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Happy New Year! How to say Happy New Year in France, and a Champagne Mice New Year's card

Happy New Year, everyone! My first card of the year is a New Year's card, or rather the French equivalent thereof. Meilleurs Vœux literally means 'Best Wishes', but it's used here in the sense of  'Best wishes for the New Year'. Many people in France don't send Christmas cards per say, they send Meilleurs Vœux cards that encompass Christmas and the New Year, or just the New Year if one isn't particularly religious. France, in general, is a secular society and prides itself on being an état laïque. A benefit to all this is that as long as your Meilleurs Vœux cards arrive in January, they aren't late!

Another thing you might not know about New Year's greetings in France, you don't wish someone Happy New Year (Bonne Année) before midnight on the 31 December; after that you can, but not before. I've noticed in Switzerland they do, but in France, no.  Additionally, you can say Bonne Année for a couple of weeks afterwards if it's to someone you haven't seen yet in the New Year.

This card features the Champage Mice digistamp from Di's Digi Stamps, accompanying sentiment was created with Monterey BT font. You can see where I used this same digi on a Meilleurs Vœux card from last year (as we French are big consumers of champagne, I find this digi very appropriate for French card recipients). The paper and paper ribbon are freebies from Salt Town Studio Light Up the Night digital paper pack. Embellishments are some gold metal champagne flute stickers I've had for a while now and am glad to finally use them.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock, free Salt Town Studio Light Up the Night digital paper pack
Digital stamp –  Di's Digi Stamps Champagne Mice
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Dies – Die-namics square stax
Embellishments – champagne flute stickers
Font – Monterey BT

I'm linking up with: Di's Digi Challenge – Winter Holidays and Little Red Wagon #529 – Use your NBUS (which in this case would be the champagne flute stickers that I've had for years).


  1. Oooh, so bold & striking! Such perfect patterned paper and those champagne flutes are a wonderful touch! Hope those mice don't get drunk. lol Fantastic card, Shani!

  2. Bonne Annee mon amie!

    Super card. It is both elegant and fun! Love the black and gold, and those cute mice look like they are ready for a big celebration!

  3. You may have had those champagne flutes for years, but they were made for this card...the perfect embellie for this gorgeous/darling! Thanks so much for joining us at Little Red Wagon Challenge this week and for the lesson in French tradition!


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