Hi and welcome to Chinese New Year Blog Hop! If you arrived from Emily's Blog, you are on the right track. If not, you can start the hop from Emily's Blog. I am so happy that you could join us. =)
The Year of the Snake officially begins on Sunday, February 10th, so be sure to wish all your Chinese friends longevity, happiness, wealth and good fortune during this two-week festival! When I was in Taiwan, we'd have a big meal with family on Chinese New Year's Eve (Feb 9th this year), after that we exchange red envelops with money. When I was a kid, that was the highlight of the whole festival since the content of the red envelops dictated how much shopping I could do during the festival! =) Now that I live in the States, hubby and I will probably have a quiet dinner with our two cat children and I'll be talking to my family on the phone to give them my greetings.
A few generous sponsors have created a few free digis especially for this blog hop and for my first card, I used images from Deasy Designs. Isn't that snake adorable? =) I arranged the lanterns, sentiment and Mr. Snake in my photo editing software, printed them on PTI's Stamper's Select White cardstock then colored them with Copic markers. It's a very simple design. The only embellishment are the washi streamers and I got the idea from this card by Lisa Spangler.
Angie Blom Designs created this darling image that I used on my second card. Fireworks and firecrackers are also a big part of the celebration for the Chinese New Year where I grew up. We usually hear it as soon as the clock struck midnight, it was said that the loud noise from the firecrackers would scare away the bad luck/spirits for the coming year.
This is once again a simple design with similar elements as my first card and also colored with Copic markers on PTI cardstock. I used a lot of red and some gold in both of my cards since both these colors gets used a lot during the festivities. They both symbolize wealth and good luck in the Chinese culture.
Here is who you'll be hopping with this week for a chance to win one of five fabulous prizes listed below:
~Prizes Worth $230!!!~
Celebrate with us by leaving a comment on all designer and artist/sponsor blogs! Pick up your free digis and cut files along the way and create something for a second chance to win. If you create something for the Chinese New Year, please post your project using the InLinkz Tool below and leave another comment at Emily's Blog to let her know. Here is what you could win:
Avocado Arts - 4 Stamp sets
Fresh Squeezed Stamps - 1 Stamp set
Mama Elephant - $20 gift certificate
You have until Friday, February 15th at 11:59 p.m. EST to comment or enter your digital project for a chance to win one of the five fabulous prizes. The winners will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Emily's blog on Saturday, February 16th. Winners will have until Friday, February 22nd at 11:59 p.m. to claim their prizes. Second chance winners, if any, will be redrawn and announced on Saturday, February 23rd.
Many thanks to our digi artists and sponsors for their contribution to this blog hop. We loved using the artists' drawings and we know you will, too. Thanks to all the generous sponsors for all the amazing prizes! A big thank you to the sweet Emily for organizing and putting this blog hop together. I am so happy and honored to be part of this fun hop. Thank you for making this happen, Emily!!! =)
Thank you so much for stopping by to celebrate with us! Now it's time to send you to Chunyuan Wu's Blog!!
cardstock: (white, Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink
digital stamps: (lanterns, sentiment, snake) Deasy Designs, (girl with lanterns, sentiment) Angie Blom Designs
coloring medium: Copic
fiber: (gold embroidery floss) DMC
accent: (red button) Papertrey Ink
stickers: (red stripes, gold stripes Japanese washi tapes) mt Kamoi Kakoshi
card sizes: (snake card) 5 1/2" x 4", (girl with lantern card) 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"