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

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