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Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop DAY TWO -- This Little Light of Mine... :)

Welcome to Day TWO of the Chinese New Year Blog Hop!!

January 22-23, 2012
Year of the Dragon

Ni hao and welcome to the SECOND DAY of 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 today's project, I created...
A Chinese-inspired lantern and a mini gift card!! :)  I just love how fun and easy these lanterns are to make...  I used two sheets of 8.5"x11" vellum for this one as well as some 1"x11" red cardstock strips for support on the ends.  To create the outside layer of the lantern I scored the short side (8.5") of the vellum at 1", 4.25", and 7.5", then turned the vellum to the long side (11") and cut at every 1/2" between the outside score marks.  I cut the other piece of vellum (it's striped in my picture) to 7.5"x11", and then formed a tube (attaching one 7.5" side to the other 7.5" side).
I added the outside layer of vellum by adhering just the edges at the top and bottom.  The red strips were then added and accented with the small white flowers (distressed with black ink and topped with a black gem).
The mini gift card measures just 2.5" square...  I used a retired SU! stamp (Gifts from the Orient) for the paper lanterns across the top and K Andrew Designs Splashtastic Summer Stamp Set for the "Shine on!" sentiment...  Another little flower finishes off this mini card....
I added a battery-operated tealight inside the lantern -- I love how the double layer of vellum really enhances the soft glow...
I'll leave you with a picture of this lantern in the dark...  It's such a comforting glow, and I can't wait until the weather warms up so I can put this outside on a warm evening...  With a stack of snow outside my window, this sure gives me something to look forward to!! :)

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...  :)

Chinese New Year Hop

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

Until next time,


Unknown said...

Amy, this set of lantern and card are wonderful. Happy Chinese New year to you.


This is so pretty!! Love the velum look for the lantern!!

JaniceA said...

Love that you put that extra layer under the slits, it makes it so much more interesting, Thank you for the idea.

Maria said...

Love this lantern! I love all the pretty flowers! You did an excellent job and yes it does give you something to look forward to.
Best Wishes! :)

Rhonda Emery said...

amy this is beautiful I love the latern along with all your projects below you have posted. miss talking to you know your busy at work. love and hugs. your friend Rhonda said...

I adore the Lantern... Looks cool and would be a great summer evening Light! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Anita Braddock said...

Amy What a cool looking Lantern Love the colors and the papers. the way you layered the Lantern is cool. love the card. the soft glow is great. thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the how to, this is fabulous, really want to do this, thanks again!
cindilu2u at gmail dot com

Edwina said...

Amy, Your Chinese lantern is gorgeous! I love it! The vellum's are so pretty.I love the accent flowers along the bottom and top and on the matching mini card. You did a wonderful job on them! The lantern is very soothing and welcoming lit. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Stacey Brucale said...

Your projects are so pretty! I love the little flowers!

Karenladd said...

What a great project for this hop! LOVE it!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Amy!! I love the double layer of adds such a elegant look!! The flowers are beautiful and I love the paper lantern stamp!! I'm a big fan of tea lights!! Awesome project, as always my sweet friend!!

Lisa :)

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

A pretty lantern. I like that you "completed" it by having an inside layer. I have to remember that.
KristaInMN at gmail dot com

mommahobbit said...

What a GREAT GREAT project! Very cool tyty

sunflower sue said...

What a great lantern - just love it! :)

Lynne said...

This lantern is beautiful and will fantastic outside!!!!! Always love hopping with you my friend!
Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
Her Craftiness

Sherri said...

OH wow, that is really cool. like the card too.

squirrelcpa at hotmail dot com

Ellen Jarvis said...

Amy, this is really beautiful! I'm sorry I didn't get to comment on Day 2 during the Hop, though stopped by today to let you know that ....

YOU WON MY BLOG CANDY on the CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG HOP!! YES, that's right, YOU, Amy ... won my Cheery Lynn Lace Dragon Frame die! Please send me at e-mail to my address (below) to let me know what post-address I should mail your die. I won't be able to get it out until next week (going on vacay tomorrow), but I'm sure you'll enjoy it! So please let me know where to ship it!


Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
e-mail: cardmonkey at comcast dot net

Tammy said...

Thank you for coming to Beyond Measure---
Please forgive me---if it would have been a snake it would have bitten me:) I hope you'll have time to view sometime---it was an oversight--it's set to public, now---Thanks so very much for letting me know:) what a blessing you are!!!
Your love for people and crafting exude through your posts and projects;)

Diane said...

How pretty and it!!

Unknown said...

Wow this is really a cool project! I love your lantern. You are so prolific it's hard for me to keep up with you. I really loved the LO of the Mexican restaurant and the fried ice cream too!!

How do you do so much?? You are one creative lady:))

Hugs, Pam

Sherrie K. said...

Your lantern and card are beautiful!! I LOVE the lantern and I just gotta try making one of these:) Such a FUN idea:) TFS!
Sherrie K

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