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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finale of our Lost Coast Designs New Stamp Showcase - Watercoloured Floral cards

Howzit Friends!
I've been having a blast with my fellow Lost Coast Designs DT members over on our Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog for the last 2 weeks showing off our new Lost Coast Designs stamps with a "New Stamps Showcase" event!  We hope you have enjoyed and been inspired by our projects every day!  If you've missed the fun then pop on over and start on Day 1 and also check out our NEW IMAGES at Lost Coast Designs, they are so freaking awesome you're going to want them all!

We are giving away one of our new stamps!  Visit and comment on all the New Stamp Showcase posts from January 18 through to today and let us know what you think of our featured projects.  Readers who comment every day of the event and then tell us today which new stamp is their favourite will be entered into a random draw to win their fave new stamp!!!!
I will announce the winner on Wednesday, Feb 3rd, so you've got time to catch up!  

For the finale today I'm sharing a trio of single stemmed floral cards. 
I used the following new Lost Coast Designs stamps:
Open Rose, Tulip, Doodle Flowers and Misc Words as well as the Little Diamonds background.


I made 3 fussy cut floral cards, 2 tall and skinny plus 1 small gift card, using the Distress Inks watercolour technique.  The flowers were stamped on watercolour paper with black Versafine ink and coloured with Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Mustard Seed Distress Inks. 


I made the tall and skinny folded card bases from white cardstock and stamped those with the Doodle Flowers in Mustard Seed DI.  I then cut away the entire right hand side of all 3 cards.


Transform them with single "word" sentiments!
 The photo below shows them closed with the diamond stamped interiors now visible in the cut outs making the front and insides all part of the overall design.  I used Sage VersaMagic ink to stamp the interiors but first I stamped onto scrap paper to remove some ink for a more distressed effect.


Thanks for visiting with me today, now don't forget to pop by all the New Stamps Showcase posts starting from the January 18 post and leave us lots of love for the chance to win your fave new stamp!
Are you ready?  GO! ;0)

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Finale and new DT news!

Happy Saturday Poe Fans!
Welcome back for the finale of my Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop!
 THANK YOU  to everyone who participated and making my hop such a huge success :0)
You've now got a year to make more fabulous Poe inspired projects coz we will do this again next year so mark your calendars for January 19, 2017! 
Before I share my last Poe project I've got some awesome news to announce :0) 
I've joined the Rick St Dennis Elite Design Team!  SQUEEEE!
Stay tuned for lots of new projects featuring Rick's gorgeous line of digi and rubber stamps!

Okay, back to POE!!!!


 You can still join the hop today, just submit your project(s) in the hop by midnight PST tonight to be included in the drawing for the prize, one participating blog will be randomly selected to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV!  For all the info on how to join in the hop please click HERE!  The winner will be announced early next week so stay tuned!

THANK YOU to Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda for sponsoring this hop and THANK YOU for all your wonderful comments you have left for me here and on my DominoART blog, I appreciate you all hopping by and taking the time to leave me some love ;0) 
I'm back today to re-share my altered MDF shape project I featured during 31 Days of Halloween 2015, but first a bit of info on what this hop is all about and how you can still play!


Recently the Mayor of Baltimore declared Poe's birthday, January 19, an official city-wide Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day so I decided to celebrate with an impromptu blog hop!  The hop started on Jan 19 and because it's spur of the moment this will be a progressive hop spanning over 5 days and you can join the hop at any time, no need to sign up!  TODAY IS FINAL DAY!

Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda are sponsoring this hop, but ALL stamps of Poe and related imagery by other companies can be used, and one participating blog will be randomly selected to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV!  For all the info on how to join in the hop please click HERE!

"BOO! said Poe to the Raven"

I used the following stamps:
Carmen's Veranda
Edgar Allan Poe
Nevermore (not currently on the site so ask about it)
ATC Birds in Trees

Lost Coast Designs
Raven with Tree Branches
Feathered Bird
3 Birds (one of them)
Vertical ABC border
Tall Trees
Pencil Tops Border

For more info on this project please stop by my original post HERE!

