Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop: DAY ONE (Chinese Takeout Box Featuring Mei Li from Sister Stamps)

(click on image for closer look)

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

For my project, I made a Chinese takeout box.  I knew I wanted lots of red and gold in my project, so I was ecstatic when I found this gorgeous washi paper.  I love the delicate pattern as well as the bright colors.  I matted the washi paper with gold metallic cardstock.  I just love how elegant the red and gold look together!  

(close up of the washi paper:  isn't it gorgeous?)

For this project, I knew I wanted to use Mei Li from Sister Stamps.  She is such a cute girl with the flowers and ribbons in her hair and that pretty lantern!  I colored her outfit with red and added a touch of gold Stickles.  I also added Stickles to her flowers and lantern.  I just couldn't help myself!  LOL!  Now, since I colored her outfit with red, I didn't want to place her on the front panel.  Besides, there really wasn't much room.  So, I decided to set her on top of the Chinese take out box by hot gluing her to the ribbon.  I really like having her standing on top of the box.  It just seems like something playful Mei Li would do.  LOL!  

(Here is a close-up shot of Mei Li so you can see the sparkle I added to her.  
You can click on the image for a closer look.)

I will be posting a second Chinese New Year themed project on Monday, so please be sure to stop by again!  KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! 

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!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please hop on over to Jennifer's blog next to see what she's created!  See you tomorrow!

Below is the complete blog hop lineup:  


  1. Oh my Dena - your did a marvelous job with this take out box and Mei li.. She is coloured perfectly and gorgeous washi papers too.

  2. Dena, Your takeout box is lovely!! Mei Li is so cute!. I love her. The lantern looks like it really is lit up.I love the Washi paper you used. My sister in law uses it in oragami.It gives your box an elegant look. The Chinese papers are so pretty. You did a terrific job on your take out box! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  3. Can I have this?! Love it. Love everything about it. Nice being in the hop with you.

  4. I adore this! That little girl on top of the box is so cute!

  5. This is an absolutely adorable project --- I love your coloring!!! Wonderful hopping with you!
    Hugs, Love, and Pixie Dust

  6. Oh my this is stunning. Love the take out box and the image you used on here. Just perfect for this theme.

  7. Wow Mei Li is wonderful. Love the way she stands on top of the box.

  8. Kung Hee Fat Choy! Love how you used Mei Li (I'm a big Sister Stamps fan) and your rich color choices. :)

  9. Aww this is adorable - great colors!

  10. My Gosh!!! This project is stunning!!! You must have spent a long time doing this, so much work went into it.. I can't wait to see the next one.. I love the little girl and yes she looks awesome on top of the box .. you can never use too much stickles, hehe
    I am a new follower!!!

  11. Kung Hei Fat Choi to you too, Dena!! Your project is GORGEOUS. Love how you put Mei Li on the top of the box ...and you're right, that Washi paper is beautiful, especially framed up against the gold. Elegant!!

    Aloha to one of my best bloggie friends!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

  12. She is adorable!!! That paper is fabulous too!!
    cindilu2u at gmail dot com

  13. Hi Dena! Your take out goody box is so pretty--and fun. A sweet character you chose to accompany the box. You are correct about a lot of Red & Gold for CNY.
    Gung hay fat choy!
    KristaInMN at gmail dot com

  14. Dena, so beautiful!! Love this image -- I'll definitely have to look for that!! :)

    Amy :) at

  15. Oh so sweet and love it much!! TFS!! I am already a follower!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  16. Just beautiful, you did an amazing job on this box. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Supper cute Box and the little girl is supper cute. love all the colors and the papers. thanks for sharing.

  18. Beautiful project and that stamp is so darn cute! Love how you colored her and added the shimmer! I am a follower!

  19. So so wonderful! very cute ty very much for sharring

  20. LOVE IT! The Mei LI stamp is adorable on both projects. I'm doing this backwards. I love the card as well as your take out box. The colors are beautiful in both. Thanks for sharing. Jearise