What I did today?

 So this is what I was up to today...short of some household stuff, a bit of business, cleaning some bathrooms and watering the garden.. that kind of stuff ~ I found some time to create these beautiful cards that reminded me of my gardens! 

Now.. as usual, the lighting is off a bit and those leaves are really not that dark. I cut and stamped them in Evening Evergreen which is really close to the leaf color on some of my hydrangeas.

Creating these cards was a realization that we have so many products still available in the Annual Catalogue that may have been overlooked. Hydrangea Haven made its debut for last spring, and is still just as beautiful today. 
Pulling these stamps out was a chance to continue creating with something that I loved enough to buy and enough to continue using. 
So if you have Hydrangea Haven or any other stamp set that you haven't used in awhile, pull it out and get creative!

Another look at "Celebrate Sunflowers"... definitely worth a second round of card creating!
This stamp set with its coordinating dies has also been around for at least a year, and will continue on in the Annual Catalogue for at least another year. 

I have another card created with Celebrate Sunflowers that is actually going out by email for Paper Adventures Newsletter as one of the tutorials for August. 

All of these cards turned out just so pretty, and definitely remind me of the summer gardens. I want to enjoy those gardens while they are here and not be rushing on to Christmas trees ( we'll get to that.. in due time ).

Just a quick look at the stamp set & dies to create these cards.

A little off topic ~
I also finished these up this afternoon, and started a third... I haven't put any wording on the 3rd one yet. Maybe you guys could help me out with one. 

When I create these signs, they are made right from the tree in our bush, then milled at our bush, then onto sanding and all that good stuff in the workshop! 
I finish up with the painting, and drying right in our back yard.
So every sign I create literally starts and ends right at home!

What did you craft up today?
Let me know in the comments below πŸ‘‡