Friday, March 11, 2016

Just Because

I have been getting bogged down in making too many cards for my self imposed requirements.  I make about 130 Christmas cards, and between 20-45 cards each for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines, St. Patricks, and Easter. I rotate so my friends got at least one holiday card other than Christmas along with birthday cards.   It is beginning to affect my mojo and my joy in making cards. I am going days without making a single card.  That is something I used to enjoy almost every day; and I miss getting lost in the creative process.

Last month, I decided to skip St. Patrick's day cards since St. Patrick's Day and Easter fall so closely together this year. That helped just a bit, but I still felt overwhelmed.   Now, after much thought I have decided to also do away with making so many cards for the non-Christmas holidays.

I am going to do my best to remember birthdays, they are important.  And I am going to make the majority of my cards "just because".  I think an unexpected card brings more joy to the recipient than a possibly anticipated one due to a holiday.  Now that I have decided and am at peace with the decision I am letting friends know.

Last night I felt an immediate relief, and a desire to get back to my cards.  I sat down and made several.

Today's card I made based on a photo a friend posted on facebook of some "just because" pink tulips her hubby brought home to her.  She was thrilled with them.  Just because = Joy.


The image stamp set is Addies Garden from Winne and Walter, the sentiment is from PTI's Keep it Simple- Just Because (it has 6 versions of the sentiment).

Thanks so very much for taking the time I appreciate your visit.

9 comments:

  1. all that card making would overwhelm me too - yesterday was a "just because" day for me and it was so fun - your j.b. card is gorgeous in that soft pink - life is too short to feel overwhelmed if you don't have to be. sometimes i wonder how some of the gals who are several design teams ever get anything else done in their life. anyway ENJOY making cards from now on!!

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  2. I hear you and understand. For me, though, I can't seem to get anything going unless I have a deadline or at least an upcoming occasion. But I also think spreading unexpected joy is a worthy goal! Card for you coming up.

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  3. Yes, Cat! Just because is such a surprise - anything, any way! I LOve this tulip - really pretty stenciled background ... xx
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  4. Such a soft and pretty card Cat and beautifully coloured! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  5. Glad you've figured out what is right for you--can be such a dilemma. I almost made a bunch of duplicates just to get a certain number done & that's not what I like to do. I call them RAK cards & they're so fun to send & receive! The pink tulips are gorgeous--will make someone smile!

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  6. i love your new card and i love your decision about not overwhelming yourself. i was really kind of burned out after Christmas this year. i really want to make my Christmas cards early this year. thanks for your honesty with us. who know how many people you have helped with this. hugs, treen

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  7. So glad you've taken the pressure off, Cat. I like to think of this hobby as a means of soothing the soul. And "just because" cards certainly do that, both for the giver and the recipient; a welcome surprise in the mailbox. Looks as though your creativity has certainly returned - love these soft pink tulips and the stenciled background!

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  8. These just because tulips are just lovely, Cat ... a perfect way to surprise a friend and show you care! So wonderful to receive ... and to send! Hugs, Anita :)

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  9. A fantastic combination! And yay for rethinking why you make cards and giving yourself permission to play!

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