Monday, October 31, 2011

Li See!

Are you excited? Only one day left until Release Day! Just wanted to thank Debi and our guest designer- Leanne for all their awesome samples. Hope they've inspired you to get going on some New Year's projects or at least keep them in the back of your mind until you are ready to start making them.

Although I'm not Chinese myself, my cousins are, and I spent a lot of time with them growing up. I remember receiving Li See (or Lai See) packets for Chinese New Year or any other occasion. Li see packets are red in color since its considered to be lucky and normally have gold because red and gold usually mean wealth. And don't quote me but I read somewhere that "Kung Hee Fat Choy" means Good Luck and Prosperity, or something to that effect. So with all that New Year's info in my brain, I thought it would be most appropriate to make my own li see packets featuring our new images!

First up is the Lion Dancers image. My favorite corner die cut is from a Sizzix border die set. This one looks so asian to me, so I incorporated it into this project. I also used my Hero Arts Prosperity kanji stamp since you give li see to give them wealth/prosperity right? I embossed the image using black embossing powder on my favorite gold cardstock. Look who's back!

And here's a close up of those dancers...

Next up are the firecracker kids... Since this image is pretty wide, I decided to turn the packet sideways so that they would fit better on the envelope. For this one, I kept it simple and cut the kids and firecracker string out. Used the label die by PTI and embossed it using my cuttlebug embossing folder for some texture. Added on Island Scrapbooking's new "Kung Hee Fat Choy" sentiment. Don't know if you can tell, but I also added some gold glitter stickles to make it look like the fire crackers were popping.
Here's some close ups of the girl and boy.

And my last li see packet features Kiyoko. I used another stamp from that Hero Arts set- this time used Happiness. Embossed the gold background strip using the same Cuttlebug Embossing folder as the previous packet. Decided to paper piece Kiyoko's kimono using washi paper. Cut out Kiyoko and added some gold stickles to her sparklers to make them sparkle.

Here's a close up of Kiyoko...

Hope you enjoyed my li see packets! Don't forget you can pick up your new stamps tomorrow (11/1/11)! And there's still time to enter into our blog candy giveaways. Go back to each introductory post for this release for your chance to win by 11:59 pm HST (tonight).


  1. These are beautiful Jenny! I love the idea of creating the Li-see envelopes with these images. Gorgeous coloring and fun designs. I wish I had that Sizzix corner die, it's so Asian I love it! Thanks again for asking me to help preview these really awesome images.
    I plan to use these as much as the others.

  2. I love all of them! These are so cute and looking at them, bring back so many childhood memories for me. Growing up, Chinese New Year is such a big deal for us and I love visiting all our relatives to celebrate the New Year.

  3. These are all so beautiful! I love that Sizzix corner die-set, it does have an Asian flair to it. I love the colors you choose for the images and I love the way you color them. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas.

  4. Love all these cards and super cute layouts for all of them!

  5. I love all the Li See! I have fond memories of these... my grandma would give this to me every birthday and Christmas. Till this day I keep one in my wallet. This inspired me to create my own.

  6. Love the variety designs on the money envelopes. You did a great job on creating them.

  7. Wow Jenny - these are fantastic! Please teach me how to color!!! :-)