Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More RAKs and Chinese New Year

(RAKs = Random Acts of Kindness) It's been really hectic this month already: with Valentine's Day happening on the same day as Chinese New Year: a double celebration for me being a 4th generation Asian American. The Year of the Tiger: Chinese New Year celebration will be a period of 2 weeks so I will be posting some Asian items to share.............We, as a family, celebrated the opening of Chinese New Year with a traditional family dinner at home on February 14. It was also a day of wishing each other well and passing out Lucky Red Envelopes (lai see) to those that are unmarried and young children. In addition, we pay respect to our ancestors who are no longer with us by lighting ceremonial incense and bowing 3 times. There is an abundance of oranges and tangerines (symbolizing wealth) to hand out. This first RAK is from Maya who made this Asian inspired calendar.

Close up of the Calendar. See February 14 pointed out with the arrow............

This card is from Frances - she knows I absolutely love these little Asian Girls. She also used my favorite paper: Sending Love DSP in combination with Real Red, With all my Heart stamp set, and the new Extra Large Fancy Flower punch.

Open this card and see how cleverly it is put together! I love this and will need to make my own version (someday soon):

Frances also gave me a basket filled with sweet Asian treats. The basket is embossed in gold and embellished with Washi paper.

This card is from Phyllis - it's a gate fold tri shutter card - isn't she clever?

Tri-shutter card opened:

And here's how Phyllis creatively attached a personal note:

Of course, for Chinese New Year: rice is very important:

Here are the Chinese Dim Sum (appetizers) softly colored in..........I love all these little foods.

The fortune cookie, rice bowl and Japanese slippers are so appropriate for this card!

And, this one is from Gail (she's a star stamper!). She loves the Sending Love DSP, too. She also enclosed my favorite: red mini clothespins!

Pull the sides and the message appears: Love the heart brad!

Here's a close-up of the Heart Brad!

Aren't these all these the most creative RAKs? Hope you also enjoyed them, too. HUGs!!!!


eunice said...

Wow! I knew you and your friends would not disappoint! Love all the Chinese New Year projects posted so far. So excited to see what other wonderful projects you'll be sharing! Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Sonia E. said...

Love the cards!

Ellen Kemper said...

Those are fabulous - lots of casing material here.

Happy New Year!

Whimcees said...

Hello Patti!

What wonderful gifts! Love them! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Barbara Diane

helen said...

What an awesome RAKs!

Kong Hay Fat Choy!

**CrEaTiNgWiThAlOhA** said...

Kung hee fat choy to you too...love seeing your RAKs I love your site and enjoy what you share...thank you and may the Year of the tiger bring you and your family blessings......aloha Liann

Cam said...

Happy New Year Patti. Thanks for sharing all of these projects. I love them all. Wishing you a joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

creativearts said...

Love all of the projects and will look forward for a tutorial on the card that opens and has a circle.

Sherry said...

Wow, I really enjoyed that you shared you cultures for the Chinese New Year celebration, very interesting. Have a great 2 weeks celebrating and thanks for all the great stuff you share!

Rose Olson said...

OMGosh!!! One was more beautiful than the next. I loved them all.

janetwmarks said...

These are all fabulous!! I wonder if you would share Frances blog address? Thanks and Happy New Year.