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Friday, March 25, 2016

"Spring Fever in Wonderland" - Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Spring Event!

Howzit Everyone!
YAY...Spring is finally here...for some of us anyway, I hope everyone still getting bombarded with snow is hanging in there!  We're celebrating Spring and the upcoming appearance of the Easter Bunny with a Flora and Fluffy Tails event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity today, come and join the fun and enter your Flower and/or Bunny themed projects by midnight PST on April 3rd!


  We have lots of flower themed stamps available including our newest ones over on our New Images page at Lost Coast Designs!  You are welcome to use stamps from ANY company on your projects but if you use any of our Lost Coast Designs and/or Carmen's Veranda stamps then your entry will be counted twice in the prize drawing for a
$15 spending spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda

Here's my project for the event, a Wonderlandian themed card using Lost Coast Designs stamps
 Doodle Flowers, Rabbit, Cat Face, Hatter, Rabbit with Watch set, Franco Face and Rustic Alphabet set


The Queen of Hearts has Spring Fever with flowers and bunnies on the brain ;0)
I stamped the Franco Face twice with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and used one as the base and the 2nd for the 'brain' stamping.  I stamped the bunnies 1st with black Memento, masked with Pebeo Drawing Gum and then stamped the Doodle Flowers.  Everything was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and then the 'brain' area was fussy cut out and layered on top of the base for a touch of dimension.  I wanted a Tim Burton-esque Queen of Hearts so I drew a heart on her lips, gave her blue eyeshadow and a jeweled sticker heart instead of a beauty spot.


For the floral background I inked up the Doodle Flowers stamp with Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Potter's Clay Memento ink, fussy cut out leaving a narrow border and layered that onto a sheet of black cardstock embossed with a bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder.  The embossing folder was used twice to create the size I needed.  The corners are punched with a Marvy decorative corner punch.  The words "Spring Fever" were stamped with Lady Bug Memento ink, cut out and edged with black Sharpie and the card completed with a blue satin ribbon and bow.  Everything was adhered and mounted onto a folded card made from white cardstock with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive.


Thank you for stopping by to see my project and I hope I've inspired you to come and play in our Flora and Fluffy Tails event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Rick St Dennis EDT * Forever Dark *

Monday, March 21, 2016

Chinese Steampunk Dragon - Rick St Dennis EDT project

Howzit Everyone!
Today I'm sharing a digital painting project for the Rick St Dennis EDT.  I love Steampunk and I love Dragons so I thoroughly enjoyed creating this Chinese Steampunk Dragon with a vintage burnt parchment feel as inspiration for our current Facebook group challenge - Metal Magic.

click to enlarge the photo
This entire project was painted on my iPad with a stylus using the art application called Paper 53.
A Clockwork Dragon for Monique is available in the Rick St Dennis Zibbet store.
Thanks for visiting with me today!
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Rick St Dennis EDT * Forever Dark *

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lost Coast Designs DT Blog Hop - We're not in Kansas anymore!

Howzit Everyone!
If you arrived here from Lost Coast Portal to Creativity then welcome, you've made it safely to the first stop on your wild adventure!  If you came here first then here's the scoop...we're not in Kansas anymore!


Today we, the Lost Coast Designs DT, are having a Wizard of Oz themed blog hop!  The Tornado to the Emerald City will pass by again in about 20 minutes so you've got time to catch your breath and check out my projects ;0)  Then visit my fellow teamies blogs for more wicked cool traditional and non-conventional Oz inspiration!  Return to the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog by hitching a ride with a flying monkey...if you have the courage...and link up your own Wizard of Oz projects in the linky by midnight PST on March 19, click HERE for more info on how to play! 
 
Your entries can feature traditional Oz imagery from any stamp company or you can think waaaaay outside the box and make non-Oz images work too!  The LCDesigners have both kinds to give your brains lots of ideas!  Put your heart into it and have lots of fun ;0)  But keep a look out for Wicked Witches, they're known to lurk around so take a friend, or 3, along for the wild adventure!  The blog roll is below my projects.

Lost Coast Designs has a wonderful set of cartoon Oz characters and Carmen's Veranda has a vintage style set right out of the original movie plus 2 fun background stamps as well as a bunch of monkey images too.  If you use any of our stamps, remember you don't have to have Oz specific stamps to play, then your entry will count as 2 in the prize drawing for a $15 spending spree at Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!


