Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy Scrappy New Year

We're not sure when my parents picked up the tradition -- probably when they moved to Spain -- but my family always rings in the New Year by eating 12 grapes, one for each toll of the New Year's bell, for good luck. I can't remember if we found our first plastic grape-holders at El Corte Inglés or Pryca, but they are some of our most precious possessions, and I think my folks still use theirs. I know where mine the attic! I haven't really kept to the tradition since seedless grapes became the norm (because it's kind of cheating!), but I like to send my parents a grape-themed New Year's card (Um, Mom, if you're reading this, it will be in the mail tomorrow!) This year, I broke out my bag of Washi tape:

I used some white scrap paper to adhere the Washi tape and punched out the circle with a punch, and stuck them to the card with pop dots. I used 12 circles to represent the 12 grapes, and topped it with a leaf-shaped brad.

Using baker's twine and Glossy Accents, I made the vine spell out "2014". The sentiment is from a Dilo En Español set, and was heat-embossed in a shiny green powder (Stampendous). I added some decorative tapes as a banner, and made a hand-drawn border with a PITT pen.

I sure had fun making this, and am looking forward to a new crafty year!

Sketch Saturday #290
C.R.A.F.T. #239;: New Year/New Beginnings
Cuttin & Stampin Challenge #52: Use Something New (the lacey tape and camera-themed Washi tapes are new)
Opus Gluei #173: Leftovers (used scrap paper for the washi tape pieces and the yellow background is literally "leftover" from an old project)
Perfectly Rustics: Washi Tape
Sketch Saturday: Sketch #290
The Crazy Challenge: Celebrate the new year
Twisted Tuesday: New Beginnings (New Year) + Twist: Use something new (the lacey tape and camera-themed Washi tapes are new)

This was chosen as the Winner/Top Pick for Perfectly Rustics' Washi Tape Challenge. What an honor, thank you! I'm so glad I was inspired by the challenge, I never would have thought of these Washi Tape grapes without it!

Thank you for visiting and best wishes for 2014,


  1. Wonderful take of the sketch. Love your creativity - great card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday! ~Deb

  2. Oh I love it! Colorful grapes...those tiny birds...the vines, so many things! Great card and great tradition.

    Happy New year CG!


  3. This is so creative and such a fun project! I love the colors and patterns. Twelve grapes? Awesome! I had ever heard of that before. What a cool thing to do.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  4. When I saw the thumbnail of this, I knew I would love it. The yellow sets off your embellishments so well and I LOVE how your have done the year in string. Brilliant! Thanks for joining in with us at Opus Gluei and Happy New Year!

  5. Beautiful card; thanks for joining us at the Crazy Challenge. Regards Helen

  6. What a great idea. Love the way you used your twine and the idea of the 12 grapes. Thanks for playing with us at Twisted Tuesday Challenges.

  7. Love your string writing...have to try this - and your family tradition that inspired the card. This is a great example of just what we wanted for our challenge.thanks for playing with us at Opus Gluei.

  8. Hello, hello lovely lady!!
    WOW oh WOW this card is totally fabulous!! I love what you've done with the Washi tape using it in that way!! What a wonderful card for your parents to receive and a super fun idea!! Thanks heaps for joining us at Perfectly Rustics this time!!
    SMiles SHarnee :)

  9. This is so beautiful card! Thanks to joining us at The Crazy Challenge!
    Good luck!!

  10. Great take on our sketch this week and what a fabulous family tradition. Thanks for joining in the Sketch Saturday Challenge this week.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    Sketch Saturday DT

  11. What a creative card!

    Thank you for participating in the Twisted Tuesday Challenge!

  12. I like the way you have used the washi tape on your card. Must remember that technique. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  13. what a great card!!! thank you for joining us at the Cuttin' and Stampin' challenge blog.

  14. Thank you for joining us a Perfectly Rustics. I really like the technique you have used with the washi tape, a great effect. Jayne

  15. Congratulations to you dear lady, you won the Perfectly Rustics washi tape challenge!!
    Smiles Sharnee :)


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