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!