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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Year of Holiday Cards - Chinese New Year

A good friend of mine made a unique New Year's resolution. She decided to celebrate every holiday on the calendar for an entire year! To kick off her year of celebrations, last weekend she invited our family, together with another friend's family, to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her. With such great company, the night was already sure to be wonderful...and it was! After a fantastic meal of homemade Chinese food, the children lit sparklers and popped those little poppy things (I have no idea what they are called!)  We all had such a great time!!

After the dinner, I found myself inspired to put my own spin on her idea. So, I have decided to create a card inspired by the holidays that she celebrates this year. By the end of the year,  I will have created a cultural cornucopia of cards!!

I hope that I will soon be able to start a challenge on my blog where others can join with me to create the holiday cards as well. It will be a celebration across the web that embraces many cultures and traditions.

The card I have featured today was created to celebrate the Chinese New Year - the year of the Dragon.


Dragon and flower6: Cricut Pagoda cartridge (p. 34 & 55) - Recollections card stock
The dragon is attached with one layer of dimensionals. I used a white gel pen to add a little eye.
The flower is assembled using dimensionals between each layer (black, red, white) and then a jewel is glued to the middle of the flower. The white swirls on the red part of the flower were created with a white gel pen to mimic the design on the actual base card

Sentiment: Cricut Wild Card cartridge - Recollections card stock

Card Base - Cricut Just Because Cards cartridge - "Truck" cut at 5 1/2" using DCWV Bella Armoire

I am entering this card into the following challenges:


  1. Fabulous card! Love that dragon!
    Thanks for playing along at Die Cuttin' Divas.

  2. OK...1. I love the name of your blog, hee hee so cute 2. had to join your blog just cause you wrote " cultural cornucopia of cards", loved that turn of phrase and 3. your card is darling! :)

  3. What a perfect card to show your flower. Thanks for joining us at BBTB2.

  4. I heard the year of the dragon is VERY lucky. Many couples plan their little one's arrival to be in the year of the dragon. It is also said that the children born in the year of the dragon are more revered in China. Interesting huh?
    Come by for a giveaway!

  5. Great card and love your resolution to celebrate the holidays with your friend. My littlest one was born in the year of the Dragon in 2000 and he's a very unique little man and just loves Dragons and stories about them so I'm sure he would just love this card, I know I sure do! Thanks for sharing with us over at BBTB2!
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

  6. Fun card, fun resolution! We did something similar in my family as a way to get all the adult children together. We had potluck for different holidays and made our meals go along with the theme. That's a really beautiful flower on your card. Thanks for sharing it with us at BBTB2.

  7. Such a unique card! Thanks for joining the Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge this week--Pat N.

  8. What a fun thing to do and I think you captured the Chinese New Year perfectly on this card... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog