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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop DAY ONE -- Have a Cookie!! :)

Welcome to the Chinese New Year Blog Hop!!

January 22-23, 2012
Year of the Dragon

Ni hao and welcome to the Chinese New Year Blog Hop! This hop is in honor of Guan, the little boy April's family is adopting from Taiwan. To celebrate his culture, we want to share some Chinese-inspired projects with you!

If you have arrived here from Ashley, then you are in the right place!! :)  If you are just joining in from your dashboard or reading this via email, please CLICK HERE to start at April's blog -- you don't want to miss anyone's amazing creativity!

For my project, I created...
...this fun basket of fortune cookie favors to share with my guests for Chinese New Year!!  I used red cardstock distressed with metallic gold ink for the fortune cookies...  And metallic gold strips of paper for the "fortunes".  I've made these before, and they are SO FUN -- Everyone always enjoys taking a fortune cookie home... (if you would like my tutorial to make these fortune cookies for YOUR Chinese New Year get-together, please CLICK HERE).
I decided to create one of these fun baskets to hold my fortune cookies...  I first saw one of these on Kathy's blog, and I fell in love with it!!  If you haven't tried one of these yet, they are super easy!!  My pattern/tutorial for this basket can be found HERE if you'd like to give it a try...  :)
I used the same metallic cardstock for the paper strips and box panels; however, I embossed the box panels with the Sizzix Damask embossing folder...  I love the texture this embossing folder creates -- And I thought it was perfect for my Chinese-themed project...  What do you think???  :)
To create the "fortune" on the metallic strip, I used a Sakura black "glaze" pen and hand wrote the sentiment...  This was extremely difficult to photograph (since the cardstock is somewhat reflective), but the ink still looks WET because it creates an embossed effect on the cardstock...  Very cool!! :)
I hope you've enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed making it to share with you!!  Remember that this is a two-day hop, so I'll have another project to share tomorrow--  I hope you'll hop on by again!! :)

We have some great blog candy to offer from April Nourse and PSA Essentials. To be eligible, you will need to comment on each blog on each day's post (this is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to stop back tomorrow!!). We'd love for you to become a follower of each of our blogs as well...

Thanks again for stopping by! Your next stop is Jearise!!

Here are the links for all the stops in April's Chinese New Year Blog Hop...  See ya again tomorrow!! :)

Chinese New Year Hop

Amy -- You are HERE now!! :)
Jearise  -- Go here NEXT!!

Until next time,


Dr Sonia S V said...

I have seen other versions of this basket but none as glamorous as this!!



So pretty Amy, Love the colours and the metalic look, love that you embossed the outside panels really adds to it!! great project

Unknown said...

Beautiful basket! Love the whole idea and congradulations to April!! It touches me to know that this little boy is now going to have a real family... beautiful!!!
Love how you embossed the gold on the basket...sure adds to it!!!

JaniceA said...

So cute, great idea. Thank you for sharing!

Edwina said...

Amy, I love your fortune cookies and basket! The papers and embossing are perfect! It looks like a Chinese decoration for the new year. You did a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Ashley Nicole said...

This is awesome Amy. You hit it perfectly. Great box, great colors, love the fortune cookies and the gold embossed is fabulous. Nice being in the hop with you.

Robin said...

This is gorgeous!! Thank you so much for makeing this :-0 I had seen your post before on these and was trying to remember a couple of days ago where I had seen it! I made my very first smash book for a blog hop I am in today and this is going to be the first entry I put in it!! I think they are soo cute and really wanted to try them. Definantly won't be forgetting where I saw things now lol. Thanks again. I love seeing your creations you always do such a fabulous job on them.


Lynne said...

Adorable - I love your creativity as you inspire sew much!!!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Stacey Brucale said...

I love your project! It's perfect for this holiday!

Unknown said...

Wow outstanding love your project.

Samantha J Designs said...

This is absolutely Fabulous!!! :-)

sunflower sue said...

Kung Hee Fat Choy! What a fun project! Love those fortune cookies. :)

Jennifer said...

I love, love, love those cute fortune cookies!!! :) I am going to have to try them!

Thanks so much for sharing (I appreciate the picture tutorial!),

partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Charlotte said...

Happy Chinese New Year!!! We are having a Chinese New Year parade at school tomorrow. I have been getting everything ready this afternoon.
I love your basket. I am going to try to make one tonight. Yours is so beautiful. But everything you make is beautiful!!
wils6080 at bellsouth dot com

Unknown said...

Spectacular basket, will definitely check out the video for the cookies, would love to do those! Thanks
Cindilu2u at gmail dot com

Ellen Jarvis said...

This is a truly fabulous project, Amy ... very glamorous! Happy Chinese New Year! I hope your year is doesn't drag-on (dragon, LOL)

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Lisa said...

This is so elegant and GORGEOUS, Amy!! Wow, I love it!! Those fortune cookies are so awesome and the embossing is fabulous!! What a stunning project!! LOVE it!! :)


girlia said...

Awesome job as always Amy!

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Goegeous--and very fitting for Chinese New Year: Red for good luck and gold for wishes of fortune. The cookies are beautiful too.
Gung hay fat choy!
KristaInMN at gmail dot com

Chriss America Real said...

Happy Chinese New Year to You!

This is just lovely! What a great project!


Chriss said...

Awesome job amy!! You are so talented and love the cookies!! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Anita Braddock said...

Wow How Gorgeous . the way you have layered this and the colors you chose are perfect. love the Embossing and the Fortune cookies are perfect. the Sentiments are perfect. thanks for sharing.

Marsha said...

Fantastic, beautiful project.

Karenladd said...

AWK! THose fortune cookies are so clever and the box is gorgeous!! Love this! I'm a follower!

mommahobbit said...

Just beautiful! It is a wonderful project :) ty for shariing

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