My anchor holds

This fortnight’s challenge at That Craft Place’s Challenge Blog is Nautical.  Unlike the English, I did not grow up by the sea nor do I get twitchy if I don’t see the sea every couple of weeks.  (True story:  When I first moved here, a teacher at school asked me how far I lived from Vancover and the Atlantic.  When I tried to explain, she quite bluntly said ‘I don’t think I could live that far from the sea.  I need to see it every so often.’  I thought that was one of her many quirks until a few weeks later on one of our first dates Prince Charming needed to go to Eastbourne to see the sea.  “I can’t go to long without seeing the sea, don’t you?’  Um…NO!)

So when I saw with utter dismay that there was a nautical theme coming up I was in a dead panic.  Finally, I remembered moaning about a hymn being sung in landlocked Alberta that kept using nautical metaphors.  I had said that past the first verse I didn’t have a clue what I was singing (really making a joyful noise) and perhaps we should have a look at what we choosing.  I can’t remember what hymn it was, but my ex always teased me it was ‘My anchor holds.’  Aha!  A light bulb moment!

my anchor holdscanvas1So lots to look at.  The sand is texture paste painted brown(s) and dry brushed with white.  The wood bits are actually thingys that came with the canvas stamped with brown archival ink and Penny Black alpha stamps.  That anchor is one of the amazing laser cuts from That Craft Place painted with teals, turquoises, and a touch of orange and brown.  The water is blues with PaperArtsy stamps in black, blue, and plum archival inks, topped with DecoArts Triple Thick (forgot how much I loves that stuff).  The white rub on lace is supposed to be waves…not sure about that bit.  The sky is a blue grey that I mixed up with, surprise surprise, light blue and grey paint.  I had some brown water (from washing out brushes from another project) that put in a few places.  Blue archival ink was used on PaperArtsy stamps and white paint was used for clouds.  The boat is from Kastlekraft and stamped on tissue paper.  I had a bit of trouble getting the tissue paper to disappear, but eventually got there.

Almost everything is from TCP, including the confidence to tackle something absolutely new for me…a canvas!

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27 thoughts on “My anchor holds

  1. Fabulous card and love the texture and dimension.
    Linda xxx

  2. I love this Erin, the textures are fabulous! And I’m sorry but I DID grow up by the sea and although I’ve now moved to London, I still miss it. Must be an English thing!

  3. Fabulous canvas love the texture and all the little elements love the trawler theme-I too love the sea and at least have a paddle now and again lol
    Carol xx

  4. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Suzy Bee’s Bloomin’ challenge 42 – hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  5. I have really enjoyed looking at your canvas and also reading how you made it. I love the water with the stamping on it, it is so effective!! I just this this is amazing!

    Thank you so much for entering the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month, lots of luck to you.

    Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

  6. I like the project and texture you have used thanks for taking the time to share with 613 avenue create this week Rachel dt

  7. Beautiful card , thank you for joining us at The Squirrel & the Fox with our anything goes challenge. Hugs Tania (DT)xx

  8. Great creation, love the scene created. Thanks so much for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges, good luck and hope to see you again.
    ~ Denise DT ~

  9. Very unique… I love the lace used at the horizon 🙂 Thank you for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. Hope you come back again really soon. Melanie, DT

  10. You managed to achieve great texture here.
    Don’t worry not all English yearn for the sea, I don’t but my hubby was getting ansty after a few holidays away from the coast!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers, hope to see you back again soon. 🙂

  11. Wow! What an amazing project, with so much attention to detail. Just perfect for our ‘By the Sea’ challenge at Fantasy Stampers – thanx for sharing.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  12. Fabulous project and I loved reading your thoughts and creative process. Thank you for joining us at Fantasy Stampers, Cindy (DT)

  13. Loooove this card! fabulous texture and scene!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I have a giveaway you need to check it out at 600 followers giveaway

  14. What a brilliant project! Love the extras.

    Thanks for joining us at scribble & scrap today

    Tracey dt

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