Do you have cultural traditions that you keep in your family? While the kids are only a quarter Chinese, we try and educate them about that bit of their culture and celebrate the Chinese holiday's that I grew up with. Today's layout is one I created of an annual tradition; the lion dance. Our options here in Richmond as somewhat limited given the lack of Chinatown. Every year, Chinese New Year, there is at least one lion dance and Chinese New Year celebration available to us.
The two "main" background patterned papers are left overs from my recent Clique Kits sponsorship of Just Nick. The flowers on the bottom are hand colored with Peerless watercolors and create the perfect Asian look, like Chinese calligraphy. The dots remind me of confetti of a celebration.
I bought these cut files from the Silhouette store some time ago with Chinese New Year in mind. They remind me of the lanterns that hang during many Chinese high days and holidays. I hung the lanterns with some Twinery twine. And those gold letters, from my Chic Tags stash, love 'em!
I have had that Chinese paper cut "double happiness" for some time. Periodically I use them on a layout. I thought the clear acetate from My Minds Eye with the doilies worked nicely as a subtle background behind the pictures of the lion dance.
Just a quick share today. Hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful day!