 I'm sharing 5 tags today featuring the following stamps:
Carmen's Veranda Wizard of Oz characters
Carmen's Veranda Flying Monkeys background
Lost Coast Designs large Cityscape


I'll be doing a tutorial in April over on the Lost Coast Review DT blog where I'll explain in more detail how I created the tag backgrounds so for now here's a summary of what I did and used.
All the Oz characters were stamped on Neenah solar white cardstock with black Memento ink, coloured with a combination of Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut out.  I randomly embossed the 5 manila shipping tags with a Darice Brick Wall embossing folder and created my "yellow brick road" by applying Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress Inks directly with touches of yellow Marvy Le Plume alcohol marker added for some details.  I then used Nuance powders in 2 shades of green on the other side of the tags (now sold by Lost Coast Designs).  The powders were randomly sprinkled and then spritzed with water to create the fun effects.  The flying monkeys were stamped with black Memento ink and the Emerald City "cityscape" was stamped with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Red glitter glue was applied to all the tags around the edges as well as Dorothy's ruby slippers.  The characters were then adhered with Scotch Quick Dry adhesive and the text "We Are Not In Kansas Any More" was punched out on my vintage Dymo label maker in red tape and spread out among all 5 tags.  I completed my tags with raffia to represent the Scarecrow's straw.  I had a blast making these and I hope you've enjoyed seeing them ;0)


Here's Dorothy with Toto...I just happened to find the little yellow doggie in my crafty stash LOL!
Below is a closer look at her ruby slippers.


Here comes the Tornado, get ready, GO!  Your next stop is Granne!


Happy Hopping and have a great weekend!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Rick St Dennis EDT * Forever Dark *

Friday, March 4, 2016

Steampunk Seahorse ATC - Rick St Dennis EDT!

Howzit Everyone!
Today I'm sharing a Rick St Dennis EDT project, a Steampunk Seahorse ATC.  The Seahorse is actually a partial of the gorgeous digi stamp called Atlantis especially for Miranda and it's currently on sale!  Our new Facebook group challenge for March is Metal Magic so of course I couldn't resist creating with a Steampunk theme.  


 I started out by deciding on how much of the Steampunk Seahorse I wanted to see and then sized the image to ATC size, which is 2.5"x3.5", in Photoshop CS6 and printed it out onto Neenah solar white cardstock.  The entire ATC is coloured with Copic markers and I began by scribbling 3 shades of cool grey Copics and then randomly dripping Ranger Alcohol Ink Solution on the background area to create the fun watery effect.


The Seahorse is coloured with various warm greys, cool greys and yellows to achieve the various metal looks and then enchanced with metallic silver and gold gel pens.  The water background was also enhanced with 2 shades of blue-green Copics and metallic blue Promarker.  I tried to capture the metallic shimmer in the photo below.  I completed my ATC with simple punched corners (Marvy punch) and edged with the metallic blue Promarker.

Thanks for visiting with me today!
Happy Stamping and have a fabulous weekend!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Rick St Dennis EDT * Forever Dark *

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lilleth and the Lillies - 3D paper art!

Howzit Everyone!
It's time for our new challenge over at Forever Dark...sadly March is the last one due to entry participation not being what we had hoped for :0(  
Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and to all the fans that did support us, we enjoyed creating with your digi stamps and appreciated all the fabulous dark art you shared with us!

I now have 3 new Facebook Groups that you might like to come and join and I may start up a dark art challenge blog in the future, I'll see how things go!

DREADPUNK - For Fans of Gothic Art and Design!
EVERYTHING-PUNK! For Artistic Fans of all the Era Inspired Subcultures!
Which covers everything from Steampunk to "insert-cool-historical-period-or-innovative-concept-here-punk"!
EGYPT - Share your Egyptian Inspired Art & Design!

Now for my inspiration project for Forever Dark!  March is Anything Goes and the side theme was to be Sinister Easter but coz it's our last challenge the theme was dropped.

Our fabulous sponsor this month is
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ArtiDoodles

Lilleth and the Lillies

I had an absolute blast creating this piece and I'm very pleased with how she turned out.  I made a paper art project that is approximately 8 x 10 inches in size.  Her hair consists of a 3 layer cascade of fussy cut curls and the flowers consist of 1-3 layers of fussy cut and curled dimensional layers too.  The full image is matted onto colour coordinating cardstock and then onto black, the mats were cut with my Perfect Paper Layers tools


I printed Lilleth and Lillies out onto Neenah solar white cardstock and coloured her with Copic markers and highlights added with a white gel pen once the entire piece was completed.  I scanned the coloured image into Photoshop CS6 and printed her out 3 times.  I selected all the elements I wanted to layer and fussy cut out all the pieces which were then curled and adhered in place with a combination of Scotch Quick Dry adhesive and black pop dots. 


In the photo above you can see all the glorious curls!


 The collage photo above shows all the other layered areas - the 3 large Stargazer lillies, the bottom left Calla lilly and the floral-pearl  hair decoration piece.

Thank you for stopping by!
 
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Rick St Dennis EDT * Forever Dark *
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