Thursday, July 14, 2011

Fly away, Firefly!

Remember when we were kids and catching "lightning bugs" was a big deal?
Mom gave us a Mason jar with holes in the lid
and grass in the bottom to keep them in.
I used to stare at them for hours, wondering what makes them glow do beautifully.
My Grandmother has a birthday this week,
so I used this idea for her special day card.

This is a large easel card measuring 6.5 x 6.5". 
 I knew I would not have to mail it so size was not an issue.

I started with a background paper made of clouds, accented it with a strip of plain white,
and embossed it all with the swirls CB folder.
The jar is from Doodlecharms.  It is cut in 4 layers with the top layer being a clear plastic.
This gives it the look of a real jar. Black pen accents add dimension.
The fireflies and sunflower are from SYI.  The flower is embossed with the swiss dots CB folder,
the stem is hand-cut, and the leaves are from HD. 
 White pen accents were added to the stem and leaves.
I used the word "explore" from HD to set the tone for the personal verse I will compose for the inside sentiment.  The small "waves" are leftovers from another project.
The corners have been rounded and the edges inked.

For the finishing touch, I added some coordinating baker's twine and button. 
I will add a personal message and this project will be complete.


  1. Very pretty, love all the detail and embossing choices are fabulous, thanks so much for joining CCC!

  2. Beautiful card! I love all of the great details and layers! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!


  3. Beautiful card. Love all the embossing and the colours.Great job. New follower.

  4. Such a cute card !! Love all the lightening bugs ! Glad you joined us at My Craft Spot this week!

  5. Wow, so pretty! Love the colors of this card:) TFS and thanks for playing with us this week at Cooking With Cricut.
    ~Madison CWCDT

  6. Great card. Love all of the details. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  7. I love this card. Takes me back to running through the field as a kid catching fireflies! Adorable! I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance, check out my blog too.
    Hugs, Jenni

  8. This is such an awesome card. I love all the embossing and the fireflies! So cute! I am a new follower. :)


  9. I love love love your easel card! The jar of lightning bugs is adorable and one of my favorite childhood pastimes!

  10. Love this card, Marcia! I too have fond memories of catching and releasing fireflies! Thanks for linking up with Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  11. This is such a lovely card! Everything works together so wonderfully well, Marcia. You must be especially pleased with this one.
    Thanks so much for playing along at My Craft Spot!
    Small Bits of Paper

  12. I'm back again to thank you for playing along at Fantabulous Cricut too!
    Small Bits of Paper

  13. Wonderful card. Especially like the detail you put into it.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  14. Great!! Thanks for sharing it with us at FCCB this week!!

  15. This is FABULOUS!!! A lot of detail went into this card.

    Thanks for playing along @ CCC.

  16. This is just lovely! So whimsical! I'm a new follower. :)

  17. This is such a cute and creative idea! I loved catching fireflies when I was little and now my little ones do too! I used a mason jar then and now I actually give my kids a huge pretzel barrel to hold their bugs! They love it, because they can fit about 50 in there and they can fly around in the barrels! I love the colors of this beautiful card and I'm sure your grandmother will love her special card! Thank you for inking it up with us at My Craft Spot! I hope you'll join us again this week!

  18. This is just lovely! I really need to make an easel card! They are just adorable.

    I am following you and thank you for your sweet comment!