Thanks for visiting with me today and I hope you have had a POEfectly fabulous time seeing all the wonderful Poe art!  Now off you hop and enjoy all the projects in the in the Inlinkz Collection below!


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

Friday, January 22, 2016

Steampunk digital art using an iPad - DT post for Forever Dark Challenges!

Howzit Everyone!
Our current challenge over at Forever Dark Challenges is Anything Goes with an optional twist and January is STEAMPUNK!

We have 2 fabulous sponsors this month

That Craft Place
And

You can see the projects I made for That Craft Place HERE and HERE!
Today I'm sharing the project I made for Stitchy Bear Stamps using this fabulous lady called Steampunk - 3 piece set by BBKakes.


 I've been working on developing my skills in using an awesome application called Paper 53 and colouring on my iPad using a stylus.  Contrary to popular belief, doing digital art in Photoshop or similiar applications is not cheating or easy to do in the slightest and all who do digital work agree, it can be even more time consuming than doing traditional colouring on paper with markers and coloured pencils!  It is also super fun to have if you travel a lot and can't take all your supplies with you.  I was in the UK for Christmas when I started working on this one and it probably took me a total of 6 hours to complete so I'm getting better at it and I'm now developing my style on how I like to digi colour.

I got a new stylus for Christmas that I just LOVE!!!!  It's a PAINT BRUSH, squeal of delight!!!!!
The stylus is by Sensu and it's a paint brush and stylus two-in-one! 

I used the brush part to lay down a watercolour base with the watercolour brush app tool and then a combination of the brush and the stylus to colour with the pencil app tool.  A LOT of colouring took place here and I'm really thrilled with how this project turned out :0)

See you over at Forever Dark Challenges and Have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Rick St Dennis EDT * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop: A Dream Within A Dream by Leigh!

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to my Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop!


Recently the Mayor of Baltimore declared Poe's birthday, January 19, an official city-wide Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day so I decided to celebrate with an impromptu blog hop!  The hop starts today and because it's spur of the moment this will be a progressive hop spanning over the next 5 days and you can join the hop at any time, no need to sign up!  You have until midnight PST on January 23 to join the fun!

Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda are sponsoring this hop, but ALL stamps of Poe and related imagery by other companies can be used, and one participating blog will be randomly selected to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV!  For all the info on how to join in the hop please click HERE!

Today I'm sharing a handwritten and rubber stamp illustrated poem by Edgar Allan Poe
"A Dream Within A Dream"


Awarded Top 3 at Quoth the Raven Challenge blog 

I stamped Poe from Carmen's Veranda onto watercolour paper with a combination of Black Soot and Tea Dye Distress Inks and created a watercolour painting using a water brush.  Once dry I added the journaling segments using Lost Coast Designs large journaling stencil and applied Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks with an foam ink applicator.  I hand wrote the poem with a black Micron pen and added white details with white acrylic paint.  I trimmed the painting and distressed the edges with Tim's Paper Distresser tool before layering it onto black and brown cardstocks and then framed it.  My Poe Living Dead doll and his Raven are pleased with it I think, LOL :0)


Thanks for visiting with me today and I hope you will enjoy my Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop!  We will do this again next year so mark your calendars ;0)  Now off you hop to the next project in the Inlinkz Collection below and don't forget to comment each day for the chance to win that $10 LCD/CV spending spree!

I now submit my offering to
Quoth the Raven - Anything Goes
Dream in Darkness - Anything Goes


Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tag Art for Day 1 of Lost Coast Designs "New Stamps Showcase" event!

Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are bright eyed and bushy tailed and in the mood for awesome LCDesigner inspiration coz we're having a 2 week long New Stamp Showcase over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity where Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda collide to bring you twice the inspiration and double the fun!

Lost Coast Designs added some fabulous new stamps to the LCD catalogue in December.  If you haven't seen them yet then pop on over and check out our NEW IMAGES page, they are so freaking awesome, you're going to want them all!  

We, the LCDesigners, are featuring the new stamps every day for the next 2 weeks so become a follower of our fun Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog and enjoy our daily offerings!

