Grab it and Add it! ~ #1: Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year 
or Spring Festival.
The 2020's Chinese zodiac animal is the 'Year of the Rat.'
I know ~ not that cute, right?
It actually ranks the highest on the Chinese zodiac chart :)

It's fascinating to me to learn about different cultures and customs,
so creating a card while reading about the celebrations and traditions  
was an enriching experience.

I'm the Year of the Sheep which means:
My lucky numbers are 2 and 7
My lucky flower is a carnation and an Alice Flower (I can't believe it!)
 my lucky colors are green, red, and purple,
my best match is a Rabbit, Horse or Pig (my husband is a rabbit ♥ ),
and my lucky gemstone is the emerald.

That was fun!
Even if I don't follow astrology or horoscopes,
it was fun seeing all the interesting facts about my year :)

Speaking of this year, one of my goals was to take one stamp set,
once a month,
and pile on as many of the stamps in the set as I can to one card.

You can read that here on my 2020 Word of the Year post 
highlighted in orange ♥

It's called Grab it and Add it!
(thank you to Chrissy, my daughter, for the catchy title of this series!)

It was a lot harder than I anticipated!

I naturally chose Mama Elephant's Lion Dance to start ~ card #1 ~
based solely on the date (and I REALLY love this stamp set, too!)
There are 11 stamps and 2 sentiments in this set.
I originally had all 11 on the front but it got so overcrowded,
it started to really not look okay.
So I switched up the sentiment to the front
and added the streamers to the inside.

much. better. 

The panel behind the images was created using Ranger Ink distress oxide inks
in twisted citron and cracked pistachio.
I created the frame by running a die cut through the Gemini Jr 
and glued that onto the panel.
The images are stamped/cut/colored with copic markers
and popped up on 3D foam.

I've used this stamp set a couple of times before
and you can see the cards HERE and HERE.

For this card, I wanted to incorporate some of the tips from class 
about being fearless and using bold via color plucking.
I started off with blues and greens and teal
and then popped in a splash of dark orange and hot pink!

And that's my card of cheer and celebration for today!

I hope you're off to a good start to your weekend :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. How fun, colourful and festive card!! Love it!! Great blending that match perfectly the beautiful turquoises of the frame and panel! The streamers inside look great, they are a perfect finish!

  2. Kelly you definitely fulfilled the idea of adding as many stamps from the set as possible to one card. WOW! That's amazing! And your card is so colorful and fun, too. Such a creative design!

    And then there's the Alice flower... it must have been a joy to discover that. ;)

  3. Wonderful card! I really love the bright colors. It looks like a wonderful parade on your card!

  4. Great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
    xxx Margreet

  5. Fabulous card Kelly, such a lovely one for celebration the Chinese New Year. Super images, especially those dragons, great colouring too, Kate x

  6. Beautiful,bright,happy card Kelly with very cute images and great card design..

    Lu CHRISSYxx

  7. A really cute card, Kelly. Lovely design. xx

  8. WOW, Kel that is great!!! It is wonderful to learn about other cultures. I just don't know that we do that as well as we should in school....or my memory is just bad. You did an awesome layout.

  9. Gorgeous card Kelly. I am the year of the Rooster which is not so great as my favorite food is chicken...Loz

  10. What a great card Kelly - love all that you managed to put on it without it looking overcrowded. As usual your colouring is stunning

  11. Wow, what a colorful card, Kelly !


  12. How interesting to learn all your connections to the Chinese New Year, and I love this colorful little card you created too! Cute and fun images and the inside is perfect for the celebration! NJ!

  13. Fun card for Chinese New Year! Love the images and your fun use of colors, Kelly. Your cards are always so colorful and fun! Hugz

  14. What a fantastic card Kelly. My Son-in-law is half chinese so we normally end up celebrating the Chinese New Year with his family.

    Sue xx

  15. Wow Kelly! This is so bright and definitely fun for the Chinese New Year. Love the little people atop those creatures. Brilliant make!

  16. Vibrant and stunning card. I enjoyed reading your post and learning a little more...Thank you x. The scene you've created is fabulous and fun and what amazing use of those stamps x. Hope you got my email/gmail I sent on the 22nd?....I am still super thrilled, thank you x.

  17. I love this bright and happy card!! Awesome work, Kelly!!