pocket so the puppet sticks could go where I wanted them but forgot and just cut a slit with my kraft  knife.  My stamp was stamped on white paper and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and a cardboad "stick" glued to the back, then stuck in and left unglued so they can be moved like actual puppets!

A die that I cannot remember the company that made it! was cut in red and some peel and stick letters spell out "My Love" with a very red feather at the end and a pewter heart in the middle.  The little guy is holding a fake holly berry from a holiday spray but it looked just like a candy apple in his hand so he is is giving his sweet a sweet!

Don't forget to come play with us this month!  And if you are anti-Valentines then think outside of the box and find you a pair of something that looks very much in love and create away!  As always the The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity  has all the info on events, challenges, designer's Reviews; the whole kit and kaboodle!