This month I have a card in Cards magazine.
Sounds pretty swanky, right?
Well, I'm going to let you in on a dirty little secret. Just don't tell, okay? ;)
Sometimes I really, really want to be creative. Like knock your socks off, brilliantly creative. But my real job doesn't always leave a lot of brain power to work with by the end of the week. So when I'm in an "I just want to create" mood, I like to pick up scraps and extras and just play. I like to try new techniques, experiment with ideas I haven't vetted yet and see what I come up with. I like to use my scraps because then I don't feel bad about "wasting" supplies if the experimentation goes awry... and trust me, that happens!
The night that I designed this card I was totally, 100% brain dead. It had been a tough week at work and some friends and I decided to get together on a Friday night to relax and scrapbook. So I grabbed a few leftover supplies from my design team kit from The Scrapbooking Studio, a stamp set I'd been wanting to play with, and some ink. My friends came over and I'm pretty sure there was waaaay more gabbing than gluing that night. In several hours I only made two or three cards because we were too busy talking to really get anything done. A couple of weeks later, there was a submission call from Cards that this piece fit into, so I submitted it on a whim and voila! it was selected... my simple little card that I just "tossed" together one night.
So my point to sharing this with you? That you don't have to design specifically for a call. Play with your supplies, see what you come up with and if there happens to be a submission call that it fits, submit it!