Or, if you speak Mandarin, Xin Nian Kuai Le! In other words, Happy Chinese New Year of the Ox! I hope I have both greetings correct, I’m never sure with online translators. Apparently, people born in the year of the ox are said to be loyal & patient, with a strong work ethic & excellent leadership qualities. Famous people born in the year of the ox include actors Meryl Streep & Dustin Hoffman AND President Barack Obama! I don’t know about them, but I’d say he fits the bill perfectly!
I did intend making an oriental card today to mark the occasion, but after staring at my stash for an hour I gave up. I still have a cold, as well as a horrible cough, which means I’m not sleeping too well, so my mojo has gone on holiday! Never mind, I’ll have a go tomorrow.
I made this card last week for a DC, I’m sure she must have it by now & I doubt she looks at my blog anyway. The starting point for this card was the label, which was a free download from Mel, thank you Mel! I printed it out on the back of the Papermania paper & cut it out, then matted & layered it with papers from my stash. The backing paper is Laura Ashley, the flowers are Prima, the circular label is Papermania & the ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons.
The cute little birds are part of a set of lovely clear stamps that is FREE with the February issue of ‘Cardmaking & Papercraft’ magazine. I don’t buy many crafting magazines, but I had to have this one, because the stamps really are lovely. I stamped the birds onto watercolour paper with a Versafine inkpad (Black Onyx), coloured them with Whispers pens, attached them to the card with foam pads & then used ‘Anita’s 3D Gloss’ to give them a shine. I wasn’t sure about this card as I was putting it together, but now I think it works.
That’s it for today. To everyone who is visiting my blog, I hope you’ve had a good Monday & thank you for taking the time to visit.
Love & light.