Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catching Fireflies

One thing on my bucket list is to catch fireflies in a mason jar!  I've never even seen a firefly in real life.  I don't even know where to go to catch fireflies!  But one day, I'm going to do it.

Catching fireflies is the inspiration for this next card I am going to show you:

I love the Perfectly Preserved Stamp set in the new Holiday Mini catalogue!  It is so verasatile, just like real mason jars.  They can hold everything from flowers, food to fireflies and look so pleasant while they're doing it!  The other stamp set I used is called From My Heart, from the main Idea Book and Catalogue.  I love the vintage feel of these 8 stamps.  I created this card to enter in The Paper Players colour challenge #108. 

Ann Schach challenged us with these 3 colours:

And where do the fireflies come in?  As I added the little flower clumps to the jar, they totally made me think of fireflies in a mason jar, so I added a few tiny rhinestones to make them light up!  I used the owl punch to make the tiny Cherry Cobbler hearts.

The background is made with Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock.  I embossed it with my favourite embossing folder, Fancy Fan, and sanded it to bring out the lighter core of the cardstock.  It does such a nice job of enhancing an embossed design.  This is a new product in the Holiday Mini.

I popped the mason jar up on dimensionals.  I originally tied a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine on the lid cover of the jar, but decided it looked better without.

So, before you go, can you leave a comment telling me where I can go to catch fireflies?? 

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved (w126690; c126692); From My Heart (w126555; c126557)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Not Quite Navy (101722) card stock;  Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock (127846)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Not Quite Navy (126971) and Cherry Cobbler (126966)
Accessories: Rhinestones Basic Jewels (119246); Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (122322)
Tools: Owl Builder Punch (118074); Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751); Stampin' Sanding System (129367)

Perfectly Preserved
 Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon
Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock
Stampin' Sanding System


  1. If I were to get any stamp set, it would be the perfectly preserved one! I caught fireflies in Mexico! It was so magical! But one of the jars broke inside and then we had fireflies inside for weeks! Also, I accidentally mispronounced the Spanish word for fireflies to the equivalent of "firebutts." I thought it was a very fitting mistake.

  2. Very creative! I love that they look like little fireflies! I think that stamp set is one of my favourites too!

  3. The only time I have ever seen fireflies was camping somewhere in Alberta. They were way up in the trees though, not close enough to catch. It was so interesting seeing them flitting about in a little sparkly cloud.

  4. Memphis TN has fireflies. I grew up there and spent many nights catching these and I would watch them light up all night. Fun times.

  5. Oh, Heather! What an awesome inspiration and an adorable card! Come to Iowa! We have tons of fireflies...or lightening bugs as we tend to call them! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

    1. Thanks, Ann! I'll have to make a trip down south to fulfill this bucket list item.

  6. Oh my goodness Heather, I have tears in my eyes reading your post.. Catching fireflies was something I used to do when I was younger with my Grandma. I remember how much fun we used to have laughing and chasing them around her backyard. Such a wonderful memory. Your card is gorgeous and what a wonderfully creative way to use that stamp set. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players and thanks for making me smile remembering my dear Grandma tonight! :) Hugs!

  7. Awww! Glad this brought back such precious memories for you, Anne Marie!

  8. This is a lovely card with so many special details. You could fill up several mason jars in Wisconsin in June with fireflies.


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