Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop Day 1

Ni hao and welcome to the Chinese New Year Blog Hop! This hop is in honor of Guan, the little boy our family is adopting from Taiwan. If you'd like to read more about his incredible story, you can go to To celebrate Guan's culture, we want to share some Chinese-inspired projects with you! 

I am so excited for you to see everyone's amazingly creative projects!

For my project, I created a goody box inspired by Chinese take out boxes.

I created the box by using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, available exclusively from Close to my Heart.  It is inked with Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue inks, a flourish is stamped on the cardstock, then the box is assembled with decorative brads and embroidery floss.  The final touch is a butterfly gracing the outside of the box.  All supplies and materials are available from Close to my Heart. The sales from my page go towards our adoption expenses.

PSA Essentials and I have put together some great blog candy for our grand prize winner. 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.  I'd also love to meet you on Facebook at Curls & Grins Creations!

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop is Lynne at

Make sure to come back tomorrow for more great projects!
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Ellen S. Jarvis said...

Very nice idea, April. Thank you for having me in this hop!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

JaniceA said...

Love the little box and the sweet saying. Off for the rest of the hop!
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Edwina said...

I love your box and the butterfly on it! The butterfly is a symbol of hope. I have a friend with 4 adopted children. I love all of them! You will enjoy this little one. Congrats! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Ashley Nicole said...

Love this box. Cute butterfly. Thanks for hosting this and allowing me to be a part of it.

xxsquigglesxx said...

This is cute! I love that saying.


Her Craftiness (Lynne) said...

Adorable Chinese take-out box!! Congrats and thanks for allowing me to be part of your hop!

Debc06 said...

Great project. TFS

lorby said...

Love the box and the butterfly adds such a beautiful touch and congratulations! Jearise in Lorby's World.

Naomi Edwards said...

Hi, that is a really nice box! I think I will have to visit Close to my heart to check out the cartridge you used! Very nice , I happen to be a butterfly fanatic so of course I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your butterfly... I also love the way you explained that it gracing the outside of the box. I am already a follower! Congradulations!!!! I wrote you a little note on your facebook!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on your adoption!!! :) I enjoyed reading about it!

And what a beautiful project!!!!! I love starting new traditions!

Thank you so much for sharing,

partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Charlotte said...

What a great project. And what a great idea to celebrate the little one's culture. Congratulations on the adoption.
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CLM-cindylu2u said...

Love the stamping you did on the box, it looks fabulous!!
Cindilu2u at gmail dot com

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Cute idea for a goody box on Asian New Year!

ShersL84bed said...

First let me start by saying Congratulations on your new son. How wonderful.
Your Chinese boxes are great. Fun paper.

Smiles Sher

craftaholic said...

Love the take out box and the butterfly's are awesome!! TFS!!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

April, beautiful project!! Love the soft colors and design of your box!! :) Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful hop -- I'm having so much FUN!! :)

Amy :) at

Ange said...

Super cute goody box!!

Anita Braddock said...

Wow love the Box and the colors and papers are perfect love love the butterfly. very speial. thanks for sharing

Charo said...

Love this box!

Karen L said...

OMG...this is so pretty...I love this box! I am a follower!

mommahobbit said...

Very pretty box! Thank you for sharing :)