Would you like to win one of our new stamps?  Let us know what you think of our featured project(s) each day and then on the last day of the event tell us which new stamp is your favourite!  Readers who leave us love every day will be entered into a random draw to win their fave new stamp!  Awesome right ;0) 

I'm kicking off Day 1 of the New Stamps Showcase with two Tag Art projects, here's just a peek so please pop on over to my Day 1 post to see them both in detail. 

"Goodbye 2015"

"Happy New Year 2016"

Also, starting tomorrow, I'm hosting an Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day blog hop!
The hop starts on January 19 at 9am PST and because it's spur of the moment this will be a progressive hop spanning over 5 days and you can join the hop at any time, no need to sign up!  You have until midnight PST on January 23 to join the fun! 
 
 
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda are sponsoring this hop but All stamps of Poe and related imagery by other companies can be used and one participating blog will be randomly selected to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV!  Click HERE for all the details on how to play and grab the Blog Roll Inlinkz code to include in your blog post.

Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow for some Poe Appreciation!  Now pop on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and enjoy our News Stamps Showcase event!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day Blog Hop!

Hello Fans of Poe! 

Recently the Mayor of Baltimore declared Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, January 19, an official city-wide Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day so let's join the fun and celebrate Poe Appreciation Day with an impromptu blog hop!
The hop starts tomorrow, January 19 at 9am PST, and because it's spur of the moment this will be a progressive hop spanning over 5 days and you can join the hop at any time, no need to sign up!  You have until midnight PST on January 23 to join the fun!

All stamps of Poe and related imagery by other companies can be used!
Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda are sponsoring this hop and one participating blog will be randomly selected to win a $10 gift certificate to spend at LCD/CV!
 
We have lots of crow/raven themed stamps including a Poe himself!  Stop by and check them out!

 How to Play!
Show your appreciation of all things Poe and blog your new or old projects, yes, because this is an impromptu hop, you can enter old projects previously blogged, just re-share them in a new post and if you have zero time to write a new post then, just this once, you can add the Blog Roll code to your old post too.
 
This is all for fun and a way to show off our love of Poe so I'm not bothering with too many rules!  The only one rule to remember is...incorporate at least one rubber stamped element in your project and then you can go wild and use digis, hand draw, etc!
 
The Blog Roll is in the form of an Inlinkz collection and the HTML code to use is available HERE!
Simply create your blog post, switch the view to HTML view, copy and paste the code into your post and publish as normal!  The Blog Roll Inlinkz Collection will now be included in your own post and to enter the hop just link up your Poe post by adding it to the Inlinkz collection.  Everyone hopping with us just clicks on the links as they appear over the 5 days and enjoys all the Poe inspired projects on show!
 

I hope you can join me and play in the blog hop or stop by this week to see all the fabulous Poe themed projects on show!  See you tomorrow!
 
Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Forever Steampunk!

Happy Sunday!
Today I'm sharing another project I made for our January challenge over at Forever Dark Challenge blog!  Challenge #8 is Anything Goes as long as it's Dark with a twist and January is STEAMPUNK!

One of our clawesome sponsors this month is That Craft Place and I had the pleasure of creating with Blue Bird..
 
 
She's coloured with Promarkers and metallic silver details added with a gel pen.  The background and the distressed cardstock edges are coloured with a brown Prismacolor pencil.


Come and join us over at Forever Dark Challenges!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Lady Steampunk - Forever Dark DT

Howzit Friends!
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year!
We're kicking of 2016 with a brand new challenge over at Forever Dark Challenge blog!
Challenge #8 is Anything Goes as long as it's Dark with a twist and January is STEAMPUNK!

Our clawesome sponsor this month is That Craft Place and I had the pleasure of creating with a sassy lady called How Do!  

Here's 2 projects using her, the first is a candle luminary and the second is a digi creation.


 showing the magical transformation in candlelight

The image is coloured with Copic markers and I used a clock embossing folder by Darice on the image and the sides of the luminary which are made from brown cardstock and the design enhanced with Tea Dye and Black Soot Distress Inks.


Here's my 2nd project...a full on digi creation.


I hope I've inspired you to come and join in the fun this year, see you over at Forever Dark!

Happy Stamping!
 THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * Carmen's Veranda * Forever Dark *
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