Personal soapbox alert! Before I get to that, here is the card I made for my father in law for Father's Day. You'll see in a minute why this prompted my soapbox alert. Supplies Used: Cardstock and Inks by SU: Real Red and Always Artichoke; non SU shimmery white cardstock; frog image Rubber Soul; heart by Memory Box; words from Impression Obsession (a set of individual clear words); Cuttlebug Heart Embossing Folder; bling on flower by Amuse Arts twinkle mini. Ok, now that the card is out of the way, here's my problem and my solution. Problem: stamping with no purpose This wastes my money and time -- two things that I happen to like! I've been randomly making cards with no particular purpose other than to have fun. While having fun is a good thing, I've been struggling with the point of this hobby, given its expense, time and space hogging qualities. Sunday is Father's Day. Today is Tuesday. I had no card ready -- and my FIL is many miles away. So, tonight, after rushing so fast to make this card that I forgot the artichoke layer under the frog, and really was too stressed to enjoy my little froggie, I'll slog through a thunderstorm to get to the post office to mail this priority mail (wasting even more time and money). Solution: stamping with a purpose I'm not looking to get published or to try for a design team or to make money. So, what can I do to infuse this hobby with a purpose? I'm making a list of all the cards I know I'll need for the next few months and I'll work my way through the list. Next, I'll be sending cards to the folks who send them to the troops for their use, and I'll be sending RAKs. There is always the need for a bit of brightness in someone's life. So, instead of making and posting stuff and letting the cards pile up, I'll be directing my money, time, and energy to something useful and purposeful. Whew, I feel better already!! Now -- off to the post office . . . . and yes I am going to photograph and post the autism contest cards. It is on my to do list!!