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Monday, June 23, 2014

Viva La Verve Strong Anchor

Well, slowly but surely our new home is coming along.  I don't mind it taking a while, but on the other hand, we are SO READY to move out of this rent house!  We just got word that our closing has been pushed back (again).  Along with the yard installation being delayed because of flooding at the sod farm, there are several other loose ends that are still needing to be tied up.  Now we are hoping it's just anytime before the 23rd of July, as that's when our lease runs out here.  Need lots of prayers and happy thoughts to that end, or we won't have a place to live!

Anyway, through all these ups and downs, it's been quite the emotional roller coaster sometimes.  My sweet hubby Eric is the worrier and he's even less worried than I am over all of it.  So while I made this card, I was thinking of him and how he helps to bring me back down to earth!  He truly is my "strong anchor"!

I got started with my card by first finding the latest VIVA LA VERVE sketch on the blog HERE.  I didn't use the inspiration picture along with it, but that's ok! Then I thought it would be fun to use the long rope stamp from the STRONG ANCHOR set from VERVE for that curved space in between the top and bottom pieces, and created my own patterned paper by stamping the smaller anchors and captain's wheels on the brown cardstock.  

I made the circle piece be the focal point of my card, and then used the STARRY DIE, NAUTICAL DIES, and PENNANT TRIM for all the embellishing. It's so easy to stamp little thing on the flags and then bend it to go wherever you need it.  Anyway, this card came together super fast and I couldn't wait to show it to y'all! 

Here's a quickie look 
at a few things going on 
at LUCKY LOT #9!
I just had to show y'all this cute picture of Eric in our's now bigger than a 2-butt kitchen for sure!  This was after paint and tile, but the tile had to be redone on the left.  It was a hot mess where the garage entry door is to the left!

And here it is with the granite and subway tile!  EEEEEPPP I love it!!

This is upstairs, looking from the gameroom, down the hall.  The girls' bathroom is first left, then Lindsie's room, then Shelbie's room, and the laundry room is on the right.  Don't worry, Audrie didn't get left out, her room is back behind me to the left!

 Here's Eric standing in the middle of our master bedroom.  I love the gray paint color we chose...Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams

Our master bath...It's so dang huge, that I giggle every time I'm in there!  I feel like a princess!  Literally, as big as one of the girl's bedrooms. 

 And here's one of my favorite shots of the front of the house!  It now has little painted cedar shutters on the small window above the porch.  Can't wait 'til the grass goes in!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  I needed the rope border stamp to curve along the same line as my paper was cut.  Since I used an oval-ish Nestabilities shape for the paper, I had a lightbulb moment and thought to use the die also as a template for the stamp on my block.  I used washi tape to hold the die down while I configured the stamp right along its edge.  It wasn't perfect--I missed a bit on the right side, but it was way way better than just eyeballing it by trial and error to get the correct curve.

Stamps:  Strong Anchor (Verve)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Kraft (PTI), Ruby Red (SU!), Stars (The Paper Studio)
Ink:  Navy (Heidi Swapp), Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red (SU!), Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Nautical, Pennant Trim and Starry Dies (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Circle and Oval Nestabilities, Silver Brads, Hemp Twine, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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  1. Love the card and I love your new house! Just gorgeous!! Where is the pic of your new crafty area, don't hold out on us lol 😁

  2. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog while searching SW Worldly Gray. I'm considering this color as the main color in my open floor plan home. Are all of the rooms in the pictures Worldy Gray? They look beautiful. I was also wondering what color white you chose for your Master Bedroom ceiling and your trim.

    I'm having a tough time committing to this color because I'm painting over a yellow and my brain is just not letting me believe that anything other than the yellow won't look drab. I know this is just the yellow talking and it's not actually true because your pictures look warm, bright and airy.

    Thank you in advance for the answers about your choice of white and whether all of these pics are Worldly Gray!

    It's beautiful,


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