I always intend to do both but... well... you know...
And I'm usually late sending out the NY cards anyway!
Mostly because our printer doesn't like the cold and has to be moved into the living room and defrosted before use and we're always out of coloured ink or something and then I design a card and K umms and ahhs about the font or the alignment or some frippery and overlooks a major typo and you know....
This year we went with this:
I had some qualms that it might seem that we have three kids... or that it's not fair to have two pictures of Amy and one of Meg... but hey, that'S the way the dice rolls and Amy graduated kinder, started school and had her 753 ceremony this year so three pretty big deals. The picture of Meg is from her first piano recital. Which Amy shared but a third picture of Amy and Obaachan would really be calling up to petition Meg's case!
This year Meg's winter homework included an option to make an eraser stamp and use it to print a NY card. I am slightly addicted to making eraser stamps so pushed for this homework to be completed post haste!
And here's what she came up with:
She made the badminton bat yellow stamp and designed the Mt Fuji and badminton cock stamps and I cut them out. I made the snake stamp from my own design and her name in kanji in the bottom left. She wrote in glitter glue the year and New Year in the red. She was chuffed and sent this card to a number of friends, her teacher, her teacher from last year and Obaachan.
Amy wanted in on the action but didn't want to make a stamp which was just as well as Amy with a scalpel is a bit nerveracking to think about!
Lots happening in this picture, hey? I'm not sure whether she copied it from somewhere or thought of it herself but the letter with the heart and wings is a common theme for Amy's correspondence.
And now that we're all done I'm trying to think of a new theme for making eraser stamps.... Hmmmm Valentines Day? Easter? A devil for Setsubun???? Decisions decisions!
My stamp collection so far: