Happy New Year!


Its the first day of the Year of the Rooster and I wish you all Health, Happiness and Prosperity! We are going to friends tonight for the “Reunion” dinner that is normally celebrated among family, but as our families are so far away, our friends become our family. These friends we are visiting tonight are truly special, because of them, coming to Germany actually felt like coming home. I had very close friends during my 24 years in France but they were French and even though I love them dearly, having friends here who come from the same culture as I do, makes a big difference. Is it because we bond over our love of Singaporean food or we just “get” each other because of our similar backgrounds & experiences, we’ve become “sisters” only after 4 years here together.


I made this card for our hostess tonight. She likes CAS (clean & simple) cards but I wanted to make it interactive too. And ever since I saw a video on Laura Fadora’s blog on making spinner cards I’ve wanted to make one. It turned out to be really easy! Laura’s video explains it really well but I added some steps to show you how I did it too.

I first cut out the circle using Sizzix circle die on both my gold card stock and the red one so the circles would be in the same place.


I cut 2 roosters, which I had designed using my Silhouette Studio software and cut using my Silhouette portrait cutting machine, stamped them with Versamark and then heat embossed both of them with Wow’s heart throb embossing glitter which has red and gold in it. I added glue on them using Uhu glue stick, which is a really strong glue but doesn’t warp the paper.


I then placed a red sewing thread in the middle of the rooster and sandwiched it between the 2 roosters.


Once both roosters were firmly glued together, I prepared the underside of the gold card stock with strong adhesive to hold the thread and firmly stick the gold card to the red card base.


I then attached the thread to the adhesive and pulled it taut.


I added more adhesive strips on top of the string just to make sure it stuck firm, removed the other adhesive strip covers and stuck this panel onto my red card base.


And voila this is what it looks finished! It was really easy to do. I then stamped the sentiment from Create A Smile, which I just received, and I double embossed it, using my misti, with the same embossing powder so it’s a little raised.

Unfortunately I can’t put video on my blog yet, but you can see it in action here.

Before I end this post, heres a little info if you were born in the year of the Rooster. You are apparently independent, honest and punctual, confident and competent but emotionally volatile (so not the best in social situations)!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

I’m playing along at:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Spread your wings, as roosters have wings!

Aurora Wings challenge – Asian inspired. So glad to have found a challenge blog that acknowledges Chinese New Year!

Pattie’s Creations Design challenge – Use an animal image. I hope my rooster is considered a digital image? I did design it on my computer!

Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Addicted To CAS – Wish

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. This is spot on for our challenge at Aurora Wings! And I love the rooster that swirls – great effect!

    Thank you for joining us 🙂
    Laila (DT)

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  2. Happy New Year Gwendolyn! What a fabulous card. Love your sparkly rooster and embossed sentiment and how fun that it’s interactive. I’m sure you had a wonderful time at your your “Reunion” dinner and the hostess was thrilled with your lovely creation. Thanks so much for the link to the tutorial and for joining our Asian Inspired challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

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