Do you ever get stuck in a rut, where you have lots of cards and things you need or have to make (holidays, birthdays, for an Etsy shop, in my case, or custom orders)? Sometimes I find myself really aching for just some time to play, just to relish in colors and textures and little treasures to add to cards...When that aching comes along, I know that there is nothing else to do but just that. It's good for the soul, I think, to just release. And besides, what is the point of enjoying a hobby if you don't?

Today I have a little gem to share with you. It is probably one of my favorite cards I've made in a while. It is the product of just such a session. I had just gotten some new Valentine's goodies, including the Cupid line from Pink Paislee. Bright, happy, not-so-traditional V-day colors--right up my alley. I also had found these little Valentine's metal charms from Making Memories on sale for a buck or so and they sat on my desk begging to be used. I used this fantastic dotted pattern as the spring board for the design, and adding a little here and there to funky it up.

The funny part is, once I had it done, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with someone who normally gets cards that I like but that sometimes feel forced, you know? I happen to be blessed with a wonderful repeat custom order customer who gives me free reign to create what I like...this one is going to her. :)

Thanks for looking. Take some time today and create just for you...you never know what you'll get!

happy wednesday.

cardstock (Ripe Avocado, Melon Berry), ribbon (Aqua Mist satin), stamps (Simple Valentine), ink (Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist)--Papertrey Ink; patterned paper (Cupid)--Pink Paislee; journaling strip--cut from a sheet of Jenni Bowlin memo pad paper; heart punches--EK Success; metal charm--Making Memories; button--Basic Grey; bakers twine--Martha Stewart; brown thread; white gel pen; Corner Chomper

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