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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop January 22-23, 2012

Year of the Dragon

Ni hao and welcome to the Chines 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 arrived here from Maria's Blog then you are in the right place! If you just joined us, please go back to April's blog to see everyone's amazing creativity!

For my project, I created a "Red Envelope"

It is custom for elders to give a gift of money to a child for New Year's in a red envelope. By doing so it is to bring you and the child good luck, prosperity and happiness. The color red is a symbol of happiness. Traditional red envelopes are often decorated with gold Chinese characters like happiness and wealth. There is a custom way to give and receive this red envelope as well. When giving someone a red envelope, use both hands to present the red envelope to the recipient. The red envelope is also received with both hands.The recipient of a red envelope at Chinese New Year or on his or her birthday should not open it in front of the giver. This is for respect. 

We have some great blog candy to offer from April Nourse and PSA Essentials. 

 To be eligible, you must simply comment on each blog on each day's post. We'd love for you to become a follower of each of our blogs too. If you are on Facebook I would love to meet you and have you following along with me at my is the link:

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Dena's Blog to see what inspiration she has to share with you with her project =D And remember to wish your Chinese friends "Gong Xi Fa Chai"!


  1. Beautiful project and thank you for the tradition information, that was really interesting!

  2. I love the tradition of the red envelope! Thanks for sharing about that. Now I can make one for a friend of mine who is Chinese. I love the decoration on your envelope! It is adorable!The ribbon and buckle are so pretty on it. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  3. This is very pretty. Love the chinese braided trim and the buckle. Nice being in the hop with you.

  4. Absolutely beautiful and stunning project and loved hearing the history and story! Pleasure hopping with you!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust
    Her Craftiness

  5. This is cute! Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Thanks for the lesson on what the red envelope is for and how it is given and received. TFS and your envelope is beautiful.

  7. Wow, I enjoyed the lesson!! Beautiful card! I love the little chinese people and the thingy around your ribbon, lol .. I don't have a clue what to call it... I am already a follower but I am now a fan on facebook!

  8. Kung Hee Fat Choy! Love this card and especially how you put all the elements together. :)

  9. Very pretty red envelope ...I've never heard of that custom before, so thank you for sharing!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  10. What a great custom and your envelope is awesome!!
    cindilu2u at gmail dot com

  11. Very pretty Janet. Lovely how you dressed up the Hong Bao!

  12. What a pretty red envelope!! Thanks for sharing the custom -- I love learning those little tips!! :)

    Amy :) at

  13. That is a awesome custom and love the red!!! TFS!!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  14. Very Beautiful the colors are so pretty and love this Envelop and the Embelishments are perfect. thanks for sharing

  15. Really pretty and love the cultural tips about giving the red envelopes!

  16. I love the colours.. very very nice card ty for sharing :)