Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweet Friends

Happy Friday!!  It's me Shari with a bittersweet posting today, as this will be my last blog posting as a member of the LCDesigners.  I've more than enjoyed my tenure on the Lost Coast Designs/Carmen's Veranda DT and will miss coming to you with monthly shares and special event creations.
For my farewell project, I created two simple cards using images from our Nostalgic Children category-Annie and Georges & Louis, along with words found in our Misc. Words stamp and pieces of our Cat Quotes and 2" Grunge Border
Both of these cards were really easy to make and I love the clean, yet grungy look of them.  Let me show you  a little bit of what I did to create these simple cards with big "Ooomph"--
 I smooshed Distress Ink Minis directly onto an acrylic block, spritzed with water, then pressed onto mixed-media paper.  These are colors from the #1, #2 & #3 DI mini sets--Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo. 
I just LOVE this earthy monoprint of color and those deeper spots of saturated color--Perfect!  Just what I was hoping for--this is going to be a great background!

 I made another Distress Ink water color background, this time using a round acrylic stamp base and all of the inks in DI Mini set #4--
The softer color palette for this background is so pretty and I'm sorry that the photo does not do it justice-I hate that!  The way that these lighter colors of lilac, yellow and pink melded together-with that darker splotch of green--Love It!!
I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border, then I splattered the card with Shaded Lilac DI using a round water color brush and heat set.  I used our Cat Quotes stamp, un-mounted, with Jet Black Archival to stamp the random pieces of script onto the background then I spritzed Black Soot DI onto the areas of the script with my air art tool. 
I stamped our Annie image onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  I adhered her onto the panel with matte Decou-Page then outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  She just didn't pop enough for me, so I gave her an additional outlining with white gel pen. 
I masked off our Misc Words stamp and inked up the word 'Sweet' with Jet Black Archival and stamped onto mixed-media paper.  I fussy cut into a word band, mounted onto black card stock and attached to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  A couple of enamel dots finish this panel off.
I made this card in the same manner, except I'm using our darling Georges & Louis image along with our 2" Grunge Border and I stamped everything using Potting Soil Archival. 
Before I adhered G&L into place, I splattered Mowed Lawn DI over the surface of the panel with a round water color brush and heat set.  I used our 2" Grunge Border, un-mounted, and stamped random pieces of it onto the panel, then spritzed Ground Espresso DM onto the surface with my air art tool.   
Our Misc. Words stamp is a true must-have for the, what seems like, endless word band possibilities!  I adhered G&L and the word band onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and finished with a couple of enamel dots. 
Thanks so much for coming by today for my last Lost Coaster's Review Blog posting.  I've appreciated and relished the chance of being able to create, and hopefully inspire you, with Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda images. 
 I'd like to take this time to give our Fearless LCD/CV DT Leader, Leigh, a Great Big Thank You for having me on The Team and a Huge Thank you to Linda, LCD/CV Company Owner, for allowing me the opportunity to represent your brand! 
Thanks for the memories!! 


  1. Gorgeous Shari, love how you have showcased the imagery. Tracy x

    1. Thank You Tracy!! So glad that you came by!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

  2. Two fabulous cards! It has been my pleasure to have you on the LCD/CV DT Shari, you were an asset to the team and you will be missed! The DT door will be left ajar for your future return so I hope to see you peering in again in the future ;0) I wish you all the best in your creative adventures & hope you will stay in touch ;0) Many hugs, Leigh LCD/CV DT Leader

    1. Thank You soooo much, Leigh! You know you'll be one of the first people I call!! :) :) I've LOVED being on the DT and Thank You for all of your hard work keeping all of us DT members organized and inspired! All The Best-Always!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Great background. Love annie get your gun. Such a serious child. Hugz

  4. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing useful infomation.
    Mini round coaster


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