Friday, January 13, 2012

Happy New Year

Chinese New Year is fast approaching so today I have a New Year's card for my daughter.  Since Lara was born in China, we always celebrate Chinese New Year and observe some of their traditions and beliefs.  The kids' love having family over, eating lots of yummy Chinese food, and of course, receiving red envelopes.  


Red envelopes containing money are traditionally given to single people and children during holidays.  The red color of the envelope symbolize good luck and is suppose to ward off evil spirits.  The amount of money traditional is an even number (which is lucky), rather than an odd number.  The number should not contain the number 4 in it either, as the pronunciation of the number 4 resembles the word, "death".  It is traditional to put brand new notes inside the red envelopes, as well as avoiding opening the envelopes in front of relatives out of courtesy.




The paper is My Mind's Eye newer line, Kraft Funday.  All of the paper, twine, butterfly stickers, and ribbon was part of my new January Scrapbook kit from Artful Delight.  The two hanging charms were in my stash.  The beautiful asian stamps are part of new collection about to be released at Crafters Companion USA called Kanji.  The background stamp is called Kanji Bamboo Shoots, while the smaller stamp is aptly named Joy.  You can see more projects using this huge collection over at Crafter's Companion USA Information blog.  The Happy New Year stamp was part of the stamp set, Humphrey the Elephant Auld Lang Syne.

I also used a beautiful card sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Challenges I am entering my New Year's card:

Sketch Saturday - card sketch
Simon says stamp and show - Show a red letter day
Simon Says Stamps challenge - Spots and/or Stripes
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Celebrations
Craft us crazy - anything new and/or funny
Crafty creations challenges - something new
Divas by design challenge - new beginnings
I brake for challenges - Clean and Simple
Creative craft challenges - New Year's resolutions
Ladybugs crafts ink TLT challenge - Use your new stash
Cupcake craft challenges - something new
Kaboodle doodles - fireworks or celebration
Ooh-la-la-creations challenges - new beginnings
Stamp and create - anything goes
Truly madly crafty challenges - anything goes
The Corrosive challenge blog - Ring in the new year


Have a happy Friday everyone and, if you have Monday off, a fabulous 3 day weekend!

31 comments:

Kelly Massman said...

This is beautiful! I wish my Chinese students could see it! They would get a kick out of it!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely card, great embellishments. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

DesignerDiva said...

Super card very stylish!
Thanks for joining in at LCI this week and good luck with the challenge
Hugs Laurie x

CheerDown said...

A lovely and unusual card, the red works really well with the neutral papers you have chosen. thank you so much for joining in our 'New Beginnings' challenge at Ooh La La Creations Challenge blog this week and good luck
Alli D

Angi said...

Love this fab design. Have a happy weekend.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is great! Love the kraft cardstock and design! I think it is so great to share the tradition!
Carri~abusybee
www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

madebyKarla said...

It's great that you celebrate the Chinese traditions :) my husband is Chinese and I think the traditions and values are wonderful! And red envelopes are great...when you're single ;) do you have any other chinese family members?

madebyKarla said...

Oh yes, the card is beautiful! Love the charms. And the butterflies really add to it :)

Stacy H-W said...

This is totally gorgeous girl!! You really outdid yourself.

Liza said...

A gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining in with our something new challenge this week at CCC.

Liza x

Anne said...

Gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing it with us at OLL and good luck! Hugs x

Candy C said...

Beautiful New Years card. I love the Asian influence of your cover. I also love the kraft colored paper with the red and black accents. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Cheryl said...

oh just love this great too see something different too love it bless you for playing at creative craft challenge this week hugs cherylxxxxx

Nanette said...

Great idea! Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles.

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Love your card !

Jo (Boots the Monkey) said...

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week.

Jo x

Kathy said...

Very pretty! So glad you joined us at the Corrosive challenge this week.

rudlis said...

Great card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Crafty Creations this week.

Tinkerella said...

Hey Girl, what a beautiful card you made! I love it!
Thanks for sharing it and playing along at CRAFT Challenge this week.
Best wishes and a big hug from Austria, Elisa (GDT Jan.)

Trimgym said...

Great project, thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won or made our Top3. Happy New Year!

Jo and Tigerlover.

Ann Kranitz said...

Hey Denise, thanks for all of the interesting facts about Chinese New Year. I found it very interesting and of course your card is gorgeous!!!

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Denise, what a fantastic card. I love the striking colour scheme and unusual images. Thanks for joining us at cupcake craft challenge. Hugs, Denise x

Carolina said...

Love your card, Denise! What a great thing to celebrate important dates from Lara's birthplace, I'm sure she loves that (my daughter loves telling people she was born in Africa!).

Jo Davies said...

Gorgeous card Denise!

Thanks for sharing with us over at Divas By Design and good luck with the challenge.

Hugs Jo xxx

Nikbee said...

A beautiful card. I love the stamps. Thank you for joining us at Creative craft.
Nikki x

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Denise!! I love the design and the paper!! My Mind's Eye that I don't have and must find!! Beautiful and fabulous card!! And I enjoyed learning the Chinese customs :)

Lisa
indymermaid.blogspot.com

Paddington fan said...

Really striking card - I love all thing oriental!! Thanks for joining our Celebrations challenge over at CRAFT this week and good luck, love Jacky x CRAFT DT

jen said...

Fantastic card!! Tfs
Hugs,jen

Anita said...

Fabulous card. Thank you for joining the Divas challenge.

Kathy said...

Beautiful Denise, love the twine and charms. Miss you...

Copper Diem said...

That is a ton of challenges - i wish the bead world has so many, they look fun!