When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me, Lord." I am a believer that God created each one of us with a unique talent, therefore, use it well to serve Him.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Emma's Imagination Monday

It's been quite awhile now since I last time I joined Emma and the girls at Imagination Monday and Throwback Thursday.  With all the Holiday preps and the planning for Europe relocation, I just don't have the time, energy nor the concentration to do challenges.  But things have changed, I now can sit down and do crafting as much as I want since departure for Europe has to be set aside until next fall.

New Years day was quite sad for us and so many things are left unsure.  According to some predictions, the year 2011, which was the year of rabbit based on the Chinese calendar is a great year for people born with an Aries sign.  I know that it wasn't Christian-like to believe in such predictions but when you feel hopeless and down, you will hold to anything and bad as it may sound, it can be one of those psychic predictions.  It's not like I'm taking it seriously but it at least give me some kind of hope that things will get better soon.  But let's not get into that. 

Like I said, this could be a good year for me and so I was really inspired while making this wonderful card entry for Imagination Monday Celebrating Chinese New Year:
 I opted for Chinese Lanterns.  Card is being assembled in this pic 
After cutting those lanterns and it's layer pieces, I then run them in the Cuttlebug machine ande used
Forest Leaves embossing folders just for added touch.  
See the tassles?  I saw a tutorial in YouTube on how to make these and said 
to myself no more spending money on tassles.  
I still feel guilty spending $84 for those things because I needed them for our house curtains.
Here's the final outcome.  I incorporate images of Dragon, Koi and Bamboo on the lanterns because
those are beleive to bring goodluck and good fortunes.
After putting together the lanterns, which are the main focal point of my card, I then set 
it on the top of a gold image (Asian screen), so add dimension and texture. 
Red and gold are also considered lucky 
colors amongst the Chinese, that's why I tried to incorporate them too in the theme.
 And here's the inside of the card:
 Gung Hei Fat Choi means Happy New year in Chinese Cantonese dialect.  Back home in the Philippines,
where there's so many Chinese descendants, the Cantonese greetings is more popular.
  I embellished the inside with a strip of Washi Paper, red twine and 
three Chinese gold coin charms as added luck, LOL.

PAPER: Japanese Washi paper, CTMH, Gold Vellum by Paper Company, American Craft, GP 110 white, Recollection and some known brand of CS from my stash
TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Cuttlebug machine, Embossing Folder (Forest Leaves), PC paper trimmer, ATG and Zip Dry
CARTRIDGE: Pagoda (Lantern, Dragon, Koi, Bamboo, and Cherry Blossoms) and Gypsy Wandering (Fonts)
EMBELLISHMENT: Googly eyes, gold twine, red crocheting floss/twine, and Chinese gold coin charms

Until next time!  BTW, you still have until January 16th to join in the fun...


Adrian said...

OMG! This card is gorgeous:) Wow!

Debbie Smith said...

Simply Beautiful!!!!

Pam (AKA CraftyK) said...

Wow....beautiful card!!!

Maryann said...

Oh my goodness this is just gorgeous Claire. I soo love this card, you really did a magnificient job here, that´s for sure, and I so hope, you´ll win this contest, as you sure deserve it with this beauty here.

GreenScrap said...

It looks like art!! I love it!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/