Gong Xi Fa Chai!

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Hi all! Happy New Year to all my Asian readers who celebrate Chinese New Year! We have a new challenge over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog and I made a Chinese New Year for our “Holiday” theme, but you can join in with other holiday card or cards depicting the holidays you’ve been on.

The first day of the Chinese New Year started on the 5th of February this year, to coincide with the full moon, and in China, it is celebrated for 15 days, at least. In Singapore, where I grew up, we celebrated it for 3 days, starting with the New Year’s Eve Reunion dinner on the night before the New Year. Much like Thanksgiving in the States, people travel back to their families for this dinner and this causes the largest human migration in the world!

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On the first day of the New Year, we visit the eldest family members first and as my dad was the eldest in his family, all his relatives came to visit us to pay their respects to my dad. On the 2nd day, we visited other relatives and on the third day, our non-Chinese friends were allowed to visit us. There was alot of eating going on during these visits and I loved visiting my father’s sisters as they were very good cooks!

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There is also the tradition of exchanging red packets “ang pows” filled with cash which was given to all unmarried people, but that tradition changed to just children as more adults married later and later in life, or never got married. To be honest, very often, I dragged my feet and visited my relatives in my uncomfortable new clothes only to get those red packets of cash!

Well, I hope you’ll join us in our new challenge and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link up here. Thanks for stopping by!

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Supply list:

Hero Arts Autumn Moon, My Favorite Things Sow Much Cuteness, Zig clean color real brush pens

I’m also sharing this card over at:

Happy New Year!

Cards, Heat embossing, Interactive cards, Silhouette portrait


Its the first day of the Year of the Rooster and I wish you all Health, Happiness and Prosperity! We are going to friends tonight for the “Reunion” dinner that is normally celebrated among family, but as our families are so far away, our friends become our family. These friends we are visiting tonight are truly special, because of them, coming to Germany actually felt like coming home. I had very close friends during my 24 years in France but they were French and even though I love them dearly, having friends here who come from the same culture as I do, makes a big difference. Is it because we bond over our love of Singaporean food or we just “get” each other because of our similar backgrounds & experiences, we’ve become “sisters” only after 4 years here together.


I made this card for our hostess tonight. She likes CAS (clean & simple) cards but I wanted to make it interactive too. And ever since I saw a video on Laura Fadora’s blog on making spinner cards I’ve wanted to make one. It turned out to be really easy! Laura’s video explains it really well but I added some steps to show you how I did it too.

I first cut out the circle using Sizzix circle die on both my gold card stock and the red one so the circles would be in the same place.


I cut 2 roosters, which I had designed using my Silhouette Studio software and cut using my Silhouette portrait cutting machine, stamped them with Versamark and then heat embossed both of them with Wow’s heart throb embossing glitter which has red and gold in it. I added glue on them using Uhu glue stick, which is a really strong glue but doesn’t warp the paper.


I then placed a red sewing thread in the middle of the rooster and sandwiched it between the 2 roosters.


Once both roosters were firmly glued together, I prepared the underside of the gold card stock with strong adhesive to hold the thread and firmly stick the gold card to the red card base.


I then attached the thread to the adhesive and pulled it taut.


I added more adhesive strips on top of the string just to make sure it stuck firm, removed the other adhesive strip covers and stuck this panel onto my red card base.


And voila this is what it looks finished! It was really easy to do. I then stamped the sentiment from Create A Smile, which I just received, and I double embossed it, using my misti, with the same embossing powder so it’s a little raised.

Unfortunately I can’t put video on my blog yet, but you can see it in action here.

Before I end this post, heres a little info if you were born in the year of the Rooster. You are apparently independent, honest and punctual, confident and competent but emotionally volatile (so not the best in social situations)!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

I’m playing along at:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Spread your wings, as roosters have wings!

Aurora Wings challenge – Asian inspired. So glad to have found a challenge blog that acknowledges Chinese New Year!

Pattie’s Creations Design challenge – Use an animal image. I hope my rooster is considered a digital image? I did design it on my computer!

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Addicted To CAS – Wish