Monday, September 28, 2015

Sangria-Great to Drink but It's Also Beautiful Paper!!!

The Sangria papers are glorious! Such luscious colors that are ready for fall but with great warmth, too. With the purples in the palette I used it for a picture of Phillip with Ginger and Daisy in front of the purple sage.


And more details

The idea is on page 34 of our Annual Idea Book. Thus the name Idea Book!! It's a simple layout using the Sangria WOTG

Pages from the Sangria WOTG
Additional pages from Sangria WOTG

Back to my page.  It's on 12 x 12 Eggplant paper with Champagne 101/2 x 101/2 background. The squares are 2 x 2 in various Sangria papers. 
The words (family page 60 love page 66) were from the Artiste cartridge 

and the leaves were cut from page 44 of the Artistry cartridge

Gold Gems were added for embellishments 
and the dotted line around the Champagne box were done with the 
CTMH Chalk marker

And Now It's Ready for Framing! 

  XOXO Dots

Sunday, September 27, 2015

So Far This Is The Oldest You Ever Been

A birthday card funny. Let's not be too serious, especially about birthdays. I used a new stamp set from Close To My Heart.

Here is my card:


The Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #126 is the motivation for my creation :-).

I used the papers from the 

Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to watch the total eclipse of the supermoon. Last night was exceptionally clear, tonight the is a big fuzzy cloud and no wind to blow it away and we always have wind in Texas. Grrrrrrrrrr


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Colors and Butterflies

I love Monarch butterflies. 

One of my truly best memories and experiences was when I was a volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum. It was their fall multi-week event called "Autumn at the Arboretum". No matter what time of year it is at the Arboretum, the plantings are spectacular. This year there was an abundance (this word does not do the amount justice), profusion, copious amounts, lots, of yellow and gold chrysanthemums. As I walked the gardens tens probably hundreds of thousands of monarchs came in to feed on their trek to Mexico. There were so many butterflies that I could hear their wings flapping. Unfortunately this was not the days of cell phones where you could just whip out the phone and take a picture. The memory is a beautiful one, one I wish everyone could experience.

With monarchs in mind, I made this card:

Thanks to the folks at Color My Heart Color Dare for these colors that brought this memory to mind.

And to Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge for the idea of how to but the colors together.


Here are the Close To My Heart products that I used:

Thanks for stopping by!

  XOXO Dots

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A 2015 Family Portrait

Late summer in Texas is hot, of course, but there is still beauty. Texas Sage is a shrub that is a late summer bloomer. The blooms are pinkish or lavender the leaves are fuzzy and gray-green. They survive drought and heat and we have both of those in spades in Texas!! 

So it's late summer and I look in the backyard and there are lavender blooms starting to show. Within a couple of days the shrubs were in solid bloom. I had to get a picture, but rounding up the guys and the dogs, well let's just say they don't have the same sense of urgency that I do. I missed the best bloom day but got them to cooperate the next day. 

Here we are in all of our Texas Sage glory..

My inspiration was the picture shown with the September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden S1509.

The images outlined in red are Cricut cuts which I used for the flowers and leaves found on the Artiste cartridge page 54. The cost of the stamp is $17.95 unless you make a $50 purchase, then it is only $5! 

"Love" is also a Cricut cut (thank goodness)!! I found it on page 66 of the Artiste cartridge Z3170.

The dotted paper is from the Kaleidoscope packet X7202b.

The inks and embellishments I used to go with the paper on the flowers and leaves are:

There are black and white paper accents next to the Green Shimmer Trim Z3087 and around the picture are cut for the La Vie en Rose paper packet Z7201b.

The "Family" and "Together" stamps are from the Sangria Workshop On The Go G1097 stamp set included in the kit. 

As you can tell, I did a lot of mixing and matching to make my 1 page layout, but I love how it came out! I have it displayed on my foyer table to show off my handsome husband and son. Ginger and Daisy even behaved!!

Hope you like it enough to be inspired to do your family portrait. Leave me a comment and let me know ;-).

 XOXO Dots

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

CTMH Annual Inspirations Zoe Workshop

The Zoe papers work for...everyone!
This is the first kit of the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations 2015-2016 book. These are the pages my clubs are making for September.

So you start with the Workshop On The Go kit:

And here are layouts you can make:

These layouts are from Close To My Heart. The first one is shown in the instructions with diagrams and thorough how-to so your layout comes out looking as good as their layout. The additional layout is so sweet. The papers work beautifully for boys and girls. 

Supplies needed to create these layouts:

Z2641      Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad

Z2173       Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad

Z2164       Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad

Z2153       Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad

Z3167Cricut® Artistry Collection NEW

My Favorite Embellishments:
Here are all the colors of Shimmer Trim now available from the new catalog or my website:

 XOXO Dots