warm thoughts

So, as the year wraps up, have you been pondering your New Years resolutions?

One of mine is to work on Holiday cards throughout the year.  Although I had fun creating 80+ Christmas cards in November, it is something I just don’t want to do again in 2015.

I actually don’t have a whole lot of Christmas stuff…but it’s funny, I remembered this morning that last year I bought the Bundled Up collection and totally did NOT use it for any of my 2014 cards.  So I searched for it and found it:
Seriously, how can you NOT love the Paper Smooches Cool Dudes set?  I teamed it up with the Sentiment Sampler.

I’m playing along with

The Christmas Card Challenges made it easy to get a jump start on the 2015 card stash with

and thanks to Holly

Loves Rubberstamps Challenge

What’s on the agenda today?  I’m going to craft most of the day.  I hope to go to Uwajimaya to check out the New Years platters that I can order.   Japanese custom is to celebrate on the 1st with a ton of Japanese food.  Both my parents were born in Japan but this Japanese girl doesn’t eat sushi (as in any of the raw stuff) or use chopsticks.  Many of the traditional NY dishes are things that my brother and I won’t eat (or my kids!) so I’ll be buying more of the main stream foods.

Big Shout out to the lovely Michele, we chatted on the phone today and it’s so nice to put a voice to a blog:)

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50 thoughts on “warm thoughts”

  1. Some adorable snowmen on an adorable card! I'm glad you dug this set out because your design made me smile.

  2. Adorable snowmen!!! Love them!!! I also want to try to make holiday cards throughout the year! You were a holiday card MACHINE!!!!!! Wow!!

  3. Oh these are so super cute!!! I think that's a great resolution and one I hope I can join you on, I made about half the number I needed to this year, lol. I hope you will also link up with the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge going on now, lots of prizes to win!!!

  4. I'm with you Amy…making Christmas cards throughout the year is on the top of my MUST-do for 2015 list!
    Sweet snowmen:)
    Your Jan 1st custom sounds SCRUMPTIOUS to me!!

  5. Absolutely adorable. My goal is to create my holiday cards and card sets throughout the year versus doing the majority of them in October through December!

  6. That little snowman is adorable. You can play along with Merry Monday in 2015 to get a big bunch of your Christmas cards done in advance – I think I will be doing the same πŸ™‚

  7. So cute! Love that set. Your resolution is one of mine as well. I made my first xmas card for 2015 this morning.

  8. These are sooooooooo cute! LOVING those snowmen!!! We don't do anything on New Year's except order Chinese and watch the ball drop from home! LOL!!!!

  9. Such cute cards Amy~I love the layout and those adorable snowmen. πŸ˜‰ I stamped ONE card today and it felt great. I hope to squeeze more time in. πŸ˜‰

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE these Amy!! πŸ˜‰ I agree making Holiday Cards throughout the year is SO MUCH Better!! πŸ˜‰ I Really LOVE the stamp set and I'm GLAD you were able to finally get it INKED UP!! πŸ˜‰ I'm not a sushi eater either, but my sisters and my husband ALL LOVE it so when we travel I'm ALWAYS out #ed and we end up at a place the serves Sushi beings we don't have ANYWHERE in our part of Nebraska that serves it!! I guess we'll see if the kiddos like it and maybe some day I'll have someone to VOTE with me!! πŸ˜‰ HAHAHAHHA!! Have a Fabulous New Year's Eve Week Sweet Amy!! πŸ˜‰

  11. These are absolutely ADORABLE Amy !!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Karin

  12. You are amazing… but then I didn't send any homemade holiday cards, so no pressure on me…

  13. So cute and I love the way you did your layout.
    I too was a fail at holiday card making in 2014 which is why I sent out store bought cards to most people. Maybe we need to do a Christmas card challenge blog to get us going. lol

  14. This is an adorable card, Amy! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges. Marsha DT @ CCC

  15. You can work with ANY images! Love these two darling designs, Amy! Wish you and your lovelies a happy and healthy 2015! HUGS!

  16. What cute images and lovely cards, Amy…you have two cards for Christmas 2015 so you are already ahead. I decided last year I would start gift gathering(whether making or purchasing) in January and that lasted a few months. It would be so much easier than shopping or making last minute. But 80 plus is a lot to make and I know you are good to get it done. Enjoy your Monday. I still have family here which is nice! My New Years baby will go home on New Year's Eve. Enjoy your celebrations!

  17. SUPER SUPER cute cards, Amy! I love that you are going to make your Christmas cards throughout the year— I really should do that too! I never send out holiday cards– it's too much work at the last minute! But maybe I will send them out if I make them throughout the year! LOL!

    THANKS so much for stopping by my blog and leaving love— your love, support, and comments mean so much to me <3 HUGS!

    ps…THANKS for joining in the fun with the PSS sketch challenge:)

  18. LOVE both cards, so cute! And that's a great New Year's resolution. I think I'm going to try the same and at least try to do a few throughout the year as well. I hope you have an amazing New Year's!

  19. It is impossible not to love that little frosty fellow! These are SO cute, Amy, and bonus points for being mailable. I definitely need to work on that myself this upcoming year. Want to get started sooner and be more mindful of bulk. πŸ˜‰

  20. Absolutely adorable little guy! Love your take on the sketch, Amy. This is one of my favorite Crate Paper collections ever. I just used up all of my scraps on a layout recently.

  21. Love the fun 2015 cards, Amy! I'm with you on starting everything Christmas early next year, NO, really!! πŸ˜‰

  22. yes, your idea is right…..otherwise there is the risk that Christmas begin an obsession!! I love your funny and smily cards!

  23. holy WOW yes you could put those snowdudes on ANYTHING and they'd make the whole thing. b/c they are that ummmmm… trying not to say, "COOL" here… ok, nevermind, can't be done: those snowdudes are SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    ps: for thurs i'm thinking veggie sushi (or spam musubi, lol, for a hawaiian vibe!) tempura, ramen, and EVERY VARIETY of pocky except those weird wasabi ones they sorta freak me out… what time shall i come??! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  24. darling. I bought the packaging for my mildly famous buckeyes for next year. Thinking of making the tags now for them. never too early to start!! LOVE the wee snowmen!!

  25. I can't believe you forgot about a stamp set??!! Brilliant idea to get started early on your card making.I still can't believe you made 80 over such a short period of time. I mentioned on a blog the other day about how I would miss making Xmas cards and Bonnie emailed me back about the Merry Monday challenge. I didn't even think about Xmas Card challenges, so that's going to be a NY resolution, to join that challenge and other Christmas ones. Much easier to keep this resolution that trying to stop eating M&M's etc……..Your cards are so cute by the way, love that little snowman. And your food shopping for NYears sounds rather intriguing, hopefully you can take photos of your big feast, would love to see them!!

  26. This is adorable, Amy! Love that angled panel and the combo of patterned papers. So excited to be on N&T with you!! πŸ˜€

  27. Adorable cards. Love the cute image and the colors. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  28. These are great cards! I just got the Bundled Up Collection at Tuesday Morning and I love it! Love the papers you paired together. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges this week.

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